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Comparing Oranges

When I redid my living room, I reduced seating. But then I found this cute little chair that provide just one more place to plant your butt. 

So it has now been a couple of months and I decided that the orange is too orange. I want a dusky  orange.  Thus I broke out the chalk paint. 

Unfortunately, I could not remove the cushions. Thus plastic wrap and painters tape to the rescue.   After a couple of coats of chalk paint and a little clear wax, I think this shade of orange is better. 

 This will now match a little side table I already painted. 

 Now I just have to get the light rewired and the reading area will be complete. 


Redone – almost

Last fall I redid the floors upstairs in kitchen, hallway, bathroom, and stairs. 

In April, I redid the living room floors. Bought a new couch and a small area rug. 

My old coffee and end tables did not look so great with the new floor.   

So I busted out some chalk paint.  

And then applied dark wax. Here’s a pic with most of the table top with the dark wax. It made quite a difference.   

It went well with the hutch also in the living room. This pic has a shelf piece from the hutch.   

Since the first end table turned out so nice, I proceeded to do the others.

But now the blue lamps are out of place with the teal couch. Yay for spray paint. (Ignore all the crap in the background. I wish I could.)  

And now — Voila!  

Of course, you must note the model cat. She goes well with the flooring. 

So now I just have to repaint the frame of a new little chair. 

Pinky the Nightstand

Daughter needed some sort of nightstand behind her bed. She wanted to read in bed, but didn’t want to get up to turn off the overhead light. 

Voila, something that is the right size and even better than the right price was that it was very inexpensive. Kind of ugly though. And quite dirty.   

So off to Home Depot to get a pint of paint so I could make my own chalk paint. Daughter picked pink. 

After scrubbing off the filth, I applied the first coat of pink chalk paint. After that was dry, I applied the second coat. 


Very pink and a bit boring. So I thought I should try out a little dry brushing with white chalk paint. Not too bad for my first time. 


Now comes a couple of coats of wax on, wax off. Miko has officially approved. 

 See the little 8-drawer box in the background? That’s my next little project. Stay tuned. 

New Jewelry Box

Yup, I am at it again. Came across this wooden box and thought it would make a perfect addition to my bedroom.

I did not care for the green, so naturally I pulled out my handy-dandy chalk paint. The dark blue is the same blue as the little cabinet I recently finished. The drawers are the same pale blue as the drawer in that little white table thingy. Too much matchy-matchy?

Here is the before and after. I hope to change out the drawer knobs if I find something I like.

Another Table Done

I went to a funky antique-like fair last weekend and found this perfect table/cabinet. Even the color I wanted, a dark blue. However, they had refinished it and put this gold stencil on it. Ick!

I pulled out my handy-dandy sandpaper and went to work. Here is the front cabinet door with the gold stencil partially sanded off.
Because I bought this from the people who refinished it, they told me the paint color they used. My thought was to only sand and repaint the door. And I did.
After two coats of paint, the door was still noticeably lighter than the rest of the piece. Hmmm…maybe the wax will darken it up a bit. So wax on, wax off. That didn’t work. The door was still too light.
So I decided to go back to the people I bought it from and ask for a suggestion. My thought was they used a dark wax, whereas I was using a clear wax. Sure enough, that was their solution.

I purchased the dark wax and proceeded to apply it. It definitely darkened up the door. And I had some assistance too. Miko was in charge of buffing.
Here is the final piece.
Looking good! What shall I do next?

DIY – Table Redux v2.0

Over the weekend, I worked on another little table. I bought this little thingy at a yard sale. Not quite sure what kind of table it is, but I plan to use it to hold sewing supplies, such as scissors, thread, needles, and pins. I can use the handle to easily move it from spot to spot.
It will usually reside in a room with a lot of white furniture and light blue half walls. Thus my color choice.

The top is a banged up veneer so I tried to do a bit of patching with a wood filler.
A few coats of white chalk paint, a couple coats of blue chalk paint, some elbow grease waxing, a new drawer knob, and voila!

DIY – Table Redux

I experimented with the latest DIY (do it yourself) craze — chalk paint.

A couple of years ago I bought this small table to put next to the recliner. I stained it and used it.

When deciding what small piece to experiment with, this little table volunteered. Of course, I forgot a before picture. But I remembered to grab one while at least one leg was still unpainted.
I made my own chalk paint, using a sample color I got from Home Depot, a little plaster of paris, and some water.

Here’s after the first coat.
I let that dry, did a light sanding, then came the second coat.

After that dried overnight, I did a very light sanding, but not the distressed look sanding. Then it was wax time. Here’s a picture with only part of the top waxed. Can you tell?

After a quick dry time, a little buffing, then the second coat of wax. Wax on, wax off.
Dry and buff. Miko seems to like it. The wall behind the table is a light peach color, though the picture makes it look a little pinkish.
Maybe this one shows the wall color better.
Anyway, I am pleased with the experiment. This will be my next piece. A cute little thing I grabbed at a yard sale. It will be perfect next to the new chair in the sewing room. Maybe white, with the drawer a light blue?