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 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

Five of the best… No 6

Hello my friends! I hope you’ve had a better week than me? I’ve been off my feet with a real nasty stomach bug so not a huge amount to report I’m afraid! I have saved up some goodies for you to check out though, so let’s get sharing!

This first project id from Found This Painted That and I love the finished look. I also love her idea of using a quote from Dr Seuss – imagine the dreams you could have!

Hand painted headboard
Found This Painted That

The next project that jumped out at me this week is from Saw Nail and Paint. I fell for the amazing ‘streaky’ effect she has achieved using General Finishes paint – I wish I could get my hands on some to try!

Streaky paint effect
Saw Nail and Paint

I really couldn’t choose between 2 projects from The Curators Collection – but she has so many beautiful things featured on her blog that I could spend hours drooling at it! So, instead of stressing over which to use, I’m including both!

Distressed wooden Table
The Curators collection
Black and wood
Beautiful details

And last but not least is this fantastic example of milk paint being used over at Sweet Pickins Furniture. I am desperate to try milk paint but have to wait patiently for my supplies to travel all the way to the UK.

Chippy Milk Paint
Sweet Pickins Furniture

Hopefully I’ve beaten the worst of this bug now so can get on and finish painting my corner cupboard – lets call that one an experiment as I’ve never bought something made of Formica with the intention of painting it… in fact I’ve never deliberately bought Formica (plastic laminate) in my life before this corner unit!

Take care til next time,

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

Five of the best… No 4

After having to skip a couple of weeks due to work commitments I’m happy to come back with our popular ‘Five of The Best’ series!

Up first is this amazing chair re-do came to me via Lindsey at Better After where she shares a lot of photos and info on how the project took shape. The guys who did it don’t seem to have a blog to link to but you can check out their facebook page for more of what they are up to.

Using aluminum on furniture
Check out the before and after shots and prepare to be impressed!

You know how I love mixing it up with paint so this piece really grabbed my attention. It’s from Knot to Shabby – make sure that you follow them from their new home and not the old blog pages this link takes you to!

Annie Sloan Green Glass Paint
Beautifully distressed

I am quite enjoying using wallpaper on furniture recently and this post from Girl in the Garage shows how it can give a real ‘WOW’ factor to an, otherwise ordinary piece.


This whole room makeover from DIYher is just so pretty I had to share it. It does leave me wondering why my own bedroom has piles of furniture, old frames and ‘it might be handy one day’ bits stashed all over the place!


And finally, I found this quirky bench on Pinterest while looking for ideas on how to use up the dozen or so old chairs that seem to be breeding in my shed! I couldn’t find the original source so if anyone out there knows who it belongs to I’d appreciate it so I can give credit where it’s due!

mismatched chair bench‘Til next time,

Nikki x

Updating Forgotten Furniture

Sometimes I buy a piece of furniture, fix it up and get it down to the shop within a week. Sometimes. More often I’m already working on something, have a customer commission or there just isn’t room in the shop, so the piece gets stored. Now there’s 2 types of furniture in my storage, the type that I can’t wait to get out and work on and the type that keeps getting pushed to the back.

This piece has been pushed to the back so many times it was starting to look like a permanent fixture in the shed! I really wasn’t sure how to make it ‘mine’ and, to be honest, I had no intention of working on it this week. I asked my daughter to go fetch me a long narrow coffee table from the shed as I knew just what I wanted to do with it. She came back with this…

Oak Console Table
Not very exciting is it?

So the upshot is that I decided I’d have a go at updating this piece of forgotten furniture.

It took me an age to get all of the gunky brown varnish off the drawers but with a little chemical help and a lot of elbow grease it did, eventually clean up ok.

How to strip using Nitro Mors
Please be careful when using chemical strippers

While the chemicals got to work (several times) I gave the carcass a couple of coats of a lovely dark sage green paint (one of my own). I also decoupaged some ceramic knobs (tutorial to follow).

Use tissue paper to cover plain knobs
Lydney is where our shop is!

Okay, the drawers don’t look a lot different but, up close, the dark wax is a much nicer finish. It was nice but not stunning. Then I added a vintage map to the top and distressed it slightly in all the right places and WOW! It went from being a piece I was avoiding to a piece I wanted to keep for myself!

