Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Drab to Fab: Chair Makeover

My mother-in-law has been looking for some chairs for extra seating to use when the family is over, and I was thrifting recently and came across these. I immediately bought them, thinking that even if she didn't like them I could use them elsewhere. I loved them!


Aren't they gorgeous? I love all the detail and the chunky legs. I actually have two more chairs that I did for her - I just sprayed the last coat of poly on them so hopefully they'll be blogged later this week....
Spray painted with Appliance Epoxy Paint in Biscuit
3-4 coats of polyurethane for protection
Seats recovered in burlap
Not for sale

Monday, April 7, 2014

Grey+White Dresser {Before & After}

This dresser turned out to be one of favorite pieces so far....
It was in excellent condition and is solid wood, so no prep work was involved. Prep work is my least favorite part of painting, so maybe that's why this is one of my favorites! :)
It's also the first two tone piece I've ever done, and it was so fun to do something different.

Body painted with ASCP in Paris Grey
Drawers painted with ASCP in Pure White
Finished with clear wax
Hardware painted with Paris Grey, dry brushed with Pure White, distressed and sealed with clear wax.
Dimensions: 32" wide x 18" deep x 39.5" tall
Price: SOLD

Friday, March 28, 2014

Dresser Makeover

We purchased this dresser a couple of years ago at a great price at a yard sale. It's super heavy and was in pretty good condition, just needed a few minor repairs and lots of paint!
I had forgotten it had a mirror attached to it until I saw this picture - I'm not sure what happened to that mirror but we opted to hang a different one above the dresser.

I painted it black and then distressed it around the edges. I really liked the original pulls so we re-used them. I love how it turned out! In painting furniture I've discovered that black paint is a lot like black clothing - it hides imperfections, haha!! :)
Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Pink Ombre Dresser {Before & After}

I had this post written out then hit the wrong button and deleted everything. Boo.
This dresser has a story, but it's on the deleted post. Sorry :)
 These pictures totally get on my nerves. Everything looks weird to me - even the carpet looks yellow (it's not). I have no idea what happened but I didn't have time to take more, sorry!

The following picture probably shows the true colors a little better:

In person it's gorgeous. Hubby and I actually discussed keeping it but we really don't have room for it. We decided that one day when we do have more room we'll re-create it :)
The colors look totally different in this pic but you can see more dramatically how they gradually change:
I changed my mind, as soon as this picture (above) popped up, I realized it's the truest to the color it actually is. This was an in-progress shot so the finish does look differently from this, but this is more like it color wise.
A little background story on the pulls: You can see in the before pic that it had two knobs when it should have had one pull. I don't like the look of two knobs like that (especially on this piece) and the holes are a really odd length apart (around 4.25") so I couldn't find any pulls that size. I normally have a picture in my mind of what I want the finished product to look like and this dresser was no exception - I pictured glass knobs on it, but they were going to be placed correctly on the drawers, not in the middle. Well, all my spackle was frozen (seriously?!) so I couldn't fill the old holes in. Therefore I had to work with what I had, and what I had was ribbon. I originally wanted some vintage looking fabric with roses but I didn't have any on hand and neither did my Mom, and when I found this ribbon I really liked the way it looked. It's getting mixed reviews but I decided I like it so it's staying :)
Paint Colors:
Body of Dresser: Swiss Coffee
1st Drawer: Musical Mist
2nd Drawer: Hawaiian Shell
3rd Drawer: Arizona Sunrise
4th Drawer: Arizona Sunrise darkened 25%
All colors were color matched to Valspar in a satin finish (I don't normally use a satin finish on furniture but I got sample pots and they are only available in satin)
I then mixed the paint with plaster of paris + water to make my own chalk paint
Dimensions: 18" deep x 31" wide x 40.5" tall
Price: Sold

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Cabinet Makeover {Before & After}

Yet another piece that I've been hoarding! I'm really proud of how this one turned out - I think it's gorgeous now!
Okay, the before picture is worse than normal because I forgot to take a "real" before pic - I found this one on my phone.

Gorgeous, right? It was originally a media cabinet - it has holes in the back for cords and it also has sliding racks for dvd's and/or CD's. But really, it could be used for anything! I've even seen similar pieces used in bathrooms for linens. It's a super heavy piece, too. I frosted the window so you can't see in it if you decide to use it as storage - that way you don't have to keep it nice and neat all the time :)
The sliding racks can be removed but I left them in case someone wants to use it as a media cabinet.

Painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Versailles
Finished with Minwax Finishing Paste
Top is stained with Java Gel Stain (love this stuff!)
Dimensions: 36" long x 21" deep x 30" tall
Price: Sold

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Green Side Table {Before & After}

This little table was looking a bit drab with it's dark finish and brassy gold accents. Not that I'm against dark or gold, just not on this piece :)

So much better!! I actually loved this table so much it sat in our living room for awhile, but we really didn't have room for it. Sometimes I just have a hard time letting go! And if you'll notice, the new (and much improved) pull has gold on it. I absolutely love these pulls and can't wait to use them again.
Painted with Versailles chalk paint by Annie Sloan
Pull is from Hobby Lobby
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Cabinet Door Makeover {Before & After}

This is another project that has been in the works for more than a year - I finished everything except for adding the hooks over a year ago. I even had the hooks, just didn't take the time to do it! And now that it's finally done, I love the outcome!

I added two D rings to the back, and if you hang it with anchors it will hold a lot of weight. I hung it with twine here but I wouldn't recommend doing that unless you have sturdier rope. I just didn't have a place to hang it for pictures - this was actually in our bathroom and I was in the bathtub taking pictures! 
I love the fact that you can basically use it anywhere - I put burlap behind the glass so you can write directly on the glass with a dry erase marker. You can use it inside your door as a purse/coat/key holder, in the kitchen as a menu board / hot pad holder, etc.
Painted with Annie Sloan "Old White"
Dimensions: 22.5" tall x 19 3/4" wide
Write on glass with dry erase marker - erase with paper towel. Wipes right off!
Price: Sold