Posts Tagged ‘Annie Sloan Paints’

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

Painted Pieces

Painted Pieces

Painted Pieces

Hello everyone…I know it’s been awhile since I last posted but it’s been a tough month of very icy weather leaving Hello I Live Here to complete painted furniture pieces inside.  I love doing painted furniture pieces, but truly I want to get back to building and using my tools, so enough Mother Nature with the icy weather already – it’s time for you to go.

Today I will share with you some of my custom painted pieces all completed with Annie Sloan Paints I think you will like.  I have been upping my game to come up with new designs my clients will love.  Here are a few I think you will like.

Small Night Stand

Painted Pieces

Painted Pieces

Waxing Furniture

Painted Pieces

It’s looking like better weather for next week so I am hoping to return to the shop and crank out some rather great projects.  Until then enjoy the painted furniture pieces we have selected to show you.  If you have a favorite, make a comment.  And, if you have some of your own painted furniture pieces, post them on our Comments Section.  We love to share projects with our readers.

Waxing Furniture

Also, find us on Facebook, Pinterest and Hometalk where we also share loads of photos from our own collection of painted pieces and the great shops and bloggers we work with every day.  We would love for you to follow us and share us with your friends. Painted Pieces

Painted Pieces

Here’s to winter ending quickly – I envy everyone with great weather today 🙂

Linda

Waxing Furniture

Waxing Furniture

Waxing furniture, we all, who work with painted pieces have to do it!  I have loads of people asking me how to get the wax to shine after using Annie Sloan Wax applications.  I hear things like, the wax is too stiff, there is wax left on my furniture, and the furniture does not shine up like it should. I also hear, I give up – I used poly over my Annie Sloan Chalk paint – Noooooo – don’t – why – because every brush stroke shows through from the chalk paint and chalk paint is made to go with the wax for a reason.  Just get the right tools – I do not know about you, but when waxing furniture, Hello I Live Here uses the exclusive help of RYOBI TOOLS.

 Waxing Furniture

That’s right – Ryobi makes the best tool around when it comes to waxing furniture for Hello I Live Here.  We use the Ryobi Orbital Buffer.  This awesome tool offers smooth, random orbital action at 4,000 RPM speed which attain a professional, swirl-free finish. This UL-listed buffer is double insulated to help protect metal parts from internal metal motor components and has fully-contained bearings for maintenance-free applications. The tool features a 100% terry cloth application bonnet and a synthetic-tufted polishing bonnet that are reusable and has a textured, soft spray on the housing for a comfortable grip.  Check it out over at Ryobi Nation.

Waxing Furniture

Though intended for auto use, if waxing furniture the right way, you will come out with an awesome shine.  People have said, it removes the paint on my product.  If it is removing the paint you are not letting the tool do the job, the paint is not fully dry, or you did not use enough paint.

sloan wax kit
sloan wax kit
Annie Sloan paint
Annie Sloan paint

After painting, I let my Annie Sloan paint color set up overnight (harden so to speak) I never rush a project just to get done.  Once set, I apply the wax with my AS wax brush – let set for a bit.  Once done, I go over the piece with the Ryobi Terry towel first, add additional wax if necessary, then buff it to a shine with the buffing pad. The secret, I never push down when using this tool – I let the buffer do the work – which is why I purchased the tool in the first place 😉 – See our waxed pieces below – What do you think?

Waxing Furniture

Waxing Furniture

Waxing Furniture

With the Ryobi buffing tool, I have no wax left behind, all paint is intact and my furniture has that shinny just bought it in the store waxed finished I desire.  I paint loads of furniture to make sure my pieces are right for my clients, I want to use the best tools for the job, and I don’t know about you, but my arm would give out waxing furniture all day before the Ryobi Orbital Buffer would!   Look at it shine!

Waxing Furniture

Make it easy on yourself, and use the tools designed to help.  Stop past Ryobi Nation and see what tools they have that can help you out with your project.  Waxing Furniture is a tough job, why not purchase a tough employee to help you!  You can find Ryobi Tools exclusively at The Home Depot or at Amazon.  I am glad I invested the $26.00 on this tool.  You will be too 🙂

Happy waxing furniture everyone!

Linda

DIY Magazine Holder

DIY Magazine Holder

Do you need a DIY magazine holder?

We built a simple DIY magazine holder to keep that reading material secured.  This project was completed using scrap wood from our shop pile.  This DIY magazine holder project took about 45 min.

DIY Magazine Holder

First, we measured our DIY magazine holder to the length and width of the tallest/widest magazine we subscribe too (House Beautiful), and added extra space to drop the magazine into the DIY magazine holder with ease.

