Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest May Entry Country Chic Paint “Bling Bling”

This post contains sponsored links from Country Chic Paint.  All opinions are 100% my own.  This post contains affiliate links. I have received paint from Country Chic to participate in this contest.

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Here we are again! Another Fab Furniture Flippin’ contest! This month’s sponsor was Country Chic paint! The theme was “Bling Bling”. We needed to create a piece using their metallic cream paint. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this paint!  I was lucky enough to be able to choose the paint colors I wanted to work with, and I chose Vintage Cupcake and Metallic Cream in Belt Buckle.

This is how I received the package from Country Chic paint. the packaging and the details were beautiful and so professional.


Here are the two colors I chose for this month’s contest from Country Chic paint: Vintage Cupcake and Belt Buckle metallic cream.  I also received a beautiful paintbrush as well! Which has become my new favorite!

I have been waiting for some time  to paint this adorable french provincial nightstand which I had gotten for free and I knew that Country Chic paint would be the perfect choice to make this piece Bling! I chose Vintage Cupcake which is the most beautiful shade of pink and Metallic Cream to give that extra little glam chic. It was exactly what I envisioned on this piece. I wanted something a little glamorous, very french, a little flea market chic, and definitely girly. I also had a beautiful mirror that was originally made to go with a vanity and I decided to paint this pink too, to work with the nightstand.

I cleaned this piece thoroughly with TSP and soap and water. Then I did a little sanding, not much, just enough to get a tooth on the wood.




This is after one coat of the Vintage Cupcake color.  The paint had to be stirred very well before using, but was a really nice consistency and went on very well.  Wonderful adhesion and dried very quickly.




This was after 2-3 coats of  the Vintage Cupcake color. It really went on beautifully and the pigment is delightful! I sanded down the edges to give it more of an aged, distressed feel.





This is after using the Metallic Cream paint in Belt Buckle.  I painted the hardware and then I did a dry brushing over the entire piece.



A detail of the dry brushing on the front drawer.


A closeup of the Belt Buckle Bling!


The dry brushing is done by putting just a small amount of paint on your brush and then swiping along very lightly with your brush until you get the effect you like.


I did a bit of a crosshatch motion on the sides with the Metallic Cream. I decoupaged the inside with a pretty graphic I found on The Graphics Fairy website.


I lined the inside of the drawer with some leftover black and white toile I had.  I wanted a very French Shabby Chic flea market style for this piece. I think I achieved it!



This is a detail of how the metallic cream really pops the carving on the mirror. I love the pink and the belt buckle color together!  I did some distressing on the mirror as well, and it was so easy!


So french , so shabby , so  lovely!!




I hand-lettered the top of the nightstand with some french typography and I also added some pretty decoupaged flowers! I used Mod Podge to attach the flowers and I sealed with a matte sealer for protection.










I distressed the hand lettering and I also painted a black bow on the top left corner.








The metallic cream paint is very thick and goes on like a dream! The metallic is not too harsh, and it gives a subtle glow to the piece, with just enough bling to pop the details.


I am beyond thrilled at the way this piece turned out! This paint exceeded my expectations! The coverage, the drying time, the hue of the pigment and the fabulous brush were a pleasure!




Doesn’t this look like it came out of a chalet? I just love it!


Sorry about my leg in that one!

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Aged Gray Buffet

This beautiful buffet started out as a simple piece, but my client wanted it painted a light gray color and more distressed looking. This was my first time using Rustoleum’s chalk paint line. I used the Aged Gray Color.




This is how this buffet started out. The center panels were made of a molded metal which were gilded.




I sanded the piece thoroughly, even though  the paint claims to adhere to a glossy surface, I never trust that it will. You are much safer giving your piece a good sanding to ensure that their is a “tooth” to your piece. This means that the paint has something to adhere to.
I used my palm sander to make quick work of sanding this piece. Then I started taping off the areas I didn’t want to get excess paint on.



Here are the doors sanded and taped ready to be painted.


This is the paint and the clear sealer I used. I think the paint went on very well, and dried quickly. I didn’t prime first.  I used my Wooster brush and a foam roller to apply the paint.


This was after 2-3 coats of the Aged Gray.  The coverage was great and I lightly sanded between coats to get a really nice buttery feel to the final finish.


Here is the door done with the Aged Gray.


My client wanted a very distressed look to this piece. So I started with my sanding sponge just on the edges and then increased in some spots using my palm sander to give more dimension and texture.
I made sure to hit the edges very thoroughly


After sanding the piece, I used Minwax stain in Provincial to give the piece more of an aged feel. I applied it using a rag, and then used a clean rag to take away the excess.



