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Have you been wanting new nightstands in your master or guest bedroom, but can’t seem to pull the trigger because your “old ones”….well… they’re still good??!! I mean…..they aren’t terrible or anything (well maybe), but they are definitely not the style or look you are going for?? Yep….get in line. It’s really difficult to drop several hundred dollars for something you already own…but just have grown tired of. So, what’s a girl to do??? I found myself in the same dilemma. I really couldn’t alter the style on these bad boys (and I soooo would have), but at least I could do something about the look. If you find yourself in a similar situation (enter in a little paint, glaze, & some extra time out of your schedule), and you can change your nightstands too. DIY Nightstand Makeover: Painted White with Dark Top. So, let’s refresh those “oldies, but goodies” nightstands of your’s and give them the makeover they deserve!! *** I used latex paint on these, but you could use chalk paint, and just skip some of my first steps ***
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1. 3 Paintbrushes- (1 for primer/white paint, 1 for black paint, 1 for glaze/wax)
2. Primer – Zinnser
3. Paint- Behr Swiss Coffee 1 quart (Home Depot Brand)
5. Clear Wax – Trewax
7. Spray Paint – Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint
8. Rags and T-shirt rags – Rags….. T-shirts– (for wiping dust, glaze/wax off)
10. Wooden blocks (or something to put nightstand feet on & hardware on)
11. Painter’s Tape – Scotch Blue
12. Black Paint for Top- sample size or 1 quart Behr (Home Depot)
Here is the Behr Whites Collection (brochure) from Home Depot I just wanted to show you what Behr Swiss Coffee looks like with other “whites.”
Since whites have a hint of another color added – you can see the subtle shades of yellows, browns, grays, greens, etc in the picture…. that is what the undertone looks like.
I see a hint of pink…what do you see?
Take hardware off, and put to the side for now. I had to tape off my marble top, but you will not need this step if you have a wooden top until STEP 4.
Tear off a small square from the 150 sandpaper sheet (or sponge), and sand the nightstands and drawers. You don’t have to sand a lot, just enough to get some of the topcoat off. You can see in the pictures below the light yellow color…..that’s the what the topcoat looks like when sanded. Wipe off the dust with a clean rag. If it has a lot of grooves like mine, blow the dust off or use a vaccuum to get the hard-to-reach dust particles. *** If using chalk paint, skip to step 4. ***
Put your canvas drop cloth down, and set up your wooden blocks first. (As you can tell from my garage….I no longer put a drop cloth down. But you should -LOL ). I primed these using the Zinnser primer – one coat only. I did not completely paint these solid with the primer, so it will have some brush marks in it. This is my personal preference. (It makes more grooves like real wood would have, instead of a flat, smooth finish). Also prime the portion between the drawers and sides of where the drawers slide in…..see pictures below.. Let Dry Overnight.
***TOP PORTION TIP*** If you have a wooden top, prime it also.
***If using chalk paint, skip to step 4***
Make sure you fill in ALL crevices if you want to do the glazing/waxing part.
And prime the drawers….paint in horizontal (longways) brush strokes .
Prime your TOP section last.
For this part I used latex paint Behr Swiss Coffee – one coat. You can use chalk paint. (If you use chalk paint, do 2 coats of paint. )
The one coat of latex paint should cover more than just the primer. You can see below LEFT that the corner section is painted, but the side is primed. In the picture on the RIGHT it is completely painted. Let Dry Overnight before glazing.
***TIP*** Let Dry 4 hours before adding black paint to TOP *** (I did not have this step, but wanted to make sure you let the white paint dry before adding black paint to top).
Below right painted, below left primed only.
Both painted with drawers below.
Paint top with black paint (your choice) to get the dark top, white bottom two-toned look like mine. It will go over primer. How many coats? One coat – if you want a charcoal- grayish look. Two coats – if you want a darker black look.
***TIP*** Be careful not to drip black paint on your white sections 😉
Let All Dry Overnight.
Use that same 150 grit sandpaper sheet/sponge and sand around edges of nightstand feet, corners of drawers, and a couple of random areas that would get more wear and tear. I also sanded my drawers in a horizontal direction to create lines on my drawers. I like a messier look to my furniture, so it is your choice.
***TIP*** If you have a wooden top, sand around the edges in corner spots, and then on the top piece if you want a more distressed look.
***TIP*** Do not sand (leave solid) if you want a clean, smooth top.
I used the Rust Oleum Java Brown Glaze, and put it on with a 3rd paint brush or glaze/wax brush. (You could use the Howard Dark Oak wax or another dark wax here if you prefer another color.) This java brown has a golden tone in it, and it was the “look” that I needed for this painting method. Work in small sections….I chose a portion of the side panel first. Brush it on quickly – cover it all– then quickly rub off in small circular strokes with your t-shirt rag (or old t-shirt if you have one). These t-shirts are nice and soft and take off the perfect amount of glaze without leaving “scratch” marks. Let Dry Overnight.
FYI *** I did not wax first before I put my glaze on….like I normally would *** This is so the glaze actually changes the color of the paint – see picture 2 below.
***TIP*** Glaze the TOP section (on top of black) LAST. The glaze will soften the black and give it a bronze look (black-brown-golden)***
The pictures below – right one is glazed, left one has not been done yet. You can see the “golden” tint here on right.
Using your yellow sponge, get a little clear wax and begin to wipe wax on with circular motions.
***TIP*** After I put the wax on, I very lightly go over it with the sponge in straight lines, so that it does not dry in the circular patterns. The wax dries in about 15 mins, so try to put the wax on in small sections. You will notice that some of the glaze is coming off a little, and that is normal.
Once you do finish the first nightstand, go ahead and wax the other nightstand, drawers, and tops.
*** Immediately after you finish everything, take a new, clean rag and wipe everything down.
***TIP*** You will begin to see a shine appear as you continue wiping. At first, it will be more difficult to wipe (feels thick), but then will get easier as you are taking more wax residue off. You are basically buffing your nightstands.
