Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Kitchen Chalkboard

In our kitchen we have a fireplace with a long brick wall and I needed something to break up the space. Big chalkboards are so much fun and I thought it would be great for the kitchen to write notes on. I found this old dresser mirror at Goodwill for $10 and figured I could do something with it, plus I loved the size of it.

I took the mirror out and flipped it over. So I painted the chalkboard paint on the backside of the mirror (if I ever want to use the mirror side as a mirror I can). Before painting the frame I had to sand it to get the finish off, so the paint would stick/not scratch off. First I painted the mirror blue (with a paint sample I already had)...

 But I didn't like the way the blue looked in the kitchen at all. I have a lot of earthy tones in there, green, burnt orange, red, I decided to paint the mirror green. On the left is the mirror painted with chalkboard paint. It took two coats to really cover it well. This is the chalkboard paint I used and it's great quality:

...and here it is finished and hanging :) It breaks up the brick wall and it's so fun to write on too! (I think my husband has written on it more than I have!)

Dresser Mirror: $10
Chalkboard Paint: $10.97 at Home Depot
Sample Paint-Jade Romanesque: $3.00 at Ace Hardware
Total Cost: $23.97

Sunday, July 8, 2012

China Hutch

My Meme gave me her china hutch from when her and my Papa were first married. She still uses the dining room table, but the hutch was down in the basement. With her permission of course, I gave it a little makeover! 

Here is the hutch before: 

 The hutch was definitely used and well loved, it had a couple of places that were chipped (you can kinda see on the front corner in the picture above) and the legs were a little scratched up. 
The two pieces are separate, so I took them apart and primed both of them (instead of sanding). I used Kilz odorless primer.  The vinyl strip came off the front, so we filled it in the wood filler. Same with all the chips on the both pieces. After the wood filler dried (the next day) I sanded it down to smooth it out/make it even with the rest of the wood.

After priming, I painted both pieces white and the back of the shelves/sides of the drawers teal. The white I used was: Ace Essence, Satin, Casablanca
The teal I used was: Clark and Kensington, Turquoise Bay
and here it is all finished!

I painted a heart around a pretty piece of the wood grain to show the original :)

I am soooo excited about the way it turned out, I love it!
Thank you, Meme. 

Hutch: priceless
Primer: already had 
Quart of teal paint-Free (promo deal coupon from Ace Hardware)
Gallon of white paint: around $20
Total Cost: around $20 (however much the white paint was)