Oct 25, 2014

Small Vanity desk

I received this desk recently and it didn't take me long to get  working on it.  It was painted cream and definitely needed some freshening up. I actually stripped the top on it, only to discover there were several holes in it. So, I filled them in and painted the whole thing white.

Well, that's  not quite true. The drawers I painted in two different shades of aqua. What a fun surprise when you open the drawer!

I also added those appliqués  in the center.  There was a handle there when I got it and I wanted to cover up the holes. I usually think those wooden appliques look cheesy and like they were a later addition, but I think they sort of suited this piece.  It was my first time actually use get them.

Jul 22, 2014

Three Makeovers- One Post!

Well, I've been getting a lot done recently, but have been getting behind putting pictures of it on here.  So, you'll be getting three makeovers this time and lots of pictures. 
This maple nightstand I finished yesterday.  It actually turned out a lot nicer than I thought it would.  Clear knobs and white paint are a classic update.  I didn't do any distressing on this piece, which meant more coats of paint for a clean finish. 
I had a little bit of help photographing it this afternoon:
And if you like the Eiffel Tower books in the pictures, they are available in my etsy shop, here.
And these other two pieces I completed last week.
This chair was a yard sale find.  It required a little bit of glue, but it's nice and sturdy now. 
I don't often paint things pink, even though it's one of my favorite colours.  But, I felt this chair was small enough, that it could easily be used as a vanity chair in a girly bedroom. 
This square end table is nice in it's simplicity. 
Just a little bit of distressing around the edges and the details. 
The shelf underneath is great because it's another spot to display your pretty treasures!
All three of these will be for sale. 
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Jun 13, 2014

Bicycle Ad Dresser

This little tiny dresser was purchased at a yard sale two weeks ago.  It was actually the main reason I even stopped at their sale... the rest of their junk was just that... junk!
It was a little too shabby without very much chic!  I know some people may have liked it just the way it was, but really, the paint was kind of gross. 
So, I gave it a good sanding, then several coats of white paint.  The white was a little too crisp looking for the piece, so I did something I don't normally do.  After applying the clear wax, I used some aging wax, and it added just the right dimension.  I used Americana Chalky Finish Paint by DecoArt.  It's quite thick and has great coverage.  I love it!
I also added that fun bicycle ad to the top drawer.  It's hand painted on and the image is from the Graphics Fairy. 
I couldn't figure out how to get the pulls off, so they had to stay.  They weren't screwed through so maybe they're glued on?  Who knows! 
It's such a unique size. I think it may be handmade possibly.   It would make a great nightstand or side table, even.  I can picture it in a small entry as a great drop-spot, too. 
And just for fun, here's a look at my second attempt.  The all white as seen above was actually the third attempt! Sometimes it just takes a little experimentation to get things right. 
I first painted the top black, but found that while I love black and white, the contrast just felt too stark for this piece.  Then, the next morning I dry brushed some blue over the black and on the first drawer.  Umm... yeah, that just looked terrible!  So, I got out the paint again and painted everything white. 
How many times does it take you to get the right look?
Linking to: The 36th Avenue, Tatertots and Jello, The Creative Collection Link Party

Jun 12, 2014

Vintage Suitcase Chalkboard

This was a super fun and easy project.  I purchased my suitcase at a yard sale.  I wasn't planning on going to any sales that day, but I happened to see a sign and decided to follow it. 
For once it was worthwhile to follow a garage sale sign... ha ha. 
I painted both sides of the suitcase with chalkboard paint.  It basically only took one coat since it was dark grey already, but I did a thin second coat because you can't be guaranteed to hit every single little spot the first time! 
Then I added a tag that I made and some of the hands stamped muslin ribbon that I sell in my Etsy shop, here
While I was photographing, I had to tape the tag and the ends of the ribbons in place because the breeze kept blowing them around. 
This piece is great because while adding a fun touch to your space, it also offers storage.  Don't you just love functional décor?! 
What have you made chalkboards out of recently?
In case you love this idea, but don't have the time to DIY, I have listed it in my Etsy shop.  You can find it here.
Linking to:  The Shabby Nest, My Repurposed Life, The 36th Avenue, Tatertots and Jello, The Creative Collection Link Party

Jun 11, 2014

Black and White Damask Chair (Or the chair that's not pink)

I purchased this chair last Saturday and I wasted no time giving it a makeover!

Yesterday I painted it pink.

And I tried to convince myself it would look okay with this fabric.
And then tried it with this other fabric...
Well... maybe.  But it's a really delicate satin and I knew it wouldn't hold up that well. 
So, this morning, it got painted black. 
Someday I will paint a chair pink, but just not this one. 

Because I had already waxed the pink paint, I used Cece Caldwell Beckley Coal as a primer of sorts and then I painted it with Rustoleum Painter's Touch  semi-gloss black (the one in the can, not spray paint.) 

Yesterday I also worked on a couple of these doors.  I found them on kijiji up near my mom and dad.   My parents picked them up for me and brought them down.  Turns out the lady selling them had taught my dad when he was a kid. 

 You'll have to check back to see what I'm up to with them!