.Go ahead to the next step- You do not have to wait overnight for this step.
*** Put painter’s tape between top and sides before beginning next step. ***
Go back and put another LIGHT paint coat on with your swiss coffee paint. When you dip your brush into the can, don’t get a lot of paint on the brush. Start with a smaller amount and paint over your waxed nightstand. It will go on very smoothly because you just buffed it with your rag.
***TIP*** You can control how much paint you want to use to cover some of your glaze. How much white do you want to show? If you want your nightstands whiter, add more paint. If you want a more glazed look, use less paint on this part.
FYI- I wanted mine to be whiter so it would look “aged” more naturally in the crevices. Let Dry Overnight.
***TIP*** DO NOT GET WHITE PAINT ON YOUR BLACK TOP. USE PAINTER’S TAPE TO HELP
Can you tell how the bottom picture has a more “golden” tone than the top picture? Keep adding paint until you get the shade you like.
Lightly sand over those spots you have already sanded…..just enough to uncover some of those areas that might have been painted with the second coat. Should just be a touch-up. The top section does not need more sanding.
Do the clear wax one more time, and buff again. Same as step 7. Go ahead and take the painter’s tape off and wax the TOP section again. It will need additional protection.
Put down your plastic, and lie your hardware front side up on something to lift it up from the ground. I always use some extra pieces of boards that I have left over from other projects. Spray with the Oil Rubbed Bronze paint…..let dry at least 30 mins. Turn upside down and spray back side….let dry 30 mins. Turn back over to right side up again. Let Dry Overnight or wait at least 2- 4 hours. FYI – there is so much hardware because I was painting my dresser at the same time. And it has a ton of hardware. See below for a sneak peek of it.
Picture below is front side up – sprayed.
Picture below -has one side front side up painted (right), the other side flipped to the back side not painted (left). You can see the original goldish color on the back side.
Now….go back and spray lightly one more time with the right side showing. This is just a touch-up, but important to do. Let dry for an hour and put back on your nightstands.
***TIP*** When you spray hardware….spray FOUR different directions. Spray upward direction, downwards, right, and left. The worst feeling it to THINK you are all done and patting yourself on the back….only to realize that half of the hardware didn’t get sprayed. You then have to take the hardware off again, set up your prep area again, spray again, let dry again, and then put back on AGAIN!! Trust me….it’s just worth the trouble to do it right the first time. That is why I turn mine upside down….because you spray other angles that would not have gotten sprayed right side up!! YOU ARE DONE MY FRIEND!!
Bring out the champagne and celebrate….CHEERS!!
Here is a sneak preview of my dresser that I finished. It is painted differently than the nightstands, so I’ll post that tutorial soon.
When we get back into our house, and our rebuild is complete……I will post pictures of the nightstands in my Master Bedroom. Can’t wait!!! *** Shoot me some pictures of your “new” nightstands (or other pieces). I would LOVE to see your oldies, but goodies!!
Now, that I have posted our Home Tour: Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom, it is time to share Painting 101: White-washed dresser Tutorial with you – woohoo!! It’s about time – right? I know lots of you have been wanting to learn how to white-wash furniture, so this tutorial will give you everything you need to know (or should – lol!!!)
It is the same process as the Master Bed Frame Makeover (tutorial), but sometimes it just helps to see it on the furniture piece that you want to try it on. So, let’s get to updating that dresser!! Painting 101: White-Washed Dresser Tutorial.
I get asked quite often about different painting techniques, waxing, sanding, etc. that I use when painting furniture. But the one method that comes up the most in discussion is how to get the white-washed “look.” So, what is the white-washed technique anyway?
It’s basically a painting method that allows you to see part of the furniture peeking through (like you “wiped” something off with a rag, but the rag left some of the liquid behind).
This leftover “residue” would be “streaked” because of the motion of the rag (washed), giving it a “dulled or milky” appearance. Does that make sense?
#1 White-Washed Method. In this method, the paint is diluted with water to make it runnier; therefore, making it easier to wipe off with a rag.
The paint mixture is usually 3 parts paint to 1 part water ratio (3:1 ratio). This technique works best when you are trying to “barely” change the color of the wood.
It will basically “lighten” the existing wood tone. The more coats you put on, the less wood that shows through.
The cons of this method is that it is VERY messy, and also VERY time consuming if not done correctly. Thus….. alternate method #2 – dry-brushing.
#2 Dry-Brushed Method. This is the method that I use most often to get the white-washed look. In this method, you will not dilute the paint with water but you will use a rag to get the excess paint off of your brush.
Basically, you are working with a “DRY-BRUSH” (one with little paint on it) – get it? HUH? You dip your paint into the paint can, get a SMALL amount of paint onto the brush, then WIPE OFF the excess paint each time.
This dry-brush (with little paint on it) allows the paint to come out in “streaks.” ***I will explain more below when you can see the pictures, but I just wanted to give you a brief description.***
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If you want to see my white-washed bed click Master Bed Frame Makeover: Painted White or glazed white nightstands click Nightstands Makeover: Painted White with Black Top.
So, here it is again – before…..
Remove all of the hardware from your dresser, and wipe down dresser with a rag. Make sure to wipe down all of the drawers and inside the dresser also. Set up your canvas or plastic drop cloth, and make sure you are in a well ventilated area (like outside or in your garage). Prop your dresser up onto wooden blocks or paint cans to lift it off of the ground. You do not want it sitting directly on your painting surface.
Obviously……I needed to put down something in my garage -picture above – but I’ve painted so many pieces that I got lazy. DON’T BE ME – lol!!
NOTE – I did not sand this piece down (prior to painting) because my primer bonds really well to the furniture surface. You can sand it down first if you choose…but why do the extra step if you don’t need to -haha!! If you just feel like you need to sand it down, then I would recommend sanding down the top part only.
