tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-57726410689809847102018-04-23T13:53:55.768-04:00 Bloom. Bloom.noreply@blogger.comBlogger111125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5772641068980984710.post-26189224113779467892016-08-23T19:22:00.000-04:002016-08-23T19:22:45.387-04:00Client Project: Small Vintage Cabinet RestoreA client had this adorable vintage cabinet in her garage for quite some time when she approached Bloom. about giving it a new look. The piece belonged to her grandmother and had been painted once before. After years of wear and tear, the green paint had begun to peel and chip away. The client requested a polished look in a rich shade of navy with a quick refresh to the hardware. Let's take a look at the Befores:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MG1H04uHYRE/V7zYlHzQFYI/AAAAAAAACvA/ubmkWFY8w7cfR_Xu2CCayo5IyCqGe4E0QCLcB/s1600/20160821_155427.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MG1H04uHYRE/V7zYlHzQFYI/AAAAAAAACvA/ubmkWFY8w7cfR_Xu2CCayo5IyCqGe4E0QCLcB/s640/20160821_155427.jpg" width="378" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mCYtGC04iis/V7zYlRGIP4I/AAAAAAAACvE/cBcflJupGEEtRw2GO2NYKyFAiLseo58hQCLcB/s1600/20160821_155431.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mCYtGC04iis/V7zYlRGIP4I/AAAAAAAACvE/cBcflJupGEEtRw2GO2NYKyFAiLseo58hQCLcB/s640/20160821_155431.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><br />We absolutely love Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy and suggested the color in a satin finish to the client. After applying the paint via HVLP sprayer we added a few coats of polyurethane to just the cabinet top for added protection should the client choose to add decor accessories to the piece. The hardware was given a new look using Barkeeper's Friend and was then sealed using a clear coat of enamel spray. We think the finished look is a polished and classic finish that will give our client many years to enjoy. Take a look:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-r4yBVYGNs5s/V7zZfe1q_VI/AAAAAAAACvc/2FnWBXuF6lAF1VeMbp1p5N1PnulXYfnRwCLcB/s1600/IMG_6701.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-r4yBVYGNs5s/V7zZfe1q_VI/AAAAAAAACvc/2FnWBXuF6lAF1VeMbp1p5N1PnulXYfnRwCLcB/s1600/IMG_6701.JPG" width="460" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1hiHfi6g0Eo/V7zZe5Hfp1I/AAAAAAAACvY/jZa8lK3_m549WlIhCFsw4iydUZGN5-xmQCLcB/s1600/IMG_6702.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="382" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1hiHfi6g0Eo/V7zZe5Hfp1I/AAAAAAAACvY/jZa8lK3_m549WlIhCFsw4iydUZGN5-xmQCLcB/s1600/IMG_6702.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kr5phFWuumY/V7zZe1NCsTI/AAAAAAAACvU/tiCMqFm_foAX4WAnJkiq0-uAKgTPPjssACLcB/s1600/IMG_6712.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kr5phFWuumY/V7zZe1NCsTI/AAAAAAAACvU/tiCMqFm_foAX4WAnJkiq0-uAKgTPPjssACLcB/s1600/IMG_6712.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br />Let us know what you think in the comments below!<br /><br />Cheers,<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nvbL4b9gENY/V7zacNHegwI/AAAAAAAACvk/5uXF1loExBwI7NzCTcbXeYp3ver-g8DwgCLcB/s1600/wreath%2Bcombo%2Bsignature%2B7.27.16.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nvbL4b9gENY/V7zacNHegwI/AAAAAAAACvk/5uXF1loExBwI7NzCTcbXeYp3ver-g8DwgCLcB/s320/wreath%2Bcombo%2Bsignature%2B7.27.16.png" width="320" /></a></div><br />Shannon Goodwinhttps://plus.google.com/109938422006573857543noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5772641068980984710.post-84663584693252350002016-08-17T07:41:00.000-04:002016-08-17T07:41:10.533-04:00Client Project: Pair of Dressers<div style="text-align: center;">A previous client recently purchased a pair of dressers to use as nightstands in her master bedroom. &nbsp;She new exactly what she wanted, the dressers done in a semi gloss white finish with a gold accent that would feature the unique lines of the pieces.</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Before</b></u></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3vMNUiT_JU0/V7NlabMxBwI/AAAAAAAACs4/GaRjmXsuFvgqFfpz_NhhVNYMX9l_yQnAwCLcB/s1600/schantz6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="356" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3vMNUiT_JU0/V7NlabMxBwI/AAAAAAAACs4/GaRjmXsuFvgqFfpz_NhhVNYMX9l_yQnAwCLcB/s640/schantz6.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IPN8cZjNG_4/V7NkubieYzI/AAAAAAAACsw/TM4b8rY5SgAsx4UmUMxEXfy7BKV1ge2RACLcB/s1600/IMG_4253.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IPN8cZjNG_4/V7NkubieYzI/AAAAAAAACsw/TM4b8rY5SgAsx4UmUMxEXfy7BKV1ge2RACLcB/s640/IMG_4253.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">The original hardware was in pretty rough shape, but with some Bar Keepers Friend and a damp paper towel the results were perfect!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6J0PRIaLxkY/V7NkSOHQcSI/AAAAAAAACsU/mWOO5LmROIgCw0Ek29pdqCwWMrt5iMK2gCEw/s1600/Schantz%2BHardware.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="281" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6J0PRIaLxkY/V7NkSOHQcSI/AAAAAAAACsU/mWOO5LmROIgCw0Ek29pdqCwWMrt5iMK2gCEw/s400/Schantz%2BHardware.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><u><b>After</b></u></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><u><b><br /></b></u></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-arJCQWKoeis/V7NkXfMK6XI/AAAAAAAACsY/NyQzxtZ-mrA2m2MYrigDTLKRDpRw7TCEgCEw/s1600/Schantz1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="336" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-arJCQWKoeis/V7NkXfMK6XI/AAAAAAAACsY/NyQzxtZ-mrA2m2MYrigDTLKRDpRw7TCEgCEw/s640/Schantz1.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">We chose to use Benjamin Moore's Advance line in the color Mayonnaise. &nbsp;The white has a warmth to it that really works well with the gold/brass accents. &nbsp;We were playing around with where to add the gold outline, and are very pleased with the result of choosing the inlay around the drawers</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-JKoCG76DAKI/V7NkXtz9EfI/AAAAAAAACsc/NbaVDybpgEQHahuk6HmIi_1LGlUbcFFnQCEw/s1600/Schantz2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-JKoCG76DAKI/V7NkXtz9EfI/AAAAAAAACsc/NbaVDybpgEQHahuk6HmIi_1LGlUbcFFnQCEw/s640/Schantz2.jpg" width="530" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-I4HyjFVBCsg/V7NkZg3AKfI/AAAAAAAACsg/jfQLosHktWogqeUm4sl1QSj65ksFMf9hgCEw/s1600/schantz3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-I4HyjFVBCsg/V7NkZg3AKfI/AAAAAAAACsg/jfQLosHktWogqeUm4sl1QSj65ksFMf9hgCEw/s640/schantz3.jpg" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-j2dumXOnv8s/V7NkajHJhBI/AAAAAAAACso/RU4i7nV7-5MX3O9Jp3uOS7q4hwsbOKPpACEw/s1600/schantz4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-j2dumXOnv8s/V7NkajHJhBI/AAAAAAAACso/RU4i7nV7-5MX3O9Jp3uOS7q4hwsbOKPpACEw/s640/schantz4.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">These dressers are going to work perfectly as nightstands with deep drawers and a durable, long lasting finish.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Thank you,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Shannon and Danielle</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u><br /></u></div>Bloom.https://plus.google.com/106768623871988673714noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5772641068980984710.post-40647220474374321122016-07-27T21:11:00.000-04:002016-07-27T21:12:55.952-04:00Client Project: Bedroom Set RestorationWhen Bloom. was asked to collaborate with a local designer on a beautiful bedroom set, we could not have been more excited. When we were told the look was "Hollywood Glam" we were downright thrilled. The client's daughter's room was undergoing a glamorous makeover, with touches of sophisticated elegance and hints of mid century modern flare. We were tasked with transforming two tired, vintage pieces into shining stars. Let's take a look at how the pieces looked when they came to us:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1mub49LeyWw/V5lUjQMDZjI/AAAAAAAACpc/y1ViXbDQmgQ7e8FmjV7_xAMNCSwhmQXvACLcB/s1600/13101376_10153474421745825_1174481765_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1mub49LeyWw/V5lUjQMDZjI/AAAAAAAACpc/y1ViXbDQmgQ7e8FmjV7_xAMNCSwhmQXvACLcB/s640/13101376_10153474421745825_1174481765_n.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Y7QY8NAejyc/V5lUjbOiW-I/AAAAAAAACpg/Y3KbdzuC3RguDc3BS-U1YQ8jrNmx0-WaQCLcB/s1600/13140718_10153474421655825_1623849370_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Y7QY8NAejyc/V5lUjbOiW-I/AAAAAAAACpg/Y3KbdzuC3RguDc3BS-U1YQ8jrNmx0-WaQCLcB/s640/13140718_10153474421655825_1623849370_n.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />The designer requested a lacquer-like finish with gold accents. Bloom. suggested Benjamin Moore's Advance line which is a water-based, Alkyd paint that offers a perfectly smooth, self-leveling finish. To achieve a shiny, lacquer finish, we selected the "High Gloss" finish. After discussing various color samples with the client, it was decided that the color would be Poolside Blue, a gorgeously rich and stylish shade of turquoise. To achieve the requested, gold-accented hardware, we used a combination of Barkeeper's Friend and slightly damp paper towel to remove years of patina from each piece of hardware. After buffing thoroughly, each piece was sprayed with a protective coat of clear enamel gloss.<br /><br />The end result here is serious Hollywood Glam. We are super excited to be a part of such a cool room makeover and can't wait to see the completed room design! For now, enjoy some pics of the finished furniture!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-f0tgUEZVMrM/V5lW3UEKZWI/AAAAAAAACpw/ftNpu2T5X4Qsz3NBZpb5S91lwMFNGehMwCLcB/s1600/IMG_6598.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="456" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-f0tgUEZVMrM/V5lW3UEKZWI/AAAAAAAACpw/ftNpu2T5X4Qsz3NBZpb5S91lwMFNGehMwCLcB/s1600/IMG_6598.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Wlwjz_EAt2I/V5lW3UZhPFI/AAAAAAAACp0/qRlD0JKa6IMwbvWlHJ1deLDHcEkuOurjQCLcB/s1600/IMG_6602.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="472" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Wlwjz_EAt2I/V5lW3UZhPFI/AAAAAAAACp0/qRlD0JKa6IMwbvWlHJ1deLDHcEkuOurjQCLcB/s1600/IMG_6602.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wpCYD86YabE/V5lW0qBD-gI/AAAAAAAACps/Ude2JNSGsTkuDVPqqpryhDBH4rcfqiFPgCLcB/s1600/IMG_6610.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; 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text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eP6UTDamE7g/V5laMDA7GTI/AAAAAAAACqc/iPVGfV3-rS0gTjlfI9-F4Nb1J0C8ehIQwCLcB/s1600/wreath%2Bcombo%2Bsignature%2B7.27.16.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eP6UTDamE7g/V5laMDA7GTI/AAAAAAAACqc/iPVGfV3-rS0gTjlfI9-F4Nb1J0C8ehIQwCLcB/s320/wreath%2Bcombo%2Bsignature%2B7.27.16.png" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />Bloom.https://plus.google.com/106768623871988673714noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5772641068980984710.post-46143247603500866602016-06-26T09:18:00.000-04:002016-06-26T09:18:01.127-04:00Vintage Phone Bench RestorationI love this bench. Seriously. Even before I made it Bloom. I still had some lovey feelings for it. I love the curves and the floral carving in the chair back. I love the little side desk with additional storage. I love that it is naturally distressing in some parts and how it looked even better when I added some "faux" distressing of my own. It is just the most perfect little accent piece I think I have ever come upon. Let me show you how it looked when it came to my garage:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BCwlWFjBcQM/V2s0fNuy6UI/AAAAAAAAGwk/0Fh-1phrcwIVArrUKiZcLCrtigyzezKEgCLcB/s1600/received_10100704266027744.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BCwlWFjBcQM/V2s0fNuy6UI/AAAAAAAAGwk/0Fh-1phrcwIVArrUKiZcLCrtigyzezKEgCLcB/s640/received_10100704266027744.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Now, I know what you're thinking. Leopard print fabric? What the what??? Let me tell you guys... that's not even fabric. Whoever had the priveledge of owning this adorable little bench actually used a leopard print <i>TOWEL </i>to cover it's adorable little seat! Once I got that odd choice of decorative seat fabric off, the bench looked a million times better. I decided on a crisp, sage green for the wood which I lightly distressed once the paint had time to cure. A few coats of clear wax added just the right amount of sheen to the finish. Danielle recovered the seat in a gorgeous, script fabric that added just the right amount of elegant, vintage charm.<br /><br />I am in love! The finished piece is probably one of my favorite projects yet. Take a look!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5kv9I4ELXVA/V2s4OfG7L-I/AAAAAAAAGww/UA4wDwGrETAvA2uq-kcvFseEo0QXh4OaQCLcB/s1600/IMG_6343.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5kv9I4ELXVA/V2s4OfG7L-I/AAAAAAAAGww/UA4wDwGrETAvA2uq-kcvFseEo0QXh4OaQCLcB/s1600/IMG_6343.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GT3_nE2NYiA/V2s4O3kK7cI/AAAAAAAAGw4/cj17Vn5XJ0Mp0T0ufSZCKL9uaYwyNzH0ACLcB/s1600/IMG_6345.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GT3_nE2NYiA/V2s4O3kK7cI/AAAAAAAAGw4/cj17Vn5XJ0Mp0T0ufSZCKL9uaYwyNzH0ACLcB/s1600/IMG_6345.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fNGvySESPDs/V2s4Pv2_2hI/AAAAAAAAGxA/F4w-vJ2n0TQTxSLH2Azh_Fc2Q3IRdDk5ACLcB/s1600/IMG_6350.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fNGvySESPDs/V2s4Pv2_2hI/AAAAAAAAGxA/F4w-vJ2n0TQTxSLH2Azh_Fc2Q3IRdDk5ACLcB/s1600/IMG_6350.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dtLB5TSyWKM/V2s4Tq4wMCI/AAAAAAAAGxQ/ws1qFNGRnm8QhzthOACj_SkDEIdMvuEsgCLcB/s1600/IMG_6357.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dtLB5TSyWKM/V2s4Tq4wMCI/AAAAAAAAGxQ/ws1qFNGRnm8QhzthOACj_SkDEIdMvuEsgCLcB/s1600/IMG_6357.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lI-71GNE0w0/V2s4SMOuz_I/AAAAAAAAGxI/pfewaseaba4xH1mOoza60YufSxW7rDvMwCLcB/s1600/IMG_6362.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lI-71GNE0w0/V2s4SMOuz_I/AAAAAAAAGxI/pfewaseaba4xH1mOoza60YufSxW7rDvMwCLcB/s1600/IMG_6362.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mcYxtnkD_Y8/V2s4T95YppI/AAAAAAAAGxY/CI02MGQrOLgizsYsyXW6QByhl5CwqGgTQCLcB/s1600/IMG_6364.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mcYxtnkD_Y8/V2s4T95YppI/AAAAAAAAGxY/CI02MGQrOLgizsYsyXW6QByhl5CwqGgTQCLcB/s1600/IMG_6364.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br />So purdy. Though it pains me to part with it, this piece is available for purchase locally. Contact us at Bloom8281@gmail.com. Thanks so much for reading today!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rgvBqpN5vlk/V2snLnjiwCI/AAAAAAAAGvw/Tjdlu4UuYwUKAYqJk1Dg60zgJInX13x7wCKgB/s1600/Single%2BSignature.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rgvBqpN5vlk/V2snLnjiwCI/AAAAAAAAGvw/Tjdlu4UuYwUKAYqJk1Dg60zgJInX13x7wCKgB/s320/Single%2BSignature.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />Shannon Goodwinhttps://plus.google.com/109938422006573857543noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5772641068980984710.post-3377066312384429312016-06-25T08:45:00.000-04:002016-06-26T22:04:10.252-04:00Unique Chairside Table with Lamp This unique piece was given to me by a friend who was clearing out his garage and came upon this table with a lamp built into it. I can honestly say I've never seen anything like it and wasn't sure exactly the direction to go at first, but after keeping it in my garage for a little while, I became inspired when my daughter mentioned how small the table was and how it would be perfect for a child to use. I decided then and there to create something fit for a princess bedroom! Let's take a look at the Before pic:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2Sciy681kWQ/V2svAvClkuI/AAAAAAAAGv8/XoOLL6rACDcby4JmTeYZQ0tFbM_10ub1QCLcB/s1600/received_10100704266077644.