Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

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make me pretty – girly cabinet

September 9, 2013

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.

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make me pretty – so shabby chic!

May 14, 2013

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.

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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.

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make me pretty – sassy shelf

March 31, 2011

When I found this curvy little shelf at the thrift store I knew it was  the perfect candidate for a re-do. It had an interesting shape and was built solid (this shelf weighs at least 10 lbs.) but someone had painted it a boring color complete with drip marks.

So I picked out some pretty paper (handmade wrapping paper fro World Market) and got some paint to match. Here is the after:


Also, I learned a really smart trick for hanging things easily. This shelf has two nail holes which I would usually try to guess at and have to re-nail 10 times ending up frustrated and with lots of holes in my walls. Well I was watching Secrets From A Stylist the other day and learned this simple trick that I can’t believe I didn’t think of myself.

Get a piece of tissue paper and put in on the back of you shelf or frame. You can cut the paper to be the exact size of the shelf to help you position it on the wall. Then take a nail and make a little hole over each hanging bracket.

Then put you paper up on the wall where you want to hang your shelf. Hammer a nail in each of the little holes you made. Rip your paper off the wall and then hang up your shelf on the first try on you perfectly placed nails!

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make me pretty – mod chair

July 7, 2010

I love the clean lines of mid-century modern furniture so when i found this chair at the thrift store I new I had to re-do it. This is the kind of piece I usually wouldn’t paint but there was a chunk of wood that was missing and needed to be filled and I didn’t want to try to match the stain. So I found some really fun modern graphic flower fabric (designed by Jessica Jones – check out her super awesome blog howaboutorange) and got to painting.

Here is the before:

And after:

Check it out on Etsy!

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make me pretty – girly little rocking chair

February 9, 2010

I think most people would have walked past this little rocking chair at the thrift store but I was so excited to take it home and rip off that hideous fabric and start over!

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This project involved a little more sewing than I usually like to get involved with but I think it was worth it. I had two coordinating Amy Butler fabrics I was excited to use. I wanted the chair to be cute and girly but not super pink flowery. I picked a yellow paint to highlight the yellow in the fabric and got to work.

I know I probably should have taken a picture with some kind of cute teddy bear but we are Yo Gabba Gabba fans around here!

So tell me what you think. Is the yellow too crazy?

If you know a little princess this would be perfect for check it out on etsy.