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Most of you know that I will paint pretty much everything in sight if it hangs around too long. Even stuff that other furniture painters will pass on. My favorite saying is “paint hides a lot of ugly” so when we bought a ton of office furniture from a machine shop auction I ended up with some extremely cheap (practically free) items that I wouldn’t have normally chosen. These items sat in storage for a couple of months until we got the studio and then I had an ah-ha moment…paint all of the ugly, boring office furniture crazy funky colors. It’s an art studio so pretty much anything (and color) goes.
So here is what we started off with…
PLUS…4 cans of spray paint $13…
Not a bad little makeover for $20
We have so many things to finish at the new studio, but it gives us a chance to blog about some easy DIY projects. This particular one was inspired by a pin found on Pinterest by Two Twenty One. My was just a wee bit different. You know I have to be different. I couldn’t simply follow the instructions. I always need to reinvent the wheel. So here is what I did…
1. 1 Yard Burlap Fabric…I had some left over burlap fabric with super cute white dots that I’m using for my cornice boards (posting later this week)
2. I bought a cheap cork board in Jo-Anns (with coupon $7)
3. Then I cut the burlap to size allowing for enough to wrap to the back of the frame.
4. Apply Mod Podge over the entire cork board including the frame.
5. Place fabric over cork board. Smooth out fabric. Allow a few minutes to dry.
6. Tack in nail heads skipping space equal to size one nail head. I laid one in between for easy guide. I used some french nail heads from a previous headboard project. They were WAY too long, but I wasn’t about to buy more when I have a 1,000 of these left over.
7. Apply more Mod Podge to top of fabric. Allowed to dry.
8. Staple the fabric to the back side of frame with staple gun.
9. Cut off excess nail on nail head. If you’re using normal size nail head or tacks this step in not necessary. I’m just frugal and use what I have lying around.
10. Pin stuff on board (old school style) and enjoy!
Check back later this week for my post about creating a vintage office on the cheap!!!
After months of searching we have finally found our new headquarters. It’s small and in the most unlikely of places but, I love it and I hope y’all will too. Its located in the teeny-tiny (seriously tiny, don’t blink kind of tiny ) Downtown Ocoee. I’m sure everyone has heard of it right? I wouldn’t call it a booming town center at all, but its quaint and charming (lest I remind you that I see potential in things that no one else does…duh… I’m a junker) but none the less, I think it does. Call me a daydream believer if you may, but it’s there, I tell ya.
Anyhoo…we were driving around looking for leasable space when we turned down a street that I have never been down. I spotted this little building and said look! Its perfect. It didn’t have any signage saying it was available, so I assumed it wasn’t.
There was also a space with big storefront windows and a turquoise (fave color) ceiling that was a pawn shop, although I had never seen it open in the year I’ve been here. I went to ask about a storefront and I described what I was looking for …a workshop space with a small showroom area…and most important…AC. Guess where he took me? The little building I mentioned earlier. Now a normal person would have said yes, this is perfect, but of course I like to complicate matters so I asked to looked at the storefront location as well. I pondered it a couple of days and finally my friend said “I’m giving you until the end of the week to make a decision.” Basically she was saying. “I’m tired of hearing you talk about it, get it done!!”
So I took my friend and personal advisor (aka Jules) to see both spaces and do you know what she said? “Well clearly the studio is the one, duh!” At that point all the stars aligned and the angels sang and I was hurdling headlong into another big adventure, but not too big. I have very consciously tried to keep my big dreams from becoming overwhelming ones, as they have in the past. This time I’m going for manageable dreams.
So here it is…manageable…well, sort of…we all know that I can over complicate anything, but I’m really going to try to keep it simple…a studio that I can work from to supply all of my vintage booths and a place that I can host occasional sales. Yep, and I’m going to invite some of my other friends that are vintage dealers, artists and jewelry makers and we are going to throw some major shin-digs Ocoee style, lol.
As you can see I’ve done a little painting already. It needed a girls touch and a little bit of turquoise!
A friend which I have painted several pieces for over the years requested this specific design for her teen daughter. I must admit that I have a love/hate relationship with the Chevron pattern. Mostly because I am cheap and refuse to purchase a reusable stencil. Instead, I do it the old-fashioned way using a calculator, tape measure, straight edge and tons of painters tape.
I painted the body of the table with Pure White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and the chevron is ASCP Paris Grey. Yep, those are my toes…obviously my love for paint doesn’t follow over to my toe nails.
So…after feeling rewarded by my awesome mathematical accomplishment, I decided that I would take the easy route on the next couple of pieces and paint plain old stripes. I will warn you that sometimes I get a little
obsessed, stuck, okay…so, I can beat a style to death sometimes. That might be what happened in this scenario. I was going for the surprise inside effect on this one. It’s Annie Sloan Pure White as the main color and Napoleonic Blue and Pure White stripe on the sides of the drawer.
anchors…help it’s out of control…nope, false alarm that just the creative juices starting to kick in…and wah-la… just like that, the idea hits me for this sad little piece that had occupied valuable space in my garage.
