Painted Leather Office Chair {Radiant Orchid}

March 6, 2014 AT 2:55 pm 23 Comments

Hello, friends!

I just wanted to pop in and show you my new, painted leather, office chair!

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Eli said it looks like a pink race car! Smile

I’ll take that!

This little chair has been transformed more than once.

I got it several years ago at Goodwill for $12.50.

painted leather office chair

It was the style of chair I had been looking for, but not the color, so I made slipcover for it.

slipcovered office chair

You can read about how I did that, HERE.

Well, the slipcover had worn out {thanks to my boys}, and I needed to do something different.

As a Lowe’s Creative Idea Blogger, I was given the challenge of using Pantone’s Radiant Orchid paint by Valspar in a DIY home project.  I knew that I wanted to use it on my office chair.

I have seen other bloggers paint leather, so I thought I would give it a try!

I started with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint because I like the way it adheres to any surface.  I only had enough paint for one coat. Then I lightly sanded the chair after the paint dried.painted leather office chair

For the second coat of paint, I used my favorite Valspar Premium Latex Enamel paint in Satin White.  {It comes in a quart size over by the spray paint at Lowe’s.}painted leather office chair

After that dried, I lightly sanded again, and then I used painter’s tape to create stripes on the chair.

Lastly, I applied two coats of Valspar’s Pantone Universe, Radiant Orchid for my stripes.

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Lastly, once dried, I removed the tape and applied one coat of Annie Sloan clear wax.

Done!  I am pleasantly surprised with how soft my chair still feels.  Cy was even impressed with this little makeover.  painted leather office chairI’ve had fun incorporating pink into this space and making it my own! Smile  Let’s just say that living with five guys doesn’t make for much pink in my house.

This room feels like “me.”

I have no idea how long this paint will last on the chair, but if I get a good year out of it, I will be thrilled!  From what I have read from other bloggers, though, is that the paint holds up really well.  I will let you know!

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To see more creative ideas, you might want to check out Lowes Creative Ideas Magazine app, visit Lowes on Facebook, Lowes on Pinterest, and Lowes on Instagram.

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Disclosure: I am a Lowes Creative blogger and this post is sponsored by Lowes. All project ideas and opinions are 100% mine.


 


Side Table Makeover with Chalk Finish Paint

February 11, 2014 AT 9:23 pm 61 Comments

Today I am going to show you how I made over a $20 side table with DIY chalk finish paint!

Since last fall, I haven’t had any side tables to place beside our couch or loveseat.  That drives me crazy because I like to have a lamp and a place to sit my drink while I am sitting on the couch.

Honestly, I just haven’t had the extra money to buy a new side table, so I have been looking for something inexpensive to re-do and use.

I was so excited when I found this little side table at a local antique mall for $19.99.  I liked the shape, and it was well made with solid wood, so I decided to buy it.

Here it is sitting by our couch just a few days ago with the glass lamp full of Christmas ornaments in it that I kept forgetting to take out.

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I instantly knew that this would be a great piece to paint with chalk finish paint.

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To make my chalk finish paint, I used my favorite white latex paint and Plaster of Paris.side table makeover with chalk finish paint

I stirred together 1 cup of paint, 1/3 cup of Plaster of Paris, and 1/3 cup of water in a plastic measuring cup from Lowe’s.

 

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Then I was ready to paint.  You can see what the top of the table looked like here…

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I love that I didn’t even have to sand the table before I painted it.

That small amount of paint was enough to do three coats on this table.

I forgot to take a picture of the final coat, but you can see the first two coats below.

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For the drawer, I removed the old hardware to make room for some new ones.

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Then I filled the holes with wood filler and let it dry.

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After the wood filler was dry, I sanded it down until it was smooth.

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After painting the drawer with three coats, I lightly sanded it with some fine grit sandpaper.

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I sanded all the edges of the table as well.  You could skip this step if you do not like the “worn” look.  Smile

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To make my white side table not look quite so “white,” I decided to add some glaze to it.

