Whitewashing 101

October 12, 2009

Normally I am not one for the look of white washed furniture, but recently two friends of mine had a few pieces of furniture that they wanted to whitewash and they enlisted me for some help.

All the pieces turned out great and it’s actually quite a simple process that anyone can do it!

Materials Needed

Sandpaper

Electric Sander

Paint

Paint brushes (the wider the better!)

Water

A metal tin to mix the paint and water

The piece you want to whitewash!

 

1. Prep the piece of furniture which includes sanding down the piece to the bare wood and wiping away the dust

2. Mix 1 part paint with 2 parts water in the metal tin. Mix it well!

3. Take your brush and dip the end of it in the paint and water mixture. You dont want to much of the mixture on the brush because it will start to look like you just painted it. The trick is to start lightly and go over it to the get the desired look. Continue painting until the entire piece is covered.

4. Let dry. Touch up any areas you think need more strokes.

 

Here are some pictures from the work we did:

Cabinet Before

Cabinet Before

Cabinet After

Cabinet After

 

Table Before

Table Before

 
Table After

Table After

 
Have you ever whitewashed? How did yours turn out?
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I saw this great project on MarthaStewart.com. It is a DIY console table

DIY Demi-Lune Console Table

DIY Demi-Lune Console Table

 

To make this great hallway staple, you need an old dining table, some paint or stain, a 2″x2″ piece of wood and some screws.

The best kind of table is one that has a removable leaf because you can then just split the two pieces from each other by removing the extension device underneath the table top. If it does not have a leaf, you will have to saw the table into two pieces.

Sand, prime, and paint or stain the table to the desired finish.

Screw the 2″x2″ piece of wood to the wall at the correct height, then secure the table to the wood by screwing from the top down into the wood. Fill the screw holes with wood putty sand it down and paint/stain to match.

That’s all it takes to create a one-of-a-kind console table which can often cost upwards of $500.

Let me know how yours turns out!

DIY Basket Pendant

August 24, 2009

I found this great idea at two ellie for a Basket Pendant

Basket Light Pendant, Two Ellie

Basket Light Pendant, Two Ellie

 

To recreate this great pendant, all you need is a basket without handles, a simple down rod pendant, and someone that knows how to hang a light!

Get a basket, something like this from Curegirl0421 Etsy’s shop would work great for a little flair…

Big Pink Cloth Basket, from Etsy.com

Big Pink Cloth Basket, from Etsy.com

 

And a simple downrod from Lowes or Home Depot like this.

Cut a hole in the bottom of the basket to match the size of the bottom (where the glass shade would attach) of the pendant and secure the basket to the fixture.

Have it wired to your j-box and viola! you have yourself a brand new pendant light fixture.

DoItYourself Monday

August 10, 2009

I have found some great DoItYourself projects that I personally cannot wait to try out!

Here is the first from DesignSponge, a Filing Cabinet Planter:

Chad's Filing Cabinet Planter, from Design*Sponge

Chad's Filing Cabinet Planter, from Design*Sponge

 Chad Kelly made this great planter with an old filing cabinet. He turned it on its side, took out the drawers, made liners for the drawers and painted it this bright yellow color, added some sun loving plants and voila! instant planter!

Our second DIY project comes from Martha Stewart, and they are Numbered Drinking Glasses. I know we have all been at a party or a family get together, put down our glass, and then don’t know which one is ours when we go to reach for it again. This solves that problem!

 Numbered Drinking Glasses

 

All you need is some drinking glasses, glass paint, a paint brush, self-adhesive shelf liner, and a utility knife. I personally have a ton of champagne glasses that I have acquired over the years and these numbers will definitely distinguish them!