Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Door headboard tutorial

I'm still unpacking from my glorious trip to Savannah with my best friend. But that deserves an entire posting in itself. But in the mean time, here's a tutorial to keep you entertained while you wait.

I made a door headboard a while ago for a girl named Kaylee. It apparently is a blog favorite out there because I get e-mails asking how I did it all the time. It looked like this.

Well, here you go if you were one of those people.

First, get an old paneled door. If you're lucky you might be able to find one on craigslist. If not, I would look at any architectural salvage place. If you live in Phoenix, Stardust is a good one. Cut off the bottom of the door so it's the same length on both sides like so...

Here's my lover cutting wood in flip flops. (My shop teacher in high school would lapse into a coma if he saw us working in the garage. I swear I'm always one rusty nail away from lock jaw... Back to the tutorial.)

Cut your molding at 45 degrees the entire length of the door like so...

Don't worry about sanding now, you will do it all over before painting. Next you'll glue and finish nail the molding to the door.

Then glue and nail a 1x4  to the top. Cut the 1x4 a few inches longer than the molding at the top on either end.

Next, sand the whole thing to get off anything sticking up. It's not necessary to sand all the way to the original wood. We're just painting it after all. Then paint the whole thing a solid color. I made my friend Jen do this part because it's super boring. Plus the headboard is for her and I like to pawn off the dirty work.

Then distress.

Add a few worm holes with a hammer and an nail. You don't have to do this part. My weirdness just likes to imagine tiny worms living in my wood, eating food until they have a belly ache. Too many kids books I guess.

Now you're ready to stain. I always use minwax and I really like Dark Walnut. But provincial is a little lighter and still a really great color over any paint.

This part makes people nervous. But it's not rocket surgery. You just have to do it a couple times to get the hang of the consistency.

Wipe on.

Wipe off.

How many of you said that in Mr. Miyagi's voice? Start light and keep wiping on and off to make it darker. The longer you keep the stain on before wiping the darker it will be. So don't get distracted.

Then you're all finished! Let it dry and hang it!

See? Way darker than the original color.

A close up of the egg and dart molding. And those worm holes I love so much.

Here are some tips to remember.

1. Get a lighter color than the end result. The stain makes all paint waaaay darker.
2. In my opinion, you can never distress too much.
3. Use a door with horizontal panels. Vertical ones just look weird.
4. Don't forget to hydrate with an ice cold soft drink. I swear it makes work more enjoyable.

That's about it. I'm going to try and do another tutorial at the end of the week from a pinterest project so stick around.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Dresser re-do

It has been forever since I've refinished a piece of furniture. My house has been on the verge of hoarder status for a while so buying more furniture really hasn't been on my agenda. But as I was driving down my road this little guy caught my eye...

If you just said to yourself anything with the words crap, garbage, or fire wood then your reaction was very similar to my husbands. And my kids. And the neighbor I got it from.

But not me. Nope. I saw something that was in bad need of some fish scales or scallops as some people call them.

I had to do minor repair to the top right drawer and decided to take out the bottom drawer all together. It would have required more work than just glue and a clamp. Like it would have had to be reincarnated as a tree and I would have had to chop it down, and plane it, and so on...

I painted the whole thing Swiss Coffee. I use paint with primer in it so no pre-sanding was necessary. Then I used a can of tomatoes to draw on my scales. After that, I used a small brush and painted over my pencil lines in the color Vintage Yellow. After it dried I sanded it down and added some knobs from Hobby Lobby.

Also, can I get a wolf whistle for my new flooring??? Ow OOOOOOOW. More on that later. I head out tomorrow to visit my best friend and paint Savannah, Ga red. Pics to come!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Bakery Signs

I am pleased to announce I have finally finished my wood look tile. I had to be revived a couple of times, but it's done. I'll post more details about my experience when I get back from Savannah next week. All you need to know is Tile layers are WAAAAAAAY under appreciated.

In the mean time, I had been getting quite a few questions about my Bakery sign I made for my kitchen. I'm pleased to announce they are available for purchase in my etsy shop. I'm only making a limited amount so if you're Jones-ing for one, hurry up while they're still available!

Here's the listing to make it easier for you... Bakery Sign.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Feature and starting a project

Kristen from the gorgeous blog 6th Street Design School is featuring my home today. Thanks Kristen! To see it, click here.

Also, today my husband and I embark on a journey of epic proportions. We are ripping out 1200 square feet of flooring and starting the grueling instillation of tile. I've never installed any tile excluding a simple back splash before. But I aint skeered.

I'll let you know the progress as it happens. Today we are removing the old flooring, then we'll take a 3 day break for our 8th wedding anniversary. Since our anniversary is usually always on the first weekend in August, this will be the first time he will actually be here this weekend to celebrate with me. He's always been gone for military training before. Just for kicks and giggles, here's a picture of us on our wedding day...

Hopefully we'll make it through this renovation to celebrate our 9th year ;)