Painted Oak Table
Lightly distressed on the legs and edges


Old map of Severn Estuary
The antique map shows the area we live in!


Details of console table
I lined the drawers with leftover map

Maybe I should go to the back of the shed again soon – who knows what other treasures I might find!

Refurbished Table Lydney
It’s in the shop already!

Come back again tomorrow to see what I found in my recycling bin!

Nikki x

Mark’s Monday Makeover – The Dirty Bureau

It’s not actually dirty but boy does it look grubby!

Dark wax over White
OMG it’s filthy!

When Mark first told me he was going to paint it white I imagined ‘Country Chic’, not ‘Found in a Barn’!

Wax over paint
Inside was left untouched

Now, I hate the look of it. It’s just not right for me. Even Mark isn’t sure on this one, he likes it okay but has his doubts about whether it will appeal to the buyers in our town. He’s considering giving it a white wax to bring it up just a little and I think it’s a good idea.

But then you put some old leather books on it…

Old Leather Books

Wow! What a difference, now it’s perfect 🙂

Vintage Books in The Forest of Dean


I’m so glad Mark and I have such different tastes and ideas, it makes our projects so much more diverse and interesting!

So, do you love it or loath it?

Nikki x

Five of The Best

After the success  of last weeks post showcasing 5 of the best blog posts that I’d stumbled on I thought I would do it again this week! I’m not sure if this should be a weekly thing or just monthly… I’ll keep you posted!

This first item actually comes from a stationery/scrap-booking blog (who’d of thunk it, eh?). Technically it is a furniture makeover, being drawers and all, and I thought that it was the biggest shocker between the ‘before’ and the ‘after’. Afraid there’s no tutorial but pop over to Between The Sheets for more detailed photographs.

Source: Between The Sheets

The next piece isn’t a makeover but has full plans on how to make a great rustic cupboard. Shanty 2 Chic use theirs to store a coffee machine but it would be a great place to tidy away all those craft bits, paperwork or just about anything! I also loved the colour she used on the final piece.

Source: Shanty 2 Chic

This next piece is from Rustic Whites but is anything but white! I absolutely adore the colour used – it reminds me of the Antibes Green I used under the little spice rack – and makes me want to go bolder with colour in the very near future!

Source: Rustic Whites

Now usually I’m not a big fan of stenciling, not even when you design it yourself, but when it’s done as well as this find over on Art is Beauty, then I give it a big ‘Thumbs Up’!

Source: Art is Beauty

And finally, I thought this Ikea hack from Girl in the Garage was fantastic.. partly because I’m working on the same set of drawers but with a completely different finish but mostly because it’s so much more practical than using vintage suitcases and much, much easier to find!

Source: Girl in The Garage

Well, that’s it for this week’s Five of The Best, I hope I managed to find something you haven’t seen before? Shall I keep it going every Sunday night or do you think once a month is enough?

Watch out for this week’s posts on distressing using Vaseline, Mark’s Makeover, and my very own Ikea hack.

Nikki x

Mark’s Table Make-Over

Blogging has really helped me to keep motivated this past few weeks and the post-Christmas blues haven’t been able to take hold. It has also made me try new things (like distressing with vinegar) and revisit methods I haven’t used for a while (watch out for a post about crackle finish using pva glue).

In the hope that it can have a similar effect on Mark I am going to try to include a post once a week of what he’s been working on. Most of it shouldn’t need any explaining but, if you do have any questions, please leave a comment and I’ll answer every one.

This week has been about refinishing a cute little nest of tables. Mark loved the blue and red table I told you about not long ago, so used the same colour combo on the tables. I found a wonderful wallpaper, that looks like old books on shelves, to go under the glass that finishes them off beautifully!

Nest of tables
You find these quite often at auction
Glass topped mahogony tables
Nice legs 😉
Red painted table
First red
Table painted blue
Then Blue…
Distressed table leg
Rubbed back just a little…
Cleat wax over chalk painted table
Add some clear wax
Walpaper behind glass
Put your wallpaper in…
Table reveal

I really like them, but of course he based them on one of my pieces and I chose the paper so I’m going to be completely biased!

’til next time,

Nikki x