Sunday, November 30, 2014

Friday Awesomeness - #4

I'm a little late with November's Awesome Things Friday! I'll blame the holidays rather than it being that I...totally forgot (oops!).

This month's theme is beautiful bathrooms. These baths have good designs or layouts, or they may inspire you by their pretty use of tile. Whatever the reason, these bathrooms all have something to offer.

photo via Houzz

photo via Crate & Barrel
photo via HGTV

combo shower and tub = clever design

photo via Apartment Therapy

Feel inspired? I know I do! Don't forget to pin the ones that inspired ya!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Oo-la-la: Classy Gold-Dipped Side Table

Here she is! Miss classy side table is looking like a whole new fair lady who went from the streets to now speaking in a high society English accent and attending galas with nobles and royalty.

I found her at a Goodwill and couldn't pass her by. She had a look about her that just said "make me pretty again".

Her plea for help was quite understandable. She had scuffs, smudges, discoloring, and grime. My first task was simply having to clean her up, which required some elbow grease.

So much stuff that I probably don't want to know what I cleaned off...

The drawer was also roughed up with tape residue and discoloring.

Besides needing a good cleaning, there were some knicks here and there, so I got my trusty Elmer's wood filler and went to work.

The aim is to fill in the areas, let it set and dry, then come back and sand away the excess until the surface is nice and smooth.

After letting the wood filler dry for a few hours, I sanded and then commenced with finally getting down to business and got two coats of General Finishes milk paint in Linen on it.

Looks like a whole new beast already! Ah, the wonders of a fresh coat of paint never ceases to amaze.

Now for the fun part! I wanted to add more bling than simply rub n' buffing the drawer handle gold. I thought about playing it safe and just painting certain details of it in gold, but this piece with all its curves and embellishments demanded I take a risk with an idea I'd had since finding it. Being me, I gave it a good 10 seconds of debate before following my gut feeling to run with the wind and go big!

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Gold dipping is just how it sounds; the piece should look like you dipped it into a tub of lovely molten gold. Then voila, a statement piece that will catch the eye and make you slightly giddy.

There are several good options for metallic gold spray paints. There's a great guide I used by ChrisLovesJulia in which he used 4 of the major brands and compared them. Very helpful for picking which one I wanted to use (and lucky me that I got a none-exploding can of Valspar).

Using good ol' Frog Tape, I measured around the table and placed the tape where I wanted the gold paint to stop and used trash bags to secure the rest of the table from getting any gold on it. 

Important: make sure the tape is completely flat against the furniture, otherwise you may get some leaks underneath the tape and you won't get the crisp lines you're looking for.

Tip: Spray paint works best in temperatures of 50-80 degrees Fahrenheit (which means I just barely got to try this project in time before temps plummeted). Always spray paint outdoors or in a very well ventilated room.

I did two coats of spray, waiting for the first coat to fully dry overnight before doing the touch-ups with the second coat.

I let the second coat sit overnight, and the next day I slowly peeled away the tape and it revealed the finished product. Look at how perfect those lines are! They make me smile.

I'm VERY happy with how well this table turned out. Now that it's officially become winter temperatures outside, I'm glad I got to do this before it would have been impossible until Spring!

One more delightful surprise to unveil! Look at what happens when you open the drawer:

I lined her drawer sides and inside (woot for mod podge!) with a beautiful black and white damask scrapbooking paper, which I think really adds an extra special detail and elegance every time you open the drawer.

I'm taking a big step for myself and for the first time am offering a painted piece for sale, so this lil lady will be adding a classy charm to a lucky someone's home.

If you'd like to check out the side gold-dipped side table I painted to match this one, hop over here.

Let me know what you think in the comments (any questions too!). Thanks y'all!

The Dedicated House

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Friday, November 14, 2014

A Painting Party

I've been working a lot on miss classy side table this week (thus my bit of absence), and I can say she's now completely finished! The photos are taken and now I've got some editing to do, so look for her this coming Monday! For now, here's a teaser of the base coat color. However, I'm going for the gold with this one (hint hint):

base coat is on - just a lil preview of what's coming ;)
One more teaser - I've lined the inside of the drawer with one of these prints. Can ya guess which one?

Also, I have another table to work on right after this one!

