Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Jude Cabinet

I am so excited to share this special piece with you…

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Frenchy Desk

Happy Friday!  I hope all of you sweet readers had a fantastic Thanksgiving!  I scored this beautiful antique desk a couple of months ago and finally got around to painting it.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Creamy Stand

Hi readers!  We are gearing up for a busy Thanksgiving weekend {as I’m sure you are} but I wanted to take a second to say thank you to all of you!  I hope that you enjoy reading this little ole’ blog as much as I love writing it.

I also wanted to show you this sweet plant stand that is now at ReFresh.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Beachy Dresser

I recently refinished this piece for a client. 

client dresser-after

Friday, November 9, 2012

Stenciled Side Table

I’m really excited to show you this side table. 


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pallet Block

I have been suffering from pallet block for nearly 6 months.  You see, I was obsessed with doing a pallet project so I talked a friend into giving me one.  It was brand new so I set it outside to let it weather and then it sat there…for 6 months {needless to say I achieved my goal of getting the weathered look}.  I didn’t forget about it…I just couldn’t decide what to do with it.  I kept seeing pallet furniture all over Pinterest {like here and here} but I didn’t want to build furniture.  I knew it would involve paint {shocker, right?} but I just couldn’t get inspired.  Then {finally} I had my husband drag it into the garage on Saturday and saw the back off of it.  I know he thought I was losing it but he’s learned to just go with it at this point!  I then pulled out all of my cans of chalk paint and just started mixing colors and painting and this is what I ended up with…


Monday, November 5, 2012

Château Grey End Table

Ok, you all know how much I love neutral tones but don’t let grey in the name fool you on this color.  Château Grey is actually not grey at all but is, in fact, a beautiful shade of green.


Sunday, November 4, 2012

French Provincial Chest

Well, I have had a very productive weekend…how about you?  Hope so.  So, remember the turquoise farmhouse side table from a few months ago?  Well, that gorgeous set {that I sent my husband on a wild goose chase into the country to pickup} came with several pieces.  One of my favorites was this French Provincial chest.


Friday, November 2, 2012

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

So, I've shared with you that some of my pieces are now available at ReFresh Home in Franklin, TN.  I stopped by the other day to deliver some new stuff {and ended up bringing home a new sofa} and the shop looks beautiful! 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Chippy Paris Grey

Happy Halloween little spooks!  I wanted to share pictures of the completed Paris Grey piece from the dark wax video tutorial.  {If you missed it, you can find it here, along with the paint and clear wax tutorials.}  I love how this piece turned out and can't wait to share with you how I easily achieved the chippy finish {hint, hint...video tutorial coming soon}. 
ASCP Paris Grey, dark wax, heavy distressing

Friday, October 26, 2012

Dark Wax Tutorial

Happy Friday, friends!  Here is the long awaited dark wax tutorial {hope it was worth the wait}. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Tutorial

After I posted the wax video tutorial a couple of months ago, I received tons of questions about applying chalk paint.  You know what that means...a new video tutorial!  I don't know about y'all but I'm a visual learner.  If I can watch you do something then I have it down...if I read the steps, I tend to have too many follow-up questions.  {cindy.must.have.pictures.or.videos.to.diy}  Please keep in mind that a) I'm no expert but I do have experience messing things up and then trying to make them pretty and b) I'm not a natural in front of a video camera {or iPad in this case}.  Enjoy!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Distressed To Perfection

I finally had a few minutes this weekend to film a video tutorial on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  The video will be posted tomorrow but FIRST I want to show you how the side tables in the video turned out. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Double Pedestal Table & Cane Chairs

This double pedestal table was an amazing find.  Throw in some cane back chairs {with no broken caning}...L.O.V.E!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Farmhouse Side Table

It is finally time to show you some color!  Check out this turquoise farmhouse side table.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Whitewash Pedestal Table

I love how this pedestal table turned out; so much, in fact, that I would've kept it if it didn't make our breakfast nook too crowded {boo}.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Antique Plaque Chest

Lately, I have found myself drawn toward two-tone finishes.  Whether I'm shopping, blog stalking or pinning {speaking of pinning, follow me here}, I just can't get enough which means you are likely to see a lot more two-tone pieces {until I move on to another obsession}.  Here's the latest...  

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Simply Reinvented Meets ReFresh Home

Meet ReFresh Home.

