A Furniture Makeover Using Oil-Based Paint from Ipaint!

Hi friends!!  I am so excited to share my latest furniture makeover with you.  There is nothing like a good furniture makeover when you are trying to get the look for less, right?

So, I have been wanting to makeover this Chinese Chippendale table for ages.  It has been sitting in my garage collecting dust.  My husband just loves that 🙂  It was purchased for a steal from the amazing Shavonda at SG Style, my local blogging buddy.  It had good bones, but the color was blah and it needed a serious paint job!  My procrastination ended when I was approached by Ipaint to try out one of their amazing paint products.  I leaped at the chance.

Here is the before:

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iPaint has been manufacturing high quality paint and coatings for over 55 years.  They stock the largest selection of quality coatings in any size, in any shine, in any color,  at the best price available, with free delivery and a written -warranty!   They have unique paint such as swimming Pool Paint, Boat Paint, Epoxy Paint, Concrete Coatings, and Garage Paint Deck Paint.  Huge businesses such as Disneyland and Google use their paint.  How cool is that?

I chose their Blue Water Marine Paint Mega Gloss Alkyd Enamel.   It is an amazing oil-based paint that is usually made for painting boats.  So, it is super strong and durable and UV resistant.

I could not be more pleased with the results.  The paint has depth, is durable, and is as shiny as glass.  I have always loved the look of oil-based paint, but it is near impossible to find here in California anymore.  I cannot say enough about how bright and shiny this paint looks.  My piece looks totally transformed!  The pictures don’t do it justice.  It is more beautiful, with a glass-like finish in person.

I have to admit that painting with oil-based paint was everything I had heard it would be.  I sanded and primed my piece, but still had to apply three coats of the paint.  Every brush stroke will show if you are not careful, and clean up is a serious pain.  I had to use paint thinner to clean my paint brush (and my hands) every time!  It definitely requires patience.

However, it was totally worth it.  You simply can’t get these results with a water-based high gloss paint.  Here are the after photos.

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The pictures don’t do it justice.  It is more beautiful, with a glass-like finish in person.

I can’t wait to use this paint again.  I think I may use it on my daughter’s desk because it is so durable.  Head on over to Ipaint to find the paint for your next project.

Until next time  . . .

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*This is not a sponsored post.  Ipaint did provide paint for my review, but all opinions, as always, are my own.

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A Tale of Two Mirrors

Hi everyone!  I hope your week is off to a great start.  We are on vacation this week, so I hope to relax and also catch up on some blogging posts I have been meaning to share with you.  For now, I want to show you a fun paint project I did that has made a big impact.

A ways back I scored a major find on Craigslist.  It was a vintage Henredon dresser and the price was right at only $200.

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What sweetened the deal even more was that it came with two beautiful faux bamboo mirrors.  It is so hard to find a set of matching vintage mirrors, so I could not believe my luck!  Here they are.

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I didn’t have room for them in our bedroom above the dresser, so I had long-term plans to paint them and use them in our dining room.  We recently painted out dining room a really deep purple, almost an eggplant color and I opted to paint them a very light shade of lavender.  Bold color choices, I know!

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All in all I am very pleased with the results.  The mirrors really complement the other pieces and accent colors I have going on in the dining room.  The room is starting to turn out pretty glamorous considering I found most of it on Craigslist!!  See you can have the look for less!

What do you think?  Have you ever sacrificed a vintage piece in order to make it your own or are you a purist who thinks it should be kept in its original condition?

Until next time.

xoxo,

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DIY Lucite Towel Bar and a Giveaway Winner!!!

Hi all!  Just popping in to show you a quick DIY project I did over the weekend and announce the winner of the Delta In2ition showerhead.

First things first.  Stephanie Grant who followed Decorating Delirium on Pinterest is our lucky winner. Stephanie, I have sent you an e-mail with details.  My 3 year blogging anniversary is in September, so mark your calendars for another exciting giveaway!

So, if you are a long time reader, you may recall that I made DIY Lucite Curtain Rod last year. The lovely company,  Nationwide Plastics, who custom-made the curtain rods, shipped the excess lucite that had to be cut off.  What was left was the perfect amount for a towel bar.  When we remodeled our master bath, I knew that eventually I would use the leftover lucite to make a towel bar.  6 months later, I finally got around to doing it.

