annie sloan

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.


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.


I hope everyone is having a Jolly season!

Side table makeover

I’m going to show you how to transform a simple side table into a beach/cottage table with a few layers of paint.

First, make sure the piece is clean and dry. I used a wet cloth to wipe any dirt off the piece.

imageSecond, I started with a coco color over the white.


Next, I started painted over the coco color a blue color called Provence.



After everything was dry I used started distressing with sand paper randomly exposing the colors underneath. This technique is fun because different layers of colors add so much character to the piece.

image*Painting tip* turn the piece upside down to make sure you get the legs and all the odd places painted properly.

imageFinally, it is time to seal the piece with a clear wax. Wipe on the wax with a brush and wipe off excess with a clean cotton rag. Then buff all around by wiping with another clean rag.

This piece will be going to my booth at Wagon Wheel. It will be for sale for $39.00. It would look great in a sun room or a bedroom as a night stand.


Thank you for reading my blog.

*note* Annie Sloan colors & wax were used in this project.





How to make a Chicken wire frame

This week I decided to work on small projects.  I decided to try a chicken wire frame since I have a small collection of open back frames. There is different ways to make a wire frame. I’m going to show you how I made one and maybe inspire you to try one too.

First, I had to get chicken wire. I went to the local hardware store and found a roll for about $10. They come in different sizes so measure your frame to make sure you are getting the right size. I also bought a small tool to cut the wire since I did not have one already.

Next, I took the wire and placed it over the frame. This is tricky because the wire bounces back and does not lay flat. I started stapling on the side of the frame. You want to go all around. This takes some time and patience.



Finally, cut away any extra wire and discard properly. Twist the sharp edges so they won’t scratch anyone.

I ended up making three different kinds. One with fabric on the back.( I used hot glue around the border to secure fabric) Another one I painted with a new Annie Sloan color called burgundy. The last one is shabby white distressed.

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These frames are versatile because you can hang jewelry, cards, and photos. It’s a neat way of displaying your treasured items. Thank you for reading my blog. I hope this inspires you to make a project! These frames are for sale at my booth at Wagon Wheel Antiques located in Ocala, Florida.


Before and After Hutch

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.




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



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




I applied clear wax and then dark wax. I also painted the inside blue. (not the wood part) I put the knobs back in.


Finally, I buffed and re-touched some areas. This project took 2.5 days. It was well worth it. The owners are really happy. They are going to move to the panhandle and getting their furniture ready for the beachy look.  I will update this post when I get the final photo. Thanks for reading!



*update* The final photo.






Paint class


This week I was able to attend a paint class with a friend in Gainesville, Florida. The place is called 8LP Design. I discovered this place this year and it is where I get Annie Sloan paint. The owners are super nice and helpful. The class was very helpful and you learn some myths and facts about chalk paint. You also get to take home some sample molding with the paint that you use. I recommend going to this class because ….

1. Hands on experience

2. You get to ask tons of questions

3. You learn new & cool techniques

4. You meet other cool people

5. It’s fun to try new things

Here are some pictures of the class. They have classes twice a month and fill up quickly. If you would like more information here is a link.




Painting a vintage chandelier

I am going to show you how you can transform an old chandelier. I found this chandelier at a flea market in St. Petersburg, Florida. The person I bought it from told me it came from an old movie theater. I love that the piece has a story and I fell in love with the shape. A little paint can breathe new life to the chandelier.

  • First, clean the piece with a damp cloth.
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  • Second, figure out what color or colors you want to paint it. I decided to use three colors. I chose Florence, Coco and Graphite in Annie Sloan colors. I used a rope and wrapped it around the legs of a table so I can paint easily. I started with the Graphite( black).
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  • The next layer was Coco ( coffee with cream color)
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  • Florence (turquoise color) is the last layer.
  • The last step is to seal with a spray satin poly.
  • It takes less than an hour for everything to dry.
  • Now it’s ready to hang! This is hanging in my booth at Wagon Wheel Antique Mall. I love how it came out and I hope this inspires you to paint something. What painting projects would you like to try? image

Materials used:

Annie Sloan chalk paint

paint brush

sealer of your choice




I have to admit sometimes it’s nice to spice things up and decoupage! If you are not familiar with this technique it’s really simple.  The definition of decoupage is the decoration of a surface with applied paper cut-outs, often finished with varnish or lacquer. I’m going to show you how to decoupage a small jewelry box with scrapbook paper!

  • First, I painted the entire piece with 2 coats of paint using Provence color Annie Sloan paint and let dry.


  • Then, I cut two pieces of scrapbook paper to fit on the sides.


  • Next, I used Mod Podge to glue the piece of paper. I used a small foam brush to apply the Mod Podge. Make sure you smooth out and there isn’t any bubbles.


  • The next step is to let dry and apply the Mod Podge again. I used 4 or 5 layers. I lost count after 3 times. Basically you want the smoothest finish and the look that it was part of the piece all along.
  • Finally, I used clear wax on the painted areas to seal the paint. It is now ready!
  • I hope this inspires you to decoupage something too.


