Fab Furniture Flippin’ May Contest  Mod Podge “Garden Treasures”

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This May was Mod Podge’s 50th anniversary and to celebrate the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest sponsor was Mod Podge!! Oh man do I love Mod Podge!! I use this stuff on so many projects of mine! From decoupaging fabric and paper to transferring images on ceramic, wood and more!  This month’s theme is “Garden Treasures”.  I received 2 different types of Mod Podge to complete this project.  One was a type meant for fabric or paper decoupage and the other was a hard coat meant to be used as a sealant.


Who knew there were so many types of Mod Podge?? I didn’t!

I had a tough time trying to decide what to makeover for this month’s contest. I finally decided to work on these 2 folding  chairs I had found on the curb a couple of years ago. They were sitting in my shed just begging for an update!

I thought these would be adorable with a little update of paint and decorative napkins decoupage on them! I could use them as extra seating on my deck!

First I cleaned them really well and used some paint I had leftover from another project I recently completed. I used Heirloom Traditions Paint in Cobblestone which is a light blueish gray.

Here they are! They look better already but they’re going to look even better with some Mod Podge decoupage!


I decided to decoupage pretty decorative napkins on the seats of the chairs. I bought these pretty napkins on Amazon. They are 3 ply napkins.

This is the underside of the napkin. Because they are 3 ply you need to remove the 2 other layers and only decoupage the top layer.

When you peel back at the edge, you will see the 2 layers and you’ll just peel them slowly off. Now you’re left with one layer. The top.

Here is the top layer.

Next, I used the Mod Podge intended for fabric and brushed it on the surface of the chair with a foam brush in the area of where the napkin will cover. I lay down the napkin and using a piece of clear plastic wrap I rub that over the napkin to minimize any creasing.

I didn’t really mind the creasing too much because I wanted the chairs to look a bit worn and distressed anyway.

Rub really well all over the napkin surface.

When it’s dry I used a sanding sponge on the edges to cleanly cut my edge of the napkin.

Don’t worry if there are some missing spots. Just repeat the same steps and let dry. The piece of napkin will blend in seamlessly.

After it dried I used the hard coat Mod Podge to seal it for outdoor use. I also thought it needed a little ageing and distressing so I used some Minwax special dark wax to give it a little patina and make it look more aged.

Here they are all done! They look so adorable on my deck! Now I have some pretty extra seating next time I have a party!


On another note, and not furniture related, I used Mod Podge to do a paper transfer on this terra cotta pot! Here is a link for the tutorial: Shabby Roses Baby Plaque

I just love the aged, old look I achieved!






Before and After!! Go check out Mod Podge online or at your local craft store and see what you can create!


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Fab Furniture Flippin’ April Contest Cut and Paste with O’verlays!

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I was provided the O’verlays product to complete a project for this contest.

Happy Spring Everyone! The weather is finally warming up, the flowers and leaves are blooming and its that time of year again for another amazing Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest!  This April we were lucky enough to be sponsored by O’verlays. O’verlays are lightweight decorative fretwork that come in many shapes and sizes. They are paintable and are able to attach to furniture, mirrors, walls and glass using an adhesive.  They’re great for dressing up a plain piece of furniture that needs a some wow factor!

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If you surf Pinterest and other decorating websites and blogs, the idea of a vintage sewing table turned beverage center has been floating around for a while now.  I love seeing all the different ideas out there and I always get the itch to make one myself.  I purchased one last year and started to paint it but then I just got too busy with other projects to make something for myself. But once I heard that O’verlays was the sponsor for this months contest the wheels started spinning in my head and I knew exactly what piece I wanted to flip…the sewing table!  I rarely get to paint anything for myself, so this was an especially sweet treat!


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I looked all over to see if I had a before shot of my sewing table, but to no avail…I found this similar one on a google image search to give you an idea of what I started with. The sewing machine was removed from the opening in the center and I went to work.



This is the real sewing table! As you can see, its pretty similar to the one above. I started painting it gray and yellow, but I just wasn’t loving it. I just purchased new outdoor chair cushions from Ikea and I thought maybe I could use them as my inspiration piece! Using a pillow, rug, textile is always a great place to start when you’re trying to come up with a color scheme.



