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Stenciled Stepstool for Benjamin

* This post is sponsored by Michaels and DecoArt. The ideas and opinions are mine. * 

Inspire Someone Today | Queen of Everything

Graphic from the Rhonna Designs app.

Many years ago, I painted and decoupaged a stepstool for my oldest nephew. That thing has been well worth the time I spent on it, because he still uses it and loves it. Guys, those letters were cut by hand. I did not have a Silhouette at the time. That was a labor of love! 

Stepstool for Logan 2010 | Queen of Everything

When Logan’s little brother Benjamin came along in 2013, we could tell right off the bat that this child was going to be a little more daring than his older brother. Whereas Logan was cautious and not a risk-taker, Benjamin has kept all of us on our toes. He is into everything, ON everything, and I just hope that my sister and brother-in-law have excellent health insurance because I foresee many ER visits for this one! 

Handle Stool |  Michaels | Queen of Everything

Since Benjamin is not scared of anything, I decided that maybe his stepstool didn’t need to be *quite* as big and tall as Logan’s stepstool. Luckily, Michaels had one that was going to work out perfectly. I picked it up, along with some paint, stencils, and spray sealer and was on my way! 

Primed and Painted White | Queen of Everything I got it home, primed it, and painted it white. Once that dried, it was time for the fun part! 

Stencil Choices | Queen of Everything

I love both of these stencils, but ultimately I went with the houndstooth pattern for the stepstool. The diamonds were a little more “shabby chic” than I was going for. 

Stencil Applied to Stool | Queen of Everything

I used some repositionable spray adhesive to make the stencil lay flat on the top of the stool. I tried it without it, and I can now say that I absolutely do not recommend that! Just use the spray and thank me later.

Base Paint Over Stencil | Queen of Everything

I defer to my friend Lindsay on all things painting (have you seen this?? Even more amazing in person!), so of course her blog came through for me on advice on how to tackle this. I found this tutorial, and the takeaway from that was to put down a coat of the base color over the stencil. It forms a “wall” to keep paint from seeping underneath the stencil. Friends with blogs are handy to have around! So, I painted over the stencils with the white paint I used for the stool itself and let that dry. 

Painting In the Stencil | Queen of Everything

Extreme Close Up of Stencils | Queen of Everything

As you can see, I decided to go BOLD for this design. Benjamin is bold (oh, you have no idea how bold that child is) so he needed a stool to match his personality! This also happens to match his bathroom, so that was a factor as well. 

I used the cheapy sponge brushes (one for each color) to apply the paint. I buy those things in bulk! They are the best. I did not “brush” the paint on, I “dabbed” it on. The key is to not have a ton of paint on the sponge – brush it off until you think it’s too dry. If you have too much paint, it’s going to make a mess underneath the stencil. I found that brushing the paint on led to paint getting underneath the stencil, and I do not have time for that! I ended up doing two coats, because some colors really needed a second coat (mainly the darker colors). I took the stencil off while the paint was still drying. I did not want to take the chance on it getting stuck!

Triple Thick | DecoArt | Queen of Everything

Once the paint dried and I fixed the little mess-ups (everyone has them, no one is perfect!), I took the stool outside and sprayed it with this awesome Triple Thick Brilliant Gloss Glaze from DecoArt. I LOVE this stuff. It comes in a jar or a spray, and I’ve probably gone through two jars of it recently – I’m not even kidding. It’s my favorite sealer spray. I gave it three coats of this stuff, because Benjamin is only 20 months old and is not going to be gentle with this! I let it cure for 24 hours, just to be safe. I love that the Triple Thick actually brightens the colors once you spray it on – it really makes a big difference!

Finished Stepstool | Queen of Everything

Finished Stepstool | Queen of Everything

It turned out just like I wanted it to! Of course, I had to rush it over to get Benjamin’s approval ASAP:

Benjamin Climbing | Queen of Everything

Benjamin Smiling | Queen of Everything

(Sorry the pictures are blurry, but he never stops moving!) I think he loves it. I’m definitely glad I didn’t get him the bigger stepstool!

For the project, I used Americana Multi-Surface Paint – available at Michaels. Visit the DecoArt Multi-Surface website for more crafting ideas and inspiration! Everything for this project (except for the cutie nephew) can be found at Michaels – in store or online. 

In case you’re interested, these are the colors I used!

