Friday, August 30, 2013

Painted Furniture With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I’ve always liked the look of painted furniture and one of the things I love is bringing an old piece of furniture back to life.
I found this dresser at our local Salvation Army store.  I have been looking for something like this at garage sales thrift shops and craigslist for awhile.   Most of the furniture at the Salvation Army these days is way overpriced. So earlier this week when I was at our local SA, and saw this for $80, I grabbed it.  It has nice clean lines and I knew it was the perfect piece to use my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint  on.

Lots of nice details to distress.

                                                                     Very nice drawer pulls.

                                                                    No need to replace these.

 Here is the finished piece in our newly painted and stenciled front hall.  More about that in another post.

The top was in good condition so I left it alone and used Annie Sloan  Louis Blue on the rest.  If there is anyone reading this who still hasn’t tried this paint, you are missing a treat.  No sanding or priming!  You just slap it on.  

                                                    The details on it were perfect for distressing

 I haven’t waxed it yet but  I was anxious to see how it would look so I put all the drawer handles on and will have to take them off when I get ready to wax it!

 I am really happy about how well it turned out. Next time I’ll show you more about the stenciling in the front hall.  As soon as I get everything painted you are invited for tea.
Rhondi xo

Monday, August 26, 2013

Say Goodbye to Messy Paint Cans DIY Paint tip

I have a great DIY paint tip for you on how to keep all that drippy mess off the side of your paint can, say goodbye to messy paint cans.  Let me show you  my latest project, which is how I discovered it.
Like many of you, I love to putter around my house,rearrange things, find treasures while I’m out thrifting and then find a place for them in my house.    I haven’t repainted the walls very often  because we usually end up moving before they need to be painted or before I tire of the color!  The longest we have ever lived in a house is 5 years, so I have the fun of a new paint when we moved.
We have been here for 9 years,which is a record for us and we don’t plan to move in the next year so I decided it’s time to repaint.  I have loved this soft yellow we’ve had, but it’s time for a change.  This is our front hall/foyer.

I have to tell you that I am the world’s sloppiest painter.  The walls always look good, but I get paint everywhere.   While I was in Home Depot last week,  waiting for the kind lady to shake up the paint, I noticed this.   It was under $3.00.
Oh my goodness, this is the best thing since sliced bread! If you haven’t used it before you are going to love it!!  You just take the paint lid off and put this on.
I poured the paint into my roller tray and this is the only drip I got.

When I finished I just folded the spout down and it seals the lid.  When I need it again I can shake the can or remove the lid and stir.  So easy!
The paint can on the left is how my paint usually looks when I’ve finished a job.   The one on the right is with using the SHUR LINE spout.
I painted the walls pure white, no tint added. Already the room looks so much brighter.
I bought a stencil from A C Moore, used my 40% off coupon.  I decided to do the stencil pattern in blue.  If you know me you aren’t surprised. Before I started I tried couple of samples to see what color blue to use and decided on a medium blue.
Here it is at the beginning of the project.
Did I tell you my daughter is getting married in 6 weeks and I am making her dress which I haven’t even started yet?   Not such a good time to be repainting my house, you say?  The wedding is going to be out of town so I’m not even doing it to look nice for the wedding guests who might come by.  But when I have an idea I want to do it right away, so I just did! Call me crazy.
My living and dining room are getting a facelift too. I will show you more as I go along.
Rhondi xo
*my opinion about the SHUR LINE product was not endorsed by the company.  I just wanted to tell you about a great product I found.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Sewing a Brown and White Slipcover Mistake

The slipcovers on my wing chairs were so worn out and I really needed to do something about it.   So I found some fabric which really looked nice and it happened to be on sale.
I got them finished in only 3 days.   They look great!  What I didn’t know was that I was sewing a brown  slipcover mistake
                                                                      Didn’t they turn out nice?
I hate them!  What was I thinking?
I don’t like brown.  I like blue and white, yellow, red, green.
But I thought maybe if I just rearranged other things in the room, added a few other things that would fit in, I might like it better.   Nope.  I still hate it.  So as soon as I find something better these will be replaced.  I’m glad the fabric was on sale so I didn’t waste too much money!
I also bought some brown and white chevron for the dining room chairs.  Chevron is so in style.  My 31 year old daughter loved it.  I got halfway through and quit.  I didn’t like it either
All in all it’s a big brown and white mistake!  I don’t even like brown 
Have you ever done something like that?
Rhondi xo

Have you ever done something like that?