Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Insider tips: fillin' holes like a pro

So I feel like I've been showing you a lot of pretty stuff lately, but now it's time for something helpful . . .

Filling holes.

In my quest to save the planet one piece of discarded furniture at a time, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite products for filling holes.  I love these three products because they get the job D.O.N.E.  But they are also stinky and toxic, so use your best judgement if they're right for you, k?

Note: I'm not getting paid for any of this, nor do the manufacturer's have any idea I'm sharing. Just sharing cus' I care.

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I needed to fill the holes in this shutter for a client. I wanted to be sure the holes were filled very solidly and firm, so I elected to use Bondo. Also Bondo doesn't shrink while drying.
Bondo is used for cars--it dries Very Fast and hard. I elect to use Bondo when I have large holes, gouges, missing pieces of wood to fill. You need to apply it in layers though if you're doing more than a quarter size so it can cure all the way through.

Bondo has a hardener (red) you add to it. This is when you've got to start working fast. Gloves recommended. And Good. Good. Good ventilation.  Also, try to just use disposable stuff. You'll be throwing away anything you use to spread or mix it.

Ok, holes filled and drying. It usually takes about 30 minutes for a hole this size to dry hard. It is sandable, but try to be as neat as possible since it doesn't sand easily.
 After sanding my bondo I filled the top for an uber smooth finish with my favorite wood filler: Fix.  Again, it's stinky and goopy, but dries VERY FAST and hard. It sands beautifully and is stainable.
Here it is drying:
 And here it is sanded uber smooth with 220 sand paper.
 Seal the wood filler with Shellac so that the wood filler doesn't absorb the paint differently than the wood.  I like the spray Shellac from Zinsser, but there are all kinds out there. This is oil based, so the spray is nice since there's no clean up.

And voila:
Hole filled and invisible.

Now imagine saving a piece like this:
Before it had 80 years of kids carving their names in it, poking holes in it, "I love . . . " on it. Scratches and carvings all over it.
 Definitely one of the roughest dresser/vanity sets I've redone in a while and I could kick myself b/c I lost the before pics. ;(  Anyhow, this pieces were saved and went to a new generation--a sweet 5 year old girl is getting this from her parents.

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Lovin' Little Surprises

I've been having fun lately painting or fabric lining the insides of drawers-
I love that when you pull out the drawer you get a totally unexpected surprise!
Warning: Cell phone pics. ;)

and it's 12:23 a.m. so I'm gonna be short and sweet tonight.
Nighty, night.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012


I decided to step aside from the expected finish on this well made Basset french provincial. I got artsy fartsy. Oops. Not so much artsy, mostly just fartsy.  So it got a repaint. And then my creative little demons took over again. And so I had another repaint.  Finally I had enough self control to leave well enough along, and finally I got something I was happy with. Sometimes simplicity is just the answer.

This beauty was painted in CHALK PAINT ™ Brand decorative paint in Graphite.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Ladies Secretary

Ok, here's another little number my hubby pulled out of a hat . . .

A perfect little ladies secretary in done up in Annie Sloan CHALK PAINT ™ Graphite.  The top he stripped and seasoned with tung oil.

The pull out drawer was missing, so instead of just replacing it with a piece of plywood or pine, he found a beautiful piece of wood he cut to fit.

Yeah, OK my staging is a bit off--but hey. It was past 1 am. Brain cells gone to bed. Long ago.


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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Striae Gray Table with Red Damask Chairs

I love mixed styles and colors for an unexpected look. Sometimes it works and sometimes we have moments of silence for the death of what really was an incredible idea . . . Followed by a big ol' repaint session. 

And then sometimes I listen to my hubby. Glad I did on this one. He REALLY wanted to paint these chairs red. As in--when I sold the first 4 he painted in Emperor's Silk to a sweet couple, he went out and found 6 more and painted those red as well.  The table is his work as well. We have no idea why the table ended up with a slightly striae finish on top, but it's gorgeous and I'm definitely going to try figure out how he did it, which might be a slightly quixotic endeavour considering he has no idea. But, I'll try.

Blab. Blab. Blab.
Just show us the pics Jess!

Table painted in Annie Sloan CHALK PAINT™  1/2 Graphite & 1/2 Paris Grey and 2 coats of Clear Soft Wax and the chairs in Emperor's Silk with a very light Dark Soft Wax glazing.
Red Damask fabric is from Hancock's.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Purty little Partition

You know me . . .why just up do a partition for style, when when you can add some function!

And why be matchy matchy when you can be you can be eclectic? I really do prefer the 'collected look' as opposed to the 'purchased look.'  You know--that look like you bought every piece of the collection of the shelf at Target to decorate your home? I love a piece to have history and personality.
 Maybe not history with me--but someone's history.

Sooooo . . . Picture frames. Lot's o' picture frames. Every shape, style, all different creamy colors. Just like a real family wall. ;)

And a warning: My white balance is way off.  

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Feelin' Fresh

I've been a little wary of Antibes Green from the Annie Sloan CHALK PAINT (TM) line up, but I was not going to be intimidated by a lil' o' Can of Paint.
Yes, those caps are on purpose. I, mean, LOOK at this color?? Could you ever miss it? Caps warranted.

And that's exactly what I wanted with this set of chairs, a POP of color.

 Oh, hello side kick chair--Do you mind holding my sugar fix while I snap photos of your finished sister. Yes, you'll get your own fluffy seat eventually. ;)

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