I decided to make my own glaze.  I mixed together about 1/2 cup of Valspar’s translucent glaze and 2 tablespoons of “Liberty Bell” {ar721}  paint from Lowe’s. {I only purchased the sample size.}

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Now for this next step, I had to channel my inner Mr. Miyagi.

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When applying the glaze, you wipe it on with a clean rag, and wipe it off with a another clean rag.

Wipe it on.

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Wipe it off.

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Wipe it on.

Wipe it off.

Repeat until you have covered the whole table with the glaze.

Lastly, I applied the Wipe-On Poly from my well-used and well-loved can.

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I applied two coats of wipe on poly, lightly sanding between each coat.

Then let it dry and STYLE! Smile

side table makeover with chalk finish paint

I bought two new handles from Hobby Lobby for 50% off.  They are wrapped in jute string, and I just used Gorilla Glue to attach them to the drawer.  {They didn’t come with screws, so I will add those later.}

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Aren’t they cute?!!

I used a basket that I already had to place in the middle of the table.  Eventually, I will probably get a different basket that is a lighter color and maybe not quite as tall.

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But for now, this basket is fine.  I am loving how the table turned out!  And did I mention I only paid $20 for it?!

 

It looks perfect next to my slipcovered couch from Ballard Designs.

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I wasn’t sure I would like making my own chalk finish paint, but I loved it.  It is thicker than regular paint, but it dries very quickly, and I love that I didn’t have to sand the table before I applied it.  I really like the “look” of the chalk finish paint, and I love that I can make it any color I want!  The skies the limit!  Smile

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Have you ever made your own Chalk Finish Paint? 

 

Did you like it?

 

I created this project as part of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Team.

If you have a smartphone or tablet,  be sure to download the Lowe’s Creative Ideas App to see some unique seasonal project ideas!  {Psst..they featured my craft closet makeover in their January Issue!  Download the app to see it!}Winter LCI Badge Banner-392x240

And be sure to follow Lowe’s on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

 

*Disclosure:  I am a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Team, and I received a gift card to purchase supplies for this project.  However, the project idea and opinions were 100% mine.


 


Green Buffet Makeover

December 17, 2013 AT 12:03 pm 28 Comments

I wanted to quickly show you a makeover I did on a makeover. Smile

It’s my new green buffet.

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It didn’t used to be green.  It used to look like this in our previous home…

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But that was what it looked like AFTER I gave it a makeover.

Here is what it looked like in the very beginning when I bought it from Goodwill…

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And here is Eli when he was two helping me sand the buffet.  I. am. dying.

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You can read about how I painted and glazed the buffet {the first time} HERE.

We have gotten a LOT of use out of this buffet, and we have used it in our kitchen, den, laundry room, and bedroom at one time or another. Smile

It was showing some wear, so I decided to give it some new life with a new Annie Sloan paint color that I have been wanting to try, Florence.

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It is a very bright color, but I have seen it used before, and I knew that applying dark wax as a finish would turn it almost green in color.

So I painted the buffet one evening.  The thing I love about Annie Sloan chalk paint is that it dries very quickly.

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After two coats, I applied some Annie Sloan dark wax.

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I am TOTALLY not an Annie Sloan expert, but I just applied the wax in small sections at a time with an Annie Sloan wax brush.  If you do not have a brush, a lint free cloth will work just fine.

Then I used an old cloth to rub the wax off.  I rubbed off as much as I wanted to get the look I was after.  I give the wax a good scrub until it shines a little. Smile

That’s it!  How easy is that?!

I bought some white knobs from Hobby Lobby at 50% off, which came to about $6.00.

Then I added a few Christmas decorations, and I love the way it turned out!

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It’s a bright color for me because I usually stick to neutrals, but I am enjoying the “life” it brings to the room.

So there’s my buffet makeover-makeover.