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The process could not have been easier.  I simply used a saw (yes, a saw) to cut the lucite to appropriate length and then used an electric sander to buff out the rough edges.  I used the same hardware to mount the rod as I did for my curtains.

I am loving the modern edge it is giving our bathroom and it cost me basically nothing! Gotta love an almost free DIY.  I have a little bit more left over, so you may be seeing lucite door pulls in the works.

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Our New Delta In2ition Showerhead + a Giveaway!!

Hi friends and Happy Friday!  I don’t know about you, but I am just now feeling recovered from the 4th of July!

As some of you may know, we recently remodeled our master bathroom, and went with a black, white and brass theme.

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All of the fixtures were from the Delta Trinsic line, so I was thrilled when Delta wanted to partner with me to upgrade the shower head in our other bathroom.  They sent me the amazing Delta In2ition to try out.  It is exclusive to the Home Depot and you can find it here.

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I love the traditional look of our guest bath, but the shower head left much to be desired.

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How wimpy and sad does this little shower head look?

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I cannot say enough about how easy the installation of this shower head was.  I mean, like two minutes. I am embarrassed to say that I had my Dad come over in case I needed help, and I was able to do it myself really fast. Voila!  For a two-in-one shower head, the installation was effortless.

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The shower head has a detachable handheld head.  I have to say that after taking a shower using the hand shower mechanism, I am hooked.  Calgon take me away! What a luxury and my kids love it too.   The flow I used was a medium spray, but it also offers three heavier spray patterns, including a thumping massage—and with that long hose, it’s easy to reach down to massage sore feet or legs.  The hand shower—like most hand showers—also features a temporary-shutoff button, a necessity when rinsing off kids or pets.

My hair has never looked so good.  Does anyone remember that Seinfeld episode where their building replaced all the shower head with low-flow heads and everyone had terrible hair?  In addition to benefitting my hair, this shower head is water-efficient as well.  By controlling the speed, movement and droplet size of the water, this showerhead creates the feeling of more water while actually using less.

Want to try one out for yourself?  Delta has generously offered to provide a Delta In2ition showerhead to one lucky reader!  This baby is valued at around $100.  All you have to do is follow the Rafflecopter instructions below.  Good Luck!

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This is not a sponsored post.  Delta did provide a showerhead for my review, but all opinions, as always, are my own.

One Room Challenge Reveal!!

Hi everyone!!  The big day is finally here.  It is week six of Linda at Calling It Home’s One Room Challenge and that means it is the reveal time.  I have to admit that while I felt organized and up to the challenge, completing this space in 6 weeks was definitely a challenge.  However, I am very pleased with the results.  I ended up achieving my goal of creating a feminine and sophisticated space for my daughter.

This makeover was really very budget friendly and included tons of DIY’s including a DIY cornice, DIY mongolian fur stools, DIY framed wallpaper and much more.  I will have full tutorials up on the blog soon.  Until then, enjoy the photos.  Let’s start with the before:

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And at long last, here is the after:

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I hope you enjoyed following along with my progress.  I am so glad this project is completed and we can enjoy her new space.  If you enjoyed these posts, consider subscribing to my blog updates by subscribing here:

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Until next time!

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One Room Challenge Week 5: Blood, Sweat and Tears

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Hi everyone!!  If you are joining me from Linda at Calling it Home welcome!  To get you up to speed, I am making over my daughter’s nursery into a big girl room.  My color scheme is grey and pale pink. I am going for a soft and feminine feel.

This is Week 5 and man is the pressure on.  My week can be summarized by the phrase Blood, Sweat and Tears. I spent the whole weekend doing DIY projects for the room. I wallpapered the MDF wood panels in between soccer games and managed to cut my finger pretty bad on the board (this is the blood).  The good news is all I have left to do it cut, paint and attach the trim and these will be done.

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Next, I tackled my semi-DIY cornice board.  You may recall that I ordered the cornice board custom from a company called Ready to Cover.  I spent the weekend upholstering it.  Why do such projects always seem so simple?  Just use a staple gun and cover the board, right?  Not so much.  This project took hours and my husband helped me with most of it.  Yes, we are still married (this is the sweat and the tears part.)

First, we had to cover it with batting to give it a padded look and mask the wood.  Then we upholstered it with the fabric.  The problem was I did not calculate the yardage I needed correctly.  I had a bunch of extra fabric from making the drapes, but I would have needed to order 3 more yards to get it to cover the length of the board without a seam.   So, in order to save money and time we made do with the remnant fabric and just have a slight seam on each side.

