The new year is coming, and I’ve found some down time to touch base again -not for long though. So I suppose I’ll just jump right to it! I found this vanity stool on CL for 10 bucks! Sure is … Continue reading
Since my wife and I have just moved (currently still in the process), I decided to gather a few helpful tips to help if you are also preparing for a big move. Start Early! ” The early bird gets … Continue reading
I don’t know about you, but I hate spending an arm and a leg on things I can make for a fraction of the retail price! We only had 3 (mismatched chairs) for our dining table – but then I … Continue reading
My bedroom makeover is slowly but surely coming along nicely. I went with teal, celery, and white as my palette because I wanted something fun, but still light. I find adding fun colors is the best way to give a tiny room a bright and airy feel.
I originally started with plain white tables, that I glued wood decals on to give it character. You can purchase these at your local craft or hardware store for only a few bucks!
Here is what they looked like before the makeover:
A bit plain, but they sure did have potential!
Remember– If you want to eliminate the sanding process use paint with primer in it. Home Depot carries a really good paint with primer that really does the trick. Costs about 25 bucks for a gallon, and boy does it go a long way! I’ve painted dark furniture with it and it goes on with no fuss and with a maximum of two coats.
Another rule of thumb, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t forget your polyurethane varnish as the top coat! I’d have to say that is the most important part to painting furniture that will have a lot of contact- especially tables!
Recommend using a water based, high gloss in clear (to avoid yellowing).
I found a GREAT Pottery Barn table on Craigslist for about 30 bucks. I just had to have it but, I had no use for it until recently. Unfortunately the table wasn’t in the greatest shape when I got it. BUT that’s what paint and a little bit of DIY is for!
This is what we started with:
Since the table was solid wood and pretty smooth to begin with we really didn’t have to do much sanding. To eliminate the sanding option we used the paint with the primer mixed in it, and it worked like a charm! We put a clear wood varnish on as a top coat, to avoid chipping in the paint. If you’re painting something that will have a lot of contact – please don’t forget the last, most important step; VARNISH! (Use a water based clear Polyurethane so there wont be any yellowing.)
If you decide to do this little project I strongly suggest disassembling the item as much as possible. Just makes for less hassle. Plus while the main part is drying you can get the small pieces done to save time!
(My wonderful wife did most of the work -I just “supervised”)
To create this look we used Glidden Duo Paint and Primer in Ice Sculpture (blue), Drizzling Mist (grey), and Celery (green- knobs).
GOOD LUCK! 🙂
We had an old rustic corner cabinet built from cedar planks.When we first got it, lets just say it wasn’t the prettiest thing in the world. It was unsanded, black and drab!
If you’re limited on space but have an unused corner, why not put some adorable storage there?
We took this little baby from this:
You will need:
Paint w/ Primer (of your choice)
Drop cloth/ an old sheet
Decal (of your choice)
This was a simple project and didn’t take a million years to complete! Just a few coats of paint (we used the paint with primer already in it, will save you so much time from sanding!). Including drying time I’d say it took us about 3 hours. If you decide to try this don’t forget to let the paint set at least a day or two before putting anything on it. Don’t want any chipping now do we?
The star was already built into the cabinet but they sell metal and wood adornments for only a few bucks at the local hardware or craft store. So, you can customize your cabinet to your style.
Are you sick of the same old look in your family room or bedroom? The solution is simple, SPRAY PAINT!
Here’s the thing, our living room felt like it was drowning in tacky. Nothing had any sense of flow or class for that matter. I finally got sick of the lack of cute going on in here so I ran down to the local Home Depot and purchased a can of Rust-oleum Painters Touch spray paint, in satin “Lagoon”. Cost about 4 bucks!
Since we are renters we cant just go around painting the walls. I figured a great solution is painting the furniture – in this case a random lamp.
Here is what we were working with
This little project only took about 10 minuets tops! Here is the finished product
Have fun making something old into something new and fun!