Preserving Family Memories is a Comfort to the Soul
Back in 1978 we bought a set of dressers from my parents for $50 just after we were married. Years later my mom wanted them back so we traded for the set she had at the time. I've since given the upright dresser to my DD and kept the other for my walk in closet:
Do you have reminders of your parents around the house?
Have you considered the FACT that one day your loved ones will move on? Are you preparing to have a piece of them close by for memory sake? My dad passed away when I was 26 (30 years ago) and my mom a year ago.
Because of the great details on the drawers, I was confident I would love the outcome. This is an important piece of furniture and I want need to preserve it, not in it's original state – but in a state that reminds me of my parents, AND fits into my decor.
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I used the Classico, a chalk based paint made with 100% natural pigments. It's super smooth and very easy to work with. Since it's a water dilutable chalk based paint, it's environmentally friendly. We are trying to get the chemicals out of our home, so this fits the bill.
Do you have a strong opinion about painting wood furniture?
It's OK to change things to suit you.
Honestly, it is. A coat of paint doesn't change the memory – it just fits it into your style.
I've been on a quest to try out all the major brands of chalk type paint. Pure and Original doesn't need any type of special finish to top it off. If you like chalk type paint, then you'd like this.
The Steps are Easy
1. Disassemble & Clean – Take off all hardware and clean the piece well. This chalk paint doesn't require sanding or priming prior to use. I decided to leave the top of the dresser as is and not paint it since we keep our ironing board on top of it. It has a very shiny laminate finish that will look fab with the chalky painted finish I'll be adding to the body of the dresser.
2. Fix Any Damaged Parts – There was water damage to the bottom piece, so my DH added a new piece of wood to stabalize and refresh it. I used wood filler to fix a few dents and holes.
3. Paint the first and second coat – I started with the dark gray, "Storm" Pure and Original Chalk type paint on the frame and middle drawers. It was so smooth and covered very well.
4. Sand between coats if needed – I had brush strokes on the side of the dresser because I used a regular nylon angled brush and the paint was thick. So after the second coat dried for a day or two, I sanded it a bit to smooth it out and repainted it. It is such nice paint that the sanding sponge only removed a bit of the top layer of the paint, giving me a very smooth surface. Such quality…
I used a round natural bristle brush for the drawer fronts – it has become my favorite brush! For some of the trim I used a sponge brush and the angled brush was my go to for the rest of the dresser shell.
For contrast, the drawers required a softer gray, "Soft Taupe". The paint was lighter in color and came more gray than anticipated, but that was fixable. After two coats of the soft taupe dried…
5. Tint wax with the darker gray and paint just the drawer face – I took some creme wax and mixed a bit of the "Storm" with it and painted it over the two coats of soft taupe, allowing a streaky look. It gave it a bit of dimension.
In the picture above, the lower drawer was just the light gray and the upper one is the drawer with the tinted wax. The design jumps off the drawer.
It was at this point that I put the drawers in the dresser to get a look at how they went with the dark gray shell.
Oh.My.Goodness! I was shocked – it's not often that a project exceeds your expectations, but this one does! I waited so long to repaint this dresser because it was such a big project and I'm glad I did. Pure and Original paint did the trick!
6. Antique with diluted dark gray paint – This part scared me a bit. I loved how well everything turned out up to this point and was afraid to add anything more, but I knew I wanted MORE dimension. It was risky, but I did it…
After adding water, I painted it on the drawers and immediately wiped it off to leave just a hint in the crevices.
7. Distress the edges – This was another heart pounding moment. After all, why add to perfection? But, it's not done till it's done. Sometimes you just gotta experiment even if it means you have to repaint and start all over. Fortunately all went well and with each step the project became even better. Whew. Mission accomplished.
Not only can you update furniture, but you can put your personal touch on it as well. It's not all about style or trend. It's about being comfortable in your own home and being able to call it your own because YOU put your personal stamp on the items that make up your home.
Anybody can go to a furniture showroom and pick out furniture. A vast majority of homeowners do. But to get a truly unique home that reflects who you are, one must put their personal touch on the furnishings. DIY allows your home to be uniquely representative of YOU. Let me introduce you to ME in furniture form:
8. Add Finishing Touches – The knobs are new from Hobby Lobby's 50% off sale. The old ones were too dated so to spiff it up, a new set of knobs was in order. I kept the old hinges and door handle – they went well with the new hardware.
My DD had some gray chevron drawer liner, so it only seemed right to add it to the inside of the drawers. I so love it when a plan comes together:
What do you think?
