Oct 25, 2014

Small Vanity desk

I received this desk recently and it didn't take me long to get  working on it.  It was painted cream and definitely needed some freshening up. I actually stripped the top on it, only to discover there were several holes in it. So, I filled them in and painted the whole thing white.


Well, that's  not quite true. The drawers I painted in two different shades of aqua. What a fun surprise when you open the drawer!


I also added those appliqués  in the center.  There was a handle there when I got it and I wanted to cover up the holes. I usually think those wooden appliques look cheesy and like they were a later addition, but I think they sort of suited this piece.  It was my first time actually use get them.









Jul 22, 2014

Three Makeovers- One Post!

Well, I've been getting a lot done recently, but have been getting behind putting pictures of it on here.  So, you'll be getting three makeovers this time and lots of pictures. 
 
This maple nightstand I finished yesterday.  It actually turned out a lot nicer than I thought it would.  Clear knobs and white paint are a classic update.  I didn't do any distressing on this piece, which meant more coats of paint for a clean finish. 
 
 
I had a little bit of help photographing it this afternoon:
 
 
 
And if you like the Eiffel Tower books in the pictures, they are available in my etsy shop, here.
 
 
 
And these other two pieces I completed last week.
 
This chair was a yard sale find.  It required a little bit of glue, but it's nice and sturdy now. 
 
I don't often paint things pink, even though it's one of my favorite colours.  But, I felt this chair was small enough, that it could easily be used as a vanity chair in a girly bedroom. 
 
 
 
 
This square end table is nice in it's simplicity. 
 
 
 
Just a little bit of distressing around the edges and the details. 
 
 
The shelf underneath is great because it's another spot to display your pretty treasures!
 
 
All three of these will be for sale. 
 
 
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Jun 13, 2014

Bicycle Ad Dresser

This little tiny dresser was purchased at a yard sale two weeks ago.  It was actually the main reason I even stopped at their sale... the rest of their junk was just that... junk!
 
 
 
It was a little too shabby without very much chic!  I know some people may have liked it just the way it was, but really, the paint was kind of gross. 
 
 
So, I gave it a good sanding, then several coats of white paint.  The white was a little too crisp looking for the piece, so I did something I don't normally do.  After applying the clear wax, I used some aging wax, and it added just the right dimension.  I used Americana Chalky Finish Paint by DecoArt.  It's quite thick and has great coverage.  I love it!
 
 
 
I also added that fun bicycle ad to the top drawer.  It's hand painted on and the image is from the Graphics Fairy. 
 
I couldn't figure out how to get the pulls off, so they had to stay.  They weren't screwed through so maybe they're glued on?  Who knows! 
 
 
 
It's such a unique size. I think it may be handmade possibly.   It would make a great nightstand or side table, even.  I can picture it in a small entry as a great drop-spot, too. 
 
 
And just for fun, here's a look at my second attempt.  The all white as seen above was actually the third attempt! Sometimes it just takes a little experimentation to get things right. 
I first painted the top black, but found that while I love black and white, the contrast just felt too stark for this piece.  Then, the next morning I dry brushed some blue over the black and on the first drawer.  Umm... yeah, that just looked terrible!  So, I got out the paint again and painted everything white. 
 
 
How many times does it take you to get the right look?
 
 
 
 
 
Linking to: The 36th Avenue, Tatertots and Jello, The Creative Collection Link Party

Jun 12, 2014

Vintage Suitcase Chalkboard

This was a super fun and easy project.  I purchased my suitcase at a yard sale.  I wasn't planning on going to any sales that day, but I happened to see a sign and decided to follow it. 
For once it was worthwhile to follow a garage sale sign... ha ha. 
 
 
I painted both sides of the suitcase with chalkboard paint.  It basically only took one coat since it was dark grey already, but I did a thin second coat because you can't be guaranteed to hit every single little spot the first time! 
 
 
 
Then I added a tag that I made and some of the hands stamped muslin ribbon that I sell in my Etsy shop, here
 
 
While I was photographing, I had to tape the tag and the ends of the ribbons in place because the breeze kept blowing them around. 
 
This piece is great because while adding a fun touch to your space, it also offers storage.  Don't you just love functional décor?! 
 
 
What have you made chalkboards out of recently?
 
In case you love this idea, but don't have the time to DIY, I have listed it in my Etsy shop.  You can find it here.
 
 
Linking to:  The Shabby Nest, My Repurposed Life, The 36th Avenue, Tatertots and Jello, The Creative Collection Link Party

Jun 11, 2014

Black and White Damask Chair (Or the chair that's not pink)

I purchased this chair last Saturday and I wasted no time giving it a makeover!


Yesterday I painted it pink.
 

And I tried to convince myself it would look okay with this fabric.
 
And then tried it with this other fabric...
 
Well... maybe.  But it's a really delicate satin and I knew it wouldn't hold up that well. 
 
So, this morning, it got painted black. 
 
Someday I will paint a chair pink, but just not this one. 
 

Because I had already waxed the pink paint, I used Cece Caldwell Beckley Coal as a primer of sorts and then I painted it with Rustoleum Painter's Touch  semi-gloss black (the one in the can, not spray paint.) 


Yesterday I also worked on a couple of these doors.  I found them on kijiji up near my mom and dad.   My parents picked them up for me and brought them down.  Turns out the lady selling them had taught my dad when he was a kid. 


 You'll have to check back to see what I'm up to with them!


Linking to:
My Repurposed Life
Miss Mustard Seed
The Shabby Nest