Chalky Painted Nightstand

My chalky painted nightstand is completed and I just couldn’t wait to share it with y’all.  I am so happy with the way this project turned out.  It has been almost three years since I painted the last nightstand that was here and I was ready for a change.  It turned out to be a transformation that was just what my bedroom needed.

Chalky Painted Nightstand -- check out the before and after on this painted night stand.  Love the color combo!

I picked up a small dresser at a second hand furniture store for $65.  It is solid wood and the shape was perfect for my needs.  However the paint job that they had given it to try to sell it was…um…not my style.

 

Chalky Painted Nightstand -- check out the before and after on this painted night stand.  Love the color combo!

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.  

Chalky Painted Nightstand -- check out the before and after on this painted night stand.  Love the color combo!

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.

Chalky Painted Nightstand -- check out the before and after on this painted night stand.  Love the color combo!

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.

Chalky Painted Nightstand -- check out the before and after on this painted night stand.  Love the color combo!

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.

Chalky Painted Nightstand -- check out the before and after on this painted night stand.  Love the color combo!

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.

Chalky Painted Nightstand -- check out the before and after on this painted night stand.  Love the color combo!
 
And there are those spray painted knobs.  Pretty great huh? Much better than painted white knobs on this piece.
Chalky Painted Nightstand -- check out the before and after on this painted night stand.  Love the color combo!
 
I also organized 40 plus years of photos in this space while I was cleaning and organizing my bedroom.  You can read more about the labels used in my organized craft closet post.
Chalky Painted Nightstand -- check out the before and after on this painted night stand.  Love the color combo!

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.

Chalky Painted Nightstand -- check out the before and after on this painted night stand.  Love the color combo!

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.

Stenciled Bookcase with Chalky Finish Paint

My college aged daughter was missing a bookcase from her new apartment so over the holidays I painted an unfinished one for her.  I thought I would snap a few pictures and share with y’all.  Especially because it turned out AWESOME!  I was lucky enough to be provided the new Americana Chalky Finish Paint as part of my work on the DecoArt design team.  The paint I must say is amazing.  For y’all that want to know, it is available online at Home Depot but will be in stores soon.
 
 
Stenciled bookcase -- a great idea for using new chalky finish paint to update an unfinished bookcase.


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.

 

Stenciled bookcase -- a great idea for using new chalky finish paint to update an unfinished bookcase.

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 cabinetYou 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.

Stenciled bookcase -- a great idea for using new chalky finish paint to update an unfinished bookcase.

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.

Stenciled bookcase -- a great idea for using new chalky finish paint to update an unfinished bookcase.

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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Teen Room Painted Chair and Painting Tips and Tricks #ad

Alright y’all Craft Lightning has come to a close but I will be back this weekend to wrap everything up for you.  I interrupt briefly to give you an update on our teen room.  We are continuing progress and hopefully will be ready for a reveal soon.  Today I thought I would show off my painted chair and show you where to find some painting tips and tricks for your next paint job.  PPG Architectural Finishes who manufacture Glidden paints approached me about watching some videos that my friend Lindsay with Makely Home stars in with painting tips and tricks.  Um…yea!  I heart seeing bloggers in videos.  So lets check out that painted chair and watch a video today!  

A DIY covered and painted chair using Glidden paints.  Come learn more about resources for painting.
 
 

No transformation post is complete without a before and after y’all.  So here it is!  I actually bought that chair years ago at a yard sale I think?  Anyway I had put that neon striped fabric on it then.  I removed that fabric, gave that chair a fab paint makeover, and recovered the seat in chevron.  Boy it looks better!
 
A DIY covered and painted chair using Glidden paints.  Come learn more about resources for painting.

 
The paint color I chose for the chair is one of the colors used in my DIY gradient color wall.  I did not talk much in that post about how to choose color for your room.  Luckily Lindsay had a great video for me when I was picking paint colors in my room.  You can see all of Lindsay’s videos by the way on the Glidden You Tube channel.  Here is the short 30 second video on choosing a paint color for ya.
 
 
We choose a gray for the majority of the room but the focus wall is the gradient wall with various shades of aqua.  I grabbed the middle shade for this chair.  My paints were all purchased at Walmart which carries the Glidden High Endurance Plus Paint and Primer in one.  Definitely my pick for an awesome paint job.  
 

A DIY covered and painted chair using Glidden paints.  Come learn more about resources for painting.
 
Just in case y’all need the details on that color (I had them match off of a competitor’s paint chip) here is the formula you can give to your paint counter.  
 

A DIY covered and painted chair using Glidden paints.  Come learn more about resources for painting.

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.

A DIY covered and painted chair using Glidden paints.  Come learn more about resources for painting.

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. 

A DIY covered and painted chair using Glidden paints.  Come learn more about resources for painting.
 
I have been sponsored by the Glidden® brand paint for PPG to write this post  but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own

 

Color Block Book Shelf with @frogtape #FrogTapeProjects #FallPaintSeason

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?

Color Block Book Shelf -- learn how to paint your own book shelf with a color block twist.  A colorful addition to any kid or teen room...or change up the colors for any space in your home.


