Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pallet Mini Bar and Random Projects

Here is a fun and easy project with pallets!

Rachel found this idea on pinterest

and we decided to make one for their deck.

Here is her finished project:

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We connected two pallets with wood and screws on the side.

We also added some boards on top to make it level

before adding the concrete pavers.

Painted it up,


wa la

It's a fun mini bar!

Other projects I've been working on:

Lettering on signs using a brown black mix.

Blogging to share paint ideas with you : )

Always hope you find something here you can try,


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Monday, August 11, 2014

Painting Farmhouse Furniture -Shortcut Spraypaint Black

I had you at "Shortcut", right?

If you're like me and Love the Farmhouse Style,

you know you're in for painting some old spindly chairs.

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The chairs only needed a light sanding with 100 grit sandpaper.

The table had much more wear and had to be sanded 

until smooth to the touch.

After wiping off the sawdust

I wiped on a deglosser.

For the table and the chairs

I rubbed a small amount of vaseline on the edges

as a resist.

This will make sanding much easier in the end

and will create a chippy look.

The table needed a primer because I had yellow

coming through the paint.

So I used Lowe's Olympic Paint and Primer in One,

Crumb Cookie.

I had the satin finish on hand,

but you could use semi-gloss.

Because for my third coat, I mixed some

semi-gloss white enamel.

I like the finish.

Of course the fun happens now

after the paint dries.

Sand the edges to reveal the base brown.

I applied an acrylic sealer with a piece of folded foam.

Now, my happy surprise with the chairs:

After the prep (sand, degloss, vaseline)

  hand brushing one coat of

black semi-gloss enamel

left the chairs with the usual streaky first coat look.

Knowing I had 6 to paint,

I tried some inexpensive spray paint from dollar general.

I sprayed a light coat over,

and because this particular spray paint is not heavy

it gave the perfect effect.  

I could leave areas exposed on the seats where I wanted

the black brown distressed look to show.

But I could get into all of the spindles with ease

so it made the process So much faster!

Plus I love the look it gives.

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I spray sealed the chairs.

Chippy Farmhouse Style,

just what Megan wanted to 

make her apartment a "home".

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I hope you can use this shortcut sometime!


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