Showing posts with label Painting furniture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Painting furniture. Show all posts

7.21.2016

Ombre Painted Coffee Table


Ombre painted oval coffee table

Let me just start by saying, I love painting furniture!  I do, I think about furniture all day, it's always in the back of my head no matter what I'm doing.  I do a ton of work on my pieces and I do it with love.  But lately the more I paint and the more I look for inspiration out there I feel overwhelmed.  I want to be unique and give my pieces a little twist here and there, like I did on this desk.  But it doesn't feel like enough.  Its easy to fall into trends or play it safe so that it will appeal to more people.

Ombre painted oval coffee table

I had been staring at this coffee table (sorry it's not a great before picture) for a little while and everyday I kept thinking I want to paint a blue ombre effect from the center of the coffee table out.  I've never done ombre before but I wanted to try.  So I did a little inspiration shopping on Pinterest and I came across Dionne at The Turquoise Iris, she is a truly brave, talented, amazing artist!  She puts her soul into her furniture makeovers.  She is not painting furniture, she is painting ON furniture, the furniture is her canvas.  This makeover was definitely inspired by her.

Ombre painted oval coffee table

I woke up early one day and said today is the day, I'm going to let my hands do all the painting.  I'm not thinking, I'm just breathing and letting my hands move the brushes, blending the colors, letting the paint be free.  The way the paint colors blended and the drips... oh my, the drips, they are my favorite part.  At first I tried to fix them because you know, furniture drips are a no no, but I loved the way the drips mended themselves onto the other colors and I decided to just let them happen.

Ombre painted oval coffee table

Ombre painted oval coffee table

Ombre painted oval coffee table

Ombre painted oval coffee table

I know this ombre painted coffee table is not for everyone but I love it and I enjoyed every minute of creating it!  I think from time to time, you need to let your imagination run wild and be free.  Forget about the rules, just go with the flow.  

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7.14.2016

Traditional Modern Bohemian Desk


Traditional Modern Bohemian Desk

You've probably seen this style desk time and time again, usually in its brown state of life.  It's has a really classic, traditional style.  I wanted to create something different with it, kind of give it a little modern twist and add a dash of some whimsy in there too.  That is why I'm calling it the traditional, modern, bohemian desk.

Traditional Modern Bohemian Desk- white and stained





I can't take full credit for this one though.  I sometimes like to rough sketch my pieces out before I work on them, and that is what I did.  My 6 year old thought it would be fun to color in my sketch with a pen.

Traditional Modern Bohemian Desk- white and stained

When I saw what she had done I instantly got the idea of painting it a solid color and staining the top and the legs on one side only.  I gave her a kiss, thanked her and then told her not to scribble on mommy's sketches anymore.

Traditional Modern Bohemian Desk- white and stained

I originally had other plans for the desk of painting it in a jade color.  I wanted to make the inside cute too, so I used the jade color inside and bought a medallion stencil to add some fun turquoise pops.  I used two ceramic vintage looking teal pulls from Anthro, and 3 coordinating knobs for the drawers on the other side to balance the dark legs.  

Traditional Modern Bohemian Desk- white and stained

Traditional Modern Bohemian Desk- white and stained

I finished off the back as well so that it can be floated in the middle of a room.

Traditional Modern Bohemian Desk- white and stained

Traditional Modern Bohemian Desk- white and stained

 Now do you see why I named it the traditional, modern, bohemian desk?  It's just a very eclectic style desk now.  It's not a modern desk, but the two tone and the stained sides give it a modern edge.  It's has a traditional style but it's not painted in a traditional way.  The mismatched knobs and the whimsically painted insides give it a boho vibe.  It's not for everyone but I totally love it!

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6.01.2016

Curbside Cabinet Makeover


Curbside Cabinet Makeover

A few weeks ago I shared pictures on Facebook and Instagram of a curbside cabinet that I brought home to give it a makeover.  This cabinet had lots of dirt, cat hair and cat scratches.  It was pretty gross but nothing a little, no who am I kidding, a lot of elbow couldn't fix.

