Thursday, September 4, 2014

Round Coffee Table

A friend gave this coffee table to me because it got banged up during a move so she had no use for it. 
I threw some blue paint on it and decided to handpaint a billion starfish on it.

Lane Hope Chest Makeover

I've had this Lane hope chest for years. I re-upholstered it when I originally got it (used from Craigslist) but I was recently inspired to completely redo it due to some awesome fabric I saw at Hobby Lobby. 

All done!

Before & After:

Dining Room Set Makeover

I was given this dining room table set from a neighbor. I had it for several weeks before I got the energy to paint it (I'm currently 5 1/2 months pregnant and it's 98 degrees here in Florida). 
The chairs were horrible looking. When I ripped off the fabric from the seat cushions I realized the original fabric was orange velvet. The set is solid wood so I knew it was good quality, and it's from the 60's. 

I painted everything white and then distressed it. I bought new fabric from Hobby Lobby. The pressed wood/partical board that held the seat cushions in were almost all broken and cracked. So my handy dandy husband cut all new seat cushion things with plywood. 
Without Leaf:
Updated Chairs:

Bedroom Set Undertaking

A friend of mine asked me to redo a dresser and bedside table. She wanted it white antique looking with a walnut stained top. When I took on this project I didn't realize how large the dresser is. This thing was a BEAST!

I had to sand down the tops of the furniture which was a huge task. 
After many many hours of work the furniture was painted:

I watched a tutorial on YouTube on how to use wood stain to antique painted furniture. You can find that video here
It's a very messy and smelly process. My wonderful husband did this step for me since I'm pregnant and can't be around the strong fumes of wood stain. 
After distressing furniture you wipe wood stain across small sections of the furniture, let it sit for about 30 seconds and wipe it off with paper towels. It's a very neat technique. I will definitely do it again. 

The knobs came from Hobby Lobby. Wait until their knobs and handles are half off which is basically every other week. 

Black & White Lingerie Chest

My sister-in-law gave me this lingerie chest and bedside table. She was going to give it to Goodwill. I have never painted anything black before, but I saw a piece of furniture on Pinterest that inspired me. 
 I used heavy duty wrapping paper to line the drawers. I think it really makes it pop.
 Before & After:

Army Trunk Redo

This old 1947 Army trunk was a roadside rescue. I didn't know what to do with this trunk. At first I wanted to use it in my soon-to-be baby's nursery to store toys in, but then I realized that I didn't want his little fingers to get slammed in the lid (bad memories from my childhood). Besides being dirty and old, the trunk had a lot of character.
I painted it white using Valspar High Hiding White paint from Lowes. The worse part of this task was painting the inside. If you've ever painted drawers or cabinets you feel my pain. It took forever!! It seriously took me 4 hours to paint this trunk. I sold it for only $40, totally not worth the time I put in it. 

 Army Trunk Before & After:

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Chest with Missing Drawer Makeover

I found this chest of drawers on the curb and I seriously considered not taking it because it had a missing drawer. But it was solid wood and if nothing else came from the piece I could at least take the knobs off the drawers and use them on something else. 
A friend of mine wants me to help her decorate and furnish her bedroom. She fell in love with this chest, but didn't want to pay $160 for it, plus it wasn't real wood. 
After deciding she didn't care the top drawer was missing we agreed to move forward with trying to make the chest look like the inspiration. 
I painted it a cream color, stained the top with a walnut wood stain and had my husband use a piece of plywood for the shelf. I figure the shelf can either be used to hold a cable box or she can guy some wicker baskets to store socks, underwear, etc in. 
I bought a special stencil to use on the drawers, but the stencil smeared everywhere and it just didn't work. So I ended up using some acrylic stamps I've had for years. 

 Before and After: