Revisiting a poor job

I thought you might remember a rather sad hallway table that Mark had painted but when I went back through the arhcives I hadn’t even blogged it. I think that it was so ugly I didn’t want to show the world! He had painted it a completely out of charactor  pinky purple colour, I think it was the same shade ad the bedside unit I did tell you about.

Ugly furniture
A Horrid colour at the best of times!

Then he made a bad job worse by using dark wax over the top and drawer front so those parts looked a little like this other nasty piece he produced…

Dark wax over White
OMG it’s filthy!

Once he had gotten that far even he decided that he had completely ruined the piece altogether and nobody in their right mind was ever going to buy it. I’m just grateful that he did stop there as it made my job of rescuing it a little easier!

Now, because I thought I’d already blogged it, I didn’t get a photo of it in it’s ugly purple dress – sorry!

But here she is with the rescue so far…

Repainted Furniture

I gave her a solid covering in the same mid green that I used on my console table makeover with the intension of using another old map to top it off and cover the nastiness completely!

Then I painted the bits Mark had already waxed and, while the paint was still wet, wiped them with a clean dry cloth to get a distressed look.

Painting over wax

I’m not 100% sure on the finish but I haven’t ruled out filling the details and covering with a map!

Using white wax

I waxed the whole thing with a white wax I have. I don’t usually use it because I’m not always keen on the results it gives, but in this instance, I quite like the highlighted details and that you can see the brush strokes.

Green Hallway table
At least now there’s a slim chance that someone might actually buy it! I really wish I’d taken a ‘before’ shot for you guys – it belonged in the hall of badly painted furniture!

Nikki x

Ikea Rast Makeover

Ikea Rast DrawersThis project was a simple one. I started out to do an Ikea Rast Makeover with their most basic chest of drawers. First off gave them a deep colour was in a hot pink paint. I love natural wood grain so I let it show through a little on this one.

Ikea Drawers

I changed out the original wooden knob style handles for something a little girlier but kept the handles for future projects 😉

black rose knobsAnd then I traced a large rose motif onto the top and (painstakingly) painted it black.

painted rose furniture

I think the overall look is feminine without being too sickly! My 9-year-old likes it because it’s pink. My teenager likes it because it’s modern and clean. Win, win!

painted furniture lydney

What’s your favourite Ikea makeover or hack? Do you enjoy working on new furniture or prefer bringing the old back to life? Feel free to share your projects in the comments section!

Nikki x

Mid-Century Table Makeover

In my bid to clear through the pile of unloved furniture that has been side-lined for prettier projects, and relegated to the back of my sheds, I pulled out this old coffee table. It was time for my mid-century table makeover!

Worn out coffee table

The top was badly stained and the veneer layers needed glued on one corner where the damp had gotten to it a little, but the overall size and shape was pleasing and I had a colour combination I wanted to try out.

Badly stained table top

I gave it a coat of a bright turquoise everywhere but the top. It took 2 coats to get it solid and the gap between the shelf and the top was too small to get my paintbrush in comfortably so it was a pain in the neck!

I gave the bottom section of the legs 2 coats of gold to add a little glam.

Gold table legs

I sanded the top lightly but it was so old that the nasty varnish rubbed off really easily. It was at this point that I started to doubt my choice of finish for it. I had planned on a dark walnut satin finish but the grain was so pretty that I considered leaving it light and just using a wax. I should have taken a photo here but I got carried away with the project and forgot!

In the end I stayed with my original plan and I’m glad I did, 3 thin coats of a satin finish stain and it was ready to go! I hadn’t used satin stain before now but it seemed easy and gave a lovely deep finish that should be harder wearing than wax.

mid century table makeover

Mark doesn’t like it at all. He said it was an ugly table before and now it’s just ‘not his thing’. Fair enough, we rarely agree on furniture lol. He took a long time to come around to my painting anything made of wood at all and, now he has, he likes the shabby chic finish and not much else, but this piece just wouldn’t have suited a farmhouse look. It’s sleek lines and thin legs begged for glamour and luxury.