Americana Multi-Surface Paint Colors | Queen of Everything

(Iris, School Bus, Lipstick, Leprechaun, Blue Bird, Chartreuse, Night Sky, Poppy, and Deep Turquoise) 

* This post is sponsored by Michaels and DecoArt. The ideas and opinions are mine. * 

 

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Favorite Projects from #swapitlikeitshot

Now that it’s been a week since we first posted our #swapitlikeitshot projects, and I’m (almost) fully recovered, and divorce proceedings have been halted (my husband and I do NOT do DIY well together) – I thought I’d share some of my favorite projects from the other participants and the link party participants!

(These are in no particular order, yada yada yada…)

Makely Home Glitter Bookends

Well, obviously these HAVE to be in my top picks, because GLITTER. And also, I love Lindsay to pieces. And, GLITTER.

Windgate Lane MCM Table

Since I have such excellent taste (or maybe I’m just cruel), I had to throw this one in as well. I mean, I *did* buy this for Bee at Windgate Lane. I got lucky and was able to meet her for lunch and deliver the goods, since she’s local to me. Bee probably hates me, but I just love the way this turned out!

http://makinglemonadeblog.com/thrift-store-makeovers-swap-it-like-its-hot/

Carrie at Making Lemonade got me with this one. Yeah, pretty sure I’m gonna be copying this little project, if I can find a wire basket like this! My house is so tiny, there just isn’t much room for knick knacks – but guess what? I can sure hang stuff from the ceiling! 

Now for my favorite link party participant projects (say that 5 times fast):

http://simpledetailsblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/chair-reupholster-in-greek-key.html Pam at Simple Details found a classic cane chair at an estate sale (LUCKY!) and took it from boring to awesome just by giving it a little bit of love. I would be so thrilled to find a chair or two like this to play with!

http://safaffect.wordpress.com/2011/11/20/diy-glass-pendant-light-fixture/

Ever since I made my lamp for the swap, I’ve become obsessed with lighting in general. I love how simple this is, and how much better it looks than it originally did! I would love to make some more light fixtures, so I’ll be keeping this pendant light from SafAffect for future reference!

http://www.homemadebycarmona.com/the-golden-touchstorage-bowls/

Gold is finally growing on me. I hated it until maaaaaaaaybe 6 months ago, and I have no idea why. Now? I can’t get enough. Ursula at Homemade by Carmona transformed these $1 Goodwill bowls into something I would probably buy from a store, just by using gold spray paint. I’ll be picking up every bowl in sight from now on. 

So, did you find any projects that you just fell in love with? Do you have one to add? The link party is up for another week, so keep on adding! 

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Things I Saw That I Loved #6

Things I Saw That I Loved Queen of Everything

First, I need to show all of you what I’m working on. I promise I haven’t just been binge-watching Parenthood (bad idea, don’t try it) or eating Cheetos Puffs. 

If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember that waaaaaaaay back in April, I went to Round Top with my friend Lindsay. We saw lots of weird stuff, but also lots of great stuff. Of course I only bought the great stuff (Lindsay was questionable – oh, hey, Lindsay!), but my favorite purchases were two fabric pieces with sayings printed on them. Of course, I can’t leave well enough alone, so I decided one night this week to start embroidering over the letters. Mind you, I’ve never embroidered a thing in my life, so I am totally winging it. I’m also totally rocking it, if I do say so myself. I can even do it while I’m (not) watching Parenthood 6 episodes at a time! 

Screenprint Before | Queen of Everything

Screenprint During | Queen of Everything

See? I’ve been busy! I bought another one with a different saying on it – I have big plans for that one as well. I’m going through this one pretty quickly, so I might actually have a finished product to show you this week!

Down to business:

Here are some of the Things I Saw That I Loved from this week. I hope you enjoy my favorite picks of this past week, and maybe find some blogs that YOU will love too. Let me know if you find some new blog loves! (PS: I’ve included links back to the original blog posts, and I’ve also pinned them on Pinterest for you so they are easy to find/repin.)

Honeycomb Hexagon Shelves | Boxy Colonial

I’ve featured Boxy Colonial before, because I think she’s awesome. I’m really sad that I missed out on Haven Conference because I would have gotten to meet her! I love the way these shelves turned out, I love the stain she used, and I even love the way her kids are using them. Pretty much love all around. Send me some?

Anthro Inspired Beaded Necklace | Happy Hour Projects

Adrianne over at Happy Hour Projects makes the coolest jewelry – and she makes it look so simple. I love this necklace, and I’m going to attempt it! It will require purchasing a few tools, but I’m not scared – I’ve worked on jewelry for half of my life! I just love the way this turned out. 

