Saturday, April 30, 2016

DIY Gold-dipped Tequila Decanters

Summer is almost here and one of my favorite summer time cocktails is a delicious Margarita made with fresh lime and orange juices. And my favorite tequila just happens to come in the coolest glass decanter:

I had 3 bottles saved from last summer in the hopes to use them for a cool project down the road. Now that my cabinets are finished in my Kitchen Redo I decided that the bottles would make a great decorative addition to my open shelves. I love the gold-dipped look and decided to try some variations of this look.

After removing the labels on each bottle, I noticed there was residual glue and paper in some places that would not come off.

I tried sponges and soaking in soapy water and nothing worked! Then I remembered I had a package of steel wool in my supply closet. Using warm, soapy water and the steel wool, I simply rubbed the wool in a circular motion and the glue and paper came right off. Easy peasy!

Once the bottles were clean and dry, I used our favorite new painters tape, ScotchBlue with Edge-Lock to create the lines for my gold-dipped look. After my designs were taped on, I used another new favorite product, Montana Spray Paint. This paint is unlike any other product I've used before. The one-of-a-kind formula ensures high coverage, perfect control and handling and amazing color.

Once the paint was completely dry, I peeled off the tape to reveal perfect edges. Seriously, this Edge-Lock tape is ahhh-mazing!

The finished vases were a great addition to my open shelves. The flash of gold against the dark cabinet interior offers contrast and depth. Let's take a look:

What's your favorite summertime drink? Have you ever tried the DIY gold-dipped look before? Let us know in the comments below! 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

DIY Series Kitchen Redo: Cabinets Update!

It's been a long time since we've given you an update on our first-ever DIY Series project and we are super excited to fill you in on the latest along with a sneak peek on the progress!

The weather has slowly been getting nicer and now that I can get outside to work, I've been very busy finishing up the cabinets. As you know, one of the biggest aspects to my kitchen redo has been repainting all of my cabinets. The top cabinets have been painted a crisp white, while the bottom cabinets are now blue using Benjamin Moore's amazing Advance line. This paint is THE BEST possible paint you can choose for cabinets. We can't get enough! You can learn a little bit more about using Advance for this project in another Kitchen Redo post here.

On either side of my sink, I decided to try an open shelving concept with a dramatic, dark color for the interiors. So far, I am loving it. My kitchen is on the smaller side so the work has been fairly easy. Moving in sections, I removed all of the cabinet doors and stacked them in my living room. Then I wiped down all cabinet boxes with warm water and TSP. It is important to thoroughly clean all surfaces before painting, to remove built up dirt, grime and grease. I then taped off all edges using my new favorite painter's tape, ScotchBlue Edge-Lock. I got to work using a small, angled brush to cut in the edges and a larger brush and roller for all box faces. While the boxes dried, I headed outside to get to work on the doors. After cleaning all the doors with TSP, I used the HVLP paint sprayer to apply multiple coats of paint to each cabinet door.

Because we have a limited amount of nice days during Michigan's Spring season, actually getting outside to finish the doors took forever. We're talking weeks of open lower cabinets, and dishes piled everywhere. Here's a look at how my kitchen and dining room have looked over the last few months:

What a mess! I've since been able to put the doors back up and was then tasked with finding new hardware on a budget. I knew the look I wanted; something simple and modern. Brass T-bar pulls were at the top of my list.

They were also at the top of my price range. After scouring the internet for something affordable, a friend recommended I try Etsy. Best idea ever! I was able to find these awesome pulls, the exact look I wanted, for $50.00 LESS than the total cost of any other pulls I looked at!

With the cabinets finally finished and back up and the new hardware in, I can start to concentrate on other areas of the Redo like refinishing my kitchen island and a small section of butcher block counter top. Those projects are in full swing and we'll have an update here on those items as well as a few other cool things to share! In the meantime, take a sneak peek at my freshly painted and decorated open cabinets!

Stay tuned and as always, thank you so much for reading!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Client Project: Entryway Dresser

Here at Bloom. we are always excited to learn new painting techniques and methods. When a client was referred to us through Vera's Daughter Home, one of our favorite local boutiques, the client mentioned speaking with store owner Beckie Kassner about a brand-new technique straight from the latest Annie Sloan paint book. This technique involved mixing wax and paint together to create a distressed finish, without actually having to physically distress the piece. We refer to it as "muddling" and we are loving the new look!

This project was quite a transformation. The dresser was originally finished in black lacquer with gold trim and oriental illustrations on the drawer fronts:

The client expressed the desire for a french-country look in a creamy white, with light distressing and dark wax for added drama. After speaking with Beckie about the new "muddling" technique, we decided to use two Annie Sloan colors, Old White and Coco. The process began by mixing equal parts of Old White and Coco for the base color. Then, working in small sections, we applied wax mixed with Old White in a "swishing" motion. Here's a close up pic after the wax/paint mixture was applied and had dried for a few hours:

The wax helps to create texture as the brush moves over the surface. After letting the dresser sit for 24 hours, we then went over the entire piece with a small amount of dark wax, concentrating on the corners and edges. The end result was dramatic elegance that fit in perfectly with the client's style and decor:

We hope you love the new technique as much as we do! If you are local to the Detroit area, be sure to stop by Vera's Daughter Home where you can shop gorgeous furniture and home decor, learn the latest tricks and tips from Beckie herself, and purchase Annie Sloan products.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Client Project: Restored Family Dining Table and Chairs

When a client approached Bloom. to help her restore her family's dining table and chairs we could not have been more excited. This set was absolutely gorgeous. The unique wood grain and color was in great shape, save for some damage to the table top, and the chairs were a beautiful style and simply needed new fabric. The set has been in the client's family for a few generations and she wished to maintain the original style while giving just the table top a complete refinish and reupholstering all six chairs. We recommended a stain match for the table top, and a generous application of hemp oil to the table apron, legs and chairs. Hemp oil is a great way to moisturize and brighten tired, old wood.

Let's take a look at the Befores:

As you can see, the chair fabric was dated and tired and the table top was in poor shape due to years of use. The client chose a pretty, floral fabric design for the chairs which paired perfectly with the wood stain. For the table top, we were able to get a custom stain match using one of the table leaves that was still in good condition. After stripping the table top, we applied the stain as well as a coat of hemp oil, and then a final coat of poly for added protection. The apron, table legs and chairs were also rubbed down with a coat of hemp oil for a refresh in color and shine.

Our client was so happy with the results and even called to say that her mom absolutely loved the look and has never seen the table look so pretty! We hope you enjoyed reading about this project as much as we enjoyed working on it!

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