MC’s Bedroom Grows Up, part2

Yesterday I shared the first stage of Mary Claire’s bedroom re-do. The next step was to paint the furniture.

20140421-204055.jpgThis bed and dresser was Superman’s as a child. When MC was about 5 years old I painted the brown set white. Sixteen years later it is time for a change.

20140421-204417.jpgChecking out my Pinterest boards I see that I’ve pinned several ideas using Annie Sloan Paint.

20140421-204833.jpgI love, love, love the colors! Checking out the Annie Sloan website, she tells me the most amazing things….”No scraping, no stripping, no sanding and no priming.” Wha-what?!? Where oh where can I find this wonderful product?

My sweet friend Amanda tells me I can find it just up the road from me. Awesome! Terri’s Treasures had exactly what I needed.

20140421-205658.jpgI chose Old White and the dark wax.

20140421-210212.jpgThis paint is thick and yummy.

20140421-210330.jpgEverything got a good coat of paint and a layer of clear wax.

20140421-210456.jpgAmazingly, after painting the headboard, footboard, dresser, drawers and two end tables, I still had paint left over.

20140421-210609.jpgEVEN after getting it on my clothes and kneeling on the lid. I was so “in” to painting, that I had no clue what I had done until I stood up. Duh.

20140421-210803.jpgNow for the scary part….the dark wax.

20140421-210845.jpgPainted with Old White paint.

20140421-210915.jpgUsing a clearance sale Target paintbrush, ($1 per brush…oh yea!), I pounced a wee bit of wax on a small area.

20140421-211249.jpgUsing an old cotton t-shirt, I buffed the wax.

20140421-211426.jpgA little bit of wax goes a long way. I may have gotten a bit heavy handed here.

20140421-212018.jpgLawdy, let me tell you…I was worn out. The bursa in my shoulder was swollen and throbbing after several hours of wax on-wax off.In addition to a layer of clear wax and a layer of dark wax, several layers of clear wax made the pieces protected and silky soft. Needless to say, buffing in the wax took several days.

20140421-212337.jpgSam was a good encourager.

20140421-213027.jpgThe last thing to do on this part of the project was figuring out the hardware. I removed the paint on the hardware here. But I had a missing handle. Do I find an exact match on a 1960′s vintage? Good luck with that. Find handles that will match the holes? Tried, but no luck. Or fill the holes and drill a new one? BINGO!

20140421-213654.jpgHobby Lobby had these adorable turquoise birds. Sooo caaute!

20140421-213816.jpgLilly likes.


Tomorrow I’ll show you some fun details I made.

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MC’s Bedroom Grows Up, part 1

20140421-163117.jpgSeven years ago we moved into this house and I let my, then 14 year old daughter decorate her room. Can you say bright?!

20140421-163316.jpgIt was perfect. She was able to display every little knick-knack paddy whack her little heart desired. It perfectly captured Mary Claire’s personality, sweet, fun, perky, and full of life.

20140421-163522.jpgThe bathroom was painted a super energetic pink. In fact, it was so pink, you couldn’t really put your make-up on in there, because you would never know what the end result would be…clown?

Well, here we are in 2014 and my little girl is graduating from college. I have been wanting to update her room for a while now. Mary Claire just wasn’t quite ready, until about a month or so ago when she gave me the green light! Woo Hoo!

There are so many cute ideas out there, where do I start?

I knew I wanted a calm, relaxing room for her or a guest to retreat in, and also keep some of MC’s identity in it. I made myself a Pinterest board collecting ideas that made me happy.

20140421-164121.jpgPottery Barn is always a good place to begin with bed coverings. I found this one at the PB Outlet store. I fell I love with the soothing colors.

Next, the wall color. I found many pins on Benjamin Moore’s “Palladian Blue” and how depending on the time of day, it can go from looking blue to grey to green. Many people commented on it being their favorite color.

20140421-164645.jpgpic via
I took the duvet to Sherwin Williams and had it matched up for the wall color. I came home with lots of primer and cans of “Rainwashed-6211″. Can I say that I couldn’t wait to slap some paint on the wall?

20140421-165542.jpgMary Claire couldn’t believe it was happening…

20140421-165617.jpgBut, Yes, it was really happening!

After hours of taping off the windows, trim and ceiling in the bathroom and bedroom, a coat of primer, several coats of wall color, up and down the ladder more times than I can mention, it was done.

20140421-165900.jpgNot having a professional camera and good lighting, the beautiful color just doesn’t show through here.

20140421-165950.jpgWhen I was finished painting, I would sit there on the floor and breathe. Yea. Just breathe and smile. This color made me feel good. The next step in this transformation was going to be painting the furniture.

Stayed tuned until next time folks!

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