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Makeover dresser found in burn pile. 

Hello! It’s been awhile since I blogged but I’ve been non-stop for months. This week I was able to work on some of my own projects which is very rare. I’m going to show you how I turned this unwanted dresser into a chic piece. I found this piece with a friend in a burn pile ready to be burned! How sad! Actually my friend spotted it first underneath all sorts of junk! The original drawers have been broken and no good! I knew right away with some love this piece had potential. Here is a photo of the burn pile…..


First, I cleaned & vacummed every little detail and corner. I made sure there wasn’t any hidden animals living inside. Ha! Here is a before picture…..


Second, I decided to strip the top and I discovered a new layer of paint in a light pretty coral color. I decided to stop and use that color as a layering piece & slightly sanded off some of the white layer.


Next, I chose Paris Grey ASCP and painted the entire piece with just a light wash of gray on top. I wanted to make sure the coral color would show through.


Then, I went to Lowes with the measurements of where I wanted the shelves. I had them cut 3 pieces of particle board to fit inside. I had to purchase an entire sheet and came home with the extra. I painted these grey too. I also purchased pretty trim that I cut to size.

After, I nailed the boards in the corners I glued the trim. I painted & distressed the entire piece including trim.

The last shelf was giving me a hard time. I had to use wood filler to even everything out. Overall this project to a few days and a lot of elbow grease! I spent about $20 in materials. The dresser was free. I really love how it came out. I’m going to find some cute baskets to put inside shelves. This piece is not for sale. I hope this inspires to think twice about throwing away a dresser. Thanks for reading! Comments appreciated!

Painting an iron headboard

My latest project is painting an older iron headboard. I had a customer requesting a painted headboard in a soft blue color. The headboard had a little rust on it. I’m going to show you how  I transformed the headboard.

  • First, I cleaned and sanded the entire headboard.
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  • Next, I mixed a little bit of old white ASCP with duck egg blue.
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  • Then, I painted two coats of the mixed paint and sealed with polycrylic.

This project took about 2 hours total! This was my first time painting an iron headboard and I’m very happy how it came out! Thanks for reading! In case you did not know I’m also on Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest! Come follow me! Have a great week!

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Painting a glass vase

This week I’m going to show you that you can paint glass with chalk paint! You know those glass vases that you see everywhere especially thrift stores that come in different sizes and shapes?  Here’s a before picture:

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Go ahead and paint the glass like you would paint any other object.  One coat is plenty.

Then if you would like to distress it a little just take a wet rag and take the paint off while it’s still wet. Work in small sections to get your desired look.

Wait until dry and now you have cool painted vase! If you would like to seal it with the clear wax go ahead after the paint has dried.

imageThe possibilities are endless! Just think of all the different colors of glass vases you can have fun with. Have you tried painting glass before? If so please share your thoughts! Thanks for reading!

*note* This piece was done by my good friend Jaime who came to visit me this week.(Provence ASCP color was used on this piece) She is going to take it home with her to Michigan. She is now confident to try other projects on her new home.

Dresser makeover

I had the privilege of transforming a dresser that needed a lot of tender loving care. I’m going to show you with a little bit of elbow grease …well actually a lot of elbow grease you too can transform an ugly dresser into your favorite piece of furniture. This dresser was in rough shape meaning a horrible painting job.

First, I had to use Tuff- Stripp to strip the paint off. You can get this at any local hardware store. I wore gloves and used my pool deck to do this process. *warning* This stuff stinks real bad.

Next, I used a plastic scraper and scraped off the paint. I repeated this step several times until I got the results I wanted. image

Then, I sanded and cleaned the piece with mineral spirits.

I started painting the piece a coco color because I wanted a two toned look. I waited to dry. Then I applied the graphite color over the coco.image

I decided to paint the side of drawers a coco color for added flair. I used frog tape so the paint colors will not overlap.

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The last step was to seal with a clear wax. Apply the wax with a brush and take off excess with a cotton rag.

This piece is a Stanley furniture priced at $499. It is at Wagon Wheel Antique Mall Ocala, Florida. Thank you for reading my blog.

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I hope everyone is having a Jolly season!

I want to personally invite you……

 

 I would like to invite you to the 1st Annual Market Day & Expo this Saturday, November 29 2014. It will be a great day to learn about local businesses & get some shopping done too. I will be there as a vendor. I will have some paint samples and some small items such as chalkboards and wood art. It will be located at One Life Fellowship 3740 Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala, Florida 34470 Sponsored by MOPS(Mother of Preschoolers) I would love to meet you and answer any questions you may have. Invite your friends too. I look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before and After Hutch

Here is an update of the hutch blog I wrote a few weeks ago. I have the final photo. Thanks for reading my blog.

Black Pearl Upcycled

This week I had the privilege to paint a hutch for a client. They had bought some of my furniture from Wagon Wheel Antiques. They wanted to match their hutch to one of the pieces that they purchased from my booth. They custom picked the colors they wanted and I was ready to go! The cool thing I like about custom orders is that it forces me to try color combinations I wouldn’t normally try. They chose Paris Gray and Provence. Here is a before picture:

imageThe first thing I did was clean the piece. Then I started painting the blue Provence color. The owners took the knobs out which was very helpful.

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imageThen I took the glass out because it was easier to paint. I painted Paris gray over the blue.

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I try to let some blue peak through. Then I distressed with sandpaper.

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I applied clear wax and then dark…

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Stained table using Java gel stain

I’m going to show you how I transformed this wood table using Java gel stain.

First, I made sure the piece was clean. I painted the legs and bottom section graphite color which is a dark gray. I let dry for 20 min.

Next, I painted over the graphite color a white color. (old white) I let dry.

Then, I distressed the legs with sandpaper so the dark color shows through. I did this randomly and made sure that the wood grain shows. I sealed with a clear wax and let sit overnight.

The next day it was time to do the top part. I bought Java gel stain from a local wood furniture place.( Wood U) This stain is easy to work with.

After sanding lightly and clearing the dust it was time to brush on the Java gel stain. I started in small sections and used a clean cotton rag to wipe away the excess. I was satisfied with the results so I just did one coat. I sealed with satin poly acrylic and let sit overnight.

Overall I really LOVE how it turned out. I will be taking this to my booth at Wagon Wheel Antiques Mall. It is priced at $89.00 Thanks for reading my blog.

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My first auction

This past weekend I was able to attend my very first auction. It is called Turkey Creek Auctions located in Citra, Florida. I learned lots of things and also made some “rookie” mistakes. Overall it was a lot of fun. I will share tips that may help you if you ever want to go to an auction.

  • First go early and look at the pieces that you will like to bid on. You can get a print out of the items for a few dollars that gives you detail information on the items.
  •  When you see something you would like to bid on write down how much you are willing to pay for it. Later when you bid it will keep you from going over budget.
  • Keep a budget of how much you are going to spend. It will be tempting to get real good deals and later not have the money for the item you really want.
  • Be prepared to stay for a couple hours. The item you really want could be one of the last items to be auctioned.
  • Go with a friend. You will be sitting there a long time and it’s nice to have a friend to laugh with.
  • Bring cash. There is a discount if you pay with cash.
  • Bring a truck. This was my mistake. I was not planning on getting anything big. I could not pass a good deal and I did stick to my budget. Luckily my friend with the truck saved the day!

I ended up coming home with chairs, and an antique headboard. You will get to see the before and after pictures soon. I hope this inspires you to go to an auction! Please share any auction stories you may have. Thanks for reading my blog.

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