I wasn’t sure what to expect when I got the package from O’verlays. I had never used a product like this before, but I was ready for the challenge and so excited! When I received the package from Overlays, it was taped up so well, you needed a degree to open it!! But that’s good!! I appreciated all the care that went in to shipping it. It came with a brochure and instructions that were very easy to understand.  I received one Jasmine panel which was 24×36 and 4 long strips to frame it.



The pieces come in white. You can paint them before you attach them but I decided to keep them white for this project. Here is the “Jasmine panel. It’s huge, and can cover a lot of area. I still have quite a bit left over.



This is a closeup of the outdoor cushions I purchased and I wanted to use the slate blue and dark gray colors with the white O’verlays for contrast.


I had some leftover paint from some other projects that I had done. Actually, the gray paint is a Behr color called “Smokey Wings” that was an oops paint I got for $5 at Home Depot!! The blue was a sample pot from Sherwin Williams. I made my own Chalk Paint using calcium carbonate that I purchase on Amazon. I add about one cup of cc and a couple of tablespoons of water to 1 quart of paint. Mix well.

The blue is a great match!

Before I started painting, I made sure to clean the piece thoroughly first with some TSP (tri sodium phosphate) and then I rinsed it with some vinegar and water. The TSP really gets off any gunk and build up. I let it dry, and I sanded the old paint down very well with 150 grit sandpaper to give it a “tooth” so the paint would adhere.

This was one coat of the gray on the bottom so far.


Here is the piece painted and ready to get Overlay’d!! I think the colors match the cushion perfectly!


All you need is a matte knife, a measuring tape, liquid nails or some other type of simple adhesive, that’s it, it’s so easy! Make sure to measure correctly before cutting though! Use the old adage, “Measure twice, cut once”!  I probably measure 4 times just in case!  I used a little piece of sandpaper to sand down the edges to remove the roughness.

You can spray paint this trim too! The options are endless!


This is the first side almost done.  I love it!! I used liquid nails to attach the Overlays on there.  I love the Moroccan design!


I decided not to paint them, because I loved how the white popped against the gray. Notice the trim all around the design.  I glued the side trim, then the top then added the design piece and then the bottom trim.


Just the front piece to go, almost done! This project moved very quickly, once I got the hang of scoring and cutting the O’verlays, it was all up in about a half hour or so.


After the adhesive was dry, I made sure to seal the piece using a couple of coats of varnish so that I could leave it outside although I probably will bring it in if it rains, just to be on the safe side.

The sewing table originally had a little handle in the middle, but I filled in the holes with some wood putty and drilled a new hole in the middle to attach a different knob.

I love how this handle adds to the Moroccan vibe! I think I got this one at TJ Maxx.


And here it is! I just love how it came out! It works perfectly with my new cushions!! I can’t wait to entertain out here!

A better view of the side


For the time being  I just used a basket I got from Ikea that was the right dimensions for the opening. I still need to buy an aluminum pan that will fit better inside the opening when I want to put ice and beverages in there. Most restaurant supply stores carry them as well as Amazon.






I can’t wait to entertain on my deck with my beautiful updated new beverage table! I love how it turned out!


Before and After!!

I highly recommend using these Overlays!  They really give a piece personality and make something drab look totally fab! Give them a try!

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Fab Furniture Flippin Contest “Spray It Pretty” HomeRight

Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

“Spray It Pretty” with HomeRight

I have been supplied with a HomeRight  HVLP sprayer.  All opinions are 100% my own.



Happy New Year everyone! And there’s no better way of starting the New Year off right but to begin with another furniture makeover for the Fab Flippin Furniture Contest!!

This month’s sponsor is HomeRight.  HomeRight has a full line of Do It Yourself products that don’t just include paint sprayers and the like. They also sell steamers, heat guns, automotive items and more. For this month’s contest , the theme for the furniture makeover was “Spray it Pretty””so they supplied each participant with their own HVLP (High Velocity Low Pressure) Fine Finish Max Sprayer to use for this contest.