I Spy DIY Gem Necklace | I Spy DIY

Speaking of jewelry, I’ve had this one saved for a while to share. The first thing I look at when I see people is their jewelry. It’s habit, I know, but that’s one of the side effects of working in a jewelry store for so long! I am loving the big gemstone/druzy trend, and this post from I Spy DIY links to a great website for purchasing them to make your own. I purchased a druzy necklace for myself on our trip to Colorado and it’s one of my favorite pieces!

Druzy Pendant | Queen of Everything

Herringbone Painting | Ooh I Like That

I received a huge, heavy box of paints from DecoArt last week to try out for them, and I just really couldn’t think of what to do with them. As soon as I saw this, I knew. I love all the colors in this canvas by Ooh I Like That! I’m a little obsessive, though, so mine will most likely not be as “spontaneous” as this one, unfortunately. Maybe I’ll just close my eyes and slap paint on it – knowing me, I would tape off stripes to divide the colors, and that is SO not the point of this project. Anyway, love it!

Rug Bench | Ciburbanity

My friend Charlotte at Ciburbanity has really good taste. As in, I would give her the keys to my house, walk away, and let her redecorate the whole thing (at her expense, of course – I’m generous like that). She finds the BEST deals and turns them into these perfect little things, like this bench of hers that I really, really want. I never would have though to cover the top with a rug!

I hope you liked this batch of awesomeness! Have a great week!

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Fabric Dilemma: Reupholstering Furniture

When we sold my grandparent’s house a few months ago, I was given a very nice couch, chair and a half, and ottoman. Great, right? Well, they are in perfect shape – but they are WHITE. We can’t have white things in this house! My dogs are black and brown and they shed like crazy – so for obvious reasons, white is not going to work for furniture. I’ve been looking into having them reupholstered in the near future.

Problem: I’m stuck on fabric choices. I have a basic idea of what I want, but for some reason I just cannot make a decision! Here are some pictures for reference:

Magnolia Java Ikat | Fabric.com | Queen of Everything

This is the fabric for my drapes in the living room that I already have and will be using. (link)

Couch Before | Queen of Everything Chair Before | Queen of Everything

Here are the lovely white couch/chair/ottoman items. Please excuse the deer head and the duster – these were taken at my grandparent’s house while moving! 

So – I was thinking a gray for the couch with a small pattern, and something fun for the chair and ottoman. I’m loving the gray/chartreuse/plum color combo, as you can tell from my favorite chairs in the whole wide world: 

Gilded Pesto Chair | Queen of Everything

 

Here are some of my top choices for the couch, along with links if you are interested! I think I have a pretty clear winner, but I’m not 100% sure yet. 

Waverly Full Circle Sterling | Online Fabric Store | Queen of Everything Waverly Full Circle Sterling – (link| Online Fabric Store)

Covington Oh Gee Storm | Online Fabric Store | Queen of Everything

Covington Oh Gee Storm (link| Online Fabric Store)

Waverly Strands Sterling | Online Fabric Store | Queen of Everything Waverly Strands Sterling (link| Online Fabric Store) 

Fabricut Ostrich Dots Stone | Online Fabric Store | Queen of Everything

Fabricut Ostrich Dots Stone (link| Online Fabric Store)

Premier Prints Cameron Storm | Online Fabric Store | Queen of Everything

Premier Prints Cameron Storm (link| Online Fabric Store)

Here are some of my fun choices for the chair. No clear winner on these yet!

HGTV Curl Up Citrine | Online Fabric Store | Queen of Everything

HGTV Curl Up Citrine (link| Online Fabric Store)

Premier Prints Kimono Chartreuse | Online Fabric Store | Queen of Everything

Premier Prints Kimono Chartreuse (link| Online Fabric Store)

Premier Prints Nicole Chartreuse | Online Fabric Store | Queen of Everything

Premier Prints Nicole Chartreuse (link| Online Fabric Store)

Waverly Fun Floret Berry | Online Fabric Store | Queen of Everything

Waverly Fun Floret Berry (link| Online Fabric Store)

Premier Prints Cameron Aquarius | Online Fabric Store | Queen of Everything

Premier Prints Cameron Aquarius (link| Online Fabric Store)

And then there’s always my favorite, as seen above – 

P Kaufmann Hip Berry | Fabric Direct | Queen of Everything

P Kaufmann Hip, Berry (link| Fabric Direct)

Any thoughts/comments/suggestions on these choices? Can you help me narrow them down?!

