Saturday, 1 September 2018

Coffee Table Makeover In Annie Sloan Graphite and Custom Black Wax

When I came across this coffee table on my travels it was pretty dented and scratched up. For a while I'd been wanting to try out Annie Sloan's Graphite Chalk Paint with a Black Wax finish so this was perfect for my next project.

The glass panels were also pretty scratched up so I decided to just take them out and replace them with some MDF board which I bought at the local hardware shop and cut them down to size. I used these to replace the scratched glass panels and just painted them to match the rest of the table.

After a good scrubbing I gave it a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the colour Graphite and then a custom wax finish. I say 'custom' because it's not a true Annie Sloan black wax. I didn't have any black wax on hand and rather than wait and buy some I decided to add a little black paint to my dark wax and I think it came out perfect.
It's perfect for our sun room where the curtains and seating are a very light colour so the black table is a good anchor for the room.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Up-cycled Napoleonic Blue Painted Kitchen Bar Stools..

I found these fabulous kitchen bar stools at the charity shop where I volunteer. We don't carry any broken or damaged goods at the shop so these were in perfectly good order apart from being quite scratched from lots of  wear and tear but with a good scrubbing they were ready to be made over.

I gave them two coats of  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Napoleonic Blue simply because I just loved the colour and I've been wanting to try it out ever since she brought it out some years ago.
You do not have to sand down your pieces when you are using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint because it has a built in primer that will stick to anything. You do however have to wax your piece afterwards if you want to add an extra layer of protection and sheen. 

If you look closely in one of the more detailed photos below you'll see that gorgeous sheen I'm talking about. I feel you can only get that from adding a coat of wax and buffing it.  It's a simple and easy step and it's the perfect trade off as opposed to painstakingly sanding your piece and dealing with all that dust. 
I forgot to get a photo with the seat pads in but believe me they were ugly.  Brown, torn, old and ugly!  I recovered them with a cotton linen mix fabric I found online.  
Once the stools were painted I gave them a few coats of dark wax and buffed them up with a clean rag to get that beautiful sheen.
I wasn't sure what to do with them for a while once they were painted but then when my husband saw them refinished he thought they would look perfect in our holiday home in Mayo. Why didn't I think of that! The ones we have up there are quite plain with no backs on them so these will fit perfectly and be way more comfy.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

How To Stencil Kitchen Floor Tile & How It Held Up One Year Later.

I got so stuck into this project that I forgot to take a proper before photo of the floor but I found this one above from my mobile phone. It's a bit crappy but you get the picture.  I took it when trying to decide if I would paint the cabinets gray or not... but sin scΓ©al eile.

I was a bit nervous about whether to paint our kitchen floor tiles or not because even though I love the look the more practical side of me said, but how long will they last??? Well let me tell you! Over one whole year later it has 100% held up to my expectations. It's still scratch free and perfect and here's how to do it.I used protective felt pads to stick to the bottom of the chair legs to protect the floor from being scratched.

Priming and sealing were the two the most important factors in stenciling this floor.  And knee pads! Ya need good knee pads!

So if you'd like to give this DIY a try here's what I did.First up before I painted the whole floor I scrubbed it clean with a really good degreaser. You need to do this so the paint will stick.  I googled and found that Krud Kutter sounded like my best bet and it worked perfectly fine for me.Another grainy mobile phone photo but this is the floor after  I painted it all white. Usually with Chalk Paints you do not have to prime as chalk paints are a primer and paint all in one but I decided to give my floor one coat of Zinzer Bin water based primer just to be extra sure seeing as this is our kitchen floor. That and the fact that we also have not only all five of us but two dogs and two cats trotting all over it on a daily basis.Next I gave it two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Olde White. One of the reasons I like using Chalk Paints is that they dry so quickly and you get the job done faster.Now for the fun part! I used a large sized stencil that I ordered from Royal Design Studio Stencils and I chose the Anatolia Tile Stencil design my this project

For the colour I mixed a tin of Annie Sloan Graphite Chalk Paint with a little of the Olde White Chalk Paint until I got the exact light gray colour I wanted. You can just use the Graphite as it is if you'd like but I wanted a slightly lighter gray.

Use masking to hold the stencil in place and if you use a good quality tape like frog tape (the green one)  you can reuse it as you move the stencil along which saves so much time.
After about five or six  uses I tended to get a build up of paint on the stencil  so to clean it I just popped into the shower and hosed it clean.
I used a paint tray and foam rollers for each step of this project from priming to painting to stenciling and sealing.  

