Monday, December 1, 2014

Old White Bedroom Set with Keyhole Knobs

After finishing this bedroom set in Old White Chalk Paint® , I see why it is our number one selling color at Loot.

One of our customers came in Loot and asked me if I would be interested in looking at her mother's furniture.  This set was a part of what I bought from her mother's estate.  The original finish was old and well-worn.  We decided to make it look fresh and beachy by painting it with two coats of Old White Chalk Paint®  and using a scrubby sponge to distress the edges.

After distressing the piece, we finished with a clear wax.

 The bedroom set included this darling, petite night stand as well.

We replaced all the hardware with vintage style, key-hole knobs in aqua.  The knobs have a distressed look, which pairs nicely with the rubbed-back white on the dresser.

Old White Chalk Paint®  has a beautiful warmth to it, while still looking like a true white.

The third piece in this bedroom set is a vanity with little caster wheels.

We painted the vanity with Old White Chalk Paint®  as well.

 We reupholstered the chair with a vibrant floral fabric.

We replaced the hardware on the vanity with green, vintage-style, keyhole knobs.

The distressed, metal knobs coordinate well with the worn, white paint finish.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Primer Red Chalk Paint® Kitchen Cabinets

We were recently hired to paint some outdated, blonde wood cabinets.  The homeowners replaced their countertops with granite and decided to have their cabinets painted, rather than replaced with new.

The kitchen looked drab before and needed to be refreshed.  

Our clients chose Primer Red Chalk Paint® for the cabinets, which added a vibrant warmth to the, once dull kitchen.  We sealed the Chalk Paint® with a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax.

The homeowners decided to have us paint the wall adjoining the countertop because they could not find a backsplash they liked and they wanted to keep it simple. 

We painted the backsplash and the wall above the cabinets with a custom mix of half Chateau Grey and half Old White Chalk Paint®. The pretty, pale green is a nice contrast against the Primer Red and both colors enliven the kitchen.

This home is in the forest and, despite the skylights, tends to be a little dark.  To counteract this, I recommended that they find a window and have it made into a mirror for above the sink.  They found the perfect size, old window on ebay. Besides reflecting light into the space, the mirror also allows them to see the outside, through the reflection of the doors on the opposite wall, while they do the dishes.

Monday, November 10, 2014

French Provincial Hutch with Chicken Wire

I recently came across this french provincial hutch at a yard sale.  I can never pass on a frenchy piece, so this one came back to the shop with me for a little makeover.

The hutch was done in the typical cream and gold, which is a common look for the reproduction french provincial furniture made in  the 1970's.  I wanted to make the piece look more like an old world French antique than a tacky, vintage reproduction.

I gave it a softer look by painting it with Coco Chalk Paint®.  I wanted to create a weathered look to make the piece look authentically older. After applying two coats of Coco Chalk Paint®, I made a wash by mixing 50% Old Ochre Chalk Paint® with 50% water. I painted the wash on in sections and blended it over the Coco with a rag.



The Old Ochre muted the Coco and transformed it into a soft, warm, neutral grey. After the wash dried, I applied a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax, which made the color even more beautiful and added a smooth, creamy look. I coated the brass hardware with rustic brown spray paint to offer a nice contrast with the paint.

I painted the, previously gold, back and shelves with Old Ochre to brighten up the inside of the hutch.

The final part of the transformation was taking the glass out and replacing it with chicken wire that was also sprayed a rustic brown.   

The transformation from 1970's French provincial to antique French country is complete!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Pink Dream Bedroom

This little girl's dream bedroom was created with mostly vintage furniture that the family chose to salvage, rather than buying new.  This dark stained desk and mirror, were brightened up with a couple coats of Pure White Chalk Paint®.  The brass hardware was changed from gold to silver with gilding wax.

You can see the other sister's purple dream bedroom, the family's chesterfield sofa painted with Chalk Paint®, and their dining room, also transformed with Chalk Paint®.

The vintage nightstands had lost their charm, but were still functional with three nice size drawers for extra storage.

Nancy and I painted the pair of night stands with Coco Chalk Paint® and silver gilding wax for the handles.  Coco is a pretty complement with the pink bedding.

We also painted this tallboy dresser with Coco Chalk Paint.


After Nancy and I finished painting all the pieces of furniture, her mother put it all together to create her elegant pink and Coco dream bedroom!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Purple Dream Bedroom

Nancy and I helped create a little girl's dream bedroom in purple and white.  Last week I showed you the sofa we painted with Chalk Paint® and the dining room makeover, now we are moving upstairs to the bedrooms.  Later this week I will show you the other daughter's pink dream bedroom.

They had vintage, waterfall style furniture pieces that needed to be transformed to complete their youngest daughter's dream bedroom in their brand new home.

We painted the waterfall nightstand, trunk, and dresser with Old White Chalk Paint® and made a very thin wash with French Linen.  We succeeded at matching the finish of the beautiful bed that they ordered from Restoration Hardware.

We applied pewter gilding wax over the previously brass drawer pulls on this tallboy dresser.

Our client found this cute little desk for her daughter's bedroom and we decided it would look lovely with light purple drawers and new crystal knobs. We painted the desk with Old White Chalk Paint® and used Emile mixed 50:50 with Old White on the drawers.

The daughter was overjoyed with her new purple and white dream bedroom!

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Painted Sofa

Nancy and I just painted the upholstery on this gorgeous chesterfield sofa in the same home that we transformed a dining set, that you can see here.  Our clients recently purchsed this brand new, home and decided to reuse the furniture they had, so they hired us to make their pieces fit in their stylish, new space.

The shape and tufting of this chesterfield sofa are lovely and we were happy that they wanted to salvage it, rather than purchase a new couch.  

The microfiber upholstery was well-worn and stained from years of use by three small children.

The beige upholstery looked drab against the pale grey walls and they wanted a richer color.  We mixed Primer Red, Graphite, and Florence Chalk Paint® together to create this deep plum hue. 

The key to painting upholstery with Chalk Paint® is to first, mist the fabric lighty with water. It also helps to thin the paint with water before applying it and letting it dry thoroughly between coats. This ensures that you get even coverage that will soak into the fabric itself and not the material below it.  Thinning the paint with water also prevents thick coats that dry crusty.  

It took us at least three watered-down coats of paint to get this perfect coverage.  This is what the sofa looked like after the paint and before we applied the wax.

Annie Sloan's Clear Wax really gave the upholstery a polished look and deepened the color.

The fabric now has the look and feel of a soft, supple leather.

This chesterfield looks luscious in the new, deep, chocolate-purple color.  It is the perfect complement against the cocoa-colored hardwood floors and the pale, grey walls.

Check back next week to see their daughters' bedroom transformations!


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