Monday, August 24, 2015

Featured Site: Knockoff Decor

Hi guys! Wanted to share a great way to both get inspired and increase your blog traffic.

No, it's not Pinterest.

Beckie of Knock Off Decor has a great resource for finding DIY knockoff projects for just about any brand you can think of: Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, West Elm, Crate &'s a treasure chest of goodies.

She also provides an easy way for bloggers to share and submit their own knockoffs to be featured on her site. Simply find "submit a knockoff" on the top menu and follow the directions for the submission form.

That's it! In usually less than 48 hours you'll hear from Beckie if your project meets their qualifications and to let you know it's live on the site.

Knock Off Decor has been kind enough to feature several of my own knockoffs through the years, such as...

West Elm Tall Tufted Headboard

RH Wood & Metal Bookcase

RH Antique Grey Dresser 

Every time one of my knockoff projects have gone live on her site, I've received a nice amount of traffic, and they continue to residually bring in monthly traffic as well, which is the best thing for a blog.

Have fun on her site, and enjoy finding new bloggers through her as well!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Tale of Two Rose Headboards

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair..."

Dramatic, yes?

This is a tale of two headboards.

...and why custom paint colors and wind don't play nice.

Indeed, they had their share of highs and lows, glamour and woe.

It all started off innocently enough.

The headboards were destined to be rose-colored. They just were. It was a matter of fact.

So that is what I did.

I whipped up a custom color of my own combining General Finishes milk paint's Red pepper with Snow White to get the light rose hue, perfect for making the headboards into a sweet pair.

They turned out awesome.

However, their rosey happiness was taken away all too soon.

The headboards had just been beautifully finished. Leaning them against some tables outside on the driveway, I was able to stand back and admire the handiwork. As fate would have it, I had just temporarily given my attention to something else when out of nowhere a sudden gust of wind swooped in and knocked them both carelessly face-forward to the ground.

They got royally scuffed by the pavement.


Cue despair.

How was the custom color ever to be found again?

Admittedly, they were left in the garage in that state for a few months before I could muster the time or will to try again.

Somehow, surprisingly, amazingly...I was able to match the former color. 

Here they are, looking once again like the charmers I remembered them to be.

They'd look so dear as two twin beds for two sisters, or for when a friend comes for a sleepover, or for when one has grandkids visiting. 

I do hope to see them in a good home. So-so-so happy that they turned out the way they did again!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Because It's All About da Brass...Or How to Quickly Transform Your Hardware from Blah to Bling Bling

Please feel free to virtually slap me for this post's title. I can't stand that song and now I know I just got that torturous song in all of your heads as well.

Earlier this week I shared the newest project, my slate blue Martinsville side table, and a quick bit about cleaning the brass hardware for it with this before and after pic:

Amazing, right? Who knew such a beautiful finish was hiding underneath all that?!

The product I used was Bar Keepers Friend's amazing fairy dust of powerrrrrr.

Note: do not brush your teeth with this stuff. It will not taste good. In fact, you may not be able to taste at all after... ;)

I'd seen several recommendations by my fellow bloggers about this lil charmer, and this was the first chance I've had to truly try it out.

First, the cons:

For all it's cleaning power, it is decidedly not a product you would say is healthy for you and I highly recommend taking some precautions. I wore cleaning gloves for the whole project, and even washed the hardware with Palmolive after using BKF on it. It was also something that I did in my open garage for ventilation - I am super sensitive to chemical smells, so I needed a lot of fresh air for this.

For the rest of the setup I laid down some newspaper, sat a disposable bowl of water near me and had a cheap toothbrush as my tool (dollar store pack of brushes ftw!).

I used the powder form of BKF , so my method was I would dust the hardware with it, dip the toothbrush in the water, and then scrub the grit away. The original shine started to show up with just the first few strokes.

Pros: I am wholly impressed. It took some time working that toothbrush into the grooves, but the effort paid off rather easily.

It's no wonder BKF has been around since 1882 (yes, 1882!). Not to mention it's still produced here in America. It has a wide array of uses, even taking rust off of lawn furniture, grime off of your stainless steel, BBQ grills, car name it! Their tagline should be "bringing back your bling since 1882". 

Or maybe not...

And that, folks, is how you clean your hardware.

* This  post contains affiliate links. I was not paid or given samples of this product, these opinions are 100% my own. If you purchase through these links, you'll help support Draven Made (at no extra cost to you) and you'll have a great product you can use for your DIY projects! Thanks! :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Slate Blue Martinsville Side Table

I'm baaaaaack!

Boy oh boy it's been awhile, eh? July turned into August way too fast, and now it's already nearly the middle of the month! Dang I hate how fast summer flies by, don't you?

The commercials are finished and out, but I'll have to save all the yummy behind-the-scenes scoop for another post.  Here's a teaser:

To y'all who have been following me on Instagram, you've already seen that pic and are probably less than fazed right now. So here's a little bonus for yas:

Mickey wasn't doing his job of censoring that day...

I kid.

It was a good experience and I got to meet and work with some cool peeps, so I am looking forward to sharing it all with you guys! But for now...

...the newest piece makeover!

I bought this table from a nice lady a few weeks out from filming, and it patiently waited for me to wrap things with the production before I started in on it.

It was dinged and had awful wear and scrapes all over the top's surface.

To its advantage though, every bit of this piece is SOLID wood, being made by Martinsville. Its original fixtures were also a heavy brass that simply needed a good cleaning.

This baby had tons of potential.

First order of business was the top. I elected to use my trusty orbit sander (Tip: don't bother buying new power tools - go for used. You can always find quality used power tools at auctions, yardsales, and craigslist. Test them and make sure they work and haven't been misued of course, but otherwise you can't go wrong. I bought my sander a long time ago from Habitat for Humanity for a whoppin' $15, and it's been worth every penny).

As with any sanding project, you're gonna get dirty. Always wear protective glasses and a dust mask, and cover anything in a 15 foot radius that you don't want getting a layer of dust on.

I forgot to cover things other than myself. So learn from my mistake.

My fingers tingled after the 30-or-so mins of sanding that it took, but it was well worth it!

I went over it again with some finer grit sandpaper by hand to make the surface extra smooth. I was pretty excited at how much more the wood grain now showed.

I painted it with my faithful General Finishes Queenstown Grey, a color I used before on our own nightstand. It's such a lovely grey-blue color. [Check out my Paint Prep Tips for your own project]

After a few coats, I applied GF's High Performance topcoat to seal. I liked the natural look of the wood top so much that the top received a very natural stain that brought more depth to the color and grain, then sealed.

I cleaned the brass fixtures and re-attached them (check out my one-product guide for how I cleaned them here).

Here's what it looks like now:

Such a difference a little muscle work will do!

Glad to be back! I have posts lined up as there is much to catch up on! See y'all again at the end of the week!

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