Now all that needs to be done is hanging it.  But this thing is HEAVY and after having my husband help me upholster it, I don’t think I can bear asking him to hang it.  Cue in the handy man.  He came over today to measure and get the hardware required to hang it.  Whew!  Marital crisis averted.

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Here is what I have done from my initial list.

  1. Paint room
  2. Wire and install light fixture
  3. Sew drapery
  4. Upholster and hang cornice board
  5. DIY mongolian fur stools
  6. DIY framed wallpaper panels
  7. Cover Ikea dresser with O’verlays
  8. Move out all of the one-eyed dolls, naked Barbie dolls and princess castles
  9. Style and photograph the room (hope there is time for this)

Not bad considering it has only been 5 weeks.  Participating in this challenge has definitely lit a fire underneath me an kept me accountable.  Oh, the pressure of a deadline.

Head over to Calling it Home to follow along with the participants and linking participants.  And don’t forget to check back next week for the final reveal.  In the meantime, you will find me wandering aimlessly around the Home Depot looking dazed and hopped up on Starbucks looking for supplies to finish up this project!

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One Room Challenge: Week 4 Progress

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Hi all!  This should probably be titled Week 4: Lack of Progress.  Eek!!  We are coming down to the wire and I still need to accomplish so much.

However, my sweet mother-in-law really came through this week.  I came home today and had these beautiful silk drapes lying on the bed.

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Despite her crazy hectic life, she took the time to sew them for me.  I do have basic sewing skills and a machine, but it would have taken me SOOO much longer.  She is such a life (and budget) saver!!  They are a rich duplioni silk.  I had time to hang one of the panels and I love them.

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Sorry for the horrible I-phone photo (it will just make the after pictures so much better, right?). The pale pink color looks a bit different depending on the light.

Even though I can cross the drapery off my list, I still need to finish the following:

Upholster and install my cornice board above my window treatments and hope they turn out similar to this.  It should arrive by the end of the week.

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I still need to do my DIY framed wallpaper panels.

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I have cut the MDF board to size and ordered the trim for the frame.  This should be a relatively quick process.  The hardest part is going to be getting my husband to help me hang them on the walls! Seriously, weeks ago we repainted the entire interior of our home and to date, almost EVERY single piece of art that was once hung is still leaning against the walls.  I might have to make it my mission to make that a major interior design trend!

I also still need to find a few sunburst mirrors to use on one of the walls.  When I determined I did not have enough wallpaper for an entire wall in the room, I decided to use the look of a bunch of mirrors to decorate one wall space.  Similar to this, but with less gold.

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Needless to say it is going to be a busy, DIY kind of weekend around our house.

Stay tuned next week and don’t forget to follow along with the other ORC participants here.

xoxo,

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Window Treatments with Cornice Boards

Hi everyone!  Happy Monday.  For once, I feel like I accomplished a lot this weekend.  I was able to work on two DIY projects for the One Room Challenge, so little by little I feel like my space is coming along.

Also, last week, the fabric for my window treatments arrived.  I am going with a pale pink silk fabric for the drapes and I want them to look similar to these.

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While the dupioni silk drapes are going to be amazing, I feel like the windows need more of a “wow” factor as the bed is under them and they are the focal point of the room.  Then I thought a cornice board might do the trick.  Cornice boards are traditional, but I feel like they are making a come-back.  I adore how they dress up the windows below.

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So whimsical, right?  It’s all in the details!

If you do a search on Pinterest  you can find a thousand tutorials on DIY cornice boards. However, I want one with a unique shape and given that the One Room Challenge has only has 4 weeks to go, I don’t think I have it in me to build one from scratch.

That is when I ran across a company called Ready to Cover where they will custom cut a cornice board for you and then all you have to do is upholster and install it.  Perfect for a half-hearted, time-pinched DIY’er like me.  DIY without the power-tools!

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I think I am going to go with a shape like #2 where there is enough detail, but it is simple enough that upholstering it won’t be a nightmare.  I am soo glad I ran across this company.  They can customize any design, make headboards to match and they ship for free.  The cornice board itself is very affordable as well.  They also offer an entire line of ready to cover home decor items (headboards. decorator tables, etc.)

I am so glad I found this company as it is going to save me so much time.  A total game-changer. Now I want to have cornice boards with all my window treatments.

