Painting Doors – The Super Easy Way!

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Hey, hey lovelies!  I hope everyone is enjoying this FALL weather!  First I want to say a giant CONGRATS to all of the HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams paint winners!  I expect pictures, girls!!

Progress on the house is coming along.  I haven’t done an update because we’ve been super busy AND I really want you all to be shocked when you see the awesome end result.  I can tell you this, we have floors in!  And they are AWESOME!  I’m going to tell you all about them, don’t worry.. but it will be after I get back from vacation!  We are leaving this Thursday evening and going on an 8 day cruise!!  I am so ready… no phone.. no email, it will be great!

Ok, on to the doors!  With this house we had to get rid of the ugly wooden slabs.  I’ve told you all my feelings on slab doors, it’s not good.  So we ended up buying all new doors from Lowe’s.  We price shopped them at Home Depot and Menard’s, but Lowe’s was definitely the winner in the 2 panel arched door category, coming in at $78 each. [Read more…]

How To Make Old Pulls Shabby Chic

Happy Easter!  It’s been a beautiful and busy weekend around here.  Indiana weather is finally seeming more like Spring, which means lots of projects get to move outside… just how I like them!

This weekend, I worked on an old nightstand and wanted to show you how to turn old, ugly brass knobs or pulls into shabby chic beauties!  
First step is clean your pulls.. and clean them good!  If there’s any gunk in the corners, when you paint, it will show and look terrible.  I soak mine in water and tea tree oil (you can read my post here about my love for tea tree extract) for a couple of hours, then take an old toothbrush and scrub them.  Let them dry and you are good to go.
Next you’ll want to prime, it will give your paint something to grab on to.  I used Rustoleum spray paint primer in black.  Let that dry for about an hour.
The two main products I used were Rustoleum Hammered Black spray paint and FolkArt Chalk Paint in Sheepskin.
To give the pulls a little bit of texture and depth, I decided to use Rustoleum black “hammered” spray paint.  I love this stuff!  It gives a very subtle hammered look.  I did 3 medium coats.
Now, if I am being honest, I was going to stop here.  I was going to paint the nightstand a darker color and thought the black hammered pulls would be perfect.  But after priming it white, I really liked the look of the piece in the lighter shade.  So I ended up painting it with FolkArt chalk paint in “Sheepskin.”  
On a whim, in order to tie the light and dark colors together, I dry brushed and lightly dabbed the pulls with the “Sheepskin” paint.  Gave it a second or two to dry a little, then very carefully (with a light hand) smeared the paint… very lightly… did I say that yet, haha.
Once everything was completely dry, I took some 150 grit sandpaper and scuffed the pulls up just a bit.
When I was happy with how they looked, I used some quick dry spray polyurethane and gave them 2 coats for durability.
That’s it!  I wish I had taken more photos along the way, but it was kind of all on the fly, hopefully the directions above will help.  I absolutely love how they turned out and anytime that I can keep the original hardware, that’s a plus in my book!

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This post is linked up to the following FAB parties:
Sweet Haute
Chic On A Shoestring Decorating
Shabby Nest
Funky Junk
Huckleberry Love
Inspiration Monday
The Crowned Goat
Skip to My Lou
DIY Showoff
Thrifty Decor Chick

Yes, I Painted My Stairs!

With a complete disregard for the better judgement of my mom, I threw caution to the wind and went for it.  That’s right folks, all that dark wood is now white… well part of it anyway!

When we first moved in to this house there was A LOT of un-cared-for wood.  It all was mismatched, different colors, dry and clearly had never been polished.  The people before us had large dogs that must have never had their claws nails trimmed.  So I removed all of the trim, sanded, stained it dark to match my taste and sealed it all up with a nice coat of polyurethane.  It was a JOB!  So when I told my sweet hubby that I wanted to paint the wood on the stairs, I believe he pulled a “talk to the hand” on me.  Being the great man he is, he didn’t say anything when I whipped out the sander and paint.

Here is what I was working with:

First I had to sand all the risers to rough it up a bit to give the paint something to stick to.  Then I had to tape off all of the walls and spindles…it took FOR-EV-A!  Next was the primer, I was so excited to lighten everything up… I used Killz and it looked like pure heaven crap after the first coat! I thought I had made a giant mistake, I could just hear my mom and hubby saying “I told you so.”

  Unfortunately with the white risers, there were also many flaws that started showing… apparently the folks before us had not painted the steps for a reason.  There were giant gaps, nail holes… I couldn’t believe it.

But after two coats of white paint and a ton of caulk, it was beautiful!  I am loving my new steps… now maybe I need to do some kind of board and batten up the wall… hmmm.