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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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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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This is a dresser I painted for a friend’s daughter who is getting  a room makeover!

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My sister Susie’s enclosed porch used to be the outside of the house before an addition was done in the 80’s.  She decided to spruce it up a bit (a lot) and pulled the awful industrial carpet up and there were beautiful hardwoods underneath!  There is a patch in front of the door because they had to fill in where the old steps were but I think it just adds to the charm of the history of the house.  The yellow siding was painted a beautiful blue/green and she painted the trim white and refinished the floors. When I say “she” I mean Susie and her significant other Travis, they are the do-over duo!

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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

 

 



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