Sunday, October 5, 2014

DIY Farmhouse Table & Dining Set Makeover with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®

Ooh I'm so excited... It's officially Fall! AND I get to talk about a couple of my recent obsessions, Repurposing furniture & Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan!!

If you follow me over on my My Youtube Channel & Facebook, you've probably already noticed that I've been essentially living in our garage, painting furniture like a maniac. I've been bit by the DIY bug, and no piece of wood is safe from my paint brush! ;)

If you've ever delved into the world of painting furniture yourself, there's no doubt that you've seen a lot of beautiful pieces painted with the famous Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. So of course I had to try out this amazing paint for myself! I decided that an old dining set I found on Craigslist was the perfect first project ( side note: come to find out, a giant old dining set is probably NOT the perfect choice for a first project haha ). 

Here are a few pictures of what the dining set looked like BEFORE. 
I scored this large table complete with 2 leaves, and 6 chairs for only $100! *Happy Dance* 
She was in good shape but needed a little love, and updating.. elephant fabric chairs anyone..? no?  ;) 

 While the original look of the dining table was nice, I knew immediately that I wanted to switch out the legs for something with more of a farmhouse look. Thanks to the beyond fabulous folks over at Osborne Wood, I ordered 4 of these deliciously chunky Husky Dining Table Legs in a gorgeous unfinished hard maple. I still squeal every time I see them, they are the PERFECT farmhouse table legs! 

Luckily, my handsome handymen husband and dad were easily able to make a few cuts and attach these new legs to my dining table. I could see my farmhouse table vision coming to life! :) 

Once the table was put together, hubby and I began the slow, messy and laborious process of stripping and sanding the tabletop. I would just like to pause here and say that I don't recommend stripping furniture to anyone... ever... seriously just don't do it lol.

Before, During & After using Citristrip Stripping Gel

After 2 solid hours of sanding (thank you hubster!) 

I chose to stain the tabletop with my favorite Minwax Wood Stain in English Chestnut, and then sealed it with 2 coats of polyurethane for durability. Here is what she looked like after! As you can see the top is now much lighter than the original finish (on the apron).

Now on to the fun part of this makeover, PAINTING! 
With the help of the amazing folks over at Annie Sloan Unfolded, I decided to paint the table apron, legs and all of the chairs with Chalk Paint decorative paint by Annie Sloan in the colors Old White & Old Ochre, in addition to a topcoat of Clear Soft Wax
To apply the Chalk Paint, I also used Annie Sloan's FABULOUS Pure Bristle Brush. I do intend to do a full review of this particular brush as well, because frankly, it deserves a post all it's own.. yes, it's really that amazing.

Fresh can of Old White

After painting only a few swipes of Old White Chalk Paint® on the table apron, I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY at the coverage. I have painted a ton of furniture white in the past few months and let me tell you, no other paint had such amazing coverage with only one coat! Chalk Paint® is much thicker and creamier than typical paint, and it's coverage is more opaque. I highly recommend picking up her Pure Bristle Brush to apply it, as it's dense bristles hold the paint incredibly well and help with achieving very full coverage with just one coat. I did try painting with one of my Wooster brushes as well, and while it still applied nicely, it didn't have quite the same opacity.

After One Coat of Old White

In total, I applied 2 coats of Old White Chalk Paint® to the table apron, and just ONE coat to the table legs! This paint covers like a dream! My arms have thanked me ten times over for using Chalk Paint® instead of my usual enamel ;) I will say however, it does dry very quickly, so make sure to watch for any globs while painting and swipe them up! 
To top it off, I applied 1 coat of Annie Sloan's Clear Soft Wax to the table apron and legs using a lint free rag. Applying the wax was a bit of a learning curve for me, but I loved how it took the paint from a chalky texture to a smooth, durable finish. 

After 2 Coats of Old White Chalk Paint 

Next I painted all 6 of the dining chairs. Painting chairs is definitely NOT my favorite ;)  You never truly realize how many little nooks and crannies that a ladderback chair has until you have to paint one.. lol But I will say, using Chalk Paint® easily saved me a good 2 coats of paint, and the thick bristle brush was a lifesaver for covering lots of area in a small amount of time.. :) Hallelujah!
I decided to paint the dining chairs in Old Ochre, a slightly darker and creamier shade than Old White. I'll be honest though, I made this decision AFTER I had already painted 2 of the chairs in Old White... aaah indecisiveness at its best ;) 

Chair Before

Old Ochre Chalk Paint

I wanted to show you guys how AWESOME the coverage is with Chalk Paint® in Old Ochre. I've found that the darker colors are even more opaque, and So creamy!! 

Here are 2 of my dining chairs, the left chair is painted in Old Ochre, and the right is painted in Old White. As you can see, Old Ochre is just a bit darker. I decided to go with this color on the chairs to add a little extra contrast to the dining table base. After painting, I lightly distressed all of the chairs with medium sandpaper.

