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Annie Sloan Provence Wooden Chairs

Have you gotten on the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint wagon yet?!

I have been using this fabulous chalk paint for sometime now. Some of my favorite colors are Provence, Duck Egg, Florence, French Linen, and, Graphite. Today, I am going to show you a before & after transformation with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence.

ugly chairs glammed up

Got an ugly chair…or  two?

Craigslist and garage sales are full of those mismatched and unloved dining chairs. It always amazes me how a bit of paint and some creative juice can turn crappy into happy. These chairs were part of a dining set that I paid a whopping $40. What was part of the set you ask? A large dining table with chunky legs (swoon) and six chairs! The entire set was made of solid walnut. The set was well loved and honestly needed a whole lot more love to make it functional again.  I sold 4 of the chairs to another party for $40, making all my money back. I kept the two best chairs, which needed minimal gluing of the joints and a few screws tightened. The dining table was separated to create nightstands in our master bedroom.

wooden dining chair before

Here is how to turn that crappy into happy.

1. Remove the seats from the chairs. Use a screwdriver to untighten the screws and the seat should pull off easily. My seats were leather and in rather good shape. The leather was wiped clean and then a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen was applied and used as a primer. Once dry, DecoArt Metallics in Champagne Gold was used as the top coat. The finish was distressed.

painted leather dining seat

2. Glam up the frames. Wipe the chairs clean. Lightly sand if there is a high gloss finish. In this case, the wood was very worn, so no sanding was needed. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint was used in Provence. Two coats were applied. The finish was lightly distressed. Poly protector was applied.

Provence wooden chairs

3. Add the unexpected. These chairs had some great carved detailing from top to bottom. To bring attention to the detailing on the chair backs, I added an embellishment. You can find these in the bead section of your craft store. The chairs will only be used decoratively flanking my buffet. If these were being used daily, a stencil could be added instead of the metal embellishment.

provence painted chairs with embellishment

4. Bring it all together. Place your seats back onto the frames. Fasten the seats back down with the screws. Place in your desired location.

Provence vignette

provence painted chairs

Provence painted chairs

How is that for happy?

I hope you enjoyed this post on how simple it is to turn that ugly garage sale find into a glammed up beauty! Please follow Dandelion Patina on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter!

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Wooden Chairs in Annie Sloan Provence

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Before And After Coastal Style Mirror

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I love decorating with coastal style and finding pieces that I can transform in a fresh new way. Decorative mirrors are classic. They never go out of style and every home should have at least one. Mirrors bounce light around the room and can be used to feature some beautiful areas of the home, such as a chandelier or outdoor view.

 

Today, I wanted to share with you how easy it is to transform an outdated accessory into a real gem.

 

Let’s get started with the project!

beforepicofmirror

Above is the before of the mirror.

It is pretty dated.

A piece from the 70’s in all of its great plastic faux wood loveliness.

The products you will need to create a similar project:

americana chalky finish paint

americanadecoupage

americana creme wax

I started painting the mirror in shades of Yesteryear and Serene from Americana Decor. The paint went smoothly and all it required was 1 coat overall. I did have to touch up a few areas, but no big deal.

Americana beachy mirror

Once the paint had dried (I gave it a few hours) I lightly distressed areas to create a worn look. I used very fine sandpaper to accomplish this. If you want a two-tone look you would need to add vaseline to areas after your base coat and then add the second color on top. Once dry,  sand to reveal your base coat underneath. Because the mirror had that faux wood grain, it was great for distressing and adding a textured look to the piece. It was almost like a worn driftwood effect.

americana chalky finish paint

I was happy with how the paint adhered to the mirror. However, I did not realize it would adhere to my nail polish so well. The paint did wash up well on my hands and brushes.

It just really liked my fingernails!

Maybe I will start a new trend! Chalky finish nail polish using Americana Chalky Finish Paint.

distressed areas of mirror

The mirror did have quite a dramatic change just by sprucing it up with paint, but I wanted to take it a step further. The little shelf attached to the mirror was the perfect area to decoupage some pretty paper on. I really fell in love with this paper from hazel & ruby. It had the same beachy shades I was using in the paint and in a gorgeous chevron pattern.

wax paper template

I started with using wax paper and rubbed the outline of the shelf to give me some lines to cut out my template for the chevron paper.

template for decoupage

hazel & ruby crazy for chevy teals

Once the template was cut out and fitted to the shelf I applied a coat of decoupage glue to the shelf only. I placed the paper on the piece and proceeded to smooth out the surface. A spatula works great for this.

decoupage project from dandelion patina

I let the piece dry overnight. Once the paper was attached to the shelf I added a topcoat of the decoupage matte.

