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.
Little lacking in the love department with it’s damaged veneer surface, but oooh the lines and legs of this piece!
Can you see the intricate geometric style inlaid pattern?
If you follow me on social media, I shared this picture with hesitation because I wasn’t sure if I would stick to my intentions of painting. Most of the time no one wants a stained piece – painted wins out every time.
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.
Now for the base. It took me a day to decide if I should paint. I really love wood, but those hand carved details were just begging to be drawn out. After much fretting, I dove in with my eyes closed and cringing. Seriously.
Can I just say that I LOVE how it turned out!
I’ve already had people asking me about the color I used and the ironic part of this story is, I don’t know. This paint was one of my first scores from Home Depot’s “seconds” stash and I nearly fainted when I saw it. I have added it to the collection I’m creating for one day owning my own line of paint – we’ll see.
It’s a new day and time for a new project, right? It is pure delight to get to share with you each time inspiration hits. This particular time,however, was a bit of a struggle to get to the end result, but I’m glad I stuck to it. A few months back I had this haul from the thrift store. Some I kept, some I gave away, and some I redid for my shop, like that footstool seen HERE. Today, I’m keeping my promise to some of you to do something with that Fleur de Lis wall art on the bench there. It only took me 8 months to get to them! haha.
Here’s a closer look at that Fleur de Lis wall art. It’s an imported metal set that is bent up a bit and has a few dings here and there, but otherwise fine. I felt just needed cleaning up and a new lease on life.
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I was hanging onto these to save as cold weather project and now it the perfect time. First, I kinda liked their dark color, but felt a change would be nice too. My original goal was to use my Patina Paint to create a weathered look to it, but that didn’t go quite as planned. Here’s what happened…the patina paint is awesome. It can take ANYTHING it turn it into an aged-to-perfection piece. You can see it in action in my video below as well as the end result in our DIY Arbor Tutorial.
I started out using the special primer so that my patina wouldn’t eventually eat through my metal. It’s easy to apply and works wonderfully.
Next, I applied the Iron Paint in two coats and sprayed with my patina spray. It’s at this point I realized I should have used a different metal paint in order for there to be more of a contrast. My vision wasn’t popping like I had hoped. To remedy that I decided to use a soft green “patina-ish” color to top the patina paint.
This wasn’t looking bad, but I just didn’t get that satisfied feeling that I normally do. It just needed something. I decided to skip my idea for patina and switch to a time-worn effect while still playing with the patina action going on . I added some Crackle Medium to spots I wanted to age, just like I did on my Cedar Chest Makeover (full tutorial how to use it here). Love this stuff!
Once the crackle was dry I applied Drop Cloth color paint – see the instant crackle?
Once the first coat was dry, I did another light coat and let cure. The cool thing is the patina was bleeding through the paint as I had hoped. To give it more dimension, I used my Brown Wax to make those painted details I added earlier really pop.
I just love how they came out!
They’ve got that little bit of rustic, paired with the timeless Fleur de Lis design that I love. You can see a bit of that aqua color I painted peeking out, a bit of patina action still going on, and an embossed look as all those designs I painted pop out.
Even David can’t take his eye off them. He thinks they’re cool. hahahaha!! This dude is my thrifted bust I only found because my toddler pointed him out and started to giggle. I almost walked right by him. Good score, girl!
I prefer my home to be filled with the things I create rather than coming from a box store. It makes a story that is unique to me and my family and is even a budget savvy way to be. I would do it even if I had ample money to spare. There’s nothing better than making your house your home yourself.
While this set of Fleur de Lis wall art looks good on my mantel, I’m parting with it as I have another mantel design in my mind to share with you soon. You can purchase this set along with many other of my creations and finds in my shop. (SOLD)
My goal is always to inspire you to see past the obvious and grab hold of the potential that is there. Do pin and share to inspire others to give DIY a try even when things don’t go as planned. Trying is key!
