Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Stay Tuned....

Wow things have been even more chaotic than normal and believe me that is saying a lot :)  We are MOVING! We bought a new house and are so excited, but just looking at all the "treasures" we have acquired over the last few years and realizing that those have to be packed up and moved makes me want to vomit!!!  But it will all be worth it once we are in our new place, which by the way has tons of room for more "projects"!!!  My head is spinning and pintrest boards are full of ideas that I can't wait to make happen in fact my garage is so crammed with things that I've already picked up over the last few weeks that it looks like a flea market is ready to open up shop any second! So please hang in here with me as I get projects finished for the new house and moved... I promise I will have some fun things to share once the dust has settled!  Sending you all love and good treasure hunting vibes from our crazy household to yours!

Lindsey :)  

Friday, May 4, 2012

Thrift-ed Armoire Update

 I picked up this "treasure" at a thrift store last week for 20 bucks!!!  It's an old entertainment center/armoire that had seen better days.  The back panel was duct taped on and it was pretty scratched up, but since I decided to move my last armoire re-do project that was in our bedroom to my craft chaos room I needed to   replace it.
I'm so excited with how it turned out!  Shabby chic-tastic :)

The inside had one shelf which is intended for a tv... I'm not sure if I will use it as a tv stand or for hanging clothes so I'm going to add a clothes bar at the top just so I have that option.  Thankfully the majority of this piece is solid wood so I just took the hardware off, gave it a good wipe down and since I'm using Behr paint and primer in one in Moonlight White I started painting.
Instead of painting the back panel I covered it with a drop cloth.  It's just a regular old tan canvas drop cloth from Home Depot.  A friend taught me this trick, drop clothes are a durable, super cheap fabric choice.. who knew right???  I set down the back on a corner of the drop cloth and cut around it then used a little spray adhesive to tack it down.

After your two coats of paint dry, nail the covered panel to the back of the piece and ta-da!
For a few extra bucks I added a dowel and plastic rod cups to the inside just in case I want to use it to hang clothes at a later date :)  Hey a girl needs options!!!
I really like the country white color with the tan back, it's just enough difference to give the piece a little textural difference and break up the white.
To rough it up a little I used a combo of steel wool and a sanding block to go along the edges and distress the panels.
Just rub until you reach the look you are going for.
For now I just set up a few pictures, but I'm really happy with how it turned out!  Not bad for a 20 dollar piece of furniture :)  Hope you like it!

Lindsey :)