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Monthly Archives: September 2013

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Red is my favorite color and I have always had it in my house in some way.  I knew that I wanted to paint a piece of furniture red for a long time but also knew it would have to be the right piece.  I’m pretty sure I have found it.

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This was a Value Village find.  One of those that I saw from the front of the store when I first walked in and didn’t have to think about it long before I knew it was coming home with me.  It was an added bonus that I had my parents with me.  Value Village has a senior discount that made this a steal at $17.  I love the history that I image to be in this piece.  An old wooden gun case that I’m sure could tell many stories.

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The bottom part was locked and with no key the lady at the store was very clear that they could not be held responsible for anything found inside of it.  I imagined all kinds of things.  Old weapons or ammo, maybe some photos or keepsakes.  Shoot why not a stash of old cash.  Okay that was a little overly hopeful but I did have to laugh when I opened it up and found the tiniest pocket knife I have ever seen.

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I’ve decided it only seems right to keep these two pieces together so the knife remains in the case with a little story to tell.

I used Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Emperor’s Silk.  This was the first piece I used the dark wax on and I love the results.  It does seem a little tedious to have to use that clear and dark wax followed up by a final coat of clear wax.  That being said I think it was well worth the results that I got .  I knew I wanted to put some shelves in it  and use it as a bookcase so was extremely grateful to find a package of three shelves for $2 at the Habitat for Humanity Restore.  Perfect.  A coat of black paint and it really did add a nice touch.

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The door on the bottom had a handle on it that was kind of a rusty brown finish.  It clearly showed it’s age but I wanted to keep as much of the original piece as possible.  I removed it from the bottom sprayed it and the hinges with black spray paint and moved it to the top glass door.  It really is one of my favorite parts of the final project.

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This is currently the only piece of furniture that I have in the front living room but it really does make for a great first impression.

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As an added bonus for the room, I found a little round table that was already painted red.  a Fresh coat of paint and the dark wax and it is a great match to this piece.

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Lord it’s in your hands!


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I love to find things for super cheap and then redo them for the least amount of money possible.   Now and then I get very fortunate and find something for……..FREE!  When I was in the process of moving out of my house this summer, dad kept telling me about an old dresser that was in pieces outside of an empty house up the street from them.  he kept telling me it was a great piece of wood that we could use for scraps.  I don’t think we ever imagined that we could actually salvage a dresser out of the pile of wood.   After I was successfully out of my house I finally agreed to go down and look at it with him.  Good first impression for the neighbors right before I moved in to see us walking down the street with a hand truck and a pile of junky wood. Not a big surprise that I wasn’t able to get a picture before dad had it rebuilt into a……..dresser…….surprise.   He replaced the back for $2 and then rebuild the drawers and the sides.  

Left me with this as my clean slate to work with.

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I had some left over Pure White chalk paint from this project, turns out just barely enough to get it done turns out, but enough none the less.   I wanted to do something different with the top so I used a dark stain called “Kona”.   Love how it turned out.

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Lord it’s in your hands!


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When I first moved into my old house 8 1/2 years ago everything was blue…….everything.  The walls. The bathroom.  The stairs.  Inside.  Outside.  Unfortunately the blue was reminiscent of the inside of a school bus.  Not modern in any way.  I am sure this is why I have avoided using blue for ANYTHING.  The truth is  that I don’t have anything against blue….really….i just wanted to make it anything that it wasn’t before.  Now as I begin to prepare to move into the new house I have found myself very attracted to the idea of blue.  I fell in love with Annie Sloan’s Aubosson blue chalk paint.  I began looking for a small piece that I could use as an end table to my couch and that wouldn’t be blue overkill.  I found it at Goodwill, (big surprise) it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for but I saw some potential and honestly I was tired of looking.

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What you can’t see in the picture is how filthy it was.  Pretty sure I found everything from nail polish to maple syrup to magic marker to dried snot……seriously.  GROSS!  Nothing that a good scrubbing couldn’t fix.  I gave everything two coats of paint.

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After distressing it slightly I wanted to see how the chalk paint worked with the antiquing glaze. Turns out just fine actually.  Add a coat of clear wax and I was happy with the results.

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Of course the finishing touch was one of my favorites.  I climbed through mountains of “stuff” in my storage unit to find my box of knobs to find just the right one.

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Meanwhile why wandering through an estate sale I kept picking up these candle sticks.

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I didn’t dislike the color of them but I knew it wouldn’t work for me.  They wanted $25 for the pair and after picking them up, putting them down, picking them up and putting them down, I offered them $10 and brought them home with me.

A little paint and some glaze and they will be perfect for on top of this dresser I finished yesterday!

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To say that the summer has been a blur would be very accurate.  There was some summer school, some vacation, some family, some friends.  Oh yeah there was the small issue of selling my house, moving everything I own into a storage unit, bunking with the parents for the last 3 weeks, and now just days away from signing on a new house.  One week into the new school year and I find myself FINALLY with some free time for a project.  YEAH! Oh how I have missed it.

The new home has a few projects that come with it.  On one of many recent “strolls” through the Habitat For Humanity store brought me to meet this beauty.

Sofa Table5I should say that once again, I was unable to get the before picture before the deconstruction began.  (I have got to get faster at that. :-))  The top two drawers had lost their tracks and since I had visioned this piece going behind my couch as a sofa table I decided just to take them out and lower the top so it would be even with the couch.

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The rest of the piece was in amazingly good shape and was built solid.   I also really like the hardware, so all that was really needed was a paint job.  For a while now I have been hearing a lot about Annie Sloan Chalkpaint.   I have wanted to try it for a while and this piece was screaming for me to try.

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I knew I wanted this to be white so I chose the Pure White color.  There is definently a learning curve to this paint and if I had it to do again I would not have my first time using it be on such a large piece and probably not with white, but a little late for that.  I did have some issues with it but discovered that most of those were due to the fact that this particular shipment (according to the shop owner I bought it from) was much thicker than normal.  After adding some water and mixing it very well, I had much more success.  Over all I am pleased and will use it again.

Sofa Table4After painting and waxing the entire dresser I was quite excited to return the hardware and am super pleased with the end result.

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Sofa table1Now if only I had a house to put it in……..

Lord it’s in your hands!