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!
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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.
When one of my neighbors was getting ready to move she gave me these two white cube shaped end tables (Sorry I somehow lost the before picture). I knew I would do something with them but I wasn’t sure what. Every time I looked at them I saw those sharp pointy edges and couldn’t imagine having them in a house with kids. Then one day I was sitting on the front porch when I figured it out. I would use the cubes as bases to build an outdoor bench. Yeah!
So Jasper helped me paint the cubes green and we measured how much wood we would need to make the bench top. I ended up getting a bunch of 1 X 3′s because I didn’t want to have to cut anything. I sanded them, stained them and screwed them on to my cubes. I also added one board across the underneath the middle of the bench to add support. Then I covered the whole bench with an outdoor polyurethane.
This bench has been a great addition to our front porch. We have already entertained friends on it and when the weather is nice we are out on the porch more than we are in the living room!
This wardrobe lived in the house my dad grew up in Pennsylvania. When it was time to sell the house and divide up the possessions, I knew this was the piece I wanted.
My house was built in the 20′s, with little built in storage, so this wardrobe would be perfect for my boys room. There was a mirror in each door but one was broken during the move and I decided it would probably be safer to find an alternative since it was going to be in a room with two little boys.
I got two pieces of plywood cut to fit the doors and covered them with some of my favorite Amy Butler fabric. I painted the wardrobe with chalk paint (I so did not feel like sanding and priming this thing!) and did a top coat of wax.
I am in love. I know I am breaking some rule about painting over old family heirloom wood furniture but I don’t care. This new version is so much better!
Here is a picture of the back of the door. I used these little brackets all around the edges to hold the fabric covered plywood in place.
My husband use to have a food blog and every once in a while he would get free stuff. An extra dish at dinner, a product sample sent in the mail. What was my blog getting me? Well, it did help me get some writing gigs. But I also got a coffee table. One of my lovely readers gave me a coffee table.
I left it in my garage for a long time because it had a leather top and I wasn’t really sure how to work with that. The answer: chalk paint. The miracle paint can cover almost any kind of surface – wood, plastic and leather!
I decided that with all the flower carvings I should just embrace the girlieness and go 100% shabby chic which I believe usually includes cream paint, distressing and flowers! Check, check, check.