So it’s been a little while (eek…sorry about that) ! Life has been CHAOTIC in MY HOUSE! Every day feels like a whirlwind, between the kids starting school, me starting a new job, and life just being plain old BUSY. It’s been hard to find a minute to just breathe, never mind accomplish something! But, last night I was finally able to set aside a few minutes to sew a curtain for the bathroom. For a little while I thought about leaving the window plain without any treatments, but I felt like the bathroom needed just an added pop. I also think that a curtain dresses up a window nicely and adds a nice décor element. So here is my quick flip project for the week!
I am finally having the chance to sit down and write a post about our new bathroom! I have been waiting years for our bathroom to be different and this summer was finally the year. As you all might recall, a little over a month ago, I was vulnerable and showed you our old bathroom that needed a significant face lift. Here are some of those pictures.
We decided to make our own vanity to save some money. We had an old dry sink that we decided to flip. Unfortunately, I did not save a picture of my own dry sink, but I took a picture of one that my mother in law has that is almost identical. Here is the before and after of the dry sink turned into sink vanity.
Finally, the bathroom is finished and it is now my favorite part…making it pretty and put together! There is still a few small finishing touches left to do, but I am happy to say that it’s just about done! Now it’s time for the big reveal. It’s like when you watch “Fixer Upper” with Chip and Joanna Gaines and they are just about to pull apart the big screen that has the picture of the owners “old house” on it. Picture me yelling “EVERYONE ARE YOU READY TO SEE MY NEW BATHROOM!!!” ha ha. Well, without further adieu…
an antique sifter and a cabin & mountain pencil sketch I found to display above the toilet
Well worth the wait in my opinion. Glad the project is over and I don’t have to cringe when people need to use our bathroom!!!
To say that it has been a little chaotic in our home over the past week….is a bit of an understatement! We have been in the midst of planning a bathroom renovation project and an anniversary trip away! For years we have been wanting to renovate the bathroom in our home! We moved into this house 10 years ago, life happened, we had a puppy and we got pregnant! Honestly, having a bathroom construction project was not conducive at the time while we had babies and toddlers crawling around. We have finally arrived to the point where…IT IS TIME! This was the year to do this! I am so ready for this bathroom to be flipped! I hate it! It has always been the one room in our home that just makes me cringe 😬 . When guests come over, I secretly hope that they don’t have to use our bathroom because it is so ugly! It screams….”welcome to the 50’s” ! I did my best to make it somewhat “ok”, but it’s kind of like the old saying goes, “It’s like putting lipstick on a pig!” .
For a long time, we thought about doing the project ourselves. My husband is very handy and skilled at doing home renovations. But the reality that it is our only bathroom came into play and we needed it done on a quick timeline. So, with all that being said, next week we are having a contractor come to start this project and I couldn’t be more excited! Here are some before pictures of our current bathroom….Showing these to you is me being completely vulnerable because I am not wanting everyone to know just how bad our bathroom is! Although, I am so excited for the “After” photos ! I will keep you all updated on the progress 😀
The dreaded hideous vanity mirror with fluorescent lights …our only outlet is part of this! I mean really, who doesn’t love a shell shaped sink?
There used to be curtains on the window, but the contractor had to come to take the casing off to do measurements for a new window. There also used to be a white dropped ceiling ( so the metal bars on the ceiling with lime green paint weren’t visible)
Wow, I looked back and it has been WAY TOO LONG since I posted a “before and after” post !!! So without further ado, here is my latest and greatest project that I have been working on !!! First, it comes with a warning….WARNING: this is my favorite project to date and I still don’t know if I’m going to officially sell it!!! I LOVE IT!
It started with a phone call from my friend Bryon who had just scored a new amazing dresser for himself. Being the good friend that he is, he knew I was in the business of making furniture awesome again. He wanted me to do something great with his previously cherished Ah-mazing empire dresser. Bryon sent me a quick picture of it and asked if I thought I could do something with it. “Absolutely! YES! YES! YES!” … was more of my response! I will admit that I have a deep infatuation with empire dressers. They just scream “manly” to me. The lines and styling are very masculine and timeless. They will never go out of style….well, at least not in my humble opinion!!!
This empire dresser has been well used and loved…as it should be! It had scattered scratches and dings and a few missing pieces of laminate. I spent some time with my wood glue, clamps, and putty and patched up those “rough” areas. The next step was a gentle sanding of the entire piece. Finally, I chose this deep, rich, navy blue milk paint to continue giving the dresser a more masculine feel! The color of this milk paint is called “Artissimo” and it is by Miss. Mustard Seed. It is absolutely yummy! I distressed the edges gently and top coated it with hemp oil which just makes a wood and paint combination pop!
