If you have been around here anytime at all, you know that I have been working on my upstairs bathroom. The next step is finding a bathroom cabinet. Boy that sounds like an easy task right? Well it was a challenge to find exactly the right piece of furniture for the space. But I have done it! Thanks to Sauder – my bathroom has a cabinet.
Earlier this week I showed you how I have been painting a claw foot tub. Now I am going to give you another sneak peek into a paint project for my bathroom. A wicker bench that I have given a makeover with paint. A little light paint on wicker gives it a almost rustic beachy appearance that I thought would go perfectly with the vibe I am going for in this room. This is just the start of the projects for this room so y’all stay tuned for more bathroom projects and a final reveal soon. This post on painting wicker is part of my design team status with DecoArt however all projects and opinions are my own.
I have a fun afternoon project for you this morning. My ombre log table for outdoors is a quick and easy project that will add a touch of fun to any outdoor space at your home. Yep we are turning just a regular log into a fun table with just a little paint. Make sure to tell everyone you know that you are looking for a log this year. I am a member of the DecoArt design team and this post is in conjunction with that. All projects and opinions are my own however. This project was posted last year over at the DecoArt blog but I wanted to put it here as well in case y’all missed it.
I used Americana Chalky Paint from DecoArt to give the entire piece a makeover. I painted the chest itself with Everlasting and the drawer fronts with Vintage. This post is part of my design team status with DecoArt however all projects and opinions are my own. The chest was already white so just going over it with one coat of chalky paint was sufficient. It took two coats of vintage to cover up the day glow red on those drawers however.
Once the white chalky paint was dry on the chest, I used a brocade motif stencil also from DecoArt on the top. I used a removable adhesive sprayed on the back to ensure clean lines. Then the chalky paint in vintage applied to a stencil brush. Make sure to use a very dry brush and apply light coats when using a stencil. Remove your stencil as soon as you are done painting.
Now for the hardware on the piece, I loved the size and shape of the hardware on the original but they are painted wood and I was not loving the look. So I grabbed some silver metallic spray paint from Krylon and gave the hardware a few coats. It did the trick! The hardware was perfect in a shiny silver.
After the entire piece was dry, I applied two coats of Americana Creme Wax to protect the surface and give it a bit more shine. NOTE: When starting with chalky finish paint for the first time, be sure to read the tips and techniques page and watch the instructional videos. I moved my nightstand into place and loaded it up with fun vintage treasures. It is the perfect height to use as a nightstand and all of those drawers offer up storage that was desperately needed in this room.
I am in love with how the stencil on top turned out. It breaks up the top and adds detail to the otherwise plain piece of furniture.
Now my chalky painted nightstand and a stack or organized photos have their homes in my bedroom. The bonus? It does not look like a cluttered wreck. Gotta love that.
This post is part of my design team status with DecoArt. Product and payment were given to me in exchange for my participation in the program. All projects and opinions are my own.
I started with a raw wood bookcase that I purchased from an Amish store here locally. I am a believer in quality made furnishing so that was my choice. You can use this paint on any unfinished or finished piece of furniture. The best part of the Americana Chalky Finish Paint was that I didn’t need a primer. I dove right in with the paint in Carbon and a foam roller.
After two coats of black paint my bookcase was looking wonderful. I then grabbed a stencil that I used on by DIY container garden stand and to revamp a vintage cabinet. You can purchase your own version from Royal Design Studio. I used the Americana Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting for the stencil detail. Just once light application and I was thrilled with the results. NOTE: Picture below is before wax and looks a little dusty from my stencil adhesive. The finished product after wax looked amazing.
I then gave the gave the entire projects two applications of clear creme wax. The wax is also available as part of the Americana Chalky Finish Paint line. It goes on super easy and I buffed it to a super glossy finish. Please head on over and watch the videos, read the instructions, and follow directions if you are going to dive into a project using the chalky finish paint. They were a life saver for me and now that my painted bookcase has fully cured it is off to the college apartment.
Did you tackle any paint projects over the holidays? Are you dying to try out the new Americana Chalky Finish Paint? Stay tuned for more projects using the paint right here or head to the chalky finish Pinterest board that DecoArt has put together. I hope you enjoyed my stenciled bookcase as much as I enjoyed painting it.
This post is a part of my work for the DecoArt design team however all opinions and projects are my own.
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If you are looking for more than just videos in your color hunt, PPG also runs the My Colortopia website where you can get advice, upload pictures of your room, and in general see your favorite bloggers and their painting tips. Now back to that chair y’all.
