Monday, April 4, 2016

Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest: Pure & Original

This post contains affiliate links from Pure & Original. Please see my disclosure policy. 

 I still can't believe that it's April! I love Arizona in the Spring. (Okay, let's be real. I love Arizona, period.) But, especially right now! Currently, we are enjoying the most amazing smelling orange blossoms and fresh limes, lemons, oranges and grapefruits are drooping heavy on the trees. It's a great time to come visit! Fresh orange juice anyone? Okay, how about some freshly squeezed ice cold limeade/lemonade? Twist my arm, I say! ;)

The next best thing to a refreshing drink is talking about painting furniture! If you love a good before and after, then you've come to the right place! Since it's the beginning of a new month that means it's time to announce a new #fabflippincontest theme ...  Think you might be interested in becoming a contestant? Then, keep reading!

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We are absolutely delighted and thrilled to announce that the sponsor for our April #fabflippincontest is Pure & Original! Attention novice painters, professional painters, interior designers and even experienced DIY-ers. Yes, everyone! You're about to be introduced to the world's best paint!  

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Why do I think that?
Here are my Top 5 Reasons Why I LOVE Pure & Original!

1. Pure & Original has over 120 of the prettiest shades of Classico paint colors to choose from! Whether you're looking for the perfect shade for your walls or you're looking to refinish a piece of furniture, I guarantee Pure & Original will meet those needs.
 Here are just a few of my personal favorite colors!

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2. Pure & Original offers a variety of high quality products for all kinds of projects! 

Their Classico paint is a water dilutable chalk based paint that's environmentally friendly and made with 100% natural pigments. It's the perfect paint to refinish furniture or paint walls.

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Fresco Lime paint is a 100% natural mineral paint composed of quick lime and natural pigments and gives anything a century old finish. 

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Marrekech Walls is a new revolutionary paint that gives your walls an appearance of concrete or Tadelakt and it's so easy to apply!

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3. Pure & Original paint is high quality and the coverage you receive is really amazing!

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4. They sure know how to package!
Pure & Original goes the extra mile to take great care in packing their paint so that it arrives safely to YOU!

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And last, but not least...

5. I love painting with Pure & Original!
Over the years, I've tried several paint lines from different companies and Pure & Original is definitely one of my favorites! Their Classico paint is creamy, goes on velvety smooth and it's such a dream to paint with!

Here are the details for this month's contest...

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April 2016 Theme: "Original Elegance"
Submission Deadline: Friday, April 22nd @ 11:59 PM EST
Sponsored By: Pure & Original

$1,000 Worth Of Pure & Original Products 

Did you see the prize package? Isn't it unbelievable!? Sure wish I could enter! ;) Nah, I love to see our talented and clever DIY bloggers show off their stuff and I can't wait to see the lovely furniture flips they'll come up with! Here's a little piece I transformed using Pure & Original Classico paint... 
I'm calling her The Nadine Cabinet.

Somebody thought the top of this hutch was worthless. Apparently its missing bottom and broken mirror backing was a deal breaker. I say it's workable! This discarded piece just needed some legs, a new backing and some paint and it had the potential to be elegant and stately!

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The first step was to remove the remaining mirrors and backing from the hutch. Not just for safety concerns but because having access to both sides also makes it so much easier to clean and paint!

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Once the piece was cleaned it was time to address the leg issue. This particular piece had a thin strip of molding along the base with a hollow interior and nothing for the legs to really "grab" onto. For added security and strength, we flipped the piece upside down and added a quarter inch pine board to the bottom. Adhered it with a strong wood glue and attached it to the base with screws. To fix the "seam" edging along our pine board, we covered all of the sides with wood filler, then sanded it down to give it a more smooth finish.

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We purchased these square tapered legs from our local big box hardware store to match the style and shape of our cabinet. However, there are a variety of places that offer a wide selection of legs for  furniture projects. These legs came pre-drilled with screws already in place.

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We measured for leg placement before pre-drilling our holes into our new wood base. Then, we smeared some of that same wood glue to the top of each leg and twisted the legs into place.

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Now, that most of messy work was completed it was time to paint! We selected two colors from Pure & Original- Thunder Sky for the  exterior and Ashes for the interior of our newly formed cabinet. Both of these complimentary colors gave me wonderful coverage. Thunder Sky is the perfect shade of warm gray and Ashes is a very light warm taupe/gray.. and one of my new favorite colors!

After a little bit of work, this stand alone hutch is now an elegant and versatile cabinet. Perfect for storing nice dishes or displaying favorite art pieces, knick knacks and books.
 The Nadine Cabinet in all her glory...
Can't even tell we added an extra board to the bottom, can ya!? ;)

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What a difference Pure & Original Classico Paint makes!
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Through the month of April, Pure & Original is offering a special promo on their Classico Paint!
If you're contemplating trying Pure & Original Classico paint, now is the time to try!
 Purchase 2 quarts of Classico paint in any color for $70! (affiliate link)

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Evey | Stacy | Lynn | Colleen

Stacy and I are thrilled to host this month's Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest. Bookmark or Pin this post and revisit us over the next few weeks and watch all of the fantastic contestant's furniture makeover submissions roll in!

Good luck Participants!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street

Friday, March 18, 2016

The Hamilton Mirror: Layering With ASCP

Hello Friends! Painting mirrors are one of my favorite things to refinish. Why? Because I'm not a patient person... They are easy and fast! In a matter of an hour you can get a quick gratification buzz while you watch your transformation from start to finish take shape! If you're lucky enough to come across a mirror riddled with details, layering colors, glazing, or reverse distressing can make the most of those interesting intricacies.

