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My Experimentation With Color

31 May

Throughout this whole painting furniture process I have played it safe, very safe. What I mean by that is when it comes to color I have stuck with whites, greys and pale blues. Well this weekend I decided to dive right into the world of color with a little end table I found on Craigslist.

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The wall color in my family room is a goldish tan, my best words to describe it. Not my favorite color to work with but my husband loves it so I will let him enjoy it…for now :). I felt that Annie Sloan Chateau Grey which is really more of a green would go nicely. So with a deep breath I painted my little end table green…

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I really wanted to like it, it’s such a pretty color. I stared at the table willing myself to like it but alas no, green is just not my color. The best thing about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is you can just start over. So here I was back to square one. Blast the goldish tan wall color that I just can’t seem to build a room around them!! Then I thought why fight it, I love blue I am going to stay true to who I am and paint the table blue. So I tried Aubusson Blue, a very bold choice is you ask me.

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I wish I could say I was brave and stuck with the bold blue. I guess I am just not that adventurous, yet. After painting a coat of the Aubusson Blue it was just too much so I toned it down with a grey wash.

end table 3Ahh so much better. I do feel like I was still brave with a darker blue, it’s all about baby steps.

end table 4Of course I now need new throw pillows!! ūüôā

LaurenSig

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

28 May

Can you really have too many mirrors, it’s a question I have been asking myself lately as my collection has slowly grown. They are all just so pretty, and I like how they bounce around the light. Of course they all started out gold and not my style but after slapping a little paint¬† they have a whole new look too them. I have found that I¬† really like a little of the gold peeking through, just like distressing it gives the piece some dimension. At first I tried sanding some of the paint away but it’s difficult when the mirror is not made of wood. I have found that and easier way is to paint your first coat of paint and then take a paper towel right after and wipe areas where you would have sanded. I paint a second coat and repeat the same process, it works out great.

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A Little Extra Love

6 May

Sometimes I come across a piece of furniture that I really love but a simple coat of paint won’t be enough to bring it back to life, it will require a little extra love. I found this coffee table at an estate sale and I was instantly drawn in by the square shape and the intricate detailing. At quick glance I could only really see one thing wrong with the table…the bright green leather top. Green is not really in my color wheel and leather top tables to me are really outdated.

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I, of course, love a challenge and brought the table home! After much brainstorming we decided the best option was to cover the leather completely. Off to Lowes we went buying a piece of 3/4 inch plywood, trim, and wood blocks. The table was too low so we wanted to add some height. We found these blocks that fit perfectly adding about an inch and a half of height to the table.  There was a bit of a gap between the blocks and the bottom of the original feet so we later filled it in with wood putty and then smoothed it out.

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Since we were adding a wood top I did not want a blunt edge. The perfect solution was to add trim around the edge to connect the bottom of the table with the new wood top.

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Then came liquid nails! It was generously applied to the top of the coffee table and then the plywood was added and screwed on from the underside.

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The edges of the plywood were rough so we added a small piece of rounded trim.

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Finally it’s time to paint! I mixed one part of old white and two parts french linen to create the coffee table color.

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This was a little more work then just slapping on some paint but the end result was worth it. I love the table!  The details are shown off even more with the distressing and brightening up of paint.
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My favorite part are the little little blue drawers.

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My Experiment With White Wash

19 Mar

Throughout my travels in the blogosphere I have discovered numerous posts and DIY about white washing furniture. I love the look, it turns the piece into a beachy cottage feel which is right up my alley. No seriously it’s literally right up my alley, the beach is about 4 miles away! After doing some more research I realized it’s actually really simple to do and it brightens up any piece.

I decided what better way to experiment then with another Craigslist find, this small accent table. It was in great condition but of course I had to paint it! I know the photo is horrendous there is no excuse!

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I painted the table in Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue, what a beautiful color! I wasn’t exactly thrilled about the end result, I am still learning how to use the dark wax and I felt this piece came out way to dark. If anyone has any tips on controlling the dark wax please let me know!!

The best thing about this paint is you can always change it! So I read about white wash and thought I would give it a try.

duck egg 6-001Basically white wash is exactly how it sounds, white paint watered down. The process I did was take a small cup of water and then used Annie Sloan Old White and would dip my paint brush in the old white and then just a corner of the brush into the water.

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Simply paint the piece in sections and before it dries wipe as much or little of the paint you want off. This is what you are left with:

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I just love it, with the hints of white!

duck egg 4I think this option worked out well because the dark wax still peeks through a little bit but it’s not overwhelming. What do you guys think? Anyone else use this technique before?

LaurenSig

Transformation

14 Mar

For those of you who have been following me since the beginning (basically those friends I bullied into following me :)) you have seen this blog transform a few times. Bare with me because I am now addicted to refinishing furniture. I love finding pieces that need a little love and then making them pretty again! Here is my latest transformation.

I found this coffee table and I thought it has great lines and tons of potential. It’s solid wood but had a few scratches, nothing a little sanding and painting can’t fix. Sorry for the basement iPhone shot, I really need to get better at taking the before pictures.

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I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in old white.

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Of course I had to distress it a little!

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I added the smallest amount of Annie Sloan dark wax to give the white some depth and age to it. It is an antique after all.¬†coffee2 coffee5I just love this piece it’s so pretty! Sadly it will have to go since it doesn’t match any of our furniture!

