Sunday, January 30

Repurposed Headboard.

This will be a quickie post.  And please let me apologize right away....the photo quality is poor...taken from my cell phone, in the garage, at night!

But regardless, I thought I would share my latest project...maybe someone out there is wondering what to do with an old headboard?

I turned this one into a towel rack using white paint and knobs.

Fairly simple, although the lettering was difficult.  I had to freehand.  It would be an understatement to say that I was forced to let go of my perfectionist ways with this one!!

This was the headboard {before I got a hold of her}:

Oh, and on the back of this I found the date 1956.  Probably ruined a perfectly good piece of antique furniture.  Oh well!

I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend!


Thursday, January 27

Thrift Store Mirror Makeover

Happy Thursday Everyone!
Just  a little tutorial for you today in honor of the
February DIY Project Party over at the DIY club.

How To Turn A Thrift Store Mirror into something a little more fabulous!

What you'll need on hand:

One thrift store mirror with a wooden frame
Three Purdy Paintbrushes (or if you're like me, just one, and rinse after each use)
Krylon Spray Primer
Your favorite gray paint 
Your favorite creamy white paint
Valspar's Translucent Color Glaze in Mocha
A Medium Grit Sanding Sponge
Lint Free Cloths

  • Prime frame with spray primer in white.  Make sure to go easy on the spray since spray paint drips very easily.  Don't spray it on too thick.  You can always do a second coat if need be.  Let dry.

  • Paint on one layer of light gray.  I use Flint Smoke from Home Depot.  Let dry.  Sand lightly...just enough to make sure the paint is smooth.  You don't want to distress it quite yet.

  •  Use a dry brush technique to apply your creamy white paint.  I always use Woodrow Wilson Putty from Lowes.  Let dry. 
(Dry-brush = dip tip of brush in paint and wipe almost all the paint off the brush before painting) 

  • Sand with a sanding sponge to distress.  I would use a medium grit here. 
  • Remove all dust particles with a vacuum or cloth.
  • Brush on a thin layer of glaze mixture - I used Valspar Translucence Color Glaze in Mocha mixed with a little bit of water.  Rub glaze immediately with a lint free cloth.  Let dry.

  • And that's it!  Now you can enjoy your new mirror!

Have fun!


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Tuesday, January 25

A LOT of rambling and a little bit of tutorial

On Sunday, I received the following email from a super sweet blogger regarding the chair that I am currently making over:
Hey LeAnne, I found your blog a couple of weeks ago and love it. I don’t remember I how I found it but I’m glad I did. I was catching up with MMS this morning and there it is “THE CHAIR” “THE FINISH” “OMG”.
I have a French dining room table and chairs that I have been preparing to paint. I thought I had a plan!
Then ‘THE POST” “THE CHAIR” “THE FINISH” “I no longer have a plan. So here it is, would you be willing to share with me your colors, and steps that you did to get this look. It would be perfect for my dining room, I would be eternally grateful, I would give you my first born, wait no, ok maybe lend you my husband he’s great at building homes! That all I got! 
Well that was the most pathetic thing I have ever written, I can’t believe I’m going to send this, I know you’ll understand! Wont you??
 This made my day.  I was super flattered and honestly felt a bit undeserving.  First of all, most of what I am doing to the chair comes straight from the queen herself, Miss Mustard Seed.  I cannot take credit for coming up with this on my own.  I did do a few things differently, which I will get to in just a sec, but the general idea of the piece is inspired by her.  It is, after all, a "Copy Me Challenge."  She's giving us free reign to copy her?  Awesome!  ;)  But secondly, I'm still a novice at this junking thing.  I'm no expert by any means.  I just spend my time testing out new techniques, seeing if they work, and if they do, AWESOME!  If they don't, I call it a fail, and try again.  

So I do feel a little out of place offering a tutorial because this girl probably knows a heck of a lot more than I do when it comes to painting.  But I made a promise and I'm keeping it! :) 

She did bring up a valid point about "never giving away your secrets."  I understand that some people out there may feel this way and I completely respect that.  To each his own.  But here's my personal thinking on it:  I have learned a tremendous amount of information from your blogs.  I receive inspiration from so many of you and I am ever grateful for your willingness to share.  A good bit of what I do comes from somewhere in the back of my mind or from a vision or from a gut-feeling.  But there are projects that stem from something I see in a magazine, in a store, on a blog, wherever.  I'm not that creative to be able to do this all on my own!

