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!


Treasure hunting in Charlotte, NC

This past weekend I went to Charlotte, NC with some friends. We went to a concert and was able to visit some cool places there. We went treasure hunting and found some cool items I will be putting in my booth soon. I also visited a fabulous store called Lila Home Designs where I got some new paint to try by Amy Howard. Stay tuned for that blog.  Here are some of the items I found while treasure hunting.



This pail is a minty color. I added some ribbon for some flair. I can see lots of uses for this. Maybe the base of a Christmas Tree or Fall flowers. Just think the possibilities. This piece is $12.

imageI found this beautiful vintage dance recital dress from a lady that use to dance when she was younger. It’s absolutely beautiful and in perfect condition. This item is $45.

imageThe pink suitcase is so cute! It has Home Interiors Gifts painted in the front corner of the suitcase.  I fell in love when I saw it! It is in excellent condition I can see lots of uses for this. For example, storing that special handmade quilt from grandma, stacking a few suitcases for an end table is another option. This item is $30. 

I will be putting these items in my booth by the weekend. It was fun treasure hunting in another state. I will definitely do it again. Have you found items when you travel? If so please share. Thank you for reading my blog. Sharing and liking is encouraged!


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



My 5 favorite things I’m loving at Wagon Wheel Antique Mall

This week I’m going to share with you my 5 favorite things at the Wagon Wheel Antique Mall here in Ocala, Florida!

1. Old door with a chalkboard! I love this because it’s functional and has lots of character.

image2. Cool hat! There is a cute boutique inside this mall that has cute clothes, accessories & hats! It’s called My Anchored Soul and you just have to check it out.



3. A cute sign! What an adorable sign to have now in the summer.



4.  A vintage Mickey Mouse phone. Who doesn’t love Mickey?

image5. An old traffic light. This would be great in a man cave or kids room!



This and other wonderful things are at the Wagon Wheel Antique Mall. I’m having a contest at my booth until the end of July and this is what you need to do.

1. Like my Facebook Page Black Pearl Upcycled

2. Find my booth at the Wagon Wheel and take a selfie

3. Hashtag #BPU

4. Tag Black Pearl Upcycled

The contest ends the last day of July 2014. The winner will be selected by a guest judge. The prize is a $50 gift card to their favorite restaurant! * restrictions apply






How to turn an old mirror into a chic chalkboard.

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I was so excited to find this vintage mirror a few months ago at a local thrift store! I am going to tell you how I turned it into a cool chic chalkboard.

  • First, I cleaned the mirror with a glass cleaner. I cleaned the frame with a Lysol wipe.
  • Next, I decided on painting the frame a cream color from the Annie Sloan chalk paint collection. I used two coats and let dry between coats.
  • Then, I used the Annie Sloan clear wax to protect the paint. I also used the dark wax with a small paint brush for some aged effects. I used another coat of clear wax to seal everything in place.
  • The final step was to make the mirror a chalkboard. I used the black finish in a quart size. (a little goes a long way) You can purchase smaller sizes at your local craft stores.

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  • Apply two coats with a foam brush not the roller kind. (I tried with a roller foam brush and it wasn’t spreading nicely) I let dry between coats.

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  • The last step is to condition the chalkboard by taking a piece of chalk sideways and rubbing it on. The directions said to wait 3 days after the last coat of paint to condition it and about a week to use any water to clean chalkboard. This entire process took about 4-5 days. I love how it turned out!

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I hope this inspires you to get up and do something too! What experiences have you had with chalkboard paint? I would love to hear from you!