I hope that everyone had a wonderful and safe 4th of July!
We celebrated with our grandson’s on the 3rd and headed to Santa Barbara for the weekend. We needed to escape the heat, and I was missing my little one (my youngest adult child…. who will always be my “little one”) who is living in Santa Barbara now and will begin school there in August.
It was a beautiful weekend – just what we needed! The 75 degree weather was heaven, even if it was overcast every morning. I loved every minute of it. Lots of people though! Holy Cow! Have to say I have never seen the beach that crowded.
I’m back home and wanting to do some show and tell.
I know I haven’t been posting much lately,
but I HAVE been very busy finishing up projects.
Tracie’s birthday was in May and I wanted to do something special for her… so I decided to decorate her room. She loves the cottage-y/beach-y feel and I wanted her room to be a place that she could escape to and pretend she was in a cottage or a beach house away from four boys! Okay, five, including her hubby!
I picked up an old dresser and 2 night stands for $80 at a local thrift store. I knew it was perfect for my project. Big and solid. Here it is finished.
Notice the missing knob?
Yup, wrong knob in the wrong cubbyhole at Orchard Hardware Supply. Ugh.
When this picture was taken, we were loading up the truck to take it to Tracie’s.
Had to make a pit stop at OSH to get the right crystal knob.
The dresser was yellow before I started. I had been debating on what 3rd color I was going to use in her room. It was an easy decision when I started sanding and the yellow popped through.
Here you can see how my colors were layered. My first coat (no priming) was Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Blue. I coated it twice right over the lovely original yellow. Next, I painted Annie Sloan’s Pure White right over the Duck Egg Blue in the areas that I wanted white. I let it dry for a day or two, and then I sanded the heck out of it until the Duck Egg Blue started showing through.
Next, I tackled the nightstands and decided to do the opposite colors of the dresser. I painted the whole night stand Annie Sloan’s Pure White, letting it dry for a day and then I trimmed it out (painting right over the Pure White) with the Duck Egg Blue and sanded it.
I knew that I needed to protect it with something (remember 5 boys live in her house) so I coated everything FIRST with Annie Sloan’s Floor Sealer. I need to caution you…. it has a yellow tint to it! If you mix blue and yellow…. you get green! Ugh. I was sick about it. So, I sanded everything again and repainted the white and sanded again. This time around, I used my favorite Minwax Water-Based Polycrylic Protective Finish in clear satin. It never disappoints! I applied three coats in between drying time. It was boy proof :-).
I kept the original hardware and spray painted it with Rust-Oleum’s Specialty Silver Metallic Paint. After letting the silver dry, I then spray painted a clear coat of Minwax Water-Based Polycrylic Protective Finish on them.
I’m excited to show you how Tracie’s room turned out…
but first I have to post the headboard I made, which I will post this week!