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2Sciy681kWQ/V2svAvClkuI/AAAAAAAAGv8/XoOLL6rACDcby4JmTeYZQ0tFbM_10ub1QCLcB/s640/received_10100704266077644.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><br />You can see how difficult it was to imagine something sweet and pretty when looking at the Before pic, right? I decided on a pretty pink from Benjamin Moore called "Rhododendron". It reminds me of pink taffy. Because the drawer had been warped from moisture damage, it was sanded down and covered in a delicate script fabric, complete with a gold, crown graphic, for an added "royal" touch. The old, dated lampshade was switched out for an elegant, modern lampshade in a complementary script fabric. I also tossed the scuffed drawer pull and added two clear knobs for a final, feminine touch. The end result is pink, princess charm:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XzIXrkxZBZA/V2swb5wrkxI/AAAAAAAAGwQ/Dflz7r3dnvo5SYGcBbIo5iiGjqLxX81IwCLcB/s1600/IMG_6313.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XzIXrkxZBZA/V2swb5wrkxI/AAAAAAAAGwQ/Dflz7r3dnvo5SYGcBbIo5iiGjqLxX81IwCLcB/s1600/IMG_6313.JPG" width="368" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GsBjvq2KqzM/V2swcfgGGzI/AAAAAAAAGwY/7t69q8ik8dQ6Ej7FRz5Gq3AEhIQK2MqgwCLcB/s1600/IMG_6336.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GsBjvq2KqzM/V2swcfgGGzI/AAAAAAAAGwY/7t69q8ik8dQ6Ej7FRz5Gq3AEhIQK2MqgwCLcB/s1600/IMG_6336.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-U_6oUNFoozc/V2swa-RnMLI/AAAAAAAAGwI/ivCZuepGeL07hzuRvAtRKCoF2Dgt7IlqgCLcB/s1600/IMG_6339.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="418" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-U_6oUNFoozc/V2swa-RnMLI/AAAAAAAAGwI/ivCZuepGeL07hzuRvAtRKCoF2Dgt7IlqgCLcB/s1600/IMG_6339.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br />This adorable table is part of our Purchase Locally collection and if you would like information on how to purchase, please contact us at Bloom8281@gmail.com.<br /><br />Thanks so much for reading!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rgvBqpN5vlk/V2snLnjiwCI/AAAAAAAAGvw/Tjdlu4UuYwUKAYqJk1Dg60zgJInX13x7wCKgB/s1600/Single%2BSignature.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rgvBqpN5vlk/V2snLnjiwCI/AAAAAAAAGvw/Tjdlu4UuYwUKAYqJk1Dg60zgJInX13x7wCKgB/s320/Single%2BSignature.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />UPDATE: This piece has been sold. But don't be sad! We have many other wonderful items available for purchase! Contact us to learn more!Shannon Goodwinhttps://plus.google.com/109938422006573857543noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5772641068980984710.post-17347413968659494722016-06-22T20:07:00.000-04:002016-06-22T20:07:44.911-04:00Quick Piano Bench RedoMy mom purchased this piano bench a few weeks after moving into her first home. She found it at a garage sale and decided to fix it up, paint it and use it as a cute end table in her brand-new living room. When she decided it was time for the bench to move on and offered it to me, I was eager to put my own creative spin on it. Let's take a look at the before picture:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-p_56LnZLPFo/V2si7EsAOgI/AAAAAAAAGu0/YX-hzBa3pCgizR2dqQ066L08eBCfyg9LgCLcB/s1600/20160613_094607.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="360" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-p_56LnZLPFo/V2si7EsAOgI/AAAAAAAAGu0/YX-hzBa3pCgizR2dqQ066L08eBCfyg9LgCLcB/s640/20160613_094607.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />After cleaning and prepping the piece, 2 coats of Benjamin Moore's Urbane Bronze was applied via HVLP paint sprayer. We love the rich, brown and gold tones in this graphite-based color. After letting the paint cure for 24 hours, a stencil design was applied to the bench top in BM's Dove White. The entire piece was finished in clear wax.<br /><br />Let's take a look at the finished piece:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iht57vOZFjk/V2slXTWSo_I/AAAAAAAAGvc/2T2DnkTxhDocwRbWzembEeZmFNIqeW42QCLcB/s1600/IMG_6276.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iht57vOZFjk/V2slXTWSo_I/AAAAAAAAGvc/2T2DnkTxhDocwRbWzembEeZmFNIqeW42QCLcB/s1600/IMG_6276.JPG" width="462" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WDPsN7Jy6IY/V2slVbs1OfI/AAAAAAAAGvU/DccG3imbMWQoRUTbDo6LIQgGRmOM0vnbwCLcB/s1600/IMG_6282.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WDPsN7Jy6IY/V2slVbs1OfI/AAAAAAAAGvU/DccG3imbMWQoRUTbDo6LIQgGRmOM0vnbwCLcB/s1600/IMG_6282.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pkMztIixzLQ/V2slTeVlfpI/AAAAAAAAGvA/ePEc07cDr04Yr-yVs6Kxvfnqq0dPrJBMQCLcB/s1600/IMG_6295.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pkMztIixzLQ/V2slTeVlfpI/AAAAAAAAGvA/ePEc07cDr04Yr-yVs6Kxvfnqq0dPrJBMQCLcB/s1600/IMG_6295.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br />I love the unique look of the Urbane Bronze paired with the bright white stencil design. I'm sure this piano bench would fit nicely into a new home and now that this piece is part of our Purchase Locally collection, it should be able to do just that in the near future. For more information on how to purchase this Restored Piano Bench and other fine furniture, contact us at Bloom8281@gmail.com or visit our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/bloomrestorations/">Facebook</a> page.<br /><br />Thanks for reading today!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rgvBqpN5vlk/V2snLnjiwCI/AAAAAAAAGvo/TlLzC-RXxgs-CjZ8S8_plGhnnC04c_WpwCLcB/s1600/Single%2BSignature.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rgvBqpN5vlk/V2snLnjiwCI/AAAAAAAAGvo/TlLzC-RXxgs-CjZ8S8_plGhnnC04c_WpwCLcB/s320/Single%2BSignature.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br />Shannon Goodwinhttps://plus.google.com/109938422006573857543noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5772641068980984710.post-83806028554058316192016-06-21T07:24:00.000-04:002016-06-21T07:27:37.147-04:00Antique Settee Refinish<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">When a friend found this antique settee sitting outside on the curb and sent a picture over I had to have it! &nbsp;Once it arrived I realized that it had been rained on, well loved and a cat had definitely snuggled up on it a few times, but the shape and style were right up my alley.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><b><u>Before</u></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><b><u><br /></u></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QrSPPgVTPpQ/V2gEEy3r46I/AAAAAAAACgY/kiDUVDHm7EECcH5Fa1XsA5-z71xMhFHkgCLcB/s1600/IMG_3743.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QrSPPgVTPpQ/V2gEEy3r46I/AAAAAAAACgY/kiDUVDHm7EECcH5Fa1XsA5-z71xMhFHkgCLcB/s640/IMG_3743.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-32J7iuv3hdQ/V2gEFAA9yoI/AAAAAAAACgc/1PfmX46oKug16sGvEUnIBzQ1CInuLSM3QCLcB/s1600/IMG_3744.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-32J7iuv3hdQ/V2gEFAA9yoI/AAAAAAAACgc/1PfmX46oKug16sGvEUnIBzQ1CInuLSM3QCLcB/s640/IMG_3744.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Once all of the fabric, padding and wood veneer was removed and I could get a good look at this well made piece of furniture I was glad it ended up in my collection. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">A lot of repairs needed to be made to the woodwork (i.e. arms held together by duct tape) and the under webbing/straps had to all be removed and replaced. &nbsp;But, the biggest part of the transformation would be choosing a paint color and fabric that would really make this piece pop.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-uH3Xlkpw1Ec/V2gD1MQPlCI/AAAAAAAACf0/tyXeudnHhLEna7vVDWVWuv12QRH6fYGYACLcB/s1600/IMG_3898.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-uH3Xlkpw1Ec/V2gD1MQPlCI/AAAAAAAACf0/tyXeudnHhLEna7vVDWVWuv12QRH6fYGYACLcB/s640/IMG_3898.JPG" width="640" /></a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Afy5A0MFuvA/V2gD9lCke4I/AAAAAAAACgM/R1ayvxlZ9V8VBOVZZwQo5SX-yBQtM7PjACLcB/s1600/IMG_3947.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Afy5A0MFuvA/V2gD9lCke4I/AAAAAAAACgM/R1ayvxlZ9V8VBOVZZwQo5SX-yBQtM7PjACLcB/s640/IMG_3947.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-idN2DIgQBsk/V2gD3RL2RJI/AAAAAAAACf8/MuytcXFDSCMHEoaaTXZTVMRWlXG0a4F5ACLcB/s1600/IMG_3897.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-idN2DIgQBsk/V2gD3RL2RJI/AAAAAAAACf8/MuytcXFDSCMHEoaaTXZTVMRWlXG0a4F5ACLcB/s640/IMG_3897.JPG" width="480" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><u><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>After</b></span></u></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">A beautiful gray patterned fabric was chosen and custom piping was added to the piece. &nbsp;While a rich gold metallic finish&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">really helped to accentuate the beautiful lines and detail</span><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SmVK_iWi-Kc/V2gEJYAUlBI/AAAAAAAAChE/YYMBzh_UL_4u7Qeth_d1Dsui9aMmlBBGACLcB/s1600/Settee1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="436" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SmVK_iWi-Kc/V2gEJYAUlBI/AAAAAAAAChE/YYMBzh_UL_4u7Qeth_d1Dsui9aMmlBBGACLcB/s640/Settee1.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5az7xGW4wE4/V2gEJ-obN2I/AAAAAAAAChY/5-JlZLwJcdU44PFb95JZ9LWRLqDyT20lgCLcB/s640/Settee4.jpg" width="626" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZEf82WcmBbU/V2gEJ6YBjtI/AAAAAAAAChU/kopXJlnjnGsxVQphKu5NJFbbUOKuvZLOgCLcB/s1600/Settee5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZEf82WcmBbU/V2gEJ6YBjtI/AAAAAAAAChU/kopXJlnjnGsxVQphKu5NJFbbUOKuvZLOgCLcB/s640/Settee5.jpg" width="514" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">This antique settee is a perfect example of something that was once considered trash and with a little love was able to Bloom. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Interested in purchasing this piece? This and many other furniture pieces that we have refinished are available for sale locally, <a href="http://www.bloomrestorations.com/p/purchase-locally.html" target="_blank">contact us</a> for more details.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_WSxNe1GQrU/V2gNI-33ZjI/AAAAAAAAChw/UZAhtDhLiugz0pkPEcnk-DcVsMyrCr65ACLcB/s1600/xoxodanielle.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_WSxNe1GQrU/V2gNI-33ZjI/AAAAAAAAChw/UZAhtDhLiugz0pkPEcnk-DcVsMyrCr65ACLcB/s1600/xoxodanielle.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">P.S. Please let us know what you think in the comments section below :)</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br />Bloom.https://plus.google.com/106768623871988673714noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5772641068980984710.post-35764013481196105852016-06-06T11:28:00.002-04:002016-06-06T11:28:18.171-04:00Client Project: Vintage Pie Safe Restoration<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HEKLAR3A3mE/V1WWPz857ZI/AAAAAAAACXI/Cib1BO2P5sMLka53QVwh3gu6oueHu5YjgCLcB/s1600/IMG_6152.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HEKLAR3A3mE/V1WWPz857ZI/AAAAAAAACXI/Cib1BO2P5sMLka53QVwh3gu6oueHu5YjgCLcB/s320/IMG_6152.JPG" width="320" /></a></div>A client came to Bloom. with a very interesting restoration project to kick off our Summer season and we are so excited to share it with you today! Long before the invention of refrigerators, pie safes were used to store bread, meat and other perishables to protect them from insects and vermin. Most commonly they were made of wood, with two hinged doors on the front and ventilated with screens. Our client purchased her vintage pie safe from a market in Northern Michigan and had long used it as a decor piece in her den, to store vintage plates and bowls. She liked the distressed look but decided she wanted the piece to better incorporate with her current decor theme. She asked Bloom. to color match the pie safe to a beautiful hutch in her den and we happily took on the project!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Let's take a look at the Before Pics:</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8Pgu1vYulVc/V1WMvkcdwwI/AAAAAAAACT8/YfQfwSopuwAeZVKhTxSareLxo5hOI2t9gCLcB/s1600/20160513_113336.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8Pgu1vYulVc/V1WMvkcdwwI/AAAAAAAACT8/YfQfwSopuwAeZVKhTxSareLxo5hOI2t9gCLcB/s640/20160513_113336.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TJAxt516RZc/V1WMukSxTGI/AAAAAAAACT0/hX6pQWoSAwMybLw9yzQ93KAQzZicigfpwCLcB/s1600/20160526_105845.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TJAxt516RZc/V1WMukSxTGI/AAAAAAAACT0/hX6pQWoSAwMybLw9yzQ93KAQzZicigfpwCLcB/s640/20160526_105845.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-T_ThjI09yNY/V1WMr1OLYNI/AAAAAAAACTs/BHmzS0jgUsUevPfnqSZgcsEZyuBSa6fhQCLcB/s1600/20160526_105849.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-T_ThjI09yNY/V1WMr1OLYNI/AAAAAAAACTs/BHmzS0jgUsUevPfnqSZgcsEZyuBSa6fhQCLcB/s640/20160526_105849.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DIgEJs9Ymzg/V1WM0Xkr8sI/AAAAAAAACUE/-7_-1zZzEF8knzhO8V2owsjSgdsQMsZJgCLcB/s1600/20160526_105854.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DIgEJs9Ymzg/V1WM0Xkr8sI/AAAAAAAACUE/-7_-1zZzEF8knzhO8V2owsjSgdsQMsZJgCLcB/s640/20160526_105854.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-URLoGmWmgmM/V1WM5H3b7LI/AAAAAAAACUM/IAbs6FYCC9I2fmkXVLR5uAi90IwXXwBrACLcB/s1600/20160526_110059.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-URLoGmWmgmM/V1WM5H3b7LI/AAAAAAAACUM/IAbs6FYCC9I2fmkXVLR5uAi90IwXXwBrACLcB/s640/20160526_110059.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kK4eQ2QzDL4/V1WM5lqJSrI/AAAAAAAACUU/MPEAC6MmVeU_bwPiZ7zgastGTrLHnK--QCLcB/s1600/20160526_110211.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kK4eQ2QzDL4/V1WM5lqJSrI/AAAAAAAACUU/MPEAC6MmVeU_bwPiZ7zgastGTrLHnK--QCLcB/s640/20160526_110211.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><br />Our client requested a color match using this beautiful hutch in her den:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MFUb2RrzEFc/V1WOXqjhzfI/AAAAAAAACUg/pikxIehq9DgDSYrYstpM7WO8pkvT4vx4wCLcB/s1600/20160513_113402.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MFUb2RrzEFc/V1WOXqjhzfI/AAAAAAAACUg/pikxIehq9DgDSYrYstpM7WO8pkvT4vx4wCLcB/s640/20160513_113402.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><br />We suggested multiple coats of Hemp Oil to the interior shelves to bring out the original luster and color of the wood as well as a dark wax overlay to finish the exterior. The end result is vintage charm and a beautifully restored pie safe our client can continue to enjoy for many years to come. 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We hope you're enjoying the start of summer as much as we are!</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tNFCkN3Aakg/V1WRQxQ0t0I/AAAAAAAACW0/HCTMLZ_jKWYcGsmO65BR05PlwKqJTs0iQCLcB/s1600/blog%2Bsignature.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="151" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tNFCkN3Aakg/V1WRQxQ0t0I/AAAAAAAACW0/HCTMLZ_jKWYcGsmO65BR05PlwKqJTs0iQCLcB/s320/blog%2Bsignature.