Posts Tagged ‘stencil’


make me pretty – two new pieces for the orange anniversary party!

May 7, 2014

This first re-do is actually the second time around for this little table. I painted it orange about a year ago but was never able to sell it. I guess maybe the orange was too bright. Maybe there just aren’t that many orange people out there. So I decided to a go a little safer this time around with a nice blue paint and an Ikat stencil.





I also found this towel rack at the thrift store that I thought would be perfect for the bathroom art shoe at Orange. I had to loose the cross stitch and replaced it with some of my favorite Amy Butler fabric. I painted it with chalk paint and distressed it. I am kind of in love with it. I almost kept it for myself!






make me pretty – a boring coffee table makeover

February 12, 2014

This coffee table really didn’t have a lot going for it. Pretty boring design. Pretty boring color. But it is solid wood and sturdy and I like a challenge!

I forgot to take a before picture so you will have to use your imagination but it was your basic reddish brown stained table.

I painted her cream and used a new stencil on the top. Then I finished her off with a couple of coats if polyurethane to protect my careful paint job.

It’s at Orange in Carytown if your interested!






make me pretty – alley table goes ikat

November 18, 2013

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!





20131118-143457.jpgAnd I had to throw this one in – little miss M looking like a big girl in her adorable jeans!


make me pretty – alley coffee table

August 14, 2013

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.










make me pretty – the color of the year!

March 25, 2013

I must be good at predicting the future. Or maybe it’s just that green is my favorite color. I see emerald green everywhere now and I am loving it. I painted our bathroom vanity emerald green when we renovated last year. I still had some of the paint and decided to use it on this little table.

Then I put a stencil on top in a dark gray. Jasper, my five year old, said I should have used white because you couldn’t see the gray very well, but that was the look I was going for. Then I painted the whole thing with an antiquing glaze.

I am super pregnant right now, my due date was yesterday. I hadn’t painted any furniture in a couple weeks but I was getting so antsy! This little table was the perfect small project to keep me going!







make me pretty – stenciled dresser

October 16, 2012

One day I was walking my boys threw the alleys of my neighborhood, Jasper had just found a Playmobile pirate ship next to a dumpster and was super excited. We turned a corner and I saw these two dressers. One of my neighbors was kneeling in front of them and I thought they were spoken for but it ends up he just wanted the hardware. I went straight home and recruited my husband to load the dressers in the car. He delivered one to a friend who had been looking for a low dresser to use as a changing table. The tall one was all mine.


This would be the perfect piece to try out my new furniture stencil on. Royal Design Studio has a whole line of furniture stencils. They are smaller scale to fit well on furniture pieces. You can order from their website but they also sell their stencils on Etsy.

I love the way it turned out but I have to be honest, stencils are kind of a pain in the butt. Maybe I am just too much of a perfectionist but I had to spend a lot of time going back and touching everything up. But I guess it was all worth it because I sold the dresser within a week of putting it in my booth at the West End Antiques Mall. Pretty awesome!








make me pretty – turquoise & red, a lovely color combo

June 26, 2011


I found this strange mini dresser? large jewelry chest? at a yard sale and thought it would be fun to paint. I thought it was missing a knob but was happily to find it in one of the drawers when I got home. But unhappily I found that one of the drawers was missing the back wood piece. So I had to cut and attach a new wood piece before I got started with the fun part – sanding and painting.

I have been wanting to paint something with a turquoise, white and red color combo. The colors of this dresser inspired me (find the tutorial for it here if you are into it!)

photo from design sponge

So I painted my piece turquoise – I got some of those little paint sample jars at Home Depot. They are totally big enough for a small project so save yourself some money! Then I used a stencil from Lotta Jansdotter to add some red flowers. If you don’t know Lotta you should check her out – I love her style!

Finally, here is my after: