Saturday, July 30, 2011

Wine Rack Makeover With Chalk Paint

There’s something about my husband and garage sales.  When I go to garage sales, there is no furniture to be had.  When he goes, he brings home all sorts of great furniture items at rock bottom prices.
A few weeks ago, he came home with a beat up looking wine rack, and we’ve given it new life with a little elbow grease and Annie Sloan chalk paint.
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It was pretty rough to start with….
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With its fair share of dings and scratches…
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It was another great candidate for a chalk paint makeover. One of the most enticing aspects of using Annie Sloan’s chalk paint is the idea of no prepping.  Just wipe down the furniture and go.  No sanding and furniture stripping necessary.
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After a coat of Charcoal chalk paint, the wine rack started to look much better…
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Chalk paint is fantastic to work with when you want to distress a piece of furniture.  It’s not chalkboard paint, it’s chalk paint.  It’s very easy to use, dries super fast, and distresses like a powder.blog9 and wm
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No picture of the original top, but it was faded and scratched, and in need of restoring. If you aren’t familiar with Restor-A-Finish, it does just what it says.  Just rub on furniture, wipe off, and it restores the original finish.
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It really makes your tired furniture look new again…
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Once we were done, we gave it a coat of clear wax to seal and protect.  We used Fiddes & Sons, which is recommended for chalk paint.
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Looking forward to putting this on Craiglist and seeing what happens…
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Still working on a garage sale dresser makeover.  Stay tuned!

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Monday, July 18, 2011

DIY Stenciled Bird Chargers

When I saw this project for stenciled bird chargers on Shanty 2 Chic’s blog, I knew it was something I wanted to try.
It’s not new and I can’t take credit for the idea, but here is my version with a tutorial.
I purchased an 8’ pine board from the hardware store and cut in six 12x13 inch pieces.
For this project, I used Minwax stain in red mahogany:
Just dip a sponge brush in the stain and then brush on the board.  I brushed in the same direction as the grain. 
I let it sit about a minute to penetrate.
Then just wipe off with a clean paper towel.
I did half of the surface area at a time so I could keep the color consistent.  When it’s done it should look like this:
Next, I used my Cricut to cut some bird stencils on contact paper. Laying out the stencil is tricky! It took me a verrrry long time to get it just so. Be patient and take your time.
I used Behr' paint (Cozy Cottage) and a dry brush to paint the stencil area. 
Use a little bit of paint on a dry brush and pounce up and down rather than brush side to side.  This keeps the paint from seeping under the stencil.
After it dries, remove the stencil.  Almost done!
Repeat the steps for each board using a variety of stencils.
Last, I sprayed three coats of a clear matte sealer to protect the surface.
  Finally done!
Thank you, Shanty Girls, for a great project!
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Monday, July 11, 2011

Furniture Makeover with Chalk Paint

We picked up these nightstands at an estate sale and they were the perfect project for a makeover using Annie Sloan’s chalk paint.
They started  out in pretty rough shape:
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Lots of scratches, places where the varnish had been removed, I even found melted wax that had dripped all over one of them:
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I gave them a quick sanding and then grabbed my new Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White:
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I have been looking forward to using this paint for some time now!  As I mentioned in this post, the paint dries very quickly and it is a breeze to distress.  I gave this pair of nightstands two coats of paint.
After painting, I waxed the nightstands using Fiddes brand light wax:
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Then I sanded the edges for a distressed look:
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And replaced the hardware with bronze cup pulls which I just love:
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I love how they turned out:
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The finished project:
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We put these on Craigslist, and they sold within 3 days.  Woo hoo!  And I’m already working on more makeovers.
Thanks for visiting.
More projects coming up soon!

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Burlap Canister Labels DIY

Recently I received an order for some custom canister labels and I thought I’d share with you how I made them.
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I cut 3x5 rectangles of burlap and white felt and glued them together to make each label. 
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Then I made stencils and painted each word with fabric paint using the same method I used on my Ballard knock-off pillows.
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I added some silver bling (brads) in the corners to give them a little sparkle.
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The brads also keep the jute ties in place on the back of each tag:
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The jute ties can easily be adjusted with the brads depending on how tall each canister or jar is.
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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Hello, July!

Have a safe and happy 4th, everyone!


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