Annie Sloan Paint Does It Again!

I have been on a house purging closet cleaning frenzy lately. One of the things I decided to tackle was the dresser in our closet. We have beautiful Pottery Barn furniture in our master bedroom that we purchased a few years ago but before that we had a 1976 oak bedroom set that we bought right after we were married.

While it was the style of the time we lived with it way too long. Probably because it was our first big purchase together and it seemed like a lot of money at the time. My husband doesn’t see the need to replace something if it is functioning and isn’t broken. My desire to replace it was finally consented to and the oak dresser was moved to the closet for my hubby’s clothes.

This is a picture from a previous home 10 years ago:

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I took a crowbar, hammer and screwdriver and went to town removing the top recessed drawer . I was over that look and wanted a larger surface on the top of the dresser. I forgot to take pictures of that process as I was disassembling it ,but it was very therapeutic I must say.

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I removed all the hardware and got to work painting.

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After 2 coats of Annie Sloan Off White Chalkpaint:

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I waxed the top with clear wax but didn’t bother to wax the whole piece this time.

After new hardware :

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I think it can hang around for a few more years now.

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I love the way it freshened it up and gave it a new look I can live with for a while.

Hope you’re having a great summer !

Linda

Guest Room Ready !

DSC_0026The sun is shining this morning and I am finally snapping pictures of the guest room where the door headboard ( https://homedeco50.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/vintage-door-headboard/ ) found it’s home.

I had ordered the bedding from Ballard Designs back in March and it was on backorder and it just arrived last week. Seems that  black stripe ticking was in hot demand when I placed my order.

I wanted a room that was calming and restful, since it is a bedroom after all. It makes me want to start painting everything in my house and get back to a white pallet and start decorating every room from scratch. That isn’t going to happen anytime soon so I’ll just enjoy this little square of the gray and white trend at the moment.

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Armoire was a pine entertainment center that we had for over 14 years. I painted it with Annie Sloan’s French Linen and we added a new board in the back to replace the cutout for an old tv. New knobs from World Market also added to the makeover. Love how it turned out.

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I am in love with this bedding !

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 I’ve been working on multiple projects and haven’t stopped to post them. I aim to get back to Blogland and post more often.

Hope you are having a wonderful day !

Linda

Vintage Door Headboard

I have had this old door for a while with the intent of making it into a headboard for the bed in our guest room. At first I wasn’t exactly sure how to make it work since it was about 17″ longer than a queen size bed so I stuck it in the garage for the winter until I could think of how to make it the right size.

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This month I decided it was time to move on with this project.

I had already painted the guest room, as well as an armoire that used to hold our TV for years and a little end table, bought a new bed and bedding. So it was time to drag out the door for its makeover.

My handy husband insisted on helping me, thank goodness, that door was heavy and I couldn’t manage it on my own. We decided, after measuring and drawing up a plan,  that if we cut off one of the panels the bed would be 60″ just the right width for a queen size bed after we added the side supports to make it 70″ when finished.

We sanded the brown paint off the door a bit just to see what it would look like. Fun but the room was being decorated in mostly a gray and cream color scheme so I planned to paint it when it was assembled.

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Then we needed to add side pieces that would finish the ends and be used to stand the headboard up and bolt to the bedframe. We used two 2×4’s and faced them with a 1×4, and a 1×3 on each side of the door. We determined the height of the door above the bed and cut the end post to that height. I went with 54″ from the floor to the top of the door allowing an additional 1 1/2″ for the header piece.

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I was going for a simpler look to finish the top of the headboard so we opted for 2 pieces of wood that would be the top, one 1×4 and 1×3 to give the look I wanted.

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All pieces were wood glue and nailed together. We also used some metal mending plates to attach the 2×4’s to the door.

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Today I started painting it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, French Linen color. Love that paint ! No priming and you have such freedom of creativity with it. I was going to use one of the homemade chalk paint recipes I saw on Pinterest to save a little money, but I loved this color and so for this project I stuck with the ‘good stuff’.

After I had given it a light coat I started liking the worn distressed finish I was seeing. I had planned on painting it with a couple of coats to hide the previous color and imperfections. I pooled the opinion of my daughters and a friend and they all liked the pictures I sent them of the finish I was getting with one coat. So I decided, for now at least to embrace the imperfections and uniqueness of the piece and live with it for awhile. What do you think? More paint coats or leave it as is?

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I am still planning on waxing it tomorrow and considering adding some dark wax to the creases as well. Not sure yet as the more I look at it the more I like it just the way it is.

Here is my supply list:

vintage door( or you could use new one)

2   2×4’s ( as straight as you can find)

3  1×3’s(clear pine finish boards)

3  1×4’s( also pine boards)

*wood glue, nails and metal mending brackets( I think you could use additional wood strips to join the 2×4’s but we opted for this)

*Chalk Paint and Wax

It was fun to make and I’ll post a picture of it again when it is attached to the bedframe. The finished guest room will be posted when it all comes together. It’s almost there!

Thanks for stopping by,

Linda

Only Took Me 33 Years to Finish !

This past week I finished a project that I started a looooooong time ago. I think at least 33 years is more like it.
I had this little wooden step stool that was my Gramma’s when I was a little girl. I used to stand on it to bake with her in her warm kitchen and even sit on it at the table when I was really small. Ok I’m still pretty small, but this was in a little toddler type of small. Anyhow…. I ended up with it when I had my first child,I wanted to use it with my children the way my Gramma did with me. So I started to strip the many layers of paint off the well worn wood. Using some paint striper that you applied and let eat away at the paint was a pain and the toxic smell made me decide it wasn’t worth the effort. So my little step stool moved from house to house usually stuffed in the garage or attic waiting to be finished….Someday. I couldn’t bare to part with it since I had such fond warm memories associated with it.

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It started when I was looking for some paint to use on some vintage doors I want to convert to a headboard and another one to a chalkboard when I came across Annie Sloan Chalk Paint(http://www.anniesloan.com/). The stuff is magic ! I watched all the YouTube videos I could to learn the application process and various techniques.

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The best selling point to me was’ You don’t need to prep the surface, just clean it if it needs it with soap and water lightly, no primer, no sanding , just start painting’.

I KNOW ! Crazy hunh? Sure you can lightly sand if you want to remove some imperfections but for me it was motivation enough to give it a try.

So I decide to test the claims of the paint on my little step stool before I tackled a larger project. It did not disappoint ! I am a FAN !

Before :

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Here it is after one coat:

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Yes you can paint in your house ! No fumes or odor ! It does suggest you leave a window open for ventilation. Additional information is given on the can of paint or at Annie Sloan’s web site.(http://www.anniesloan.com/)

And finally 2 coats and a coat of the clear wax:

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The paint covers great and dries fast. Colors can be mixed and the choices are fantastic. I used 50% Old White with 50% French Linen for a light gray look.

No longer stashed in the garage or collecting dust in the attic now the little step stool sits in my kitchen waiting for my granddaughter to stand on it to bake cookies with me.

You can distress a piece or leave it finished in a more contemporary look.  The possibilities are plentiful and only limited by your imagination. I encourage you to watch a few videos of the process and decide if it would work for your next painting project. http://www.youtube.com/anniesloanofficial

I can hardly wait to start my next one!

Linda