Peacock Blue Furniture Re-Do

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If you are anything like me, you love a deal.  Am I right?  Of course I am!  Lowes recently had their paint samples on sale for $.99 so I snagged a few for a project that I have been itching to do for a long time.  Did you know that they can custom make any color in the 8 oz. sample size?  How amazingly cool is that?

Do you like the color Peacock Blue?  I do, I Do, I DO!  What exactly is peacock blue?  Well, it isn’t teal or navy…it is something in between.   Lately, I have been drooling over blue painted furniture.  Check out this beautiful leggy table from Create Inspire

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…and this awesome distressed peacock  blue cabinet (isn’t that stenciled wall amazing?!)

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…what about this stunning and black dresser (swoon!)

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… and this glossy dresser

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They are all amazing, don’t you think?

I have been craving me some peacock blue and guess what?  I got some!   Here’s a peek:

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This is what I started with:

Before: Black stereo cabinet

It’s an old stereo cabinet that I painted black years ago, but it was pretty beat up looking.  Ugly!  Before painting the whole thing, I had to decide which of my paint samples I was going to use:

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I chose Blue #3 which is Olympic One Celestial Blue.

Those of you who haven’t painted furniture before might think that it is a big undertaking to paint a piece furniture, but…it’s…not!  This project took me no more than 90 minutes start to finish, including drying time.  Less than two measly hours!  And, the coolest part was that I was able to get 2 coats of paint from one little $.99 paint sample with paint left over.   Even if you had to pay full price for the sample, $3.48, that is a killer deal for a “new” piece of furniture.  And, trust me, it does seem like we have a new piece of furniture.  Check it out:

Peacock Blue Cabinet Re-Do

Let me just say that it is really hard to photograph this color accurately in my dining room.  In real life, it is the perfect peacock blue.

You may recognize those door pulls from my haul that I got at the Roses and Rust Vintage Market in Redding, CA last year:

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They were 3 for $1!  What a deal!  What a steal!  I guess that if I were being realistic, I would tack that extra $.66 on my title, but I’m not going to.

Are you craving some peacock blue, too?  Grab a paint sample, pick a piece of furniture and do a re-do, too!

Peacock Blue painted cabinet

 

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Painted Furniture: Say “Yes” to Distress?

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Happy day friends!  In my last post about the free Craigslist nightstand that I painted, I told you that I wasn’t done with it yet.   This is how it looked when I finished painting it:

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Not half bad, right?  Whenever I paint a piece of furniture, I always get to this point and wonder, “Should I distress it?”.  Do you do that?  It almost goes against the grain to make something look so nice and then take sandpaper to it, doesn’t it?

My experience with distressing painted pieces goes way back to the late 1980’s.  I had attended a church craft night with my sister and after we had painted the wooden craft, they passed out sandpaper to distress the edges.  I thought that they were crazy.  I had just painted the piece to perfection…why would I want to sand off a perfectly good painting job?  I refused and my craft project came home with me with pristine edges.

Let me just say that, in the decades since (holy cow, that makes me sound SO old!), I have come to embrace distressed painted furniture.  Embrace it with big open arms.  Want to see my distressed painted nightstand?  Why do I ask?  Of course you do!

Distressed Painted Nightstand

Yeah, I know the picture is kind of dark.  Sorry about that, but, can you see the difference?

How about some close ups?

Here are a few other painted items in my home that I have done this same subtle distressed finish on:

 

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Unfortunately, the lighting in these Before and After pics is totally different, but you get the general idea, right?

Here’s the distressed nightstand in its final resting place, our guest room:

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So, what do YOU think?  Do YOU like the clean, pristine perfect paint look, or do you like the look of subtle distressing?  Personally, I like…both.  Wimpy answer, I know, but sometimes I prefer the subtle distressed look, sometimes I don’t.  I have found that, if I end up hating the distressing on a project, all it takes is a quick brush of paint on the sanded areas and “poof”, we have the pristine look all over again.  Easy peasy, lemon squeezie!

So, again I ask…what’s your take on the matter of painted furniture?  Do you say “Yes” to distress?

