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How to Use a Paint Sprayer to Restore Old Furniture

Posted by: on July 8th, 2015 | 3 Comments

How to Use a Paint Sprayer to Restore Old Furniture

Painting old wooden furniture can be very gratifying, but also a pain. It can be especially difficult to get good results painting wicker pieces. If you know how to use a paint sprayer, though, you can get professional results and save a lot of time. 

DIY expert Kim Wilson show us how she used a paint sprayer in a project to restore old porch furniture that had succumbed to the weather. 

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DIY Sunburst Painted Picnic Table

Posted by: on July 6th, 2015 | 2 Comments

DIY Sunburst Painted Picnic Table

This painted picnic table project can turn your table into the focal point of your backyard or patio. All it takes is some spray paint and a little creativity.

We’ll show you how we added this sunburst pattern onto our wooden picnic table with spray paint. Of course, you can choose your own paint colors and create a design of your own. This tutorial will show you how to get started.

Just follow our step-by-step instructions for your own fun, colorful painted picnic table. 

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How to Spray Paint a Wooden Adirondack Chair

Posted by: on June 12th, 2015 | One Comment

How to Spray Paint a Wooden Adirondack Chair

Colorful outdoor furniture can add style and character to any backyard and is the perfect accent for your next neighborhood gathering. There’s nothing more iconic when it comes to backyard furniture than the classic Adirondack chair. Here’s how to use spray paint to give a wooden Adirondack chair a bright new color.

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A Boho Patio Makeover via The Power Of Paint

Posted by: on May 5th, 2015 | 17 Comments

A Boho Patio Makeover via The Power Of Paint

It’s hard to say what’s best about this patio makeover– the stenciled cement floor, the lattice privacy screen… or just the overall comfortable, eclectic feel to it.

This is our second time to see a patio makeover by Shavonda Gardner of SG Style. She’s moved from her previous home, where she set up a colorful, renter-friendly patio for our Patio Style Challenge.

In this Patio Style Challenge Redux, paint takes a major role in transforming her outdoor space, with the gorgeous stenciled floor and an unexpected color choice. But it doesn’t stop there. She shows us all the outdoor decor touches make her outdoor living area extra special. 

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Furniture Makeover: Paint and New Hardware Transform Old Wooden Chest

Posted by: on January 5th, 2015 | Make A Comment

Furniture Makeover: Paint and New Hardware Transform Old Wooden Chest

Giving new life to an old piece of wooden furniture is as easy as adding a new coat of paint and new cabinet hardware. It might be hard to believe the gorgeous wooden chest you see above started off as the neglected trunk you see below, but the furniture makeover was really quite simple. Though this furniture makeover is for an old chest, it’s pretty much the same as what you’d do to renew an old wooden table, bookshelf or buffet. Bookmark this tutorial for the next time you have a thrift store find that just needs a little TLC.

Old wooden chest before getting a makeover

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A Glam, Golden Christmas Card Holder

Posted by: on December 18th, 2014 | 2 Comments

A Glam, Golden Christmas Card Holder

Christmas cards can be one of the best parts of decorating for the holidays. The trick is finding a way to display them that keeps them out of the way and easy to see. This upcycled wheel frame Christmas card holder is a great solution. That’s what I use. But I wanted to add some glam to it for the holidays.

Here’s what I did. 

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Small Laundry Room Ideas: A Budget-Friendly Makeover

Posted by: on June 20th, 2014 | 4 Comments

Small Laundry Room Ideas: A Budget-Friendly Makeover

Life is sweet when you’re a talented designer, writer and entrepreneur… but you still have to do laundry. And sometimes your laundry room would be so much more pleasant and organized if you could give it a little makeover. 

This is a true story, and maybe you can sympathize.

Carrie Waller is our designer/writer/entrepreneur with the laundry room situation. But she’s the creative mind behind Dream Green DIY, so she’s bound to have some terrific small laundry room ideas. Not to spoil the ending of the story, her laundry space makeover turns out great!

Carrie agreed to show us how she upgraded her laundry closet– with some fresh paint, new storage solutions, and even some DIY art. These are simple, budget-friendly ideas that you can apply to your own true-life laundry room makeover. 

 

Although our townhouse will forever hold a special place in my heart since it was our first home together, it regrettably came brimming with builder grade fixtures and finishes. Of course, there’s nothing particularly wrong with that, but for an eclectic, antique-loving homeowner such as myself, it left quite a bit to be desired.

So we’ve been working our way through the house, one room at a time, changing out lighting, hardware and faucets to reflect our retro-meets-modern, collected style. One of the final rooms left on the to-do list was our laundry room, and with the help of The Home Depot we finally were able to cross that item off—with a flourish!

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How to Choose the Right Paint Sheen For Your Room

Posted by: on June 11th, 2014 | 13 Comments

How to Choose the Right Paint Sheen For Your Room

 

So you’ve been wanting to tackle that painting project in the kitchen or the bedroom for months now and you’ve finally found the right color for your room. So what sheen should you go with for the kitchen? The bedroom? Does it even matter?

Yes, the sheen of the paint can make a huge difference in your room or project! So here’s a quick guide to picking the right paint sheen for your next painting project.

Paints are available in a number of different sheens. Before you select the sheen that you will use for your room, it’s important to understand the qualities that each one has to offer.  

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Furniture Refinishing Tutorial: Bringing a Thrifted Patio Set Back to Life

Posted by: on April 29th, 2014 | 5 Comments

Kristen Whitby definitely has a knack for seeing the possibilities in thrift store finds. Take a look at her blog Ella Claire, and you’ll see she definitely knows how to bring old, damaged or overlooked pieces back to life.

She refinished a thrifted patio set as the centerpiece of the patio makeover she did for our Patio Style Challenge series. Here is her furniture refinishing tutorial, showing how she restored the old wooden patio set. For the full Challenge reveal, visit Kristen’s Backyard Makeover.

This Craigslist patio set was in desperate need of a little TLC when we got it. My husband actually wanted to haul it to the dump after I brought it home, but I knew it could look pretty again with a little elbow grease… ok, a lot of elbow grease.

Kristen Whitby Refinished Patio Set 1

The finish was flaking off pretty badly and the chairs were pretty rough, but they were very nice and sturdy. That is always a requirement I have when I buy thrifted chairs; they have to be sturdy. This poor patio set looked even more sad after a whole winter of abuse out in the Idaho snow. Oops.

Kristen Whitby Refinished Patio Set 2

I was up for the challenge though. I don’t give up very easily. So, once the weather warmed a bit, I set to work.

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Color Schemes: A Yellow-Teal Inspired Palette

Posted by: on March 19th, 2014 | 3 Comments

Color Schemes: A Yellow-Teal Inspired Palette - The Home Depot

Yellow is a color of many meanings, and with a lot of variation comes a lot of different choices, and it’s prominent in many lovely color schemes. If you’re not sure how to select a yellow that’s right for you, find an object in the room that you love. It can a beloved accent pillow, your favorite piece of artwork or even some fresh flowers. Use this object as a reference point to help you figure out where to begin decorating the space. Yellow is a versatile color, but only if it compliments your room in the right shade.

If your home features warm tones in wood floors or furniture, look for a tint with a bit of blue-green in it. Glidden’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a great example of a bold, distinctive yellow that has just a hint of green. Softer yellows, such as Behr’s Honey Locustwork well as dominant colors against dark wood finishes, too.

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