Curbside Cabinet Makeover

I started by vacuuming the cabinet inside and out.  Then I wiped it down, it was filthy I used up all my Clorox wipes.  I also cleaned it with TSP.  Next I removed all the hardware and the kick-plate.  I filled all the holes and cat scratches with wood filler.  Then I sanded the top off to bare wood and lightly sanded the body and areas where I had applied the wood filler.

curbside cabinet makeover

Curbside Cabinet Makeover

I made the new holes for the new hardware and got a piece of wood cut to size for the new bottom kick-plate.  There was nothing wrong with the kick-plate it came with. Its just that this cabinet really wanted to be a boy cabinet so it needed a straight bottom.  The other kick-plate looked like a girly skirt on it.  I also bought a pack of wooden buttons, because it was missing a few and I needed to cover the screw holes on the new kick plate.  I painted the cabinet a rich medium grey and stained the top and sealed it with multiple coats of polycrylic.

Curbside Cabinet Makeover

Curbside Cabinet Makeover

Curbside Cabinet Makeover

The back cover panel had holes in it so I bought a new one and attached it with screws.  I painted the inside of the back panel in the same grey as the body and sealed it.  I left a piece of wood in the middle exposed and the sides because I like the way the wood tone looks with the grey.  I also lined the drawer with a fun mustache fabric using Modge Podge and sealed it with Polycrylic too. 

Curbside Cabinet Makeover

Curbside Cabinet Makeover

Curbside Cabinet Makeover

Curbside Cabinet Makeover

Now there's no mistaking this cabinet for a girl, it's definitely a boy cabinet. No more tiny little ceramic knobs or frilly skirt.  Now its got chunky hardware, mustache fabric, straighter lines, and two tone stain with masculine grey paint.

Curbside Cabinet Makeover

Curbside Cabinet Makeover

 I brought it in to the kitchen for a little staging fun, because that's just the way I am, I like staging pieces.  I actually had to take down my recycling bins from the wall to take these pictures.

Curbside Cabinet Makeover

Curbside Cabinet Makeover

Curbside Cabinet Makeover

 If only the person who left this by this cabinet by the curbside could see this makeover!  Can you believe I found this cabinet on the same street, the house right next door to where I found this Roadside Side Table that I gave a makeover to months ago?


5.18.2016

Charcoal Grey Mahogany Sideboard


Charcoal Grey Vintage Mahogany Sideboard

On a shopping trip to Goodwill, I spotted this vintage mahogany sideboard and snatched it up right away.  It took me about a week or so to get started working on it because I couldn't decide on a color for it.  My head was sniping all over the place, so I looked for inspiration in Pinterest and that made it worse because then I had a ballillion choices.  I finally had a vision in my head of how I wanted the piece to look.  My gut was telling me to paint it in a dark charcoal grey with the middle section in a light grey and stain the top.

Charcoal Grey Vintage Mahogany Sideboard

Charcoal Grey Vintage Mahogany Sideboard

I started by sanding the top finish off completely working my way from coarse, to medium, to fine grit sand paper for a smooth finish.  I gave the body a light sanding with fine grit too.  Then I filled some spots where the veneer was missing.  Rustoleum's Kona gave the top a nice, even tone.  I mixed my own chalk paint for this piece.   After a few coats of each color, I let the paint dry over night and came back the next day and sanded the whole piece to remove any bumps and lightly distress the edges.  I sealed the bottom portion with Minwax polycrylic in satin and the top in gloss finish.

Charcoal Grey Vintage Mahogany Sideboard

I liked the original hardware but I wanted to remove the years of tarnish, to give them a fresher look.  I used Bar Keepers Friend, it was working quite well.  They were a nice brassy color underneath, unfortunately two of the hardware pieces had a silver tone to them.  I needed another solution so I thought about using Rub and Buff.  I've never used it before but read good things about it.  I went to two different craft stores near by and neither of them carried it.  One of them had a similar product called Metallic Luster.  I bought it, took it home and tried it out but it was a bust.  It didn't work for me, it was too much of a bright gold and the finish was translucent.  Maybe I didn't do it right, I don't know.  Anyhow I finally found Rub and Buff at Hobby Lobby and it worked like a charm.
     