For the stenciling part I used Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan in Graphite.  

When I finished stenciling the whole floor I then applied the sealant.   

I used Ronseal Diamond Hard, Floor Varnish in Clear Satin   on our floor. The sealing part is probably the most important part of painting any floor where there is going to be a lot of traffic.

 If you do try this project just make sure it says 'our toughest varnish' on the front of the tin.  You will see this written on the front of the tin on the bottom left (see the tin above)  This is the one you want to get that tough protective finish on the floor and keeps it from scratching or scuffing too easily.There are tons of varnishes out there but I found this one to be the best. It goes on so easy and it's not thick and tacky so it gives you more time to work with it.   It was the easiest part of this project really as it's clear so no worries about mistakes or smudges.   Just slap that stuff on.  The tin suggests using a 4 inch brush but I used a roller and it worked out fine for me.  I think they recommend a brush as I found that the foam roller can cause bubbles in the coat of varnish. So I used a new roller for each coat to avoid this.  The foam replacement rollers are so cheap so I would recommend buying four and use a clean new roller for each coat.You will need to do four coats of varnish to get a tough hard wearing finish. But like I said it goes on so easy and dries so quickly.

Just in case it ever got scratched badly by something sharp I keep a small jar of both the paint colours I used under the kitchen sink so I could easily do touch it ups if needed but I can honestly tell you that over a year later I have never had to do a touch up.

One other thing to note is that I used all water based products and in particular I used a water based varnish (as opposed to polyurethane which can yellow over time) so I stuck with all water based in the hope of keeping the white paint 'white'.  Time will tell..  Even my bin primer was water based.  You can decipher this easily from the information on the back of the tin.This floor  has held up fantastic. Not a scratch or any signs of fading or wear or tear yet. I'm delighted with it.  I sweep it, mop it and we do wear our shoes around the house. We have two cats and two dogs but it's holding up just brilliant one year on.  I really thought we would have to revert to plan B which was rip up the old tile (nightmare I'd imagine) and lay down new tile. But thankfully we did not. This is the bomb. Go paint and stencil your floors and I dare you to tell me you didn't get a massive thrill out of it!! Because I sure did.

Happy Painting Everyone πŸ–ŒπŸ–ŒπŸ–Œ

And that's it for this kitchen floor makeover.  Any questions contact me here or on my instagram account @paintitwhiteinteriors or Facebook Paint It White Interiors.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Cabinet Makeover With Royal Design Studio Stencil

 When I spotted this cabinet in Clare Haven Services charity shop where I volunteer I straight away had an idea in my head of how I wanted to paint it. I had the paint and I had the stencil so home it came with me. I used the Royal Design Studio 'Large Hollywood Squares' stencil on the inside applied with Johnstone's Metallic Gold Paint over Cushion White.  


Royal Design Studio Stencils
Single Overlay
'Hollywood Squares'

The cabinet itself was in bad shape and quite scratched but it was sturdy and I just fell in love with those beautiful big glass doors.

I love how you can turn an old battered piece of furniture into something beautiful again with just some paint, a stencil and your imagination.
You can use any of the chalky paints and waxes with Royal Design Studio Stencils. Just be sure to gently wash your stencil after each use to keep it in good shape so you can use it again and again.  
I plan to use this again on our bedroom wall.
Before & After
And that's it. I think I've covered everything but if you have any questions just ask away..
One other thing. I will probably wax this piece even though it looks fine for now but the wax will protect the paint from any scratches etc. so better safe than sorry. 

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Johnstone's Do-er's Campaign Cabinet Makeover

Thank you so much to Johnstone's Paint Company for sending me this gorgeous selection of Paints, Waxes and Metallics from their Revive Range to try out.  I could waffle on and on about how wonderful  they are but long story short I tried them and I love them. Really nice application, easy clean up and NO SANDING OR PRIMING NEEDED WITH THIS CHALKY PAINT!!! That's the part I love. So here is the 'After' shot of my cabinet. Just scroll down to see a 'Before' shot.
And here is the 'Before' .. I found the cabinet a few months back in the Clare Haven Charity Shop   where I volunteer.  (If you ever find yourself in Ennis, Co. Clare they are worth a visit . Endless up-cycling opportunities await you there with a few beautiful antiques thrown in!)  It's made from laminate 'wood' but it's very sturdy and I just fell in love with those beautiful big glass doors.