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Do you plan to or did you get rid of all your old cheapo furniture and buy new?
I don't…I flip them.
Today's project is one of those put together side cabinets that typically you would give away to Good Will and buy something much better when you could afford it. But for me, it's not about the money. It's about achieving a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture art.
This month's challenge from the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest asked for a piece that goes from drab to fab by painting it with Deco Art Chalky Finish paint. The contest theme is "Make a Statement". I've used Deco Art Chalky Paint before on other projects, so I knew the paint would be easy to use and would turn out great.
After this boring, ugly piece, it's not really hard to "make a statement" with paint – anything is better than how it started out!
Please visit our hosts' “Make a Statement” projects by the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest hosts: Charlotte at Ciburbanity and Carrie at Thirty Eighth Street. Bloggers who are interested in participating in future contests should contact email@example.com.
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I chose the fabric Herringbone Incompleteby Lehan Veenkerfor the chair and pillow and Arrowhead by Paper Dahliafor the accessories. I wanted to put together a color scheme that would go with the desk I already had in my guest room. The desk was my submission in the September Fab Furniture Flippin Contest. The fabric is of excellent quality, perfect for upholstering the chair and footstool for my guest room as well as the coordinating pillows and wall art.
The chair I chose was an antique dining room chair, one of three that we had gotten as part of a group purchase at an auction. It had been stored in our barn for a couple of years keeping company with the spiders.
It had taken a beating over the years; it was nasty dirty and in rough shape – or so it seemed. One look would be all it would take for most people just to stick it in the trash and be done with it.
This time I grabbed its sister chair and sanded it, primed it with Zinzer's spray primer and then painted it an antique white to match the desk in my guest room – the one I told you about from September’s contest.
I even primed the seat – to add one more degree of separation between me and the “old”.
I’m not real crazy about “old” because often “old” smells, has had a family of bugs march in and out or harbored unseen germs for generations. I’m a bit of a germophobe and wear the badge proudly. My mom told me that I turned into a germophobe because of my kids. Yep. Probably.
I’ve never been one who liked antiques.
But give me an antique that I can paint and distress, or not, and I love it. New-old works for me. Not old-new. Or old-old. I also like new-new. So here I am with an “old” antique chair that is crying out for some new-oldness and I’m just the one to answer the call.
Some people *gasp* when you talk of painting wood furniture, but I just want to sing after I see the results! I want to call up my friends and family and tell them “once it was dead and now it lives!”
After it as revived, I cut the fabric a few inches larger than the pad and stapled it around the edges.
Here is my DH modeling his staple gun.
I had never recovered a thing in my life, so it was fun to see how easy it was. DH kept saying, “remember this is upholstering – upholstering is never perfect.”
I couldn’t believe it when I flipped it over after I stapled it and it looked so not-DIY!
I am a DIYer that doesn’t want her stuff to look like it was DIY’d.
I chose a simple project to show you how easy it is. It is not my intention to do this crazy big project to show off my DIY skills. Then how could I get you to venture out into a DIY area you are unfamiliar with if it looks too scary complicated?
Here is a super simple project that looks stellar in the end. You can’t get better than that.
A friend had given me an antique chair that had a footrest, a small ottoman that was cute as a bug’s ear. So I took that ottoman and painted it to match the chair from the auction and recovered it as well with the same fabric.
Pretty amazing? Paint can create cohesiveness in mismatched furniture pieces.
I love the idea of one of our little munchkin grandkids coming for a visit and grabbing this little kidlet seat to sit on as they put their socks on when getting ready in the morning.
It’s all about family.
I made the pillow removable to prop up on the back of the chair for comfort. It is stuffed with a little travel pillow one of my kids used to have years ago. Memories, like the corners of my mind…
To make the pillow front and back exact and square, I used my rotary cutter and quilters ruler and cutting board.
Adding a big twin size pillow on the bed of the same fabric as the chair tied it in to the rest of the room along with two smaller pillows of the other fabric from minted.
The tan arrow pillow on the bed is stuffed with my mom’s extra pillow that she used for her arm when she slept so it wouldn’t fall asleep. This adds sentimental value for me. I like to weave sentiment into my DIY projects as much as possible – makes it more meaningful and one-of-a-kind.
One small pillow is on the bed and the other is on the rocking chair next to the desk. I used the inside pillow form from a couch pillow a friend had given me for the arrow pillow on the rocking chair.
