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My little-big man’s bed is done-zo.   I scored this vintage bed off of KLS Classifieds (Salt Lake City’s version of Craigslist).  The women who sold it to me didn’t want to let it go but said she needed the space.  Before she’d even let me come take a look at it she said, “You’re not going to paint it are you?” I promise at the time I hadn’t planned on painting it.  But when I brought it in to the room and looked at it…it was just too much traditional wood sitting right in the middle of the floor.  I tried hard to knock the little devil on my shoulder off who planted the “PAINT IT” seed but he eventually won and I gave in.  I feel a little bad going against her wishes but I hope she’d approve if she saw the final result.

Instead of painting the whole thing I decided to go for a two-tone application for a modern twist on a traditional piece.

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I used oil based paint because of it’s durability.  The problem with oil paint is you can’t wash your brushes out with plain old water.  You have to use a strong chemical like paint thinner and I just didn’t want to mess around with that between coats.

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Instead, I found that using Glad Press’n Seal which I picked up at Walmart worked perfectly for keeping my brushes from drying out between coats.

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I pulled out one sheet, folded it over itself, sealed the edges as close and possible around the brush and it formed an air tight seal.

I used the same hack when I painted some feathers a few weeks ago.

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I’ve you’ve ever attempted painting projects with kids you know there are a lot of interruptions, breaks, messes, etc.  Instead of washing out all the brushes when I know I’ll be coming back to the project in an hour or so, it’s much easier to sandwich the brushes between two sheets of Glad Press’n Seal, roll ’em up and there’s no worry about brushes drying with hard crusted paint on them

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Glad Press’n Seal is one of those miracle products with a ton of uses inside, as well as outside the kitchen.  Check out more hacks here.  Do you have any Glad Press n’ Seal tips and tricks?

How to remove paint from hardware with your crockpot.

The Mr. has been on a business trip all week and the two oldest went to Yellowstone with Grandpa and other family which left me and the youngest boy at home to par-tay.  I had all kinds of fun activities planned as well checking quite a few DIY projects off my list.  Unfortunately, Mr. Strep throat came to visit my boy the second after everyone left.  Argh.  So instead of a week of fun and projects, we’ve been camping out in bed all week and monitoring a 4-day fever around the clock.  On top of that the boy apparently has a very weak gag reflex so it’s been a whole lot of pleading, bribing, begging the boy to swallow nasty medicine then cleaning up puke because pharmaceutical companies obviously have no idea with bubble gum flavoring is supposed to taste like.  The week has been a bust.  On the bright side we’ve had a whole lot of precious snuggle time.

Between temperature readings I did have time to experiment with a small project I’ve been wanting to tackle…

I haven’t given up hope on the “bane of my existence” dresser (yet).  I’ve spent hours (literally!) calling experts on sandblasting, walnut shell blasting, pickling, etc. to have someone strip it down for me and in the end, the best method so not to ruin this metal dresser is to do exactly what I’ve been doing.  Stripping it by hand.  %$#@.

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I’ve been grinding paint off this sucker for so long that I now have some pretty impressive biceps to show for it.  This week I removed the cute little casters from the dresser.

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Taking a page from the Nicole Curtis book I decided to give the crockpot method a try.

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I submerged my hardware in water with 1 pump of dish soap and let them simmer for about 5 hours.

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When I removed the hardware from the crockpot the paint was pretty much falling off.  I could scrape it all off with my finger nail but then I ruined my non-existent manicure and opted for a wire brush instead.  It was shocked at how easily it came off.

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Within minutes all these puppies were completely paint and grime free.

I also decided to try the crockpot method on these brass brackets I found while on our RV trip at a cool architectural salvage shop in Kansas City, MO.

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I was looking for some hardware I could DIY some Bermuda shutters with.  I’m hoping they work…stay tuned for that upcoming project.

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As you can see they were covered with several layers of paint over the years.

5 hour in the crockpot and voila…

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Best non-harsh-chemical solution ever for removing paint from hardware.

If only they made a crockpot big enough for me to submerge my entire dresser…then we’d be in business!

***Remember when working with paint removal always wear a mask and other protection in case the paint may be lead based.***

Through my camera phone lens.

The little/big man’s bedroom is coming along. It’s now become a race against the clock as I’m trying to get it done between the Mr’s business trips, a photo shoot and then debuting it on Studio 5. I’ve always worked best with a little “feet to the fire” business.

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I’m in love with this navy-ish blue wall called Blue Fedora by Valspar from ACE.  I’ve never really used Valspar before but it went on beautifully and there was very little odor.  It my just be one of my favorite new paints.

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It won’t be staying one hue for very long.  The plan is to graffiti it up (in a very tame way).  I’m hoping it’s not one of those projects that looks great in my head and a hot mess in reality.

I found an amazing tape for taping the carpet down when painting baseboards.  Normally I fool around with painters tape but it just doesn’t have the sticking power and a line of paint inevitably ends up on the carpet.  The Gorilla peeps sent me supplies to try a while back.  I’m pretty sure this Gorilla tape isn’t meant for carpet protection but it was laying around and I grabbed it.  Holy cow, it’s awesome!

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One of the other projects we tackled this weekend was replacing these 35+ year old bi-fold doors.  Unfortunately, I got over eager and didn’t snap a proper picture of them before we donated them so this is as good as it gets for a “before” shot.

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I set up shop in the garage and painted some new doors Silent White by Clark + Kensington in a semi-gloss.

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(Those paint pants are going on 5+ years now…might be time for some new ones).

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They old doors were white-ish to begin with but had yellowed a bit over their 35 year old age.  Amazing how much more light and airy a new coat of paint makes a room feel.  With the exception of the blue wall everything is painted the same hue (Silent White by Clark + Kensington).  The finish is the only thing that is different.  Doors are semi-gloss, ceiling: flat and the plank walls: satin.

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I found these knobs at Anthropologie.  Perfect mix of metal and leather for a boys room.

PicMonkey CollageFor the window wall we’re trying our hand at a new application we’ve never worked with before…brick.  I have seriously had a major crush on brick walls FOR-EVA!   We found a company (Brick It) that takes reclaimed bricks and cuts them down thin so you are just putting up a portion of the brick on the wall.  Less cost, less weight, easier application.

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Unfortunately the order was short so we have to wait for a couple of supplies then we can get to work.  The bricks are pretty beaten up with a lot of character…exactly what I wanted.  Once installed I’m planning on white-washing them (insert gasp).  I’m so excited about this project I can hardly stand it.

Last on the update front in this “bane of my existence” metal dresser from the 1920’s-30’s.  Ugh, this d#@% dresser is driving me crazy.  I’m having a major love/hate relationship with it.  When I acquired it, it was painted white.

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I envisioned stripping it down to the bare metal.  I applied a chemical paint remover which took off the majority of the white paint but it had some kind of brown coating (maybe powder coating) that was next to impossible to remove.

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I sanded it with my little mouse sander and it proved to just not be efficient.  So then I moved on to a belt sander…better but still taking way too long.  It took me about an hour with just the belt sander to get it to look like this.  This stuff is practically bullet proof.

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Then I tried a grinder but that really gouged the metal…not such a great look. I have an appt. to take it in to a professional sandblaster to see what he can do.  And to top it off I found another metal dresser that I’m actually considering buying (it’s on hold while I’m hem and haw).  I’m certifiably insane.

This is the goal…