Put a small amount of primer onto your paint brush, wipe off excess onto rag and begin gently brushing your primer onto your dresser. You will need several rags for this process, as the paint will begin to soak through. ***TIP***The less paint you put onto the brush, the less messy it will be. HINT-HINT!
See pictures below. Here is what the priming stage looks like.
***TIP*** Use long, quick brush strokes and make sure to gently brush the primer on. You will not want to fully cover your piece – should look streaked like these pictures.
FULLY PRIMED CLOSEUP
Why am I showing so many pictures? LOL!! Once you get this priming stage done, the painting steps are much easier. Plus I just wanted to stress that you are “not fully” covering your piece with paint – just streaks of paint.
***LET DRY OVERNIGHT***
Now you will do the exact same method, but just using your white paint. I used Behr Swiss Coffee from Home Depot for my white paint color.
Dip your brush into the paint, wipe off excess with rag, then gently brush on. You will do TWO coats of this method.
***LET DRY OVERNIGHT – BETWEEN 2 COATS***
Here it is with the primed picture compared to the painted (2 coats) picture. I just wanted you to be able to see the difference.
***LET DRY OVERNIGHT***
While you are waiting for the dresser to dry, go ahead and prep area to paint your hardware. Put plastic down on the ground, and lie your hardware onto wooden blocks or cardboard. I always use wooden pieces from leftover projects (can you tell – lol) for mine, but just use something to lift them above the plastic.
Spray your hardware making sure to get the inside areas as well. Wait at least 30 mins then flip them over and spray the back side. Once again, make sure to get “all” areas of the hardware.
***TIP*** I spray all sides from the left, then spray from the top, then spray from the right, and then from the bottom. This way, I make sure I don’t miss any of the spots. Trust me, it is the worst feeling EVER!! to finally think you have finished your painted dresser, ONLY to realize that 2 or 3 of the hardware pulls did not fully get covered – ugh!! Out comes the plastic, spray paint, clean up, and TIME – all again. Make your life easier by just doing it right the first time!!
Here are some closeup pictures so you can see the brass color of the original hardware (left below) and then the oil-rubbed bronze color after it is spray painted.
***TIP*** If you have brass hardware and spray them with either bronze or black paint, you can gently sand down the edges of the pulls to get an antiqued look (the brass peaks through). This turns out REALLY pretty!! I’ve done it many, many times – I just wasn’t going for that “antique-y” look on this particular piece. Give it a try if that’s what you’re going for.
Flip them over one more time (top side up), and gently spray again. This will ensure that ALL sides are covered.
***LET DRY OVERNIGHT***
Put the 1st coat of wax on with the sponge that’s included (or rag), let sit at least 15 minutes, and wipe off to buff. This stage is always where the magic happens – am I right? It’s like the wax joins everything together, and makes it look a-ma-zing!!
***LET DRY OVERNIGHT***
Use the 150-grit sandpaper to lightly distress areas of the dresser where normal wear and tear would occur naturally over time. I distressed my dresser on random places at the feet, on edges of some of the drawers, and on the top section and edge(rim).
Repeat the same process again with the wax for the entire dresser. Let dry overnight.
***Then put ONE more coat of wax on the TOP portion only. *** So the entire dresser will have 2 coats total, and the TOP portion will have 3 coats total.
***LET DRY 2 DAYS BEFORE PUTTING DECOR ON TOP***
***LET DRY 2 DAYS BEFORE PUTTING DECOR ON TOP***
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So, we have finally moved back into our bedroom downstairs…..and I am so excited about how the entire bedroom turned out. The 2 things that “make” the bedroom and create some drama are the navy accent wall, and the white bed frame. And since I painted the bed, I thought it would be awesome to show you the technique if you want to change your bed also. Here is my master bed frame makeover – painted white using the dry-brushed technique tutorial. If you want a glazed or antiqued tutorial (like my nightstands)…..click HERE. Want to see my master bath makeover, click Master Bathroom Remodel: Hardware Bling.
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Where did it all begin?
Put your primer on in long brush strokes, making sure not to cover your bed in a solid paint color. See below.
Do the same technique for footboard and side rails if you have them.
*** LET PRIMER DRY OVERNIGHT***
Put your first coat of white paint over primer in long brush strokes again, but this time covering more of the wood.
BELOW: left side painted….right sight primed
You should be able to notice that the paint covers better than the primer, and it should feel thicker as you brush it on. Just make sure NOT to cover the wood completely. You should still be able to see brush strokes.
BELOW: PICTURE OF 1ST COAT PAINTED
***LET DRY OVERNIGHT***
BELOW: Headboard 3 coats, Footboard 2 coats. Can you tell how the headboard has more coverage on it than the footboard?
***TIP*** This is the stage/step where I go back and add in some paint to cover certain areas that do no look as even. This is just personal preference for me.
***LET DRY OVERNIGHT***
Now you can put on your wax, let dry, and rag/buff off. Put on more coats of wax if you want a shinier finish- just fyi.
Use your 150-grit sandpaper or sponge and gently sand over random areas where you want some original wood to show. I like my sanded areas to be over the ornate “leaves” sections to accent the details, and then over the corners where the bed would naturally get “bumped”. I also added some sanded areas in the middle sections of the headboard and footboard to move the eye around.
***OPTIONAL STEP*** WAX OVER SANDED AREAS. I like to do this just to bring out the wood tone (the wax makes the wood tone darker for more contrast) against the white paint. But of course, this is your bed, so it is your decison!!
Hope you love how your bed turns out….as much as I love mine!! Let me know how your progress is going- or if you have any questions? I would love to see some pictures of your bed too!!
I really feel like I got new furniture…without the high pricetag!! Plus the white really lifts the room so much more than the stained brown color, and it gives me the contrast I need against the navy wall. Don’t cha think ??