Are you ready to see the before?  Hold onto your hats ladies and gents.

Color Block Book Shelf -- learn how to paint your own book shelf with a color block twist.  A colorful addition to any kid or teen room...or change up the colors for any space in your home.

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.

Color Block Book Shelf -- learn how to paint your own book shelf with a color block twist.  A colorful addition to any kid or teen room...or change up the colors for any space in your home.

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.

Color Block Book Shelf -- learn how to paint your own book shelf with a color block twist.  A colorful addition to any kid or teen room...or change up the colors for any space in your home.

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.

Color Block Book Shelf -- learn how to paint your own book shelf with a color block twist.  A colorful addition to any kid or teen room...or change up the colors for any space in your home.

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.
Color Block Book Shelf -- learn how to paint your own book shelf with a color block twist.  A colorful addition to any kid or teen room...or change up the colors for any space in your home.
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.

Color Block Book Shelf -- learn how to paint your own book shelf with a color block twist.  A colorful addition to any kid or teen room...or change up the colors for any space in your home.

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!
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DIY Upholstered Coffee Table

Today I am sharing another project for my college daughter’s new apartment.  I made her a DIY upholstered coffee table from some thrift store cast offs.  I love how this one turned out and wanted to share it here.  If you missed it yesterday, I also shared my renter friendly picture hanging tips.  All you need for this one is some thrift store ottomans and tray.  Then throw in some patience and time.  You too can have a unique coffee table that is all you. 

DIY Upholstered Coffee Table -- use reupholstered ottomans and a tray as a coffee table.  Easy to do it yourself from thrift store finds!

I purchased the ottomans at Good Will for $5.99 each.  I loved the shape and they are in great condition.  The fabric…not so much.  I purchased them both with big plans for the future.  I took them apart and used the fabric I removed as a template for the new upholstery.  The first one went really slow but I found a groove and got them both done.  Below is a “before and after” picture of my upholstery job.  Not bad huh?  
 

DIY Upholstered Coffee Table -- use reupholstered ottomans and a tray as a coffee table.  Easy to do it yourself from thrift store finds!

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.

DIY Upholstered Coffee Table -- use reupholstered ottomans and a tray as a coffee table.  Easy to do it yourself from thrift store finds!

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.

DIY Upholstered Coffee Table -- use reupholstered ottomans and a tray as a coffee table.  Easy to do it yourself from thrift store finds!

Painted Garden Stool Ballard Knock Off – Craft Lightning Day 1

All this week I am joining with Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts for some Craft Lightning.  Each project this week will take you 15 minutes or less to complete (minus dry time).  Be sure to head over and join in the 15 minute or less craft linky party for a chance to be featured this week.  
I love how this painted garden stool turned out and I love that it is just like the Ballard Designs original.  How much?  I got this stool for $10 at a yard sale!  My friend Myra at My Blessed Life made over a stool like this many months ago.  Y’all I have been stalking the thrift stores ever since.  This just goes to show you that perseverance really will pay off!    

 
Spray paint a garden stool for a Ballard knock off -- perfect for your summer decor!

Ready to see what it looked like before I painted it?  Oh yea that floral beauty below.  This really goes to show you that you should always look at the shape of things while you are thrifting and ignore the color/pattern.

 

Spray paint a garden stool for a Ballard knock off -- perfect for your summer decor!
 
I gave this stool a few coats of Krylon Dual (paint and primer in one).  Spray a few light coats on your items instead of heavy coats that tend to drip.  Luckily our 15 minute craft week does not include dry time.  But in less than 15 minutes of hands on time and for under $20, I had a stool that looks like it stepped right out of the Ballard catalog.  You have to love that.  This one is currently outside on the deck as a place to rest my drink while I am relaxing.  It is perfect!
Spray paint a garden stool for a Ballard knock off -- perfect for your summer decor!

This is just day 1 of Craft Lightning week so y’all be sure to hang around.  Every morning I will post a quick craft that takes 15 minutes or less to complete.  Then you can head over to 30 Minute Crafts to see the quick craft that Carolina posted.  Then each afternoon I will post a round up of quick crafts from some blog friends that are joining in the fun this week.  I will also feature one quick craft each afternoon from the linky party so be sure to link up YOUR quick craft.  I hope y’all will stick around all week for the fun — Craft Lightning is one of my favorite series!  
 

Chalk Paint and Refinishing a Vintage Cabinet {the details}

I owe y’all all the details on the vintage cabinet I refinished with chalk paint.  Original post is over on Mom It Forward.  Here I am going to dive into a few more details.  I always start with before and after pictures…get the good stuff out of the way first!  Here is my after….

And the (aaackkkk) before….

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.

Now for the very basic how to steps.  Cut foam board to the exact size of the back of your cabinet. 

Wrap your fabric (or quilt squares) around the foam board and secure with tape in the back.  Pop the board into place.  The tight fit will hold it securely without any glue or tacks or anything!  See this is perfect!  So easy to change out on a whim. 

The butterflies are all made with different fabrics.  I tried to coordinate them somewhat with my living room colors. 

The fabric is sort of discolored with age — which I adore!  It is the perfect addition to this cabinet. 

