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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

Become a newsletter subscriber and get the inside scoop on new retailers in your area and the best deals around town on this awesome paint.  Are you are retailer wanting to carry a new line?  You must check out this awesome paint.

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

Painted Cottage Table

Painted Cottage Table with American Paint Company

Painted Cottage Table

American Paint Company

Hi everyone – tonight’s blog is all about my Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company paints.  This was a fun project with some great new paint we found over at American Paint Company.

Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company

Amrita Reitz was awesome to partner with Hello I Live Here to show their wonderful paint product.

Paint Cottage Table American Paint Company

Just look at how wonderful our Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company came out!  Isn’t it beautiful? 😉

Paint Cottage Table American Paint Company

As with any paints, we always test on a sample piece of wood to see how the paint works, as you can tell, American Paint Company’s Home Plate and Freedom Road went on easy and silky.

Paint Cottage Table American Paint CompanyWe used Home Plate paint on the wood plank top as shown below:

Paint Cottage Table American Paint Company

Then we tried Freedom Road on the metal base and followed it with top coat.  It worked wonders in both areas!

Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company

For those of you who are not familiar with American Paint Company, Amrita shared a few things about their paints with Hello I Live Here.  Amrita told us American Paint Company is a clay/chalk/mineral base paint, is all-natural, has zero VOC, is eco-friendly, and a solvent free paint.  Amrita shared their paints contain no acrylic, fungicides or co-polymers.  What does it all mean?  Only that this paint is an awesome eco-friendly paint, good for your furniture; as well as the person using it.  Look how awesome it works – the stencil looks amazing.

Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company

You can check out their products here.  American Paints has over 40 colors to choose from, great finishes and other products like brush prep, and Mica powders.  We sampled the Waxes and top coats and loved them, see the photo below.

Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company

Paint Cottage Table American Paint Company

American Paint Company offers online tutorials that ensure anyone can use their paints – check it out here and have awesome opportunities for retailers who may want to carry their products in their own shops – Are you interested?  Check out what they have to offer by clicking here.  You can see how well it worked on our Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company below.

Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company

We had a blast using this paint today – the colors were rich, covered well, and worked just like we thought after finishing our sample boards.  Want to try it?  Find a retailer near you or shop on line at these awesome retailers listed on american paint company’s page.

Have questions send American paint a note over at their website.  They are quick at responses and they pride themselves on their customer services. We had a question, sent to the site and bam answer in a quick few minutes.  You cannot beat customer service like that?

Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company

Keep watching as we try their paint on some other projects throughout the week.  After seeing this table, I am confident my other projects will look as awesome.

Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company

That’s our post of tonight – thanks for stopping by Hello I Live Here – Catch us on Facebook, HomeTalk, Bob Vila Nation, and Ryobi Nation Tools – as we blog some awesome projects this month.  And a big thank you to Amrita and American Paint Company for working with us as a partner.  Until next post… Stay happy everyone 🙂

Linda

Trace Mobile Social Media App for IPhone

Trace Photo

Trace Mobile Social Media App for IPhone

Hey everyone have you heard of Trace Mobile Social Media App for IPhone?  Well, let us tell you about this new social media app!

Trace Photo

I took the day off to spend with my wonderful oldest daughter Corrina!  Well, it wasn’t really a day off – Corrina manages Hello I Live Here’s Pinterest boards (yep, she is the gal behind those great Pinterest photo’s 1,000’s of our followers view daily ;-)), so we fit in a little business and then had a great day shopping around Columbia MO visiting some awesome antique stores.

Why Corrina and I were doing our two ladies lunching date, she suggested a new app for Apple I-Phone to share with my peeps that love following new trends called Trace Mobile Social Media App for IPhone! This awesome app allows you to discover the cool things people buy, while allowing you to follow them, why sharing the cool things you purchase.

So, what was Hello I Live Here to do?  Well, we took Corrina’s social networking advice and signed up for an account where we can share cool trends with our readers and you can share them back with us by you following our page.

You got it – finally an app that is centered on shopping and sharing purchases!  Why I love Instagram and twitter, I am excited to find another social media app that is centered on reviews and conversations about specific things I love to buy and share with our blog followers.

So jump on the band wagon and download the app and follow us on Trace!.  Not only are our readers welcome, but our blogging buddies should find us and follow us too!  Come discover the cool things people are buying, share the cool things you are buying.  When you see something you want to try, add it to your wish list and Trace will let you know more about these items.

Click here to view this awesome app:  Trace!

Trace Photo

Share your posts on Facebook and twitter, with your friends on your favorite social networks.  Want to learn more?  Stop by TraceApp.com!    After you down load your app, make sure to add HELLO I LIVE HERE and start following our page!  It’s that simple!