Another fabulous find from an estate sale... here's what we started with! 
We're calling it The Hamilton Mirror

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We selected to layer some bold color for this gorgeous vintage mirror. For this project we painted a base coat of Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Napoleonic Blue. 

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Then, we dry brushed a layer of Napoleonic Blue mixed with Old Violet. 

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For the edging and detail work we combined Graphite with a small amount of Napoleonic Blue mixed in. 

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Finally, we added a touch of wet distressing to bring the wood tones through. 

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Here are a few tips to make your mirror makeovers go smoothly.

-Before you start painting, try to remove the mirror. Sometimes that involves removing screws, staples, etc. Place your screws in a zip lock baggie to keep you organized and prevent you from losing any of the hardware. Toss the staples, you'll need new ones. ;) If you're lucky enough to be able to pull the mirror paint the underside of the frame around the mirror. It will make the reflection that much nicer. :)

-Depending on the age of the mirror sometimes removing the mirror isn't an option and you'll have to leave the mirror in. No biggie! Some will advise you to tape off your mirror or line the mirror with paper or newspaper. That's too much work for me! I've refinished dozen of mirrors and the best and quickest way I like to work with them is to just paint away. Grab yourself an Exacto blade when you've finished making your magic and scrape away the paint/wax/top coat from your mirror. A simple vacuum hose will pick up the scraping remnants.

-Will you be photographing or reselling your mirror?  Take your mirror outside, photograph it up high or take the mirror out altogether (learned that one from a friend) to photograph your frame. Unless you want your pretty little self in a selfie. ;)

Have a mirror project you'd like to have showcased? Email us.. We'd love to see it!

Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street

Thursday, March 17, 2016

GREEN Furniture Inspiration

Top of the morning you 'all! Happy St. Patricks Day to you! We LOVE the color GREEN! From painting upholstery and fabric to painting wood, we've done it all. In celebration of this day, we'd like to roll back the clock and share some of our most luckiest Irish furniture transformations with you!

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We used Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan to paint the upholstery and frame on this couch transformation.

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Painted with General Finishes Milk Paint in Emerald Green this desk looks crisp, clean with a little modern flair.

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Read all about our journey as we dissected a hutch to create two seperate pieces of furniture.
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And lastly, The Jackson Mirror
Distressed and muddied up, this mirror packs a colorful punch!

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Happy green day everyone!

Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street

Monday, March 7, 2016

Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest: Mix & Match

**This post is sponsored by Fairfield. However, the opinions and thoughts expressed within this post are 100% my own.

Hi Friends, it's competition time! Where has 2016 gone and how in the world can it be March already? Is it going by fast for you too? It's always an exciting time around here when a brand new month begins! A NEW Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest is just gett'n started. Check back throughout the month to see some NEW contestants create some AMAZING NEW furniture makeovers because today we are announcing a NEW theme and a fabulous NEW sponsor! 

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Here are the details for this month's contest...
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March 2016 Theme: "Mix And Match"
Submission Deadline: Friday, March 25th @ 11:59 PM EST
Sponsored By: Fairfield

1st Place: $100
2nd Place: $50

Fairfield World is a third generation, family-owned business specializing in batting, foam, pillow inserts, interfacing and more! Looking to create custom pillows or need supplies for your next upholstery rehab project? Fairfield has an amazing selection of supplies to help support your projects!

Fairfield also offers tutorials and inspirational DIY projects to help YOU feel confident. These fun DIY Custom Pillows and these Spider Web Quilted Pillows are some of my favorite!

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Evey | Stacy | Charlotte | Lynn | Colleen

Be sure to stop by and see the gorgeous furniture makeovers our hosts, Colleen and Charlotte have created to help inspire our contestants as they interpret "Mix And Match"

Best of luck participants.. a new contest begins now! 
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street

Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Sammartano Highboy

This poor Campaign Style Highboy was tired and a little beaten up when we found him. Campaign style furniture has been refinished for years and most refinishers choose to update it with shiny brass hardware and a body color with a high gloss lacquer. 

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While I love that look too, for this piece I decided to go with an industrial vibe leaving the hardware in it's original patina and giving it a fresh new look with General Finishes Milkpaint in Driftwood and sealing it with High Performance Top Coat in Flat. 

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Mr. Sammartano is rustic and ready to give lots of storage capacity to one lucky little boy! 

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Have a great weekend friends!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street

Friday, February 26, 2016

The Wilkerson Nightstands

** Country Chic Paint provided me with the products for this furniture makeover, however the thoughts and opinions expressed here are out of 100% delight!

I live in a city full of retirees and I love it. They exude wisdom, compassion for my children, and for the most part are so friendly. Another perk?! They often downsize and sell some of the best furniture pieces for amazing prices. I recently had the pleasure of meeting a kind old man who was selling a pair of campaign style nightstands from their guest room. I'm pretty sure they didn't entertain guests often, because these were in breathtaking condition. 

Um, if they were in such great condition, why did you paint them? 
Head on over to Country Chic Paint to find out why! 

I took these unflattering chests and paired them with one of my favorite paint colors from Country Chic Paint and transformed them into eye catching pieces. The contrast between the brass hardware and this bright and bold navy hue makes me smile. 

We're taking this furniture makeover to Country Chic Paint today. While you're there, sit back and enjoy a treasure trove of inspirational projects from some wonderful talented bloggers!

Have a great weekend!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Ackerson Chest

I received products from Country Chic Paint to complete this furniture makeover, however the opinions and thoughts expressed here are 100% my own.

Hi Friends!  I'm over at Country Chic Paint today to share a quick and easy furniture makeover with some custom paint touches. We turned this lovely serpentine chest into a gorgeous neutral side table and we didn't even take the hardware off. Lazy! Yes, we are!

Hop on over to get the skinny on this custom shade and to see this refinished piece in all it's glory...

Take Care!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street