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I painted my kitchen chairs green last weekend and I’m LOVING the way they pop now against my new white tulip table!  I completely forgot to take close up before pics of the chairs and didn’t even think of doing a “how to” on them but I will give you the rundown on how I painted, distressed, stained them right now for those of you who might be wondering.  This is my own made up way to distress and paint wooden furniture.  There are tons of great sites out there with lots of professionals that really know what they’re doing but I’m impatient and cheap so I do things the short and sweet way.   These chairs were previously painted cream and distressed and stained.  To get them green I simply bought a spray primer (in grey to save on top coats), and green spray paint.  The paint I used is from Rust-Oleum and is called “Fern”.  It came in a “Gloss Protective Enamel” which worked great and will be extra durable to little hands and wipe downs.  I also bought a stain that has a built in polyeurothane coating.  I used Minwax PolyShades in Antique Walnut.  Staining over a painted piece of wood furniture gives an antique feel and gives the piece real character.  I wanted my old farmhouse style chairs to look old and worn because I thought the flat gloss paint color would look odd on that style of chair.  Anyway, heres what I did:

1.  I sanded the chairs slightly with a medium grit sandpaper.  Just to give them some tooth for the primer to hold on to.

2.  Then I sprayed a coat of the grey primer all over the chairs.  I wasn’t super concerned if they weren’t completely covered in opaque primer.

3.  Once the primer was dry, I sprayed the chairs with the green enamel spray paint.  If I weren’t doing these for myself I would’ve done several light coats until the chairs were covered.  But I am impatient and didn’t care about PERFECTION so I just slapped it on thick in one coat, being careful not to create drips.

4.  I let the freshly painted chairs dry overnight.

5.  The next day I took my sandpaper and lightly sanded some of the edges and divets and other areas to give it that distressed, worn look.  Some of the areas got sanded down to the original wood, others got sanded down to the cream paint color that was on them before.  My chairs were already “beat up” from when I had distressed and painted them the first time.  If you want a real distressed look, feel free to take an awl, hammers, rocks, chisels, etc. to your piece to distressed it and make it look worn and old.  Then, when you sand, pay special attention to all those little areas and make them come out by sanding them back a bit.

6.  After they were all sanded and distressed, I wiped them down really well with a damp cloth.  Then I got my stain out and started applying it one area at a time with a paper towel.  This is where you gotta move kinda quick.  I just dip my towel into the stain and start rubbing it on in the direction of the woodgrain (or where the woodgrain would go if you hadn’t painted it).  Rub it on and keep rubbing over it until you have applied the right amount.  It will start to dry and get tacky if you rub too much though so you might want to practice the look you’re going for on a scrap piece of wood first until you feel like you have it down.  I covered the entire chair this way with the stain, making sure I worked in sections and got in all the sanded back areas (the stain is what seals those parts that you’ve sanded back so they don’t continue to chip).  

7.  Let the stain dry at least overnight before using the furniture.  I waited a couple of days before I brought our chairs back in to use.

Anyway, thats how I did them. So sorry there are no pics!  But heres what they look like now in my kitchen:

You can see in the pic above how the stain creates variations in the paint color.  I love that.

And there they are!  I love them and am even more thrilled about the green since I found some awesome green dishes at the DOLLAR STORE last week!  I’ll have to take pics of those too because they’re seriously awesome and you’ll never believe they came from the Dollar Store.

P.S.  I sold my old table and 2 of the 4 chairs that came with my tulip table and actually ended up making a $10 profit out of the whole deal!  Which made my hubby very very happy! 🙂

Anyway, check back soon because I also made a fabulous new light fixture for my kitchen that you’re going to want to see the easy breezy tutorial for!  Heres a sneak peek!

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I have always loved black and white.  I guess its the contrast and the way it always makes a room *POP*.  My master bedroom is black and white, and kahki with a grey undertone, with pops of celadon green.  It is entirely a work in progress, but I thought I’d share what I’ve got so far.

Heres a peak from the doorway.

And another…

I found these modern green velvet barrel chairs at TJMax for $120 each.  Perfect pop of color and so fun and comfy.