Charcoal Grey Vintage Mahogany Sideboard
Charcoal Grey Vintage Mahogany Sideboard rubb and buff hardware

The decorative trim from the top back was missing so I picked up a piece of 1x2 at Home Depot.  My hubby cut it for me and then I screwed it in from the back, stained it and sealed it.   I also added some wooden corner pieces as supports to give it more stability since it is such a top heavy piece.

Charcoal Grey Vintage Mahogany Sideboard

Charcoal Grey Vintage Mahogany Sideboard

I am totally in love with how this Charcoal Grey mahogany Sideboard came out.  I wish I had a bigger house so that I could keep it!  I say that a lot but it's not true, I actually love that our house is not so big, it's perfect for us.  I guess what I mean is, I wish I needed it or had a spot for it at home, but I don't so hopefully this vintage beauty finds a perfect home soon.

Charcoal Grey Vintage Mahogany Sideboard

Charcoal Grey Vintage Mahogany Sideboard

Charcoal Grey Vintage Mahogany Sideboard

Charcoal Grey Vintage Mahogany Sideboard

Charcoal Grey Vintage Mahogany Sideboard


Charcoal Grey Vintage Mahogany Sideboard

Charcoal Grey Vintage Mahogany Sideboard


Charcoal Grey Vintage Mahogany Sideboard

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3.23.2016

Beautiful Behr's Bermudan Blue Cedar Chest


Behr Bermudan Blue Cedar Chest

A couple of weeks ago I went to a new to me Goodwill store near by and scored some pretty awesome pieces.  One of them was this upholstered top cedar chest made by Lane, it was in pristine condition.


I went to Joann's Fabric store with a picture in my mind of what I wanted but when I saw this fabric my whole vision flew out the window and out I went with this fabric.  I loved the big, bold print and the colors where beautiful.  I knew I wanted a color that would pick up from the blues in the fabric.  I had the perfect color Behr's Bermudan Blue.  It's the same color we have on our front door.

Behr Bermudan Blue Cedar Chest


I removed all twelve-thousand staples (OK, so I exaggerated in this number but that's how tedious removing staples from upholstered pieces is).  The foam underneath was in excellent condition, no stains, yey!  I did however feel like it could use a little batting  so I went back to Joann's and picked up a yard.  The batting gave it a lot more of a plush feeling, and softened up the edges from the wood underneath the foam.  I centered the fabric, cut it and stapled it on, it looked gorgeous.



Behr Bermudan Blue Cedar Chest

The chest itself was in great condition, so all I had to do was remove the hardware and wipe the chest down with TSP.  I made my own mix of chalk paint and got straight to work.  The chest took three coats of paint to get it nice and uniform.  I let it cure and then applied two coats of gloss poly sanding between coats.  The hardware was very chunky so I really liked it, all I had to do was give it a good scrub with Bar Keepers Friends and it was nice and new again.  I love how the golden, brass color of the hardware pop against the blue.

Behr Bermudan Blue Cedar ChestBehr Bermudan Blue Cedar Chest


Once the paint was cured, I reattached everything back on the chest, and stepped back and gazed at how beautiful it turned out.  I'm so proud of myself for this piece.  The cedar chest itself is amazing, I love the bold color choice I made and the bold print on the fabric.   I loved using this beautiful Behr's Bermudan blue on this cedar chest. I think this piece is going to look amazing in someones home, either at the foot of their bed or by an entryway, where ever it ends up it is sure going to be a statement piece.



That's the story of how this boring beige piece was turned into this  Beautiful Berh's Bermudan Blue cedar chest... The End...

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