Tale of a Little Side Table

Good morning friends! Sorry I have been absent from the blogging world, but we have been SICK! And ya know, when one kid gets sick all the others do as well, including parents. I am still recovering but apparently it is a slow process. I got one bug after another non stop and it has been a rough couple of weeks for our family. Since I have been indoors and taking things easy (and made a few exceptions for going to work at the Dental Office) I have been working on  some of my projects that have been abandoned in my dusty to-do-list.
I have been changing some things in my daughter’s room (she loves when I move furniture around, but the thing is that her room is so tiny that I do not have many options though!) Her room is white, pink and gold and I have been wanting to incorporate some mint colors as well. She loves it. One of the walls has gray and white stripes and I am planning on replacing those with gold vinyl polka dots.

FYI: that pink rug from Homegoods was a Goodwill find of only $7. I actually WASHED it in my washer machine (yes, you read it right) and dried it outside, then I fluffed it with a comb. My daughter LOVES it because it is so comfy for reading!
I  am not the biggest fan of pink but my daughter sure is, and I let her have her room her way, after all this is her place. Some time ago I found a cute little table at the Goodwill for $9 that looked like this:
It had marker writings on the top and looked pretty beaten up, so I cleaned it, sanded it a little bit and painted it all white.
It looked like this for the longest time but I thought it was too blah…plus this also happened:
Artistic hands took a hold of it!
While in Michaels, I came across this:
chalk paint + color I was looking for + only 8 bucks + 40% coupon= HEAVEN! 
This meant NO PREP for painting!!! YAY!  I started painting, and I had in my mind how I wanted it to be: mint, white and gold!

 (my daughter loves this birdie)

Much better! Now it is not so boring!
After the paint was dry I waxed it with Annie Sloan clear wax and painted the edges of the drawer with gold metallic acrylic paint and a small brush. I also spray painted the hardware with Rusteoleum Gold Metallic Spray paint…(BTW, this paint is the BOMB!)
All three stages:
Stay tuned for her bedroom transformation. If you know us, you know it will be cottage-y, girly with tons of thrifty finds and homemade accents…

Kitchen Table Makeover

I have been wanting to do this for the longest time, and I FINALLY got to do it. I thought maybe we should get a new dining set, but then I thought that ours was still in good shape structurally, it was just in bad shape cosmetically. I would save us big bucks if I refinished the one we have. Our set is hand-me-downs from my sister-in-law, which she used for quite some years. We moved to our house back in 2004 and this dining set is still in use, after many, many kids mistreated it! The table had so many scratches that I had to sand it so well I thought I removed like 1/4 inch of surface. I used a 60 grit sandpaper for that! The chairs were really stained and super dirty and there was grease all over the place. The table specifically had a very thick coat of varnish that took me forever to remove.

This is how my beloved table looked like:

It was really a disaster especially on the top. Plus I am not a fan of oak either. My son even had fun once poking the top with a pencil all over the surface. Yikes. But one thing I ADORE about this table are the pedestal legs…so pretty. I did not want to stain the bottom part but I wanted the table to be two-toned, the bottom white and the top dark walnut. For the chairs, I stripped the varnish, sanded them, painted them with Krylon paint + primer in black and then applied two coats of Polycrylic in semi-gloss. They look so much better compared to what they were!
For the table, I cleaned it well using soap and water, then I applied Citistrip stripping gel (you can see it on the picture) pretty much you paint it on the surface and wait a minimum of 30 minutes. I actually let it work for several hours. When the paint looked like bubbles and I scraped off the finish easily. Some of the finish remained but instead of doing this again I decided to sand it. I used a 60 grit sandpaper with an orbital sander first, and then I finished it with a 220 grit for smoothness.

Here it is after the good sanding. This step is tedious but if you want a good result it is needed. Make sure you ALWAYS sand and stain following the grain of the wood.

 All the varnish is gone!

 I used these products. Once you try Minwax, you do not want to try ANYTHING else! I applied the wood conditioner before staining. It prevents the stain from blotching all over.

Using a stain brush, I started staining following the grain. I applied a good amount of stain (this product is thick) and then after 3 to 5 minutes I removed the excess with a clean towel. 

First coat. I let it dry completely, 8 to 10 hours minimum. And yes, I was tempted to do a second coat after a couple of hours, but I resisted…I worked on the pedestal instead!

After the second coat and drying…

We had fun eating on the living room table for a couple of days!

 Here is a close-up of the finish:

I then applied two coats of Polycrylic in semi-gloss but to be honest, I would like to apply something glossier than that.
                                     
For the bottom, I primed it with Zinsser primer and gave it two coats of Behr Ultra White in satin.

