Wednesday, March 12, 2014

How to Paint Laminate Furniture

I needed two night-stands. Matching pair is not a must but was preferable.

So I was hunting for a very long time. What I liked was way out of my budget and what I got for budget was way out of my taste. You get the idea.

Finally few days ago I found a matching pair in local Value Village. It had nice details, but was a laminate piece :( 

But I loved the drawer pulls and for $3.99 each [yea, you read that right] I was ready to give it a try and girl am I glad that I did!

In my sheer excitement, I forgot to take any 'before' picture [as usual] but i have these snaps taken from my cell phone of how they looked like when they got home.

The drawer pull I fell for

The frame

As you can see, it was brown, some laminate was chipping and it needed a lot of work.
I did some research online on how to paint laminate furniture without much luck except this blog.

The idea is pretty simple though. The key ingredient to have a nice finishing is to use a primer that will adhere to laminated surface and give your paint a good grip.

So I bought the Zinsser 1-2-3 primer and gave it a good coat.

Gave it a light sanding.
Then I used a small foam roller to paint the pieces. I used the leftover paint from my Daughter's room makeover.
Sanded again and used another coat of paint.

So here is the final result

Hubby got the other piece of the pair but my next hunt is to find us a nice pair of lamps :D

I am on that! 


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Third Bedroom Makeover

Things have been pretty hard for me last few weeks. I have been trying to establish myself in the RealEstate business. I have this intense passion for RealEstate which even I can't explain.

So I was busy doing Open Houses, Generate Leads, Build my professional Website etc.

I still am occupied with those, the website is still undergoing lots of modifications but is open to public.

In midst of everything, my little one demanded she wants the third bedroom as her 'own room' and she no longer wishs to stay with her elder sister.

I said - Well, thats good! Go ahead!
She said - No!
I said - Why?
She said - That room is blue. I want ... ... ... WHITE!
I said - Are you sure you don't want like Pink or Purple?
She said - No. I want White!

My reaction was ........  ~_^

Well, as I said I was busy but she kept reminding me every week, every day, every hour till I finished her room 'top to bottom'.

First I showed her some white paint samples and she choose 'Stowe White' for the walls. Though the color was from CIL we had it tinted on Premier paint because of the quality.
I decided to go with eggshell base for it was a white room of a 6 year old.

I placed the curtain rod little further than the window frame to create an illusion of larger windows. Then I got some very light grey-ish 'Dhupian' curtains for her windows to match with the existing closet wallpaper [which I do not intend to change now or anytime soon].

Then I hunted on kijiji for a bedroom set suitable for my little kitten [which had to be 'white' too as my princess requested] and fortunately found one soon enough for only $100 and it's all wood and didn't need a refinish! **Happy Dance**

We shopped in ikea for all the bedding materials [I wanted 100% cotton for my teeny-tiny budget]. The bed sheets were all plain beige and the duvet cover was one of their basic 100% cotton ones!

So here is the Before and After:

I tried putting a pink tutu on top of that canopy but my little kitten strongly protested!

Could not resist putting a pic up of this gorgeous wardrobe <3 

Hope you like the makeover and pick up some ideas for your next room makeover :)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Framed Thermostat

I have been Lazy and Busy, Both.

Thus my absence.

Well, lets re-start by sharing a small project I did after changing my 40 year old Thermostat in to a programable one.

Form this:

To this: 

It's very convenient and energy savvy and I chose a model which isn't very fancy but gets the job done. So price savvy for me :D

But do you see the problem?

Yeap, the shape and the paint gap behind. So not OK!

So I did this:

A simple fix for a itchy design problem.