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Faux Bois Musings and Attempt Part One

Hi Everyone!

Remember when I was inspired to turn my master bedroom boring doors into this?

Well, the process has begun and you guys, I REALLY NEED YOUR ADVICE!

I started by sanding the doors and darkening up some paint I had in the garage that wasn’t working for anyone.  (I did the paint fixeroo before the whole lock-down thing.)  Here’s where I started…

I think you already saw this.  Anyway, about a fortnight ago, I started taking my sweet ol’ time painting the base and that’s when it happened.

Friends.  I got really scared.

I started thinking that I was going crazy and that this wasn’t going to look good at all.  So, I painted one door, figuring that one door wasn’t too bad to fix up if I hated it later.

Right?!?!?

Not that anyone wants to redo crap 1000x’s.  Sigh.

Finally (after much hemming and hawing) I mix-up the topping, Black Magic from Home Depot, in there premier satin with clear glaze, and then I DID IT.

Oh ya!  I did a few tests first, which turned out surprisingly cool, and propelled me to take on more.

I only did the back of the door, because again, I am a weak, little sissy.

I got SOOOOOOO SCARED!

But what do you think??

The men in my house think it’s awesome and that I should keep going.  But what say you, my decor friends??

I did some cut and paste for fun… here’s the motif on the main front doors…

Here is an option on the right if I darken it a tad…lower the contrast a bit?

GAH!  I’m so torn as to what to do.

I think I like it… though there are a few things I will do differently, (like pull the tool longer before making knots, since it looks a little too pine-y), but should I stay with the lighter gray that I have or risk it all to get a darker gray base paint??

I think you know where I’m leaning, and less contrast would be a bit more modern but (hahahaha delirious laughter) our friend Corona is standing in my way.

Then again… contrast is bold!  The indecision is real.  And I feel like after two months of quarantine, my will to paint is less each day.  (That’s only because most of my energy is going into strong arming my kids to do classwork each day!!)

What to do, what to do?

Help!

PS  Hang in there!!  And don’t lose that sense of humor =)

Faux Bois, Anyone?

Hello my friends!

I am here!  Alive and well!  I have just been keeping busy with the boys, work and selling a gang o’ stuff. It’s been fun and I can’t even believe it’s freaking March and that the world is falling apart.

How about we just pretend all that other stuff doesn’t exist and talk about boring, non-important things like what I’ve been cooking up?

A few weeks ago I bought the beauty below.  I found it on an auction site and paid… wait for it… you will die… it’s coming… a whopping $22.  Overall, the cabinet is in really great shape except there is a chunk missing on the top corner.  Who would buy a cabinet with a chunk missing?!  THIS GAL!  No-one will ever see that chunk, yeah baby!  It’s most likely from the 1980’s (like duh), made in Italy and it’s made of birds-eye maple that has been heavily shellacked, as was the way in those days.  I forgot to photo the sides, but they are lovely!  They’re the best part actually.  They have a wavy detail and the whole piece is in an oval shape.  You may be thinking, “Yak! This thing is ugly” but I see so much potential as a bathroom cabinet.  Can you just imagine her stripped down, re-stained perhaps, with legs and a marble top?  Probable some new handles too =)

Right now she is sitting in my master bedroom.  Oh vey.

But before taking the cabinet apart, I’ve decided to tackle a different project!  Wow, remember when I used to do those?!  Ha!

I have this cut-in area with 4 doors that leads to the master bathroom, from my bedroom.  To the left is a sauna (which my fancy ass uses for treasure storage) and to the right is my closet.  This wwwwhhhhooollleee thing is really boring and no fun at. all.  The doors are just flat, hollow doors and I would LOVE to change them out, but that’s a pain and probably not necessary in the grand scheme of life.  For now I’m thinking (and I’ve been thinking for a few months now) that I’d like to try to do a treatment on them.

I’m pondering a cerused oak look… ala something like this…

Can I do it?!  Who knows!  Will I try!  Yes, I will!

I found this article from Bob Vila and it doesn’t look too difficult.  Of course, starting any new project is ALWAYS way more than you expect.  As of today, I’ve only sanded the doors and already I’m pretty annoyed…. I didn’t think about removing my mirror on the inside of the door and basically sanded into my closet.  I’m the bestest.