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All I can say is…..wow! Our flooded house makeover after Hurricane Harvey has been LONG, extremely draining, emotional and painful. I am not going to sugar coat this horrible situation at all – just gonna keep it real!! Some days I didn’t know if I could even get out of bed and go through our “normal” routine; it was really that bad. Even now as I go back through the pictures, my tears flow uncontrollably. It will be an experience that we will never forget, and will change the way we view our lives forever.
It has been over 11 months, and we are still unpacking boxes and getting settled in. BUT…. through the grace of God, and His Spirit moving in and taking over – our family has survived!! We are beginning to see a glimpse of hope and wonder of what God has in store for our family. And this house – well, it is now turning back into our HOME again!! AMEN!! If you want to view part 1 click HURRICANE HARVEY FLOODED – THE DESTRUCTION (Part 1).
So, today I am posting before and after pictures of our house. Some are before the flood, after the flood, the rebuilding, and the areas that I am working on. I will show more “staged” or decorated pictures as I get rooms completely done, but wanted to show pictures of the progress while unpacking. NOTE: things are not clean, nor are these the best quality of pictures. Hopefully soon I can do some updates. As for now – here they are!! woohoo!!
Leave me some feedback- I’d love to hear what you think. And please continue to pray for those who are still without their homes. It means the world to them 🙂
I am loving my custom x-shaped double barn doors for the office/piano room. I know they were a lot of work for the guys to install since they they were so heavy….but they do dress up the entrance to this room don’t ya think?? My husband has been able to work from this room now, and can close the doors easily for a little quiet time.
Opening up the walls from the kitchen to the living room has made a huge difference in the flow of these 3 areas. I always felt like we had a living room section, a breakfast table section, and then the kitchen. Even though they were only separated with the double arches and bar top, they still felt closed off. Now we have a ton of natural light and can access both sides of the island.
Yep….my Boomer always likes to pose for the pictures!! He is such a glory hound – no pun intended!! l can’t wait to set up the bookshelves with some family photos and personalize this shiplap wall. It is still one of my favorite things that we decided to add to the remodel.
I am soooo happy I decided to paint the bed, nightstands, and dresser (not pictured -yet). You can actually see the bed now, and it looks so dreamy!! Here is the tutorial for the nightstands here, and I’ll get the bed and dresser tutorials up soon. I painted them with a different technique (dry brushed ) than the nightstands (glazed/antiqued), so the tutorials are not the same. Just a FYI 😉
I will post more pictures soon, and provide some closeups pictures also. This is just a little sneak peek at all of the changes we made.
SO….. Whatcha think?? I am loving how it is all coming together, and can’t wait to get everything unpacked. I know I am feeling more like myself already because I am already thinking of decorating for fall – LOL!!
Love & Hugs 🙂
If you want to see my fall decorations from last year – right before we flooded – click Blue and White Fall Dining Room, Blue and Orange Fall Living Room, Halloween-Fall Foyer, and Halloween Fa-BOO-lous Breakfast Party.
Have an old mirror that needs a little makeover or one that’s been damaged in some way? You’re in the right spot! Painting a mirror frame is a very easy and affordable way to update a tired mirror and give it a fresh new look. Distressed Hand Painted White Round Mirror – DIY.
Today, I wanted to share with you this distressed white round mirror that I painted, & show you how to get this look. You can use a mirror you already own, or find the one that I used for this tutorial.
Together we will transform this bronze-colored mirror to a beautiful white, using a little distressed method that I like to do.
Want more furniture painting tutorials? Try White-washed Dresser Tutorial, Master Bed Frame Makeover: Painted White, DIY Nightstand Makeover: Painted White with Dark Top, and World Market Console Table Makeover: Painted Smoky Blue.
So, where do we start? Choose a mirror that you don’t mind changing up (buy one) or one that you’re just simply tired of looking at in it’s present state (one that you already own).
The mirror I painted is from Hobby Lobby……and even though I still think it’s a beautiful mirror as is, I was just ready to move the style/décor of my house into a different direction.
If you wanted to do this mirror, it sells for $139.99 full price . You can wait for the 50% off sale that they do every other week or use their 40% off store coupon, and the price goes down to roughly $75-$85.
Just a FYI- I had this mirror for about 5 yrs, so it was something that I didn’t mind changing. It all depends on what you want to spend (or save).
*** nail hole filler/spackling if doing this exact mirror ***
Most of my supplies for this painted mirror project came from Home Depot and Ace Hardware. Both of these stores are close to my house, and convenience when painting is a huge factor for me.
I also use Sherwin Williams for paint color choices, just not on this project.
Here are some pictures of the supplies with prices to give you an idea of cost (at Home Depot). Remember that all of the supplies can be used for several small projects & you can choose whatever brand/store that you like.
If you get these Behr paint samples (above pictures) at Home Depot, it will help keep prices down. They come in 5 finishes, but I typically use matte flat or flat when painting items.
You can always get sample sizes at Sherwin Williams also.
***NOTE*** If you are doing this exact mirror, continue with step 3. If you are doing a different mirror, skip to step 4.
So you have chosen your mirror, purchased your supplies, and now ready to fill in that outer layer of the mirror. So here is what the outer rim looks like…..kind of like leaves or vines.
Since it had more of a traditional look to it, I decided to change it.
This is where the gloves, nail hole filler, and TIME will come into play. Cut a pretty good chunk off the tip of the tube of nail hole filler so that MORE comes out.
This is important because it will take less time filling in those vine-y areas.
Put your gloves on and start squeezing the tube so that you can fill in that outer area with the pink “goo”, just to the amount you desire. I covered about 1/2 to 3/4 of the vines (just enough so I could not make out those lines exactly……just a personal preference really).
Smooth it out with your gloved fingers, and rinse gloved fingers off when it starts to dry.
This will be time consuming and messy….maybe an hour or more. What I love about this kind of filler is that it starts out pink when wet, and turns white when it is dry. Takes the guessing out of it.
