Friday, August 29, 2014

Vintage Outdoor RETRO Rocker Makeover.

 Well Hello my BEAUTIES!
Do I ever have a fun makeover for you guys today.
I got to try some fun new OUTDOOR vintage paint and 
I had the PERFECT piece for it.

 Wouldn't you say that this chair was deserving of a MAKEOVER???
I got the chair out of my neighbors garbage.
The sad part was there was 2 of them..
I woke up one morning and it was storming out like crazy.
I went to go bring my kids to school when I spotted them across the street
next to my neighbors garbage.
The GARBAGE truck was turning the corner onto our street!
Now let me remind you..It was STORMING...
I had a decision to make...Risk getting soaking wet and possibly struck by lightning (it wasn't actually lightning out but it was booming)
Or leave them to the trash man.....
I darted across the street in the rain....Clothes now in mere seconds soaked...
all the way to my undergarments...:)
I grabbed one chair...I had one chance....The garbage man was on my heals..
I picked up my chair holding it victoriously above my head as my children stood across
the street in my driveway screaming "HURRY MOM!!!!!" 
Just as I got into my garage the garbage man grabbed the other chair and lifted it into his truck.
The other chair was gone....I, in my haste at least grabbed the better of the two..the other had rusted through holes and the bottom of the rocker rungs rusted through too.
This one was at least totally intact.
I still think about the one that got away but it was not to be :)

This is where this great product comes in to play.
You know how I LOVE color and I wanted that PUNCH of it when painting just this one single chair.
I chose Cerise.
The pigment so DEEP and RICH...
It would for sure make my vintage chair beautiful again.

 I sanded my chair just getting the loose chunks off...before that when I was working on my patio
I had actually POWER WASHED the whole thing too.
So it did a great job of cleaning and removing the loose paint.
Now it was time to start painting.
The Maison Blanche Paint Company's revolutionary Vintage Outdoor Furniture Paint is formulated with UV filters to help your color stay truer, longer. It's also permeable, allowing it to breathe and expand. Perfect for outdoor weather conditions. 

Now, you can get the sandable, chalky finish you love on your outdoor pieces, like patio furniture and planters. 

 If you need an extra hints or how too's the great thing is that 
Maison Blanche has a whole bunch of videos showing you how to use each and every single product

Once I painted my chair, I used Maison Blanches Satin Varnish
as extra protection from our crazy Michigan weather.

 Quite the difference wouldn't you say!
It definitely added that PUNCH of color I was looking for.
It goes perfectly on my newly made over vintage patio.
You can see that post HERE

 The best part of all this is that our FALL's or AUTUMN is far better than our spring and summer.
So now I have the perfect place to have my cup of coffee in the morning. 

Make sure you stop over at all my other BEAUTIES pages and 
see what they made over with their Maison Blanche vintage OUTDOOR paint.

Be sure to check out the other Projects by my friends!
Refresh Restyle
 Bliss Ranch
Hymns and Verses
The Wood grain Cottage

"I received product and/or compensation for reviewing Maison Blanche Paint Company products. All opinions are genuine."
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Twirl and Take a Bow LINK party and FEATURES!

I'm so excited to be selecting this week's Features from the selection of amazing links shared at last week's Twirl & Take a Bow Party! I'm also recovering from the weekend...where I had to move two kids into the dorm. It was exhausting, but exciting!
If you get a chance, hop over and visit me at House on the Way, because I'm sharing the cute DIY Stenciled Curtains that I made from a twin sheet for my daughter's dorm room. My son prefers I not get ahold of his room, but my daughter is more than willing for me to help her decorate!
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~Party Features~

Last week's party was filled with some gorgeous projects and DIYs, which inspired me to share some top picks that you can use to create a fabulous bedroom for yourself or any member of your family. You can use one, two or all of them as inspiration for the bedroom of your dreams...
Are you familiar with The Weather Door? If not, you are missing out! She is a DIY queen and creates the most breathtaking furniture DIYs and transformations. I'm in love with her Geometric Headboard!
coral geometric headboard under $100 pin WD b-1
If I was still a little girl, this would be my dream makes me swoon! The Heathered Nest did an unbelievable makeover on the room! I love the Damask Wallpaper...gorgeous!
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Even if you don't have the skills to make your own dresser from pallet wood, like Her Toolbelt, you can get inspired to copy the amazing chevron design she painted on this 7 Drawer Dresser. If you would like to build your own, Amy gives you full plans and directions...she's a wood working master!
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Why pay hundreds of dollars for a designer rug, when you can paint your own?! I've been wanting to do this forever and Upcyled Treasures has inspired me...Check out their DIY Painted Rug inspired by West Elm. I love a rug in a bedroom and this is a great idea.
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There you go...inspiration for a headboard, wallpaper, dresser and a rug! Perfect for transforming your bedroom into your dream space.

