Thursday, April 17, 2014

How to Add Architectural Interest to Kitchen Cabinets

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 I have an older home that was built back in the 1940s.
Over the years the home was renovated at least two different times.
Every time I go to tackle a project I find evidence of an old makeover and have put together a timeline that the house was updated in the late 50's or early 60's and then again in the early 1990's.
My kitchen received a total makeover and renovation sometime in the 1990's and new wood cabinets were put in, and then sometime in the early 2000's someone installed a new dishwasher, refrigerator, and built in wall oven, which I LOVE!  (even though they chose almond colored appliances! sigh...)
So I have a neutral kitchen that over the next couple years I hope to update a little bit.
Luckily it has great bones and just needs some tweaks to bring it up to date.
 One of the small projects I wanted to get done was to address this empty space above the oven that was naked and missing something, so I decided to add a little architectural interest with a wood applique from HobLob.

This really is an easy and very affordable update that anyone can do.
I simply picked out an applique and dabbed a light bead of wood glue on the back, then adhered it to the space above the oven.
Carpenter's Interior Wood Glue 4 fl oz. Bottle

This is the wood glue that I used. Just a little bit of this stuff goes a long way!

 I held it into place for about a minute or two, then used blue painter's tape to secure it while it dried over night.

Then the next day I took off the tape and painted over it a cream color that matched the rest of the cabinets.

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The niece thing about these wooden appliques is that they can be painted or stained to match whatever it is they are being attached to.
So the possibilities are endless with what you can use these on.
I love how such a simple piece of detail adds so much character to my kitchen and the built in oven.
I have a list of DIY projects for the kitchen, and now I can mark one off!
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Tuscan Vase

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I have been eyeballing these Tuscan, old world style, vases and urns from Pottery Barn for a while now.
I love the mix of the crisp white pottery mixed with the aged and worn look.||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_--_-
(Pottery Barn)
...and check out these urns!
All I can say is I love these!
They are gorgeous and look great with ferns, boxwood, candles, or just sitting empty.
Tuscan Urns & Cachepot
These Tuscan style pieces are full of interest and character that I wanted to add to my home, but I wanted to do it in MY thrifty chick fashion.
And let me tell you, it must have been meant to be because one day, while shopping HD, I stumbled across this specialty paint that was on sale for a steal, and the rest was history!

So to begin this project you will need to start with a ceramic vase.
Don't stress on trying to find one of any particular color because we are going to paint it.

I chose a vase I had from the thrift store that was a dark brown and red color.
Then you will need to get some of this amazing paint by Martha Stewart.
Its called Terra Cotta paint specialty finish, and I got it the color "Gravel" since I wanted a gray tone used for my aging.

The paint will be thick like this picture below, and is similar to a concrete mixture.

So lets get started!

Make sure your vase/pottery is painted and completely dry,
I used a satin white spray paint with paint and primer in one.

You can always use an ivory or crackle paint to add even more of an aged look to your piece too.

Now take a sponge brush and apply a liberal amount of your Terra Cotta paint.
Start by identifying the space where you want your aging to END and then from this point start painting on the paint in a downward  motion towards the bottom.

Then start moving around the vase and applying the paint in a downward motion until you have gone completely around the vase.

Then let it dry.
I found that this paint dries fairly less than an hour.
Here you see my vase with one coat of paint as it is drying.
Notice, you can still see through it in spots and my line between the regular part of the vase and the aging is faint and undefined.

At first I thought I would like it like this and then I decided to apply a second coat of the paint for a thicker look, and I am glad I did!

See the thickness now?
To get a thicker coat and to finish the aging process, just take a liberal amount on your brush and apply it RANDOMLY on the vase in the spots that you think need to be covered, where aging would typically take place.

Then let the paint completely dry overnight before using it.
(You do NOT want the Terra Cota paint to get on your regular furniture).
And Voila!
You now have aged pottery!
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 Here is a side by side comparison:

I LOVE this paint and how it allows you to add that Tuscan/aged look to virtually anything...and it comes in more colors too!

I will be trying this paint on some old flower pots later this Spring too, so check back for even more inspiration.


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