Saturday

YARD SALE SEASON - tea carts

 
 
Yard sale season is here and it's time to gear up to find amazing makeover piece.
Here is a fun idea I have to get your minds working over time.
 
 
Take an old tea cart and look at it in a different way and for use in a different room.
 
 
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Wednesday

WHITE WICKER & NO WAX - before and after

 
 
This little wicker three drawer needed more than just paint, but once I finished the cleaning and the
repairs the painting started to make it look so cute and shabby chic. I used ASCP but did not wax the
wicker. I've painted many wicker baskets with ASCP and they have held up just fine with out waxing
and I did not wax the wicker on this chest either. The top is solid wood and will get lots of use so I
 distressed and waxed it to protect the surface along with the drawer knobs which will get touched a lot. No wax also allows for the chalky finish to be a part of the shabby vintage look of the finish piece.
 
 

 

 

 
This three drawer shabby chic wicker chest is listed on the SHOWROOM page
with price and dimensions.
 
 
 

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THE PERFECT WHITE CHALK PAINT FINISH - campaign furniture

 
 
I had the opportunity to pick up this Campaign Bedroom set and give it a make over. Campaign
furniture is pretty sleek in style and would look great in a smooth perfect white finish, something a little different than I am use to. I removed the hardware and sprayed like a made woman until I ran out of paint and had to drive into town to get more. I painted the complete set in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, 50 - 50 mix of Pure White & Old White. I'm not quite sure how much paint did get used but I started with a fresh can of wax and used half the can for sure giving all the pieces a nice smooth finish.
 






  
All the pieces of this Campaign bedroom furniture are listed on the SHOWROOM page with price and dimensions.
 
 
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Monday

RECYCLING ROADSIDE FINDS - upcycling design challenge

 
 
 The second annual Upcycling Design Challenge is on again here at home.
I have dropped off my Mini Storage Closet to participate in the showing.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 'Upcycling’ involves taking waste material that would otherwise end up in our landfills and turning
 it into something more valuable. Candy wrappers transformed into a new purse? Old glass bottles
 become a funky chandelier? The options are only limited by your own creativity! Take the challenge
 and create something amazing.
 
 
 Contest entries will be displayed and the winners announced at an exhibit
 at the Langley Arts Council Gallery, 20550 Fraser Highway, on Earth Day,
April 22, 6:30-9:30pm. Come join us for a fun evening and check out the
remarkable artistic talent of Langley residents.
 
This is how the Mini Storage Closet looked while working on her.
 
 
 
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Below is a peak at my project from last year, the Curbside to Coatrack if you are interesting
 in seeing completed photos and details about how it was created follow this link:
 
 
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Sunday

SHABBY CHIC CHAIRS - teahouse upholstery

 
 
The sun was out so I decided to take advantage and have a nice photo shoot out doors.
I have finished making over 2 Shabby Chic chairs. Both are the same, a soft creamy distressed
white with new Teahouse Upholstery. The paint is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and
these chairs were sprayed in a 50 - 50 mix of Old White & Pure White.
 
 
 
These chairs are listed on the SHOWROOM page with price.
 
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I've also been working very hard getting tons of new hardware ready for listing.
 
Stop in to see what's new in shabby chic white hardware available at firstfinds.
 
There are 1000's of pieces of recycled hardware to choose from
  



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Saturday

YARD SALE SEASON - subway art dressers

 
Yard sale season is all around us and it's time to gear up to start an amazing furniture project.
Here is another idea I have to get you inspired and thinking about your next treasured find.
 

 
Turn a solid wood $20 dresser in to a fun piece of subway art for your home.

 
To see more on how I created this dresser:

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Monday

ADDING LEGS TO A CORNER CABINET




Once upon a time I used living room side table legs to make a short corner shelf much taller.
On the left you can see the outline of the original piece in amongst the details I added.

AFTER                       BEFORE



The two curvy pieces on the top are from a mid century arm chair.


The ornate detail at the top middle is a vintage metal mirror corner, drilled and nailed in place.
The whole cabinet inside and out was painted in ASCP Old White then light edge distressing all over.
 
BEFORE                   AFTER
 

 
Now let's get to those legs ...

 
I made the cabinet taller with 3 legs stolen from a roadside table. These legs are very common
on inexpensive living room side tables but hard to use when adding to typical furniture.
I attached them on the outside with 3 inch screws driven from inside the cabinet.
I capped the legs off with a short turning and a pineapple curtain finial. The back leg
was also attached outside on the back with screws driven from inside.
 
  
 
I hope this can inspire you to create something with different pieces of furniture
for your own home, and one way to use those easy to find side table legs.
 

 
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