Wednesday, August 2, 2017

My Five Favorites - Before & Afters You Can Do In A Weekend

Hi friends, my goodness summer is flying by, in our neck of the woods kids head back
 to school this month, a sure sign summer is waning. I'm so not ready!
 It's time for another round of My Five Favorites and this month's topic is Before & Afters.
 I'm sharing my favorites that you can do in a weekend. Although I'm the queen of dragging
 a project out forever, every once in awhile I get my act together, knock it out in a weekend,
and relish in the instant gratification! #hellooneroomchallenge
My pals are sharing their favs as well, so be sure to pop over and check out their ideas too.

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

Shelley @ Crazy Wonderful is our guest this month, she's long been a favorite, 
she's as sweet and genuine they come, and her DIY projects and eye for decor are always
 an inspiration. Just look at this guest room refresh ~ eclectic perfection in my book!
 And, I'll definitely be stealing her tip, the basket is for guests' dirty laundry.  

Onto my favorites:

#1 Paint your tile

When I did our kitchen makeover I took a deep breath, hoped the vision I had would work, and painted the stone tile. I couldn't be happier with that decision, it took our kitchen from
Tuscan to fresh and current. 
The question I get asked most - "How has it held up?"
Perfect! It's been three years and it looks the same as the day I did it. I've always cleaned
any grease, splatters or cooking mess with a sponge, and soap and water at the time, I don't
 let anything build up that would need scrubbing. 



#2 Update your bed

A classic four poster bed will always be timeless, and there was no reason to get rid of
 this beautiful piece of furniture. I love injecting new life in traditional pieces by using
 high gloss paint like we did for my client's bedroom update. 

 To accomplish this in a weekend I'd plan on this timeline:

Friday night - Light Sand & Prime
Saturday - First Coat Paint
Sunday - Second Coat Paint 


Another example - but even less time consuming. 
This is the Craigslist headboard I updated for our bedroom refresh. I used Annie Sloan
 chalk paint in French Linen, the drying time between coats is minimal, so this one only
 took a few hours. 



#3 Reupholster a Bench or Chairs

This one makes me want to scour Craigslist or the thrift stores because it's super
easy to reupholster this type of seat. If your project gets stalled because you're waffling
on the perfect fabric, I'll help you out - classic black and white for the win every time!



#4 Paint your Dining Room
 (or any room!) 

So you all know my dining room was neon chartreuse green, and we were hosting Easter this
 year and although it was fun for awhile, I just couldn't with that paint any longer. The
 weekend before I decided to paint it.



#5 Refresh a piece of furniture 

I love the challenge of finding a high end inspiration piece, then hunting down something
 similar at a bargain price to re-create it on a budget. Paint is the biggest bang for the buck!
I'd use the same timeline in #2 above to finish a piece in a weekend.




Another favorite DIY using Annie Sloan chalk paint in French Linen.



Be sure to check out these talented friends' favs:


Calypso In The Country said...

I love all your projects, Pam - and now you have me looking around my house for things to repaint! If only my husband would give in and let me paint my dining room furniture. Maybe I can show him your last photo so he can see how amazing a paint makeover can be! Enjoy your day!

Missi said...

The black and gold cabinet! ❤️ What paint did you use? I've a buffet begging me for this facelift!

Crazy Wonderful said...

I've always called you The Craigslist Master when talking furniture makeovers with my friends. Furniture must dream of landing in your hands! You always blow me away with how seamlessly you can blend high and low finds in room makeovers. And that kitchen makeover of yours! My favorite range hood ever, right there. Thank you so much for having me!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Pam, I love all of these reminders of your fantastic makeovers! Your backsplash, that gorgeous ornate headboard, and the gray hutch are particular favorites, and you've really got me wanting to paint some walls pink!

Simply LKJ said...

Fabulous projects Pam. You are inspiring me to give chalk paint a try. Have a couple pieces I would love to update.

Bervgirl said...

I love your home and your designs! You are the master with the Midas touch!
Glad to see this post, you have been missed!!

therelishedroost said...

Well done as usual!!

cindy hattersley design said...

You are amazing! That bench is one of your prettiest reincarnations and there are many!!

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