Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Monogram Sign

I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am to be finished with my chair, but in the same breath I always have to have a project going.

Thankfully it didn't take me long to figure out what to do next.

I had seen a wooden wall sign on a recent trip to a local boutique, but there was no way I was going to shell out $200 for it.

I had to figure out a way to make my own version.

It started off with a frame I found in my neighbor's trash.

I sanded it and painted it with leftover paint from my powder room makeover, BM Grey Owl. I then wiped RL tea stained glaze over that.

The actual sign part required a trip to Lowe's for a piece of pine.

I cut the pine board to fit inside the frame and then painted it with my free linen white paint from Glidden.

The stencil I created on our home printer.

The finished project cost a total of $8.00

Thursday, August 11, 2011

My $20 Craigslist Chair Makeover

I bought this antique chair off Craigslist over a year ago brought it home put it in the garage and put it out of my mind.

This past week I decided I should do something with it, so the first thing I did was strip it down to the springs which I noticed needed to be retied.

Luckily, I had remembered my sister sent me a book on reupholstering months before, and fortunate for me there was a chapter on retying springs. YAY!!!!

This little book became my best friend for this project.

Once the springs were tackled I moved onto covering it with fabric.

Can you guess what kind of fabric I used?

I used dropcloth.
I absolutely love the end result.

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Furniture Feature Fridays
Feathered Nest Friday@frenchcountrycottage

Show and Tell Friday@romantichome
Saturday Nite Special @funkyjunkinteriors

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Office Makeover

I decided to makeover our office this week. I painted the office when we first moved in, and it hasn't changed since.

Don't get me wrong I love the green paint, but I am now drawn to lighter colors.

I am an avid follower of the Lettered Cottage and I have long since admired their paint treatment in their reading room.

With that being said, I chose to try and duplicate their horizontal stripes.

I chose two colors by Olympic paint, Navajo White and Classic Khaki, with the Navajo White being the base color.

I now had to decide on how many khaki stripes I wanted. Five was the magic number :) I used a formula I found on http://www.younghouselove.com/2009/06/walking-the-line/ to determine the width of my stripes.

With the width figured out I could now commence with painting, first I painted the walls my base color of Olympic Navajo White.

Then I invested in one of these nifty gadgets, an auto level laser to make sure my stripes were level.
I highly recommend one of these if you want to keep your sanity. I have yet to find a level wall in our house.

Once my stripes were done, I went ahead and painted over the tape to make sure the seal was nice and tight. Our walls are textured and I did not want the khaki paint to bleed underneath.

I ended up putting on two coats of khaki paint for the stripes.
The key to keeping the darker paint from bleeding underneath the tape is pull off the tape while the second coat of paint is still wet.

Okay I know your dying to see it finished, so here it is.

I absolutely L.O.V.E. it.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Armoire Makeover is Complete

I can't believe another month has passed since my last post.

Anyways, I have finally finished my armoire makeover.

I decided to prime it with some free paint Glidden ever so nicely sent me. It is called Linen White.

Once I was finished priming, I then busted out the actual paint color the armoire would be. Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter.

What do you think? Definitely not Southwest looking anymore, huh!!

Here it is in the very beginning stages of the transformation

Here is the lovely southwest carving I was in the midst of getting rid of.

I have to say I like it much better now.

Now on to my next project.

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