Let dry for 24 hours. If there is still some areas with slight pink in color, don’t worry. It will dry by the next day.
*** You may want a large plastic bowl filled with water and rag to help get nail hole filler off gloved fingers ***
*** If you want more filler on your outer rim, you may also want 2 tubes of nail hole filler ***
Begin priming the mirror with one of your paint brushes, following along with the lines of the mirror. Do not completely cover mirror with primer so that it is solid white – should have some dark streaks in it.
Below: You can see the streaks here (in it’s final state).
Let the primer dry 2-4 hours.
Now add your gray paint and follow those same brush strokes so that you can see just a little white peeking through in some spots. Let dry overnight.
I used (Cathedral Gray- gray paint by Behr) and (Polar Bear- white paint by Behr) for this project.
***TIP*** If you want other shades, I also like (French Silver- gray, and Swiss Coffee-white) – all at Home Depot.
See Below -the picture on left show differences in shades of whites, the picture on right shows difference in shades of gray.
THIS IS IMPORTANT, DO NOT SKIP. Take your clear wax and spread all over your mirror with a sponge or rag. Let dry 20 minutes- then dry off with a rag.
It will have a light sheen after you do this. Waxing will keep the gray paint from coming off when you sand it later.
Now you can paint the mirror with your white paint. Cover it completely with the paint- just not thick. Let it dry overnight.
Use your clear wax again, wait 20 mins, and dry off with your rag. Now add your dark wax, and wipe off immediately…..leaving some spots with dark showing.
I did mine with more dark showing on the vine-y filled outer layer to add depth. If you do not want any dark was/antiquing added, skip this step. Let dry overnight. Dry it off the next day.
*** TIP***I like to use the solo plastic cups and/or Folgers coffee container to put my dark wax brush in . I use these while I am working so that the brush doesn’t get dirty, and also to store my brush in afterwards.
The Folgers container is great because you can cover it with the lid. *** I’m sure these 2 items looked completely ridiculous on the “supplies” list 😉
I got both of these from Ace Hardware, but here they amazon carries them also. They sell for around $15-$20 each.
After you have dried/wiped off the mirror (from dark wax), do another clear wax coat & dry off.
NOW- You can begin sanding immediately after your last waxing/drying off. Start with the 150 grit sanding sheets, and start sanding gently.
Add more pressure if you want more streaks showing (distressing). Use the 80 grit (coarse) for greater distressed look and 220 grit (fine) for less distressed look).
You can use your angled sanding sponge (optional) here to get in between those difficult spots/angles that the sanding sheets can’t get to.
You will do the clear wax one last time- same method. Dry it off to get the sheen you want for your desired look AND…..
Want more furniture painting tutorials? Try White-washed Dresser Tutorial, Master Bed Frame Makeover: Painted White, DIY Nightstand Makeover: Painted White with Dark Top, and World Market Console Table Makeover: Painted Smoky Blue.
Want more home improvement painting tutorials? Try Staining your Stair Banisters Dark With Java Gel, 7 Steps: Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY, and Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets White (And the Mistakes I Made).
It is definitely no secret that our home is FILLED with all things blue. From indigo and cobalt blue area rugs and upholstered furniture to aqua and seafoam blue lamps and pillows, every room is packed with blue home decor! So, here are my personal blue decorating ideas and tips: 14 Ways to Decorate with Blue: For Every Room & Budget.
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One of the most difficult decisions when decorating is how to use color. So today we’re going to cover how to do that using blue, and will answer the main questions:
How can I add color to my house?
How do you add pops of color to a room?
Where can I add blue to my house? Every room.
You can add blue to living rooms, kitchens, powder baths, dining rooms, offices, laundry rooms, hallways, master bathroom and bedrooms, and even outdoors!!
What color goes with (indigo) blue? Every color.
As you scroll through the pictures, you’ll see a variety of blue color schemes: blue mixed with yellows, oranges, blush pinks, emerald greens, turquoise, & even metallic colors (like gold, silver, or copper).
How many accent colors should be in a room? Typically 3 colors.
There’s the 60-30-10 rule that’s been around forever, but what does this actually mean?
*** In our house basically the dominant color is blue (navy) 60%, with secondary color (white) 30%, and then each accent color (yellow, orange, blush, green, turquoise) 10%. ***
Just don’t get to caught up into these ratios. It’s your house, so add color that makes YOU smile.
Ok – let’s get to the good stuff!
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Using table linens is one of the easiest and budget-friendly ways to add blue to your home.
Try adding some fun blue and white patterned napkins and placemats to your dining room or kitchen table for every day use. Or use them for holiday and seasonal entertaining – with an accent color.
And add a fun table runner to dining tables, a buffet, or even an entry console table.
Use a patterned blue and white ikat runner for a bohemian chic look, or a navy and white buffalo check table runner for a modern farmhouse look.
Want to to change things up? Just turn your table runner from horizontal to vertical.
Completely changes the focus.
Using blue and white curtains, roman shades, or valances is a great way to add color to bare windows in neutral color living spaces.
Afraid to commit to living room or bedroom curtains? Start out small with adding blue to a bathroom.
Try a bold, large print cobalt blue shower curtain to a guest or kids bathroom to add a little fun.
And don’t forget about bath or hand towels. Add solid, patterned, or striped blue towels to bring in some color also.
***TIP*** You can use curtains and shower curtains as table runners or table covers also – click here or picture below to find out how.
You just can’t go wrong with blue and white bedding. It’s a classic color combination that you’ll be able to use forever – really!!
Find a reversible comforter if you like to change things up often. Mine reverses to blue and white pin stripes, and I love having the extra decorating option.
Adding chair cushions is another easy and economical way to add blue to your indoor and outdoor living spaces.
Use them on indoor dining chairs to add a punch of color and soften hard edges in your kitchen breakfast nook.
