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How to Reupholster & Paint a Rocking Chair, Part 2

Join in as we learn how to reupholster and paint a rocking chair from being only an oldie to a goodie.  If you’re just joining the 3-part series, be sure to check out part 1 here.

How to Reupholster & Paint a Vintage Piece of Furniture by Prodigal Pieces |
Time to paint!I decided to use CeCe Caldwell’s Vintage White chalk paint.  I’ve used it on this table with great success.  You can always make your own using this recipe:

1 1/2 c. paint (you can use flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss)

  • 1/2 c. hot water
  • 1/2 c. plaster of paris
note: I use this recipe all the time and it works great, but plaster of paris will leave a grit in your paint that will need to be lightly sanded off.  You really do not want to use this recipe long term, as plaster of paris should not be inhaled.  I am looking into Websters Chalk Paint Powder, which allows you to mix your own, just like plaster of paris, but is not toxic.  Be sure if you use the plaster of paris, to wear a mask.

When putting the paint on there’s no need to worry about being neat, all the haphazard extra touches will be hidden by the upholstery.  So have some fun!reupholster a rocking chair part 2 via Prodigal Pieces

This is typical for furniture that has had either a mahogany or cherry finish.

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Nothing that a little stain blocker, like Kilz, can’t handle.   (I love this stuff!) I went ahead and coated the whole chair just to be safe, and then went back to the chalk paint.

After two coats of chalk paint, I used Minwax paste wax, using a little of natural and dark to give it a time-worn effect.  Make sure to do this in a well-ventilated area and use gloves suited for chemical use.I am in the process of finding a cost-effective (or at least less stinky) wax that will give me the finish I so love. I have my eye on a couple products, but if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear about them!
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Typically, I like to distress my pieces, and if you distress chalk paint in the raw it tends to come off a little too easily.  I like more control, so I distress after my first coat of wax has set for about 10 min. and I’ve buffed it with a soft cotton cloth to a wonderful lustre.
Last, I added a second coat of wax to more durability to the rocker.  You could even do a third, which I’ve done on some pieces.
Now comes the upholstery in the next post, Part 3, when you can see your chair is really coming together!  Don’t miss out, become a follower to get the last of this 3-part series.
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Upholster & Paint a Rocking Chair, Part 1

I hope everyone had a better Independence Day than we did.  4 out of 5 of my children had a very high fever over the holiday weekend, so we basically stayed home and missed everything.  Big bummer – no fireworks, no picnics and no sleep.  But at least, at last we are back on our feet! One thing I did get accomplished was to give an antique rocker a face lift.  I will not claim to be a professional, but am a self-taught furniture upholster fanatic.  My great uncle and grandfather were in the business, and although I never was able to glean from him, I just claim it’s in my blood.

I found this lovely curvaceous chair at a garage sale and the lady told me it was her grandmothers’ chair.  She hated to part with it because it was so comfortable, but as a newlywed consolidating furniture, only so much could stay.

The existing tapestry fabric had sort of a tribal flare it, but it was old, dirty and the wood finish needed some love.

Follow along as I take this chair…

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 …and transform it into this (sneak peek).
DIY / Tutorials Remodeling Repurposed

DIY: Barn Wood & Bedskirt Valance

As promised in my earlier post for DIY: Barn Wood Shutters for Pallets, I would like to show you how I made my barn wood valance.  It’s really very simple, just a few items needed, but this is a lengthy post to give you all the information you need, so bear with me!

Back winter of 2011, we decided that since we were not able to sell our home and have our country living we so long for, that we would be putting our garden out in our front yard.  We live on a quarter-acre lot and have plenty of room, but our back yard is completely shaded.
We knew we would be going against grain to put one out front, but I am never one to bat an eyelash at being different.  I had in my mind raised beds and knew it had to be made out of a wood that would not leach chemicals into my plants.  We couldn’t swing the cost of redwood, and knew barn wood abounds in our area.  So I decided to post a wanted on Freecycle for barn wood.