Adorable shiba helper not available with purchase ;) 

After 2 coats of Old Ochre on each chair, I then applied a top coat of Annie Sloan's Clear Soft Wax with a lint free rag. Below you can see my picture of the before & after. The Clear Wax darkens the paint color a bit, and adds dimension and character to the piece. It also makes the texture of Chalk Paint® smoother than a baby's bottom and super durable against spills, love it!

Last but not least, (sheww.. we're almost there folks!) we upholstered the dining chairs with a gorgeous new fabric from Brentwood Interiors. The fabric is Lacefield Design's popular 'Document' fabric in the colors Sepia (top) and Fossil (bottom). I highly recommend this fabric for any upholstery projects that you may have in mind; not only is the french script pattern on trend, its also very heavy and durable.
(side note: I will be sharing another blog post soon explaining how I reupholstered the chairs!)

and.. tada! Our dining set was complete!
It turned out even better than I had envisioned. I love how the natural top provides a warm contrast against the fresh white table legs & ivory chairs.
I can't wait to sit around this table with family, enjoying many delicious meals and memories together in the future :) 

If you have any questions, please leave me a comment down below and I will be happy to answer them! :) 

& for more information about Chalk Paint decorative paint by Annie Sloan visit these links,        
& to see more of my DIY projects, along with easy to follow video tutorials CLICK HERE.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Dollar Store DIY | Makeup & Jewelry Stand

hi beauties.

Hope that all of you had a fabulous 4th of July of weekend! We hosted a family cookout, and were able to enjoy a gorgeous firework display from our own backyard which was really neat!

Today, I wanted to share 2 chic and simple DIY jewelry & makeup stands that I recently created using products from the Dollar Tree dollar store!

I filmed a quick tutorial video showing everything that I used for these projects, and how I made them, Be sure to check out my Youtube video HERE.
Or Pin this idea for later! Pin This HERE.

I would love to see your photos if you create your own stands! :)


Monday, June 23, 2014

Reflect My Style | My Dream Vanity!

hi beauties.

 Recently I had the amazing opportunity to work with one of my favorite home decor sites, One Kings Lane on their Reflect Your Style Campaign! If you're not familiar with One Kings Lane, they are an amazing online home decor retailer offering new sales every single day on top-brand, vintage and designer items. Similar to a flash sale site, (ya'll know I love these!) Most sales last 72 hours, and offer exceptional value on one of a kind home finds.

 For the Reflect Your Style campaign, I was asked to create my "Dream Vanity" complete with a gorgeous statement mirror from their site. Obviously, this was a fun challenge for a beauty lover like myself; considering I'm almost always dreaming of fabulous makeup spaces ;)

 I chose the Vevey Mirror as the centerpiece of my dream vanity. With its gold leaf finish and feminine edges,  it was the perfect choice for the romantic vintage feel that I was looking for.

 The Lilien Console in distressed cream adds a shabby chic touch and honestly, how could you not love the elegant french style of this piece?!

 I didn't want to clutter the top of my desk, so I chose 2 simple decor details to add some flair; a Rose Bowl of gorgeous faux Hydrangeas and a Stoneware Tray with brass trim. Plants even when faux, add life and contrast in any space and these full white hydrangeas are perfection! The stoneware tray is the perfect spot to display my perfume bottles, and provides an easy catch-all for my beauty products.

 My absolute FAVORITE part of my vanity is definitely the lighting! I had an absolute swoon-fest when I saw the Duchess 6-Light Chandelier in champagne.. (no, seriously, I had a Moment). This stunning chandelier is like an illuminated botanical bouquet, complete with hand painted wrought iron and Italian crystal. The perfect chic and romantic touch for any beauties space :)

And of course, what vanity would be complete without a few must-have beauty essentials?! This time of year, I can't be without my Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation, sheer and luminous, it provides the perfect weightless coverage for summer. I also love Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill shadow in #8 for a shimmery copper wash of color on my lids. For the perfect nude lip, GOSH lipstick in Darling is my go-to! And to complete my quick summer look, Pure Ice Nail Polish in the color Feisty is a fun pop of bubblegum pink color!

Reflect My Style | My Dream Vanity!

Reflect My Style | My Dream Vanity! by bentleyblonde 

Vevey Mirror: One Kings Lane
(Check out One Kings Lane other amazing Mirrors here)
Lilien Console, distressed cream: One Kings Lane
12'' Hydrangeas in Rose Bowl: One Kings Lane
16'' Stoneware Tray with Brass Trim, white: One Kings Lane
Duchess 6-Light Chandelier, champagne: One Kings Lane
Pure Ice Nail Polish, feisty: Walmart
Estee Lauder Double Wear Light, intensity 2.0: Estee Lauder
Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Eyeshadow, 8: Giorgio Armani
GOSH Lipstick, darling: Gosh

I hope that you beauties enjoyed a peak at my "Dream Vanity"
 I would love to know what items would make your dream vanity complete (comment below!)

