"EXCEPT THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE, THEY LABOR IN VAIN THAT BUILD IT"......Ps.127:1a
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Showing posts with label Our Bedroom. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Final Piece

How appropriate that the last piece of furniture to makeover in my bedroom is my hubby's dresser, and it is the week before Father's Day.
 So here it is.
We bought this thing 15 years ago at Sam's Club.  It was a piece-it-together pine furniture kit.
Hubby painted it hunter green when we first got it.
10 years later I painted it black.
Since I did not strip it or sand it, the black paint did chip, and you could see the green.
It didn't look too bad.
But....
Now I am lightening up our bedroom, and it is going to be a handsome Antiqued White.


Hubby wanted the top stained.
I stripped it and sanded it.
However--I always seem to have a however--I forgot to smooth it out before staining it.
I tried sanding it by hand after staining it, but I couldn't get it just right.
So don't look too close!


Now the word 'dummy' ends with the same sound as the word 'me'.
So..........
as I was trying to take off the handles I noticed that the last person that painted this dresser put the handles on it when the paint was still wet.
' DUMB-ME.'
I pulled and pulled to no avail.
Then I thought, "You know if I pull too hard this pine wood is going to split.", so I stopped pulling and started cutting in around the handles with Annie Sloans Old White.


Although you can't see it here, there is a major box effect going on around the handles.
Annie Sloans paint is made to give a texture look, so I knew it was not going to blend very well.


Knowing this fact, the Dark Wax was going to be my Hero.
I piled a glob of dark wax right at the handles and worked it out from there.
I thought it gave it that dirty-hand manly look.  You know, like he never washes his hands after work before getting his clothes out for his shower;)

I stained the top in Minwax's Early American and hubby wanted it Polyurethaned.
I painted the whole dresser in Annie Sloans Old White.  Then I used clear wax along with the dark wax to antique or age the piece. It really does take some getting use to--using the dark wax--again the clear wax can be used kind of like an eraser with the dark wax, but you must use them together.  It cannot dry.
After getting my workout buffing it, I was pretty happy with the end result.


The layers of black and green paint came through when I sanded the edges--Love it!



Although this next picture's color is off, I just wanted to show the paneling on the sides.
The dark wax just brings out an antique beauty.


So all the furniture is finished!
Our bedroom is complete in that sense.
I know I will still be adding little things here and there, but the major stuff is complete!


Whew!!!!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My Craigslist Bed

I got a bed!
Yay!
Finally!
  The lady on Craigslist told me that she really didn't want to break up the set.  So I said thank you and left it at that.  Two days later she emails me and says that she is willing to sell the bed for $90.
I knew I didn't want to pay more than $100, so I was so happy.
 I was even happier when I saw how heavy duty this thing was.
Plus,the fact that she lived only a mile from my house was the icing on the cake!



I knew I wanted to paint it white.
So I got out Annie Sloans Old White.
This paint is perfect for a project like this that  has a shiny finish on it.
 No sanding--just start painting!


As I put the clear wax on, I sanded the edges to distress the bed.
I love the details.


It is so Pretty!


I have painted my dresser and a rocker in AS Duck Egg, so I thought I would paint these gold medallions in Duck Egg.
Just a little highlight to the bed.
Again, I was just able to paint right over the metal and the paint grabbed on to it.
The dark wax really makes a piece for me.



My bedroom is almost finished.
I still need to paint hubby's dresser.


Oh and Hubby is loving the new look.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

I Made a Sign

We are so close to the end of our school year.  Eight more days to go.
Research papers are soon due.  My house looks like a library threw up--books everywhere!

I am itching to get to the many many projects I have lying around our house and our garage.
One small project was to make a sign for our bedroom.
I wanted a verse that would encourage me.
I came across this one:
"Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him:...." Ps.37:7
I knew that this would be too long for the board I chose, but the first four words were perfect for me.
I have a huge problem with worry, so I thought this would be a good verse to see when I go to bed after making so many decisions during the day.  It would also be good to remind myself every morning when I start my day.

I used one of the boards from a pallet.
I painted it with my sample paint I had for my walls in our bedroom--a stone color.
I copied the verse in a font I liked--sorry, I can't remember which font.
The words were too big, but that was a good mistake.
I thought I could make the words "in the" smaller and with a different font.
To transfer the lettering I colored on the back of the letters with a charcoal pencil.
I positioned it on the board where I wanted it and then tacked it with some painter's blue tape.
I then traced around the letters like this.
See, I told you I was a visual person.
 This is what it looks like underneath the paper after you trace over the letters.
It transfers the charcoal onto the board.
Using my Sharpie Paint Marker I traced and colored painted in the letters.
I let it dry but not long enough and sanded over the lettering to make it look worn.
I wanted to mention that when I painted the stone color on, I did NOT go all the way to the edges.  I wanted to get that sanded -worn look without actually having to sand like crazy.
I stained it with dark walnut stain to age it.
It is perfect!
I want you all to know that I used a level when hanging my sign.
I hammered in the nails, hung up the sign, and it look crooked.
Apparently the guy who built the closet didn't level off things.
I had to mess with the nails so the sign didn't crooked with the ceiling nor the closet.

I also sewed some new Linen curtains.
I am loving the change in our bedroom.


Any new projects for you?

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

More "Trash to Treasure" for My Bedroom

My bedroom is S-L-O-W-L-Y coming together.
My son and I found this cute rocking chair out for trash yesterday.

I snatched it up quickly and started to work on it right away.
I knew it was going in my bedroom, and that AS Duck Egg was going to be all over it.


Why was it in the trash?
As you can see in the photo below on the left, one of the spindles was broken.  I sawed off the broken piece.
Hubby came home from work right about that time, and he suggested that I saw off the other side to make it even.


That is what I did, and it is perfect --for me :)


After dinner, I started to paint one coat of ASCP Duck Egg.
I was too tired to apply the wax last night.
This morning I applied the clear and dark wax to it.
I love what the dark wax does to a piece.


Here it is!
A lovely piece for our bedroom.


A place to sit and just enjoy some peace and quiet.


I am still waiting for that bed.
I know it is out there somewhere.

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