Ballard Design Coffee Table Makeover

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Hello!  How about a simple coffee table makeover for you today?


One of my favorite client's asked me to paint this coffee table in a creamy white. The piece was a little shiny so for prep I lightly sanded down with 220 grit sandpaper in order to ensure good paint adhesion.  There was also a good chance of bleed through issues since I was taking a dark stained piece to a light color.  To avoid any headaches I went ahead and sprayed 2 coats of shellac before painting.  I used one coat of Vanilla Frosting by Country Chic Paint and then used Top Coat for protection.  Such a simple makeover that any one of you can do!


Leggy Buffet Makeover

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Hello Friends!  I'm thrilled to show you this before and after today!  A sweet friend recieved this leggy buffet recently and asked me to update it for her.


I think these style of pieces are my favorite to refinish and I tend to love them in black!  There is something about the square shape, dark wood that I personally think looks so sophisticated in black!

What do you think?  I love how the black brings out the details on the buffet and gives it a regal look!


Kids Bookshelf Makeover

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Good Morning! I'm here to show you an easy bookshelf makeover today.  A client found this piece at a garage sale and wanted me to update it in a creamy white.

Chalk paint is a great solution for pieces like this that have pressboard/fake wood backs.  The paint adheres so much better than traditional paint with zero to minimal preperation!

After lightly sanding down the bookshelf with 220 grit sandpaper I applied one coat of Country Chic Paint Vanilla Frosting.  We decided not to distress and so once the paint was dry I topped it with 2 coats of Tough Coat for protection.

Dining Chair Update

Monday, July 4, 2016

Today I want to show you how easy it is to update old, boring dining room chairs with paint.  If you are like me you probably always see chairs at garage sales and goodwill.  Except when you really need them of course!  I searched for weeks for this particular client and finally came across these solid chairs at a garage sale.  

My client wanted them in a creamy white and so we selected Country Chic Chalk Paint in Vanilla Frosting, my go to white.  It's a perfect balance between Simplicity and Cheesecake in my opinion! For prep work all I did was lightly clean the chairs and then I was ready to apply one coat of paint. Once they were dry I lightly distressed the edges and then since they will get a lot of wear I did 2 coats of Top Coat to seal them well. 

What do you think?  I love how they add something to the dining room without overpowering.  A simple, easy makeover that anyone can tackle!

Bliss Dresser

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Happy Saturday!  I am so excited about this dresser makeover!  You can see in the before picture that the dresser had some fun, unique details but overall was very dated.


A new client picked out the dresser for her daughter who wanted a turquoise color.  We chose to use Bliss, a fun fresh turquoise.  I lightly sanded down the dresser to take off some shine and then painted with a coat of Bliss.  After distressing the detailing I sealed with Top Coat.

We also wanted to add a bit of glamour to the dresser so I went over all of the detailing and drawers with Country Chic's Pearl Wax.  It adds such a fun dimension to the dresser and makes it look so sophisticated!


Mini Buffet Before & After

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hello there!  I'm about to show you a before picture that I realize will probably raise some eyebrows. I know what your first thought may be- WHY did she paint that?!


I promise you the before picture is deceiving and shows how filters can make things look way better than they really are in person!  The piece needed a lot of TLC and some hefty scratches prevented me from refinishing. 

My client just moved into a new home and wanted to use this piece as a storage unit for DVD's and entertainment storage.  We decided on Vanilla Frosting, a subtle creamy white for the paint color.  I knew just from looking at the piece that I was likely going to deal with bleed through issues and so I decided to spray with 2 coats of shellac based primer to avoid a later headache.  After painting 1 coat of Vanilla Frosting I sealed with Top Coat for extra durability and changed out the hardware.

A super simple, updated look in classic white.  You can't go wrong!


Aubergine Waterfall Dresser

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Good Morning!  I am beyond excited to share this dresser makeover with you today!  Waterfall/Art Deco style furniture is not really my favorite but something about this dresser spoke to me when I saw it.


It sat in my garage while I worked on other pieces and thought about inspiration colors. I knew I wanted to keep the wood and maybe just paint the base.  The top drawer was too amazing to cover up!  The detailing in the drawer was definitely the star and I wanted to make it the focal point!

I finally decided that I wanted to do a really fun, deep aubergine color for the dresser.  I contacted Country Chic and had them custom mix a quart of Sherwin Williams Fabulous Grape. You have heard me say this before but this is one of my favorite services Country Chic offers- custom mixed colors!

For the top drawer I sanded it down and applied one coat of Java Gel Stain and then used Natural Wax to seal it in.  For the dresser itself I cleaned it off and painted 1 coat of the custom color and then sealed with Top Coat.


I absolutely love the way this dresser turned out!  It's a special one for me as it's headed to my niece's new home and having a whole room designed after it!  Hope you enjoy and make sure you utilize the custom color option when you need it!