Clint and Mary’s Kitchen Renovation {Part One}

April 7, 2014 AT 10:10 am 1 Comment

Hey friends!

I am so excited to share Cy’s latest remodeling project with you!

A couple of months ago, he started working on Clint and Mary’s kitchen renovation. It was a HUGE renovation, and I wanted to share some of the “before” pictures with you.

When you walk in their front door, you immediately see their living room on the right.

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The living room leads into the dining room.  The plan was to move the wall between the two rooms forward making the living room smaller and the dining room bigger.

Cy was also going to add new French pocket doors between the two rooms.

If you keep walking past the living room, you will find yourself in their den.

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Like most homes built during this time, there is a wall separating the den from the kitchen.  Clint and Mary wanted a more “open” feel in their home and wanted to tear down the wall between the two rooms.

Mary loves to entertain and host get-togethers, so she wanted a space that facilitated a lot of people.

Her kitchen was small and closed off from the rest of the house.

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It was also missing adequate storage.  Mary wanted a LOT of cabinets and storage space.  {What woman doesn’t, right?!} Smilekitchen renovation

We made plans to tear out the small panty and create a larger one with double doors.  The wall between the kitchen and dining room was also going to get torn down, opening up the space even more.

If you walk through the small kitchen, you will end up in the dining room.

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As you can tell in the picture below, every room was separated from the other ones with walls.  Well that was going to change….BIG TIME!

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Here are a few sneak peeks of the “during” photos.

The new wall between the living room and dining room was built…

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And the wall between the den and the kitchen was torn down…

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The space already looks SO much bigger!

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I cannot wait to show you the “afters” of this space!  It is an amazing transformation!

 

Stay tuned….

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Hall Closet Makeover

March 31, 2014 AT 12:02 pm 8 Comments

Last year, I showed you a makeover I did on the exterior of our hall closet, but I have never shown you the inside.

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Well, I did show you the “before” of the inside of the closet, but I never showed you the “after” of the inside of the closet.

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I used an Easy Closet system to re-do the inside of my closet, but here is the cool thing.  It was FREE!

I worked with Easy Closets for my master closet makeover, and they accidentally sent me an extra closet system for a smaller closet.

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{master closet}

I contacted them to let them know, and they said since it was their mistake I could keep it!  Say What?!!  I was thrilled!  And I was even more excited when I realized it fit our hall closet perfectly!

Here is the before of our hall closet…

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There was only one shelf space and one bar to hold clothes.  {This closet didn’t used to be a “hall closet.”  It was a bedroom closet before we added the addition to our home.}

With the Easy Closet system, I was able to create three bar spaces, lots of shelving, and even some drawers!  Love that!

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Now, the inside of my closet looks like this…

2014-03-31 11.31.20I cannot believe how much storage I have in this closet now!

The left side of the closet holds my out of season clothes, and the middle shelves hold photo albums, décor items, and some home videos.

The upper right side holds tablecloths, and the drawers below hold wrapping supplies, like tissue paper and gift bags.  I also have a “junk drawer” full of miscellaneous stuff that needs to be organized.  Smile  We all have one of those, right?

I still have some organizing to do against the wall on the right.  Right now, I have some large picture frames and artwork stuffed in there.

The back of the doors hold a lot of space, so I added a belt holder for all of the boys belts that I find laying all over the house.  I plan on adding another one for their ties.

Eventually, I want to organize this space even better with cute matching baskets on the shelves and handles on the drawer, but I don’t have time for that right now.  Smile  And no one really sees the inside of my closet except for me.  I’ll save that project for a rainy day.

For now, I am thrilled with my more organized closet!

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Do you have a closet in need of a makeover?

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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!




Robin’s Bathroom Makeover Reveal {Part One}

December 1, 2013 AT 9:58 pm 13 Comments

I am soooo excited to share this bathroom makeover reveal with you!

As you know, my husband went into business for himself this past year.  He started an insulation and remodeling business.  We thought he would do more insulation than remodeling, but it has actually been the opposite.

