Monday, February 24, 2014

Lovers OF Louvers Will Love This Project Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Well-In the end it looks pretty good
if I do say so myself.
Remember when I painted the little black TV white here?
Well, I picked up a little chest from a thrift store to set it on.
However, it was so ugly I kept it covered with 
Gramma Hazel's piano scarf.
Not wonderful but tolerable.
The fringed skirt hid this beaut!
Now, I am not one to paint GOOD wood furniture.
This is NOT a good piece.  It has a cultured wood top.
Anyway, I gave her a ride to the kitchen
using the finest moving technique known to man 
to keep from scratching the floor.
Maybe I could patent that technique and sell it?
Anyway, you can tell the old boy is out of town
because I painted it IN THE KITCHEN.
Up she goes to the top of the kitchen table.
She is perched on little painting triangles from Home Depot.
Here she is after two coats waiting to be waxed.
I might have muttered a couple of 
bad words to myself trying to get paint
in all those louvers-to say NOTHING
of the words I might have muttered
trying to BUFF THE WAX on those things!
While she was waiting to be waxed
SOME ONE "might have" 
spray painted the hardware
in the garage while the old boy was out of town.
Finally, waxed and hardware reinstalled 
she is moved back
to the little sitting room 
where she is used to store
all my loose leaf binders of ideas.

Did I mention I painted inside with 
Annie Sloan's Old Violet
which looks quite blue in this picture.
So, there she sits.waiting for me to light a fire
and watch Downton Abbey...
or any old Robert Redford film.
Do you see that rock down there on the left?
That is a huge piece of Amethyst -
a gift from my son and his wife brought back from their honeymoon.
Isn't it gorgeous?
It was the birthstone of my brother and my father.
A piece I hold dear.
It is full of dazzle in the daylight and so gorgeous.
MamasBoy ALSO brought me a large
piece of petrified rock that sits on the
other side of the fireplace.
As if the rocks in my head aren't enough.....

Speaking of dazzling...
MyHero will be quite be-dazzled when he gets up this morning.
I might, or might not, have
a few new treasures to show him that I found
while he was out of town.

Maybe if you are VERY GOOD 
and promise not to 
run your finger along the edge of the cake
and lick the icing off 
because you think no one will notice-
well, I just might share my 
new finds with YOU, too!

Happy Monday!
Am I the only idjit in the world that loves a Monday?
your photo name


Japolina said...

WOW! Great results. I will try your furniture moving technique next time I need to move something!

Pam Kessler said...

Yep, you are the only Monday lover I know! Great job on the cabinet. It's amazing what a girl can do with a can of paint. With the husband safely out of town!

Sylvia said...

Love the newly painted cabinet. Oh and that's a good job on the TV. I have one like it I keep to watch old movies on. Wonder if I could paint it like yours, I'm not a good painted.

vivian said...

your cabinet turned out beautifully! I have a couple old dressers I want to paint... but my husband doesnt want me to. I have no clue why he cares.. sometimes he just likes to make noise.. I always win in the end! lol!
have a great day!

Musings from Kim K. said...

Fabulous job on the cabinet. I totally understand painting indoors with our lovely winter weather. I can't imagine getting all those little surfaces painted properly. Super job. Now, it's my turn to tend to a sick child. Josie's home with the stomach flu. I'm not sure it's a happy Monday in her world. She's mad that she's missing school.

Nancy's Notes said...

Way to go Miss Nana Diana! That looks just great, love the color too! Oh my, my husband thinks I can't paint, must do it in private! I love to paint, maybe he's right! LOL. Love your rocks, how sweet to have them out and can see them as precious reminders. Oh and Monday, I love them too! Aren't we just terrific? Have a great day, sweet and funny friend.

Gert said...

Wow, you are a busy (and gifted lady!) I love that pieces of furniture now! You are an amazing lady! Can't wait for the surprise!


The Tuscan Home said...

Look at you, you are full of surprises this Monday morning. I love your newly painted cabinet, it looks gorgeous. I love that bunny on the table, too!
Looks like you had a very creative weekend. Looking forward to seeing your new finds. xo, Liz

Faye said...

Looks great! Amazing what a can of paint can do! I can imagine waxing the's a job I need to do on a shutter headboard but I've been putting it off. Wanna help? :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Oooh, you rebel you! : ) LOL, I do the same thing when my husband is out of town. I'm not sure what that says about us {or them}, but it feels great to do it, doesn't it? This turned out great, Diana! I'm sure the louvers were a pain. The same thing when I have painted shutters, but spray paint made an easier job of that for me. Of course, it was Summer at the time so I did it outside. Back to cold weather this week. Fine by me as long as there is no snow involved!

