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Update Using Spray Paint

Update using spray paint

Update Using Spray Paint

Why Buy It When You Can Make It!

Well, hello all you HELLO readers – I know it’s been awhile since my last post, so today we are going to ease back in by showing you how to update your old goods to new pretties, because my thought…Why buy it when you can make it – update using spray paint!

Update using spray paint
Spray old glass ware for new look

I have been cruising Pintrest and other awesome sites for great ways to update some old items in our home.  I hate buying things like door knobs when they all work, or lamps when they still turn on, or even old clear vases when then still hold items well and have nothing wrong with them.  So today, I am going to show you some projects from fellow bloggers who have done just that … updated their old items into new pretty ones. Hence the title, update using spray paint.

Update using Spray Paint
Old lamps from Goodwill go new again!

Spray paint these days is a remarkable tool.  I always keep about 20 cans in different colors on hand so I can change things up when I get tired of looking at them.  Rustoelum and Krylon are my two best cans!

Update using Spray paint  Update using Spray paint

 

Let’s look at our first project updated using spray paint.  Casa de Kemper shows on their blog how their old brass chandy goes black and beautiful with Spray paint.  Just look at the update they provided with minimal work!  Can you believe it’s the same chandy?

Update using spray paint
Case de Kemper used black spray paint to update their old brass chandy.

Next up, we see that Handle the Heat does an awesome job showing their update using spray paint by completing a DIY door knob makeover.  This truly is one of the quickest and easiest way to revamp your old ugly door knobs for cheap!  Do we like them better than the brass?

Update using spray paint
Handle the Heat door knob update using spray paint
Update using spray paint
Handle the Heat Update using spray paint for door knobs

Next up, I Village goes for the Goodwill lamp update with Krylon’s best paint and shows you how to turn boring into fab using mercury glass while updating using spray paint.  Look at the difference between the two – AMAZING….am I right?  Bet you would pay a bunch for these at a good retailer like Pottery Barn 😉

Update using Spray Paint
Updated Goodwill lamps using spray paint
Updating using spray paint
Pottery barn Lamps

Our life is blessed beyond measure shows us how to update and old window frame to an awesome new mirror.  Stop by their blog and see the show as she makes magic happen using spray paint.  Look at those results!

Update using spray paint
Old window
Update using Spray paint
New window

Now that you have seen these amazing updates using spray paints are you going to give it a try?  I have and made some awesome things for our home using it.  Why toss it away when a can of spray can give you a wonderful new update.  Go ahead give it a try!  Find us on Bob Vila Nation, PinterestFacebook and Hometalk.  You can also follow me on Instagram!

Have an awesome night everyone! I promise the blog will be back in full swing for some new building projects starting in June.  Blog ya soon!

~Linda

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

DIY Dresser with Country Chic Paints

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Hey guys – It’s been a long while since I posted anything and I apologize for that but it’s been crazy busy at Hello I Live Here –  so to make up for it today let me tell you about our DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints today.

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

We partnered with Country Chic Paint to show you this awesome new chalk style paint that has quite a following already. We completed a lovely dresser of an older style that just screamed for a bright setting and Tropical Cocktail color and Simplicity white, followed by a coat of the Tough Coat Clear, which lived right up to its name.

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

This DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints was started by cleaning first with a little cleaner.  I let the dresser dry completely and wiped down with a second wet cloth so there would be no OxiClean left that could attach to the country chic paint, I do this with every brand of paint I use regardless, it’s just a good practice to start with a clean furniture – and this is the reason why – look at how stunning this!

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Then I got started – I painted the sides and top of the dresser first with white creamy, Simplicity color.  It went on like silk, was easy to control, very low streaking with the brush, and dried in an amazing chalk like finish.  I completed 2 coats on the dresser, not because the first coat did not cover, but because it is my preference to paint every piece this way, regardless of the expense.  I love rich furniture and 2 coats complete this for me.

DIY Dresser Country Chic PaintsWhile drying, I moved on to the drawers where I added the Tropical Cocktail color of a turquoise blue.  It’s amazing, vibrant and rich on the piece.  It too moved on the brush like silk, and dried with that wonderful chalk paint finish we have all come to expect from other brands.

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Using the rest of the Simplicity White Paint – I added this lovely Martha Stewart Stencil from Michaels.  I love how it brought the piece to life. 🙂

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Once the piece dried, I coated the whole thing with 2 coats of tough coat.  It worked amazing, dried tough, but gave a low shine finish you want for cleaning, but that lovely appeal you want when your furniture is making a statement.  Check out those burlap handles from Hobby Lobby 😉 fancy!

