Thursday, February 2, 2017

Furniture Facelifts

This past week has been full of painting! My husband and I bought our home at the end of July, and you would not believe everything that the previous owners just left here! Some of the stuff was great, but other things needed a bit of a face lift. Isn't it crazy how big of a difference a paint job can make? 

I took on three "simple" painting projects this week. At least I thought they would be simple... 

My first two projects were pieces that were left here when we purchased this home. 

Project #1 was a wicker bathroom cabinet. It isn't the prettiest cabinet in the world, but it is a nice little temporary cabinet to use until I am able to go out and purchase a new one!

Our master bathroom is a white and sage green color. The cabinet that was left behind was black. It stood out, and not in a good way. 


I decided I would just use spray paint on this piece. I chose the color white to match our bathroom. I thought that I would NEVER get the white to fully cover this cabinet. I ended up using four cans of spray paint. I originally bought two, then I had to go to town to purchase and third, only to realize that I was going to need a fourth... so back to town I went!

I was happy with the finished product!


The second piece that was left here was a black cabinet with brown baskets that were the drawers. It was on our covered front porch. I saw the potential in this piece. But again, the black did not match our white front porch and light blue house. This piece was absolutely disgusting. I had to wipe it down about five times before I felt good about it.


(Ignore the ball of nosy fluff 😉)

I did not get a picture with the baskets in it before I painted them. 

I was going to use chalk paint, but I decided against it since this was going to be used as an outdoor piece. I decided to use some paint we had leftover from painting our master bedroom. I spray painted the baskets. 


It's amazing how much cleaner and neat it made my front porch look! Happy happy happy! 

My final two pieces were these two ladderback chairs I found at the Goodwill for $5 each! 


I was super excited when I spotted these. I knew what I was going to do with them right off. I used chalk paint on them and distressed them. I'm going to use a coat of polyurethane instead of wax over these chairs just to make them more durable.

I used three coats of white chalk paint to get full coverage. 

This is the finished product (Minus the polyurethane, which I plan on doing tomorrow)


Love love love how they turned out! (Sorry for the bad lighting)

So, back to the previous owners of our home leaving a bunch of stuff behind... My husband stumbled across an old, white, farmhouse looking screen door half buried in our back yard a few weeks ago. At first I thought it was too damaged to salvage, but once I got a better look at it, a bunch of Pinterest ideas started running through my head. I haven't decided for sure what I am going to do with it yet, but once I figure it out I will be sure and share the finished project with you all!

I am SO beyond glad tomorrow is Friday.

 I hope everyone has a lovely and blessed weekend!

23 comments:

  1. You certainly made a major difference to those pieces of furniture left behind. I love them all but particularly the chairs, they are a real delight.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I think the chairs may be my favorite as well :)

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  2. It is just amazing what a difference paint can make. All things old can become new again. You did a great job! Black is hard to cover -especially with spray paint. If you have to do that again consider getting a can of spray paint primer (I use Kilz) and going over it lightly before your first coat of regular paint. It really does help stop the "bleed through" and saves on paint.

    Have a great weekend- I bet it will be a busy one for you...but at least you have two nice new chairs to sit in to rest now! xo Diana

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    1. I will definitely keep that in mind for any future projects, thank you for the tip! :)

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  3. Your make-overs are wonderful. I love them all, but my favorite is the cabinet with the white baskets. A little hard work and a little paint can make such a difference. When we moved here we had six loads of the past owner's junk to take to the dump . . . but they didn't leave anything worth salvaging. Wait one of the light fixtures, I would have saved if I had looked on Pinterest first, but we were in a purge and move mod.
    I'm looking out the window at another snow storm coming down . . . this has been a bitter winter and I'm so ready for Spring.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Connie :)

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    1. Whenever we closed on our house our realtor said she had never seen someone leave behind so many good things! They left a ton of yard tools as well which was super helpful because that was all stuff that we were going to have to go out and buy, and because of that we didn't have too. Saved a ton of money! :)

      Oh my, we have had one snow here in NC this winter and I am hoping we do not get another. Yesterday was a bitter cold day and today the high is 60 something... NC weather is very crazy and unpredictable. :)

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  4. Paint is so much cheaper than new furniture and sure does make a world of difference. I second the idea of promer for your dark pieces it really works.

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    1. Yes, I love giving furniture makeovers. :) I am definitely going to use primer next time! I appreciate the tip!

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  5. Great job on the painting projects. Yes, it is amazing what paint can do and not expensive either.

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    1. I saved a lot of money by painting instead of buying something new. :) It took some time but was worth it!

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  6. Wow, great uplifts!!! Love the cabinet with the baskets.

    Enjoy, Janie

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    1. Hi Janie! Thank you! I just need to find some wooden rockers to go beside of the cabinet and my front porch will be complete. :)

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  7. Wish I could say you got your creativity from your mother.��. Everything looks so good! And I love the little 'nosy ball of fur' in the pic ��.

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    1. Lol, I got my decorating skills from you and mawmaw if nothing else. :)

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  8. Good work! My FIL loved his work as a painter --even at age 86-- because he said a coat of paint made the scroungiest things look better.

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    1. Hi Lindah! It truly does, he sounds like a smart man! This past weekend I painted my laundry room, I just have a few more touches to make and as soon as it is complete I will post before and after pictures on my blog. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. They look great, Chastity! What a difference a can of paint can make. Hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

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    1. Thank you, Katie! I had a busy but good Super Bowl Sunday. Hope yours was good and thank you for stopping by!

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  10. Nice job on the painting projects. Those chairs are super cute. xo

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    1. Thank you! The chairs were my favorite project out of the three. :)

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  11. Great re-do jobs on the furniture! It's so nice to be able to recycle something instead of getting rid of it and having to buy new. Saves the environment and lots of money - a win-win!

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    1. Hi Melanie! Yes, definitely a win-win. :) It is also a plus that I really enjoy doing it!

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  12. Wow wonderful makeovers! I especially like the chairs.

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