May 31, 2011

Dog Bed from an End Table - Gray and Yellow

Gray stripe with yellow and purple

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I used one of these free tables from Craigslist...

I used leftover fan blades from the Table Leg Dragonflies
for the headboard...

I screwed them into the back...

Fun diamonds and stripes...

and dots!...

I made a reversible cushion with dot print on one side and...

A purple print on the other and I painted a paw print on it

I added these rattan balls on the leg posts...

And it was done!

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May 30, 2011

Palmetto Table

A quick before and after that I just completed

Started like this...cute little wooden table

Went with a Palmetto Leaf on aqua blue background and metallic gold dots

More aqua, gold and green

You know I gotta add some black and white...

Used a leaf right out of my backyard for inspiration...

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May 29, 2011

Hand Painted Dog Bed from an End Table "SIT" with Flowers, Checks and Hand Painted Paw print cushion

"Sit" Dog Bed

I started with these...Free on Craigslist

I had these letters that spelled "Bistro"
The only doggie related word I could think of using those letters was "Sit", 
so that's what I went with...

I mounted the letters on a painted wood board and screwed into the legs to attach it.

I painted this one with bright colors and whimsical flowers...

....and threw in dot and check action.
This aqua blue with the berry color is one of my fave color combo's, love it

Made a cushion trimmed with ball fringe..

This bed will come with a "caution" tag when I sell it because of the fringe. 
If the owner is concerned at all about the dog eating the balls 
on the fringe then they may need to use a different cushion. :)

Of course, when I was making it, all I was thinking was, "adorable ball fringe" 
and later realized it may not be the best idea if you have doggies that
have a tendency to chew things!

I painted a paw print on the cushion...
I use regular acrylic paint when painting on fabric.



I also made this dog bed with dog bones instead of flowers for another order.

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May 21, 2011

Coffee Table Before and After

A coffee table I completed for a client recently...
Do you say coffee table or cocktail table? 
I think I say coffee table, although "cocktail" table certainly has its appeal. 
I don't know why I would call it "coffee" table because heaven knows 
I'm slurping my coffee down way too fast to have time to set it on my coffee table.

The inspiration...the homeowner's black cabinet with distressed finish...isn't it a cool piece?

I started by sanding very well and applying a base coat of light brown in random areas and let dry completely.

Then I applied wax over the painted brown areas.  I just use a block of paraffin but you can use a candle if that's all you have.  I go into a little more detail on the wax process HERE on the shipping crate bench.

I should mention this is the same house where I recently had a minor crisis completed some other painted pieces using gel stain and I forgot gloves which is why my hands look like that.
In real life, the wax step is not messy.

Next step...paint it out in black. 

My fave new black is "Beluga" by Behr.  
Not too black...if there is such a thing...and no gray undertone.

After it's completely dry, use an old credit card or plastic scraper to lightly scrape over the waxed areas.  
The top coat will lift off on areas where you applied wax.  This is just a different way to get a distressed look instead of either A.) sanding, or B.) dry brushing a color on top. 
It gives more of a "chippy" look that you just can't get from the other two methods.

I think it looks great in the room with all of her other black pieces!

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May 20, 2011

Gel Stain over White Furniture

The After...

This king bed and two nightstands started out white and I was hired to 
repaint them for a young families second home here at the beach.

They were going to be out of town for a bit so it was the perfect time
to complete the project.

The owners want the bed and nightstands to have the same 
wood tone as this little desk that is also in the room....cute huh?

I started by sanding and base coating with a warm, nutmeg brown color 
and let dry overnight.

I used the colors in the desk undertones as my guideline to choose this warm, 
honey brown color from the paint swatches at Home Depot.
I chose paint that has primer built in and had Home Depot mix up a quart
of interior satin for this base coat.

The next day I rolled on General Finishes brand gel stain in Java. 
This is fun stuff, it's thick like pudding and super easy to use.

You can go to the General Finishes Where to Buy page to see if it is available in your area.
I had to order mine online.

After rolling on you immediately wipe off.
I used soft cotton t-shirt material.

Oh, and I forgot to bring gloves with me and the location was
about 30 minutes from my home or a store that would have
gloves so... I guess I'll have stained fingernails for a few days.

Wear gloves!

I worked in sections on the bed and nightstands...

I ended up with this wood grain-ish looking it!

The gel stain application is really simple and it went quickly. 

I will let dry 24 hours then seal with Minwax Polycrylic in satin finish.

I came back the next day and it wasn't completely dry so I decided to 
give it another day. This was a little odd for it to take so long to dry,
but I knew it would dry eventually and I had plenty of time
before the owners returned.

It's looks really good though!

I went back the next day after giving it more time and it was dry enough to 
apply the polycrylic coat using a foam brush.
General Finishes does offer a wipe on topcoat 
but I have not used it so I can't offer any advice on how it would work.

I have used Minwax Polycrylic for years as a topcoat on all kinds of 
finishes. I'm comfortable with using it so that's what I went with.

My only caution when using this, or any topcoat, especially if it if over
a dark finish like this color of stain, is to be careful of letting it puddle
or apply to thickly because it can leave a milky look, even when dry.

You also have to be a little careful of leaving 
"bubbles" when brushing on with foam brush. If you see bubbles, just quickly
brush over again with the foam brush to remove them and take your time.

I let the first coat of poly dry and applied a second coat and
it dried beautifully and smooth as silk.

I let the polycrylic dry overnight and went back to reassemble everything
 and put the room back together and it looked fantastic.

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