|Make a Statement| with the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest

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Hello! I cannot be more excited over this Fab Furniture Flip! I have so many reasons to be happy with this month’s post! So many new beginnings with this one I almost don’t know where to start 😀

First new announcement is the addition of my new NutMeg Creative Cafe teammate is Inge! (Ing-a!) She has been my crafty friend for many years and it just made sense to officially add her on to my creative community.  She just moved to a new house and gained a vintage china cabinet and a dining room table and chairs that we got to mess up, I mean bring new life to with this month’s FFF Contest. We’ll stick to one new announcement at a time so we can focus on this crazy beast of a flip!

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This month’s Flip Contest was sponsored by DecoArts Inc. and their line of Chalky Finish Paints.  We were sent 2 jars of their Chalky Finish paint and a creme wax finish jar too. Inge chose Relic which is a deep & rich color gray & Yesteryear which is a light & airy gray.

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Here are our lovely blog hosts this month:

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Stop by Thirty Eighth Street & Ciburbanity  to check out their awesome projects & links to many others that were a part of this month’s Fab Flippin’ Contest. For more information about this contest email Stacy at Anastasia Vintage stacy.white.tolbert@gmail.com

For the majority of the cabinet we used the Relic dark gray paint.  I love how easy chalk paint is to use & how so little goes a long way.

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I love how as she painted so many details in this cabinet started to pop out!

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Inge lightly sanded down accents & corners to the cabinet too.

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For the inside accent color, Inge used Yesteryear.  I love the 2 toned look and these 2 colors perfectly compliment each other.

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Her wedding china came out of hiding and all of the colors were a perfect match all around!

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The chairs & table were painted in Relic too.

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We finished off the cabinet, table & chairs with the clear creme wax finish.  It smoothed everything out and the colors look amazing!

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I could not be any happier with how this came out! We used Relic on one more unique project that will be in the next post & wait till you see what we flipped with that too!

Thank you Decor Arts! Looking forward to painting with more bright and fabulous colors soon! xo Meg & Inge

 

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Book Page Dahlia Wreath

I’ve been cranking a few of these out lately & they’ve all been from completely different paper sources! I’ve done old dusty law book pages, maps, old wrinkled kids book pages, vintage doilies, holiday wrapping paper & scrapbook paper.  In this post I’ll show you a few quick steps to make the book page wreath: dahlia19

Here’s one I made from wrapping paper for my daughter’s school secretary that loves pops of color for her office too 🙂

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& here’s the vintage doilies! This one was for a baby shower that had a vintage theme:

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So you want a LOT of paper squares.  I started off with 5″x 5″ & then as you work your way through the middle of the layers you have to use 4″ x 4″ & then 3″x 3″ for the center.

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Pull up the bottom corners to make a cone shape.  Add 1 line of glue to the right side & roll towards the left corner and press.  I used hot glue.  Be VERY careful when you press as it’s obviously very HOT! I like working with it & since there are so many, I like that it also dries quicker too.

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For the base I used a 10″ cardboard cake plate.  They are found in any craft store.  You can make your own, but I like the convenience of having a whole box full of pre-made circles for the amount of wreaths I have been making lately.

I placed a lid in the center of the circle & penciled around it to help me line up the end of the paper cones for the first layer.

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I needed just one line of hot glue on the bottom half of the back of the cone & then press into the circle:

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& repeat

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over

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over

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until you finally

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get to the center. You have to press the bottoms hard enough to squish down & fit around your whole flower. The tops will start to poof up so keep pressing!

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& here’s the end result!

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I love making these book page flowers! There are so many different ways to make these into the style you are looking for.  I really love to use old maps!  I need to make more for myself.  I have a stack of maps that was gifted to me & they turn out great!

So grab a bunch of old books, magazines, decorative paper and make your own! I’d love to create more Crafternights (Girls/Moms Night’s Out) with these.  Ther are so easy & everyone can mix & match the papers they bring to contribute.

What paper would you like to use? Let me know & I’d love to see how yours turns out too!

Thanks for stopping by & have fun making your paper dahlia wreaths.  xoxo-Meg

January Fab Furniture Flippin Contest: A brand new year with “A Fresh Start” for 2016

Well this was a great 1st project to start off 2016!  I’m so excited to dive into my DIY’s for this year! I had a rough 2015 so this bright color & super fun project definitely is helping me get out of my funk. This project is setting me up for lots of positive posts & crazy fun DIY’s I have set up for the next few months!