Isn’t it fun to change the look of a piece of furniture with just a can of paint?

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Have a blessed day!


 


DIY “Wonderful World” Chalkboard Print

October 27, 2013 AT 10:20 pm 16 Comments

Last Friday, I shared with you my kitchen table makeover.

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The two most asked questions about that post were “Where did you get the chandelier?” and “Where did you get the Wonderful World print?”

Well, I have two easy answers! Smile

I got the chandelier from Ballard Designs.

Here is the link:

Laurenza 8 Light Chandelier

Laurenza 8 Light Chandelier

 

And I got the print from one of my absolute favorite bloggers, Jennifer, from Dear Lillie.

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Her home and her decorating taste is to die for!  If for some crazy reason you have never been to her blog, treat yourself and GO TODAY.  You are welcome. Smile

 

She has the most beautiful chalkboard prints for sale in her shop.

Here is the link to the Wonderful World print…

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I Think To Myself 24×36 Chalkboard Download
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You can purchase the download for less than $10 and then take it to your local print shop to get it printed.  I sent mine download to Kinkos online and then went and picked it up.

I followed Jennifer’s directions for building the frame, and it was super, duper easy!  All you need is some wood and some screws. Smile

Click on the picture below to see how you can make one too!

I am absolutely in love with my print in my kitchen!  It’s funny how often the boys and I start randomly singing that song now!  Smile

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Let me know if you make one too!

Have a blessed day!


 


DIY Zinc Top Kitchen Table

October 24, 2013 AT 10:20 pm 36 Comments

Happy KnocktoberFest!

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Have you been hopping all around blogland this week checking out all the great Knock Off projects from many talented and creative bloggers?

They are amazing, and I can’t wait to make a few of those projects myself.  I LOVE getting the look of designer items for a lot less cash!

That’s why I jumped at the chance to participate in this year’s KnocktoberFest hosted my Lindsay at Makely School for Girls.

And I knew exactly which item I was going to Knock Off.

This little beauty…

Messina Dining Table

Messina Dining Table

$799.00

I’ve been wanting to do a makeover on my kitchen table for a couple years now because my boys had destroyed the top of it.

I would love to purchase this Ballard’s table but I didn’t have the over $800 to purchase it.

So with some creativity and some help from my husband, I created my own zinc top table!

Why buy it when you can make it, right?!!

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{I used this post from VanHook & Co. as my inspiration for this project.}

Here is what my table originally looked like…

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Y’all, that picture makes me cringe because it was when we first started our kitchen makeover when we moved in over two years ago!  This is the only picture I could find of the table with black legs.

I used Annie Sloan white chalk paint to paint the legs of the table first.

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Then I sanded the legs with a sanding sponge and sealed them with Annie Sloan clear wax.

DIY Aged Zinc Table Top

Have four boys that are continuing to grow everyday, I wanted to make our table as big as I could.  So I asked my husband to help me lengthen it.  DIY Aged Zinc Table TopWe pulled the table out farther than it normally extends and supported it with 2×4’s.

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We also attached some 2×4’s in the middle of the table where the gap now was.

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We always apply PL Construction Adhesive to every board before we screw it to the table to make it extra strong.

This is what our table now looked like…

DIY Aged Zinc Table Top

Next, we spread PL Construction Adhesive {available at Lowe’s} to the entire top of the table.

DIY Aged Zinc Table Top

Then Cy screwed a large sheet of MDF board to the top of the table.

DIY Aged Zinc Table Top

Our table measured almost 4 ft x 8ft, but you would cut the board to whatever size you want your table to be.

DIY Aged Zinc Table Top

To the edges of the table, we glued and screwed 2×2 boards.

DIY Aged Zinc Table Top

Then we spread more PL adhesive to the top of the MDF board.

DIY Aged Zinc Table Top

We bought our piece of galvanized sheet metal from Harbor Steel in Lexington, Kentucky, and a 4 ft x 10 ft piece cost about $50.

