Category Archive: Artful Antiques

Aug 28

Dining Room/Kitchen Makeover

This update is long overdue. One of the only things I didn’t love about this house (other than the basement…but that’s another story for another day) was the dining room wall color. Was it purple? Maroon? Red? Who knows. Everyone saw a different color, and I just saw dark and out of place. I’m not a fan of dark wall colors, especially not in this airy, light space we were creating. We were lucky enough to love the wall color in the rest of the house (a soft, muted grayish blue), so this color just stood out…and not in a good way.
In my nesting kick, I decided to go to town on painting over the darkness. That’s right, I painted it! Don’t worry, I asked my doctor and several nurses first and they all told me if it was well ventilated, the baby would be A-OK 🙂Dining Room/Kitchen MakeoverLet’s just say, when I get an idea in my head, I don’t exactly give up easily. This was several months ago, so I was feeling great physically and didn’t have any problems painting the space. I rather enjoy painting, actually! I brought in a plate to Home Depot that I liked the color of and had it color matched.  Dining Room/Kitchen Makeover I’m not sure if it was because the green was SO different from the purple/maroon/red, or that it didn’t match the plate that I color matched….but neither Eric nor I were exactly in love with the new green dining room/kitchen. It definitely took some getting used to. Now, it feels like the right color for the space and we really like it!Dining Room/Kitchen Makeover I recently added some decor above the cabinets to spice things up a bit. This “Kitchen” sign was a quick DIY project I did the other weekend. Dining Room/Kitchen Makeover This side is still a work in progress. It’s getting there though!Dining Room/Kitchen Makeover Dining Room/Kitchen MakeoverBEFORE:
Dining Room/Kitchen MakeoverAFTER: Dining Room/Kitchen Makeover Isn’t it amazing how paint can transform a space?

 

Pregnancy Update: We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our little one! I am progressing well, the doctor says. My due date is September 14 so we have a few weeks to go. We are SO excited and can’t wait to meet our daughter!

May 18

How to Paint a Hutch. Drab to Fab for under $100!!

Whew, this post has been a long time coming. We bought this amazing hutch on Craigslist for $80!   What a steal that was.  With such a good find, it was the perfect opportunity to teach myself how to paint a hutch.  I have to admit, we’ve kind of become Craigslist pros with this move to Kansas. We were able to buy brand new kitchen appliances for $1,000 less than Nebraska Furniture Mart quoted us (same exact models), our nursery furniture (more on that later!), and a riding lawn mower. Score, score and score! There really is a sense of accomplishment when getting a great deal on something that completes a space, or lawn in the case of the mower.

This hutch has a purpose in our new house. First of all, we had the perfect space for a large piece of furniture, and secondly, I was wanting a place to display all of my pretty platters and bowls that I rarely use. It’s also been a great way to store some extra things that we don’t necessarily want displayed but need to access, like chargers, batteries, etc.

 

Let’s get to the fun stuff. Refinishing this hutch was a lot of fun and is a piece we will have in our home forever. We’re in love with it!How to Paint a Hutch.  Drab to Fab for under $100!!

To start with, here’s a list of items you will need to complete a furniture re-do like this:

You’ll Need:
Solid wood hutch
Paint- we used Glidden with primer
Electric sander (or muscles and heavy grit sand paper)
Spray paint- black
A wood finisher- I used Howard Citrus-Shield Wax
Good paint brushes and rollers
Screw driver

 

This is how we bought the hutch. It’s cute…but it definitely needed some love.

How to Paint a Hutch.  Drab to Fab for under $100!!

And this is the paint that we used. You definitely don’t need to use this brand, but I would suggest a paint with primer in it. It makes application much, much easier. How to Paint a Hutch.  Drab to Fab for under $100!!  The first step was to remove all the hardware, drawers and doors.

How to Paint a Hutch.  Drab to Fab for under $100!!How to Paint a Hutch.  Drab to Fab for under $100!!

Then I used the trusty Shop Vac to clean the sucker up.

How to Paint a Hutch.  Drab to Fab for under $100!!

I used the sander on literally every surface- top, inside, sides, drawers, and doors

How to Paint a Hutch.  Drab to Fab for under $100!!How to Paint a Hutch.  Drab to Fab for under $100!!

And we used this black, satin Krylon spray paint for all of the hardware. How to Paint a Hutch.  Drab to Fab for under $100!!Once it was all sanded, I wiped the whole hutch down with a microfiber cloth before painting. I wanted to make sure there wasn’t any dust left behind that would show up in the white paint.

How to Paint a Hutch.  Drab to Fab for under $100!!Let the painting begin!

How to Paint a Hutch.  Drab to Fab for under $100!!How to Paint a Hutch.  Drab to Fab for under $100!!

I will admit, this project took a whopping three coats of paint. Let’s just say I wanted it to be perfect, so the third coat may or may not have been necessary. It definitely gives it the finished, professional look I was going for. How to Paint a Hutch.  Drab to Fab for under $100!! How to Paint a Hutch.  Drab to Fab for under $100!!It was finally time to put the hardware back on…

How to Paint a Hutch.  Drab to Fab for under $100!!