Now for all the painting details — is that what y’all were waiting for?  I used Annie Sloan chalk paint from Wonderfaux Studio for the creamy off white on the cabinet.  My wonderful friend Gina over at The Shabby Creek Cottage had some extra she let me borrow.

So let’s talk chalk paint.  I was unsure if chalk paint was worth the money before I started this project.  Now I know it is!  Here are my thoughts:
  • 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.

The only possible downside is that you have to wax over the paint with Annie Sloan wax.  So it does require an extra step.  However, it is worth it.  Hands down the best paint I have ever had the pleasure to use.  Now for the stencil details.
I was sent a stencil from Royal Design Studio to use for this project.  I used the large deco damask stencil on the bottom doors.  I mixed up a custom color for the paint.  I also used stencil brushes from Royal Design Studio for the painting.  After the stencil was complete, I used the Annie Sloan wax over the top.  Rubbing slightly to give the stenciled area a slight worn feeling.  

I can’t wait to try out this stencil in some other areas of my home.  So y’all stay tuned!

The cabinet is now in my living room next to my desk with barnwood hutch.  

I am using it to store school and office supplies.  I am in love with the look and feel it really brightened this corner.

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Removing Paint from Cabinet Hardware

Tomorrow I am going to share with you a vintage cabinet that I have repainted.  I thought tonight I would share a method of removing paint from your cabinet hardware.  The rights and wrongs that I learned.  So my vintage hardware was looking worse for the wear with a previous owners bad paint job.  So I googled my options.

I found a brilliant plan.  The website said that for metal hardware, a soak in the crock pot with water and a little liquid laundry detergent would do the trick.  In my mind, these plastic like handles would surely make it through a short crock pot swim.  Please note that I had one broken handle that can be seen in the pic below.  I had high hopes of saving these original handles and finding one replacement online.  See how I said high hopes right?  So the page I found for METAL hardware said to turn on your crock pot overnight.  I left mine for maybe a little over an hour.

I pulled them out and the paint slid right off.  Can you imagine me getting all giddy and doing a happy dance?  The happy dance quickly faded.  The handles warped TERRIBLY.  They were beyond repair.  Once I did a little research, I found that these are bakelite or an early form of plastic.  Let’s just say that vintage plastic handles don’t like heat from the crock pot. 

So my advice for removing paint from cabinet hardware:
1)  If you have solid metal hardware, go for it.  Throw it in the crockpot.
2)  If you have any other materials or a gorgeous finish that you are concerned about, think twice and do your research.

This from the girl that had to find 2 3/4″ spaced handles — eight of them — not an easy task but I found some!  Come back tomorrow to see the finished product!
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How to Remove Contact Paper

I always think that if I am struggling with a problem, you probably are too.  I am working on a fantastic redo of a vintage cabinet but it had really old contact paper inside.  I am talking 70s contact paper stuck for life.  I pulled, tugged, wore down my fingernails….then I googled.  Turns out there is a super simple way to remove contact paper.

Break out your hair dryer!  It removed it like a charm.  Heat it up a little bit and it peels right off.  Mine came off including the sticky stuff underneath with just a little heat.  It appears from  my research, you might need some Goo Gone to remove any sticky residue.  I had a bunch to remove…

I would say start to finish it took me 15 minutes!  Fifteen minutes!  Gotta love another great use for a hair dryer.  Stay tuned for more details after I get my cabinet done.
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Crackle Finish Table Top — $1 table!

My crackle paint obsession continues…this time on furniture!  Check out my crackle finish on this tray table top plus learn how to do your own.
What about a little before and after first??  Here is the after….
And the before…this tray table was $1 at a yard sale…but boy oh boy did it need some love!  I started with Krylon Dual in gray…cause I am in love with that paint… 
But this table is all about the faux finish!  For that I used the DecoArt designer series in white, DecoArt one step crackle, and the Americana sealer to finish it off… 
First I painted two white stripes across my new gray table.  Two coats on each one… 
Let that dry, then spread on the one step crackle.  Watch the magic over the next hour. I seriously heart this one step crackle medium.  Amazing stuff…seriously amazing!     
I then used some stain I had one hand to age over the crackle.  I just put on some stain then wiped it right back off.  I did each area 2-3 times.  Until it looked just right… 
I used some stencils to paint on “1st”.  I want 3 of these eventually.  And this “1st” belongs to my first born.  :)  See what I did there.  It has not yet made them stop fighting over this one though… 
Two coats of spray sealer over the top will keep it looking great for a long time!  This was my first time trying out the spray sealer and it is great.  I applied two coats and had absolutely no issues. 
Here is the final product!   
Loving all that crackled paint goodness… 
How about some up close beauty shots?   
I did the crackle around the edges of the table also… 
Lovely dark cracks that are the perfect addition to my home… 
Seriously wondering what else I can spread this crackle medium on… 
I have to find some more of these to redo.  Do y’all think I can find two more for $1 each??  Don’t think I will be that lucky…do you? 
Lovely gray and white chippy goodness… 
So what would you crackle?  Give me some ideas! 
Tomorrow starts our handmade gifts event!!  Stay tuned!
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