This is a two part cabinet so I was able to take it apart which made it easy to paint and so easy to move .
I took the  cabinet apart and started to paint it before I remembered to take a proper 'Before' shot so this shot above is all I have! Hopefully you can make it out!

So for my part in the Johnstone's Do-Er's Campaign I wanted to show you how you can turn an old  discarded piece of furniture into your own masterpiece with just a splash of paint and a huge dollop of your own imagination using the Johnstone's Revive Paint Range. It's simple to use and it's  also water based so clean up is easy too. 
I choose 'Dusty Morning' for the outside of the cabinet but I wanted the inside to be nice and bright so I used the 'Cushion White' for that. I have to say I am in love with the Dusty Morning. It's just a whisper of gray, not too dark and just perfect..

This photo taken with the cabinet next to white painted doors shows you just how subtle that gray is. 
For the stenciled pattern on the back of the cabinet I used Johnstones Cushion White plus Johnstone's Gold Metallic Paint from the revive range.   The Metallic Gold is not a chalky paint so you do need to prime your surface first if you are painting over laminate or any non pourous surface.This just means that you need to paint the surface first with one coat of Chalky Paint so that the metallic gold will stick.  The chalky paints have a sort of built in primer making it so that you can paint over virtually anything, wood metal plastic etc.
 For the stenciled pattern on the back of the cabinet I used the 'Hollywood Squares Stencil' size large from Royal Design Studio Stencils. 
I painted the back of the cabinet gold all over first and then stenciled over that with the same Cushion White Paint that I used on the inside of the cabinet.  

Last of all I brushed on one coat of  Johnstone's Revive Clear Wax all over this piece to protect it from any scratches.

And that's it. I think I've covered everything but if you have any questions just ask away.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Pink & Gold Stenciled Chest Of Drawers Makeover..

Chest of Drawers D.I.Y. makeover for my tiny beautiful little niece Yasmin.. hope she likes it!

There really was nothing wrong with this lovely mid-century piece that a little paint and faffing couldn't fix. It was  chipped and scratched all over but it was built to last with amazing dovetailed details and solid veneers. 

I painted it a soft blush pink and used a simple stencil from Rustoleum to add in some gold accents to the top and drawer fronts.. 

I used some gold and pink wrapping paper I found in TK Max to line the drawers..

This chest of drawers has the cutest little handkerchief drawer on top with a tiny simple drawer pull so a painted the drawer pull pink first and then lightly feathered on the gold wax around the edges.

Here's a little close-up detail of the painted gold handels.. 

I wanted to add a little something extra so I made this design for around the drawers from crafters clay and painted it pink and gold.. (more about this below)

Look at the legs on this piece! Gorgeous.. so I did nothing special just painted the tips of the legs in gold..

For the very top of this piece I just feathered those thin edges over the little handkerchief drawer with gold..

Normally I would finish with a coat or two of Annie Sloan wax but seeing as this is going into a nursery I gave it three coats of clear varnish so it can withstand a little more wear and tear.

And that's it.  Lets hope little Yasmin loves it :-)

You can scroll on down for more photos and step by step instructions..

So first things first we cleaned the whole thing up and then Paul aka Yasmin's Dad:-) sprayed it all over with a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in 'Olde White'. I was going to just paint it but he had it done in jig time with that electric paint sprayer! Think I'll be borrowing that sometime in the future ..

Next step was to make the decorative clay applique (or also called decorative moulding) to add a little more detail to the drawers before painting the whole thing pink. I made the appliques from modelling air dry clay and a decorative picture frame you'll see in the photos below and glued them in place using a regular arts and crafts type glue.
First roll out your piece of clay..

Once the first coat of white paint was applied and the clay aplique glued in place I gave the chest of drawers a coat of custom mixed pink paint all over. I just added a tiny dash of red Dulux paint to the  'Olde White' Paint to get a very light baby pink colour. Looks like strawberry ripple ice cream!

Once the paint was dry I taped off the decorative applique (see below) and sort of feather dusted on the gold (which is actually a gilding wax) with a small soft artists brush. Don't go too heavy with the gold. Less is more on this step..
Taping off the applique helps give a nice straight edge to the gold details. 
Here's the stencil I used below it's one I found in our local hardware shop. Simple but effective!