Category Archives: How to Re-Do Furniture

DIY Antique Window Bookshelf

DIY antique window bookshelf - See how to make this super easy lovely bookshelf made with windows & chicken wire. Such an awesome way to re-purpose old windows!

You know those projects that start like one thing, but turn into something else? This was one of those projects. My original thought was to make a coffee table out of old windows. So, good old Mr. LMB went out in the garage & tried to make that little crazy dream of mine a reality. He made basically a big box with the windows & attached chicken wire to the windows to fill in all of the holes where the glass used to be. Then he added wood to the bottom & the top of the “window box” he created to finish off the coffee table. He called me outside to see it & yah…. fail. Not on his part, but on mine. It was way to large to be a coffee table [tall & wide] but my brain started working again & I thought, why not stand it up & make it a bookshelf? Here is what it looked like after standing it up on it’s side, adding shelves, adding legs, & giving it a little pain to make it an antique window bookshelf…

DIY antique window bookshelf - See how to make this super easy lovely bookshelf made with windows & chicken wire. Such an awesome way to re-purpose old windows!

DIY antique window bookshelf - See how to make this super easy lovely bookshelf made with windows & chicken wire. Such an awesome way to re-purpose old windows!
I still can’t believe it’s made from old antique windows! I love how it’s deep & can fit some lovely collections like my mason jars, glass insulators, books, & more. The pillows & blanket are from H&M & that lovely floral arrangement is from Marshalls. & the lovely sign behind the bookshelf is from House of Belonging, my most favorite sign shop in the history of ever.

DIY antique window bookshelf - See how to make this super easy lovely bookshelf made with windows & chicken wire. Such an awesome way to re-purpose old windows!
DIY antique window bookshelf - See how to make this super easy lovely bookshelf made with windows & chicken wire. Such an awesome way to re-purpose old windows!
DIY antique window bookshelf - See how to make this super easy lovely bookshelf made with windows & chicken wire. Such an awesome way to re-purpose old windows!

Building this beast was all done by that handsome husband of mine & he blogged how he did it on his blog, craftsmandrive.com, [here]. If you want to see how he did it or if you want to build one for yourself, head on over there & check it out!

DIY antique window bookshelf - See how to make this super easy lovely bookshelf made with windows & chicken wire. Such an awesome way to re-purpose old windows!
DIY antique window bookshelf - See how to make this super easy lovely bookshelf made with windows & chicken wire. Such an awesome way to re-purpose old windows!
DIY antique window bookshelf - See how to make this super easy lovely bookshelf made with windows & chicken wire. Such an awesome way to re-purpose old windows!
DIY antique window bookshelf - See how to make this super easy lovely bookshelf made with windows & chicken wire. Such an awesome way to re-purpose old windows!
DIY antique window bookshelf - See how to make this super easy lovely bookshelf made with windows & chicken wire. Such an awesome way to re-purpose old windows!
DIY antique window bookshelf - See how to make this super easy lovely bookshelf made with windows & chicken wire. Such an awesome way to re-purpose old windows!
DIY antique window bookshelf - See how to make this super easy lovely bookshelf made with windows & chicken wire. Such an awesome way to re-purpose old windows!
I decided to style the bookshelf with lots of collections. I got kind of an anthropology inspired vibe from the piece & that was my inspiration. Kind of a boutique styling with antique pieces & a few new pieces mixed in. I love all the textures mixed together in the piece & how the old wood & the chicken wire works together.

DIY antique window bookshelf - See how to make this super easy lovely bookshelf made with windows & chicken wire. Such an awesome way to re-purpose old windows!
DIY antique window bookshelf - See how to make this super easy lovely bookshelf made with windows & chicken wire. Such an awesome way to re-purpose old windows!
DIY antique window bookshelf - See how to make this super easy lovely bookshelf made with windows & chicken wire. Such an awesome way to re-purpose old windows!

DIY antique window bookshelf - See how to make this super easy lovely bookshelf made with windows & chicken wire. Such an awesome way to re-purpose old windows!
DIY antique window bookshelf - See how to make this super easy lovely bookshelf made with windows & chicken wire. Such an awesome way to re-purpose old windows!
Ok, picture overload. Sorry I’m not sorry… I just love this piece. & even if no one else does, it’s so special to me because my best friend made it & I think he did an amazing job! I love seeing his thoughts come to life, like how he put the shelves in & what legs he chose. It’s fun seeing a piece of furniture that was a mixture of both of our ideas. What do you guys think of our DIY window bookshelf? What would you use it for? Let me know what you think in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram.

DIY Simple Dining Room Buffet

The transition from military life to civilian life has be a long weird journey. It hasn’t been a bad journey or even really a hard one, just different. Our journey really started a year ago this month when we sold our NC home & moved into our NC rental. That’s when our journey home to Michigan really started because we cut our big tie to North Carolina, our home we owned. That’s also when it got more difficult for us to do larger projects like build furniture. Yes we did build a few pieces in our rental like our round coffee table [here], our DIY entertainment center [here], & a DIY shutter bench [here], but we didn’t have a garage or a good place to build furniture so Mr. LMB was slowed down a lot by that. Then when we moved here to Michigan he was thrown right into a job that was a little more demanding of his time & college which slowed down his furniture building as well. Now that the weather here in Michigan is warming up & we are getting into the swing of things he is starting to get back into furniture building & we are both so excited! Recently he was contacted by Murphy-Goode wine to try their Home Front wine that supports veterans, like Mr. LMB, with giving some of the proceeds to Operation Home Front. Of course he was excited to try the wine, but also to blog to bring awareness to such an amazing cause. This inspired him to build a piece of furniture for our home to display our wine & to use daily in our dining room. I’m so thankful for Mr. LMB’s talent & for this beautiful DIY simple dining room buffet he built for our cozy little home. I love my veteran & all he does & has done & this small buffet is just one of those things…

DIY Simple Dining room buffet - See how to make this super simple buffet in a few easy steps. This piece would also make a great DIY entryway table, sofa table, & so much more!
DIY Simple Dining room buffet - See how to make this super simple buffet in a few easy steps. This piece would also make a great DIY entryway table, sofa table, & so much more!

