Sunday, October 31, 2010

I'll Take a Side(board) of Cranberry Sauce, Please!

First off, Happy Halloween!  Hope you all had a wonderful day.  My husband took the kids with another dad to go trick-or-treating, so I stayed home to dole out candy.  But I didn't let my kiddos leave without a picture of a proud mommy and her superheroes!  And by the way, the superheroes are sporting outfits created by my mom, who is master of the sewing machine universe!

It's been a fun and productive weekend here.  I finished two pieces, but am going to show you one tonight since I need to save something to show you at POWW.  Last week I found this French Provincial style triple dresser or sideboard at the Salvation Army.

I had seen it the week before but the tag was gone so I assumed it was sold.  When it was still there, I decided to ask and the manager told me I could have it for $40.  SOLD!
I brought it home and had a bazillion ideas whirring through my brain... bright yellow with painted handles, mustard yellow and distressed, royal blue with white handles, gray/white distressed with teal handles, and the list goes on. Sawyer suggested I paint it green on the inside, red all over, and blue handles with yellow on the back.  Um, thanks for the suggestions son.  I didn't take all of his ideas, but clearly I have a designer in the making, and I decided to try out a new red mistint Benjamin Mooew Aura paint.  It's a cranberry hued red and went on nicely in just two coats.  Once it dried, I distressed it by hand, and went over the piece with Minwax Provincial Stain.  I was thrilled with how it came out, and called Sawyer to see, since he had picked the red.  I thought he would be happy, but he inspected it, opened the drawers, and said, "It's supposed to be green inside." Then he inspected the back and asked about the yellow.... So maybe he wasn't too happy.  But I am hoping someone else loves it and wants it in their home!

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

POWW Favorites!

Sorry this is up a little late... yesterday was Sawyer's Halloween parade and party at school, then he got our early, friends came over and carved pumpkins, and we had to get to bed at a decent time for today's events!  This morning, Chris and I ran with some friends in The Big Vanilla's Halloween 5k for St Jude's.  If you are wondering what The Big Vanilla is, it is the local gym where I work as an instructor.  And if you're wondering how I did, well, I finished with a recorded time of 29:30, but the first loop which was just under a mile my pal and I got stuck behind loads of slower people and had to catch up.  After that loop we kept a steady pace and were both happy with how we finished.  And lastly, if you're wondering how Chris did, well he was smart and rushed by all those people we got stuck behind, and he finished in about 26 minutes.  Anyhow, I am tired, and babbling, and sure you're not really interested in this!
So on to my favorites from this week's POWW!  Once again, it wa a challenge to choose just 3!

This table from Kate at 26 to Life just made me happy!  I love the bold red color she chose!

Next up, this table from Maple & Magnolia is painted in my favorite soft sea glass shades.  Gorgeous!

And finally, I just love this chair from Camelot Art Creations.  The fabric is beautiful and perfect on this chair.

Alrighty-o, folks, may your Halloween be filled with more treats than tricks, and may your children's candy bags be filled with your own personal favorites. ;)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Three Wide Stripes

I get so sick of calling my posts "... dresser" so I went with "Three Wide Stripes" on this one.  You can sing it out, just like "Three Blind Mice".  Fun, huh?  Yes, it has been a long day here at Casa Bustamante.  I had about 6 girls over here for a Halloween cupcake decorating shindig, so I am a little fried.  Anyhow, onto the furniture....

I picked up this dresser last weekend for $20.  It isn't the best and had some scratches, a couple of drawers missing corners, and it was missing a glide (which was replaced).  But I liked its simple design and thought it would be good to do a fun treatment.  I set to work priming and painting it your basic white, and decided I wanted to do three wide stripes.  I had no idea what color, but I measured out the stripes and taped it off with ScotchBlue for delicate surfaces (fabulous as it doesn't remove any existing paint).

Then I searched through my paint supply and found  a Benjamin Moore Aura in a soft yellow that was an oops.  I painted the stripes with that, and then distressed and antiqued the piece with Minwax golden oak stain.  I used the existing hardware as I thought it kind of suited the piece even though it is not my favorite style.  Anyhow, here it is now!

Have a wonderful Thursday night everyone!
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Deal Alert- Target Scoop Chairs!

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I don't usually do posts like this, but I was at Goodwill today, and I found these brand new chairs from Target for $8.99 each.  My local Goodwill had 4 white and one in an awesome dark blue.  I bought the 4 white ones and plan to use with a farm table I have on my sunporch (that I have been intending to strip and refinish!).  I was not looking for chairs, but I couldn't pass up this deal!  Check your own Goodwill if you are interested as they do get new Target items in each week!

How Do I Prime?

