A Colorful New Vanity

Y’all… this is one of those projects that I just realized I never shared (took tons of pictures: check. resized and uploaded them: check.  wrote blog post: fail.) But it was SUCH a fun project to do and turned out so great, I need to share it.  But since I am so woefully behind I feel a few clarifications are in order: 1. I did this before I got pregnant… some of the things I used DEFINITELY are not safe for preggos.  2. YES this was done at our old house, so you can join me in remembering what it was like to have a garage free of boxes.  3.  There are A LOT of photos in this post. You have been warned.

Okay, now that that is out of the way, on with the project.  My sister-in-law had a piece of furniture that was given to her by an aunt: a GORGEOUS vanity, but quite a bit outdated and definitely not in Misty’s style.  So she asked if I would have time to fix it up.  After talking, she told me she wanted it in a bright teal color with some dark glazing to make it look a little antiqued.  It was clear that this was the perfect project to try out some chalk paint- specifically Annie Sloan’s Florence.  I was super excited about the opportunity to work on something that is not in my normal color scheme! This is a beautiful color and I love the way it turned out.  But I’m skipping ahead.  Let’s take a look at what we are working with:



mistystable16Now that I knew what I was looking at, I went to one of the places in Dallas that sells Annie Sloan, and lucked into being in the shop at the same time as the owner: Lady Butterbug‘s husband.  He was already giving some instruction to another newbie, so I (not so) nonchalantly listened in.  Eventually he was telling both of us EXACTLY how to best apply this stuff, what glaze to use, how long to wait, etc.  He was amazing! If you are in McKinney, TX or near one of their other Dallas shops, stop by and check out their stuff.  He clearly is passionate about this paint and happy to share his wisdom with anyone who wants to listen!! I love people like that!

Anyway, I walked out of the shop with a container of the Florence Paint, both clear & dark wax, and a couple of natural bristle brushes to use for application.  (I would still have TONS of paint left over if I hadn’t spilled about half on my garage floor… sorry new house owners! And I have barely put a dent in either of the waxes, so I’ll definitely be using them for more projects after the baby!)

So first up I wiped down/cleaned the piece and then I painted everything with two coats of the Florence chalk paint. After the first coat it looked very streaky and I could see some yellow peeking through, but the second coat definitely made everything look nice and even.




The next step was to apply the clear wax. One of the tips Mr Butterbug (I’m sure that’s not what he likes to be referred to, but I didn’t catch his name) gave us was to not apply the wax too thickly, but to have just a very thin layer.  He recommended a round natural bristle brush to apply.  Then on top of THAT (before it dries… so work in sections) apply the dark wax and then wipe it down with a paper towel.  I used my favorite blue shop towels that I get at Sams.  The easiest way for me to show you this whole process is with the drawers:

1st Step: Wipe them down (and remove hardware)


2nd Step: Chalk Paint (in the photo below they are still wet)




3rd step: brush on clear wax (you can’t see the clear wax in the photo… so just pretend you can see it)

mistystable2Then comes the 4th and by FAR the scariest step: brush on the dark wax. This step is scary because you have worked so hard on this piece up until now, and you are about to make it look terrible.  But things get worse before they get better, so bear with me:


Then wipe it down with your paper towel, working it into crevices and generally making it look better:



And here is where it is a judgement call on how ‘distressed’ or antiqued you want the piece to look.  mistystable20

And the good news is because you have put the dark wax OVER the clear wax, pretty much you can add more clear wax/dark wax until you get it exactly like you want it.

Then there were two other steps to finishing this project that I left out (But as you can clearly see from the picture above, I had already done this part by the time I finished the drawers).  First, I wanted to spruce up the handles a bit, they definitely had a darker patina to them that was really pretty, but I thought bringing out the brassiness of them would accent this piece well. So I pulled out my can of Brasso and worked some of the grime off of these pieces.  (You can see how they shined up if you skip down to the finished product below)



The other thing I did was freehand paint some of the accents on either corner with some gold craft paint.




After the first coat:


And the second coat, I’m not a perfect painter, and it was definitely harder to stay in the lines than I thought, but I do love the gold accents even if they aren’t perfect because they add a bit of glam to the piece.  And they coordinate so well with the spruced up pulls:


So when it was all said and done, this is what we have:




I did let the piece sit in my garage and ‘cure’ for two weeks before we loaded it up to take over to Misty’s house.  Mr. Butterbug told us that letting it have that cure time would make the piece much less likely to scratch or scuff… and since my brother-in-law and sister-in-law have 9 kiddos running around their house, I thought that sounded like a pretty stellar idea.



I’m pretty proud of how it turned out… and I think they were too!!