DIY Magazine Holder

Next we started cutting.  Cut 4-1×3’s (2-1×3’s for the sides at 20 ½ “Long, and 2-1×3’s for the top and bottom of the square at 12” Long).  We used Titebond glue and our Ryobi nail gun to secure them into a square which will form the DIY magazine holder.

DIY Magazine Holder

Then, we started to design the front DIY magazine holder.  We cut ½” flat pine scrap at 12” long for the bottom of the rack.  The next cut was a 1×2 cut 12” long for the top of the front holder to keep the magazines from falling out.  We completed the design by adding three spindles cut 6 ½” long and spaced them 2 ½” apart starting from each end, and centering the middle spindle.

DIY Magazine Holder

Finally, the back of the DIY magazine holder was constructed using a piece of bead board painted white, left over from another build.  We cut the bead board for the cover the back of the magazine holder to 20 ½” Long by 13 ¼” wide.  We attached using our Ryobi nail gun – 3/8” nails, before nailing we added a bead of Titebond wood glue for that extra holding power 😉

DIY Magazine Holder

To finish the look we added a piece of cove molding we had left in our scrap box.  We simply measured to each end (top pieces are 13 ¼” long and the sides cuts are 20 ½ Long). Cut each side of the cove at a 45 degree angle to give that finished picture frame look.

DIY Magazine Holder

Completing the project we primed and painted the frame as shown above with Annie Sloan Empress Red chalk paint, leaving the bead board white.  We choose the red color to match a barn wood frame given to us from Reclaim Renew (shown below) we wanted the two pieces to be the pop our grey and white room needed.  We hung by drilling two holes through the bead board and attached to studs in our wall.   Make sure you go over the screw heads with a little white paint so they blend into the piece.

Red Frame

This was a quick project that cost us nothing but time.  Every piece of wood in this little QT is from our scrap pile, the same scrap wood pile we made our Rustic Wood Frames and Towel/Dowel Rack projects that were featured on Bob Vila Nations.  Keeping all this extra wood is handy for small projects, and way better than tossing into the trash.

We hope you enjoyed our post today!  Check back tomorrow and see what else we can produce from this pile of scrape wood that’s slowly disappearing!

Linda 🙂

Painted Furniture

Painted Furniture

Painted furniture, love it or hate it?

So, what is your take on painted furniture?  As Hello I Live Here spends a few hours reading posts on the subject of painted furniture, the debates on the subject appear to get a bit heated.  It used to be, we stained wood furniture because that was the rule.  Then one day I walked into my living room and it looked like a big, brown bomb had gone off, leaving my furniture with no identity.

Painted Furniture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being a thrift shop and garage sale addict, it feels like I spend half  my life going to garage sales, estate sales, and auctions looking for furniture pieces that are not pretty just so I will not feel bad turning them into painted furniture. You know what I am saying, that one ugly piece nobody will buy but you know it will turn into something great if you just…PAINT IT.  Furniture repair can be costly and can require tools you may not have.  If you love to redo furniture and you are not tool equipped to change it’s structure, I suggest you become really good at painted furniture techniques.

With that said, you need to make sure you are not painting a valuable antique or a family heirloom entrusted to you, as you can totally decrease the furniture’s value by walking by it with a paint brush.  However, there are those wonderful thrift store pieces that were not maintained by it’s owners that are just screaming PAINT ME…MAKE ME PRETTY AGAIN!!!

New Life in Old Furniture Pieces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can accomplish a great piece of painted furniture in half the time by using a good quality chalk paint like Annie Sloan Paints.  I love chalk paint.   It very rarely requires any preparation, such as sanding or priming, and can be used indoors or outside, on just about any surface – from wood to metal, or plastic and terracotta.  Hello I Live Here takes the time to clean the pieces with a mild soap and water, even inside the drawers.  I feel this method helps kill any smell that may be left behind by it’s old owner’s.  Do not use chemical wipes on your furniture pieces, this can change your paint by making it crack or yellow.

Chalk paint is fun, easy, has low VOC’s and is eco-friendly.  It comes in a variety of colors, and you can mix the chalk paint colors to get the look you want.  You can make chalk paint  smooth by adding a bit of water, leave the lid off to thicken,  or turn it into a wash.  This wonderful paint can help you create a paint method that will give any old piece that wonderful painted furniture appearance.

Annie Sloan paint
Annie Sloan paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, when you are having your next discussion on if furniture should be painted or not, remember some pieces are not worth the time it will take you to refinish with stain, but it can be a lovely piece again if you just paint it.  Just make sure it’s not an antique!

Happy Painted Furniture readers!

Linda