For this contest I  was feeling ambitious and I knew spraying would cut my time in half, so I decided to spray a mid century modern  vintage Bassett dresser AND  matching desk that I had just bought.! I knew this set would be perfect to use this sprayer on!  I wanted an elegant, and regal look for these pieces, so I decided to use a Benjamin Moore color called Ivory Tusk.  I had it made up in Pro Classic by Sherwin Williams in a Satin finish.


What’s great about this  HomeRight HVLP sprayer is that there’s no need for an air compressor. You just plug it in to an outlet! The operation is very easy…unscrew the plastic jar,  and fill with paint that is thinned down. You can really choose any paint you desire. Chalk paint, milk paint, even oil based paint works in this sprayer.  They supply you with a viscosity cup, so you can test the thickness of the paint before you start painting.  I usually set my timer on my phone as I pour my paint through.  If it takes longer than the recommended time to go all the way through the cup, then I thin my paint a bit more.

Here is the dresser that I painted. It was in dirty and dusty when I got this, but the drawers ran smoothly and there were no repairs I had to make. In terms of prep, all I did was give everything a good sanding down  with my palm sander and clean inside and out very well.  I set up the operation in my garage, laid out plenty of tarps and drop cloths and covered anything else that I didn’t want to get paint on.  Another great feature of this sprayer is that there is minimal overspray. You can also change the direction of how you want the spray to come out of the nozzle.  It can be vertical cone, or horizontal depending on the piece of furniture you’re painting.  That helps a lot when you are working on different sizes and shapes of furniture.

Here is before of the desk. Just look at that original faux bamboo hardware!!  I took all the drawers out of the piece and took off all the hardware before spraying.  I sprayed the handles a bright gold to offset the ivory color of the furniture.

Here is the after! Look at that finish!! You could never achieve that lustrous, and brush mark free finish with any paint brush!  Clean up was a breeze.  I took off all the apparatus including the nozzle and the pieces inside it, and cleaned them out in soapy water.  Cleaning everything right away is really key, leaving it too long without cleaning gunks up the nozzle and the other hardware in the gun. It only takes about 5-10 minutes to clean and its well worth the minimal effort.

I must say, this sprayer is really goof proof. You can’t mess this up! I recommend doing a little bit of practice spraying on a board or two beforehand,  but once you get going there’s no turning back! Short, even strokes work best, and building up light layers work beautifully.








You don’t want to linger too long on one area, or the paint will start to pool, so you have to keep your HomeRight sprayer at a good distance and keep the sprayer moving at all times. The gun has a trigger, which when you release the paint stops flowing.




A little close up of the hardware and the smooth, perfect finish that the HomeRight Fine Finish Max Sprayer gave me. You have a lot of control with the sprayer. I didn’t even tape off the inside of the drawers. No overspray got inside, at all.






I’m thrilled with the outcome, and I can’t wait till my next project using the HomeRight HVLP Fine Finish Max Sprayer. A huge thank you to the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest for letting me participate this month’s contest!

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Furniture Makeovers

Upcycled French Script Stenciled Coffee Table 

I rescued this lovely:( round leather coffee table from the side of the road in the rain a couple of weeks ago, Aside from the leather being in not so great shape and a bit wobbly, the rest of the table looked to be solid and well made! I threw it in my truck, brought it home and tried my best to hide it from my husband who now hums the “Sanford and Son” theme song whenever I bring any more furniture home!

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do to it right away, I usually wait a bit for inspiration to strike! I look on Pinterest and other blogs and websites for inspiration. I knew that the leather had to come off because it had too much damage but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do on there to  highlight the center.



The leather had been gouged and torn in many places. Luckily I just started pulling up the leather and it peeled off very easily. Underneath was in fine condition. I filled and sanded down any deep divots in the surface.

I took the legs off the piece, cleaned the whole piece very well and then sanded and cleaned again.  I made my own chalk paint with some calcium carbonate and water and  some  flat latex paint I had leftover from another project. The color was Polished Pearl by Behr.  Here it is with the leather off and the first coat of the chalk paint.


Originally I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in the center so I left it unpainted at first.  Then I decided to paint the center the same as the rest of the table.


