BLACK & WHITE BEDROOM SET

They say Opposites Attract!......well at least that's what seems to appeal to me.  I was just going through my Pinterest Boards for inspiration and I noticed that I am attracted to contrasts when it comes to decor.  There is just something about a white painted room with touches of black furniture to ground everything.  One of my favourite looks.....like "Ebony & Ivory", perfect harmony.  That was my inspiration to paint this pristine antique bedroom set that dates from the late 1940's.

Black & White painted bedroom set

Black & White painted bedroom set

The dressers have beautiful carved wood handles which I wanted to highlight with lots of chipping paint.  To get the "chippy" effect with chalk-like paint, you have to wet-distress your furniture as soon as the paint dries.  A wet pot-scrubber/sponge works well for this.

Here is a close-up.

Wet-distress to get a "chippy" look

Wet-distress to get a "chippy" look

To get the contrasting look, I painted the dressers in "Simplicity" (a pure white) and the bed in "Liquorice" (a pure black) Country Chic Paint.  I was actually surprised that the pure white paint only required two coats.  Often white coloured paints can be very transparent and need multiple more coats.  The whole set was then sealed with natural wax.

Country Chic Paint - "Simplicity"

Country Chic Paint - "Simplicity"

Black & White painted bedroom set.

Black & White painted bedroom set.


Country Chic Paint - "Simplicity"

Country Chic Paint - "Simplicity"

The bed is a beautiful 4-post bed.  Would be great for a guest bedroom.

Country Chic Paint - "Liquorice"

Country Chic Paint - "Liquorice"

Country Chic Paint - "Liquorice"

Country Chic Paint - "Liquorice"

4-post bed

4-post bed

When it comes to dressers with attached swivel mirrors, I personally prefer to remove the mirror from the dresser and hang just the framed mirror separately.  To me it's just a fresher look.  How do you feel?  Leave mirrors attached or not?  Might me a topic for Miss Mustard Seed's Design Ramblings!!!!

Black & White painted bedroom set

Black & White painted bedroom set

Right now it's just sitting and leaning on some books while it finds a new home.

Chippy painted dresser

Chippy painted dresser

It also came with one end table.  Not very usual for a set from this period.

Black & White Bedroom Set

Black & White Bedroom Set

Black & White bedroom set

Black & White bedroom set

This set was fabricated in Owen Sound, Ontario by The National Table Co., Ltd.

Here is another marking I found on the bed.

Below is a "Before" picture of the end table and bed.   It will give you an idea of how the bedroom set looked like before it got its makeover.  The sellers were initially asking for quite a high price for the set, but somehow I felt it would not sell fast because of the two-toned colour stain, so I sat very patiently.  I did not think it would appeal to most people, but for me those wood handles is what makes this set so pretty.  It was on the market for quite a few months before the sellers agreed to a reduced price.

GUEST POST AT JUNK CHIC COTTAGE

Happy Saturday everyone,

I was invited to guest post today by Kris over at Junk Chic Cottage where I am sharing a little of my background and how Orphans With Makeup came to be.  

If you love white & chippy decor, then you must head over and discover Kris' blog, Junk Chic Cottage.  She has a great eye for repurposing old architectural pieces and displaying them in her home.

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I am in love with her faux brick walls that she and her husband recently installed in their kitchen and living room.  Something I would love to attempt in my own home.

Please drop by.


EMBOSSING PLASTER DRESSER

Hello friends,

I love dressers with carved or raised details.  I am always looking for ways to personalize my furniture and I am just super excited with the final results on this dresser using Country Chic's Embossing Plaster and a stencil.

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<Pale blue dresser -  Embossing plaster>

Here is a close-up of the drawer fronts.

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I taped the edges of each drawer before applying the plaster so that I would end up with a clean edge.

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The top was stripped and stained with Minwax Special Walnut stain and sealed with the Tough Coat.  I replaced the wood door knobs with these ceramic ones.

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The dresser was painted with "Icicle" Country Chic Paint and lightened just a touch with "Vanilla Frosting".  I thinned out the paint as I did not want to erase the raised detail by applying thick paint.  So it was more like a wash.

Colors:  Icicle lightened with Vanilla Frosting

Colors:  Icicle lightened with Vanilla Frosting

If you would like more details and some work-in-progress pictures, head on over to Country Chic Paint where I am guest hosting today.

P.S. This is how she looked "Before"..... and those are not real tiger oak marks!!!

