Tuesday, September 23, 2014

White and Blue Secretary

When I first started painting furniture, My budget for furniture was pretty small.  I would mostly stick to end tables and other small pieces.  Now that my business has grown, I only buy furniture that is good quality.  I don't mind spending money to make sure that I am putting the best product out there that I can.  I have found some amazing pieces lately.

I found this piece on one of my FB groups.  I loved it right away.  I was so lucky to snag it up.  A lot of people wanted it!  It pays to check often!


It was in great condition, so the only thing I had to do to was wipe it down.  Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!


I love how this turned out.  In fact I love it so much, that It's in my house.  I don't normally keep my pieces, but this one kinda stole my heart!

I painted the body in Annie Sloan's Old White.  Let me just say that I struggle every time I paint with white.  I end up having to paint at least 4 coats.  With Annie though, only 2 coats.  Great coverage.  It's the only white I will ever use again.

For the drawers, I mixed up a custom color.  

Have any of you ever loved a piece so much that you just couldn't sell?


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Big Grey Dresser

Hi everyone!  I hope you all have had a great summer.  School started this week for my kiddos.  My sweet boy is now if first grade and my baby starts preschool today.  I can't believe how fast they grow.  This will be the first time in 5 years that I will be home by myself for a few hours a day!  You know your a mom when your excited to go grocery shopping by yourself!

I found this dresser at one of my usual spots.  I didn't realize how big it was when I bought it.  When I came to pick it up, we ended up having to tie it down cause it wouldn't fit in my SUV.



This was easy job.  It was in perfect condition.  Just outdated, so I just gave it a couple coats of homemade chalk paint in a light grey.

Love the lil' birdies!

Even after 4 years of painting furniture, I am still shocked on how just a simple coat of paint can transform a piece.  This might just be one of my favorite makeovers.  So simple, but so pretty:)


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fun Finds #2

I have been out and about on Saturday mornings.  Going to garage sales and thrift stores.  I have been collecting things for my show.  Here is what I found last week!

A couple of vintage signs.  I actually already painted these and made them into different signs.

A really detailed picture.  I painted in Annie Sloan's Duck Egg and then dry brushed the details in Old White.  It looks completely different. (it will be on another post)

Canister set.  I can never pass these up.  Too many uses!

And now on to the good stuff!

I pretty much stole this gorgeous piece!  We had to treck 40 minutes to get it, but so worth it!  Especially since I found this next piece too!

I was so excited when I saw this piece.  I thought for sure that it was going to be a lot more than what she wanted.  It has the original wooden casters.  I so wish that I needed a double bed!

This little piece would look so cute with with plants on it.

Not a very good picture of this little guy, but he is so cute.  I think that it perfect the way it is, so my brush will not have a date with it:)


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tall, Solid, and Shabby

Hi Everyone!  I have been a little quiet lately, but I promise that I have been hard at work!  I am getting ready for my first show.  I have been painting everything in sight.  I have found some really great pieces.

I found this great dresser on one of my FB pages.  I could see that it had major potential, so I had my hubby pick it up for me.



After staring at it for a couple of days, I decided that I wanted it to be really shabby.  I first layered it with white, then tan, and then I did a dry brush with black.  I really had no idea what the final outcome would look like, but I just put on some music and let my hands take over.

I love how it turned out!

I have a ton of posts that will be coming up, so stay tuned!


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Fun Finds #1

Hi everyone!  I have been getting ready for my show coming up.  I have been out at yard sales and thrift stores.  This Saturday was a total bust for yard sales.  I drove around for an hour and only found a few.  The ones I did find had absolutely nothing for me... But they say when one door closes, another one opens!!!  I litterally live 2 minutes away from a thrift store strip mall.  It is defintly one of my happy places.  I think that there are roughly 10 stores there.  I just go from one to the next:)  I really scored there!

sorry for the horrible cell phone pics:(

2 really pretty prints by JW Gozzard.  

Adorable wooden box

Two wooden shelves and a wooden foot stool with storage.

It must have been my week for Ironstone.  I found this gorgeous tureen for $4.00!!!!   I also found two platters, and two small plates.  The two small plates will be added to my wall.

This is an antique coffee grinder.  I just fell in love with it.  The body is made of cast iron and the top is a very heavy glass jar.  I might just end up keeping this for myself.  


Last but not least is this beast of a dresser.  I guess that I didn't pay attention to how big it was until I went to pick it up.  It's 70"!!!  I think that it will be perfect for a entertainment center.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Grey With a French Twist

Hi Everyone!  I found this Dresser at one of my favorite thrift stores.  Small dressers are my favorite.  They can be used for so many things.  I think that this one would look so cute in a dining room used as a buffet!



Some pieces I know what I want to do right away, this was not one of them.  Even as I was putting on the first coat, I still didn't know what direction to go, so i just went with it.  

I know that a lot of you are experts on transferring images.  I am not, so I just went with printing it out, penciling the back, and tracing the front.  

 I switched out the top drawer's hardware for these little flowers that I found at Hobby Lobby.

Sometimes, it's more fun when you don't know what the final outcome is going to be.  Just trust yourself and let your creative side take over!


Blue/Grey With a Little Shine

A couple of weeks ago, I was at one of my local thrift stores when I saw this adorable French end table.  From experience, I knew to look around the whole store to see if there was another one.  I ended up finding it's match clear across the store under a bunch of other stuff.  Score!  I love when that happens.



I don't know about you, but I could not stand the ugly yellow finish on these.  I didn't want it showing through, so distressing these was not a option.  I gave them a coat of primer and then two coats of a blue/grey paint that I had in my stash.  They still needed a little bling, so I mixed up a silver glaze.