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How To Create a Smooth Finish Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – Start to Finish Steps

annie sloan antoinette

I’ve been asked quite a few times to write a post on How To Create a Smooth Finish Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  Here goes!

Wipe piece clean.  I typically take a paper towel and go over a piece to get rid of cobwebs, etc.  I use a Mr. Clean sponge to get off any stuck on grime or residue.  I’m telling you, these sponges are miracle workers!   If a piece is missing any veneer or is deeply scratched, apply wood filler and let dry. Sand off wood filler and repeat the process until surface is smooth. Related Posts: Refinishing – Not Restoring – A Vintage Wood Top;  Fixing a Wood Top with Elmer’s Wood Filler; Wood Filler is a Friend – How To Change Drawer Pulls; Safety First and an Empire Chest in the Works

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Painted Kitchen Reveal!

kitchen cabinets in General Finishes milk paint

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!

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Bleed Through: Don’t Fight It – Blend It!

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.

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How to Apply General Finishes Whitewash Wood Stain

GF whitewash wood stain

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!

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Thrift Store Haul – DIY Makeover Under $100!

Thrift store haul

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

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No Sanding! Refinish Wood with Gel Stain, Reveal and Video

java gel stain refinished wood table, dining table top

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

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