Painted Buffet with a “Good Old Fashioned Wash”

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As soon as Sue from Gracefully Restored Furniture saw this mid-century modern buffet, she knew it was “crying out for a good old fashioned wash.” She took her first stab at the process by painting the buffet with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey, creating a wash with Graphite, and topping it off with some clear and dark wax. With a little distressing, it was finished!

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Blue and White Dining Room Table

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Inspired by the classic combination of aqua and white used by so many of her favorite designers, Jennifer from Celebrating Everyday Life spent the past weekend giving her dining room a makeover. Jennifer used chalk paint to transform her black table and chairs and give the whole space an overall lighter, airier feel. The end result is an inviting space that’s perfect for spring and summer entertaining!

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Queen Storage Bed

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Ever since Shannon from Bohemian Junktion’s son left for college, bed in tow, his room has sat empty. When it came time for spring break and her son’s arrival home, Shannon knew he would obviously need a place to sleep and came up with a plan that involved moving her high school daughter’s bed into her son’s room and building a cottage-y storage bed for her daughter. The really impressive part is that her teenage daughter is the one who actually built the bed using plans from Ana White. You go girl!

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Refinished Bed with Weathered Finish

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When it came time to convert her son’s nursery to a “big boy” room, Meesh from imeeshu opted for a queen bed so there’d be plenty of room for story time cuddles. She found a glossy white bed on Craigslist and used her own technique for recreating the beautiful weathered finish that’s signature of Restoration Hardware’s pieces. The look is perfect for a little boy’s room, and this whole space basically knocks my socks off. Amazing job, Meesh!

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Large Tabletop Lantern

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The popularity of large tabletop lanterns hasn’t escaped the notice of Beth from Free Stylin’, and she of course knew it wasn’t necessary to pay exorbitant prices for the trendy lights. Instead, Beth had the genius idea to upcycle an old brassy light fixture into a lantern. These lights are everywhere so this is a super simple project anyone can tackle on the cheap!

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Two-Drawer Side Table

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Cher-Ann at Designs by Studio C followed Design Confidential plans to build her own Ballard-inspired side table. The build provided the perfect opportunity for Cher-Ann to finally try mixing up a batch of homemade chalk paint.  To achieve a vintage finish, she applied petroleum jelly in places she didn’t want the paint to adhere and [...Read More]

Blue Painted Dresser

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Centsational Girl Kate was asked by a friend to refinish a pink and purple dresser so it could be passed along from her daughter to her son. With some bold blue chalk paint and nickel pulls, Kate mimicked the look of Pottery Barn Kid’s Camp Collection. Since boy’s can be hard on furniture, Kate protected [...Read More]

Distressed Number Art

Tami from This and That from Tami gave her own twist to a popular canvas from Pottery Barn. Tami first decoupaged a board with old magazine pages before adding her numbers for a unique finish. I love the look of the distressed board and vintage text and images peeking through. From monograms to silhouettes,  you [...Read More]