Repainted coffee table

I like the way this piece came together but… do you think it needs a couple of gold chevrons on the top? The main reason I haven’t gone ahead and done it is that it looks so nice now I’m almost frightened to change it! I also worry that chevrons, although I think they’d fit with the look, might prove difficult to get even and neat. Also my gold paint is very stretchy when it dries so I couldn’t get away with taping it, or it might lift when the tape is peeled off!

coffee table makeover

So what do you think, should I chevron or not?

Nikki x

Ikea Moppe Hack

Apothecary drawers

I usually enjoy the challenge of bringing something old and unloved back to life but recently I worked on two pieces from Ikea. The first was this Ikea Moppe hack

Transform Ikea furniture

I used a dark wax on the carcass and various finishes on each drawer. One was painted blue over yellow and rubbed back, another painted red and distressed. I used pva glue to give a crackle glaze (as seen here) on one and 2 were covered with a vintage looking wallpaper and distressed lightly before giving a medium wax to age them.

Distressed Wallpaper on Furniture

The last drawer was painted yellow, ages with dark wax and then I used a transfer to put some swirly writing on it. Finally I added some dainty antiqued bronzed handles.

Antique brass handles
I fiddles around with the layout until it looked balanced…

Ikea Moppe Hack

I like the overall effect, what do you think?

Make Ikea look vintage

There are more than a few Ikea Moppe Hacks out there, perhaps you’ve got one you’d like to share?

As an unashamed plug, all of the handles are available in our shop (but not online yet I’m afraid!)

Next time I’ll show you what I did with an ordinary set of Rast drawers!

Nikki x

Can I Paint Veneer?

Today I am just checking in with a few snaps of something I finished this week and the answer to my question – can I paint veneer?

I bought this piece quite cheaply and in the back of my mind I was challenging myself to paint it as if it were wood. I had read that you could paint over veneer with chalk paint but I’d never tried it myself so I wasn’t sure if it was going to rub off or scrape easily.

As usual I didn’t get any before shots – the light inside was awful because there was a storm outside so I skipped the photos and went straight to painting. I gave it 2 coats of my own mix that is halfway between sage green and duckegg blue!

I dry brushed the inside with a slightly off white. 2 coats of clear wax to seal and protect and one of dark wax to add a bit of character.

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The weather was still awful so the photographs aren’t that good!

Use dark wax to bring out details

I like the inside but I don’t know if it will appeal to the mass market?

Dry brushing with white
On a positive note though… I didn’t notice any difference between the veneer and the real wood! I would definitely buy plastic wood (as my daughter calls it) again with the intention of painting it!

leaded glass dorr

Monday Makeover… Chinese Camphor Chest

Painted wooden chest

I mentioned that we had been given an old Chinese camphor chest last week and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.

awful paint job

As much as I would have loved to strip it back to wood and stain it a dark red or black the thoughts of getting into all those little nooks and crannies was enough to make me break out in a sweat!

Painted chinese chest
Someone else painted this!

Instead I opted for painting it with an acrylic satin black. It took 2 good coats to make sure I got all those little specks of white but it wasn’t as tricky as I expected.

I then gave the inside a coat of a lovely dark purple I mixed with a touch of red – I was inspired by the Pantone colour of 2015, Marsala – I was originally thinking red, but I’m happy with how the ‘marsala’  turned out. You can even still smell the camphor though it.

Usine marsala paint

It was a million times better than it started off, but there was still something lacking…

Then it smacked me in the face. It needed glamour. It needed panache. It needed… GOLD!

I dry brushed the tiniest amount of gold paint onto the top centre panel and it made all the difference. Now you can see the beautiful carving and it’s got a lot more of an oriental feel to it. It has gone from a painted disaster to something quite stunning!

Chinese camphor chest

I know that there are plenty of people who will be shouting at me for painting this piece and I totally agree that it was probably better before it was touched but after the white gloss it came with I had little option!