God is so good!  We didn’t just get some barn wood, but our pick of a couple of buildings on an old farmstead.  Yes!

The only catch was we had to remove it ourselves… in mid February in Ohio.  Let’s just say my husband and son deserve an award for being ankle deep in snow flying sideways removing barn siding with only a hammer, crowbar, and a screw driver – there was no electric hookup!  Can you believe I had a camera and forgot to take pictures!!  Grrrr!

See the barn wood garden beds?

Back to the valance.  After said garden was built, we had plenty of leftover barn wood to spare and I wanted something to dress up our windows – the ones I knew I would be making shutters for. Now I realize not everyone has access to a homestead barn or even wants to attempt to tear one down. You could use driftwood, fence rails, or even new wood made old.  Check craigslist free section for wood too.

Materials list:

  • length of barn wood to fit your window
  • tape measure
  • chalk
  • hammer
  • hard cut masonry nails, rusted (rusting recipe below)
  • drill & bits
  • screws to mount valance to wall
  • bedskirt or other desired fabric
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • pins
  • desired fabric
Rusting recipe:
  • 1 pint hydrogen peroxide
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  1. In a large plastic bowl, combine all of the ingredients with a plastic spoon.
  2. Place your nails ( or other goodies you want to rust) in the solution. This will foam and bubble over time, so I suggest placing it outside and on cardboard or newspaper. Leave overnight.
  3. Drain off solution. DO NOT RINSE.
  4. With gloves on, place your objects on cardboard or newspaper to dry.

Now onto the valance. First cut the barn wood to the length you need.  You’ll need to take the length of the wood and figure the spacing between the nails you desire.  Mine were 6″ apart.  To figure the layout of the nails, measure the width and find center – write it down.  Your nails will be positioned 1″ in from both ends, so measure your board and subtract 2″ from the total.  Take that subtracted total and divide it up by 6 (or desired nail width).  It make not come up equal, so then you just get close to 6″ (less or more), and then you will be using that number to space your nails 1″ in from either end.

When you get your spacing, mark the board with a piece of chalk.  You will need to drill pilot holes with a bit slightly smaller than the middle size of the nail.  Go ahead and drill through because you can adjust the depth when you hammer them in.
Now for the fabric part. I wanted a simple, rustic, clean window treatment to soften the room, and although I love to crochet, I did not have time to whip up 3 valances.  So I decided to find a king-size bedskirt with crocheted edge since they have 3 sides that would fit my windows.  I rarely buy anything new, so decided to find a used bedskirt, and I found a gorgeous Cath Kidston bedskirt on ebay for very little money.

Some simple sewing skills are necessary to complete the valance.  First, cut off the bedskirt sides to the desired hanging length (mine is 9″, with actual length 8″ + 1″ for top hemmed edge). Then, shorten them to the width of you barn wood piece, but also add about an extra 1.5″ per nail width-wise so that it would have a ruffle effect once hung.

Fold side edge of valance in a half inch, press.  Fold again on itself another half inch, and press to get the finished edge.  Now, fold the top edge of valance half inch down and press with iron. Fold again another half inch and press again.

Stitch down all folded edges 1/8″ from edge starting at the bottom of one side, go up across top folded edge, and the down the other side, ending at the bottom side edge bottom.

With the leftover fabric, I cut 2″ wide strips 13″ long (I had 32 nails to hang on and each needed 2 ties = 64 ties).  Like making bias tape, fold top edge down and press.  Then, fold edges inward to meet in the middle.  Last, fold in on each other again and press.  Do a simple stitch 1/8″ in, down the folded edge.  In the next step, you take 2 of your ties you already made and lay them on top of each other.  Sew them down to the top folded edge, beginning 1″ in from the side edge and about a half inch down from the top folded edge.  Space them the width of the nails plus the extra you added for the ruffle. (my nails were 6″ apart, so my ties were sewn 7.5″ apart)
When you’ve completed attaching the ties all you need to do is mount the barn wood to the wall with your screws, and then hang the valance.  Step back and enjoy how you’ve repurposed barn wood and a bedskirt!
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Kids Repurposed

Repurposed Baby Crib Projects ~ Junkin’ Fun!