I knew that the finished product was going to to need a good sealant to keep all of those scratches and marks at bay. I decided to go the natural route and used a wood wax.
To apply this wax, I used a clean cloth. I started out with a thin coat of it to see how it applied. I used the most wax on the top since it will be getting the most wear and tear. On the rest of the hutch, I just applied a thin coat of wax.
How to Paint a Hutch.  Drab to Fab for under $100!!

And this is the bottom half, done!

Eric worked on the top half of the hutch while I was gone one afternoon, so we no pictures of that process. BUT, I will assure you, he followed the exact same process as I outlined above. We decided to take off the glass doors that came with it originally, so he patched the holes with some wood filler.

How to Paint a Hutch.  Drab to Fab for under $100!!

 

Now, to go along with my Spring Cleaning segment, I’ll show you how I spruced up the inside of the hutch to make it functional for our family! How to Paint a Hutch.  Drab to Fab for under $100!!

I used contact paper from the Dollar Tree to line the drawers.
The I used these little plastic baskets (also from the Dollar Tree) to separate our chargers. Each one gets a clothespin label to specify what device it belongs to (see how I organized our electronics here).
How to Paint a Hutch.  Drab to Fab for under $100!!

The drawers aren’t totally full yet, which I’m actually loving. I’m sure once the babe gets here, we’ll acquire more things that will be stored in the hutch. How to Paint a Hutch.  Drab to Fab for under $100!! How to Paint a Hutch.  Drab to Fab for under $100!!

The decorations are a constant work in progress. I find myself changing things up almost on a daily basis. I’m sure the theme will be ever-evolving with the season and my mood.  How to Paint a Hutch.  Drab to Fab for under $100!! How to Paint a Hutch.  Drab to Fab for under $100!!

 

How to Paint a Hutch.  Drab to Fab for under $100!!

And just as a reminder.

How to Paint a Hutch.  Drab to Fab for under $100!!

Final Product!

 

How to Paint a Hutch.  Drab to Fab for under $100!!

 

So, that’s not so scary, right? I think that the idea of refinishing a piece of furniture can be daunting. Hopefully this how to paint a hutch tutorial took some of the guess work out of it and gave you the inspiration you needed to get started on your own piece!

 

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Sep 07

The Wooden Folding Chair

This is a story of a magnificent wooden folding chair.

 

Ok, it’s really not a story at all and it’s a cool chair but not quite of the magnificent variety.

I’ve always been in love with antique wooden chairs. So when I found this one at a garage sale for $1, of course I snatched it up. $1? Are you kidding me? One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

The Wooden Folding ChairThis is the chair before it’s clean up job.

I like to think about who sat in it, and when, and the stories it could tell. There’s something about a chair, a resting place, that makes my mind wander.

The Wooden Folding ChairIn order to clean this baby up, I first got all of the dust off with a damp rag. Then, I used a wood wax to bring it back to it’s original beauty. And it’s a beauty, I tell ya what.The Wooden Folding ChairThe Wooden Folding Chair

I’ve thought about painting it, or even just roughing it up a little to give it the rustic feel. But I find myself wanting to keep it just as it is. I don’t have any room in my house to showcase the guy (as we’ve filled about every possible spot), but I’m saving it for a future house or remodel.

I’m sure lots of people have stumbled upon cool wooden folding chairs just like this one…which kind of takes the novelty out of it, but it’s still a treasure to me.

May 02

The Upcycled Yellow Chair

I bought this adorable chair at the salvation army about 6 months ago for $2. I like to think that I saved him from his sad life in the basement of a thrift store. I’m sure he had a sweet life before being donated because it’s such an a unique chair. Somehow, I neglected to take a “before” picture. Anyhow, I contemplated for months about what I should do with it. First, it was going to be a Christmas present for a friend. Then, I thought that might be a weird gift AND I forgot that I didn’t have a way to transport it in our packed-full vehicle. It continued to sit in my office adorned with a vintage globe, until I had a brilliant idea [Those don’t happen very often so I had to jump on it] I made the executive decision to paint one of our dressers a mustard yellow color while we were at Home Depot a while back. Since I’ve never painted a dresser….let alone a wild color, I decided to try the color out on this chair! Brilliant, I know. So, that’s the story.

The Upcycled Yellow ChairFirst, I gave the chair a good ol’ sanding. I used sand paper to get all the nooks and crannies. Then, I made sure to get all the debris off with a cloth.

I spray painted the legs with a matching brown color. And then I started painting the wooden part of the chair mustard yellow.
Once it was fully dry, I started sanding it in all the right places to give it a vintage, worn effect. That’s the part that you can get creative with.
When that was done, I gave it a nice coat of polyurethane to protect it.

The Upcycled Yellow ChairThe Upcycled Yellow ChairThe Upcycled Yellow Chair

I decided to put this cute little guy on my front porch. I’ll take a picture of that soon and post it. I’m working on making an outdoor pillow to set on him….but that’s another project for another day.

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