Dreaming of a Pink Christmas

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Make Your World Colorful With Velvet Finishes Paint

Life has been so busy as I prepare to open up my first shop. I thought I would blog about the process, but the truth is between 3 boys, 2 huge puppies, and my furniture business I’m barely keeping up!  To find out my husband and I are to be even more outnumbered come summer.  I thought this is the perfect time to sample a new paint line that’s no prime, no sand, no chalk, and silky smooth. “Colour Your World” is our theme for this months Fab Furniture Flippin’contest.  My world, not my 3 boys world, but mine.  I knew it was meant to be when the directions read “Slap it on!” I can’t do much in my first trimester, but I can do that!  So, Velvet Finishes, let’s see what makes ya special!

Step 1: Prep the furniture. Spray Ready to degloss and clean project piece. Use plenty of this!

Step 2: SLAP IT ON! This is 3 coats of Ethereal. It takes more layers than chalkpaint and dries slower, but it’s worth it to not have to sand out the bush strokes. I was playing with technique here with the brighter pink. I went more bold.


step 3: Brush on final color, Glamorous, and gently wipe off paint in details. Wet distressing.

I brushed on a second coat in areas I wanted to be more pure. 
Step 4: Optional step.  Velvet Finishes offers a sealer called Protect. It’s recommended for items of high traffic.

*Bedrails are an upholstered 2×6 with thrift store fabric. Screw a bed claw to hook onto bed on both ends and done.

What I loved about this project is there is NO ODOR and no sanding, which means you can work on this inside your house. Just in time for Gilmore Girls release!  It’s guilt free binging if you have a project.  Pick your color and colour Your world with Velvet Finishes  by Kellie Smith.Velvet Finish colours


Do you refinish furniture and blog about it?  The Fab Flippin’ Furniture
Contest would love to have you!  Contact us at info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com

Check out our hosts this month for more inspiration and to see other colors used!

Thea at http://www.sweettearefinishing.com/2016/10/colour-your-world-with-velvet-finishes.html

Fern at http://www.onfernavenue.com/2016/10/color-your-world-painted-layered.html#more



Farmhouse Sampler

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You may have noticed I have taken some time away from blogging.  I have been so busy while preparing to open my first shop. My city friends call it a barn, my country friends call it a shop, and a stray cat calls it home. So, when I saw this months Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest is sponsored by Old Fashioned Milk Company with a Farmhouse theme…I could not hold back.


Old img_1731Fashioned Milk Company is fantastic for busy moms. It’s so hard to get projects done with 3 boys. I don’t want them around a lot of products, although I do use low VOC and environmentally “friendly”. Which is kinda like asking a waitress if they have a gluten free menu and being told they have a “gluten friendly” menu. What?  Is that a kind of, but not really? So I was excited to try an all green product! Check out the product here.


So, what to paint?  This project needed to be quick and easy! This piece is what I refer to as the “sampler”.  It gets a little bit of everything on it.  Paint techniques, paint colors, even a little marker art. I have been waiting around on how to make it pretty, bc I just didn’t know.

I mixed Federal Blue with equal parts water and stirred for 5 mins.  Then let it set to break up anything that’s left.  While painting it’s important to keep stirring because it will settle.

It was 100 degrees, with Kansas humidity when I painted.  So, I wasn’t sure how it would turn out.   It dried in about 5 mins, which was great because it needed 2 coats.  It has very thin coverage, like milk!



img_1710I also wanted to fancy up a simple clay pot so I added plaster to the milk paint and stenciled a pattern on it.






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S is for Donovan

It’s Transformation Tuesday and this week I found found a dresser for my 3 year old.   He was showing off his new dresser and pointed to the big letter “D” and exclaims “S is for Donovan!” Oh my sweet boy, you stick to telling me the size of the smokestacks on that 379 over there. His main area of expertise is in garbage trucks, worker-man trucks, and most importantly BIG PETES! He is kind of a Peterbilt snob.

I found this solid dresser for $60 bucks. It’s solid wood with plastic drawers screwed into the wood. Really an unattractive piece. I let him pick his favorite color of blue and in 3 really easy steps we finished this giant dresser.


