Painted Kitchen Reveal I’m finally done with my kitchen – just in time for Thanksgiving! I had already painted the bottom cabinets in General Finishes Milk Paint in the color Millstone. I decided to paint the top cabinets in their Antique White to lighten them up and give a bit of contrast. I painted the top walls in Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige and under the chair rail in in Benjamin Moore Cloud White. I also touched up the trim. I’m having the ceiling patched and painted on Monday and then the whole room will be complete!
Bleed Through: Don’t Fight It – Blend It!
I was going to share the Hepplewhite Dresser with you all today. However, this happened 🙁
Yes, the dreaded “bleed through”.
Actually, it only happened where I had to sand back the drawer fronts and the original reddish wood color bled through. The reason I had to sand the drawer fronts back is because I decided on adding new drawer pulls. Hence, I needed to drill new holes/fill in the old with wood filler/sand them back! Whew.
How to Apply General Finishes Whitewash Wood Stain
Remember my Favorite Find Monday from a few weeks ago? It’s a vintage Dixie hepplewhite dresser with 8 drawers for storage, great legs and a curvy front. It is such a beautiful piece and I am keeping it for my daughter’s bedroom. Ella is now 15 and we moved her girlish furniture into her 11 year old sister’s room. I painted and stenciled her walls a few years ago and they don’t need to be changed. She will be getting a new larger bed and needs a new dresser to (finally!) complete the room. This one is perfect!
Remember my boring, bland, dark hallway? I decided to tackle it head on and create my own DIY Makeover for Under $100 Challenge! I went to the thrift store and was very lucky. I was looking for a few bookcases and found the perfect ones. They match in height/depth/shelf heights (one case is slightly longer than the other) and at $12.99 each, a pretty good deal! One of them has a really disgusting ball of wax that is melted into the bottom shelf – this really isn’t Pottery Barn! BTW, all that stuff behind them is mine too 🙂CONTINUE READING
The little mid-century modern thrift store table proved to be quite the time intensive project! I was hard at work all day on it. The original hardware was so tarnished that one could barely discern that it was brass. I used my tried and true Brasso Metal Polish on the piece and made a quick video on how to restore vintage hardware!CONTINUE READING
Ah, the Duncan Phyfe Dining Table is done! Today I’m sharing No Sanding! How to Refinish Wood with General Finishes Gel Stain plus video tutorial. Basically, how I was able to refinish the top without actually sanding it back. The original top was worn but otherwise in pretty good condition and it didn’t have any shiny lacquer or shellac finish. Since the table only needed a little bit of shoring up (I used glue to clamp down the veneer in places along the underside) and we wanted to go darker in color, it was the perfect candidate for the No Sanding Needed application of General Finishes Gel Stain. Yup – no sanding needed!CONTINUE READING
I spent a few hours the other day scrolling through all of my past posts in order to make the Tips and Tidbits Gallery (above on the navigation bar). It’s pretty self explanatory, Tips is full of the many How-To posts that I have written through the years and Tidbits is full of extra content. Many posts were so old that they were lost in the blog world forever and this is a way to keep them alive.CONTINUE READING
I have been working on a project for a client and creating color options for her to choose from. I am painting her new bathroom vanity to resemble an older piece that I shared in Creating Sample Boards. I am now playing around with color options for the finish, as I showed in yesterday’s video, How to Blend Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, The piece shown isn’t the actual vanity – I am using a piece of furniture I already had in my garage as the test piece.CONTINUE READING