Long ago I purchased this lamp at the Goodwill for 4.99. It was ugly but I saw the potential.
Good morning friends! Sorry I have been absent from the blogging world, but we have been SICK! And ya know, when one kid gets sick all the others do as well, including parents. I am still recovering but apparently it is a slow process. I got one bug after another non stop and it has been a rough couple of weeks for our family. Since I have been indoors and taking things easy (and made a few exceptions for going to work at the Dental Office) I have been working on some of my projects that have been abandoned in my dusty to-do-list.
I have been changing some things in my daughter’s room (she loves when I move furniture around, but the thing is that her room is so tiny that I do not have many options though!) Her room is white, pink and gold and I have been wanting to incorporate some mint colors as well. She loves it. One of the walls has gray and white stripes and I am planning on replacing those with gold vinyl polka dots.
I got these chairs at the Goodwill for $9. I thought they were in great shape and I envisioned what I wanted to do with them. They pretty much stayed that way for a long time because I was in the middle of more projects.
The first thing I did was ordering some slipcovers from Sure Fit, they are only $24 or so a piece so I decided to not even stress about buying good quality fabric and doing my own. Plus you can toss them in the washer if they are dirty. After I received them I realized that the fabric is stretchy and some of it would come up so the underlying ugly white fabric would show. I knew that maybe I could buy some upholstery tack strips that are easy to put up and take off. I got a 5 yard strip for $17 minus discounts.
I removed the fabric from the legs and all the staples. Yes, it was a P.A.I.N! I got poked several times but…oh well, it was worth it, right? I filled up the holes using wood filler and then sanded them and stained them using Dark Walnut gel stain, a couple of coats. After they dried, I applied 2 coats of Polycrilic in gloss.
I found this table at a garage sale for $15 and it was love at first sight. I saw it and I immediately envisioned how I would paint it and distress it. I needed a table for out living room and this was perfect.
I cleaned it really well with soap and water and let it dry outside. Then I primed it using Zinsser BIN primer.
I let it cure for 24 hours. I painted it using some leftover paint that I had, that happened to be Rustoleum white semi gloss paint.
I then applied dark stain that I had from painting the bathroom cabinets, it comes in the Rustoleum’s Cabinet Transformation Kit, but any kind of stain would do. I applied a generous amount using a brush and then I wiped it off using a cheesecloth.
I let it dry and then I distressed it using a fine grit sandpaper. I cleaned it good and applied two coats of Policrylyc, sanding and cleaning in between coats. I actually let it cure in the garage for a week before bringing it inside and decorating it on top. One tip: if you don’t know whether to use Polyurethane or Policrylic keep in mind that Polyurethane yellows over time if the surface is white…I found out the hard way! So I use Polyurethane for surfaces that are painted with dark colors. If I use chalk paint, wax is the best.
I found this buffet on Craigslist about a month ago. It was love at first sight. I had been trying to find something like this for my living room, but they tend to be expensive since they are old. I found this one for a very reasonable price and I did not have to think it twice.
Apparently the family had a cat that scratched the legs pretty good. One of the knobs was missing. My first thought was to try chalk paint. A good friend of mine tried Annie Sloan chalk paint and she told me that there was no prep, just paint…my kind of job. This buffet was so dark that I decided to prime it anyway. I cleaned it first really good first, then I filled the scratches with wood filler and sanded it using a fine grit sandpaper. Then I applied a coat of primer, I like the BIN or BONDZ primer by Zinsser.
It was harder than I thought…this has so many crevices that I had to make sure everything was covered. I tried using regular paint and THERE WERE SOME STAINS COMING THROUGH THE PAINT! They must have used a very good dark stain on this piece! I primed the stains again using BIN and problem solved. I then got the Annie Sloan chalk paint in pure white and applied two coats. Let me tell you, my friend was right. The paint sticks like glue and distresses wonderfully. I used a very nice brush for this. After I let it dry I applied one coat of the Annie Sloan clear wax, then distressed it a little bit, cleaned it and applied a second coat of wax again. I let it cure for 24 hours and then went shopping for some knobs.
I found these at the Hobby Lobby that were 50% off…yay!
Here is a closer look of the distressing:
We had a lovely trip to our thrift store and we found so many goodies. And we got all these for $ 35.
Shoes for hubby and my son. A nice winter coat for Princess, a nice frame to get crafty and some wooden spoons. Not pictured: Crocs flip flops for Red Ranger (brand new with tag on for $1.99!!!)
This one made me excited…oh the possibilities!!!
Some decor for my “new bathroom” It loos really nice, night and day transformation. Stay tuned…the reveal coming this week!!
I like the vintage-y look of these things:
And what’s a sweet, precious, handsome mommy’s boy without his Bat mobile???
And another sweet, precious, handsome mommy’s boy without a Hot Wheels track?
And see that pink Little Pony’s car back there???? destined to be in the hands of a sweet little princess…