Materials used:

Annie Sloan Provence color paint

scrapbook paper

Mod Podge

Clear wax

Foam Brush


In honor of Independence Day this week I decided to do a patriotic upcycling project. I have seen the big wood pallets painted in the American Flag but not small wood pallets. I’m going to show you how you can make a cool American flag out of a small wood pallet.
The first step before all steps is to find a small piece of wood. I had mine pre-cut  by a friend who has given me old pallets. (Thank you Don & Nicole)

First, sand the piece. I used a simple sander.


Second, draw the lines for the stripes. I used whatever was near me. It happened to be a stick.

Third, I used a scrap piece of trim to make the square.

Fourth, I used red, white & blue Annie Sloan paint. ( Emperor’s silk, Provence, Old White) Use a small brush to paint the stripes.

Tip: Don’t aim for perfection. The more imperfect the better!
Finally, I used clear wax and dark wax to seal and darken a little. I used hot glue with a little of a Gorilla glue for the star shell. The rope was stapled on the back with a staple gun.


I love how simple it was to make.

I hope this inspires you to do something too!

Feel free to comment below. Happy 4th!
*update* Another way to make these are to go ahead and paint the entire pallet old white and then paint the red stripes. I found this to be a little easier.
* note I was planning on making two but made one instead because I ran out of time.

Materials used:


star shell

Annie Sloan paint (Emperor’s silk, old white, Provence)

small paint brush

clear & dark wax


straight edge tool


Transforming a side table ombré style



I really do love transforming furniture! I’m going to show you how I transformed this side table that I found at a local thrift store. I love changing knobs and I thought I could change the knobs on this piece. It turned out I could not because there is a piece of wood wedged inside the drawer.

  • First, I cleaned the furniture with a Lysol wipe. It was in excellent condition and very clean when I bought it.
  • Second, I started painting the sides old white Annie Sloan chalk paint. I used two coats and let dry in between.
  • Meanwhile I started painting the bottom drawer Provence color. This will get you the dark shade as shown in the picture.image
  • Next step was to mix the next shade with 1/4 old white and 1/4 Provence. This will get you the middle shade. The lightest shade I used 1/4 white and one spoon full of Provence.
  • Before I stained I lightly sanded the top. The piece was stained with a dark walnut finish. I brushed on the stain and used a cloth to wipe off.  Be sure to use gloves and a mask. image
  • The last step was to clear wax everything but the stained part. Before I used clear wax I distressed it to give a little more character.
  • This project took me a 3-4 hours to complete. I let the stain dry for at least 24 hours before touching it.
  • Ombré isn’t just for hair! Will you be trying something similar? image
  • Sharing and reposting is encouraged! Thanks so much for reading my blog!

DIY oval cork frame


  • I was so excited to find this cool wood vintage frame. There is a date on the back frame 1962. At first I wanted to turn it into a chalk board but it was an epic failure! I will tell you why.
  • First, I cleaned  and took apart the frame. I used a Lysol wipe this time.
  • Next, I mixed old white and Provence color from the Annie Sloan chalk  paint collection. I really love this stuff! The paint dries fast and there is no sanding or priming! Hallelujah! I really do think sanding is the devil you know!image
  • Then, I applied two coats and let dry in between. I distressed a little to give a cool flair with sand paper.
  • After the distressing I used clear wax to seal everything in.
  • While the paint was drying I used a magnetic spray paint on the glass. I never used this type of spray paint and wanted to try it. Let me tell you it did not go very well. After following the directions the spray paint was not coming out even and it just made a big mess. I was really disappointed so I stopped with the project for a few days. I wish I had a picture but lets just say it was a hot mess! It was time for plan b!
  • Later on in the week I went to Jo-Ann’s fabric and an idea came to me since I love fabric. Especially the Liberace/Lady Gaga section…..(there is no such thing but really there is a funky fabric section! ) so I picked up cork and chevron fabric and knew what I was going to do now with the frame.image
  • I traced the glass with a pencil and used gorilla glue to put the cork down. Make sure you cut the cork as close as possible to the glass. I had to use two layers because one was not enough to push a push pin/ thumb tack through. I had to weigh down the cork to dry. I grabbed anything near me to hold down the cork.imageimage
  • Next, I found these cool paper flowers at Michaels in the dollar bin section. I decided to use those for the push pins. I hot glued the thumb tack and flower together.image
  • I cut the fabric to size leaving about two inches around.image
  • I had to iron the fabric so it was nice and smooth.
  • Now it was time to put everything together!
  • I finally sealed the back with felt and staple gun.image
  •  I love how it turned out!image

If you are interested in purchasing this frame email me at It is $45.00 measures 25″ tall and 21″ wide. Four flower thumb tacks included.
Check out my etsy store for other cool items at blackpearlupcycled
I would love to hear from you! Comment below!

Materials used:

old frame

chalk paint

clear wax



gorilla glue


thumb tacks

staple gun


paper flowers