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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® Painting Party, Flow Blue China Dresser

Welcome to the MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® Painting Party! A group of awesome DIY bloggers, including myself, have all completed projects using MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® paint. Now we’re giving you the chance to read our tutorials, gather inspiration, have fun and win prizes! Check out my project below and then jump to the other blogs in the party for even more inspiration!

I’m the last stop on the painting party train today, so if you’re just joining us, please head on back to the beginning and see some other great projects from some very talented blog stars.

  1. Sarah @ Alderberry Hill *Go Back to the Beginning!*
  2. Cristi @ Charm Home
  3. Sara @ House Bella
  4. Jerusalem @ Jolly Goode Gal
  5. Katie @ Craptastic
  6. Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely *You Are Here!*

I’ve been chomping at the bit to jump into this project, but have been waiting for inspiration to hit.  I wanted it to have every bit of WOW that it deserved.  Check out those gorgeous ornate details, carved pulls and marble tops!

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I knew I wanted to do a paint treatment that would highlight all those details.  I decided to paint a base coat of white, add petroleum jelly over all the details, then paint a deep and vibrant blue over that.    With the distressed white peeking through the details and just the right blue, I envisioned it looking like a piece of flow blue china.  (Thank you MyColor, because Medieval Blue worked out to be the PERFECT flow blue!)

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Sometimes these ideas are a little more exciting in the planning and disappoint in the executing, but let me tell you, I couldn’t have been more pleased with how this project turned out.  I was giddy!

First, when I began working on this piece, I thought I was going to have to recreate some missing moulding with my favorite JB Weld Kwikwood.  So imagine my happy dance upon finding all the missing moulding pieces stashed in the drawers!  Eeeeeeee!!!

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After some repair work, including gluing back on the broken mouldings and removing the broken caster feet, I sprayed on a base coat of white primer.  Confession: I used a canned spray primer this time.  Why do I feel like I’m somehow cheating? I love Krylon spray primer!  It’s fantastic for bleed through control on old pieces like this.  One of the best, really!

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After the white primer base coat was on, I went back with a cheapo chip bristle brush and dabbed on some petroleum jelly over all the details: the handles, the key holes, the appliques, the corbels, and the moulding.

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Then came MyColor’s Medieval Blue!  Because of all the nooks and crannies of all those details, I decided it would be most efficient to spray on the paint.  The MyColor paint is thick, far too thick for the spray gun to handle, so it took significant thinning to get it to the right consistency for spraying.  Thinning of paint to the correct consistency takes some practice with your particular gun, but after a while, it becomes second nature.  If I had to guess, I would say I thinned this paint at least 1 part water to 2 parts paint.  It might have even been as much as half and half.

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The paint started to resist the petroleum jelly as soon as it was sprayed on, and did amazing things as it dried.  I started to get very excited.  And might have squeeled just a little.

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So then I attacked the crackling, resisting paint with the scrubby side of an old sponge.  And I definitely squeeled.  A lot…

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It turned out every bit as wonderfully chippy and authentically aged as I imagined, an ode to Flow Blue China.

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The generous folks at MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® would like one of you to win 3 pots of MyColor™ paint to try it out for yourself!  If you’d like a chance to win some MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® for your own project, simply comment on my post and share how you’d use MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® in your next project! Feel free to comment on the other blogs in the party too – they’ll all be giving away samples! For a second chance to win, tweet your project ideas to @MyColorPaints using hashtag #PassItOn. Also check out and like the MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® Facebook page to get access to the schedule for today’s parties as well as the rest of the parties going on this month! Share your project ideas there for one more chance to win! Make sure to leave a separate comment on this post for each entry!

The giveaway will be open through next Wednesday, October 31st.

Good luck!

MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® reached out to me to participate in the MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® Painting Party. My post represents my honest experience with MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® paint. I am not being paid for my answers, but I did receive MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® paint to use for this project.

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Miss Mustard Seed, The Shabby Nest

Friday, September 21, 2012

Distressed Turquoise Sideboard

I picked up this fantastic sideboard a few weeks ago from Craigslist and immediately posted it to the Twice Lovely Facebook page

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… where it was immediately pounced upon and snatched up for a custom paint job.  And I couldn’t have been more excited when it’s new owner said she would love a distressed turquoise with a dark stained top. So I set to work mixing up a custom turquoise with my DIY Chalk Paint Recipe. The top was stripped and stain Minwax Dark Walnut and given a top coat of Minwax Tung Oil.  I’m in serious love.  Very sad to be seeing this one leave.

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Lots more to come soon!

Linking to:

Miss Mustard Seed

Monday, September 10, 2012

Chippy Mint Green Stenciled Dresser

I’ve had a very busy last few weeks!  Cranked out a few rad projects and still managed to pull together a very fun bridal shower for my little sister this past weekend!  Phew!

Before I made myself put down the paint brush and start with the shower prep, I finished up this fun chippy mint green dresser (which I big fat FAILED to get a before picture of, dang it!)

