Thursday, July 7, 2011

Dry Brush Cabinet and Knob Redo

I always like trying new things so when I considered my options to redo this rolling cabinet, I decided to go with the dry brush technique. I've never dry brushed any of my pieces, but thought it would be my best bet because of the dark stain that someone had liberally painted on the wood of the cabinet. There were layers and layers of the stain, it almost looked like brown paint, and even worse it was uneven, streaky, and starting to peel off in the back. I got a good work out sanding the cabinet down with 80 grit sandpaper before I started painting.

The cabinet, which was an estate sale find, isn't finished yet but here's what the door looks like right now. I used 1 coat of ColorPlace Interior White (the cheapo Wal-mart brand) and 1 coat of my free Sherwin Williams Samovar Silver sample pint. I still plan to add 1 or 2 more coats of other shades of grey (since I have 7 different samples that I got for free from a woman who lives nearby!).

I followed Kelli's dry brush technique from her cute and creative Restore Interiors blog. It was so helpful but I don't think my cabinet will look as nice as her trestle table! My cabinet is just too boxy. On the upside it's functional and would go great in a bathroom, guest room, or craft room. Especially if the dry brushing works out. I'm still not sure how I like it at this point, if all else fails I'll paint the whole thing just white or grey. Boring, but still an improvement from where I started!

Oh yeah, I should briefly mention the dry brush technique. I dabbed the tip of my brush in paint, wiped most of it off using a rag, and lightly brushed the wood all over. Then using Kelli's advice, I didn't wash the brush before I started the next paint color. Super easy. I can see why so many people use this technique! It's very forgiving :).

And here's my little knob redo! A tiny project for you all. The cabinet came with a ugly broken knob.

The top of the knob was made of clear plastic before (not sure what shape), but all that was left was the back portion. So I used one of my leftover pieces of burlap from my Mission Style Burlap Chair and wrapped it around the knob with hot glue.

It was a little bulky around the edges, so I smoothed it down by trimming the burlap with fabric scissors. See? Just because something is broken doesn't mean you need to throw it away! The knob is so cute now! It still has another life to live, but I don't think it will be back with the cabinet. The styles don't go together. I'm on the hunt for a replacement for the cabinet. Any suggestions?


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Lovely Beasts Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to all who entered the Apothecary Dome Giveaway and helped Lovely Beasts get over 100 followers! Woohoo! And now for the winner of the dome, 3 hardware knobs, and 10 pages of the anatomy manual...

Using the generator it's...

...#1! Breana at Vault 31! 

Hooray! Congrats Breana! She has an amazing blog full of one-of-a-kind finds and beautiful handmade jewelry. Please check her out at when you get a chance! Can't wait to see what she does with those anatomy manual pages!

Thanks again to all for participating in my first giveaway. It was so much fun for me. And don't worry, it won't be the last :).


Sunday, July 3, 2011

105 Followers and Distressing Thank Yous

Hooray! I hope everyone is having a Happy July 4th weekend! I know I am. I now have over one hundred followers thanks to some very kind people out there. Thank you all! 105 is a great number :).

If you haven't yet, please enter my Apothecary Dome Giveaway!!! You have until the end of the day tomorrow before I choose a winner (using a random generator). Don't forget you have 2 chances of winning by commenting and following my blog. Hope you all enter! (even if you don't like the giveaway that much :D)

This past Friday I brought in my cottage headboard to Grace Hart & Co. I wanted to get it in before the weekend for all the holiday shoppers, but I had some issues actually getting it to the store. I'm guessing most people have experienced this, but when paint gets rubbed or pulled off from moving furniture from one location to the next, it can be one of the most frustrating, curse-inducing, inanimate-object-kicking events ever. Now I know some people have had furniture or items break during the move, so that's obviously worse, but I think we can all agree it's heartbreaking anytime something bad happens to a piece you've worked hard on.

In this case, I had to fit the headboard in our little Honda Fit by myself. The car actually has a lot of space when you put down the seats (almost the same as a SUV), but it's nowhere near as nice as having a truck! You may have noticed that my most recent furniture has been on the smaller side. There's a reason for that! I only let myself buy things that can fit in our car. And because I'm still pretty new to Houston, I don't have any friends who own trucks. So the Honda Fit is the official moving van of Lovely Beasts! I knew the headboard was a tight squeeze in the car because I remember transporting it from the estate sale to our house. So I carefully covered it in a blanket before maneuvering it into the back of our car. Immediately paint started scraping off the sides and top of the headboard. ARGHHHH! I screamed and yelled and frightened the nearby kitties and birdies away. I gently pulled the headboard out to survey the damage and proceeded to scrape off some more paint in the process. @$@#%#%$#!

For a few minutes I just blankly stared at the headboard. Do I repaint and fix the issues and bring the headboard in another day, or do I figure out a way to make it work? And I know most people have said thanks for this in the past, but I'll say it again now, THANK YOU THANK YOU to the general public for liking the distressed look! I brought out some sandpaper and distressed the areas that were missing paint, and continued to distress the edges and some of the details to create a more natural look. It looked pretty nice. Possibly an improvement, I couldn't decide. And if you're wondering why I didn't distress the headboard in the first place, I like shabby chic, but lately I've been leaning towards a cleaner look. Glazing without distressing. In this situation though, for my own sanity, I had to distress the headboard. Distress was thy name! Now, I just had to get the headboard back in my tiny car!

So after some light shoving and squeezing, I got the headboard in. And, lucky for me my brain was still working and I decide to bring some sandpaper with me to fix any areas that would get damaged in the process of taking the headboard out of the car when I got to the shop. You would have laughed to see me driving to the store. The front seat was pushed up all the way to the steering wheel and I had to bend my knees to the side to press the pedals properly. Not easy for someone that's 5' 8".

After getting to the shop, I had some help to take the headboard out and further distressed areas that were scraped off. Unfortunately I was so worked up about the whole situation, I didn't get a picture of what it looked like afterwards. But I was content with the results and still felt it was a piece that I was proud of selling. Whew. So just imagine her with some wood peeking through here and there.

So that's my adventure for the weekend. I've gone thrifting and hit up a few yard sales, but no dice. Maybe tomorrow I'll start on a cabinet I've had for over a month now. Or maybe I'll just relax and eat a lot of food that's bad for me. Either way I think I'll enjoy myself!