Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Furniture makeovers around the house

First off, if you follow me on Instagram, you might know that I have strep, again! I'm feeling much better today, than I was yesterday, though! While I sit on the sofa, I thought I'd finally share some furniture makeovers with you!

I've done all of these makeovers since we've moved in. These won't be full tutorials like I usually do because for the most part, the makeovers were very simple! I will direct you to previous tutorials where I used similar techniques though!

First up, is a gorgeous buffet I found on Craigslist. I think I paid about $150 for this piece. It is heavy, solid wood and I just couldn't get over the gorgeous detail on it.



I love, love, love this piece and how it turned out. I knew that I wanted it to be blue, so I picked Cool Dusk by Behr. I just gave it one good coat of paint (no priming), let it dry, then glazed it, using this method. After the glaze was dry (it only takes minutes), I distressed it with a sanding block until I was happy with the look. I gave it a final coat of Varathane Polyurethane in Satin to protect the finish. I rubbed Rub n Buff in Ebony on the original hardware to make it more dull.

Next up is an old coffee table we have had for years. I had been looking into play/coloring tables for Audrey online, when it dawned on me to just paint this one, and use it for that. It worked out perfectly! My first instinct was to paint it white, but when I thought about how much wear and tear it would get from crafts, coloring, and things like that I decided not to. I used the same blue as I did for the dining buffet. After all, her favorite color is blue! She was pretty excited when she saw it for the first time, and said, "Mommy made it blue for you!"



I used the same exact technique for painting and distressing this table as I did for the dining buffet above. The chairs are antiques from this Etsy shop.

A little note about this area of the kitchen...I had originally planned on getting a large china cabinet/buffet to go here, but the idea of Audrey having her own little space here was just too perfect. She spends time here every day, snacking, playing, painting and coloring. I store all of her art supplies and some "supervision only" items (like sensory bins), and learning time activities in the white cabinet. That piece used to be in her room (you might recognize it), but I added the doors back on, and painted them with chalkboard paint. I also plan on painting the wall to the right with chalkboard paint so she can have easier access to it.

The gold framed cork board on the wall used to be a painting (another treasure from my Aunt Ange), which I just covered in stick-on cork board. I use it to hang Audrey's artwork, and she loves seeing her own creations on display!

A quick and easy project I did for Audrey's playroom was just to paint this old bookshelf.


After: (Sorry, but I definitely did not tidy up before taking this picture! Real life!)

I literally put a coat of gray paint that I had leftover from our townhouse on this and called it a day. I didn't even do a protective top coat. Normally I don't recommend skipping that step, but I wanted to get to use this piece right away, and I wasn't too worried about it getting naturally "distressed". 

Last, is probably my favorite piece so far. This came with the dining buffet. The Craigslist seller was selling them together and it was such a good deal that I just couldn't pass it up. I knew I'd use this piece somewhere even though I came across it accidentally while locating my buffet! It's just so pretty! It reminds me of something from Beauty and The Beast.


Don't you think?! :)


I decided to put this in Audrey's room and paint it Enamelware by Martha Stewart. I gave it one coat and lightly distressed it with a sanding block before giving it a final coat of Varathane Poly in Satin. I rubbed Rub n Buff in Antique Gold on the original hardware. The pretty garland on it is from the Etsy shop, Project Paper. I just love this piece in her room, it's so pretty and feminine and we use it to put all of her special pictures, books and trinkets in. 

So that's what I've been working on since we've moved in...besides general decorating and unpacking! Yes....still unpacking! 

My next furniture project will be to give our cane dining chairs a makeover (something I am dreading because it's going to be a big project!). You might have caught a glimpse of them in the photos above. I will keep you posted when those are in the works! If you'd like quick and "real time" updates, be sure to follow along on Instagram. It's much easier for me to share a picture there than to do a blog post mid-project:)

Hope you are all having a great week so far!


  1. I have been following your blog for a while and I love your work! WOW! But my gut reaction was how could you stand do to all that painting, etc while pregnant? I was nauseous and dizzy for most of my pregnancy, and to top it off, I have asthma, just looking at your action shots of how you are doing this all is making me wheezy! Do you have industrial fans or is the higher quality paint less strong smelling? And how do you do it all with such a darling precocious toddler/kid?? Does she not get in the way?

    1. Thanks! I honestly wasn't very sick at all during my pregnancy with Audrey, so I was able to tackle a few projects! I used zero VOC paint which is safe and has very little odor to it...and of course I always opened windows when possible.
      As for doing projects now, I can't do them while I'm alone with Audrey during the day, so I either have to do them at night when she's asleep, or on the weekend when Josh can hang out with her!


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