 

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Things I Saw That I Loved #4

Things I Saw That I Loved Queen of Everything

 

Did you follow my trip to Round Top with Lindsay on Instagram? If not, you missed out! (Well, the pictures are still there, but you know. Real time shopping and all that jazz.) Turns out, the Round Top area does not have awesome cell service, so we had to improvise and post when we could. Just follow the #werockroundtop hashtag on Instagram and be prepared to see some creepy stuff. Round Top definitely had a theme going, guys, and you’ll figure it out after the first few pictures. I will do a full post about our day soon, I promise. I didn’t post *all* of the pictures to Instagram.

Moving on!

Here are some of the “Things I Saw That I Loved” from this week. (It is looking like this is the “My friends are awesome” edition!) I hope you enjoy my favorite picks of this past week, and maybe find some blogs that YOU will love too. Let me know if you find some new blog loves! (PS: I’ve included links back to the original blog posts, and I’ve also pinned them on Pinterest for you so they are easy to find/repin.)

Raptor Mama's Project Life Planner Pages

Raptor Mama does a LOT of Project Life layouts – and blogs, and makes other crafty stuff too. She ordered some planner pages and tweaked them to make them into what SHE needed. I love it! I am thinking I need a copy for myself. Maybe if I were more organized, this blog would have more posts than it does… I’m really impressed with what she’s done! And jealous of all the fun stuff she gets to do.

Vintage-Saftiplass-Panels | Makely Home

 

Now y’all. I was so excited to see this post from Makely Home come up. Why? Because I got to HELP make these! Okay, all I did was put some rubbing alcohol on strips of metal and glue those strips of metal to wood… but I still helped. Lindsay’s house was awesome. I loved it. And I love these panels she made. I have no idea how she comes up with everything she comes up with! 

Stenciled Goodnight Moon Art | Ciburbanity

 

My friend Charlotte from Ciburbanity had a pretty exciting week. She’s a good secret keeper too – know why? She filmed an episode of Flea Market Flip LAST SPRING and didn’t tell anyone until very, very recently. It aired this past Sunday and I’m not gonna spoil it for you… but I want to know what she did with her half of the prize money 🙂 Anyway, this stenciled sign is in her dining room. I love it. 

Gold Dipped Plumage Cabinet | Boxy Colonial

 

Isn’t this gorgeous? This pretty thing was in the East Coast Creative Blog’s link party for Crafting With The Stars (have you been following that? I’m really good at picking the winning project this time around) and I had to click and comment on it. It just caught my eye and I love how she painted the legs GOLD! Gretchen at Boxy Colonial knows what’s up. 

Green Lady | Windgate Lane

 

Obviously, I need to go hang out with Bee at Windgate Lane more often so she can teach me her ways. (You may remember her from the very first edition of Things I Saw That I Loved…) She only lives about 45 minutes away! She loves the Rub N Buff as much as I do (oh yeah… I wrote a post about Rub N Buff but shockingly haven’t finished the whole project yet!) and I LOVE the green color she chose. I love bright colors on things that aren’t normally bright colors. Hello, I have two bright orange chests in my craft room. Bee did a beautiful job on this and I’m going to go steal it from her… right now. See ya in a few, Bee!

TGIF, right? Enjoy your weekend (I’m going to the Main Street Arts Festival and to see The Mavericks – best concert ever!) – have fun! Show these bloggers some love, too!

 

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Before and After: Hairpin Leg Bench

First of all – don’t forget to follow our trip to Round Top via Instagram today! You won’t regret it!

Lindsay @ Makely Home / Heather @ Queen of Everything / #werockroundtop

RoundTop

My husband and I went to visit his family in Amarillo, TX over Thanksgiving. We rarely get to travel over holidays due to our work schedules, so when we realized we could get out of town for a few days we jumped on it! 

Now, if you’ve met me, you know that I do not like sitting around on vacation. Beach vacation? Boring. I need to DO something – I can sit around at home. So what did I do? I dragged my husband and my mother-in-law shopping on old Route 66 with me. Who knew that Amarillo had so many cool antique shops? Not I! I found a treasure at Alley Katz Antique Emporium

Hairpin Leg Bench Before  Queen of Everything

I saw her just sitting there, all lonesome and sad. She didn’t have a price tag, so of course I sent my husband to get the price while I stood guard – debating in my head what my 1) dream price and 2) price limit for this piece would be. Well… as luck would have it, the price of this beautiful hairpin leg bench was my DREAM PRICE! I pushed my luck and tried to get it for $5 less, but they said no and I was just fine with that. I put it behind the counter, finished shopping, bought my stuff and got the heck out of there! Apparently someone saw MY bench behind the counter and wanted to buy it if I didn’t. Too bad, lady. You snooze, you lose. No mercy.