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So I took an old bookcase that was trash picked from my husband’s old job.  Look at the label I found on the back! Anyone who grew up decades ago in the Philadelphia & NJ area would remember the store Clover.  It was neat to see an old sticker like this resurface & get revived for a flip post.

 

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Here’s an old photo I found online for nostalgia’s sake:

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Anyway, back to who sponsored us & why I’m so happy with the color I chose! General Finishes was our sponsor & we got to choose from their chalk style paints.  I had a conversation with my dad when I was choosing paints & I asked him what he would like to see in our house. I wanted to paint this bookcase & a desk as part of a command center I’ll be putting together within the next few months.  He chose yellow & I couldn’t have agreed more with his choice!  They had this really pretty Moroccan Yellow & I was really happy when it arrived!

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This was an awesome way to brighten up our house & a great start to my more organized corner! I can wait to start on the desk soon too 🙂

Here’s a before pic of the bookcase:

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& here’s the after! I painted a primer & 2 coats for the best coverage possible. I love working with chalk style paint.  It goes on so smooth & covers so well!

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I placed some doilies to add more fun color too. They aren’t permanent right now as I am still playing with the color palettes I want to finalize my command center corner.

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So happy with how this turned out! I’m ordering another can of paint to finish of the desk & some organizing accessories too.

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Thank you so much to our hosts of our Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest! Go check out how they used their General Finishes Chalk Style Paint.

Here’s Evey’s:

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& here’s Stacy’s:

http://www.anastasiavintage.com/2016/01/nightstand-general-finishes-chalk-style-paint.html

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Anyone interested in more info on how to join our awesome contest & community of Fantastic DIYer’s contact info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com

Looking forward to seeing what 2016 has in store for me & my family & of course all of the crafty ventures we will be involved with too.  Thanks for stopping by!! xo-meg

 

November’s Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest: “Take A Seat”

In another Fab Flippin episode where Megan paints furniture white…

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😀 So here’s my November entry! First & foremost I want to start this post off with how I really feel & what I take from this contest. I always know that I put a lot of crazy effort into learning each piece of furniture & at the same time I enjoy every part of the journey through each project flip this past year.  I come out of each project with a huge respect of this field & for everyone pouring their hearts and souls in a flip community that surprises the hell out of me each & every month! I love every blog post I see as they come rolling in. I whole-heartedly appreciate that I am able to be a participant no matter how frustrating it may be to get to the very end of each completed project.  Thank you Fab Flippin Furniture Tribe 😀

So now onto all of this months details:

We had the pleasure to work with Minted.com.  They gave us free reign to pick out our fabric of choice for our November furniture flip.  As I navigated through their website I noticed that they work closely with artists & crafters throughout the country to design their fabrics, stationary & all around decor. I chose the Directional Fabric. I really connected with the vibant watercolor in the pattern it is presented from the artist Kelsey McNatt. It’s a different pattern that I never thought I would have in my decor but now fits perfectly. I chose to incorporate it into 4 different ways.  I am now revamping our back room & this corner is the launch pad for the rest of the room to finally come together.

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Here’s the before.  We’ve had this furniture since my husband I first moved in together.  It is well past it’s stay with us, that’s for sure.  It’s comfy buuuuut not what I really need to have taking up so much room in here.  & yes, that’s a huge foot rest I can’t even place in front since it sits in front of our sliding back door.

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I’m replacing it with this trashed picked chair that I found

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& this fun foot stool we bought for $2 at a yard sale last month.

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I also had enough to finally cover up this “artwork” left here by the previous owners.

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Tada! Here’s the details in a nutshell.  I painted it white to brighten up that dark corner.  I love how white made these 2 pieces POP! I redid the fabric on the rocking chair, added a pillow for extra comfort & added a foot rest pillow on top of the wicker stool.

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I love the lines in this chair & now how they flow with it’s new fabric & look.

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The frame project I now have a new message board that will be perfect to tack up pictures & to do lists 🙂

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I don’t work with fabric much so this was really a challenge but a treat at the same time! Hope you love how they turned out too 🙂

As always our fantastic hosts have great projects to share with our sponsored medium of the month.

Anastasia’s Vintage & 58 Water Street are two of the hosts who shared what they made with Minted.

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Stop by these other blogs & see what they’ve been up to too:

Evey’s CreationsAnastasia VintageCiburbanity

Fern AvenueThirty Eighth Avenue, 58 Water Street

Contact the hosts at  info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com to come join us in future flipping contests!

