Monday, March 21, 2011

my "new" chair

I've had this hideous chair for quite a while and have always wanted to reupholster or cover it somehow, but have always been too scared to try something. Lucky for me, Miss Mustard Seed posted a video slipcover tutorial series that was pretty easy & I got myself a new chair that I LOVE! And, it only took me the first weekend of March Madness! (Bryan watched the madness & I sewed!)
I absolutely love the ruffled skirt! I can't wait to do this again! Oh & by the way, I am not an advanced seamstress. The only thing I have sewn is curtains, pillows & a baby this was quite a project, but I think anyone with basic sewing skills can do it! You should try!


Total cost: $20 for 2 drop cloths! Yay!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Green is good

Top of the morning to ya! In honor of St. Patty's day I thought I'd post my most recent project- a green desk. (what great timing, right?)
My mom & I found this desk at our favorite Thrift Store & it was in pretty great condition for a smoking hot price. I then painted it a mixture of greens and blues that I had in my paint collection. After painting, I glazed it & roughed it up a bit. I found the knobs at Hobby Lobby- which by the way, has the BEST selection of knobs ever for the BEST prices. I love how it turned out!

Also, I have had a lot of questions about how I paint and what I do, so I thought I'd share my tips. When I get a piece, I first clean it off - usually just with a damp rag, but some people use soap and water in case of grease. I'm usually too lazy to get the soap.
After it is clean, I sand it all over- with just a sanding block & a piece of sand paper.
Then, I paint it. I paint with a small foam roller brush, a paintbrush, and a sponge brush. The paints I use are just normal indoor house-paint. I use anywhere from semi-gloss paint to eggshell. It just depends on the project or the paints I already have.
(After you paint & the paint is dry you can glaze it & distress it or just leave as is.)
After it is dry- usually 24 hours- I apply polycrylic (the protective coating) with a paintbrush.
I bought my polycrylic at Walmart, and i'm sure you can get it probably at any paint store. Some people use a wipe on poly, so I'm sure that would work too, I've just never tried it.

Well, I think that is it. Let me know if you have any other questions! =)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Hand-painted turquoise hutch

When I first saw this hutch, I thought...woof. I pretty much couldn't even see how paint could make this look cute, but thankfully, I was wrong. I know I say this about every piece- but seriously, I love this one. I want to do this stencil design tutorial from Jones Design on everything I do now. It was so easy & quick & it turned out great!