Week 17 Bump Update

So I don’t know if it is the way I’m standing, what I ate last week or what, but I feel like I looked more preggo in last weeks bump picture than this, but alas… this is the picture from this week! I also should probably quit taking them after I wake up from my Sunday afternoon naps, but since those don’t feel like they are going away any time soon… this is what we are left with!

On with the update:

week17Baby’s Size: We will return to the boring vegetable references this week: Baby is the size of a Green Pepper.  Mostly because I love green pepper and no one else had a clever reference I could steal :)

Baby’s Progress: Baby is moving around a lot (although I’ve felt a few flutters that *might* be baby movement, it’s awfully hard to tell), and his/her ears are in their final position, but are sticking out of the head more than normal (although if you’ve seen my elementary school pictures this is likely to be a trait that sticks around this little munchkin for a while).

Weight Gain: I’ve gained a half a pound.  And I’ve been eating like a champion lately (thank you trip to Kansas City) We go back to the doctor next week, so this lack of weight gain will definitely be one of my big questions.

Sleep: Sleep hasn’t changed much since last week, so yay for midnight (more like 2 am) trips to the potty.

Milestones: Didn’t really have any major milestones this week, except that I learned that long car trips are going to be increasingly more difficult.  I had to take one for work this week to Kansas City, and I’ll be taking it slow on my road warrior status here in the next few months.

Favorite clothing item of the week: a tunic and leggings that I’ve had for a while, but definitely have some room to grow in it for the next several months!

Symptoms: Fortunately most of the symptoms that the books and websites talk about having in the second trimester haven’t struck too strongly yet (like heartburn, leg cramps, etc).  I’m still holding on to the occasional round of extreme nausea and my sense of smell has never been stronger, but for now I’m grateful to still be able to sleep at night and to have no leg cramps or heartburn yet!

Workout: This was a good week! I returned to my pre-pregnancy Camp Gladiator workout and just did some slight modifications (I didn’t do the exercises where you lay on your back, and mostly went at my own pace), I also accompanied a friend in KC to Overland Park Crossfit on Saturday morning and had a great workout.  Both my friend (who was my partner for the partner exercises) and the instructor knew I was preggo, so we did some slight modifications.  Both workouts felt great, and besides being a little sore (yikes Quads!) it felt great to be working out.  I also managed to get out and take a walk yesterday in the GORGEOUS spring weather which helped stretch out my sore quads.  I hope to keep working out throughout at least the second trimester, but I’m also not pushing myself too hard!

A Few New Additions

One of the great and tricky things about a new house is the need for new things.  Some things from the old house just don’t really fit in, while others you didn’t have in the first place.   Most of these things we will accumulate over time (hello budget) but a few items I recently stumbled upon good options for us online for reasonable prices, so I jumped on the opportunity.

The first one is a rug for our dining room.  You may recall in the old house our dining room looked like this:


With that great jute rug that I LOVED.  The problem with it? Lexie couldn’t distinguish it from grass. A couple of times she went to the bathroom on it and the husband and I were able to drag it outside (ps that sucker is HEAVY) power wash it, soap it down and get it relatively clean.  But after doing it another time or two, we determined we couldn’t in good conscience leave it in our house.  And because that is pretty gross, we didn’t feel comfortable selling it or donating it.  So off to the dumpster it went.

Since I LOVE the way that rug looks, and I had saved up a while to buy it… NOT CHEAP, I was pretty upset. But I’ve learned my lesson… no more natural grass rugs in our house until we no longer have a dog. (Which probably means forever… we love you Lexie!)

So we needed a replacement for this new house.

I found this guy on sale for $400 dollars on AllModern.com (link here).  $400 for a 9×12 rug seemed like a really good price (some of the rugs I liked that size were upwards of $700), so I jumped on it!


Its a little bit large for our space, but an 8×10 would be too small to surround our table, so I’m going to have to deal with it.  Also it reads a little blue/lavender in person with our beige walls, but since we are going to be repainting this room I think it will look more gray once we accomplish that.

The other little addition I ordered were bar stools for our newly repainted kitchen island.  I found these guys from Overstock.com (link here) for $114 for a set of two.  I had been thinking about buying two more of these from Target (and they are on sale now! but they weren’t when I was shopping).  We own one that was upstairs as a side table in our study, but now is the permanent seat for the Galaga arcade game we have upstairs.  But these are perfect for our bar, and also add a much needed 4th and 5th chair for our high top table if we need them!


They were super simple to put together, seem pretty sturdy and are remarkably comfortable! I am definitely pleased with them!

So piece by piece this place is starting to feel like ours and definitely getting more done every day!  Reese and I are working on getting everything settled in this house, we were talking yesterday that we have been in this house just a little over 6 weeks (and with holidays and some travel interspersed in there) and considering that, we have gotten a lot accomplished!!