Showing posts with label hvlp. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hvlp. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Quick Piano Bench Redo

My 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:

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.

Let's take a look at the finished piece:

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 or visit our Facebook page.

Thanks for reading today!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

DIY Series Kitchen Redo: Cabinets Update!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Our Favorite Things: Painting Products

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!

Today's post will focus on our Favorite Painting Products.

1. Rustoleum Spray Grip - 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.

2. Aluminum Foil - 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!

3. Hemp Oil - 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.

4. Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner - 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.

5. Frog Tape - 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.

6. Chip Brushes - 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.

7. Grout Paint - 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.

8. Floetrol - 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.

9. Paint Spray Gun - 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.

10. Windshield Wiper Fluid - 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?

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 Facebook page.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Bloom'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!

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.

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 feel larger. A few small changes can open a space and I have some ideas.  New paint. Open-cupboard concept. Affordable backsplash. Removing wasted space.

Here are some quick plans with notes that I've put together:

And here is my inspiration board:

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.

So stay tuned here on the website as well as our Facebook and Pinterest board, for all of our project updates and inspiration. We look forward to the DIY road ahead!


Friday, November 6, 2015

Client Project : Coffee Table Refinish

 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.  The coffee table was in great shape and we knew that a high gloss finish would be perfect for the project.  
Here is the before:

After sanding, priming and making a few minor repairs, we sprayed the entire table with our HVLP paint sprayer.  We used a high gloss shade of gray that is the perfect addition to the families beautifully styled living room.

Sometimes the simplest project can be just what a room needs :).  Thanks for reading!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Client Project: Entryway Dresser and Hardware Refinish

A current client recently purchased a new home, found this classic dresser and knew it would be perfect for their new entryway.  The stained finish and distressed hardware weren't the exact look they wanted, and the space was in need of a pop of color.

The entire dresser has been sprayed in a low sheen dark shade of blue and sealed by hand with wax to a satin finish.  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.

We are so happy with the results and hope that the family loves seeing the piece each time they enter their home.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Client Project: Restored Vintage Buffet

This gorgeous vintage Buffet came to Bloom. through a previous client referral and interestingly enough, was inspired by a previous piece that is actually part of our Purchase Locally Collection. You can learn more about that piece, a cool vintage waterfall dresser, here. The client loved the look of that particular piece so much that they approached Bloom. to apply the same technique on this unique vintage buffet.

Let's take a look at the Befores:

This piece required a bit of repair work, including re-applying a few pieces of moulding and securing the top of the buffet to the base. In keeping with the theme of the waterfall dresser, the shell of the buffet was thoroughly cleaned and then sprayed in a matte, water-based navy blue paint via HVLP sprayer. The drawer and cabinet door fronts were sanded down and re-stained in a deep espresso. The entire piece was then finished in a clear wax. New, glass hardware accented the doors nicely while the drawer hardware was restored to it's original luster and sealed in a clear coat of enamel. The end result is eclectic charm:

Let us know what you think in the comments below! 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Feature for Sale

As you know, we have been loving the high gloss look of Benjamin Moore's Advance.  We've used it both on the gorgeous Client Project:Dining Table Refinish and on a Full Size Bed Frame that is currently for sale.  

The product is amazing to work with and we couldn't wait to use it in another color. When a Mid Century Modern Buffet found it's way into our stock we knew it was perfect for the project! 

 The clean lines of the piece are really accented by the high gloss finish, and the original brass hardware finish it off perfectly.

Nine drawers, original brass hardware, high gloss gray finish, 72"L x 18"W x 30 1/2"H.
If you are interested in purchasing this piece feel free to contact us at