How I made my own King sized headboard

I’m going to show you how I made my own headboard! I was able to snatch these wood closet doors that were thrown away! I cleaned them real good and were just sitting in my back porch ready for a future project. I decided to make a headboard with them for myself. I have been living without a headboard for years! Here is a before picture of my bed without a headboard.image

imageimageThe doors were plain white when I got them. I made sure everything was clean before I started painting. I chose french linen (gray) & Florence (turquoise) with old white mixed in. I painted a pattern. There are 6 doors all together. This was perfect for my king sized bed.

After all the doors were dry I sanded all the doors especially where I painted.image The next thing  was putting all the doors behind my bed. I did not have to secure them on the wall. My bed is tall from the ground and supports the doors as is. They added light in the room and made my ceiling look taller. I am super happy how they turned out. I’m going to distress a little more for that chippy look. I also refreshed my pillows with covers from Hobby Lobby. My duvet cover is from Anthropologie a few years ago which I still love! The S frame that I added was in my living room and I just decided to bring it in my bedroom. I used the command strips to mount on the headboard. the cost of this was under $20. I already had the paint from left over projects. The doors were FREE!  The pillow covers were $18 altogether. (I used the 40% off coupon) the project took about 4-5 hours to complete. What do you think? Would you try to make your own headboard? Let me know! Thank you for reading my blog! Scroll down below to see some of the furniture for sale at Wagon Wheel. I also just started up my etsy store (Blackpearlupcycled) for my small Upcycled art that I also enjoy making. Check it out!


Small dresser makeover

  • I had the privilege to paint a cool piece of furniture for a customer. This is the before pictureimage I will share what I used for this transformation.
  • First, I painted two coats of Coco color ASCP.
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  • Next, I painted the detail wood with a very small paint brush old white ASCP.
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  • Then, I clear waxed entire piece. I layered the old white with a dark wax.
  • While the piece was drying I painted the handles old white, clear wax then dark wax. (In that order)
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After everything was dry. I used a very small amount of Pure white color to get a white washed look on top of the Coco color.


That is all! The process took about a week to finish. What do you think? Let me know your thoughts. Thanks for reading my blog. Scroll down below to see my current items for sale at Wagon Wheel Antique Mall.


Old doors

A few weeks ago I was able to go celebrate my anniversary with my husband of 13 years. We went to Puerto Rico my native homeland. While we were there we were able to go to historic places. I became obsessed with old doors. Everywhere we went I took pictures of old doors. Here are a few…image image image image image image image image There’s just something really amazing about old doors! I came back from this trip refreshed! I am more motivated than ever to keep doing what I’m doing! Paint, create and helping people! Thanks for reading! Follow me on Instagram & Facebook for weekly updates on my projects! Have you traveled anywhere and have been inspired? If so please share! Have a great week!

Painting plastic

I’m going to show you that you can transform anything in your home with Chalk paint. Did you know you can paint plastic with chalk paint? I had a request from a customer to paint something in her home that is plastic. It is an Ikea organizer. I will show you how I did it.

First, I made sure everything was clean with a damp cloth. Here is a before pictureimage

Next, I painted two coats of coco color ASCP and let dry in between coats. image

Then, I sealed with a clear wax using the wax brush.

The owner spray painted an off white color before I painted the piece. I distressed lightly with a sand block to reveal the off white color. The original color was lime green. I distressed lightly on edges to reveal the green.

The owner added knobs to this piece for some added flair. Overall I think it looks great! I told the owner to let me know over time how it has held up! I will do an update to let you know how it’s done over time. What do you think? Will you try something similar? Thanks for reading my blog! Don’t forget to scroll down to see the latest treasures for sale at Wagon Wheel Antique Mall!




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!


