Sunday, October 27, 2013

Two-Toned Coffee Table Tutorial

A few months ago, the hubby and I stumbled across this wooden country chic/farmhouse style coffee table at our local Habitat for the Humanity ReStore! I knew it would be perfect for our den because we have a farmhouse meets beach cottage thing going on in there. And it was exactly the style that I had in mind, and cost us somewhere around $50! Score! So here's a quick look at the before and after!

And of course...more afters!

And here's HOW I achieved this look...

 I covered the top of the table with paper to protect it from the paint.

 I then removed the drawers from the table, and set them aside. I also removed the knobs too! I didn't want to paint them because I thought the wood knobs would look fabulous on the aqua drawer fronts.

 I then wiped down the drawer fronts and the table with a liquid sander/deglosser.

Once that dried, I lightly sanded the table and drawers with a fine grit sand paper (around 120 to 220).

 After lightly sanding, I wiped off all dust with a damp cloth and let the surface dry...
 I then moved on to the prime time lol! I primed the surface with Killz Spray paint primer (two coats).
Once the 2nd coat of primer was dry...I lightly sanded the table and drawers again, and then wiped off the dust with wet rag.

 Once everything was all dry...I moved on to painting! I used two layers of Krylon's  Blue Ocean Breeze in a gloss finish. I lightly sanded with a fine grit sand paper (around 120 to 220) and removed dust from everything before applying the 2nd coat of paint.

 I then distressed the edges and etc. by gently sanding with a 60 grit piece of sandpaper.

 I then wiped off all of the dust, and began the glazing process.  For my mixture I used Behr Premium Plus Style Faux Glaze from Home Depot. It is translucent, so you have to add the paint of your choice in order for the glaze to have a color.

I bought some Behr Premium Plus paint samples in flat sheen to add to my glaze. I wanted my glaze to be brown, with a touch of black, so I used Behr's Espresso Beans and added in a tiny bit of Behr's pure black paint too. I did this because I have another aqua table in the room, and it has a black glaze on it. I wanted the two tables to be able to blend. My glaze mixture ratio was about 1 part paint and 3 parts glaze.  I would advise working with small (table spoon size) portions if you aren't doing a huge project.

 After glazing the table, I let it dry and put it back together. I must say...she looks amazing!

Oh, and here's the cute little side table that I also found at the ReStore a few months ago. I painted this beauty a while ago, but did not post a tutorial. It was under $50 as well...

Saturday, October 19, 2013

What to do with the wedding dress after the wedding

We spend months(sometimes years) planning for our big day, and then BOOM it's over in what feels like five minutes. After the big day has come and gone you might find yourself pondering over what to do with your wedding dress.We tied the knot back in 2009, and at the time "trash the dress" photo sessions were all the rage.

Via Julie Hunter Photography

I on the other hand planned to lose weight and then do a sort of bridal shoot a year or so after the wedding. Nothing dirty enough to ruin my dress...but something kind of edgy. Well...that never happened. So now I am looking into other ways to put my wedding dresses to good use. And yes..I actually had two full blown wedding gowns. I'm a Libra...what more can I say?

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Putting it all on display

Before becoming a homeowner, I had no experience with the art of thrift shopping. And while I'm no master...I would say I'm getting close to getting my thrifting black belt. One of my favorite places to shop is the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. I've found all of our great vintage/retro tables and our dresser there. Most of our items were purchased for around $15 to $50 too!

Since I'm a fan of their Facebook page, I wait for them to release their weekly photo album with the newest items in stock. And this week I noticed a sexy little mid-century modern display shelf for only $50! I knew I had to have it for our formal living/dining room. So we headed on down to our favorite spot in town(aka...the ReStore) and paid for the shelf. Hubby and I both have cars that are too small to fit he borrowed a truck from someone and went back for it this morning. It has been in our home for just an hour or so, and I love it! Initially, I thought abut maybe painting it white. But now that it is here in the space I actually prefer it as is. I love the way the chocolate bounces off our navy walls!

Behold...our newest baby in all of her mid-century modern glory!

Now....we just need to figure out what to put above it. I'm thinking maybe a photo wall like this....



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