DIY Bistro Chairs Facelift!

Heck yes! Another one under my belt. 🙂 I completed this project to go with this table & I had a lot of fun breathing new life into these chairs. If you want to see more of my DIY projects you can check them out here and here (my DIY blog & portfolio). I used The FAT Paint Company’s chalk style paint in Soft White & finished the chairs off with dark wax and am more than pleased with the result.

I try to fit these projects in between Ari’s naps & in the evenings after she’s in bed. It takes me a little longer to complete them than it did before, but I’d say they’re well worth the wait. I’ve found that putting a bit of time aside throughout the day for ‘me time’ has been very important. Moms are always told to make a little time for themselves everyday; inevitably it doesn’t always happen, but when it does, take the opportunity and run with it! It’s very true: you can’t take care of others, unless you take of yourself first.

So take a little time today and do something for you! (if you’re reading this, maybe you already are). 😉

Here we go….

First I removed the seat, followed by a good wash & light sanding…

…followed by 2 coats of chalk paint….1 coat…

…2 coats…

…after sanding & a coat of wax…

…and a new seat cover…

…ready for their new home!

DIY: Recent Projects

I hope you all had an amazing weekend! I enjoyed some quality time with the Hubby & family and worked on a few projects around the house. This past week I came across some furniture that I knew would be perfect for some DIY love, so I took the opportunity to work on the finishing touches. 
When it comes to refinishing furniture, the trick is to find good quality pieces with unique features that can be showcased with a facelift. Both of these pieces stood out to me because I could see their potential. With the dining table I knew that a distressed look would bring out the beautiful shape of the legs and I’m pretty happy with the result.  

For the side table I originally intended to distress it, but liked how the paint looked clean & fresh after a few coats, so decided to leave it. Both were refinished with FAT Paint & Wax from the FAT Paint Company. If you haven’t already, check ’em out!

Vintage Dining Table with Leaf
Solid piece, good lines, but needing some love…
Refinished in Soft White & dark wax

Side Table
One person’s trash…
Is another person’s (mine!) treasure!
Refinished in Caribbean Blue

DIY Coffee Table Project

As I mentioned last week, I have been working on refinishing a vintage coffee table that I found at the Burnaby Restore. While we’d all love to purchase an antique small oak table for our living room, my budget doesn’t quite get that high. It’s been an enjoyable project and I’m glad to be getting back into the swing of all things creative & DIY.
When I found the table I knew from it’s lines that it would be a beautiful shabby chic/ distressed piece. I also knew that I wanted to keep it simple & classic by using a cream finish with dark accents. While scoping out Pinterest (where else?!?!) I discovered all of the applications for chalk paint and decided this would be a perfect opportunity to try the stuff out.

I originally planned to make my own- Restore had discount plaster of Paris & the other supplies and materials that I would need- but decided to save that experiment for another day after talking to some of the staff and hearing their suggestions. One of the ladies showed me a beautiful buffet & hutch that she had refinished using The FAT Paint Company‘s chalk style paint and wax and highly recommended I check them out.
 My goodies from FAT Paint!
Located at 623 Front Street in New Westminster, the store is tucked in to the city’s Antique Alley. Owned & operated by a brother & sister team- Brad & Victoria- they have been in business for almost a year and seem to have found a nice little niche in the market. Both Brad & Victoria are very friendly and helpful, and you can tell that they are enthusiastic about what they are doing. 
We had plenty of questions for them when we arrived and both were happy to show us around and help us out, despite being busy filling large retail orders. One of my concerns about refinishing furniture  is the chemicals often needed- paint stripper, paint thinner, the paint itself, varnish, etc- since I would have to stop and start my work to tend to lil missy. However the products TFPC sell are without most of the toxic & stinky ingredients that you’ll find in other products commonly used for this kind of project.
So, after bombarding Brad & Victoria with our slew of questions we made our selection (which was very hard to do, since they have so many beautiful colours to choose from!). We ended up with a quart of Warm White, a sample size each of Caribbean Blue, and Buttercup, and 2 50g jars of wax- one natural and one dark/ antique. With some final advice & encouragement we were on our way.
Once home, I had to unload all the goodies and prep the table. First, I gave the lil beauty a clean with TSP and warm water to remove any dust and residue from the surface. Once dry, I put on the first coat. What struck me about the paint was how thick it was and how little I needed to get good coverage. There was also barely any odour (another bonus). I brushed the paint on and then used a roller to smooth over the finish.
1st coat
After 24 hours I did the second coat. This time I skipped using the roller since I didn’t want the table to be ‘too precious’ (to quote Victoria). 
2nd coat
When the second coat was dry it was time to distress the lil beauty. Using a fine grit sand paper I went over the entire piece lightly and then gave special attention to the areas I wanted to distress. After wiping off the dust I gave the table a coat of natural wax. I used a brush to apply the wax and an old cotton t shirt to rub and buff it (sounds a lil dirty!) ;). Once I was happy with the first coat of wax I let it dry and then applied the dark/ antique wax to age & distress the areas I wanted.
Finally, I did a second coat of natural wax to help give a soft gloss to the finished piece. One final wipe down and voila! This lil beauty is ready to show off!

If you want more info about the products I used and/ or about FAT Paint, check them out here
The FAT Paint Company currently offers the following sizes:
Quart $36
Pint $22
4 oz Sample $11
50g Natural $12
50g Dark/ Antique $12
200g Natural $28
If you are interested in the table, leave a comment or send me an email: I’d love to hear what you think! I can’t wait for the next project! Stay tuned!

DIY: Coffee Table Project Preview

This past week or so I’d been on a mission to find my next furniture project. As this was going to be my first attempt since having Ari, I had a few criteria: It had to be a simple piece, such as a table or small cabinet; it couldn’t be too big; and it had to be something that didn’t require too much prep work. All of this since I knew my time would be more broken up taking care of the little one.
I’d been looking for the right piece, and being pickier than usual. I checked out my local haunts with no success, so when my parents and I got to check out Habitat for Humanity’s Restore stores (sorry, I know that sounds funny), I was looking forward to scoping out new territory.
We checked out of their  Burnaby & Vancouver locations. What makes these stores unique is their concept: they carry new & used building materials & home decor that has been donated with the proceeds going to build homes for those in need. It’s a treasure hunt with a conscience!
The stores had everything from cabinets to light fixtures to paint to power tools, and oh so much more. And the inventory is constantly changing. The prices are fair and they will negotiate if you make a reasonable offer. The staff were also very friendly, helpful, and willing to answer any questions we had.
I had success at the Burnaby location, and came across this lil beauty:
It was perfect, and I knew as soon as I saw it what I wanted to do with it. 
So after loading up my purchase, we headed to The FAT Paint Company in New West to stock up on chalk paint & wax. It’s currently a work in progress, but as you can see, the table has already undergone a partial transformation. I’m hoping to have this makeover finished this week, so I’ll upload photos & go through the process in a later post. In the mean time, if you’re feeling creative, check out The FAT Paint Company- Brad & Victoria (the brother- sister team who founded this gem of a company) are very knowledgeable & helpful. I’d recommend this little shop to anybody looking to try some DIY. 
When I upload the finished project I’ll go into more detail about the process. But for now you can see how well the chalk paint has worked out…
1st coat

2nd coat

FInished project to follow!!!

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