Showing posts with label decor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label decor. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Dresser Makeover

I am so excited about this dresser!
It really is amazing to me what a coat of paint and some wax can do.

This is what the dresser looked like.
I was on my way to the grocery store one day, and
I found it out for trash along the side of the road.
What a treasure!
I ran to the front door to make sure it was trash.
The young boys, at the house, helped me load it in the van.
My mom stayed in the alley with my kiddos while I drove it back to my house.

This was a couple of years ago.
It became my youngest son's dresser.
He did not want it and asked if we could swap dressers.

I had plans for this piece when I found out about Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint.
It has such pretty details, but the veneer was really chipping everywhere.

My hubby tried to take it off on the top here and just made it ugly.
I had plans to replace these two warped pieces with one long dresser top.

I found a blog that showed me how to remove veneer.
You can read about it HERE

Now I was ready to paint.

Before I show you more pics of the painted dresser, please take time to meet my new wax brush.
I found an AS's Stockist near my home, and she had these short handled wax brushes for sale.

I was using a regular paint brush before, but there is something about the way this brush is made that it brushes the wax on easier than the regular paint brush.  
I used less wax than with the regular brush.
It was worth my investment for sure!
I also love the short handle.

Ok....on with the dresser.
I must tell you that I am a Country style sort of gal not a Shabby Chic Gal.
My home is not Shabby Chic, but I was really liking the Duck Egg and Frenchy look on the blogs. 
 I wanted one room in my house to be Frenchy, Cottage.
This dresser was perfect and my bedroom is the perfect, unfinished room to change.

As I was painting this dresser I thought about the imperfections that became apparent on the Oak that was underneath the veneer.  I was so happy that this piece was for me and not someone else because of those imperfections.  
I didn't want to highlight the details with Old White, although I think it would have been beautiful if I did.
It just wasn't me. 
I wanted to highlight the details with the dark wax.
And I did, and I love the way they turned out.
I used Fiddes & Son's clear and dark wax.

This is one of the many holes that were in the drawers underneath the veneer.
It almost looks like a little key hole.

My hubby attached the top two boards with some "L" brackets.

This little area will eventually get a basket put in it when I find the right one,
but you can see how the top is attached in this pic.

I couldn't believe how nice it looks!

Here it is!!

I love it.
I am looking forward to doing more Duck Egg in my room.
Hubby likes it too :)

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Decorating with New Things--A Good Change

I do not care for change, but I love decorating with our new Christmas presents.
Decorating is fun to me now.  I find myself rearranging all the time.
I like a new look around the house.  This is good "change" for me.

Decorating was not a big thing in my home when I was a child.
 Growing up I lived in an apartment that had crazy paneling on two walls, purple paint on one and yellowish, white paint on the other wall of our living room.  It was a rented apartment and my mom will be the first to admit, she really didn't mind it--she likes color.  :)

I on the other hand could not stand it.  
I never said anything to my mom growing up, but I was bound not to have purple walls in my house.

What color did my 13 year old want to paint her room?  That's right, Purple.

I told her that we could accent her room with purple and that we would paint the walls yellow.
Slowly we have turned her room into what she wanted.  She even has purple curtains.  We got her this purple lamp for Christmas.  She made her dry erase picture frame from a yard sale find and painted the pencil can purple herself.  
Her daddy even gave her a purple note pad.

This tea cup rack was a gift to her also.
She decorated it with her tea cups...that cute chubby baby is her at the hospital the day she was born.

This made room in my china cabinet for Dan's Grandmom's china.
She gave it to me when she moved into an apartment at a retirement home back in 1995.

This is one of our visits at the retirement village years ago.
She has since passed away.
Her china was in a china cabinet for years until I had to sell the cabinet to help pay off debt.
Now it has a new home in my china cabinet I found on craigslist this past year.
The top shelf is my everyday teacups, and the bottom two shelves is her china set.

Being able to display and use them again feels like a present to me.

Since I didn't sell my table runners at my craft sale this year, I chose to keep one for myself.  I think I have a total of 1 small quilt out of  20-25 that I have made over the years.  
This will be quilt #2 for me to keep.
I love it on my table.  
Now if I could keep the boys from spilling their new calligraphy ink all over it I will be happy.

My mom gave Bessy this hand painted rack.--painted by my Friend
I love the farm scene. 

I bought myself this star at the Christmas Tree Shop for 74 cents.
I love it.  
I also kept that shelf I made HERE.

Now I am soon ready to take down the Christmas decor and return to normal life.
I think I will wait till next week, after New years....... I think  :)

How about you?  How long do you leave your Christmas decorations out?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


I pledge allegiance 
To the flag 
Of the United States of America
And to the Republic 
For which it stands
One Nation
Under God
With Liberty and Justice for ALL

I am so thankful for the courageous men 
who fought for Liberty
at the start of this nation.
I am also thankful for the men and women 
who continue to serve to preserve
our nation's Freedoms and Independence!

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and then, she {snapped}

Monday, April 25, 2011

A Girly Room

The boys got a little makeover, and I've been wanting to repaint my daughter's room but haven't been motivated.
Since we finished the Attic, I have been excited to refresh her room.  

It was this dark grey-brown room.  
It was a nice color if you were Eeyore from Winnie-the Pooh.

I love Winnie-the Pooh!

Bessy-girl wanted Purple.
I said, "No way Jose.
 When you grow up and have your own home, you can paint all your rooms purple if you like."  
I am a mean mom; I know.
We compromised on pale Yellow.

I got an iron bed off of craigslist for $30 and spray painted it white--I hate to spray paint. 
I know, don't say "hate"...But I really strongly dislike it!
The yellow and white bed frame looks girly to me.

I decided to repaint her switch plate.
It was a mustard yellow with a dark pink flower.  I am so bad with color names.
This is the only pic I have of the yellow.  It is the backside of the switch plate, so you can't see the pink flower.

I base painted the switch plate using Kiltz.

Then I used Folk ART acrylic paint to finish it.

 Bayberry was used for the background, and Purple Lilac was used for the flower.  I antiqued it with some watered down brown paint and then Polyurethaned it.

I am slowly working on other projects in her room and will up-date them as I finish each one.

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