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Furniture Facelift: Chalk Paint

Furniture Facelift: Chalk Paint - Jackietara blog

My bedroom furniture was going through a mid-life crisis, so I decided to help a dressa’ out and give it a facelift.  T’s parents were kind enough to give us a few pieces of furniture to get us started on our apartment, including our wooden dresser.  I love the thing, with it’s antique key holes and brass handles, but brown wasn’t doing it for me, or our bedroom.

I’ve been gravitating toward greys and purples lately, so I thought a nice grey-blue color would do the trick with a darker slate color on the very top.  On a random note, I have also been drawn to bright pink palettes lately.  Not so much in the clothes that I wear, but flowers, shoes, prints, etc.  I never used to be a “pink person,” but now it makes me so happy when I look at it!  Anyway, back to the facelift… My mom suggested using a “less toxic” version of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, so we went with the CeCe Caldwell’s version of chalk paint and clear wax.  The great thing about this paint is that you don’t need to sand or prime your furniture before you paint [gasp!].  All you need to do is follow these easy steps and voila, a practically new addition to your favorite room or space!

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Step 1: Remove all hardware then wipe down with a damp cloth to get all the dust off.
Step 2: Paint. You may need to do 2 or 3 coats to prevent visible brush strokes on the furniture.
Step 4: Seal it. After the paint has dried for a couple hours, you can seal it with wax.  Less is more when it comes to waxing the top of your dresser, so with a dry cloth take some wax and lightly apply in small sections.  The wax can take up to 24 hours to dry, and even after that I recommend being delicate when putting decor back on top of your furniture.

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I’m so happy with how my dresser turned out!  One step closer to my dream bedroom…

Jackietara

DIY Gold Dipped Pine Cones

DIY Gold Dipped Pine Cones - Jackietara blog

Our last craft night before the holidays featured “gold dipped” pine cones.  I thought they would be an easy and festive decoration for friends to have on display in their homes, or to give as gifts!  I found a couple of different ways to make DIY gold pine cones, but settled on the painting option [like this example from A Pear of Pears].  Michael’s has several types of metallic paint and inexpensive sets of paint brushes.  Thankfully the paint eventually washes out but it took a little bit of scrubbing, so I wouldn’t suggest using your best brushes on this project!

Supplies:
Gold, silver, or copper liquid gilding paint
Fine tipped paint brushes
Pine cones [store bought or found outside]

Directions:
Cover your workspace with newspaper or wax paper to make sure you don’t spill any paint on your furniture!  You can paint only the tips of your pine cones, or paint them a solid metallic color.  I did a mix of silver and gold and went for the store bought scented ones from Michael’s.  Let dry for at least an hour.  Put them in a bowl or vase and enjoy!

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Lettering by Dan Rader

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Jackietara

Operation: Organize Apartment [part 1. living room]

Organize, organize, organize: it’s in my DNA.  However, this summer I was way too busy to even acknowledge the fact that our living room was a complete disaster.  A couple weeks ago, T and I looked at each other and mutually agreed that something needed to be done… fast.

Browsing online and through catalogs, we finally stumbled upon a beautiful “grey-blue” sideboard table on One Kings Lane.  A perfect mix of shabby chic and functionality, T and decided it was a must have for our living room.  Finally, a place to store music and to display our coffee table books, no longer to be used as coasters!

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After we assembled the table [in 3 easy steps], I got to decorating the top and bottom shelves.  The first thing that came to mind was to move was our cookbooks, hidden away in the corner cabinet.  The top of our fridge is overflowing with booze [mostly left over from this summer’s parties], so I took down two Costco-sized gin bottles and transformed them into book ends for the row of cookbooks.  It’s an attractive space-saving way to turn a nonfunctional item functional, don’t you think?

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Our little cacti were getting too much light in the bedroom, so I decided to relocate them to a new sideboard table home.  Paired with a couple other “homeless” items, including our wine bottle opener set and a collection of corks, these little cacti are perfect table top decor.

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I’m so happy to finally have some things in “their place.”  There is a part of me that insists on everything having a home, whether it be my laptop on my desk, keys in the basket, or shoes lined up in the closet.  Now these lost items have a home, too!

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For additional organizational inspiration, check out The Kissters‘ post on maximizing space in the bathroom and Redesigned by M‘s tips on making over a linen closet.  Next on my organizational to-do list is refinishing our dresser and organizing T’s home office work space.  Stay tuned!

Jackietara

DIY Birthday Banner

I have been missing “crafty time” in my life lately, so I committed some of my birthday “stay-cation” time to making a banner for my Annapolis birthday barbeque.  It was a very simple banner, made from patterned Reflections paper, letter stencils, and turquoise ribbon, all from Michael’s craft store.

After stenciling out the letters and tracing out triangles, I cut everything out and decided to mix and match all of the patterns [using a yellow, green, and blue color palette].  I then glued all of the letters on and punched holes in the triangles with a standard hole punch and ran the ribbon through, and voila!  A simple and beautiful birthday banner.

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Jackietara