Sunday, October 14, 2012

Chevron Dining Set

I found a dining table just like this one below and wanted to paint a dull, gray pattern on the top. I wanted it gray, because I thought if I paint a bright colored pattern on top it may be a bit overwhelming to the eyes. And gray by itself is just too boring, so a dull gray pattern seemed perfect. I saved the fun, bright color for the legs.

I decided on a two-toned chevron pattern. I painted the light gray first, then taped it off to add the dark gray over it.
I found four chairs with nice design style and painted them to match.
 And last, but not least, I found an old, long piano bench and made it cute to add to the dining set.
And there you have it! A new stylish dining set.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Jewelry Armoire

Once again, I forgot to take a "before" picture, but of course I found another one so similar that you get the basic idea. This was painted with "coral pink" paint and glossy black hardware, and the drawers were already lined with velvet! It sold in just a few hours of being posted.

Island Style End Tables

Turquoise Coffee Table

French Style Dresser

I grabbed this old French provincial dresser off of craigslist because it had super nice "bones"
and of course I forgot to take a "before" picture. But... it looked just like this one. Same old ugly cream color with gold trim. Yucky, but so popular back in the day.
First, I coated it with primer. Mostly because it had a laminate top so it couldn't be sanded. Then I picked white paint and another dark gray, with a hint of navy, color. Finished it off with white hardware and semi-gloss polyurethane.

Little Pink Side Table

Just a quick coral pink paint job for this little side table. Made it fun to have in the house again.

Moroccan Style Coffee Table


I wanted to give this old junky coffee table some personality and I've seen other tables with stencil patterns so I went for it.
1. I sanded it to get that old nasty varnish off.
2. Filled a big gouge with wood filler.
3. Cut out my own stencil design (you can purchase blank stencil sheets from Michaels and other crafty stores) and carefully painted it on the top.
4. Then I applied a cherry wood stain to the top, and painted the legs blue.
5.Finished it by sealing it with several coats of semi-gloss polyurethane.
6. And Taa-Daaaa! Simple, but REALLY time consuming Sophisticated Junk.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Dresser; Garage Sale Leftover

A neighbor was just going to take this to the dump because she couldn't find any takers after her garage sale. So of course... I took it! It is painted a soft gray with turquoise drawer fronts, and glossy black hardware. Oh, and bright pink in all the drawers for fun.

Side Table; Sage Green

This cute side table was painted a soft sage-green with glossy black hardware. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

personalized Growth Chart for your kids

wooden growth chart

I saw a wooden ruler-style Growth Chart at a high-end kids' store and thought it was so super cute but no way was I going to pay $150 buck-a-roos for it, plus tax!  Sooo... my crafty self thought "let's do this!"

I went to Home Depot and bought a 7'x1" piece of pine. I perused for a nice one too. One that had nice grain and without any weird or ugly knots. I did want a board with knots though, to make it look more rustic and natural, just not ugly knots or poorly placed ones.  I also bought some wood stain (light walnut) and already had polyurethane at home. Then I went to work.

When I got home, I made sure to wipe down the wood because it was all saw-dusty. Then stained it and let it sit for about 20-30 minutes. 
After that, I wiped it with a clean dry cloth. Actually, it was my husband's old white tee-shirt.
I used a measuring tape and ruler and marked off every inch. Every foot mark is 3" long, half-foot mark is 2" long, quarter-foot is 1.5" and the rest of the lines are just an inch long.
I printed out some numbers to use as templates and traced over them with a ball-point pen to make a slight indent in the wood, then filled it in with black permanent marker. 
I added my family name and finished it off with 3 coats of polyurethane. I wish my pictures were better because it is really, really cute.  And the best part, I can take it with me if we move!

Because I've gotten so many request to make them for friends, I've started selling them for a much better price! A win-win for everybody!

I also added this poem to the back
(It was inspired by a poem called Taller to Smaller; author of original poem unknown)
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