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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Evolution of a 60 dollar Entertainment center and homeright giveaway!

I told you guys a while ago about the china cabinet I repurposed into our entertainment center when we upgraded to a large flat screen a few years ago.  It’s gone through a couple incarnations in our home, including the most recent off-whiteifying when we moved into our new home this past April. 

As I alluded to in the above post, I have endured lived with my husband’s 1990 Bose speaker beasts for the last 13.5 years.  They came with him, which I knew from the beginning.  His awesomeness far outweighs their unsightliness. (And I will admit, they do produce a pretty amazing sound.)

Nevertheless, I’ve been planning ways to disguise them and make them a little less hello-we’re-from-twenty-years-ago.  I was actually planning on building some shelves on either side of the entertainment center that could house the speakers on the bottom and have shelves to display books and brickabrack up top.

But then the heavens opened up and an angel my mother-in-law showed me a pair of shelves that she picked up at a yard sale and said I could have (read FREE) if I wanted them.  It was completely meant to be, because the bottom opening of the shelves were EXACTLY the right size to house the speaker-beasts!

They were laminate and not in great shape.  Of course, I was so excited to get them fixed up and painted and in my living room that I didn’t take time to snap a before pic of them, but let me paint a picture.  Think college dorm chic; Very abused and covered with stickers.

My HomeRight Heat Pro Deluxe heat gun made pretty quick work of removing the stickers, like a hair dryer on steroids.

It’s a handy tool!  Crank up the heat to high and you can even strip paint with it, without all the goopy chemicals!

Once they were prepped and ready to go, I whipped out another indispensible tool from HomeRight, my Finish Max Fine Finish HVLP Paint Sprayer.

 

To say I love this thing would be an understatement.  It’s really become my right hand in furniture refinishing.  It gives such a nice finish and was incredibly easy to use, right out of the box.  I’ve tried so many paint sprayers over the years, and this one is by far my favorite option.  And it’s airless, which means it houses it’s own turbine air supply and doesn’t need a loud and cumbersome compressor.  And at under $70, it’s incredibly affordable!

So, back to the shelves!  I painted them the same creamy white of the entertainment center and added new backer boards (to replace the cheapo cardboard one’s that came on them) painted slate blue. 

The new backer boards and a little bit of trim I replaced were the only costs to me for the new shelves and was less than $20.  Add that to the $40 I spent on the china cabinet in the beginning, and I have an awesome entertainment center for under $60!!  My inner cheapskate sleeps well at night.

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I’m just going to wait until the paint is fully cured before I style the shelves.  Don’t want anything sticking!  You really should wait at least a week for latex paint to fully cure before putting anything on it, FYI.  : )

I’m thinking at a later date I might also add some decorative metal grating like this to the fronts of the cabinet compartments, painted the same color of shelves to further camouflage them, but for now I think it’s a big improvement!

And the price CERTAINLY beats the $3,400 for this Pottern Barn option!

… although I am a little jealous of their slim tower speaker, truth be told.

HomeRight wants to give one of you a leg up on your furniture refinishing exploits with your very own Finish Max Fine Finish Paint Sprayer AND Heat Pro Deluxe Heat Gun!  The giveaway is open to US residents, 18 or older.  Good luck!

 

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

shabby apple giveaway

My husband’s office Christmas party is around the corner, so when Shabby Apple contacted me about a dress review and giveaway, I might have done a little happy dance.  Have you ever checked out their I-can’t-believe-it’s-not vintage clothing?  I am in love with their vintage inspired duds!

For the Christmas party, I picked out the Guinea a Minute dress, and I plan on wearing it with bright red patent leather peep-toe heels and a matching red beaded bib necklace.

I really stink at selfies, but here’s me in my dress.  The skirt is a little more teal than the turquoise that it looked in the picture on the website, which I actually like better.  And I’m a little curvier than their stick model. ;)

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If you’re a US resident and like Shabby Apple on Facebook as well as follow them on Instagram, you could win your choice of many adorable options from Shabby Apple!  How great a Christmas present would that be?  Just enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.  Good luck!

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

accent wall with airstone & the finished dining room

Accent Wall with AirStone

I actually did it!  I got my dining room AirStone accent wall done before Thanksgiving!!  We hosted Thanksgiving for the first time in my adult life and had 22 people over for a very enjoyable feast.  This was one HUGE project that has been on my plate (in bite-sized portions whenever I had the time and inclination to work on it) for like 5 months.  It was such a relief to finally have it completely finished!  And with it’s completion, I’m call the dining room DONE (or at least until I decide to change it up again.)  The AirStone accent wall made such a huge difference in warming up the space.  I’m completely in love!

