We all get antsy with our decor, but not all of us can afford to go out and purchase something new. Painted furniture is a pretty great way to change things up for a new style while releasing some of your creative energy. Painting furniture is one of my favorite things to do! This dresser has been in my family for years, I love it but it needed a makeover. You can check out the before and after photos on my blog Designers Sweet Spot. Most would agree that painting is great, but the prep work can be a chore! Julie Blanner shares a great way to skip the sanding and achieve the same results. Not everyone appreciates a bright piece of furniture in their home. This charcoal dresser from Farm Fresh Homestead perfectly accented this beautiful farmhouse living room. The precise lines on this chair really make the colors pop! Hilda Got Rocks does an excellent job demonstrating the power of paint and tape. Think of the possibilities here! A balayage inspired dresser!? Thirty Eighth Street was inspired by this popular hair color technique. We absolutely love how this beautiful dresser turned out! The Graphics Fairy has an excellent explanation of how to create this jewel tone finish on furniture. You’ll never believe what this table looked like before it’s fabulous makeover. Stenciling is also a fun way to add interest to your furniture. Here is one of my most recent furniture makeovers. Designers Sweet Spot has all my tips + tricks as well as photos to explain how I created this fun dresser! So you’d like to paint some… Read More »
This is a sponsored post. All opinions given are completely my own. Did you watch the horse races this week? American Pharoah was amazing. Our entire family was watching and cheering him across the finish line. It was a great American moment. I am feeling rather patriotic as a result and today I spent my time playing with color, red specifically. It’s so American. Deco Art was kind enough to send me their Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in red. Romance, they call it. It’s the ultimate shade of lipstick red. I also had Deco Art send me a sampling of different finishing waxes because I wasn’t sure which one would work the best for this project. This old Victorian walnut dresser has been around forever. My mother bought it at an auction for $40.00 back in1967. It’s not a very memorable piece, the Carara marble top is chipped, and the drawers are not even dove tailed. All in all, it’s has more sentimental value than financial value. I have been thinking about painting it for years, and today was the day! The Chalky Finish paint is wonderful to work with. It took two coats of Romance to cover the dark color completely. It sure is a rich color! I experimented with three different shades of wax to use on this piece before I decided on the dark Cire Creme wax. After I painted the first two coats of Chalky Finish Paint on, the color looked rather pink. I was a bit worried at first, but when I applied the… Read More »
I have been working on this project for several days. Actually, I have been thinking about it for several days. I found this adorable night stand at a thrift store recently. It called to me. It was several days later that I started painting. I have been wanting a new nightstand for a while, and this was just the right size. I have also been looking for just the right piece for furniture painting contest by Decor Art. I loved this piece because of it’s unique character and unusual hardware. For some reason it seems like it is an ethnic piece, perhaps of Mexican origin or maybe even Indian. I decided to just call it “Bohemian”. The first thing I did was to give it two coats of “Everlasting” Chalky Finish Paint by Decor Art. I debated for a couple of days as to which color to choose, since there are so many beautiful shades of Chalky Finish Paint. Everlasting is a lovely shade of white, I loved it immediately when I started putting it on. While I was haunting the thrift stores, I came across some other cool things, like this gold bowl and gnarly looking faux fruit. They both seemed pretty “bohemian” to me (actually they are native to Wisconsin! Who knew?) I spotted these Moroccan style lanterns at Pier One Imports, they made it home with me too. By this point I considered “bohemian” to be a general term for anything exotic and cool. Did I mention that I am now… Read More »
It was dark and grey here today. One of those days when you want to stay in your pj’s and loaf on the couch all day long. Since society tends to frown on that, I decided I had to get up off the couch and accomplish something today, no matter how small. Seemed like a good day to create a Harlequin Mirror. I have had this project in mind for a while, so many things have taken a back seat over the holiday season, I am still catching up it seems. I found these little square framed mirrors at a thrift store, they were just what I was looking for to finish off the dining room space. I wanted something to add another layer of reflection above the large mirror and these were just the right size. They must have come from Ikea originally, the stickers were still on the back when I bought them. I previously had painted our Dining Room Buffet with Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint, and I decided to try out a few more of their products for the mirrors to match. The folks at Deco Art were kind enough to send me enough supplies to keep me busy for quite a while. Can’t wait to get crafty! For this project, I used the Harlequin Stencil, Metallic Luster Wax in Silver, Chalky Finish Paint in Stone Grey, and their DecoArt Clear Varnish. The frames were in good shape, but were so wide, it just seemed like they needed some added interest. I bought four of… Read More »
It never fails to amaze me that when I am under the gun to get a big project done, I suddenly dislike our furniture. It usually rears it’s ugly head when company is expected. Suddenly, the couch looks tattered, the table looks chipped, and the bookshelves seem to be crooked. Perhaps it’s just my paranoia, I always want things to look their best before company arrives. This particular piece has been on my to do list for a while, despite my family being against it. It is a rather beat up buffet, probably because we dragged it home from the neighbors trash a few years ago. It has always seemed too dark for my taste. Especially, in our current tiny little dining space. Dark and dreary. The folks over at Deco Art sent me some of their wonderfully Chalky Finish Paint recently. I chose a soft grey called Yesteryear. I love it! I am going through a grey phase right now. You may have noticed? Here’s another piece I did with Chalky Paint a while back. I love the finish of this product. It covers extremely well, no primer is needed. I like to use a matte varnish for the finish coat, but you can also use a paste wax. I went straight over the hardware and all on this piece. I like the character of the old hardware even more when it’s painted. The dark corner of the dining room seems so much brighter now! I can’t wait to get all the finishing… Read More »
I have been up to my elbows in paint lately. I have painted hallways, bedrooms, basements and furniture. I have paint under my nails and permanently stuck in my hair, so it seems. But, I am not done painting yet. I am finally getting around to working on my office. It’s been a long time since I had an office. Usually, I use a corner of the living room. And the kitchen, porch and dining rooms. I sort of take over any extra space I can get. But somehow, as luck would have it, I have inherited an entire room, all to myself. This is indeed a luxury. It calls for a bit of celebration, something special. Like painting my desk and decorating the office. More on the decorating later. The old desk is inherited. It’s been around a VERY long time. Being solid oak, it will last forever. But, I was tired of the dull brown color and worn out handles. It was time for a major change. (Castle is on the computer screen, I enjoyed watching re-runs on Amazon while I was painting this project, call me crazy but I didn’t even notice it was in the picture until posting this photo today. Yes, this is my most recent obsession. Wanna make something of it?) My chosen paint materials were a bit of leftover primer that I had from another project, and several bottles of Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint and satin varnish. Thanks so much to Americana Decor for allowing me to try their product! The… Read More »
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