DIY Simple Dining room buffet - See how to make this super simple buffet in a few easy steps. This piece would also make a great DIY entryway table, sofa table, & so much more!

Isn’t it simply lovely? It’s a simple piece of furniture that happens to make a big impact on this small space of ours. These legs were antique finds of ours & he built the dining room buffet around them. What’s really cool about this piece? It’s so versatile! It would make a great entryway table, sofa table, buffet, entertainment center, & so much more. For now we are using it as a buffet, but who knows what we will use it for in the future!

DIY Simple Dining room buffet - See how to make this super simple buffet in a few easy steps. This piece would also make a great DIY entryway table, sofa table, & so much more!
DIY Simple Dining room buffet - See how to make this super simple buffet in a few easy steps. This piece would also make a great DIY entryway table, sofa table, & so much more!
DIY Simple Dining room buffet - See how to make this super simple buffet in a few easy steps. This piece would also make a great DIY entryway table, sofa table, & so much more!
DIY Simple Dining room buffet - See how to make this super simple buffet in a few easy steps. This piece would also make a great DIY entryway table, sofa table, & so much more!
DIY Simple Dining room buffet - See how to make this super simple buffet in a few easy steps. This piece would also make a great DIY entryway table, sofa table, & so much more!
DIY Simple Dining room buffet - See how to make this super simple buffet in a few easy steps. This piece would also make a great DIY entryway table, sofa table, & so much more!
DIY Simple Dining room buffet - See how to make this super simple buffet in a few easy steps. This piece would also make a great DIY entryway table, sofa table, & so much more!
We styled the buffet for a little wine night filled with some good wine & some of our favorite eats like meats & cheeses. The dishes are all from Marshalls along with the wine glasses, glass cloche, the greenery, the candle, & the towels. The planter & wine rack are from Home Goods, The sign is from House of Belonging, the basket is from Target, the burlap & metal basket are antique finds, & of course the wine is from Murphy-Goode & it’s the Home Front red. Some of the proceeds from the purchase of the wine helps supports veterans & I have always heard good things about the wine, but actually trying it for myself I am sold. A red wine I can actually get down with. Yes please! Mr. LMB & I love having wine nights with friends & on date nights in with each other so we were so excited to be stocked up for some wine nights to come all while helping Jose’s fellow brothers.

DIY Simple Dining room buffet - See how to make this super simple buffet in a few easy steps. This piece would also make a great DIY entryway table, sofa table, & so much more!

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Mr. LMB blogged all about how to make this lovely little piece on his blog today [here]. Just head on over to Craftsmandrive.com & read all about it. I can’t wait to syle this buffet in different ways in weeks to come, but this weekend we of course used it for our wine & food, but here is the buffet a little more empty & cleaned up after we ate…

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DIY Simple Dining room buffet - See how to make this super simple buffet in a few easy steps. This piece would also make a great DIY entryway table, sofa table, & so much more!
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Cheers friends from our humble little home to yours!! I am truly sorry for those who do not like posts with a lot of photos, but my oh my he really stole my heart with this charming little piece & I just couldn’t get enough photos of it. What do you think of our DIY buffet? If you want to see how he made it & how you can make your own, head on over to Craftsmandrive.com [here] to see his post about this lovely little piece of furniture. Are you as excited for me to decorate this piece as I am? Can’t wait to hear what you guys think let me know what you think in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. xx

DIY Simple Dining room buffet - See how to make this super simple buffet in a few easy steps. This piece would also make a great DIY entryway table, sofa table, & so much more!

Chippy Drop Leaf Table Makeover

About two years ago or so.. maybe even three, I found a lovely antique beat up drop leaf table somewhere in the back woods of North Carolina. This table has been in 3 houses of ours & I loved it in it’s raw wood form. I always felt like it had a story. With every scratch, water stain, & dent it told a story of the homes it had been in before. We have used it as a sofa table, entryway table, & a desk at one point. It’s a versatile & lovely old piece. Unfortunately we just don’t have the place for it in our Michigan house & so I decided to paint it & put it in my booth. I took some photographs of it in the parking lot at Painted Farmgirl where my booth is today of the finished little painted table because of course I wanted to share it with you guys. It’s a chippy little drop leaf table & I kind of love how it turned out..

Chippy drop leaf table - paint table with chalk paint in light layers, use an electric sander all over the piece, seal with light brown wax.
Chippy drop leaf table - paint table with chalk paint in light layers, use an electric sander all over the piece, seal with light brown wax.

Here’s what it looked like before I painted it…

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& after painting the lovely drop leaf…

Chippy drop leaf table - paint table with chalk paint in light layers, use an electric sander all over the piece, seal with light brown wax.
Chippy drop leaf table - paint table with chalk paint in light layers, use an electric sander all over the piece, seal with light brown wax.

To get this look I first put two layers of Maison blanche chalk paint in Sugar cane. I didn’t worry about covering the entire table perfectly because I knew I was going for a super worn look so there were for sure lighter areas than other areas. After the paint was dry I took an electric sander to the entire piece to get that chippy shabby look. I used a different sander this time than I was used to so I wasn’t super happy with how it turned out, it’s just different than what I was used too. After I sanded the whole piece I sealed the piece with a light brown wax. That’s it.. so easy & it completely changed the whole table & gave it a new [old] life!

Chippy drop leaf table - paint table with chalk paint in light layers, use an electric sander all over the piece, seal with light brown wax.
Chippy drop leaf table - paint table with chalk paint in light layers, use an electric sander all over the piece, seal with light brown wax.
Chippy drop leaf table - paint table with chalk paint in light layers, use an electric sander all over the piece, seal with light brown wax.
Chippy drop leaf table - paint table with chalk paint in light layers, use an electric sander all over the piece, seal with light brown wax.
Chippy drop leaf table - paint table with chalk paint in light layers, use an electric sander all over the piece, seal with light brown wax.
Chippy drop leaf table - paint table with chalk paint in light layers, use an electric sander all over the piece, seal with light brown wax.