I immediately texted my aunt, my sister, and my friend Lindsay a picture of it. My aunt said I got ripped off ($25 is not what I would call ripped off!), my sister had a bunch of questions about it, and Lindsay was excited and told me I got a great deal. She loves her some hairpin legs, so I knew she would appreciate it. She came through for me!

So, in all of my excitement, I didn’t really think about how I was going to get it home. We came to Amarillo with a dog and luggage, AND all of the craft supplies I bought on Black Friday… so we took it apart and stuck it in the trunk. 

Fast forward about 3 months… (told you I’m a procrastinator)… and I finally picked out a fabric to recover it in. Of course I picked something that matches absolutely nothing in my house. It just kind of “goes” with the style, in my opinion. The seat was in good shape, but I wanted to replace the foam (I’m weird like that) and use my Ryobi Airstrike to put everything together. MAN, I love that thing. 

Fabric | Queen of Everything

I decided to keep the original fabric and foam on it, rather than try to remove it. I tried one little corner and it just wasn’t happening. I used some spray adhesive and added a piece of one inch thick high density foam cut to size to the top of the old fabric. 

Now for the fun part …

RYOBI Airstrike | Queen of Everything

Yes, I could have very easily used a boring old staple gun – but why, when I have this beauty at my disposal? As Tim “The Toolman” Taylor used to  say, “MORE POWER!” – and then a lot of grunting. I may or may not have grunted a little while I was nailing the fabric to the bench top.

Ah, that show was the best.

After I wrapped and nailed the fabric around the bench top (it took about 3/4 of a yard, FYI), it was time to reattach the legs. I got to use TWO power tools today! It was a good day. It was simple – I just drilled the screws back into their holes. Total time for this project today: 30 minutes. Amazing, isn’t it? When I get motivated, I can generally do something pretty quickly and today I did!

Drill and Legs | Queen of Everything

Hairpin Leg Bench After | Queen of Everything

I love it! My husband actually picked out the fabric – and it goes perfectly with the whole look. What do you think?

A note about power tools and a love letter to Ryobi: Before I went to Haven Conference back in 2012, I had never used a power tool. Ever. I was scared to death of them! Ryobi was one of the main sponsors and they had a session on how to use power tools – so I went. They taught us some very basic things about power tools, safety, and when to use what tool. They didn’t make us feel stupid for asking questions, they took their time and helped us individually if we needed it. I’m telling you, that hour long class gave me a HUGE boost of confidence and the desire to get my own power tools and USE them! During the class, each of us built a small wine rack. I still remember sitting next to Jamie at our table and both of us kind of freaking out on the inside about using the drill! Guess what? I went out after Haven that year and bought myself a whole starter kit of Ryobi power tools. Guess what else? I’ve actually USED them. When I went back to Haven Conference in 2013, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the new power tools. I didn’t go to the beginner’s class that time! Again – the Ryobi employees were so easy to talk to, helpful, and NICE. I can’t emphasize that enough. They just let us do our thing and helped us if we needed it. You couldn’t tear me away from that Airstrike. Or the sliding compound miter saw. Or the impact driver. At the party they threw for the Haven attendees, I made friends with some of the Ryobi big guys. They invited me to a Home Depot training session they were having in Fort Worth the next week. Guess what? They GAVE me the Airstrike for showing up. I swear, I will never buy a power tool that is not Ryobi – they are great tools, and they have great people working for them. That is what’s most important to me! 

Ryobi Guys | Queen of Everything

No, Ryobi didn’t pay me to say this. They didn’t require that I do a post in exchange for the Airstrike. All they want is for you to feel comfortable using their products. If you are scared to use power tools, don’t be. They are fun and kind of addicting (now I keep a running list of the ones I still need – which, luckily, isn’t very long!) once you get started. Ryobi is just, in my opinion, the best. I’m sad that I won’t get to see them at Haven Conference this year (budget and limited vacation days are an issue this year, unfortunately) but I know that they will help some first-timers get over their fears. That’s what they did for me! 