& Be Sure to Check Out One Kings Lane for a ton of amazing home decor finds! 
It's free to become a member AND as a special bonus, here's $15 for you to spend at One Kings Lane! 

Woohoo :D Happy Shopping Beauties-

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Q & A with Yappem!

Hi Beauties

As many of you know, I recently discovered an amazing new app called Yappem! Yappem is the premier reward-based brand-centric social platform. On Yappem you can share your thoughts and opinions on products, brands and places in return for Yappem coins, which you can cash in for gift cards from major retailers!

Yappem has provided me with a new outlet where I can keep up with you beauties in "real time," sharing my personal experiences with new brands and products; letting you know which are must haves and which are just plain crap ;) 

I am honored to be one of Yappem's resident experts, and provide you all with exciting giveaways and more over on my youtube channel! Be sure to subscribe to my channel & blog for updates, and come join me over on Yappem and share your opinions! I'd love to connect :)
 Happy Yapping!

Be sure to Read my Q&A with Yappem CMO Keith Fenimore HERE

Follow me on Yappem HERE.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Spring Mantle Decorations & Kirklands Gatehill Curtains

Happy [SpRiNg] Beauties!

FINALLY Spring has arrived, and I am so excited for the sunshine, warm breeze & blooming flowers :) 

The spring season always motivates me to make big changes, and start anew. Typically for me this means cleaning, DIY projects & clothing donation. But this year I decided that our living room needed a little spring makeover too! (I know I know, we've only been living here for 7 months lol) but the dark burgundy curtains and black wrought iron touches I added in the fall were making the room feel a bit too heavy for me.



Ahhhh.. I feel like I can breathe again! 

Also as you can see, our shiba inu Kissu makes herself comfortable no matter the decor ;) 

The biggest change I made to our living room was switching out the curtains. New curtains are a no fail way to change the look of any room! I decided it would be best for Spring/Summer to go with a light, airy and neutral color palette. So I opted for taupe curtains in a fun geometric pattern. Our new drapes are the 95'' Gatehill Curtains from Kirklands, and they come in a 2 pack for less than $40, ya cant beat that with a stick! My fabulous friend ended up picking these up for me in Georgia since all of our local stores were sold out in the 95'' length. I do know that these particular curtains are currently sold out online, however I did contact Kirkland's, and they said they should be restocked in May :)
I was pleasantly surprised with both the weight and quality of these curtains. Talk about luxury on a budget! I highly recommend them.

Kirklands  Taupe Gatehill Curtains 95 in.

* quick note- try to avert your eyes from the vase and unmatched twigs & berries. They don't have a home right now, so they've been camping out next to the fireplace temporarily ;) 

The other changes that I made were to the fireplace mantle decor.
I had a picture in my head of what I was wanting, and went right to work scouting out my pieces! 
I took down the wrought iron candle holder and replaced it with a gorgeous old window that I bought from a private seller whom I discovered on a local yard sale website (I actually ended up purchasing 3 from her, couldn't resist, so stay tuned for fun old window diy's!)
 I also added a boxwood wreath with burlap ribbon for a bit of colorful farmhouse flair. 
Flanking the mantle, I went for some height and added 2 distressed antique white candlesticks topped with boxwood balls, and a boxwood topiary.. In my world you can NEVER have too much boxwood.. ever.
I recently purchased the distressed ceramic artichoke on sale for only $4 at Michael's Craft Store, who could resist? I just love it.
 I also added a final pop of color with an old apothecary jar that I already had; I layered it with moss balls from the dollar store and faux limes from Target.
Our big "B" initial found its place back on the mantle, next to a small farmhouse tea light holder from Christmas Tree Shops.

Curtains : Taupe Gatehill Curtain Panel Set 95 in.
Old Window : private seller
Boxwood Wreath : Home Goods
Burlap Ribbon : Michael's Craft Stores
Boxwood Topiary : Marshalls
White Artichoke : Michael's Craft Stores
Apothecary Jar : Home Goods
Moss Balls inside Apothecary Jar : Dollar Tree
Faux Limes inside Apothecary Jar : Target
Wooden "B" Initial : Kohls
Tealight Holder : Christmas Tree Shops
White Candlesticks: Kirklands
Boxwood Balls : Christmas Tree Shops
Wooden Sign : local antique shop
Large Vase : Home Goods
Floral Branches & Berries : Hobby Lobby
Window Mirror : Beyond the Rack

Hope y'all enjoyed seeing our living room spring updates! :) 
Comment below & let me know! "Do you change out your curtains or decor for the seasons?"

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