Fall ORC – Week 2

It’s Week 2 of the Fall One Room Challenge and just over 1 week away from the new baby’s due date.

Here’s a look at the plan I have for this shared nursery/bedroom – a neutral base with white walls, furniture & bedding; a statement light fixture and colourful accents that can be changed up over time.

Initially, I had planned to colour block the walls with navy on the bottom of the wall to contrast with the white furniture. When my husband saw how dark the navy was, he was completely opposed to this plan so I ended up painting the walls solid white instead. I still think that the navy would have looked good because this is a bright, South facing room but I like the white too.

The furniture and curtains in this room are the original pieces that I used in our very first nursery from our Montreal home. This rocking chair was among the first furniture we bought and I below is the original photo of it from October 2012.

At that time I was expecting our first child and was keen to paint everything with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, that’s where my love of DIY home improvement began. The white paint from 5 years ago has stood up very well as you can see in the photo below. The mirror resting in the photo below is the same one that we have in our powder room.

Goodbye mountain mural nursery wall…


Here’s the plain white room which isn’t too exciting right now. After painting the room I realized that I need to make the doors and trim a brighter white so that there is some slight contrast between them and the walls. By the way, these black door handles are actually shiny brass hiding beneath spray paint. It has been three years since I spray painted these and they’re holding up well here because we don’t use these door handles very often.

 

Week 2 from all of the other participants is linked up through Calling it Home.

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Before & After French Provincial Dining Table

Some Tips on DIY Furniture Refinishing // Shibang DesignsThis is my latest piece of furniture that I’ve refinished. After doing the last dining room table I think that I was so happy with the results that I chose to forget how much sanding and time had been involved. I think that for people who see the potential in secondhand objects it can be hard to pass up a project. When I saw this French Provincial style dining table with queen anne legs and a pretty scalloped top I had to restore it!

This is a more process oriented post than normal because I documented all of the steps it took to get to the finished product. Hopefully all of this trial and error will help someone about to start a refinishing project or in the midst of one.

This is what I learned along the way…

Shibang Designs Table BeforeThis is the before and while the shape was beautiful, the scratches, worn edges and finish needed some work. What I didn’t expect was that this top would be very hard to sand down evenly and the staining process gave me more trouble that it ever has before.Shibang Designs Table Refinishing ProcessAfter using a stripper (which did nothing) and sanding there were uneven patches.

Shibang Designs Table Refinishing ProcessI tried the darkest stain I had to try to balance out the uneven colour with a red cherry stain I already had.

Shibang Designs Table Refinishing ProcessThen I applied a light grey stain but this colour wasn’t the look I was going for.
Shibang Designs Table Refinishing ProcessI ended up having to buy another stain, a dark grey which is pictured above. I also used chalk paint in graphite as a base layer for the bottom.Shibang Designs Table Refinishing ProcessThis is it after a couple coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in white. After all of the trouble with the stain not working how I wanted, the paint was so easy and enjoyable to do. I distressed the base with some sanding and then added a coat of light grey stain and sealed it with a matte varnish.IMG_8475Since this table was going up for sale after being completed I took some photos for fun.Shibang Designs Refinished Table Shibang Designs Refinished TableFrench Provincial Table Before & After :: Shibang DesignsI keep saying that this is the last time I’ll refinish furniture that isn’t for our house but I think that if I come across the right piece I’ll do it again.

Shibang Designs on Apartment Therapy

Thanks Apartment Therapy for the feature!

This is another table that I refinished in a different style if you want to see more.

Featured on Apartment Therapy

Side Tables Refinished

Shibang Designs Autumn

This is the story of two bedside tables turned living room side tables that have been painted and refinished 3 times in the past 3 years but now they are done.
IMG_7122In our last home I painted them to blend in with the wall colours (light grey and dark blue) but this time I did them both the same. I never liked the look of the fake shadows sprayed on the wood veneer top but I had been apprehensive about refinishing it and ruining the top. 
This is how they looked when I first bought them from a secondhand store where they were originally part of a bedroom set. I thought that the shape was interesting and they had an interior shelf and lots of storage space to help keep the living room tidy.

Shibang Designs Side Table RefinishingFinally this summer I just went for it and used a stripper to remove the shiny varnish and stain. It took a lot of scraping and some sanding while being careful not to take off too much material.Refinishing Veneer Progress Then I applied my favourite stain that is a light grey so that the tables are lighter like the rest of the wood tones in our house and sealed it with a matte varnish.

Shibang Designs - Refinished VeneerDoing this quick refinishing project was actually what gave me the experience and some confidence to tackle the large kitchen table that was on Apartment Therapy. If you’re thinking about stripping and refinishing wood for the first time start with something small to get started, it’s not as hard as it may seem.

Side Table Refinished Light Grey Wood & Grey Chalk Paint

A New Kitchen Table Top

Refinished Table Top

As much as I love the quick and transformative effect of painting furniture with chalk paint I have also begun delving into refinishing and staining wood. It seemed daunting before and I was afraid of ruining furniture in the process but after our coffee table frame broke it didn’t seem as risky to try to refinish the table top.

Coffee Table BeforeCoffee Table Before

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Two hours of scrubbing to finally remove all of stain.IMG_3179After one coat of Sun Bleached by Varathane the colour was exactly what I wanted and all of these beautiful textures and patterns that had been masked by the dark stain were now revealed.

Driftwood Grey Table

Originally I had planned to have the table frame fixed but the quote from the welder was going to cost as much as buying a new table and it was too big for our new living room anyway.

What I didn’t mention is that this table top is 1 metre square and it ended up being the perfect size and shape for our kitchen table. It was quite simple to remove the round top and screw the base and legs onto the former coffee table.

IMG_4349Shibang Designs - Graphite Chalk Paint Chairs

This is the best photo I can find of what the table looked like before.

Before and After Table


New Table Top

Now the table has a more modern feel and is way more functional in this space. 
  

At Home: Before & After Side Tables

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted any photos of projects. I have tons of before and afters to share so here are two living room side tables that I painted to blend in with the walls in the room. These are actually bedside tables which were the perfect size and shape for what I wanted. 
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A quick coat (or two) of paint can quickly transform the look of secondhand furniture. I also painted these with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. The light grey is a mix of pure white and graphite and the dark table is pure graphite.

Shibang Designs BeforeGraphite Chalk Paint Shibang Designs

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Paint colour for the light grey wall is Grey Taupe by Benjamin Moore Origins OR-489. It is a warm grey that changes depending on the light and I would recommend it.

Shibang Sketchbook : Paint Sample Benjamin Moore Origins Grey Taupe

At Home: Painted Kitchen Chairs

Mismatched Chairs Painted - Shibang Designs
When looking for chairs in our kitchen I wanted something second hand, good quality and durable. Knowing that I would paint the chairs made it easier to find four that were similar but different and could be unified once unified in the same colour.
Here are our kitchen chairs painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite. I was lucky to find them on Kijiji from Cindy who paints a lot of furniture herself and had already done the work in collecting them.
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Shibang Designs - Graphite Chalk Paint
Shibang Designs - Graphite Chalk PaintAfter over a year the paint has held up well with only a tiny worn spots where the chair hits the table when it’s pushed in.
Shibang Designs - Graphite Chalk Paint Chairs