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.



Click on the picture below to purchase these or other stylish drawer pulls from my online shop:




Thursday, November 27, 2014

Knob Display and New Online Store


I was looking for a way to display all my knobs at Loot, when I came across this new, laminate piece at the local Santa Cruz Flea Market.  


I painted the dresser with Old White and painted each drawer a different color of Chalk Paint®.  After painting this piece, several customers wanted to purchase it for their kids.  It would look cute in a child's room!


It has a lot of small drawers, which serves of dual purpose of display and storage.


I started a new online store, www.relovedliving.com, where I am selling my favorite products for revamping furniture.  You can find these knobs and many others, including glass and metal knobs for all your projects at Reloved Living.  


Can you guess the color of Chalk Paint®  on each drawer?

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We were recently hired to paint some outdated, blonde wood cabinets.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.

BEFORE

AFTER

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!

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