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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

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

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Custom built wine rack and panel doors

Today’s post will describe the custom built doors and our awesome surprise of the addition of a custom wine rack we decided to add to the middle section of our china cabinet makeover part III.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Our first thought was to add doors across the entire front of the china cabinet.  However, this just seemed off.  I knew it needed something else.  While enjoying a glass of wine with hubby, it hit me, wine rack!  That is the beauty of custom creation, they evolve in the moment and wine can be involved in the decision ;-).

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Standing back and looking closer, it was going to happen, the center section of the china cabinet would be perfect for a twelve bottle custom built wine rack.  We decided to use a similar wine rack holder method we used on a prior project, but wanted to introduce a new building technique.  The end result was excellent and one we will use again.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

In our previous wine rack construction technique we built for the charity project merely laid each wooden slate on top of each other.  This created a bit of a bulky look just right for that piece, but this one would need something a bit more tucked back as you see below – Isn’t she cute!  If you missed that post you can read it by clicking Here.

wine cabinet custom built for charity
custom built wine cabinet

For this DIY custom build wine rack design, we wanted to join the boards by cutting half the board width, so each board overlaid the other which provided a nice clean look. To start the project we needed some stock that was thick enough to blend with the overall weight of the china cabinet.  The custom built wine rack was created using 1” x 48” pine, available from The Home Depot.  After determining the length and width of the wine holder we cut to length the wine rack pieces. Which you see on the Craftsman table saw below.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

As shown above, we laid the vertical four wine rack pieces (two for the front section and two for the back section) and marked a line where the horizontal pieces would cross.  This defined where we would rabbit cut, which we learned from Wood Magazine how to cut the pieces on our table saw.  We repeated this measuring process for the horizontal sections, making sure to define the exact location where the horizontal and vertical sections crossed.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Once the measuring was complete, it was time to cut the rabbits.  Since we don’t have a dado blade, we used two stop blocks that defined the right and left edges of the rabbit.  We raised the blade to the required height and cut the left edge.  We then made repeated cuts until all the stock was removed.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

With the custom built wine rack pieces cut we did a dry fit before we nailed and glued the pieces together wtih our Ryobi Nail gun and Titebond glue. I love the look and it will bring anther update to an old china cabinet that will help make it a functional storage space.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

After the wine holder was built, it was time to move to the panel doors.  Keeping in mind the overall size of the wine cabinet, we opted for a thick raised panel door using thin PureBond, trimmed with dado 1×2 and completed using ¼ round.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

To get the exact door dimension we clamped two 1x2s to one edge of the cabinet and measured the remaining space and subtracted 1/8” (1/16” gap for each cabinet door side, which just happens to be the size of a dime).  We cut two ¾” Pure Bond panels using our measurements.  We then added the 1×2 trim to complete the look.  Finally, we cut ¼” round to provide a finished decorative look and attached with our Ryobi nail gun, filled in the cracks and nail holes with wood filler and Bondo combo to get ready to sand and prime with Valspar.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

With the doors cut and trimmed, it was time to dry fit the panel doors into their space.  It took a bit of adjusting, but we were happy so far with the look and where this piece is going!

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Now, we are to the tough part – the finish work to make it just the right piece for our home.  See you soon for the last part of our China Cabinet Make over series!

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Hope you are as excited as we are to bring you this great old piece that became new again.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Until tomorrows Post – Have a great night!

Linda

 

 

 

Radiant Orchid Pantone

Radiant Orchard color of the year

Radiant Orchid Pantone – Embrace it!

Have you embraced the 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid Pantone at Lowe’s?  Even if you do not care for Radiant Orchid Pantone, you have to admit, the color is totally captivating.  Its Magical powers draw you to want to add this color somewhere in your decor themes.  This one enchanting color, screams for its users to be original through their own creativity.  I admit, at first,  I was not too crazy about Radiant Orchid Pantone, then it just took hold and we at Hello I Live Here had to find some way to show case this bold, mystic color everyone was gloating about.

Radiant Orchid Pantone

When you view Radiant Orchid Pantone it truly gives you a smile, as you admit to yourself this color is perfect harmony.  Its such a happy color it encourages, inspires, and builds confidence in any piece that wears it, clothing, decor or furniture.  Radiant Orchid Pantone is like that touch you get from a good pair of shoes that helps your best outfit stand out and be at its best.  This one little color mix of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones expose a rosy glow like your grandmothers cheeks.

Radiant Orchid Pantone

It took us a while to find it, but today, Hello I Live Here used Pantone’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid, on that prefect piece.  This little vintage end table has masculine lines, and wears Radiant Orchid Pantone as if it was made just for modern furniture.  This lovely color looks good on any skin tone and furniture. I can say this truthfully, because my fingers were full of the color earlier 🙂 and it made me feel like my pale winter skin tones were bright and lively.  If this one color can make me feel this alive, I can only imagine the power it will truly possess when it catches on.

Radiant Orchid Pantone

After using this lively color of hope and joy, it is clear to say, Leatrice Eiseman’s wild choice may actually be a hit in the decor world as well as fashion.  If you have not used Radiant Orchid by Pantone yet, embrace it!  Find that one piece of furniture that can wear this color like you would wear that great pair of shoes, and watch that decor piece come to life with every brush stoke.  You will be happy you gave it a try – we were 😉 .  And PS, this little piece has everyone who sees it in my workshop swooning, and wanting to purchase this awesome little table.  We also came up with an antiquing technique that we feel will be wonderful for this color, and still keep its message alive.  Until we complete our next post of Radiant Orchid painted pieces, happy color of the year everyone!  Here’s to new, brighter beginnings starting with this wonderful little can of color, Radiant Orchid.

Post you some table progress tomorrow!

By Linda Crandall  🙂

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

 

 

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