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.
In a picture posted in an earlier post this week, Miko was atop her spy tower. Now, Sunni is copying her method and has also adopted the nightstand as her spy tower. Too bad for both of them as Pinky the nightstand is going to Daughter’s home today.
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.
It is Sunday night and I can finally sit down and relax for a few minutes. My last post–not counting Caturday–was about my daughter moving.
She is now 90% moved in. I refinished a table and chairs for her. Here is the table and chairs from the thrift store.
After patching a crack in the top, I took the table outside to give it a good sanding.
Then it was back inside to prime it. I started with the bottom and the legs. Of course, that was the day we had snow and my furnace stopped working.
Two coats of enamel and the bottom and legs are done.
Now it is time to prime the top.
Two coats on the top and it is looking good.
Miko likes how the table color matches the caning color of the chairs. I only had a little touch-up work to do on the chairs, thank goodness.
And here it is in Daughter’s apartment. The lighting was poor because there was a big storm passing through. We just managed to get the table inside before it started raining.
I also bought her a microwave cart and assembled it. Miko again had to check things out.
As the ever handy mom, I put together a cube unit for her too.
So Daughter is getting settled and I am exhausted. Still.
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!
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?