Or add them to outdoor dining chairs, chaise lounge chairs, and counter stools to provide extra comfort for outdoor entertaining.
Using throw blankets and throw pillows is probably the most fun way to add blue decor to your home, but is no longer limited to just your living room.
Toss a couple of throw blankets onto your couch, tuck them a storage basket in an entry console, or drape them across your bed to add some blue to your home.
Use solid blue or navy blankets for a bigger “pop” of color, or use blankets with patterns for a smaller punch of color.
Use navy blue or cobalt blue throw pillows on an entry bench, dining room chairs, kitchen banquette area, bed, storage bin, and of course your couch and club chairs.
Using ladders is a fun coastal farmhouse way to add a punch of blue to your walls, without doing any permanent damage. Plus, you can move it to any room in your house.
This little gem kind of ties in with #3 – throw blankets, but can also be used to store magazines, family photos, and extra bath towels as well.
Find a pair of framed navy and white geometric prints or hang a wreath with blue and white ribbon.
Just a small “pop” of color goes a long way.
Wallpaper is another way to add a punch of blue to your walls. Use it on an accent wall, half-wall with wainscoting, or even add it to the back of a bookshelf.
This is definitely on my to do list!! Here’s a little preview of my wallpaper inspiration – dream room. What do ya think?
Holiday navy and white wall accents are another option when adding blue to your wall decor.
Using blue lamps is one of my personal favorite ways to add color to my house, even though mine are more aqua and turquoise blue.
They still blend in perfectly with my monochromatic blue color palette, and add a touch of coastal style as well.
And don’t forget about navy or blue lampshades for a little pop of color.
Use patterned lamp shades for added drama, or solid lamp shades to keep your look classic.
Here is our dining room before we flooded. Still love (and have) that indigo blue lamp shade – adds a touch of shabby chic to the room.
If I had to choose just one blue light pendant that made my heart pitter-patter, this little beauty would be it! I love how playful it is, but yet so simplistic – all at the same time!
It’s like coastal boho meets vintage chic.
Who can resist adding some upholstered items to your home, showcasing your unique personality?
Whether it be blue and white boho ottomans, a coastal blue and white entry bench, a solid denim blue sofa slipcover, or a navy and white buffalo check accent chair…… their is something fun for everyone!!
And like the coastal farmhouse ladder, the ottomans and benches can be moved from room to room when needed.
Sometimes, all you need is blue and white with just a mixture of patterns and textures!!
And don’t forget about using a blue sofa, a pair of club or accent chairs, and even blue slipcovers.
This denim slipcover has been in our girls’ playroom for 8+ years – and it still looks good.
If I could find a spot for this little cutie – I would get it asap. There is just something about a navy blue buffalo check chair that makes me so happy!
Click here for more farmhouse inspiration – with this accent chair.
Using blue, or blue and white dinnerware is another way to bring in your favorite hue. Just like the table linens, you can use these dishes every day also.
Choose more casual, playful patterns for a mix-n-match style or choose gold rimmed china for a more traditional elegant style.
Set the blue dishes up with your blue and white table linens for a cohesive look, when planning a family gathering.
And don’t forget about a little coffee bar or coffee station for your friends! Using blue and white polka dot coffee mugs just scream good times and tons of laughter for your girlfriends!
Besides throw pillows, adding home decor accessories is the easiest (and cheapest) way to add blue to your home. My personal favorite way to accent with any color, is by using vases.
You can choose a large coastal style blue and white striped vase, or a traditional chinoiserie style vase for big impact.
You have probably noticed these other two throughout this post – love them!! The rope just adds the perfect coastal touch.
This last one, that I’ll call miscellaneous, is really the easiest way to splash blue everywhere!! It is a little time consuming, but oh-so-worth-it!
What is this little secret gem – it’s shelf paper! I found this cute shelf liner at Target, and have it in all of my cabinets.
Even my honey likes it, so I knew it was a winner!
Don’t forget about floor accents. Use pops of blue on the floor through different styles of rugs, wood tile, dog beds or poufs.
Basically, this applies to any blue accent that draws the eye down (toward the ground level).
Rugs are the best way to decorate with blue, but can get expensive. Check out this post for budget-friendly navy blue and white area rugs.
Personally I have a little crush with blue and white rugs, and love that each rug has it’s own “style.”
Go with a navy blue and white boho shag rug in the living for added texture and warmth, and use an indigo-dyed blue patterned rug for the dining room to add interest.
A little on the pricier side, but just have to mention it, is distressed blue wood tile (flooring).
This fun wood tile is perfect for the laundry room where you need a little “color” sunshine to brighten your day. Anything helps – right?? LOL 🙂
My husband actually chose this flooring – what do you think?
And don’t forget about navy blue dog beds or striped blue poufs.
Both of these probably don’t come to mind when you think of decorating, but they add just the right pop of color.
If I had to choose a blue pouf, this would be my first pick! It’s a little coastal boho chic style, and would go perfect in my living room.
The most popular way to add blue to your home is of course with painted walls. You can try a navy accent wall in the dining room, master bedroom, or even your living room.
Or paint an entire room blue. This would work great where you have a lot of white cabinets to contrast against the blue – like an office or laundry room.
Afraid to commit? Try painting the back wall of a bookshelf for a little pop of color.
If you are a little more daring, try painting your kitchen cabinets, kitchen island, or bathroom vanities blue.
Here is my master bath vanity painted SW Naval. I have to admit that I still love the color, and it adds such depth to all of the white tile and quartz.
For those of you who are not quite as fearless – LOL – try painting a piece of furniture blue. Start with a small piece first, like an end table, and then move on to a coffee table, or even a console table.
And for those of you who are completely timid – try painting some accessories blue. I recommend beginning with candle sticks or picture frames, and moving on to flower pots and mirrors.
Here are my painted flower pots – click here for the tutorial.
