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Gray Washed World Market Coffee Table- Cameron Coffee Table Makeover

7th February 2016

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Gray Washed World Market Coffee Table Makeover

I have seen a lot of World Market furniture via Pinterest and other social media sites and was totally bummed out that there wasn’t a store in Massachusetts.  Then one day I saw a picture of the Property Brothers on Instagram at the grand-opening of a World Market store in Framingham, Massachusetts, and I was so excited!  Finally, I could check out what all the hype was about.  Road trip time!

So I loaded up the kiddos and headed down there.  Sure enough there was beautiful housewares as far as the eye could see…and the prices were affordable!  But I haven’t had any reason to purchase a piece of furniture from there…until now.  

We have lived without a coffee table in the family room for a while now, because of safety reasons with our two-year-old son.  But now he is older and we are not as worried about major head injuries, so we decided to purchase a new coffee table to finish the space.  When I found this Cameron coffee table from World Market, I new it could work in the space.  I really like that it had room for storage baskets underneath.  Also the price was right at $229.99.

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When I brought the coffee table home and assembled it, I realized I wasn’t crazy about some of the reddish-tones in the wood.  So I decided to tone-it-down with a gray-wash.  I had some left-over Annie Sloan chalk paint in French Linen from this project and I decided to try it out on the table.  

The process of a paint wash couldn’t be any simpler, I just added some water to the chalk paint until it was pretty liquidy in consistency (not an exact science), brushed it on the table in sections with a paint brush, and the immediately wiped it off with paper towels.  I really tried to work the paint into the grain of the wood when I was wiping it off.  Then I repeated the process to any areas of the wood that were particularly red-toned. Finally, I finished the table off with a coat of Annie Sloan’s clear wax.

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I think the gray tones work better in the room with the paint color and the colors in the rug.  Also, I like how the black hardware on the table works with the lantern light fixture.

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I am really pleased with how the table turned out, and it just goes to show that with a little paint and some elbow grease, you can transform a piece to fit your space and the look you are going for.

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Dining Room Reveal-French Provincial Dining Set Makeover

3rd December 2015

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Dining Room Reveal- French Provincial Dining Set Makeover

Finally the moment has arrived when I can finally reveal the french provincial dining table and six cane chairs that Mr. Wilson worked so hard to finish!   Since we are hosting Christmas dinner this year, I rushed to sew the skirts for the chairs and decided that for the sake of time, I would just reupholster the arm chairs in a gray linen fabric I found at Joannes.  I actually like the contrast of the gray fabric on the arm chairs, it makes the set a little unique and not so matchy-matchy. 

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Here is a view of the back of the chair skirts I sewed from drop-cloths.  If you remember from this post, I used Miss Mustard seeds amazing tutorial on how to sew these little babies and I think it really dresses the chairs up!  

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I used these drop cloths that I ordered from Amazon, which I bleached to give them a lighter look.  The chairs were sanded down and painted in Old White chalk paint by Annie Sloan.

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I whitewashed the table top and painted the legs and base in Annie Sloan’s French Linen Chalk Paint, you can read about this transformation more in this post.

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The following photos show how I set the table for Christmas, which is quickly approaching.  The little trees I found at the Target dollar bin section for $3 each.

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The table runner and little gold candle holders are from Homegoods.

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A simple and inexpensive Christmas centerpiece is a pretty bowl or tray filled with sparkly ornaments.  I received the glass bowl as a wedding gift and the large silver ball in the middle is from the Christmas Tree Shop.

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This table is ready for a feast, now I just have to figure out what to cook!

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DIY American Girl Bakery with Craft Store Materials

2nd December 2015

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DIY American Girl Bakery with Craft Store Materials

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My daughter Sophie has recently taken an interest in American Girl dolls and is asking Santa Claus for the 2015 girl of the year “Grace Thomas.”  Apparently, Grace was motivated to start her own bakery with some friends after a trip to Paris, France.  The American Girl store sells Grace’s adorable French bakery for a wopping $500 and a smaller pastry cart for $150! Since Sophie and I love to bake, I decided to create a budget-friendly version of Grace’s bakery for some fun imaginary play.

For this project I used materials from Michaels craft store and Joanne Fabrics.  

