Monday, June 6, 2016

Client Project: Vintage Pie Safe Restoration

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!

Let's take a look at the Before Pics:

Our client requested a color match using this beautiful hutch in her den:

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. Take a look:

Thank you so much for reading today! We hope you're enjoying the start of summer as much as we are!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

DIY Gold-dipped Tequila Decanters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, April 28, 2016

DIY Series Kitchen Redo: Cabinets Update!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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