Monday, January 28, 2013

Chalk Paint Makeover

 I have been using Latex paint for my furniture over the past year.  A couple of weeks ago, the store where I work started offering Maison Blanche Chalk Paint, which I was super excited about.  I've heard great things about different kinds of Chalk Paint, but I had never tried it myself because of how expensive it is.  

I finally decided to try what everyone has been raving about, and oh my gosh I fell in love!!!  I don't think I'll ever go back to using regular paint again.  With this paint I didn't have to do any sanding, stripping, or priming.  All I did was clean off my furniture with a rag and start painting.

I found this gorgeous china cabinet on Craigslist for $65, and was super excited.  I've never done a hutch before and I've always wanted to fix one up!   I gave the entire thing a solid white coat, and then decided to give it a light 2nd coat for a little better coverage.  A second coat isn't necessary with chalk just depends on your preference.  After letting the paint dry, I did some distressing.  Chalk Paint distresses very easily and gives the furniture a very professional look, even if you've never painted furniture before.  After distressing, I wiped everything down again with an old t-shirt.  I then applied a layer of light brown wax and with a rag and let it sit for 30 minutes.  After letting it sit, I wiped off the wax using another rag.  By buffing it out it gives everything a nice, smooth finish.

 This is probably my favorite, but one of my most time consuming projects so far. I was so happy with how it turned out! 

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Although painting furniture is a lot of work and doesn't seem worth it at times, it has become a little bit of an obsession of mine.  It's so fun to go shopping at thrift stores, garage sales, flea markets and new things to fix up.  I have a booth at a store called The Bees Knees, which is located in Searcy, Arkansas.  My husband and I moved here for him to attend Physicians Assistant School and we have loved it.  While he's busy studying into late hours of the night, I do my painting.  Jodie, the owner of this store has created a Facebook page with a TON of cute furniture ideas.  Right now she is giving away an adorable piece of furniture if you share it on Facebook   You just have to live close enough to be able to pick it up.  If you can't enter the giveaway you should at least check out the Facebook page cause there are so many adorable ideas!

Here's the piece of furniture she's giving away

Thursday, January 10, 2013

How To Refinish a Kitchen Table

I recently bought a new orbital sander, which I love!  Since I got it, I've been obsessed with sanding and staining everything.  I found this old table for $40 at a garage sale and it sat in my garage for about 6 months taking up way too much space.  Sometimes I buy things that I never get in the mood to paint, and this was one of those things.  I finally got the motivation to do it, and I'm happy with how it turned out. 

This is what I started with.  I forgot to take a picture before I painted two of the chairs, but you get the idea of the ugliness of the table. 

I started by sanding the entire surface down to the bare wood using my new Dewalt orbital sander.  If you are trying to take the finish off completely, its best to use a very course sandpaper until everything comes off, and then use a fine grate to smooth it out.  I used 60 to get it off, and then 200 to smooth it out afterwards.   It probably took about an hour to sand it all down.  

I then got some dark walnut stain

I used an old t-shirt, made it into a ball, and dipped it in my stain.  (I really recommend using some gloves so the stain doesn't get all over your hands.)  I rubbed the stain in sections back and forth across the table ( make sure to rub with the grain). I let each coat dry about 20 minutes before applying the next.  After applying 3 coats, I was finished with my stain.

I then painted the bottom of my table using Valspar color Secluded Garden.

I thought this would look more turquoise than it did, but I really ended up loving the color.  

I decided to use Polycrylic on the top for protection.  Since it is a table that will get a lot of wear, I put 4 coats of this on top of the stained surface.  Between coats it's best to sand the surface by hand with a very fine sandpaper.

The chairs were in pretty rough shape as you can see.  After taking the fabric off, I realized that they were made with a piece of board and foam batting, which were not cut to fit the chair.

I took all of the seats off, and spray painted Rustoleum white primer on my chairs.
After letting it dry, I painted them using the same color as the bottom of my table. I did some distressing with medium grate sand paper and sprayed each chair with polyrcrylic spray paint for protection.  I then had to cut the wood and batting to fit the chairs, and then attached the fabric with a staple gun.

This is how they looked when I finished.  I really like the gray fabric with the paint color.  

This would go perfectly in a small dining area or nook. 

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