So here it is, after two days of hard work! Before I show you the final result, let’s see how the dining table looked like before:
And this is how it looks now:
First I had to strip the existing paint to reveal the raw wood under it. Then I painted the base glossy white.
And then comes the interesting part of this project: my very own home made steel wool and vinegar stain. I put some steel wool into a container and then covered it with vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar). Then I let it sit for 24 hours. The more it sits, the darker the final result. After a week it should turn the wood almost black. But I wanted a grayish color for my table to make it look like old wood, so I only let it sit for 24 hours.
The color can be made darker with tea under the steel wool and vinegar stain. Apparently light color wood, like pine, are low in tannins, which you need to get the chemical reaction from the stain. Tea contains tannins so it makes a stronger reaction. I added two tea bags in one cup of hot water and let it brew for a while. When the tea had cooled down, I applied it to the wood using a paint brush. Then I let the wood dry. After it had dried, I applied my steel wool and vinegar stain. The wood starts to turn gray immediately. Here you can see the color chancing as the stain dries:
I did one more coat of tea+ stain and let it dry.
I added three coats of clear lacquer over the stain so that it would be durable enough for use.
I also made some other changes to the dining area: changed the curtain and replaced two white chairs for two black ones to mix it up a bit. I like the contrast it has now, much better!
While ago I told I have two makeover projects coming. Here’s the first one: a wooden rocking chair makeover. This was how the rocking chair looked like before:
And here’s the fabulous after:
I decided to to just paint it all black instead of leaving some parts without paint. Simple is better! So here’s how I did this project:
The runners were in a really bad shape so I had to fix them first. The other one was so damaged that I had to cut both runners a bit shorter to fix it.
I made a template and sawed along the lines that I drew on the runners. Then I used some wood filler and sanded them smooth.
I painted the rocking chair with a black paint in satin finish after cleaning it well with a damp cloth. I used plastic wrap on the bottom of the runners to prevent them from sticking to the paper I had on the floor. I was able to start painting the top part of the rocking chair even when the runners weren’t completely dry. They were dry enough to touch, just a bit sticky (enough for the paper to stick to it) so plastic wrap worked really well!
I did two coats of paint for the hole piece and three coats on the seat, arm rails and top rail. I sanded the parts with three coats of paint between the second and the third coat. That made them look and feel smooth. I should have sanded the hole piece between the first and the second coat but sometimes I forget things… and just start doing.
Anyway, I think the end result is looking very good. I’m glad because the dark brown wood next to the lighter wood of the flat file was really starting to bother me… Now it looks a lot better!
I have a couple of makeover projects on my to do -list.
First project is an old rocking chair we got for free:
You can see that it’s a bit beat up, so I’ll use some wood filler on it. I’m thinking of painting it glossy black, but I want to add some unique detail to it. Maybe just strip the existing lacquer and show the wood on some parts? That would look nice! We’ll see..
Another project I have coming up is our dining table:
It looks fine in the first picture but the paint is chipping on the surface and it has all sorts of marks from it’s long life. It was originally bought for me as a work desk and it’s about ten years old. I want to strip the existing lacquer off the table top and try staining it with vinegar+steel wool stain. I want it to be a greyish brown and to look like old wood. The base will be painted white. A darker table top will add some contrast to the otherwise white dining area. I like white, but now it feels just a bit too white with the white table, white chairs and white curtains. Hope it will look better after the makeover!
I will post both finished projects hopefully during May, so stay tuned!
This was a project were I forced myself to be creative and turn cheap pieces into something good looking. Everything started with a Fräck mirror frame that I had leftover from my wood stick mirror project. There was so much potential… so what to do with it? I decided to make an industrial lamp and went to a thrift store to find something to use. I was so lucky: I found everything I needed… and the cost was two euros total! Here are my lamp parts:
I had the Fräck mirror frame and a wooden candlestick, a tin can, and a lamp cord bought from the thrift store. I cut off the top of the candlestick and painted the base black. Then I drilled some holes to the tin can so that i could attach it to the mirror frame and the lamp cord. Then the mirror frame was attached to the black painted base. Easy! Here’s the finished industrial style lamp:
Pretty cute, isn’t it! It makes nice indirect light when pointed towards a white wall and looks great even when the light isn’t on. Good reminder to use more creativity and to challenge myself more often!
I’ve had these flats for about three summers now and while they are still usable, the tips were starting to look a bit scratched. I’ve seen a lot of flats or heels with a painted tip, so I thought that coloring the tips of my flats would improve the look so that I could use them for one more summer. Instead of using spray paint I decided to use a black permanent marker. It was easy to just tape the tips and color them with the marker. I also changed the laces for black leather string for more contrast. Here’s the after:
They look almost like new! The result is cute and saves some money too… so I’m happy!