Another alley find in need of some tlc. I forgot to take a before picture but you can probably imagine it pretty easily – dark brown wood, a chip in the wood venire, a thick layer of dust. The perfect surface for me to try out my new ikat stencil!
Check out this months R•Home magazine to find my DIY article about making map lampshades.
It turns out maps show up all over the place in people’s homes. Here are some of my favorite creative map uses.
People moving is always a good thing for me. When my neighbor was on he his way out of town he let me come over and pick through the stuff he was going to leave behind. I couldn’t pass by this crazy carved table. A little ornate for my personal style but how fun would she be to paint? But not so fun to sand so I decided to just skip that step and use some chalk paint. I took Emerson with me and he helped me pick out this pretty blue. I had originally planned to add the dark wax but I liked how it turned out with just the clear wax after I distressed it.
You can find this beauty at Orange in Carytown.
This chair got stuck in my garage. Hidden behind the bins of kids clothes and furniture projects waiting for my attention. I had even bought the fabric for it – like, a year ago. Anyway, I pulled her out, dusted her off and got to work.
I fell in love with the curvy lines of this chair – the shiny black finish and boring fabric, not so much. I painted it cream and distressed it very lightly. I just wanted to really accentuate the curves. Then I re-covered the seat with super pretty floral fabric. I love the colors!
Now she is at Orange in Carytown.
My husband occasionally picks up a piece of furniture for me. This cabinet he found at a yard sale and it sat in our garage for at least a year because I couldn’t decide what to do with it. Then I stumbled upon some pretty wrapping paper and my problem was solved.
I painted the outside of the cabinet with old white chalk paint and the inside is a pale gray. I decoupaged the front panels of the doors with wrapping paper and painted the hardware to match the new drawer pulls I put on.
I think it was originally a TV cabinet but if you added a hanging rod inside I think it would be perfect in a girls room.
I have a very nice friend who alerts me when she sees decent furniture discarded in the alleys of our neighborhood. That’s how I acquired this coffee table. Yes, it was missing its too top glass pieces but there was really nice caning and it was in great shape!
First I did a good sanding because some of the finish was peeling off. Then I painted it with gray chalk paint.
I went to Lowes and got plywood cut to the size of the two coffee table openings. Having three kids I am starting to appreciate non-breakable furniture more and more. I thought it would nice to stencil the plywood and put it where the glass use to go.
Once I stenciled the wood inserts I sanded them down really well. I wanted the whole thing to have an aged, distressed look.