And then there’s my crazy turquoise blue chinoiserie mirror. This one is still with me from my painted furniture boutique days…..and I still love it!!
I hope you found some inspiration, and will be encouraged to add some blue to your home. If you have a favorite, let me know what it is. I’d love to hear from you!
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Today, I am finally getting to share our master bedroom home tour – woohoo! This room is still not completely finished, but it is getting closer day by day. Of course when that happens, I will probably be ready to change it again – lol, but for now it is working for us. If you love all things farmhouse, and your heart beats coastal cottage, then you are at the right place. Here it is! Home Tour: Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom.
So far, I have done a couple of posts on our master bed frame makeover: painted white and our diy nightstand makeover: painted white with dark top, to show you one side of our room. And now, I can finally show you the rest of our bedroom.
I know there are some things that need to be tweaked, but at least it’s starting to feel more like home again. I will finish the bedroom tour with the painted dresser tutorial – coming soon!! So, stay tuned!!
Accent wall Sherwin-Williams Naval – SW 6244 and the side walls are Silver Strand – SW 7057.
So, what is coastal farmhouse style anyway? Coastal farmhouse style is really a “feeling” rather than a “look.” Huh? What does that mean? It is the feeling you get when you walk into a room versus what the room actually looks like.
So, your coastal farmhouse bedroom will look a little different than mine. It might look similar, but feel different. What’s the secret then? Use the 10 elements below to make it personal.
10 ELEMENTS OF COASTAL FARMHOUSE STYLE:
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BEFORE, DURING & AFTER PICTURES:
Before we begin the tour, I wanted to show you a couple of pictures of what our bedroom used to looked like before the flood (last day before we evacuated), during the cleanup process (2nd set of pics), and after (now).
GOOD NEWS: The furniture was solid wood and we were able to save it.
SAD NEWS: The water covered and damaged the feet, so we had to paint it.
END RESULT: It was a blessing in disguise – we should have painted that furniture a long time ago!!
MASTER BEDROOM TOUR:
So, who’s ready to begin the tour? Let’s first start off with the obvious – the painted furniture.
It always amazes me what a fresh coat of paint can do – right? The painted bed and painted nightstands completely transform the dark furniture, and give the room an updated, fresh look. Plus, the white really pops off of the navy accent wall.
But I do understand that not everyone enjoys painting nor wants to take on the challenge of painting furniture. If this is you, scroll down to the end of the post for more information on bedroom furniture ideas.
Picture Below. This is my first time sharing our painted dresser (making it’s official DEBUT – lol) in the master bedroom, and I will post the white-wash tutorial on that soon. Do you like it?
The white-washing technique gives it a beach-y, more casual feel and lightens up the darker furniture. Plus, the original color of the dark furniture blended into the color of the hardwoods, giving it zero contrast -yikes!!
When we first moved into this house (14 years ago), we had carpet in here so the dark furniture looked great. Yep, that’s right – we’ve had that furniture for 14 years now.
So, needless to say the darker dresser was waaaaay overdo for a LITTLE update anyway- lol!!
SNEAK PREVIEW FOR DRESSER TUTORIAL: READY – Click Here White-Washed Dresser
Do you think I maybe should have been using a drop cloth all of these years when painting furniture – hahaha!!! But I have an idea for painting the floor in the garage soon – wink wink!!
In the picture below, this is the other side of our bedroom. And I will admit, this is the stage it is in right now….. I have not finished decorating it yet.
The master bedroom is always the last one to get done – am I right?? It comes right after volleyball lessons, teenage girls’ beauty items (don’t even get me started with that – lol!!), and well…. life. Just keeping it real ladies!!
Above: I did paint that floor length mirror blue (~ 8 years ago), but do not have pictures of the process – sorry!! It’s a water-color painting technique – that I love. I will try to figure out a way to show you the technique because it really turned out so beautiful.
More pictures of the bed and bedding…..
All of my comforter selections tend to lean botanical, floral, or boho style. This way, I can stay within my coastal style (botanical or boho) and farmhouse style (floral) no matter which one I choose.
This blue botanical bedding is Ralph Lauren, and has reversible stripes on the back side (which I love). This allows me to change things around when I get a little tired of it without having to buy something new. Win-Win!!
And of course – I’m a color gal – so it’s gotta have some punch to it!! Scroll to the end of the post to shop bedding – I could not find this exact bedding, but found some similar choices that are equal in style.
Love all things blue – click 14 Ways to Decorate wit Blue: For Every Room & Budget.
Closeup picture of the nightstand and farmhouse lamp. It is no longer around either, but scroll down to the end of the post for similar options.
The little white basket on the floor was painted also….but again I do not have pictures. What?? Another one with no pictures. I know. I know. UGH!! It is on my to-do list for the blog though. It was so easy to paint, and gave it new life. What do you think – is it a winner?
This bench is definitely a life-saver. It hides the tv cable “junk” (my husband wants to mount the tv on that wall above the bench – ?? – maybe ?? – we’ll see), and those 2 baskets store my girls’ swimsuits and favorite beach towels.
They like to just come in and quickly grab what they need to head to the pool. But I am thinking it’s about time they could store their own stuff!! It’s the little things – right??
Here is another picture of the blue mirror and white basket. For now the mirror is leaning against the wall because we don’t know if the tv wall mount is a sure thing yet – hahaha!!
The floor length mirror is a must for our bedroom though, so that we have somewhere to check ourselves out!! Plus, I really love that it bounces so much light around the room.
See Picture Below.
This picture shows the left side of the room, leading to our master bath. If you want to see the complete transformation of the master bathroom makeover click Master Bath Remodel: Hardware Accessories.
It is by far one of the biggest changes made to our entire house – besides the kitchen. Everyone who has seen it in person has given us a ton of compliments – so I’m kind of proud!!
Check it out if you have time.
See pictures below.
And my must-have barn door…..that almost didn’t happen!! That’s another whole story – but at least we got it!! If you want to see more barn door inspiration click 55 Incredible Ideas: Not Just For Farmhouse Style.
