Guest Furniture Re-dos

I must introduce you to my friend Anne…

 

We met while our sons played on the same hockey team a couple of seasons ago but discovered we had more in common than just the highs and lows of youth hockey and stinky-smelly hockey bags.

She likes to re-do furniture too and has an incredible talent for taking old and used furniture to fabulous and amazing pieces anyone would be proud to have in their home.

She shared with me some of her Before and After’s and I think she does a marvelous job.

She took this scratched and dinged up dresser and transformed it beautifully.

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This transformation came out so Beautiful!

Here’s another great one…

From this-

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To this!

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What a difference!

And one of my favorites…

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Blah and Boring to Elegant and Embellished

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How sweet is that?

Isn’t Anne truly talented? I know she uses one of my favorite paints to paint her furniture (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint) and puts a lot of elbow grease into fixing these babies up.  I honestly admire her work and can’t wait for spring to come so we could hit up some estate sales together and maybe work on some projects together.

You can find more of her curbside finds and furniture re-dos on her Facebook page. If you live in the Chicago land area, she might be able to help you take an old, worn out piece of furniture and turn it into something lovely.

In the meantime, I hope she has inspired you like she has inspired me.

Keep up the good work, Anne!

Peace,

K

Linking up this week with:

The Dedicated House

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Distressed Peace Sign

As I look at the title of this post, I can’t help but giggle a little…A distressed Peace Sign? Isn’t that kind of an oxymoron?

But what is Christmas without peace on earth and goodwill towards men?

At this time of year, most of us do feel distressed when we should be feeling peace…

I recommend taking a few steps back and breathing deeply and enjoying the moment.

So what if your house is in disarray because of all the decorations that have to be placed and you can’t even walk without tripping on something?…

So what if you have cookie batter stuck to the ass of your best jeans that you just washed and air-dried so they wouldn’t shrink and give you a muffin-top from eating all that cookie batter?…

So what if your elf on the damn shelf isn’t as clever as your friends’ posts on  Facebook where the elf is hosting a party for all the kids’ little stuffed animals, complete with mini tea sets and crumpets?…

So what if you haven’t gotten your Christmas cards out yet? or haven’t even taken that picture yet of your extraordinary children that will eventually end up on your Christmas card?…

So What?

Christmas will still be here on December 25th, so stop and take a deep breath and remember what Christmas is REALLY about.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.  Isaiah 9:6-7

Easy, Breezy Tutorial

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Supplies Needed

Canvas Board  (Mine is 30Lx15W from Hobby Lobby art section)

Modge Podge

Newspaper

Foam Brush

Paint of your choice

Stencils

Sandpaper

Your first step is to paint a thin layer of Modge Podge over the entire surface using your foam brush.

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Now place a layer of newspaper on the Modge Podge and brush another thin layer of Modge Podge over this. It will and should be a little wrinkled.

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Allow a sufficient time for this to dry–you may even want to wait overnight…

When it’s dry, prime it with white primer. If you want to paint the base black, you probably don’t even need to prime it. Just make sure the newspaper doesn’t show through.

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I painted my base color blue and then waited some more for that to dry.

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Once the blue paint dried, I used my Cameo Silhouette to cut out my letters. I used clear contact paper in the hopes of being frugal but it wasn’t as easy as cutting out with vinyl. You could also hand-letter it or use stencils from a craft store.

I used my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Emperor’s Silk to paint my letters. {Love this paint}

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Peel away your vinyl while the paint is still a little wet and then sit around, do some laundry, get the cookie dough off your ass while this dries…

Once it’s dried sufficiently, like super-dry, the most fun part comes along….use a fine grit sandpaper to lightly sand your sign in parts that you think would be distressed, like the edges and lightly over the top.

AND YOUR FINISHED!

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But, if you’re like me, you’re really NOT! It needed a little something, something; so back to the Cameo Silhouette for a snowflake design!

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Maybe now it’s finished!

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Put it where all who enter can see it. For me, that’s the kitchen!

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And, of course, add a little JOY to it!

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Without Peace, we cannot have any Joy!

So Peace,{I mean Please}, Enjoy the Season!