Not the best shot, but you get the idea. Here its all painted in the Polished Pearl chalk paint.  Because it is white, it needed about 3 coats of paint, sanded in between each coat.


Then inspiration struck! I had gotten some stencils for Christmas from my mom that I had been wanting for some time and I decided to use the  old french script stencil in the center of the table.  I just used some black acrylic paint I got from Michael’s.


Here is the top halfway done, and it looks so pretty with the stencil on there. You just need to make sure to line up the marks at the top and bottom so you stay straight.



I started the stencil in the center at the bottom and worked my way up to the top.  I didn’t tape along the outline of the circle, I just touched up the edge of the table with some chalk paint any areas I had applied any black paint by accident.  I used a stencil brush being sure to take off any excess paint on a paper towel before applying the paint in a stippling motion.  I wanted a faded look here and there, I didn’t want it looking too new.




And here it is!! I distressed the edges with a sanding sponge and did a light sanding over the stencil as well.  I let it dry a day or two before applying and buffing  2-3 coats of   Johnson’s Paste Wax over the entire piece.



Just a close up to see the wood showing through.













So, the next time you see a yucky looking table on the side of the road, don’t pass it by! It can become something beautiful again! Good luck out there!


Velvet Finishes Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest! “Color My World”

This post is sponsored by Velvet Finishes, but all opinions are 100% mine!!

This month I participated in the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest’s

“Colour My World” October contest sponsored by Velvet Finishes.

I decided to paint a piece I have had for a while. It is a beautiful old gate leg table that a family friend had given me. It was ready to be refinished and I had been debating on what to do to it for some time. When I saw the amazing colors that Velvet Finishes had created, I couldn’t resist using one of their more bold, fun colors! I knew exactly the look I had in mind for this piece after the company sent me their handmade color chart.


“Baroque Green” which is a deep and vibrant green and “Luxurious”which is a dark black  were the colors I chose for this piece. I decided to just use the green on the legs of the piece and the Luxurious on the back of the table. I used their “Enhance”which is a dark gray glaze to age and make the piece look older and more distressed.   Velvet Finishes also sent me some other wonderful products to go along with the paint color.  One was their “Ready” which is kind of a deglosser and it readies the piece so there was no need for me to sand or prime the piece.  I also didn’t mind that the original black finish on the legs came through the green. It added to the patina look i was going for.

Here is the table in its original condition. It was painted black and had layers of old and  yucky stain really stuck on there. This piece was in dire need of some love!

I used Citristrip to strip the top of the table.  I used plastic wrap over the table to activate the stripper.  I used a metal putty knife to remove the layers of gunk.

Here is the “Ready” which is the de greaser/de glosser. It comes in a spray bottle and a little goes a long way.  Before I applied it, I used a vinegar and water solution just to get off any old dirt and dust, then I just sprayed the legs of the piece very thoroughly with the “Ready” and let dry.

Here is the “Baroque Green” I am in love with this color!

Look how gorgeous and concentrated the color is! Perfection

Here is the base after I applied the “Ready” and before I applied the paint. It goes on clear and there are really no fumes. Just be sure to wear gloves. It will take off your nail polish!

This is after the first coat of the “Baroque”. Isn’t that green gorgeous? I used a Cling On paint brush which worked beautifully. The paint went on really nicely.  The coverage was great and the paint was so smooth and no fumes!

As you can see here, the top is now stripped. I also used my palm sander to remove any remaining residue and stain. I didn’t want it too perfect looking because I still wanted this piece to look old and a little decrepit.

This is after the second coat. Considering that this was black underneath, I think this paint did a great job of covering!

This is after three coats and this did the trick! I could have done one more, but I was planning on distressing this anyway so I didn’t mind a little bit of the original color coming through.  Also, now you can see the top after i stained it in Minwax Dark Walnut stain color.

I brought it inside to apply the “Enhance” glaze and distress. This stuff is so amazing! I loved how it really took the color down a bit so the green wasn’t so “new” looking. It is a dark gray color, perfect for adding some depth and patina.

Just a closeup of the glaze and the distressing I did. I used a sanding sponge, coarsest grit. I only went over the areas where natural ageing would occur.  The edges and corners mostly. I also distressed where I thought people may put their feet on the bottom.

