Heather, aka “Handy Heather”, a long time SP employee and our resident DIY girl has an awesome before + after she did in her sisters new home. Here is the before shot of the stair case that her sister wanted Heather to redo for her.
She used one of our favorite products in the shop General Finishes Gel Stain. We love this product because there is no sanding or stripping you just apply it over the existing finish. She mixed 2 colors Java + Brown Mahogany and applied two coats (see gel stain blog post here). The white paint she recommends Pure White Chalk Paint that we sell in the shop + online as well.
I asked Heather how long the project took she said a couple days with the multiple coats of paint + stain but a huge cost savings! Apparently the floor refinisher was at the house when she was working and said he would have charged between $2800-$5000 to do the project. The materials cost around $100 so with a little manual labor you can save your self a fortune!
It looks awesome, nicely done Handy Heather! If you haven’t checked out GF Gel Stain you need to. We love it for refreshing vintage dining tables and the tops of dressers/buffets.
DIY Reader Submission
|Tell us a little bit about yourself:|
|My name is Kimberly and I am a DIY enthusiast. I am from Alexandria, VA. I have an online business that helps others achieve their personal goals and living a better life.|
|Tell us about your project or redesign:|
|I chose to transform an old bedroom set in one of my guest rooms. Old White was the main color with preserving the wood finish on the top with a gel stain. I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to change the entire look of the room.
I also painted the wing back chair the same color ~Old White
Dry brushed the surface of the small table with Old White to create a different effect. Finished the base with Old White with a little Dark Wax for slight imperfected look. Voila!!
We love this before + after! Thanks Kimberly.
Interior Design Tips + Tools – Window Treatments + Lamp Shade Styles
Today I am sharing some resources I found online to help you look at your options for window treatments. Deciding on window treatments can leave you overwhelmed especially if you are having them created just for you. You have to pick the style, then the fabric and finally pray that you made the right choice because it isn’t cheap to have them made!
I find the below cheat sheets helpful for you to at lease see all your options in one place and then you can dive into Pinterest and home decor magazines and look around and see what others have done with fabric in their spaces. I am always pinning inspirational images on my Pinterest board for myself or future design clients, you can see them here.
LAMP SHADES — How many times have you struggled to figure out what kind of a lamp shade you should get for a lamp? See this handy dandy cheat sheet for lamp shade styles the next time you are struggling to pick just the right style shade!
Have a great Tuesday and don’t forget our Rough Luxe Warehouse is now open Saturdays 10-5 (not this Saturday due to the holiday weekend!) and
Stylish Patina shop is open 7 days a week!
I just announced our next Chalk Paint 101 class, October 1st, and the spaces are already filling up! You can register online or in the shop. Space is limited since we are holding class when Rough Luxe Warehouse is open. So grab a friend and learn how easy it is to transform your out of date furniture into something fabulous with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan! More about the class below….
Join us to the learn the ins and outs of how to use the famous
Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. You will learn…
– How to do a one coat application
– How to do a two color distress
– How to apply clear, dark, black + white wax
– How to distress for the aged look
– How to buff for a nice high shine look
– We will discuss tricks for a modern finish vs. a rustic look
There will be plenty of time for questions + answers and you will leave with handouts and a little sample to take home and play with.
When you leave this class you will be ready to tackle all those projects you have at home. This class is taught at our
Rough Luxe Warehouse – 138 W. Jefferson St Falls Church Va 22046.