Thursday, July 23, 2015

Client Project: Child's Table to Coffee Table

Recently we have been working on a project that was once used as a child's table, our client wanted to take this great "garbage picking" find and turn it into a coffee table.  The table had been painted many colors and had quite a bit of wear, it also separated down the center on a track. 

To take the table down to an appropriate coffee table height about 4" of the legs were removed and self leveling feet were added.  The top was completely affixed and no longer opens in the center.  The table was hand-painted in a beautiful shade of blue and was antiqued with a dark brown glaze. 

This table may have changed its purpose but the classic character is still there.  I had a lot of fun working on this piece and hope the family enjoys it in their home!

xoxo - Danielle and Shannon

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Client Project: Restored Vintage Dollhouse

A client recently approached Bloom. to help restore one of her favorite childhood treasures, a stunning vintage dollhouse. The story behind the piece goes something like this: When our client was a little girl, she would drive with her father down to his workshop in Detroit, and on the way they would pass a little house with rows of unique, hand-crafted dollhouses on the front lawn. The girl would look excitedly out the window each time they drove by the house, hoping to catch a glimpse of each and every wonderfully inviting creation. One day, her father approached the man who owned the house and all of the tiny crafted pieces and asked him to make a special house just for his little girl. It was big enough to hold all kinds of dolls and had pretty window sills and a big, front door complete with knob and knocker. And on the front of the house, was a delicately chiseled, "M" for the little girl's name.

Years later, when the little girl had grown and created a beautiful family of her own, she still had that amazing dollhouse and wanted to brighten it up so she could share it with her own little ones. And when she asked Bloom. to help her, we were beyond excited!

Let's take a look at the Befores:

The client asked for a crisp, white finish and a red door. We suggested gray shutters and window trim to finish off the look. The exterior paint was applied using an HVLP paint sprayer while the door and trim were hand-painted. What was achieved is simple, timeless whimsy:

We just love happy endings, don't you?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Client Project: Restored Vintage Buffet in Red Lacquer

Danielle and I are so pleased to reveal our first client project together as Bloom. Restorations! This project is special to us both in so many ways, not only because it is our first collaboration as a team but also because the project involved using tools and techniques that we had never used before. This was such a great learning experience and we are so excited to share it with you all!

We are loving high-gloss finishes right now, and anything that offers a bold pop of color is especially fun. So when a client approached Bloom. to restore her mid-century buffet in a bright, red lacquer we were more than excited to get started. Our client had purchased the buffet locally and it was in quite a state. It needed a few repairs and the solid brass hardware was in desperate need of a polish. Here are some befores:

The buffet included an attached hutch, which the client did not wish to incorporate into the finished piece. We easily removed the hutch and filled in the old screw holes with wood filler. The entire piece was given a good sanding and cleaned thoroughly to remove dust and buildup. The original, solid brass hardware was cleaned and polished using a cool, DIY method that you can learn more about here. Once the hardware was polished, it was sealed with a clear coat of spray enamel.

As mentioned earlier, our client wished to have the piece refinished in a shiny, red lacquer, which we absolutely love! To ensure an even, shiny finish, we decided to apply the lacquer using a compressor-powered, HVLP paint sprayer. This was our first experience with paint spraying and the process involved a lot of trial and error. There were some very interesting bumps in the road, but thankfully, we were working with a very patient client, and after what felt like a never-ending journey, the project was finished. The results are nothing short of stunning elegance.

After delivering and installing the piece into the client's home, we were lucky enough to be allowed to photograph the buffet in it's new resting spot. Let's take a look!

We love everything about this room from the beautiful vintage dining table, to the gorgeously unique chandelier. And now that a custom painted Bloom. piece has been added, we couldn't love it any more!

Thank you so much for visiting the blog today!

-Shannon & Danielle

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Monday, July 6, 2015

How to: Scalloped Feature Wall

WOW, what a difference this simple, inexpensive project has made!  
We have painted almost every wall in every room of our house, except this small hallway.  I was really looking to make a statement somewhere in the house, and I have played it safe with most of the rooms, this small space seemed perfect for a feature!

I was planning to do a more elaborate design, but after finding Classy Clutter's great tutorial my mind was changed and the project began.  

Supplies Needed:
Sharpie Oil Based Paint Pen - Gold Metallic
12in diameter template

I took a 12in diameter lid that I had in the cupboard and at the halfway mark, used a black sharpie to indicate on both edges the sides of the scallop.  I used painters tape to adhere a small level to the lid.  The level was only needed for the top row on each wall, but it also doubled as a handle for the rest of the project!  I also took a piece of 12"x12" craft paper and made another template for areas that couldn't accommodate the plastic lid (I had to make a few as the marker would wet the paper and on some areas transferred onto the wall).  My walls are 8ft+, the entire project took me 2 1/2 - 3 hours.

I LOVE this transformation!

xoxo - Danielle

Thursday, July 2, 2015

How to: Spray Painting Curtain Rods

I did it, I FINALLY did it!!  
When we moved into our home over 2 years ago, we were "given" our curtain rods by the previous home owner.  While they were in great shape, simple, and usable I still wanted something else.  I've had my eye on a few different gold curtain rods for a while, but to be honest they were just not in the budget.  So, DIY it is!

Rust-Oleum Metallic Spray Paint in Gold is by far the BEST gold spray paint.  It provides that perfect finish you're looking for, promise.  Also, I used the gun handle with the spray paint can, it is the most amazing tool, and will change your spray painting experience forever!

I started out by sanding the rods with 320 grit sand paper, to give the paint something to grab on to.  I then took each rod and sprayed a fine mist in long even strokes. 
Three coats really did the trick.  

I had initially planned to do a glossy finish on top of the gold metallic paint to really make it pop, but in the end I decided against it and I LOVE the final finish.  

This is such a small change, but the gold accent really helps bring the room together.

xoxo - Danielle

It's important when using spray paint, that you apply your coats thin.  If you don't you'll notice your paint running, then you have to wait until it dries, sand it down and reapply a new coat. 

Apply a finishing coat to the rods, I used a matte finish on mine.  If you don't use something to seal the metallic paint you will end up scratching the paint off when you join the two ends of the rods together, and each time you run the curtains along the bar.

I also sprayed the mounting fixtures, using the same steps