Yes, yes we still have projects to do in the kitchen but a girl’s gotta have some fun once in a while…right? Well, I wouldn’t say that doing a front door refresh is a fun time but I do enjoy painting and the door was in need of a little love, so I grabbed my supplies and had a little painting party over the weekend.

front door refreshI know that I just showed you the same paint on the back door but I’ve been on a painting frenzy lately (wait until you see what else I painted…again), and the front door has a different painting technique from the back, so you’re getting two for the price of one. Actually, you’re getting this for free so you’re welcome. 😉

front door refreshOk, on to the front door refresh.

I painted both the outside and the inside of the front door when we moved in 2 1/2 years ago, with BM Blue Lake. I still love the color but wanted a bit of a change for the inside of the door, and something that matched better with the back door, so I painted it the same color, BM Wrought Iron.

front door refresh

When I painted it the first time I used white paint and FrogTape to add “faux molding” to an otherwise plain, flat door. For this refresh I wanted to keep the “molding” and just paint over the blue, so I decided to tape over the white. I wasn’t quite sure how it would turn out, actually I thought that I would totally mess it up, so I did a test and taped off the top box first to see what happened.

front door refreshFirst I taped the white of the box using FrogTape. Then I ran the smooth handle of a screwdriver over all of the edges, making sure they were flat, so that no paint would slip under and onto the white. After I gave the door a good sanding and wipe down, I took my paint brush, starting on the tape, and painted out away from the tape, both inside and outside the box. You never want to paint in towards the tape.

front door refreshTwo quick coats and I removed the tape. The “molding” made it through, crisp lines and all, so I taped off the bottom box and finished painting. The boxes actually took longer to tape than the door took to paint, but they looked as good as they did when I painted them the first time.

front door refreshfront door refreshI was a little nervous about using such a dark color in this corner of the room but I love it. Isn’t it amazing how a little paint can make such a huge change in a room?

front door refreshWe also made a few updates and changed the light above the door. It’s a tough spot for a light because, with the door clearance and that funky ledge, it has to be a certain size. I love this one I found this one at a thrift store for $20. It’s a really heavy light and I thought that it could be solid brass. After a little research, using the tag on the back of the light, I found out that it is solid brass and usually sells for $950. Woohoo, I got the deal of the century!

front door refresh

Thankfully we only have 2 doors in the house so this will be my last door refresh…until we hang the thrifted one on the back of the house. My paintbrush is on standby. 😉

Do you ever start painting things and find it difficult to stop or am I in a class all by myself?

 

See how I created the “faux molding” when I painted the door the first time.

front door molding

Add “Faux Molding” to a Plain Front Door

 

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Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a great week. I haven’t been around much this week so I want to get right to the good stuff.

Several weeks ago, hubs and I went to a local ReStore looking for some cabinet doors for our kitchen reno. We didn’t find any doors that day but I did find this old wooden window that I liked for $1.50. I wasn’t sure what I would do with it but I figured for $1.50, I would take it home and try to use it somewhere. You can check out my shopping haul here.

Old Window Turned Mirror | www.chatfieldcourt.comThis week I spent some time rearranging my small entryway to try to gain more room (a never-ending quest). I thought about removing the small chest that sits next to the entryway bench but it’s used for storage and it also holds a lamp, that’s a necessity, so removing it is not an option. Instead I decided to remove the matching mirror and try something different. It won’t give me more room but it will be a different, lighter look.

Old Window Turned Mirror | www.chatfieldcourt.comIt’s a beautiful mirror but it’s time for a change so I took it down to the basement and when I saw the empty wall, I knew that I wanted to try out the old window I bought at ReStore.

Old Window Turned Mirror | www.chatfieldcourt.comI didn’t do anything to it, just leaned it against the wall and left it. After a few weeks, I thought I’d try to fancy it up a bit and I bought some Rust-Oleum mirror effect spray paint. I’d never used it before and was excited to see how it worked. #alwaysexperimenting

Old Window Turned Mirror | www.chatfieldcourt.comThe first thing I did was to clean the window really well, making sure it was completely dry. Then I taped off the side that I would be painting. The directions said to spray it standing up but the paint ran down the window so we laid it down and sprayed 5 quick coats, 1 minute apart.

