Thursday, January 24, 2013

Armoire Redo

 I bought this armoire unfinished from Sears in 1989. During the mid to late 80's I was heavily into country decor. I never liked the goose and duck look, however I did like mauve and Williamsburg blue. My living room had floral Bishop sleeve curtains in shades of mauve, cream and Williamsburg blue with lace panels in between and matching floral slipcovers,(whew that's a lot of flowers).Those colors led me to believe it was a good idea to assault the armoire with a mauve pickling stain! What was I thinking? Then I decided on a whim one day to paint it brown, I hated it right away and halfway through aborted that mission, so it sat like that for years! 

This is what I started with, WARNING!!! it's atrocious.

See I told you it was baaaaad.  To get the ugly out of your mind here's another after shot.

please forgive the ugly wall and unfinished baseboards we are prepping to paint and put in new floors

 I bought a can of flat white paint and added about 1/4 cup of whiting. That thickened the paint. The  idea was to give it a chalky texture, like that famous paint,you know the one that's not in my budget LOL, then I added black pigment to the paint until I got the shade of grey of wanted.

My husband cut crown molding for me and we attached it to the top to give the armoire a little more presence.  Then I painted it with my homemade concoction. I used a cheapo paint brush and slap dashed the paint on to give it variation in texture and color. After I painted it I put a coat of clear wax on and while the wax was still wet, I applied another coat of wax that I tinted white with one part pigment to five parts wax. I wiped off the excess wax and after it dried I applied another coat of clear wax and after the wax dried I buffed it lightly.

The white wax softened the gray and it has an aged and sort of whitewashed appearance. This was my first time trying this technique and I'm pretty happy with the results. If you wanted too you could distress it further but I elected to keep it this way, I wanted it simple and just softly worn.

This will be going in my bedroom, another huge undertaking. Thanks for looking. I'll be joining these great parties this week,

                                                 Blue Egg Brown Nest


                                               Savvy Southern Style

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dollar Store Romantic Valentine Place Settings

Valentines Day is not without tons of decor items to choose from, the Dollar Tree is no exception. The problem for me is I am not a fan of most of it. Since Valentines Day is about romance and love I figured I would just go with that and create a Valentines table for two,now how to do that using romantic elements that aren't so typically Valentines Day related.

I decided to use my silver chargers bought at the Dollar Tree before Christmas.

     I added a dollar tree candy bowl that I painted pink on the outside with a modge podge and paint mixture.

I added a white salad plate from my everyday dinner ware  bought at Marshall's a few years  ago.

    I decoupaged a clear glass dollar store dinner plate with a silver and white damask napkin and doilies I already had.

The goblets also came from  Dollar Tree, I bought them a couple of years ago.

      The flatware I use everyday, it was a bonus gift from my husbands job.

   I bought the pink tea light votives years ago from Big Lots.

The napkins  started out life as a round vintage doily that I bought from the thrift store years ago. I cut it in half folded the halves and used pink seam binding tied in a bow as a napkin ring. The tablecloth is a vintage Goodwill find, also from my stash. The silverplate teapot is also a thrift store purchase and the roses came from the produce market.

The final dollars spent for my little romantic place settings, 2.00 for two clear dinner plates and two dollars for the glass bowls,  and five dollars for roses, everything else I already owned. The grand total is 9.00 not to bad for a nice table setting for two. Thanks for looking, I'll be joining these great ladies this week,


                                               Craftberry Bush

                                               My Romantic Home

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