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You spy this upholstered bench up for sale…what do you do? Me…grab it and get my DIY on! It’s Furniture Fixer Uppers day today and my blogger friends and I have some thrifty makeovers to inspire you. Now, this bench is in great structural shape, but looks like someone tried to pep it up at some point.
The legs had been painted in a glossy black that wasn’t too bad. However, brush strokes and a few drips were evident. The top had been reupholstered in this fabric that is…meh.
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I debated on stripping the paint, but decided to check my fabric supply and work with what I had on hand. That led me to Read more
There is no doubt in my mind that when I see side tables in need of some lovin’, that I have a soft spot. Any and all sizes, shapes, and degree of dilapidated states are my weakness. Can you blame me when I spied this antique side table that I got weak in the knees? I know I’m not alone, c’mon now. tsk.
You may not remember, but a couple of years ago I found an almost identical table and gave it a new look too. It has been one of my popular posts you can see Read more
Are you ready for some fun? It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday and my blogger friends and I love to show you some awesome makeovers. In honor of my husband’s grandmother that passed away this time last year, I decided to give her old enamel cabinet a much needed TLC makeover.
Normally at this time of year we would be celebrating my grandmother-in-law’s birthday. However, just after her birthday last year she quietly passed while sitting out on her porch…her favorite thing to do in the evening before bed. What a way to go! I mean, not to make light, but if I had a choice of how I was going to meet my Lord, that would be it.
Dear Opal is missed by her 7 children and all the family left behind, including Read more
Earlier this week, I not only showed you my new tool that I love and am hosting a giveaway for, but also a new candidate for a makeover. We’ll get to the giveaway winner in a bit. First, let me introduce you to this empire dresser that I have been eagerly waiting to work on. It has great lines and a story to tell, but is in need of TLC. This curvy lady is to become a stenciled dresser. *enter in Cindy Lauper, “Girls, just wanna have fu-un!” (now if that doesn’t date me I don’t know what does. ahem)
Why am I am so excited? Well, (1) I have had this in my shop stash for months and it’s finally coming out (2) the empire style is one of my favorites – see here (3) the vision I had for this stenciled dresser came about as soon as I saw it. BAM. Do you get my vibe?
There once was a lady who said she’d buy no furniture for a time, but good intentions make her go back on her word. So…need I say more? Seriously, y’all. I am on a mission to only have one piece in the works and one in waiting. Somehow I keep ending up with more furniture! Check out this empire chest and dresser set that just happened at my door.
I have always been a sucker for empire furniture. The lines and rustic appeal just make my heart go pitter-pat. When I was searching for furniture for two custom clients, I spied the tall chest and inquired. Funny thing is it was owned by a lady who flips furniture all the time and we have a good acquaintance with each other.
She said someone was coming to look at it that evening, but that she had another dresser that was a part of the set. *pause* My mind is racing and quickly becomes absorbed in Read more
Earlier this week I showed you this vintage chest of drawers and promised you a makeover. I thought it would be fun to use this piece to show you how to easily distress paint to create texture and a feel of days gone by.
This chest of drawers had me drawn in when I first spied the legs, the height, and also the rose carved border along the bottom. It didn’t originally have casters, but I grabbed a few from my stash and stuck them on – already the chest improved. The drawers have damage and the previous owner had made some repairs that I was impressed with. The top was in great shape as well, but didn’t quite match the stain of the rest because it is a veneer with a different grain.
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You know me and my love for a wood and paint combination like I just recently did with the other chest, so I decided to give the wood a fresh look. Out comes my sander and away we go! Read more
More and more in today’s society it has become a necessity to be ever-conscious of what we allow in our environment and how we are taking care of our bodies with nourishing foods. Nobody should have to bear a toxic load, and that includes our pets. Today, I have a fun DIY tutorial for you today that will give your furry feline family members a treat that will not only entertain, but will be free of poisonous rubbers and harmful chemicals. Interested? Let’s get our craft on and make some natural cat toys!
Aside from being healthy, the best part about these natural cat toys is that it makes perfect gifts. It only takes about 20-30 minutes of your time, and once you get the hang of it, they’re easy to whip one up.
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