Chippy drop leaf table - paint table with chalk paint in light layers, use an electric sander all over the piece, seal with light brown wax.
Chippy drop leaf table - paint table with chalk paint in light layers, use an electric sander all over the piece, seal with light brown wax.

Of course I forgot to get photos of the table completely open with the leaves, but you get the idea. It’s kind of rough taking photos in a parking lot, but I made it work with some burlap & plants that I got from inside the store. This piece is now in my booth for sale & I hope it finds a lovely home to live in. What do you think of the chippy little table? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram! xx

 

PS. We are having a Vintage Market at Painted FarmGirl where I have my booth in Hudsonville Michigan on May 9th!! Follow the Facebook page [here] for updates. The market will be held outside of painted farmgirl with tons of booths open with handmade & vintage items [also the entire store filled with booths will be open as always]. If you are a maker, antique collector, furniture painter, crafter, sewer, & so on & would like to have a booth at the market we would love to have you!! There are some booths available & you are invited to apply for a spot! Email PaintedFarmGirlMarket@Gmail.com some photos of your work, former booths, price range, your social media, shop, & blog links if available, & other info you want to include & we will be hand selecting the vendors for May 9th & emailing you back. I hope to see all of you there who can make it! I will be there all day & I’m passing out free hugs & of course ready to shop some awesome booths!! xx

Chippy drop leaf table - paint table with chalk paint in light layers, use an electric sander all over the piece, seal with light brown wax.

French Blue Dresser Makeover

One of the reasons that I love painting furniture is that I love the challenge. I love the challenge to make the piece look completely different from how it look originally. The power of paint surprises me every time & I think that’s  why I love re-doing furniture so much. This past week I got some new Maison Blanche chalk paint colors & I was so excited to try them out. A lot of you [my amazing awesome talented lovely readers] have been asking me to use more color when I paint furniture. I listened! I may be starting out slow, but it’s a start none the less. I had quite a boring dresser that I wanted to spice up so I decided to try french blue & I kind of love how the dresser turned out…

See how to achieve this dresser makeover with chalk paint, sand paper, & dark wax. A must pin for furniture makeover ideas. Chalk paint color: Masion Blanche French Blue

See how to achieve this dresser makeover with chalk paint, sand paper, & dark wax. A must pin for furniture makeover ideas. Chalk paint color: Masion Blanche French Blue
& how the piece looked before I got my hands on it… 

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& after I used the power of paint to give this dresser a new life…

See how to achieve this dresser makeover with chalk paint, sand paper, & dark wax. A must pin for furniture makeover ideas. Chalk paint color: Masion Blanche French Blue
How I got this look:

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To achieve this look I painted two layers of french blue on the entire piece. I also I filled the holes where the old hardware was with wood filler [paintable wood filler works great.].  After the paint was dry I sanded the edges of the drawers & the entire dresser to give it more of an antique look. When I was done sanding I brushed a dark wax [also Maison Blanche] over the entire piece. I let the dark wax set for a couple of minutes & then took a rag & wiped all of the wax off. The wax sealed the piece & also deepened the color of the french blue a lot. For hardware I went with a long bar pull to really change up the look of the dresser & I’m kind of in love with the look. What do you think of the new hardware?

See how to achieve this dresser makeover with chalk paint, sand paper, & dark wax. A must pin for furniture makeover ideas. Chalk paint color: Masion Blanche French Blue

See how to achieve this dresser makeover with chalk paint, sand paper, & dark wax. A must pin for furniture makeover ideas. Chalk paint color: Masion Blanche French Blue

See how to achieve this dresser makeover with chalk paint, sand paper, & dark wax. A must pin for furniture makeover ideas. Chalk paint color: Masion Blanche French Blue
See how to achieve this dresser makeover with chalk paint, sand paper, & dark wax. A must pin for furniture makeover ideas. Chalk paint color: Masion Blanche French Blue

See how to achieve this dresser makeover with chalk paint, sand paper, & dark wax. A must pin for furniture makeover ideas. Chalk paint color: Masion Blanche French Blue
See how to achieve this dresser makeover with chalk paint, sand paper, & dark wax. A must pin for furniture makeover ideas. Chalk paint color: Masion Blanche French Blue

I styled this piece quickly in our guest bedroom to show you guys the makeover, but sadly this piece isn’t able to stay with us so it will be in my booth at Painted Farmgirl very soon. I know someone will enjoy this dresser & hopefully they love it as much as I do in their home! What do you think of my french blue dresser makeover? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram! xx 

 

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See how to achieve this dresser makeover with chalk paint, sand paper, & dark wax. A must pin for furniture makeover ideas. Chalk paint color: Masion Blanche French Blue

Beachy Side Table Makeover

You know those pieces of furniture that are hand me downs from your loved ones? I feel so lucky to have a lot of those & I treasure them dearly. Some of those furniture treasures can be found around our house, & others I have yet to find a place for, or need some love. I found this small little table in our basement the other day & knew right away that I wanted to paint it. There was fun paint class at The Painted Farmgirl [where the hubs & I have a booth at in Hudsonville, Michigan] & I decided to attend the class to learn some new techniques & for some fun. I love that the Maison Blanche paint classes they teach are from anyone from beginners to expert painters. There is always new things to learn!

Beachy side table makeover - see how to get this custom paint look the super easy way.
I still don’t have a permanent spot for this little table yet, but I really wanted to show you this cute little makeover. I can never keep the power of paint a secret! Here is how the little table was looking before I got my hands on it… 

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& after I did a few fun paint techniques…

Beachy side table makeover - see how to get this custom paint look the super easy way.