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Now that you see the amazing results on my lovely dresser, what do you think?  Let me tell you a bit about this wonderful paint, because Hello I Live Here will be using this line again   One happy DIYer here 🙂  All because of Country Chic Paint.

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Country Chic Paint is a chalk and mineral based paint that is specifically designed for us Dryer’s.  This awesome paint is VOC Free, contains no harmful solvents, and could not be easier to use, just look at our wonderful results!  This fab paint collection allows you to make a piece look beautiful with a smooth matte finish and you have to love the delicious color choices like this Tropical Cocktail.  The paint line can be fully distressed for that antique old finish, or the very popular shabby chic look everyone is craving these days.  For me the best part – very little prep work – and fabulous results and don’t forget tutorials!  – You heard it hear – Hello I Live Here is all in!  Want to try it – Click here! 

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

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DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Try the product – I am sure you will love it as much as we did.  The results are stunning.  Hello I Live Here wants to thank Country Chic Paint for partnering with us on this delicious dresser.  You are a wonderful company and brand I will be using again.

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Well, that’s our post for today about our DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints.  Stop by tomorrow as I show you a wonderful product called Wood Icing.  I think you will be amazed.  Don’t forget to find us on Facebook, Hometalk, and Bob Vila Nation where we share our fun post with all their readers too 🙂

Cheers,

Linda

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

Hey guys – today’s blog – DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp is made from left over pieces from our decorator bin.  A few years back when we sold our other house, I had staged rooms to help the selling process go fast (it worked – sold that puppy after 1 day on the market 😉 – Never pass up staging).  Any ways, back to our DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp – I had this awesome old piece that looked like an old time phone sitting on the piano in the formal Living Room.  Once we moved I tossed it into the decor bin never to be seen again until this weekend when I dug that puppy out and freed it from storage.  Remember the other great project that came from here – our Clock Table.  That’s why I keep it all.

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

I noticed when moving it the bottom was hollow.  As I kept digging, I found an old lamp I was not using any longer and put the two together and bam – a new DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp was born – Isn’t she cute!!

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

It was not a hard process and took a couple hours to construct.  I used my Ryboi 18V driver and a set of Ryobi drill bits all purchased from The Home Depot and registered on Ryobi Nation.  That’s right I register every tool, I am one of those people – but you know this because I have a storage area for my unused decor right! 🙂  Look any shade fits her (both were purchased from Tuesday Morning and the finial – the feather reminds me of an ink pen and every phone needs a pen ;-).

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

Here’s what we did to make this super DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp come to life.

First we deconstructed the old lamp and kept only the pieces we needed for this project (the rest of the lamp parts are sure to become something else.)

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

 

Next we drilled a ½” hole in the top of the decorator phone.  To ensure we didn’t harm the thin metal phone top, we used several successive drill sizes, finally ending with ½”, the diameter of our lamp rod.

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

We did a dry fit of the lamp pieces to make sure everything fit as planned.  To keep the lamp rod secure and upright we fabricated an doweled anchor that would fit under the phone base.  Using a 1½” square piece of scrap that was 4.5” in length, we drilled a ½” hole that was slightly off center.  The lamp rod fits through this anchor and is fastened to the lamp rod.  After a few turns of the nut, the rod was secure and upright.  Now I think even Bob Vila of Bob Vila Nation would be proud of this project :-).

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

After the lamp pieces were reassembled we prepared to rerun the lamp wire through the lamp rod, which was the trickiest part of the whole project.

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

To make this process easier, we took a coat hanger and tapped string to one end.  We pushed the coat hanger through the lamp rod.  Once the coat hanger was pushed through the lamp road, we tied the string to the end of the lamp wire and used a combination pushing the lamp wire and pulling the string to gently move the lamp wire back through the lamp rod.  Don’t pull to hard, or the string will pull free and you have to start over.

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

The final step was to reconnect the lamp socket and secure with the plastic outer cap.  Once the DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp was reassembled we placed a light bulb and viola, let there be light!

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

It looked perfect.  For a few hours, some left over pieces from our decorator bin and zero additional cost, we have an incredibly and one of a kind DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp.  In fact, I tried to find something similar online and nothing came up.  PS- The little read book – written by my grandmother Lily Bennett – all her original poems in one great book. 🙂

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

We hope you like our DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp. The lesson from today’s post is don’t throw anything away, you never know when that left over décor becomes something fabulous.

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

DIY Shabby Decorator Phone Lamp

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to like us on Facebook and check our Pinterest page. Until our next post – Have an awesome day!

