Friday, November 20, 2009

Furniture Friday Makeover

Have you ever wondered how to make a painted piece of funiture look old? 
I'm going to show the cheapeast, easiest way to do it. 

The first thing that I did was to spray paint the table. Then I took a piece of sandpaper and gave it a quick sanding, paying close attention the the edges. 

After wiping the piece down, I rub a little brown acrylic paint mixed with a little bit of water all over it. I work in small sections. About the size of half of the top of the table. Then I wipe most of it off, trying to use long straight strokes. If you wipe in a circular motion on the large flat surface, it may show up.  You don't have to be so neat anywhere else..

Furniture Feature Fridays

O.k.  So it doesn't look like I used long, straight strokes. But on the final time around, I really did.
You may need to add a little water to your rag.

It didn't really show up on the photo as well as I hoped it would.

The final step is so easy. I use floor wax/paste to give it a little extra protection and shine. 
You rub it all over the piece, let it sit a minute or two, then you wipe it off.  
Give it a little time to dry before handling it.

I hope that made sense. I'm not sure how everyone else antiques furniture but this is how I have done it for years. If anyone has any distressing tips...please comment here. I would love to here them.

Have a great weekend and be sure to stop by Miss Mustard Seeds blog to find more great furniture makeovers.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Furniture Friday Makeover

This weeks makeover not only consists of painting an old piece but I also added several pieces together to make it look like one big piece of furniture. I found the buffet at my local St. Vincent DePaul. It was dark and beat up. I added a several coats of white paint and wax. (I always add floor wax to my painted pieces. I like the finish it creates and it helps protect it.) In my process of decorating, I noticed that the mirror was the perfect size. One idea led to another and the next thing you know, I'm adding a shelf and brackets. It has turned out to be a great piece for displaying Holiday items.

Furniture Feature Fridays

Stop by Miss Mustard Seeds blog to find more great furniture makeovers.
Have a great weekend,

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Parisian Message Board

Pink and Black Parisian Message Board

I found this frame curbside and once again I forgot to get a before photo. I'm sure all of you have seen a frame like this one before...offwhite and gold. I gave it a quick coat of black glossy spray paint.

I wasn't able to use my favorite tool ( a staple gun) because of the thickness so I used my second favorite (a glue gun) to attach the fabric to a piece of foam core board that was covered with several pieces of thick , felt- like fabric. Be sure to cut the final, decorative fabric an inch or two bigger than the cutout. You'll need to wrap the final layer around the edge and glue on the back. This way you will hide all of the layers, you won't see the glue thru the fabric, and it gives it a more finished look.

For the trim pieces, I simply glued them on each end to the back. I glued vintage buttons at the criss cross to finish it off.
I found hot glue works great on fabric... no special glue needed.
(I have trim glued on chairs seats that have lasted for years.)

Happy Thursday


Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Happy Tuesday!
 I know this is a little late but this was Rowan's costume this year. It is my all time favorite. Almost everything came from the thrift store and everything else except for the straw came from home. She was comfy and warm except for the crow occasionally poking her in the cheek.
Have a great week!

If you are ever in Milford, OH...

come see my booth that I share with my friend Brenda. 
The Mercantile Mall
100 & 104 Main Street
Milford, Ohio 45150