Vanity to End Table

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02-DSCN6396You may remember this “vanity” from my birthday junking adventure. It’s actually one side of a vanity. The other side of the vanity, the table across the center and the mirror…, well, they just weren’t there. That didn’t stop me from seeing the potential in the one side that I had though. There were a few obstacles…

03-DSCN6399The first obstacle was the gap on the top back edge. On a full vanity, the mirror would have fit into this gap. I had to cut off a small chunk on the end so that the gap reached all the way across the width of the vanity.

01-DSCN6393I dug through my barn stash and found a shelf with a pretty scalloped edge.

04-DSCN6400The thickness of the boards were just the right fit for the vanity gap. I took the shelf apart…

05-DSCN6410…cut it to size, set it in the gap and attached it.

06-DSCN6415The next obstacle was the groove that ran down one side. I think a panel must have been attached in the groove. I found some old trim in the barn and cut and attached a piece to each side of the vanity so that it was uniform.

There were also a few colorful words scratched into the sides by a previous (and probably adolescent) owner. I had to sand quite a bit more in these areas.

07-DSCN6422I removed the handles and painted everything green.08-DSCN6424A little sanding to shabby it up. I reattached the handles, but I replaced the two knobs on top for something I thought matched better. I don’t think the old knobs were original to the vanity anyway.

The drawers slid in about 2 inches to far. I added small blocks behind the drawers to stop them at the edge of the opening.You can’t see this little detail, but it’s there.

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Lastly, I papered the bottom of the drawers with wallpaper that coordinated with the paint color.

Enjoy!

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Polka Dotted Pony-Tutorial

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This little rocking horse was first pictured in my post on the Sorority Craft Show last month.

I decided with Christmas coming on strong, I would show how it was transformed from junk into the polka dotted pony. This pony sold quickly at that same show. I’m hoping some small child will be captivated by it on Christmas morning.

My kids are no longer little, but I still can’t pass up a wooden rocking horse at a yard sale. They can usually be restyled quite quickly, and they sell really well at craft sales. This rocking horse was quickly transformed into a pearled polka dot pony in just a few hours. It needed a few minor repairs, but nothing a little tender loving care couldn’t fix.

Things You Will Need:

Wooden rocking horse
Optional tools for repairs
Acrylic latex paint for the body
Paintbrush
Card stock
Cricut Expression, or penny and small scissors
Stencil brush
Acrylic latex paint for the polka dots
White, metallic, pearl paint
Water

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Step 1
Make any repairs needed on your horse. My horse had a broken hand grip, loose head and a large chip on one of the rockers. It had also been previously painted with a dimensional paint. The handle grip was originally quite long. I simply cut it down, repositioned it and glued it in place using wood glue. I think the new length is perfect. The head was held on by screws. I removed the screws and added wood glue between the connecting points. The screws were then reattached. Once dry, the head didn’t budge. The chip was filled with wood putty and sanded. Once painted, I couldn’t see the fix at all. Lastly, I used a palm sander to remove all the raised paint details of the horse’s previous life. I also sanded off the eyes and a child’s name so that they wouldn’t shadow through the new paint job.

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Step 2
Choose your paint color for the pony’s new body. I used a lime green wall paint that I picked up at a yard sale. The paint was a little bright, but I planned on toning it down before I was through. Two coats were plenty to achieve complete coverage. Depending on what paint you use, you may need more or less.

Step 3
Make a 3/4-inch circle stencil using card stock. I cut my stencil using my Cricut Expression, but you could trace a penny on card stock and cut out the center.

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Step 4
Randomly stencil polka dots on the horse head, seat and outside edges of the rocker using the stencil and a contrasting acrylic paint. I used brown acrylic paint for my polka dots. Allow the paint to dry.

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Step 5
Thin white, metallic, pearl paint with water. Paint the entire surface of the pony. This will lighten your base coat and polka dots, seal your surface, and provide a dreamy pearl finish to your pony.

Most any wooden rocking horse will work with this paint project. For that matter, any old wooden toy or previously loved wooden furnishing could be restyled in the same way. Note: If your horse has reins or a cloth mane and tail, you will want to remove them. You may find that your horse doesn’t need them after all. If you don’t plan on reattaching them, fill the tack or screw holes with wood putty before painting.

Wall Shelf-Restyled

After my last painting project, I decided I needed something easy-peasey.

I had picked this shelf up at a yard sale last summer. Not terrible, but I could tell it was one of those items that was purchased in a box, and put together with those funky screws that click into something when you turn them ‘just so’. I don’t like the screw heads. They are big and annoyingly obvious. Camouflaging them is what I was going for…Not sure if I succeeded, but I like the way it turned out anyway.

I painted the shelf using a light green paint I had on hand. I them sanded all the sharp edges to give it a worn look.

It wasn’t quite there yet. Finally, I randomly dry brushed a light touch of white paint to the outside of the shelf. Sanding the entire surface blended it all together.

All done! And I didn’t spill a thing! 😉

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Green Painted Dresser

This dresser was missing the top drawer, but that didn’t stop me from believing it had possibilities.

I removed the slide guide for the missing drawer. After a light sanding I painted the surface using a flat green wall paint. I also painted the interior where the missing drawer would have been.

The green paint made quite an improvement to the dresser’s appearance, but it had no character.

I mixed white gesso with water until it was an inky consistency. Working in sections, I applied the gesso with a sponge brush and immediately wiped it off. This gave the painted surface an aged, chalky appearance. Better, but it wasn’t quite there.

To add a bit more “shabby” to my project, I sanded over the surface.

I measured the dimensions inside the dresser where the drawer should have been and cut a scrap piece of paneling to fit. The paneling then received the same paint treatment as the rest of the dresser. Wood glue was applied to the lip on the front of the opening, and to the brace on the back (inside). The paneling was inserted and books were placed on top to weigh it down until the glue dried.

Lastly, I found two baskets in my stash of junk. They were spruced up with white spray paint.

Ta-Dah!

I love it! I’m selling it only because I have no place for it. :(

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday

Keeping It SimpleSumo's Sweet StuffMakingCreative Corner Hop

Tuesday

PhotobuckethomeworkThe DIY Dreamer

Wednesday

Adorned From AboveWhite Lights on WednesdaysManic MotherFine Craft GuildDaisy Cottage Designs
Wow Us Wednesdays

 

Thursday

shabby creek cottageCatch a Glimpse ButtonSomewhat SimpleThe 36th AVENUEThe Taylor HousePhotobucketBeyond The Picket FencePhotobucketThis Silly Girl's LifeDesigned DecorDomestic Superherohttp://www.seven-alive.com/Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31

All Things Pretty

 

Friday

The Shabby NestThe Fun In Functional @ Practically Functional - Wednesdays @ 8amHappy Hour ProjectsI'm Lovin' It at TidyMomRooted In ThymeFidlin' Fridays Link Party

Saturday

Too Much Time On My HandsFunky Junk's Sat Nite SpecialYour Homebased MomThe Girl Creative


Sunday

DIY Show Off

Weekend

Lovely Crafty Home