-Linda 🙂

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

DIY China Hutch Make-over

Old Town Paints Part IV Final

Good morning everyone!  I am sitting here at 6:00 with a large frosty diet coke finishing up the final post of our DIY China Hutch Make-over.  For those of you who missed the last three parts of the hutch story, I will put the links here for Part I-III in the post so you can catch up.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Completing this DIY China Hutch Make-over was a challenge.  I started out picking up this cute little, worn out hutch that needed a good updating; it had broken pieces, was full of 1970’s faux plastic pieces they passed off as wood trim and just looked yucky!

Bottom of China Hutch
Bottom of China Hutch
Top of China Hutch
Top of China Hutch

When we started the DIY China Hutch Make-over, I was initially just going to paint it and say ta-da!  But, for some reason, that was not sitting well with me.  I just could not get settle with the broken trim, and ugly faux wood, so I ripped it apart and gave it a good recycle that today’s generation could love.

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In part I, we showed you how we cut off the old trim and re-styled the top of the China Hutch using our Ryobi Tools to provide a fresh look that fits today’s style. (See part I Here).

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Cut Piece Returned to China Hutch
Cut Piece Returned to China Hutch
Front 1x3 installed
Front 1×3 installed

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Part II showed you the bottom of the DIY China hutch Make-Over, which actually detaches from the top (Read Part II Here)

China Cabinet Makeover - Bottom Base Before and After

This was no small undertaking because, as you know from my posts, I reserve the right to change my design mind at any given time… and well that’s just what happened on the bottom.  (Click here to read part II).  Initially I was thinking to build three cabinet doors, including one to replace the center faux wood section that did not open.  I worked hard on trimming the bottom to match the new top trims and thought – wow I am almost done.  This was a snap! – WRONG – After building the two side doors, the middle door just didn’t work.  It was like a sore thumb, and I HATED it…pushing me to reach down into my design bag and draw up yet another design, leading to Part III and another trip to the Home Depot.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

In Part III of the post, the final design was born as we showed you how we how I changed my mind from using three doors to two doors, and a custom built  wine rack for the center where the third door would have lived.  The DIY China Hutch Make-Over design turned out excellent and I love the way you can now hold 12 awesome bottles of wine.  (Click here to read Part III).

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Now, after much ado, we bring you the final post of our DIY China Hutch Make-over.

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

We put out a call to our readers to choose the paint color.  After calculating the vote we came up with a pale green and old white combination (we wanted a little contrast for the piece – so we choose two of the most popular voted colors by our readers on Facebook and Hometalk – thank you all for your help). The colors are stunning – Drool!

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Looking to continue the theme for the DIY China Hutch Make-Over I set out to find a new paint color I stumbled on to Old Town Paints.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

I was impressed with their 54 color selection, and how close I could get to your color choices.  I contacted Old Town Paints to ship my colors because there were no retailers close by St Louis Missouri that carry this wonderful paint.  (Hear that shops – distributors needed for great paint and your shop could be the great home of Old Town Paint – You’re welcome!)

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Sasha, the owner of Old Town Paints was kind enough to ship us out Soft Moss, Cottage White, Antiquing Glaze, and a Clear Matted Finish.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Being a creature of habit, I was nervous to try something new, but did it anyway and was so glad I gave Old Town Paint a try.   This fab little company was started by Sasha Gareau (consignment store owner) and here fiancé Bobby Bouck (his family has been in the paint business for over 50 years!)  Starting her consignment store, Sasha used a competing paint for her painted furniture, but did not like the expense of the paint.  So what’s a girl to do?  Sasha created her own paint line – Old Town Paint.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Old Town Paint is a Chalk Paint Style Finish made here in the USA.  According to Sasha, she and Bobby sat down with a chemist, and after months of trial and error, the chemist helped them create a non-toxic paint, that had a chalk paint style finish, which launched Old Town paint in April of 2013, and the movement of their paint has been growing ever since – want to try it?  You can order by click here.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Being a research nut (from my old instructional design writing days), I took to the internet to find pieces painted with Old Town Paint.  I featured several of them on my Facebook to see your reaction – you loved them! Since all those I spoke to who used the paint also loved them, I took the plunge and used Old Town Paint on this project.  I have to say – it was easy to use.  The paint is very silky and adhered in one coat and accepted the matching finishes like it was butter on bread.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

All things that spoke to me for this project because like Sasha and Bobby creating their paint took time, so did the re-building of this china hutch – so what better product to debut the piece to our readers than Old Town Paint, right?  Two master pieces that have come together – I can hear the two singing in harmony from here, can you? ;-).

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

I enjoyed this paint that comes in 54 lovely colors because it can also be used as a color wash, regular smooth paint, or can be applied thick to create texture (which will be great when I show you another product I discovered this week in a later post).

