Category Archives: For Sale

Vanity redo

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One of these days, I’ll come up with catchier titles for my posts, I swear!

I got this little cutie off of Craigslist. There wasn’t anything particularly wrong with it, but hey, I like painting stuff! Here is the Craigslist pic:

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The fabric was quite stained and the drawer was missing a handle. I had originally been going to spray paint this in Rustoleum’s Heirloom White, but it was looking whiter than I wanted, so I tried about 4 other paint colors, lol. I tried a black chalk paint, but decided I didn’t want it that dark. then I thought about maybe spraying it pink, but decided it was a bit too bright. So I went back to my remaining Annie Sloan Provence paint. It’s the same color I used on my table redo. Here’s a shot showing the Provence and the Heirloom White:

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After I had it all nice and neatly painted, I had to decide whether to distress that nice smooth finish I created. It’s kind of hard for me to do it. I even posted it on my facebook page to get some votes. Here’s distressed vs non-distressed:

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Distressed won unanimously,so distressed it was. Then I waxed and let it sit for a couple of days. This afternoon, I needed to move my furniture out of the way before the hubby sanded something and got dust all over my pretty furniture. Then I realized all I needed to do was recover the bench seat and I could finish it up to post on Craigslist. So that’s what I did.

I took off the first layer of material. It was, um, kinda gross. See:

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Under that, I found a second layer of fabric. This layer wasn’t actually too bad, but not what I was going for:

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Under that, there was a 3rd layer!!

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I actually left that one on and covered over it. Mine is much better, I think.

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And here is my finished product. So pretty.

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And you know I like a before and after shot!!

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Apple Green Chairs

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I found these lovely ladies at goodwill when I was looking for my desk chair. I had already pinned a redo of chairs just like these, so when I saw them, I snatched them up! My only regret was not getting the other 2! They were gone by the next week when I went back to Goodwill.

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I was getting them ready for the last week’s Art Walk. All I had to do was get the Rustoleum Green Apple spray paint and get to work. I think this might have been one project that went off without a hitch really. So I just primed them, gave them 2 coats of paint and distressed them. This was my first distressing job and it was kind of fun actually. I really love the way they turned out. Funny story… when my husband was helping me load them into the car for the Art Walk, he stopped short and said, “Uh, you can’t take these.” And pointed to the distressing on them. He thought they were scratched up. I just laughed and said load ’em up!

Here they are, all decked out with pretty pillows.

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Desk redo

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This is for sale here.

This took me longer than I expected, but I love the results!
Here’s the lovely before:

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Not too bad, but there was some chipped veneer. Maybe that’s why it stayed around so long at the thrift store. One of my favorite thrift stores puts different colored tags on their stuff. And each week, 3 different colors are on sale. 30%, 50% & 70%. I think there are 5 different colors and they go through a rotation. I didn’t want to pay their original asking price, so I waited 3 weeks and finally this one hit the 70% week! I was so excited.

I knew I wanted to paint it white, so I got some Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint and went to work. But man, oh man, did the dark color want to come through on this! And when it does, it looks like pink peeking through. Ugh! I think I ended up with 3 1/2 coats on it! I like the look of a dark top with the lighter colored bottom part, so I painted the top Annie Sloan Graphite.

Now let’s talk about these drawers! As I mentioned there was chipped veneer. No problem, I said to myself. I’ll just fill it with wood putty and it’ll be perfect once I paint over it. Right? Wrong! Apparently my putty skills suck are greatly lacking!

So I decided on a trick I saw on, where else? Pinterest! Paintable wallpaper. I found some on Amazon and it worked quite nicely. I had originally intended to paint it with the Old White. But once I did, I didn’t like it. So back to Pinterest I went. I found a couple if desks done like this one. Luckily I happened to have some Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue lying around. Loved it immediately. This picture is kind of blurry but you can see the color and kind of see the texture of the wallpaper.

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Now we move onto the drawer pulls. I had settled on reusing the existing pulls and spray painting them in Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze. As I was setting them up to spray, I noticed one of the rosettes was missing. In the picture below you can see me holding a good pull and the busted one. Back to the store I went.

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Now I was getting this desk ready to sell at the Big Shanty Antique Mart. They had an Art Walk this past Friday night. This was an opportunity for local artists and repurposers to peddle their wares without having to pay a fee. I realized the issue with the pulls on Wednesday before the show on Friday. So on Thursday, I went to Hobby Lobby and found some cute crystal pulls. But when I put them in, the screw stuck way out into the inside of the drawer. So I ran back on Friday morning to get some more. I found some, but wasn’t crazy about them, so I swung into Target and found some really cute ones that I ended up using. You can see them in the blurry drawer picture above.

So remember I said I was getting this ready for the Art Walk? Well, unfortunately, by the week before the Art Walk, I hadn’t found a chair to sell with the desk. I was kind of freaking out. I had stopped in 2 of my favorite thrift stores and one of my not as favorite stores with no luck. At the last second, I decided to check in my hit or miss Goodwill store. I didn’t hold out any hope because I had been in there a few days before and there was nothing. As soon as I walked in the door, I saw the perfect chair… in someone else’s cart! Ok, I didn’t do a full on freak out, but I was thinking of ways to try and get that person to let me have the chair! Anywho, I continued walking to the furniture section…. and I saw 2 more of the same chair. I grabbed those puppies faster than you can believe. I also found a couple of other chairs I’d been looking for and snagged them too. Here is the desk chair in all of its ugly yellow glory.

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I painted it Duck Egg Blue as well and threw on some fabric I had picked up as a remnant. And finally it was done!!! Don’t you love her? I know I do!

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And since I always love a good before and after:
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