It’s that fun time of the month where my Furniture Fixer Upper friends and I get together to inspire you with our furniture makeovers. Yay! If you saw my post a week ago, you knew my dad brought me a haul of furniture that included a vintage side table in hot mess state that I redid. Now, it’s time for this vintage chest nightstand to shine.
You know I love a good furniture makeover, so what could be better than one day a month dedicated to themed furniture makeovers? Wahoo! Today’s theme is FRENCH, and ooh la la, I’m ready to play with my French country blue.
My blogging friends and I have created some wonderful inspiration and eye-candy for you with our French makeovers, so be sure to check out all their fantastic efforts below.
The inspiration for my makeover was this French Provincial set I found a few months back on Craigslist. I originally stuck it in my shop as a custom request, but quickly took it back out when I saw the upcoming theme.
It’s a Dixie DuBarry set (a coveted design in the furniture world) in great structural shape, but did have some minor flaws like highlighter marking on the tops, marker, crayon, and wear in a couple of spots in random places. Nothing that a new look couldn’t fix.
It’s always so exciting when a baby is on the way. Our family will be growing in the next few months. Take a breath because I’m not the one who’s expecting. ha! My sister-in-law is expecting their first baby soon, and as far as we know it’s a girl. This new babe will give my 6 kids another cousin to play with, and someone for us to adore and love. As a gift to my SIL, I offered to refinish a dresser for the baby’s room. As it turns out, she had already found a dresser style on Pinterest that she loved and was hoping to replicate. Now we have a furniture makeover in the works. woot!
I’ve got to be honest that I had no idea how awesome this whole furniture makeover would turn out. You see, this month’s themed makeover has the subject, “Inspired By” – meaning to redo a piece of furniture in the styling of another piece we’ve seen on the internet, movie, etc. I had NO inspiration because I have NO time to peruse such frivolous things like other blogs, Pinterest, and… what’s a movie??
As it turns out, I was thankful to not only be able to give my SIL and her husband this gift, but also to fulfill the themed makeover quota. (she giggles wickedly)
I don’t know about you, but that serpentine style is one of my favorites (I’m talking about that wavy look to the front). Swoon!
Although this dresser needed some love, it is such a well-built antique and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. After doing a much needed wood putty treatment to the cabinet, I grabbed my best friend, orbital sander, and went to work. It was hard to not want to yank all that paint off and restore this beauty back to it’s original wood state. I mean, we’re talking solid oak with a grain to die for.
Once I had given the dresser enough “teeth” for the paint to adhere, I set out working on the pulls. It was such a shame that only one of them was damaged and we couldn’t put them all back on. I normally don’t paint solid brass, but since the inspiration dresser had a painted chrome finish to it’s pulls, I went with a brushed nickel paint by Rustoleum instead. Ouch…I painted antique brass….gulp. That’s a new one for me! deep breath. I mean, just look at those escutcheons. So dainty and ornate.
On to the fun part. My SIL was hoping to use the exact same color that Sharon did, but since I already had a similar color in my stash that I used on my Mid-Century Modern set, I used that instead. Oh yeah… my $7 Home Depot seconds paint wins again! I brushed on several coats to the sides of the cabinet and drawers, but used a foam roller to get a nice smooth finish to the top. Yes, it’s that time of year, when snow flies and my house fills with furniture.
Here it is! What do you think?
Our last few themes have included:
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Want to see my favorite aqua blue table makeover? Recently, a client of mine asked for a pair of nightstands to go with a dresser she had purchased from me, and so began the hunt. I love this part. I mean, what could be better than shopping for furniture? A new little flea market had opened downtown a few weeks ago and I wanted to stop in and see if they had anything suitable. They ended up being closed, but when I drove a couple stores down I noticed another place that I had seen before, but never stopped in.
WHOA…when I walked in the door I turned and said to my kids with excitement in my voice, “I really shouldn’t have found this place.” Furniture everywhere, and not your department store stuff. This is old, vintage, and absolutely lovely gems.
The guy had priced things accurately for their worth and no nightstands for my client, but that’s when I saw this beauty.
There’s no way I could paint that gorgeous top, so I sanded it down and refreshed that old stain with a new coating, then finished with several coats of poly.
Can I just say that I LOVE how it turned out!
I ration this color out for special projects like my Art Deco waterfall dressing table…
More projects like my aqua blue table makeover:
Would you pass up this little gem? I actually didn’t find it at the thrift store or a garage sale. However, my friend, Mandy, passed it along to me with all the other wooden treasures I’ve been working through over the last few months. See HERE. This will be my first upcycled paper plate holder. I’m ready for some fun!
Doesn’t it look like a good candidate for a makeover? It sure couldn’t hurt to give it a try. Nowadays our society is more “green” and hopefully out of the country blue prim look. tee hee.
Today’s the day! It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday, one of my favorite days of the month because I get to share alongside my blogger friends our latest projects. You’ll see their inspiring work in a bit. However, take a peek at this vintage French provincial lingerie chest that has waited far too long for a restoration. (giveaway alert!)
My daughters have been using this chest as a place to store hair accessories, legging, tights, etc. It did, however, look this shabby when I got it. I have been patiently waiting until we got our girls’
I am definitely a kid a heart and love creating for kids. So, of course, when I first spied this stainless steel bread box at the thrift store I had an instant vision. Do you ever do that? I couldn’t get past that it needed to become a pretend play grill. Let’s have some DIY fun!
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In the picture below, this was what I saw at the thrift store. I first thought that it actually was a pretend play grill set based on the fact that it was sitting on that cart. Because of that I actually walked past it thinking we didn’t need one of those. However, I came back around to
Well…let’s just say part of this thrift store find got my heart pumping while others…not so much. Can you see why? You know I love me a fun makeover challenge and I couldn’t pass this one up. Since leopard print and lions aren’t my thang, I’m going to show you how I create shabby chic wall art from this mirror.
Raise your hand if you put off tackling those outdoor projects because you think it will take too much time? I’ve been there! The awesome part is now you can not only update fast, but also affordably. I’m excited to share with you how I update outdoor furniture with one of my favorite tools.
It has been 4 years since we built our pergola for our patio area and also this dining set. You can see the beginning of my “when you give a lady a patio set” story HERE. (if you’ve read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie picture book, you know