It’s hilarious because I waited until the day before our cleaning lady came so that I could make a mess and only half clean it up.  Pat on the back for laziness!  She hasn’t quit on us yet, but stay tuned because we are a house full of lazy dirt balls!

Right now, the doors are sanded and the base coat is mixed (I had some left over crap in the garage).  I need to patch up some holes and get that paint on there!  It’s a 2 week cure time before I can apply the glaze, and now that I’ve actually done something, I’m itching to faux bois!  But something is telling me that I may have some time on my hands next week…. call it a hunch.

What do you think??

Any advice?  I’m not optimistic about getting a realistic wood grain while the doors are hanging, but I really, REALLY don’t want to remove them.

Boys Bath Photos and Calling it Done!

Hi!!

We’ve come a long way my friends and I think it’s time I call it on this one.  I’ve filled the bathroom with lots of fun finds and things I had stored around the house for just this moment.  There are two things  I wanted to do that I just haven’t gotten to, (sealing the stone and caulking the sink) but my patience in this space has waned and my attention is slowly turning to other projects I’ve got marinating in the ye ol’ cranium.

Now I can look in here and feel good about it, so I AM HAPPY!

Since the last post, I’ve really only purchased 3 things and they were all from Ikea.  I bought this rug, this flip top trash can (since I was sick of seeing what was in the trash – usually tissue from bloody noses) and this over the door hat rack.  I originally really wanted an antique rug in here, but then I remembered, Oh ya, I have 4 goys and that would be the stupidest thing ever.  This rug gives me the look I was after for $30.

The wall mounted porcelain hand is one of my favorite things.  I just love it so much.  I think it’s weird and cool and creepy.  I found it at the Pasadena flea market for $8 and have been hoarding it for 2 years.  The bamboo plant stand is something I picked up at the Goodwill for around $10 and I’ve been debating whether I should keep it or sell it.  I think it looks pretty good in here, so it’ll stay for now, but it’s also maybe a little too big… I just really like the deeper brown color and the texture.

My other die for item??  Guess!

Of course, the monkey that sits on his fancy, lucite shelf … he’s the spy watching my kids accidentally miss the toilet on purpose.  I originally bought him to sell, but I JUST. CAN’T.  I can’t do it, people.  The painting looks really pretty in here and I’m pretty sure I picked it up from a garage somewhere for a few bucks.  I usually buy any seascapes that I come across… because again, I love them and I’m a crazy person.  (Enter theme of all my blog posts.)  The ladder was free from an estate sale, not because I’m great or anything, but because I bought these fantastic Grouse-Hinds light fixtures and he took lots of money from me.  The rosary is made of coconut shells that I’ve had forever and it’s massive!  I think I paid $45 for it at the Rose Bowl.  What else?  The pottery is handmade and sold at a veteran shop ($10, I think), the rhino is hand carved jade from China (I can’t remember, $60 perhaps), the cricket is brass and was $1, the painting was a buck too (I think), from the Salvation Army and the vintage silver calendar was $3 at a flea market. I’ll share more on the hanging plant, but I did make the wall hook, and the pot is Japanese from the 1960’s.  I’m hoping that the plant will grow into long tendrils and freak my kids out at night look really jungalicious in here.

Honestly though, $1 or $1,000, who cares?!?!  I have things that were so cheap but that I would never, EVER sell, I love them so much.

The art is kinda fun… they are original pencil drawings of total boy stuff.  One is of a freaking canon!  I found them at a thrift store for $3.95 each.  They are awesome and pretty perfect in here.  I may add one more art piece below them, but I’m still thinking.

What do you think?  Do I have too much stuff in here?  It’s a thought that runs through my mind looking at the photos, but when I’m in there… I’m like More, MORE!  Hahaha!!

So, that’s it!  For my friends that are diy fiends, you know how much work actually goes into a quick refresh.  It seems easy, but then you’re like, “Maybe I should spray paint the toilet valves?” (which I did) and “F-me!”, the moulding needs sanding and patching.  It took longer than I planned, it always does, but YAY, another room I can feel proud of!  At least for a year or two =)