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This vanity started out white, then someone painted over it , sort of, with beige, then I came along and bought it and let it sit for a few weeks…

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I bought the chair separately but it fit into the kneehole perfectly. I have a beautiful ikat patterned fabric that has a bit of purple and lavender so I chose to paint the vanity purple…it’s PURPLE alright.

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After buying this dresser months ago and letting it sit in its ugly blue state for way too long, I decided to drag it out and throw some paint on it. I always have trouble deciding on which color I want to use because of all the possibilities. I settled on painting the base color with AS Graphite and the top coat AS Antibes which is a bright green. The first coat was applied heavily to cover all the blue and after it dried I dry-brushed the green on so the Graphite would show through.
Then, I used a stencil I purchased at Hobby Lobby to stencil the drawers.

It came out really nice so I put the original hardware back on it and waxed it and took it to my booth at Ole Towne Antiques in Columbia. I need to get to work on all the other pieces so I can fill the booth up!

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A friend recently asked if I had any ideas for headboards because her daughter is getting a room makeover. I sent her a few ideas I found on Pinterest and one stood out that involved hanging a curtain behind the bed. The fabric had quotes written on it. So I had her to ask her daughter for her favorite quotes and I worked them all into the design. I bought a plain white fabric shower curtain and used a Sharpie pen to write the quotes in all different fonts. I wrote her favorite one in red and the rest were written in black. She requested some extra flourishes and designs to accompany the quotes and this is what I came up with…

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This vanity was given to me by a very generous friend. It so happened another friend was looking for a piece of furniture to use as a diaper changing station in the nursery of her soon to be born baby girl. This was one of those times when things just fall into place because she loved the idea of using it!
I got to work stripping and sanding and I painted it to match some furniture she already had. I used white as a base color and cement gray as the top color then sanded it again to let the white show through. After all that I added a shelf using molding attached to the inner sides and used wide base molding to make the shelf. I painted that to match and waxed the whole piece with Annie Sloan Clear Wax. I then added the carved wood decorative squares to dress it up a little and then added the knobs. Can’t wait to see it in the nursery!
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Just discovered Home Depot has these incredible latticework panels that are 32″ X 4′  … The possibilities are endless!

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Lattice – Lumber & Composites at The Home Depot.


Ugly office chair I found while Goodwill shopping , I saw potential, really?? My husband just gave me “the look” when he saw me take it out of my car but I’m used to that look by now so I smiled and added it to the pile.  Of course I couldn’t move on to anything else until I took the chair apart, spray painted all the metal parts with hammered black, ripped off the ugly vinyl fabric, and sewed up a new cover.  I happened to have some beautiful teal vinyl that I bought a couple of months ago on a trip to Mary Jo’s with my sister.  I knew I would find a use for it eventually!  I think I will use this at my crafting desk, it is adjustable so it will fit great under the tall desk.  And by the way, my husband was mildly impressed with the result, but I think he was just trying to suppress his shock and awe at how much better it looks because he was embarrassed at his lack of faith : )

UGLY!

 

Double UGLY

Ahhhhh, much better

 

 

 

 

Before and After

 

 


ImageThese are a few of my recent finds that I plan on refinishing and repainting. The bookshelf is completed after waxing it and adding beadboard to the back. It turned out great and I’m hoping I find another one that is similar to paint a different color!


I just love these!! Coastal Living gives step-by-step instructions on their website, I think these would be great carved into the foam pumpkins and then you could keep them year after year.

Carved pumpkins from Coastal Living!

Carve a Coastal Pumpkin! – Coastal Living.


We recently had our windows replaced and now I have a stack of old windows cluttering up the side of my yard.  My Dad said he wants them to make a greenhouse and I started researching that grand idea.  I think these photos of old window greenhouses gives me motivation to make one myself, maybe using my new nail gun, eh?

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