Saturday, March 15, 2014

Refinished King Headboard

King Headboard Redo

This headboard was never intended to be refinished. I actually sold it on Craigslist last summer. The guy paid me in full and said he would be back the following week to pick it up. One month later he stopped by and said he didn't bring his truck with him but would come back another day?? Really? I finally set it on my front porch and forgot about it. Okay, that sounds a little crazy but I promise we are not those crazy people who have things piled up outside the house!!! It was off in a corner and kind of hidden by a large bush. It actually blended it so much that after a while I really forgot it was there, LOL! 
Well, after 8 months I finally decided it was time to say enough is enough. As far as I was concerned he defaulted on his storage unit rental and it was time to auction it off. BUT...of course I couldn't just leave it like it was. Not after staring at it for 8 months and thinking about what I could do with it.
Here is what I came up with

Here is what I stared at for 8 months! 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Hollywood Glam

Hollywood Glam
and a little bit of Bling

Normally I can't afford to bid on Highboy dressers at the auction but this set was special. 
It literally fell off the truck turning into the auction house. Seriously.
They were still in great shape though, well other than the unattached legs! 
But hey they were all there. 
Score for me!

With all that being said there was no way I could re-stain these beautiful solid maple bad boys. Which really saddened me but I do love the way they turned out. This was one of those projects I would do something to it, stare at for days (okay sometimes weeks) and then add or change something and then stare at it get the point. This project took a while.

Oh and sorry for no "before" pictures, I dropped my phone in the toilet (yes it was clean) and lost all my pictures. Hopefully I painted a good enough mental picture of what they looked like though! 


Check out the new hardware!!! 
It is SO cool, I think they really made the piece
Didn't come with a mirror, my guess it shattered, so I improvised. This mirror was originally the top to a coffee table.  

Let me know what you think.

Purple Power

Purple Power

French Provincial furniture is my favorite for a little girls room. It is dainty and feminine. So it is only obvious what color choices I had to choose from. 

I had this neglected deep purple spray paint laying around screaming "start with me!". I wanted to make sure every detail of this dresser stood out.

 Unfortunately one piece of hardware was broken so I had no choice but to replace two of them.

Did the different shades of purple with the gray and white accents work together??

Chalk Paint Dresser

This piece was a beauty untouched, all except the rather large burn on the top! Urg. If I thought for a second I could have sanded it down I would have much rather done so. Unless items are damaged I prefer to leave some wood showing. Well that is unless I have a crazy vision (which can happen often LOL). 
I am not really a fan of chalk paint but decided to give it a go on this one. 

For some reason my imagination was on vacation. I just started painting and this is what I ended up with. 

The one thing I did love about this was the color changed so drastically between natural light and inside light. It looked like two different dressers from day to night.

I thought for sure this one would sit on Craigslist for a while but it sold within 24 hours! Yay!

Fun Chandelier

I am obsessed with chandeliers these days.
My Mom purchased two chandeliers at a garage sale in Florida for $5 a piece. She had planned to use them and didn't, YAY for me! 
I plan on putting one in my bathroom (some think I am crazy) and the other I decided to play around with.

 Felt it needed a little glam with rhinestones
 These mason jars were perfect and leaves a diamond like pattern on the wall when on

Just a fun little project...
Oh and it matches the Chevron dresser!

Stripping and Stripes

Stripping and 
Chevron Stripes

I purchased this dresser on Craigslist and sent my teenage son to pick it up. Wrong move, although he did not know any better!! This baby was layered in four coats of paint! A lovely mix of latex and spray paint, you'll love the before pics. And you can only guess right that the photos on Craigslist did not show all the roughness! 

We will start the "Before's"

 Mix match hardware
 Broken drawers
Spray paint drips ALL OVER
 This was my favorite! Love the blotches...

 It took 4 rounds of stripper remover to even get it remotely ready to paint. Here is a look after the 2nd round

The insides of these drawers were so "painted" and full of drips I had to sand and paint them also.
Never again will I send someone else to pick up furniture, lesson learned. BUT, yes there is a but...I must admit when I did see the photos on Craigslist I had a vision in mind and probably would have bought it anyways! Hehehe

Well, here is how she turned out:

 Original plan was to do teal and white stripes but when I purchased the hardware I knew I needed a contrasting color. I love how the colors all tie together
 The teal is actually a little darker than the pictures show
 I could not have done this without the FrogTape Chevron pattern. WOW did it make it easier. The ONLY painstaking task was making sure eveything lined up. I think I did pretty good??

Side by Side Before & After:

Was it worth it??
I think so!!
(and it was practice for my daughters dresser LOL)