Come on let’s help Trace Mobile Social Media App for IPhone  grow!!!  We are excited to see your trends and stuff you like to buy!  Start posting 😉  Hello I Live Here is waiting to see what your likes are so we can show you how to build it for less J  Happy Trace!

Linda  🙂

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

Rustic DIY Coffee Table – Upcycle a Thrift Store Find

Hello readers!  Without further ado, Hello I Live Here brings you our Rustic DIY Coffee Table that you all voted for on our Facebook and Hometalk pages last night.  The Facebook post alone brought Hello I Live Here 2K of readers who helped us choose just how we would stain and dress up this large Rustic DIY Coffee Table.  We want to thank you all for your help, you were wonderful. 🙂

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

The winner hands down was the plain top, with Aged Oak Stain.  So, you all voted, and we listened.  This morning we warmed up our work space and got to work bringing your choices to life.

Let’s look at the project and how we got started with this awesome Rustic DIY Coffee Table idea.  Hubby and I were out for an afternoon date, and after lunch I just had to stop by my favorite thrift store to see what unique upcycle DIY project spoke to me.  There she sat, with others running past her – I was drawn to her like a moth to a flame.  I just knew the moment I hit the door I could waive my magic DIY wand and BAM out would pop a fab upcycle Rustic DIY Coffee Table that any homeowner would love!!!!

Rustic DIY Coffee Table Once home, I ripped off her old top (which will become an awesome upcycle DIY chalk board project post – I never toss anything ;-)), and I started designing her new top.  Once we had the plan, we ran off to The Home Depot to purchase three 8ft – 2 x 8s.

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

We cut each 2×8 board in half, after all it is easier to handle a 4’ board then a 8’ board.  Since the 2×8 board widths (Big Box store rarely have consistently sized wood – they were off by up to ¼”) were not consistent, we also had to cut two straight edges.  We used a sled, with one true straight edge, made from ¾” birch ply that was 12”x4’, the same length as our 2×8 boards.  We then secured the untrue board edge to the birch ply with a screw and set the straight edge of the birch ply against the fence.  This gave us a straight edge on the 2×8.  We then ran placed the newly cut 2x8s straight edge against the fence and created our second cut.  This provided two true edges and gave us a tight connection between the boards with no gaps.

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

Next, we planed both sides using our Porter Cable planer.  We feed a sacrificially board of the same thickness as our 2x8s to ensure the first board didn’t have the ever present planer divot, and ran the same sacrificial.  Remember, to remove just a small amount, about 1/32” with each pass.  It is better to run the wood through several passes, versus taking too much off with one pass.  We then feed each board one after the other until each board was a consistent thickness.  We then lowered the planer another 1/32” and planed the other side.  We repeated this process two times to provide a consistent thickness and a smooth top and bottom surface.

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

We then edge glued our boards with Titebond  wood glue and Kreg joined them all.  We clamped the boards and let them dry overnight.

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

With the glue dry we started the finish work.  We added an edge molding as you suggested, which jazzed up the sides and gave it that classic look!  Next, we popped open some wood filler and filled all the Kreg screw holes, and areas we did not want to have deep cracks that could trap dust or dirt (or the occasional cracker crumbs 😉 – We all know who we are!)

Next up was the dreaded sanding process. We used a couple sanders in the process, and finished up with our Ryobi cat sander, which we discussed in an earlier blog and featured on Bob Vila Nation.  We started with 80 grit sand paper, followed that by 120, and did a third round with 220 to give it that extra smooth finish – you know for when your feet go up on that table – no sock snags here 😉 !

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

Once the sanding was done, I came to you, our readers, for a vote for the grand finish.  Your votes were awesome, and totally left me overwhelmed that over 2K of you wanted to be involved with the vote.  We want you to know, WE LISTEN when we ask our readers to vote, so with your great vote we got to work staining our piece with Minwax, Aged Oak stain color.  As you all suggested we left the top plain (no hardware this project around, but I promise all of you who voted for the hardware, I will find that special piece to support your vote and share it with you all).

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

Just look at this wonderful Rustic DIY Coffee Table that we all created together!  As a person who loves DIY Projects and to upcycle furniture, I think we did a wonderful job – kudos to us all!  We hope you all enjoyed this wonderful project and visit our page often.  This year Hello I Live Here will be bringing you wonderful projects that virtually any skill level can complete, and I promise a good deal will be so awesome you will want to run right to your local Lowe’s or Home Depot and get started.  Until we vote on the next project together – Stay warm and keep reading and following Hello I Live Here – 2014 is going to be an exciting year for us all 🙂

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

Thanks for the suggestion and coming over to our blog to cast your vote!  We are so proud that all our readers wanted to vote and help Hello I Live Here with this magical creation.  Until next post – Stay warm out there.

By Linda Crandall 🙂

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