Linking to:
My Repurposed Life
Miss Mustard Seed
The Shabby Nest

Jun 10, 2014

Paris Chic Round Table

This cute round table was purchased at an auction recently. 
The bottom was painted in Cece Caldwell chalk paint and the top was painted white with the new Americana Chalky Finish paint by DecoArt.  The DecoArt paint is a little thicker that the Cece Caldwell brand and it has really nice coverage.  I enjoyed using it and will probably purchase more. 
The entire table was coated with Cece Caldwell brand satin finish, not wax.  I have to admit that I am little tired of waxing.  Plus, I'm may be bringing this table with me to the Carlisle Country Craft and Old Fashioned Mercantile Market in August and apparently if you leave waxed furniture out in the sun too long, the wax gets a little bit melty... or so I've heard.
The "Paris" design on top is courtesy of the Graphics Fairy (of course!).  I used the same method as I used on a coffee table in the past, which you can view here.  Basically I scribbled like mad with a  pencil on the back of the paper and then laid the paper on the table and traced over the design.  I then went over the pencil marks with paint.  The painting process takes patience, but is definitely worth it in the end. 
As usual, I'm wishing I had a spot for it so I could have an excuse to keep it!


Jun 4, 2014

Antique Chair Makeover

Do you ever have one of those pieces where you just don't know if you should sell it?  You think about it, you talk about it, but you never actually make that decision?  This is one of those chairs.  I kept it for a while in it's original state.  I even got the fabric all cleaned up and looking fairly decent.  But it just sat in a corner of our spare room, mostly with blankets piled all over it and never really got used.  Every now and then I thought about giving it a makeover but never actually did.

One day this past summer, I decided that today was THE day.  The day that this chair would be transformed into a white, distressed, beautiful shabby chic wonder.  Well, first coat went on and my white paint immediately turned pink.  We may have a problem here!  After twenty million coats of paint and several topcoats/sealers in between this chair was still showing pink patches everywhere you looked.  But I wasn't going to give up, this chair was going to be white if it killed me.

So, guess what colour it ended up?  Black.  And it only took one additional coat to cover up the pink/white splotchy mess I had made.  The chair won.  And it didn't even look drastically different from the original colour.  The only difference was that I was able to distress the black paint and the white underneath made the details nicely pop.

Because I was bent on giving it a new look, I did recover the seat.  It of course had nothing to do with the fact that there was now white paint on the fabric.  I used this great burlap fabric that you can purchase from Joann's. 
There's a possibility that this chair may be joining me at the Carlisle Country Craft and Old Fashioned Mercantile Market this August.
I've finished a few pieces lately so stay tuned for more makeovers!
Linking to: Miss Mustard Seed,The 36th Avenue

May 9, 2014

Nightstand Makeover and An Announcement

Recently I was contacted about the opportunity to be a vendor at an upcoming event. 
I'll be packing up and attending the Carlisle Country Craft and Old-fashioned Market Mercantile. 
I'll be bringing lots of the items that I sell in my etsy shop simplychictreasures.  Plus, I will hopefully have some furniture pieces for sale. 
If you are going to be in the area on August 23rd or 24th, consider joining us.  It should be lots of fun!
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And now the nightstand makeover!
Last Saturday I attended a yard sale at the senior's appartments where my husband's grandmother lives.   There was one room and it was filled to the brim with old ladies buying each other's old stuff.  I picked up this nightstand among other things.  I knew I wanted to do something bright and cheery with it. 
Here it is after three coats of paint. 

I used the new Americana Chalky Finish Paint.  I have to say that it's really great stuff!  It's nice and thick and has a smoother finish without having to lightly sand it after like you do with the cece Caldwell paint. 

The damask print you see in it above is removable! 
See!  That way whoever buys it can leave it plain or add their own pattern that matches their décor. 
The hardware was lightly spray painted black.  I love the contrast against the teal blue.
And look there's even more damask in the drawer!  Again, it's fully removable in case they hate damask. 
Linking to:
Tatertots and Jello: Link Party Palooza
The Creative Collection Link Party
Coastal Charm


Apr 11, 2014

Easter Peat Pots Made From Dollar Store Items


These were so fun to make!  Spring/easter crafts are so great because they really make you feel a little like spring, even when there is still snow on the ground! 

The pots, butterflies, nests with eggs and the moss were all purchased from our local dollar store.  The pipe cleaners I had on hand, but could also be purchased at a dollar store if you don't have any. 

The bunnies were a little bit of trial and error to find the right size.  The first one was a bit too big.  Maybe you can guess what happened to it? Hint: It no longer exists! 

First, I painted up the peat pots with some white paint.  Then you add some foam (or whatever you have on hand... even newspaper) to the bottom and the moss on top.  I set my little nest and bunny in, then added on the butterfly and the pipe cleaner handle and called it done!

I ended up liking these so much I will probably save them and put them out again next year.  Well, I probably will get a new bunny next easter.  Year old chocolate? Yikes!
Here's another variation that's sitting in our entranceway:
Linking to:
Tatertots and Jello
Coastal Charm