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I tried a new-to-me technique with vaseline to achieve the super chippy distressed look on this piece.  When it was still wood before I painted, I did a few random smears with my hands where I wanted the wood to peek through.  Then I mixed up a batch of my DIY Chalk Paint in the darker green you see peeking through and painted 2 coats.  Once that was dry, I did a pretty heavy, random smudge application of the vaseline again with my hands.  I then mixed up another batch of DIY Chalk Paint using a lighter shade of the same green (just added some white paint until I was happy with the shade.  In retrospect, I wish I would have made the top coat even lighter for a little additional contrast between the layers, but you live and learn, eh?)  Did  2 coats of the lighter shade and let it dry.

I had picked up this fabulous border stencil from Royal Design Studios at their booth at the SNAP! Conference in April and had been waiting for just the project to utilize it.  I had a crazy hair that it would be amazing to use it vertically, off-center on a tall dresser, and it turned out to be every bit of cool I thought it would be.  :)

After I painted the stencil (I used a foam roller with VERY little paint so as not to seep under the edges) I went back with some very fine (220 grit) sandpaper in my palm sander and went over the whole piece.  The paint comes right off in the places that you’ve applied the vaseline, and the super fine sandpaper makes everything nice and smooth like buttah!

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I have a couple of other smaller projects that I also wrapped up last week that I’ll be sharing soon.

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Linking to:

Miss Mustard Seed

Monday, September 3, 2012

Distressed Turquoise Sideboard

I picked up this fantastic sideboard a few weeks ago from Craigslist and immediately posted it to the Twice Lovely Facebook page

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… where it was immediately pounced upon and snatched up for a custom paint job.  And I couldn’t have been more excited when it’s new owner said she would love a distressed turquoise with a dark stained top. So I set to work mixing up a custom turquoise with my DIY Chalk Paint Recipe. The top was stripped and stain Minwax Dark Walnut and given a top coat of Minwax Tung Oil.  I’m in serious love.  Very sad to be seeing this one leave.

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Lots more to come soon!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Turquoise Dresser Jewelry Box

Sheesh! I can’t believe how long it has been since I’ve posted a project!  Between the July heat in Arizona and 2 weeks escaping said heat in Alaska, I haven’t gotten a thing done on the furniture front for quite some time.

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I’m jumpin’ back in the saddle this week!!  But I didn’t want to sprain anything, so I though I’d start out small.

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I found this adorbs little dresser/ jewelry box.  Isn’t so cute?  I kicked the cute up a notch with some distressed turquoise. . .

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. . . which picked up the bright golden yellow velvet interior beautifully!

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So fun, right?

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It’s actually kind of amazing that something so small actually too me just about as long as a full sized dresser to finish. But I LOVE it!

More to come soon!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Dresser Turned Kitchen Island for My Sis

My younger sister got engaged to a fantastic guy this past New Year’s Eve, and I couldn’t be more excited for her and her husband-to-be!

Not long after they got engaged, I told them that I wanted to do a piece of furniture for them as a wedding gift and to start thinking of what they would want or could use.  She came back to me and suggested a dresser that they could use as an island in the kitchen, so I started on the lookout for the perfect piece that was not too wide and a good counter-top height.

The search didn’t last long before I snagged this awesome piece for $15 at my favorite thrift store!

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It had several gloppy coats of paint over the years that were stripped off.  It was more than my orbital sander could handle on it’s own, so I used Citristrip.  The body was painted with an off-white oops paint. I kept the top wood and stained it with several coats of walnut stain for a dark, rich color which also served to abuse it had obviously taken.

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I followed up the stain with a new top coat for me, Tung Oil (I used Minwax brand), and it’s definitely a new favorite!!  It’s super easy to use, self-leveling for a nice, smooth finish, food-safe (so perfect for a food prep or eating surface), heat resistant (also handy for the kitchen) and just a super-gorgeous glossy finish for your wood.  The only down side is that you have to wait 24 hours between coats, and I applied 5 on this dresser/island’s top.  Just brush a generous coat on with a disposable foam brush, wait a day, and repeat the process until you have a nice, glossy finish with no dull spots.  With a little patience, I’m sure that you’ll love the results as much as I did. 

The finishing touch was these fabulous Mexican Talavera knobs that I picked up on Etsy.  They’re using Fiestaware dishes, and I thought it would be fun to play off the Mexican design element.

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So I hope that it’ll be something that they will use and love for years to come.  Who knows: Someday it may even be reincarnated as a changing table for my future niece or nephew!  ;)

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Summer is kicking my heinie here!  Between the horrid heat and having all four kiddos home, I’m not cranking furniture projects out as fast as I would like, so I apologize for my lack of posting.

But I did manage to finish up a lovely gilded pair of French side tables the other day as well.  I’m sharing them over on the SNAP! Blog, so head on over and check it out!

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Sweatilly yours,

 

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Primitive & Proper

 
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