Part of the reason is because of my blog.  Many of his remodeling jobs have come from people who read my blog. Smile

Like Robin.

Robin has been reading my blog, and my sister’s blog, for a while now, and when she read that Cy was starting his own remodeling business, she asked him to give her master bathroom a makeover.

Robin is precious, and it was awesome meeting her in person!

Today, I want to show you what her bathroom looked like the day Cy and I went to her house, and some of the plans she/we had for the bathroom

Here is what the bathroom looked like as soon as you walked in…

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One of the first things Robin told us that she wanted to change in her bathroom was the flooring.

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She also wanted to remove the vanity and install a new double sink vanity.

I suggested that she tear out the small linen closet beside the vanity to make the bathroom feel more spacious.

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On the right side of the bathroom, there was a big, bulky shower right in the middle of the wall.  Robin wanted that shower torn out and a new one built in the right corner of the bathroom.

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She also wanted to get rid of the big tub.  I definitely agreed with this decision! Smile

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Removing the tub would make a huge difference in this space.

You can see in the picture below how the shower wall juts out and takes up a lot of space.

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The only thing that we were not going to change in this bathroom was the toilet.  It was going to stay where it was, but that area would get a little update.

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We also left the walk in closet alone.  It stayed put.

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Cy and his crew got busy on this bathroom!  They got rid of the old flooring and corner tub.

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They tore out the vanity and linen closet and hung new drywall in its place.bathroom makeover revealThey also tore out the old shower, and installed a new tub and shower in the corner of the bathroom.

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It is amazing how much larger the bathroom began to look with the shower moved down to the corner!

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Robin wanted an arch in the shower, so Cy custom built one for her.

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He installed beautiful 12×12 tiles on the shower wall along with an accent piece.

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For the new floor, Cy installed the tile on the diagonal which visually makes the floor space look larger.

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Do you liked what you have seen so far?

Well, here is a sneak peak of the final reveal tomorrow!

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I can’t wait to show you the rest of it!  {I wish I could take credit for how beautifully decorated Robin’s bathroom is, but she did it all herself, and you are going to LOVE it!}

Come back tomorrow to see all of the “before and afters” of this beautiful bathroom makeover!




Back Door Makeover

September 10, 2013 AT 3:49 pm 25 Comments

 

Howdy!

I wanted to show you a quick little change we did to our back door.

We finished this back in July, but I am just getting around to showing it to you.

This is what our back door used to look like…

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This is the door we use every single day.  And so does our company whenever they come over.  Sad smile

A white door does not work well with four little boys and a dog.  It stayed constantly dirty.

Notice the outdoor light?   Yep, it was just an exposed light bulb because the plastic cover fell off and cracked last year.  Tacky, I tell ya.

When we painted the exterior brick {which I still haven’t posted about yet}, I knew I had to paint that door.  I decided to paint it the same color as the front door, mainly because I already had the paint. Smile

It’s called Ebony Fields by Valspar.

Here is what our back door looks like now!

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Aaaaahhhhh, much better!

We bought that beautiful copper-like outdoor light at Lowe’s.  I love our back door now.  I need a bigger rug, but I haven’t bought one yet.

I cannot believe how much difference a little bit of paint can make!

 

BTW, the pretty ferns are from my sweet daddy.  Smile  He buys ferns for my sister, my SIL, and me every Mother’s Day.  I love them!

I hope to show you the rest of our exterior soon, but we haven’t finished painting the two story addition yet.  We are going to have a rent a boom lift or something.

Have a blessed day!




Bathroom Makeover Reveal!!

September 2, 2013 AT 8:39 am 52 Comments

 

Hey friends!  Happy Labor Day!

I wanted to quickly share with you a makeover that Cy did on a client’s bathroom.

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He had already started the demolition process before I could get a before picture, so this is what it looked like when I showed up.

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That is where the toilet used to be.

He was going to try to keep and re-do the original vanity, but it was in such bad shape, I convinced him to let me find a piece of furniture I could turn into a vanity.