Now we are enjoying our “new” dining set makeover for less than $50 that I spent on materials.
Much better!

Just in time for fall and Halloween decorating!
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New Life to a Goodwill Chair

I got these chairs at the Goodwill for $9. I thought they were in great shape and I envisioned what I wanted to do with them. They pretty much stayed that way for a long time because I was in the middle of more projects.

  The first thing I did was ordering some slipcovers from Sure Fit, they are only $24 or so a piece so I decided to not even stress about buying good quality fabric and doing my own. Plus you can toss them in the washer if they are dirty. After I received them I realized that the fabric is stretchy and some of it would come up so the underlying ugly white fabric would show. I knew that maybe I could buy some upholstery tack strips that are easy to put up and take off. I got  a 5 yard strip for $17 minus discounts.
I removed the fabric from the legs and all the staples. Yes, it was a P.A.I.N! I got poked several times but…oh well, it was worth it, right? I filled up the holes using wood filler and then sanded them and stained them using Dark Walnut gel stain, a couple of coats. After they dried, I applied 2 coats of Polycrilic in gloss.

 YIKES!

Am I the only one that leaves an iron on the floor? Please tell me you do too!
I put the slipcover and added the tacks using a hammer. It is not perfect, but at least the fabric stays in place.
I think they look better. And they are super comfy!

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Garage Sale Table Makeover

I found this table at a garage sale for $15 and it was love at first sight. I saw it and I immediately envisioned how I would paint it and distress it. I needed a table for out living room and this was perfect.

I cleaned it really well with soap and water and let it dry outside. Then I primed it using Zinsser BIN primer.

I let it cure for 24 hours. I painted it using some leftover paint that I had, that happened to be Rustoleum white semi gloss paint.
I then applied dark stain that I had from painting the bathroom cabinets, it comes in the Rustoleum’s Cabinet Transformation Kit, but any kind of stain would do. I applied a generous amount using a brush and then I wiped it off using a cheesecloth.
I let it dry and then I distressed it using a fine grit sandpaper. I cleaned it good and applied two coats of Policrylyc, sanding and cleaning in between coats. I actually let it cure in the garage for a week before bringing it inside and decorating it on top. One tip: if you don’t know whether to use Polyurethane or Policrylic keep in mind that Polyurethane yellows over time if the surface is white…I found out the hard way! So I use Polyurethane for surfaces that are painted with dark colors. If I use chalk paint, wax is the best.

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Antique Buffet Makeover

I found this buffet on Craigslist about a month ago. It was love at first sight. I had been trying to find something like this for my living room, but they tend to be expensive since they are old. I found this one for a very reasonable price and I did not have to think it twice.

  Apparently the family had a cat that scratched the legs pretty good. One of the knobs was missing. My first thought was to try chalk paint. A good friend of mine tried Annie Sloan chalk paint and she told me that there was no prep, just paint…my kind of job. This buffet was so dark that I decided to prime it anyway. I cleaned it first really good first, then I filled the scratches with wood filler and sanded it using a fine grit sandpaper. Then I applied a coat of primer, I like the BIN or BONDZ primer by Zinsser.

It was harder than I thought…this has so many crevices that I had to make sure everything was covered. I tried using regular paint and THERE WERE SOME STAINS COMING THROUGH THE PAINT! They must have used a very good dark stain on this piece! I primed the stains again using BIN and problem solved. I then got the Annie Sloan chalk paint in pure white and applied two coats. Let me tell you, my friend was right. The paint sticks like glue and distresses wonderfully. I used a very nice brush for this. After I let it dry I applied one coat of the Annie Sloan clear wax, then distressed it a little bit, cleaned it and applied a second coat of wax again. I let it cure for 24 hours and then went shopping for some knobs.
I found these at the Hobby Lobby that were 50% off…yay!

These were the results:

Here is a closer look of the distressing:

I loved the results. Chalk paint is a keeper!
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New Life to an Old Chair

Hello and good morning! I hope you guys had a great weekend. I have been working on a lot of projects lately, and this chair was waiting for a looooong overdue makeover. It is a hand-me-down from my in-laws, and the kids even got artistic with it and used their fabulous markers all over the fabric. I had pictured it in my mind how I wanted it to look like, I also wanted some french shabby chic fabric with some sort of writing on it. I went to Hobby Lobby and I found what I was looking for.
Here it is, before:

 Yikes!

Here I took the chair apart and took the fabric off (excuse the mess…but my house is messy most of the time…)

I used my wonderful stapler…

 I upholstered the chair using the fabric like wrapping paper.

Then I spray painted the frame of the chair using Blossom White Rustoleum in satin. I distressed the edges to give it a rustic look. I screwed back the bottom of the chair to the frame and I was all done.

Much better!

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