Now here is where things got a little tricky.  We needed our galvanized steel to cover the edges of the table, so we took it to a friend of ours who owns a steel company, and he has a huge machine that does it perfectly.  And get this….he did it for us for FREE!  Woohoo.

Check out your local steel shops to see if you can find someone to do it for you for a small fee.  It should cost less than $100 to do.

DIY Aged Zinc Table Top

If you want to see a tutorial of how to bend the sides of the steel yourself, click HERE.

Next, we sprayed the table top with Muriatic Acid to give the zinc an aged look.

CAUTION:  Muriatic Acid is VERY DANGEROUS!!  Be sure to wear gloves and preferably use it outside.  It was raining the night we did this, so we had to do it inside, but we had all the doors and windows open.

DIY Aged Zinc Table Top

You can also brush the acid on, but I wanted the look we got from spraying it on.

DIY Aged Zinc Table Top

We left the acid on the table for about an hour, and then we neutralized it with baking soda and wiped it off.

DIY Aged Zinc Table Top

I was already thrilled with the results.

DIY Aged Zinc Table Top

Then we needed to solder the edges of the table.

DIY Aged Zinc Table Top

We used a gas torch and some flux, but we should have used a paste as well.  There is a better tutorial of this process at VanHook & Co.  Click HERE to view it.

DIY Aged Zinc Table Top

{Side note:  I am going to buy some paste and re-do the edges later.}  Smile

After the corners are soldered, file them smooth.

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Last step is to seal the table with wax.  We used Butcher’s Wax.

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And now we have a beautiful, LARGE table to enjoy in our kitchen!

DIY Aged Zinc Table Top

I am so very happy with how it turned out, and you will be seeing this table in a lot of furniture posts from now on! Smile

Won’t it look beautiful at Christmas?!

DIY Aged Zinc Table Top

If you were stopping by from Not Just a Housewife, THANK YOU for visiting me!

Next stop on the KnocktoberFest tour is my buddy Brooke, from All Things Thrifty!

 

You can check out all of the KnocktoberFest participants by clicking on the links below:

Please check out the other lovely projects:

Monday, October 21
1.  Lindsay - Makely School for Girls
2.  Beth - Home Stories A to Z
4.  Beckie - Infarrantly Creative
5.  Emily - Decorchick!
6.  Wendy - The Shabby Nest
Tuesday, October 22
1.  Donna - Funky Junk Interiors
2.  Jess and Monica - East Coast Creative
3.  Jackie - Teal and Lime
5.  Carmel - Our Fifth House
Wednesday, October 23
1.  Chris - Just a Girl
3.  Melissa - The Inspired Room
4.  Ana - Ana White
5.  Marianne - Songbird
6.  Karianne - Thistlewood Farms
Thursday, October 24
1.  Roeshel - DIY Showoff
2.  Sandra - Sawdust Girl
3.  Jamie - C.R.A.F.T.
4.  Cassity - Remodelaholic
5.  Melissa - 320 Sycamore
6.  Mandi – Vintage Revivals
Friday, October 25
1.  Ashley - The Handmade Home
2.  Stacy - Not JUST a Housewife
3.  Traci - Beneath My Heart
4.  Brooke - All Things Thrifty
5.  Laura - Finding Home

 

Have a blessed day!

 

P.S.  We still have a gap in the side of our table where we lengthened it that I need to fill in with wood, but I ran out of time this week.  I will update this post as soon as I get that part finished.   Smile

 

Linking this project to Home Stories A to Z’s Tutorials and Tips Linky Party!

and Thrifty Decor Chick’s Before and After Party!


 


DIY Butcher Block Vanity

January 17, 2013 AT 12:23 pm 47 Comments

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the sweet comments you left on my post yesterday of my bathroom reveal.

