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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.


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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