The stripes are Country Grey and Pure White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I removed the drawer pulls and used rope for drawer pulls. I removed one of the drawers which was broken and reused it as a wall hook with dock cleats for the hooks. While I was painting the blue piece, this is the dialog that occurred in my over active brain…
“ooh we should go to Tybee Island over the summer…ohh I should name this group Tybee Beach.”
At this point I’m pretty sure a squirrel ran by and distracted me for half a second and then I was back to
stripping. No, no I meant striping…in my clothes. I don’t paint naked. Although, I have witnesses it before, but that’s another story.
Anyway, stripes were on everything at this point …and anchors. Don’t forget the anchors.
Then I painted this cute little shelf with ASCP Pure White and Paris Grey and made a matching jewelry hanger out of an old frame and knobs that I had. It was instantly snapped up by another of my favorite teens.
So after a couple of days of seeing stripes, another friend saw the chevron table and mentioned that her teenage daughter loved it and that she had a 4 poster bed in her garage that maybe I could do something with. I asked her to describe her daughters style. Get this…she said the walls are Tiffany blue and she has black and white Marilyn Monroe posters.
So that is how the Chevron and Stripe madness ended…just like that. Not really. It’s still happening, but I’m hiding all the other pieces that I’ve painted that way, just so you don’t think I’ve completely lost my mind.
Thanks for stopping by…
btw…I have some really big news to share with y’all very soon.
This cute little chest of drawers was inspired by my travels to Tybee Island. The moment I laid eyes on it, I knew what I wanted to do. It was hot mess (see picture below) but there was something about it that seemed so charming. It was the perfect shade of blue and once I began sanding away the problem areas, it became even more beautiful.
Someone had removed the original drawer pulls and used an interesting replacement… I removed them and instantly knew that I wanted to use rope for the pulls. One of the drawers was actually missing and the previous owners had hinged the drawer face to the dresser which was very awkward and not very functional. I removed it and finished the area of the missing drawer with sand ply and then searched for the perfect beachy baskets to fit the space.
Not allowing any good piece of wood to waste, I reused the drawer front to mount my nautical inspired wall hooks, which happen to be dock cleats.
I painted the top of the dresser in stripes of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Pure White and Country Grey, which I felt complemented the blue without being overly matchy-matchy. I also like to finish off the inside of the drawers with fabric and I’m obsessed with anchors so when I happened upon this super cute yellow anchor fabric, I knew my vision was meant to be.
Before (I always forget to take a picture before I start)
Thanks for stopping by toots…
Were getting back into the swing of things and enjoying our little space at Adjectives Market which we named Johnny & Gypsy’s Modern General. We must say that we do miss seeing all of you High Falootin’ Junkies so we figured we would drop a line on our old blog and show you what we’ve been pickin’ and painting. Toot-a-loo…
Here it is…my Cowgirl/Red Licorice Kitchen. Whew! That was a lot of work and it took longer than planned because we had family reunion slap dab in the middle of my project, but it was a nice break, so I’m not complaining.
I mentioned in Part I that I would explain a little more about why I used wax to finish the kitchen cabinets. I also said that I would give a estimate on how much a job like this would cost as a DIY project and how much I would quote this job for. I want to start by saying that this is not a typical project. It is in my home so I used advanced paint techniques and bold color choices that I probably wouldn’t suggest to the typical client. I have bold taste and I have the ability to repaint at anytime if I need to tone the colors down a bit.
So first off…the reason I LIKE WAX, is for the ability to touch up and blend in repairs without being able to tell the boo-boo ever happened. Okay, so you are saying to yourself…why would there be deep gouges, scratches and other issues that might need touching up? The answer…CAUSE ANYTHING PAINTED HAS THE ABILITY TO SCRATCH with enough force. I have kids, dogs and LIFE that happens every day. Not to mention, these cabinets are NOT even WOOD, so it’s not a question of if…it’s when it scratches, I can make the scratch disappear in minutes with very little effort. With any other finish they would need to be stripped, sanded and completely repainted. With Chalk Paint and Wax you can paint right over the old wax and then re-wax, making it all blend together…like it never happened. Now that is magic!
Now lets get down to the nitty gritty details of the job…
This job it not for the faint of heart or a first timer. There were moments that I wanted to sit in the floor and cry, but I put my big girl boots on and pushed through. I also made mistakes…I’m a human and I do make mistakes…the important part is having the knowledge to fix the mistakes. This only comes with experience and it’s the most valuable tool there is.
