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Swedish Paint Finish, part 3

Here is the last installment of video on how to achieve a Swedish Paint Finish. Here we will be adding the last ingredient, wax. I use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint dark wax, you can probably use any dark wax you have.

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There is an extra special treat in this video, my daughter, Emma Jayne. She wanted to be my assistant, heheheh

Swedish Paint Finish

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Here is the coffee table I refinished using my own version of a Swedish Paint Finish Technique. I’ve been scouring the blogosphere looking for a Swedish Paint Finish How-to with not much luck. So I racked the brain of my friend who does custom wood work for a living and he gave me his advice on how to achieve such a look.

So here is my first video tutorial. Today I will give you part 1 and Friday Part 2.


Please leave a comment below if the tutorial was helpful.

What paint finish would you like to see a tutorial on?

Cheers! xo

Lisa

Grey Wood Stain Coffee table makeover

I recently received a free coffee table from my brother and sister-in-law. It has been in their house for quite some time and seen a few knock and bumps. But I happily took her off of their hands. My plan was to use some gray wood stain by Minwax to achieve the makeover look from my inspiration picture from a House Beautiful Magazine spread.IMG_5542

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All I have is a picture of the drawer for the “before” shot.

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This was my inspiration coffee table. I was a little confused how to achieve this paint finish. So I started by using some watered down white paint followed by gray wood stain by Minwax and lastly Annie Sloan Dark Wax. Followed by some sanding with fine grit sandpaper.

 

IMG_5549After! What do you think? I love it! At first it was a little too gray so I added some Annie Sloan Dark Wax and rubbed rubbed rubbed! Then I took fine grit sandpaper and sanded sanded sanded! Alot of the wax came off but it achieved the grainy look I was going for.IMG_5554IMG_5553

Once again

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Be blessed xo

 

Before & After

Hey there! Yesterday was a great garage sale day! I had a lot of fun with my mom and baby girl. AND I got an awesome piece of furniture that barely needed any fixing, meaning just a few screws tightened and a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Florence followed by a coat of clear wax.

 

Here is her before:

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And after:

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What do you think? I am in love xoxoxo

 

Be Blessed!

Bookcase Reveal

Hey party people, I’ve finished my Kentwood bookcase. I first saw this beauty on the crafty blog  Shanty-2-chic. They got their plans from Ana-White. If you haven’t checked Ana’s site out you should. There are lots of super easy plans on how to build furniture and cool stuff.

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It’s resting in my bedroom right now and I’m happy to say it’s looking good!

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My bedroom and I have a love/hate relationship mainly with the hate component. It’s just one of those rooms that hasn’t “come together” for me yet. But it’s definitely getting there.

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I used the stain Special Walnut by Minwax and finished it off with Annie Sloan Dark Wax.

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I added a few hearts here for you! I love using Picmonkey to edit my photos. It’s free, you should try it!

So what do you think of my first MAJOR build?

Be Blessed. xoxo

Vintage Home OC

February 5, 2013

Mini Lampshade Tutorial

Supplies

scissors

sewing machine

glue gun

new material

old lampshade

I have a few little lamps around the house and the shades are old and granny-like. I have been looking at them for years thinking about recovering them. For some reason i kept looking at the seams in the shade and thinking that it looked awfully hard. Well it’s really not. It’s very easy and I finally got around to it last night. I got some great fabric from my trip last week to the fabric store, Michael Levine, in Los Angeles. At only $11 a yard I got 2 yards of this awesome bird, vintage print and I’m planning on making some pillows or a footstool with the rest.

lamp2Take off the old shade, see what I mean when I say it was ugly. You want to take it off in one piece to get your pattern for the new material. Usually you can peel it off from the top and bottom.

lamp3Once you have the frame of the lamp you can set it aside. Now get out your sewing machine. Really not much sewing here. Only two seams. Place your old shade fabric on top of new pretty fabric and cut around the old piece. Easy peasy. Cut two pieces exact same size and face outer sides together and sew along the right and left side. Following how your old shade is sewn. My old piece was sewn from top to bottom at sort of at an angle. Remeber to secure your beginning and end of the seam by reversing. You’ll want to do this for later when the fabric is pulled and stretched over the frame. Here the closer the better. You want the new shade to fit over the “bones” of the lamp snugly so it looks nicer. So once you sew it turn it inside out and test over frame to see if it’s snug, if not sew a little closer to the edge.

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photo copy 7You can’t tell from this picture except for looking at the top fabric how taut it is. Pull it down onto the frame like your pulling on a favorite pair of tight jeans ;). Your seams should be stable enough to handle this.

Now for the fun part. Plug in your glue gun. Don’t burn your fingers!

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Starting at the top, put a bead of glue about 1 inch long along the top of the inner edge of frame and roll fabric over the top of the frame with your fingers almost like your pinching the fabric together from the inside and the outside and wiping your fingers on the fabric at the same time. Make sure your fabric will pull down over the bottom frame while gluing and that you have enough at the bottom to cover the frame.

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When done with the top flip it over and do the same to the bottom. Pulling tautly. lamp11Snip off loose strings, etc. At this point you can do the same thing to the inside but then you have to put trim around the top and bottom to hide your glued edges. It depends if you want the inside lined or not. I did not line mine.

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photo copy 13photo copy 9What do you think? Can you see the matching lamp in the background? He’s yelling “me next, me next!” Yes, I am a little delirious. I think it was pretty easy and definitely not worth all the procrastination.

Be Blessed, xoxo

Vintage Home OC

February 3, 2013

So I need a new hobby like a hole in the head. But, unfortunately or fortunately I’ve found a new one. Sigh…

I’m loving making my own furniture. Here are a few places I’ve found inspiration. Ana-White.com and Shanty2chic.com

Here are a few pics of pieces I would like to attempt some day.

onekingslane$49This is from One King’s Lane

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Pottery Barn Teen

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Chimney Cabinet by High Falls Mercantile

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Inside of chimney cabinet with fixed shelves.

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Shanty 2 Chic, build in progress, actually almost complete!

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This came off of Pinterest. Unfortunately I don’t have the source. Building a ottoman should be easy..

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These are simple kid benches again from Ana White. I will not be attempting the doll house, at least I don’t think I will!

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This dining table centerpiece is also in process from Shanty 2 Chic.

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I don’t remember where this is from but it’s in my inspiration file.

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This sweet little table is via the Lucketts website. It’s so cute.

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Another little side table. From the blog Design Dining + Diapers.

 

Where should I start?

XOXO Lisa

 

 

A Church Rummage Sale

Milk Paint – Miss Mustard Seed Yellow PreOrder now

   Tomorrow is the biannual church rummage sale here in Yorba Linda. This is a great opportunity to find some unique pieces to upcycle and redecorate. I am definitely on the lookout for some vintage and antique furniture to paint with Miss Mustard Seed’s new paint line….I can’t wait to try it out. Especially this fabulous butter yellow color. It’s available as a preorder on this Etsy site. I have been following Miss Mustard Seed for a few years now and it’s been great to watch her grow and read her daily furniture and decor posts. She definitely is a gal who I could be great friends with. We have a lot in common…..moms, believers in Christ, furniture DIY crazy, bloggers, and the thrill of the hunt for a good yard sale. 

Good luck Miss Mustard Seed! I hope your paint moves mountains in many homes!