Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New Paint New Dresser

This past weekend I started painting a dresser I found at my favorite thrift store a few weeks back.  It was a pretty quick paint project and I have been wanting to get my hands on this style dresser for a while now.  I just love the style and the simplicity of it.
Dresser Redo
The coolest part of this project was that I tried a new paint line by Amy Howard at Home.  I had recently heard about this paint from my friend Renee over at The Refined Relic.  Renee  gave it a good review and it’s about $12 cheaper than the two I’ve been working with.  I picked it up from a store I stumbled upon a few months ago in my work travels, Coastal Fog in Greenville, NC.  I started following Coastal Fog on Facebook and saw that they picked up the paint line about a month ago and so last week I was in Greenville again and picked up a can in the color Selznick Grey.  It is a fabulous color!  They are very knowledgeable about the paint line and I cannot wait to try out the other goodies in the line like the lacquer spray paint, the milk paint and the Dust of Ages (up next)!  This paint that I tried is similar to the other chalk paint lines that I have used in the past, a one step paint. 
If you are in the Greenville, NC area and want some serious home décor inspiration go run to Coastal Fog!  Industrial Chic is how I would describe the style, seriously beautiful décor and they offer DIY classes for various projects. 
Back to the dresser.  Here is the before.
dresser before
All gussied up by my front door now.  I loved styling this one.
Dresser 2
I will be selling this one.  I can’t keep them all!  But it sure is tempting. 
Other than painting I replaced the top knobs since it was missing one and I love these glass ones I found at Hobby Lobby.  They went perfect with the bottom pulls
Hobby Lobby Knobs
What do you guys think about this quick makeover? 
Dresser after 3
Hope you all have a super fun Halloween tomorrow!  We are not expecting a lot of trick-or- treator’s in our new neighborhood but hoping we get a few!  I’m off to painting a mirror next, stay tuned!


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Country Grey

I’ve had this table since I was in college.  My Mom and Dad gave it to me one year for Christmas and I have always loved the versatility of its size.  It can be a sofa table, occasional table or console table.  It was Perfect in our first house in the foyer.

In the brief stay in our last house it fit perfect in the dining room but the color always bothered me next to my dark walnut table.

In our current house it fits perfectly in our dining room space where we have a large blank wall.  Still the color bothered me, it just didn’t fit anymore with our darker woods and painted furniture pieces.
I knew I wanted to stain it and I wanted more of a driftwood or grey  look.  Minwax has a new color called Country Grey so I gave that I try.  I always forget how rewarding staining furniture can be until I do another piece.  I am not a fan of stripping the old away but the new finish totally changed the way this table looks. 
There is still lots of color in the furniture here but now all matches a little better.  Just today I finished hanging up a bunch of pictures and now I feel like this side of the dining room is done! 
Pictures Up
This side…still a work in progress.  You’ll notice I painted a mirror too…hate it, still trying to figure out how to make it better.
Loving more grey tones with warm wood in here.  Now I just have to find some money and then I will be buying a rug and a new light fixture!
Dining After
Happy Sunday!