Something To Talk About #9 Link Party and Features


It's that time again!  Time to show us what you've been working on.  I look forward to this each week!  

This week I shared my Distressed French Poem Desk.  I love how this one turned out!


Now it's time to share the features I picked this week!

First up is this gorgeous Paris, Table For Two makeover from Christy at Confessions of a Serial Do It Yourselfer.  I love anything French and Paris so this table is right up my alley!


My next feature is from Lisa of 2Perfection Decor.  What she did with a Varde cabinet from IKEA is fabulous!  I never would have believed this was an IKEA cabinet without seeing the before pictures! 


Here are the most clicked links: 

Most Clicked

Canary Street Crafts - How To Paint Graphics on Furniture
Patina Paradise - DIY Faux Enamel Tags
247 Mulberry Lane - Sneak Peak of Spring
My Salvaged Treasures - Jewelry in Progress
Brepurposed - DIY Stencil Letter Quote
Sadie Seasongoods - Card Catalog Drawer Condiment Set




It's time to share what you've been working on!  I can't wait to see all your creative projects!


Party Rules…please don't link and run 

1.  Please link to a specific post on your blog, not your blog's home page. You may link up to 3 posts!
2 . Please leave a comment for your host.
3.  Cultivate new relationships…visit a couple of blogs and leave comments.
4.  No Etsy stores, giveaways or link parties.
5.  We would love a link back to one of our blogs with a text link or party button.
6. By submitting a link, you’re giving us permission and granting us the right to feature your project and photos on this blog, website and on social media.  Proper credit and a link back to your post will always be given. My Passion For Decor is not responsible for stolen images or the misuse by others who have found your image through mypassionfordecor.com
7Each week, a few of our favorites will be featured on all five of our blogs.  Features will also be pinned to our Pinterest Party Board  for even more exposure!  If you were featured, be sure to grab a button!









Distressed French Poem Desk

Hello!!!  Welcome back for another round of Monthly Themed Furniture Makeovers!  In case this is your first time here, each month I take part in a themed furniture makeover with a group of talented blog friends  Every month there's a different theme and this month's is distressed furniture.  I had the perfect piece waiting for a makeover.

Not long after we moved to the Chicago area, I found this simple, oak desk at a thrift store.   I've been using the desk as a workbench for my miter saw.  I had a plan for the desk, but the timing was never  right, until now.

Here's the desk before:






I was excited about the theme for this month because it went right along with my plans for the desk.   I had a stencil from Royal Design Studio, Springtime in Paris Letter Stencil, that I'd originally bought for a wall in my master bedroom.  It's a stencil of a beautiful French poem about spring.  Since I hadn't used it in my bedroom, I thought why not try it on the desk?

One other reason I was looking forward to this project was the new paint I bought from my friend Jill of Weathered Pieces.  The paint is called Faux Mineral Paint and I'll be using and writing more about the paint in the future...I love it!!   

For this piece I used Faux Real Mineral Paint in Bella and Carbone.  Bella is a light off white and Carbone is a dark grey.  The desk is deceiving and looks smaller than it really is. Once I painted two coats on the entire piece inside and out I had used about 3/4 of my paint.  It's a lot of square footage!  

Here's the desk with the first color, Bella:



After I gave the desk two coats of Bella, it was time for the stencil.  The stencil was a bit bigger than the desk, so I had to play with the placement a bit.  The stencil comes in two pieces as well, which meant I needed to work in sections.  I lined it all up and then taped it into place with painters tape.  For the stencil I was using Carbone as a nice contrast to the off white Bella.



The only way stenciling works for me is to apply two thin coats.  I use a large stencil brush and pounce the paint on,  once I've dabbed off the excess on a paper towel.


This is how it looked after my first coat.


And after two coats on the first section.


Once the the stencil was complete, I painted the edges and shelf Carbone.





After the finishing touches on the paint, I lightly distressed the top and edges of the desk with 220 grit sandpaper.  Finally, I sealed the top with a coat of clear wax and I was done.  

Here's the finished Distressed French Poem Desk!

















The French Poem translated into English:

Look at the boughs,
How white they are,
It's snowing flowers!
Scoffing at the rain,
The sun dries
The weepy willow.
And the sky reflects
In the violets
It's pure colors,
The fly opens its wings
And the dragonfly
With the golden pupils,
And the wasp-like corset,
Unfolding its silky wings,
Has resumed its flight.
The water happily babbles,
The tiny fish wriggles
It's Springtime again!








I'm happy with how the desk turned out and I can't wait to use this brand of paint again.  The stencil was just right for the desk and the words are perfect for this time of year as well.  

I hope you'll stop by and visit all the different blogger's sites so you can see their beautiful makeovers.  

Thank you for reading!