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 I wanted to try a new chalk paint so I tried Art Minds, found at Michaels. (They didn’t have a black wax so I tinted the clear). This is the only chalk paint that I have noticed a bad odor. So awful. Must paint outside! I did not and I still have a headache. Other than that it went on very smooth and adhered just like I needed on those plastic drawers without any prep work.


First coat on and ready to put lighter blue on.







I used a dry brush technique so not all the dark blue would be covered. This elimates having to sand for the layered effect and keeps that depth.






Dry overnight or for half a day. This brand took much longer than others I have used to dry.

Final step is to wax.  Tint the clear wax to whatever color you want. I wanted black to antique the look and give it some character. Wipe it on and wipe it off and then gently buff after it has dried.  This step is super messy so I did not get any pictures!
Find some awesome knobs that only your little boy would love and done!



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Until the next project,



I am normally hesitant of custom orders because it doesn’t allow me to do whatever I want and that is kind of my thing. However, this was a lot of fun.  I had the privilege getting to know a fantastic lady who is a opening a day spa in Lincoln.  She needed a big dresser for the makeup area.  I sent her a picture of what I had.


She told me she wanted it white and with big chunky legs.  No Problem.

Ok, legs were kind of a problem on this beast,  but it still happened.  I was going to do a leg tutorial but honestly, it’s kind of easy and you can just look on Pinterest.

I will explain my paint though.  I knew I wanted to use Linen white and a chalk paint so it would sand smooth.  Impress all the ladies relaxing on their well-deserved day out.

So paint, Flat Linen (found at Ace), some kind of plaster or chalk additive, and water.


Microwave a small cup of hot water, will just use a tiny amount.  While that is heating up dish out about 1/3 cup of plaster and add in a little water at a time until you get the consistency of peanut butter.  The good kind of peanut butter, not the natural stuff that you can barely mix.


Perfect. Now mix into paint and stir.  You might need to do this a few times until you get the thickness you want.

Now paint. Dry OVERNIGHT. Then sand away!  I sand the paint strokes away and wax for that nice slick protective coating.  I waxed this one 3 times because makeup was going to be on it daily and I wanted it really easy to clean.


Then there are legs…

We screwed in the required hardware underneath and then waited and waited for these beautiful chunky legs to arrive.  We went with an antique gold look to match the mirror that is going over it.

Spray paint gold. Let dry.


I stopped taking pictures at this point.  Starting seeing red shoot across the baby monitor. Time to just get it done!  Just have to imagine any kind of black antiquing glaze. Brush it on, get in the crevices good, and wipe off.

And it all came together like this….

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Better yet, go see it in person.  Make an appointment with Eucalyptus Day Spa!


Snow day project!

Snow days are fun and all.  Thirty minutes of bundling children, two minutes of snow fun, and then screaming and entitlement of hot cocoa and treats.  Everyone loves being trapped indoors with their children and spouse all day, especially me.  My husband was excited when I said I had projects I needed to work on.  He thought it was the weeks worth of laundry I have ignored.  However, this happened.

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Here are the steps.


Purple basecoat.

Now the plaster and stencil.  To make the plaster I just make the same consistency as I do when I make my own chalk paint. Get any kind of plaster and mix it with water until you get the consistency of peanut butter.

Next, spray adhesive the back of the stencil and put in place.  Simply smear the plaster of the stencil and let dry for 5 minutes and remove.

Then, I painted what I thought was the top coat. It was too pink, so I made 2 more colors. Only 1 coat for each color because I wanted all the colors to pull through.


Then, I mixed a walnut stain with my wax to make it dark, just using what I could make at home since there is a foot of snow outside.  Wipe the wax on and buff off.  Leaving the final look, that I adore.


Now, that laundry…



I’m Bringing Dinner Back

Disclosure: DecoArt provided me the paint for these pieces, but all opinions are my own!

finaldDinnertime at our house is chaos, not that beautiful chaos those mothers who have it together talk about. Like the real people chaos.  I am very blessed to stay home with my beautiful boys, but when dinner rolls around and everyone is in meltdown mode (myself included), I start to dread it.  So, with this month’s Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest I knew exactly what I wanted for our the “Make a Statement.”  I’m bringing dinner back!  So here’s to you, Deco Art for making family time my happy place again.



