Distressing with Water

It’s been a while since I’ve done a furniture painting how-to, so I thought I’d share my new favorite way to distress a painted piece. If you are using chalk paint, like CeCe Caldwell‘s or Annie Sloan‘s, before waxing, you … Continue reading

A Goodwill Dresser Lives Again

Would you have given this dresser a second look if you were browsing through your local Goodwill?

You probably first notice all the scratches, discoloring, water stains where I notice its solid wood, drawers all work nicely, nothing broken.

I basically ran over and ripped the ticket right off, especially when I saw it was only $20.  SOLD!

This was going to work perfectly in my living room to act as a media console, as I sold my china cabinet turned media cabinet when I moved.  I loved it, but it wasn’t going to work in the new place.  This dresser was perfect.

Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint to the rescue.  I debated over colors…Old White, Duck Egg, Louis Blue.  Then I realized I wanted a little color in the living room.  It was pretty much all shades of white, which I love.  But it needed just a little color.  I decided to make a custom mix of Duck Egg and Louis Blue, toning down the green in the Duck Egg just a little.

So, I grabbed my trusty Purdy paint brush (love this brush) and a red Solo cup of Louis Duck (as I have named it) and went to town.  I was planning on distressing pretty heavily, so I only did one coat and it covered beautifully. Did you hear the “Red Solo cup! I fill you up!” song in your head just now? It was in my head the whole time I was painting.  πŸ™‚

Then when it was all dry (about 10 minutes later – love this paint) went to town with my sanding block (fine grit) and sanded away making the finish as smooth as a baby’s bottom.  Then brushed on the clear soft wax and buffed.  Put the hardware back on and she was finished in under an hour and a half.  Again…love this paint.

Here she is in all her glory.  Love the little bit of color it gives the room. 

One more money shot.

So, when you see that piece of furniture that’s all beat up and sad with an awesome price tag…scoop it up, bring it home and give it just a little love.  You won’t be sorry.

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Lovely Old Wardrobe

Happy Wednesday everybody.  Can you believe September is almost over?  This month has quickly disappeared before my eyes.

I love old wardrobes.  But seriously, did people’s entire wardrobes fit inside one of these?  I guess they just had fewer clothes than we do now.  Not that I have a lot, but I don’t think even half or a quarter of my wardrobe would fit in one of these.  I still love them.

They have so many other uses.  You could store linens, craft supplies, even kitchen appliances.

I picked up this one off of Craigslist along with a few other pieces that I will share later.

It was in great shape, but beat up on the outside.  So, I broke out the Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Louis Blue and Old White.

This time, I tried a new technique with the wax.  I mixed in a little Old White with the wax to tone down the blue a little.  I love the effect and the variations in color.  The blue looks worn, which I love.

I left the inside as is, except for the drawers which were really scratched up.  I just cleaned the rest of the wood really good.  It was a bit grimy.

What do you think?  This lovely piece is at Buy the Season.

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Table Meets Chair

There once was a lonely chair, all battered and bruised.  She patiently waited in the corner of a room for months…waiting for that perfect companion to come along and save her.

She had about given up hope when this pretty table arrived and sat down next to her.  She wasn’t as battered as the chair, but was also in need of some tender loving care.

The table also had talent.  She could turn her top up sideways.  The chair knew they would be the best of friends.

Ok…snapping out of fairy tale land.  LOL

I did have this chair for several months and it was just waiting for some inspiration to come along.  Then I found the table this past weekend.  The color wasn’t quite right (kind of a celery green) and the finish was a bit too shiny for my taste.  When I sat it down next to the chair though, I knew they had to go together.

So, I broke out the Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint tonight…Duck Egg blue was my choice.  the table and chair both got a good coat of paint, I’d say one and a half coats.  I just had to touch up a couple places with a second coat…not the whole thing. Yes, I painted them both on top of my dining room table.  I did have protection down though.  Don’t judge. πŸ™‚

Paint’s about dry.

The table needed a little something, so I broke out a stencil I’ve had forever and a little white paint and that did just the trick.

I covered the seat of the chair with a piece of a mattelasse bedspread and they were finished.

They are the perfect friends and will live happily ever after.

The End.

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Under $5 Project

You guys know I’m all about projects on the cheap.   From a new light fixture for $5 to a bathroom makeover for $25.  It’s fun to me (maybe I’m just weird like that) to see how little I can spend on a project.  Or, maybe its that I’m half broke all the time and I do what I gotta do to get what I want.  πŸ™‚ 

So, here’s another really quick and very inexpensive project for ya.

I picked up a tray at the Goodwill a while back for $1.95 that still had the Steinmart tag on it for $29.95!  Bargain!  But, the style of it didn’t really go with mine and is a little out.  But, no worries about that, right?

So, as I was painting my lamp shades, I also grabbed this tray up and painted the wood the same Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg blue. I forgot to take a picture of the tray at this point by itself, but, see it in the background there?  (I know…bad blogger.)

