I hope you've had a good start to your week and that you're enjoying your day!
For those of you who follow me on social media (click here for Facebook/click here for Instagram), you may be familiar with the recent emerald green end table Dane and I completed. I have to say, I became a liiiiiiiittle obsessed with the rich color!
When Dane and I were first preparing to move into our first home together, I went with my natural instincts and painted all of our furniture black. I love black (it's my favorite color)! It's classy and timeless and dramatic and....just pretty! But as life goes on, I realize that black just doesn't work in our tiny house. It's too dark. So I've slowly been adding color back into our home and to be honest, I'm LOVING it!!
My most recent plan of action is to paint all of the walls the same neutral color and then add bright pops of color into each room. After this project, I've decided emerald will have to be my pop of color for our living room. It's just too good to pass up!
Truth be told, I can't even take complete credit for this beautiful piece. This vision belongs completely to my mom. She had bought this piece a while back and couldn't find the time to give it a makeover as she had hoped. So it was my house or the dumpster for this guy! Of course I jumped in and immediately saved this nice little table, and decided to carry out my mom's vision to the end.
On the left is her inspiration photo, and on the right is our finished product:
When making over old pieces, my favorite part is watching the first layer of paint go on. I love the instant gratification I get from watching the furniture turn from one dull piece into something amazing and beautiful!
Now, for the color used...I'm not sure of the exact name because it wasn't on the little sample bottle she gave me to paint with, but I can tell you that when I paint my very own emerald end tables, I'll be using Valspar's Poker Green. It's dangerously close!
After the paint had dried, we waxed it completely, using Valspar's Sealing Wax. Then after that had dried, I slowly added Valspar's Antiquing Wax. When doing this, it's important to seal before antiquing because the antiquing is something you paint on and wipe off. Without a seal already on the piece, the wax won't wipe off nicely. I'll write a how-to post soon so you can see what I mean.
Now that I've found my pop for my living room, I'll need pops for my other rooms as well. Do you have any bright pops in your home? I'd love to see your photos for inspirations! Please share your ideas in the comments below!
Okay, so I loved how my fabric lined drawers turned out SO much that I just had to share with you how I accomplished the look!
I mean, why just admire the awesome photos of Pinterest homes when you could live in your own Pinterest worthy home? It really isn't hard as long as you're willing to get creative put in the extra work.
The great thing about lined drawers is that you can go as crazy colorful as you want because they won't always be open...unless you have a tendency to leave drawers open. This is a no judgement zone, but I think it'll be hard to want to shut these drawers!
Okay, let's get to it. Here's what you'll need:
First you'll want to iron your fabric to make sure you have no creases or folds before applying the Mod Podge. Not only do creases look bad and like you've cut a few corners to finish faster, but they can also mess up your measurements by making the fabric seem shorter than it really is.
Next you'll want to make sure your fabric print is face down so that you can mark your cuts on the backside. By doing this, you'll avoid having pencil marks on the side visible if you tend to stray from the cutting lines like I do.
TIP: Measure your drawer twice before making a cut. If you're too short, that fabric cut is ultimately ruined (unless of course you don't mind the shortage).
Lay your fabric in the drawer just as you want it placed when finished. I found it extremely handy to keep the fabric in place by using a binder clip while I attached the fabric to the first side of the drawer.
I would highly recommend working only small areas at a time because the mod podge dries quickly. It's also a lot easier to smooth out any bumps if you can focus on one spot at a time.
With the binder clip still holding your fabric in place, lift the loose flap and apply a layer of mod podge to the drawer. Slowly smooth your fabric onto the drawer side, working out any bumps as you go.
Continue this process all the way around your drawer until you've wrapped every inch you want covered. For this project, I wanted the beautiful pop of color to be seen on both the inside and outside of the drawers.
Let the drawers dry for about 2 hours and then apply a layer of mod podge to the fabric, giving it a hardened finish.
Let dry overnight for the best results.
There ya have it! I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial enough to try it on your own piece of furniture. Please be sure to share photos, questions, or just say 'hi' in the comments below!
Happy Tuesday friends!
It's a rainy day here in St. Louis, but you know what they say...'if you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes'.
Truth be told, I've been waiting since about 6am for the rain to stop. But of course it couldn't end before my morning commute to work. Is it just in St. Louis, or do people everywhere act like they've never seen rain before? Baffles me every time.
When we got home from work yesterday, Dane and I photographed our latest project so that I could get a post ready for later this week, but I just couldn't wait to share it with you!! I don't mean to toot my own horn here, but TOOT TOOT!! Haha. It just turned out so much better than I imagined!
If you remember from my last post, this cute little desk first belonged to Dane and then his sister Katie. They got it from old family friends, Polly and Phurman, who were like another set of grandparents to them. I never had the pleasure of meeting either of them, but my inner old lady (her name is Elanore) told me that Polly probably liked florals like we do, so when I saw the bright colors of this fabric at Joann's, I just had to.
Before I get too far ahead of myself, let's just go back a smidge. I really want you to see what this desk looked like before it's makeover. The transformation really is pretty amazing!
Right?? Although I'm sure it was quite the looker in it's prime, the red just wasn't working anymore. As you can see in the photo, the top had been well used. So we carefully removed the top, stripped it of it's old stain, and applied a new stain to give it a nice new look in a color that worked better with what we were envisioning.
The body of the desk was a piece of cake. Well, the painting process was anyway. I easily spent 20 minutes at Lowe's examining their gray options. Grays are so tricky! They're either too blue, too green, too purple, too beige, you get it. But finally I landed on this beauty, Valspar's Urban Sunrise. It's so pretty and looks great next to the fabric I found! Using our HomeRight spray gun, we had the first coat of paint on in under 5 minutes! I really don't know how I functioned before my spray gun.
Next was the fun part (for me anyway)! I had been drooling over lined drawers for quite some time now, but never had the right application for it. When this desk was offered to us to fix up, I just had to jump at the opportunity. The process of lining the drawers was SO easy!! The best part about it is instant gratification. I'm a little impatient and can't (or won't) wait for results, so the fact that I could see the fabric attached right away was good for me.
I'd love to see you tackle your own fabric lined drawers, so I'm going to be posting a 'how-to' post later this week. You'll be so glad you did...promise! It's a great way to create a little pop of color without seriously committing to the bright colors in your space. While Dane loves bright colors, he doesn't love bright flowers as much as I do, so keeping the pattern hidden until opened is a great compromise for us (also a fun surprise each time a drawer is opened), and your friends and family will think you're a rock star designer for thinking outside the box. ;) Do it!
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We’re Dane and Heather. A husband and wife team obsessed with making (and decorating) new things. Follow along with us for all things happening here at our little house on Dresden Avenue.