Okay…confession time.  Yes, I am the lady that drives around with my son during city spring cleanup and grabs all your junk, all the while wearing a skirt and a glorious smile on my face! I’m all about some repurposed baby crib fun!

You know you want to join me. tsk. If not, can I just say that you are missing out?!

Each year our city has an annual spring cleanup where you can set curbside up to a pickup truck load of unwanteds (some call it trash).  This city-wide dejunking lasts for four weeks – one quadrant at a time. Let me tell you, by the end of the four weeks, I was exhausted and had a garage full of someone elses’ trash.  Yipppeee!!  (You should see my husband’s face when I roll in the driveway.)

Today, I’d to show you just a sample of what I came home with…baby cribs. Now you’re thinking…whaaaat??

At my first stop out on our first day out was this absolutely gorgeous pink baby crib.  This old piece has such character with it’s original paint, time-worn love, and markings.  I knew in a minute I wanted it to be a chalkboard sign for my one-day-brick-and-mortar shop.  But for now it would be used as my garage sale sign.

Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesThankfully, I had a pickup truck this time around because the crib was the type that folds flat lengthwise for storage – it was very long and very heavy.
Guess what, I not only found 1 crib, I found 5! Seriously.
Some of the other sets were just the same in folding design, but the next time I had my suburban and would have to squeeze them in.  I definitely get a workout junking (another reason to join in!). And may I say that everyone should own a suburban or minivan…they can be stuffed to the brim.
To make the easel, all you need is a repurposed baby crib (obviously),a couple of hinges, and a set of locking hardware or a chain to keep it from opening up and falling flat.  You can leave the frame as is or paint to your choosing, then paint the center panel with a chalkboard paint or a flat black paint.  I made my paint, but you can find it at most craft & home improvement stores. Just be sure to lightly sand the area you’re painting to promote adhesion.
Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
*A little note on the reason for having a hardware stash: When I was getting ready to build my easel, the best part was I already had the hinges and locking hardware in my stash from a curbside folding table that was broken I picked up a year ago.  I had salvaged all the hardware off of it and threw the rest away.  I knew that metal treasure would come in handy someday!
Keep in mind, when you get a complete crib you will have two side rails that are totally useful too.  I’ve used mine to dry my hard-necked garlic.
Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
 Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

The side rails also make a great garden trellis.  I’ve used them to trellis my sugar snap peas, pole beans, cucumbers…for any climbing plant, really.  I have more rails in my shop and will be putting them to use soon.  I can’t wait to show you!

Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesAnother bonus is the hardware you’ll acquire.  When I was building my snack stand, I went to my stash and found these.
Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesDo you know what they are?  In the old style cribs, these held the rails at different adjusted levels.  Here’s what I used them for…
Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
…snack holders on my beverage cooler.  Perfect!  You can learn how to build one for yourself in my tutorial.
Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
Below are the pictures of the other cribs I snatched up.
Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesIt was fun to list these as custom easels in my shop and to see what they would become.
Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
With a repurposed baby crib chalkboard easel, the possibilities are endless!!
I hope maybe you’ll reconsider throwing out your outgrown baby cribs, even the one’s that are not good for resale.  If you don’t want to build one, then give it away because someone out there can make use of it for sure.
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Espresso & Chevron Reveal!

Do you ever have those days when you feel like your waited-forever-for project just isn’t going as planned?  Life throws at you work schedules, crummy weather, and even a dead vehicle (the only one your family of 7 can fit in).  Did I mention we are pretty handy mechanics too? (sigh)That’s the point we’re at right now.  Some of you have asked to see our progress, and here it is at it’s stalled point.

