Sunday, July 29, 2012

Not Your Average Coffee Table

I picked up this coffee table with leather top at a consignment shop recently.  I've been wanting to try another Mod Podge (decoupage) project after doing this side table.
I  figured I'd Mod Podge the leather top...

I decided to use old sheet music to cover the leather, mostly because I think it's beautiful, but also because I've seen other bloggers doing really cool things with sheet music, such as....

Miss Mustard Seed
Miss Mustard Seed

 I used a small paintbrush to put a thick coat of Mod Podge directly onto the leather, as well as both sides of the sheet music, before smoothing it onto the top of the table.  It's kind of impossible to smooth out every last air bubble, but I have found that you can poke them with a needle to "pop" the bubbles once dried.  The Mod Podge dries to a smooth, hard finish.  It's a pretty cool product.

Here's the finished table...definitely not your average table, but very cool, nonetheless.

See "For Sale" section for detail on buying.

Friday, July 27, 2012

A Sweet Little Entryway Table

This unfinished, console/entry table looked sad and pretty boring when I found it at a consignment store.  The shape of the table was very pretty, however, and I knew it would look nice all dressed up with some paint.

After some primer, paint, sanding, and waxing, she is a more glamorous version of her former self.
It's a very simple table, but I think it would look elegant in an entryway, or behind a sofa.

See "For Sale" section for details on purchasing!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sister Side Tables

I found these coordinating side tables at two different yard sales.  When I saw the second one, I couldn't believe how similar it was to the one I had found the week before.  They were exactly the same price.  They aren't identical but they coordinate so well.  Long long sisters!

The first step was to clean them really well.  Next, I painted them with two coats of chalk paint.  I had to fill the holes left by the old hardware, as it was in bad condition and I wanted to use new hardware that only needed one hole. 

I bought some Gold Leaf paint a while back and decided that it would work well on these tables.
Here they are after chalk paint, gold leaf paint on the raised details, and some distressing with sandpaper...

I liked them like this, but I wanted them to have more of an aged, worn look (some people probably think this is crazy, but I like it!)  I decided to experiment with some glaze.  I brushed on the glaze (you buy it at a hardware store and mix it with whatever paint color you choose) and then wiped most of it off with a damp rag.  It leaves you with an aged patina.

Can you see the difference in the finish?  In the photo on the left, the tables have been glazed...

Here are some more photos of the finished product...


I painted the hardware with the same gold leaf paint.  I think this gold leaf stuff is my new obsession...

I love these side tables.  I kind of want to keep them for myself but I've got to resist the temptation!
The color is hard to describe.  They were off-white but the glaze tinged them a soft green color, but I wouldn't call them GREEN..if that makes sense??

They are definitely very pretty.  Check out the For Sale section for details on buying them!

Friday, July 20, 2012

A Chair Affair

I found these chairs at a yard sale recently.  Three chairs is an awkward number but I grabbed them anyway because I loved the carved backs.

The first step in rehabbing these old chairs was removing FOUR layers of old fabric from each seat.  It took forever and my hands were killing me and I considered throwing them across the room...
I persisted, however, and here is the finished product, after some paint and new fabric.

I made a rookie mistake on these chairs and did not measure my fabric before I started upholstering the seats.  It looked like I had plenty, but when I got to the third seat, I was two inches too short any way I cut it! So if you are wondering why there are only two chairs where there used to be three, that is why!
I'm going to sell these separately (three was a weird number of chairs anyway) but if anyone wants to buy the three chairs together, I will gladly reupholster them in a new, matching fabric. 

The fabric, by the way, is a purplish-gray color with pale pink dots.  It is hard to see in photos.

I can picture the armchair looking really pretty in a bedroom.  The paint is the same color as this bureau (the lighting makes the color look different, but they are an exact match....

Happy Friday everyone!

A Hope Chest Transformation

I painted this beautiful piece of furniture for an awesome lady named Karen.  It was her mother's hope chest and Karen was hoping to give it a modern update.

I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Chateau Gray (more green than gray), distressed it a tiny bit, and then sealed it with furniture wax.  The knobs (which Karen ordered) set this piece apart from any others I've done.  They are so beautiful and fun.  I am really happy with the result!

Thanks Karen!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Vanity Bench Makeover

I found this little vanity bench at a yard sale recently.  It was love at first sight.

The fabric was in horrible condition, so the first step was to remove it.  I used a screwdriver to remove all of these original nails...

I was left with the original wooden seat..

I cut new foam to size and then stapled cotton batting to the seat.  I then chose a fabric (one that I've used before but really like) and stapled that over the batting. 

I painted the frame an off-white color and applied a furniture wax as a sealant. 

Here's the finished product...

See "For Sale" section if you are interested in owning this little lady!