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>> Thursday, August 25, 2011

Behold, my new workshop space..
So this is where I will be making stuff happen for the next 3 years. It's the only non-carpeted space in the new apartment, besides the bathrooms. And a little known fact...normally I cringe at laminate hardwood flooring, but for a workshop floor it just happens to be great. We had it in our old house, in the kitchen. With a little magic eraser action, everything comes up.

So yesterday, while Mr. Sabbe grilled us up some steaks... on a grill pan (ah, city living) I thought it would be a good idea to be all in the way with my latest diy undertaking. I have a sweet husband. He tolerates me saying things like "if you hit this furniture with that refrigerator door I am going to kill you." (joking of course, he's too cute to kill) Because it's normal to be painting 4' long dressers, while someone else is trying to cook, in a 8 x 8 kitchen, right?

I'm not 100% finished, but remember the before...
And here is where I am. I  know, not quite breathtaking...yet.
But is it not so amazing what a difference a coat of paint can make?

This time around I researched painting tips. Centsational Girl has written an excellent post that anyone interested in painting a piece of furniture should read. The biggest ah-ha moment for me was her suggestion to buy this...
It works. They have it at Home Depot. But be warned, no one there had any idea what I was talking about and it was not with the paint thinners, like you would think. Another tip, add cautiously. I think I went a little heavy and ended up having to do a coat or two more because of it...BUT, no roller or brush marks!

Then I also remembered a post Jenny wrote on painting furniture. I use latex now that I have a baby and no outdoor space to paint. Oil based paints are much, much tougher, but they will make you high. So I needed a way to toughen up this piece because we are sitting a 40" tv on  it and I would like it not to have tv stand marks on the top when we move in 3 years. So I followed her instructions and added two coats of this...
The great thing is, the Floetrol takes the sheen out of your paint (it tells you this on the label). So my semi-gloss was not so glossy, but the the wipe-on poly added that gloss back. Problem solved. 

I'm going to paint the inside the same color as our last living room, because I have some left over. 
Cute architecture, I miss you.
But did you catch the cabinets and counters in our new space?
Ugly, 4' wide kitchen, I do not miss you.

So that is that. Seen any good hardware lately? I haven't really started looking, but I want something fun. 
I'm thinking brass. I recently discovered chicken wire comes in brass, get excited.


Melissa @ Veranda Interiors August 25, 2011 at 11:34 AM  

Check Restoration Hardware, when we were buying hardware for the new house all of the brass was on sale, some great pieces!

LindsB August 25, 2011 at 12:26 PM  

I totally should have texted you last night! I was at home depot for like EVER searching for the floetrol- and no one had ever heard of it! Ugg, back to the Depot I go tonight I guess :)

redbrickbuilding August 25, 2011 at 12:56 PM  

I second Melissa's idea about RH. The brass stuff was still on sale about a week or two ago. (When I was ordering their Ephram knob in oil rubbed bronze for both tenants' kitchens.) With the trade discount the price is really good for solid brass construction and they ship quickly.

I was looking through the Pottery Barn September catalogue last night and dog-eared the Eclectic Brass Ring Pull Knob, so that's fresh in my mind:|eclectic%2Bbrass|1|best|0|viewall|24||1&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules-_- It seems to be solid brass too. Not sure if that's girlier than what you want in a kitchen. Their label hardware is also cute, but it's zinc with a plating. If you're economizing with the zinc route, you probably know that the Martha Stewart line at Home Depot has some appealing classics.

Do you know Raybern Hardware in Somerville (on the Charlestown line)? Their new showroom is great if you want a field trip to spark ideas and actually touch things before buying, but the selection can be overwhelming and it's more classic/comprehensive than quirky/unusual.

Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss August 25, 2011 at 4:26 PM  

I've been searching the internet high and low for hardware.... unlacquered or antique brass. Can't find what I am looking for.

And it's funny... we have a big backyard with a gas grill, charcoal grill, big green egg, and smoker... but we LOVE to cook steaks (esp filets) in a cast iron skillet on 450 in the oven. That's how they cook them in all of the good places you eat!

Annelise August 25, 2011 at 6:45 PM  

Ha! I thought that was a kitchen island for a minute!

What is this 3 years business?

kristen,  August 26, 2011 at 3:21 PM  

so where is it in the Home Depot? How much is the floetrol? is $10 shipped on amazon worth it?

ss August 27, 2011 at 9:51 AM  

It was in the paint section close to the spray paints. In Boston it'd on the same isle as the paint swatches. I cannot remember exactly how much it was. I'm thinking $7. I'm cheap so I know it was not very expensive.

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