Chatty Crone said...

Haha - I don't know - but I like Mondays too! So I love the piece you painted- I wish that I had the nerve to paint a couple of things I have - lol.

Donna said...

I just love your chest, Diana! (Well, not YOUR chest, but the chest that you painted:) You did an awesome job, it is oh so much better after you transformed her (and I won't tell that you did it all in the kitchen!). You have alot more patience than me, I would have been tempted to spray paint those louvers! You are the only person I know who would think to paint a tv, genius! Can't wait to see what other treasures you have found, have a great day!!

Susie said...

Diana, I laughed about you painting on your kitchen table.:) Not to mention the garage ! Love the results. Your rocks make me smile too. amethyst was my mom's birthstone too. I know those are special rocks. Do you ever remember getting rocks from your kids when they were little? xoxo,Susie

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a pretty cabinet Diana - love those louvered doors! And we love rocks around here too. My son still brings me rocks from his travels!

Simply LKJ said...

It looks amazing Diana!!!

Patty Patterson said...

It looks great! But - did you use a brush to paint with? I can't imagine spray paint in the kitchen, but it is awfully cold outside. Please give details.

Victoria's Vintage Designs said...

Looks awesome Diana... any extra storage is always a bonus, isn't it?
Have a great week! Vicki

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

You are gonna be in sooooo much trouble when the "old boy" gets back! You're too late!!!...I already have a patent on that furniture moving! Have a great day...hugs, Penny

Unknown said...

Your cabinet looks fabulous Diana! Love the new color! :-)

Cheryl @ TFD said...

You remind me of a friend of mine. She sees something that needs a coat of paint, she jumps right in and does it. Me, I just think about it and talk about it and it's still waiting for a coat of paint! The cabinet looks wonderful and so does the tv you painted, too!

Nellie said...

You were a very busy bee over the week-end, Diana, and your project looks great! At this point, I welcome each day! xo Nellie

Kathy said...

I'm not a fan of white furniture, but this looks really nice. I adore that amethyst by your mantle. I'll bet that thing is heavy! I'm not a fan of Monday, but I don't hate it either. After almost dying twice I'm glad for every day that God gives me.

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Wow! Your cabinet looks great! The first thing I thought of was how hard it must have been to get the paint in between all those louvers, but it looks like you did a wonderful job! I love that you have the beautiful amethyst on display. What a perfect gift to hold dear to your heart. Looking forward to seeing your new finds!

Jane@Bluebird1959 said...

You are a daredevil, Diana!!!! Your cabinet turned out splendidly....May I suggest watching The Way We Were? (Makes me cry every time...but in a good way?) Jane

Vee said...

It looks very nice! And I like that you painted the inside, too.

Jettie said...

Turned out quite well, and looks great with the tv on it.
And you take all the fun out of eating icing off the cake. At least I didn't leave any tongue prints.

20 North Ora said...

Your piece turned out really well! You did a great job! Love the piece of amethyst - it's gorgeous!

Can't wait to see what you're up to today!!


Katie Mansfield said...

I love how it turned out. It has such good bones. I hate painting louvres too. I bet your so glad it is finished.
I paint in the house when my husband is out of town too. :)

Ruth Kelly said...

The only reason why people dislike Monday is that they are stuck in a job that they are not particularly fond of and usually have a jerk for a boss who steals their ideas.

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

this post seriously made me smile...and you know how much I need it right now. Thank you.

living from glory to glory said...

Well at least the rocks in your head are Amethyst at least that is worth something... And how could you paint outside it's just to cold out; Right?
It really looks great and I would love to see all those great ideas in your notebooks!
Have a great day! Glad your hero is back,, I bet you missed him...
Roxy, Big Hug

chateau chic said...

Your newly painted cabinet looks fabulous!! You did a great job. So much patience required for those louvers!
Mary Alice

Unknown said...

Cabinet looks GREAT....and am I impressed that you painted the inside, too! You go girl!

Anonymous said...

Funny, I thought I invented that moving technique!!!
Love the painted cabinet and such a sweet story about the amethyst.
Have a great afternoon.

Junkchiccottage said...

Gorgeous Diana. The cabinet came out so pretty. Great job. Love it.

Merlesworld said...

The cabinet looks good and the rocks aren't bad, lovely colours.

Red Rose Alley said...

Your chest turned out wonderful, Diana. You did a great job! I was wondering what the rock was next to the fireplace......very cool.

