Friday, January 26, 2018

Broken Door to Farmhouse Chalkboard

Our 1985 townhome came with the original doors which have the charm of shoulder pads and tracksuits. When faced with the price tag of replacing the doors or enduring their blah look, we went with the former. With two kids in diapers, we had other things to throw money at. 

And then those little diaper-bottomed babies grew up and out of nappies and entered the sibling-rivalry phase, a parent's greatest joy. Our oldest two are a year and a half apart and for the most part get along, but when they don't, they really don't! There is no half-hearted effort when it comes to them fighting. Countless times my daughter slammed the door to her bedroom to keep her brother out only to have him match her force on the other side. Matching force to force led to forcing their way through the door! We literally had to lift the door up to swing it closed or open as the casing began to fall apart. 

The door needed replacing but we didn't want to reward our daughter with a brand new door. We could see our son "fighting" with his sister through his door in hopes of breaking it to get a new one. She would help with this evil plan, being the best-friend-sister that she is. Instead, we bought ourselves a solid core door and gave our old one to her. 

My husband saw trash but I saw "trashure," and I didn't even need to dig it out of the trash! Score! A silent thank you to my kids for this interesting piece of junk. 

The smooth-enough surface and size were perfect for a chalkboard. 

These were my inspiration for the project:


I wanted BIG. I wanted CHUNKY. A statement piece. 

The frame is a "trashure" find. The upper right corner is decently dinged but I think it adds a rustic element.

First, I stained over the frame to make it darker.
Second, cut the door to fit the frame.
Third, glued the door to the back of the frame and attached a sawtooth hanger to the back. 
Fourth, chalk painted several coats. 

Or maybe I reversed step three and step four??? I can't remember.

 And here is the "old door" sandwiched between the other doors, nearly back where it started. I love how it fills up that space.

Now to improve my chalkboard sketching skills. Or buy a chalkboard pen and stencils. 

Or face reality and at least let the kids have the bottom portion. 

The plans for this hallway include new greige paint and white trim along the doors...which will eventually be replaced. The boys are sharing a room currently...we'll see how long their door lasts! ha! I think the chalkboard will look even amazing against the new paint color. 

Now what to do with the backside of that door? 

This amazing chalkboard organizer by sawdust2stitches has me drooling.

There is an excellent tutorial for this idea on her website. Fingers crossed I can scavenge most of the wood from the ReStore where wood is .20cents a foot. Keeps with the theme of "reduce, reuse, renewed."

Or maybe I'll come across another large frame while treasure  hunting...

 What would you do with a beat up 80's door? 

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Mini Dresser Makeover: staining over paint

Part 1: Before
I don't have a true before photo because I deleted them all to free up storage on my phone. Just picture this dresser covered in a chipped glossy blue with red paint peaking out. Each knob was its own unique color. This mini dresser was obviously used for a kids room and probably looked great in that environment. It didn't look so hot next to the dumpster. Normally I wouldn't pick up something that needs that much paint removed but this baby is solid wood and easily fit in the back of my minivan. I was sold and my daughter was tired of treasure hunting and wanted to go home. Not sure my love of junk is catching fire in her soul. 
After I closed my booth I was left with too many projects to complete. While I had no need for this dresser I just couldn't part with it. For a time it functioned as a craft storage...when I could get to it that is! Definitely a craft hoarder, here. 

Part 2: During
It took a few coats of Citri strip to get this paint free. It's a project I would come back to several times over the course of months. No joke. There was good-reason I almost left this where I found it, I really do not enjoy stripping and sanding. Especially when the paint was apparently applied by a generous-spirited individual wielding a spatula.


Then it took many many sheets of sandpaper to wear off the layers of stain. Underneath was a lovely pale wood.

One of the perks of closing my booth is that I can now paint furniture any color/theme that tickles my fancy. The burden of "will this sell?" is lifted. I went to my stash of dresser makeover ideas on Pinterest and picked these as my inspiration:

See a theme? I've been partial to a wood stained top with painted drawers which was always a quick seller in my booth. It's still a look I adore. Since this dresser had no specific room to fit into I picked it for the experimental look of stained drawers. It's easy to paint over the drawers if I end up not liking the look. 

And here she is all painted and stained in a walnut with no sealer. I loved the wood look but was iffy on the bright paint. This would fit into a bohemian style room given its funky fun color. While I like looking at pictures of boho-influenced spaces its nothing I carry into my home. So here she sat while I waited for inspiration. 

