10.09.2013

ORC Two--My Number One Painting Tip

There is a new store in nearby 
Costa Mesa, California that sells  
Annie Sloan Chalk paint.  
Look how they display all the colors available.
It's called Peinture.

Our cousins gave us these two dresser/bedside chests. 
 Not one to look "a gift horse in the mouth" 
but they were from the Bombay Company,
 and well,
...look like it.
 I decided to spruce them up for the One Room Challenge
(Where participants make over a room in six weeks...
my first week is HERE).

Truthfully, I don't enjoy painting.
And I'm not very good at it either.

So, my #1/ONLY painting tip is:

PLAY YOUR FAVORITE TUNES 
WHILE DOING IT.

I borrowed my husband's wireless speakers, 
and this little thing is awesome!!!
Things are looking worse in Tommy's room.
CRANK UP THE MUSIC.
I used Old White paint and clear wax...
as I want to keep the look understated.
Half of the cheap pulls broke when I took them off.
I could not find any reasonably priced hardware 
with a two inch spread for the screws.
So, I bought some with the more common
 2.5 inch spread from Overstock.
You can find them HERE.

$18.49 for ten in oil rubbed bronze.  
Good price but I had to hire Adrian
to install them...
bringing up the cost of my "free dressers."
You DIYers are shaking your heads, but, 
there's no way I could do this myself
and not end up with crooked pulls and damaged fingers.

How ya like me now?

I also took the vintage French poster to be re-done 
(wrinkles smoothed out and non-glare glass added)
with a more "aged looking"frame.
I have plans for this pendant 
that I bought at IKEA

I'm actually on vacation right now in Florida...
so I had to get the above done in advance...
come back next Wednesday!

Check out what these ladies have 

43 comments:

  1. That looks so freaking good! I've been dying to try out the annie sloan chalk paint!

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  2. I don't like to paint either!!! Is that OK to say on a design blog??!!! Love the pulls and the pendant and just know with your great style that this room will totally rock! Enjoy your vacation!

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  3. Love that pendant! The chest looks awesome and those pulls really complement it. Yes, you just gotta have on tunes while you paint.

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  4. So fresh and great looking with the masculine pulls! LOVE that display of chairs ~ too fun!

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  5. so much better! They really read more modern now. And I like how the light complements the hardware. So curious to see what happens with the bed.

    Enjoy your vacay!

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  6. I like ya even better now! ;) I'm not a huge fan of painting either and avoid having to do little projects like drilling new holes for hardware too. and the painting tip, perfect! :) Have fun in FL!

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  7. Those bureaus are terrific. Happy Birthday, by the way. Your vacation looks like a wonderful time!

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  8. The dresser looks fresh and fabulous! Great makeover. Looking forward to see more next week!

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  9. They look great. I had those same ones from Bombay. I'd love to try the chalk paint if I painted! ;-) Can't wait to see what you have in store for that Ikea light. I was eyeing that the last time I was there.

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  10. Those dressers look amazing! What a difference. And I've been eyeing that pendant too, I can't wait to see it in your space!

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  11. Cool frame for that poster!!! Can't wait to see more. And the dresser turned out great - you know I love white paint :) Enjoy FL!!

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  12. Looks great! I think that dresser will go really nice in your room!

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  13. I've been to that store...love the whole mall...Orange County has the best shopping! Looking pretty good so far...cant wait to see what your going to do next!

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  14. Oh wow, Mary Ann, the chests look fantastic! I'm going to be adding pulls for ORC, too and will be hiring it out, also! Nobody at my house has any business trying that -- what a mess it would be!

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  15. Awesome love the new life you breathed into that chest!!! I love that shop too and the display of chairs, how artful and imaginative! Hope you are having fun:)

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  16. The dressers are looking awesome, and I'm digging that pendant! Can't wait to see how you use it :) Hope you're enjoying your vaca!!