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />Bloom.https://plus.google.com/106768623871988673714noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5772641068980984710.post-5820027598545961032016-04-30T10:20:00.001-04:002016-04-30T10:20:25.377-04:00DIY Gold-dipped Tequila DecantersSummer 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:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7IDKz0bM0F0/VyKiSGMDfYI/AAAAAAAACMY/BSUO18RqUHQwMEGJt7C1SZOikw0XnTIiACLcB/s1600/images.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7IDKz0bM0F0/VyKiSGMDfYI/AAAAAAAACMY/BSUO18RqUHQwMEGJt7C1SZOikw0XnTIiACLcB/s400/images.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />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.<br /><br />After removing the labels on each bottle, I noticed there was residual glue and paper in some places that would not come off.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OwgUCNfDZoo/VyKkVv8jK8I/AAAAAAAACMk/7R-eTRHXEHgc_1g966VRYdNi8AYfc7iUwCLcB/s1600/20160427_133928.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OwgUCNfDZoo/VyKkVv8jK8I/AAAAAAAACMk/7R-eTRHXEHgc_1g966VRYdNi8AYfc7iUwCLcB/s640/20160427_133928.jpg" width="502" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Emxs25mphw0/VyKkYpKwwAI/AAAAAAAACMo/psQdOu9G5i8EzCt5qYZRa7OJ4couxtNvgCLcB/s1600/20160427_133931.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Emxs25mphw0/VyKkYpKwwAI/AAAAAAAACMo/psQdOu9G5i8EzCt5qYZRa7OJ4couxtNvgCLcB/s640/20160427_133931.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>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!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZAGn6L4nerE/VyKkuDBS0WI/AAAAAAAACNM/xm-Ih77Em6Yzlronn_9u47Cp2gWD2MsDwCKgB/s1600/20160427_133937.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZAGn6L4nerE/VyKkuDBS0WI/AAAAAAAACNM/xm-Ih77Em6Yzlronn_9u47Cp2gWD2MsDwCKgB/s640/20160427_133937.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sX678WOE43A/VyKkuoAW3lI/AAAAAAAACNM/4dDHCLlTd08H_cUmkMI4q0I2omvsagOUwCKgB/s1600/20160427_134511.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sX678WOE43A/VyKkuoAW3lI/AAAAAAAACNM/4dDHCLlTd08H_cUmkMI4q0I2omvsagOUwCKgB/s640/20160427_134511.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><br />Once the bottles were clean and dry, I used our favorite new painters tape, <a href="http://www.homedepot.com/p/3M-ScotchBlue-0-94-in-x-60-yds-Advanced-Multi-Surface-Painter-s-Tape-with-Edge-Lock-2093EL-24N/203085523" target="_blank">ScotchBlue with Edge-Lock</a>&nbsp;to create the lines for my gold-dipped look. After my designs were taped on, I used another new favorite product, <a href="https://www.montana-cans.com/en/spray-cans/spray-paint/black-50ml-600ml/montana-black-400ml" target="_blank">Montana Spray Paint.</a>&nbsp;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.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iXpS1M38Pjg/VyKk4AestbI/AAAAAAAACNM/kZapmtxJqzA6bFto2_Ufk4HSdOXxlvmrACKgB/s1600/20160427_141044.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iXpS1M38Pjg/VyKk4AestbI/AAAAAAAACNM/kZapmtxJqzA6bFto2_Ufk4HSdOXxlvmrACKgB/s640/20160427_141044.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QL5TzcA1YBg/VyKlaMm1ZgI/AAAAAAAACNY/rdnjXCaN_gAJpgnzQAzf8-uvpJptFYEWwCKgB/s1600/20160427_141440.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QL5TzcA1YBg/VyKlaMm1ZgI/AAAAAAAACNY/rdnjXCaN_gAJpgnzQAzf8-uvpJptFYEWwCKgB/s640/20160427_141440.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bFY3Ggm_wbE/VyKlaUOj_6I/AAAAAAAACNY/qHazKUUfkscvcpHlqACoZOylvmLcxz2qgCKgB/s1600/20160427_142345.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bFY3Ggm_wbE/VyKlaUOj_6I/AAAAAAAACNY/qHazKUUfkscvcpHlqACoZOylvmLcxz2qgCKgB/s640/20160427_142345.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><br />Once the paint was completely dry, I peeled off the tape to reveal perfect edges. Seriously, this Edge-Lock tape is ahhh-mazing!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-miZEmnpNTAk/VyKlMVMythI/AAAAAAAACNU/A_onuao1rkoZHZCwJ5_Uqn_qYcdTM_vNwCKgB/s1600/20160427_160215.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="336" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-miZEmnpNTAk/VyKlMVMythI/AAAAAAAACNU/A_onuao1rkoZHZCwJ5_Uqn_qYcdTM_vNwCKgB/s640/20160427_160215.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HjqKWBOJlew/VyKlhdpckTI/AAAAAAAACNY/5y1pQVRla5wc3mDJwapDKLVDESr-DIyPQCKgB/s1600/20160427_160251.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HjqKWBOJlew/VyKlhdpckTI/AAAAAAAACNY/5y1pQVRla5wc3mDJwapDKLVDESr-DIyPQCKgB/s640/20160427_160251.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>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:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uPGrW6tWXDs/VyKwYNEhhXI/AAAAAAAACNk/6PRJePhRvg0QVkQr66rFWdetcoM-ons5ACLcB/s1600/IMG_5795.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uPGrW6tWXDs/VyKwYNEhhXI/AAAAAAAACNk/6PRJePhRvg0QVkQr66rFWdetcoM-ons5ACLcB/s640/IMG_5795.JPG" width="434" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SCVZQafQH_Q/VyKwZBAyWuI/AAAAAAAACNs/G4i0ucyc1BI1hUzR3qQR2y2dNtD7SiaswCLcB/s1600/IMG_5800.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SCVZQafQH_Q/VyKwZBAyWuI/AAAAAAAACNs/G4i0ucyc1BI1hUzR3qQR2y2dNtD7SiaswCLcB/s640/IMG_5800.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iq9HPvK900w/VyKwZOoP9fI/AAAAAAAACNo/5rHj0EOnrygFeNR2fPN7g7z3FuMdIddigCLcB/s1600/IMG_5808.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iq9HPvK900w/VyKwZOoP9fI/AAAAAAAACNo/5rHj0EOnrygFeNR2fPN7g7z3FuMdIddigCLcB/s640/IMG_5808.JPG" width="440" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_H8Q0XPPG7I/VyKwbPGeg-I/AAAAAAAACNw/phuaiOJNnroxS9BccIcEx90GHTA9LWz3ACLcB/s1600/IMG_5811.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_H8Q0XPPG7I/VyKwbPGeg-I/AAAAAAAACNw/phuaiOJNnroxS9BccIcEx90GHTA9LWz3ACLcB/s640/IMG_5811.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">What's your favorite summertime drink? Have you ever tried the DIY gold-dipped look before? Let us know in the comments below!&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3_re_cdOBPk/VyKd9rU6-gI/AAAAAAAACMQ/quz9NWqZI3YO1Pz-fnW2EaZZaLliFl_TACKgB/s1600/blog%2Bsignature.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="151" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3_re_cdOBPk/VyKd9rU6-gI/AAAAAAAACMQ/quz9NWqZI3YO1Pz-fnW2EaZZaLliFl_TACKgB/s320/blog%2Bsignature.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div>Bloom.https://plus.google.com/106768623871988673714noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5772641068980984710.post-68792992619451693582016-04-28T19:43:00.000-04:002016-04-28T21:51:33.509-04:00DIY 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!<br /><br />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 <a href="http://www.bloomrestorations.com/2016/01/diy-series-kitchen-redo-cabinets.html" target="_blank">here</a>.<br /><br />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,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.homedepot.com/p/3M-ScotchBlue-0-94-in-x-60-yds-Advanced-Multi-Surface-Painter-s-Tape-with-Edge-Lock-2093EL-24N/203085523" target="_blank">ScotchBlue Edge-Lock.</a>&nbsp;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.<br /><br />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:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DOUJ1fGGMLc/VyKWdy0TeZI/AAAAAAAACLE/tKZyyxASaxU2EdAZFQurKZstmm9s2KY8QCLcB/s1600/20160312_120709.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="360" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DOUJ1fGGMLc/VyKWdy0TeZI/AAAAAAAACLE/tKZyyxASaxU2EdAZFQurKZstmm9s2KY8QCLcB/s640/20160312_120709.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8ZUrT4RRUMI/VyKWZFY9NDI/AAAAAAAACK8/9sdjxHsP_eEzPeSS66DVex1ABNl_kzbAACLcB/s1600/IMG_5344.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8ZUrT4RRUMI/VyKWZFY9NDI/AAAAAAAACK8/9sdjxHsP_eEzPeSS66DVex1ABNl_kzbAACLcB/s640/IMG_5344.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LaIktiLMeq4/VyKWZMQK2JI/AAAAAAAACLA/ed7abHM2mCM3KYaj45KoXOaMuoanNfjeQCLcB/s1600/IMG_5346.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="446" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LaIktiLMeq4/VyKWZMQK2JI/AAAAAAAACLA/ed7abHM2mCM3KYaj45KoXOaMuoanNfjeQCLcB/s640/IMG_5346.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-O0OmXOfqaiM/VyKY1-utQuI/AAAAAAAACLo/eP19hqCchUgyoBvJTqaPDOHXZJzCIbX7ACLcB/s1600/20160312_153937.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-O0OmXOfqaiM/VyKY1-utQuI/AAAAAAAACLo/eP19hqCchUgyoBvJTqaPDOHXZJzCIbX7ACLcB/s640/20160312_153937.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><br />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.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7kHB0rIraHk/VyKXMX7zjyI/AAAAAAAACLM/qTCf4OMNx5AhaAGB9eltUF60IzgunAnpACLcB/s1600/5916141e088c28a386ad5109cc83b791.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7kHB0rIraHk/VyKXMX7zjyI/AAAAAAAACLM/qTCf4OMNx5AhaAGB9eltUF60IzgunAnpACLcB/s200/5916141e088c28a386ad5109cc83b791.jpg" width="185" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rQscz0Jz2js/VyKXMTgzMZI/AAAAAAAACLQ/gcQ1ggYXaigE-vRuas8HFmJFxsnC4oumQCLcB/s1600/jefferson.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="114" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rQscz0Jz2js/VyKXMTgzMZI/AAAAAAAACLQ/gcQ1ggYXaigE-vRuas8HFmJFxsnC4oumQCLcB/s320/jefferson.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Q-7_Ls_FOw0/VyKXMc3yfAI/AAAAAAAACLU/WWnxUQHg2YksNgKwmQIZnKcNA09gspDkgCKgB/s1600/images.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="133" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Q-7_Ls_FOw0/VyKXMc3yfAI/AAAAAAAACLU/WWnxUQHg2YksNgKwmQIZnKcNA09gspDkgCKgB/s200/images.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><br />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 <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/256762028/brass-pull-3-european-t-bar-brushed" target="_blank">these</a> awesome pulls, the exact look I wanted, for $50.00 LESS than the total cost of any other pulls I looked at!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-S4yui3guGpQ/VyKYjKzddxI/AAAAAAAACLk/BngjU_6qW-ovLOWqrGziK0_M1C1S2AwpACLcB/s1600/b2fc7e06-7046-4db4-8558-61f909f99e9a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="424" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-S4yui3guGpQ/VyKYjKzddxI/AAAAAAAACLk/BngjU_6qW-ovLOWqrGziK0_M1C1S2AwpACLcB/s640/b2fc7e06-7046-4db4-8558-61f909f99e9a.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />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!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SMrLcLiy1O0/VyK0qagJG9I/AAAAAAAACOI/tX_qTI1OSHM7oXmJuBD_k_uqFSw-wTKFgCLcB/s1600/IMG_5820.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SMrLcLiy1O0/VyK0qagJG9I/AAAAAAAACOI/tX_qTI1OSHM7oXmJuBD_k_uqFSw-wTKFgCLcB/s640/IMG_5820.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xL5m8dWk5iA/VyK0pjWXw5I/AAAAAAAACOA/cKFzDgDeOVI9nUlajQSHjNDxglo2w9z9QCLcB/s1600/IMG_5827.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xL5m8dWk5iA/VyK0pjWXw5I/AAAAAAAACOA/cKFzDgDeOVI9nUlajQSHjNDxglo2w9z9QCLcB/s640/IMG_5827.JPG" width="474" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mkGLGufW28A/VyK0qQoGMwI/AAAAAAAACOE/g9r1LdNCajo7HHyfYVEat5H0-gdFzWRPgCLcB/s1600/IMG_5830.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="374" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mkGLGufW28A/VyK0qQoGMwI/AAAAAAAACOE/g9r1LdNCajo7HHyfYVEat5H0-gdFzWRPgCLcB/s640/IMG_5830.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_H8Q0XPPG7I/VyKwbPGeg-I/AAAAAAAACN8/jNE14VQ2hfYrJEA_EkRrXqvqTfOUEW-0QCKgB/s1600/IMG_5811.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_H8Q0XPPG7I/VyKwbPGeg-I/AAAAAAAACN8/jNE14VQ2hfYrJEA_EkRrXqvqTfOUEW-0QCKgB/s640/IMG_5811.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">Stay tuned and as always, thank you so much for reading!</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3_re_cdOBPk/VyKd9rU6-gI/AAAAAAAACMM/bZ23g8pMwH4S40cObsnsaskn-abwygd7gCLcB/s1600/blog%2Bsignature.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="151" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3_re_cdOBPk/VyKd9rU6-gI/AAAAAAAACMM/bZ23g8pMwH4S40cObsnsaskn-abwygd7gCLcB/s320/blog%2Bsignature.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />Bloom.https://plus.google.com/106768623871988673714noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5772641068980984710.post-26063685356240934742016-04-24T19:07:00.000-04:002016-04-25T09:58:05.195-04:00Client Project: Entryway DresserHere 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!<br /><br />This project was quite a transformation. The dresser was originally finished in black lacquer with gold trim and oriental illustrations on the drawer fronts:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EQAlFO4eG7M/Vx1No_5WteI/AAAAAAAAB-4/lHBnAviFnUo1RiO_6_pQHCIanrM7NrDLQCKgB/s1600/IMG_2447.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EQAlFO4eG7M/Vx1No_5WteI/AAAAAAAAB-4/lHBnAviFnUo1RiO_6_pQHCIanrM7NrDLQCKgB/s640/IMG_2447.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kkCbta3Nm_k/Vx1NpBOEwZI/AAAAAAAAB-8/GYQMFbILLYgP9ikMSXIbnPn8JJDw4gZIwCKgB/s1600/IMG_3477.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kkCbta3Nm_k/Vx1NpBOEwZI/AAAAAAAAB-8/GYQMFbILLYgP9ikMSXIbnPn8JJDw4gZIwCKgB/s640/IMG_3477.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3ohSxeMmqjk/Vx1NpfDbjgI/AAAAAAAAB_A/M0NROCFTyhwbsxbJTiFsIHcjLnjcDhHwgCKgB/s1600/IMG_3941.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="386" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3ohSxeMmqjk/Vx1NpfDbjgI/AAAAAAAAB_A/M0NROCFTyhwbsxbJTiFsIHcjLnjcDhHwgCKgB/s640/IMG_3941.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />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:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UGkq4o_vyh8/Vx1NyJH25II/AAAAAAAAB_g/bMldnJPzA6oZEy524_GwoIGGgUs2T6MBQCKgB/s1600/Front%2BRight%2BMid.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UGkq4o_vyh8/Vx1NyJH25II/AAAAAAAAB_g/bMldnJPzA6oZEy524_GwoIGGgUs2T6MBQCKgB/s640/Front%2BRight%2BMid.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />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:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-S63NXph-JMQ/Vx1N2gltqTI/AAAAAAAAB_o/nMVOD2DgEk8tH_wzPpdFPGueBpI0hQfHgCKgB/s1600/IMG_5709.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-S63NXph-JMQ/Vx1N2gltqTI/AAAAAAAAB_o/nMVOD2DgEk8tH_wzPpdFPGueBpI0hQfHgCKgB/s640/IMG_5709.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mFK4Ng_qd44/Vx1Pd7H3ANI/AAAAAAAAB_s/qZQEnmra5F4hQOLK3tQ9m1uToQyl2jjOQCLcB/s1600/IMG_5752.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mFK4Ng_qd44/Vx1Pd7H3ANI/AAAAAAAAB_s/qZQEnmra5F4hQOLK3tQ9m1uToQyl2jjOQCLcB/s640/IMG_5752.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dmmentGVkSo/Vx1N50TXYGI/AAAAAAAAB_o/a_nv-FUkRqUIDG2wzFGkAzDRoAJO6PZNQCKgB/s640/IMG_5724.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-S63NXph-JMQ/Vx1N2gltqTI/AAAAAAAAB_o/nMVOD2DgEk8tH_wzPpdFPGueBpI0hQfHgCKgB/s1600/IMG_5709.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-S63NXph-JMQ/Vx1N2gltqTI/AAAAAAAAB_o/nMVOD2DgEk8tH_wzPpdFPGueBpI0hQfHgCKgB/s640/IMG_5709.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br />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 <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Veras-Daughter-Home-572039216198618/?fref=ts" target="_blank">Vera's Daughter Home</a> where you can shop gorgeous furniture and home decor, learn the latest tricks and tips from Beckie herself, and purchase Annie Sloan products.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HlFcOyT62rU/Vx1QTyTNXQI/AAAAAAAACAQ/1eU1RYGbK1A67GwYq7mtVkSiibsSnrdDgCLcB/s1600/blog%2Bsignature.