Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Vintage Suitcase Makeover with ASCP

It's been a while since I posted, but I have been up to a few things! Just too busy to post them!

I finally got my hands on some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! Luckily Canabananas at The Market, within 5 minutes from where I live, happens to stock ASCP and I decided to start off with some Old White to paint this $6 thrift store vintage suitcase I found.



I love the inside. It's in such great shape.

I had to tape off the fabric on the inside so I could paint that little ridge just above it. It took forever painting around that and the hardware, but I'm so happy with how it turned out! Luckily ASCP is awesome and it only took 2 coats - if the original color wasn't so dark, it would have only taken one I'm sure. I could just barely see color peeking through after the 1st coat.

I also bought the ASCP clear wax and want to put it on this eventually, I just haven't found the time for it yet. I haven't used a wax before and figured I should get acquainted with the clear before I try the dark wax!

Until next time,

I'm linking up at:
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Monday, August 1, 2011

Meet Dorothy

I got her today at a thrift store for $30! I'm so excited. I've wanted a dress form for quite a while but never thought I'd find one I could afford.

Eventually I'll probably recover her. Maybe even a funky floral pattern!

But... that will be a lot of work so I'm not sure when I'll get to it. I'll be sure to post photos when I do! And for now I'll just enjoy her in her authentic vintage form =)

I'm linking up here:
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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Little Trash to Treasure Chest

I found this little chest at a thrift store for $6. I loved it's teeny drawer pulls and curvy front.

Here is the before with a soda can for size reference:

And after:

It was such a quick, easy project. I think it looks great on my green table!

I'm linking up here:

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Mod Vintage Life

Oh I'm so flattered that Nita at Mod Vintage Life has featured the green table I painted last week on this week's


If you haven't yet, you should give her blog a peek. I've been following her for some time. She has tons of great ideas and pictures of her own home, along with inspiring photos of other homes she either visits in her Open House Sunday edition or from other designers.

Here is a photo from Nita's recent $20 kitchen makeover. 

And one of her most recent projects - this adorable periwinkle table.

On a random note, I'm going to have to post pictures of the awesome huge skeleton key and the vegetable strainer (I think? I'm using it as a key/junk holder on the entryway table! lol) that I got today at the thrifts on my way home after work. I'll try to get those up sometime soon. I love finding uses for things other than what they were intended for!

Until then,

Sunday, June 19, 2011

A little "Spritz of Lime"

"Spritz of Lime" is the name of the color I chose for my new sofa table and I'm loving how it turned out! I think it's just the burst of energy the living room / dining room of my apartment needed =)


I originally considered painting the cane a creamy white, but after painting it all green I decided I like it and I'm going to keep it how it is. It's been a while since I painted a piece of furniture a bright, funky color (the side table next to my sofa is a bright coral) so this was really fun to paint.

And also as promised, the finished product of the small table I painted a while back. It's now in my bedroom with the TV on it. Not exactly my original plan for it (I had planned to sell it) but we needed a table for the TV and it works perfectly, so I'm going to keep it for now. Please ignore the ugly cords underneath it =P

Until next time,

Saturday, June 11, 2011

All Moved In...

Well, mostly at least.

Here is my mantle for now. I'm still getting settled in so I'm sure I'll end up changing things. 

For instance, I really want to dry brush a pallet white with a simple wreath on it, similar to this photo below of  Donna's mantle at Funky Junk Interiors.

My little thrift store owls found a new home hanging out with the awesome vintage suitcase and metal basket my mom found for me.

And last but not least, I have already found a new project. There was one wall in the dining room of the apartment that was just so bare and it needed something. Luckily there are 3 or 4 thrift stores near my new job (yay!) so I wasted no time after work to stop in there. I found a sofa table that was just the right size for the space I wanted to fill for just $20.

The top needs a little T.L.C. I think I'm going to paint the table an apple green a little lighter than the color of the suitcase pictured above, with the cane on the bottom and some details on the legs white.

Excited to get started on it, but the paint will have to wait until payday next week =P

In my next post I'll FINALLY share the after pictures for the table I painted a while back. I have more room in this new apartment so I ended up just keeping it. I'm bad about that, but hey I needed a table for the TV in our bedroom now!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ugly Desk Makeover!

Whew! What a long weekend! I'm happy to announce that on Friday I was offered a job at a wonderful nursing home in Midwest City, OK. So everything has been set into action and my boyfriend and I are moving to Oklahoma City next week!

...Which meant I had to finish this desk more than ever! My mom picked it up for me since she has more space to work than me. She was a huge help. We finished everything, except spray painting the hardware, on Saturday!

Here is the before:

U-g-l-y. And dark. It was just a cheap Craigslist find that I found a while back. It was the right price and my boyfriend needed a desk. It fit the small space we had so we bought it. It's been patiently waiting for months now to get a makeover.

My inspiration was this Miss Mustard Seed desk.

I even have a chair that looks incredibly similar to the one in her photo that I plan on using with the desk.

I wish the color of the hardware showed up better in my pictures. It's a really pretty dark chocolate color with  a little bronze shimmer. The brown tone is so pretty on the blue drawers.

I'd like to lightly distress the edges, but I left it this way for now. I'm a little nervous to do it. It's a cheap desk. Pretty sure it's that stuff with like paper over particle board, so I'm afraid of how that might work (or not work!).

I'll probably just leave it how it is and not risk it. It's already SO much better!