Beachy side table makeover - see how to get this custom paint look the super easy way.
So how did I get this look? Super simple! First I dry brushed Maison Blanche maison white chalk paint all over the table. I didn’t try for perfection & wanted it to look old & used. After the dry brush paint was dry. I learned a new technique in the class of mixing a color wax with a clear wax & it worked amazing! I ended up mixing a Maison Blanche gray lime wax. The clear wax helps to “water” down the gray lime wax & make it less opaque. I spread the wax all over the table & actually didn’t wipe it off. That’s the beauty of this Maison Blanche wax is that you can leave it right on the piece & it will harden. I let it set for two days to dry & fully harden before I used it. The gray wax really looks great over the white chalk paint & added a lot of depth to the piece. I think it made it look like little white beachy table.

Beachy side table makeover - see how to get this custom paint look the super easy way.
Beachy side table makeover - see how to get this custom paint look the super easy way.
Beachy side table makeover - see how to get this custom paint look the super easy way.
Beachy side table makeover - see how to get this custom paint look the super easy way.
What do you think of my little side table makeover? I can’t wait to find a permeant spot in our house for it so I can see it everyday & have a lovely little reminder of my grandma everyday. I love that I could turn a damaged side table that may have been thrown away or overlooked by everyone else. Let me know what you think in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. xx

DIY Antique Office Drawers Makeover

I love a good furniture makeover. It’s one of my favorite things. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon this set of drawers that was not in the greatest condition, but I had a vision for it. I knew it needed to be mine & I knew exactly what color it had to be & what hardware it had to have. I also knew the piece had to be in our office. It had the potential to be the perfect piece. I think this piece was about to be thrown away & I’m so glad I got my hands on it before it ended up in the dump. Our office isn’t anywhere close to being finished, but this piece has certainly brought us closer to being done. 

DIY antique office drawers makeover - Such a great before & after & step by step on how to get this look! A must pin!
DIY antique office drawers makeover - Such a great before & after & step by step on how to get this look! A must pin!

Ok. I think it’s pretty cute even though it’s so hard to take photos of things in our office with the weird lighting. I really need to learn the best way to take photos of things in this room. Or just learn how to use photoshop or something?  Anyways, That’s for another day. Better yet? This thing provides great storage to our closet-less office along with our lovely bookshelf. Ready to see the before? It’s pretty intense…

DIY antique office drawers makeover - Such a great before & after & step by step on how to get this look! A must pin!
This was such a fun project & the whole process was perfect for me because you don’t have to be perfect & that’s how I roll in life. I’m the farthest from a perfectionist so a project that allows me to have that freedom is a great project for me. The process for this was pretty simple. I painted the dresser in Maison Blanche black chalk paint in licorice. It took about two coats to cover all the lovely green. After the paint dried I rubbed chalk over the entire surface. I then took a rag & rubbed the chalk off the dresser for that chalky black finish I wanted. After I was satisfied with how the piece looked I put on the new [antique] hardware that I found at a local antique store. For now the labels on the drawers are simply numbered, but when I start filling the drawers up with items I will label them more properly.

DIY antique office drawers makeover - Such a great before & after & step by step on how to get this look! A must pin!
DIY antique office drawers makeover - Such a great before & after & step by step on how to get this look! A must pin!

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After the hardware was put on I did go over a few parts of the piece with chalk again that I didn’t do as heavy & simply wiped off with the rag. So easy & the best part is you can keep doing this step until you are satisfied. Also in the future you can easily fix any areas you want. I love the finish of the black paint & the chalk combined. I have used this method in the past, but I was super inspired to do it again by the lovely Painted Hive. It gives that extra dimension to the black paint that is not quite gray & not quite black. I love that it also gives a lovely vintage feel. It’s for sure going to be a great focal point in our office when it’s finished.

DIY antique office drawers makeover - Such a great before & after & step by step on how to get this look! A must pin!
DIY antique office drawers makeover - Such a great before & after & step by step on how to get this look! A must pin!
DIY antique office drawers makeover - Such a great before & after & step by step on how to get this look! A must pin!
DIY antique office drawers makeover - Such a great before & after & step by step on how to get this look! A must pin!

DIY antique office drawers makeover - Such a great before & after & step by step on how to get this look! A must pin!
DIY antique office drawers makeover - Such a great before & after & step by step on how to get this look! A must pin!
I know I say this a lot, but this is my new favorite piece in our house right now. It’s fun to see what a little paint & some creativity can do to a piece of furniture. It gets me every time. What do you think of our new [old] antique office drawers? What do you think of the paint technique? I’m just loving all the new storage we have because let’s face it, I have a lot of junk to store. Let me know what you think in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram! xx

DIY antique office drawers makeover - Such a great before & after & step by step on how to get this look! A must pin!

Leggy Bookshelf Makeover

We have now been living in Michigan a couple of months now & I’m finally starting to do things that I love that are not necessarily just for our Michigan casa. Things like creating art, painting furniture, & stocking our booth. This past week I painted a homely looking bookshelf for our booth & you’ll never guess what color I painted it… gray. Seriously the few pieces of furniture I have painted since we have been in Michigan, like this chair [here], have all been gray. I promise I have another furniture makeover coming very soon that is not gray & I will branch out to new colors soon. I just love gray. It’s different than white, it’s neutral, it’s warm, yah.. I just love it. This little leggy bookshelf needed some love & I think the gray paint gave it a whole new life that it needed.