Hobby Lobby Inspired Chair Makeover

I’m so excited to share my latest project! I recently purchased a farm table from Farm Fresh Collections. I became obsessed with finding the perfect chairs. I went to Hobby Lobby to get some Valentine’s supplies where I wondered off to the painted furniture section. I immediately saw these chairs and it was love at first sight!

Except when I saw the price tag of $100. Each chair!!!! I took a picture and carried on. I remembered seeing some chairs off craigslist. I called the lady and the chairs were still available. With determination and focus I began my project.

First I cleaned the chairs. I took the seats off by unscrewing the bottom of chairs.


Next, I decided to paint a pair with milk paint Linen color. I’m beginning to experiment with milk paint and it’s growing on me. You have to mix the powder with water so it’s an extra step. I painted 3 coats of paint the two chairs.image

Then, I painted two other chairs a light aqua color. I mixed a little old white paint with Florence ASCP. I painted two coats of this.

I sealed all chairs with a wax and distressed to the look that I wanted. I took some dark wax & mineral spirits to Antique the old white chairs.



After all the chairs were dried I took burlap and stapled unto the seats.

Finally, I sprayed Scotch Guard  on all burlap seats for extra protection. (Two layers)


Overall this project took me about a week. It was a lot of work but I’m so happy with the finished chairs! Best of all my family loves our new eating area! I hope this inspires you to try new things! Thanks for reading my blog!



Painting Vinyl with chalk paint

Do you know you can paint vinyl with chalk paint? Yes you can! I bought this chair from a friend who also paints furniture. I’m going to show you how I painted this chair. image First, I cleaned the chair with Clorox wipes.

Then, I chose two neutral colors that would compliment a variety of decorating color schemes. Paris Grey  & old white ASCP.

Next, I began painting the vinyl. I did not take the chair apart. I did this to show you that you don’t have to spend an entire day with a project. I’m all about fast & efficient. Long projects can discourage people to try things.

Make sure to let dry and paint two coats for full coverage. I painted the wood part old white and the vinyl part gray.

When all is dry you can seal with a clear wax.


I ended up distressing the wood part after this photo was taken. I love the color combo and the overall look when finished. This project took approx. 2 hours to complete.

image The best thing I like about this chair is that it is kid friendly! If something spills it wipes right off! So tell me your thoughts? Next time you see a cool chair try this. Thanks for reading! Scroll down to the bottom and check out my current items for sale at Wagon Wheel. This chair is for sale $35.00  image

Trying new paints

This week I finished painting a headboard and footboard with Amy Howard paint. I used Robins egg blue color that is a really pale blue. I am really happy how it turned out and I’ve been getting lots of inquiries on this piece. I like using different paints that are out there. Recently I purchased paint called Miss Mustard’s Seed milk paint. I will be trying it out on a small table and letting you know how I like it. Here’s a photo:




This piece I had to fight for at an antique auction I attended in the fall. I have finally been able to paint it. It is for sale for $299.00 and fits a Full size bed. Scroll all the way to the bottom and check out my slideshow of all things for sale at Wagon Wheel Antique Mall. Have you painted a headboard before? How did it turn out? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Making Upcycled Signs

I’m going to show you how to make cute signs from recycled materials.

First, gather some wood. I was able to get some great reclaimed wood from a local wood artist. Farm Fresh Collections sells scraps of wood at Wagon Wheel Antique Mall.

Next, collect items that can become letters. I have been collecting for awhile so I had some items ready. For example I had frames that I cut and made them the letter L. I also had rope that I glued to make an e.

Depending on the look you want you can paint the wood before adding the items. Leaving the natural wood works well too.

Using the correct glue for the project is key. I used Gorilla glue for this project. One type is for wood and another type is for metal. You can purchase this at any hardware store.

The last step is to even space your items to spell out your word. Glue and let dry overnight.

Here are the signs I ended up making. I hope this inspires you to make some. These signs are for sale in my booth from $19-$22. They make great gifts!                                     imageimage


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:

image All you need to do is pick a color of your choice.

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.