Finishing touches included finding and putting on these gorgeous white ceramic knobs that have an “antique” feel to them. I also ordered more drawer liner paper from my favorite online source….Spoonflower. This time I went with a pattern called “safari herringbone” and I think it just makes the inside of the drawers really pop! Seriously though….who wouldn’t love opening these drawers to find this pretty paper inside? Ok, now brace yourself….here is this beauty!!!!
Another week is here and I am going to present you with the bane of my existence. Okay, maybe I am being a bit melodramatic, but seriously this furniture flip was a lot more work than I initially envisioned. It started with a simple picture text from my friend, “hey my neighbor is getting rid of this…do you want it?”. All giddy and excited, “Yes, ABSOLUTELY”. It looked awful, but it was solid wood and had “cute” potential! My darling friend Stephanie even brought it over THAT day for me!! Wahoo! That is what you call a good friend! Even she laughed and said, “can’t wait to see what you do with this one”….I should have known then….I was doomed…
Day 1: I took all the ugly decals off and removed the nasty old contact paper in the drawers. For this project I knew I was going to have to strip it. The paint was really chippy and peeling in spots and the previous paint job was bad. This was my first time actually stripping something. The bottle said “strips easily in 15 minutes”…not true! I stripped and stripped and stripped….the paint just took forever to come off! It took a couple of hours to get a good bit of it stripped and I decided to stop there. This was when I knew that this little dresser was going to give me a run for my money. I did a little more research and got a specific stripper called Soy gel Stripper and finally got the rest of the old paint off.
I decided to paint this dresser with white chalk paint because I knew the milk paint would have a hard time adhering to this surface. Chalk paint is great because you can paint anything with no prep work involved. You can virtually find chalk paint everywhere now!! I bought this white can at Home Depot, but you can find chalk paint at Michaels, Target, Antique shops, etc. It is similar to milk paint, but doesn’t naturally chip on it’s own like the milk paint. I used 2 coats of chalk paint and finished with a coat of Polyacrylic in satin finish. Polyacrylic is great especially on lightly colored painted items. It is similar to polyurethane as it gives a nice protective top coat, but polyurethane does tend to have a yellowing component in it. I often use Polyacrylic with painted items and Polyurethane with wood stained pieces.
The last step was the finishing touches. A few weeks ago I told you about how I went to Hobby Lobby for the first time and fell in love. Well, while I was there I picked up some cute antique styled silver glass knobs for this project. Totes Adorbs…right? I also knew that I wanted to get some cute paper to reline the drawers. So…Spoonflower to the rescue! If you haven’t heard of Spoonflower…check it out http://www.spoonflower.com/how_it_works . They take graphic designs and drawings and make fabric, wallpaper, and wrapping paper with the design. I found this awesome scalloped paper by littlearrowdesigncompany and decided this would be the perfect fit. Once I got the paper, I measured it and then used some spray adhesive for it to adhere to the drawer. Finally….THERE YOU HAVE IT, the story of a little white dresser who decided to fight back!
My latest “before & after” is about a potty seat! Yes, a potty seat! My father-in-law had this sweet little antique potty seat/high chair sitting in his basement that he had no use for ….so I was the lucky benefactor. Yippee!!!
The potty seat was cute and had so much potential! It was covered in dust and had some surface scratches, but was screaming “liven me up!”. So that is what I did! I washed it with some soap and water and then sanded it down to soften some of the rough spots and scratches. Finally, I made the decision to paint it. I chose to go with a classic distressed white finish as this potty seat was dull and needed to be bright and clean! I painted it with Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. in the color of Snow White.
It ended up needing three coats because the of the dark original stain of the chair. I’ll be honest in saying that painting the spindles and chair rails was tedious and sort of annoying, but all good things come in time! After the painting was done, I distressed it with sanding the edges where natural wear and tear would have occurred. Then the final steps!!! The fun part!!! I decided to try something new and use wax!!! I recently purchased some of Miss Mustard Seed’s Antiquing Wax and have been waiting for a project to use this on! First, you use a clean cotton cloth or brush to apply wax in a thin layer, working into recesses of carved details or surface imperfections. Wipe away excess. Allow it to dry for 3-5 minutes. Buff to a shine with a clean lint-free cotton cloth. This wax is great if you want to give any distressed areas, especially carved details, an instant, authentic-looking patina. It makes those areas really pop! Finally, I sealed it with an exterior polyurethane in case it is used outside. I saw this little chair as being a perfect little planter for either inside or outside! Another option would be to hang it on the wall for display (you could put a little photo on the tray of the chair as well). Say hello to my newly revived potty seat ! 🙂 Enjoy!