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Chalk Paint

6 Mar

It was only a matter of time before I would be posting about Chalk Paint. All the other bloggers I follow were doing it so I had to ¬†try, and now I am addicted! If you have never heard about Chalk Paint then at this point you probably think I am crazy, so let me explain. I have recently been using Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint. It’s not chalk board paint as some might think. It’s a two-step process of painting furniture (or anything really) and then waxing it. That’s right, that’s all you have to do! No sanding, no stripping, no priming, nothing. It’s awesome, it’s fun to work with and as I said before I am addicted! I have painted many pieces that I will share later this week. Today I wanted to share my very first painting experience so you can see even a novice like me can turn something old and ugly into new and pretty.

I thought for my first “experiment” piece I would try our old entryway table, which since we moved has been sitting in the basement. It is a nice little table in good condition, but it was ready for a makeover!

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I did two coats of paint since the wood was so dark. You will not believe how fast this paint dries, seriously 20 minutes and you can start the second coat! You can see how it gets its name, it looks really chalky and powdery before you wax it. I distressed the piece before I waxed.

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Here it is all waxed and buffed!

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So cute, right!?

LaurenSig

No Stress Distressed

2 Feb

Have you heard about the vaseline method for distressing¬†wood? I know it already¬†sounds messy and unnecessary, but I promise it’s worth it. I had been wanting a distressed painted box for my study to store odds and ends. Of course when you want something and go looking for it rarely is it found. I decided to make one of my own. In four¬†easy steps you can take a plain wood box and give it a ton of character.

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What you will need:

  • Wood box (mine are from AC Moore)
  • Paint color
  • Dark brown paint
  • Brush
  • Sanding block
  • Vaseline
  • Wood stain

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First I painted the edges of the boxes dark brown where I planned on distressing later.

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After the brown paint dries I rubbed vaseline along the corners of the box where I had just painted. Doing this step will block the top coat of paint from completely adhering to the wood making it easy to distress later. I then painted my top coat a light blue.

DSC_1194Next comes the fun part! After the paint dries I took a paper towel and rubbed away the paint along the edges and corners. It’s that easy and it comes right off! Then I just ran a sanding block over each box quickly.

DSC_1195You can be done at this step if you are happy with the look you have achieved. Or move on to the last step  which was apply a stain over the painted wood. I felt that the blue was just a little too new looking and too perfect. So I took dark chestnut Minwax stained one side of the box and then quickly rub off the stain. The trick is to not let the stain stay on for very long. What you are left with is a vintage tint, making the wood look older. The top of the larger box has been stained where the smaller box has not. See the difference?

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Here they are dry and ready for my study.

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DIY Wooden Signs

10 Jan

There are so many tutorials on pinterest now about how to make vintage looking wooden signs. So I decided I would be adventurous and combine a few ideas and try my own.

What you will need:

  • Poplar boards cut to whatever size you want your signs
  • Grey and White Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Black Sharpie Marker
  • Printed words in whatever size and font you want.
  • Sandpaper, scissors, twine, glue gun.

I started out by spray painting the boards grey, you don’t have to use spray paint I just had some on hand. Then I white washed the boards. Pick and print the words and style you want I used words related to the bathroom but I have seen some really cute kitchen signs as well.

Poplar is pretty soft so I wrapped the printed paper word around the board and took a pen applied pressure to trace the word onto the board.

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There will be a faint indent of the word on the board when you remove the piece of paper. Then take your sharpie and trace the indented word and fill in with black marker.

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After all the signs have been filled in I sanded each one giving them a unique weathered appearance. Then measure three equal length pieces of twine and glue them to the back

bathroom ropebathroom glueThat’s It! Then you hang and admire your hard (crafty) work :).

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Ikea Tray Make Over

22 Dec

I found this six-dollar tray at Ikea and I couldn’t resist. It was completely plain and boring and I had no idea what I was going to do with it but I thought its six bucks!

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I decided the tray need some color and pattern to update it. I used painters tape and taped newspaper to cover the bottom of the tray so I could spray paint. I love spray painting over regular paint because I feel like the finished products looks more crisp and clean.

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I then used a quatrefoil stencil that I had left over from another project and started to stencil the bottom of the tray.

DSC_1077Now I am no expert painter so I knew some touch ups would be needed. You can see how some of the teal was sponged onto the sides, I feel it’s better to just touch up then stress out during the stencil process.

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I used white paint to define the lines if needed.

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I am incredibly¬†impatient and took these photos before all my touch ups had dried, so I apologize but I just couldn’t wait to share! I assure you the color dried completely even as some parts of the gray look lighter since it was wet paint. I can’t wait to use this tray at a party!

Furniture Makeover

3 Oct

So, awhile back I went to our local Restore just to check things out and see what it’s all about. Low and behold I found something interesting, two matching dressers!

My apologies for the low quality photos they were quick shots from my phone. Anyway, both of these together cost $150 and they were in great condition. The gold and the dark brown had to go though. First things first was removing the hardware and stripping the wood.

We then used the strong primer Kilz to try and cover up the knots. After that had dried we used a grey based primer.  We had planned to distress these and I wanted a dark grey to show through. I loved the color and I was tempted to keep the dressers grey.

Next onto the last coat of paint.  I picked Linen White from Benjamin Moore for the final color.

Onto the distressing. Now, this is my first time redoing furniture so this part was really trial and error. I used 120-grain sand paper. I sanded mostly where the wood would weather naturally like on the corners and around the handles where fingers would wear away the paint. We then added the new hardware from Lowes. Here is how they turned out.

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