Upcycled

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!

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

 

Turn an old crib into a chalkboard

I found this old crib at a local thrift store. I’m going to show you how you can make it into a chalkboard.

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  • First, clean the piece with a damp cloth and let dry.
  • Second, pick the color of your choice to paint the border. I decided to paint it white first then I changed my mind and chose red instead.
  • imageThird, put two coats of red paint in Emperor’s silk color.
  • Fourth, brush on two coats of chalkboard paint and let dry between. Sorry I forgot to take a picture of this process.
  • Last, seal with clear wax. If you want more character use dark wax sparingly with a dry brush and wipe with a cotton rag.

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I love how it came out! I will be making another one soon. The other parts of the crib will be Upcycled as well. I hope this inspires you to do something similar. Please share and comment below. I would love to hear from you.

Transform an ugly frame

I’m working on some frames this week.I found some frames at a local thrift store.
I will show you how you can transform an ugly frame to a very chic frame.

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First , I cleaned the frame with windex.
Second, I painted the frame Provence color using a regular paint brush.

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Third, I started making a flower out of twine. I used a paper flower on top of the twine. All you have to do is make loops and hot glue together.

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I used a small piece of burlap to hold everything together.

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Last, I sealed with a clear wax and the frame is ready!

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Just think the endless possibilities of all the cute frames you can transform with paint!

Have you tried something similar? Please share.

Materials used

hot glue

Twine

paper flower

small piece of burlap or felt

paint

paint brush

How to freshen up an old lamp

 

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I found these unwanted lamps at a yard sale and I decided to bring them new life and hopefully a new home. I have redone lamps in the past where I used spray paint and then just changed the shade. This time I wanted to experiment with Annie Sloan chalk paint.

  • First, I cleaned with a damp cloth and made sure the lamps were clean from dust and dirt.
  • Next, I went to town and brushed on Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Old White color. I put two coats and let dry between with a brush. It takes less then 30 min. to dry which is reason #155 why I love this paint!
  • Then, I sealed it with clear wax. I decided to use dark wax for more character. I used a small brush and very little wax and used a white clean cloth to wipe off excess dark wax. (I learned that you need to put clear wax first then the dark wax or else the dark wax will stain the paint and not come off.)
  • Now it was time to give the simple shades a bit of personality. I fell in love with this ribbon at Hobby Lobby that looks like a tuxedo trim.image
  • I thought it would look great as a simple trim around the shade. I purchased fabric glue which I like better than hot glue. A little goes a long way and you don’t burn your fingers like hot glue. image
  • I used wooden clothes pin to make sure the trim glued onto the fabric.
  • I love how the lamps turned out!image
  • Materials used:
  • Paint brush
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White
  • white t-shirt cloths
  • clear wax
  • dark wax
  • Black trim (Hobby Lobby)
  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors
  • clothes pins