Melody




Something To Talk About Link Party 8

It's my favorite time of the week!  Time to see what you've been busy creating.  This week there were so many creative projects, it really inspired me to get busy.

My first feature is from Amy of Always Never Done.  What she did with a chicken wire basket and some old light fixtures is inspired!  I'm always on the lookout for great lighting and I'd never have thought to try what Amy did.  I'm also in love with her church pew she recently reupholstered!


The next feature is from Crystal of Urban Patina™.  I love navy blue and gold right now and this antique wash stand she rescued is stunning.  The hardware, the color, the stained top....it's perfect.  


Here are all the features from link party #8:



Features

Vicki and Jennifer's picks : Spring Wreath Using Burlap and Denim  from Across the Blvd.
Picket Fence Arrows from  A Diamond in the Stuff
CoCo's picks: DIY Fabric Covered Phone Case  from Mad for Fabric
Lisa's picks: Decorating with China and Sweet Easter Rabbits from Penny's Treasures
Lamp to Memo Board from Confessions of a Serial Diyer
Angie's picks: Jadeite Collection from Panolpoly
Entry Hall Re-Do  from Bluebird 1959
Karen's picks: Peter Rabbit Birthday Party from Chikadee Home Nest
Yellow Dresser with a Pop from D.D.'s Cottage and Design
Melody's picks: Chicken Wire Basket Turned Pendant Light Fixture  from Always Never Done
Karin's picks: MCM Record Player Makeover from Sweet Parrish Place
Eat Drink and Be Merry Marquis Sign from Lake Girl Paints



Party Rules…please don't link and run 

1.  Please link to a specific post on your blog, not your blog's home page. You may link up to 3 posts!
2 . Please leave a comment for your host.
3.  Cultivate new relationships…visit a couple of blogs and leave comments.
4.  No Etsy stores, giveaways or link parties.
5.  We would love a link back to one of our blogs with a text link or party button.
6. By submitting a link, you’re giving us permission and granting us the right to feature your project and photos on this blog, website and on social media.  Proper credit and a link back to your post will always be given. My Passion For Decor is not responsible for stolen images or the misuse by others who have found your image through mypassionfordecor.com
7Each week, a few of our favorites will be featured on all five of our blogs.  Features will also be pinned to our Pinterest Party Board  for even more exposure!  If you were featured, be sure to grab a button!


Thank you for reading and I look forward seeing to all your creative projects!

Melody


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Something To Talk About Link Party 7

Hello and welcome to this week's Something To Talk About Link Party!!  It's been a busy week around here, trying to finish up some old projects and get started on some new ones.



This week I finished a stenciled and painted bench project.  I love how it turned out!


NOW let's get to the important part....your projects!  I'm excited to see what you've been up to this week!

If you’re not familiar with the link party – this is how it works. Our party kicks-off at 6:00 AM Est. every Monday morning and runs until Thursday at 5:00 PM. Throughout the next few days, many bloggers will link up their favorite crafts, diy projects, recipes and more – you’ll get to see it all below, loads of inspiration at it’s BEST.  Just press the links and it will direct to that bloggers post. Be sure you come back again in a few days to see what everyone is sharing, as more posts get linked each day!
If you’re a blogger we are so excited for you to join us! It’s a great way to make some new friends and share your creative ideas throughout the week, and on Social Media too.
Lets get this party started!

Here are my features for this week!

The first one is from Shelly of Shizzle-Design.  I love absolutely everything she does and this buffet makeover is stunning!  


My other feature this week is from Shyla of Burlap and Sawdust.  I love what she did to this spool!  I think I need to find one now!  


Here are the features from the other co-hosts.  I am always amazed at how talented y'all are!!!

Features:
Vicki and Jennifer's picks : Spring Mason Jar Vases  from Dwelling in Happiness
Ikea Rast Deresser Take 2  from  The Hatched Home
CoCo's picks: Laundry Room Reveal  from Sweet Tea in the South
From Drab to Fab - The Farmhouse Chair from The Painted Drawer
Lisa's picks: Painted French Chair from Somewhat Quirky Design
Flea Market Flip Friday - Yo Yo Apron from Bohemian Junktion
Angie's picks: St. Patricks Day Easy Home Decor from Frog Prince Paperie
Karen's picks: Early Spring Porch from Little Brags
Easter Bunny Marshmallow Pops from Frog Prince Paperie
Melody's picks:Black Lacquer Buffet Gets a Whole New Look from Shizzle Design
Spool Table from Burlap and Sawdust
Karin's picks: Goodwill Table Makeover from Virginia Sweet Pea


Features:

Vicki and Jennifer's picks : Spring Mason Jar Vases  from Dwelling in Happiness
Ikea Rast Deresser Take 2  from  The Hatched Home
CoCo's picks: Laundry Room Reveal  from Sweet Tea in the South
From Drab to Fab - The Farmhouse Chair from The Painted Drawer
Lisa's picks: Painted French Chair from Somewhat Quirky Design
Flea Market Flip Friday - Yo Yo Apron from Bohemian Junktion
Angie's picks: St. Patricks Day Easy Home Decor from Frog Prince Paperie
Karen's picks: Early Spring Porch from Little Brags
Easter Bunny Marshmallow Pops from Frog Prince Paperie
Melody's picks:Black Lacquer Buffet Gets a Whole New Look from Shizzle Design
Spool Table from Burlap and Sawdust
Karin's picks: Goodwill Table Makeover from Virginia Sweet Pea



Party Rules…please don't link and run 

1.  Please link to a specific post on your blog, not your blog's home page. You may link up to 3 posts!
2 . Please leave a comment for your host.
3.  Cultivate new relationships…visit a couple of blogs and leave comments.
4.  No Etsy stores, giveaways or link parties.
5.  We would love a link back to one of our blogs with a text link or party button.
6. By submitting a link, you’re giving us permission and granting us the right to feature your project and photos on this blog, website and on social media.  Proper credit and a link back to your post will always be given. My Passion For Decor is not responsible for stolen images or the misuse by others who have found your image through mypassionfordecor.com
7Each week, a few of our favorites will be featured on all five of our blogs.  Features will also be pinned to our Pinterest Party Board  for even more exposure!  If you were featured, be sure to grab a button!

Thank you so much for stopping by and for linking up with us!


Melody



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Painted and Stenciled Bench Makeover

DISCLAIMER:  I was compensated with product for writing this post.  However, if I don't love a product I won't give it the My Passion Decor seal of approval.



 I hope everyone is having a great week so far!  I'm sure if you're anywhere near Illinois, and so many other parts of the country, you're ready for winter to be DONE!  I'm ready to work outside in the garage with the doors open, while listening to the birds chirp.  I know spring must be on its way!

I decided instead of pouting about the weather, I'd do some painting.  This means, I need to work on something I can move myself and easily maneuver around the family room.  Today I worked on this cute bench I bought a couple weeks ago at a local flea market.  I could see past all the dirt, dried paint and cob webs.  I knew this little bench could be stunning!  I don't think the hubby saw my vision as he carried it out to the SUV however!

Here's the bench before I got to work.


You can see this bench was filthy.  Plus it had all kinds of spider webs underneath the seat. GROSS!  I'm not a fan of spiders OR spider webs!





I had to use my heat gun to get some of the larger pieces of caked on paint off the wood.


Once I cleaned the bench and scraped off the large pieces of dried on paint, it was time to brave the garage and the freezing cold to sand the bench.

I was excited about sanding (yes you read that right!) because that meant I could finally use this amazing sander Rockwell Tools sent me to try.  

The sander they sent me is the Rockwell 2.8 Amp CDS 5" Random Orbital Sander.



The best thing about this sander is the way it collected the dust!  My old sander made a HUGE mess when I sanded and I ended up covered in dust.  This sander is not only easy to use, didn't make a mess, but it sanded like a champ!  Before with my old sander,  I'd be sanding and sanding forever trying to get a smooth finish.  With this one from Rockwell, I was finished in a fraction of the time.  One last thing about the sander, there was nowhere near as much vibration as I had when using my old sander.  My arm didn't feel sore and jittery after using it!  This was a major bonus in my book!

Here's how the bench looked after I gave it a good sanding with my new Rockwell Tools sander and some 120 grit sandpaper.




Once the bench was sanded, it was time to paint.  I used Crushed Tea by American Paint Company for the top of the bench and Faded Burlap DIY Paint for the base.


 I painted the entire bench with two coats of the Faded Burlap and it looked so much better!


Once the Faded Burlap was dry, I painted the top with two coats of Crushed Tea.  I wanted the bench to be special and the color combo was pretty and all, but BORING.  To add some WOW factor to the bench I used my Cutting Edge Stencils Marrakech Trellis stencil on the top of the bench.  You might remember I used this same stencil for our Master Bedroom  focal wall in our Connecticut home. I love this stencil and I was happy to find another place to use it!

Here's how the top looked after I was done painting.  I used the Faded Burlap for the stencil as well.


 To seal everything I used some soft clear wax.  The top was so beautiful when I was done, I had to stand back and smile!  The top looked like old, aged wood and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!








Here it is without any staging so you can see the effect.  I'm in LOVE!


Thanks to my amazing new sander, the finish on this piece is smooth like butter!!






 I had originally thought I would sell this bench, but now I don't think I can part with it!  Now I just need to find a place for this beauty.

Thank you for reading and have a great week!!

Melody