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And, let me tell you, it was so easy to do.  This was a big project, so it was time consuming, but really simple.  All it takes is buttering on the premixed adhesive with a putty knife and sticking the lightweight faux stones to the wall!  The stones are easily cut to fit with an ordinary hack saw.  Those are the only tools you need for the job! I also appreciated that the adhesive came in premixed, resealable containers.  I could work on as little or as much as I wanted, then seal up the container for the next time.

AirStone also has the environmental benefit of being made from 80% recycled materials, so it’s very eco-friendly.

The product is available through Lowe’s.  Keep in mind that not all stores carry AirStone.  If they don’t, however, they may be able to special order it in for you.  My local Lowe’s didn’t carry it, but were able to special order it.

A couple of tips for you.  You will inevitably have some small spaces or gaps where the underneath wall will show through.  I realized this once I started the first few rows, so I went back and painted a grey coat of paint on the rest of the wall so grey would show through the gaps instead of white. 

Also, the edges of the stones sometimes had little nubbins (the technical term.)  I would knock these off with a butter knife before sticking them up on the wall so they would sit more flush together.

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When I got to the section that went over the window opening and there wasn’t a row of stones below to hold them in place, I added some painters tape to help hold them securely in place while the adhesive dried.

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Now, onto the pretties of my totally-done-on-time-for-Thanksgiving dining room!

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Sideboard and Plate Wall

The plate wall got lots of complements from everyone.  Still loving my happy, green sideboard, and it was even prettier covered with Thankgiving desserts, let me tell you!! 

Sideboard Plate Wall and AirStone Accent Wall

And did you spy the hollywood regency bamboo chairs in there?  They were painted the same color as my sideboard, so I decided we would use them for some needed extra seating for the holiday feast.  But they look so at home in there that I think I’ll keep them. :)

That lovely chandelier was a total steal for $79 at Home Depot.  I love it!

Dining Room Chandelier only $79 from Home Depot

Finished Dining Room

It turned out to be such a warm and inviting space, which is just what you want a dining room to be, whether your eating pizza with your kids, or Thanksgiving dinner with a crowd of family.

Someone said to me during the holiday festivities, “Your house is so bright and fun!”  And I couldn’t have asked for a better complement.  That’s exactly what I want it to be. :)

I received product from AirStone for this review, but received no other compensation.  I was not told what to say by AirStone and all opinions are completely my own.

Monday, November 18, 2013

patina finish using modern masters metal effects

I was recently given the opportunity to try out the Metal Effects line of paints and patinas from Modern Masters.  I’ve gotten the chance to use it on a couple of projects so far, and wanted to share this fun product with you.

The water-based paints have actual metal particles in the paints that react over time (if left to the elements) or react right away with the addition of Modern Master’s chemical reactors, giving authentic patinaed finishes on any surface that you can paint!

I was working on a set for a client’s guest room, including a desk, chair and nightstand.  I big-fat-failed to get before pics (I hate it when I do that!), but the desk, like many out there, had some pretty deep gouges and years and years worth of damage on the veneered top.  Since the client wanted the body of the desk stripped and stained, and only the desk drawers painted, I had to come up with a solution to cover the damaged top.  There was some gorgeous wood inlay in a pretty border around the desk top, so I decided to mask inside the inlayed border and paint a faux blotter using Modern Master’s Iron Reactive Paint and Rust Activator.

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I was so happy with how the set turned out, and so glad the client felt the same way! :)

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I also used the Iron Reactive Paint/Rust Activator in combination with the Copper Reactive Paint/Green Patina Aging Solution on this side table top.  I love how it turned out in combination with the turquoise base (CeCe Caldwell’s Destin Gulf Green.)  This is southwest done right! ;)

Modern Masters Metal Effects Reactive Paint Patina

Here’s a close-up on that fantastic patina!!

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I love the look I’m able to create with these paints and reactors!  Thanks Modern Masters for the opportunity to try them out!

 

(While I received product to review, I was not given any further compensation from Modern Masters.  All opinions are completely my own.)

Monday, November 11, 2013

how to make a realistic faux card catalog from an old dresser

How To Make A Faux Card Catalog From An Old Dresser, from Twice Lovely

One of my favorite sources for affordable drawer pulls and hardware online is D. Lawless Hardware.  I don’t know if you’re aware, but they recently designed and released their own line of Library Card Catalog style Label Holder Pulls that are surprisingly inexpensive, and if you’ve ever priced this type of drawer pull, you know that they can be very pricey!  They offer two different styles and 4 different finishes. 

I couldn’t wait to find just the right project to use these great pulls and create a realistic-looking, faux, library card catalog.  I got this simple but substantial 10 drawer dresser that I thought would be the perfect piece to execute my vision on.

Dresser Before

First, I went to Home Depot and had them cut 30 (3 for each of the 10 drawers) little squares from a sheet of 5mm Flooring Underlayment (around $15 for the sheet and I had tons left over!)  Then I began the tedious-but-necessary task of sanding the fronts and four edges of all 30 pieces.  Yikes!