Thanks for hanging out with me during my DIY journey! It’s been such a great year learning so many new techniques! Woohoo! See you again soon.

& now I will go take a seat 😉

 

 

 

Spray It Pretty with HomeRight

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October’s Fab Flippin Furniture we got the chance to use the Home Right Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer! This was so easy to use & set up & spray! I received a free sprayer in exchange for writing a review on my blog.

Here was this month’s refurbished project that I worked on.  I trashed picked this chair early last year & it just happens to be a perfect fit to the vanity I repainted in a previous Fab Flip!

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Here’s October’s Fab Flippin Hosts:

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Be sure to stop by their blogs to see their awesome Furniture flips 🙂

Evey’s Creations

Anastasia Vintage

Ciburbanity

Fern Avenue

Thirty Eighth Avenue

58 Water Street 

http://www.homeright.com/

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Old, brown, blah with missing cushion! The HomeRight Finish Sprayer came with these easy parts for easy fill up & easy cleaning too!

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I mixed 2 paints & watered them down a little so it could flow through the sprayer more easily

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Love the details in this chair! They just needed a little refreshing.

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I practiced the spray angles on a scrap piece of board I had on hand.

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Let the spraying commence!

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Love love love how bright & cheery it turned out! For the cushion I used this foam that I found at my local craft store & a piece of scrap wood I cut down.

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Outlined with a sharpie what shape & size I needed & simply cut the foam down with scissors.

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I loooooooooove this fabric I was able to still use that I used in the vanity’s drawers & shelf too! It was left over fabric from the 70’s that my mom & I somehow was able to hold to for so long 🙂 I stapled the fabric down & it fit perfectly.

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Here is it! I love the end result! Thank you HomeRight for this awesome opportunity to use your sprayer!

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Remember the vanity from 2 month’s ago?

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Here’s how they look together:

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I have one happy client with her new chair too 🙂

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Contact this email if you are interested in joining us for future Fab Flippin Contests:  info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com

Thank you for hanging out with me here.  See you again soon!

Moi -Meg

 

 

September Fab Furniture Flippin Contest: Geometric Design

 

Hi! So here’s my monthly furniture fab flip post! I’m having fun turning old furniture into new fab designs! All of them seem to revolve around my daughter’s “trash picked” furniture, so lucky her!

This month’s theme was Geometric Design.

Here’s our fabulous group of hosts & judges:

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Evey’s Creations |  Anastasia Vintage | Ciburbanity |

Fern Avenue | Thirty Eighth Street

Stop on over to 2 of our hosts & check out their Flips here:

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Love this additional Geometric Project here! Check it out:

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Stop by our Facebook page to see lots of our fun flips there.

If you are interested in joining future contests contact our lovely hosts here: info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com

This month’s sponsor is General Finishes Paints.

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I chose something  from their NEW Pearl line.  It was a hard decision after already trying to choose from their other lines like this one. So many great colors to choose from!

This month I present to you trash picked French Provincial Brown  to FP Champagne Pearl & Gold

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I trashed picked this about 4 years ago & haven’t touched it beyond just giving it a good scrub.  The top was a mess & the color in general was really faded & gross.

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Bye, bye brown, hello Shimmer! My daughter is fancier than I am so this was totally inspired by her bright shimmery personality.  This was her reaction when I told her I was adding gold & a pearl shimmer to it 😀

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This Champagne Pearl really impressed me & glided on great! I used a bright white chalk paint as a base & then used the Pearl Effect on top.

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I used a gold color on the metal grid on the front of the cabinet, inside the cabinet, inside the drawer & on top.

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I painted a sunburst pattern for my Geometric Design element. My daughter loved it & I’m glad I got to finally do this for her.

After I painted the white & pearl effect top I measured out from the center even lines with a ruler & pencil.

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I taped off where I needed to tape & it really turned out great!

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The pearl effect & gold really worked well together.  The gold was also called gold champagne so it just was meant to be! 😀

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Voila! I Love It! This was definitely one of my more fun projects that I had the pleasure to repaint.

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Here’s the final result.  I brightened up the handles but I still need French Provincial pulls for the doors.  I couldn’t find any anywhere but I really loved the way it all turned out.

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I hope you had as much fun with this as I did & go check out everyone’s projects! They are Tres Magnifique!

