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FarmhouseTable Makeover

I finally spent some time on my dining room table!!!  I love it!  It was originally an all white farmhouse table.  I love the design, and the white.  But I wanted a bit more contrast with the white legs.  So I spent some time on the tablet top.

BEFORE- (not bad at all, just all white)

 

 

AFTER-

Anne Sloan Chalk Paint – Desk Make Over

I found this desk at Salvation Army for about $35.  I loved the lines and the hardware, but the dark red wood color doesn’t match a thing in my house.  So, I decided to paint and distress it.

Here is before-

 

I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Wax and then distressed.  I love the finished product!

After-

Chippy Armoire

Chunky pieces of furniture are my favorites, I just love to re-do large pieces because they make a huge statement!  I have painted a few of these chippy armoires, and every one of them is absolutely perfect in my eyes.  They are shabby chic to the extreme and they pop in any room!  Here is the one I most recently did.

(Sorry the clarity is not so good, I took these pics on my phone)

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

A few weeks ago I took an official class for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  It was amazing!  I learned several great techniques with chalk paint.   I had an old IKEA nightstand that I painted black a few years ago…it was just icky and blah.  So I tried Paris Grey chalk paint and some clear wax and then distressed it so the black would show through.  It is GORGEOUS!

Here is a before picture.

And after.

DIY Barndoor Headboard

I have several beautiful barn doors this summer, all were more pricey than what I wanted to spend.  So, I decided to make one!  I spent several hours looking at pictures online and then I took a trip to Lowe’s and came home with all the supplies needed to build my own.

Here is a picture of the final product.  I love it!  It’s chunky and very sturdy.  I still need to work on the bedding and the rest of the room, but the barndoor gives me the direction and kick-start that I need.  (I promise I will post more pictures and a tutorial soon!)

Black and Antique White Table

I have spent a decent amount of time on this table.  I started it while my grandparents were staying with us, and my grandma shared some of her furniture secrets with me.  I must have inherited the creative gene from her! 

Here is before.

Here is after.  I love it!

First I sanded the top down to the raw wood. 

Then I covered the top with wrapping paper and primed the ugly green.  For this step I used my brand new paint gun!!!  It was wonderful to use!  For primer I used zinsser water based primer.  The paint was antique white by valspar.  I did three coats of paint after the primer was dried. 

Next I stained the top black, two coats.  I finished using Minwax Polycrylic as the top coat. 

The hardware is from Lowes.  I think it makes it look sophisticated. 

 

I think it looks great in my dining room!

Pottery Barn Inspired Console Table Built By Steve

My wonderful, amazing, talented and oh-so-sweet hubby built me this console table!!!  It was inspired by one we saw at Pottery Barn.  I am absolutely in love with his handy-work!!  The table is beautiful, and I am proud to say that he made it for me.   (A tutorial will follow in a few days!)

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Heirloom White Makes It Beautiful

This past weekend I scored this piece of furniture at a garage sale for only 10 dollars!!  What made it even better was that it was already taped and primed.  Two less steps for me to do!!  Woohoo.

Since it was already primed the only prep work I had to do was to sand it smooth with fine sand paper.

Next I used Rustoleum Heirloom White spray paint to paint it.   The best way to spray is to use quick motions and very lightly.  Avoid over-spraying.  It’s better to do one more coat than to have drips.    I did three coats to ensure even coverage.

Once the paint was totally dry I used a medium grit sandpaper to distress the edges and corners. I love distressing furniture, it adds so much character.

Here is the finished product!  For now I plan on using it as a nightstand.  I still need to add new knobs and accessories to dress it up a bit, but I must say I love it!

Classy Desk Creation

I have wanted my own personal desk for years.  I would love my own home office, but I decided I could settle for a desk.  And since I love to paint…well I decided to re-purpose a small dining table  into my reading and writing space.  The table was actually in great condition, it just didn’t match the master bedroom.

Before

After

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Slate Blue Accent Piece

This This is currently one of my favorite pieces in our house.  It was originally purchased from craigslist for a couple of bucks, and since has been sanded and repainted a few times:).  It is now a slate blue to match our curtains and other accessories.