Don Wright Designs & Photography

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Annie Sloan Wax Tutorial

I have returned from an impromptu break for the summer {Hey, that's what happens when you are the working mom of 2 little ones as I'm sure many of you can relate}!  I have received a lot of questions about how to apply Annie Sloan Soft Wax using a wax brush.  I didn't want to just tell you about it but SHOW you how to apply it so I thought this would be a great opportunity for my first video tutorial.  {Please ignore the umms and avoidance of eye contact.  Talking to an iPad is quite awkwardOh, and I hope you like my very technical terms like smear and globs!}  Enjoy and feel free to post any questions you may have!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Lined Drawer Tutorial

You may have noticed that I prefer to line the drawers of my pieces.  I think it adds something special to them {and a little charm, too}.  I thought this would make a great tutorial since many of you have asked about it.

Here's the scoop:

- liner of your choice (scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, old book pages, music)
- razor or sharp scissors
- spray adhesive (repositionable)

First, wipe {and vacuum if you are me} the inside of the drawers to remove all dirt and dust.

Next, lay your paper inside the drawer being sure to match the pattern, if applicable.  When you get to an edge, hold the paper firmly in place and crease the paper along the angle of the drawer.

 Use a razor or sharp scissors to cut along the crease.  {There is no possible way to get an attractive shot of your arm in this position!  I tried my best to prevent, what I call, man-arm syndrome but I failed...miserably.}

Continue arranging and cutting the paper until the bottom of each drawer is covered.

Now for the glue.  I use a repositionable spray adhesive.  It allows me time to match the pattern carefully and move the paper, if needed.  {Spray adhesive still dries quickly so be sure to work fast and on one piece of paper at a time.}  I remove all of the pieces and lay them next to the drawer in the same position.  This prevents you from mixing up where the pieces go.  Working with one piece of paper at a time, spray a light coat of the adhesive to the back {wrong} side of the paper.  Immediately lay the piece in the bottom of the drawer and rub firmly to remove any air bubbles and to achieve good adherence.  Remember...spray the paper NOT the drawer or you will ruin the beautiful paint finish you just worked so hard to achieve. {Think glitter. Spray adhesive seems to spread everywhere.}

Continue gluing, matching the pattern and pressing until the bottom of the drawer is covered.  I find that using a busy pattern helps reduce visible seams.  You really can't tell that this was pieced together!

Easy-peasey, right?

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Versatile Chest

I've mentioned before how much I love versatile pieces and this chest is a great example. 
ASCP Paris Grey/Old White, medium distressing, clear wax
I love early depression pieces with original casters {chippy veneer and all}.  With such beautiful details even the before picture is lovely.

The finish of this early depression era chest is a custom mix of ASCP Paris Grey and Old White with medium distressing and sealed with clear wax.  I also highlighted the beautiful detailing with Old White.  While the original hardware was beautiful, I decided to replace it with these glass knobs that blend with the finish nicely. 

And, of course, lined drawers.  {tutorial coming soon}

I think this piece would make a fantastic TV cabinet but have staged it as a buffet and changing table/dresser.


By the way, did you know there are two spellings for the color gray?  {bet you didn't expect a spelling lesson, huh?}  Typically, you will find that Americans use the spelling gray while Europeans prefer grey.  You will see it spelled both ways on this blog.  Why you ask?  I always use the spelling gray except when referring to the specific Annie Sloan paint color, Paris Grey.  {Annie is British and therefore uses the European spelling.}

{This piece is currently available.}  
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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Dropcloth Chair Tutorial

Do you ever stumble upon a great deal and wish you would've bought more?  Well, that is how I felt after bringing home these 4 beauties.

ASCP Old White, clear wax, dropcloth cushion
OK, well, they actually didn't look anything like this when I found them {but I knew they had potential}.  I will have to admit that when I first saw the ad for $5 and $10 chairs {100's of them} then I was a little skeptical.  I called the number listed and the {very sweet} lady explained that her family was turning an old Country Buffet into a Japanese restaurant and they were trying to sell the old decor.  I could not get to my car fast enough.  When I arrived, they had literally gutted the entire restaurant and we maneuvered over boards and broken tile to a back room filled to the ceiling {literally} with tables and chairs.  I stood amazed as this tiny, sweet lady climbed to the top of the pile and very patiently handed me chair after chair until we found a few suitable ones.  I scored these for $5 a piece. 

I know...they look pretty junky {and not in the good kind of way}, huh?  I knew that with a little paint and new seat cushions they would be transformed.  If you have not reupholstered a chair seat then you should!  Simple and I'm going to show you how!  Start by flipping the chair upside down and find the screws holding the seat cushion on. 

Remove those and place them in a baggie so you don't lose them.  Next clean the chair to remove any dirt or grease.  I grabbed what I had close by and it worked like a dream...baby wipes!  Paint the chair using your preferred colors and technique.  I used Old White, distressed with clear wax. 