Some of you might have noticed little white flakes around the inside rim? Well apparently even when acrylic paint is touch dry it isn’t actually dry, dry! The lid had fused to the base and Mark had to force it open! I was loosing light fast, so decided to go ahead and take the shots before it was completely dark and I had to wait another few days before I was home in daylight! I will, obviously, touch it up before it goes on sale!

Hmmm. Does it need more gold?

Nikki x

Easy Jug Makeover Using Chalk Paint

Unfortunately, and for the second week in a row, Mark hasn’t been able to complete a makeover and I’ve been feeling yuk today so haven’t managed to finish the corner unit I wanted to show you. Instead I’m going to share one of those projects that’s so quick and easy you can do it while waiting for paint to cure on something else.

This is a real quick fix for a stone jug I picked up at a flea market for £2. I loved its shape but wasn’t too keen on the colours.

shabby chic flowers
Not too shabby, shabby chic flowers

I started out by lightening the whole thing using some chalk paint straight onto the very glossy finish. I’m still surprised that it covered in just 2 coats – got to love chalk paint!

Can I paint ceramic
All taped up and ready to go gold

Once I was happy with that stage I gave it 2 coats of wax varnish to seal it. You never know, one day I might actually want to put a liquid in it and I don’t want the paint running off onto my worktops.

Then I wanted to add some interest so out came the metallic gold. I knew that I could get carried away with it so taped off the section I wanted to paint. I find frog tape works great but it is a bit pricey, when you get through as much as I do. A trick my Mom showed me years ago is to rub some ordinary masking tape on your jeans so it picks up a little dust and looses some sticky.

Then I gave the lip a couple of coats of the gold. I like this Rustoleum brand because it’s not expensive and is nice to use (and dries quite quickly). I did try another brand before, that gave a lovely glossy finish but I couldn’t bear waiting 16 hours between coats!

Painted ceramic

Once I removed the tape I realised that the gold was a bit ‘stretchy’ and had peeled a bit in places where it had dried to the tape. Never matter.

new look for an old jug
New look jug!

Perfect to hold my fake porcelain flowers now.

What’s your favourite ‘quick fix’ you’ve seen recently? I’d love to see it.

Nikki x

Five of the best… No 5

Real life has, once again, gotten in the way of blogging but I’ve completed a couple of projects to share with you next week. I’ve also done a few little bits around the house – repainted my stairs, put a new floor down in the bathroom etc. – but nothing so spectacular or pretty that I want to share them lol!

I have had little time to read many of my favourite blogs this week but I managed to find some lovely pieces to go into my Five of the best number 5!

I mentioned a while back that my step-daughter helped me make a great backdrop from an old book and a huge piece of cardboard, well here’s the original tutorial from Knick of time – just in case you couldn’t figure it out!

Free photo backdrop
Book Page Photo Backdrop

This next one from Sadie Seasongoods is probably the simplest, but one of the best tutorials for making a suitcase table.

make a vintage suitcase table
It’s a happy looking piece!

Sometimes when we buy a miscellaneous (mixed) boxes at auction we will find an odd doorknob that is just begging to be used for something. Often It will end up being saved until we have enough miss-matched knobs to use on a chest of drawers but I came across this lovely alternative at Petticoat Junction.

Vintage door knobs
See what she does with these old knobs

When I saw this transformation on Vintage Farm Furniture I added ‘old grandfather clock case’ to my wish list. It’s so pretty and unusual that I just want one now!!!

Fix a grandfather clock
Stunning Clock Makeover

I would love to have a go at this project I found on See Cate Create but I’ve a feeling it would drive me nuts so maybe not! I have to say that the end result is simply stunning and the tutorial gives you all the information you need to have a go yourself.

how to make vintage marquee letters
Fantastic tutorial at see cate create

Well I hope that you’ve had a wonderful, and relaxing weekend. I’d love to hear what you have been up to.

