Sunday, December 2, 2012

Living Room Furniture (Before and After)

I found these Broyhill tables on Craigslist for a good deal and had to snatch them up. I got a new sander as an early Christmas present, so I thought it would be fun to test it out on my new furniture.  I decided to prime everything except for the top with white spray paint primer.  After priming, I sanded the top surfaces down completely until I had bare wood.  After sanding the top, I got Walnut Miniwax stain and applied over the top of each piece.  Using an old T-shirt, I wiped on about 3 coats, letting each coat dry about 15 minutes in between.  I then painted the bottom using an off white color.  After painting and letting it dry about 30 minutes, i put a thin layer of the dark walnut stain over the top, and wiped off immediately to give the tables an antiqued look.  I then did a little distressing, and finished it all off with some polycrylic. 

This is how they looked before...

And this is how they looked after

Such a fun project!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Christmas Crafts on a Budget

 For this joy sign, I used 3 small frames, chalkboard paint, ribbon, and burlap.  I took the glass out of the frames and sprayed them with Rustoleum chalkboard spray paint.  I have tried other brands of chalkboard spray paint as well as the canned paint.  My friend Hillary introduced me to this brand and I will never use anything else.  After spray painting the frames red and letting them dry, I put the glass back into the frames.  I then took a long piece of thick, red ribbon and generously hot glued it across the back of all of the frames. I made some burlap rosettes and glued those on using hot glue as well.    With some chalk and stencils, it makes a cute little holiday sign! Total cost for this project ended up being about $3.

For this sign, I decided to use an old cabinet door that I found at Habitat for Humanity for $2.  I stained the entire thing using dark walnut miniwax stain.  After letting the stain dry overnight, I painted white on top.  I then used stencils to add the letters, did some distressing, and added black knobs from Hobby Lobby that cost me $2 each. It ended up costing $12 after I was finished.  This is a great way to hang stockings if you don't have a fireplace.

This was an old picture that I found at a garage sale for three dollars.  I added some green paint on the outside frame, and painted chalkboard paint onto the glass. Total cost including the paint was about $5.

I was so excited to find these little shutters at a garage sale for a few dollars.  I primed them white, and then brush painted over them.  Perfect place to put Christmas cards!

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Turquoise Dresser Redo

I found this dresser at a garage sale for $50.  I decided to paint it using Venetian Turquoise from Glidden.  I started by sanding everything down very lightly.  I took the hardware out and spray painted it black.  I then gave the entire dresser 2 coats of paint, and then let it dry.  I then painted some Miniwax Ebony stain over the top and wiped off using a wet rag. I didn't wipe the stain from the grooves because I thought it looked better that way. After letting it all dry, I put a coat of polyurethane over the top for protection. I love this color and I think I'll use it for future projects!



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Chair Makeovers (Before and After)



Sunday, September 23, 2012

Thrift Store Finds: Before and After

A few weeks ago I posted this picture of things I found while thrift shopping.  I finally finished most of what I had planned to complete.

I found this for $15 at the Habitat for Humanity.  I painted it Amber Wheat from Valspar.  I love the built in magazine rack!

I painted this using Swim from Valspar, and then used sandpaper to distress all over.

 I used Swim from valspar and white on this end table.
 I found this stencil at Wal-Mart and randomly stenciled over the top.

I had a really hard time deciding what to do with my 12 pane window.  I decided to put a different piece of scrapbook paper behind each pane.  I plan on adding pictures to the front and displaying it in my dining room :)



Overall, i was happy with how it all turned out!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Triple Dresser Makeover

I found 3 of these dressers at the Habitat for Humanity Restore for $30 each.  The bottom drawer is missing because I started painting it before I remembered to take a picture. Oops!  I had fun experimenting with the colors on each dresser.

For this dresser I used mustard yellow on the drawers, and gray on the outside.

I decided to add some stripes on top. I love stripes!

For this dresser, i painted the drawers light pink and the outside white.  I painted some brown miniwax stain on top of the pink and wiped most of it off for a more distressed look.  

The last dresser was painted using white and 5 different shades of blue.  I went to Lowes and found paint sample cards that were very close in color, each shade being slightly darker than the color before. I bought a sample of each shade for $3 each at Lowes. 

I painted the top drawer white, and then got darker with each drawer going down. 

Added stripes on top!  I think this one would be perfect for a little boy's room.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Cabinet Door Towel Holder

I found a ton of old cabinet doors at the Habitat for Humanity Restore for $2 each.  If you've never been to the Habitat for Humanity, you should check it out.  I can usually find something there to fix up, and the money goes toward a great cause.   

This cabinet door was a little more unique than other that I've seen before because it had 2 sections instead of just one.  

After brainstorming on what I could make, this is what I ended up with!  I decided to paint the top with chalkboard paint.  On the bottom section, I mod podged scrapbook paper, and then screwed in some hooks that I found at Lowes.  I painted the outside frame with turquoise paint, and then distressed it a little bit.  I think it would look great in a bathroom to hang towels, or an entry way to hang coats, hats, backpacks, etc.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Dresser and Bedroom Makeover

I found this old dresser on Craigslist for $30.  I've been dying to paint a chevron dresser, and this was the perfect style of dresser to test it out.  

 It was pretty banged up when I got it, so I added wood filler where needed.  I removed the hardware and sanded the entire thing down very lightly.

 I primed and painted the everything white.

 I measured the sides and centers to make sure everything was evenly aligned, and then I taped from point to point.  My stripes ended up being a little higher on the right side, but it was close enough.

I painted everything outside of my tape pink, leaving the inside white.

I glazed the entire thing with dark stain and added some polycrylic on top.  It was a little tedious, but really not as hard as I thought it would be.  It was super cheap and I had so much fun doing it!

After finishing this dresser, i was so excited to put it into my girls' room.  I've had a small dresser with broken drawers in their room for the past year and I was excited to get something new.  After putting the new dresser in their room I realized how bare the wall looked above it. So I went into my stash of frames and painted them a variety colors.  I made a chalkboard out of one frame, put chicken wire behind another, stenciled my daughters initials, and  put pictures in the rest. I cut out wood and stenciled letters to make signs.  I spray painted an old lamp base pink, and made a new lamp shade out of chicken wire.  

 When I was all finished, this is how it all turned out!

 I was worried about how all of the different colors would go together, but I ended up really liking the variety :)
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Black and Gray Striped Table

My friend sold me this table for a really good price, and I was super excited to fix it up.  I was also a little nervous about painting it since I've never done a kitchen table before.


I couldn't figure out what to do with it, so I went to Pinterest for inspiration, and found this adorable striped round table.  I just love the color of the stripes with the pop of turquoise.  She gives an awesome tutorial here on how she painted her table.

I was so excited to try it out!

The first thing I did was sand the entire surface with an electric sander. 

I then primed the entire thing with white Rustoleum primer spray paint.  Normally I use valspar primer, but since it's a table and it gets a little more wear, I thought the Rustoleum would hold up and have better coverage.  After priming I gave it a light sand again just to smooth it out a bit.

I painted the entire surface gray, and the base turquoise. After letting the paint dry for about 2 hours,  I  measured and marked every 6 inches.

I put masking tape down on my markings

I then painted 2 layers of black paint between my pieces of tape.

After taking the tape off, this is how it turned out!
I added 3 coat of polycrylic just to make sure it was well protected. ( Make sure to sand lightly between each coat)

I painted the chairs turquoise with gray seats.

This is the end result! I think I have a new obsession with stripes.  Thanks Pinterest for the great idea!


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