Another week and I am finally posting my second official before and after! This table I have had for a while in my basement. I loved it, but didn’t have the space for it in my house and it was just a bit dull and plain. Gateleg tables are great because they are very versatile. You can keep them as a side table, or open them up and use them as a small coffee table or accent table. This particular gateleg table had some old water rings and light scratches on the top which meant it would be hard to leave it stained as it was. I would have to sand the entire top down and, to be honest, I didn’t want to put that much work into it (just call me lazy !! haha ). I always love the look of black furniture with a stained top, but decided to keep it simple and paint the whole piece with Old Fashioned milk paint Co. in pitch black. Milk paint is a very fun product to use if you can stand the fact that it does what it wants. It is a paint that has a mind of it’s own! The great thing about milk paint is that you don’t have to do any major prep work with it, but like I said….it can get a little bit CRAZY! It creates a really neat texture and will totally give you that authentic old “chippy” look that you see on antique furniture. If you don’t want it to get really chippy/crackled and want control as to where a piece will distress, then just add a bonding agent to it. So….with all that said….here are the final results of my gateleg table flip. I think she’s cute and hopefully I will find a loving home for her! Let me know what you think !
Quick Flip Friday!
I will first start with telling you that I have two daughters who share a bedroom, which can be wonderful and horrible at times 🙂 Anyone who has shared a bedroom will know exactly what I am talking about! I repainted their room in a very light pink (over a year ago, I might add!!! ) because that is the one color they both absolutely agreed on! The wall between their closets has been blank for a while now. Ugh! It is the one wall that has had me stuck as to what to do! Finally, several weeks ago, my youngest and I were on our weekly Target run and we saw this unicorn head wall art in one of the aisles. You would have to know my youngest, but she is OBSESSED with unicorns! She begged, pleaded, offered all of her piggy bank money to have this unicorn for her wall. How could I say no? At the time I gave in….I thought “oh, I could put it on that wall”, but I also knew, well I can’t just have a unicorn all by itself….that will just look weird. Later, I ordered some inspirational prints from Katie Daisy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/thewheatfield) because I love her art and it went well with the girls quilts I made several years ago. Finally, several days later in the week, I decided to make the 35 minute trip to our closest “Hobby Lobby”. I live in New England, Hobby Lobby’s are few and far between, but every one of my Midwest friends have always raved about Hobby Lobby so this project gave me an excuse to finally go there! Let me tell you…I didn’t really know what to expect, but I was in complete AWWW of Hobby Lobby! (As in, wipe the drool off my face mode!) The crafts, home décor, fabric…so much more than I ever imagined! I wish it was closer (although my husband doesn’t lol ) ! Hobby lobby had a whole bunch of cute displays! I grabbed up a couple of cute wooden arrows thinking they could be nice accent pieces for the wall! Today was the day I finally got around to hanging everything up. Not 100% sure that I will keep it exactly this way or not ( would love some opinions/comments) , but much better than a blank wall! Go out and create this weekend! A simple project does the trick and makes your heart joyful!
Until next time, Becky of Lily & Sparrow Primitives
Here is the final result:
My first before and after! Wahoo! First, I will be blatantly honest in telling you that….I was so excited to start this project that I forgot to take a before picture! EEEK, Whoops !(insert weird smirk emoticon of your choice) But, in all fairness, at the time I was starting this project I had no idea that I would be putting this process on my blog (something which I never planned to do either) ! So, here is the closest picture I could find on the web as to what this chair originally looked like! Just use your imagination to see that there was quite a bit of additional sticky old food stains which were SO much fun to clean off!
Prior to starting the painting process, I spent some time cleaning this high chair up with soap and water, sanding it, then wiping it down with mineral spirits. Now the real fun could begin! Painting!!! I chose to go with a different shade than I normally would pick and chose “Sea Foam Green”. It is a bluish green color, really pretty and could be gender neutral if you were using it for it’s intended purpose. I painted it with 2 coats, distressed it where natural distressing would occur, and finished it with a top coat of hemp oil. The process was fun and I love how it came out in the end. Nothing like seeing a dull, ugly piece brought back to life that was going to be thrown in the trash! Here are my after photos….leave me a comment and let me know what you think!