Leggy gray bookshelf makeover with chalk paint.
I mean it’s just simply cute. I can see this piece being used in a little kids room as a bookshelf, in an office, as a small entertainment center, a drink bar in a dining room or kitchen, a coffee bar, I mean the list can go on. If our house wasn’t bursting at the seams with furniture, I would keep it for myself. But alas I’m trying to work on that whole not being a hoarder thing. It’s going well so far. Here is what the bookshelf before I got my hands on it…

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& after some Maison Blanche fransiscan gray paint, a good cleaning, some distressing, & a little bit of clear wax to seal it. & I emphasize a good cleaning including getting rid of all that dust…

Leggy gray bookshelf makeover with chalk paint.
Leggy gray bookshelf makeover with chalk paint.
Leggy gray bookshelf makeover with chalk paint.
Leggy gray bookshelf makeover with chalk paint.
Leggy gray bookshelf makeover with chalk paint.
Leggy gray bookshelf makeover with chalk paint.
I keep trying to not get attached to this bookshelf, but man is it cute!  This little guy will be in my booth soon & ready to go to a new home. What do you think of this quick little bookshelf makeover? Are you loving gray furniture as much as me? Or is it just my obsession? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. xx

 

Source list:

Rug: Marshalls
Small cream baskets: Target
Bookends: Target
Large cream basket, candle, frame, plant, large jug: Marshalls
small clear jug: antique
Green jugs: Target
Fiddle fig print: unkown. It’s been so long I forget. If you know leave it in the comments below! Thank you!
Frame: Antique window.

DIY Round Coffee Table



DIY round coffee table - Turn a dining room table into a coffee table!

Sometimes I have these ideas that come to my head & I can never shake them. they stay on my mind forever until I complete them. Some call it a blessing that I have such great follow through, and others might call it a curse because it will bug me until it’s done. This project is one of them. For the longest time {maybe like year now?} I have wanted to turn a round dining room table into a coffee table like no one else’s business. One day Mr. LMB & I were driving down the road in the middle of no where & spotted a whole bunch of “junk” for sale. Naturally we stopped & among all of the boat parts & tools was this rustic old beat up table. I had found what I was looking for for an entire year. The table top was rustic, bleached, & beat up. the bottom, well, we will talk about the bottom later. The hubs and I loaded it up in his jeep & I was happier than a bird with a french fry… or something like that.

DIY round coffee table - Turn a dining room table into a coffee table! DIY round coffee table - Turn a dining room table into a coffee table!
Once we came up with the idea, making the coffee table was actually pretty easy. It required a few cuts & some drilling. Your experience could be different depending on what kind of table you find. Ours happened to be more high maintenance than what we thought. Hopefully yours isn’t a little diva like ours. Sad news, I didn’t get a picture of the dining room table before we took it apart to fit it in the jeep, so just picture a dining room table in your head & if you are struggling, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the blog post for more of a visual.

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So, here is what the two {three really} pieces looked like when we got them home. The top came apart in two pieces. Not sure if that’s normal, but it’s a really heavy top. We soon discovered that we didn’t think the base of the table went with the top because it was two small. We actually had another base on hand so we decided to use that one since it was larger & beefier. Yes, that’s the most accurate way to describe it.

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The first photo is the original base that we cut down to size & then discovered it was too small. We then did the same thing to the second base & that base seemed to be much better. Since the table top came in two separate pieces. We used 2) 1×2 boards on the bottom cut to 40 inches to maintain a level top and attach the two pieces. We bought a base from a local antique shop. Using the pre-existing hardware and support we simply attached the base right to the bottom of the table. & the color you ask? Well, the gray was already on the base.. we really got lucky because the color fit perfect into our home!

DIY round coffee table - Turn a dining room table into a coffee table! DIY round coffee table - Turn a dining room table into a coffee table!

DIY round coffee table - Turn a dining room table into a coffee table! DIY round coffee table - Turn a dining room table into a coffee table!

DIY round coffee table - Turn a dining room table into a coffee table!

The coffee table that was in our sitting room before was cute, but it wasn’t this big beauty piece of furniture that this one is. I like that this one makes a statement in the space & I also love it’s little story & how it came to be. The table is pretty solid, but the only thing I wish was that the top was one piece and not two so it was even more solid, but beggars can’t be choosers! I finally have my DIY round coffee table that I have been wanting. Now I can rest. Just kidding… my brain never rests. Let me know what you guys think of the table in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram!

 

See the posts below for more of our historic rental…

 

DIY rustic round coffee table - Turn a dining table into a coffee table easily!

 

 

Chalkboard Top Coffee Table Makeover

Chalkboard top coffee table makeover - A quick and easy way to fix any table top!

This is literally my 3rd coffee table makeover post in the past few weeks. I can’t help it.. I must save all the sad coffee tables! This coffee table makeover I did was actually for my friend Christine which I’ve recently showed you her corner gallery wall & the bench we gave a makeover as well. We were doing all these projects to give her things new life before we packed her up & got her ready for her big move to Japan. She leaves this week. I’m pretending that she’s not leaving me, but I know if I don’t blog this table makeover now, I will just cry if I do it after she leaves. This military life is a good life, but saying goodbye to friends never get’s easier. I’m thankful that even though we will be in different countries we will find time to talk & be a part of each other’s lives. Someone grab me the tissues! Let’s get to this lovely chalkboard top coffee table makeover.

DIY chalkboard top coffee table makeover - Such an easy way to give any table a quick makeover & to cover up any blemishes!

Recognize this table? You should! This is the same coffee table we have that we recently gave a makeover to as well. In case you forgot here is how our coffee table is looking now after our makeover…

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We actually got the same exact coffee tables from World Market.. it’s kind of like the grownup version of friendship bracelets. The coffee table is the Madera Coffee table & it’s seriously a great little coffee table. I gave mine a makeover because I craved a change & something new. Christine’s coffee needed a makeover because after a few years of having it with a toddler in the house, the top of the table had seen some better days.

DIY chalkboard top coffee table makeover - Such an easy way to give any table a quick makeover & to cover up any blemishes!
DIY chalkboard top coffee table:

– Clean the top of the coffee table thoroughly & remove any dirt, food, & anything that will make the paint surface uneven.

– Patch any holes and sand the surface if you want a completely even top. I did not have to patch or sand the table. There were a couple corners that were “lifting”, but the seasoned chalkboard finish made all of that disappear.

