Before and After: Coffee Table

I love Before and Afters so much, don’t you??

This is the coffee table on my porch in my last post. I bought it at an occasional store, and it was the right size and shape, just not the right colors for me.

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Here’s the frame before I had spray painted it that charcoal color:

032So I used an electric sander on the top to get rid of most of the paint. I didn’t use a paint stripper because I wanted kind of a mottled, weathered look, so I wanted to encourage an uneven color. And because paint stripper scares me.

047Then I used a water-and-paint mixture to “blue-wash” it. And there we go!

048I’ve got another Before and After coming up soon!

 

 

 

Desk Reveal!

Ok y’all! Thanks so much for your input. I got a comment from PearlGirl90, who said that it seemed like I wanted blue the most, which made me realize that that was true. It’s just paint, so if (when) I get sick of it, I can easily repaint it.

For now, I like it a lot.

Before…

IMG_440814818After!

IMG_4410861821. The “stool” is actually a side table, so it’s not really the right height or sturdiness for sitting. I just put it there because the desk needed a chair, and it looked okay. But now I kind of like it. I might replace it with some other chair (see below), but we’ll see. As I said, I will probably never actually sit at the desk.

2. My walls look white in pictures, but they’re actually light blue. If that matters at all to you.

3. I think a stencil or gold accents might look nice, but for now I just wanted to keep it pretty simple. I didn’t even spray paint the hardware. I normally hate brass, but I liked it as it was. Just quiet and unassuming.

4. Yes, I do have a lot of markers.

The chair below is another piece of furniture from my grandparents’ house (the last one I have I think?), so I might fix it up (reupolster? eep!) at some point, and possibly replace the table-stool with it.

IMG_441083117She’s not much to look at now, but she’s got a lot of potential.

Office Furniture Redo!

At my new job, I share an office with another person, so I kind of have an office, but it’s more of a corner. And instead of a desk, I have a table, so in addition to sprucing up my office in general, I needed to add some storage space to my corner.

So I spiffed up these two tables:

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I gave them a coat of paint, spray painted the hardware gold, and did a little stencil on top (which was way harder than it should have been).

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Not my favorite re-do, but I think it’ll be good enough for my office.

And I’ll post a before and after of my office too, once that’s all done. Yay!

PAINTSPLOSION!

It’s been a while since I made a new post because I have been very busy being a painting maniac. I think I’ve finally finished all of the main paint projects I’ve had on my to-do list.

And here they are!

1. Painting a dress! I found this dress/top/tunic thing at Target and I fell in love. It’s the perfect fit, it’s super soft, super comfy. It was just a little plain. So …I bought three of them. Because I’m insane. And left one plain and patterned the other two. Love em!

2. I needed to put something on my wall, and I really like that old window frame look, so I found an old window in my basement, cleaned it, and sprayed the glass with a reflective spray paint (Krylon Looking-Glass Paint), and now it’s this nicely aged mirror thing.

3. I’ve had this dresser for almost 20 years, and it’s great, but unattractive. I wanted to paint it, but was nervous because it’s completely laminate. Very plastic-y. But I found this tutorial, and basically just bought the exact stuff she used, and followed her instructions (for the most part). I never have the patience to wait in between coats long enough, so my dresser has some imperfections, but it’s good enough for me.

4. Been wanting to paint this little bathroom cubby since I bought this house 4 years ago. Finally did it! And this is a plain ol’ Ikea table I got years ago.

5. Boring black tv trays. Must make everything Aqua-colored!!!

6. Boring Target tv stand. So much prettier now!

Whew! Okay, now I can get on with my life. And catch up on all of my tv shows.