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before and after: rocking chair

When I graduated from college and moved out on my own (a really long time ago!) my mom bought me an antique armoire for my bedroom. I decided several years ago to paint it white and loved how it turned out. I also had an antique rocking chair that I recently decided to reupholster and paint white. Most everyone knows that I do not sew! The nice thing about reupholstering chairs is that you only have to be good with a staple gun, which I think anyone can handle! I only needed a small amount of fabric and the nice thing about this chair is that I can change the fabric often since it is easy to do. I sanded down the chair and wiped away the dust. I used a flat white paint (leftover from another project) and gave the chair two to three coats. After it had dried a few days, I took sand paper and just sanded all of the edges to let some of the wood underneath show through and give it a shabby chic feel. I may finish it off with a semi-gloss clear spray, but I haven’t decided on that yet. I am happy with the way it turned out and it was a pretty fast project, only a couple of hours total. I was able to easily squeeze it in to a Sunday...

from crappy to snappy with a can of paint

I got the urge to re-design my home office so I emptied it all out and hated the carpet that was left. So I “surprised” my husband while he was at work and tore it out to see what was underneath. The surprise was on me, it was crappy plywood with lots crooked nails. I didn’t want to put more carpet in or spend $1000 on wood flooring so I thought I would try to paint it. My room is 8 x 12 so I created an 18″ square piece of cardboard to use as my guide. 12″ looked to small and 24″ looked too big so I settled for a middle size that would easily divide into an 8 x 12 room. I primed the floor, not too perfectly because I wanted the paint to look weathered. Then I used my square to draw in guides with a pencil. After that, I taped off the area that would stay white and painted the tan color inside of the tape. After the paint dried, I applied a coat of oil based sealer so it wouldn’t flake or scratch easily. This is not rocket science but it takes a lot of hours. I am totally in love with the end result so it was worth every...