Tailee's Designs French Country Finds

Simple Projects for your Home

Working on any of these projects is a great way for you to learn something new. And think of how great you'll feel in making them to decorate your home.

How to Make a Chalkboard Sign

To make a beautiful chalkboard sign, first buy yourself a chalkboard in whatever size you'd like. Then find a design on the internet and save to your computer, then print in the standard 8 1/2 x 11. Now color all over the front of the page you just printed with chalk. Place over your chalkboard, tape down and now trace over the letters, or your design with a pencil.

Now remove the paper from the chalkboard and begin coloring in your letters, or design with your chalk. Voila - Your done and have a gorgeous French Country Chalkboard sign.

Giving new life to a gorgeous antique is something that I love doing. When doing this, your usually dealing with raw wood, so the possibilities are endless in how you'd like to refinish it.

I've been so anxious to share refinishing furniture with you. It may seem intimidating, but it really isn't. Let's take a look at the materials you'll need.

  • Furniture
  • White Ceiling Latex Paint
  • (2) 3" Paint brush 
  • 1" Paint brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Stain of your choice for the top of the furniture (if a table, or dresser)
  • Spray paint in the color of your choice if you want to paint the hardware
  • 2 Cans of Clear
  • Painters Tape

Prepping your sandpaper - take a piece of sandpaper - fold it in half - then tear in half. Now take one of your halfs and fold in half again.

If your furniture has areas that look like this, lightly go over them to smooth them out. If you have anything like wax on your furniture, take a bread knife and gently scrape the wax off. Then go over this with a piece of sandpaper and keep working at it till the wax is removed.

Open your can of stain and thoroughly stir. Take your painters tape and tear off a piece, or pieces to cover the entire front underneath the top. Do this around the three sides. Now dip your 3" paint brush into the stain going no further than half way up the bristols. DIPPING YOUR PAINT BRUSH ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP OF THE BRISTOLS CAN RUIN IT. Working in 12" x 12" sections, stain the entire top of your piece going back and forth once, then moving on to another section.

Remove all of the hardware and drawers. Now open your white ceiling paint and stir really good with a paint stick. THIS ALLOWS ALL THE BINDERS AT THE BOTTOM TO MIX INTO THE PAINT. Now dip your second 3" paint brush into the paint going no further than half way up the bristols.

Starting on the sides of your piece, work in 12" x 12" sections, simply starting in one corner at the top, going back and forth once, then move to a different area next to this one and do the same thing. Finish painting both sides of your piece.

Finally, we'll paint the front of your piece with your 1" paint brush in the same way that you've been painting. Now you can step away and allow your entire piece to dry. If your going to paint your hardware, this would be a good time. Also, wash your brush out.

After painting your hardware, you can begin painting the drawers and allowing to thoroughly dry.

After your piece is dry, we'll begin distressing it. The proper way to distress is sanding the areas that would receive the most wear naturally. Random areas on the top of the piece - on the edges of the piece - on the legs or feet of the piece - around the hardware on the drawers. After you've done this, now you can go over the entire piece very lightly with your sandpaper.

Once your done distressing your piece, now you want to clear it. The easiest way to do this is with a spray clear.

Decorating with Antiques

Decorating with antiques is one of my most favorite things to do. I'm constantly using them for different things. I might use my antique milk glass vases as just that, or I may group them together to create a vignette. I use all of my silver dishes and trays for all sorts of things as well. Right now their filled with pinecones for the season. I have a couple antique suitcases that I've used together - one on top of the other and I also like to use them separately in different areas of my home. 

Just start collecting gorgeous pieces of the past and you'll know how to display them.

This gorgeous sofa table is built from scratch. So get that table saw set up.

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