A junk gypsy chic’ multi-purpose dream…

A junk gypsy chic' multi-purpose dream...

A junk gypsy chic' multi-purpose dream...Call it a sideboard, a buffet, a dresser, a television stand, whatever you call it, it’s absolutely “junk gypsy” chic’ and my daughter’s first big project.

Sometimes, I think my daughter’s haggling skills put mine to shame. When she bargained for this piece last summer I was definitely surprised at how good she’s become. Her eye for junking is growing for sure. She was able to look past all the mess and see a diamond in the rough.

And, rough this piece was; the doors were about off and the drawers barely working. We removed all the hardware and functioning pieces, cleaned, cleaned and cleaned again and then we sanded all the rough surfaces down. After sanding we wiped clean with a damp cloth and painted with a latex paint.

The turquoise color just adds to that fabulous country style. A color, I’m so in LOVE with at the moment.

After the paint dried we used the palm-sander to give the overall piece a distressed look, wiped clean and finished with a medium stain (color: chestnut).

Last, but certainly not least, we added “new” rusty cast-iron hardware.

The carved details in this piece give it so much character and charm. It’s truly one of our favorites. It can be used in a living room as a television stand… You have to think outside the furniture box, and besides the cabinets will make for great storage for movies and such (That’s exactly how we use these pieces!).

Happy refurbing people!

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An ooh la la refurbished piece…

An ooh la la refurbished piece...

An ooh la la refurbished piece...My daughter and I wrapped up this project Sunday and brought it in from the garage. We normally have a pop of color in our living room, so I’m trying to adjust to the large white piece, but I’m loving the style.

I spotted an inspiration piece (a 1940’s French Provincial sideboard/dresser) on a vintage repurposer’s website out of Virginia and had to replicate. Our piece of the same era was picked up at a garage sale a few months back.

To achieve the look we first removed the hardware and took a palm-sander to the entire piece, at least enough to knock off the shine (sealer/coating), and wiped clean with a damp cloth. Then, we used our homemade chalk paint to paint the bottom (See the recipe here!). Once the paint dried we taped off the bottom, so the stain wouldn’t bleed on to the freshly painted white and stained the top with a dark stain (Color: ebony). We then, wiped off the stain and applied a second layer, to deepen the color, allowed it to stand a few minutes and then wiped off the excess with a clean dry cloth.

When all the paint and stain were dry, I used the sander again (on just the bottom white half) to distress and give an overall aged vintage look, wiped off the dust with a damp cloth and finished with a paste wax over the entire piece. Note: Make sure your stain is completely dry before the last sanding or dust will stick to the stained area.

Happy refurbishing people!

An ooh la la refurbished piece...

Mirror, mirror on that fabulously-chic’ vanity…

Mirror, mirror on that fabulously-chic' vanity...
How did you get so adorable, lol? There is just something about a little vanity that takes you back to childhood. Not sure if it’s the idea of a child playing in her mother’s makeup or her putting on a set of grandma’s pearls, but either way anytime I see one I just picture a little girl playing with red lipstick smeared all over her face.

I feel these old time vanities are making a come back. I think they would be perfect in a retro-chic’ styled bedroom or over-sized bathroom, or even repurposed as a desk in a shabby-perfect loft.

I picked this vanity up at a garage sale a few months back and decided this past weekend to give it a makeover. From the looks of it, it’s had several makeovers with too many piled on layers of paint and stain to even nicely remove. Instantly, I knew I wasn’t going to even attempt to take it all off; besides I like my painted furniture to be roughly distressed. So, with that in mind I removed all the broken hardware and the mirror, gave it a once over with the palm sander, so (yet) another layer of paint would adhere well, wiped it down with a damp cloth and added a new layer of paint (turquoise). After the paint dried, I sanded again to distress and finished with a coat of stain (ebony). The stain was a lot darker than I normally use, but I figured since I was going with such a dark pull it would work.

After the stain dried, I reattached the mirror and added new drawer pulls. I’ve been so obsessed with these “puppy dog” pulls lately. I found them at Hobby Lobby for $3.99 each (If they’re not on sale, wait a week, the pulls are 50% off just about every other week.). I just love the whimsy they bring to an already adorable piece of furniture.

Happy refurbishing people!

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