Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Houndstooth Table


Here is the before picture .  My mom gave me this table to work some magic on.  
She has had it for years.  It is a high quality table she bought at Traditions Furniture in Wichita, KS.
It was definetly time for a makeover.  I have been thinking about trying a houndstooth pattern for a while.
I tried it out on a small table I had a loved it.  Here is the pattern I used.   


I painted the entire table in white with my DIY Chalk Paint.  
I started by drawing a 3.5 x 3.5 square grid on the entire table.


I then painted all the solid squares in a Benjamin Moore "teal ocean"
color that I made into chalk paint.


This is when I placed my paper pattern with some carbon paper
under it and traced the diagonal pattern.  Then finished painting.  There is probably
a stencil for this, but I just went old school, because I didin't have one.  I also painted the
legs in white and distressed.  They were iron.


I then distressed and put on 2 coats of clear annie sloan wax.



I love how it turned out.  It is such a fun and interesting table now.
It could also be so great for a covered patio too.  I have taken it up


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Chirpy Chippy Cabinet


I love how fun and cheerful this turned.

I snapped this before picture after I had removed the doors and the carpet covered cardboard side panels.  Say that fast...
I almost passed up this piece.  It was one of the only things left at an estate sale.  The house was almost empty and it was tucked inside a closet.  It had a bunch of junk that no wanted on top of it.  I walked by it several times before I really noticed it.
I replaced them with solid wood.  You can't see in this picture, but the legs had been eaten up by some little critter.  I sanded ALOT, and then reshaped with some wood filler.  I then painted the entire piece with my homemade white chalk paint, like I did HERE.  
I had intended on painting the entire piece pink, but thought it looked so great white I changed plans.  I decided to just paint the legs pink and my two little birds in pink. I used my overhead projector to put on my design.  I combined two different images I found on the web for my birds.
I distressed and then used a little dark wax. 
 I then did two coats of Annie Sloan clear wax.


It didn't last long at Absolute Vintage Boutique.
Its already sold.








Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Denim Pocket Organizer

I just love projects where I can turn random stuff I have on hand into something useful.



1.DENIM
I always save my denim.  There are always a ton of projects
you can do with it.


2.  BURLAP- This was part of an old burlap sack I had on hand.

3.  Wood- good old scrap

I pinned and arranged my pockets onto the burlap

I sewed around each pocket.  
You could probably glue if you don't like to sew.
 Staple around your scrapwood and hang with just.


 How sweet are those baby butt levi pockets!
Cute, Simple, and Practical!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Weekend Features & Sister Sunday Link Party


Personalized Tooth Fairy Pillows you can hang on a door

DIY Concrete Countertops for about $400

Great Scrap Buster

DIY Sweater Vases

Turquoise Eye Candy

Stenciled TV Trays 

NOW show me what YOU got!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint vs. Homemade Chalk Paint

We have so many projects to share with you in 2012.  I am so excited.  I have also decided that in
my busy, and hectic life its time to get fit and healthy too.  After our 1st holiday season of owning a store, and keeping up with kids I was worn out!!  I have been on the go alot, and thus started eating more and more fast food and Holiday Goodies which added on some extra pounds I didnt need.  So...
I decided to take the 90 day body by Vi challenge.  I am saying it out loud so I have to stick to it!!
I have learned that resolutions don't work for me so its a plan layed out in 90 days.!!  Wish me luck and if anyone else would like to join me visit HERE.  

Now on to one of my favorite redo's i have ever done. 
Sorry the pictures just don't do this one justice.  I am having camera issues.

Black & Modern to Cool & Rustic


BEFORE
My good friend from grade school came into the store and  bought this black cabinet.
It was the perfect size, but the wrong color.  She also wanted it to look rustic.  
She also needed it in a week for a new years eve party!!  I was ready for the challenge


AFTER
Sorry about my pics.  My camera is on its last leg.  
My friend sent these below after they
displayed all of their cool fireman memorabilia on it.


I first painted the black cabinet with a cream color of homemade chalk paint.
I had a mistint that I got at ACE for $4

Homemade Chalk Paint Recipe
1.5 cups paint
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup plaster of paris

To my surprise...I have to say that I don't notice any difference 
between my homemade chalk paint and Annie Sloan. 
I have gone through several quarts of ASCP.  I was very reluctant to even try, because her chalk paint is
soo awesome I didn't think that it could be replicated, but it can.  I love all of her colors, but love having more choices with the homemade variety like Chocolate Brown. 
I then made some chocolate brown Chalk Paint from some Ralph Lauren Paint I already had.
I painted it all chocolate then distressed with mouse sander.  
It goes on a little less smooth than Annie Sloan, but that is because of some of the slight coarseness of the
plaster of paris.  I had intended on buying some calcium carbonate from the health store, but never made it and was in home depot so convenience won out.
  I sanded and distressed the entire piece which eliminated any grit so it also sands just like the real thing too.  
I then put Annie Sloan Dark Wax all over.  Annie Sloan wax CANNOT be
replicated and I HIGHLY recommend.  The finish can not be beat, and its 
worth EVERY PENNY!!


I changed out the hardware for some rustic copper pulls.  
The ones on the cabinet were just standard wooded knobs.






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