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Furniture Painting Tutorial: Worn Turquoise

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I realized I forgot to take a lot of before shots of a lot of these pieces, which is a bummer. I get so excited about starting a project that I forget! I am trying to become better at that, because I know all of us love before and after photos for inspiration! 

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I absolutely LOVE turquoise. It’s my favorite color, but I don’t have a way of working it into my home at the moment, so when I needed to fill my booth with new pieces, I was so excited to finally try out Annie Sloan’s Florence! It has this vibrant, bold vibe to it which I really dig.

It’s such a gorgeous color, isn’t it?

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A few months ago I found a cheap dresser that I knew would be perfect for this repurposing project. It was in perfect condition. I didn’t have to sand anything down or fill in any holes or scratches – which is always  rare plus!

Here is a quick cell phone shot of the BEFORE:

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Entertaining: 10 DIY Wedding Favors

I never really realized how expensive a wedding is until I started planning my own. There are so many costs I never imagined in every small detail. With this in mind, I am hoping to do as many DIY projects for my wedding as possible. Your wedding favors are an easy way to cut costs by going DIY. Here are 10 DIY wedding favors you could use for a wedding or even a special event:

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Repurposed Dresser Before & After

I have really been needing a sideboard for my dining room for awhile now, and when I found this dresser for 15 dollars on Craigslist I knew it was perfect. It came to me in really rough shape, and smelled like it had been in someone’s basement for the past ten years. I threw some baking soda in all the drawers and let it sit for a week or so before I started its’ makeover.

 

 This piece really needed a lot of work. Veneer was chipping off all over the place, and there were dents and scratches all over it. I decided to keep all the dents and scratches on it in order for it to look really aged.

I took all the drawers out and completely sanded the entire piece. Then I primed both the drawers and frame and let it cure for a couple of days. The most important step when repurposing furniture is to ensure you properly prep the piece. Unless you are using Ann Sloan chalk paint, you mostly always need to sand and prime.

After my prep work I painted the entire piece a bright white.

 

I wanted the piece to look aged, so I decided to go with my favorite aging method: glazing. I used an old, cheap makeup brush to paint each drawer with tinted glaze.

Afterwards I wiped off the glaze with a damp rag, then repeated this process with a dry rag. Everyone has a different method of glazing, and this is what works best for me. I focus on small sections of a piece of furniture at a time.

I sealed the piece with a wax, and added new hardware from Hobby Lobby on the bottom two drawers. I kept the original hardware on the smaller drawers.

I love how it came out!

Here is a close up shot of the repurposed dresser where you can see how the glaze ages the piece. I also took a piece of sandpaper and distressed the decorative accents.

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Dry Brush Painting Technique & Rustic Inspired Cutting Boards..

I have been playing around with the dry brush painting technique on some smaller objects before I implement them on any of my furniture pieces. I had some old, beat up cutting boards I bought for a dollar a few months ago that were perfect for practicing.

I love dry brushed pieces of furniture, because they make any piece look old and rustic. You don’t have to pay as much attention to dings and scratches while prepping if you are planning on dry brushing, because these imperfections will only add more character to the piece.

This is how my project turned out:

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In order to dry brush you only want to dip the very end of your brush in paint. Below is actually a little too much:

Afterward, you need to dab off some of the excess paint until it is essentially dry (hence, dry brushing haha). I just used a paper towel:

Then I lightly painted the surface in short back-and-forth strokes until the entire cutting board was covered.

I decided to add something extra to make them stand out a little more. I found some numbered stencils and used a brownish grey paint I had leftover from another project. (When stenciling, I almost always use a sponge brush. I didn’t have one on hand for this project, but made sure to lightly coat the brush and dab the paint on).

 

I took a small piece of 80 grit sandpaper to distress the numbers on each cutting board. You can see all the old knife marks and scratches on the cutting board in the picture below. I wanted to accentuate these blemishes, and dry brushing is a perfect way to do so.

What I love about dry brushing is that it is nearly impossible to screw up. It’s not suppose to be perfect. If you find any section you don’t like on a piece you’re working on, simply sand it to blend it in better.

 

Do any of you use the dry brush painting technique? What kind of method do you use?

 

7 DIY Headboard Ideas

I am a big fan of DIY headboards. I have been looking for inspiration for both my master bedroom and my guest bedroom. I prefer a “do it yourself” headboard versus purchasing one, because it will save you a lot of money and will also create a bigger statement. Need inspiration for your DIY Headboard? I found some really great projects below:

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