Monday, March 17, 2014

Farmhouse Table and Two Benches

I just wanted to share my latest Farmhouse Table Set with you all.  It's at the shop and ready for it's new home!  This one has a creamy oatmeal painted base, and a rich chocolatey honey brown top.  Love this combination.. It's slightly distressed, and is accompanied by two of my Vintage Farmhouse Benches. 

Well, that's it!  Not a lot to say, just a lot of pictures!  Have a great day and thank you so much for stopping by to visit! xo


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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Gorgeous French Country Hutch Makeover

 I recently finished this gorgeous hutch for a friend of ours.  She picked out a really beautiful blue for the body of this piece, and a creamy white interior.  The hutch started out as a neutral colored honey brown, which honestly looked great like that too, but they were wanting a fresh new look for their new place, and I LOVE how it evolved into this timeless piece of furniture.

After removing every piece of hardware, I painted two coats of the blue, and three coats of the cream inside the top of the hutch.  Once I was all finished with that, I glazed it.  So when I glaze something, I first spray one coat of lacquer on the whole piece, and then I mix a little paint and a little water.  You want the consistency to be similar to the consistency of stain.  It's pretty watered down. Next, I apply a coat of the mixture to one surface at a time using a foam brush, making sure to get into all of the cracks and crevices. This is where the glaze will sit once you wipe it off.

 After I have my surface covered, I grab a clean, slightly damp cloth, and start to wipe it off.  It won't all come off, but most of it will.  This is kind of trial and error process and it can go so many different ways.. So I recommend playing around on a couple sample boards before you actually glaze your piece.

Here is what it looks like after wiping most of it away.  All the dents, cracks, and seams catch the glaze.

We decided to leave the inside of the bottom the original stain. 

Well, there you have it.  A beautiful makeover, and a new timeless piece of furniture.  Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day! xo


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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Antique Vanity Makeover

This piece caught my eye from across the room at a farmers market.  I had to have it!  I could see it creamy white and distressed a little.. aww... if only it were that simple!

So I sanded and started to paint, and not long after the first coat, I was seeing pink!  The stain was bleeding through!!  Have you ever had this problem?  This was a first for me.  I painted a second coat, and then a third, and finally at my whits end, I ran to the store for help.  {well, technically I drove ;)}  I was recommended Kilz, a stain blocker, but it didn't work.  The pink was STILL there!  So I walked away for a few weeks, and when I had finally let some of my frustration simmer down a little, I sought advice again.  This time I was told to Shellac it, and thank you Lord, it worked!  Once I coated the vanity with two coats of Shellac, it was smooth sailing.. And I LOVE this vanity!  It turned out just as I wanted and had visioned.

 I made a quick decision to paint the hardware.  As soon as I started to paint over them, I second guessed myself and thought, OH NO!  What did I do?!  But I just rolled with it and I actually really like how they turned out.  I painted a layer of turquoise and then a top coat of the same creamy white.  Distressed them a little and and walla.  It gives the vanity a tiny pop of color, but it's still really soft and beautiful.

 I thought I'd share this little staging job, done by the hubby. :)  I love a man who loves the Lord, and wants to share it with others! 

 And I couldn't leave out my little helper yesterday!  Admiring herself in the new vanity ;)  Love my little girl!

Well, someone loved this piece as much as I did because it was there and loaded and gone in twenty minutes!!  That's a record for me! :)  Now I have to get working on something to take it's place!  Stay tuned for the next fun and original piece!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a blessed Sunday! xo


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Cute Shabby Bench Made with an Old Headboard

I just finished up this adorable little bench today.  I started with an old twin headboard that I picked up for ten bucks at a thrift store yesterday.  I love a good deal! :)

I had some scrap pieces of wood laying around from all my other projects, so I dug through to see if I could come up with something for my vision.  I ended up with a 4x4 post, two 1x8x6 boards, and one 1x4 scrap.  So I did some measuring {this usually makes my brain hurt!}, and made some cuts {this usually makes my hubby's brain hurt} haha, and got building!  I simply made a skirt for the bench with the 1 x 4 material, using my pocket hole set.  And then, there was glue... and screws... and sanding... and painting.. that was the long story short ;)

I painted this bench in the usual.. Vintage by Valspar, which I get at Lowes.  I always finish my furniture with a good lacquer.  I love Deft in Satin.  I get that at Home Depot.

I hope you're having a lovely week!  Thanks for stopping by to check out my headboard bench!! xo