September 07, 2012

Kitchen Paint

Being at home all day with a sweet baby really makes you want to redo/ update different things in your home.  Problem is we went down to one income once said sweet baby arrived so we don't have near as much money to do those updates with.  A pretty cheap way to quickly change a room is paint.  

I wanted to add a little color to the nook in our kitchen so off to the hardware store I went.  I wanted a deep mustard yellow.  The first color I picked out was Golden Straw by Valspar.  
Zoomed: Valspar 8 oz. Paint Sample - Golden Straw
I got it up pretty quickly and it was kind of light....I just told myself that it would darken up as it dried.  Well, it didn't and we ended up with a lovely peach.  Ick.  Back to Lowes.  Color #2 was Mustard Yellow, also by Valspar. 

 Note: the color it's showing for the swatch online is nothing what it looked like in the store.  This is color #2 in the below picture.  How is that anything like the swatch?!

After I got the color up I still didn't like it.  Bleh.  It was totally clashing with my painted doors.  Back to Lowes.  Color #3 was Fried Dough, also by Valspar.

Zoomed: allen + roth Colors by Valspar Gallon Interior Semi-Gloss Paint and Primer in One (Color: Fried Dough) 


Deep down I think I want to paint the top part too but Hubs says he likes it the way it is.  Between you and me I think he's just saying that because he knows he'll be the one taping off and painting above the cabinets!  Plus...I'm still not sure I'm in love with the color....shhhh.....

September 06, 2012

Vintage Armoire

I promise I'm still alive and kicking over here I've just been taking some time to really enjoy this little cutie...

Look at those rolls!  Ok, enough enough onto furniture...

I bought this vintage armoire over a year ago for $35 and it has been sitting in my garage since then.  It sat in there for so long mainly because I couldn't decide if I should stain or paint it.  

I finally decided to stain it until the hubs and I started the sanding process.  The woodwork on the doors was so intricate that sanding was doing more harm than good.  So now I would be the owner of a painted armoire instead of a stained one.  

First we did some rough sanding on the entire piece and then used spray paint primer.  Then after letting all of that dry I painted the entire thing with 2 coats of an antique white paint.  After letting the paint dry I glazed all the raised up woodwork to help make it stand out more.

To make the glaze I just used some brown paint and added a little bit of water.  I go over how to glaze in this post

 I also bought some new knobs at Hobby Lobby (for 50% off of course).

I'm using this armoire to house all my crafting supplies and our family games!  

ahh...organized fabric.

 To make the armoire look complete I painted the inside a gray blue color that we had left over from our bedroom. 

 This project isn't quite complete yet because I am going to have the hubs install some shelves on the right side to maximize the space.  This is where all the family games with go!

I don't have a good picture of this but I lined the drawers with leftover fabric from the bookshelf makeover I did over a year ago.