Category Archives: painting furniture

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

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!

Armoire Makeover, Project Day #2

My inspiration for this armoire makeover was this lovely piece of furniture from Dovetail. This is the Zamora Sideboard and retails for about $1600. Built in ” solid Indian hardwood with a sealed, cracked finish”.

¬†Now while I’m not going to crackle this piece (something I haven’t tried yet ūüôĀ ) I am going to give it a super duper distressed finish.

¬†Let’s see what I have to work with shall we?

Isn’t she pretty? Of course this is after the first coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I couldn’t wait.

Another Freebie from the side of the road. I had fight for this one. As soon as I pulled up another man pulled up behind me. My heart started to beat really fast as I ran to the front door to claim my prize. Ha!!! I beat you. Sorry :(((

Here’s the process I took to get from here…

to here….

Obviously I removed all hardware.Wiped her down with a rag and some Windex. She was pretty dirty but over all in great shape.

I then gave her a coat of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Paris Grey.

 Followed by a coat of Annie Sloan;s Chalk Paint in Duck Egg Blue.

I then took my orbital sander and distressed the crud out of it. Wiped it down with a damp rag to get the dust off.

Then I stained it with Minwax’s Dark Walnut. My favorite stain.

Then I cut out the panels with my jig saw on all four doors and stapled chicken wire to the inside of the doors. This gave the piece a rustic French farmhouse feel.

She is truly a beauty with amazing storage and very HEAVY! I don’t think I achieved the same look as my inspiration piece of furniture. But I did discover a new painting technique that I will use in the future. I will try crackle finish next time.What do you think?


Be Blessed, xo Lisa

What I’m Working On and Free Wood Makes Me Happy!

I’m sort of in the middle of a few projects right now. I’ve been especially inspired by the gal at Beyond The Picket Fence. She makes so many great things out of pallets and random free wood scraps. (my husband is so not happy about this…)
¬†I thought I’d share a few things with nothing in particular. Because as my 10 year old daughter tells me all the time “you don’t have to be so perfect all the time Mom!” yikes that kind of stings a little. But it’s true! So here’s me not being perfect!
¬†Yay! I think….????
A lovely, beautiful wood pallet that my not so happy husband brought home for me, he even brought two! Isn’t it pretty?
A hole in said pallet. Emma did not want this one as her bookshelf because of the hole. But I think it makes it even prettier!
 
My wonderful, awesome, new daddy, baby brother using the sawsall for me because I was afraid I’d chop off a leg! Isn’t he handsome?
 
Yay, one pallet bookshelf done. This is the one that didn’t make it past 1st daughters approval because “there’s a hole in it mom!”.
 
#1 daughter, slave labor. She’s so serious! I heart her, she’s pretty amazing…
 
So not perfect hands after staining, like my girlfriend said “don’t you wear gloves when you do that stuff?” Nope! I’m too impatient to bother and it looks pretty to me because I’ve been working with what the Lord gave me. I heart Him too.
 
And on to the greatest find ever! More free wood from the back of the new store across the street. Yes I gather up free wood from behind stores by the trash, thus the reason my husband is not so happy. I think he thinks I’m Sanford & Son. I think I think I’m Sanford & Son. Only Sanford & Daughter! LOL….I make myself laugh. Anywho I’m thinking a big toy box for daughter #2? Wonder if pallet lady at beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com has a tut for that?
Yay! Almost completed pallet bookshelves, organizer thingys. You can do so many things with these. #1 daughters ended up on her desk in her room filled to the brim with electronic things and their miscellaneous cords. I also attached clothespins to the four front posts so she can clip pics of her and her besties. Its so cute!
And in going with the scheme of not being perfect, I did not photoshop any of these pics. Double yay! Because as I said earlier I am so not patient with those sorts of things.
Have a great imperfect day!
Be Blessed! 
Love, Lisa

13 DIY Pallet Ideas

1. Pallet Planter
2.  Pallet Picture Rack
3. Pallet Coffee Table
4. Pallet Book Shelf
5. Pallet Family Picture Gallery‚ô•
 6. Pallet Planter
7. Pallet Sofa
8. Pallet Compost Bin ‚ô•
 I will definitely be trying this one with untreated pallet wood
9. Union Jack Pallet Coffee Table
10. Pallet Island from Beyond The Picket Fence
11. Pallet Word Wall
12. Pallet Bench (again from Beyond the Picket Fence) what can I say she is the Pallet Queen! She has all sorts of Pallet advice on her blog beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com
13. Another pallet coffee table ( I love the stain)

How To Elevator Pitch – Part II

Ready for it? Think I have my Elevator Pitch completed. This came to me just as I was dozing off last night, of course, so I had my husband who was still up on his Ipad write it down for me…thanks babe!

“Hi my name is Lisa Lee. I’m a stay at home mom of 3 beautiful babies and wife to one tall roofing contractor. In order to keep from losing my sanity on a daily basis I try to incorporate creativity into my everyday life. I’m an avid DIY’er who specializes in recycling and upcycling cast off furniture pieces with a little paint and staple gun. I also love interior design¬† and jewelry design.¬† I write about all of this on my blog….lisajaynelee.blogspot.com.”
What do you think? I’m not sure I can actually “pitch” this in a elevator. Maybe out to left field? Lol…did Martha Stewart have to write an elevator pitch?…..¬†