DIY MASON JAR CLOCHES

Hello friends,

I've joined up with 12 other bloggers to participate in the Spring Mason Jar Blog Hop organized by Kristin of My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia.

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Mason jars are so utilitarian and for my DIY project I chose to make tiny cloches to act as miniature greenhouses.  These will keep my seeds warm and help to germinate, and at the same time they make a pretty display.

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I love how the light reflects on the glass.

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It is still winter outside but I take pleasure at this time of the year looking at seed catalogues and just dreaming of warmer days.  I'm not as much of an avid gardener as I used to be (pre-blogging days) but I do still start some herbs from seeds, especially basil. Basil is one of the easiest herbs to start and I always grow plenty of them.

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I chose different sized mason jars so the display will look nicer visually.  I have some scattered throughout the house on my window sills.

To start the seeds I purchased Jiffy Seed Pellets.  I prefer pellets to loose soil as it creates no mess.  You can do this directly on your kitchen table.  Just soak the pellets in a tub of water.  Wait about 15 minutes until they swell up.  Once expanded, pull up the net and add 2-3 seeds per pellet and cover lightly with the soil.  Mist them lightly each day until they sprout.

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To make the cloches, I chose mason jars with a pattern.  The patterned glass is so much prettier when the sun shines on them.  I purchased my patterned jars from Michael's.  I removed the middle part of the lid, but kept the screw-top part.  I then turned the glass jar upside down and glued drawer knobs to the bottoms of the jar to act as handles.  I then set them on candleholders to retain the water.

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When they have grown about 1-2 inches high, you can transplant them in a bigger pot.  In the meantime, I just moved the sprouted plants to a new mason jar, right-side up, with no knob.

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I also love simply adding flowers in a mason jar.

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I hope you take the time to visit these other bloggers to see what they are also sharing today.  Just click the links below.

DIY PAINTED CHARGER PLATES

Well we are deep in the month of February and like most of you who live in cold winter climates, I am just about done with Winter, so I hope this post will make you think of Spring for just a few minutes.  

I love setting a beautiful table and adding plate chargers is a great way to make your table scape look pretty.  

DIY Painted Charger Plates

DIY Painted Charger Plates

Pretty plate chargers with a non-Christmas look are very hard to find, and when you do find some pretty ones, they can be quite expensive.  I set up this pretty, Spring-like plate setting using metallic serving trays that I upcycled into plate chargers.

DIY painted plate chargers

DIY painted plate chargers

Whenever I am thrifting, I always pick up a few metal serving trays and look for different patterns.  You know me, it's all about THE MIX!  They are usually priced anywhere from $1.00 to $4.00 each and are very easily found.

So here are the original 6 trays that I started with.

Thrifted metal serving trays upcycled into plate chargers.

Thrifted metal serving trays upcycled into plate chargers.

I wanted them to be a soft blue colour and so I chose "Elegance" by Country Chic Paint.  After the paint dried, I sanded  and distressed them lightly.  I then sealed them with Natural Wax.

DIY Plate Chargers - painted in "Elegance" Country Chic Paint.

DIY Plate Chargers - painted in "Elegance" Country Chic Paint.

Country Chic Paint has just launched a new accent Metallic Cream that is user friendly, and as a participant of their 2015 Blogger Squad, I get to try out their new products!  To emphasize the raised details on the platters, I applied the Metallic Cream in "Silver Bullet", concentrating mainly around the raised edges.  The silver cream over the blue paint has a pearl-like look to it and it is very subtle.  You can apply the Metallic Cream with a brush, but I actually used my fingers for this project as it was just easier to spot apply it on the raised details.  Everything can be washed-up easily with water.   The Metallic Cream comes in three other colours. You can click here to see Rosanne's (co-founder of Country Chic Paint) video tutorial introducing the Metallic Cream .  I just love her accent!

DIY painted plate chargers.

DIY painted plate chargers.

Spring place setting.

Spring place setting.

DIY painted plate chargers highlighted with Metallic Cream in "Silver Bullet" by Country Chic Paint.

DIY painted plate chargers highlighted with Metallic Cream in "Silver Bullet" by Country Chic Paint.

I love the look of the different patterns mixed together and emphasized with the Metallic Cream.

Spring table-setting with DIY chargers.

Spring table-setting with DIY chargers.

The Metallic Cream does dry up pretty fast so if you apply a little too much cream, wipe-off the excess immediately.  I found it was best to work in small sections, applying and wiping-off.

DIY chargers

DIY chargers

Wishing for an early Spring! (Tulips)

Wishing for an early Spring! (Tulips)