Friday, May 17, 2013

The need for stripes!

I think I must have spring fever. I've been woefully neglecting the blog world in favor of the gardens. Gosh it feels so good to be outside in the sunshine again! ... But here's a quick little post on a few recent projects. And as you see, I was totally feeling the need for stripes!
 

 
Both of these pieces had been hiding out in my garage for a while, just waiting for a some nice painting weather.


 
 I started with the desk and it just looked like it belonged in a little boy's room. I actually mixed a few blues together to achieve the color. This is a great way to finish up almost empty cans of paint. But I try to only mix the same kinds of paint together. This time it was a mix of Sherwin Williams Pro Classic paint, all in a satin finish.
 
 
I was happy with the blue, but the desk just seemed to need a little something extra. I decided a few stripes on the top would do the trick. I just taped it off and added two coats of white. 
 

 
Then the whole piece got a light distressing.
 


 
And I finished up with two coats of wipe on poly.


 
I really liked the style of the original pulls. They were pretty tarnished, so I freshened them up with a few coats of vintage copper.

 
 
Since one of the pulls was broken, I just replaced it with a cute brown knob.
 

A perfect spot for homework, don't you think?


 I tend to work on two or three pieces at a time. It just seems to be more efficient for me. Once I'm in the garage painting, I just keep going! ... So this cute little mid-century modern piece was going at the same time as the desk. And once I started with the stripes, I had to do it again!
 
 
The color is Chelsea Gray in Behr's Paint and Primer in One. And this time I ran the stripes straight down the sides.



Again, I did just the slightest bit of distressing along the edges and finished up with two coats of wipe on poly.



 
I love the drawer and the cute little legs. Is it just me, or does it look like a little face?


Seriously, don't you see a little face looking back at you!

 
That's it, I'm heading back out to the garage. Maybe I'll get really wild and crazy and paint some polka dots today! ... Or even more likely, I'll be lured back into the gardens!
 
Hope you all have a great day and an awesome weekend! I'm heading to the Lucketts Spring Market on Sunday. If you are going to be there too, let me know, I'd love to meet up and say hello!
 
I'm sharing with...
 
 
 

21 comments:

Twice Nice said...

I've been thinking lots about stripes and finally picking up more painters tape. Love the desk and side table!! Stripes really did make a statement on both pieces! Have a fun weekend

Megan Vaughn said...

They both turned out beautiful, Sharon. I adore the stripes.

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

I love the stripes! They are both great pieces.

Danielle said...

Gorgeous! I love the stripes so much. Very nautical. I'd love for you to share these at Silver Pennies Sundays this Sunday!

Marina Pérez said...

Great job! You are a very good painter! Have a very good weekend

Marina from Jerez

Danylle McLain said...

The stripes really add character! I love the blue you mixed. Thanks for sharing!

LOVEZ said...

after reading so I liked this article. successful yes

Lisa said...

Can't wait to get out in my gardens tomorrow, too! :) Love the stripes Sharon--pretty little makeovers!
Lisa

Ali Richardson said...

I love both of those :) Stripes are my favorite!

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

Cute! I love the variation on the stripe widths. Great job Sharon!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

both are super cute but i especially love that desk!

Victoria's Vintage Designs said...

Great pieces, love them!!

Gail Wilson said...

I love that desk, it's amazing how the stripes totally change it up! great call sharon. :) I would never think of that.

gail

The Bashful Nest said...

The stripes look great, very simple but so creative. I love the colors of the desk the best. Have a great weekend.

Michelle. thebashfulnest.blogspot.com

Lilly Ash said...

Really love the Chelsea grey color, and the stripes!

DaiseyJayne.com said...

These look great, i love the placement of the stripes :)

Susie said...

Great job on both pieces. I had a little desk like that, I turned it into a sewing table...I don't even know what I did with that desk. xoxo,Susie

Hetty said...

Great projects Sharon, the stripes sure make a difference!

Good Time Charlie said...

So glad it is finally warm for you!! I am loving the stripes, and they are so crisp and perfect! Yes, that cute little chest does look like it has a face on it!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Great call on adding stripes, looks wonderful!

Linda Nortje said...

Awesome transformation! Love the knob replacement, great choice :-)

Linda
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