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A Nightstand for Lucy’s Nursery: Before & After

Lucy is almost 8 months old, and her nursery still isn’t finished yet. Whoops!

I found this nightstand awhile ago at a thrift store for $25. It is completely solid and in perfect condition, but it was pretty outdated and in desperate need of a makeover.

I love the feminine lines of french provincial furniture. I always think these piececs look beautiful in nurseries.

Here is the before:

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I used Valspar ‘Champagne Pink’ to make my homemade chalk paint. After two coats of paint, I sanded the entire piece with 800 grits sandpaper for a smoother finish. I sealed the piece Annie Sloan Wax in clear. I have tried a bunch of different waxes, and I always come back to it. It is expensive, but it does last through several pieces of painted furniture. It’s easy and smooth to work with AND it doesn’t have a horrible chemical smell

I also spray painted the original hardware gold.

Here is the after:

Nursery nightstand before and after in pink and gold. Painted furniture. See more at shabbytochicdesigns.com

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I love how it turned out. It fits perfectly in her pink and gold nursery!

Desk Before and After

I absolutely love vintage desks. Whenever I have a chance to purchase one for a good price, I jump on it. They are great candidates for a makeover, and they generally sell pretty well if you are in the furniture painting business. We found this piece at a local thrift store:

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I love that it’s solid wood and all the dovetailed drawers work perfectly. It has some cool details that I knew would look amazing distressed. The only issue is had was the top was a bit warp, but I fixed that with my sander and wood fill.

Here are some shots of the AFTER:

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 I’m going to give all the details of this finish over at Furniture Painting School once it launches. We will have a “Get the Finish” series once a week, where we’ll share the exact recipes of our furniture makeovers.

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I love how to dark wood looks peaking through the light blue paint. I used homemade chalk paint for both shades, and I love how it distresses using the wet distress method.

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Because of the warping, I sanded down its top and re-stained it a beautiful dark wood tone to match the original wood peaking through.

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I originally thought I would spray paint the original hardware, but they ended up being too bulky. I didn’t want to invest too much money on knobs, so I found these for less than a dollar each. I think they work perfectly.

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Vanity Dresser Before & After

I found this vanity/dresser at a thrift store and knew it would look perfect painted white with some extra shabbiness.  Its drawers were perfect (which is rare for me lately), and it was really in perfect condition.

Here is the before:

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Here is the after:

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To get the look I painted it with two coats of my DIY chalk paint (I will be posting my updated recipe soon!). I then distressed all the details and edges for a soft worn look.

Here are a few close up pictures of the distressing:

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I waxed it with clear wax and buffed it for a soft shine. I love my DIY chalk paint, because it’s so easy to work with and it is SO much cheaper than name brand chalk paint. I do tend to use name brand every once in awhile, because I do love it. I’m planning on doing a comparison series soon!

Have a great weekend!

Jessica

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Furniture Painting Tutorial: Worn Turquoise

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I realized I forgot to take a lot of before shots of a lot of these pieces, which is a bummer. I get so excited about starting a project that I forget! I am trying to become better at that, because I know all of us love before and after photos for inspiration! 

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I absolutely LOVE turquoise. It’s my favorite color, but I don’t have a way of working it into my home at the moment, so when I needed to fill my booth with new pieces, I was so excited to finally try out Annie Sloan’s Florence! It has this vibrant, bold vibe to it which I really dig.

It’s such a gorgeous color, isn’t it?

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A few months ago I found a cheap dresser that I knew would be perfect for this repurposing project. It was in perfect condition. I didn’t have to sand anything down or fill in any holes or scratches – which is always  rare plus!

Here is a quick cell phone shot of the BEFORE:

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Dresser Before & After

I found this dresser at a local thrift store, and it was in pretty rough shape. Someone had painted its nooks and crannies with red paint, which was chipping off. Also, the top was in really rough shape.

I began to fix some of its chips and nicks, but then decided to just embrace the imperfections.

BEFORE

I painted the frame and drawers old white followed by a dark glaze. Then I re-stained the top.

AFTER

I didn’t have a chance to take a good picture before I brought it to my booth, so I had to snap a couple quick pictures in not the best lighting.

 

Repurposed Dresser Before & After

I have really been needing a sideboard for my dining room for awhile now, and when I found this dresser for 15 dollars on Craigslist I knew it was perfect. It came to me in really rough shape, and smelled like it had been in someone’s basement for the past ten years. I threw some baking soda in all the drawers and let it sit for a week or so before I started its’ makeover.

 

 This piece really needed a lot of work. Veneer was chipping off all over the place, and there were dents and scratches all over it. I decided to keep all the dents and scratches on it in order for it to look really aged.

I took all the drawers out and completely sanded the entire piece. Then I primed both the drawers and frame and let it cure for a couple of days. The most important step when repurposing furniture is to ensure you properly prep the piece. Unless you are using Ann Sloan chalk paint, you mostly always need to sand and prime.

After my prep work I painted the entire piece a bright white.

 

I wanted the piece to look aged, so I decided to go with my favorite aging method: glazing. I used an old, cheap makeup brush to paint each drawer with tinted glaze.

Afterwards I wiped off the glaze with a damp rag, then repeated this process with a dry rag. Everyone has a different method of glazing, and this is what works best for me. I focus on small sections of a piece of furniture at a time.

I sealed the piece with a wax, and added new hardware from Hobby Lobby on the bottom two drawers. I kept the original hardware on the smaller drawers.

I love how it came out!

Here is a close up shot of the repurposed dresser where you can see how the glaze ages the piece. I also took a piece of sandpaper and distressed the decorative accents.

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