Feb 27, 2013

Blue And White Dresser and a Nightstand

I haven't had too much furniture on the go lately, but I did manage to finish up these two pieces.  Waterfall has never been my favorite style, but I thought this dresser was cuter than some, what with that detailing along the bottom, so I decided to give it a try. 

I can't seem to find the before pictures, but the dresser was painted white and the nightstand was just regular brown stained wood.  Neither were in horrible condition, but neither were in spectacular condition, either. 

I used Cece Caldwells Chalk paint.  Simply White on the drawers and the bodies were done in Memphis Blue.  The handles were originally gold, but I "rub n buffed" them.  First I did them in black, then I mixed some silver and black together and did a coat of that for a slightly more pewtery silver. 

Isn't that handle on the nightstand just too cute?  It kind of looks like a ribbon. 

And I put some fresh wallpaper in the drawers.  The 1980s goose paper it came with was looking a little worn. 

This is what I need to start working on next.  Whenever I feel motivated, that is.  It's a solid walnut piece made by Gibbard.  Do you think it would be too horrible of me if I painted it?  My husband thinks it would be a good idea.  The drawer on the right needs repair and the mirror needs replacing.  That's probably why I've put off working on it so long.  (And right now I don't even feel like admitting how long I've had this thing...)  See, if I write about it on here maybe I'll actually get to it soon.  That's the hope anyways. 

And... last but not least... have you seen the fantabulous new burlap at Joann's yet?  I've added a new runner to my etsy shop...
Linking to:
The Shabby Creek Cottage
The 36th Avenue
The Shabby Nest
Miss Mustard Seed
Tatertots & JEllo

Feb 15, 2013

A Chippy Black Chair Fit for a "Country Gentleman"

Well, I hope everyone enjoyed their Valentine's yesterday.  This is a chair I completed a few weeks ago.   
I used "Pitch Black" milk paint from The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company.  I ordered mine from Lee Valley.   I enjoy using this brand of milk paint.  I find it is slightly less lumpy and easier to mix. 


The milk paint did it's thing leaving some chippy areas...

And it crackled up really nice at the top here. 

I did lightly sand the chair before painting... I wanted most of the paint to stick and was hoping I wouldn't end up with half the paint flaking away.  Thankfully, I wasn't left with a flaking mess. 

The seat is covered in a teatowel.  It was one of those decorative kinds that people used to like to hang up.
My husband didn't believe me when I told him it was a tea towel... but it really is...honestly!  I was lucky... if the chair seat had been any wider the towel would have been too small. 
If you think this chair looks familiar, it did originally have a match that I painted in the summer.  You can read all about that here.
And here is what they both looked like before.

Feb 8, 2013

A Little More On The Process of How We Redid Our Melamine Cupboard Doors

So, I have gotten a few emails, a few questions about how we actually did the cabinets.  Did we leave the oak trim at the bottom, etc.  I meant to write this post last week, but a little late than never, right?

For the original reveal please click HERE

The first thing that we did was take the trim off the bottom of the cupboards.  As you can see in this picture, there was some missing already, but once the trim was gone, the doors weren't long enough. 

So, to fix this we added a piece of wood to the bottom.

 It wasn't our first choice, but we ended up using plywood, only because it was the only thing we could find at the hardware store that was the exact width as our doors.  It's not perfect, but it was a solution and is only visible from the inside anyways. 

We used 1/4" x 1 5/8" finger jointed pine. It was in the trim section at Home Hardware and was really the only choice they had, and we looked around at a few other stores, too.  (Lowes, Home Depot and Kimballs, which is a locally owned hardware store.)

Then my husband cut the trim to the length of the doors and used finishing nails to hold it in place.  The next step was for me to apply the wallpaper.

With the brand I used, I found that it expanded once it was wet, so after the first door, I cut it just under a 1/4" smaller than I needed.  Once the wallpaper was dry, my husband added trim at the tops and bottoms of the doors.  So, the wallpaper is held down at the top and the bottom by the trim.  Now, that I'm writing this and thinking about it though, I suppose we could have made it a little easier on ourselves by applying the wallpaper first and then all of the trim on top of it.  Hindsight....

We used wallpaper from Lowe's.  Unfortunately, I don't have the label anymore, so I don't remember what brand it was.  We used one full roll, plus a teensy bit from a second roll just for the last door.  (Which was kind of annoying, because it was sooo close to only needing the one roll!  Oh well, I have some left for another project in the future, right?!)

A couple things we learned along the way:  Adding trim to your doors makes your doors thicker and therefore they need slightly more room to open!  The row above the sink was a bit tricky when we went to hang them back up.  My husband had to do a bit of adjusting on the hinges to make them all work.  He said that he just had to tweak the hinges and keep adjusting them until it worked.
He adjusted the doors so that the gaps in between were square and then he leveled everything by remounting the hinges up or down. If you need extra gap you could possibly add a shim under the hinge. Or you could cut your doors narrower, which my husband was thinking about doing if he hadn't gotten it to work.
Fortunately we only had to worry about it on the side that had the sink and the dishwasher, the other side was open.

Also another thing we did was switch some of the pairs around and hung them upside down so the plywood addition would be less noticeable inside. 

Another thing that I forgot to mention was that my husband actually rebuilt the drawer fronts.  He cut a piece of plywood to the right size and we added the trim and wallpaper.  He figured it was just as easy to cut a piece of plywood the size of the drawer then to cut a piece to add to the top of the drawer where the oak trim was originally.  On the edge of the drawers I added wooden veneer to cover the plywood edge.  Because the drawers were smaller in scale, we also used a smaller trim  (1").

Also some one asked if my doors were textured.  Well, they weren't totally one hundred percent flat, there was a bit of a slight texture to them... enough that dirt could get stuck in them! 

Hope that answers some of your questions.  If there's anything I haven't covered here feel free to contact me and I'll try and help you out!

Feb 7, 2013

Grey French Provincial Secretary Desk

I showed a sneak peak of this desk a few weeks back. Finally I am getting around to posting about it. 

I purchased it a while back off of Kijiji.  As soon as I saw it, I knew it would look great painted.

I debated all white, then I debated black... but finally I decided to go with this light grey.  I was mostly out of white paint... I actually had just enough to do the inside of the desk, so that helped with the colour decision, too. 

I sanded it down, then I primed the whole thing in white, then I went over it with one coat of grey with a bit of a second coat, here and there.  I left a little white showing here and there to help with the distressed look I was going for. 

The paint gave pretty good coverage, but because I also wanted a bit of a distressed/washed look, I added some white paint in the cracks and crevices, and those pretty little grooves with a smaller craft brush.  Then, pretty much right away I wiped some of the paint away with a wet papertowel.  After everything was all dried, I took some sandpaper and distressed around the edges a bit.  I didn't go overboard, but just enough to highlight the details. 

The bright gold handles just didn't cut it for me, so my very helpful husband spray painted them for me at his work, since it's way too cold to be spray painting outside right now!

Right now I've got a couple dressers in the works, and I have a great chair makeover to share soon, too.  I've also had a few questions about specifics in our kitchen makeover, so I will be doing another post about that soon, too. 

Linking to:
My Repurposed Life
Miss Mustard Seed
The Shabby Nest
Redoux Interiors
Homespun Happenings
Tatertots & Jello
Coastal Charm
Southern Lovely