Sunday, March 5, 2017

Vintage Early 1900s Writing Desk

Vintage writing desk painted in Scandinavian Pink.

I was fortunate to win this desk at auction. Yes, I bought it with auction fever and paid a tad more than I wanted to. But I knew exactly how I wanted to paint it. The inspiration for my design was based on a painted secretary desk by Jonathon Marc Mendes at Painted Love. I fell in love with his color scheme and couldn't wait to give it a try!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Birdhouses Painted with Chalk Paint

A variety of birdhouses painted with chalk paint.

Today I'm sharing a few birdhouses that I painted for some Spring decor for my booth. I slightly varied the painting technique on each of the projects. I'll keep this post short and sweet, so I won't go into too many details of the process but rather let the photo collages tell the story.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Side Table: Add a Touch of Elegance with Stencils

This side table was manufactured circa mid-century. I wouldn't label it as "Mid-century Modern", but it's from the mid-century era. I loved the clean simple lines of the piece, so I snatched it up.

Vintage mid-century side table
Vintage mid-century side table

It was in good structural shape, but the bolts on the legs needed tightening (easy fix). The finish on the top was badly scratched.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Vintage Pedestal Table

I left the thrift store without this pedestal table for two reasons. First it was overpriced and second the damage on the scalloped edge was severe. But I kept thinking about it, so I went back to the store later that day and sealed the deal. Both the cashier and the lady behind me in line agreed it was a project piece for sure and wished me luck. I could see in their eyes they thought it was hopeless, but I thought I could give the table a second chance.

Today I will walk you through the process of how I transformed this sweet table. It's a LONG post, so simply scroll to the bottom if you just want to see the "after".

Learn how to repair severe damage to scalloped trim on a pedestal table.
Before: Pedestal table with
severe damage to the scalloped edge.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Chippy Table

My initial plan was to give this table a traditional look and use it as a small side table next to my husband's recliner. But as I got started on the project I decided to go for a chippy look. I suppose I just wasn't in the mood that day for traditional. Instead I decided to give this modern day piece a little bit of vintage charm.

After: Chippy layered paint on small table  gives a modern piece some vintage charm.
After: Chippy layered paint on small table
gives a modern piece some vintage charm.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Queen Anne Side Table

I picked up this circa mid-century Queen Anne side table at a thrift store recently. It's a nice solid table, but the finish was in rough shape and the tray above the drawer was so tight it wouldn't slide open.

Before


Before: Queen Anne style side table
 Before: Queen Anne style side table

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Wood Tray Makeover!

I put an exclamation mark in the blog title because I had so much fun working on this project. Fun projects deserve an exclamation point! Not only was it fun, but small projects are also great to practice new techniques or to try out new color combinations. My goal for this project was to practice blending paint colors. It looks a little blah along the way, but I'm happy with the final results. I think you'll agree there's a big difference between the before and after.

Before & During

So the project itself is a painted red tray with a border of white snowflakes. I picked it up for a prop to stage some Christmas items in my booth. I had the tray marked for a few bucks, but there weren't any takers, so I brought it home.

Red Christmas tray ready for a makeover
Before: Red Christmas tray.