When applying the glaze, I used a brush and then wiped off any excess. I like the glaze to catch in the grooves and crevices of the piece.

How fantastic is the piece starting to look!

Here is the top! I used Howard Feed and Wax on the top of the table after the stain had thouroughly dried.  This gave the top a slight sheen, but not too much.  The wax really treats the wood from the inside out. It’s both a polish and a conditioner.


Notice the distressing isn’t much but just enough to convey age and time worn appeal. Kind of looks like it came from an old English farmhouse.



I love my old wire basket and galvanized watering cans on top! Very farmhouse and greenhouse feel!

Couldn’t you picture yourself making a beautiful flower arrangement on here or potting some flowers?

I completed the piece by using the “Protect”. It’s a satin polycrylic which means no odor and no messy clean up.

Go to Velvet Finishes website now to check out all the other colors and products.

There’s my green!!

Thank you to Velvet Finishes for allowing me to play with your paints and glazes!! I can’t wait to start my next project with these outstanding  products. This has got to be one of my favorite pieces I’ve done yet!

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Furniture Makeovers

Red Cabinet Redo


This is a little cabinet I painted for a good friend of mine. It was a family heirloom but it needed some love and attention.  She wanted it painted in something dramatic and she thought that a deep Chinese Red would be just the thing. It was missing some trim work and wood detail here and there, the hinges were falling off and their were some cracks in the doors.  Before I could even get ready to paint I had to do the repair work.


I set about using wood filler to fill in any of the areas that were missing veneer or trim work. I filled in the cracks also along the edges of the doors.  I sanded well all over after it dried thoroughly and then primed using Bin Primer.




I used a sample pot of Sherwin Williams Positive Red and some Plaster of Paris to make my own DIY Chalk Paint.  I use a couple of tablespoons and a bit of water and stir it together and then add about a cup of paint.  This piece needed quite a few coats to get full coverage because I didn’t tint my primer. Lesson learned.; -)  I let the piece dry well in between each coat of paint.



I sprayed all the hardware and the hinges in Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.


I finished the piece using Minwax clear wax and then used the same wax mixed with a bit of Rustoleum’s Kona stain to make my own DIY dark wax.  I brushed it on first and then used my shop towels to wipe off the excess leaving some behind in the cracks and crevices.



Here you can see some of the detail of the wax in the corners and the edges of the detail.


I love the way this piece came out! It is so much fun to paint with such a bold color! Can’t wait to do it again! Do you think you could do such a bold color in your home? Try it! It might just be the pop of color you need to spice things up in your decorating scheme!


August Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest! “Class It Up” D.Lawless Hardware

This is a sponsored post, all opinions and comments are 100% my own. Affiliate links have been included in this post. I was given product to participate in this months contest.

Happy August! I can’t believe the summer is coming to an end! And what better way to end it with another fun Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest challenge using D.Lawless Hardware!

 This month the challenge was “Class It Up”!

When I decided to enter the D. Lawless Hardware challenge for August’s Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest this month I wasn’t quite sure what kind of piece to paint and what kind of hardware to use. I knew that the theme of this contest was “Class It Up” so I wanted to pick a piece of furniture and hardware that was timeless and could work in almost any decor. D.Lawless Hardware is an awesome website and has ooodles of selections to choose from and I didn’t really know where to start. I finally stopped looking when I found these amazing antique style milk glass knobs. I wasn’t sure what kind of piece of furniture I was going to put these on but I had to have them!

When a friend texted me and told me that this fabulous mid century Art Deco buffet was sitting on the side of the road, I knew I finally had my inspiration! My son and I loaded it in the car and I couldn’t wait to start on this beauty!

It was a little beat up, missing some veneer here and there and a bit wobbly, but it had great bones and I knew that I could make this piece of furniture come to life once again.

I used Citristrip to strip off any old lacquer or stain that had been on the fronts of the drawers and on the doors.  I then used my palm sander to get rid of any remaining debris.  I started with a coarse grade of sandpaper and then finished with a finer grade.  I sprayed the body of the piece with shellac first because I knew I wanted to paint it white and it would have a lot of bleed through.


