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Armoire makeover

  • I’m  going to show you how I transformed this vintage armoire. Here is a before photo…image
  • First, I cleaned it with TSP and aired it out for a few weeks. It had an unpleasant smell to it. I also used fabric softener sheets and placed them randomly inside.
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  • Next, I chose French Linen ASCP color for the first and second coat. I worked all around from top to bottom making sure I painted all the areas. Here is a video I shared on Instagram and Facebook…..
  • Then, I worked on the details of the piece with Old White ASCP using a small brush.
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  • The next step is adding some depth and I clear waxed the outside of the armoire.
  • I took 1/2 water 1/2  of old white ASCP ( one tablespoon)and painted on randomly. I used a white rag and rubbed off after 15-20 seconds.  This created a subtle white washed look. (Very hard to show picture of the results)
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The inside of armoire was the last thing I worked on. I painted inside two coats of Old White ASCP. I light distressed the outside and inside with a sand block.



While everything is drying I painted the original handles old white. For a splash of color I replaced 4 with blue glass ones I purchased at Hobby Lobby. ( FYI Hobby Lobby has knobs on sale every other week!)


Overall it took about 2 1/2 weeks to complete this project. The armoire has wheels so it can be easily transported. I’m very happy how it turned out. What do you think?

* I apologize for the pictures. The lighting in my home is not that great and the weather lately has not helped with better lighting. *


I will be bringing it to Wagon Wheel Antique Mall next week. Don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom and check out my items currently for sale. Thank you for reading!


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

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.


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.







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
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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

Transform an old sewing table into a drink/snack station


  • I was on Pinterest and came across a photo that caught my attention. turned an old sewing machine into a server station using spray paint. I decided to use chalk paint to transform this old sewing table. I found this piece at a local thrift store.
  • First, I cleaned the piece with TSP (check out the video on how to clean your furniture before painting ) It was quite dirty and who knows where and how long this piece was sitting around collecting dirt. Here is a before picture…..


  • Next, I used Annie Sloan chalk paint and mixed Old white with Provence and it created a beautiful blue. (1 cup Provence & 3/4 cup old white)


  • Then, I painted two coats and let dry in between. I put a clear wax to seal the paint.
  • I should of done this step earlier but when everything was dry I took out all the parts inside that are not necessary out.

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  • I found this galvanized bucket at Michael’s craft store. It was the perfect size for the job. I ended up painting the hardware originally on the piece.


  • Now it was time to add a shelf. This part I had to ask for help. A friend helped cut to size a piece of wood I had laying around and sealed it with Shellac.image
  • Then I wanted to add some leftover trim for some flair. I cut to size the trim and used clamps to hold trim in place. I used gorilla glue to hold the trim in place.image

image   It is now ready! What do you think? This piece is for sale $99.00 bucket is included. Local delivery or pick up in Central Florida. Call or text at 352.286.9518 if interested and for more information.