Have a good week. I have allergies or a bug, and not feeling good at all. :~(


Gail said...

You did an awesome make-over Diana! It looks great!!

Cranberry Morning said...

Beautiful! The only thing I like about painting is letting someone else do it. ESPECIALLY louvers! This turned out nice, and I do love that rock. My goodness, what a treasure!

Donna-s Lair said...

Awesome! Love shutters..what a cool table! I am going to buy you a BIGGER tv to watch Downton!!!

This N That said...

Love it Diana..Great job..Painting all those louvers..Nuts!! Looks good though..Glad I saw the "before"..I'm not a fan of painting wood white but that needed help...Love the Amethyst..I have a ring that belonged to my grandmother..It was my Dads birthstone..

Gina said...

That piece turned out beautifully! I can only imagine what a pain painting the louvers must have been though.

This N That said...

PS..I like Mondays..Not fond of weekends..I love the way you moved that chest..I would have used a throw rug..

Celestina Marie said...

Beautiful makeover Diana, Love the details on this piece. I've used that moving method and it works great. LOL What great gifts from your son.
Love the Amethyst as it is my birthstone and my dads who's birthday would be today and 91 years young if he had lived. My day is Friday but I'm not advertising my age!!!! LOL
Hated to see DA end this season already.
Have a great night.

Savannah Granny said...

Love the moving technique and to think, I thought that was a southern thang! Your reno looks good, now kick back and enjoy. xoxo

Suzanne said...

Your new paint job looks great, Diana! Robert Redford was on Fresh Air with Terri Gross the other day! He even sounds cute!

Anonymous said...

Your chest is beautiful! You know I love chalk paint! I'm with you on painting bad pieces and giving them an update. I cannot bring myself to paint a good piece though. You've been a busy girl! When my hubby is away I stay in my gown all day; I'm a good bum! Great job on making this little chest a treasure!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Hey we're on the same page...I just painted a piece this weekend that had shutter doors NOT FUN!! Your piece looks great Diana...I love the inside too!

Gypsy Heart said...

Great job! Love it ~ both colors are beautiful! One house I had eons ago had louvered doors in the hall way and I painted, and painted, and went on for days! :)

LOVE the amethyst ~ so beautiful. Do you 'clean' it now and again? Not the normal cleaning term...what you do for crystals.


sweetvintageofmine said...

Your cabinet turned out very pretty!!! I missed the one about painting the T.V.......never seen that before! But I have to say, it looks pretty good!! Blessings~~~Roxie

Sew a Fine Seam said...

THat cabinet looks great Diana! And you deserve a prize for painting your tv! Woohoo for you!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Looks FANTASTIC!! What a great transformation!! Great job!!


camp and cottage living said...

Great job, Diana! Painting those louvers must have been a real pain, for sure.
I have an amethyst rock too, but yours is four times larger than mine, I think.
As for Mondays-Love them when I'm not working. Hate them when I am!

Stephanie said...

Fabulous job, Diana! Will you come to my house and paint some furniture? :) I am not into painting, but you certainly have inspired me. Also, I was reading the post about the young mother with cancer - will definitely be praying for her and her family! Hugs to you!

Maureen Wyatt said...

I just love it when those ugly, old end tables become chic with a new coat of paint. Well done. Of course you had to spray paint in the garage. Would he expect you to stand in a snowdrift and do it? I want to adopt your son! Rocks are one of my favourite gifts.

Renee said...

That looks so much better. Good job.

Jackie said...

You are very talented....and organized!

joanne said...

yep, I happen to think that Tuesday rules! Love the little have a special talent my friend.

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

I love Mondays too. You did a great job on your little cabinet. I move furniture the same way. My son bought me those little mover things but I usually just use folded towels. And those rocks are gorgeous! Very cool!

Unknown said...

It turned out beautiful Diana - love love love the louvres ( although I know they're a pain to paint - it's sooo worth it ! )
I hate Mondays lol

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: Thank you for all the wonderful pictures. A perfect way to start the week. Blessings, Martha

Jane, Naples, Florida said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Jane Flora Doora

Tete said...

No wonder you covered it up. I would have, too. Love it white, and I have rocks, too. I know, just another ditzy thing we have in common. And no, they aren't in my head...I have them all over the yard and a even some in a box around here somewhere.

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Great transformation! LMHO about painting in the kitchen!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Great re-do on the cabinet, Diana...louvers are so hard to paint! I paint in all kinds of places that I shouldn't lol!