Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Raise the roof

OK, so I may not be able to raise the roof but I can definitely show you how to create the appearance of a higher ceiling.  This may be one of my all time favorite design tips...raise your curtain rod!  Just do it {please}.  Raising your curtain rod to just below the ceiling line or crown moulding will make your room feel larger by making your ceiling feel higher.  I promise you won't be disappointed with the results.  The problem I run into is, unless you have custom curtains, you won't have enough length in your panels for them to puddle {and slight curtain puddling is a must for me}.  So, what's a girl to do?  An easy solution is to add coordinating fabric to your existing panel.  This is one of those projects that is simple yet makes a huge impact in your room.  If you can thread a needle then you can do this {seriously easy-peasy}!  

Case in point...I love paisley and I knew that I wanted paisley curtains for my breakfast nook.  Not only did I want paisley curtains but they had to be muted shades of tan and chocolate with the slightest hint of french blue. {Some may call me picky but I think I'm just selective.}  Would you believe that my mother-in-law found the exact panel I had been envisioning?  {I can because she is amazing like that!}  The problem was there was only 1 panel and the length was 84 inches.  No big deal...I took some extra chocolate brown fabric leftover from custom living room panels and added them to the bottom.  I didn't even remove the hem on the panels...just laid the fabric over the existing hem and sewed a straight stitch.  Less than 5 minutes and my problem was solved.  

As you can see, I chose to drape my panel  across the window to one side.  If light is an issue in your space, you could hang the panel straight, being sure it is pushed to one side and falls just inside of the window frame to make your window appear larger.  It is simply a matter of preference.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

An ASCP Before and After

I thought since I discussed Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) in my last post it would only be fitting to show a few before and after pictures.  I knew I wanted to showcase these pieces first because they belong to one of my sweet friends.  She has listened to me ramble {on at least a weekly basis} about painting furniture and starting this blog for months now. She believed in me so much that she hired me to reinvent {couldn't resist the cheesiness} these pieces she bought at an estate sale.  This gave me just the push I needed to {finally} launch the blog.  Don't you just love friends like her who lift you up when you feel unsure of yourself?  I'm a lucky girl to be surrounded by a few women like that!  Sorry for the poor quality of some of the pictures. {this is me apologizing for clearly not realizing these would end up on my blog.}  Enjoy!  

vanity before

ASCP Old White, clear wax, medium distressing

footboard before
ASCP Old White, clear wax, medium distressing

headboard: ASCP Old White, clear wax, medium distressing
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My Newest Obsession...ASCP

I have a new obsession.  Not surprising coming from a serial obsessor...like when I begged my hubby weekly {OK daily} to pick up Moe's when I was pregnant with #2.  {Don't judge me, please.}  Luckily for me, my newest obsession is a certain amazingly fantastic paint.  Before you think I'm crazy just know that I'm not the only one.  If you've been anywhere near the design blogosphere then you probably already know what I'm talking about.  If not, then you are going to want to give me a big ole' hug after this introduction.  
My obsession = Annie Sloan Chalk Paint {ASCP} 
image: anniesloanunfolded.com

  Here's what I love about ASCP:
  • No sanding or priming needed.  Did you hear that??  NO PRIMING!  {insert happy dance here}  This paint literally sticks to everything...even laminate furniture.  If you have ever painted furniture with latex paint then you know what a time suck prepping can be.  No more, thanks to Miss Annie.
  • Easy to distress.  I promise you'll be hooked the first time you distress a piece painted with ASCP.  Unlike latex that takes a lot of elbow grease and tends to roll when sanding, ASCP sands off in a fine powder.
  • Environmentally friendly.  ASCP has low VOCs and virtually no odor. 
  • Dries quickly.  ASCP is dry to the touch in 30 minutes and can be recoated in 2 hours.  This is ideal for those who are busy {or impatient like me}.
  • Versatility.  While ASCP currently only comes in 28 colors, you have endless options.  The paints mix easily and can even be mixed with water to make a wash.
  • A little goes a long way.  I'm not going to lie.  I was a little shocked at the $36 per quart {yes, per QUART} price but was sold before I even finished the first coat {as were my mother-in-law and husband who kept peeking out to see what the fuss over ASCP was all about}.  As you'll see in an upcoming post, I painted a full size headboard, footboard, side rails, vanity with bench and framed mirror using 1 can.  I applied 2 coats full strength and even painted 1 coat in places you can't even see. {I'm a little OCD like that.}

So, what do you think?  Sounds too good to be true, huh?  Yep, I thought the same thing but I'm completely sold.  While I believe ASCP will be the paint of choice for 90% of my pieces, it isn't the end all be all {but pretty darn close for me}.  In an upcoming post, I plan to cover different types of paints I use so you can better choose which type is best for your project.  I'll also touch on how to apply and seal ASCP.  Until then, I'll leave you with some eye candy.  {you're welcome!}  Check here to find a stockist in your area.
ASCP Old White; clear wax

ASCP Old White; clear wax
*These opinions are my own. I am in no way affiliated with ASCP nor have I been compensated in any way to endorse her product.  {I just love it that much.}

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Beginning...

My first post...aahhh.  I have been stewing {that's country for thinking deeply} over this blog for nearly 6 months.  At this point it seems a little silly that I would contemplate it for this long.  After all, it only took me a couple of days to create a logo & design the layout of the blog {not to mention that I didn't even take that long to decide on us having a 2nd child}.  So what was it that kept that me from taking the leap?  FEAR {of judgement}, I guess.  It is not easy to put yourself out there when it's something that feels so personal.  {Yes, I realize that this is a design blog & we are talking about painted furniture BUT I love each piece that much.}  I always say that health care is my career but revamping/redesigning furniture is my passion.  I love taking old, junky furniture & giving it new life.  I love when I stare at a piece of outdated furniture & see what it COULD be not what it is.  {It feels almost as good as holding a newborn baby.}  That has led me to this point.  I love reinventing furniture AND love to talk about reinventing furniture AND love to show pictures of said furniture so doesn't it just seem like starting a blog is only natural??

So friends, welcome to Simply Reinvented.  A blog about taking old things, breathing new life into them and loving them again.  I'm not sure where this blog will lead me {us} but I know it'll include the 3 Ts along the way {you know, triumphs, tutorials and total disasters} and I hope you enjoy them all. 

Oh, one other thing for those curious types like me.  You may be wondering what a sparrow has to do with a design blog.  I don't want to get all deep thoughts with you {at least not during our first meeting} but sparrows have a special meaning.  They are small but mighty, vigilant, productive, yet simple and delicate.  All of which I hope to be as I pursue my passion.  Welcome...thanks for reading & sharing.  {and don't be shy...I love comments so post away!}

"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?" 
Psalm 56:3-4