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Friday, July 30, 2010

Stripping Revisited

So as I did some homework I discovered a couple of additional things.

As I tried to describe before, when you allow the stripper to dry without scraping, the paint rehardens making it even harder to get off and causing the wood to dry out.  So keep the area wet with stripper.

Also, I did this incorrectly, you should fully strip an area at a time then move to the next.  So use the gel until you get 95% off, then move to a liquid stripper to get off the remaining.
In other words, you see residue on mine when I did the whole piece in stages, I would be better off doing one of the three legs until totally complete.

Happy weekend!

My daughter is turning one this weekend, wowza.  What are you up to?

How To: Stripping Painted Furniture

I bought this stuff from Home Depot to strip my table.  It was $4 more than an equal strength counterpart because it is lower odor.   It's true, the smell isn't bad at all which was a pleasant surprise.
Also, it kinda sorta changes colors when its ready to strip.  


You simply paint it on and scrape it off with a plastic scraper.  Then (THE BEST TOOL I HAVE BOUGHT,) do a second coat and use a metal brush to remove residue, works like a charm.  



Now a few tips that should be super obvious.  Wear serious gloves and goggles.  If this stuff eats through paint in minutes, it will also eat your skin.  And for the record, long sleeves and pants are a good idea, or you will be running up the stairs from a small splatter to get to the sink.  Not that I know ;)

Lastly, work in small areas.  Whatever area you think you can do, cut it in half.  Once it dries it is harder to get off than just the paint.  Let the chemicals do the work, if it is resisting either its not done working or its had too long to dry.

I can't wait to show you the finished product.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Table Update

Remember this table?  Orange no?


This is what one set (of two) leg pieces looks like.  Only 2 hrs or so put in, which was better than I was expecting.



Tomorrow I will give you some how to steps.

But for now, I am starting to lean towards refinishing this table in the natural wood color, I think it's gorgeous.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Under-the-Sink Remodel

I am back! And with something not aaallll that exciting, but a finished project nonetheless.

Here is a 'before' look of the cabinet under my kitchen sink:


I hated opening up the cabinet doors because the whole thing was such a mess and I could hardly find what I needed and bottles were being knocked over and on and on. So, back in the spring I decided to do something about it and get organized. Plus, since I had made the switch to only natural cleaning products, there were a lot of bottles I was able to get rid of.
First, I gathered some containers for organization:

But, um, they didn't match. And at the time, matching containers seemed very important. (And yes, that is a container that clementines come in. I say if you're going to spend the money on the fruit, you might as well use the box too!) So, I primed everything first:

Then painted it all to match:


I had the paint leftover from when I painted my bedroom and thought the color was fresh and clean-looking, which is what I was going for. Now, at this point you may be thinking, "But I don't care if the baskets under my sink don't match." And I would say, "You are completely normal." At the time, though I was in the throes of pregnancy nesting and somehow matching baskets were very high on my priority list. My husband was equally confused by how adamant I was about completing this project, but like other projects going on at the same time, he just kept his mouth shut until the very end, when it he told me how great it all looked :)
Here is the finished product:


Ahh! Don't you just feel relaxed looking at it? The basket on the left holds all my dish towels and the basket on the right holds all the parts to my Shark steam mop. (Which was an amazing Christmas present and is a great tool for cleaning au naturale.) In the middle (the former clementine box) I have my cleaning bottles - just my ammonia & water mixture and my homemade all-purpose cleaner. You can also see my jar of rags next to the clementine box, behind the paper towels. On the cabinet door I used a soap container like you would use in a shower to hold a sponge (for cleaning the sink), some steel wool and a toothbrush, for deep cleaning. It's out of the way but still handy, and the holes allow the sponge to dry when I am done using it.
Again - don't feel bad if you could care less about the cabinet under your kitchen sink! I hope to have some posts in the future about things you may care more about. It's good to be back!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Same Stuff, New Digs

It is always a challenge to make your things work in a new space, but it's also an opportunity to try and change it up a bit to make old things fresh and new. 

Here are a couple of the spaces I've managed to get decorated so far.  

Over our new fireplace:


In our formal living room, eventually to be a library-ish room.  The top right is getting changed our for a similar collage frame in white rather than cream with black and whites.  More pictures will be added, I love the look!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Dining Table

I have been diligently searching craigslist every day for a dining room table. Our old house only had a breakfast area and the new house has both.

I almost gave in a couple of times and bought tables that would have worked.  SO GLAD I DIDN'T!

I am super psyched about this table.  Found it at A Classy Flea.  This seems like a good time for a tangent.  Can I just say, I LOVE that metro Atlanta has 10,000X the shopping that Tallahassee does!!!!  Loving all the selection and lower prices :-D


Back to the point, I walked by this table three times thinking I love the shape and the lines, but, well, you'll see.






So I offered the vendor $100 less than she was asking, got the table, 4 leaves, 6 chairs for $330.

Now comes paint for the table (should I go black or grey?), glaze on the white chairs and new fabric.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Master Bath Sneak Peek

We are doing Travertine, it's beautiful and tricky.  Very tricky.  

Found this light fixture in a sweet consignment shop just around the corner.  I think it will be beautiful up  from the vaulted ceiling.  

Monday, July 19, 2010

A new Before and After

After a week of the old house "Before and Afters," you should not be surprised to see what happened to our master bathroom.

We were planning only to remedy the carpet situation, but we just can't help ourselves!  Plus, who wants to go through all the work of demolition on floors and laying new tile only to later remove vanities, tear up a shower, and work around it later?
























A sneak peek of what is coming tomorrow!

Friday, July 16, 2010

A little paint, A couple of weeks

I suppose a week off was a bit ambitious.  It's been more than two, sorry.  So to start, a few pictures of the new house.  It's amazing what a coat of paint can do!

And can I say as a word of advice, it is ALWAYS worth the higher end paint products.  Purdy brushes, the highest end pain (I used Sherwin Williams Duration.)  It goes on richer, covers in one coat and saves you time and money in the long run.

This is the only room that will need a second coat (and a new light fixture, we are a bit more traditional in style.)

DINING BEFORE


DINING AFTER
Here in a couple of days I will show you the table project.



MASTER BEFORE (This photo does not do this color justice, it was pure sunshine.)


Master After