Monday, August 27, 2012

Kitchen Island Update

A few months ago I stumbled on some wood brackets at the Restore.  Funny thing is they were wrapped together with masking tape and on the masking tape in black sharpie it read : three brackets for three bucks imagine the possibilities.  I could imagine tons of possibilities and so I bought them.  Isn't it odd that someone wrote that?  It made me laugh.  When I saw them I immediately thought of my kitchen island.  I built my kitchen island back in December out of a salvaged door.  It has worked out great for us but I knew I wanted to add some brackets eventually to finish it off.

The brackets are pretty simple and turned out to be the perfect size for the tiny overhang of the counter.  I love it when that happens. 

The after.  Just a little change but I think it adds a lot of character.  Have a great week! 

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Raised Stencil

Is it really August 19th? Really?? I can't believe it. Where does the time go?  I have to admit though I have been day dreaming of fall.  Maybe because it's been in the 90's this last week.  I am looking forward to that moment when I walk outside and smell fall for the first time.  You know the smell right?  Crisp, clean, I can't really even describe it in words.  It always takes me back to being a kid walking to the bus stop in my crunchy new school clothes so excited to be back to school.  Hmmmm.  Anyways we are not quite there yet now are we?  

Today I am sharing my latest piece a Secretary Desk.  I painted it first with Old Violet Annie Sloan chalk paint then top coated it with a homemade chalk paint.  The color is an oops paint I picked up the other day.  Of course they spread paint all over the color name so I don't know what it is.  It's my new favorite color. (I say that about every color don't I?).

I painted the inside a mix of three parts Old White & one part French Linen Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  The French Linen made the Old White less yellow. 

So now for the fun part.  I felt like the front needed a little something and was thinking about a stencil.  Then I saw a piece of furniture at a local antique store with a raised stencil.  Perfect, I copied it. 

I decided to use Plastic Wood because I have a can from a previous project.  It worked great.  It dries very hard but it smells horrible (not good like fall).  Above you can see the Old Violet coming through after distressing.


I used a stencil that I purchased from Home Depot in the paint department.  I taped the stencil to the secretary and spread a thin even coat of Plastic Wood over the stencil.  If you've ever used this stuff you know when you open the can it's kinda separated.  I made sure to mix up the liquid and the solids so that it was creamy.  I spread it on and tried not to go back over it too much (or it will start pulling off in random places) then removed the stencil.

It's subtle and I really like how it turned out.  Love the vintage handles on this piece.  

Hope you are enjoying your last weeks of Summer! 

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Coral Desk with Upholstered Stool

Here's my latest project.  If you follow me on Facebook then you saw a sneak peak of this desk the other day.  The Facebook photo definitely read more as Red than the true color which is more Coral.  It's called Terracotta Rose from Martha Stewart's line. At any rate it's a bold color and I love it.  

Well now I love it but before it was distressed and dark waxed I wasn't so sure.   It is often that way with me.  The body of the desk was white before with just a few scratches and chips so I had a good base to start with.  

I decided to sand the top because it had some chips that would show through the top coat and after sanding for awhile I liked it.  Not everyone will like this finish but that's okay. 

My sister gave me the stool it fits perfect inside the desk opening.  For the upholstery I used tape to mask off the lines and painted with the same paint I used on the body.   Once that was dry I printed a design from the Graphics Fairy onto wax paper and then transferred it onto the fabric by rubbing the image with the end of a craft brush.  I have done this before with varied success so this time I dampened the fabric to see if that would help.  I think it did.

I added some foam and batting to the stool then stapled my fabric to the underside.  The fabric is drop cloth so I used the finished edge for the ruffle.  No sewing.  I just stapled the fabric pleating it as I went.

To get a nice crisp edge I made my own upholstery tack strip like I did here.  Yep I used a good old beer box again.  A little tacky yes but I prefer to call it resourceful.   It's the perfect thickness.  I cut a circle the size of the stool about 1/2" wide. It just gives the fabric a nice edge to hang over.

So what do you think?

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