Notice the knobs? I pulled pulls from my stash...a terrible pun, I know and decided on a quirky look for the top drawer. Also known as: I ran out of enough matching pulls. Anyways, a couple coats of off-white DIY chalkpaint pulled the pulls together...there I go again. This is what a second glass of wine gets me: stupid silly in my own mind. 

And inspiration came from a basket of photo frames. 

I'd collected several wooden frames and painted a few of them all the same color using the same DIY chalk paint above. These frames were for a craft fair booth and I did care if they sold. The bright color wasn't working, I wouldn't hang them on my walls anywhere and didn't think anyone else would either. And the bright color didn't fit the theme of my booth. 

So they sat. 

A lot of my projects sit. I like to think of it as creative marinating and it pays off. 

left frame: 2 coats of stain  **   right frame: 1 coat of stain

I was staining another project in Espresso by Minwax when my eye caught the forgotten bright blue frames. Why not? The can was already open so a couple quick coats on the frames and I was in love. IN LOVE people! I may paint a hundred projects in this layered color: bright blue paint + Espresso stain. 

Part 3: Finish

The stained top and drawers received some generous coats of Espresso stain as well. More on the inspiration for that later. It involves another project and a different technique.

The drawer sides were given the same facelift...

...and the back. She's a beauty all around. 

Oops, forgot to push the drawers all the way in...a bad habit. You don't want to see my side of the bedroom. 

Look at the gorgeous natural wood design! I'm in love.

My favorite mismatched knob, a ReStore find. 

What do you think? 

It's a keeper. 

And where does this gorgeous dresser end up?

Stuffed in my closet.

It currently holds my husband's ACUs in-between reserve weekends. Eventually, it'll shine in a more prominent place in our home, she's too pretty to hide. We are actively finishing our basement which includes the creation of a master suite for us. I look forward to furnishing our new space with this gorgeous beauty!

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Fence Board Headboard

We're in the midst of giving our home a facelift from the inside. Painting, decluttering, more painting, googling "how to decorate a shelf" (I even started a Pinterest board on #shelfies because I'm lost on making things look professional) you know, the little changes that add up to create an impact. Did you know that Sherwin Williams will send a paint consultant to your home? She was wonderful! She walked around and looked at the natural light sources, listened to our color scheme ideas, and made suggestions based on our home furniture and decor. (Not paid by Sherwin Williams to say this...just passing along good info.) No more buying/trying several paint samples before deciding on a color.

Anyways, I digress.

We're switching our Boho influenced bedroom to a farmhouse look, hence the need for a new headboard. I'll keep the shutters/headboard for another project. 
There is no shortage of pallet headboard tutorials and mine is a compilation of several found here on my Pinterest board: bedrooms. I couldn't really tell you which ones I borrowed from but if you want a tutorial, check here. What follows are more "progress photos" than an actual tutorial, why reinvent the wheel?

Pre-Step: wash and scrub, and scrub and wash those boards. They are DIRTY! After drying, sand down or use a planer to get rid of the splinters. I used a hand sander and am please with the finish. 

Step One: 
Cut subfloor to length and width of fence boards. 
Attach legs FIRST before adding the fence boards. This will hide the screws. 

Step Two:

Use wood glue or similar adhesive along with finishing nails to secure boards to the backboard. Weigh it down while it dries: bricks or clamps.

Step Three: 
Add the frame, secure like above. If needed, add support along the back side edges to hide the subfloor backing.
(Not Pictured: I added an additional support beam along the middle of the back.)

Top shelf is a door frame from the Restore. Restore wood is .20cents a foot and I love the funky look this brings to the headboard...even if it is taller than I am and I won't ever see it. 

I like the little "lip" of the top shelf. 

Found this funky oriental lantern at the local thrift store. Love the patina! 

The bed frame is tall enough that we can sit up heading without smacking our heads on the top shelf. 

A couple coats of choppy DIY chalk paint in an off-white completed the worn look I was going for, or, as my kid's lament, "Why do you make things look old?" They cannot comprehend the distressed craze.

We just repainted our room in a greige. The accent wall is Dovetail Gray by Sherwin Williams. It's a gorgeous greige if you're in the market for paint colors. 

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The color slightly shifts as the sunlight changes. The creamy white of the bed contrasts nicely with the dovetail. 

I NEVER make the bed...can you tell? This is my best effort. Kudos to those of you who do this! 

Step Four: Use corner braces to anchor it to the wall. 

I also added foam pads along the support beam in the back and along the side to keep the frame from scratching the paint. 

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And I'm loving the "new" headboard in my master bedroom. The best part is that it cost around $20 to make since most of the materials were free or from my stash; that and a lot of elbow grease. 

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