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-Half-size unfinished wood crate

-3 square long wood rods from Michaels (see picture below)

-4 rectangular wood boards from Michaels (see picture)

-Small hand saw

-Small screws

-Hot glue gun

-Paint of your choice (I used chalk paint and craft paint)

-Wood plaque

-Drill

First Mr. Wilson assembled the basic frame of the bakery by attaching two square rods with small screws (using a drill) to each side of the back of the crate.

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Then he attached one of the rectangular wood pieces to the top of the rods.  After that, I had him attach another rectangular piece on top of that piece so I could create an awning.

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Here’s a side shot of the top and how it was attached to the frame.  Make sure to use small screws so that it does not break the wood when they get drilled.

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At this point, my daughter said she wanted some shelves in her bakery and a longer counter to display the baked goods, so I purchased some additional items.  I used the square rod as the base for the shelves by cutting them to the right length using a hand saw and then hot glued them to the inside of the crate so the rectangular boards could sit on top of them as shelves.  I also had to cut off a few inches of the rectangular boards for them to fit horizontally in the crate.  

Lastly, I drilled the long plaque to the top of the crate to create a longer bakery counter…and yes I used a handsaw and drill myself…girl power!  My confidence with power tools is at an all-time high right now because all of my appendages are still intact after this project!

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After the bakery was assembled, I painted it with a horrific shade of pepto pink and then was really questioning how this project was going to turn out.  So I decided to use some gray, white and black paint to create a marbled effect on the counter to break-up all the pink.  The awning is just black and white striped cardstock paper that I folded to create a canopy effect and hot-glued to the top wood piece.diy-american-girl-doll-bakery

Here is a close-up of how the shelves were assembled.  I styled the counter and shelves with a few chalkboard easels and plaques that I found at Michaels.  The play bakery food I found on Amazon. dig-american-girl-doll-bakery

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The little dessert stands are made from mirrors I got at Joanne Fabrics glued onto the plastic pillars that are used between layers of cakes.  You can find them here and the mirrors here. I painted them with acrylic craft paint.

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I can’t wait for Christmas to come so that Sophie can play with her new Grace doll and pretend bakery.

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French Provincial Dining Table Makeover With Chalk Paint {Tutorial}

15th November 2015

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French Provincial Dining Table Makeover With Chalk Paint

I purchased this french provincial dining room table sight unseen off of a Craigslist add.  It came as a set along with these six cane chairs and a hutch.  The table was pretty beat-up with lots of stains and grime and once again Mr. Wilson was questioning my judgement.

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It was pretty clear that this table was not handled with care.

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There was a lovely “speckled” finish that you find with mid-century furniture.  It was their way of making it look older or antiqued.

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So Mr. Wilson and I did what we had to do, we removed the old finish with Minwax Furniture Refinisher and gave it a good sanding. I will not be using this product in the future, because it has a very strong odor.

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This is what it looked like after being sanded down with 100 grit sand paper using both an electric palm sander and sanding by hand.

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Next I sanded down the legs and removed the speckled pee-yellow color paint.  Then I pondered for days what to do with the top.  My first instinct was to stain it a rich walnut color and paint the base off-white.  Then Mr. Wilson had a great idea, he suggested that we bring it in the dining room and then decide.  Once I had it in the dining room, I realized that staining it dark would just not work in the space.  Upon the suggestion of a Facebook friend, I decided to whitewash the top to give it a brighter look.

I used some left-over Country Chic Paint in Lazy Linen which is a very light gray color to mix up my own whitewash with a hint of gray.  Basically I just added about 60% paint to 40% water.

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I have never whitewashed anything before, and it was pretty daunting to do an entire table top, but I made it work. I used a regular paint brush to paint the wash on the table one section at a time, then I immediately wiped it off with paper towels.  The key is to use a clean, dry part of the paper towel each time you wipe off the paint so you don’t unknowingly deposit blotches of paint back on the table top.  I love the variations in the finish, I think it gives it a beautiful aged finish.

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Then I painted the legs in Annie Sloan’s French Linen chalk paint and waxed it with Annie Sloan’s clear wax tinted with a little Old White Chalk Paint. This gave the legs a whitewashed finish to match the top.

