Welcome to my Blog!

I am very new to this and just getting started. Thank you for taking the time to stop by. I am a husband and father to the most perfect and beautiful women in the world. My wife and daughter mean the world to me! I started fixing, painting, refurbing furniture as a hobby and it has continued into something great. Enjoy the blog and thanks again for stopping by! -Nick

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

First Try at Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Well finally broke down and bought some chalk paint. I purchased a can of paris gray and a can of old white. The paint is good paint, covers really well, etc. I am goin to give an honest opinion on the paint. The price of the paint is a big negative for me. I can get 5-6 gallons of mistint paint for what 1 quart costs me of this. I have become lazy and really like my sprayer and the finish I get from it. Painting an entire piece with a brush takes forever!!  I am glad  I went ahead and tried it though. Here is my first piece:

Once again no before pics. Painted all hardware oil rubbed bronze. I do like how you can highlight with the chalk paint. Here are a couple more pics:

I gave it 2 thin coats of wax. Wax changed the color a bit for me for the better. The top is stained in dark walnut. Not bad for a piece from Goodwill!!

Overall the chalk paint is good but not cost effective for me. Its cool but I think I am a mistint type of guy :) !

Everyone be safe! East coast earthquakes and hurricanes this week!!


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Where are the before pics?

I have been horrible lately with taking before pics. This post will be one of the same. I found this dresser on craigslist. It came with a huge mirror which had to weigh 50+ pounds. The piece that holds the mirror broke during transport so I am selling just the dresser. I sanded it down and used a gray spray primer. I then painted it with a Behr mistint white. The top is stained with Minwax dark walnut.

I was able to go into my old hardware pile and pull out the four drawer pulls for the top drawers. Any ideas what my bottom larger knobs are from? I like the larger knob on the botton drawers!

Let me know what you think? Should I have went with the usual boring knob? Go big or go home? Right?



Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Finally some updates!

Finally I have an update! It has been a long time. I have no before pics because I am here at work. Both pieces were your typical run of the mill stuff though. I lightly sanded down both pieces and then primed and painted. The first was a dark cream with red highlights french provincial chest. It was UGLY and had a smell. I sanded and sanded then wiped everything down with Murphy's oil soap. I had to lay down 2 coats of primer. The paint was mistint Behr paint. I painted the hardware in a spray aqua! This one actually had a manufacture date of Sept. 1955!

This chest has found a new home in a little girls room here in Raleigh.

This piece was one I did for my sister. She liked one of the dresser's I had previously done so I recreated it for her. I have had tons of interest in the pieces I have painted this mistint blue/gray color from Home Depot. I am going to have to get them to do a color match. It's Behr premium exterior, which this is about $38 a gallon, is harsh but not as bad as the chalk paint! :) I stainded the top in Minwax Provincial and used a satin polyurethane. The outside was glazed over with classic black stain. She liked the large red pumpkin knobs so we went with it. I really liked how it turned out. Sorry for the dark pic, but its what I have to work with here @ work.

Have a good rest to your week! Thanks