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="151" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HlFcOyT62rU/Vx1QTyTNXQI/AAAAAAAACAQ/1eU1RYGbK1A67GwYq7mtVkSiibsSnrdDgCLcB/s320/blog%2Bsignature.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />Bloom.https://plus.google.com/106768623871988673714noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5772641068980984710.post-88495707676680659682016-04-04T12:44:00.000-04:002016-04-04T12:44:49.556-04:00Client Project: Restored Family Dining Table and ChairsWhen 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.<br /><br />Let's take a look at the Befores:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8vZG-9DwurA/VwKRzuhjqHI/AAAAAAAAF-M/FLntxZqlVXIN7EnkrEBSfrcKFOEwneVNA/s1600/20151120_095922.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8vZG-9DwurA/VwKRzuhjqHI/AAAAAAAAF-M/FLntxZqlVXIN7EnkrEBSfrcKFOEwneVNA/s640/20151120_095922.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FjLr9j39TbY/VwKRtRLLSfI/AAAAAAAAF-I/TfW7fDyTxNcEVCdC-o8Qfi5iaxWrk_vzQ/s1600/20151120_095954.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FjLr9j39TbY/VwKRtRLLSfI/AAAAAAAAF-I/TfW7fDyTxNcEVCdC-o8Qfi5iaxWrk_vzQ/s640/20151120_095954.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1yXJgr7SfnQ/VwKR3F4M-AI/AAAAAAAAF-Q/vzV6ylnW2BQCmDBI9TkKIVRoKdwT5YXpA/s1600/20151120_100755.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1yXJgr7SfnQ/VwKR3F4M-AI/AAAAAAAAF-Q/vzV6ylnW2BQCmDBI9TkKIVRoKdwT5YXpA/s640/20151120_100755.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4yE_CpkBHuc/VwKSD8JmgtI/AAAAAAAAF-U/GVu0sADtXzMBchuwu2TWQtJDA2RsqZzVw/s1600/20151215_102859.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4yE_CpkBHuc/VwKSD8JmgtI/AAAAAAAAF-U/GVu0sADtXzMBchuwu2TWQtJDA2RsqZzVw/s640/20151215_102859.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uYQSeCUeG1s/VwKSHJBIF4I/AAAAAAAAF-Y/dwkdZsXnmYMQ-bjcTuV-K3iaIwPrYVTiw/s1600/20151215_102909.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="360" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uYQSeCUeG1s/VwKSHJBIF4I/AAAAAAAAF-Y/dwkdZsXnmYMQ-bjcTuV-K3iaIwPrYVTiw/s640/20151215_102909.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />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.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iha0jBaRXoU/VwKTXCGzaZI/AAAAAAAAF-o/qSl3aBSNxn8sXf-aQe_JyAzxVwcsjrlxQ/s1600/IMG_5651.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iha0jBaRXoU/VwKTXCGzaZI/AAAAAAAAF-o/qSl3aBSNxn8sXf-aQe_JyAzxVwcsjrlxQ/s640/IMG_5651.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_VMPKMErZVU/VwKTXOpujCI/AAAAAAAAF-w/HKd86Zmy2OExUF-HHMGWDCfIU7sWhSuNQ/s1600/IMG_5661.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_VMPKMErZVU/VwKTXOpujCI/AAAAAAAAF-w/HKd86Zmy2OExUF-HHMGWDCfIU7sWhSuNQ/s640/IMG_5661.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GaqZcJNLp80/VwKTXNTAJTI/AAAAAAAAF-s/VQVXCM_KNF43-1m0sitVuXwXYK8EqIACg/s1600/IMG_5666.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GaqZcJNLp80/VwKTXNTAJTI/AAAAAAAAF-s/VQVXCM_KNF43-1m0sitVuXwXYK8EqIACg/s640/IMG_5666.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3nIh8VnJbqM/VwKTgWTzXpI/AAAAAAAAF-0/wrsKLX6vi4IK3OFiscuUR7S6Zv5iL7Ozg/s1600/IMG_5672.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3nIh8VnJbqM/VwKTgWTzXpI/AAAAAAAAF-0/wrsKLX6vi4IK3OFiscuUR7S6Zv5iL7Ozg/s640/IMG_5672.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mLSiNGjwnuM/VwKThMvFZDI/AAAAAAAAF-8/AeFZXpO_Qhoc6aCtYIjiVQGtuM4m_Tjpg/s1600/IMG_5675.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mLSiNGjwnuM/VwKThMvFZDI/AAAAAAAAF-8/AeFZXpO_Qhoc6aCtYIjiVQGtuM4m_Tjpg/s640/IMG_5675.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZU9i_fRZiSQ/VwKTgmDbF9I/AAAAAAAAF-4/XM158yNVuuQHbi0pfXXG2xcwvTPMJ9JRw/s1600/IMG_5683.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZU9i_fRZiSQ/VwKTgmDbF9I/AAAAAAAAF-4/XM158yNVuuQHbi0pfXXG2xcwvTPMJ9JRw/s640/IMG_5683.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-LIdajDJvhSI/VwKTmpA10FI/AAAAAAAAF_A/ju3CYSkAcGM-W-XEbAoCeDWmfYJm94hxQ/s1600/IMG_5699.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-LIdajDJvhSI/VwKTmpA10FI/AAAAAAAAF_A/ju3CYSkAcGM-W-XEbAoCeDWmfYJm94hxQ/s640/IMG_5699.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YKMYocjKeEQ/VwKTngVteSI/AAAAAAAAF_E/bNiDq5DFDqAznc7t8_70A7MnUCMNX9-IA/s1600/IMG_5708.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YKMYocjKeEQ/VwKTngVteSI/AAAAAAAAF_E/bNiDq5DFDqAznc7t8_70A7MnUCMNX9-IA/s640/IMG_5708.JPG" width="458" /></a></div><br />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!<br /><br />Thanks for visiting today!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9T80n0g8tH4/VwKYrTEi03I/AAAAAAAAF_Y/cBZsGDWX8HIRCenI-9pIsI8S4VyxBDv_Q/s1600/blog%2Bsignature.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="151" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9T80n0g8tH4/VwKYrTEi03I/AAAAAAAAF_Y/cBZsGDWX8HIRCenI-9pIsI8S4VyxBDv_Q/s320/blog%2Bsignature.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;If you have a complex restoration project that you'd like Bloom. to help you with, please contact us at bloom8281@gmail.com to schedule a free consult.</div>Shannon Goodwinhttps://plus.google.com/109938422006573857543noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5772641068980984710.post-78073763525206113722016-04-01T11:29:00.000-04:002016-04-01T11:29:25.199-04:00Our Favorite Things: Paint ColorsThe weather is starting to get warmer and Spring is here! For Bloom. Restorations, this means getting outside and getting to work on fabulous new furniture projects. For today's Favorite Things post, we'll be focusing on a few of our favorite paint colors. Let's dive right in!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JJ2Kq1aB8a0/Vv2dulN1PwI/AAAAAAAAF90/laL2P54KclYyX2hZM_R5xZpPwuGuS5IFQ/s1600/Favorite%2BThings%2BPaint.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JJ2Kq1aB8a0/Vv2dulN1PwI/AAAAAAAAF90/laL2P54KclYyX2hZM_R5xZpPwuGuS5IFQ/s640/Favorite%2BThings%2BPaint.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />1. <a href="http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/halenavy">Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore.</a> The perfect shade of navy. We love it in dining rooms with gold and white accents.<br /><br />2. <a href="http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/oc-65">Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore.</a> A crisp, clean white with grey undertones. Perfect for cabinets.<br /><br />3. <a href="https://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-family/SW6860-eros-pink/#/6860/?s=coordinatingColors&amp;p=PS0">Eros Pink by Sherwin Williams.</a> A bright, delicious shade of pink. We think it would be fantastic on a small buffet; the perfect conversation piece.<br /><br />4. <a href="http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/freshbutter#ce_s=fresh butter">Fresh Butter by Benjamin Moore.</a> A soft, buttery yellow that packs a bit of pop. Excellent choice for a refreshed front door!<br /><br />5. <a href="http://reviews.farrow-ball.com/7097-en_gb/100254/pelt-reviews/reviews.htm?sort=rating">Pelt by Farrow and Ball.</a> A striking purple with dark undertones. Would be perfect on an accent wall or perhaps on a vintage vanity restoration.<br /><br />6. <a href="http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/nimbus#ce_s=nimbus">Nimbus by Benjamin Moore.</a> This icy gray is an excellent neutral and pairs well with other colors. We'd love it on a large, vintage buffet in a high-gloss. Actually, we've done it before and you can see the finished piece right <a href="http://www.bloomrestorations.com/p/purchase-locally.html">here</a>!<br /><br />7. <a href="http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/calypsoorange#ce_s=calypso">Calypso Orange by Benjamin Moore.</a> We are loving bold, bright colors for Spring and this tangerine-inspired color would look perfect in a high-gloss finish on a mid-century modern chair.<br /><br />8. <a href="https://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-family/SW7048/#/7048/?s=coordinatingColors&amp;p=PS0">Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams.</a> A very interesting mix of brown, gray and black. We love this color for cabinet interiors or perhaps on an antique curved buffet with dark, wax finish.<br /><br />9. <a href="http://reviews.farrow-ball.com/7097-en_gb/100083/chappell-green-reviews/reviews.htm">Chappell Green by Farrow and Ball.</a> This tropical, coastal blue-hued green would look fantastic in a formal dining room that gets plenty of natural light.<br /><br />10. <a href="https://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-family/SW6868/#/6868/?s=coordinatingColors&amp;p=PS0">Real Red by Sherwin Williams.</a> A lovely, perfect red that would work nicely on a front door or a small, accent table. Instant classic!<br /><br />What are your favorite colors? What brands do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned here on the blog and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/bloomrestorations/">Facebook </a>for new projects and restorations.Shannon Goodwinhttps://plus.google.com/109938422006573857543noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5772641068980984710.post-60006476058172803882016-03-02T08:39:00.000-05:002016-03-02T08:39:10.440-05:00Our Favorite Things: Painting Products<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nB8C4b5R5h0/VtW4pcM05oI/AAAAAAAAF8M/tD9BLB4Zg7o/s1600/Favorite%2Bthings.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nB8C4b5R5h0/VtW4pcM05oI/AAAAAAAAF8M/tD9BLB4Zg7o/s400/Favorite%2Bthings.png" width="400" /></a></div><br />Here at Bloom. Restorations, we have quite a few favorite "go-to" products and tools that we couldn't work without. And we would love to share our Favorite Things with you, dear readers!<br /><div><br /></div><div>Today's post will focus on our Favorite Painting Products.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-r6cgLCNumiw/VtRMkWNNxCI/AAAAAAAAB54/AnjlPP7BeqU/s1600/FavoriteThingsBoard.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-r6cgLCNumiw/VtRMkWNNxCI/AAAAAAAAB54/AnjlPP7BeqU/s640/FavoriteThingsBoard.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div><br /></div><div>1. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Rust-Oleum-243546-Standard-Spray-Grip/dp/B001KZC7K0">Rustoleum Spray Grip</a> - This nifty little tool is a must for those who love to work with spray paint. The Grip gives your fingers a break especially when working on a larger piece that requires continuous spraying. Simply slide the tool onto the spray can tip and you're good to go.<br /><br /></div><div>2. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/If-You-Care-Recycled-Aluminum/dp/B001T6EXTS/ref=sr_1_6?s=home-garden&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1456594629&amp;sr=1-6&amp;keywords=aluminum+foil">Aluminum Foil</a> - Great for lining your paint tray for easy clean up. When you're finished, simply roll up the used foil and toss in the garbage. Simple and quick. We prefer 100% recycled foil, great for you and great for the environment!<br /><br /></div><div>3. <a href="http://www.missmustardseedsmilkpaint.com/hemp-oil/">Hemp Oil</a> - This little known treasure is truly a fantastic multi-use product. Hemp oil is an all-natural and effective way to freshen up wood surfaces as well as painted finishes. Miss Mustard Seed is our go-to brand and it is amazing. Like, "change your life" amazing. Apply with a dry rag to any wood finish to freshen up the color and tone. It is an instant moisturizer that will last for years. You can also use Hemp Oil as a paint sealer. The oil will enrich your paint color and offer an organic and all-natural sealant.<br /><br />4. <a href="http://www.homedepot.com/p/Minwax-1-pt-Pre-Stain-Wood-Conditioner-41500/100376201">Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner</a> - When it comes to stain, pre-conditioning your wood surface is a MUST. And we LOVE Minwax's Pre-Stain product. Wood conditioner offers a perfectly prepped and conditioned surface that ensures an even application of stain, especially if you're just starting out in the world of furniture stain. A properly prepped surface is much better to work with.<br /><br />5. <a href="http://www.tapesolutionsinc.com/cf120-1-gr.html?utm_source=googlepepla&amp;utm_medium=adwords&amp;id=54457485169&amp;gclid=Cj0KEQiAr8W2BRD2qbCOv8_H7qEBEiQA1ErTBg5OSVmNJaGjMrI-CHe0HDpO1j1IHcGQsTG92Ic3dD0aAsL88P8HAQ">Frog Tape</a> - Many a wise painter will insist on using a good painter's tape for every project. While we don't necessarily agree with this advice 100% of the time, we can say that a good tape can be the difference between a perfect line and a sloppy finish. And we definitely love our Frog Tape.<br /><br />6. <a href="http://www.homedepot.com/p/Linzer-3-in-Chip-Brush-1500-3/100626859">Chip Brushes</a> - Found in the paint aisle at most home improvement stores, and at any craft store, these little wonders are cheap, multi-purposeful and a DIY-er's dream. Available in a variety of sizes, use them for anything from applying wax to a painted surface or even brushing on stain; they work like a dream. We recommend cutting the bristles down a bit for a straight edge.<br /><br />7. <a href="http://www.homedepot.com/p/Custom-Building-Products-Polyblend-381-Bright-White-8-oz-Grout-Renew-Colorant-GCL381HPT/203498062">Grout Paint</a> - Do you have dirty old grout that your cleaning product just can't reach? Don't fight it, cover it up! With grout paint! This product can cover up the dingiest of grout, leaving perfectly clean and bright lines on any tile. You can even use it to change your grout color! All you need is a toothbrush, a rag and some free time. We love Polyblend and you can find it at Home Depot.<br /><br />8. <a href="http://www.homedepot.com/p/Flood-Floetrol-1-qt-Clear-Latex-Paint-Additive-FLD6-04/100198078">Floetrol </a>- This awesome paint additive is perfect for large-scale projects that involve a ton of paint time. Floetrol thins your paint, and prevents paint clumps as well as minimizing brush strokes.<br /><br />9. <a href="http://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-Gravity-Feed-HVLP-Spray-Gun-H4840GHVSG/203497519">Paint Spray Gun</a> - We admit, a paint sprayer can sound like the big leagues. And if you're just beginning your furniture restoration journey, the paint sprayer can be very intimidating. But we promise, practice makes perfect and if you want a perfect finish in about half the work time, a paint sprayer is the way to go. You'll need a pressure source and we recommend air compressor power, however there are many different varieties and options out on the market right now. Do your research and choose based on the level of quality and finish desired. Our favorite is the Husky HVLP Gravity Feed sprayer and you can find it at Home Depot.<br /><br />10. <a href="http://www.homedepot.com/p/Krystal-Kleer-1-Gallon-Windshield-Washer-Fluid-111205/202259351">Windshield Wiper Fluid</a> - The wild card, right?! In the same realm as Floetrol, windshield wiper fluid can also be used as an excellent paint thinner. We love it in our spray gun as a way to thin latex-based paints and we've also used it when brush-painting as well. Allows for an even finish with practically zero brush marks. Simply mix with your latex-based medium and get to painting. Who knew?<br /><br />We hope you've enjoyed learning a little bit more about some of our favorite products. Please feel free to use our comments section for questions on the items listed here and feel free to let us in on your favorite painting products. Stay tuned for more of our Favorite Things here on the blog and on our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/bloomrestorations/?ref=tn_tnmn">Facebook </a>page.