The floor lamp was a side of the road rescue, another project I’ll share later.
To tie the projects together, I also made a wall hanging for above the bed out of the Arrowhead Minted fabric.
The tutorial will come at a later date after I do the total room reveal.
I tell you this to encourage you to do the same. Take a room one project at a time and turn it into a beautiful show-piece full of memories – something you can be proud of and want to show your family and friends.
As you plan out your next room décor, start out with a basic color or two. Here I started with antique white, tan and brown as my base colors and then added the blues. I have two splashes of color, lime green on the desk on the other side of the room and a red flower arrangement that can be switched out for other pops of color as the seasons change.
The total room reveal will be posted soon, along with details on the different projects shown here. Each piece in the room has a story behind it – that’s what makes each room in my house so special. I’ve never just gone out to a store and bought everything I wanted or needed. It sometimes takes me years to put together a room – through scrounging, saving, painting, searching, matching and even digging through piles of unwanted “stuff” to find just the right piece.
It’s worth the effort if you can look around your room and find dozens of memories loaded with sentimental value. I do love a good story – my home if full of amazing stories of how God has provided for us. Come for a visit and I’ll tell you a few.
Until then, be amazing!
If you want to see more projects in the running for this months contest stop by any of the hosts pages (Stacy or Coleen)
*This project was sponsored by Minted. However, the opinions and thoughts expressed within this post are 100% my own*
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I decided to add a FREE PDF that you can download here, or click on the picture below. When I have had guests in my home, I usually ask them if I am missing anything in my guest room that would have made their stay more comfortable or enjoyable. The 7 Guest Room Essentials reflects their answers and my researh and will give you a head start on your guest room.
Have you anything to add? (You will need to download a full resolution copy first.) Leave one or two of your ideas in the comments so I can make this list even better. Thanks!
The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest challenges DIY bloggers to create a great piece of furniture following certain guidelines. #sponsored
This contest is sponsored by General Finishes who donated a blogger's choice product to finish the piece.
The theme was "geometric design."
How do you incorporate geometric design on a piece of furniture, and in my case, a desk? Why, with Mod Podge, of course!
Let's start with a "before" picture. Brace yourself, it's pretty sad…
My DH and I found it alongside the road. It looked like a kid's painting project gone bad but…it was sturdy and in decent shape.
I picture a highschool student sitting at this desk working through her (had to be a "her" with all the pink and purple paint) geometry homework.
It is obvious she tried to create a stylish, fun desk to use but
she missed the mark…just a bit.
As you can see, she painted over the hardware too.
I thought it appropriate to do a desk makeover – to symbolize the future business executive the past owner geometry student would become.
The poor thing was begging to go home with me, screaming (the desk was the one screaming, not me)…
"Can you please help me?!"
So I did the only decent thing a DIY'er can do – I said, "Sure."
Then I turned and said to DH, "Can you please help me?!"
And he did the only decent thing a DH of a DIY'er can do – He said, "Sure."
So let's take a look at the flipping process…
Sand the entire piece and fill in any nicks with wood filler.
Prime. Lightly sand after it is dry using a 3M Sanding Sponge, Fine Grit to remove any bumps and bugs. (I prime with spray paint out on the front lawn and bugs love my work!). Prime again if needed.
Spray paint the entire piece with your base color if you want to distress the piece and have a particular color in mind that you want to show through. This is quick and easy. I used Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch Spray Paint, Ivory Bisque. Lightly sand after each coat to keep the surface smooth.
It was my first experience with this paint and found it to be quite easy to use. Not only did it seem to be a very good quality paint, it went on and dried to a smooth, gentle sheen. This is a very important feature when you are flipping a piece of furniture because you need a quality product to give you the "wow factor."
Lightly sand in between coats.
If you plan to distress, use a sanding sponge to the desired distress-isity (that word is from my DIY dictionary).
Lynn's project at Fern Avenue is a sofa table made out of reclaimed wood and an old cabinet she had stored in her garage. Carrie at Thirty Eighth Street turnd an outdated china cabinet into a modern upbeat display cabinet.
Thanks for visiting – let me know what you think of my flip!
I just put together a PDF listing 4 Recipes for Homemade Chalk Paint, so if you are interested in giving it a try just click the picture below and I will send it to you FREE – and please, if you use the homemade chalk paint in a project, please send me a before and after picture!
Meanwhile, be amazing!
I was compensated for this post with a great product from General Finishes. The design, project, and opinions are solely my own – Thank you, GF!