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How To Cut Perfect Drawer Liners Every Time… And No Measuring Required!

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Blog, How To Tips, Quick Tip Tuesday | 4 comments

When I recently revealed my roadside-restyle, many of you commented on the inside drawer detail as well as the painted finish. What I’ve learned from restyling furniture over the past few years, is that many times it’s the extra attention to detail that can really make a piece stand out!

An easy way to add pattern and color to painted furniture is to use decorative paper as drawer liners. It creates a wonderful element of surprise. And if chosen properly, the color and pattern can really compliment a piece and add a special fun-factor every time you open a drawer.

 

Lined FrenchProv Drawers

 

I like to use gift wrap for my drawer liners. It’s inexpensive, easy to find, and comes in amazing colors and patterns. It’s also super easy to install and equally easy to replace and/or cover-up if you ever get bored.

 

Gift Wrap for Drawer Liners

 

Other options for lining drawers that work equally well -

Wallpaper :: Fabric :: Maps :: Sheet Music :: Scrap Book Paper :: Placemats

Some unconventional drawer liners that you can use are patterned shower curtains, fabric from vintage drapes or table clothes or old prints from frames you can buy at the thrift store… the choices are endless if you use your imagination!

Lining a drawer with any of the above materials is not hard, but here’s the easiest way I’ve found to line my drawers. I get the perfect cut and fit every time – and no measuring is required!

Step #1 - You will need your drawer, decorative paper, scissors, straight edge and craft blade or sharp blade utility knife.

 

How To Cut Perfect Drawer Liners

 

Step #2 - Cut your paper a few inches larger than your drawer.

 

Cutting decorative drawer liners

 

Step #3 - Place the liner in the drawer and butt the papers straight along the front or back of the inside of the drawer. Then use both hands to flatten the paper while using your fingers to fit the paper to the other 3 sides. Once it’s in place, create a crease right along the edges using the tips of your fingers or finger nails. This method works the very best for light to medium weight papers that can be creased.

 

Cutting Perfect Drawer Liners

 

Step #4 - Take a straight edge and place it tight against the edge of the drawer while cutting the liner. Cut around the inside of the drawer until all sides are cut to perfection. If your blade is sharp and you hold your straight edge right along the crease, your blade will cut right under where the 2 pieces of wood meet! Perfect!

 

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Cutting drawer liners

 

Step #5 - Adhere the paper with spray adhesive or double sided tape. This step is optional. If the paper is cut to fit the drawer exactly, it will stay in place and lay perfectly flat.

 

Perfectly Cut Drawer Liners

 

Perfectly Cut Drawer Liner

 

Whether you line your drawers or not is a personal choice. It’s certainly not necessary but I find it can really add some unexpected personality to a piece. Some added benefits for lining (or painting a drawer) is it  covers up ugly splotches and unsightly stains… and when selling furniture or restyling for your own use… cleaner and prettier is always better! :)

You can check out my Classic French Lined Dresser here and stay tuned for the complete before and after of this charming vintage sunshine dresser!

Who else loves lining drawers? Do you have a favorite place to buy pretty paper or liners? Have you ever used an unconventional material to line your drawers? I love all your comments, questions and suggestions so keep ‘em coming! 

Enjoy your day and have fun with your next project!

Denise x

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Sister Love at Toronto Shabby Chic!

Sister Love at Toronto Shabby Chic!

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Blog, Business, Featured Shops, Painting Furniture, Random Chit-Chat | 9 comments

Although I don’t get ‘out-there’ as often as I’d like, it’s always a treat to visit with other furniture painters. For me, dropping by a painter’s store, open-house, vendor booth, or home business is always fun and inspiring!

Not only because I enjoy hanging out with creatives {and then I get to share lovely painted pics with you guys!}, but also because I always learn something new. And it’s amazing to see how diverse and versatile furniture painting businesses really can be!

Today I’m featuring some sister love!

Carole, the talent behind Toronto Shabby Chic and her artistic sister Sally from The Sassy Stripper. Both of these brilliant ladies are holding down full-time jobs; yet are still finding the time to build a successful furniture painting venture!

 

Toronto Shabby Chic

 

In between working full-time hours, they put their heart and soul into restyling unattractive pieces into shabby chic perfection.

They sell their custom creations to select boutiques in the Toronto area and offer painting services to clients …. AND they still put aside time for a super fun open-house!!! WOW!

 

TorontoShabbyChicFrnchProv-to

 

TorontoShabbyChicPainted

 

The day of the open-house sale was gray and chilly. It was wonderful hanging out with Carole and Sally; seeing all their gorgeous furniture and beautifully painted frames and mirrors. Unfortunately, our time was cut short by dark skies opening up to torrential rains.