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-StrJT4MZKfM/VtHq6tBkbRI/AAAAAAAAF4g/jscYoTfZvXg/s1600/blog%2Bsignature.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="151" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-StrJT4MZKfM/VtHq6tBkbRI/AAAAAAAAF4g/jscYoTfZvXg/s320/blog%2Bsignature.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /></div>Shannon Goodwinhttps://plus.google.com/109938422006573857543noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5772641068980984710.post-59328096289910215172016-02-16T10:07:00.001-05:002016-02-16T10:12:28.261-05:00How To: Remove Dry Paint from Hardwood Floors<div style="text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-trddWgcsP1Q/VsM5_Fd4u6I/AAAAAAAAB5c/yi-RzaBK8CY/s1600/HowToRemovePaint.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-trddWgcsP1Q/VsM5_Fd4u6I/AAAAAAAAB5c/yi-RzaBK8CY/s320/HowToRemovePaint.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />Here is a super quick and easy way to remove dry, old paint from your hardwood flooring. &nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Supplies Needed</b></u></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.goofoffproducts.com/" target="_blank">Goof Off</a></div><div style="text-align: center;">Clean, Dry Rag</div><div style="text-align: center;">Gloves<br /><br />My home was built in 1920 and has seen quite a few paint color changes over the years, painting that maybe wasn't the tidiest of jobs. &nbsp;I have quite a few paint splatters on my hardwood and over time have slowly been removing them. <br />All paint on your floors does not require such a harsh product to be used, sometimes just some rubbing alcohol on a rag will do the job, or even a baby or makeup remover wipe will work. <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /><iframe width="320" height="266" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/da41-egM7es/0.jpg" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/da41-egM7es?feature=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div>For older, or thicker paint spots this method works best.<br /><br />**Please follow the directions on the back of the bottle and first use the product on an inconspicuous area of flooring to access its effects on your flooring and finishes.</div><br />Bloom.https://plus.google.com/106768623871988673714noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5772641068980984710.post-43565293769253932262016-01-22T09:26:00.001-05:002016-01-22T09:26:39.345-05:00DIY Series Kitchen Redo: How to Repair Chipped Laminate<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dLw7cU3rOYE/VqI7Bysg8EI/AAAAAAAAFr4/c9sL0oHi974/s1600/51a8ad5a-2c48-46ca-ba22-f4b416bb85dd.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="302" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dLw7cU3rOYE/VqI7Bysg8EI/AAAAAAAAFr4/c9sL0oHi974/s640/51a8ad5a-2c48-46ca-ba22-f4b416bb85dd.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Today's post is a quick tutorial on repairing chipped edges. We are working hard on our <a href="http://www.bloomrestorations.com/2015/12/bloom-diy-series-kitchen-redo.html">Kitchen Redo</a> and one of the biggest projects involved is repainting the kitchen cabinets. We've been posting updates as we go and today's update is a quick fix for a chipped cabinet edge.<br /><br />My cabinets were in decent shape when we purchased our house, although they are rather cheaply put together and have a thin veneer surface that was beginning to chip in certain areas. There was one edge in particular that needed some repair:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VWpDWmnU2K4/VqA67IYPlxI/AAAAAAAAFps/Av-2Qvn0HOI/s1600/2016-01-16%2B12.39.16.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VWpDWmnU2K4/VqA67IYPlxI/AAAAAAAAFps/Av-2Qvn0HOI/s640/2016-01-16%2B12.39.16.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>There was chipped veneer at the corner and along the front edge of the cabinet, the laminate had started to pull away.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-W_K0-ReJ7KI/VqA67DMdugI/AAAAAAAAFp8/AAtyl7KuxtQ/s1600/2016-01-16%2B12.39.25.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-W_K0-ReJ7KI/VqA67DMdugI/AAAAAAAAFp8/AAtyl7KuxtQ/s640/2016-01-16%2B12.39.25.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />A quick fix involved wood glue and one of our favorite products, Bondo All Purpose Filler. Bondo is an excellent alternative to wood filler. It is easy to work with and sands down nicely for a smooth, even finish.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hiCYPPxLqkE/VqA67kxtlgI/AAAAAAAAFqA/GX7auwtRu-Y/s1600/2016-01-16%2B12.44.25.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hiCYPPxLqkE/VqA67kxtlgI/AAAAAAAAFqA/GX7auwtRu-Y/s640/2016-01-16%2B12.44.25.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />For this project, we needed the following items:<br /><br />Wood Glue (We use Titebond II)<br />Bondo All Purpose Filler<br />Paper Plates<br />Spatula<br />Clamps<br />Painters Tape<br /><br />To begin, we first wanted to glue down the loose strip of laminate. We simply pulled back the loose edge, filled it with the Titebond, and pressed the strip down firmly.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IgZO5ayrdiA/VqA6_r0nwtI/AAAAAAAAFqI/2m_sZDGGB7A/s1600/2016-01-16%2B12.53.26.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IgZO5ayrdiA/VqA6_r0nwtI/AAAAAAAAFqI/2m_sZDGGB7A/s640/2016-01-16%2B12.53.26.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Then using a piece of tape, we secured the bottom half of the strip down flat. Tape is used here because the clamp would not fit properly at that particular angle.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vFQUrcc67gU/VqA7BMYEttI/AAAAAAAAFqY/Wr0TtSNxJao/s1600/2016-01-16%2B13.03.52.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vFQUrcc67gU/VqA7BMYEttI/AAAAAAAAFqY/Wr0TtSNxJao/s640/2016-01-16%2B13.03.52.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />For the top edge of the strip, two clamps were used to hold everything in place while the glue dried. Typical dry time is around 30 minutes, but we like to wait at least an hour.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qZlcMe1m5V4/VqA7A2wDUEI/AAAAAAAAFqU/Dz3xQe500cQ/s1600/2016-01-16%2B13.04.01.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qZlcMe1m5V4/VqA7A2wDUEI/AAAAAAAAFqU/Dz3xQe500cQ/s640/2016-01-16%2B13.04.01.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />While the glue dried, we started in on the chipped edge. Bondo is a professional strength, all-purpose filler that comes with a hardening cream. Once the hardening cream is mixed in with the putty, you have very little time to apply the mixture to the chipped area before it starts to harden. So timing is key. Make sure you are ready to go with all necessary supplies and steps before mixing!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yMhctV81Kmw/VqA7Eg5lOqI/AAAAAAAAFqg/ubRHoTKj2WI/s1600/2016-01-16%2B13.08.07.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yMhctV81Kmw/VqA7Eg5lOqI/AAAAAAAAFqg/ubRHoTKj2WI/s640/2016-01-16%2B13.08.07.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-K9oP48OJZ5E/VqI7tsSE0SI/AAAAAAAAFsA/nLq5cqCRR1w/s1600/2016-01-16%2B13.08.15.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-K9oP48OJZ5E/VqI7tsSE0SI/AAAAAAAAFsA/nLq5cqCRR1w/s400/2016-01-16%2B13.08.15.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />Simply scoop a small amount of the putty onto your paper plate and add a small amount of cream hardener. Mix with your spatula.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mUtTUA551ew/VqA7GiQZ1VI/AAAAAAAAFqs/MzQ9s0v4ux4/s1600/2016-01-16%2B13.08.47.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mUtTUA551ew/VqA7GiQZ1VI/AAAAAAAAFqs/MzQ9s0v4ux4/s640/2016-01-16%2B13.08.47.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TnIICVoLaZg/VqA7KbItBDI/AAAAAAAAFq4/gB8vU1VWHVQ/s1600/2016-01-16%2B13.09.22.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TnIICVoLaZg/VqA7KbItBDI/AAAAAAAAFq4/gB8vU1VWHVQ/s640/2016-01-16%2B13.09.22.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Use the spatula to apply a small amount of the mixture to the area. The spatula is great for smoothing the putty, but a small putty knife works great here too. You want to smooth the mixture over the area, and use your spatula to form a smooth edge. Remember not to use too much, because you will be sanding down the excess putty once dry.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ok1TZoktnDE/VqA7Mb2ymNI/AAAAAAAAFrE/owQY5a8x_IA/s1600/2016-01-16%2B13.09.36.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ok1TZoktnDE/VqA7Mb2ymNI/AAAAAAAAFrE/owQY5a8x_IA/s640/2016-01-16%2B13.09.36.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HRm-f4fQqvI/VqA7Mn9s6YI/AAAAAAAAFrI/BviaDRq72uU/s1600/2016-01-16%2B13.12.14.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HRm-f4fQqvI/VqA7Mn9s6YI/AAAAAAAAFrI/BviaDRq72uU/s640/2016-01-16%2B13.12.14.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />We waited about an hour for the putty to completely dry and then began to sand everything down. Start with a very coarse grit sandpaper, around 60 or 80. The putty should smooth out nicely and once you have removed a good amount, move up to a higher grit to finish. We finished this corner with a medium grit sanding block.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-61Adv9cTfD8/VqA7Qq1sj4I/AAAAAAAAFrY/y-OUBYHGL9U/s1600/PicMonkey%2BCollage.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-61Adv9cTfD8/VqA7Qq1sj4I/AAAAAAAAFrY/y-OUBYHGL9U/s640/PicMonkey%2BCollage.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And here is the repaired corner, smooth and ready to paint:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-FbTedaVyURU/VqA7PCByDtI/AAAAAAAAFrQ/L4q0k2wtK1s/s1600/2016-01-16%2B19.49.09.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-FbTedaVyURU/VqA7PCByDtI/AAAAAAAAFrQ/L4q0k2wtK1s/s640/2016-01-16%2B19.49.09.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Small repairs are worth the effort and time, especially when working on a DIY home project. If cabinet replacements are not in the budget, a simple and quick fix will go a long way to give a clean, professional look. Let us know what you think in the comments below, and be sure to stay with us here on the blog and on our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/bloomrestorations/">Facebook </a>page for updates to our DIY Series Kitchen Redo!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MLCdsQe5Uu0/VqA9jMGYBuI/AAAAAAAAFrg/PRpNRcsYa1k/s1600/blog%2Bsignature.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="151" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MLCdsQe5Uu0/VqA9jMGYBuI/AAAAAAAAFrg/PRpNRcsYa1k/s320/blog%2Bsignature.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />Shannon Goodwinhttps://plus.google.com/109938422006573857543noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5772641068980984710.post-84987696080473626472016-01-20T21:20:00.000-05:002016-01-20T21:20:52.105-05:00DIY Series Kitchen Redo: How to Paint Cabinet Boxes<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-O_x0GvJj_uk/VqAxRe6hIfI/AAAAAAAAFpc/XhaDUEKlulw/s1600/DIY%2BSeries%2Bblog%2Bpost%2Bheader.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="118" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-O_x0GvJj_uk/VqAxRe6hIfI/AAAAAAAAFpc/XhaDUEKlulw/s320/DIY%2BSeries%2Bblog%2Bpost%2Bheader.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />Refreshing the look of your kitchen can seem like a very huge and expensive project. But it doesn't have to be. As you know, we're in the middle of a kitchen redo here at Bloom. and we've already posted about <a href="http://www.bloomrestorations.com/2016/01/diy-series-kitchen-redo-cabinets.html">painting cabinet interiors</a>, as well as <a href="http://www.bloomrestorations.com/2016/01/blooms-diy-series-kitchen-redo-grout.html">how to paint tile grout</a>. Today's post will focus on painting cabinet boxes.<br /><br />For my kitchen cabinets, I decided on the popular two-toned look, with white cabinets up top and darker cabinets below.&nbsp;After researching different whites, I decided on Decorator's White by Benjamin Moore for the uppers. The lower cabinet color is still up in the air as of now. I will also have two open-concept cabinet boxes, on either side of my sink, with dark interiors, which will showcase my nice dishes and vintage decor items. Here are few inspiration pics to give you an idea of the look I am going for:<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-C3LjzIbsZpQ/VqAXxSD7tNI/AAAAAAAAFnA/WaJwTdSu5HY/s1600/KitchenReno286-Opt_zps272a04ae.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-C3LjzIbsZpQ/VqAXxSD7tNI/AAAAAAAAFnA/WaJwTdSu5HY/s640/KitchenReno286-Opt_zps272a04ae.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Photo Source: Beautiful Matters Blog</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2W6pY6p9TZg/VqAXxwyTeMI/AAAAAAAAFnI/gXiaBsXSnSM/s1600/pic%2B2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2W6pY6p9TZg/VqAXxwyTeMI/AAAAAAAAFnI/gXiaBsXSnSM/s640/pic%2B2.jpg" width="426" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Photo Source: Design Sponge</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NU3ITzW37Js/VqAXxh1EBZI/AAAAAAAAFnE/uM_FdNflhAE/s1600/pic%2B3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NU3ITzW37Js/VqAXxh1EBZI/AAAAAAAAFnE/uM_FdNflhAE/s640/pic%2B3.jpg" width="418" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Photo Source: Design Darling</td></tr></tbody></table>Here are the cabinets after we painted the interiors, but before we started painting the boxes:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Qy4IcEARD50/VqAqGHEjiSI/AAAAAAAAFno/swovR4lm0EQ/s1600/2016-01-16%2B13.13.09.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Qy4IcEARD50/VqAqGHEjiSI/AAAAAAAAFno/swovR4lm0EQ/s640/2016-01-16%2B13.13.09.jpg" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yYBNOyGKBq4/VqAqFsZ3w-I/AAAAAAAAFng/xWQCBwHrjp4/s1600/2016-01-16%2B13.13.13.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yYBNOyGKBq4/VqAqFsZ3w-I/AAAAAAAAFng/xWQCBwHrjp4/s640/2016-01-16%2B13.13.13.jpg" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uuxcJ63CNsQ/VqAqGPcPiiI/AAAAAAAAFnk/6n8Xp0QLiQk/s1600/2016-01-16%2B13.13.16.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uuxcJ63CNsQ/VqAqGPcPiiI/AAAAAAAAFnk/6n8Xp0QLiQk/s640/2016-01-16%2B13.13.16.jpg" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rrvftr0H84g/VqAqKeRPh6I/AAAAAAAAFn4/_u1VbMj7H44/s1600/2016-01-16%2B13.13.31.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rrvftr0H84g/VqAqKeRPh6I/AAAAAAAAFn4/_u1VbMj7H44/s640/2016-01-16%2B13.13.31.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />To begin, the cabinet doors were removed from the cabinet boxes. I like to work in sections, so I don't feel overwhelmed and can easily plan out my painting schedule. I started with the cabinets over my sink and counter area, and with Danielle's help, we first wiped away all dirt and grime using a wet rag and dish-soap. It is important to get all surface areas clean, especially where there is grease buildup, so the paint will adhere. After cleaning, we went over each cabinet box with a medium grit sanding block. We also made repairs where needed, including chips in the wood veneer. After we finished sanding the entire surface was wiped down with a slightly damp rag and left to dry.