– You can choose to prime at this point, but I chose to just start painting the coffee table with the chalkboard paint & a paint brush. You can use a chalkboard spray paint, but I am more comfortable using a paintbrush with the paint for nice, even, thick coats. I purchased my chalkboard paint at Lowes, but any craft store should have it.

-I painted 3 coats on this table, allowing it to dry completely between each coat. Chalkboard paint is durable & you can judge how many coats your project needs.

– After I was finished painting the table with the chalkboard paint it was time to season the coffee table. To do this I rubbed chalk all in one direction top to bottom & than wiped off with a dry towel. I then rubbed chalk in the other direction & wiped with a towel again. Seasoning helps your chalk drawings not to be permanent & to easily be wiped off.

DIY chalkboard top coffee table makeover - Such an easy way to give any table a quick makeover & to cover up any blemishes!

DIY chalkboard top coffee table makeover - Such an easy way to give any table a quick makeover & to cover up any blemishes!
DIY chalkboard top coffee table makeover - Such an easy way to give any table a quick makeover & to cover up any blemishes!
DIY chalkboard top coffee table makeover - Such an easy way to give any table a quick makeover & to cover up any blemishes!
DIY chalkboard top coffee table makeover - Such an easy way to give any table a quick makeover & to cover up any blemishes!
DIY chalkboard top coffee table makeover - Such an easy way to give any table a quick makeover & to cover up any blemishes!
The chalkboard top is the perfect solution for Christine and her family. The paint is durable & hid any imperfections on the top of the table & also if any future damage happens to the top of the table, a quick coat of chalkboard paint can fix it right up. What do you think of the coffee table makeover? Do you like the look of chalkboard? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, or chat with me on Instagram. xx

 

See more of my coffee table makeovers:

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World Market wood slat coffee table makeover {here}.

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Wood top coffee table makeover {here}.

Wood Top Coffee Table Makeover

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When moving into our new rental after selling our home, we ran in to the usual problem of some furniture not fitting & other rooms needing more furniture. One of those issues was our front sitting room needing a coffee table. We already had a coffee table for our living room, but the only other piece we had that would work had been sitting in our garage at the old house for a few years and used for storage. The coffee table was in bad shape, but with a little paint, tools, & the right safety gear we had the perfect wood top coffee table.

Coffee table before…

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This coffee table had sat in our garage storing paint cans and other DIY accessories for over two years. It was in such bad shape, but I knew it had potential! & the table after it got a little love… 

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With a few simple updates the table was as good as new! It doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to really breathe new life into furniture pieces, you just have to take the proper steps! 

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First things first is buying the materials & drawing up your plans. For this coffee table we wanted to do a slatted wood top & a new paint job. I knew we were going to be using the saw for this project so I got the proper safety gear as well. I know when I share our DIY projects I don’t always mention the safety gear, but it’s so important! For this project I used my 3M™ Safety Products (disposable earplugs & as always my safety glasses). Other items used for this project is the 3M™ SandBlaster™ Pro sandpaper, wood planks, paint, & a paint brush. 

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To get the wood plank top we cut some pine 1×2’s to the length of the inlay in the table. After we got the boards lying in the inlay I used some leftover paint {valspar oatmeal} & painted the boards with a light layer so that it was more like a stain for the boards. After that I gave the table a fresh coat of paint { Valspar antique white} to freshen up & give the table a new look. After it was all dry, we place the glass on top of the table again & we had ourselves the perfect little coffee table for our sitting room.  

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What do you think of our “new” coffee table? What are some steps you take for safety when you DIY? Watch the video below to see why safety is important to me why I never go with out my safety glasses. Let me know what you think of the table in the comments below, find me on Facebook. & chat with me on Instagram! xx 

 

I am proud to be a 3M- sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate products from 3M DIY. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me.

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Painted Mirrors- LMB Rental Daybed Room

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I know even as I write this that this post will be a little controversial. A while back I posted the daybed room that had two mirrors behind the daybed. I asked on here if I should paint them & if so, what color. Well, the answers were overwhelming on the blog, Facebook, & Instagram. The answers ranged from, “They need to be gray!”, “Teal is where it’s at!”, “A bright and sunny yellow.”, all the way to, “You better not paint those or I will unfollow your blog.” Ok, maybe not that far, but some people were pretty serious about me not painting the mirrors. Well, I was WAY too curious to see what the mirrors would look like painted to leave them natural. I have mixed feelings about the painted mirrors, but I’ll let you be the judge too {be nice!}.

Painted mirror makeover - lizmarieblog.comNow here are my feelings. I loved the richness and warmth of the wood on the mirrors before I painted them. I liked the contrast of the wood against the white bedding. All of that was great, but I longed for more character & let’s face it I like painting things. The color I used for the mirrors is one of my favorite shades of light gray, Behr Marquee Gray Shimmer. I love that it’s almost white with a hint of gray. A subtle color that looks lovely with the warm wood poking out with the distressing.

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To paint the mirrors I first started by not taping. haha it was a spur of the moment decision to paint them so all steps I should have taken went out the window. I took a brush & just started painting. The Behr Marquee paint is nice in the fact that even being such a light color I didn’t prime and it needed only two coats. After the paint was dry I sanded the mirrors to give them a distressed look & I was done. I didn’t seal the mirrors because the marquee paint is so durable it’s not necessary. An hour project. I’m down with that.

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Painted mirror makeover - lizmarieblog.com
Painted mirror makeover - lizmarieblog.com

So what is your verdict on the mirrors? Be nice please. No need to break our friendship over some painted wood. I like you too much. Let me know what you think in the comments below, find me on Facebook, or chat with me on Instagram.

Large Card Catalog – A New Furniture Adventure!

