Thursday, 24 May 2018

Cabinet Makeover With Royal Design Studio Stencil

When I saw this cabinet in the charity shop where I volunteer I immediately had a vision in my head of what I wanted it to become. I had the paint and I had the stencil so home it came with me. I used my Royal Design Studio 'Large Hollywood Squares' stencil applied with Johnstone's Metallic Gold Paint over Cushion White.  

'Before'

'After'
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.  

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, 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!

Supplies..


Thursday, 29 September 2016

Easy D.I.Y. (no-sewing) Painted & Recovered Chair Makover.

Side Chair painted with a custom mixed cobalt blue colour and finished in Annie Sloan Dark Wax all over

Before & After...

Not bad for a €20 chair I picked up from the charity shop where I volunteer  (cat not included).

And if you want to add the 'Hygge' touch..   :-)

 The worn green velvet fabric was removed and then reupholstered with a fresh blue, off white and gray striped linen cotton mix fabric.

The paint I used is a custom mix from artists paints I had on hand but Annie Sloan has a chalk paint in Napoleonic Blue which would probably work out more economical as I have used Annis Sloan paints before and the can seems to last forever.  



Easy Peasy  and a great little starter project if you're into crafts and D.I.Y. like me :-)