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 Bedroom For a Princess…

Hello everyone!  I’m super excited to show you what I have been working on!  My daughter’s bedroom has been a priority for me since we moved into our house this last June.  I am thrilled to finally be done with it.  It was a lot of hard work, but I enlisted the help of my Bro-In-Law, Kash, to help with the painting.  It turns out that he is quite an artist!  I changed my design plan several times before I got started and it ended up very different than what I planned, but I LOVE it!  I’m am just going to post some before and after pictures for now, but tomorrow I’ll break down all the deets.

I really wanted to give her a room that was a little more grown up, but still fit for a little girl.  She will be six this summer and her room was still very reminiscent of her nursery minus the crib.  I bought her new bedding and curtains a little while back and decided to use that for my inspiration.  The wall color was a blue/green/grey color that I didn’t hate, it just wasn’t right for a little girls bedroom.  The room was really just a hodge podge of a little of everything and was totally lacking direction.   Here are a few before photos:

You can see the bedding and the curtains that I decided to keep in this one.  My paint supplies aren’t usually there, but I always forget to take before pictures because I’m so anxious to start.

I used to hang her artwork up with clothes pins.  I liked the idea, but it really looked pretty busy.  Oh, and yes, that is a 4ft Barbie house, and yes, it has to stay.

That is just a cheap laminate armoire that houses her TV, movies, and a ton of books.  It’s not terrible, just in need of a makeover.

 

I think that is enough before pictures to show that the room definitely needed a makeover.

So, here is what I came up with:

I kept the origional furniture placement but added the tree and painted the armoire.  The little chair got a makeover too.

My Brother-In-Law painted the damask design on the armoire freehand.  I am so happy with how it turned out!  I have a trick for painting on laminate furniture, but more on that later.  I bought the pink fabric for the curtain and recovered some pillows for her bed.

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

The picture frames are supposed to look like they are hanging from the tree and the letters are her initials.

Those pictures were so easy to make!  All three cost less than $10.00.

That cute little chair was a roadside rescue and I just sprayed the legs silver and recovered it.

The bottom got some of the leftover fur from my last chair makeover.  You can read about that here.  And the top got a velvety silver and black floral pattern.  The pillow came from Hobby Lobby. 

I left her bookcase about the same, just angled it.  I was going to add some scrapbook paper to the back of it, but I pretty much just wanted to be finished at this point.  I may still do that later.

That chandelier was a $10 garage sale find that I sprayed black and added crystals to.  It looked pretty hideous when I got it, but I love how it turned out.  After all, every girl needs at least one chandelier!!

That pretty much sums it up.  Here’s one last after picture:

Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll break down the room more in my next post.  Have a great day!

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A very simple Pinterest project…

Hello everyone!  I want to share a really simple and fun project that I saw on Pinterest.  It’s one of those moments where you think, now why didn’t I think of that?!  I have no idea why this intrigued me so much.  I actually have a bit of experience with gardening and house plants, (my mother and mother-in-law are masters) so I’m not sure why the success of this project delighted me so much.  Anyway, you know how when you buy green onions you usually only use the green part and throw away the white bulby part, right?  Well, who knew that if you put that bulby part in water it will grow again-like immediately.  As soon as I saw this I knew I had to start an experiment immediately.  So I used my onions and stuck them in water afterwards.  Here they are right after I cut them:

I just stuck them into a little glass jar I had and set them in a sunny place on my counter.  By the next day they had already grown almost half an inch.  Here they are after two days:

Kinda fun, right?  I meant to take a picture every day, but I forgot.  This picture is after about 5 days:

At this point I cut them and added them to dinner and decided to start again.  I just rinsed the bulbs under water and added fresh water to the glass, and they are already really big again!   They look super cute sitting on the counter too.  I think this summer I’m gonna try to do this with chives too.  You should give it a try!  Thanks for coming by!

I Love a Black Door….

Hello everyone!  I am in the process of finishing up a pretty big project right now so stay tuned for the big reveal (hopefully tomorrow!)  Today I wanted to talk about a project I did a little while back.  I, like many of you, have fallen in love with images that I’ve seen on Pinterest, magazines and home decor blogs.  One of my latest obsessions is black doors.  I notice them EVERYWHERE now!  I love the look of black interior doors with white trim.  It just makes the door look so rich.  Everybody has white doors.  It seems to be the only accepted color, but why??  How boring is white?  Besides, if you hate it, it’s only paint, and the best reason for painting them black?  You guessed it, it is so much easier to disguise little grubby fingerprints!

One of the first places that I fell in love with black doors was from one of my favorite bloggers Thrifty Decor Chick.  She redid a couple of doors in her kitchen eating area and they turned out fabulous!  I knew I wanted to add some drama to my kitchen eating area, so here are my new black doors:

(That trampoline won’t always be sitting right outside the door)

The color that I used was Onyx by Gliddon in a semi gloss.  At this point I got a little over zealous and decided to paint my pantry door:

Then I thought, well why stop there?  I moved on to the backside of my front door.  The front is already black so it made sense anyway, right?  Here’s how it looks now:

With all the light coming through the windows I couldn’t seem to get the picture that I wanted, so this is as good as it gets.  I do love how it looks!  Of course I wasn’t about to stop there.  I moved on to the door leading to the garage.  This door really makes sense in black.  We keep our big garbage cans and our recycling out in the garage, and it seems like there are always dirty prints on that door.   Not anymore! Here it is:

And I finished it up with one last door, the backside of the door to the garage.  It is the hardest to keep clean by far!  In the future I decided that I’m gonna do something fun with that door, like vinyl that says, Honey you’re home!!  Or something fun that my hubs will see every time he gets home from work.  I’m sure he would rather have one of those big fathead things to greet him.  Something like this:

 Ya, that’s probably not gonna happen.  It would be kind of funny though.   Here is that door from the garage:

And yes, that is a bottle opener with a custom-made cap catcher, hand crafted by my husband there to the right.   So what do you think of black doors?  I’m pretty happy with them!  Thanks for stopping by!