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You'll be glad you did!

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Before and After MANLY...(handsome) Dresser Makeover
Good Morning my Beauties...
Its Makeover Monday again and this time I have painted something for the 
MEN. (raise your hand if I have male readership..:)
I often paint lots of things in colors that are not MY taste but those of the people buying my
furniture. They are not for me so I figure I will paint them the colors my customers want.
This is one such case.

I had picked up this dresser a while ago at Goodwill and let it sit in my is my NORMAL M.O.  :) Hubby just LOVES that ...
I usually let them sit so that I can be inspired by HOW  they want to be painted.
This dresser sat and sat, because honestly I didn't want to do another GIRLY dresser.

 I started to PREP it one day this summer BEFORE we started to paint our house. 
I thought, I will just get it READY so that when I am INSPIRED it will be ready to paint.
 I filled the old hardware holes since the people who had donated it had already changed the hardware and were only using ONE hole on each side. I sanded those down once they were dry and sanded down all the nicks and scratches and watermarks.  It was at this point that inspiration struck.
 I realized at that moment this was meant to be a HANDSOME dresser; NOT a girly dresser. :)
I started mixing up some fun paint that I like to call either GUN METAL GREEN or
SHARK FIN. Its so hard to decide on the name because it is a custom mix of blues and greens.
I painted the whole thing with this custom color in a very thin coat. 
I wanted the wood grain to come through just a bit to keep that almost WASHED finish.
I waxed it and buffed it and was thrilled with how it came out.
 I then went into my treasure trove of knobs that I save from every single project I have ever done (another think the old hubby is thrilled with) and found the exact number of copper knobs.
Giving it that even more Masculine feeling.
 I am happy to say that it also SOLD,
before I even had a chance to put up this post.
SO I guess my instincts were right to wait for HIM to tell me he wanted to be 
I hope you enjoyed this weeks makeover!
Make sure to come back tonight to link up to the
Twirl and Take a Bow Link Party to show us what YOU have been working on
for a chance to be FEATURED!
Until next time.
Go make someones day BEAUTIFUL.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Rescued Federal style Buffet Turned Bar

Good Morning!!
I am in the process of getting 4 kids ready for back to school and 
everything that entails. So I will be hitting replay for you guys today on this
old post. Come see the rescue I did on this old Buffet......

Well Hello my BEAUTIES!!
Did you miss me??
Sorry to stay away but I am sure you understand
the crazy that is 4 kids and sports and school and
pretty much everything needing to be done at ONE time...:)

One of the things I managed to get done just YESTERDAY was THIS!

My Uncle called me on Sunday and said his
Neighbor was cleaning out his basement
and one of the things he had was this Federal Style Buffet.

He asked me if I wanted it.????  WELL YEAH! favorite 4 letter F word!!
My hubby and I went over and picked it up and
a table and chair set...It was funny because as we were picking up the buffet
pieces were popping off of it..and they were worried...I said "I have saved worse than this"  :)

Well, you know impatient little ol' me is......I couldn't stand to let this BEAUTY sit..
So as soon as i dropped the kiddos off at school, I pulled out my belt sander and took the
old beat up gouged finish of the top.

I stained it a dark walnut and after fixing all the pieces the had fallen off
and actually having to cut a new piece of wood all together for one of the front legs
I was able to start painting. I mixed up a custom color I like to call garden gate.

Well right as I was finishing waxing and buffing the piece my hubby came home..
His first words were "can we keep it"..??? :)
I had been thinking the same thing, but trying to figure out where in the
world we were gonna put this baby..

Well we finally decided on our basement.
Whenever we have people over for a football game or party
we always line up card tables for food and drink..

well now I got myself a nifty new bar/buffet.
The color goes perfect with our basement and
my still life oil painting. (it was one of my very first oil paintings and took me 2 weeks to do...I got sick in between coats...:))

I am so happy with this piece and the fact that it cost me nothing.
An added bonus was that I got to sit on the porch and visit with my Aunt and Uncle that I rarely get
to see when I went to pick up the furniture.  I also had an epiphany while I was rubbing on the stain on the top.
My Grandpa used to be a RUBBER...meaning he used to work for one of our Furniture factories here in Grand Rapids and that was his job. He rubbed stain on the furniture.. It hit me all of the sudden as I was rubbing on the stain
that he used to do the same thing...I never got to meet the man, but it was a nice little moment
while working on this piece..
 I hope you like the piece as much as I do,
and I promise to try to not go so long in between posts....(I might have my fingers crossed....You will never know..:))
Have a BEAUTIFUL day and thanks for stopping by!
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