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Painted Furniture DIY

02.25.14

entertainment center makeover

Hello!  Today I am sharing our entertainment center makeover!  I had so much fun painting this piece and will share the details for this painted furniture diy.

I acquired this piece when I was living in my first college apartment.  My mom found it at Hobby Lobby and spray painted it black to go with my bedroom furniture.  Here it is before the paint job.

entertainment center makeover

Since we are now using this piece in our living room, I decided I wanted to lighten it up.  I jumped on the grey train and chose Sherwin Williams Mindful Grey as the paint color.  While I love painting furniture, I am no expert, so I followed a tutorial my dear friend, Cyndy from The Creativity Exchange, posted on her blog.  She has a wonderful post on achieving a beautiful, matte, satin finish on furniture.  She actually worked on the piece from the post for one of my best friends!  Check it out here!

First I sanded the entire piece with a fine grit sandpaper.  After sanding I used a wet cloth to wash off any dust or dirt.  It is important for your furniture to have a clean finish before painting.  Here it is after sanding.

painted furniture diy before

After wiping down the piece, I started priming.  I used Zinsser Bulls Eye primer.  I highly recommend priming before painting.  Priming creates a smooth surface and helps the paint really cling to the piece.

Here it is after one more coat of primer.   painted furniture diy before

Yikes!

painted furniture diy before

Much better!  Don’t freak out after one coat of primer.  You will need at least two coats of primer.  I allowed the primer to dry for 24 hours before painting.

Now onto the fun part!  I added an extender to the paint in order to achieve a beautiful, matte finish.  I picked up a can of Floetrol extender while shopping for paint at Sherwin Williams.  I added a couple of lids full of extender per couple of cups of paint and mixed well.  It was my first time to use an extender, and I highly recommend it!  It eliminates brush strokes and gives the furniture piece an overall smooth and flawless finish!  This is after the first coat of paint.

painted furniture diy before

I gave it one more coat of paint and called it quits.  I was so happy to be finished!  I am such an impatient DIYer. 🙂

painted furniture diy

I did decide to add a grey stain to the doors.  It doesn’t show up great in photos, but it added a nice touch.  The important thing to remember about stain is that a little goes a long way!  I barely dipped my brush into the stain and then wiped almost all of it off before applying to the doors.

I used the same knobs I had but spray painted them gold (surprise, surprise)!

painted furniture diy

painted furniture diy

 Let me know what you think! It makes my day to hear from you!

 

XO,

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home // emerald inspiration

02.13.14

Hello!

I’ve had emerald spaces on my mind lately.  It was Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year, and I have not stopped crushing on it since then.  If you remember from last week, I featured  Amanda from  Amanda Carol Interiors on the blog.  Her living/dining room has emerald touches, and it is absolutely beautiful!! Here’s a look if you missed it.

Wowza!!  Here is more emerald inspiration I found.

Houzz

Houzz

Pinterest

Pinterest

I was in Z Gallerie several days ago and snapped a picture of this emerald inspiration.

I decided to create an inspiration board just for fun.  Here is a glam living room with a touch of emerald. Enjoy!

Xo,

Claire 

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Favorite Valentine’s Day Projects

02.11.14

Well… 3 days until the big day and there’s still time to do something sweet for your loved ones!  Today I am sharing some fun, Valentine’s Day projects that I’ve found on some of my favorite blogs!  All of these projects are super easy and would mean so much to your sweetie, child or best friend.  Enjoy!

Free Valentine’s printables via Love From The Oven.  You can print this printable from your home computer and pop it in a frame.  Easy, easy!

Valentine’s mason jars via A Thoughtful Place.  These simple jars would be a sweet touch anywhere in the home!

DIY yarn letters via My Sister’s Suitcase. So adorable!!
Message in a bottle via A Pumpkin & A Princess.  Sweet way to give a message to a secret admirer! 😉
Cupcakes in a jar via Hi Sugarplum!  Yummmmy!!
Mini heart garland via Honey Were Home. A great last minute touch!
Don’t forget to check out my Valentine’s buffet here if you haven’t already! 
Wishing you all a sweet Valentine’s Day!
Xoxo,
Claire 
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Featured Friday | Amanda Carol Interiors

02.07.14

TGIF!!  Welcome to Featured Friday!  Today I am featuring my favorite interior designer, Amanda, from Amanda Carol Interiors.

Amanda is an interior designer and blogger out of The Woodlands, Texas.  She is an absolute inspiration to me, as I have been following her blog for some time now.  Her home tour is to DIE for!!  Take a look!

Seriously, this is the living room/dining room of my dreams!!  Love the emerald!

Amanda calls this chic office her “mom cave”!  Beautiful!!

Her master bedroom is such a serene and peaceful room.  Isn’t this what we all hope to achieve in our bedroom?!

Amanda was so kind to answer a few questions about her personal experiences.

When did you start your blog and what inspired you to do so?

I started my blog in 2008 and it was called “The Eck Life”.  I mainly blogged about my kids and projects that I was doing in my own home.  In 2010 I launched my Interior Design Business and switched the name of my blog to Amanda Carol at Home, then I went through a re-branding early last year and again changed my name to Amanda Carol Interiors.


What is your favorite aspect of blogging?

I enjoy sharing information with my readers and I also LOVE it when readers comment and interact with me.  I enjoy the blogging community and have met many “online” friends and even some who have become dear “in real life” friends!

When was Amanda Carol Interiors born?  When did you know you wanted to become an interior designer?

I launched Amanda Carol Interiors in 2010.  Interior Design has been my passion since very early age.  I can remember painting and wallpapering my room when I was 15.  When I was 19 I enrolled in a local community college and took Interior Design classes and I was hooked!

Describe your design style.

I love mixing the old and the new and really enjoy the juxtaposition of something rustic with something glamourous.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Everywhere! From fashion to art to the outdoors.  I am always buried in a design magazine or perusing Pinterest for inspiration.  I never stop thinking about design.  It’s such a part of me that I cannot imagine my life without it.

What is the most challenging aspect of your job?

The paperwork!  All the office details and trying to stay organized – which I am terrible at!

What advice do you have for new bloggers who might want to pursue interior design in the future?

If you are young and just starting out go to school and get your design degree-even if it’s a 2 yr ID degree.  If you are older & have family responsibilities I suggest finding a local design firm that will hire you and have a designer take you under their wing.  If I could do this all over and was still in my 20’s or 30’s I would have definitely went to work for a larger design firm and learned all I could, especially the business side! 
A big thank you to Amanda for being featured today!  Be sure to check out Amanda’s blog here, and if you’re in the market for interior design help, check out her interior design website here.
Have a wonderful weekend, and stay warm!!
Xo,
Claire 





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