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

But one of the best bonuses… no need to prime or prepare prior to painting!  It was a dream come true – which makes me scream out – why don’t more paint shops in St Louis carry this jewel of a paint? Want to read more on this paint stop by their site at http://www.oldtownpaints.com  I was glad I tried this paint.  Very impressed and I will order it for a future project I blog.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Just look at the silky photos of the rebirth of this DIY China Hutch Make-over. Isn’t she stunning 🙂

Bead board back ground DIY China Hutch Make-Over DIY China Hutch Make-Over DIY China Hutch Make-Over Moldings added

I could not be more proud of the piece you all helped me build. So What do you think of the finished china hutch make-over that has been the longest, on-going project for Hello I Live Here in our history of an existing blog?

Bead board back ground

Sorry again it took so long, the nasty cold winter (Mother Nature – you know who you are) stopped us in our tracks this year.  I can tell you I have lived in St Louis for over 14 years and this is by far the WORST winter I have ever had (I threatened to move West every single day – hubby started to take me serous – a girl can dream about beach living again can’t she? 😉

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Well, I just want to say thank you to all of you who follow our blog and to Old Town Paints and owner Sasha and Bobby for partnering with Hello I Live Here to get this project complete 🙂 .  I love writing and sharing my zany projects that are often shown on Bob Vila Nation, Ryobi Nation, and Hometalk  and other social media we use for Hello I Live Here.  Also, thank you for hanging in there with us as we fought the ugly weather to bring you our final post on our DIY China Hutch Make-over.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Happy Thursday and here’s to many warmer days for us all (just not to warm Missouri or I will have to look into that move west) 😉

–Linda

DIY Chalkboard

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

DIY Chalkboard

Hello everyone – our post today – DIY Chalkboard from Old Frames.  That’s right we all know we have loads upon loads of old frames large and small laying in our basements just begging to be loved again.  How can you use it you ask?  DIY Chalkboard from Old Frames is a great way to reuse those old forgotten pieces.

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

This frame was an old print that hung in our over-sized wine room in our other home.  Knowing we would never use it here in the new Villa, we decided to store it for a day I needed an upcycle project on a bad weather day.  Well, you all know we have had 6 long, long months of winter and some days to harsh to work even in the shop with heat.  Guess what – we had two 80 degree days in a row, and last night after completing the china hutch part III with the Old Town Paint (oops new post alert of a great new product 🙂 )  – the threat of snow…yep snow…yet again hit St Louis and we dropped to 29 degrees in hours but the snow never came – just the blazing cold!!!!  This cold weather is totally cutting into my shop time and make me a very surly person.  Not to mention I want to complete my projects for Ryobi Nation and Bob Vila Nation 🙂  – warning for Mother Nature 🙂 .

Painted Pieces

What’s a girl to do today?  An inside project of course – Awhile back I had painted the inside of this frame with Chalkboard paint and stuck it on the wall.  The DIY Chalkboard is it’s used daily and we love the board.  The frame matched great with the old decor, but now that we have gone cottage and grey, the frame would never do.  Being locked up yet another day with cold weather I was trotting past the wall talking to my sister on the phone when I ripped this DIY Chalkboard from Old Frames down from the wall and up-cycled that old frame to match my new decor.

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

I whipped out some left over Annie Sloan Old Ochre paint left in the bottom of the old can and whipped it on to this DIY Chalkboard from Old Frames hanging on the wall.  I then took what I had mixed for a cute pair of side tables (Annie Sloan Paris Grey and Louis Blue) and added that to the inside of the frame giving that little bit of pop I wanted for this piece.

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

Once done drying, I added clear wax, let set for a bit, then followed that by dark wax, let dry and added clear over.

sloan wax kit
Sloan wax kit

After both dried, I added another coat of clear wax, buffed and returned to the wall.  How cute is it now?  And it now drives me less nuts locked in here from the cold when I walk past and see how it matches my new decor – you can’t beat that for a quick DIY Chalkboard project.

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live HereStarting tomorrow we are to have nice weather here in St Louis.  Our next few weeks of our blog are going to be dedicated to new products we are trying.  I think you will love them all – I hope you love the new products we are about to show you – they are all wonderful and give a girl options when she’s tired of using the same old same old.

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

I will introduce each product to you, give you background on it, how to order it, and my experience with the product.  I will be keeping them all a secret until I start using their product as I want each product to have its own platform as I introduce them.

First up will start tomorrow as we complete Part III final of our China Hutch Redo – That’s right – it’s finally done, and no one is more happy then the Hello I Live Here crew!  Until tomorrow’s post, have a wonderful evening and stay WARM. 🙂

Linda

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