<br /><br />Time to paint! For this project, we are using one of our favorite products by Benjamin Moore, their Advance line. This paint is perfect for cabinets as it offers a durable finish and is waterborne for easy clean up and maintenance.<br /><br />Beginning at the top of each box, we used small, angled Purdy brushes to cut into the trim and edges.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1HbQwMJLSMU/VqAr0zb__OI/AAAAAAAAFoM/UVp48mPyigg/s1600/2016-01-16%2B13.14.15.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1HbQwMJLSMU/VqAr0zb__OI/AAAAAAAAFoM/UVp48mPyigg/s400/2016-01-16%2B13.14.15.jpg" width="271" /></a></div><br />We then used small, microplush rollers by Wooster starting at the top and working our way down the boxes and finally, underneath.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-phQQCxZhohA/VqAr4aRcl5I/AAAAAAAAFoc/tq1VJhp-d-g/s1600/2016-01-16%2B13.13.56.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-phQQCxZhohA/VqAr4aRcl5I/AAAAAAAAFoc/tq1VJhp-d-g/s400/2016-01-16%2B13.13.56.jpg" width="266" /></a></div><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-d4D1j4pox60/VqAr4bBF1vI/AAAAAAAAFog/T6iM-uQO1ro/s1600/2016-01-16%2B13.51.54.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-d4D1j4pox60/VqAr4bBF1vI/AAAAAAAAFog/T6iM-uQO1ro/s640/2016-01-16%2B13.51.54.jpg" width="426" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Quick Tip: Use foil to line your paint tray. When you're finished, simply pull out and throw away for easy clean up!</td></tr></tbody></table>This paint dries very quickly and within an hour we were able to add two coats. Here's a shot as we were cutting in the edges and trim:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-THf5RXgXiyE/VqAsTNzwufI/AAAAAAAAFow/yVqMAIuvFic/s1600/2016-01-16%2B13.50.26.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-THf5RXgXiyE/VqAsTNzwufI/AAAAAAAAFow/yVqMAIuvFic/s640/2016-01-16%2B13.50.26.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Here's a shot after 1 coat:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TvfUJDiZRT4/VqAsSkRU2tI/AAAAAAAAFo0/qmB4Y91XVkE/s1600/2016-01-16%2B14.30.24.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TvfUJDiZRT4/VqAsSkRU2tI/AAAAAAAAFo0/qmB4Y91XVkE/s640/2016-01-16%2B14.30.24.jpg" width="496" /></a></div><br />Between each coat, we used medium grit sanding blocks and very gently sanded the surface. After 4 coats the cabinets looked great! <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fmbd_3B4BOk/VqAtaPcUfjI/AAAAAAAAFpA/5L2I11HeRdM/s1600/2016-01-19%2B12.28.00.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fmbd_3B4BOk/VqAtaPcUfjI/AAAAAAAAFpA/5L2I11HeRdM/s640/2016-01-19%2B12.28.00.jpg" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-LcATiwVOosM/VqAtac0T--I/AAAAAAAAFpE/9WMSxWa9v08/s1600/2016-01-19%2B12.28.13.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-LcATiwVOosM/VqAtac0T--I/AAAAAAAAFpE/9WMSxWa9v08/s640/2016-01-19%2B12.28.13.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Next, we moved on to the cabinets above my stove and refrigerator area. Same process here: Start at the top and working down and then underneath.<br /><br />Here they were, with doors removed before painting:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kOxCtNTIFVw/VqAqKh_ODzI/AAAAAAAAFoE/XR8yZ-tNzVk/s1600/2016-01-19%2B13.46.35.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kOxCtNTIFVw/VqAqKh_ODzI/AAAAAAAAFoE/XR8yZ-tNzVk/s640/2016-01-19%2B13.46.35.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And after a few coats:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-viubcN9LegQ/VqAt4hwMPTI/AAAAAAAAFpQ/oErRZbTrSKE/s1600/2016-01-19%2B15.01.05.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-viubcN9LegQ/VqAt4hwMPTI/AAAAAAAAFpQ/oErRZbTrSKE/s640/2016-01-19%2B15.01.05.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I am loving how crisp and clean the paint is making the cabinets look! It is amazing how far a few coats of paint can go! I cannot wait to get started on the cabinet doors! We'll be using the HVLP paint sprayer on the doors and of course, will be posting on that process very soon! There's also hardware to choose for the cabinets, as well as deciding on a wall color and a new light fixture over the sink...so many new projects in the works for my Kitchen Redo! Thanks so much for reading and stay tuned for new posts from our DIY Series!<br /><br />xoxo,<br />ShannonShannon Goodwinhttps://plus.google.com/109938422006573857543noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5772641068980984710.post-15120559252107942682016-01-16T11:47:00.003-05:002016-01-16T11:47:56.734-05:00Bloom's DIY Series Kitchen Redo: Grout Paint Fail.<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-T_Gn8ri3DXQ/VpkSoSE6JHI/AAAAAAAAFlk/keOfcpK-Zg0/s1600/4e04394a-8b65-4f1c-a430-e514722fc052.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="409" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-T_Gn8ri3DXQ/VpkSoSE6JHI/AAAAAAAAFlk/keOfcpK-Zg0/s640/4e04394a-8b65-4f1c-a430-e514722fc052.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Ok guys. Major project fail confession time. As you know, I'm currently in the middle of a huge DIY Kitchen Redo project that we've been sharing with you here on the blog. This is the first project in our brand new, first-ever DIY Series. We've already posted the first entry, which involved painting the kitchen cabinet interiors. It was a piece of cake and went as planned. Another project, however, did not.<br /><br />Have you ever tried painting your tile grout? If you have dirty grout, or are not happy with the current color of your grout, there a few products that will help you refresh and renew tile grout. I've actually used this product before, on a previous DIY project, a cute bathroom renovation I did for Happy Now. That project also went perfectly and was a piece of cake. You can read more about it <a href="http://happynowboutique.blogspot.com/2013/07/easy-updates.html">here</a>. Using the experience I had from that project, I wanted to apply it to a cool idea I had for the grout in my kitchen. I love the look of subway tiles. I find myself constantly scouring Pinterest for beautifully finished kitchen backsplashes and bathroom walls, all covered in what seems to be miles and miles of crisp, clean subway tile. And I've been noticing a few trends that involve a dark grout. I like the contrast between the white tiles and the way the darker grout allows your eyes to notice the shape and pattern that subway provides. I wanted to try to use this inspirational look and apply it to my DIY Kitchen Redo in an affordable and DIY-Friendly manner.<br /><br />Because my 1950's kitchen already offers a tile backsplash, though it's not a subway pattern and it unfortunately extends to the counters and even down into my cupboard area (whoever thought a tile lip was attractive back then, I can't imagine their reasoning behind it...) I figured I could still get that crisp, modern look by using grout paint to darken my grout. I admit, this was a huge change and involved a lot of risk. But I did not really feel the brevity of my decision until I was well into the project. Let's take a look at the basics:<br /><br />Here is my kitchen backsplash and counters and weird, overlapping, tile-lip as they stood before my outrageous grout-paint endeavor:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FMeaVF6TbDo/VpfbkDE90cI/AAAAAAAAFic/20fNo93mP3s/s1600/1779706_10204881036199495_3316894745946973323_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FMeaVF6TbDo/VpfbkDE90cI/AAAAAAAAFic/20fNo93mP3s/s640/1779706_10204881036199495_3316894745946973323_n.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-t3BoF42l5Ew/VpfYBvrS0BI/AAAAAAAAFhE/sADCR4DztxE/s1600/IMG_5369.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-t3BoF42l5Ew/VpfYBvrS0BI/AAAAAAAAFhE/sADCR4DztxE/s640/IMG_5369.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br />And here a few inspirational pics from Pinterest, so you can get inside the craziness that was my idea:<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-s79-o7HKJOY/VpfYLH6B5LI/AAAAAAAAFhQ/oJZ9O-oCZZ0/s1600/4d998222af1e92d6d0d3b92c8bf0cd42.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-s79-o7HKJOY/VpfYLH6B5LI/AAAAAAAAFhQ/oJZ9O-oCZZ0/s640/4d998222af1e92d6d0d3b92c8bf0cd42.jpg" width="478" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Photo credit: Door Sixteen</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-njLJfsndwRg/VpfYLCSoggI/AAAAAAAAFhU/6kNXeV843C0/s1600/91aa120a4e261420b7ee9d07e7b5c63e.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-njLJfsndwRg/VpfYLCSoggI/AAAAAAAAFhU/6kNXeV843C0/s640/91aa120a4e261420b7ee9d07e7b5c63e.jpg" width="426" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Photo credit: HomeDit</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2hGf9d8Kj_Y/VpfYLFQpWnI/AAAAAAAAFhY/o9YcJMJtuNw/s1600/f59e5412a7393b3289fb41f3289d6460.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2hGf9d8Kj_Y/VpfYLFQpWnI/AAAAAAAAFhY/o9YcJMJtuNw/s640/f59e5412a7393b3289fb41f3289d6460.jpg" width="424" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Photo credit: ElleDecor</td></tr></tbody></table>Grout paint is a fairly easy to use product, the directions are simple and the process involves little more than a clean toothbrush, damp rag and a reasonable block of time to work. The product I work with is called <a href="http://www.homedepot.com/p/Custom-Building-Products-Polyblend-381-Bright-White-8-oz-Grout-Renew-Colorant-GCL381HPT/203498062" target="_blank">Polyblend's Grout Renew</a>&nbsp;and can be purchased at most home improvement stores. Again, I've used it before and felt comfortable, so I just started working.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Fcd7CeSQ-9I/VpfYsgSD7fI/AAAAAAAAFhw/dAhJ9CReRIs/s1600/IMG_5376.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Fcd7CeSQ-9I/VpfYsgSD7fI/AAAAAAAAFhw/dAhJ9CReRIs/s640/IMG_5376.JPG" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Step One: Pour a small amount of the paint onto a paper plate.&nbsp;</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-re0b2fqdh5c/VpfYrTllXDI/AAAAAAAAFho/aOyTpvFM_3I/s1600/IMG_5377.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-re0b2fqdh5c/VpfYrTllXDI/AAAAAAAAFho/aOyTpvFM_3I/s640/IMG_5377.JPG" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Using a new, clean toothbrush, gently apply a small amount of the paint to the bristles, and remove excess using a circular motion on a clean area of the plate.</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-a5psiZAvXzM/VpfYtJzYNuI/AAAAAAAAFh0/kw1lE-gXOyI/s1600/IMG_5380.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-a5psiZAvXzM/VpfYtJzYNuI/AAAAAAAAFh0/kw1lE-gXOyI/s640/IMG_5380.JPG" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Apply the grout paint to the grout using a soft, back-and-forth movement, much like brushing your teeth!</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-T29ktuSemRg/VpfYwKN0iLI/AAAAAAAAFiA/gtUc0jxMGL8/s1600/IMG_5382.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-T29ktuSemRg/VpfYwKN0iLI/AAAAAAAAFiA/gtUc0jxMGL8/s640/IMG_5382.JPG" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Work in small areas. Wipe away excess paint using a soft, damp cloth. Follow up with a quick paper towel buff.</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-q3gxpVv_jLo/VpfYy-JAsJI/AAAAAAAAFiI/dmdoB3Vhlns/s1600/IMG_5383.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-q3gxpVv_jLo/VpfYy-JAsJI/AAAAAAAAFiI/dmdoB3Vhlns/s640/IMG_5383.JPG" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Here you can see the area where excess paint has been wiped and also where it hasn't.&nbsp;</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Sf6g3e15ebU/VpfYzP29a8I/AAAAAAAAFiM/-oCZCYmwlUs/s1600/IMG_5384.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Sf6g3e15ebU/VpfYzP29a8I/AAAAAAAAFiM/-oCZCYmwlUs/s640/IMG_5384.JPG" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">All excess paint wiped away.</td></tr></tbody></table>Danielle was actually painting the cabinet interiors while I was grout painting, so I had another person with me who could offer an honest opinion. At first, we both agreed it was working. But as I continued to work along the backsplash, I just wasn't getting that "Oh my gosh, YES I LOVE THIS" feeling... In fact, I started to silently panic. Danielle encouraged me to continue painting until the entire backsplash was finished so that we would be able to see how everything looked and make a better decision.<br /><br />So I continued on until all of the grout in the backsplash was completed.<br /><br />And then we stepped back to look.<br /><br />And I wasn't in love.<br /><br />Here are few shots after everything was painted:<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bgLUoFOpP3s/VpkC6HEQJ7I/AAAAAAAAFjI/SUH08OuSHpU/s1600/IMG_5385.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bgLUoFOpP3s/VpkC6HEQJ7I/AAAAAAAAFjI/SUH08OuSHpU/s640/IMG_5385.JPG" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The area behind the sink had not been wiped yet because the paint was not sticking as easily here; most likely due to the higher amount of moisture near the sink.</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-du3IBS-Y5SA/VpkC9h8XoxI/AAAAAAAAFjQ/2_NYEwca8Z0/s1600/IMG_5386.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-du3IBS-Y5SA/VpkC9h8XoxI/AAAAAAAAFjQ/2_NYEwca8Z0/s640/IMG_5386.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br />Major disappointment. I honestly think that the size of the grout lines, and uneven texture, paired with the black tile-border I really didn't notice before the grout was darker, gave a very dated feel to the space. It just wasn't the look I was going for.<br /><br />This is not where the story ends either. Because now that I was unhappy with the results, I had to fix them. And let me tell you, covering a dark grout, with a lighter grout... not so easy.<br /><br />I was able to take back the color I had purchased, and exchange it for a lighter color. Easy peasy. But getting the light color to cover up all of that dark grout? Nightmare. Here are some pics as of today, after 2 coats:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JXD_6woF-wQ/Vpj9pdnr2LI/AAAAAAAAFiw/ZMnaeAWKiTY/s1600/1e134dee-2b1a-4435-a307-f66701ac84d7.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JXD_6woF-wQ/Vpj9pdnr2LI/AAAAAAAAFiw/ZMnaeAWKiTY/s640/1e134dee-2b1a-4435-a307-f66701ac84d7.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZIZ6RxupYV8/Vpj9ppWMQJI/AAAAAAAAFi0/DH69KBz48Gw/s1600/3b40cab4-7929-4a2e-b55f-5e2211d4209b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="360" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZIZ6RxupYV8/Vpj9ppWMQJI/AAAAAAAAFi0/DH69KBz48Gw/s640/3b40cab4-7929-4a2e-b55f-5e2211d4209b.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />Still seeing a lot of dark grout paint. But like any DIY project, you have to put in the work to get the results you want. And with any big change, there is risk.<br /><br />Stay tuned here on the blog and on our Facebook as I work to complete this project and many others in my Kitchen Redo! And as always, be sure to offer your own input and questions in our Comments section!<br /><br />xoxo,<br />Shannon<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Shannon Goodwinhttps://plus.google.com/109938422006573857543noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5772641068980984710.post-74629489680623578592016-01-13T21:15:00.004-05:002016-01-15T09:47:53.406-05:00Bloom's DIY Series Kitchen Redo: Cabinets<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_AZIs102uPI/Vpb8xW3dZ6I/AAAAAAAAFfY/gTtimbB11Zg/s1600/DIY%2BSeries%2Bblog%2Bpost%2Bheader.