Here is the piece after applying the stain. All I did was use a rag dipped in the stain and then wipe it on. Then I wiped away the excess with a clean rag.


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Shabby Roses Baby Plaque


Lately I’ve been painting signs in addition to painting furniture. This is a sign I made for a friend’s new grandchild. I used a combination of hand painting, image transfer and decoupage to create a shabby chic weathered look for this baby announcement.

For the image transfer I used Mod Podge. Below is an example of how i created the image transfer.



This isn’t the image I used for the baby sign, but I just wanted to show you an example of what I use.  This image came from The Graphics Fairy website. She has such wonderful images that are copyright free.  This is one of some French Typography. Notice how the image is in the reverse.  When you are doing an image transfer, you need the typing to be in reverse so when you apply it to your surface it comes out correct.  If it’s just an image you don’t need it to be in the reverse. You want to cut out your graphic as close to the image as you can, trying to leave as little white showing as possible.  This was printed on regular white printer paper from a laser printer.


After cutting out your image, you want to apply it to your surface.  In this case, I had used a tin box that I had painted with chalk paint. Use a foam or a chip brush to apply the Mod Podge to the front of the image, not the back.  Make sure you press down firmly and get out all the bubbles and wrinkles.  Let this dry overnight.



When it’s ready, you will take a damp/wet sponge and press it over the image.  Then, you will start rolling off the excess paper and leave the image behind.  You have to do this carefully and slowly at first, making sure you are not taking off the image. It takes a little practice, but when you get going its really addictive!  You’ll know all the paper is off when there is no more white haze over the image. I use either Mod Podge to seal this or a Polycrylic.



I used this wonderful chalk paint from Pure & Original for this project. I had painted the wood I used for the sign black first, and then I used the color Aged Paper over it.  I sanded it very well with my palm sander to get a weathered, dry brushed look.



I hand-lettered the name, date and statistics of the baby. I just used black acrylic paint and a long thin brush to paint the lettering. I use carbon paper and I trace the outline of the lettering and then fill in the outline.  For the black and white images I used the image transfer process above.




The color images of the roses, etc I also found on The Graphics Fairy website. I cut them out using a small scissor and applied them using Mod Podge as well.


After everything was dry, I used the Mod Podge as a sealer over the entire sign.



I attached some vintage pink ribbon to the hardware on the back and it was complete!


Let me know what you think!



Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest: Pure & Original

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I just recently joined the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest group on Facebook and luckily I got to join and participate in their April Contest sponsored by Pure & Original  Classico Paint! I was so excited to try out this fabulous brand of paint! The April theme is Pure Colors, Original Elegance.  I was able to order 2 quarts of any color so I chose Aged Paper and Green Room.

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What’s so wonderful about this Pure & Original Classico Paint, is that it’s 100% mineral chalk and water based paint.  The colors are deeply pigmented and the texture is very thick, no sealant is needed even for outdoor use!  It also comes in over 118 colors.





So this was the sorry state of affairs when I came upon this little kitchen table on the side of the road. I made it just in time, I could hear the garbage truck rounding the corner! It was in pretty good structural shape, but not so much in the surface shape. I knew that I wanted a chippy, distressed, weathered, elegant farmhouse feel and I had a feeling that Pure & Original  Classico paint was the perfect paint to achieve that finish!





I quickly grabbed it and brought it home where I gave it a thorough cleaning and scrubbing. It was pretty disgusting. It had layers of old peeling paint in various states of decay and wear, but I knew I could use this to my advantage. I had wanted to convey a shabby, farmhouse chippy finish anyway so I knew this could work in my favor.


I used Citristrip to take off the many layers of paint off the top and then I used my palm sander to get off the rest. I wanted to keep the top wood. I wanted to try to just oil the top and keep it  a light color, but it had a lot of burn marks on it, so I decided to use a few coats of  Rustoleum’s Kona stain on the top instead.  Thankfully, that really covered the top well, and you can hardly see the marks.


If you notice the blue color,  on the photo above, that was the original color of the  paint.  It didn’t look like the color I had ordered but I was undeterred! I used some spring green tint to darken the color to get more of a jadeite green color and it worked out perfectly! The paint covered in one coat!  Even over all those other coats of god knows what on there! The adhesion is supreme. This table had a lot of coats of peeling, chipped paint on it and when I used the Pure & Original Classico over it, it stuck like glue, and  had a very matte, velvety texture.



This is the packaging by the way…gorgeous and professional!




This is the can of the second quart I ordered, Aged Paper. I got this color because I wanted to use this as a layer over the green color to give the feeling that the table had been weathered and  worn and maybe used as a potting bench/farm table over the years. It worked  like a charm!