When I hit “publish” on that post, I got kind of nervous that no one would like it.  I felt like an awkward junior high school girl hoping her friends would like her new outfit. Smile

When the comments started rolling in, you just made my day!  It felt like I was getting a ton of “high fives,” and I was lovin’ it!

 

A lot of you asked me questions about the makeover in the comment section, and I will be answering them in some upcoming posts.

I had a lot of questions about how Cy made the vanity, so I am going to do my best to share it today.

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We had two things in mind when building this vanity…to save space and to save money.

To save some space in the bathroom, I wanted a smaller vanity that was open underneath.  I knew it would make the bathroom feel so much bigger not to have a bulky, large vanity cabinet.

To save some money, we decided to use a leftover piece of butcher block from our kitchen renovation for the vanity top and have Cy build the whole thing.

 

However, why Cy chose to build this vanity at about 10:30 at night, upstairs in the addition, by the light of a single lamp, I cannot recall.

It was late.  He was tired.

Let’s just say this was not one of our best moments as a DIY couple.

I think Cy may have been a little bit annoyed by me and my camera.  Smile

 

So I apologize for the lighting in these pictures.  I had to use my flash because it was late and dark.

Cy started with four newel posts from Lowe’s.

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This may be confusing, but he cut off the bottom of the newel posts to be the top of our vanity legs.

 

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Then he cut off the top of the newel posts to be the bottom of our vanity legs.  Smile

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Next, he attached small pieces of wood with glue {PL Adhesive} and screws to be the “anchor pieces” for the wood sides of our vanity.

 

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Once the anchors were attached, he could then nail the vanity sides into them.

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Cy ALWAYS adds PL Adhesive to each wood piece before he screws or nails it to the wood.

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Cy followed this same process for all four corners of the vanity legs on the top and bottom.

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Here is Cy checking to make sure the sides are level.

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{INSERT DRAMA}

Remember it’s late?  Remember Cy’s tired?

Well, when he was about to add the butcher block top, I told him I thought the vanity may be a little too tall looking.  That did not go over very well at that very moment.  Smile

Cy grabbed his hand saw and went to town at sawing off some of the top of the vanity.  I was afraid he was going to ruin it or that it wouldn’t look right.  We may or may not have been arguing at this point.  {wink}

Not a great DIY moment, but hey, it happens!

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Fortunately, he was able to make the vanity shorter without shortening my life span.

 

Cy added some PL Adhesive to the top of the vanity before he attached the butcher block.

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He measured to make sure the butcher block was centered on the vanity.

guest bath 042He put a few 2 inch finish nails in the butcher block to secure it to the vanity. We let that sit overnight.

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Later, Cy took a piece of 1/2 inch birch plywood and cut out the corners so it would fit on the lower shelf.

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We added a piece of trim around the bottom shelf of the vanity.

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We also thought the sides of the top of the vanity looked a little plain, so to make it look more custom, Cy added another small piece of trim around the sides.

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Trim pieces are small but can make a BIG difference on a piece of furniture!

{MISSING SOME PICTURES}

One day while I was out of the house, Cy cut a sink bowl hole in the butcher block and installed the sink.  So I was not able to get any pictures of this step.

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However, most sinks come with a template for the hole that you need to cut out of your vanity top.  Cy just centered the sink template on the butcher block and traced around it.  Then he drilled a pilot hole on the traced line with a wood bit.  He put his jigsaw blade inside the pilot hole and cut out the sink hole.

If you want to see how to do this, you can check out THIS POST when Cy installed a sink in the dresser/vanity for our master bathroom.

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Back to the guest bathroom…

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We stained the butcher block a Dark Walnut from Minwax and sealed it with 5 coats of polyurethane in Semi Gloss.  He lightly sanded in between each coat of poly.

By the way, did you notice my gorgeous Moen faucet?!  It is called “Waterhill.”

Moen provided this faucet for my bathroom makeover!  I am in love with it!  I think the look of this faucet fits perfectly with my cottage bathroom.

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I absolutely love the contrast of the shiny chrome against the butcher block and wood walls.