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="147" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_AZIs102uPI/Vpb8xW3dZ6I/AAAAAAAAFfY/gTtimbB11Zg/s400/DIY%2BSeries%2Bblog%2Bpost%2Bheader.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />Hello dear readers! We hope you had a fantastic holiday and a wonderful new year celebration and are so pleased to begin 2016 by sharing our very first DIY Series with you all! As you know, Shannon is in the process of updating her 1950's kitchen and we have decided to share the entire project with you here on the blog. You can read more about the inspiration for our first ever DIY Series right <a href="http://www.bloomrestorations.com/2015/12/bloom-diy-series-kitchen-redo.html">here</a>. In the meantime, read on to hear what Shannon has to say about the first step of her kitchen project!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OBnhmvzETAY/VpcCPdEegkI/AAAAAAAAFfo/qnlXnJQmMXA/s1600/20160113_160203.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="360" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OBnhmvzETAY/VpcCPdEegkI/AAAAAAAAFfo/qnlXnJQmMXA/s640/20160113_160203.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Now that the holidays are over, this project is in full swing. And our first order of business is painting the cabinets. New cabinets can be outrageously expensive. A recent article in Better Homes and Gardens states that "most cabinets range from $500 to $1,500 per cabinet box. Based on an estimated 30 cabinets in an average-size kitchen, you can be looking at a cost of about $15,000-$45,000."<br /><br />Whoa. I don't know about you, but that is just not in the cards for me. The next best option? Paint. Paint allows for a fresh, updated look without breaking the budget. I did some research and found that one of the best paints on the market for cabinets is a product we at Bloom. are very familiar with: <a href="http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/for-your-home/paint-products/advance-waterborne-interior-alkyd-paint">Advance</a> by Benjamin Moore. We have used this paint for so many projects, both for clients and personal pieces and we absolutely love it. Advance is an alkyd, water-borne paint that is incredibly easy to work with and finishes like butter. It's finish is smooth and silky and when applied correctly and with the right brush, there are no brush marks or lines.<br /><br />For my cabinets, I decided on the popular, two-toned look, with white cabinets up top and darker cabinets beneath. I did this because I love the contrast it provides and also because I have kiddos and a darker color will provide better coverage for stains and normal wear and tear. I also decided to leave the cabinets on either side of my sink open, to show off my best dinnerware and unique vintage finds, and also to make the space feel bigger. I wanted to make a statement and chose a very dark color for the interiors. Today's post will focus on the cabinet interiors. Here's a quick look at how things looked the night before we started working:<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XPbILw39Ejk/Vped3sf_KDI/AAAAAAAAFgs/xHtaZnJtKC4/s1600/IMG_5347.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XPbILw39Ejk/Vped3sf_KDI/AAAAAAAAFgs/xHtaZnJtKC4/s640/IMG_5347.JPG" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Cabinet doors removed, everything taken out and counters below cleaned.&nbsp;</td></tr></tbody></table>I am in love with Sherwin Williams' <a href="https://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-family/SW7048-urbane-bronze/#/7048/?s=coordinatingColors&amp;p=PS0">Urbane Bronze.</a> I am seeing this color everywhere lately and I cannot gush about it enough! A very warm, almost brownish, dark-gray with an ever-so-slight gold hue, it is such a cool color! I wanted drama for my open cabinets and this color packs some major drama. I have a lot of white kitchen ware that will pop nicely against the dark tone, as well as a few colorful pieces that will also look very interesting when displayed. I was able to have the color matched at Benjamin Moore with no problems.<br /><br />To begin, you want to make sure all surface areas are thoroughly cleaned and sanded. Danielle and I wiped down every inch of the interiors and then pulled up the old contact paper on the shelves.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_ef2ndj007w/VpcCxJ1OfbI/AAAAAAAAFf8/uthLGfGmRNI/s1600/IMG_5352.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_ef2ndj007w/VpcCxJ1OfbI/AAAAAAAAFf8/uthLGfGmRNI/s640/IMG_5352.JPG" width="425" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hA10hXk4TJ4/VpcCwmAHkEI/AAAAAAAAFf0/8ZKC5mImhYs/s1600/IMG_5359.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hA10hXk4TJ4/VpcCwmAHkEI/AAAAAAAAFf0/8ZKC5mImhYs/s640/IMG_5359.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TAoXUJDDV4w/VpcCv2aqqwI/AAAAAAAAFfw/pq_sVX6cD_g/s1600/IMG_5360.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TAoXUJDDV4w/VpcCv2aqqwI/AAAAAAAAFfw/pq_sVX6cD_g/s640/IMG_5360.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>After a thorough sanding, we taped off the areas underneath the shelves where they meet the cabinet walls. We did this because while the cabinet interior walls will be painted in the Urbane Bronze, the shelves will be painted white to offer a nice contrast and to avoid your eyes getting lost in the darker color when looking at the cabinets. Since we'll be adding new contact paper to the tops of each shelf, we only taped off underneath so we would not have to paint over any brush marks down the road.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2-jxZtrbWVM/VpcCzwC0fxI/AAAAAAAAFgQ/m0ZKVfitZSQ/s1600/IMG_5363.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="484" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2-jxZtrbWVM/VpcCzwC0fxI/AAAAAAAAFgQ/m0ZKVfitZSQ/s640/IMG_5363.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0wgPE_IYsds/VpcC0aM1zXI/AAAAAAAAFgU/mjZLLoLfsFw/s1600/IMG_5365.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0wgPE_IYsds/VpcC0aM1zXI/AAAAAAAAFgU/mjZLLoLfsFw/s640/IMG_5365.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br />Once everything was taped, we started painted. We used angled, 2" Purdy brushes and each took on a cabinet box. Working quickly and allowing a little dry time between coats, we finished in about 4 hours.<br /><br />The color. is. amazing. I love the way it changes ever-so-slightly in different lights. I see more of the bronze undertones in artificial light, and a deep, rich graphite color during the day. And once the shelves are painted with a fresh coat of white, I think they will really pop!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-LeT33IoEbbw/VpcDh2IK0MI/AAAAAAAAFgc/tsb8bOyE4mw/s1600/IMG_5385.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-LeT33IoEbbw/VpcDh2IK0MI/AAAAAAAAFgc/tsb8bOyE4mw/s640/IMG_5385.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br />A few pointers:<br /><br /><ul><li>Remember to really clean your cabinets. Especially areas where grease and dirt has built up over time. This will allow the paint to properly adhere to the surface and your finish will last longer.</li><li>Use a mid-grade sand paper to prep your surface. We used medium-grit sanding blocks for this project.&nbsp;</li><li>Use contact paper for shelves. Contact paper provides a long-lasting surface and will hold up much better than paint. And be sure to remove old contact paper BEFORE painting.</li><li>Use high-quality paint brushes. We prefer Purdy but any good-quality brush will do. Always clean your brush immediately after using. If you're in the middle of painting and need to break for a little while, simply cover your brush with saran-wrap or a plastic bag and place in fridge.&nbsp;</li></ul><div>I am so excited to continue working on my kitchen renovation and to be able to share every step with you! Be sure to stay tuned here on the blog and on our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/bloomrestorations">Facebook</a>, for more updates on our DIY Series. And don't forget to comment with any questions or tips from your own DIY renovation projects!&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-N3KWsP6VOMA/Vpb69DQkfyI/AAAAAAAAFfM/cAfpp6koMaI/s1600/blog%2Bsignature.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="151" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-N3KWsP6VOMA/Vpb69DQkfyI/AAAAAAAAFfM/cAfpp6koMaI/s320/blog%2Bsignature.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div><br /><br />Shannon Goodwinhttps://plus.google.com/109938422006573857543noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5772641068980984710.post-59306977002176634262015-12-14T10:31:00.000-05:002016-01-15T09:48:39.562-05:00Bloom's DIY Series: Kitchen Redo!We all have that space in our house that we walk through every day, envisioning how, with endless funds and overflowing creativity, we would transform it into our "dream room", fit for a big home renovation show reveal. In my house, there are many rooms I dream about completely transforming. The mid-century design is interesting and could easily fit into my overall style, but there are so many things I would like to change and upgrade. Without the budget for a big renovation, these dream spaces can often times, be just that: dreams. But I'm done dreaming. I want my awesome space now. How am I gonna get there? Three letters: D. I. Y. Yep. My plan is to figure out what I can change now, on a budget and by myself, in order to make my dream space a reality. And here at Bloom., we're going to share the adventure with you!<br /><br />The Bloom. DIY Series will feature projects within our own homes, detailed here on the blog for you to read. We are very excited to get started and our first project is my very own, 1950's teeny tiny kitchen! I have big plans for this space and can't wait to get started.<br /><br />My kitchen is small. Everything about it is small, small, small. Small cupboards and drawers. Small sink. Small pantry. And while I'm not planning a big renovation, complete with demo and new blueprints, I am planning on making the space <b><i>feel</i></b> larger. A few small changes can open a space and I have some ideas. &nbsp;New paint. Open-cupboard concept. Affordable backsplash. Removing wasted space.<br /><br />Here are some quick plans with notes that I've put together:<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-toHTj94Nj6E/Vm7dszLurII/AAAAAAAAFa8/6X7V0NWPI14/s1600/kitchen%2Bplans%2Bwith%2Bnotes.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="482" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-toHTj94Nj6E/Vm7dszLurII/AAAAAAAAFa8/6X7V0NWPI14/s640/kitchen%2Bplans%2Bwith%2Bnotes.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ip2pXuscsbM/Vm7dzzQyaBI/AAAAAAAAFbE/6v9kp5zKyTw/s1600/20151209_085831.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ip2pXuscsbM/Vm7dzzQyaBI/AAAAAAAAFbE/6v9kp5zKyTw/s640/20151209_085831.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><br />And here is my inspiration board:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jg8oh1dMoXM/Vm7eE-eGxiI/AAAAAAAAFbM/goRxA1ozSv8/s1600/Blog%2Bpost%2BInsp%2BBoard.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jg8oh1dMoXM/Vm7eE-eGxiI/AAAAAAAAFbM/goRxA1ozSv8/s640/Blog%2Bpost%2BInsp%2BBoard.jpg" width="512" /></a></div><br />I definitely have big plans. Will I be able to achieve everything I have planned? Maybe. Is it possible to get the look you want without spending huge amounts of energy and money? I think so. The idea here is to give you, dear readers, a first-hand look at the trials and error of DIY home projects and to also help inspire you to try your own home projects.<br /><br />So stay tuned here on the website as well as our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/bloomrestorations/">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/bloom8281">Pinterest</a>&nbsp;board, for all of our project updates and inspiration. We look forward to the DIY road ahead!<br /><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: large;"><i>xoxo,</i></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: large;"><i>Shannon</i></span>Shannon Goodwinhttps://plus.google.com/109938422006573857543noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5772641068980984710.post-85814778027811516782015-11-30T17:26:00.001-05:002015-11-30T17:28:11.027-05:00DIY: Holiday Mantel Garland<div style="text-align: center;">This adorable DIY garland is super simple and quick, and makes a fun addition to the</div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;holiday decor!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lSKXOA6IUQ8/Vly2fYx8gEI/AAAAAAAABlg/ZWcbMsVgy_c/s1600/IMG_3076.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="191" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lSKXOA6IUQ8/Vly2fYx8gEI/AAAAAAAABlg/ZWcbMsVgy_c/s400/IMG_3076.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: start;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: start;">After searching the web for a tree outline that I liked, I downloaded and printed it out. &nbsp;An image that was simple and a silhouette was exactly what I was after.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: start;">I've uploaded&nbsp;<a href="http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll200/daniellegilbert00/Lcdj89Eni_zps0ntuk0lg.jpg" target="_blank">my image</a>, so if you like it you don't have to go looking :).</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: start;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8FRK4LfOJko/Vly2EXf3aVI/AAAAAAAABkg/r6aPayPF3F0/s1600/IMG_3066.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8FRK4LfOJko/Vly2EXf3aVI/AAAAAAAABkg/r6aPayPF3F0/s640/IMG_3066.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-F0zeZmkLHjQ/Vly2DFXMADI/AAAAAAAABkY/EwyKTGYqHKY/s1600/IMG_3067.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-F0zeZmkLHjQ/Vly2DFXMADI/AAAAAAAABkY/EwyKTGYqHKY/s640/IMG_3067.JPG" width="480" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;I took felt sheets that I already had from a project last year and traced the shape of the tree onto each with a Sharpie. &nbsp;You could use any type pen or marker as long you can see the lines once traced.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dAWrROJs1zA/Vly2MyrSIjI/AAAAAAAABkw/28n1PAgOPOk/s1600/IMG_3070.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dAWrROJs1zA/Vly2MyrSIjI/AAAAAAAABkw/28n1PAgOPOk/s640/IMG_3070.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-laOoWOTo5nk/Vly2NH9gwTI/AAAAAAAABk0/oMOI9x_Thtg/s1600/IMG_3071.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-laOoWOTo5nk/Vly2NH9gwTI/AAAAAAAABk0/oMOI9x_Thtg/s640/IMG_3071.jpg" width="606" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Then I cut each shape out and also cut 2 small slits vertically on each so that the ribbon could run through, while also providing support for the felt pieces.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qqoKG6fiYPg/Vly2ZuGPriI/AAAAAAAABlM/iPs2_G5vCrw/s1600/IMG_3073.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qqoKG6fiYPg/Vly2ZuGPriI/AAAAAAAABlM/iPs2_G5vCrw/s640/IMG_3073.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6cvUoskoiSI/Vly2Zlnb66I/AAAAAAAABlI/dSJ0E3kiqIw/s1600/IMG_3074.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6cvUoskoiSI/Vly2Zlnb66I/AAAAAAAABlI/dSJ0E3kiqIw/s640/IMG_3074.