Keep warm ’til next time,

Nikki x

How To Make Faux/Fake Porcelain Flowers In 20 Minutes

You were probably hoping for a Monday Makeover from Mark, what with this being Monday and all, but he’s been busy working on other stuff and just hasn’t had time to do his own makeover this week!

Instead I’m going to share this great tutorial I found over at White Lace Cottage and knew straight away that these faux porcelain flowers would be absolutely perfect for the vintage table centres I was designing for a friend. I had to have a play with it at the first opportunity, which happened to be just 12 hours after reading her blog post. Not that I don’t have anything else to do, because I really do have a ton of stuff on my list, but sometimes fun and crafty can jump to the front of the queue!

My first decision was what flowers to choose, ideally something like a rose or a peony, but as I was only practicing I took what the pound shop (the UK’s Dollar store) had to offer. I think they are supposed to be rosebuds and maybe peony?

Cheap silk flowers
Normally I wouldn’t give these house space!

Next it was the colour choice. The bride has a lovely scheme of grey and yellow, with touches of navy blue (like these pieces I worked on recently). Personally I liked the idea of a washed out pinks, greys and yellows so I just had a mess around with the paint I had to hand which happened to be a really pale lilac that Mark is was using recently.

cheap wedding flowers
These have so many uses

I tried using the hairdryer on one but be warned it can get kind of messy blowing paint around so make sure you aren’t doing it while sitting on your brown leather sofa. No photo as I didn’t want evidence of paint splashed everywhere, because I was doing it in the living room… while watching an old episode of House. It also changed the shape of the flower and exposed some bits that weren’t covered in paint so I gave it up as a bad job and left them to dry naturally.

porcelain roses
I love the different shapes they took

It took about 2 days for the paint to properly dry, due to the amount of thick chalk paint on them. I’m serious, it was at least 2 days before I could pick them up! Perhaps I should have watered down my paint a little, but I wanted them to look a bit ‘thick’,  like they were actually made of porcelain.

shabby chic flowers
Not too shabby, shabby chic flowers

Not to bad for a first attempt I thought and I imagine they would look better with slightly better flowers to begin with. And I really have to get around to fixing up that little brown jug some day soon!

See the full tutorial and to see how Anne puts her finished  faux porcelain flowers to a great use pop over to White Lace Cottage for a look.

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White Lace Cottage Original Tutorial

Now I really must get on, I’m supposed to be setting up an” etsy vs ebay” experiment and decorating my stairway today!

Speak soon,

Nikki x

 

Crackle Glazing Ikea Hack – Part 2

I told you yesterday about my first Ikea hack using a crackle glaze effect. I really didn’t like the finished set of drawers at all. It wasn’t the crackle glazing or even the colours I’d used but something was a little ‘iffy’ about the piece!

Painted wooden drawers
Hmmmmm

I decided to give it all a good covering in black and then consider rubbing it back to show some yellow streaks through it – with the already crackled paint and it being quite thick I hoped the ‘ridges’ in the yellow paint strokes would come through a little like mini tiger stripes.

Again, I forgot to take a photo at this stage because this piece was just getting me down!

The black looked okay, but nothing like ‘wow’ and only verging on saleable. So I hunted around for inspiration and found a sample of wallpaper that I had been considering using on my stairs. It was just about big enough lengthways and it didn’t really matter if it wasn’t covering the entire width of the drawer front.

So out came more PVA glue and on went the paper. While rubbing down the paper hard (you really don’t want bubbles or bits lifting) I managed to rub off a big patch of the black paint, giving me no option but to do it again in a few other places and then distress it all over! (Did I mention I was hating these drawers?)

Wallpapered drawers
A million times better?

I couldn’t wait to get the handles on – I was loosing light fast!

Black Drawers with wallpaper Fronts
Typography Drawers

And it really was a happy coincidence that I had black and yellow paper to work with!

love life laugh typography
Love Life Laugh wallpaper

So what do you think, did I pull off a rescue or is it one for the bonfire?

Nikki x