Category Archives: Before and After Photos

A Great Project to Start Off the New Year – Chalk Painted Furniture!

It’s been very popular for a few years….have you tried it? Chalk Paint? You see so many vintage shops selling old furniture that has been redone in chalk paint; and pop-up weekend shops carry many chalk painted pieces. I have bought a few and love them. Purchasing the finished product always seemed the easiest to me.

BUT……I have a vintage round coffee table with caster feet that I love and when I purchased it almost 20 years ago it was the very popular sage color. 

 

I have been so tired of that color (besides it being a bit dated) but I never wanted to get rid of my favorite coffee table. It is complete with raw wood nicks and dings and I love the imperfection of it. 

So I FINALLY decided to do something about it when I saw a dining room table done in chalk paint at a client’s home. It was stunning!

There are many brands of chalk paint and I am not pushing one over the other and will tell you only what I used. I visited a local store that carries vintage finds already re-done but that is also is a leader in teaching people the technique of chalk painting. This store carries the Annie Sloan brand of chalk paints and accessories which is one of the most well known and original chalk paints.

The first decision I had was what my base color would be….that was easy enough. Old World White. Not a bright white but rather a soft white but not cream.

The next decision was a bit tougher, deciding the wax color. All chalk paint needs to be wax protected and sealed and a clear wax will keep your paint color true to the original. I however wanted a worn rustic timber look but in gray rather than brown.

So I selected black wax. SCARY!

The nice thing about chalk paint is that you don’t have to do anything to the surface you are painting. NO  SANDING NEEDED! I never paint anything I have to sand down first, that is why I have always been a Spray Paint Queen, just point and press the button.

I must say Chalk Paint is just as easy. Just paint it right on.

 

 

The wax was a bit trickier but all in all WAY easier than I expected. The wax goes on a little tougher in that it really is a wax…..like shoe wax. Not like polyurethane which is what I was expecting. The wax needs to be worked into the wood a bit.

HUGE TIP: Don’t over apply the wax. When they say less is more they really mean it. The wax should feel dry almost immediately and I didn’t get that part. Mine was tacky to the touch even an hour after applying it so I had to go back and wipe some off. No big deal but still, you can save yourself some work.

 

 

Next was the most challenging part which was applying the black wax over the white to just give it a very soft appearance of a gray wood grain. It went so much better than I expected! It took me a few tries with the brush to get it exactly how I wanted it to look but then it clicked right along.

Tip #2: Buy the brushes, at least the wax brush. I felt like I needed to take out a home equity loan to buy them but they really are worth it.

The nice thing is if you get too much wax on your piece you can wipe it right off and try again. I did end up getting too much on one area and not getting it off as quickly as I should have but it’s where my tray goes anyway so who cares. 🙂

 

 

To keep it short and sweet……I LOVE MY TABLE! It turned out better than I imagined and on my first try! I thought I would be repainting it 3 times for sure.

So try Chalk Painting….I think you will like it!

 

 

 

 

Turning Junk into Jazzy Treasure!

Well….okay it maybe wasn’t actually junk but it was buried under a pile of old rusted pails and tools when I found it. I wish I had a picture of it that day as I found it.

Anyway…I saw a very ‘rustic’ table sitting outside of an antique store that was basically blocks of 2 x 4s nailed together with an old picket fence nailed to the back.

Here are a couple photos once I got it home and cleaned up.

 

 

 

Nothing pretty that’s for sure. It technically was put together to be a gardening bench. A old rusted shovel and bin attached to the back for the dirt.

I painted the base “Smokey Blue” by Sherwin Williams and left the picket fence top distressed in white. I spray painted primer on the dirt bin and shovel and then a couple coats of white paint.

It has turned into the best beverage station on my patio! I have used it a couple times now for entertaining and it not only is the perfect size, it adds charm to my back yard.

 

 

The old dirt bin has become the best place to hold napkins. And the old rusted shovel now holds a cute message.

 

 

Keep your eyes open to the piles of ‘junk’ you see at flea markets and antique stores. One person’s junk is another person’s jazzy treasure for sure. This is my treasure!

 

 

 

 

A Laundry Room Makeover

In my previous post I showed the incredible transformation of a mudroom. Check out “A Mudroom Makeover” if you missed it. Now I want to show the transformation of the laundry room right next door that was done at the same time.

Laundry rooms do not need to be boring and just for function.  In fact, in home sales buyers are loving having a laundry room that doesn’t feel like a dungeon and can make laundry time not seem like such a chore.

The mudroom looking into the laundry before:

 

 

The entrance alone makes a statement now!

 

 

A very dated and underwhelming laundry room was the starting point.

 

 

Not many words are needed to explain this after shot!

 

 

The basic footprint was kept so moving the plumbing was not an issue and saved a lot of money.

 

 

Who says a laundry room light fixture has to be boring??

 

 

Cabinets were added to not only hide clutter but to give the homeowner so much storage!

 

 

The floating shelves added charm and character so there just wasn’t two walls of cabinets.

 

 

Check out the rolling utility cart for the dirty laundry! The homeowner found that online at ULine and it is perfect.

 

 

 

 

The decor items add warmth and personality to the space, especially by adding family photos.

 

 

 

And shall I just say “that paint color!!” I am so happy the homeowner’s were open to a something different. The color is Drizzle by Sherwin Williams and is one of my favorites. It’s such a happy color and what better place for a little cheer than in the laundry room!

If you are selling your home in the next few months a renovation like this is not something you want to do. (But you will want to remove the wallpaper and paint). If you are staying in your home for a couple years then go ahead and update it now, enjoy it and then bowl over the buyers when you put it on the market. This laundry room will be a huge selling feature!

Always get expert advice from a Home Stager or Designer whenever making updates to your home for the best return on your investment.