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My Price-less (seriously, it was FREE!) Nightstand

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Do you want to know my favorite price?  Free, of course!  Same with you?  I like to peruse the Free section of Craigslist every once in a while.  Have you ever done that?  People give away all kinds of stuff:  pianos, boats, yard sale left overs, plaid couches, building supplies, pets, etc., etc., etc..  For the most part, I’m not the least bit interested in what I see, but a few months ago I saw this awesome nightstand posted:

Free Craigslist Nightstand Unpainted

School lesson:  The suffix “less” means “without”.  In other words, without a price.  Free.  Remember…that’s my favorite price.  Yep, this nightstand was price-less.  You can bet that I snapped it up!  Once I got it home, it went straight to the back of my garage, where all good projects go to wait their turn to become awesome.  Soon thereafter, HomeRight kindly sent me this awesome paint sprayer:

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The HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish HVLP Sprayer.  Imagine a choir of angels singing…I swear that’s what I heard when the package arrived.  Thank you HomeRight!

My free (I love saying that!) nightstand was the first project that I decided to tackle with my new sprayer.  Piece of advice…read the instructions + follow the instructions when you are tackling the unknown.  Smart people wrote those instructions, but, after reading them, I decided that I know what I’m doing.  I have painted a lot.  I mean, a lot, so I decided that there was no need to thin the paint.  Big mistake.  Once I humbled myself and thinned the paint like I should have in the first place, the thing worked like a dream.  I think it took about 3 minutes to paint the whole first coat.  Seriously, it took more time to open the paint, mix a batch of chalk paint (thinned a bit…the instructions show just how much), and walk out to the garage than it did to paint my nightstand.  I was insanely impressed!

Hold it!  I’m getting ahead of myself.  Before I started painting I had some prep, of course.  Worst part of painting furniture, wouldn’t you agree?   Actually, it was just a bit of hand sanding.  I lived through it, somehow.

Even though it is widely known that chalk paint can go on pretty much any surface, I decided to spray on some canned primer just because.  I remember watching a YouTube video years ago of Annie Sloan hand painting a dresser and she painted the handles at the same time with the same paint that she painted the dresser.  I really like the look of the handles being more of a texture, not a standout color, so I decided to also spray a coat of primer on those.

Spray Primed Decorative Nightstand

Ready for the after?  Want to see what 2 coats of paint and about 6 minutes of total spraying time with my new HomeRight sprayer can do?  Well, here you go!

White Painted Decorative Nightstand

Do. You. Love. It?  My price-less nightstand?  I totally do, but I’m not done yet.  Check back soon to see the finished product.  I also plan to share some things that I have learned by using my paint sprayer.  I’ll keep you posted.  Now, head right over to your local Craigslist and check out the Free section.  Hope you find something good!

 

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Couch Cushions: Frumpy to Fab

We have a pair of twin couches that are over 10 years old and have been looking pretty frumpy for a while now.

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See what I mean?  Lumpy, bumpy back cushions.  Ugghh.  When we bought these years ago, the back cushions were just stuffed with, well, stuffing.  No foam cushion and no structure.  I ended up removing half of the stuffing and inserting some foam from my old couch to shape them up.

Flash forward a decade and the fluffy stuffing turned lumpy.  Time for a quick and easy fix.  First, I pulled everything out of each cushion and found a lot of matted stuffing that I was ready to trash right away until I realized how easy it is to un-mat it.

I was so surprised to see how just a few tugs on the matted masses turned them nice and fluffy.  It really is as simple as stretching and pulling in different directions.  Kind of relaxing even.  Next, I laid out some quilt batting and placed my foam cushion on one end and added fluffed up stuffing to one side…

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…flipped it over (after covering that side with batting) and repeated it on the other side.  I even added fluff to the top, thin side of the cushion.  When all of that was done, it looked like this:

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At this point, I tried a trick that I saw years ago on some HGTV show:  I cut a slit in a garbage bag to make it easier to slide into the cushion cover.  I could have used a larger bag, but this worked just fine:

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As soon as the cushion was in, I just pulled the plastic out.  It was way easier than I thought I would be.  After that, I just shoved in handfuls of fluffed up stuffing in all of the edges, making sure to stay between the layers of quilt batting to avoid a lumpy look.

Voila!  So much better, don’t you think?

It almost seems like we got new couches, but of course, we didn’t.  This was way cheaper, too.  Less than $20 for enough batting for 2 couches after using my JoAnn’s coupon.

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I’m thinking we can get another decade out of these couches now.

How are your couches looking?  Is it time to smooth them out or fluff their stuff?  My advice is to go for it.  I think you’ll be glad you did.

