Well sweet Friends, the floors are officially ready for the new hardwoods, but I decided to switch gears a bit and paint the big furniture pieces for these two rooms before installing the new floors. It seemed to make more sense, don’t you think? So yesterday I painted my hutch and the base of the dining room table. Hoping to wax them today. They look so bright and fresh! Next up is the desk. 🙂
Since I am knee deep in my own makeovers at the moment I started digging to see what I thought my be a fun makeover to reshare today and started thinking about March Madness. Remember my March Madness series? I shared a brand new makeover every single day of March? That’s a whole lotta makeovers, ya’ll, but I am really hoping to bring it back in 2018. It’s hard to imagine being settled enough to crank out that many makeovers, but I can see a light at the end of the tunnel, and a girl needs goals!
Today’s reshare is from March Madness 2015.
It’s the makeover of this pretty headboard and footboard I picked up from the thrift store for $30:
I loved the classic style of this little headboard and couldn’t pass it up.
Of course I decided to turn it into a bench:
I love me some headboard benches! I think I am about due for another. I’ve included a few links so you can find the products I used.
And color!! I usually stick to a neutral palette for a couple of reasons. The first being, that is what I like for my own home and I tend to create what I like. Also, a white or ivory piece sells much quicker in my booth. It is a timeless look that can be dressed up with colorful accessories that can easily be changed out.
Every once in a while though, the urge to add a splash of color comes along. This beautiful aqua is Mason Jar Blue milk paint from Junque Boutique. The lovely owner, Becky, was kind enough to send me some to try out. Milk paint comes in a powder form and is mixed with water.
One of the cool things about milk paint (if you’re lucky) is that you might get this wonderful chipping and crackling effect in the paint that looks completely natural:
Ooh love that! It can also be very unpredictable also in that more can flake off than you want to. I did sand the backing of this bench and repaint since it flaked a bit more than I liked, but I loved the second go round.
You know my experience hasn’t been the best with milk paint, but this one did pretty well. You can add a bonding agent to the paint to help prevent flaking if that’s not your thing, but getting that beautiful chipping is the only reason I would try to use milk paint in the first place.
One thing I really liked about it though is that it has absolutely no odor whatsoever. I sealed this with wax the very same way I seal my chalk painted pieces.
I really do love this color. I could picture this for a pop of color in a bedroom with all white on white goodness.
Here is a bit of the process of building a headboard bench, but you can see my complete tutorial for how to turn a headboard into a bench here.
The first step is to cut the footboard into two and trim some off to create the sides.
I use a Kreg Jig Jr to get those angled holes that allow me to join the new sides to the bench to the back.
I used Elmer’s wood filler to fill the holes from the Kreg Jig.
Because this headboard is mahogany, I anticipated bleed-through. This happens with mahogany and cherry woods. I just gave it two good coats of Zinsser spray shellac before painting.
This stuff works great to block stains, and it also covers up odors. Use outside if possible though, it’s stinky! Wait at least one hour before painting.
I cut pieces of scrap wood for the seat slats, and attached them with my nail gun:
I’m slowly starting to accumulate a new scrap wood pile at the new house.
If you missed the link above, you can see here how to make your own headboard bench HERE.
I sure would like to have this pretty lady for my new house, but she sold long long ago!
Before I go, I want to show ya’ll the curtains I picked up earlier this week:
Here is a close up of what the picture looks like with them hung:
I think they look so flowy and dreamy. They have my wall color and my favorite accent color so hoping they will work for one (or both) of the new spaces!
Tuesday is Halloween so I’ll be back to share my Outdoor Halloween Tour at the new house! I’ll also be sharing it LIVE on our Make it New Group Facebook Page at 1:00pm EST! If you haven’t had a chance to check out our new group, it’s a fun one, and full of thrifty ideas and makeovers!
Visit it HERE and request to join! 🙂
I’ll see ya’ll back here on Tuesday with my outdoor Halloween Tour!
UPDATE: Visit my Halloween Tour HERE now if you dare mwah ha ha!
Have a fantastic weekend awesome Friends!!
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