Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Vase's Potential Revealed

About 5 or 6 years ago, I found this vase at either Salvation Army or Goodwill...can't remember for sure.  I didn't use it for a lonnnggg time but kept hanging onto it.  Before we moved, I used it as it was in my bedroom but always had plans to make it a little bit lot better.  

Here it is before...

And, as you can see, I didn't pay very much for it :)...

So, I got to work with a little painter's tape and some pretty spray paint.  It took me a little while to figure out a design that would work well.  Once I had it taped, I took it outside and sprayed it, giving it three thin, even coats and letting it dry well between each. 

And, here is the after...

I did go back with a plastic pot scraper and clean up a few of the lines and then sprayed it with a sealer.  I was very happy with the way it turned out!!  

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Free Find Made Fabulous!

As I was browsing Craigslist one night, I came upon this table under the FREE section...that is right...FREE!!  I couldn't believe that I had lucked up on this and it was literally right down the road from me!  So, the nice people stuck it out by their mailbox and my sweet but reluctant husband picked it up for me.  He wasn't too sure of it when he saw it but I was sure it had great potential!!

This is it before...

I decided to attempt to do something similar to a table I had seen on a fellow blogger's site...
My table wasn't quite as detailed so I knew it wouldn't be exactly the same.  But, it certainly gave me inspiration.  
First step was to prime it...

Then, paint it the bast coat which was a cream color (actually called Almond).

Next came the hard part....the diamonds.  Well, I will be honest.  I struggled with this.  Measuring and multiplying and dividing and all that goes into this part is definitely not my strong point.  So, I called on the ole hubby again!  He was so enthused ;)

We finally decided to just do it a different way which ended up with a different end result but that was okay with me!

The dots are the ones that I would paint.  I chose a light blue color (same as on the vanity I did last).

I then went over them with a dry brush and very little of the almond paint to lighten them up.  After that, I used a dark stain to age it a little.  Then I gave it about 3 coats of polyurethane.  Added a couple new drawer pulls and....

All Done!!  

I wish I had better after pics but unfortunately I forgot to take them at home and then had to try to get them while holding my 1 year old who was kinda fussy at the, the angles are not great.  But, I really loved the way it turned out :)

Yay for the FREE section on Craigslist!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Vanity Re-Do

 I was so excited when I found this beautiful vanity on Craigslist.  I just couldn't wait to get started.  It has such beautiful lines and great storage.  Although it wasn't ugly as it was, it could definitely be better.  

This is it before...

So, I started with just a little repairing...I had to fix one of the drawers with a little liquid nails.  Nothing difficult at all!

I put a can of paint on top to hold it tight as it dried.  

Then, I primed it with Kilz.

I then painted the vanity with a green color that I had on hand, wiping it off as I painted it on.  After that coat dried, I did the same with a pretty blue color...making sure to do a thin coat so that the green could come through.  I went back in places to highlight with a cream color.  This is a very easy and forgiving technique!!

Then, for the knobs...I loved the ones on it but I was not feeling the tarnished brass color...

So, I sprayed them with a primer then a very light blue spray paint.  I went back with the cream paint I used on the vanity and toned down the blue on the knobs with it. Sorry, I forgot to take pictures of that step! 

I added a mirror to the inside and put a simple lace ribbon around it to soften the edges.

My oldest, Colby, who was a cowboy that day, decided to "help" me with the ribbon....isn't he precious :)

I taped the ribbon as I glued it to give it time to dry well.  

I was given this awesome old chair from a family member who didn't want it and it fit the vanity perfectly!!! 

So, after sanding it with a fine sanding block (just enough to get the loose pieces off-I wanted it to look worn), I primed it with Kilz and then used the same painting technique on it as I did with the vanity.

I then covered the cushion with some fabric I had already and even had enough to hem a piece to lay inside the vanity top to add a little extra to it! 

I really love the way it all turned out!!

It is my favorite re-do ever!!  Too bad I have absolutely no room for it so I hope I can find it a good home ;)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Not Just a Candlestick Anymore!

First of all, I want to give props to the blog that I got this great idea from!  As soon as I saw it @Thrifty Decor Chick, I knew I wanted to make one.  To see hers...  The only problem was finding the perfect candlestick.  I looked at a few goodwill's and such, but had no luck.  I had a large one in the past that my mom had handed down and then I had given to my mom-in-law since it no longer matched my decor.  Thankfully, she said she didn't really need it and gave it back so I could use it for my project!!  (Thanks again for that :)  So, here it was before...

It is cute, but I was ready to jazz it up some!

So I primed it...

Then sprayed it with a pretty blue color and let it dry.  I really liked @Thirty Decor Chicks simple white but I wanted to add color to my walls.  To tone it down a little, I then used the wipe on/wipe off method with some white paint...

Oops...who is that precious red head?  That would be my youngest, Brady.  He loves to be "involved" in all of mom's DIY projects :)

So, here is the finished product.  I chose to use a plastic plate that I had already and loved but had never found the right place to use it.  I think it worked out great!!


It is so much fun to find great advice and inspiration and make it your own!!!  I can't wait to find the perfect place for my new and improved candlestick table!!