I don't even know where to begin this week because it's been so long since I've posted. Last Thursday, my house was a turned-inside-out mess. It was our spring break and I had a list of things I wanted to get done. Two of which were nonnegotiable. Along with catching up on laundry and pulling down the summer clothes from the attic, I was determined to paint my living room and move that dang crate/coffee table into the space no matter what condition it was in. I have to warn you, this post is extremely lengthy and has a ton of pictures. It won't hurt my feelings if you skim. Promise.
Here's what I accomplished in the past two weeks:
1. I finally decided on a paint color. And I have my husband to thank for helping me decide. I swear, if he hadn't gone with me to Lowe's, I'd still be standing there in front of all those color swatches, drool running down my chin. The middle one is the one we chose.
Since it was spring break, and I had all week to work on whatever I wanted, I decided to get the painting out of the way on Monday. My helpful friend, Brenda came over to help and we knocked the whole thing out in 3 hours.
2. With the painting so quickly out of the way, and my entertainment center in the middle of the room, I decided to do something I hadn't planned on doing just yet. I had been wanting to paint the entertainment center, but wasn't sure what I'd be getting myself into. My husband has always suggested I sell the thing and use the money to get something I liked more. It was, after all, an expensive purchase and he just couldn't stomach the thought of me slapping paint on it. He did relent, though, and I went ahead with my plan. ;)
I started by researching this chalk paint that everyone is raving about these days. I read all about the Annie Sloan chalk paint and how everyone falls in love with it the first time they use it and vow to use nothing else their entire DIY lives. And I was just about to climb on the band wagon when I saw the price tag - $38 for a quart. Ouch. Plus, I'd have to wait. Wait, I tell you, for the stuff to be shipped to my house because it's not sold everywhere. When I get ready to do something, I don't want to wait. I wanted to start on my project in the next few hours. So I scoured the web looking for an alternative and I hit the jackpot.
I am apparently not the only one who's not willing to spend $38 on one quart of paint and wait for it. I followed this blogger's advice and made my own.
I wanted to bring out the color of my stone fireplace mantel, so I took a leftover piece we had in the rock pile outside. I was hoping the 'oops' shelf at Lowe's would have something I could use and sure enough, they did. I got a gallon of good paint in a color that was close for $8. The container of grout I got was $5. That's a far cry from $38/quart!
I took all the doors and hardware off and jumped right in. It really does work as well as they say. I didn't sand or prime beforehand, I just painted it in 2 coats, sanded the rough spots and sealed it with furniture paste. Miss Mustard Seed has an excellent tutorial about it here.
3. Of course, you know that when you pull out a large piece of furniture that has held lots of stuff, you have to remove all that stuff and clean the inside of the piece. This was not a project I was looking forward to, so I did it half way and haven't done anything else since.
Then, he did something that I hadn't thought of because I don't think of such things. He found an old leather belt and used it as a stay to keep the door from falling back too far and bending the hinges the wrong way. He's sharp like that.
Here's the completed crate.
I'm still not sure about color or stain. I really just wanted to get it into the space and live with it for a while first and maybe later I'll have a better idea what to do. Or I'll just leave it that way forever.
5. I left a few piles of clothes that I had purged laying around and I guess this is what happens when you walk away from them for a few weeks. They multiply into 7 bags! 6 of those bags will be going out the door and one will go into the attic for storage until the season changes again.
Whew! Let's recap with some before and after shots.
The wall color is Cosmic Rays by Olympic from Lowe's. We sprung for the primer/paint in one.
The armoire color is from the oops pile so I don't know the name of it.
We opted to remove the other two pieces of the entertainment center that flanked the armoire because it always seemed a little too crowded for me. They're in the dining room awaiting their next assignment.
The matching table and chair were scored last year on my birthday when our town had it's annual citywide garage sale. Not sure what I'm going to do with it as far as color or fabric goes, I think I'll just live with it for a while and see how I feel.
The back story on the crate/coffee table can be found here and here.
The inspiration for all of this can be found here.
I'm linking up with Jules at Pancakes and French Fries for her weekly William Morris project.
I'm also linking up with A Bowl Full of Lemons Tuesday link party.