Yes, that’s my hard-working husband! 
So…our project is on hold, but will hopefully be finished by the next weekend.  While I am waiting to finish the stone veneer and exterior painting, I was able to complete the art deco waterfall dressing table I was working on for my client that I mentioned in this previous post.

I ran into the typical waterfall hang-ups that I’ve encountered on every dressing table I’ve done.  You can see the others in my portfolio or in my shop.  The veneer is aged and brittle and if you even think about touching it with a sander it will begin to lift off. 

See the two worn spots on the bottom-left?

Ugh.  Well, after double-checking with my client, she agreed to go ahead and sand away the remaining veneer and left a nice wood-grain, which in the end was a nice oak piece.

espresso & chevron waterfall vanity via Prodigal Pieces

The choice of stain she chose was the Minwax Espresso.  I love the deep dark color you get, and it took 3 coats to achieve the color you see on the finished piece.

The drawers already had gorgeous brass pulls, so those were kept, but the paisley upholstery on the bench had to go.  What better than Cream and Mint Chevron?  Don’t they look great together?

I really do enjoy staining old pieces to see the fullness of wood come back to life again, but I think my favorite method is painting (mixed with stain too!).  Little less elbow grease and less stinky too.

What’s your favorite….stain or paint?

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DIY Rustic Barn Wood Pallet Decor

We live in Ohio where barn wood abounds and though I can resource it, sometimes it can be expensive because of its growing popularity. Because there’s been so much interest in my barn wood pallet shutters, I thought I would share some more of the projects I made with those same old weathered pallets.

After I made the shutters, I still had a good supply of wood remaining, and I had plans on how to make the most of that wood. The very first thing I wanted to make with them was a clock.

DIY Rustic Barn Wood Pallet Decor by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

The clock I wanted to replace has been in our possession since we were married 15 yrs. ago and was the cheapest coordinating Walmart-brand clock we could find (we were newlyweds and college students = no money).  I must say to my amazement, it is still running because I used the works from inside that clock to build this one made from pallet wood!

I basically took four random scrap pieces and lay them together.  I took another two scrap pieces and attached them across the first pieces, making sure to catch all four slats.  I had to make sure to leave enough room between the slats to hold the clockworks.  My ever-helpful hubby routed a spot for me so that the pin of the clockworks could protrude out the front enough to catch the clock hands.  Last, I took my handy jigsaw (one of my favorite tools) and cut out the size circle I had trace on the front of the four slats.
*Don’t you love my mismatched screws…I was not about to run to the store for a couple screws and I love using up my miscellaneous hardware stash.
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To get the stenciled clock face: First, I found the clock face graphic on my favorite free graphics site, The Graphics Fairy found here.  Then, I printed the clock face in the size I wanted (not reversed).  Next, I took an light-colored artists pastel and rubbed all over the back of the clock face print, making sure to cover all the text areas I wanted.
Once I had positioned the graphic where I wanted it on the blank pallet circle, I took a blunt colored pencil (a color that I could see where I had already traced) and traced the clock face numeral outlines and hash marks, pushing firmly to make the pastel transfer to the pallet wood.  Last, I hand-painted the solid numerals and hash marks with an ivory-colored acrylic craft paint.
My original clock hands were black, so I spray painted them white.  Installed the works, attached the hands (don’t forget the battery), and used a very primitive wire mount with which to hang the clock.  Done! 
Had I known I would be sharing this with you, I would have taken pictures of the process when I was making it a year ago – sorry! :o)
My other use-up-the-pallet projects included:
A table centerpiece
DIY Rustic Barn Wood Pallet Decor by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
Can you believe I scored over a dozen antique blue Ball Mason jars (quart & pint-sized) from a very generous freecycle lady?  Yes!!  I knew I had to make a centerpiece to display them.  At a later point, that same lady gave me her grandmothers stash of hand-embroidered linens, her own work… a whole grocery-bag full!  Needless to say, I needed no other gifts that year.
A plate rack
DIY Rustic Barn Wood Pallet Decor by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
This shelf was made simply by leaving part of the pallet intact and features some of my thrifted finds just using some spray-painted cup hooks.
And there you have it! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
Pin and share! ♥
Don't pass by that cast-off pallet! It's got potential for a clock, plate rack, and centerpiece. Come see how! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
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Espresso & Chevron