I chose white and cream with a show stopper green.  The exact colors are Everlasting (white) and Fortune (green).  Check out their other chalk style decoart_logopaint options.


First thing I always finish on a project is staining. I like it dried and sealed before I paint. It’s easier to clean paint than stain if there are any little ones that come streaking by.  Scrub the petrified ketchup and smashed up berries out of the cracks and sand down if needed. I used a dark gel stain, 3 coats, with a day to dry between coats.  Deco Art has a self-sealing stain , which eliminates putting a finish on it.

FINAL BNow the fun happens.  White and green both have 2 coats of paint on.  Drying time in between was about 15 minutes.  So easy.  I then used a dark brown wax as a sealer on both table and chairs. It really deepens a color and gives it that dimension I was looking for.  The white was a little too dark, so I lightly brushed the same white paint over the top in the bigger areas.  

Staple down the new upholstery make a chair bench if the little ones are insistent.  Two opinionated parents makes quite opinionated children as it turns out. Sew some piping and you get something like this…


Yes, I know the chair on the right is missing an arm.  That’s the mommy chair, best used for impromptu sprinting to the paper towels.

Check out this month’s talented bloggers in The Fab Flippin’ Contest along with the featured hosts at Thirty Eighth Street and Ciburbanity

If you love redoing furniture AND have a blog email one of our hosts at info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com.

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Hello Yellow

Apricot, by General Finishes, to be exact.IMG_2655

This month I have had the opportunity to be a part of the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest.  We all know redoing furniture is my passion.  Something you might not know about me is how much I love competition. Like, I won’t train for a marathon because I know it’s not possible for me to get 1st place.  Kind of ridiculous, but that’s me.           

So, when presented with this challenge, I dove in.  General Finishes is releasing Chalk Style Paint and we received any color for free to review with the theme being, “A Fresh Start”.  Sometimes the furniture inspires you, sometimes it’s the paint.  This time the inspiration was definitely that deep, golden, beautiful yellow…this is my signature color.  They also have a lot of other beautiful colors to choose from

I’ve had this dresser for awhile, just waiting to be loved.  Not much prep needs to be done before applying chalkpaint.  It will adhere to almost anything.  However, I had one too many splinters from this dresser so sanding down was a must.


(p.s. motorcycle is for sale)

While I waited for paint to be delivered I decided I wanted to try cutting a mirror for the top.  Surely I could remember what my high school art teacher taught me 15 years ago. It wasn’t a perfect cut, but who wants that?  I also decided plain mirror top was boring me so I made a faux mercury glass.  (Click here to see how I completed this technique.)



The paint arrived at 2:00 and I had two coats on by 2:30.  I waited until the next day to start sanding; it’s best to let it cure overnight.  The paint went on much smoother and with less sanding time than when I make my own chalk paint.  It was thinner than other brands, so I was skeptical.  However, coverage proved to be solid and smooth.  Coverage for yellow paint isn’t always the best, but this proved itself.  I lightly distressed, just enough for a little character. Then glued the mirror and framed around it.  I used liquid nails to glue into place, then hammered a few nails in to secure it.

Then, it was time for sconces.  Electrical. Yuck. But, I so badly wanted these antique chandelier arms to be a part of this dresser.  So here are the steps. (Skip to step 4 if you are a total bad ass.)


Step 1: Call your brother-in-law, the electrician, while you are at the hardware store. 

Step 2: Talk really loud and look extra confused while on the phone with him. There is always an older guy lurking around just waiting to help.  Can you figure it out yourself? Absolutely.  But it makes the lurker feel pretty helpful and it takes a load off.

Step 3:  Look at all the parts for 3-4 days.  Talk about your plans in front of your husband, secretly hoping he does it for you.

Step 4:  Just connect the dang wires. What’s the worst that could happen? It doesn’t work?  Whatever.

And guess what, it worked.  Husband not necessary.

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Throw it all together…


Tea or whiskey?  I’ll never tell.


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You can check out the other contestants by going one of the following links.   There is some amazing work being done!




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