My Projects, My Living Room

Yesterday I showed you how I added a couple of key pieces to our main living space, but today I’m showing you the entire room and how I incorporated some of my favorite furniture transformations I’ve completed in the past year.

living room makeoverOne of my absolute favorite furniture makeovers is this little credenza I painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.

great room makeover

chippy-milk-paint-table1I love the chippy goodness this paint creates, plus the vignette on top is one of my favorite in my home.

affordable home decorAnother key piece of furniture in this room is this duck egg blue accent table. I almost sold it back in the day, but luckily it found its way back to my living room.

affordable great room makeoverAnd I have to say that the color of this table was the inspiration for the entire room makeover. Isn’t it just yummy? Yep, this color flows through three different rooms in my home now.

chalk paint table makeoverMy latest furniture transformation with Pure White ASCP, this little ornate table, sits between my two couches.


robin egg birds nest glass clocheThe wood display tables in my living room were purchased from World Market on clearance. I love that you can see my little treasures under the glass… my grandpa’s old pipe, my father-in-law’s dog tags, and a collection of crosses passed down from our great grandparents.

BHG great room makeoverOh, how I wish I could take credit for making this little shabby chic shelf, but I purchased it from Kirklands last month. Instantly fell in love with it!

living room makeover BHGAnd it sits next to my very first Annie Sloan paint project: a driftwood style table. And notice the burlap and twine balls I just showed you a week or two ago? Yep, I really do use the projects I create around my home.

living room gallery wallAnd I’m totally in love with my new gallery wall. Now I just need a new chair for this space (I’m slowly phasing out all the red in my home, have you noticed?).

great room gallery wallThe last furniture project in this room is my telephone table. The perfect piece that fills the little space between my living room and kitchen. Plus it bring a touch of the Duck Egg Blue color to that side of the room.

living room telephone table

So, what projects have YOU incorporated into your home?
I’d love to hear!


From Traditional to Modern: Revamped Bedroom Furniture

So a couple of weeks ago my brother and sister-in-law asked if I could help transform their bedroom furniture. As newlyweds often do, they each brought a couple of pieces from their old bedroom sets into their new life together. My task: to paint the dresser, mirror and one nightstand black to match their other nightstand and TV stand.

Here are the before shots…

Please pardon my crappy photos. I had very little natural light in this bedroom and didn’t want to create hot spots with a flash.

And here’s the AFTER photos!

Here’s how I completed the transformation:

We carried the furniture downstairs from their second story condominium and out into their garage. The first step was to wipe all the dust off and remove the hardware. My sister-in-law decided not to keep the current hardware, but still use the existing holes so I didn’t have to fill them with putty.

I sanded down all of the drawers and the base of the nightstand and dresser.

Once the sanding was complete, I used Rustoleum’s flat black spray paint to cover the drawers. To make sure I didn’t get any paint inside the, I just held up a piece of cardboard against the edges while I spray painted.

For the base of nightstand and dresser, I used Valspar’s flat black latex paint along with a small roller brush for the tops and sides and a smaller hand brush to get the detailing.  And here’s the painted nightstand!

OK, onto the large dresser! Now we couldn’t move this piece downstairs to paint cause it’s just too heavy… so, I had to set up shop in their dining room! I used the same flat black Valspar latex paint to coat the base of the dresser. Once the paint was dry, I used Minwax polyurethane to seal the dresser and nightstand.

The dresser also had a matching mirror that I had to paint. I taped up the inside with painter’s blue tape to protect the mirror.

OK, ready for some after shots?

Here’s the before & after side by side! Isn’t it amazing how paint and some new hardware can change a piece of furniture from traditional to modern?

And here’s some shots of the dresser…

See the black nightstand in the left of the photo? Yep, that’s the black nightstand they already owned! My sister-in-law matched the new hardware perfectly!

Here’s the before & after of the dresser side by side…

They still need to get their walls painted and some wall hangings, but a HUGE improvement thus far!

Total costs: $9 for the Valspar flat black paint, $8 for the Rustoleum black spray paint, $10 for polyurethane, and a couple bucks for drop cloths, sandpaper blocks, paint trays, brushes, rollers, etc. I would estimate the total costs being around $50 without the new hardware. Not too shabby for a completely transformed bedroom set!

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