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It’s amazing how you can tell that this is a well made product.  It’s the nicest faucet we have ever had in any of our homes.  You can tell the quality just by touching the handle.  Seriously!

Thank you, Moen!

 

Today, I added a chrome towel bar to the side of the vanity.

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The towel bar is practical because it gives me a place to hang my hand towels, but it also provides a way for me to hide the ugly plumbing beneath my vanity.  Love that!

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I am thrilled with how the vanity turned out!

Since we had the butcher block left over from our kitchen renovation, it helped to save us some money in this project.

The newel posts we used for the legs cost us about $120.

IF we had had more time to build this vanity, I would have probably frequented the Habitat Store to try and find 4 matching newel posts I could have used for this project.  If you don’t want to use newel posts for this project, you could just use four plain, straight wood posts.

So, we could have definitely saved some more money on this project if we had had the luxury of more time to complete it.

But we only had about $150 total in this vanity {not including the sink, faucet, and towel bar.}

I still think that is a great price for a custom built vanity.  I love it!

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To answer more of your questions about our renovation, I will be sharing a post about our wood planked walls..

I will also be sharing more about our split bathroom shower curtain, AND we will be giving you a complete cost breakdown of our bathroom makeover.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a blessed day!

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Bookcase turned Yard Stick Coffee Table {DIY Wayfair Challenge!}

December 3, 2012 AT 6:00 am 33 Comments

 

I am so excited to share a fun little project I just complete for my boys!

I got an email a while back from Wayfair about participating in their first DIY Challenge. Of course, I said yes!

We had to pick one of three products to do a makeover on.  I chose this bookcase.

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When I first saw it, I planned on still using it as a bookcase, but then I got the idea to turn it into a coffee table for the boys’ soon-to-be playroom.

{When the boys’ move upstairs to their new rooms, we are going to turn one of their rooms downstairs into a playroom.}

So this is what I came up with!

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I just LOVE it!

I took the bookcase and created a rolling, yard stick coffee table with it.

I used the pieces of bookcase that came in the box to create the base of the coffee table.  I sprayed the whole piece with Kilz spray primer first, and then spray painted the whole thing with white spray paint.

Since the original backing of the bookcase was a little too flimsy, we used a piece of leftover beadboard that we already had for the bottom of the coffee table.

We applied PL Adhesive to the wood and then nailed the board to the bottom of the bookcase.

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Then we cut a piece of plywood about two inches longer on each side than the bookcase.yard stick coffee table

We attached the larger piece of plywood to the top of the bookcase with door hinges.

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Now the boys will be able to lift up the table top and use it for storing toys or blankets.

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For the top of the coffee table, I bought a bunch of yard sticks for .69 cents a piece and stained or painted them with my favorite colors.

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I spray painted some red and used Annie Sloan dark wax on them to make them look aged.  I used Ebony stain on some, Walnut stain on others.  I also used a gray stain, white spray paint, and green paint on some others.  You can use whatever colors you want!

Then I attached the yardsticks to the top of the coffee table using more PL Adhesive and the nail gun.

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I staggered my yard sticks because I didn’t want them to look all matchy-matchy.

Then we used an electric hand saw to cut the edges of the yard sticks straight.

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Next, we added wheels to the bottom of the coffee table.

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To cover the raw edges of the top of the table, I stained some yardsticks a little darker with the ebony stain and attached them to the sides with PL Adhesive and a nail gun.

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I also added a silver handle to the front so the boys can lift the top of the coffee table easily.

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I am so happy with how it turned out!

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It’s such a colorful and happy table!  Perfect for the boys’ soon-to-be playroom!

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And I like that they will be able to easily roll it out of the way if they need more space to play games, like their Wii.

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Here is another look at the before and after…

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A special thanks to Wayfair for letting me participate in this challenge!! Be sure to follow Wayfair on Pinterest and/or Facebook for news and products.

