About That Armoire…

Hello everyone!  I wanted to break down some of the details of the armoire from my daughter’s bedroom.  In case you missed that post, you can read about it here.

The armoire was a Craigslist find from several years back.  My kids have a ton of movies and like to watch them in my daughter’s bedroom, so I needed a space for the TV and movies that wasn’t a total eye sore.  I wanted an armoire so that I could just close the doors when they weren’t watching.  The armoire is a very heavy piece, but nothing special.  It is just a pressboard concoction covered with a “wood look” laminate.  I had seen some furniture creations on pinterest and other places and had a few ideas about what I wanted.  I was a little worried about painting on laminate though.  This is how it started :

And here is what it looks like now:

I’ll just be honest though, this is how I really feel:

So here is how it all came together…Many of you have heard of chalk paint (not to be confused with chalkboard paint).  In a nutshell, it is this fabulous new invention that allows you to paint the surface of just about anything with little to no prep work.  You know all that sanding you hear about that has you completely turned off to refinishing a piece of furniture?  Ya, not with chalk paint.  I did no sanding what-so-ever, and this is laminate peeps!  The original inventor of chalk paint is Annie Sloan.  Although her paint is fabulous, it is extremely expensive and hard to find.  So what’s a girl to do?  Google it of course!  I googled how to make my own chalk paint, and there it was.  One cup latex paint with one tablespoon of unsanded grout.  So I went to Wal-Mart and found a can of “oops” paint that was marked 50% off.  Score!!  It was a basic white, so I couldn’t go wrong.  They didn’t sell grout, so I went to Ace hardware and found a box for about $8.00.  It is huge and will last me forever.  Here are my supplies:

It really cracks me up how this whole project came to be.  My husband, brother-in-law and I took the kids to seriously the worst restaurant ever for breakfast and over much heartburn and indigestion I completely convinced my brother-in-law to start this project with me.  He’s no stranger to my crazy, spontaneous decorating adventures.  He is a single college student who just landed an awesome intern position in the same town that we live.  Pretty awesome.  He has always lived several hours away until now, so it has been a blast having him around.  I know that he is seriously scared inside every time I start talking about a new project!!  Anyway, he has dabbled with drawing over the years and so I knew he’d be the perfect person to help me carry out this vision of mine.  Here is a pic of it right after we got started:

All we did was mix our paint (one cup latex to one tablespoon grout)and stirred really well.  We took off the doors and handles and taped off the rest of the hardware.  We just painted it right where it stood with a big sheet under it.  There was no way we were moving it downstairs!  I used a small foam roller while he used a brush.  The grout gives it an almost textured finish, so we decided that the brush strokes of the brush looked better than the roller.  This proved to be a MUCH bigger project than I initially thought!  Not hard, just time consuming!  It took several coats.  Sometimes the paint/grout combo would get a little thick, so I watered it down with a splash of water and just stirred it right in.

I made Kash pose in this terrible shirt (he had to borrow it from me because I wouldn’t let him run home and get paint clothes) that was way too small.  Here it is with only one coat on it.

After about three coats we let it sit and started on the walls.  The paint color I chose for the wall was Granite Grey by Gliddon

I gave the armoire one final coat of white without adding grout to finish it off.  It turned out awesome.  We actually didn’t start the design on the front until the rest of the room was finished and the paint had dried on the armoire entirely.  This is where Kash had to use his skills.  I printed out the picture I wanted him to draw and showed him exactly where on the armoire that I wanted it to be.  I wanted it off centered and to seem like it was falling off the edge.  He was able to take a small picture and draw it on the front of the armoire to scale.  And he made it look pretty easy.  At this point we used a little finishing brush to fill in his drawing with the same grey Gliddon paint that we used on the walls.  I considered using a lacquer to seal the entire piece, but decided against it when I noticed that it was yellowing the paint.  So it has a very thin coat of lacquer underneath the TV, but nowhere else.  So far it is holding up great!  It was quite a bit of work, but I think it was worth it, don’t you?

So back to that Brother-In-Law of mine…Did I mention that he’s single, and in a frat?  Oh ya, and here is a better picture of him:

Alright, now he’s gonna kill me.  Thanks for stopping by!  Let me know if I can answer any questions for you about painting with chalk paint!

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A couple of furry chairs…

Hello everyone!  I am super excited about my latest project.  I was given two awesome chairs by my dear Aunt Neva this past July for my birthday.  They were something that she was storing in her shop because she didn’t feel she had room for them in her house any longer.  I wish I would have taken a true before photo, but I wasn’t blogging when I started on them.  When I received them they were a deep green velvet color with dark wood legs.  They certainly weren’t bad to begin with, but I was looking for something that fit better with my decor.  My mother in law suggested that we spray paint them an ivory color.   So we did…. and they turned out alright.  But, just alright.  I wanted something amazing, and the paint made them a little stiff for my liking, and they still had undertones of green.  Here is the best before pic that I got.  This was after spray painting:

I tried to pull back some of the fabric to expose the original color:

You can tell how stiff the velvet had gotten too.  I started looking through photos of chairs to get some inspiration, because they are just way too cool of chairs for me not to love them.  I settled on Mongolian fur.  I mean, who doesn’t love a little fur, right?  I’ve got little bits of it all over the house, and my favorite is definitely Mongolian fur because it is long and thick and kinda curly.  Finding someone who sells Mongolian fur is another story….I had to order it online, and it was more expensive than I’d like to mention.  I also decided that the legs needed to change from the ivory color I painted them previously to a shiny metallic silver.  Here they are  in ivory :

I spray painted them in my booth  yard, on top of a piece of cardboard.

I used Krylon matte aluminum for the silver and just sprayed right onto the legs, not caring if the fabric got hit, since I was going to be recovering them anyway.

I love the color they turned out!  I didn’t want them to look perfectly shiny and smooth, and they didn’t turn out that way either.  There are a few imperfections and I like it that way.   I decided that I would attempt to staple the fur onto the bottom of the chair with a staple gun, but that quickly flew out the window.  The existing fabric was too thick to work with the staple gun I had, so I fell back on Old Faithful, my trusty glue gun.  Here’s a look at all the tools I was using:

Here is a look at the fur before I started.  This was an extremely messy project!  We had fur everywhere, but it cleaned up pretty easily.

I measured the base of the chair and added a few inches before I cut.  Then I just started gluing the fur onto the underside of the front and pulling it tight toward the back and the sides like so:

The best part about this project is how forgiving the fur is!  Trust me, there is no perfection in this project!   All of that long curly fur hides everything!  You can’t even see any of my seams.  I am so pleased with how it turned out:

Thank you for reading about my fun little project!  Have you made anything awesome lately?  I would love to hear about it 🙂