We are up to our eyeballs in painting the exterior of our home, plus adding a stone veneer – yikes!!  It’s just me and my husband and our 5 kids looking on.  Needless to say we are exhausted.  One bright moment is that the new rose bush I planted in honor of our daughter (she was born too early and too little to survive – Gabriella Rose) finally bloomed!!

See the chippy paint in the background?  I told you we were busy!

My latest project is a small table that I plan to show you (if I ever get it finished), but I am also working on a art deco waterfall vanity for a client.

This should be a fun project because the client wants an espresso stain and the matching bench to be reupholstered in a chevron print.  I love the contrasting wood grain and gorgeous brass pulls.

What do you think of the paisley print on the bench…hmmm…chevron…much better.

Ever hear of too many irons in the fire?  I have a tendency to take on too much at once, but I do well under pressure too.  I will post pictures of the finished piece – hopefully by next week!

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DIY: Barn Wood Shutters from Pallets

Do you crave the rustic appeal of barn wood in your home decor, but lack the barn?  No worries, because I will show you how to take a weathered old shipping pallet and turn it into fabulous rusty, crusty shutters.  No one will know they came from pallets once you’re done. (wicked smile appears…hee hee hee)

DIY Barn Wood Shutters from Repurposed Pallets by Prodigal Pieces
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Seriously though, shipping pallets are one of the most versatile cast-off items you can get your hands on.  You can build just about any piece of furniture with them, assuming you have basic tool knowledge.  My treasure came via Craigslist, where I was able to acquire some weathered pallets that had an awesome gray patina and ready-made defects, which was just what I was after, for free – yes!

side note: Speaking of patina, I’ve got to share with you what one of my younger daughter, 5 yrs. old, said to me the other day.  We were looking at the cat carrier we were given for our new kitten, which has a some rust on the door, and she said, “Ooh, I love the rusty look, how pretty!”  Ha!  She’s seeing beauty where most people wouldn’t – rust.  Love it.  Back to story…

When one is desiring to acquire pallets, one must have a truck (aka accomplice). So I called up my mom (owner of said truck) and she happily came over to follow my kids and I on a treasure hunt through two huge piles of wood, pallets included. (Don’t worry, my kids stayed clear of the mess and had fun picking flowers instead).

Let me tell you, I not only got pallets, but scored an awesome blue chippy antique ladder, some railroad ties, and a garden trowel.  SCORE! I love treasure hunts…sigh.

Before jumping into pallet disassembly, I do suggest you read this article about pallets found here.  I also have some pallet safety related pins on my Pinterest pinboard found here.

Okay, back to said project.

It is totally possible to use a hammer, gloves, and safety goggles to do the work of disassembling.  I’m sure my neighbors loved seeing me vent on the pallets.  It does take a little elbow grease or a happy-to-please husband to dismantle one of these.  (note: gift to self was a Sawzall at later point).  You can also find an awesome dismantling tutorial here.

To get started on building, first you will need the height dimensions of the window you are going to be mounting the shutter next to.  I included the trim in my measurement, but you can make it any size you like.

DIY Barn Wood Shutters from Repurposed Pallets by Prodigal Pieces

My window measured 38″ high.  So, I cut three pallet slats 38″ long for ONE side of my window.  Don’t forget!  You will need to build two sets of shutters per window, so keep that in mind when counting how many slats to cut.
For one window set you would need 6 slats.

Next, I measured the width of the three pallet slats laying side by side, which gave me 11.25″. Just a note: If you want to build exterior shutters using this same method, add 1/8″ gap between slats to allow them to flex with the temperatures.