Hi friends!! I have something exciting to share with you! So, last week I was getting my hair cut & Jose went to an antique store right around the corner from the salon while I was getting pampered. I got out of the salon & Mr. LMB told me that he had something really exciting to show me & that I needed it, but it would need a lot of work. I was immediately intrigued! He brought me over to the antique store & sure enough I fell in love. He found a large card catalog {I say it’s a card catalog because to be honest I don’t know what it is. It seems as if it was used in a garage for tools. If you know what it is, please let me know!} For now, it’s a large piece of furniture with a ton of lovely drawers, & I’m obsessed. Here is a little sneak peek I shared on Instagram when we brought the beast home from the thrift store…

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I’m such a tease! Ok. So as many of you know we just moved into our new home & most of you know after moving you never want to move again. You almost promise yourself that you will never move another piece of furniture again. Well, two weeks later Mr. LMB lost his mind and found this piece for us. Bringing it home was AWFUL. It is so big, awkward, & heavy even with the drawers out. I joked that when we moved this piece is staying with the house. I kid! I’m never leaving it. At the same time, the price was a steal & it was really too unique to pass up. Here is where we set the new piece in the new house. It’s not going to stay here, but right now it’s in a hallway between the dining room, sun patio, & the living room….

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Holy cow! Look at that lovely baby!! Now, the most exciting part to me? It needs a lot of work! As you can see from the photos there is a lot of damage {some of it may have happened while moving it into the house… shhhh!} A lot of the work will be messy & tedious, but so worth it. This piece of furniture is going to be a really fun journey & I wanted to take you on it! I also want your input along the way too. First things first.. cleaning it!

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When we took it in the house I took out the murphy oil soap and really scrubbed this baby down. I went through two buckets of water and the solution mixture & both buckets had black water. Gross! I really love this cleaner & the reason I bought it was because my mom used to clean with it growing up & I trust my mom’s opinion, if she used it, it must be good! I picked it up right at Lowe’s & so far I’m super happy with it. I didn’t do a super thorough job with it, but I just wanted to get it clean enough before my parents got here so they didn’t think I was a crazy furniture hoarder. I will go back at it soon and do a super thorough job of cleaning it.

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Here was the piece right when we brought it in the house. Full of dirt and nasty stuff. & after a wipe down with some Murphy Oil soap it’s looking a little like this…

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Blogging about this has made me realize how much work this piece actually needs {structurally it needs a lot, thanks to Mr. LMB he is really wanting to do a lot of that} We ripped off all of the trim {not pictured} while we were at the store already because it wasn’t in good shape so we will be adding more trim. Also, I’m going to have to replace two of the handles. Ok, I could go on, but I want YOUR opinion. What would you do with this piece? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you! xx

DIY Craft Closet Office

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As we are getting ready to pack up this house & move I realized that I had never really done a tour of my DIY craft closet office that is in the front guest bedroom. WHY? Because before a recent clean out it was quite a mess, but creativity is messy right? It’s still not a spotless area, but it’s real & this closet was a great place to store my craft supplies, blog things, & my interior design school supplies. It’s also a great desk as well. I really didn’t want to take up an entire room in the house with my craft supplies so confining it to this closet really helped control the beast inside me that wants to have craft supplies in every crevice of the house. Let’s just say it played it’s role in the house & I will be sad to see it go as we pack up this little house of ours.

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DIY craft closet office - lizmarieblog.com
DIY craft closet office - lizmarieblog.com

DIY craft closet office - lizmarieblog.com
I first blogged about this dresser to shelves that’s in the closet two years ago {here} when I first started this little blog. The dresser was missing drawers so we turned it into a shelving unit for storage in the closet. It also turns out that it actually works as a great desk too, bonus! On the dresser I have my sewing machine, printer, TV { I mean I’m not the only one who watches the Real Housewives while crafting right?}, & also my silhouette machine as well. The shelves hold drawers of odds and ends from burlap, fabric, adhesives, paint samples, stamps, tools, hardware, & a lot more!

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Another fun thing? I used a vintage marquee light in the closet for lighting. The light has a chord going out the side of the closet to an outlet & has a dimmer on it as well so I can control the lighting in the space. Perfect solution for a closet with no light! Also on the top shelf is a tote from Initials inc, 2 storage boxes from Target, a vintage metal basket that holds magazines, & a DIY burlap bag that holds fabric scraps. The wreath was a a little craft by yours truly, the stool is from Target {I painted it with a copper spray paint}, the rug is from Ikea, & the lovely prints on the back wall are from French Press Mornings. 

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DIY craft closet office - lizmarieblog.com

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I’m probably going to shed a few tears when I pack up this craft closet this weekend, but guess what? The rental has a cute little closet in the office so I will be able to have all the goodies in a good home over there. What do you think of the craft closet office? Do you have a craft closet at your house? Does it look something like this? I would love to hear from you, leave a comment below, find me on Facebook, or chat with me on Instagram. xx

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Mountain Smoke End Tables

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A couple of weeks ago I asked on my Instagram & Facebook what color I should paint these lovely wood end tables. Some of you said white, very few said taupe, & the majority of you said to use the gray which was mountain smoke by Valspar. My instincts said to go white & play it safe, but I’m so happy that I didn’t play it safe & went with something other than white.

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This look was achieved by using a couple of coats of the Valspar mountain smoke in satin. After the paint was dry I used a sanding blog to create a slight distressed look on both end tables really focusing in on the corners & edges. After I was done distressing the end tables I sealed it with annie sloan’s dark wax. The wax really made the color a bit deeper & brought out the distressing a little more. All in all, I love how they came out!

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You might be wondering who’s lovely house this is that I took the photos of the end tables in. Well, I would like to introduce you to my dear friend Sidney. Do you ever meet someone organically, in our case walking through Target, who you just click with & talking is so easy. Right away I knew Sidney was put into my life for a reason. She walks so closely with the Lord & is a beautiful example of a wife, mom, & working woman. Up until this past year Sidney was a realtor, but now she runs a very successful business with Rodan & Fields {The eye cream is a miracle worker… trust me!} & she just started her own blog {here}. She has encouraged me to be a better person & to not settle with just a good relationship with God, but to bring that relationship to a higher level, to be a better wife, a better friend, & a better mom to my future children here on earth. On top of all this she has a beautiful cozy home that is so welcoming complete with a sunny yellow front door. We were meant to be friends wouldn’t you say?  I was painting these end tables for our new rental, but as I was painting them all I could think about was how pretty they would be in Sidney’s home, so since we are not quite in our rental yet I photographed them in her lovely living room & man o man I feel like they fit right in!

