There are a lot of old pieces of furniture that are replicated from antiques. Many are beautiful and many could use a major face lift. This vanity was in pretty good shape except for the finish. The finish was worn down to the wood and damaged on the top. This is a vanity that I found several years ago for my daughter. I had one similar as a little girl but mine had three mirrors that adjusted. I decided to stain it for her as her furniture was white. We did our research to use chalk painting and found that it was expensive. I decided to try using acrylic paint. Art teachers as myself, use acrylic paint on just about everything as it stays on forever! We used several coats on the old pine furniture as it took awhile to cover. You can get a glimpse of the wood on the drawers that are sticking out on the first photo with me in the background. I took a photo of her old bedroom, you can see the vanity in the corner. We put together this bedroom using all recycled pieces as well. Being a teenager, she wanted an update a couple of years later.)
After several coats of acrylic paint and allowing it to dryer in-between new coats using a small and medium brush, it turned out quite well. I put a clear polyurethane coat on top of the dry white acrylic a couple of days later.
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My daughter was given a family heirloom, this old light oak wooden chair that had 1970's blue rough fabric. She asked me if I would stain it to match the cherry furniture for the baby's bedroom. Of course I agreed to help her out. Below are the steps I went through to make the transformation.
NEED: Two different shear fabric, sturdy rod and lots of small
head but long straight pins. Don't forget the latter!
Simple but elegant drapery does not have to be expensive! When you hire a designer or go to a department store, you pay for panels separately along with adding the swag. Look closely, you will see that the panels and the swag are all one piece of fabric. The leaf pattern is separate form the white fabric therefore, you would have to purchase to types of fabric to get this effect.
Let's put this in a step by step mode:
1st; measure your window, Measure at least one to two inches past your window opening or trim. Measure your length, are you going to the floor or just past the window sill, don't forget to measure at least one inch above the window as you will need to accommodate for the window rod to hand the drapery from.
2nd; take your length x width = ? Multiply that total times 3.
Looks like this: L x W = (?) x 3 = (?) You will need that much fabric for the main print. Here I have the tan leaves as the main print. If you decide to use white shear fabric much like I did, ( the leaves are shear as well), you will not need as much as it is just a swag accent. Therefore, you will only need the width of the window and and multiply it by 3. L x W x 3 = (?)
The fun part! Now, you will need to make sure you hem the fabric if needed.
The hanging process: find the middle of the fabric. Start in the middle of the window and drape the fabric to the right and then to the left, pin around to the back of the rode on each side to prevent the fabric from slipping around. Be prepared to feel like you have butter fingers at first. Next, play around with you draped look. You will want the mid-section to drape in the middle at least 1/4 of the window to 1/3. You do not want to go 1/2 way down the window with a swag, it will look really out of sorts.
PIN, PIN< PIN.. to get the fabric to stay. Move around and adjust as needed. When you are happy with the results, move on to the light solid fabric.
This step will be a little bit easier.as you will no t have so much fabric to deal with.. Find the middle of the fabric again, start at the middle and try to keep the fabric the same length on both sides of the window. If you need to wrap around the pole a little to get it to stay, go for it. Start pinning it to the other fabric. Try to be create so you can not see the pins. Pinning from the back is the best way to hide them!
NOW, step back and look at your masterpiece! You did it! Send me a photo of your creation!
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My most recent do it yourself design! Baby mobile for my grandson, Lansen.
This unique mobile was made with painted wood whales and anchors, beads, wire, ribbon
and a metal ring.
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