Hi Y’all!

Ohhhhhhhhhh, Dear Friends! It’s been forever and I miss our connection! Here’s a lil or long video update on me. I’ve been thinking of you all for some time and where I fit in with the entire modern farmhouse craze we have going on. I am never one to love the mainstream. I want to be off-stream; alternative stream. Always have. I get inspired by looking at things in a new light and then sharing what I’ve learned. In the meantime, I am praying, meditating, therapy-ing, friending, parenting, truth-telling and listening to a ton of podcasts to fill my soul and add perspective and a sense of openness to my world.

Love to you all! PS – I will be posting a new video of my round table that I white-washed this weekend. I still love a good transformation!

xoxo

 

…question from a struggling college student

I want nothing more than to help a struggling college student that cares about her kitchen table look! I received this email yesterday and am sharing it in the hopes that it helps others. I know there’s a lot of confusion about getting this weathered wood look.

“Hello I just watched probably 10 of your videos! I am moving into an apartment in Chicago and have recently picked up a round oak table at an estate sale. It is that awful yellow golden color. I really liked the video you did on the restoration hardware inspired white table. Eventually I want to get the soft comfy chairs to go around the table so my place looks comfy and cozy!

Question:

1. Do I have to use a sander in order to get that yellow color off before painting?

2. How much do I sand before I start painting?

3. And what number sand paper do I use?

If you could help me out in any way possible! Thank you.

Sincerely, a struggling college student haha” (Attached photo)

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As you can see, what College Student (CS) has is your typical, dated, wood pedestal table. It looks like it is in great shape and a round table can work in so many spaces. In fact, DH and I bought a white round table for our first home and I still have it (even thought it is now used for kid’s crafts!) I think it’s always a good bet to buy a round table.

So, like I’ve said in the past, the biggest factor in getting your weathered wood look is that you MUST HAVE A TEXTURED WOOD. You will most likely see this kind of texture in older furniture that is oak. When I say texture, it means rubbing your hand on the surface and feeling ridges and lines. The reason you need these ridges is that this is where the paint will pool and the “non-ridge” part is where the paint will be lighter. This contrast is where you will get that beautiful, weathered look as you see below.

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CS, do you see how your table is shiny? I hate to tell you this, but it’s because it is not textured, it looks like there is a layer of poly over it. Even if you sanded this poly off, you still will not get these ridges and undulations that naturally come in oak. The closest you can come to getting this look would be to paint thinly on your table to try to achieve a contrast. I say this hesitantly because it may be hard for you to get the look that I know you want. But, you can get a pretty distressed look like on my kitchen table by painting this way. Paint thinly and then take your 100 grade sand paper and sand the edges to achieve this. I did not use any wax either so that it could continue to weather.

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I hate to disappoint with this information, but if I may, I do want to encourage you that you can still get a beautiful and dramatic look just by painting a round pedestal table. Here is one that I recently did myself.

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Also, until you can afford those comfy chairs that your referenced, I would also think about painting them. It looks like you have nice, solid wood chairs there and I have painting many similar ones for clients that turned out beautifully.

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I wish you all the best in creating the space you want. I am confident you will because you’ve already selected this set. This is just the beginning, College Girl! 🙂

…how to spray paint a mirror

I’ve mentioned spray paint before, but did you know that it is the way I really started painting furniture about 15 years ago? DH and I purchased our first home and it was in need of a complete renovation. We were at Home Depot every single weekend and working on the house after long workdays every week night. We were animals and poured blood and tears into that house.

We also hit up every yard sale between our home and the hardware stores on weekends. I would buy anything that I could hang on a wall and ANYTHING that resembled a piece of furniture and was in the, well, $20 or under range. We were dirt poor newlyweds.

After literally 5 years of renovations, here is my very fav picture. Not every man can pull apart a mint green bathroom like Dear Husband.

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I cannot seem to find a picture of my first, little side table that I spray painted with black Rustoleum, but I was shocked that such an easy transformation could be made even then. I still love spray paint. You have to go slowly with a steady hand, but it is cheap and easy and gets you quick results.

I found a large mirror at Luckett’s that I wanted to use for my daughter’s room. It was a dull, wood and I sprayed – or DH – sprayed it gold. He loves a good spray paint.

Mirrors are a great item to spray paint because they just involved a frame. This frame is really interesting with the detail, but even a plain frame can be made beautiful with a can of spray paint.

How to spray paint a mirror:

  1. Select a wood or metal mirror (it really doesn’t matter what the material is).
  2. Tape off the mirror part so you do not get spray paint all over it. This will pose a problem if you do and you may get frustrated. Taping is annoying, but do it. We used Frog Tape, but any painter’s tape will work.

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3. Pick out a Rustoleum paint or the like from your hardware store. We used Krylon here. Use a brand that has a picture of the type of material you are going to paint or specifically says it works on it. Here is the gold spray paint that I used.

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4. Promise me that you will not spray paint indoors! You will get dizzy from the fumes and they will not go away for days! Paint outside and try not to do it on a windy day. If you paint downwind, you will spray paint everything in it’s path. You will realize this when you are sticky, the bushes are sticky and maybe your card is sticky. I may know this by experience.

5. You want to do 2 layers. Spray in a back and forth manner about 5/6 inches away from the piece. Go slowly. It looks easy, but if you use too much all at once, it will drip and it is VERY hard to fix drips from spray paint! Once completely dry and not tacky, do a second coat. That should be all you need.

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If it’s an old mirror and rather shabby you may see texture. I don’t mind that. I think this is a really inexpensive way to decorate and it takes no time at all. Here is how it turned out before we hung it.

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What do I love most about this transformation? I love that this mirror was sitting on the Luckett’s porch behind a ton of stuff just looking shabby and kinda gross. And now all I see are those lovely details displayed in a beautiful gold! Ahhhh.