Wine Rack | Queen of Everything

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Maison Blanche Paint Playdate

I spent a lot of time blogging on Real Cheap Housewives of Texas. Lots and lots and lots of time. We had some good stuff on there! SO, I think I will “revamp” some of my old posts and share them here – but just my favorites. A few of us spent a day with Annie from Maison Blanche Furniture Paint about a year ago. I was so excited! I refer to it as our Maison Blanche Playdate and would love to go back again. I hope you enjoy it, because we sure did (and still do!)

You know, sometimes it pays to open your big mouth and make a fool of yourself. If I had not (obnoxiously) invited myself to go check out the Maison Blanche factory/warehouse here in Fort Worth, I wouldn’t be writing this post!

Of course I follow Maison Blanche on Facebook (you should too), because 1) I love all things chalky finish paint, 2) it is more convenient for me to buy than Annie Sloan Chalk Paint or Cece Caldwell paint, 3) Maison Blanche REALLY loves their product and the people that use it – they are constantly posting pictures of real projects and they are great about introducing everyone to new blogs, AND 4) Annie of Maison Blanche is super sweet and totally got excited about having us out to play on this lovely Friday, or at least she pretended to be!

When we arrived, we were greeted by Clementine, who might be the coolest/sweetest/prettiest puppy ever. I really wanted to steal her! Annie said that they like having her around while they’re working because even when they are stressed, on a deadline, or just having a bad day, Clementine will come up and just need a cuddle and that just forces you to slow down and relax a little. It makes sense – I would be a much happier person/employee if I could take my dogs to work with me! (PS: I tried to get a picture, but she is camera shy and would literally run away any time one of us tried to get a picture of her! She has the prettiest BLUE eyes!)

Maison Blanche Playdate Layout | Queen of Everything

Annie and Nicole had a table all set up for us with name tags, folders, a Sharpie, a pen, paint points, a putty knife, and pieces of molding that were pre-painted with Maison Blanche paint.

Annie and Nicole talked a lot about their company and how it got started, and it is amazing how much work really goes into it! Believe it or not, they don’t get to just sit around and paint stuff all day. In fact, we offered to come paint their office furniture for them one day (hopefully they will take us up on it!). 

Annie was so knowledgeable and could answer any question we had for her. She knows what she’s talking about, y’all! I left yesterday feeling so much smarter about paint, furniture, and finishing it – but most importantly, I left inspiredAgain. As all my friends know (and joke about), I tend to lose steam when projects don’t go as planned. Take, for example, my coffee table that I started painting months ago. I made homemade chalky finish paint and absolutely hated it. NOW Annie has inspired me to finish it, and I want to do it. All it really needs is another coat of paint and it needs to be waxed – I mean, really – less than two hours worth of work.

annie-from-maison-blanche-explaining-glacage | Queen of Everything

Our first project was learning how to use Maison Blanche Glacage. It’s kind of difficult to explain exactly what it is, so I’ll just say it is a texturing/embossing process. It comes in five different colors (Natural Wood, Oak, Cherry, Black, and Walnut), so you can match it to what you are working with.

annie-and-nicole-from-maison-blanche | Queen of Everything

To teach us how to use Glacage, Annie and Nicole had cabinet doors lined up against the back wall. These can be bought for next to nothing, and would make cute gifts! We each chose the style we wanted (yes, they had a variety!), then chose the stencil we wanted to use, and then chose the color of Glacage we wanted to use.

cabinet-doors-at-maison-blanche-before | Queen of Everything

The first thing they had us do was lightly sand down the cabinet doors to take a little bit of the gloss off of them. Once that was finished, we used some stencil adhesive and laid our stencils out where we wanted them. (FYI: Stencil adhesive spray works SO much better than tape!)

annie-using-glacage-natural | Queen of Everything

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Now comes the fun part (and the part that we basically managed to not get ANY pictures of!) – slapping that Glacage on. Glacage is a cream, not a liquid, so it is thick.  We applied it to the outer front edges of the cabinet doors, and also onto the stencil. You can use whatever color you want, it just depends on the color paint you use and/or how you want it to look after distressing if you distress it. The Glacage takes a little while to dry, so Annie and Nicole magically had more for us that were already “Glacaged”, dry, and ready to go! It was like something on the Food Network. 

