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Post by wmeventservices on Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:47 pm

Ok so you guys know I have two under 16 months old so toddler town is beginning in my home. Unfortunately, it is happening at the exact same time that we have tried to make a house feel like a home. I'm obsessed with the shabby chic look and diy projects that save the budget, but have no idea how to accomplish that with two little ones right in the middle of everything I do. Nap time is only long enough to start and then our space is so small I have no where to tuck a project away from the girls until I get back to it again. Also, has anyone refinished wood furniture with white spray paint? Did it get dirty easy? Is it easy to scuff? I would hate to put all of my efforts into these things just to have them ruined within a month. Oh and storage solutions are great as well. We have too much stuff and not enough space so storage is huge!
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Post by maurs on Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:53 pm

My son just turned 18 and has moved out.... my house hasn't been this tidy in YEARS!!! cheers
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Post by wmeventservices on Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:54 pm

Lol!
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Post by Psalmbook on Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:37 pm

White furniture is impossible to keep clean with kids around. You'll have finger prints everywhere. I painted a dresser white w/ pink trim for my girls & it was awful to keep clean.
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Post by wmeventservices on Wed Oct 27, 2010 10:18 am

Thanks Linda, I was curious about that. All the furniture you see on tv looks so clean, but it's tv so I didn't know how well it would clean up.
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Post by Psalmbook on Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:10 am

White painted furniture turns gray after a while. The dusting & wiping it off is a continuous issue & eventually dulls it. If there are any recessed areas, they stain with dust over time.
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Post by CATZ on Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:07 am

I did my daughter's room up fairly inexpensively Shabby Chic.




I made the canopy out of a broken scrolly thing I picked up on clearance and painted it with white paint and sanded it to show through some of the dark brown original colour. I cut it and glued it to the frame my husband made. I drilled holes in the bottom and in the flower stems and used twist ties to tie them on. I stapled velcro to the inside bottom of the frame and then sewed velcro on the drapes. So they 'rip' off for cleaning very easily.

I upholstered the headboard myself. I thought of covering it with clear plastic, but it wouldn't look 'shabby chic' anymore like that. I then thought scotch guarding would be good, but didn't get around to that either. If you paint with white enamel it washes up just fine. Bottom line the rules are: no food in the bedroom and painting only in the kitchen Very Happy
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Post by Linda Adams on Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:51 am

wow!!!
That room is BEE-U-TEE-FUL!!!
Magna,
I know your daughter LOVES it!
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Post by Psalmbook on Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:24 am

That's gorgeous!
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Post by wmeventservices on Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:07 am

That is too cute! That's exactly the kind of thing I imagine for my girl's room! So white enamel works better? Is that a spray paint or a brush on paint? Sorry, I'm clueless.
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Post by Xyppee1 on Thu Oct 28, 2010 12:37 pm

Ok this is from a DIY Dude....not always by choice but I can do it all most of the time. Yes, enamel cleans easier but I wouldn't paint the entire room in it. Too expensive in most cases. Indoor Latex is the way to go for walls. When you get your paint make sure that you get the finish that you want...gloss, semi-gloss, flat? I usually do not like to go above a semi in a bedroom or your walls get really reflective.
When it comes time to paint...anything..furniture, walls, etc., TAKE YOUR TIME. Let each coat dry completely. If you are doing furniture and want it to really look good, plan on a week of finishing not a day. Sand, clean, paint, sand, paint, sand, paint...two coats will often do it, especially if the first coat is a primer. That being said I sometimes put 3 light coats if that is what makes it look good. I have used the new primer and paint together combination and it worked very well so that may be an easier way to go.
The paint has to be COMPLETELY dry for the light sanding between coats. Use 220 or finer sandpaper. This is all if you are using a brush on...I recommend it. It takes longer but you will be happier in the end cuz mistakes are easier to fix. Keep in mind that the smoother the finish the easier it is to keep clean longer and it cleans quicker. Just a wipe down vs. a scrubbing...nuff said?
Oh, blue tape is your best friend.....
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