I also repaired any damaged veneer by filling it first with a high quality wood filler and then sanding it smooth.  I primed the area that I applied wood filler before using the chalk paint over it.

I used Rustoleum’s Chalk Paint in Linen  White to paint the body of the piece. It took about 3-4 coats to fully cover. I knew the white milk glass knobs I chose from D. Lawless Hardware would really pop off the contrast of the wood. I wanted to use matching milk glass handles for the drawers which D.Lawless had,  but the measurements didn’t line up. I didn’t want to start filling in holes and making new ones so, I decided to just use the knobs instead.

I used an old sock to apply the  English Chestnut stain by Minwax to stain the doors and drawers. I used about 2 coats and then used Minwax oil based rub on polyurethane to finish.

And here is the final result! How fabulous is this piece now? I totally am in love with the way these knobs look on here! I don’t even miss the handles!  The quality of the knobs is top notch, they are not chintzy at all, and have a nice weight to them.  They really pop and they make the piece look so elegant yet timeless! I love how they are in keeping with the 30’s Deco era.


 A little closeup of those beautiful knobs! Stunning.

I used Rustoleum’s matte sealer on top of the chalk paint to give protection.

The D.Lawless Hardware milk glass knobs give this piece just the right touch I think!


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Old Fashioned Milk Paint July Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest   “Farmhouse Fun”!

This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links.

It’s been such a hot and humid summer so far on Long Island, but nothing could dampen my spirits when I finally received my Old Fashioned Milk Paint in the mail through participating in the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest! This month’s theme is “Farmhouse Fun”!

I have never worked with Milk Paint before and I had heard so many wonderful things about it, I couldn’t wait to give it a try! The colors I chose were Slate and Light Cream. The packaging is totally adorable and they give you very detailed instructions on how to create the perfect milk paint finish! I love the little bags it comes in too!  You can mix up as much or as little as you need. It’s VOC free, and has no fumes or chemicals.  The product comes as a powder, and you mix it with warm water.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted a chippy finish or not on my piece and because milk paint lends itself to a more weathered finish,  I decided to also get the extra bond which helps the milk paint adhere to the surface much better.

Here is the color Slate in the powder form.

 This is the piece that I decided to use the  Old Fashioned Milk Paint on. My very dear friend gave it to me! It’s an unusual piece, sort of  writing desk/bar. I thought it would be the perfect style for the Farmhouse Fun theme! I finally decided I wanted to do a chippy, finish with a two-tone color with the wood coming through as well.

Is it a bar? Is it a desk? Who knows? But its fabulous nonetheless! I decided to show it being used for multiple uses. I was so excited to get started.


Here is the first coat of the Slate color with the bonding agent added. It goes on a little streaky, but after the second coat, it was fully covered. A little goes a long way.

First coat

Because it has been so humid, I had to bring it inside to paint the second coat! I used the Light Cream after the second coat of the Slate was dry.  I painted 2-3 coats of the Light Cream color. I think I may have used too  much water when mixing up this color because it took more coats to cover.  It was more of a washy effect, but it actually worked out better that way!

Here it is after the final coat of the Light Cream. I didn’t let the last coat dry fully because I knew I wanted a chippy finish but I wanted the Slate blue color to show through as well. I started using my coarse sanding sponge, but it was taking off too much paint for my liking.

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 I decided to wet distress using a Dobie pad instead. I got a dish pan and some water and  started rubbing off the Light Cream color to reveal the Slate underneath.  This was a new technique for me…it was really trial and error, but aren’t all projects like that? It ended up coming out exactly the way i envisioned. Happy Accident!

Because I had used some of the Bonding Agent in the paint it adhered more to the wood, but I was fine with that. I didn’t let the final coat of the Light Cream dry fully so it didn’t take that much pressure to remove the top layer of paint. It came out unbelievable!

Here is the final result after I finished wet distressing with the Dobie Pad and water. Just what I wanted!

A closeup of the finish.  See how the blue color underneath comes through, but the cream color also retains its washy, weathered, worn look.  And the color of the wood underneath is such a rich contrast to the blue and white.

