Thursday, June 2, 2016

New Look On An Old Dining Room Set

I have had this old dining room set for almost 30 years.  It was one of the first pieces of furniture my husband and I bought when we first married.
I've kept it for years and since we are in a home transition, it is now our go to eating table. But ya know.....it just doesn't fit and hasn't fit....with where we are today.  So why not paint it?  Right?  Paint can pretty much transform anything and you don't have to be afraid of it.
I sort of had a plan (haha sometimes I change as I go).  I love the coco color from Annie Sloan. It's probably the closest color with brown tones in it and reminds me of hot chocolate.   I gave my table a little "scuff" with sandpaper only because my finish was so slick and shiny.  A little scuff will allow the paint to adhere better.  Don't worry about complete coverage your first time through.  Just make sure you go from left to right and make a complete swipe from end to end on your last paint stroke.  This will help minimize your brush strokes in the middle of the table.  Then let the paint self level.  Let it dry.
Now, if you have a leaf or extra part to your table....now is the time to pull that out, put it in and paint your whole table at one time.  Do not try to do this later...... :(

Then I painted the chairs a mixture of half pure white and half old white.  It's a pretty white without too much ivory.  
But when I put the chairs next to the table, they were too.....plain for me.  I like a little "sprinkles" with my neutrals (you know a little extra something).  
So I did a coco wash and put this on the chairs over the white.  It brought the chairs to life and gave them a warm feel to match the coco table.  
I also thought the table was a little plain, so I added an outline with gold gilding wax.  This is such an easy thing to do and it added just the right little bit of umph!
As much as I love Annie Sloan paint, I am not a fan of the wax on large surfaces.  That's ok... You don't have to wax.  You can put a water based polycrylic over this and it will be beautiful! That's what I did.  I got a clean smooth finish on a table that will see lots of grease and food and the finish makes me happy.  That's what's important.  YOU have to like it.  If you don't like a wax finish, you have options.  ;)  I did wax the chairs as I like a waxed chair finish.  Just not large surfaces.  
It's so pretty and works so much better in our little space that I can't believe I waited so long to do this.  Next, I will be covering the chair pads.... stay tuned.  
Don't be afraid to tackle what you think is a big job.  This was so much easier than you might think.  

Have a great week.

Paula

Friday, April 22, 2016

Painting Outdoor Pots

I know I've been off the grid lately, but sometimes we all need a break right?  Thank you to those that have sent emails asking where I am and if everything is ok.  Everything is great!  Back to some new projects.  

I had two of these pots sitting at my mom's house for awhile.  I got them at Lowe's years ago.  They are heavy and made out of clay.  I was looking at them one day and thought they could be so much cuter with a little paint :). Why not right?  We paint everything else......When painting pots you need to make sure you get a paint that will adhere.  Sometimes you have to do a little test patch.  Not fun, but it will save you time in the long run.  
I went to Michaels and found a paint that would stick to all types of surfaces including clay.  It's a Folk Art brand.  I painted these all over with a shiny black so my accent colors would pop.
Then I added some white and gold.
Once completed, I gave these a good spray with Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane so that they can be protected in the sunlight.
They make me happy when I pull in the driveway.  So go ahead and paint some pots.  Add some "sprinkles" to your yard.  

Paula



Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Golden Pears

I found these pears at a hobby store the other day.  They looked so real.  I was going to put them in a glass bowl for color but then I looked over at some things I was finishing up and saw some gold accent paint.  Hmmm....
Maybe I should just paint them gold?
So pretty!
You really can paint anything....just try it!

Have a great week!

Paula