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Furniture Thrifting Friday- French Loveseat

11th December 2015


Furniture Thrifting Friday- French Loveseat

Because I love finding antique and vintage furniture to makeover, I decided to designate Friday as the day to share my awesome finds.  You know how children get so excited when that receive a new toy?  Well that is how I feel when I find a piece of antique furniture.  

Today I am sharing the little antique french loveseat I found on Craigslist this week for $100.  I have been searching Craigslist for a very long time to find a smaller scale loveseat that I can reupholster to fit our multipurpose office space, for some extra seating.   This will be the first larger scale upholstery project that Mr. Wilson and I will take on, and frankly I am a little frightened!  

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You can see in the photos that the frame of the loveseat is really in excellent shape and really doesn’t need anything done to it, so we may consider leaving it natural and unpainted.

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The cushions and fabric however, look like someone spilled a pot of coffee on it, or a cat peed on it.  Im hoping its not the latter of the two scenarios!


I have ordered a few fabric samples and will let you know when they come in so you can help me select the perfect fabric.  I really want to do something fun with this piece since it will be in our creative office space.  Maybe something like this Navy Polka Dot Alston Loveseat from PBteen?

polka dot loveseat


Have a great weekend!



French Provincial Dining Table Makeover With Chalk Paint {Tutorial}

15th November 2015

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French Provincial Dining Table Makeover With Chalk Paint

I purchased this french provincial dining room table sight unseen off of a Craigslist add.  It came as a set along with these six cane chairs and a hutch.  The table was pretty beat-up with lots of stains and grime and once again Mr. Wilson was questioning my judgement.


It was pretty clear that this table was not handled with care.


There was a lovely “speckled” finish that you find with mid-century furniture.  It was their way of making it look older or antiqued.


So Mr. Wilson and I did what we had to do, we removed the old finish with Minwax Furniture Refinisher and gave it a good sanding. I will not be using this product in the future, because it has a very strong odor.


This is what it looked like after being sanded down with 100 grit sand paper using both an electric palm sander and sanding by hand.


Next I sanded down the legs and removed the speckled pee-yellow color paint.  Then I pondered for days what to do with the top.  My first instinct was to stain it a rich walnut color and paint the base off-white.  Then Mr. Wilson had a great idea, he suggested that we bring it in the dining room and then decide.  Once I had it in the dining room, I realized that staining it dark would just not work in the space.  Upon the suggestion of a Facebook friend, I decided to whitewash the top to give it a brighter look.

I used some left-over Country Chic Paint in Lazy Linen which is a very light gray color to mix up my own whitewash with a hint of gray.  Basically I just added about 60% paint to 40% water.


I have never whitewashed anything before, and it was pretty daunting to do an entire table top, but I made it work. I used a regular paint brush to paint the wash on the table one section at a time, then I immediately wiped it off with paper towels.  The key is to use a clean, dry part of the paper towel each time you wipe off the paint so you don’t unknowingly deposit blotches of paint back on the table top.  I love the variations in the finish, I think it gives it a beautiful aged finish.


Then I painted the legs in Annie Sloan’s French Linen chalk paint and waxed it with Annie Sloan’s clear wax tinted with a little Old White Chalk Paint. This gave the legs a whitewashed finish to match the top.






I couldn’t be more delighted with how it turned out! Now I am going to whitewash all of the furniture in my house…just kidding…well maybe.

Next I need to finish the six cane chairs that go with the set, and my dining room will be ready for a nice Christmas dinner!

I am linking up to these awesome blogs:

58 Water Street

French Country Cottage

The Curators Collection


Sweet Pea

Funky Junk Interiors

Cedar Hill Farmhouse

The Cottage Market

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Finding Silver Pennies

AKA Design

Tatertots and Jello


Too Much Time on My Hands

Pieced Pastimes


Nifty Thrifty Things

Cupcakes and Crinoline

Live Randomly Simple

Liz on Call







Vintage Bar Cart Makeover Reveal

16th October 2015


Vintage Bar Cart Makeover Reveal

Do you remember that vintage bar cart that I purchased at a yard sale for $5?  This was one of those DIY projects where we had lots of good ideas, but when it came to execution, we realized that it wasn’t going to work out as planned.  I felt like a contestant on “Top Chef “where Tom Colicchio would tell me that my “concept” was good but that I FAILED on execution.