Again, here its chipping a bit…perfect!

Now…what to use this piece for?? A bar? A desk? Both? I can’t wait!

The piece originally had  fretwork in the center opening, but it was badly damaged and I pulled it off.  I decided to add some chicken wire that I had leftover from another project I had done and stapled it to the inside of the piece. That lent itself to the farmhouse look I was going for. I used a pair of nippers to take off any remaining chicken wire hanging over.

And here is this month’s contest project finally completed!  I staged this photo so it could be shown as a bar or a serving piece for summer entertaining. I used the mason jar drink dispenser and the mason jars as glasses to give it a “Farmhouse Fun” feel!

I used the Acri Glaze in matte just on the top as the sealer for protection from any spills or dings.

The rest of the piece I used my Johnson’s Paste Wax for protection. I applied with a brush and removed the excess with a rag.

Here it is shown as a writing desk.  I used some galvanized watering cans and, an agriculture poster I had gotten when I went on a vacation to Martha’s Vineyard.  Some old vintage children’s books give it just the right touch.






What an absolute pleasure it was using Old Fashioned Milk Paint! I know I’ll definitely be getting more of this product in the future!  If you’re an active furniture flipping blogger and you’re interested in participating in future contests of  The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest please contact: info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com

To see more of the fabulous creations by the other contestants for this months contest click on the links to:

Evey’s Creations

Anastasia Vintage

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  I received compensation from Old Fashioned Milk Paint in exchange for writing this review.  Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

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Restoration Hardware Inspired Brass Lamps

The Restoration Hardware trend is so popular these days! If you search the web or check out Pinterest you can find hundreds of inspiration photos and tutorials that will help you achieve that weathered, dry brushed technique. I had a client who wanted a different look for her brass lamps and I suggested this kind of look for them. While the look is more on trend, it’s still an old world, yet modern finish perfect for a more updated interior.

These are the lamps in their original state.  There were two pairs of lamps. One pair was going in her bedroom and the other in her living room. I started by cleaning the lamps very well with vinegar, dish detergent and hot water. I used a scotch brite pad to remove any grime and residue.


I primed the lamps with Zinzer’s  Bin Shellac primer which works on pretty much all surfaces. I applied 2 coats letting them dry well in between each coat. I just used a chip brush to apply the primer.

Then I applied  Sherwin Williams Ovation brand of paint in Virtual Taupe. I used a matte finish. I also did two coats here drying well in between each coat. The color is very similar to Annie Sloan’s Coco Chalk Paint.


I painted all the lamps two coats of the paint and let dry overnight.

After I finished base coating the lamps with the Virtual Taupe color I mixed up my own DIY liming wax .  For the liming wax I used a glob of my Johnson’s Paste Wax and mixed in some white latex paint I had. I used enough paint so the color would be opaque enough but still have some translucency.  For the lamps that I wanted to stay lighter I used my chip brush again and just brushed on the DIY liming wax all over the lamp.  I let it sit for a couple of minutes and then I used my blue shop towel to wipe off the excess very gently.  I wanted to keep the texture of the wax in the grooves of the brush marks of the paint.  It gives a really interesting texture and almost looks like stone.


Here is another closeup of the white liming wax.

This is the dark wax.  For this, I used my Johnson’s Paste wax again but this time I added some Minwax stain in Provincial.  I used the same technique as before using my chip brush and applying the stain all over the lamp base.   I let it sit for a while before wiping off very gently.  You may have to apply a second time if you want your lamp to be darker.  Alternatively, you can also use a bit of the liming wax first, let it sit a bit, wipe off and then use the darker wax.  Play around and see what works for you!

Here is the darker lamp completed. The paint and wax technique totally transforms this lamp into a greige, weathered patina finish!

Another close up of the dark lamp.

Here is the finished white liming wax lamp.  It’s amazing what a bit of paint and some wax can do to outdated lamps!


I love how the wax clings to the grooves of the brush strokes.  It really adds to the weathered, patina look I was after.




  Needless to say, my client was thrilled with her lamps!  Try this technique out on your lamps and other accessories!  I’d love to see your transformations!