Disclaimer—Wayfair provided the bookcase and Giftcards.com provided a giftcard to go toward the supplies for this project. All opinions are 100% my own.


 


How I Painted my Vanity with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

September 4, 2012 AT 9:36 am 52 Comments

 

Hey, friends!

I hope you had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

Today, I wanted to show you how I painted the vanity in yesterday’s post.

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Warning:  I am not a professional painter and never will be.  Smile

There is no special or secret method that I use.

Basically, I paint, I sand, I seal.

For this project, I decided to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I have attended one of Annie Sloan’s workshops on her American tour, but I have never painted a piece of furniture with her paint.

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Although I have wanted to for a long time.

I have heard GREAT things about ASCP.  The qualities I am most attracted to is that you don’t have to prime or sand a piece of furniture before painting with ASCP, and it distresses beautifully.

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If you want to know more about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, I highly suggest you reading about it HERE, from Shaunna at Imperfectly Perfect.  She also sells ASCP, so if you want to purchase some, go HERE.

 

The color of ASCP I chose is called French Linen.

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Since I didn’t have to prime or sand, I just began painting with my regular paint brush.

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When the paint is wet, it is several shades lighter than the finished color.  It will dry into a deep, warm, beautiful gray.

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It dries fairly quick.  I painted two coats.

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Then I sanded the dresser with a sanding sponge on all the raised areas.

It was late at night when I took the next two pictures, so I used a flash. That is why the paint looks like a different color.

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After I sanded the raised areas, it was ready to wax.

Before you wax it, the paint looks dry and chalky.

 

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But when you apply the Annie Sloan Clear Wax, that is when the REAL beauty of the paint comes out!

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(For a great video on how to apply ASCP wax, watch Shaunna’s video HERE.)

 

Annie Sloan has awesome brushes to apply the wax, but I don’t own one. Sad smile  So I just used a cheese cloth.  I am hoping to buy one of her brushes soon, but they are a little bit pricey.

 

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I was smiling from ear to ear and filling pretty giddy when I was waxing this piece.

Girls, I was falling in love.  Ooh-la-la!

 

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I cannot tell you how much I love this color of paint!

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The original hardware looks amazing on this piece.  It’s old tarnished brass, I believe.

Painting this vanity was exactly what this bathroom needed.

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I’m gonna see how the wax holds up to water drops around the sink.  I talked to Shaunna, and she said it should be fine.   But if I need to, I will apply Minwax Wipe-on Poly.

 

That’s it!

SUPER easy.

I love ASCP!  It’s pretty pricey, though.  Over $30 for a quart.  But you don’t have to buy primer, which is nice.  It was definitely worth the extra splurge on this piece.

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If you have any questions, just let me know.  I’ll try my best to answer them.

Have you ever used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint? 

What did you think of it?


 


Dresser turned Vanity Makeover

September 2, 2012 AT 10:19 pm 66 Comments

 

I am soooo very excited to show you this project!

How to turn a dresser into a vanity.

I gave you a sneak peek of something I was painting last week.

It was our bathroom vanity!  You know…the one that we just re-did?

Yep!  We re-did it again!

(I just started singing Brittany Spears’ “Oops, I did it again” in my head.)  Smile

 

The second makeover turned out WAY better than the first.

 

Let’s take a look back shall we?

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We bought this dresser at a thrift store last fall for $50.

I immediately knew that I wanted to turn it into a vanity for our master bathroom.

I was picturing something beautiful in my head.  Like this…

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Cy worked really hard on sanding and staining our dresser…

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He added a drop in sink…

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It really was beautiful.  I loved it.

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But as we continued to work on the bathroom, something wasn’t jivin’ and I couldn’t put my finger on it.

I loved the hard wood floors…

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I loved the faux wood beams and white washed brick

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I loved the claw foot tub….

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But there was something about that vanity that wasn’t sitting well with me.