Old Window Turned Mirror | www.chatfieldcourt.comOld Window Turned Mirror | www.chatfieldcourt.comThis stuff is potent, so you want to make sure you do this project in a well ventilated area. It didn’t look like much when we were spraying but after it dried, which was in record time, it looked pretty good..kind of antique-y.

Old Window Turned Mirror | www.chatfieldcourt.com Old Window Turned Mirror | www.chatfieldcourt.comIt looks hazy and old, like it’s been around a while, you definitely wouldn’t find a mirror like this in the store but I think it fits the age of the window. The next thing I did, because I can’t leave well enough alone, was to paint the frame. Just a quick dry brush followed by some light sanding. I wanted it to look like it has always been that way.

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Old Window Turned Mirror | www.chatfieldcourt.comI’m not sure if I like the painted frame better than the natural but I love the mirror. Now I’m trying to figure out what I can mirror paint next.

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Have you ever used the mirror paint before?

I hope you have a great weekend and a very Happy Mother’s Day!

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Last week after I shared the outcome of my entryway bench mishaps, I ended up getting some requests asking for a post with details on how I did it, so I put together this tutorial on how to upholster a bench. This is a long one so grab a cup of coffee and a comfy chair.

I won’t go into all of the drama again but if you want to read about it you can go here and here. I will, however, show you where we started…with a painted white wooden bench from LLBean.

How to Upholster a Bench | Chatfield Court.comAll I wanted to do was change the color, so I painted it black using oil based paint.

How to Upholster a Bench | Chatfield Court.comI was experimenting with a different paint and a different sheen so the last paint application was to the top only. I didn’t like the sheen at all so I decided to cover the top with a cushion. I was just going to make a cushion to place on the bench but I didn’t want to worry about it moving around, so I decided to upholster it and attach it right to the bench.

My supplies used for this project were:

  • a 4″ piece of dense foam (it was expensive but I got it for 50% off and I think it makes a huge difference in the way it looks)
  • a serrated knife for cutting the foam to size
  • 1/4″ quilt batting
  • pneumatic stapler
  • bronze upholstery tacks
  • needle nose pliers
  • small hammer

I started by measuring and using the serrated knife to cut the foam to the exact size of the top of the bench. I had already had it cut to the right length at the store so I only had to make 1 cut for the width.

How to Upholster a Bench | Chatfield Court.comNext I laid the batting on the table (I doubled it just to be safe) and then I laid the foam in the middle of the batting and the bench on top of the foam.

How to Upholster a Bench | Chatfield Court.comI trimmed some of the batting but made sure to leave enough to go around the foam to the bottom of the bench seat.  Now I’m ready to staple. I’m sure that we could have used our regular stapler but we had all of the hoses hooked up to the compressor for another project, so we just used the pneumatic stapler. Next, starting with the long side, and making sure that the batting was perfectly flat with no wrinkles, I pulled the batting taut and stapled to the bottom of the bench seat. First in the center and then moving to each end.

How to Upholster a Bench | Chatfield Court.comMr. C² is my model, as usual, but I did this project. I am the photographer in the family, unless we want to only see the top of my head and the ceiling. 😉

You want to make sure you are always checking it and pulling the batting taut but not too tight. I stapled the rest of the side, leaving the corners until the end, and moved onto the opposite side then to each end. After all 4 sides were done I trimmed off all of the excess batting and it was time to do the corners. I don’t do anything fancy, I just pull in all the batting so it’s taut and laying neatly and then I staple it.

How to Upholster a Bench | Chatfield Court.comJust make a quick check of your bench to be sure there aren’t any bumps or creases in the batting.

How to Upholster a Bench | Chatfield Court.comNext it was time for the fabric following the same steps with the fabric that I did with the batting. I ended up using the fabric that I had left over from my chair makeover. I was going to try to find something else but I just wanted this project done and didn’t want to spend time searching for fabric, it can always be changed if the right one comes along.

How to Upholster a Bench | Chatfield Court.comMake sure your fabric is straight and has no wrinkles. If you have stripes or a pattern, you want to make sure you don’t skip this step. I pulled the fabric taut and began stapling the long side, starting in the middle again. I worked my way around the bench checking for wrinkles occasionally and leaving the corners undone. Next I trimmed all the excess fabric.

