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Clock End Table Makeover

Clock End Table Makeover

Clock End Table Makeover

Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection

A great big HELLO everyone as we share with you our clock end table makeover completed with Modern Masters Paints Metallic Collection.

Modern masters PaintsWell, let me give you some back ground on this ugly little table moving to the villa the table’s top was damaged.  I loved the base, but hated what happened to the top, that was now peeling, looked awful and the glass was all broken when we unwrapped her.

Clock End Table Makeover

Looking past what happened, because – well – stuff happens – it was my goal to take the base, beautiful iron legs and make it  something new – and you all know how crazy I am about clocks ;-).

Clock End Table Makeover

Hubby kept saying “toss it out” however, I could not let it go – a total – Hello my name is Linda and I have a junk collection problem (I hear your voices now saying “welcome Linda!” LOL).

Clock End Table Makeover

When rearrange the shop the other day for a new delivery of finds, I pulled out the broken table and finally told hubby it was this broken tables lucky day.  I sat up the base, walked around it, walked away from it, had lunch, walked out the door into the shop and it hit me…wouldn’t this be an awesome clock, hence – clock end table makeover!

Clock End Table Makeover

Clock End Table Makeover

Well, not having a clock that size, I had to do some recon work.  I bought one – too small, had one, would fit in the old ring, but did not scream clock end table makeover.  So over coffee, I was posting and reading, reading and posting, and bam an ad from my favorite store Hobby Lobby popped up.  My eyes bugged and I could not believe what I saw, 50% off all clocks in stock (even more on the sale racks).  It was happening and this was the sign that this clock end table makeover was going down.

Clock End Table Makeover

I finished posting for my Facebook readers, and I ran to get dolled up (real clothing instead of my scrub set full of paint and saw dust 😉 ) and I blazed out the door with my feet on fire as hubby just shook his head.  I walked into Hobby Lobby and it was like the angels were singing (and we know angels do sing in Hobby Lobby – or is that just me being too loud) ;-). As I looked up, there it stood – just waiting for me to snatch it right off the shelf (the sale shelf that is) – we will not discuss price on this one, well, because hubby is reading and we need to keep a few secretes – right 😉 – but I promise what I paid was worth it.

Clock End Table Makeover

Into the cart it went with several other items and off for home.  I sprang from the car grabbed the clock and sat it on top of the base and bam, it was a true fit, and only eyeballed it in the store! It was made for the base and it was saved by a 50% off Hobby Lobby trip!  Gleaming with delight – I got to work.  Here’s what I did.

I careful laid the clock onto the work table with a blanket under it.  Then I marked the holes from the base where I would attach the clock, and I drilled the holes using my Ryobi 18V drill driver and inserted mollies to make sure of the hold. I sat the clock aside to attach later (Ryobi is sold exclusively at the Home Depot or check out Ryobi Nation.)

Clock End Table Makeover

The metal part of the base was repainted with Modern Masters Paint – Black Pearl, from Reineke Decorating Center in Des Peres, Mo on Manchester, and letting it dry according to directions. (It was last minute I purchased this color – if I would have known I need this color, I would have asked to have it shipped – but I was glad they had a retailer close by).

Clock End Table Makeover

The colors you see on the wood base is flat black and a mix of others from the oopsy paint from Behr and the Home Depot, added some dark brown to lighten the cream color and pulled it all together using an awesome paint by Modern Masters Paints.

Modern Masters Paints

Oh, Do you know about Modern Masters?  Modern Masters Paints are come in awesome colors, and they partnered with us to create the effects you see on the table by sending us their Metallic Paint collections Champagne and warm silver that matched up our process perfectly.  When it comes to choosing a metallic paint for a do-it-yourself project, high-end decorative finish or special project like our Clock End Table Makeover, Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection™ has you covered!

Clock End Table Makeover

Their focus on metallic finishes has made them the world leader in water base metallic paints. Their Metallic Paint Collection products are available in over 4,000 paint retailers in 25 countries around the world.  Want to try it?  You can find a retailer by clicking here or order online for fast awesome service like we did.

Clock End Table Makeover

Modern Masters Paints are defiantly anything but ordinary.  Just look at our awesome table – can you see how the Metallic Paint Collections helped the iron and bases come to life?  This paint is dreamy and makes your work swoon worthy.

Clock End Table Makeover

Clock End Table Makeover

Check out Modern Masters Paints blog – they have wonderful photos of projects from loads of bloggers and paint experts who totally agree with me :-).  Can you believe hubby told me to toss this beauty!!!  This little table is a total swoon – don’t you think so?

Clock End Table Makeover

To protect the clock, I added a 30” Pier One Glass top (temper proof of course), then stood back and watched it glow – the Clock End Table Makeover is complete and ready to show off.

Clock End Table Makeover

Isn’t it lovely? – Well you know me, I think they are all beautiful being partial and all 😉 – But with this one I love walking around it watch how the Metallic paints from Modern Masters Paints helps it shine 🙂

Clock End Table Makeover

Thank you Modern Master Paints for partnering with us on this one.  Know I will be showing off a couple other projects this week using this paint again, so stay tune.

Clock End Table Makeover

If you have any questions we can answer for you or need some ideas using Modern Masters Paints, click the links above and you will have all the information you need to choose your paint colors, and how to use it best for your project.  If I can help answer your questions, please leave me a comment below and let’s get that discussion started!

Clock End Table Makeover

We hope you enjoyed seeing how we completed our Clock End Table Makeover.  Until next post – we leave you with photos and ways to find us on some other pretty great sites like Pinterest, MM Paints – Pinterest  Hometalk, Bob Vila Nation.  You can also follow us through our projects we post to Instagram and twitter all day why they are being completed.

Clock End Table Makeover

Also, thank you all for the wonderful 28th wedding anniversary wishes.  Hubby and I had a blast of a weekend away – I want to personally thank Corrina and Crysta for keeping you guys in photos why I was away – I will have to step up my game 😉

Thanks for stopping by everyone!  And make sure you order your Modern Masters Paints!!!

Clock End Table Makeover

 

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

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