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I couldn’t be more delighted with how it turned out! Now I am going to whitewash all of the furniture in my house…just kidding…well maybe.

Next I need to finish the six cane chairs that go with the set, and my dining room will be ready for a nice Christmas dinner!

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23rd October 2015

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With the holidays quickly approaching I was in the market for a new dining room set that would accommodate my family of five, plus our extended family. I had been searching Craigslist for a while now but came up empty-handed until I stumbled upon this set.  It included 6 cane back french provincial chairs, a french provincial dining table with 3 leaves and a hutch.  For a price of $250, I couldn’t pass it up. 

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Mr. Wilson was once again pretty skeptical about this purchase, given the condition of the chairs and fabric.  You can see the nasty stains on the chair fabric in the picture above.  But I could see beyond the stains and the dirt…… I had visions of Miss Mustard Seeds beautiful cane-back dining chairs dancing in my head.  She has such amazing taste and has transformed many dining chairs with some paint and drop-cloths.  Yes, you heard me right…DROP-CLOTHS!!!

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Image Curtesy of Miss Mustard Seed

Although my sewing skills have progressed, making slipcovers for 6 chairs will prove a challenge for me.  Thank goodness Miss Mustard Seed has an excellent tutorial on how to make dining chair slipcovers and it looks pretty straight-forward…haha, famous last words.  I plan on using this chair as my guinea pig and so far I have removed the seat cushion and lightly sanded it.  Next, it will get a coat of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in “Old White,” a creamy off-white color.  Then I plan on getting started with the drop-cloth slipcovers.

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Do you think I can pull it off?  I guess we will see!

You probably noticed I do not have a picture of the table and the hutch.  That is because the table was disassembled for transport to my house.  I will write a later post on the table. 

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French Settee Makeover With Chalk Paint and New Fabric

14th October 2015

 

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French Settee Makeover with Chalk Paint and New Fabric

I found a sweet little bench on Craigslist for $75 and I new it had potential.  Unlike other chairs I’ve made-over, I knew that this bench would be a breeze to reupholster/recover with new fabric.  I really wanted to keep the natural wood, but I was not fond of the dark stain and it was just too dark for my living room.  I considered sanding or stripping it down to natural wood but I knew it would be too much work with all of the nooks and crannies.

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Here is the before photo from the original Craigslist ad.

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For paint, I decided to use Country Chic’s chalk paint in lazy linen, which is a nice light gray color with a blue under-tone.  This was my first time using this brand of paint, and I have to say I am thrilled with it.  It goes on so smooth and the finish is beautiful.  I purchased it locally at Vintage Prairie Home which is a cute little shop in my town.

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I used just about three coats of paint to cover the dark wood and then finished it up with some clear wax.

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The fabric is Dwell Studio Boteh in Jade which I purchased for $10 a yard on Ebay, not too shabby!  

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The pillow was an Ikea pillow that I jazzed up with my mad crochet skills.  It was inspired by this pillow by West Elm.

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I am pleased with how it turned out and I am really excited to have some additional seating in my living room.  If you missed my post on my living room re-design you can read about it here.

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French Dresser Makeover with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

2nd October 2015

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I decided to give this little french dresser a makeover using Annie Sloan Chalk paint.  The dresser color is Annie Sloan “Duck Egg Blue” which is a beautiful fresh blue color and the hardware is Annie Sloan “Arles” which is a mustard yellow color.  The inspiration for the color palette was the fabric I used to reupholster these cane chairs, since this sweet dresser will be used as a sideboard in my living room re-design.  I thought the color combination was modern and a little bit funky.

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Here is the before photo of the dresser:

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I also had to replace one of the drawer glides that was completely chewed up and broken.  

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I did lots of research online on drawer track replacements and I figured out that you can not find an exact replica of track seen above.  Instead, you have to purchase a complete replacement drawer track for that particular drawer.  I purchased this one from Swisco.com.  If you are not sure which replacement system to purchase you can email them a photograph of your current track system and they will recommend a replacement for it.  

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It is not the best drawer system, but it is better than a drawer that just falls out.  Here is a close-up of the hardware.

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I used some Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White to add some dimension to the detailed areas of the dresser to make them pop.

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I am happy with how it turned out, I really love the duck egg blue!

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