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“Icing on the Cake” August Fab Flippin’ Furniture Contest

Happy Fab Flipping August Time! I had a trashed picked vanity that was perfect for this month’s contest! van21

It went from Grungy to Glamorous & I can’t wait to decorate around it more 😀 I never thought I would be doing a fabulous vanity project for my daughter when she was 4 1/2 but here it is & we love it!

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Here are this month’s hosts for the Fab Flippin Furniture Contest.

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Evey’s Creations

Anastasia Vintage

Ciburbanity

Fern Avenue

Thirty Eighth Street

Dandelion Patina

 

Be sure to go to their blogs & check out their amazing August Flips too.

We also had a generous hardware host! Meet D. Lawless Hardware:

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They have a great online store that it was hard to narrow down what I wanted, but I’ll be going back to their website to order more.  I’ll explain all of the goodies along the way in this post.

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So here’s the ugly duckling! You should have seen how I had to squish this in my car! It was totally worth the pushing & pulling.  It’s funny what we do when we see a great vision for certain pieces.

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It had rusty old knobs that I definitely replaced

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Total grossness on the mirror

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& all of the surfaces too of course 😛

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I even had the pleasure of sanding down close to 3 layers of paint

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Here was my cleaning arsenal.  Simple green and gentle dish soap worked when I needed to really scrub.

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So I can’t tell you how much I love to paint with chalk paint! I decided to stick with white & it came out really clean & bright! No more grunge! Barely 2 coats & all of the rings, marks & smudges disappeared.

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I used a paint brush but I also wanted to try to use a small roller & it came out really smooth & perfect!

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It was a kids sized roller but worked perfectly on the top surface. Here’s Lizzie keeping busy. While I painted her vanity, she painted many other surfaces 😀

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I ordered these beautiful hooks that I screwed in on both sides of the desk.  Lizzie is very fancy.  Note sparkly head band in above pic.  I never thought I would have such a girlie girl since I wasn’t but she definitely is! So scarves, necklaces, boas (lol) & head bands can easily be hung on these large hooks.

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Last month we were painting with Unicorn Spit.  I tried about 7 other colors for the insides of the drawers & this one turned out perfect! Again, the coverage of this paint is awesome! Also an added bonus is it is infused with Jasmine.  So the stinky grungy drawers have a wonderful smell in them now 🙂

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As I was painting these late last night, I pictured Lizzie saying “they need more sparkle”

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And sure enough when she came down this morning she said just that & I already had Bella Star Dust on hand after the Unicorn Spit dried. 🙂 So now they are extra fancy!

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This. Yes this, was one of my favorite parts of the project! (besides the seriously awesome hardware of course ;).  I was trying to figure out what I could do to line the drawers with & it dawned on me that I had some vintage 70’s fabric that I hoarded away from my mom. I love it! & it was a perfect match!

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I love it so much & it couldn’t be more perfect! I am going to use the fabric for the matching chair too.  I’ll blog about the chair next week.

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I finished off the drawers with these pretty pink knobs.  I didn’t get them from d. lawless but they have a similar set.  In fact they have a HUGE assortment of knobs for Everything that you need to finish & work with.

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I found these fun quirky pull apart wood thingies. Yes, that is the official name for them at NutMeg Creative Cafe.  I knew I could use them somehow & they worked great on this vanity!

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Lizzie will now be able to display photos, her art work, or in this case beautiful handmade cards. I have a friend who made these over the top exquisite hand made birthday cards. They were nearby & for this first display they worked perfectly to show off my weird purchase.  I have a lot of thingies left & I know I can find other surfaces to cover in the same way.  They painted nicely too.

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Here was the before of that wall:

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Thanks for following the journey of the grungy vanity from the trash to our backyard & now

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to it’s brand new home. I can’t wait to decorate around it now! I can finally hang up some fun artwork that I have been collecting.  I’ll post those pics soon too. I also want to put something in the middle of the vanity.  I’m thinking one of these appliques.

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Now stop by D. Lawless & the other blogs and follow the hashtag #augustfabflippincontest all over social media! Thanks again!

 

 

Two Tiered Revamped Endtable

I’m finally blogging about this table that was given to me last year.  I had a few different ideas but I LOVE the final outcome that happened! 😀

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This was in bad shape from me using this as an outdoor plant stand this past year. It had tons of scratches & the veneer edges were pealing off.

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I cleaned it up with gentle soap & water, pealed off the edges & sanded them down until they were smooth.

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I sprayed white spray paint for a base. It only needed a light layer to lighten up the darkness of the veneer paneling.  It smoothed out all of the scratches too.