I found this piece of furniture at our local antique mall for $90 dollars.  That was so much cheaper than any new vanity that I would buy at Lowe’s or anywhere else.

 

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I painted the dresser with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Gray.  We reused the same hardware because it was perfect.  We were planning on keeping the original top on the dresser, but Cy ended up having to replace it.

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He bought some oak, stained it, and sealed it with poly to create a new vanity top.

For the bathtub, he used a tub refinishing kit from Lowe’s to cover up the old blue tub.

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I picked out the tile for the shower and floor.  It is from Lowe’s.  I will try to get the exact name of this tile and add it to my post today.

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We were super pleased with how it looked.

Cy installed bead board all around the room which really made the space look bigger and brighter.

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We painted the walls above the bead board a tan color.

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Here is what the bathroom looked like before…

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Here is the after!

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Cy bought the light at Lowe’s, and he built a custom mirror.  I think it looks so fresh and lovely!

The clients were on vacation while Cy completed this remodel.  The husband wanted to surprise his wife with a new bathroom.

Before they got home, Cy bought some flowers to place on the vanity, a card, and a new brown hand towel.

Isn’t that sweet?!

 

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I love my man.  Smile

He’s working on another bathroom remodel right now, and I can’t wait to show it to you when he is finished!

 

Have a blessed Labor Day!!

 

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DIY Office Desk and Window Seats–Part One

August 15, 2013 AT 6:07 am 12 Comments

 

I have so much to show you in my new office room!!!

We have a done a ton of work in this room that I haven’t even posted about on my blog.

There is so much to show you, I am going to have to break it down into several posts.

So today, I am going to start with showing you how Cy made the wall to wall desks in my office.

I LOVE a lot of desk space, so I love having built in desks all around my office.

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This is about a 12×12 foot room.  It was Jonathan and Luke’s room when we first moved into our home two years ago.  When Jonathan and Luke finally moved upstairs in the new addition, the office was a “junk room” and looked like this…

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We started working on the closet in this room first.  Remember this project?…

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Once I finished the craft closet, I couldn’t wait to work on the rest of the room!

So we cleared everything out and ripped up the nasty, stained carpet.  We were going to sand and paint the subfloor, but then we decided to cover it with Rustoleum’s Restore.

It’s a durable coating that is usually used on decks and outdoor surfaces.  It is an AWESOME product, but we weren’t crazy about it the look of it for my office.  Plus, we read on the box after we had already used it, that it was for exterior use only.  oops.  So we decided to paint the concrete with floor paint.  {We painted the floor tan AFTER we painted the desks and window seats.}

We are still not 100% crazy about it, but it is better than the nasty carpet.  It’s super easy to sweep up a mess on.  Down the road, we may do something different, but not right now.

After we finished the floor, Cy got to building me the desk plan that I had in my head.  He made me draw it on paper, and then he went to work!

Cy used 3/4 inch birch plywood from Lowe’s to create the desk tops and window seats.

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The desk tops are supported underneath by 2×4 cleats that were screwed to the studs in the wall.

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The next step was to attached the trim pieces using wood glue and finish nails.  You can use any type of trim piece you want for this part.

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All of the edges of the desk were trimmed out with the same trim piece.

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For the trim on the fronts of the window seats, Cy used 1×2 poplar boards.

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He added ball feet from Lowes to the bottoms of the window seats, and under the base cabinet on the other side of the room.

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He also added the 1×2 poplar boards to the tops of the window seats to create arm rests.

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Then I filled all the nail holes and cracks with paintable wood filler.

 

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After the wood filler was dry, I sanded it smooth with 220 grit sand paper.

Here is what it looked like before we painted it.  This is the corner you see right when you enter the room.

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Here is a look at the other side of the room…

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The last thing we did was to paint the desk and window seats white.  I used my HomeRight Finish Max paint sprayer to get the job done.  It was amazing how quickly I was able to get the whole room painted!

 

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So the bottom part of my office was finished, but I still wanted to add some upper cabinets to this space.