It's got a loose joint in the right-back leg (easy fix), and lots of scratches and water rings on the tabletop, but this fella has potential and is calling to be made extra special, and I'm happy to oblige. I want to try something with him that I haven't before, and if it works he'll be a stunner!

Chandelier has been prepped but has been sent to the back burner until I can get some supplies for it, but I'm excited about it!

Have a good weekend, y'all, and see you Monday for the classy side table reveal!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

18 Restoration Hardware Knockoff Projects

This post is for all of you, myself included, who sigh as you look at Restoration Hardware goodies, and then sigh again in defeat at the prices.

If you love industrial, rustic, antique, minimalist, and/or neutral decor, you have come to the right place, my friend. May I  present to you some of the very best the web's blogtopia has to offer for making RH decor, furniture, and art on your own budget-friendly terms.

These RH DIY projects have 3 things in common:

1. They use commonly found materials 

2. Each project has a full how-to tutorial available

3. Execution of the project was beautifully done to mimic the real deal of RH

Simply click here or click on the picture below to see the projects and how to make them!

Slightly on the same subject, some neat stuff has been happening for me here on Draven Made! Two weeks ago I happened upon and joined up with a huge website hub called Home Talk. HT is a mash-up of Pinterest and an "anything home or creative" wikipedia. You can post helpful tips, show a project you did, or ask advice for a project you're wanting to do (or that went south - always good to have a place to send out an S.O.S.).

After looking around a bit on the site, I added a few of my blog's posts for how-to's and projects...and was surprised to see how much interest I immediately received on them, and then to my blog. My post on updating your fixtures for $3.00 got over 500 Facebook shares in less than 24 hours of posting! It was amazing.

I was surprised again when a manager of Home Talk reached out to me by email, excited about my post on the knockoff Restoration Hardware bookcase and wanting to know if I would want to do a RH round-up on HT that they would share in their newsletter and other social media.

Yeah, I didn't have to think twice about it.

Between the HT fun and working on my November projects, this has been quite the month so far! I'm also working on coming up with a GF recipe or two for T-giving (GF stuffing, anyone?), and I may have some DIY Christmas gift ideas in the pipeline.

If you'd like to stay in the loop with me here on Draven Made, sign up for email updates or bloglovin'. I'd also love to hear your thoughts in the comments as well - are you inspired to make any of these RH projects (I've been wanting to try my hand at the large map print wall art!)?

Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Upcoming November Projects!

Meet miss classy side table and 90's gold chandelier!

After 2 hours of looking around some of my favorite thrift shops, I'd found these two goodies to makeover this month, and I'm just a little excited about that.

The chandelier has been a project I've been wanting to try my hand at for awhile since seeing projects like this:

image courtesy of Sideways Shop on Flickr

As for you, miss side table, it's going to be the milk paint for you! (General Finishes of course!)

The side table is in semi-rough shape. It looks like a kid had fun with their crayons on it (especially on the top), and that a parent unsuccessfully tried to scrub the colors off but just ended up smudging them around. It's dingy and a bit dirty in some places too. But it has no missing chunks of wood (that I can see so far) and having that awesome original fixture is a bonus. The detail on the legs and lovely curves are going to make this a statement piece in the right paint color.
Which leads me to ask: any bold colors y'all would find particularly awesome to try on these pieces? Turquoise blue? Lavender? Red? I'd love to have some input (leave a comment below).

Can't wait to get started! Weeee!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Treasure Hunting: Antique Amber Glass Pendant Lamp

Ever go into an antique store "just to look", but then find something you just can't leave without?

Hubster and I went to visit my brother and his wife and we hopped into their town's local antique shop, turned the corner of a booth...and this amazing glass amber lamp grabbed a hold of me.

These cel phone pix do it no justice, I assure you.

Cut to the part where your brain's region for reasoning now tries its darnest. "Don't get attached, it's probably too much money. Look at the price and then you'll be able to walk away...".


Crap. Really?

"But you're renting and have no place for it right now..."

I don't do this often, but this is when I told my brain to take a break and you've likely figured out what happened next.

The lamp is now home with me...packed safely away in a box...but I am determined to use it when we become homeowners. Pinky swear.

Anyone else guilty of recently finding something that you didn't need but bought anyway?

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