TIP: once completely dry lightly sand the edges of paper to give it a distressed look and to crisp up the lines so that they blend into the piece.

dandelion patina beachy mirror

I then went over the entire piece with the creme wax to give it a protective finish. This product went on more like a decoupage paste rather than a typical furniture wax. I found it extremely easy to apply. Once the wax was dry, just buff it with a clean white cloth to reveal a nice luster.

And now to accessorize!

decoupaged shelf

beachy mirror

beach accessories

dandelion patina beachy mirror

Hope you enjoyed this coastal style mirror tutorial!

I would love to see what you create with these products!

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Valentine Love Oar-row

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Will you be my Valentine?

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. My girls and I wanted to create a special nook to celebrate the LOVE. I also wanted to inspire you to find something old around your home and think about how it could be used in another way.

wooden oar

I had this old oar sitting around waiting to be transformed into something special.

It definitely needs some oomph doesn’t it? Let’s see how I gave it a makeover, shall we?

zig zag wrapping paper

 

I found this colorful wrapping paper at TJ Maxx months back. I was drawn to the bright colors and how each flowed into the other. This was my inspiration for the color scheme I wanted to create. The modern valentine.

Here is how I created the valentine oar-row. I laid out the shims before painting to figure out how many I would need.

oar row supplies
The supplies are pretty straightforward and budget-friendly:

-wooden oar

-2 packages of shims {I used the shorter pieces}

-one wooden heart {purchased from Michael’s}

-paint in various colors {I used CeCe Caldwell chalk paint, but any acrylic or latex paint would work as well}

-furniture wax to seal

E 6000 adhesive to adhere the shims and wooden heart

painted oar

I started by painting the entire oar. I used two colors to do this. First, CeCe Caldwell Young Kansas Wheat and once dry I layered it with CeCe Caldwell Virginia Chestnut brown.

Next, I painted the shims that would be the feathers of the arrow. This was a bit of a tedious process with the many different colors I used.

painted shimspainted shims 2

Once the paint had dried on all the shims, which was very quickly, I decided to add another layer of paint. I wanted to mimic the colors flowing together just as the pattern in my wrapping paper. To do this, I added a contrasting color over the base color. Once dry, I used a wet rag to wipe/rub off the top color in areas to reveal the under color.

This gives dimension to each piece and creates a soft look for the feathers.

layered paint colors

Next, I sealed  {waxed} the feathers of my valentine oar-row. The Annie Sloan wax brushes are so fabulous to use. But, a lint-free cloth will work just as well for this DIY project. Once the wax was applied, the richness of the colors emerged. I buffed each shim once dry to bring out the luster of the finish. The same was done with the oar.

waxing shims

I then arranged the feather shims in a similar pattern to the wrapping paper that inspired the project. Once the placement was where I wanted it to be, I glued each shim with the E6000 adhesive.

I did the same with the wooden heart.

feather placementfeather shims

 Once the adhesive was dry, I added a hook on the back of the oar to hang.

hanging feathers
red heart

valentine display

 What do you think of the valentine oar-row?

 

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Once the oar was transformed, my girls had a chance to contribute to the valentine display. They helped by cutting small hearts out of the wrapping paper that inspired the project. I was told the hearts look like butterflies. {We might have to add a body and antennas for a bit of whimsy!}

butterfly hearts

butterfly heart

When I was a little girl my mom and I made these fabric heart cards. We entered them into a contest at the radio station and won! {She did most of the work.} My mom definitely nurtured that craftiness inside of me.  I have kept these cards throughout the years. They are a nice little keepsake to personalize the valentine decor and a great memory of sharing LOVE.

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valentine side view

 

 

valentine arrow

 

valentine arrow for cupid

Children are great imitators so give them something great to imitate.

 

Whipperberry

 


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