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I think I was having trouble with the dark cherry stain.  It just wasn’t working with the walnut floor and beams.

I started thinking about painting it, but I didn’t want to tell Cy.

He was going to kill me.

But it kept bugging me.

And bugging me.

I mentioned to Cy that I sort of wanted to paint it.  And guess what?  I’m still livin’!

I guess after being married to me for 15 years, nothing really surprises him any more.  Smile

So then I started rolling around in my head, “What color do I want to paint it?”

And here is what I decided on…

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen.

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Perfection!

(If I do say so myself!)

I was able to add the original hardware back on the vanity, and it looks great.

 

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It is the exact contrast I need between the vanity and the flooring.  I was probably more giddy about this project than any other that I have done during our renovation.turning a dresser into a vanity

I was DYING to show you guys last week!  It is EXACTLY what I was envisioning for my bathroom, and I am SOOOO glad I painted it!

So here is my advice to you for what it is worth.

If something isn’t jivin’ in your décor…change it! 

Trust your gut!

Just do it!

You’ll be so glad you did.  I know I am. Smile

 

Let’s look back and the transformation of this $50 dresser…

 

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Tomorrow, I will show you how I painted the dresser.  It was super easy.

I will also give you a breakdown of the total cost of this dresser turned vanity.

 

So what do you think?

Do you like it better stained or painted?

Linking this project to…

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Drop Cloth Skirted Wood Desk {a creative storage solution for my office}

August 10, 2011 AT 10:15 am 37 Comments

 

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(I am going to paint the walls a different color.  This is the color that was already on the walls when we bought the house two months ago. I think a lighter paint color will help the desk stand out even more!)

I love this desk/table because there is sooooo much room to work!  And I love the way the drop cloth skirt hides all my “uglies”…

 

I bought those storage bins at Walmart, and I am going to buy two more for the other side of my desk when I have the money.

It was so much fun organizing all of my crafty stuff!

Now just in case ya’ll go thinkin’ that I’ve got it all together, and my room is so neat and organized now, here’s what the other side of my room looks like….

See why I need more storage bins?

I am DETERMINED TO GET ORGANIZED now that the boys are back in school!!

 

If you missed my guest post over at Shanty2Chic, and you want to know how to make this desk yourself, here is the tutorial.

(Believe me… if I can do it, you can do it too!)

 

I purchase three 2x10x8′s from Lowe’s and place them on our saw horses…

 

Then I cut each board 82 inches long. (You could cut them as long or as short as you need them.)

 

Then I cut 2×4′s to make a frame smaller than the top of the table.

 

 

I used PL adhesive caulk at the end of each 2×4 before I used my nail gun to nail them together.

 

 

I also used PL adhesive caulk on the frame before I nailed it to the top of the table…

 

I place the three 2×10′s on top of my 2×4 frame and nailed them together.

 

Next, I cut some 2×4′s for the legs of the table and nailed them to the frame.  It didn’t matter if my table had ugly legs because I knew I would be covering them with a skirt.

I made my table 30 inches high.

 

Then I used a clean cloth to wipe on the stain…

It is called Provencial from Minwax.

 

For the skirt, I cut strips from some drop cloths 31 inches long…

 

I LOVE drop cloths!  I especially love that they are already hemmed on one side, so I didn’t even have to break out my sewing machine for this project!

Next, I stapled the drop cloth to a 1×2 board that was cut 82 inches long (the length of the front of the table.)  I gathered the material every couple of inches to create my skirt.

 

Then I attached the skirt to the table by screwing the 1×2 into the table top. (I used 2 inch wood screws.)

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Then the material lays nicely between the 1×2 and the table top!

 

I did the same thing to the sides of the table too!

This skirt is perfect for hiding my craft supplies in my office.

 

I grabbed some accessories from around my  house to decorate it for now.  Of course, I may change it around a bit still.

But for now, I am really going to enjoy this roomy desk!

 

If you have any questions about my desk, just let me know! :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 





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