Storage Bench Makeover

Hey Ya’ll!!

Boy it has been a while since I posted. Things have been super crazy now that I am back to working full time. I miss my #housewifelife in Kentucky. LOL.  Maybe one day I can return to that life……..but until then……hhhmmmmm…I digress….

Today I am going to be showing you how I made over my storage bench in our living room. It was pretty simple to do. It’s just finding the time to do it these days. Here is a picture of it all finished. You would never know that there is a large, weight challenged cat laying behind those pillows on the back of the couch. LOL.

So, when you move as much as we do I feel like I am constantly changing my decor and my colors. I love color and have such a hard time picking a color scheme for our home. Of course, my husband loves that. Not at all. I am on that rustic chic look now. If that makes any sense at all. The home we live in now has hardwood floors and it felt so cold and we need something to “ground” the space and anchor the room. So we bought a rug at Lowes, that by the way my husband hated and reluctantly bought. I loved it and once we got it in the living room he decided that it wasn’t so bad. Here is my rug.

So there you have it…..my color inspiration for the combined living room and dining room area.

Moving on to the purpose of this post. There is this storage bench that we dug out of the dumpster at our apartment complex back in Texas. There was nothing wrong with it so we hauled it out and cleaned it up. I painted it and upholstered the top of it. It matched our decor at the time, but about 4 moves later it no longer matches our decor or my taste. So I decided to once again paint it and recover the top.

I decided to start make the bench look like stained wood again. So I first painted the bench brown all over using CeCe Caldwell’s Paints Texas Tea.  After that I chose to wet distress it to see some of that white peak through. Keep in mind that this bench or chest…whatever you want to call it….has a lot of dents, dings, scrape marks in the wood and overall wear and tear. The distressing helps accentuate that even more.

Here is a picture of what it looked like after I wet distressed the brown paint.

Next, I decided to white wash it with Young Kansas Wheat by CeCe Caldwell’s. I added water to this to make it very thin. I brushed on a thin coat and immediately wiped back the excess.

Again, I wet distressed to see a bit more brown.

Next, I added stain over top of this and wiped back the excess. In the picture below you can see the difference the stain makes. I used my favorite stain which is Walnut Grove by CeCe Caldwell’s. It is the perfect color stain and so easy to use and the best part….it doesn’t stink.

I then removed the old fabric from the bench and recovered it with a pretty off white material that has a linen look to it. You can see slight flecks of brown in the fabric. Once I completed that I attached the top to the bench again. You can see the basic steps in the picture collage below.

I then decided to make a couple of pillows for the top of the bench. The ones that were there were a fuschia color and that obviously wasn’t going to work. Luckily, they were pillow covers with a zipper so I could easily remove them and change them out. I decided to do a burnt orange color fabric from JoAnn Fabric. At some point I will do a tutorial on how to sew a pillow and make your own piping.

 Here is a picture of my completed pillow. One more to go. I decided to make it an envelop pillow cover and add some cute wood looking buttons.

There ya go! All done. Way better than what it used to be.

Hope you enjoyed this quick little makeover. Stay tuned for my next makover……my craft room. Oh Lord…what a makeover it will be. There is no color scheme in there currently. It is a complete mess and just tragic looking. Yes, tragic would be a good word for this room. I can’t wait to show you when it is done. My colors are a dark blue, a creamy yellow, white and gold. I am so excited. Finally, I will have a beautiful craft room that I am not ashamed of and won’t make my husband cringe every time he steps foot in there.

Until then my friends. Stay crafty.

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Painted Gold Mirror

Hello again. Glad to have you back. I appreciate you stopping by.

Today I am going to be doing a tutorial on color washing. This is another technique used for layering colors and we all know by now that I love to layer colors. Some people love white. White everything. White furniture, pillows, rugs, decor and yeh it looks pretty when I see the pictures on Facebook or Pinterest, but it’s just not my thing. I love color way too much. I admit, I do have a small obsession with the color turquoise and end up painting with that color a lot, but hey, I love it.

So, yes, I painted the mirror turquoise. LOL. But, I did add some other colors to bring some depth and visual interest to the piece. In a previous post I talked about creating art when you paint. Anyone can  slap a coat of paint on a piece of furniture or decor, but I want to create art.

So follow along and I will show you how to do just that.

Step 1

Clean your piece and prepare it for painting. Select 3 colors of paint which range from a lighter color to a darker color as well as a water based stain. I used CeCe Caldwell’s Paints and her Walnut Grove Stain + Finish. You can see my color selection in the picture below.

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Chair Transformation Using CeCe Caldwell’s Natural Chalk + Clay Paints

Hey Ya’ll. Glad you are back.

Today I want to show you how easy it is to transform a chair using CeCe Caldwell’s Paints and baby wipes. I got this chair at my “honey hole” here for $20 and I thought that was a pretty reasonable price so I brought it home. One of the reasons I bought it was because the chair had a lot of grooves, divots, and lots of texture and I knew it would look great distressed. Plus, I needed a chair for my work station I am building.

Here is the before and after.

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Now, there are 3 things I want to say here. #1. I sometimes get really excited and I start painting before I get a “before” picture. (You can see I started painting and had my “oh crap” moment and ran and got the camera. #2. I know you can’t really see all the texture on the chair in the before picture but you will once I show you some close up pictures.  #3. All of this distressing was done with baby wipes.

Yes, you read that correctly. Baby wipes. I am on a mission to get people to STOP DISTRESSING WITH SAND PAPER! I know that is quite the feat, but hey I can try.

Find out how I transformed this chair………

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Create Eye Catching Wall Decor.

Hi everyone. Welcome back to my blog. I hope that you all are enjoying this beautiful early fall weather. I wish it would stay this temperature all year long. Here in Kentucky it is in the upper 60’s and low 70’s. It’s perfect.

Anyway, on to the good stuff. Today, I am going to talk about creating eye catching wall décor using multiple colors, distressing and focusing on depth and dimension. Ya’ll know I love to layer colors. I can’t help myself sometimes.

 I love for things to make my eye stay and examine it for a while. I don’t want to just see it and move on. I want  people look at things I have painted or created and say, “How did she do that?”

For this  project I am going to show you a treasure that I found at a local shop here called the Red Door Trading Company and as soon as I saw it I knew it was going home with me.

I will show you how it went from kinda cool to a work of art.

before-and-after

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