Sunday, February 5, 2012

refinished vintage desk

Let me tell you I was way ahead of myself thinking refinishing furniture was quick and easy and fun.  Who would have known?  No DIYer complains about the work.  They just praise how much they love building and refinishing furniture, and the end results always look amazing.

This is a big project (well ... big for me).  I put in a good 8 hours sanding, painting, and staining, and repeated 1-2-3 in some areas.  Can you believe it, 8 hours?!?  I don't think I will do any project of this scale any time soon.  My arms are so sore from all the sanding and painting.  And I got a huge chunk on paint on the top of my hair arrrgh.  What most challenging was finding a good vintage furniture piece.  I can't get myself to wake up early to go to swapmeet so I scouted high and low online.  I missed about 5 deals before scoring this one from Craigslist, barely 5 mins away from my home for $40.  Drum roll please ...

Before: What a gem!  I knew it had so much potential!

After: I was debating whether to go with a wood finish or a shabby chic white.  I couldn't decide, so why not have the best of both worlds!?!

For this project I used:
  • Electric sander (for large surfaces)
  • Sand paper (for small surfaces)
  • Valspar paint in Dove White (Liz Marie introduced me to this lovely white--the perfect white for everything.  Thank you Liz!)  I used this white on my door makeover here too!
  • Minwax wood stain in Bombay Mahogany
  • Paint roller
  • Small foam brush

Here are some of the in progress pictures:

The finished look: Taaa daaa

Sunday, January 29, 2012

simple makeup storage tutorial

Hello my lovelies, I apologize for a being bit MIA in the past two weeks.  I gotta admit I am kind of in a blogging rut.  Nonetheless I'm very excited to show you my latest project.  I'm really happy with how it turned out, and I hope you're impressed.

I transformed my Ikea small chest of drawers in which I am storing my makeup.  I don't know how much this retails for or if Ikea still carries this.  I got mine from Craigslist for $7.  For the longest time I have left it unfinished because I had no idea what to do with it.  Looks like everyone is using stencils for damask or chevron patterns for these types of furniture makeover.  I really want to do something different and inexpensive.

This is how a little bit of paint and a few sheets of doilies could do.  The paint color I used is Perfect Beige by Behr--I used this color on my kitchen walls.

On an unrelated note, I have somewhat of a makeup addiction.

Ikea picture ledge to hold perfumes and lotions

Step by step instructions:


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