I picked up an awesome paper pad (K & Company’s Life Journey) at Michael’s a few weeks ago (with a coupon of course) that had this awesome map paper in it.  And wouldn’t you know, the bottom of the tray was exactly 12×12 so the paper fit exactly!  That just doesn’t happen in my world.  It was fate.

So, with a little Mod Podge, I glued the paper down and then put a coat over the top and done!

Another project for under $5.  Love it!

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I Felt the Earth Move Under My….Chair

What a day, huh?  As I’m sure all of you know, we had the largest earthquake in Virginia since 1897, a 5.9 on the Richter Scale.  It was felt all the way from Toronto, Canada to Alabama.  Crazy!  I was working and had my earphones in (watching listening to Design Star) and thought someone came up behind me and shook my chair and whole cube.  Nope…earthquake!  We’ve since had a few aftershocks, the latest a 4.2 at 8:04 pm tonight (when I was again trying to watch Design Star – what’s up with that?).  Let’s just hope they are all aftershocks and not foreshocks.

By the way, are you all watching this season’s Design Star on HGTV?  I love this show.  Do you have a favorite?  My favorites are Mark, Karl, and Meg, although Meg disappointed me this week.

So, on to a furniture makeover.

As you know, I’m helping a reader, Julie, makeover her master bedroom. (See original posts here and here.)  We almost have everything finished, and will be revealing the final product soon.  She is loving the elements so far, which make me so happy.

We are only painting one piece of furniture in her room, her desk.  She told me she was about ready to sell it because it was so boring.  Oh no…we can fix that!

Here’s what we started with.  A great solid wood desk, but yes, it needed a little oomph. So, I loaded her up and took her home with me to work a little magic.

If you will remember is Julie’s bedroom moodboard, our inspiration was a blue/white desk painted by Miss Mustard Seed.

So, I painted the base of the desk Old White (Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint of course) in two thinned coats.

Then the drawers in Duck Egg.

Lightly sanded the whole thing to make it smooth and did a little distressing all over.

Then it was time to wax.

Here is a picture of the difference in an unwaxed and waxed drawer.  See the nice sheen on the after?  To get this finish, I just brush on the wax let it dry for a few minutes – usually by the time I get all the waxing finished, its ready to be buffed where I began.  On the drawers, I just buffed with my wax brush.  You can also use a soft cloth.

And…here’s the finished product!

And to think, she was getting ready to sell this!  Can’t wait to see it in her bedroom.

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Is there anything I won’t paint?

I’ve had a thing for lamps lately and picked up these two a few weeks ago at the Rescue Mission thrift store.

The shades that were on them were really yellowish and well…ugly. I’ve been looking for new shades for them but didn’t want to spend more than I spent on the lamps themselves.

As I was cleaning today, I got distracted (hello ADD) and started a little project.  Projects are more fun than cleaning, right?

While I had my ASCP paint out I looked at those lamp shades and thought….why not try it?

Yes I did…I painted the lamp shades ASCP duck egg blue.

I did water down the paint pretty good (probably about 3 parts paint to 1 part water) and just painted it on.

I put the shade back on to see what it looked like and I liked!

Here’s a few tips if you want to try this.

1.  Make sure you paint in even coats – You may need to touch up with the shade on and light turned on so you can see the difference.

2.  When you do put the shade on to check for even painting, don’t mind the smoke steam.  It is just steam from the heat of the light on the wet paint.

The color looks much better against the white lamp than that yellowish icky color it was to begin with. 

Have you painted anything unusual?

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A New Trick

Well, I finally picked up a paint brush this week.  I’ve got to get back in the groove here.

So, I’ve had this set of shutters forever just waiting for the perfect project.  Actually, I have 4 sets.  Picked them up at the Habitat Restore.

In Julie’s mood board, I included some shutters with a book page wreath that I think we may put over her desk.  So, here’s where these shutters come in.

Since we are accenting the room with turquoise, ASCP Duck Egg is the perfect color.  So, I slathered on a coat of paint.  No need for a second coat, as I’m going to distress it pretty good anyway.

Then, to give them a little more texture and age, I broke out the hair dryer.  Yep, the hair dryer.

If you put on a thick layer of paint and then dry it with a hair dryer (or heat gun if you have one) on hot, the paint will crack, giving you something like this.

Isn’t that cool?  A new trick.

So after adding a little crackly age, I distressed the whole thing with my handy dandy sanding block, then put on a coat of clear wax.

And, here’s the final product.

Pretty quick project and it will look great in Julie’s room.

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Thrifted Table in Duck Egg

I got a new Annie Sloan Chalk Paint color to play with…Duck Egg and I love the color.

Catfish Creative Furnishings is my ASCP Stockist.

I decided that one of the tables I picked up at a thrift store would be perfect for it.

Yep, picked up this little table for just $4.50 at the Rescue Mission Thrift Store.

No sanding, no priming, just painting.  Love this paint, as I may have told you before. Just one coat did the trick.  I also added a little Old White to bring out some details and distressed.

And, here is the finished product.

Lovely legs.

Finish is smooth as a baby’s bottom.

My kitty gave it his approval too.

This is going to Buy the Season this week.

Here’s a sneak peak at another table I’m working on.

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