Shabby-Antiqued Cupboard

7-DSCF4396Shabby-Antiqued Cupboard

1-DSCF4040This cupboard was a find my youngest son brought home to me.

2-DSCF4042It had fabulous bones, but it was very blah. Just perfect for a restyle.

3-DSCF4230I started with a layer of light green paint, then continued with several coats of white.

4-DSCF4384I sanded it into yummy, shabby chic submission. I knew I would be sanded it after painting, but I had no idea if the green paint would be visible in the end. It was, but you have to look very, very close.

5-DSCF4385Not satisfied with the amount of green actually showing, I painted a green medallion on top and to the front of each door.

6-DSCF4391I completed the cupboard with an antiqued finish.


Shabby Chic Shelf

14-DSCF3994Shabby Chic Shelf

09-DSCF3950Another garage sale find. Oops, this picture was taken after I had fixed structural issues. It was in pieces because it was missing several screws.

10-DSCF3971I decided to make it a match to the shabby chic iron vanity chair from my previous post. With that in mind, the same painting technique was used.

11-DSCF3973Both baskets came with the shelf. The top basket was lined, but the green checked fabric didn’t fit in with my shabby chic vision. Using the old lining as a pattern, I made a new one using white eyelet fabric and eyelet ruffle trim.

13-DSCF3987Another singed flower that matched the chair was also added to the basket.

15-DSCF3980Here are the two pieces together.


Shabby Chic Iron Vanity Chair

08-DSCF3988Shabby Chic Iron Vanity Chair

01-DSCF3937This was another find from my garage sale treasure hunt in Rose Hill, Kansas.

03-DSCF3945I got it for a steal, mostly because it would tip over backwards when someone sat in it. I knew immediately what the problem was. Unfortunately you can’t see what the problem was in these pics because I got excited and fixed it before grabbing the camera.

02-DSCF3941Basically, the problem was the braces between the legs. I took them off, turned them around and reattached them to the chair. This adjusted the legs to the way they were supposed to be. Score!

05-DSCF3962The chair had such cute lines, but I knew I would like it better with a shabby chic look. The technique I used wasn’t very technical.

04-DSCF3956I pounced white paint onto the iron and then painted a layer of pearl medium over the white.

06-DSCF3966I recovered the seat using white eyelet fabric. It was already quite a transformation, but it just didn’t seem done.

07-DSCF3984I decided to add a bit more girly-girl frill. I made a singed flower with some white lining fabric, lace and pearl beads.

08-DSCF3988It’s tied to the front of the chair with crinkled seam binding ribbon, but that’s just for the photo. It will be turned to the back of the chair so that it doesn’t get squished when the chair is being used.


Bentwood Cafe Chairs-Restyle

3-DSCF3923Bentwood Cafe Chairs

1-DSCF3905My husband and I found these cute chairs at the Rose Hill, Kansas citywide garage sales. They were in very good shape, but because they were placed on separate sides of the yard, we didn’t realize until we got them home that they were not a matched pair. Close, but no cigar. The chair on the right it slightly shorter than the other, the seat is a tiny bit smaller and the curvature of the bentwood on the back is not quite the same.

No worries. They most likely will never be set beside each other. The differences will not be noticeable.

Since they were in such great condition, the most I had to do to get them ready for transformation was to tighten a few screws, clean and sand.

2-DSCF3916Then it was time for my mad scientist skills to come out. I had my heart set on a certain color of paint, but I didn’t have it. It took me a while, but I managed to mix a few colors that I had to get the shade I wanted. I just love this color.

5-DSCF3926A light dry brushing of white…

4-DSCF3924…completed the look I was going for.

3-DSCF3923They look so fresh and happy.


1940s Child’s Table-Restyled

10-DSCF39061940s Child’s Table-Restyled

01-DSCF3745This is the ugly duckling this table started out as. I picked it up a few weeks ago at a yard sale. The owners told me it had been the children’s art table in their grandmother’s house. It had been in the family since the 1940’s. Yep, it showed. Most people would not and did not give this pitiful piece of furniture a second look. That’s probably why I got it for a steal, although I am pretty sure the previous owners were laughing hilariously as I drove away with it. That’s okay…I’m kinda used to that reaction. :)

03-DSCF3751After I got it home I did have second, third and fifty-leven thoughts on whether I could actually restyle it into something fabulous.

02-DSCF3746The taped legs were a dead give away that they had huge problems.

The table-top was covered with a piece of linoleum (also probably from the 40s). Another issue was the large knot-hole.

I started by removing the linoleum. Sounds simple, right? Uh, no. This took me about three days working on it off and on. I don’t know what was used to glue the linoleum down, but it did not want to give it up. I finally got the linoleum removed and then I used a belt sander to remove the old petrified glue.

Then there was that big knot-hole. I attached a thin piece of wood to the underside of the table to cover the hole. That gave the hole a “floor”. I had a pile of sawdust that I hadn’t cleaned up from a previous woodworking project and it became the inspiration for my hole filler. I mixed the sawdust with wood glue and packed it into the hole. After it dried I re-sanded the table-top to blend.

05-DSCF3871When the tape came off of the legs it was apparent they were too old and rickety to salvage. Replacing them was the only option.

04-DSCF3869Taking the old ones off was no easy feat. This is the bowl of nails, screws and bolts that I pulled out of the legs. Incredible! I don’t think any of them was a match to another.

The castors did not look original to the table and they were a bit of a pain. I felt like I was constantly chasing the table as I was working on it. I cut the new legs long enough to compensate for the removed casters.

06-DSCF3899There were so many holes (from the removed nails and such) and scars on this table that I wasn’t quite sure what kind of finish would look best. I liked the flaws and I wanted to retain the history of the table. I began with a fresh coat of red paint over the entire thing. After closing one eye and squinting the other I had a light bulb moment. Crackle!

07-DSCF3901One side at a time, I applied white glue and white paint to crackle.

09-DSCF3911Working off and on, it took me two days. I think it was worth it.

08-DSCF3913I added a handle to the drawer to complete the project.