This is the end result! Look at this finish! I am so in love with this piece! This is exactly the feeling I wanted to get on this table. I brushed on the Aged Paper color  after I had done 2 coats of the green, and then heavily distressed at the edges and a bit on the flat areas.  The texture is like butter now. The paint feels like velvet!










The detail on this picture shows how the Pure & Original Classico Paint distresses so easily and professionally.  Even though there are many other old layers on there, the Pure & Original covers so well and really looks like its been there for centuries! Just the look I wanted! I just used a soft sanding sponge to take the edges down and the flat areas too.



I used a small amount of  Minwax Jacobean brown stain over the paint with a rag and then wiped it off just to give it more of an aged and antiqued feel.  I left the stain in the cracks and crevices.






You can see the layers of the black and the white and wood underneath.





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Furniture Makeovers

Farmhouse Secretary

This unusual antique secretary was going to be thrown out before I got my hands on it! Its such a beautiful piece with so much potential, and I thought I would try to sell it as is.  After I got no interest, I decided to paint it! And I’m so glad I did. It was lined with fabric in the back and the bottom doors were missing but I knew it could look awesome!



The drawer opens to reveal a lovely secretary desk inside. I removed the old, peeling leather.

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I removed the old paisley fabric from the inside back.


I made my own chalk paint by mixing Valspar’s Tabby Cat Gray and plaster of paris with a  little water. I used Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore homemade chalk paint as well  for the inside back and shelves, desk area and the lower cabinet.

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I heavily distressed the inside back and the outside as well to give it a time worn farmhouse feel.


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Finally I waxed the entire piece with Johnson’s Paste Wax and buffed to a sheen.

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Onyx Tall Dresser

This fabulous dresser was generously given to me by one of the teachers at my son’s school.  It was her aunt’s and she had hated to part with it but had no room in her house for it.  I had a previous client who was in the market for a dresser for her bedroom and when I saw this piece, I knew that it would work beautifully in her home.

My client loved the dresser and wanted me to paint it a black distressed finish. It was in pretty good shape except for some poorly repaired wood putty in some areas, which I easily fixed sanding and or removing the old wood putty adding new wood filler in some areas and then sanding and priming.

I made my own chalk paint with Behr paint and primer in one in Onyx Black and plaster of paris and went to work.  I took off all the hardware from the drawers as well and used Rustoleum’s spray paint/primer in one in Carbon Mist. I left the top of the dresser wood. I used stripper to take off the old finish and then sanded with my palm sander.  I used Minwax wood conditioner and then a gel stain in Mahogany. I applied 3-4 coats of  Minwax’s hand rubbed polyurethane after the stain had dried.

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Furniture Makeovers

Oak Curio Transformation


A client of mine had this old dated oak curio cabinet for years, it was a piece she had bought with her husband when they had first gotten married, so it held a lot of sentimental value to her.  She had wanted to keep it, but didn’t know where else to use it in her home.  I had suggested that she re purpose it for maybe linens or towels, or maybe use it in the dining room to hold dishes, glasses, etc.  She loved the idea of putting it in the dining room for her extra platters, baskets, etc.

We decided that an off white with a glaze over it would be a perfect finish for the room that it would be going in.  We wanted to keep it light and bright.



This is just after sanding it down. I took off all the doors and hardware since I wasn’t going to be painting them.  I used my Ryobi  palm sander and some sanding sponges.




After a couple of coats of Polished Pearl in flat matte finish by Behr



Here is a detail of the carving and the distressing I did before I applied the final glaze.






I didn’t go crazy here, just the edges and the high spots.










And here is the final result! I brushed on Valspar’s Mocha glaze after I distressed the entire piece, and then quickly wiped off the excess with a rag. I kept some of the excess in the cracks and crevices.  I finished with Minwax clear wipe on poly to finish.


Needless to say, she was thrilled and so was I. The piece now looks timeless and could work in any room of the home!

Tell me what you think!

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Hand painted hutch with grain sack design

This beautiful antique hutch was a piece that my client had in her family for many years. She wanted to keep it, but wasn’t crazy about the original state it was in.  We perused Pinterest and she sent me an inspiration picture and I got to work on updating it for her.

hutch before
This was the before….beautiful, but needed something more fun and up to date. We decided to go with a grain sack design for the back of the hutch, and a distressed gray for the outside, the shelves and the doors. I sanded the piece well, and then I painted about 2-3 coats of paint.



