Sunday, April 20, 2014

before & after

Before and after rustic, shabby chic, bookshelf. Found a cute little bookshelf off Craigslist and gave it a rustic, shabby chic update. Painted the whole thing a white chalk paint color and added a dark-wax glaze. Nailed rustic, reclaimed wood to the back for a backing (it didn't have any backing when I got it). I love the old wood that shows through the back! 

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

before & after

Before and after antique file cabinet. I wanted to give my old file cabinet an update, but still retain an antique look. At first I was just going to refinish it by sanding and wood stain, but the type of wood the outside part is made out of slightly resembled a zebra and came out an orange-ish color after I stained it. So I decided to paint the outside a dark, sage-y green color with a light coat of dark-wax glaze. I sanded and stained the drawers with wood stain, and opted not to paint them because they weren't made out of the same zebra-wood as the outside and the wood turned out nice after I stained them. I cleaned up the hardware and gave the whole thing a light distressing where it would naturally wear. I love how the green color turned out!

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Monday, January 6, 2014

DIY reclaimed wood projects

Got a new table saw and Kreg Jig over Christmas and made some fun DIY reclaimed wood projects. Made a reclaimed wood, galvanized pipe shelf, a reclaimed wood rustic bench, and a reclaimed wood, decorative ladder for hanging throw blankets. Very happy with how everything turned out and that we were able to use recycled wood for everything. 

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

before and after

Before and after coffee table. Painted a beautiful "Old Ochre" color by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and a dark wax glaze on the top. I really like the farm house style of this coffee table and the spacious square shape and drawers with the rustic wood pulls.  

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

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Before and after antique dresser. Painted a pretty "French Linen" color by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, distressed with a dark wax glaze, and updated with new hardware. A whole new look with a little paint and some new hardware. So much better!

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Rustic, Reclaimed Wood, Coffee Table

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

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Found a pretty frame at the Ventura Flea Market. Painted in Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Old Ochre with a clear wax coat finish. It didn't come with a back so I had some particle board cut at Home Depot and framed some pretty, decorative construction paper. 

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Found this little table/desk at the Ventura Flea Market. Painted in Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Old Ochre with a French Linen wash. Top is painted in French Linen, and the whole thing got a clear wax coat finish. Finished him off with a cute glass knob from Anthropologie.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

DIY entry table

Entry table made from scratch! Just a couple cuts of wood from Home Depot, some wood stain and some bin pulls. Making something from nothing feels so rewarding. Especially when wine is involved. (: 

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

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Rose Bowl Flea Market side table, before and after. Covered up the existing four holes in the drawers, and added two new middle ones for two pulls instead of four. Also added caster wheels and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and a little Dark Wax with some light distressing. 

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

before & after

Before and after antique oak dresser. This guy was really banged up and took a lot of elbow grease to get the super old paint off. I probably would have just left the natural wood and re-stained it with wood stain, but the blue paint was really stuck in the grooves and I couldn't get it out all the way unfortunately. But, I think the aged, chipped paint look is really nice too. It's always a tough decision to leave a piece with it's natural wood, or paint it. I love both.

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Before and after Rosebowl Antique Faire find.
Cute little side table with caster wheels. Refinished in "Old White" Annie Sloan chalk paint, distressed and waxed finished.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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Found this little guy on the side of the road (free!). I stripped all the old fabric and wicker off, had to make thin strip's of wood to squeeze into the side's of the arm's where the wicker was (had to steam the wood strip's with a teakettle so they bent with the arm shape and shoved them in quickly while they were still bendy), stained the frame and ended up taking an upholstery class to help me through the process of reupholstering it. I was going to just wing it, but when I went into the fabric store for new fabric I saw that they were giving upholstery classes so I figured why not start out the right way and know how to do things properly with future projects. It ended up being a great experience and I learned a lot of valuable techniques that I would never have thought of on my own. Very excited with how it turned out and I'm excited for future upholstery projects! 

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