Once all the edges and corners were rounded and they were nice and smooth, I used wood glue and clamps to affix the little faux drawers to the drawer fronts.

Create Faux Drawers from 5mm Flooring Underlayment

Once I got all the faux drawers attached, I started to get very excited about how it was coming together.

Smaller Faux Drawers attached to Dresser Drawer Fronts

I decided to go with the bright, shiny brass cup label pulls from D. Lawless, with some extra realism added using this little half inch brass knob below the label pull.

Yay for Hardware!

A dramatic, warm, charcoal gray was a great choice to showcase the beautiful hardware and allow it to really be the star of the show.  So excited with how it turned out!

Faux Card Catalog from an Old Dresser at Twice Lovely

Card Catalog Hardware from D. Lawless Hardware Online

Faux Library Card Catalog from Twice Lovely

I took it to the Vintage Market I participated in this past weekend, and though it didn’t sell (lucky for you locals it’s going to be at Livy Lou’s very soon!) it was totally fooling people all day long!  The larger drawers make it much more practical, usable, and versatile piece than a real library card catalog.  I think it was totally worth the extra effort. :)

I received the hardware for this project from D. Lawless, but received no other compensation for my review.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mustard chippy milk paint book table

I loved the quirky shape of this little bookstand/library table.  It was in pretty rough (and very dirty) shape when I got a hold of it.

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I gave it a good scrubbing with some white vinegar to prepare for painting.  I knew I wanted to embrace the primitive nature of this little table, so I picked up some Yellow Ochre Milk Paint from The Real Milk Paint Co. and went for it.  It turned out just how I wanted, perfectly chippy and awesome!

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I’ve been collecting a bunch of cute, vintage, hardback books to bring down to the Vintage Market, including a some of these Readers Digest Condensed Books.  I think they look so nice on a bookshelf!  Aren’t the covers just fab too?

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And (in my best Christ Traeger voice) this one is, literally, for the books. ;)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Simple seat “reupholster” and project mania

I’ve been busily getting ready for the Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market at Scottsdale’s Westworld that’s sneaking up on us on November 9th.  Camryn (from Livy Lou’s) and I are bringing down some awesome furniture and vintage finds for the show.  I hope you can join us (and the other hundred of so vendors) if you’re in the area!

I was pretty excited about my resourcefulness with this first project.  I loved this realistic looking pleather vintage rolling chair when I spied it at the thrift store. 

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Overall, it was in good shape.  I could tell the wood legs needed refinishing, but that wasn’t a big deal to me. What made me stop and go hmmmmmm was the state of the seat cushion.

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Not great.  And, if you know me, you’ll know that I really loathe doing upholstery.  It’s something that I would love to get better at, but as of now, not something I’m good at so not something I like to do. 

But it was such a cool chair!  It reminded me of an old bomber jacket.  I had to figure out an easy way to fix up the seat.  So I stood there in the thrift store starting at the chair for way, way too long.  I’m sure I was making people uncomfortable. Then it came to me!  So I picked up a man’s tweed suit coat for a dollar and headed home.

I cut off the little covered buttons on the seat cushion, then cut off the entire back of the tweed jacket.

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The jacket I got didn’t have the center seam on the back of the coat, which worked perfectly for this!  I even used the bottom hem at the front edge of the seat for a nice clean finished look.

I got some thin, black, satin ribbon and basically did a big whip stitch to attach the tweed to the top of the seat cushion.

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It was tough to get the needle through the pleather and I had sore finger tips for days.  Once the tweed was stitched all the way around, I just re tufted the cushion using the same covered buttons in the same place as before.

The legs got a sand and stain and were good as new.  (Sorry about the crappy pictures I snapped just before taking it down to the shop.  You get the idea.)

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I love the manliness of the tweed and the worn leather look!

 

In my project mania getting ready for the market, I also made over this old, unusable, antique dresser mirror with by stripping off some of the reflective backing with some paint stripper and adding some vintage fabric behind the glass.  I painted and distressed the frame and finished it off with some hooks for keys or such along the bottom.  The glass makes a great dry erase board for family messages.

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Also did up a fun herringbone skeleton shade for a bright yellow vintage ceramic lamp I picked up.  Added a new Edison light bulb and this one’s ready to go too!

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Speaking of yellow, how great is this gold brocade vintage sofa I picked up?  Check out that carving!

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I also got a fantastic French Provincial China Cabinet the other day as well.  It’s in really great shape, so I think I’ll give a go at selling it in as-is condition first before I paint it.

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I’ve also been stocking up on vintage finds as well.  Bringing lots of salvage sign letters with me.

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I’ll be back soon with a fun little book stand side table I refinished yesterday with some chippy mustard milk paint.

 
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