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This was my first time using Folk Art Home Decor paint.  I picked them up at my local Jo-ann’s Fabric & Crafts Store.  Parisian Grey & Cascade caught my eye for a great end result combo.

 

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I loved how it looked so far & asked on my Instagram & Facebook accounts if I should paint the legs.  I had mixed opinions & went with painting them in the light gray to blend with the top of the table.

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Late that night I decided the long part of the table was missing something & I decided to start a decoupage project on it using old maps.  I cut them up like flower petals & formed a large dahlia like pattern on the top.

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I used matte mod podge for the decoupage/glue element

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So cool!

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Here’s the finished table & I couldn’t be happier! This table brought out more comments than I ever had on my Facebook page.  I never had more comments & attention to any other project I’ve done.  So glad that so many enjoyed it as much as I do. I love how I lightened it up & brought new life to it! Hope you love it too 😀

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Thanks for stopping by!

 

Growing a Pineapple Plant

I’m growing a pineapple plant!

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I’ve been wanting to do this for quite a while & I’m finally doing it! What do I need to know? So far I’m just growing the roots in water right now.  I love that I can finally make this happen 😀

Have you done this & what advice can you give me?

I’ll track this pineapple’s status as it progresses.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great weekend!

 

The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest | Come On, Let Your Colors Burst!

 

 

Hi! Long time no post! 😀 I’ve been learning so much lately but there is still so much more to learn! More about my blogging learning curve later.  This week’s focus is on an awesome contest that these fabulous blogger’s are hosting:

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Evey’s Creations | Anastasia Vintage | Ciburbanity

Fern Avenue | Thirty Eighth Street | Dandelion Pantina

I know Evey from Evey’s Creations. Go check out her blog NOW! Her work is fantastic! I’m so happy I met her earlier in the year.  She is a huge DIY inspiration to me & I look forward to getting to know her more.  All of the other hosts are incredible too & in my small corner of the blogger world, I can’t believe that if I get this blogger thing going in the direction I want it to go, I’ll someday get to meet the rest of the crew at awesome blog conventions like Haven, of which they are All at right now! I’m extremely jealous & have my eyes set on going to future shows for sure! Who wants to help this “little” blogger learn more & have fun creating new projects too?

Any interested bloggers in future Flippin Contests contact Stacy (info@anastasiavintage.com) or Evey (info@eveyscreations.com)

For July’s Fab Flippin’ Contest I took my flip outside.  I love summer so much that I had to do an outdoor trash picked piece I found a few months ago.  I found this long & not normal sized pallette down the street & I just had to have it! I was going to post & submit June’s but I missed my deadline for submission & I’ll post about what I flipped after this fun project.

I hauled this out back finally & got sanding right away!

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My brother was nice enough to hammer in pieces of wood I happen to find at another trashed picked pile.  They fit perfectly width wise & he just had to cut them down a little shorter & hammer them in.  So happy that he had a chance to help me out with this too.

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Sand, wipe down, pick off “fragile” stickers & eventually I got to the fun part

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This may or may not have been a crucial part of my morning with this palette project.  Ugh, the bugs were really bad that morning :-/

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Here is the best part of this project!! I got to paint with Unicorn SPiT!!! They are the product sponsor behind the contest.  They have 11 vibrant colors that you can mix & match and create beautiful color palettes to paint with.  It’s also infused with Jasmine fragrance so painting with this is a real sensory treat too! I chose Zia Teal.  I love how smooth it went on,  even with the uneven old palette wood it spread really nice.  I used about a 1/2 of the jar and I can’t wait to see what I can use with the rest of it.  I love how bright the color is.  It’s such a great blast of color for my back yard area now.

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After painting I sealed the paint with this Polyurethane.

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I also had a minor craft fail.  I wanted a pattern on there so I chose a pennant shaped triangle from a stencil to paint on.  Well that didn’t go on so well.  So I painted over them & decided to go with white vinyl adhesive I had on hand.

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I traced the triangles from the stencil, cut them out,

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pealed the backing off & I got a much better & cleaner result.  I actually wanted to paint on a little shimmer on them to make it look like a shell inlaid pattern.

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Here is the end result! I love it! My husband eats lots of peanut butter & jelly sandwiches & I saved all of the jelly jars so I can make this into an herb garden.  I have a friend offering up seeds already! :DLove it! & hopefully I get a better batch of basil in it’s new planter home.

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Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to swing by the other blogger’s pages to see what they did for the July Fab Flippin Furniture contest. I hope your summer is coming along well!