Saltwash! Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest June

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This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are 100% my own.  I was given Saltwash product to complete a project for this contest.

Saltwash “Coastal Inspirations”

Summer is here! And there’s nothing better than creating a little DIY project with a  coastal touch!  Let me introduce you to Saltwash! If you haven’t heard of this fantastic product let me fill you in!  It’s a powder additive that you can add to any kind of paint and it gives your furniture an incredible, weathered, chippy, saltwashed, time worn textured look!

This month the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest had Saltwash   sponsor their June contest and I was thrilled!  The theme was “Coastal Inspirations”. I had seen the amazing effect Saltwash gives to furniture and accessories and I couldn’t wait to try this stuff out!


This info is directly from the Saltwash website:

“Saltwash™ is a product, invented to create a unique weather worn, layered sun  and salt air soaked look in just two quick steps. Saltwash™ is made with real sea salt, so you will notice it dries quicker and adheres to almost any surface that takes paint. It was designed to be mixed into any brand or type of paint and used as the base coat. When mixed to the desired consistency, it can be applied to almost any surface that takes paint. Originally intended for furniture, Saltwash™ also has found to give a unique look to walls, flooring, metal and even plastic.”

“Saltwash™ is a low voc product and all of the ingredients in it are considered safe in a working environment. We at Saltwash™ LLC., are very concerned with safety, so we recommend to always take precautions, and because Saltwash™ is a powder, we suggest wearing proper respiratory and eye protection when mixing and sanding.”



This was the table I decided to work on.  It was a freebie from a friend of mine and I thought Saltwash would work perfectly on here!  I had just given it a coat of  white chalk paint.






I had some leftover paint that my dad and stepmom had given me from a project they had done at their house. I can’t remember the name of the color, but it was a very bright green, almost a jadeite green color. It was an eggshell finish.  This was the first color I layered on .




This is the paint mixed with the Saltwash. You want to add enough of the product so that it becomes VERY thick like cake icing.  When in doubt, add more.


I just used my Wooster brush to apply the paint and Saltwash mixture.  Instead of painting, you want to use a pouncing or dabbing motion when applying.


Here you can see the texture starting to come alive.  It adheres wonderfully and it dries very quickly.



Here is the first layer of the green applied. Notice the chunky texture! This is exactly what you want to achieve.  I was thinking about just going over the green with my white topcoat but I wanted more dimension and layering appeal so I decided to add another color over the green.




Here is the second layer of paint and Saltwash.  This was a bright tropical blue, also a leftover paint from a project! Also an eggshell finish.  However, it doesn’t matter what finish you have on hand, Saltwash will mix with any kind of paint!  I just glopped this on!



Love this texture!!  I let each layer dry thoroughly before adding the next.  It didn’t take long, maybe a half hour or so before applying the next layer.



So here is now a picture of the top coat applied over the 2 layers of color. This was just a white that I had on hand. I believe it was Snow White by Benjamin Moore.  I didn’t add the Saltwash to the white.  You use only the paint for the final top coat.



I let this dry overnight.  Look at all the crevices and divots! I am in love!!


Another close up of the white over the green and blue.








This picture is after I sanded with my palm sander!  Look how the blue and green layers of Saltwash come through!  It looks just like its been sitting in a coastal cottage for decades!!  I sanded a lot on the edges because I wanted to bring out some of the wood tones as well.






This is right after I applied my Johnson’s Paste Wax mixed with some dark Provincial Minwax stain.  I just used an old sock and rubbed it in. I wanted an aged, distressed, stained feeling.  I left the excess in the grooves and the corners.




And here it is inside!!









Doesn’t this look amazing? Beachy, weathered and worn and perfect!






I was so addicted to this stuff  I couldn’t help but create a “Beach House” sign as well with all the same colors I used on the table. I can’t wait to experiment on other pieces with other colors. You must try this Saltwash product!!  Try it out. You won’t be disappointed!

The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest is open only to the entrants who have signed up through the group Facebook page. If you are an active, furniture flippin’ blogger, and you’d like to participate in future contests, we’d love to have you! Please contact us at info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com to find out how!

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