maison-blanche-glacage-cherry | Queen of Everything

messy-workspace-at-maison-blanche | Queen of Everything

Once your Glacage is dry, it’s time to paint. I chose Pastille, Whitney chose Chicory Spice,   Tarah chose Collette, Christie chose Cayenne (although now that I think about it, she could have used Cerise!), and Aunt Toni chose Robin’s Egg. Annie did a cabinet door in Bayou Blue. The paint was smooth, went on great, and covered just like I knew it would! I think I did maybe two coats on mine, and that is only because it was a really light color. 

cabinet-door-painted-with-maison-blanche-pastille-over-glacage | Queen of Everything

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Once the paint was dry (maybe 45 minutes?), we took them outside and sanded them down a little (to distress them). You don’t HAVE to do that, it is completely optional. Then we chose our wax. Maison Blanche has Dark Brown, Light Brown, Amber, and Clear. The Maison Blanche wax was almost like a liquid, it went on so easily! I was amazed. It got in all the nooks and crannies and it really was as simple as brushing it on (we used chip brushes – cheap and you don’t feel bad throwing them away once they’re worn out!) and wiping it off with a soft, clean cloth. Some of the other waxes I’ve used are so thick it almost hurts to put it on – I’ll never buy the cheap stuff at Lowe’s / Home Depot again!

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Robin’s Egg Blue + dark wax

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Robins Egg Blue + dark wax (not quite finished – still needed to buff with a rag)

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Collette + amber wax before

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Collette + amber wax after

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Cayenne + dark wax after

Annie told us that when we got home we needed to “buff” it a little with a soft cloth to make it shine a little bit more. It really does make it shine! Isn’t it amazing how much wax can change the color of paint?

Remember those pieces of moulding that were in the first photo?

Maison Blanche makes two products – one is called Le Dirt and one is called Organza. Both of the products amazed all of us!

Once you have painted and waxed your piece, you can add Le Dirt to it to give it that old, antique-y feel. The wax helps it “stick” to the piece!

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(This picture was pre-waxing – I forgot to snap a pic after!)

Once we were all waxed and ready to go, we took our moulding and Le Dirt outside with a chipbrush. You definitely want to do this outside if possible, because it is a powder (much like dirt). You don’t want to inhale this stuff, and we made sure that Whitney did not do this part since she was pregnant. Annie @ Maison Blanche did not think there were any problems with a pregnant person using it, but we didn’t want to take the chance!

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First, you’re going to pour some Le Dirt onto your piece. Wherever the wax is, that is where the Le Dirt will stick!

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Once it is on there, start brushing it off.

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Keep brushing until you’re happy with it.

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Can you see how it has settled into the crevices? It looks like an antique piece you would find in your grandmother’s attic! It completely changes the look of it.

The Organza really blew us away, and was probably our favorite product we used that day. Remember Whitney’s faux zinc coffee tables? Yeah, she has been kicking herself since we learned about this stuff – this makes it SO easy to get that same look with almost no work at all.

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This was the “before” picture of the moulding. No wax, nothing but paint.

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Can you believe the difference?! I’m pretty sure a jar of this would last the normal person for years – we used VERY little of the product to get this effect.

It is a cream and we just dabbed it on with a clean rag. You can wax it afterwards if you want (I probably would just to protect it). These pieces that we have pictures of have not been waxed.

Organza comes in three colors – Pearl Gold, Silver, and Gold. Whitney can’t wait to try the faux zinc look with this!

That’s it for our Maison Blanche “Heather Has a Big Mouth” Tour! You can find Maison Blanche on Pinterest, their website, and Facebook. All of us really had a blast at their warehouse when we went, and we would all love to go back if they invite us! Thanks again to Annie and Nicole – you girls are great! 

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(Since our playdate, Maison Blanche has come out with several new products – Le Craque (for a crackle finish), Translucide Glaze, and Lime Wax. I am itching to get my hands on some of the Lime Wax, but it must be very popular, because my go-to person has been out of it the past few times! They also carry varnish.

I know this post reads like an infomercial – but I was not paid to do any of this. I truly had a blast and learned so much from Annie, and hope to go back and visit someday soon! Love y’all!

 

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Antique Stereo Cabinet – Before & After

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I’m sure many of you belong to one (or if you’re me, twenty) Facebook “garage sale” groups. Or you check out Craigslist regularly. Or you go garage sale/estate sale shopping. Or you go curb shopping. Don’t act like you don’t know what that is! A lot of times, I just glance at the items and move on. Sometimes, though, something catches my eye and I must have it. Now. This time, it was an antique stereo cabinet in one of my local Facebook groups.