So after many ideas that just didn’t work out, Mr. Wilson and I decided that we were just going to spray the whole cart in a fresh coat of gold spray paint.  After coating the cart in the wrong shade of gold, we finally settled on this gold spray paint from Rust-Oleum.  


Overall, it is not a HUGE change from the before picture but the whole cart feels a lot fresher and brighter now than it did.  We also added some wine racks underneath the top shelf of the cart for added glass storage.  We attached them with liquid nails since the shelf was too narrow to drill any screws.  I found the wine racks here, for only $3.75 a piece.  



My mom found me some really cute glasses with gold polka dots on them at Marshalls…thanks mom!  How do you like my DIY botanical art prints?


Now it’s time to get my drink on!

Linking up to:

Chic on a Shoestring


Virginia Sweet Pea

Pieced Pastimes

The Turquoise Home

The Curator’s Collection

Patina Paradise

Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Lou Lou Girls

Live Randomly Simple


French Settee Makeover With Chalk Paint and New Fabric

14th October 2015



French Settee Makeover with Chalk Paint and New Fabric

I found a sweet little bench on Craigslist for $75 and I new it had potential.  Unlike other chairs I’ve made-over, I knew that this bench would be a breeze to reupholster/recover with new fabric.  I really wanted to keep the natural wood, but I was not fond of the dark stain and it was just too dark for my living room.  I considered sanding or stripping it down to natural wood but I knew it would be too much work with all of the nooks and crannies.


Here is the before photo from the original Craigslist ad.


For paint, I decided to use Country Chic’s chalk paint in lazy linen, which is a nice light gray color with a blue under-tone.  This was my first time using this brand of paint, and I have to say I am thrilled with it.  It goes on so smooth and the finish is beautiful.  I purchased it locally at Vintage Prairie Home which is a cute little shop in my town.


I used just about three coats of paint to cover the dark wood and then finished it up with some clear wax.


The fabric is Dwell Studio Boteh in Jade which I purchased for $10 a yard on Ebay, not too shabby!  





The pillow was an Ikea pillow that I jazzed up with my mad crochet skills.  It was inspired by this pillow by West Elm.



I am pleased with how it turned out and I am really excited to have some additional seating in my living room.  If you missed my post on my living room re-design you can read about it here.


I am linking this post up to:

Virginia Sweet Pea

Live Randomly Simple

Elizabeth & Co.

Pieced Pastimes

Liz on Call

The Curator’s Collection

58 Water Street

The Cottage Market

I Should Be Mopping The Floor


chalk-paint-buffet-makeoverWith our expanding family we continue to accumulate “stuff” ie. games, puzzles, toys, junk etc.  The main problem is that our home is lacking some serious storage for all this stuff.  So over the winter, I was on a mission to find a vintage dresser or buffet that I could repurpose into a console for puzzles and game storage.  We ended up finding an antique wood buffet on craigslist and knew it would work perfectly. Unfortunately, I have no before photo of what it used to look like.

But here is what it looks like now. image

I removed the hardware, sanded down the piece and then painted it in chalk paint from the Botanicals line in the color Salvia which is a nice grayish-blue tone.image

I liked the color, but it was too matte and needed some dimension. So I decided to use a dry brunch technique using Annie Sloans Old White. This was the first time I ever used this technique but it was pretty forgiving, even for a novice like myself.

Using a paint brush, you simply dip the tip into the paint (Old White in this case) and wipe off the excess paint on a rag or paper towel. Then lightly brush the paint onto the piece in the direction of the grain. Use long strokes back and forth, but make sure to do it in small sections at a time. Then you take a damp rag and immediately wipe the area you just painted. Repeat until the piece is evenly covered and you get the look you want.

>>>If you add too much white paint to one section just rub it all off with a damp rag and start again. Easy peasy!image

 Here is a close up of the finish. I spruced up the old tarnished brass with Bar Keepers Friend like I did with this piece seen Here.

Check out all the storage…ooooh lala!image


Now everything is stored away out of view and I have a lovely console to accessorize!image


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