These white “end tables” I bought at Target for $15 each.  The fabric that is currently sitting on top is actually a pair of pillow cases I got at Target also for $5 for the pair and will soon become cushions as I am planning on transforming these end tables into ottomans for the end of my bed.

I wanted to add some luxurious texture to the room and wanted to find a white flokati rug for under my bed.  Nope.  Too $$$.  So instead I found this fluffy white shag rug in a 4’x6′ at Target for about $60.  It looks and feels almost like the flokati rug I was eyeballing but for a fraction of the price.

My nightstands are actually antique tea-carts I got for $15 a piece.  I spray painted them black and silver-leafed the tops and then added plexi-glass as a protection for my silver leafing.

I made two chalkboards to go on the nightstands out of leftover MDF from a previous project.  *TIP* Don’t waste the extra money buying chalkboard paint to create custom chalkboards.  Just use regular black spray paint (matte or satin finish works best) and it will turn out just as well.  Actually, I’ve used both chalkboard paint and black spray paint and I prefer the latter.

This is my most recent creation.  The tutorial for this is coming asap!  I made this chandelier out of a spatter guard cover from the Dollar Store and plastic placemats that I found on clearance for $1.30 each  from Target.  I cut them into squares, punched holes in them with eyelet punchers, and used jump rings to fasten them together and attach them to the spatter cover.  I am in the process of making the second one and I’m pretty happy with how they’re coming out.  I am planning on hanging them out from the wall (not the ceiling like is shown in the pics) with something…I’m not sure yet what.  If you have any ideas let me know. 🙂

I chose to make the chandeliers to hang over my nightstands so that I could soften up my focal wall (there were too many hard edges with the nightstands, headboard, and painting) and add lighting higher than what a table lamp would allow.  The pic below shows my old lamp on the right and my new chandelier hung to about the height that it will go on the left.  You can see what a pleasant difference this makes in the space. *TIP* When decorating your room, vary the height of things to keep from making your space seem “squashed” (aren’t you impressed with my fancy decorator terminology).  As you can see below, the lamp on the right is too in line with the headboard and too boxy.  This focal area really needed some light and tapered lighting to bring the eye up and keep it from feeling heavy and uniform.

I painted this painting with leftover craft paint and a 50% off canvas.  I am really pleased with how it turned out.  I like the subtle abstractness of it and the mystery it brings to the room.

I made the headboard with 3″ foam, plywood, and 2×4’s.  Then I sewed a slipcover for it (with velcro on the sides for easy removal) out of old velvet drapes from our old apartment.  I added the ribbon detail with grosgrain ribbon and liquid stitch.  I like it.  It works for now.  I’m sure I’ll re-decorate in a year and make a new slipcover for it in another fun fabric.

This is the wall opposite my bed that I decked out in a collage of frames, mirrors, and shelves.  It isn’t done yet as you can tell but I like the eclecticness of it and I’m excited to get it finished.

This dresser I got for $90 from an antique salesman.  I spray painted it white with black vertical stripes and changed the hardware to chrome knobs.

This was another thrift store mirror I got for $8.  It was gold so I spray painted it metallic silver and then glazed it with black watered down craft paint and sealed it with a matte spray finish.  I actually don’t love it in here and am working on a circle mirror to take its place.  That tutorial will be coming up soon as well.

Heres a look at the room from the other side.  The drapes are actually white twin sheets I got at Walmart for $4 a sheet.  They are light and airy and long and puddle nicely for that luxurious feel I wanted.  There were so many tall windows in this room that I couldn’t afford to go out and buy or make real LONG curtains like I wanted so I improvised and I don’t think anyone has noticed that they’re actually sheets.  The black inner curtains are button up roman shades that I got at BigLots for $7 each.   They block out the sun, and give a nice added dimension to my windows.  They look really cute up but made it too bright to be able to take decent pics in here.

And thats my room so far.  Like I said, a work and progress like most things I do.  I know that just when I get it all done I’ll want to re-decorate!  But I guess its all about finding joy in the journey!  And black and white gives my JOY!  P.S.  My hotel style bedding I got for a steal at $80 from Marshalls.  It came with the comforter, bedskirt, 2 shams, and accent pillow and if you like it I just saw it again at TJMax as a duvet cover last week so you might be able to find it there if you would like it for yourself.

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