Saturday, July 28, 2012

I Was Featured!

I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend. I know here in Michigan the weather is perfect. My Mom & I have had a busy Saturday morning painting, now it's time to take a break & share some awesome news.
My Corner Table Roadside Treasure was featured yesterday at

If your not familiar with this site, then take my advise & check it out.  If you have a piece of furniture you found on the side of the road, or in the dumpster & you have taken it home & re purposed it or made it beautiful again, then this is the place for you.

Want to be featured? It's easy, just submit your rescued piece. It doesn't even have to be furniture. It could be an old metal can that you made into something cool or maybe some old shirts you tuned into a rag rug. If Beckie likes what she sees then she will give you the honor of being featured. Isn't that great!!?  And the best thing about being featured is you get lots of great comments, new followers & a huge number of views. Last time I was featured here at Roadkill Rescue, I had over 450 views in one day (I think this one will top it). It's also a great source for inspiration. There are some very talented & creative people featured everyday.

Thank you Beckie for featuring my Roadkill Rescue!  Hopefully you all will take my advice & check it out.  Thanks for visiting & have a great weekend!  Dee

Monday, July 23, 2012

Corner Table Roadside Treasure

Earlier this month I stopped by my Mom's house & sitting in her garage is one of the coolest tables I've ever seenWhen I asked her where it came from, she said my brother Travis found it on the side of the road with a sign on it that said "FREE" (my favorite price!). Thanks Trav, your the best!

Can you believe someone would throw this away?!!  I have seen these tables on Craig's List & in my local antique mall & they go for alot of money & I wanted one.  Look at it, there is not a thing wrong with it, Okay it has that one blemish on the top but other then that it's perfect.

Look at that beautiful scalloped top trim & those nice straight lines...

Now that I am done gushing over this awesome find I will tell you how we painted it. We first gave the whole surface a quick sanding. I had big plans for this piece & I didn't want any paint peeling going on. Then we gave it two coats of DIY chalk paint in Black. Now it was time for the fun part, the graphics!  I wanted to do something that would enhance the cool pie shape on the top. This is what I came up with:

I put the 1/4 of the hour clock face on it. If you follow me you know I have a clock face obsession.  Then I added the "Paris Clocks" to the bottom. I transfered the images & painted them in by hand.

I shadowed the images in black to add a little dimension.

After two coats of ASCP clear wax it was buffed to perfection.

I know I say this about almost all of my pieces but this time I really do wish I had space enough to keep it.


This beauty is available at Sassy Fabrics (V Trading) in Grand Blanc, Mi. If you live in our area & have a piece of furniture you want painted, shoot me an email. I give free estimates.

Have you scored a nice Roadside treasure lately? I'd love to hear about it.  I love reading all your comments. Thanks for visiting & have a great day!  Dee

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Shabby Black Dining Set

In the early afternoon of the 4th of July, I got a phone call from my Aunt Jane. She was at our local Goodwill & found a dining set she thought I might be interested in. It was a drop leaf table with three leafs & six Harp back chairs for $29.99!!! She wanted to know did I think I could use it? Me & the Hubby jumped in my mini van & raced right over. Here is what I came home with:

It's a Duncan Phyfe knockoff, but I love it!

What a score!  I guess staying home on the biggest summer holiday pays off. Thank you Aunt Jane! Only you would be at the Goodwill on the 4th of July.

Just look at those beautiful feet!

This table had some imperfections, but they were all cosmetic. All the hardware was original & in good shape, the mechanism was still real smooth & the chairs were solid. What more could you ask for?

With all the leafs in, you could seat eight!

The chairs would all get nice new seat covers.

The next day we made this a family project.

Here are my boys ready to work.

And here is the team making me proud!

Even my little Elvis was there for moral support.  

After everything was cleaned & sanded, my Mom & I gave it two coats of DIY Black Chalk paint. 

 Sanded, distressed & two coats of clear Annie Sloan soft wax.

The chairs came out amazing!

We used drop cloth to upholster the seat cushions & each chair has a different graphic I found on The Graphics Fairy

I think this one is my favorite.



I think of all the projects I've done, this one I am the most proud of. It was a real family effort & the end result is beautiful.

I have this set for sale at Sassy Fabrics (V Trading) in Grand Blanc, MI. If you are in our area & have something you want painted, we do custom work. Just shoot me an email. Thanks for visiting & have a great day!  Dee

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Waterfall Cabinet

Last month my Husband & I were strolling thru Collette's Vintage & Antiques Mall, where I have a booth, & fell in love with the cutest Waterfall style cabinet.  It was priced a little bit out of my budget so we decided to wait. I had enough projects to finish anyway.

About a week later my Mom & I stopped in to spruce up the booth & I wanted to show her this cabinet. Lucky for me it had just been marked down, & since we had just sold a cabinet in the booth it was now in the budget. I couldn't pay for it fast enough, there were a couple of other people hovering around as my Mom & I discussed what we were going to do with it. They must have been keeping tabs on it as well. Here is a before picture (I can't believe I remembered, we were that excited!):

It has that vintage Waterfall style to it but for a child's room. You can see where the Little Lamb decals were on the door. That's my Mom giving it a good scrubbing. It was in decent shape, just a little water stain on the bottom. Once we cleaned it all up & gave it a quick sand & it was ready for paint. I wanted to keep it neutral so it could go anywhere. This is what I came up with:

We gave it two coats of DIY Chalk paint in Pure White,spray painted the handles, hand painted the Fleur di Lis......


And painted the inside Duck Egg Blue.  You can see the little hanger on the inside, it slides in & out, how cute is that!!? 
This piece is similar to the Chiffarobe we painted in May, you can see it here.
Can't you just see this cabinet in a baby's room or a guest bedroom. Maybe even in a bathroom. It's a petite size so it could go anywhere really. I have it for sale at Sassy Fabrics (V Trading) in Grand Blanc, MI.

If you have a piece of furniture that needs a face lift, we do custom work. Just email me, I'd be happy to discuss it. Thanks for visiting & have a great day!  Dee

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Americana Bench

I've been off on vacation for the last couple of weeks & now it's time to get back to work.
If you follow my blog you know I have these benches:

I have painted six of these in the last year. Five of them have all been French. You can see one here & here.  This is the only one I painted Americana:

I start out with two coats of Annie Sloan's Old White:

Now I have a blank canvas. Then I decide on the graphic & fabric.  The flag was easy to paint in. I started with the blue square. First, I cut star shapes out of contact paper, then I stuck them in place.  I used craft paint for the red & blue. Painted in the square right over the stars, then painted in the red stripes.  Once it was dry, I peeled the stars & there you have it!  An Americana Bench!  I distressed, clear & dark waxed it, & buffed to perfection.  The fabric I choose was a navy blue & white Ticking material.  
Here it is in my booth:

I have since moved it to Sassy Fabrics (V Trading) in Grand Blanc, Mi.

Sold to Kid Rock

I have one of these beautiful benches left. How would you paint it? I would love to hear your ideas. I wish everyone a Happy & safe holiday. Thanks for visiting.  Dee