To do the corners, I could have just gathered the fabric in the corner until it laid the way I wanted and then stapled it (like I did with the batting) but I wanted to try something different. All I did was to fold the corners over in a sort of 45 degree angle, making sure everything was laying flat, and then I stapled. Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of this process. Mr. C² and I argued about what looked best and picture-taking was forgotten. It really was simple though and this is how it looked.

How to Upholster a Bench | Chatfield Court.comI did each corner so the angles where on the ends (short sides) of the bench and not on the long sides of the bench.

How to Upholster a Bench | Chatfield Court.comYou can see the bronze upholstery tacks that I had started to put in. I wanted to add a little interest to the bench, so I thought I would add some tacks to each corner. This was really easy to do too. I simply hammered them into the side of the bench seat, right into the wood (not the cushion). You can use pliers to hold the tacks, but I ended up holding it with my fingers.

How to Upholster a Bench | Chatfield Court.comYes, they are my hands making a rare appearance. I had to set the camera up on the tripod and focus it so all Mr. C² had to do was to push the button. He grumbled the whole time he pushed the button too. 😉

I started out trying to measure the tacks to space them out evenly, but it just didn’t work out so I just eyeballed it. I had to pull some out a couple of times with a screwdriver, but there was no damage done to the fabric. I used 5 upholstery tacks on each corner for a total of 40 tacks.

How to Upholster a Bench | Chatfield Court.comThat’s it…it’s done and I’m glad that I stuck with it and finished it the right way. I’m really happy with the way it looks, which is good because I won’t be touching this piece again…ever! 🙂

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Have you ever done a project and the result was nothing like you planned? What kinds of projects are you working on now? I’m back in the guest bedroom.

Here’s hoping you have a great week.

 

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Before I announce the 2 lucky winners, I want to thank all of you that entered my first giveaway. I was so worried that I wouldn’t get any entries and you all proved me wrong. Thanks so much! 🙂 Now let’s get right down to it and announce our 2 winners.

Congratulations Dana and Meena! I have sent you both an email.

As much fun as it is to give money away, I still have lots of projects to get to. The entryway bench is one of those projects that should have been quick and easy but…um, yeah…not so much. I thought I would throw a quick coat of paint on it, taking it from white to black, but it’s turned into something more complicated. First, I tried spray primer and paint and that was a disaster.

Entryway Bench | chatfieldcourt.comThen I tried what I thought was oil based primer and paint (after we thoroughly sanded it down) and that was also a disaster.

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No matter what I did, you could see brush strokes. It just looked awful. Mr. C² had an idea to try to thin the paint with paint thinner to see if it would spread better but, after reading the can, we found out that you could only use acetone to thin it (which explains why the paint was drying so quickly). The oil based paint I know allows you to use paint thinner so we figure that maybe the paint I used was some kind of new formula. I don’t know for certain but we stopped by the store and picked up some real oil based paint (which is getting harder to find BTW). Round 3…I ended up getting a gloss finish thinking that the satin finish was one of my problems.

Entryway Bench | chatfieldcourt.comI only did the top and I will say that the paint was 100 times better, but I hated the finish…too shiny. Ugh. I was ready to admit defeat and chop it up for firewood but I gave it a few days and made one last attempt at saving the bench from “you know where”.

I decided to cover the top with a cushion so I went to Joann’s and bought some 4″ foam and batting. I had some fabric left over from my chair redo project so I just used that with the thought that if I ever come across something I love, I can change it.

Entryway Bench | chatfieldcourt.comEntryway Bench | chatfieldcourt.comI added some upholstery tacks to each corner to dress it up a bit and called it done. At last.

Entryway Bench | chatfieldcourt.comEntryway Bench | chatfieldcourt.comIt does look much better, I think. I’m still not over the fact that it took so much work to do. I will say that I think using 4″ foam makes it look better. At least that’s one thing that worked in my favor.

Ok, on to the next project. If I ever say I want to do a quick paint change on something, remind me of this. On second thought you better not mention it unless you want to see me cry. 😉

What do you think, does it look better? Would you keep at something until it you were happy with it or would you move on to the next project and forget about it?

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