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  • DIY Chalk Paint Recipe and a Dresser Makeover

    It’s April! I love April. Mainly because I get to celebrate Easter(even though it landed in March this year), April fools day *winks*,  our church’s General Conference, our anniversary (7 years this year!!!) and hubby’s birthday all jam packed into one fantastic month! Also, it starts to get warmer and Spring is on its way to NY! I can’t wait to be out of the 30-40 degree weather range. Anyway, I am super excited to share with you my grey chalk paint dresser makeover today! I did this makeover at the end of my pregnancy  when it was 20-something degrees outside and I loved that I could do this project without moving the furniture outside. I simply slid some cardboard under the legs of the dresser and painted it right where she stood! That is seriously one of the best things about using chalk paint! You may remember this dresser from my original Master Bedroom post where my bedroom was black, white and mustard yellow. I gave it a makeover in a glossy black and adorned it with zebra handles. I…

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    How to stencil a design on furniture {Biplane Dresser Makeover}

    My two little boys share a bedroom and it is a vintage airplane themed room. My kids love airplanes so we knew it was perfect for them. They have loved it! You can see the full post and lots of photos here. Fast forward… and baby boy #3 is expected to arrive in March! This bedroom is super super spacious so we aren’t worried about squeezing the little babe and his stuff into the room.  I have a list of about 800 million projects for baby but I needed to start with painting his dresser since we will be losing our warm weather here in New York pretty much any day now. I looked for a dresser with a “flat front” for a month or so. I knew what I wanted to do with it but finding it was not easy. Craigslist and thrift stores were not helping me out. Then, one day I stumbled into a nearby thrift store “just to check” after the gym one day and there she was! It was marked $55 which is more than I…

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  • Coral and Gold TV Console

    It’s done! YAY! Little refresher: I am adding lots of color, including coral, to my living/family room. I picked up a dresser than I planned on using for a tv console a few weeks ago from a yard sale for $35. My limit when buying used furniture is $40 so I was happy to keep this purchase under that. I was super nervous about painting a big piece a bold color but with a little nudging from a few of my dear friends, I DID IT and boy am I in LOVE with the turn out! …and here she is after a few coat of Sherwin Williams “Emotional” mixed with a bit of white paint.   I really love the legs, the detail and the little gold knobs! Man, I love it all!  What do you think? Are you a coral + gold fan??…

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  • White and Grey Distressed Buffet (fave projects repost)

    Here’s another one of our favorite and most clicked projects on our blog. This piece is timeless and is still one of our favorite furniture makeovers to date!  Are you ready for one of our favorite makeovers ever??  I found this buffet at a second hand store in October a few short months ago! 🙂  I had a hard time deciding exactly what I wanted to do with it.   Sell it?  Keep it?  What color?  Ahhhhhhh!!!   The woodwork and the detail on this piece is so amazing, so it had to be perfect!  I FINALLY figured it out! I wanted white AND the details accented in grey!  It turned out to be a match made in Heaven!! Here she is BEFORE: AND… drum roll please….  Looooooove!!!!! Check out that detail! A-MA-ZING! Let’s take a peek inside!  Hello, gorgeous! Perfect place for extra storage! See the chevron wall tutorial here. The greatest thing is, I bought this piece and did a complete makeover for less than $50!! I know, right?! Mallory says this is her favorite makeover that I’ve done! …

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    Homemade Chalk Paint

    Ever Since I saw Annie Sloan Chalk Paint I fell in love but I did not love the price tag! I have been on the look out for a recipe for the chalky paint. My recipe is a little different from the ones I found. Here is my recipe: 1 Cup of flat latex paint 1 Tablespoon of unsanded grout water (add this the 2nd try) With this chalk paint there is no prep work. I simply brushed on the paint with a plain paint brush. The first time I tried this it was kind of a mess! The paint was VERY gritty and hard to work with. The second time I tried the chalk paint I mixed a little bit of water with the grout and then added the mixture to paint!  The result was SOOOO much better! The paint was very smooth but don’t get me wrong the paint was thick but it was way better. The dresser I used my homemade chalk on is a great piece that I bought from my aunt. It is the perfect dresser to help…

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  • Black and Zebra Dresser Makeover

    I found this dresser at a thrift store for $20.  It wasn’t marked so I asked the lady up front and she said “umm.. how about $20!?” I’m thinking..”$20 = sold!” and I found the mirror on the side of the road on a rainy yucky day. I knew exactly what I was going to do with her when I found her! Just a little FYI, browse the “Free Stuff” section of craigslist when you’re bored. I find something cool a few times a week and try to snatch it up! It’s not always easy because some people beat you to it but if you’re fast, you can get cool stuff for FREEEEE!!! Practically my favorite word ever. Don’t they look like they belonged together in another life? Long lost relatives reunited! The mirror needed a little jazzing up so I added some wood appliques that I got from Hobby Lobby for $1.99! Then, I called Savannah up the other day and said “here’s the deal, I am at a road block in my head for this dresser and all I…

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  • Anthropologie Inspired Ordinal Dresser

    I’ve spotted a few different renditions of Anthro’s Ordinal Dresser and every time I see it, I just love it so much! I am working on my boys’ room and I thought this would fit well with the Big Boy Airplane-esque room. This is the dresser they had; we got it off of Craigslist when we first moved in. First, I sanded the whole piece down to the bare wood using my orbital sander. I hand painted it with “Oops” paint that I picked up for $6. Love it! Then, I distressed the heck out of the drawers and sides with my sander. I made a stencil and hand-painted the numbers. Before the paint was dry, I took a damp rag and wipes some of the black paint off to give it more of a weathered look. Finally, I added rope for the handles. The rope was a dollar store find.  I used a lighter to age the rope as well. ….and here she is! I made the road map wreath for their room using this tutorial using a foam…

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  • Retro Dresser turned TV Console

    I found this sad little dresser on Craigslist for $15 and the family selling it lived like 2 minutes away from me so I drove over there, put the back seats down and shoved it in my little SUV!  I didn’t really NEED a dresser but I did NEED a console for my tv in my living room. I wanted something a little retro/modern looking because I will have a lot of other fun stuff going on in my living room. I had my hubs sand it down for me while I made dinner 🙂 We also removed the top 2 drawers and the drawer track to make a cubby space for our DVD player and other tv components. TIP: We always tape off the back of the piece if we are not painting the back. All you have to do is tape off the back creating kind of a shield (see pic at right) and if you spray from the front of the piece, you don’t get messy overspray on the back and you end up with a clean…

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  • Vintage striped dresser makeover

    I LOVE navy blue and stripes; so, when Lindsay from The Wax Doll asked me to transform a desk and dresser she had into something special for her little boy I was SO excited!   Here is the Before:    The flowers on the desk and dresser needed some MAJOR updating! The desk and dresser had nothing special… very plain and straight lines so I wanted to give it some character by adding vintage looking stripes to match her boys’ room.   And here are the almost finished AFTER pics!              I first painted the dressers white then let it dry over night, the next day I taped the whole dresser with the blue painters taped.. then I peeled off every other piece.. that way I did not have to measure everything out but I knew the width of each stripe was perfect! Then, I painted the desk and dresser navy blue. I peeled off the tape right away.. then let them dry over night. Then, I hand sanded the both pieces. I buffed a few of the stripes a little…

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