Saturday, May 17, 2014

My Granny's Table

I am a pretty sentimental person. I sometimes wish I wasn't- but I am. As a result, my home is full of mismatched and somewhat random stuff (that I love). This little table was my Granny's. It is the only piece of furniture I have that was hers. It was well worn and pretty scratched up when I got it, but I decided to use it anyway. It is a great size and fits perfectly in an empty spot between my kitchen and living room.


First, I cleaned the table to make sure there was no furniture polish on it. Then, I painted the table with 
Cream CHALK PAINT®. In a couple of spots, an orange 'stain' was bleeding through the paint. If you have painted many wooden pieces, especially old ones, you know what I am talking about. But all is not lost! A quick once-over with Clear Bulls Eye Shellac by Zinsser in just those spots allowed me to paint right over the problem areas. (there are several ways to seal a piece so that it can be painted, but Shellac is my favorite)

After a quick, thin coat of wax, I painted a top coat in Old Violet CHALK PAINT®. I distressed the edges and legs to show the Cream and the wood.

The color turned out to be the perfect choice for the piece. I love it when that happens! Now my little old table is fresh and beautiful again. So glad I held on to it!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

My daughter's room makeover...

My daughter's birthday was at the end of January and I promised her a room makeover. Now this was a little strategic on my part because I told her it was a total surprise (i.e. no input from her whatsoever, so no hot pink walls!). Here is her room before...

Not much at all that I liked about it BEFORE. I started with painting the walls,  then using Old White & French Linen CHALK PAINT® I painted her headboard and finished it with a grey stain. I used Aubusson Blue CHALK PAINT®  with dark wax on a new(antique) dresser. My husband built a bench for the end of the bed and I finished it with the same grey stain. I used accents of mustard yellow (Arles CHALK PAINT®) on the mirror and with a throw and a small rug.
A little Provence CHALK PAINT® underneath the headboard.

I purchased the chalkboard USA map off of etsy. The throw pillow is an el-cheapo from Ikea.

Mirror painted with Arles CHALK PAINT® and finished with dark wax.

Final reveal! Oh yeah, I almost forgot- my daughter really like it!