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Now I need to add some Love…

Stay tuned…

Peace, Joy and Love…

Kathy

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Dresser Makeover

 

Another Curbside Find…

 

It’s been awhile since I posted…

Always something else that needs to be done…

But I recently acquired a lovely dresser that was put out to pasture (sitting out by the curb, waiting for the garbage truck to load it up).

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See? It still has the garbage sticker on it…

I felt the need to come to its rescue.  This girl was found down the street and when my husband saw me eyeing it, he was like, “Don’t even think about it. We have enough stuff.”  He’s right. We do have a lot of stuff.

So I walked away and we went about our day, dinner came and went, it got dark out, bedtime for the kiddos, reading, watching TV, catching up for the parents.

The next morning, she was still there. My husband went to work, kids went to school.

She was still there. No garbage pick-up yet.

I ran some errands, came home.

She was still there. Beckoning. Garbage pick-up is running behind schedule.

So I did what any thrifty person would do…

I located my kids’ old Radio Flyer Wagon, hanging up in the rafters of the garage. Got it down without giving myself a concussion in the process, and walked down the street with it.

Loaded up the dresser on her back into the wagon and pulled her back to my house. (I hope none of my neighbors saw me).

Perfect project to try my hand at making my own chalk paint!

To make my own chalk paint, I searched the internet for the perfect recipe and read many reviews. I loved this one from How to Distress Furniture.

I went to my local Ace Hardware and bought some paint, Plaster of Paris, sandpaper, and got to work on her.

I sanded away all the dents and dings and surface first. And then it was time  for the fun part—Painting!

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The paint color I used is called “Smokey Gray” by Clark and Kensington. Mixing it with Plaster of Paris made the paint go on super smooth!

I gave her two coats of paint and then used Annie Sloan Clear Wax.

After about a day, I sandpapered again to give it a rustic, vintage look and stained the top with a couple coats of Minwax Dark Walnut. When that dried, I used Minwax Polyurethane to protect the top.

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And here she is! Original Hardware and All!

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Here’s a crooked shot…

In the sunlight, the paint color is blue-ish.

Indoors, the paint looks more gray.

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I love how she turned out!

What do you think?

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(I really need to stop taking crooked pictures)

And in the end, my husband was impressed.

Now if only I could get someone to buy this from me so I could move on to my next curbside find.

Peace,

Kathy

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Chalk Board Table

I love to find furniture curbside!

That translates into, “found items that someone else is planning on throwing away”.  Of course, my poor kids get anxious any time we drive by someone’s house on garbage day and there’s furniture at the curb and they notice me slowing down a bit…Too bad for them!  What do they think the minivan is for, lugging around all their hockey equipment?  (Well, it is but the added space is a bonus for me and my furniture “finds”).

Found this during the summer.

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Just sitting there, ready to go into some landfill somewhere.

I had to do a lot of sanding and filling in on the top because it was pretty dented and nicked up.

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Oh my, not looking very pretty.  Lots and lots of wood filler.

I had planned on painting it gray and sanding and restaining the top brown, but alas, things didn’t work out that way.  (Best thing about curb-finds…when you mess up, you don’t feel that bad because you got it for free!)

I ended up painting it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey and then using the clear and dark wax to bring out the details.  I like to use a little water with the ASCP because I feel it goes on better, not so thick.  The great thing about ASCP is you don’t have to prime it.  Yay!

I ran into some problems along the way…all that wood filler I put on!  Of course I sanded the top smooth, but couldn’t get it stained right because of all the wood filler that showed through.

So I thought I could paint the top brown.

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Yeah…no….didn’t do it for me.

So I got an idea…chalk board paint!

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Doo dee doo dee doo….

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I like the way the waxes brought out the details better, don’t you?  It definitely needed it.

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So then I decided it needed something more and stenciled “Don’t Forget” on top.  I figured I could use it by the front door to write myself notes since I’m notorious for forgetting something on my way out each day.  I used freezer paper, my computer, and printed out the words.  Then used an exacto knife to cut it out and paint it on.

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Doo dee doo dee doo…

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Still a little wet here…

Finished product…Viola!

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Never miss an opportunity to tell them

you love them!

I’m really going to try to link up to Miss Mustard Seed’s fabulous Furniture Feature Friday!

Peace!

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