Welcome to another installation of the "How Do I...?" Series.  Today I will be talking primer, a necessary step when painting furniture.  By the time you are ready to prime, your piece is either sanded or stripped, holes filled, hardware removed, wiped down.  I am going to take you through the list of primer that I regularly use and what I like and don't like about them.

1.Cover Stain Primer/Sealer 03501 By Zinsser
Let's start with the best actual primer on the block when it comes to the job of priming... Hands down, It's Zinsser.  When it comes to Zinsser, I only use Cover Stain primer.  It does exactly what it says it will... covers stains!  Not only is it the best product for preventing bleed through of stains (this happens especially with mahogany and cherry stains), but its adhesion is top notch.  If your piece is merely lightly sanded, this primer will still stick well.  It is an oil-based product so make sure you wear a mask and work in a well-ventilated area.  It does tend to be a little "gummy" at times and can go on thicker than I want, but once dry it can be sanded lightly to smooth.  The only thing that I really don't like about this primer is the strong odor.  Also, when humidity is high, it takes forever to dry!  I won't tell you how long, because that varies, but it once took 3 days for a coat to dry as it was so humid here.

2. Kilz Original QT Oil Based Primer/Sealer & Stain Killer
Kilz Original is another oil-based primer that works almost as well as Zinsser.  I have found that its stain-blocking quality it not as high, but its adhesion is fabulous.

Side note about oil-based primers: I do not keep turpentine in my home to clean my brushes after using oil-based primer.  I actually wrap my brush in saran wrap and throw it in our spare freezer until the next time I need it.  I usually keep a brush this way for about 4 months and then swap it out.  Really, I do.

This primer, Kilz Clean Start is my new favorite.  It is ZERO VOC!!!!  That means it is totally safe to use indoors.  Now of course, when all VOC's are removed some quality is also lost.  This primer doesn't block stains very well, and the piece has to be thoroughly sanded or stripped for this to adhere properly.  Since it doesn't block stains as well, I usually just brush on my Zinsser on spots where I see stains or bleeding before applying paint.  I do like the way that this primer goes on better than the previous 2.  It is extremely smooth.

 Benjamin Moore Aura Paint and Primer in One is another one of my more recent favorites.  I find it to be the best paint and primer in one that I have used.  Benjamin Moore has a selection of Aura colors, but you can get any of their colors in this style of paint.  Again, you will want to make sure the piece has been well sanded before applying.  It does seem to block stains almost as well as Zinsser, which I couldn't believe!  It also goes on velvety smooth.  The only con is that if you are a first time buyer and not aware of it, it has a higher sheen quotient that other paints.  So if you ask for satin, don't be surprised if it looks more like semi-gloss.  I did that once, and now I always get eggshell as I don't like the sheen.  It is not zero VOC, but it is low VOC.  It can be a little pricier, but well worth it.  It adheres well, covers well, and you most likely will only need 2-3 coats.  If you are working with white though, I would still recommend a regular primer first.

5. Benjamin Moore Fresh Start 100% Acrylic Superior Primer (046)
Benjamin Moore Fresh Start is the best that I have found when using tinted primer.  I use this and have it tinted when I paint red, navy blue, or any other dark colors.  It has great adhesion and goes on nicely.  I have tried other tinted primers and this is the best!!  I often apply two coats so that the primer covers the piece entirely before painting.  This will cut down on the number of coats of paint required.

That's pretty much all I use when it comes to primer.  I always brush it on, and I follow the grain of the wood and I keep my strokes long and even.  When I plan to paint something white, I always use at least 2 coats of white primer just to eliminate having to do several coats of white.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me or comment below and I will do my best to get back to you promptly.  Thanks for reading- I hope this was helpful to at least one person!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Piece of Work Wednesday Link Party Number 7!

Howdy!  It's my favorite time of the week.... time for Glee!  Oh, and Piece of Work Wednesday, too.  I have a project I am so excited to share with you tonight.  I found these little cintage nesting tables or stools for $15 on craigslist.  I had no idea what I was going to do to them, but when I opened the cragislist link, the voices in my head told me to buy them.  So I did.

I contemplated Mod Podging owls cut out of paper, then Mod Podging just paper on the entire tops, and then I contempated numbering them, as I have seen done a few times before, by Kristine of The Painted Hive, and Gina of 3 Ring Cottage.  I primed and painted them white to serve as a base for whatever I was going to do.  I went with numbering, and I decided to write out the numbers, using stencils and Americana by Deco Art acrylic paint. I did my best to center them, but they're not perfect.  Once that was all dry, I distressed them by hand, rubbing over the entire surface.  Then I mixed some gray Americana by Deco Art paint and Deco Art's antiquing medium, and brushed it on and wiped it off.  Here is the result!

These are going to be at my desk in the family room and serve as stools.  that way I have somewhere to meet with clients.  And can I just add because I am mature like that, I think number two stools are funny.  Enough said.
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