Our other entry door to the bath was a double door system, and blocked off the left side of the wall where the dresser sits. We always had to push the dresser down so that it barely even fit on the wall.
Then if you wanted to get something out of the drawer, it bumped into our other furniture.
We had the barn door installed to slide right because it was a space we never used (in that corner).
***TIP*** Just a little head up…..remember that it’s more difficult (not impossible though) to hang something on the wall where the door slides. So, just make sure you hang your barn door to slide to an unused area of your room, or unused/less functional wall area.
And my favorite t-bar barn door handles….I kinda have a thang for these. They are my go-to hardware all over the house. But I especially liked this one because it is a heavier, sturdier handle.
Plus, I knew we needed an inside way to get out of the bath -ha!! See below.
Inside the master bath – handle……
Better view where you can see the limited amount of wall space on the left side of the doorway. It might also be that our dresser is bigger than it should be for the space…..but who wants to admit that?
This celadon glazed pitcher has been with us for AWHILE….to say the least. I bought it at Home Goods ~8 years ago (or longer) and it just gets moved from room to room as I need it.
There is just something about the soft color, and that rusted handle that calms my nerves and reminds me of home. And who doesn’t want their master bedroom to be a calming and serene retreat?
This “love pillow” is another favorite of mine that gets moved from room to room. I also have a “home pillow” that is slightly more blue-gray than this blue-aqua color.
The shabby, ruffled edges and roped letters add the perfect amount of texture to complete the coastal farmhouse style.
And who doesn’t love throw blankets?? Can a girl ever really have too many blankets or throw pillows? No….I don’t think so!!
In here, I like that one throw is more sophisticated in color (bed- spa blue) and the other one is more fun (basket -mint colored). These 2 colors together add a little dimension against the navy and cobalt blue bedding and pillows.
Which throw do you like more? The one on the bed, or the one in the basket? Let me know?
Hope you found a ton of inspiration to get your coastal farmhouse master bedroom makeover underway. I’d love to see some pictures of what you do!!
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If you are looking for sliding barn door ideas (interior and exterior), there is a design for you. Since Joanna & Chip put barn doors on the map in farmhouse design, they continue to evolve with tons of new styles & uses. Thanks to the Gaines’, we not only have stylish door options, but functional door options to problematic/awkward/tight spaces (and they are just plain fun!!) So here are 55 Incredible Barn Door Ideas: NOT Just For Farmhouse Style.
If you haven’t jumped on board yet to this barn door craze – beware – this post is filled with tons of inspirational eye candy & products galore.
Looking to shop barn doors, try 28 Incredible Barn Doors: Get The Look.
So what makes sliding barn doors so special? They can:
I have 2 sliding barn doors in my own house: 1) a pair that replaced french doors to our office/piano room (see below), and 2) one in my bedroom to my master bath (see 2nd set below).
And I absolutely LOVE them and highly recommend them!
Both of these rooms had awkward areas for opening up the doors into the room. As a result, this awkward area became useless and really limited furniture placement.
By adding the sliding barn doors, we actually gained usable space, allowing for better flow/better function of both rooms.
We installed the office doors on the outside wall (entry wall- above) to gain more space inside the room, and also to add detail to the tall foyer walls.
In the bedroom we added one large door (below), and had it slide to an area that we did not use.
***TIP*** As you scroll through the different sliding barn door ideas and styles, keep a piece of paper handy and write down the numbers to the ones that really grab your attention.
This will help you decide on pattern/color/style, and help you “picture” where you might want to use them in your own house.
***over chalkboard below – adorable!!***
I hope you found a couple of sliding barn door ideas to inspire you & help make your decision easier. Or maybe you already have one in your house. If so, shoot me a picture, I’d love to see it!!
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Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and enjoyed spending time with family and friends!! Christmas is always such a magical season each year and I hang on to all of the memories as long as I can….and then it’s back to work – LOL!! So, here we go!! My House Paint Colors: House of Blues.
To continue along with this magical theme, I decided it was time to do a post about entire house paint colors. I have been wanting to do a post on the colors we used downstairs in our rebuild (FOR.EV.ER), but time has just breezed by this fall.
There is something truly magical about the way paint color transforms a room, and I wanted to share the names and paint colors we chose for each room. I hope you find tons of inspiration to begin your 2019 off with a bang!!
***I’ll do a post on How to Choose Paint Colors in the next post. This post will just contain pictures and names of our house paint colors.***
***ALL SHERWIN WILLIAMS – Latex, Eggshell ***
***All Trim/Cabinets/Vanities – OIL BASED Semigloss***
So you can tell from the colorsnap tool, that our house paint colors have a blue/gray base to them, with hints of a green undertone. I personally tend to lean green (because I am a nature lover) – so my paint colors reflect that in their base color.
I also choose paint colors with a blue-base rather than a yellow-base. Those are the colors I wear in clothing, and therefore the ones I like to work with.
If I had to pick a decor “style” for our house from my color palette, I would describe it as coastal farmhouse chic…..kinda – LOL!!
What do you think? What is your style? Let’s get to some colors!!
Love all things blue, try 14 Ways to Decorate with Blue: For Every Room & Budget.
Want to see more master bath pictures, click Master Bath Remodel .***
So, which color is your favorite? And will you use one of the colors in your house? Let me know what you decide!!
HI! This section of my blog is set up for posts and pictures of our house. I will be adding some home tours as soon as I get settled in. We are still unpacking and getting organized post Hurricane Harvey, but hopefully in the next week or two I will be adding to this section. Here are some preview pictures of our home.
***UPDATED MARCH 20, 2019*** New post links, house paint colors, and more pictures added to the “Our Home” Section.
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OUR HOUSE PAINT COLORS:
New pictures of posts from our home are now available – yay!! Click on the picture to link to the blog post.
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