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">I then ran a piece of gold ribbon through each piece, alternating my color cut-outs.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RbaAKRtPR3I/Vly2etMGpUI/AAAAAAAABlY/MNNVlju7mv8/s1600/IMG_3075.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RbaAKRtPR3I/Vly2etMGpUI/AAAAAAAABlY/MNNVlju7mv8/s640/IMG_3075.JPG" width="480" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Then it's done! &nbsp;This &nbsp;project probably took a total of an hour.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-x0Gty5_e3OY/VlzJ8jQTqGI/AAAAAAAABmA/YPxL8gDPvN8/s1600/IMG_3107.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-x0Gty5_e3OY/VlzJ8jQTqGI/AAAAAAAABmA/YPxL8gDPvN8/s640/IMG_3107.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rpnOXywM0Ag/VlzJ8tvRFfI/AAAAAAAABl8/d71YV0YRd88/s1600/IMG_3108.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rpnOXywM0Ag/VlzJ8tvRFfI/AAAAAAAABl8/d71YV0YRd88/s640/IMG_3108.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zs9g9FBWDhU/VlzJ9Kb1ntI/AAAAAAAABmE/8q9YZX2v5DU/s1600/IMG_3109.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zs9g9FBWDhU/VlzJ9Kb1ntI/AAAAAAAABmE/8q9YZX2v5DU/s640/IMG_3109.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">There are a ton of variations of this project. &nbsp;You could use different shapes. &nbsp;Instead of felt you could choose fabric or paper. Choosing different colors or prints would look great too!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Happy Crafting!</div>Bloom.https://plus.google.com/106768623871988673714noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5772641068980984710.post-64424528826783144332015-11-10T20:19:00.001-05:002015-11-10T20:19:23.875-05:00Client Project: Dramatic Buffet in Chalk PaintWhen choosing larger furniture pieces for your home, it is important to remember that paint can go a long way. Bloom. was recently approached by a client who had found the perfect statement piece for her new home. She loved the shape and size of this gorgeous, curved buffet and thought it would fit nicely into her family room. She was not however, in love with the cherry finish. She wanted a dramatic, elegant finish and after collaborating with Bloom. she decided on a deep, charcoal chalk paint and dark wax with light distressing. Let's take a look at the Befores:<div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Q0d9BNnZpPQ/VkKWb0C__7I/AAAAAAAAFZA/hwdhaJ74Mt0/s1600/10082.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Q0d9BNnZpPQ/VkKWb0C__7I/AAAAAAAAFZA/hwdhaJ74Mt0/s640/10082.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WuktJe3IwaU/VkKWbxRQ53I/AAAAAAAAFZE/LJpFWlCMlkY/s1600/10084.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WuktJe3IwaU/VkKWbxRQ53I/AAAAAAAAFZE/LJpFWlCMlkY/s640/10084.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><div><br /><div>The piece was thoroughly cleaned and prepped for spraying. This was Bloom's first time spraying with chalk paint and we choose to work with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. This paint is amazing and offers a gorgeous, rich tone when paired with wax. After spraying the chalk paint with an HVLP sprayer, the piece was wet-distressed and finished with two coats of a dark wax, also by Annie Sloan. In order to accentuate the subtle, aged look of the piece, the hardware was left untouched. We think the end result is nothing short of dramatic elegance.</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8HMTETm4eDI/VkKH8ezOsLI/AAAAAAAAFXQ/AcEQ9O0eAG8/s1600/042.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8HMTETm4eDI/VkKH8ezOsLI/AAAAAAAAFXQ/AcEQ9O0eAG8/s640/042.JPG" width="538" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AYj81qCxq7c/VkKH8aIX-XI/AAAAAAAAFXM/klfaedKGhbs/s1600/049.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AYj81qCxq7c/VkKH8aIX-XI/AAAAAAAAFXM/klfaedKGhbs/s640/049.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ub9G6L8Xz_4/VkKH46EYv6I/AAAAAAAAFXE/wDgIvp1WbPM/s1600/053.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; 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margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4w1nbQJE3rM/VkKIPLPm6pI/AAAAAAAAFX8/t2rRK914KAU/s640/083.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-yLnn9NwcjIg/VkKIQ5Nmt1I/AAAAAAAAFYM/oKCMj8Bu-pc/s1600/088.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-yLnn9NwcjIg/VkKIQ5Nmt1I/AAAAAAAAFYM/oKCMj8Bu-pc/s640/088.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_ESTFTgPZgI/VkKIXdCd6GI/AAAAAAAAFYU/C2RkQmgVfx0/s1600/092.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_ESTFTgPZgI/VkKIXdCd6GI/AAAAAAAAFYU/C2RkQmgVfx0/s640/092.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_Kja04vNQms/VkKIXdpxwKI/AAAAAAAAFYY/UJ2-exUdoPw/s1600/104.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="498" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_Kja04vNQms/VkKIXdpxwKI/AAAAAAAAFYY/UJ2-exUdoPw/s640/104.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GOVZiTpoSb4/VkKIYbHYr_I/AAAAAAAAFYk/oVzCZjvPqkE/s1600/107.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GOVZiTpoSb4/VkKIYbHYr_I/AAAAAAAAFYk/oVzCZjvPqkE/s640/107.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IQMwilIpg-w/VkKJMlTCl4I/AAAAAAAAFYw/e3fSV8OBqag/s1600/blog%2Bsignature.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="151" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IQMwilIpg-w/VkKJMlTCl4I/AAAAAAAAFYw/e3fSV8OBqag/s320/blog%2Bsignature.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div></div>Shannon Goodwinhttps://plus.google.com/109938422006573857543noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5772641068980984710.post-87690331190425361002015-11-06T13:39:00.000-05:002015-11-06T13:40:00.777-05:00Client Project : Coffee Table Refinish<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;A current client had an adorable, mid century modern style coffee table that she wanted painted to add a pop of color to their formal living room. &nbsp;The coffee table was in great shape and we knew that a high gloss finish would be perfect for the project. &nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">Here is the before:</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-W-Xo74o_02c/VjzxZrCi9sI/AAAAAAAAA4Q/5evnccTY2FU/s1600/IMG_2866.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-W-Xo74o_02c/VjzxZrCi9sI/AAAAAAAAA4Q/5evnccTY2FU/s640/IMG_2866.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">After sanding, priming and making a few minor repairs, we sprayed the entire table with our HVLP paint sprayer. &nbsp;We used a high gloss shade of gray that is the perfect addition to the families beautifully styled living room.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MtcQkv-Z3jo/VjzxYKC-QHI/AAAAAAAAA4I/Fl9pOm-PpIs/s1600/001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MtcQkv-Z3jo/VjzxYKC-QHI/AAAAAAAAA4I/Fl9pOm-PpIs/s640/001.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NPxUbiDsXMA/VjzxQp-JjlI/AAAAAAAAA34/Q5lKlzIaMmI/s1600/006.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NPxUbiDsXMA/VjzxQp-JjlI/AAAAAAAAA34/Q5lKlzIaMmI/s640/006.JPG" width="425" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gbaYUvqAJfI/VjzxSzObPmI/AAAAAAAAA4A/S8ky36FFMEY/s1600/012.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gbaYUvqAJfI/VjzxSzObPmI/AAAAAAAAA4A/S8ky36FFMEY/s640/012.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yxC1J-rc2Ms/Vjzxb9WBirI/AAAAAAAAA4g/761HfoFiADw/s1600/013.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yxC1J-rc2Ms/Vjzxb9WBirI/AAAAAAAAA4g/761HfoFiADw/s640/013.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pzOOkYkyUIM/VjzxdjapKAI/AAAAAAAAA4o/hslUWJX07fk/s1600/033.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pzOOkYkyUIM/VjzxdjapKAI/AAAAAAAAA4o/hslUWJX07fk/s640/033.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Sometimes the simplest project can be just what a room needs :). &nbsp;Thanks for reading!</div><br />Bloom.https://plus.google.com/106768623871988673714noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5772641068980984710.post-88894049785658995662015-11-02T08:00:00.000-05:002015-11-02T10:26:15.440-05:00Client Project: Dining Table RestorationThis dining table was in very good shape when it came to Bloom. from a new client. There were minor imperfections from simple wear and tear and just a few discolorations in finish. When our client expressed the need for a clean up and inquired as to how we could bring back the table's original luster and shine, we immediately suggested hemp oil. Hemp oil is a fantastic way to restore color and sheen to wood without heavy chemicals or stains. Our client happily agreed and handed over her table for some much-needed restoration. Let's take a look at the befores:<br /><div><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MGJcZ0SId_0/VjAQme9wD1I/AAAAAAAAFCU/Es-YhYLmAhg/s1600/631bd8e40c6bc1e29d4ee308d49655db.jpg%2Ba.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MGJcZ0SId_0/VjAQme9wD1I/AAAAAAAAFCU/Es-YhYLmAhg/s400/631bd8e40c6bc1e29d4ee308d49655db.jpg%2Ba.jpg" width="356" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FUdhn7FqpyM/VjAPrwmejLI/AAAAAAAAFCM/15iOaNyZhWQ/s1600/20151021_122412.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FUdhn7FqpyM/VjAPrwmejLI/AAAAAAAAFCM/15iOaNyZhWQ/s640/20151021_122412.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--gzKT4WNP4w/VjAPrnReRII/AAAAAAAAFCI/kj5taS9pWuU/s1600/20151021_122406.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--gzKT4WNP4w/VjAPrnReRII/AAAAAAAAFCI/kj5taS9pWuU/s640/20151021_122406.jpg" width="360" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>After a thorough cleanup with mineral spirits and some light sanding, the table was rubbed with the hemp oil from top to bottom. After some curing time, the table was then given a gorgeous, buttery sheen using a "wet-sanding" technique with fine grit sandpaper and hemp oil. A semi-gloss poly was applied to the table top for added protection. We think the piece can really shine now and hope our client thinks so too! Let us know what you think in the comments below.</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fCVtsRVXFS4/VjARhbTvpII/AAAAAAAAFCo/TjurA-Dq21c/s1600/001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fCVtsRVXFS4/VjARhbTvpII/AAAAAAAAFCo/TjurA-Dq21c/s640/001.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RGZZNqPgKaI/VjARhJ0JBCI/AAAAAAAAFCk/r9_NDyTskbU/s1600/010.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="494" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RGZZNqPgKaI/VjARhJ0JBCI/AAAAAAAAFCk/r9_NDyTskbU/s640/010.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kmPKdmUMk-c/VjARdLaTL2I/AAAAAAAAFCc/-d6eDp5hDs0/s1600/017.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kmPKdmUMk-c/VjARdLaTL2I/AAAAAAAAFCc/-d6eDp5hDs0/s640/017.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-j603u25wDWQ/VjARl2IuLiI/AAAAAAAAFC0/27BRPZN6riY/s1600/021.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-j603u25wDWQ/VjARl2IuLiI/AAAAAAAAFC0/27BRPZN6riY/s640/021.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xtRFO0W0flQ/VjARp-_94cI/AAAAAAAAFC8/jHebMaX6fPg/s1600/024.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xtRFO0W0flQ/VjARp-_94cI/AAAAAAAAFC8/jHebMaX6fPg/s640/024.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ibSgTA4VYxI/VjARthYkSpI/AAAAAAAAFDE/YyJBfqF25fo/s1600/029.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ibSgTA4VYxI/VjARthYkSpI/AAAAAAAAFDE/YyJBfqF25fo/s640/029.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rMpsXV7d-ts/VjARtktptbI/AAAAAAAAFDI/F91Ys8JI5Kw/s1600/044.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="488" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rMpsXV7d-ts/VjARtktptbI/AAAAAAAAFDI/F91Ys8JI5Kw/s640/044.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Love that beautiful color and shine! Thanks for reading!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mBAw9QmBpwc/VjAR-peJddI/AAAAAAAAFDU/YD3MnFw7saI/s1600/blog%2Bsignature.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="151" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mBAw9QmBpwc/VjAR-peJddI/AAAAAAAAFDU/YD3MnFw7saI/s320/blog%2Bsignature.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>Shannon Goodwinhttps://plus.google.com/109938422006573857543noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5772641068980984710.post-91619073865127404772015-10-16T07:36:00.000-04:002015-10-17T11:04:49.324-04:00Client Project: Entryway Dresser and Hardware Refinish<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">A current client recently purchased a new home, found this classic dresser and knew it would be perfect for their new entryway. &nbsp;The stained finish and distressed hardware weren't the exact look they wanted, and the space was in need of a pop of color.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bb9NRSc5iNw/ViDZ7_DB_nI/AAAAAAAAA2o/mIcLKYt1sK4/s1600/IMG_2790.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bb9NRSc5iNw/ViDZ7_DB_nI/AAAAAAAAA2o/mIcLKYt1sK4/s320/IMG_2790.jpg" width="240" />&nbsp;</a><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nimOjJk0WPI/ViDZ7xxZ8cI/AAAAAAAAA2s/1X4fDx_uRf0/s1600/IMG_2791.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="display: inline !important; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nimOjJk0WPI/ViDZ7xxZ8cI/AAAAAAAAA2s/1X4fDx_uRf0/s320/IMG_2791.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">The entire dresser has been sprayed in a low sheen dark shade of blue and sealed by hand with wax to a satin finish. &nbsp;All of the hardware is original, each pull was refinished in a beautiful metallic gold. The gold accents, new paint color and satin finish really accent the classic silhouette of the piece.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-smpncYJP-lM/ViDaGFvxxQI/AAAAAAAAA3A/kAwJj1qv7wo/s1600/018.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="515" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-smpncYJP-lM/ViDaGFvxxQI/AAAAAAAAA3A/kAwJj1qv7wo/s640/018.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-j06UiydljAo/ViDaFyrK-lI/AAAAAAAAA28/2Xs1fWZZIJM/s1600/023.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="462" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-j06UiydljAo/ViDaFyrK-lI/AAAAAAAAA28/2Xs1fWZZIJM/s640/023.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Fz0-BYby7UQ/ViDaJEGtjII/AAAAAAAAA3Y/slXi9lkiy-g/s1600/024%2B%25282%2529.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="502" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Fz0-BYby7UQ/ViDaJEGtjII/AAAAAAAAA3Y/slXi9lkiy-g/s640/024%2B%25282%2529.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Qux0MrVdAyw/ViDaK9kOoFI/AAAAAAAAA3k/YgEGEiMoT4g/s1600/072.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="376" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Qux0MrVdAyw/ViDaK9kOoFI/AAAAAAAAA3k/YgEGEiMoT4g/s640/072.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xpI98zKTYyU/ViDaJdoGXMI/AAAAAAAAA3U/z3TYJ82WT00/s1600/049%2B%25281%2529.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xpI98zKTYyU/ViDaJdoGXMI/AAAAAAAAA3U/z3TYJ82WT00/s640/049%2B%25281%2529.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HQ8oS3JFkw4/ViDaJNGo8_I/AAAAAAAAA3c/G5VJm1IvjxI/s1600/032.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HQ8oS3JFkw4/ViDaJNGo8_I/AAAAAAAAA3c/G5VJm1IvjxI/s640/032.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">We are so happy with the results and hope that the family loves seeing the piece each time they enter their home.</div>Bloom.https://plus.google.com/106768623871988673714noreply@blogger.com2