 

TorontoShabbyChicFrnchProv-1

 

I’m especially drawn to these french transfers… gorgeous. This is a must try for me!

 

TorontoShabbyChicStencilChair

 

TorontoShabbyChicTransferTbl

 

T.o Shabby Chic

 

TorontoShabbyChicWhtTbl

 

TorontoShabbyChicMirrorDrsr

 

Carole and Sally are a huge inspiration. They prove that when you LOVE what you do – NO excuses – you find the time and energy to build your business!

 

Denise-Carole-Sally

 

If you’re thinking of starting a full or part-time furniture painting venture, I hope seeing these featured businesses motivate you! Feel free to drop by Toronto Shabby Chic and The Sassy Stripper to say ‘hello’… they’d love to hear from you!

Toronto Shabby Chic

The Sassy Stripper

And don’t forget to leave a ‘hello’ for me too… comment below! I always love hearing from you!  

Enjoy your day and have fun with your next project!

Denise x

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How To Tell Hardwood From Softwood

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Blog, Furniture Repair, How To Tips, Quick Tip Tuesday | 2 comments

Here’s a great tip I received from a reader in BC… thanks for sharing Monique.. and for sending your amazing pics!

 

monique-hard wood test

Hi Denise,

I love your blog.  You give tons of great information and tips.

Here’s a quick tip you might like to share for your Quick Tip Tuesday series.

I’ve decided to revamp the top of our iron coffee table using salvaged / reclaimed wood.

When I wasn’t sure how to tell softwood from hardwood my husband told me a quick and easy trick. Simply try to dig your fingernail into the wood (in an inconspicuous spot of course).  If your nail makes a mark then you are looking at salvaged softwood.  If no mark can be seen then it is hardwood.

My other (and very handy) half says knowing whether I am working with hardwood or softwood can be very important when deciding on indoor or outdoor use and varnish/sealants.

Hope you can share this tip with your readers.  Keep up the beautiful and inspiring work.

~ Monique
monique-hard-soft wood

Do you have any hard/softwood tips?  If you have any tips or questions, feel free to leave a comment below! I always love hearing from you!  

Catch last week’s Q-T-T here – and if YOU have any ideas or tips you would like to share on the SI Quick-Tip-Tuesday-Series, send me an email!

Enjoy your day and have fun with your next project!

Denise x

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Roadside Restyle ~ Classic French Dresser

Roadside Restyle ~ Classic French Dresser

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Blog, color, Milk Paint, Painting Furniture, spray painting, Trash 2 Income | 18 comments

I just have to say I have the sweetest man ever. He’s always willing to help in any way possible. And I don’t believe he’s ever said THE-EN-OH word to me when I needed a hand.

A few weeks back, M-M-M sent me a text with these two pics attached…

“What do you think? Pick them up?”

roadside dressers

 

Now we all know I’m always up for an amazing roadside redo – so I texted back a big “YES” with about 20 explanation marks! What I didn’t know; M-M-M had to make two trips because he didn’t have enough room in his van.  If that’s not sweet enough, he was also running late for a meeting and still took the time to load these babies up!

Is that loooove or what!? <3

I was thrilled when he brought them home because both pieces have gorgeous lines and are crafted by the reputable Victoriaville in QC. To restyle the tall french provincial, all that was needed was new drawer guides and a few deep scratches filled. No biggie. Then this shapely girl was primed and given a flawless spray finish in General Finishes Antique White.

 

AntiqueWhite FrnchProv Dresser1

General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint

 

If you’ve ever wondered about or considered spraying with General Finishes Milk Paint – try it! – the results are outstanding!

 

GF AntqWht French Provincial Dresser

 

AntqWht French Provincial Tall Drsr

 

GF Antique White French Provincial Dresser

 

GF FrnchProv Painted Dresser

 

I kept the original hardware and lined the drawers for a clean detailed look.

 

Gift Wrap Drawer Liner

 

Lined FrenchProv Drawers

 

Frnch Prv Handle

 

I LOVE trying out different furniture refinishing techniques. Decoupaging, stenciling, and experimenting with color keeps things interesting. But there’s something to be said about a flawless monochromatic finish.

It’s a timeless look and I’m thrilled with the before and after on this salvaged french dresser.  She’s classic, elegant and timeless!

 

b&a-frenchprovincialdresser

 

Btw… what do you think of my weed bouquet? I didn’t have any ‘real’ flowers so I cut down some weeds from my back jungle garden. I really have to get out and do some yard work…lol!

 

SalvagedInsFlowers

 

Feel free to leave a comment and chime in below! I always love hearing from you!  

Enjoy your day and have fun with your next project!

Denise x

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Spray Painting Tip – How To Mask Off Curvy Round Furniture with Plastic Wrap

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Blog, How To Tips, Quick Tip Tuesday, spray painting | 2 comments

Here’s a great follow up and spray painting tip!