So all you DIYers out there here are the numbers…
and here are the supply costs…
|Chalk Paint ™ Primer Red (2)||$70|
|Chalk Paint ™Emperors Silk||$35|
|Chalk Paint ™Florence||$35|
|Spray Paint (Hardware)||$7|
|ASCP Clear Wax (2)||$50|
|ASCP Dark Wax||$25|
|Paint Brushes (2) Purdy Cub||$35|
|Ultimate Wax Brushes (2)||$50|
|Total Supply Cost||$331|
Now for those of you that do not feel comfortable with tackling a project of this scale, here is what I would have charged for a job like this. Please note that this was more than just a single color paint technique. It was actually two colors (the second being a wash).
|Cabinet Doors (Remove, Clean, Paint, Reinstall)||26||x $55||$1,430|
|Drawers (Remove, Clean, Paint, Reinstall)||12||x $40||$480|
|Pulls (Remove, Clean, Paint, Reinstall)||38||$25.00|
|Hinges (Remove, Clean, Paint, Reinstall)||52||$25.00|
|plus Island (same as 4 extra doors)||4||x $55||$220|
Now add the supplies that labor cost and for about $2500 you have a whole new look. That is significantly less than replacing all the cabinets for a kitchen this size which, by the way is 15′ x 15′.
Here is how I come up with the quote. Each cabinet door is $55 and each drawer is $45. Obviously I’m not painting just the door and drawers…I’m also painting the cabinet itself, but this is just an simplified way to figure the cost quickly when doing a quote. Now there are exceptions to this rule when the kitchen has a large island that doesn’t have doors all the way around I just figure what it would be if the doors were there. (it’s simple, no hard math for me)
I just want to say this about painting a kitchen versus painting a piece of furniture…if it doesn’t turn out right, it’s a little harder to change out than a dresser or a table. It is a LOT of work and it is a major room in your house. It can also make or break your house if you are trying to sell it so make sure that you are prepared for the job if you are going to do it yourself.
Another note…there are a variety of techniques that could change the cost of this job, such as painting the inside of the cabinets and the doors, which is a lot more work and more money, but creates a very nice, finished look. You might also want to distress the doors, trim out flat panels or fill in holes for new hardware, etc, etc…which all changes the cost.
Overall it was a fun project and I’m glad it’s finished. Now who needs a kitchen makeover? I gettin’ bored already…I need a new project or I’m gonna start gettin’ into trouble, lol.
Red Licorice Kitchen – Part 1
One of the things about owning a store is that you barely have time to decorate your own home. Everyone assumes that you have this amazingly decorated house, which in reality there just isn’t any time or energy left to do such a thing. That was one of the many reasons that I decided to close the retail store and focus on commission work and to work on my own home.
The first task on my long list of “to do’s” was the kitchen cabinets, which looked like this….Really bad 1980’s faux wood laminate. This is actually the built-in china cabinet, I’m still working on the main cabinets. Since this is a farmhouse I wanted barn red cabinets, so I used Primer Red (note that this is a color, not an actual primer) a base color and then used a wash of Emperor’s Silk to make a deep, luminescent appearance. For the shelves and backboard of the cabinet, I used a progression of Florence that I mixed with Cream to get just the right western turquoise color.
Of course I used Chalk Paint™ Decorative Paints since I used to be a retailer for the line and have the a lot of training with this product. Even though I no longer carry the line, I still believe that there isn’t another product on the market that is more suitable for painting kitchen cabinets. I have done several kitchen jobs over the years, using everything from oil to latex and Chalk Paint out performs all the other, especially on laminate.
Step 1 – Remove all cabinet doors and drawers.
Step 2 – Remove all hardware.
Step 3- Clean each door and the actual cabinet itself. I used Clorox wipes to clean the laminate. I used brake cleaner to clean the hardware.
Step 4 -
Even though Chalk Paint™ is a no prep, no prime paint, this is laminate so I wanted to use every precaution possible. I used Zinsser Bulls Eye Water Based Primer which is tintable and I mixed it with the Chalk Paint™ colors that I wanted to use. The reason I wanted to tint the primer was so that if the paint was scratched it wouldn’t be stark white primer showing through.
Step 5 – A complete coat of Primer Red and the custom Florence color was applied straight out of the can, without thinning it with water. I wanted to add some texture to the paint since I was going to be using a lot of dark wax.
Step 6 – After the Primer Red had completely dried I created a wash of Emporer’s Silk by adding water to the paint. This coat needed to be very thin and almost transparent so the there would be a variation of color. This is what creates the depth and also once it is waxed the different colors will catch in the light.
Step 7 – I applied the 2 coats of clear wax, buffing between each coat.
Step 8 – As I like to say, this is when the magic happens…dark wax. This is the final and most crucial process in creating the variation and depth of color for this technique. I worked in small sections and very quickly practically scrubbing the wax into the paint. This is where the texture of the paint comes into play. That texture will “catch” the dark wax and make a variegated/antique look.
NOTE- in Part 2, I will address why, in my opinion, wax is the best option for a kitchen.
Step 9 – All of the original hardware was spray painted satin black and reinstalled. Let me tell you, paint works wonders on dated hardware and it saves a bunch of money when it comes to kitchens, which typically have 30 plus pulls. That could easily cost $200 in new pulls. I sprayed the hinges and even the screw heads so that everything looked shiny and new.
I am sorry for the poor picture quality, but these were taken with my iPhone. I haven’t located my good camera since the move.
Check back for Part 2, which will include more photos of the main wall of cabinets and the huge island. I will also give an idea of what this job would cost in time and money to DIY and what I would charge to do a job like this.
Until then…tootles. I’m hittin’ the beach.