It took me just two coats to get rid of that ugly brown. The seat covering is a whole other story but I did it! A perfect chair for a teen room don’t you think? Stay tuned over the next few weeks as I finish up the projects and reveal the completed room…you don’t want to miss this. What painting projects are you working on? Watch Lindsay’s videos before you begin to get it right the FIRST time.
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape brand painter’s tape for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
I was sent some FrogTape painter’s tape to try and knew that I would make a color block book shelf immediately. If you have been hanging around here, you may know that we are in the middle of a teen room remodel and the book shelf needed a splash of fun. I think I accomplished the fun factor….what do you think?
Yep it was your typical boring cheap-o laminate bookshelf. I started by taking the shelves and doors off. I then gave everything a really good cleaning, sanding, and another cleaning. I then used my FrogTape painter’s tape to mask off areas.
You see there are a total of NINE colors on this bookshelf so masking was very important. I wanted my lines to be super clean as well so FrogTape painter’s tape was the best choice for this job. FrogTape® is the only tape treated with paint block technology, a super absorbent polymer that reacts with the water in latex paint and instantly gels to form a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape, which helps prevent paint bleed. This means you are left with awesome lines like these once the tape is removed.
Now all that is left is to continue to mask off and paint all of the areas of your color block book shelf. Yep I even did the inside of the bottom cabinet.
This project takes a bit of patience but it is so worth it. Plus it will make a huge splash in my daughter’s new room. Be sure to stick around here to see the full reveal soon. I also lined the back of the bookshelf with wrapping paper to add even more color.
This is going to be one colorful room reveal. I could not have managed this project without the super clean lines from FrogTape painter’s tape. I am converted now. All of my painter’s tape will be green. What about y’all? Have you ever tried it? Take my advice and give it a try…you may never go back.
Be sure to follow @frogtape on twitter as well for even more project inspiration. Got a paint project coming up? Dreaming of stripes? Tons of colors? Don’t go any further until you give FrogTape painter’s tape a try!
I also picked up a wood tray for $2 and painted it with Americana Gloss Enamels in yellow. Nice and shiny! I cut that flourish from vinyl on my silhouette. The flourish image comes from The Graphics Fairy (who else??). I just put that directly on the tray. It can easily be changed out if the girls tire of the flourish. Yellow was the accent color in the living room while the teal is the main color.
I am so pleased with how my project turned out and the girls loved it. These are perfect for any home as they provide extra seating if you don’t need the room to set things. Plus they open up for great storage. Perfect for a small college apartment don’t you think? So anyone else move a college bound child lately? Tell me I am not the only one! Oh and be sure to stalk your second hand stores and make your own DIY upholstered coffee table.
The paint job was awful and DIRTY! To see my failure on stripped the cabinet hardware…head on over to this post.
Of course, the inside was covered in faded 80s contact paper. But I found a super easy way to remove contact paper!
Now for some discussions on how we got from before to after. First of all, I will back track to the failed cabinet hardware. I had to order all new hardware. The spacing on the original holes was very odd. I ended up going with ebay. The handles were the perfect shape, color, and best of all…price!
Now let’s talk about the inside of the cabinet for a second. I had this vision of something behind those glass doors. Something on the back that would make the cabinet pop. Then I saw this tutorial over on Pretty Handy Girl on how to add fabric to the back of cabinets. I had found my solution. Brittany’s tutorial is super easy to follow. The solution is temporary so it can be applied and removed easily. It is really perfect for a vintage piece that you don’t want to harm. I will offer some instructions below, but head on over to Pretty Handy Girl for even more pictures and step-by-step instructions!
For my “fabric back”, I wanted to use vintage quilt squares. That is more my style and makes the cabinet more “me”. So I gathered up these quilt squares that I have been saving for a special project. (Many thanks to Tricia and Gina for the squares!) I had to sew the squares together for this project. Plus I added filler strips to some of them to have something to wrap around the foam board. The squares were almost perfectly the right size. This meant I had no fabric left to wrap and secure. These filler strips worked perfectly for that.
- You use MUCH less paint then with regular paint. Gina gave me a partially used pint. There was a little less than 1/2 of the pint left when I gave it back to her. Two coats on a very large piece of furniture with less than 1/2 a pint of paint. That is amazing all on its own.
- The coverage is beyond anything I have ever used before. This piece was a mess. I did clean it well, however, there were aged stains that just were not going anywhere. They were completely covered with the chalk paint. It was like magic gold.
- This is the first time I have ever painted a piece of furniture that I felt the finish was even close to being professional. I did use a really good brush with the paint. But, I know that my skills as a furniture painter did not improve that much. It was the Annie Sloan magic that made the finish what it was.
- It is there to stay. I would never say it is impossible to scratch but I will say that I feel the quality of the finish is stronger than with regular paint.
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