Monday, January 6, 2014

Thrifted Kitchen table re-done

Today's post is about my new kitchen table! I had a round table I had purchased at wally world about 5 years ago. It had served us well, and I loved the look, size and shape of it.

But when you have little kids and you buy an MDF topped table and you DON'T put a polyurethane coat on messed up! My kids did a number on that pretty little table. Hindsight - we REALLY should have taken the time to poly the top, but we didn't. Every time I would wipe down the table it would leave black paint on my rag. Every time the table got wet it would bubble the mdf up. We eventually were left with a really ugly table top.

So I went on the hunt in thrift shops and online yardsale sites to find something I liked to re-do. I was lucky enough to come across this table that was the perfect shape I wanted, REAL wood all the way through, and only $20!

I apologize for all the bad cell phone pics, but I was too excited to get started on this project and forgot to take proper before pics. So this is the table after my hubby took the top off. My plan was to sand the top completely and restain it. Then put a poly coat on and paint the base. I started sanding the top and it was NOT coming off. It had some weird type of coating on it (not to mention years of dirt and grime) that was not coming off very easily. So I asked my husband to come take a look and show me an easier way. He ended up doing the whole top himself, lol. Yep, that was easiest for me! We tried stripping it first, but even that didn't work. It took him two days and tons of sand paper, but he eventually got through it all and we were left with an amazingly gorgeous smooth surface that looked almost brand new.

Before sanding, all dirty and scratched up even though you can't see it that well in the photo

My poor hubby working so hard to sand that table top.
After sanding for two days we re-stained the top with Rust-Oleum Early American stain. 

Two coats of stain and then we put about 3 coats of polycrylic on top of that. Here is the table top after the stain, but before the poly. You can't really notice that big of a difference from the photos, but it's a huge difference in person.

As he was sanding away, I painted the base. I like to use latex paint because it's so much more affordable than chalk paint. It takes a little more prep work, but I've found this sanding deglosser at Home Depot and it's great. As long as your piece isn't too shiney/plasticey (I make up my own words often) you just glove up your hands, rub this on and let it dry. It creates a scratchy enough surface that your paint will stick to it.

After that I used Valspar Fish Story interior Satin paint. I bought 3 sample jars and still have almost a whole jar left. I painted the table base AND 4 chairs with it. I just love those little sample jars of paint! I painted two-three coats and then sanded some of the corners down a little to give it a little weathered look. I didn't go big on the weathered look at all, I'm always nervous to do that. One day I'll take a piece and really scratch it up and maybe even wax it, but this time I let my nerves get the best of me and just scratched it up a bit. After sanding we put two coats of polycrylic on.

I did the same thing to the chairs. But I loved the top of the table so much instead of painting the chair seats we decided to strip the black paint off, sand it all the way down to the wood and stain those as well. We are very happy with the results! Here is a picture trail of our new table. We had all the supplies on hand except the paint and can of paint stripper. So I think we spent about $35 total including the $20 on the table originally.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more projects we've been doing in our new house! :)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Ornate Mirror Re-do

So yes, I've been gone for so long!! I haven't really been doing my blog because I've been so busy. A lot has changed! My hubby got orders to a new station and we've been taking the past year to really settle down. We purchased a new home here (new to us) and I've decided I'm going to blog some of our projects! We've done A LOT of things so far in this house! We did an almost complete kitchen remodel, put in hardwood floors, new carpet, built a lot of custom furniture, decorated a tad, did the kids rooms, and guest bedroom, and still have so much more to do!! We're really enjoying it here so far, and I'm loving being able to start fresh in a new home!

So today's post is about how to paint and old ornate mirror. At our old house we had the tv mounted above the fireplace. I was 100% positive I didn't want to do that again because I really wanted to be able to decorate the mantel for different holidays and parties. So I'd been searching for an inexpensive solution for a while. I had a small mirror I got at Hobby Lobby up there, but it just wasn't big enough.

I knew I wanted a mirror or old window frame. But this one just wasn't cutting it.

So I found this amazingly gorgeous mirror at a local thrift shop.

It's about 30" x 45" or so and was perfect! They wanted $120 for it though and that wasn't in my price range. Luckily I have an amazing husband and he went in and negotiated with them and got it for just $60!! I can do that! Although I did like the gold I didn't really like it with my decor. I am slowly becoming a fan of gold. I used to hate it, but I'm really liking it with other soft colors lately. So I stuck it up on the mantel and gave it a go, but quickly realized it wasn't working for me. 

I also noticed that some of the gold paint was chipping off.

So I decided painting it would be best for me. I had some extra paint from my son's lego table in the garage. It's a great darker teal color. It's by Valspar and it's called Perfect Storm. It's interior satin latex, not chalk paint so I was taking a chance. I almost always use regular latex paint for my projects since it's so much more affordable, but I didn't know how it would hold on the frame. I started by cleaning it with just water. I didn't want to chip anymore gold off than I could manage. I then used a cut up paper bag and slid it under the frame to protect the mirror while I painted.

I wanted some of the gold to come through the paint color so I just took a pretty dry brush with only a little bit of paint on it and kind of brushed and stippled it on the frame. I did one corner and let it dry to make sure it was going to hold well since it wasn't chalk paint. It worked great!

You can see in the next picture how it was "dry brushed". You can see a lot of gold scratches/brush strokes coming through the teal paint. This is what I was going for.

I did decide to go ahead and do another light coat to get a deeper teal color. Here is how it turned out. You can still clearly see gold coming through.

And here is how it looks in the house! I think the bigger mirror looks much better. I still need to finish decorating the mantel, and we are planning to add an extension to the mantel soon. It's very narrow and hard to decorate. That will be a project I'll post later. ;) But in the mean time, I'm loving my new shabby chic mirror! 

And I love that you can still see all the ornate details and the gold coming through the paint. It was such an easy project, and I only used about 1/3 of a sample jar of paint!

If you happen to be lucky enough to have one of these older mirrors hanging around and want a change I suggest trying this! It was fun, easy and pretty inexpensive. My kind of project! 

Thanks for reading and I hope to begin blogging a little more frequently, so stay tuned!