Thursday, 20. September 2012
This is a sweet little bookcase I found at my favorite thrift store. I liked the lines and legs of this piece. I also liked that it is solid wood and well-built. All this piece needed was a little TLC and a good cleaning as the bottom was covered with cobwebs. After I scrubbed it clean, I broke out my sander. I wanted to smooth out the bumpy, brown, glossy paint before I painted it black (my base color).
I painted a coat of grey chalk paint over my semi-gloss black. After a little distressing of the grey paint, I painted a coat of tan chalk paint. I distressed the tan paint and then painted my last layer of white chalk paint. I distressed the white pretty heavily so all the different layers could peek out.
I didn’t even know there was a layer of red paint under the brown paint but I’m so glad it was there. I think the red looks so pretty and so right. When I was all done with my painting and distressing, I used a little Mod Podge to decoupage the scrapbook paper onto the back of the bookcase.
And last but not least, I gave it a couple of coats of paste wax. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend!
Friday, 14. September 2012
Remember this table? This is the lonely little table I found sitting on the side of the road a couple of months ago. To refresh your memory, I took the bottom shelf off and transformed this table into two tables. Please click here to see the after of the first table. And Ta Da, here is the second table.
My Handy Hubby helped me attach some legs to the new table top.
Then I had fun bringing two ideas to life. I have wanted to paint something emeral green forever. I have also been dying to paint a Greek key pattern. I think Greek key is so classic yet so modern and dare I say a little chic? I’ve had so much fun transforming this table, I can’t help but wonder if the people who put this table on the curb had any idea that sad little table could get a second chance as two happy tables?
Thursday, 19. July 2012
I bought this little cabinet years ago at a thrift shop. I think it was originally a record player cabinet, but since those have gone the way of the dinosaurs, I have been using it as a nightstand. I picked up some new (to me) nightstands for my master bedroom recently so I have no need for this little cabinet anymore.
I decided to fix it up with some paint and sell it. Last summer in the July/August issue of Country Living Magazine I spied the cutest cabinet painted like an early American flag and I have been dying to try it ever since. This cabinet seemed like the perfect candidate.
I liked my homemade chalk paint so much I decided to make some more for this project. I felt like the early American flag lent itself to an aged and distressed look.
The great thing about the chalk paint is how quick and easy it is. There’s no prepping or priming. You can just paint your project, let it dry and distress it with a light sanding. I did add a light coat of black glaze to enhance the illusion of age. As you can see in the picture above, the glaze really stands out on the white stripes.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend. I am linking up with Miss Mustard Seed. If you love furniture, hop over for a look. This linky party is for furniture only. I promise you will be amazed by all the creative and talented people there.
Friday, 13. July 2012
I found this table on the side of the road the other morning while I was out on my morning walk. I was tempted to drag it home then and there but quickly found out it was HEAVY. After I got home I rounded up my oldest son and headed back to pick up the table hoping it wouldn’t be gone. Lucky for me it was still there, unlucky for my son who was trying his best to hide. He wanted no part of picking up someone else’s junk and helping his mom load it into the mini van.
I decided to take the bottom shelf off and make two tables out of it. This is the first one. I bought legs for the second one and plan to work on it next week.
This is the design I came up with. It is my version of shabby chic. Since I am planning to sell this one, it was fun to fix it up all girly. At least I hope someone will be willing to buy it. I have no idea if there is a market for a lavender and silver coffee table. I just couldn’t play it safe with this table though. It didn’t say,”Paint me white”. It said, “I’ve got curves. I’ve got great legs. I want to be glamorous”.
I did my best to oblige.
While it was fun fixing this table up just the way I wanted (being a mom, a wife, and an ex-wife, I feel like I do nothing but compromise all the time) I hope someone else will love it as much as I do. Have a great weekend everyone!
Saturday, 16. June 2012
This is the dresser in our master bedroom. It is one of the first pieces of furniture my husband and I bought after we were married. It’s not exactly his style or mine. It never really caught on as our style either. It’s a nice piece though. It has good lines, it is the right size for the room and since we already own it-the price is right. But, it doesn’t feel like it belongs in the room. So, with a little leftover paint and a little spare time I solved that dilemma.
With the soft olive green paint and black glaze, this dresser fits in much better now.
I reused the hardware because it blended well with the hardware on the nightstands, so this dresser was a no cost makeover.
I am just about finished with this phase of my master bedroom makeover. I have one more project before I call it quits for now. I hope to bring that project to you in July along with the room reveal. In the hopefully not too distant future I want to install brick veneers to the wall behind the bed. And in a more distant future, I want to install wood floors. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!