Friday, April 25, 2014

Two Sweet Cottage Style Nightstands - White & Blue/Gray - SOLD

I have had these two nightstands painted and ready to go for the past two weeks!  I held them back because there was something missing.  It took me two weeks to figure out what it was that needed changing.  I love all white nightstands because they are clean and crisp and so shabby chic!  But these two looked lonely painted completely white.  It finally came to me!  Sitting on the shelf was this perfect shade of blue & gray paint that I have been wanting to use but had been waiting for the right time.  I don't have before and after photographs of the transformation, you will just have to take my word on it.

I painted the interior portion of the nightstand a perfect shade of gray/blue.

Nightstands are shabby chic white

The blue/gray interior gives the perfect touch of color to any room

The interior drawers were also painted for uniformity

Perfect for any bedroom

Add a basket or a little bed for your furball!
UPDATE***May 9, 2014
Nightstands were given a little more distressing for a more vintage look

The nightstands measure 22 inches wide, 18 inches deep, and 24 inches tall.  The nightstands were painted with latex paint and a bag of LE CHALK chalk paint powder (click here) good for a whole quart of paint!  Click on the link to learn more.

Thanks for stopping by!

Mary Elizabeth

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Decorative Finial...from Old World to Concrete Chic (TUTORIAL)

Hello Sweet Friends,

I have been wanting to buy a few finials for the house and have kept my eye out for a thrifty find. My patience paid off when I found this finial.  It was just right. However, it was too old worldly for me.  I decided to paint it and documented the steps with my camera so that you can do the same!

Finial was too old worldly and decided to update it for a concrete chic look!

I painted the entire piece in gray

I went over it with one coat of Le Chalk chalk paint powder (Click Here) paint mix

Once the coat of gray dried, I brushed on a coat of white Le Chalk chalk paint powder (Click Here) paint mix one section at a time.

I brushed the white paint into the nooks and crannies

Before the white paint could dry I used a damp paper towel to remove the excess white paint

I started another section

And I did the same with it, wiping the excess white paint

The white paint that remains on raised edges and the gray below

I wanted it to have a concrete look and I was able to achieve that with this method

The white paint sits in some nooks and crannies and on some raised edges.
The Le Chalk chalk paint powder (Click Here) is what I use to paint my furniture and everything else I like painted.  You don't need to be experienced to use this product as it is soooo forgiving.  It is to be used with any color or brand of latex paint and is water soluble.

The benefits are that when used on furniture you will be left with a very soft and smooth surface, the dry time is quick unlike regular paint,  semi-plaster and bonding like qualities, get the distressed look on your furniture or a new look with full coverage, and is a 1/3 of the cost of boutique chalk paints.  Grab a bag for 1 quart of paint for $10! 

Check out my shop and look for Le Chalk chalk paint powder (Click Here) and come back for more tutorials.  My Etsy shop will be stocked with brushes and wax soon!

Thank you for stopping by!

Mary Elizabeth

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Oversized Classy Two Tone Gray & White Nightstand - SOLD

This nightstand is over-sized and drop dead gorgeous!  I found it at a Goodwill and paid a little more than I wanted to for it.  But after looking around I knew that it supports a very good cause!

I was wanting a classy upscale look for this table and my mother and I chose gray and white with silver hardware.  She should have been a fashion designer!  She's really good at putting colors together!  I can go on and on about my mother but I will save that for mother's day.  I wanted the body to be homogenous gray and have accents of white.

It took a lot of sanding to get this table ready for painting.  I should have taken some before shots but I really get eager when it comes to painting furniture.  I really enjoyed painting her!

Two Toned Nightstand (or Hall Entry Table for Small Spaces)

Measures 32 inches tall, 30 inches wide, 18 inches deep

Top was finished with a Top Coat of polyacrylic

Silver Hardware

Warm and Soft

Rounded Legs

Very little distressing
It is Ready to Sit Pretty in Your Home!