A Wine Chalkboard

Hello everyone!  I posted a little something yesterday about a favorite restaurant of mine that was closing its doors.  The Mona Lisa was a local fondue restaurant and had some special memories for me and my husband.  I was very sad to hear that it was closing, but excited to hear that they would be auctioning off all of their possessions including fondue equipment, furniture, and decor.  So yesterday a friend of mine and I spent the entire afternoon amidst the craziness of this auction.  There were some really fun finds, and today I am blogging about my favorite find of the day.  The funny thing is that it was completely free!  It was hanging in the kitchen by one screw, and had definitely seen better days.  It was more than likely a gift from a wine vendor that had been tacked up in the kitchen.  The auctioneers had deemed it trash and couldn’t care less that I wanted it.  Here it is, right off the restaurant wall:

Isn’t it fabulous?  How could it be free???   I was so excited and immediately envisioned myself framing it out for my kitchen.  I love chalkboards anyway, and this one with all of its imperfections just couldn’t get any better.  Later in the day I scored this:

I realize that some of you may think this is a pretty picture, but it just wasn’t my style.  My mind was immediately on that chalkboard.  I bought this picture and a beautiful gigantic framed mirror for $20.00.  More about the mirror later….Anyway, I got it home and started to disassemble the picture:

First I removed the paper from the back and exposed the staples that held the mat and glass in place.  Next I carefully removed the staples using needle nose pliers.  The reason I stress the word carefully is because I have broken glass doing this sort of thing before.

Once the staples were all out, I removed the mat, the picture and the glass and was left with an empty frame.  Next I took it to my booth yard, and spray painted it white.

Then I was left with this:

Now on to the fun part.  I turned the frame over and just centered the chalkboard onto the back of it.  This is where I get real creative errr, impatient.   I didn’t want to take the time to figure out exactly the best way to attach the chalkboard to the frame, and I didn’t want to get out the tools to cut it down to size either, so when all else fails, use duct tape.  I just taped the chalkboard directly to the frame and did several layers to reinforce it.

Once that was done I hung it up:

 

I liked it, but I kinda thought it was missing something.  Soooooo I added a little bling, and here is my finished product:

I am very pleased with how it turned out!  I love that it is imperfect, I love that I made it, and most of all, I love that it came from a place that holds special memories for me!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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 🙂

A Powder Room Redo!

Hello!  So I’m starting to get this blog thing figured out (a little bit).  I still can’t figure out how to make my blog all pretty and have links to all sorts of things, etc. but one step at a time, right?  I am loving writing about the projects I have done and the things I lay in bed at night dreaming of doing.  I’m an odd sort, I tell ya.  I’m the one that uses the bathroom at Cabellas just to check out the decor.  Ya, really.  I have decorating on the brain 24/7, and it has been this way for years!  I think it is safe to say at this point that it’s not a phase, and it will not pass!  That is OK though!  It makes me happy.  So on to my next featured project….

We moved into our current house this past June and even before we bought it, I knew this had to go:

Yes, that is avocado green with burgundy, and a lovely rose border.  The ceiling was even painted with this fabulous shade of disgustingness.  OK, it may not have been that bad, but I HATED it!  It is a tiny room too, with no windows, and it felt so dark.  Thank goodness this was one of the only rooms in the house that the previous owner attempted to decorate, because we have VERY different styles.  Here are a few more photos of before and during:

I couldn’t get my hands on a paint roller fast enough!  There were a few things working for me, however.  I really didn’t mind the mirror, and since I was working on a budget I had to find a way to incorporate it.  Hmmmm…..My lovely mother in law suggested a dark charcoal grey color for the walls with granite sparkles.  The granite sparkles are made by Valspar and come in the form of glitter that can actually be poured into the paint.  I first removed that lovely border and got to work painting the ceiling white again.  Do you ever feel that someone could have saved you a TON of work just by leaving it the way it was in the beginning?  Ya, I was cussing the entire time I was painting that ceiling white AGAIN.  Painting a ceiling is really not a good time.  But what an impact!  It brightened up the space immediately!  I painted the walls charcoal and added some accessories and Walla!  (I know the proper spelling is voila, but walla is just more fun).   Here’s an after pic:

Once again, these pics were taken before my blogging days, and I really didn’t document the process very well.  I added a wooden frame that I  found at a flea market and spray painted white, right on top of the gold mirror.   I discovered that gold accents really complemented the grey color.  Since the space is really small, I fashioned a small table out of candlesticks, a marble plate and a gold charger.  I added a glass vase with some pebbles and peacock feathers and switched out the hand towel to plain white.  I didn’t want to over accessorize the space, so I finished it off with a soap dispenser and a potted orchid and called it good.

I played off the gold that was already in the existing fixtures and it all came together.  I basically used what I already had, so the only cost was the paint.  Here’s a couple more pics:

I found two nice sized frames from goodwill and spray painted the cardboard inside and added two spray painted fern leaves.  They hang above the toilet.  I store extra rolls of toilet paper in an old pot on the floor that I had in my garage.

I wish the pictures were better.  Once again, there is zero lighting in this space, and my photography skills could use some improvement also!  I plan to do another post to break down the details of the accessories in the future.  Here’s one more look at the finished powder room:

Before

After

Thank you so much for reading!