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Diy, thrifty home decor decorating ideas on a budget. Painting furniture, stenciling projects. Turning trash to treasure.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Choice of color, and tutorial on painting furniture

First things first.  Clean the crud!
Remember it was someone else's crud, for who knows how long.
I usually use a cleaner with some antibacterial in it.
I then removed the drawers and did the same scrubbed.
Removed and cleaned hardware.
Sand, sand, sand, clean,clean, clean
Prime, Prime, Prime
KILZ is what I used.

 Let that dry, a couple of hours.
Then I took my spray paint of choice...
For the drawers I used:
for the rest of the piece including the hardware I used

Let it dry for a couple of  hours.
I then took my craft paint

and a paper towel and lightly rubbed the edges and the top, and wiped to get a streakish look, I used the worn penny color.
Took my stencil and stenciled away....

You do NOT want to put the tape on too hard, just may risk removing some my case I did not have a problem. A lot of you gals have indicated you have NEVER stenciled before.  I would suggest a few practice runs on perhaps some cardboard.  The key is not to glob too much paint on the sponge or brush applicator.
I then printed up the graphic of my choice which was butterflies from the GRAPHICS FAIRY
I cut them and tea bagged them. 

Which basically all that is is boiling some tea bags, throwing my butterflies in the water for a minute, and gently removing them to dry on a cookie sheet.
I then took my My Mod podge and placed them where I wanted to and Mod podged away.
Now if I wanted to, and I did NOT, I could use a poly finish on top to protect the piece.
I do no anticipate this piece getting beat up and a lot of wear and tear so I skipped it.
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Blogger Mel said...

You started with tangerine orange? I would never have guessed that.

It's super de duper gorgeous.

February 10, 2011 at 7:00 PM  
Blogger jmo said...

I'm inspired! I need to find a small cabinet for my bathroom. Time to hit up the Goodwill and yard sales! I've never stenciled before but your tutorial makes it sound feasible.


February 10, 2011 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger Debbiedoos said...

Very feasible and fun!!~

February 10, 2011 at 7:05 PM  
Blogger Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Your piece is fantastic and such a fabulous tutorial. Love it. Hugs, Marty

February 10, 2011 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Love the Decor! said...

Oh Deb it tuned out so cute!!!

February 10, 2011 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger DIYbyDesign said...

It really turned out great. Love the tutorial.

February 10, 2011 at 7:13 PM  
Blogger A Vintage Vine said...

A good cleaning goes along way....I love the bird on it...I never try anything like that, maybe I need to. Thanks for inspiration!

February 10, 2011 at 7:31 PM  
Blogger Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Oh Debbie!! I love it. Came out soooooooo great!! You never fail to amaze me!

February 10, 2011 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Thank you for the tutorial. Really great piece.

February 10, 2011 at 7:54 PM  
Blogger Lauren Caldwell said...

That looks great! Thanks for the tutorial! I always get so nervous to stencil! Maybe I need more practice! :)


February 10, 2011 at 8:01 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

Great tutorial, Debbie! I never would have thought to use that tangerine color, but it looks great! And I just may get up the courage to try my hand at stenciling! Thanks for the great tips:)

February 10, 2011 at 8:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful tutorial, Deb!

February 10, 2011 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger Emily {Frilly Details} said...

So cute Debbie!! The piece turned out great!!!

February 10, 2011 at 8:43 PM  
Blogger Traci said...

I am just in love with your cabinet. Thanks for showing us the step by make it look so easy!

February 10, 2011 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger linda said...

wow that is wonderful love all the colors now what can i do hummmmm:)

February 10, 2011 at 9:00 PM  
Blogger NanaDiana said...

Looks great, Debbie. I love the piece and it doesn't look a thing like it used to-thank the Lord!

Great idea with the butterflies! Hope your evening is wonderful- Hugs- Diana

February 10, 2011 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Cute, cute, cute!

February 10, 2011 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

You my friend...NEED YOUR OWN SHOW..someone please give this girl her own show...Great redo Debbie and I use to stencil all the time no wall was left untouched years ago in my house..girl I has watermelons on everything in my kitchen ha ha!! Oh and don't forget the roses going up my bedroom wall or the outhouses in the bathroom ha ha!! Love ya my sweet young daughter...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

February 10, 2011 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

What a great little piece for 10 dollars. I would have thought the orange would have been brighter but it's nice and mellow.

February 10, 2011 at 9:58 PM  
Blogger said...

What a great makeover!! Who woulda thunk there was orange under there. To cool.

You should come link that baby up at my
Linky Love Friday party at my blog.

Take care.

February 10, 2011 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Too perfect! I love how you blended the colors!


February 10, 2011 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Oh...I see you DID post for WIWW!! Darling jacket!!! My blog is tardy at blog updates for me.
: )

February 10, 2011 at 11:36 PM  
Blogger Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Really pretty and great to have a one-of-a-kind piece!

February 11, 2011 at 12:25 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Now why am I not surprised you chose tangerine. It seems like the perfect color for your personality. This is a great project. I love the bird on the top.
Thanks for sharing.

February 11, 2011 at 1:42 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

This piece is beautiful! You did a wonderful job. I never would have guessed you spray painted it.

February 11, 2011 at 7:27 AM  
Blogger laxsupermom said...

I was so surprised when I saw the paint you used. I would never have been brave enough to start with tangerine. It looks fantastic! Thanks for the tutorial.

February 11, 2011 at 7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Debbie it looks amazing. My mom and I are hitting up Goodwill this weekend I think. Hopefully we can snag some good deals!

February 11, 2011 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger lvroftiques said...

That's adorable! And perfect storage for all your new business supplies. Do you offer samples of the scents? Vanna

February 11, 2011 at 2:39 PM  

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