Imagine my husband’s surprise when I texted him and told him he needed to pick up an antique stereo cabinet for me on his way home. He was out having a beer with a buddy, and reluctantly agreed to do it. Why so reluctant? Well, I have a garage full of “projects”. And here I was, adding a rather large piece of furniture to the collection – AND moving it to the front of the line! I got a great deal on it ($55), and it still works. (Loudly, might I add). I knew Kevin would eventually love my vision, since his parents collect antique stereo cabinets. Someday, we will inherit many, many, MANY cabinets like this. 

Luckily (or not so luckily?) I have a best friend that is not exactly known for just being a slacker. She likes to get stuff done. I like to dilly dally. You can see where this is going. She got wind of me having a new piece of furniture to mess with, and it magically ended up at her house. Britt does not turn down projects! Plus, she will ride my ass and make me finish something that I start. Since the stereo was not at my house while it was being worked on, I had to work on it nights and weekends. We had to work around both of our work schedules, but we managed to finish it in less than a month (which is HUGE for me)! 

We had some furniture rehab drama along the way, but I am so happy with it – I just want to sit and stare at it all the time now. 

Anyway – I know you want to see pictures, so here you go! 

This is not my stuff – this is the picture that was on the Facebook group. I knew I had to have it.

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After removing the hardware I was able to remove (the front doors are “faux”, and I could not figure out how to remove the hardware – and the handle on the right? I couldn’t remove it without removing the record player – and I wasn’t about to get into that!), I removed the back “ledge”. I think the stereo looked more modern without it. I primed the whole thing with my beloved Zinsser 1-2-3 primer. I wasn’t worried about the fabric covering the speakers on the front and sides, since it was being replaced anyway. No, you don’t have to prime before using chalky finish paint – but I generally do anyway. 

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I knew I wanted a light gray color for this, since my new living room curtains are gray/white, and I’m looking for a gray couch. I also knew I wanted to use Maison Blanche Furniture Paint, so I picked out Franciscan Grey. It was a little lighter than I wanted, but I was planning to use dark wax to darken it up afterwards. The below picture is of the stereo painted in Franciscan Grey. I love the way the Maison Blanche paint covers, and I love the way it feels! 

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I just should’ve chosen a darker color. It was completely my fault. I tend to lean towards dark gray, and I knew that wasn’t what I wanted – so I went with the lightest gray they sell. Go figure! I won’t scare you with pictures of the dark wax aftermath, but I will tell you that I was a little heavy handed with it. That’s when I knew I had to make a decision – do I go buy another quart of darker grey Maison Blanche? Do I just go buy a quart of latex paint at the hardware store a mile away? Brittaney (as usual) comes up with a solution. Well, OF COURSE she just happens to have a gallon of gray latex paint. And OF COURSE she just happens to have a quart of black latex paint. She mixed them until we came up with a suitable gray, and I didn’t even have to leave or spend more money. I knew I was friends with that girl for a reason. Bonus: She helped me repaint it! I didn’t realize just how light the Franciscan Grey was until I saw this picture. 

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So… about an hour later, we finished painting it. While the paint was drying, I painted the hardware with Liquid Leaf paint. This paint is basically silverleafing without the mess. Seriously. I love this stuff. This little bitty jar will last forever – you have to use very little! It dries quickly as well. 

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This is how I left it the other night. The plan was for me to come back the next night and finish it. That horrible fabric covering the speakers HAD to go! I had the fabric (I had some Serena & Lily fabric from the store Kevin works at), I was just too worn out to finish. Also, I have T-Rex arms and couldn’t reach inside to unscrew the panels. 

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Later that night, Kevin and I were watching American Dream Builders on the DVR. I was going to bed soon, since it was 10:30 pm. Imagine my surprise when the doorbell rings. It’s kind of like when your phone rings late at night… it’s generally not good news. All sorts of crazy scenarios are running through my head at this point! 

Well, it was Brittaney. I should have known that she wouldn’t be able to leave it unfinished for one night. She finished it for me and delivered it to my house! I was shocked. (Also, I should not ignore my phone in the other room – she had been texting me about it, but I was involved in the TV show). I quickly made room for it and we moved it in. 

You guys, I can’t quit staring at it. I love it! I’m so glad that Brittaney helped me with this and pushed me along – and then she finished it for me! So happy that we have been friends for 20+ years. Life wouldn’t be the same without her. (PS: She made the Scrabble frame for me a few years ago. Love it.)

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What a difference paint and fabric make, huh?

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