Last week, I shared how to protect drawers while spray painting – no painter’s tape or newspaper required for this easy technique.

When Andie from SliceofDIY.com saw this tip posted on Facebook, she chimed in with an AMAZING follow up idea – how to mask off curved legs, rounded chairs and other hard to mask furniture.

After hearing this, I’m never going to battle wrapping and taping newspaper around shapely furniture ever again.

Instead, while spray painting, I’m going to protect hard to mask furniture with plastic wrap!

 

“Love it!  I’ve resorted to glad wrap…  It worked well on some metal 1950’s patio furniture where you have a lot of roughness.” ~ Andie

 

This morning I tried the Glad Wrap technique on a wicker chair. I had previously spray painted it black, so I thought I’d add a fun contrast by adding gold dipped feet.

The plastic wrap is fast and easy to apply.

 

spray painting tip - plastic wrap mask

 

I wrapped it around the legs of the chair I wanted to protect. Then I sealed the top and bottom with a some tape. The plastic wrap clings to itself really well and the tape holds it in perfect position.

After the paint dried, I removed the plastic with a pair of scissors being careful not to scratch or damage the existing finish.

 

Masking Off w Plastic Wrap - Gold Dipped Wicker

 

Great idea Andie…thank you for sharing! And Karen, if you’re reading, I hope this tip helps you out with your patio project. :)

Have you ever tried this plastic wrap technique?  How do you wrap and mask your curvy furniture before spraying? If you have any tips or questions, feel free to leave a comment below! I always love hearing from you!  

Catch last week’s Q-T-T here – and if YOU have any ideas or tips you would like to share on the SI Quick-Tip-Tuesday-Series, send me an email!

Enjoy your day and have fun with your next project!

Denise x

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The Easiest Way To Prevent Paint Overspray

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Blog, Quick Tip Tuesday, spray painting | 10 comments

Hi everyone – I hope your week is off to a great start!

Today’s Quick-Tip-Tuesday (QTT) is an amazing tip for all of you who enjoy spray painting your furniture.

I use my spray-gun for about  half of the furniture I restyle. I always have fun shooting paint. What’s not fun (and one of my pet peeves) is getting overspray on areas of my drawer that should be clean!

 

Overspray on Drawers

 

Here’s a few methods I’ve used to stop overspray ~

Painters Tape or Masking Tape ~ Tape works really well but I don’t know of anyone who likes spending time masking off each individual drawer and then spending more time removing the tape afterwards. If you paint a ton of furniture, there’s also the cost of buying the painters tape and always having it in on hand.

Fitted Sheets ~  This method works really well and can cover an entire drawer in one swoop. Where it lacks; even a light pressure from a spray-gun can catch the material and blow it off and/or up like a hot air balloon. To prevent this from happening, I used painters or masking tape to tape the sheet down. Again, it takes a little time to set it up before painting.

Cardboard and/or Newspaper ~ Kind of same scenario as with the elasticized sheets above. Covering the drawer with cardboard or newspaper works wonders but both can easily be blown off with the pressure of the spray gun if not taped down.

After shooting paint for almost two years, this is the EASIEST way I’ve found to stop overspray on drawers… 2 Pieces of MDF Board – or any leftover ply-board will work!

This board is cut at 36″ x 17″ (works with small and large drawers) to be place on the very top of the open drawer. Once it’s placed on top it ensures NO paint or overspray will get inside the drawer.

 

MDF to Prevent Overspray

 

The other MDF board is cut at 16″ x 6″. I hold this smaller board at an angle while spraying the side to prevent overspray. Then I switch to the other side and repeat. It was really hard to get a pic of me holding this board at an angle while holding my spray gun… but I’m sure you get the idea. :)

 

Prevent Overspray on Drawers

 

Another thing I find that’s really helpful, I also like spray painting my drawers on an elevated work surface. Two A-Frames, a counter top, or any work bench works great. This allows the bottom of the drawer to overhang so I have access to all angles… including the very bottom of the drawer.

I LOVE this MDF method!

It takes me all of 2 seconds to plop this board on top of my drawer and grab my side piece. The weight of the MDF doesn’t move or shift while I’m spraying.  AND it’s reusable over and over again!

 

Easy Way To Prevent Overspray

 

My drawers have never looked better!

 

Spray Paint Drawer w No Overspray

 

How do you stop overspray?  If you have any tips or questions, feel free to leave a comment below! I always love hearing from you!  

Catch last week’s Q-T-T here – and if YOU have any ideas or tips you would like to share on the SI Quick-Tip-Tuesday-Series, send me an email!

Enjoy your day and have fun with your next project!

Denise x

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