ASCP Old White, clear wax, dropcloth cushion
 While the wax is curing you can recover the seat.  If your seat is in decent shape, you don't even have to remove the old fabric.  Since my seats were ripped {and smelled like fried chicken} then I removed the old fabric but reused the foam.  I like a firmer seat so I chose to add a liner over the foam.  Muslin works really well but you can use anything that you have on hand {even a twin sheet}.  Lay your cushion upside down on the muslin.  Cut around the cushion being sure to leave enough to staple.

Now, grab your heavy duty stapler.  Pull the fabric taught, staple and repeat on each of the four sides.

After you have stapled each side once, continue stapling around the entire cushion being sure to pull the fabric taught each time.  Gather the fabric neatly and staple to make nice, neat corners.

Trim off any excess and your seat should look like this.

Repeat the same steps with the fabric of your choice.  I love the look of linen but wanted something more durable so I used a dropcloth.  {Yes, as in a canvas paint dropcloth.}  When you launder a dropcloth you end up with a soft, knotty fabric that is really beautiful.  Reattach you cushion and you have a gorgeous new chair!

ASCP Old White, clear wax, dropcloth cushion

ASCP Old White, clear wax, dropcloth cushion

I'm so tempted to drive back over and see if she has more because I am keeping these for myself but know that someone else would love to have a set!

ASCP Old White, clear wax, dropcloth cushion

Just to keep it real...this is what DIY {really} looks like at my house.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Chalk paint white {gray} wash tutorial

I know, I know...I have been a very bad blogger lately {so sorry}.  March was a whirlwind but the good news is that it is past us and I'm back!  Thank you for being patient and loyal readers.  Several of you have messaged me and I really appreciate the encouragement {and the reassurance that someone is reading this thing}.  I know that I need to make this up to you so how does a tutorial sound?  Good? {Yep, thought so.

I recently finished two custom pieces for a sweet couple.  E & L sent over an armoire and dresser that her dad owned before he met her mom {sweet}.  While these were in excellent condition, they wanted a fresh, updated finish.  The request was a grayish white-wash finish that shows some wood grain.  {Yay!  A new challenge}.  Annie Sloan has advertised that her chalk paint can be mixed and used as a wash and I had been wanting to try it out.  I scoured the blogosphere to find the recommended mixing ratio and I found...NOTHING!  So what's a girl to do...get to mixing and see what happens.  Well, this is what happened...

ASCP Wash {French Linen/Old White}; clear and dark wax

I'm in love.  I wish these pieces weren't so {SO} heavy because I was dying to stage them in my house to really showcase the beauty of the finish.  The pictures don't do it justice but it'll have to do, I guess.  What I found was that Annie was right.  Her paint makes an excellent wash and still adheres beautifully.  Here's the before shot...

I started by mixing 1 part Old White, 1 part French Linen, 1 part water together in a container.  Mix it really well with a plastic spoon.  Then I painted the mixture on using long strokes and moving in only one direction.  I then took a dry t-shirt, wrapped it around my hand and lightly ran it over the paint.  Be careful to work in small manageable areas and use long seamless strokes.  Continue over the entire piece.  Tip: If you want more coverage, wipe using less pressure.  The wash mixture will dry much more quickly.  This is how it looked after the first step.

after step 1
Now, this was pretty but not quite gray enough so I mixed a second coat consisting of 1 part French Linen and 1 part water.  This mixture is equal parts paint and water so it will be quite thinner and runnier.  I took a clean brush and painted one quick stroke over the first coat.  Immediately follow with a dry t-shirt wrapped hand, wiping off almost all of the wet paint. 

You will think this is pointless but what it does is give the piece dimension by adding the appearance of multiple layers and shades {and not so faux-finishy looking}.  The door on the left is after step 1 while the side panel on the right is after steps 1 and 2. 

Tip:  Be sure to use a dry area of the t-shirt with each stroke.  If you use the soaked part of the shirt, it will not give you a streaky appearance which you want for this finish.  Here is what mine looked like after step 2.

Allow the piece to completely dry.  Follow with a very thin coat of paste wax and buff gently when dry.  After applying the paste wax and buffing it off, I gently sanded the entire piece using 220 and 320 grit sandpaper {remember...the higher the number the finer the grit and the smoother the finish}.  I then lightly distressed the edges using 150 grit sandpaper.

before dark wax

Remove dust by wiping over the entire piece with a clean, dry t-shirt or rag. I then applied a thin layer of clear/dark wax mix to bring out the wood tones and add more color depth, followed by a final coat of clear wax {3 wax coats in all}. You can skip the dark wax and just apply the final clear wax layer, if you prefer.

ASCP Wash {French Linen/Old White}; clear and dark wax

ASCP Wash {French Linen/Old White}; clear and dark wax; lined drawer
I always line drawers to add an unexpected, personal touch.  And there you have it...a chalk paint white {gray} wash tutorial!

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