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I mixed up a DIY Chalk paint in a bluish/gray color called Tabby Cat Gray by Sherwin Williams in a matte finish for the outer part of the hutch. The inside was painted in an off white color called Polished Pearl from Behr  that I had used on another piece I had done.  I sanded in between coats to get a really nice smooth finish. After it was dry,  I distressed it pretty heavily on the edges with a sanding sponge and in some spots with my Ryobi corner cat sander. As you can see from the picture, I had started taping out here in order to paint the faux grain sack stripes. I also taped off for the small lines on either side of the thicker line in the center.


hutch in progress
I used a dark navy color in an acrylic paint that I had. I applied 2-3 coats of it to give it good solid coverage.



hutch detail after
Here is a detail of the hutch, after I had stained it and distressed it.  After I distressed and sanded the edges, I used Minwax  stain in Provincial to give an aged, time-worn feel to the finish. I used a rag to wipe it on and then quickly using a clean rag, I wiped off the excess, leaving the remaining stain in the corners and details of the hutch. After applying the stain and letting it dry fully for a couple of days, I used Johnson’s paste wax to give it some protection.



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I didn’t get to stage this piece the way I would have liked because it was heading out to its new home, but I was able to add some accessories that I had around the house and give it a little warmth to show off the pretty color combination and the faux grain sack which I am in love with!!



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Can’t wait to do another piece with this effect soon!
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Andrews and Lockhart Bench

This bench had belonged to a girlfriend of mine and was crying out for a redo! For $10 I brought it home and gave it a new life!

Again, I used my own white chalk paint recipe, probably 2-3 coats.  I painted a grain sack stripe in red along the top,  and then I distressed it just at the edges and on the front.  To paint the grain sack I just used some painters tape and kind of eyed it where I would like it to go. I used an artists brush to paint the red paint on. I used an acrylic paint I had from another project I used.

This is the piece with just the chalk paint and after I distressed it. I was kind of tempted to leave it as is, but I had downloaded a great typography graphic from the website The Graphics Fairy. She has so many wonderful images on there that are copyright free and you can use them on your own projects!!


I used Valspar’s translucent color glaze in Mocha to give an even more aged appearance to the trunk. I brushed it on and then wiped it off with a clean rag. I let it collect in the corners and in the grooves of the squares in the front.

After the images and the glaze had been applied!


Image from Graphics Fairy


I used an overhead projector to project the image onto the trunk.  I copy the image from the website and then I go to Staples and I have them make me an acetate so I can use it on the overhead projector.  I trace the outline of the image on to the piece and then I go back in with a fine brush and usually acrylic paint, in this case black and I fill in the image and the lettering.

So this is the final product!
I  forgot to add that I also used a laurel wreath stencil on the front of the trunk that I also got from The Graphics Fairy.  Once the image is thoroughly dry I apply the glaze with a brush and then wipe off with a rag.  I waxed the entire piece with Johnson’s paste wax and buffed to a shine.


I love how this piece came out! Let me know what you think!
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Duck Egg Blue French Provincial Desk



  This French Provincial desk was so much fun to restore and paint! My friend gave me an inspiration picture she had found on Pinterest…
She wanted me to try and achieve this look with a desk that she had had for years but never got around to doing anything with.
I decided to strip the old paint off the fronts of the drawers, and I used Citristrip and sanded them  very well, however, the wood that was underneath was a kind of mish mash of different woods, so when I applied the stain, the coverage wasn’t  very even.  However, I really liked the drawers looking so rustic and thankfully so did my friend!
The desk needed a few repairs, the biggest one was repairing one of the legs.  Luckily, she had kept it so I just needed to glue and clamp for a couple of days to make sure it was properly secured.
I removed the hardware from the drawers and gave it a really good cleaning with TSP, which is a great all purpose cleaner.  You can find this at any hardware store. Vinegar works very well too.
I applied 2-3 coats of  Behr paint and primer in one in the color Gray Morning flat matte finish to give me that duck egg blue color. I sanded in between coats very well.

Because the top was going to get a lot of use, and it was a laminate, I used Benjamin Moore’s Advance paint in White Dove.  I used a eggshell finish. First, I sanded well to get a bit of a tooth, then I applied Bin primer and then  applied 3 coats of the paint.  I finished by using Minwax polycrylic  as well just in case. I don’t want that baby to chip!


I used acrylic paint Folk Art by Plaid in Wicker White to paint the foliage detail on both sides of the desk   I did this freehand and  just used a very fine brush to make some leaves with tendrils and vines.
I left the hardware alone and didn’t paint it.  I liked the distressing that was already on there, and thought it went well with the rustic feel of the drawers.
I polyurethaned the entire piece with Minwax polycrylic except for the drawers which I used Johnson’s paste wax on.


My client is so happy with her new desk and I think I really nailed this one!