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  17. For someone who doesn't like to paint, you did a great job! The pulls are the perfect choice. And the new ASCP store is a work of art in itself! I'm not sure how practical the tall shelves are but what a statement! Pretty inspiring!
    Enjoy your vacay!,
    Barbara

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  18. We have a similar product here in London from a shop called Paint and Paper Library. They do lovely subtle chalky colours. I have painted lots of Bricante found furniture with it and it looks very French country.

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  19. The chair display is brilliant! You paint job looks great! So not Bombay now :).

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  20. Have yet to try the AS paint ... your dresser looks amazing ... what new life you gave the old Bombay Girl!! xo

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  21. Loving it ALL!! I spied that pendant at Ikea and fell in love with it, can't wait to see it in the room, Enjoy Florida,
    Kathysue

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  22. I'm impressed, Mary Ann! Looking good.
    Can't wait to see more.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  23. Impressive!! Love that display of Anne sloans chalk paint I don't think I've ever seen anything as clever and I love your new dressers!!

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  24. You were cracking me up with the cheap chest comments. My husband always says I can take something cheap and turn it into something expensive!! I have been wanting to try the Annie Sloan paint...I am not a painter either! Can't wait to see the rest of the progress!

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  25. Very nice! I haven't tried that paint yet but I think that chair display on the wall is adorable! The chest came out beautiful!
    -Shelley

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  26. Great makeover on the chest. I haven't tried chalk paint yet but my friend who uses it often says its foolproof.

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  27. I'm with you girl...hate painting put do love the instant gratification! The white changed the whole look along with the pulls so you are definitely off to a good start.

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  28. Love that dresser now! Good job on progress so far. Your last Orc room is seriously the best room ever and Tommy's room will have your signature great taste. Enjoy that vacation.xo Nancy

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  29. That is a great tip!!! I have been known to spontaneously start painting the walls around the house but I hate painting furniture. Your dressers look amazing!
    Phyllis

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  30. It looks great. I love the white with the pulls. Well done!
    Pam

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  31. I have always wanted to try that chalk paint. You did an amazing job on that dresser. I guess you missed my tutorial on how to get drawer pulls in the identical spot? If I lived closer, I would come help you. I have never seen that Ikea fixture, I love it.

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  32. Goodness I don't enjoy painting either but I have done more than my share. The chests have handsome lines and turned out great!!

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  33. omg love it! love that you painted the dresser! love how that store displays the chalk paint! can't wait to see how you use the ikea light! love this! I'll be posting as a linking participant tomorrow! know you're on vacay but if you're just relaxing by the beach, come check me out girlie! cheers!

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  34. Looks great, love the power of pant! Cannot wait to see more next week!

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  35. What a difference a coat of paint makes...totally transformed!! I'm off to paint my "Craig's List" find for week 3 of the One Room Challenge...you'll get to see it next week. Elle

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  36. I've been dying to do a project with Annie Sloan's Chalk paint and my friend recently went to the Peinture store and loved it. Your chest of drawers came out wonderfully and I like that you kept it understated and simple. As usual with any re-do, things always get worse before they get better and then onto "fab-u-lous"!
    Can't wait to see more as Tommy's room takes shape.

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  37. Absolutely beautiful! Mary Ann what a change! Really a completely new look!

    Xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  38. Oh and I love the chairs hanging with all of the different colors of ASCP!

    Xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  39. The chair wall is amazing! The dresser turned out nice. Can't wait to see more of your progress.

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  40. Love the chests and I've always wanted to try chalk paint! You've inspired me.

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  41. Mary Ann,

    I had no clue that chalkboard paint came in colors! I learn so much from you. :0) I bought some to paint a cabinet by our back door, (like 2 years ago) My husband just got all the old paint off so a little sanding and I will be ready to go.

    Those dressers look 10 times better!

    Linda in S.D.

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  42. What an amazing way to display the paint chips! And I'm totally with you on hiring help for installing pulls. I am no good at making those level and I learned that the hard way when I redid my kitchen ;)

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It's SO nice to hear from you!

 
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