Laundry Room Closet Makeover

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

When I'm stressed and under major deadlines I always start random, totally unnecessary projects. That was the case with this laundry room closet in my home.  I pass through it all day long to get to my garage workshop and one day I'd had enough.  While completely organized and functional it wasn't pretty and looked cluttered to me.  I despise clutter!

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I'd removed the folding doors right when we moved in and decided to go ahead and remove all of the shelves and contents in the closet.We have plenty of storage options in our home so I wasn't too worried about losing some of the function in this closet.  

After taking everything down I gave the space a fresh coat of paint and then broke out my wall stencil.  I used All In One paint in Liquorice and the large wax brush to stipple the paint onto the wall.  This is totally not what the wax brush is for but I found it worked really well and kept the paint from staying mostly in the stencil lines.



After the paint was dry I had some common board cut to the length I needed and stained with 2 different stain colors.  My daughter and I used a nail gun and attached to the wall and then my husband replaced the hooks as I am not known for accurate measuring! 

While the stencil is definitely not perfect I am so happy with the uncluttered, simple feel of the new space. What do you think?

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Harp Dresser Before & After

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Come take a look at this gorgeous harp dresser makeover!

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The original hardware on this piece along with the amazing detailing sold me on purchasing this dresser. It is GORGEOUS!  It's rare to find a piece with all of the hardware accounted for on this age of a piece.  Even the harp mirror hardware was all there!

After cleaning it up I painted one coat of Country Chic Chalk Paint in Cobblestone and then heavily distressed the entire piece.  I wanted to bring out the crocodile skin texture that you just can't recreate no matter how hard you try!


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Sherwin Williams Cast Iron Dresser Color Matched by Country Chic Chalk Paint

Friday, March 18, 2016

I finally did a piece of furniture for my parents!  I have been painting furniture for 9 years now and just realized my Mom and Dad had no Lily Field pieces in their home.  I was so happy to transform this dresser that my Dad has used for as long as I've known him!

Did you know that Country Chic Paint offers custom color mixing?  That means if you have a favorite color from another paint company Country Chic will gladly mix you up a quart in their awesome chalk formulation.  It's one of my favorite things about the company!  I have had this done a few times and every single time they have matched my color swatch perfectly!

My mom wasn't sure what direction she wanted to go color wise and so I painted several swatches for her to think on.  This is a good idea if you want to see how different lighting/times of the day will change the appearance of the paint.

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I decided on SW Cast Iron (the middle drawer second from the right) but in the Country Chic Paint Custom mixed version.  It's the perfect Olive color that's not too green and not too grey.  It's one of my very favorite colors.  

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After painting it I went ahead and distressed the detailing and sealed with a top coat.  I absolutely love the way it looks now!  Such a difference!

Here is a photo to show you just how awesome Country Chic is about getting the exact color:





















Dune Grass Desk

Monday, March 14, 2016

Today I'm here to show you a desk makeover using Country Chic Paints new Spring/Summer color Dune Grass.

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To prep this desk I cleaned it with mineral spirits to get all of the gunk and sticker residue off and then lightly sanded it to remove the shine.  After the All in One paint dried I lightly distressed to finish it off.  What do you think?!

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Brass Table Lamp Makeover

I am so excited to show you an easy lamp makeover today featuring one of Country Chic Paints new Spring/Summer colors!

I saw this pair of lamps at Goodwill recently and liked the shape.  I wasn't completely sure I could transform them out of their ugly brass state but at $2.99 for both I had to try! 


I saw the new Spring/Summer color in Driftwood and instantly had my vision for the lamps.  I wanted to create a weathered Restoration Hardware/Pottery Barn style finish.


To begin I lightly sanded down the brass on the lamps with a 120 grit sandpaper.  After cleaning off the dust I taped off the cord and switches and painted with 1 coat of Driftwood. I wasn't too worried about complete coverage since I knew I'd be layering finishes.


Since I was using the All In One paint with a clay finish it dried very fast and I was able to continue right on with the project.  I used Country Chic Paints antiquing wax and wax brush to go over the driftwood finish.  I was careful to not do a solid coverage finish and left some of the lamp with just the driftwood finish as shown below.



Once I had the antiquing wax how I wanted it I also added some of Country Chic Paint white wax to blend and even out the finish.  A little goes a long way and the white wax really finished off the look I was trying to achieve. 





Quite the dramatic before and after, don't you think?!  Not bad for a $2.99 purchase! Hopefully this inspires you to look out for some lamps that were discarded and try out a before/after of your own using these products!


Kids Chalkboard Table

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Morning!  I have such a fun makeover for you today!

Read all about the process  over on the Country Chic Paint blog today!


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Checkerboard Bookshelf

Thursday, February 11, 2016



I am not exactly sure what this cabinet was in it's former life but it is definitely an old piece!  I used it for years in our front coat closet as winter gear storage before deciding to part with it recently.

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Head over to the Country Chic Paint blog to read all about the process and see more photos!