Well, stay tuned Thursday to see the progress I have made in my little Audrey’s bedroom for the One Room Challenge.

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One Room Challenge 2016

Hi everyone!  I am so excited to announce that I am going to be participating in Linda at Calling It Home’s famous One Room Challenge (“ORC”) as a Guest Participant.

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If you are not familiar with ORC, it is where 20 designers are challenged to transform a room and document their process every week.  Anyone can take the challenge and link up their progress every week.  This year is even better as they are partnering with House Beautiful as a media partner.  It doesn’t get any better than that!

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If you are new here, you might not know that I have been talking about decorating my daughter’s big girl room for ages now.  I am using the ORC to light a fire under me to actually get something done.  I have followed along for years and always wanted to participate, so this is the year!

Here is the before photo (giant Elsa doll and all!)  I thought I would keep it real and the worse the before photo the better the after, right?  Obviously, storage is going to be a major component of this space.

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Here room gets terrible light and our home is very old so there is no overhead lighting, so new lighting fixtures are in order.  The only thing that is really staying is the bed!

Here is what I am dreaming up for this space.  The color scheme is going to be grey and pale pink.

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I plan to go with classic bedding, pale pink silk drapes and DIY faux fur stools.  There is so much to be done, but having to show my progress each week will keep me accountable!  Here is my project timeline:

Week 1: Paint

Week 2: Lighting

Week 3: DIY Stools and framed wallpaper.

Week 4: Drapes

Week 5:  Accessories and bedding.

I hope you follow along with me as I document my progress.  I will update you each Thursday, so mark you calendars!  I also hope you follow the amazing designers who are the official challengers.  Head on over to Calling it Home to follow along.

Until next week!

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Review of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Two Years Later

Hey everyone and Happy Monday!  As a lover of Chalk Paint, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is, “how well does Chalk Paint hold up?”  Many have heard the amazing stories of chalk paint transformations.  You may have been lured by Chalk Paint’s claim that there is no sanding and no priming required.  It is also low in VOC’s and dries very fast (which can be a blessing or a curse!)

Using Chalk Paint is how I started out my DIY journey.  You can read all about how Chalk Paint changed my life here.  I have used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on a variety of different items.  I have used it on outdoor planters.  I have used it on console tables, bookcases, mirrors and bedside tables.  Two years later, I am here to tell you how it stands the test of time.

First, I truly believe that it is a remarkable product.  However, I don’t think it is for every type of furniture.  In my opinion, the best pieces to use it on are mirrors, console tables and other furniture that does not get a ton of wear and tear.  One of my favorite Annie Sloan transformations is this console table I painted in a pale purple color called Emile.  This table is for decorative purposes only and is never used or really even touched (even by my kids)!  Two years later it looks exactly the same as it did the day I painted it.  It is one of my favorite spots in our house.

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In complete contrast, are the bedside tables I painted in with Chalk Paint.  These get daily use. From putting water glasses down on them at night, to stacked-up books, to my children’s feet, these tables get A LOT of wear and tear.

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I also painted these tables a color called Old Ochre which is a much lighter color, almost an off white. They look horrible.

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They are dirty and stained.  Ick!  I am tempted to start all over and just paint them with latex paint.

As some of you may know, you are supposed to finish off Chalk Paint with a wax that is supposed to harden and seal the product.  It is similar to sealing latex paint with Polyurethane.  I did wax these end tables, but in my opinion it offered little protection.  I have seen other reviews where someone painted their dinning room table with Chalk Paint and had a similar problem.

Finally, to my complete surprise, the outdoor furniture and pots I painted with Chalk Paint have held up surprisingly well to the elements.

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Apparently, the exterior of  Annie Sloan’s original store in the UK is painted with Chalk Paint.  I would definitely use Chalk Paint again to bring new life to outdoor pieces.  If you missed it, you can see how I transformed these inexpensive plastic faux terra cotta pots with Chalk Paint here.

At the end of the day, would I recommend and use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint again?  Yes, I would definitely use it for smaller or decorative accent pieces that do not get a ton of use.  Would I use it for a dining room table, end tables, or cabinets that get a lot of wear and tear?  A definitive NO. As I navigate my way through these DIY ropes, I am starting to get a better feel of what types of paint will work best on certain finishes.  You live you learn, I suppose.

Have you used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint or any of the other brands out on the market?  If so, what did you think of the durability?  I would love to hear your experience.

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