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Updated Metal Star

Once upon earlier this morning, I had a metal star that looked like this:

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I bought this 28 inch metal star at a garage sale about 5 years ago for $1.  Loved the price, but I wasn’t crazy about the finish.  Still, I slapped it up on my wall and forgot all about it.   It was up high enough that the unfortunate color and scraped-off paint didn’t really look too bad against the beige wall it was hanging on.  As you may or may not know, I’m going gray in my house.  The metal star came down so the gray paint could go up.

I will give you a preview of what this star looks like now:

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Kind of looks like something that you would see in the aisles of Hobby Lobby, doesn’t it?   Do you wanna know how I got this look?  So easy!  First I spray painted the whole thing black and once that dried, I sprayed on 2 coats of a nice shade of aqua:

I tell you, spray paint these days dries so fast.  Of course, the reason that I painted the star black in the first place is because I wanted to be able to distress it and have black showing through the aqua.  You already knew that, right?

To distress projects that I paint with water-based paints, I usually rub the areas that I want exposed with a damp rag or scrubbing sponge, but water really didn’t have the same effect with spray paint.  I ended up going with pure acetate nail polish remover.  I messed around using the scrubbing sponge…

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…but ended up liking the look achieved by using Q-tips and cotton balls the best.  As the acetone hits the paint, it tends to smear the black beneath into the top coat so I messed around with that a bit :

Here’s some practical advice:  be smart and wear gloves.  Trust me on this one.

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After re-spraying the portions that I over-distressed (which was way easier than I thought it would be) I favored using the Q-tips.  Be prepared to use a lot of Q-tips to avoid a smeary look.  Really, it is so super easy.

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Perched on the same screw that it originally hung from, my updated star really shines.  Never to be ignored or forgotten again.  I must say that I L*O*V*E the finished project.

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What do you think?

 

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The Chair… REVEALED

Thanks to those who gave feedback on my The Chair…part 2 post.  Well, after going back and forth and back and forth I finally settled on the fabric that got the most “yes”-es from my family… the black and cream swirly fabric.

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I swear that I have seen people recover chair seats on HGTV a thousand and three times. I have never done it before myself, but found it to be just as easy as it looks. First lay the seat cover wood side up on top of the wrong side of the fabric. Allow enough of a clearance on all sides to easily wrap the fabric around and staple it securely.

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Wanting to show just how easy this project was, I decided to time the entire process.  I pushed “Start” on my watch timer over a week and a half ago when I first started taking out the screws by hand with a screwdriver.  I then proceeded to wipe it down since it was a dirty, dusty mess. At that point I stopped the clock.  I have had 4.19 (4 minutes, 19 seconds) on my watch’s stopwatch for over a week now.   This wrap and staple upholstery process is super easy and super quick…if… IF… Ii-Fffff you have a decent staple gun and know exactly what type of staples it takes.  If I would have kept the stopwatch going, it would have added 45 minutes of time because I had to run-back-and-forth-to-the-shop-4-times to grab different staples, then other different staples, then I had to grab the electric stapler since the handheld kept jamming.  Yep. I got a workout, but once the stapler was ready I continued the time on the stopwatch.  Total time from first screw removal to last screw replaced?  14.39!

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What I’m trying to say is that if you have chairs that you would like to recover, it takes less than 15 minutes per chair.  Probably much less once you get the hang of it.  Easy peasy!  I kept the chair unpainted for now.  Now that I know how easy it is to take apart and re-assemble it, who knows…  it might end up white… or gray… or teal… hmmmm.

So, what are you waiting for?  Go grab a staple gun (with the right staples), some fabric, a chair with a cushion and a screwdriver right NOW.  In less than 15 minutes you can be patting yourself on the back like I am now!

The Chair…Part 2.

Looking at my title, it seems more like the title of some horror movie than a title for a DIY post.  Trust me, there is no reason to be scared.  You are among friends.  Remember this post where I showed you my next project, a really awesome wood chair?  I asked for help in deciding whether or not to paint it and also showed some fabric choices and some of you responded.  You have NO idea how that made me feel since my blog was only 2 days old at that time and I had only sent Facebook invites that very day.  Let me tell you, I was celebrating in my seat!  Hmmm…I digress.  An…y…way, my Mother-in-law suggested that I pair the fabrics with the chair to see what I really like.  She is so smart!  So, with out further adieu…

 

What do YOU think?  I have a pretty good idea now of what I like the best, but I would love YOUR input.  Which is YOUR favorite fabric?  Also, to paint, or not to paint… that is the (other) question.  Make your own decision…ask your family…run across the street and ask your neighbor (is that asking too much?)… and then, please, let me know.  Until then, my chair will look like this:

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