DIY PROJECTS

Wall Sconces

I was really needing something above my chest of drawers. I found these beauties on Shanty2Chic. They were easy and so affordable. I bought the vases for around $2 a piece at Hobby Lobby and the flowers there as well. Preston bought the board and the hardware from Lowes and did all the handy man work. I was really pleased with how they turned out! Find the tutorial here.

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China Cabinet Makeover

About a year ago, I decided it was time to give this china cabinet a facelift. We had just had our old house painted, and the dark brown china cabinet was really cramping my style against my newly painted walls. I started on Pinterest researching the best tips and tricks for refinishing a china cabinet. While I love Annie Sloan, I really wanted this china cabinet to have a smoother and more clean finish. I discovered a paint called “General Finishes.” This is a water based paint and it is everything and more! I used “Antique White” for this cabinet. I also used the Java Gel stain on the cabinet as well by General Finishes. FYI- you can buy this at University Pickers in Huntsville and it is cheaper than chalk paint!

One other thing we did was remove all the hardware and spray painted it brown! It made such a big difference and only cost around $5.00 for the paint. We used Rust-Oleum for this!

I began by doing some light sanding. I definitely didn’t sand the whole thing but just smoothed out some rough places. The only part that was totally sanded down was the top of the bottom half where we stained it with the Java Gel Stain.

I decided not to do any “glazing” on this cabinet, honestly because I had no idea how to do it. I watched some tutorials, but decided to just go with a clean, white look. I am so pleased with how it turned out! I can’t wait to pull this thing out of storage and put it in our next home!

 

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