All posts filed under: Repurposed Furniture

“Colour Your World” with Velvet Finishes

This is a sponsored post, but my thoughts and opinions are always my own! I’m coming out of blog hibernation today to share my entry for the November edition of the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest.  With things feeling extra hectic lately (new job adjustments, kid’s activities, prep for the holidays, life in general…), it was nice to take an afternoon to do a little painting project. The November contest was sponsored by none other than Velvet Finishes, a brand I’ve been wanting to try for quite a while.  Velvet Finishes is a  NO sand, NO prime, NO chalk, NO wax furniture paint formula!!!  Did you catch all that?  Basically it’s paint heaven in a little jar.  Not to mention, one look at the color chart and you will want them all.  These colors are gorgeous and definitely on-trend.

How to Paint IKEA Laminate Furniture

This post is sponsored by D. Lawless Hardware for the August Fab Flippin’ Contest, but my opinions are always my own! I’ve done what I wasn’t sure was possible…I painted IKEA laminate…with SUCCESS!!!  I think I’m still pinching myself over this one.  I’ve wondered for a while if I could in fact paint some of my favorite IKEA purchases to give them a more custom look.  I was skeptical because of the infamous slick surfaces, but after reading several articles online (here’s looking at you, Bob Vila!), I decided to go for it.  It’s definitely do-able, but be sure to read my complete guide below! This transformed IKEA dresser is my entry into the August edition of The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest.  This month, the theme was “Class it Up” and the contest was sponsored by D. Lawless Hardware.  When I found out the sponsor, I got so incredibly excited.  D. Lawless Hardware is a family-owned company that I’ve had the pleasure of working with quite a few times in the past.  They offer a …

Farmhouse Fun: Entryway Table in OFMP Pitch Black

This is a sponsored post, but my thoughts and opinions are always my own! One of my favorite parts about getting to participate in The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest each month is that it pushes me outside of my comfort zone.  Trying products I’ve never heard of or experienced, and giving different techniques a go stretches me in a really good way. This month is no exception, as the sponsor is The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. and the theme is “Farmhouse Fun”. The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. is known for their naturally SAFE milk paint.  It mixes easily, dries quickly, and the color palette available is perfect for restoration of historic pieces.  If you want to create an old, chippy look, this product is the way to go. I wanted a piece that was worthy of this paint, and found a drop-leaf entry table on the online auction site, Everything But the House.  (You can check out some of my other EBTH wins here and here.)  I loved the details on this piece, and …

End Table Refresh

A couple of months ago, we inherited a set of end tables from a friend who was packing up and moving to South Carolina.  They were huge, heavy, bulky, solid, and very…brown.  I knew they would be a perfect candidate for a paint refresh. These end tables had a very glossy finish that I knew I would need to remove before attempting any painting.  Because of the curved legs and detail, I opted to use a deglosser instead of sanding this piece.  I basically painted it on, let it sit, and then proceeded to scrub and scrape the old gunk off.  Not the most glamorous step, but definitely important.

Coastal Inspirations with Saltwash

  This is a sponsored post, but my thoughts and opinions are always my own! I’m back with another round of The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest.  For the month of June, the theme was “Coastal Inspirations” and the contest was sponsored by Saltwash. I’ve been following Saltwash on Instagram for quite a while now, and I was so excited to get to try their product!  Saltwash is an additive that you can add to any type of paint to create a worn, beachy look.  Saltwash gives a layered and textured effect that can be achieved with a very simple process.

Make a Statement: End Table Refresh

While this is a sponsored post, all opinions are completely my own.   It’s that time again…the big reveal of my latest project for the monthly Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest!  I love getting to be a part of this group and having the opportunity to try new products each month.  For the month of February, the sponsor was DecoArt (specifically their Americana Chalky Paint), and the theme was “Make a Statement”. I’ve used quite a few of DecoArt’s products over the years in my crafting adventures, but I had never used this line of paint, so I was really excited to give them a shot!  You can check out everything that DecoArt has to offer here. I knew right away which piece I wanted to tackle for this month’s theme.  A good friend has recently gone through a pretty major life change and is about to move into a new house.  As she was telling me all about the bold color choices in her almost finished house, I knew these end tables I was refinishing …

Painting Furniture Blue or White: The Collection

I had a good laugh with my family the other night when I joked that I should have titled my blog “Painting Furniture Blue or White”.  In the back of my mind, I knew that I’d completed more than my fair share of some variation of either blue or white furniture.  In my defense, I think most of the time it’s not even intentional…I’m blaming my subconscious!  Even as a teenager, my mom refused to buy me any more clothing in the shade of turquoise blue because my closet was so full of the color.  Today, I put on my turquoise coat, grab my travel coffee mug and cell phone- both the same shade of turquoise- and can’t help but smile.  Turquoise makes me smile.  Okay, any blue makes me smile.  White too, apparently.  At least when painting… I thought it would be fun to look back over the various projects I’ve completed in the past couple of months that either fall into the blue or white category.  Join me in this little stroll through memory …

A Fresh Start: Kids Art Table Redo

While this is a sponsored post, all opinions are completely my own.   I was once again lucky enough to get to participate in the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest for the month of January.  This month, we were challenged to give an old item a “Fresh Start” using General Finishes new line of Chalk Style paint.  I was really excited to give their chalk paint a try for a couple of reasons.  First, it’s a brand new line and I’ve been eyeing the gorgeous shades on social media for a couple of months.  Second, I’d recently tried out General Finishes for the first time and really liked the product (read about my Pantry Door Redo using Java Gel stain here).  Finally…and I’m a little embarrassed to admit this…I’d never used chalk paint before.  Yep; there you have it.  I’m a total newbie. All that being said, I was ecstatic when I heard that we would be using General Finishes Chalk Style paint for this contest.  I started browsing their color options and although they have …

How to Transform Furniture with Paint and Hardware

Since this past weekend we had absolutely nothing on the calendar (that NEVER happens!), I was finally able to tackle a project that I’ve been meaning to do for months.  Seriously, I bought the paint to complete this project over Thanksgiving break.  That obviously didn’t happen.  Christmas break?  That didn’t happen either.  A gloomy Saturday and Sunday in early January?  Done and done! Today I bring you…How to Transform Furniture with Paint and Hardware, featuring the dresser, nightstand, and bed frame in my 6-year old’s room.  In the coming months, I’m on a mission to transform his room into a functional and fun bedroom that he can grow into.  I’m envisioning industrial piped shelves, a desk and funky chair or stool, and lots of organized space for my boy after my own heart. In the meantime, I got a good start on the room by painting the dresser, nightstand, and bed frame.  I finished off the new look with some great new hardware.

Furniture Painting 101: The Tools

This post includes affiliate links.  I would never recommend a product that I haven’t personally used and loved.  When I started this blog, I was hopeful that I would inspire others to begin DIY or repurposing projects of their very own.  I’m really excited to report that it must be working!  I’ve been having quite a few people reach out to me asking for tips and suggestions as they embark on their very own projects. Many of the questions stem around painting; specifically painting furniture.  What type of paint to use?  What type of primer?  Do you really have to sand?  Where do you start?  What if you mess up?  How many coats?  Sanding…really?! I thought it would be helpful for many of my readers to begin a series on Furniture Painting.  My hope is that this will be a resource for those interested in painting furniture, kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, or other pieces.  I’ve mentioned all of these specific products, as well as general tips, in many of my other posts.  However, I’ll do …