Shabby Chic Vanity Goes Rock and Roll

Shabby Chic Vanity Goes Rock and Roll

I found this darling vintage drexel heritage vanity at a garage sale for $10. I know…I know…I couldn’t believe it either. I loved everything about it, the colors, the dainty legs, and the hidden mirror. But it looked like it … Continue reading

Striped and Checkered China Cabinet

I’m sure my lack of before pictures make reading this a little less interesting, but I have been re-doing furniture for 6 years now and have only most recently started to share my projects.

Let’s just say that this china cabinet was a poorly cared for piece with water damage and I bought it for 8$.

The original piece had doors covering the two bottom shelves. I tried to make them work but how else could I display all my knick knacks and pictures?

The item inside the crystal ice bucket on the bottom left is my broach bouquet I made for my wedding. So worth the money and DIY time. Maybe someday I’ll post about how I made that. Here is a great tutorial that I used: DIY Broach Bouquet

As you can see here one of these drawers is not like the others. The wood work was missing, I considered ordering all new overlays from myoverlays.com but then figured that if I was trying to re-sell I wanted to keep my costs down. I decided on a MacKenzie Childs Inspired checkered pattern. 

I took the original hardware off and hand painted it with Martha Stewart Metallic in Thundercloud. I also turned it up-sidedown to give a different look. 

Originally I left it with just two different silver colors. But I was bored and wasn’t proud of my piece. 

I used the frog tape to do the edges but in the future I would probably just try and free hand. It didn’t work so well on this piece because of the texture. 

I changed the backsplash from Thundercloud to a gloss black to give the piece more contrast. 

Now it’s got a POP!

I accented the different areas of wood work!

Since the top of this piece reminded me of an awning on a little french shop I thought I would paint it as one. Measure the piece and tape off the different sections so the stripes are the same size. The two stripes on the ends were skinniest. 

Still wasn’t what I’d pictured…..

So I painted the silver on the top with a light white wash coat. 

TaDA!

To paint a checkered pattern. Tape off the area and label.

Mackenzie Childs inspiration

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Cute silver furniture at Z-Gallerie that inspired me!

Martha Stewart Textured Metallic Paint

Martha Stewart Textured Metallic Paint

I was so excited to Martha Stewart Textured Metallic Paint in Lampblack, I thought it would make a cool finish on a vintage piece of furniture

The piece pictured was purchased at a garage sale for 5$ and was taken after I used my Ryobi hand sander to remove old paint. 

I used the primer/sealer that was recommended with the paint to prime and seal

I wouldn’t recommend using the Martha Stewart primer on top of the Lampblack Metallic Paint, it leaves thick coat and looks odd. 

As you can see the paint is very thick and the brush stroke are next to impossible to hide

If you were thinking about trying the MS  textured metallic paint, DON’T I can’t even imagine what this thick gloppy paint would look good on….maybe a flower pot but that’s about it. Save your $$$$

Martha Stewart Textured Metallic Paint is the worst and I wouldn’t recommend using it!

Martha Stewart Precious Metals Specialty Paint/Finish in Mirror

The coolest paint on the market is the Martha Stewart Precious Metals Paint, this project used the color  “Mirror” in the precious metals line, so fun!
So I was garage sailing one Saturday morning when I came across an interesting multi-family garage sale. This chair was in a random corner with a bunch of stuff piled on top. I wasn’t sure if it was for sale and was pleased to find out it was $4.

It seemed to be a nice looking chair but the wicker on the seat was all rotted through. Sorry, not pictured here. 

I could tell a custom painted piece but not well cared for. However, the chair was sturdy and not wobbly which is very important when spotting a candidate to re-vamp. 

First, I cut the rotted wicker seating out of the bottom. Next, I cut a 1/2 thick piece of plywood (with a handsaw)  to serve as the new seat. I envisioned this chair for my sewing craft room. Next, I picked out a foam cushion and fabric and upholstered the newly made seat with a staple gun. 
Before screwing the seat onto the chair (screws can always be found underneath any chair to secure the seat cushion) I sanded the chair down with my Ryobi sander. Hand Sanders are  like $30 and it saves so much time, not to mention your manicure. 

I liked the paint pattern that was on the chair previously but wanted to make the chair silver and black and give it amore chic look instead of french country.

Oh, BTW always look for clues of a well built piece of furniture. By looking underneath the chair I found this custom metal plaque. This tells you that it’s a quality craftsmanship and isn’t going to fall apart. 

The opening in the chair was perfect for a piece of an old chandelier jewel. I hand turned the round screw into the wood after drilling a tiny hole.

Before I screwed down the newly upholstered seat, I hot glued this cording on the wood.

I haven’t experimented with the shabby chic look yet; i.e. the chipped paint and perfectly distressed style.  I tend to like higher gloss paint. Especially for a chair that will “worn and torn” I used Behr premium plus hi-glass pure black. 

I purchased this canvas from Hobby Lobby with a coupon. They’ll take an email coupon from your smart phone, 40% off makes a big difference!

I left TRACY’s name and copyright on the chair for good measure. It’s tiny so you don’t notice it.

Thanks for reading :)