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Mountain smoke end table makeover & a gorgeous neutral living room - lizmarieblog.com
Mountain smoke end table makeover & a gorgeous neutral living room - lizmarieblog.com
Mountain smoke end table makeover & a gorgeous neutral living room - lizmarieblog.com
Mountain smoke end table makeover & a gorgeous neutral living room - lizmarieblog.com
Mountain smoke end table makeover & a gorgeous neutral living room - lizmarieblog.com
Mountain smoke end table makeover & a gorgeous neutral living room - lizmarieblog.com

Mountain smoke end table makeover & a gorgeous neutral living room - lizmarieblog.com
Mountain smoke end table makeover & a gorgeous neutral living room - lizmarieblog.com

Mountain smoke end table makeover & a gorgeous neutral living room - lizmarieblog.com
Mountain smoke end table makeover & a gorgeous neutral living room - lizmarieblog.com
Mountain smoke end table makeover & a gorgeous neutral living room - lizmarieblog.com
Mountain smoke end table makeover & a gorgeous neutral living room - lizmarieblog.com

Isn’t her home just lovely, & that is just one corner of it. & what about those mount smoke end tables? I’m a little in love & I can’t wait to show you them when we get them in our new home {you can read more about that here if you missed the latest news}. Let me know what you think of the tables in the comments below, on Facebook, or Instagram & I hope that you all had an amazing Easter weekend! xx

Room details: 

Coffee table – DIY
End tables- thrifted
Couches- Rooms To Go
Rug- Rugs USA
Candle Holders- Pottery Barn
Vase- Pottery Barn
Lamb- Gift
Lamps- Target
Frames- Pottery Barn
Sticks- DIY

DIY Rustic Bench

DIY Rustic Bench - So simple anyone can make it!

Hi friends! So, a few weeks ago I showed you our new “DIY small entryway”. By small, I mean small. Our house has an open floor plan so the little space by the door is the entryway we have to work with. Let’s not focus on how small it is, but instead make lemonade out of lemons & make it pretty! The entryway was cute before, but it was missing something. Since we are about to move out of this house I didn’t want to build something specific for the space because again we are moving in a few weeks {more on that here} & we wouldn’t have the piece for that space very long. So funny, because one day Mr. LMB  was cleaning our garage out & found a bench top that he had built a few months ago for a small bench we were going to use as a plant stand in our bedroom that we never finished. How big was it do you ask? Well, it was the perfect size for our little entryway! Coincidence? I think not. It was meant to be.

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Doesn’t it just perk the whole space up a little bit? Say hello to our new shabby little bench….

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Want to know something else that’s really cool? This bench was seriously so easy to make! Since we wanted the bench to look rustic we didn’t use any trim or anything fancy. We kept it super simple. To put the top together we laid the middle boards out & then created a boarder with the smaller boards around the edge. To attach them all together we placed support boards across the bottom on the two sides and in the middle {as seen in the photo below} & used a nail gun to secure it. For the legs we used legs we found at Lowes & leg anchors also found at Lowes. If you want to add things to the bench, you could add trim to hide where the legs are attached, but again, I loved the rustic look with out the trim.

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For the painting process. I first started out with staining the whole piece special walnut from Minwax. After the stain dried I painted the legs and the boarder of the bench in antique white from Valspar. When the paint dried I took some sand paper and roughed up my entire paint job. After I was satisfied I sealed the piece with Miss mustard seed wax to seal the piece. That’s it! Super simple!

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DIY Rustic Bench - So simple anyone can make it!
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DIY Rustic Bench - So simple anyone can make it!

DIY Rustic Bench - So simple anyone can make it!
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DIY Rustic Bench - So simple anyone can make it!
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There is our lovely little rustic bench in our lovely little entryway. It’s so funny that we weren’t planning on doing anything in this spot, but out of a discarded top to a bench we created this little bench so quickly & easily yet it made a big difference. What do you think of our DIY rustic bench? Have you made a bench like this before? Leave a comment below, find me on Facebook, or chat with me on Instagram, I would love to hear from you!

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Buffet Makeover with DIY Chalk Paint

Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!
This is one of those projects that has been done for an entire year.. yes, a year, with out me blogging it. Sometimes I’m really bad at sharing projects that I do, but I get to blogging it eventually & that’s all that matters right? Well the backstory on this buffet is pretty simple. I wanted an interesting dresser for our master bedroom makeover last year & I came across this buffet at a local antique store for a great price. It needed some work,but my plan was to leave it natural despite all of it’s flaws for that makeover. Mr. LMB uses this buffet as his dresser & it also acts as our media stand. The buffet is a pretty perfect piece. In our last master bedroom makeover we left it natural & I really liked it…

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To see more of our last master bedroom makeover before we started to neutralize for the move you can go {here}. The photo of the buffet doesn’t show the flaws on the buffet, but there were lots. Chipping wood, water marks, discoloration, & more. When we started our master bedroom make-under it was time for a fresh coat of paint for the piece. I used my DIY chalk paint recipe with Behr frost which covered the piece & all it’s flaws so well…

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After I painted the buffet with my Homemade chalk paint, I used a sanding block to sand the edges & crevices to give it a warn & vintage look. To seal the piece I used annie sloan’s wax & voila I had a brand new piece of furniture!

Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!

Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!
Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!
Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!
Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!

Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!

Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!
Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!
I love the new look of the piece & it really helped to brighten up the room & give the space a whole new look. I will be back later on how we use this piece as a dresser and media stand. What do you think of the makeover? Do you like the freshened up piece? Let me know in the comments below, or find me on Facebook & Instagram to chat!