I used to be able to sing.  If you know me personally, you are probably laughing right now.  But I did.  And I loved it.  And I was decently good.  But then something happened and I became super shy about it and I quit.  And now I can't carry a tune.  You see, I believe that my singing was a gift from God, a gift that He intended to use for the good of His kingdom.  And I stopped allowing that to happen.  I became selfish with it and He took it away from me.  

I would hate for Him to take this away too.  Everything I do, all of my creativity, all of my passion for pursuing this hobby, comes from Him.  He gave it to me as a gift.  And I truly believe that this is something that will be used to glorify Him.  So of course I am going to share it with others.  If I don't, what's the point?  I don't have the right to be selfish or shy with it.  I learned my lesson the first time.

So, finally on to the tutorial.  If you actually read through all of that, I'm amazed!  But thanks for reading :)

Ok, so as I said before, this is all inspired by Miss Mustard Seed's French Blue Chairs.  I would suggest that you read her tutorial here first because I am going to share with you the things that I did differently.  I took a few short cuts.  

So the chair had a great crackle to it when I started: 

I did not want to loose that texture because there was no way that I would be able to achieve it on my own.  It is something that only comes from being REALLY old.  Therefore, I did NOT sand the chair AT ALL in the beginning.  I only hosed it down with water and let it dry out in the sun.  

Then, I cheated and used spray primer because I was kind of lazy and honestly, spray primer is easier to use {most of the time}.  I just made sure to shake the can often and put it on THIN.  

After the primer dried, I cheated AGAIN and used spray paint!  I'm sure this may shock some of you, but I was really afraid of losing the original texture and I thought that maybe spray paint would prevent that from happening.  And it worked!  It actually helped to draw out the crackle more.  Usually, I sand down a piece after priming and before painting, but I did not do this with the chair.

 This is Krylon Gloss Bahama Sea.  I used two VERY LIGHT coats and I let the first coat completely dry for 24 hours before I proceeded with the second coat.

After the blue dried completely, I used a "dry-brush" technique with a light gray.  When I say dry-brush, I mean I wiped almost ALL of the paint off of the paintbrush before I painted on the chair.  I also used very light and quick strokes.  I didn't want to cover the blue completely but I wanted the gray to be the predominant color.  I'd say that I probably covered about 70% of the chair with the light gray strokes.  This is the gray that I used, a sample size from Home Depot:

Next, after allowing the gray to dry completely, I sanded down the entire chair with 80-grit sandpaper, per Miss Mustard Seed's recommendation.  Honestly, I was terrified to use 80-grit because I was so afraid that I was going to rub off too much.  But Miss Mustard Seed was right and I am so glad that I followed her instructions! 

After the sanding, comes the glaze.  This is what I used:

Valspar Translucent Color Glaze in Mocha from Lowes.  

I don't know if this is the right way to do it, but I added a little bit of water to thin it down.  I think the glaze is WAY too "goopey" and thick in its natural state.  The water helps the glaze go on a little more smoothly.  I brushed the mixture over the entire chair with a paintbrush.  Typically, when I "antique" a piece, I immediately rub the stain/glaze with a lint-free towel.  But I didn't do that this time.  It may be because the glaze was thin, but when I started wiping, it came completely off.   So instead,  I just left it all on there and let it dry for about an hour or two.  Then I came back and lightly wiped it with a lint-free cloth {once it was almost all the way dry}.  Much better!

Ok, so that's it.  That is where I stopped.  I will be working on the upholstery tomorrow.  Wish me luck!!  If it works, I'll tell you how I do that too. 

Hope this helps...And if you have any questions, just ask!


Monday, January 24

A Little Bit of "Off-Topic" Fun!

Hi everyone!  I hope you all are having a FANTASTIC Monday!

I'm sorry to say that I have nothing good for ya current projects or re-dos or thrift store finds.  I'm sincerely sorry.