 

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Next week, in Part Two, I will show you how we made some new upper cabinets for my office!

Stay tuned….




Kitchen Makeover Reveal

July 21, 2013 AT 11:27 pm 72 Comments

 

Remember back in March, how I told you that one of Cy’s first jobs in his new business was remodeling my brother and SIL’s kitchen in their new home?

Well, he finished it a couple of months ago, but I just now got over to their house to take some “after” pictures!

Sorry for the delay. Smile

 

But I am so excited to show you Cy’s fabulous work!

Let’s remember what it looked like before….

 

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And the after!….

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My brother, Blake,  and sister-in-law, Ande, are absolutely thrilled with how it turned out!

It is amazing how much of a difference was made by painting the kitchen cabinets white!

 

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He used Benjamin Moore’s White Dove on the cabinets.

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The oak cabinets completely dated the kitchen…

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But now the cabinets look fresh and current…

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To paint the cabinets, Cy used the Homeright Finish Max Sprayer.

HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish HVLP Sprayer

Finish Max Fine Finish HVLP Sprayer

 

You can read about how he painted the cabinets HERE.

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Ande chose to paint the island herself, and Cy installed a new granite counter top on it.

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Isn’t it gorgeous?!  I believe Ande got those stools at IKEA.

 

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Cy also installed IKEA butcher block counter tops just like the ones in our kitchen.

 

IKEA butcher block counter tops

 

I cannot get enough of butcher block counter tops!

 

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Ande picked out a beautiful stainless steel farmhouse sink for her kitchen.  Cy had to rebuild the cabinet below to make it fit, and it looks great!

 

IKEA butcher block countertops

 

Blake and Ande also had the floor refinished, which added even more beauty to this space!

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So there you have it!  What do you think?

Did Cy do a good job?  Smile

 

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Next week, I am going to show you the makeover he completed on my Aunt and Uncle’s master bathroom.  You won’t believe it!

 

If you have any questions about the kitchen makeover, feel free to leave it in the comments below.  Thanks!

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DIY Light and Mirror Makeovers {& Haven Ticket Winner!}

June 9, 2013 AT 11:25 pm 12 Comments

 

Wow!  Guess what I forgot to announce last week?

Yep…

The Haven ticket winner!

I’m so sorry.  Sad smile  Without further ado, congratulations to….

 

Bre Himlie!!

 

I will be sending you an email about your winning ticket!  Woohoo!!!  See you at Haven!

 

Today, I wanted to quickly show you a couple of small DIY makeovers I did to the light and mirror in my Master Closet makeover.

First up is the light.

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The room original had an ugly old ceiling fan.

I love ceiling fans, but I don’t like ugly ceiling fans, so it had to go! 

 

A couple of years ago, I bought this antique chandelier at a yard sale for $5 bucks.  {Well, I don’t know if it was really an antique, but it looked old, so we will call it that.  It makes it sound like I got a really good deal!} Smile  I kept it because I knew I would use it for something someday.

 

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I could have left it alone and would have probably loved it, but I decided to have a little fun and spray paint it with some blue spray paint.  I didn’t even prime it because I knew it wouldn’t be getting any wear and tear from hanging up there from our ceiling. Smile

 

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After Cy hung the light, I added some new white sleeve thingies that I bought at Lowe’s for a couple of bucks to the candle lights.

 

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I love the punch of color it adds to the closet!

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Next, I bought this old mirror at our local antique mall for $22.   I liked the shape and size of it, but not the color of the wood.

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So I fixed that quickly by adding a couple coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint in French Linen, my favorite color.

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So easy.  Smile

 

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I really do love this mirror.  I also found that little wooden seat one the same day at the antique mall for $15.  Perfect!

If you missed my master closet reveal, you can view that post HERE.

And if you missed how we made my dressing table, you can read about that HERE.

 

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In one week, I’ll be on a plane to Nicaragua!  I cannot wait to love of those precious children!  I covet your prayers.

8-June10

 

 




How I Painted my Vanity with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

September 4, 2012 AT 9:36 am 48 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?







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