DIY Barn Wood Shutters from Repurposed Pallets by Prodigal Pieces
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Then, to hold the longer slats together, I cut two small slat pieces per shutter (you would need four of them for a complete window set) measuring 11.25″. These smaller pieces are the crosspieces to hold the shutter together.

Last, lay the longer three pallet slats on the ground and position the two crosspieces 7″ in from both short ends. Attach them using a zig-zag screw pattern being sure to catch all three slats if you are not using a hinge, otherwise use the holes the hinge provides.

DIY Barn Wood Shutters from Repurposed Pallets by Prodigal Pieces
DIY Reclaimed Pallet Wood Shutters via

I left a couple blank screw spots in my hinge on my shutter so that when I attached my shutters to the wall, I could use a longer screw so there weren’t any extra screw heads showing.

DIY Barn Wood Shutters from Repurposed Pallets by Prodigal Pieces

note: If you don’t like the fresh cut color showing at the ends of your slats, just mix up some gray and brown paint with a touch of water to create a “wash”, and touch up the ends to make them blend in.

Last, mount your shutters to the wall and stand back in awe!

DIY Barn Wood Shutters from Repurposed Pallets by Prodigal Pieces

If you want to do like I did and rustify (like my new word?) them by adding antique barn hinges, just check ebay.  Can you believe I found an entire lot that had just the right number of hinges I needed for less than $20?!  God is good!

DIY Reclaimed Pallet Wood Shutters via

Viola! Not only did I help a local merchant clean up an unsightly pile, but was also able to create a lovely rustic touch to my home  The best part was to teach my kids to be resourceful with all that we are given.

DIY Barn Wood Shutters from Repurposed Pallets by Prodigal Pieces

Even today I am still using some of that pallet wood to build more projects, like my table centerpiece, a plate rack, and my rustic clock found here.

DIY Barn Wood Shutters from Repurposed Pallets by Prodigal Pieces

Want to see how to make the valance too?  Go to this post: DIY Barn Wood & Bedskirt Valance.

DIY Barn Wood Shutters from Repurposed Pallets by Prodigal Pieces
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In the meantime, I’m using the same idea to make some shutters for the exterior of my home, which are painted and come from newer wood.  Just think of what you could do with this is a very versatile project.

Any questions?  Please feel free to ask!

Thrifted Coffee Table Makeover

Who doesn’t love peonies?!  A gorgeous bloom with a glorious fragrance.  Can you tell they are my new-found love?  I was blessed by a local freecycler who wanted to part with all of their pink peony plants last fall.  I grabbed them all up along with some chrysanthemums, black-eyed susans, and some other yet-to-be-named plants.  What a generous person!  Here are some pictures of my first blooms.

Notice the faded, chippy paint (not going for the shabby look) on our home in the background?  We are currently painting the exterior of our cedar-sided home, and adding stone veneer.  What a job!

As if that isn’t enough I just finished another painting project – a lovely coffee table makeover that I found at a local garage sale.  Yes!

This table had some child-enhanced features (doodles on top) and other minor wear, but for the most part, very good bones – solid oak.
The carvings are what made me decide to do a creamy white shabby finish using CeCe Caldwell’s Vintage White chalk paint.  This was not my first time using CeCe’s products and overall I enjoy it – simple to use, natural ingredients, and good coating capabilities.  I also used it on my other piece seen here and my rocking chair redo.
shabby chic coffee table via Prodigal Pieces

One of my favorite ways to accentuate carvings on a piece is by glazing, but this time I went with a distressed time-worn effect, using sanding only. 

shabby chic coffee table via Prodigal Pieces

After doing some distressing, I finished with several coats of a water-based polycrylic so that it would stand up to daily wear and also those loving childhood doodles. ahem.

shabby chic coffee table via Prodigal Pieces
shabby chic coffee table via Prodigal Pieces

This table has sold, but you can still stop by my shop and check out my other antique and vintage treasures.  I would love to hear what you think!  

shabby chic coffee table via Prodigal Pieces
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