But since I do have a quick sec to put a post up, I thought I would share some fun photos with you of my husband and me.  I love to see photos of my fellow blogger helps to put a face with a name.  So forgive me if this is completely boring to you, but it's all I've got today.

These were taken on the night that I discovered my LOVE for photo booths.  I must have gone through that thing 20 times.  Seriously.  Twenty.  My husband would be super embarrassed if he knew I was posting these, but he doesn't keep up with my blog, so no worries!  :)

I'd also like to take a minute to thank each and every one of you for your comments, emails, questions, and all that goodness.  I have to say that every single one I receive brings a huge smile to my face and makes my heart super happy.  You all are beyond encouraging, inspiring, and KIND!  I try to respond to everyone through email, but I also just discovered that some of my responses are not getting through to you due to a "no-reply" email address {"B" know who you are!! I totally just called you out!  hehe}  So, please provide an email address because I would absolutely love to write you back!

Ok, and, I'd like to "promise promise pinky swear" to Miss Becky that I will get back to your question.  I may even make a post about it if that's ok with you.  I ran out of time today, but it's coming to ya this week!

xo to everyone

Sunday, January 23

*~Sneak Peak~*

In honor of Miss Mustard Seed's "Copy Me Challenge," I've been working hard at a project this weekend that I can't wait to share with you!

But for now, you'll just get a sneak peak because its not totally complete yet.

This is what I'm working with:

My super nice neighbor brought this by a couple weeks ago and asked if I wanted a project.  Um, yes...of course!  He said he just didn't have the time to refinish it so it was wasting away in his garage.

I just couldn't pass it up.  {as if i don't already have enough projects stacked up in the garage...}  But I knew it had a great life ahead of it.  And it just so happened that Miss Mustard Seed anounced her challenge around the same time.

So this is your sneak peak:

I am so completely ecstatic about this one!!

Can't wait to show you the finished product. :)

Hope everyone has a great end to the weekend!


Friday, January 21

Fresh Inspiration

Yes, please.  I'll have one of everything.

Has anyone else received the latest Sundance Catalog?  

I mean, just look at this paint treatment:

{all images courtesy of Sundance Catalog}

Really Sundance?  Thanks a lot. You have just made me a very busy girl...
And I don't know how I feel about that yet.

My goal is to achieve this somehow, someway.  I have the inspiration, but now I need the motivation.  
I see some long nights in my future.

Happy Weekend!

xo LeAnne

Thursday, January 20

Nothing Beyond Hope.

 DIY'ers:  I have the proof.  Say it out loud:   

Nothing is beyond hope.

Oh really?  Don't believe me?  Well, this lamp came pretty close.  

I almost threw it away.  Y' was SO UGLY!!  There was nothing I liked about it.  Not.A.Single.Thing.   Sad, I know.

But just like in real life, some things most things require patience.  I had to let this one sit for a while.  I thought that maybe with a little bit of time, the creative juices would start flowing and I would come up with a plan to make it look better. Well, it sat...and it sat...and it sat....for a very...long...time...

And then it sat half-finished for even longer than that.  Have you ever tried to find an affordable lampshade for something so large?  Why are lampshades so ridiculously expensive anyway?  
I really thought the lamp was doomed.

But then the Habitat Re-Store came to my rescue and I finally found a shade big enough at a decent just needed a makeover as well.  
{I HIGHLY recommend a visit to the Habitat Re-Store if you live anywhere near one!}

So, at long last, after at least 6 months of sitting, the lamp is completely made-over. 

Material List:  one retro-fabulous lamp, one cheap lampshade, spray primer and spray paint of your choosing, dark stain for glaze, sandpaper for distressing, jute rope {at least 300 feet, yes three-hundred, no lie}, hot glue gun, hot glue sticks, scrap burlap for rosettes, decorative ribbon, fancy thumb tacks or buttons, and a TON of patience.  Oh, a glass of wine and a good TV show wouldn't hurt either.  This will come in handy when you spend a couple hours wrapping up the shade with the rope.

Ok, so what did I learn?  Nothing is beyond hope.  Not an ugly lamp.  Not a project that sits for half a year.  Not anything in our lives.  Not a dream, not a vision, not a person, not a prayer.  

There is nothing worthy to be given up on.  

Ok?  I love you guys!
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