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Furniture Paint Redo

In case you were wondering if you are able to paint over a finished piece – I have the answer for you. I had created a lovely chest with Faux Real Terra on the top and Faux Real Oliva on the bottom with dark wax distress. However, I found something a little bigger and had to get rid of it. 🙁

So I brought it to the store and my wonderful friends told me that not everyone may like my choice in colors. Booooo! But I swallowed my pride (and sadness) and grabbed some paint. This chest had already been varnished, so I was worried.

I had already started painting the first coat when I realized I had forgot to take a picture. Oops!

So, here is (sorta) a before:

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After the first coat of paint using Faux Real in Bella:

faux real paint

After the THIRD coat of paint I realized it was waaaaayyyy too bright! So, I grabbed some Caffe Glaze:

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And for the finished product:

faux real paint

So, in summary – yes you can paint over a finished piece. However, my recommendation would be to paint darker over lighter instead of reverse. Otherwise, plan to darken it with glaze or wax.

Faux Real Paint

Happy Painting!



Thrift Store Framed Turned Wipe Board

Faux Real Paint

Sometimes you just need a small change to make a big difference! In this case, I needed a different focal point in my office that could also be functional. So focal and functional? That kind of makes sense…

I go to my local Goodwill on a regular basis and found this framed print for the LOW LOW price of $4.99. Such a deal! I grabbed it.

The great thing with mineral/chalk paint is the fact that you don’t have to prep the surface before you paint. So, I got to work. I took apart the frame and removed the glass so that I could paint. After two coats of Faux Real Grigio I lightly distressed the paint.

After all distressing and painting, I put a coat of Faux Real Matte Varnish to top it all off. And tada! I now have a functional wipe board for my office. YIPPEE for ME!!!

Happy Painting!



Thinking Outside of the Paint

Have you ever walked through a thrift store and found something that you “think” might make a great project? Well, that happens to me EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I have quite a few “projects” stashed in corners in my garage from where I didn’t quite know what to do next. This table almost joined the group.

It started like this:
Side Table

Do you see potential??? Well, I did. So, I painted it. I used Faux Real mineral paint in Cachi to begin. But the top just wasn’t doing it for me. Sooooo….I decided to get creative. That may or may not have been the best idea.

So, I got out my Mod Podge and added paper flowers. Hello?!? Don’t flowers make everything better???

Step 2

And then more flowers…until that whole top was completely covered with adorable paper flowers. I then smothered some more Mod Podge all over the tops of the flattened flowers. And when that dried, I covered it in a layer of Poly for extra protection (you know, in case my great great granddaughter wants this piece for her bedroom, haha!)


But wait, there’s more!

I couldn’t leave the other two layers without something pretty….so I added flowers to them too. But not paper flowers. This time, I painted flowers directly in the center of each layer. Why not? You can’t really see them because I brought this in the house as soon as it was dried and forgot to take a pic in better lighting because company was coming and I wanted this room to be perfect!

flowered side table

So next time you are at Goodwill and you see something that you might like, take a chance on it! You never know what it can turn out to be.

Happy Hunting!




Goodbye Wire

We recently built a house and for some reason, all of the closets came with that horrible rubber covered wire for shelves. The worst place is in the pantry with bottles tipping over, things falling through the cracks (literally), and boxes shifting, making it a constant mess.

This is an example of the wire. Not the actual closet…by the way…but you get the point.wire_shelving

So, with a little patience and five trips to Home Depot, I was able to get rid of those awful shelves!

First step was to take all of the existing shelves out….no those aren’t bullet holes!


So, then I had to patch them all! I used some quick drying drywall patch. I wanted to paint over it all before I continued on.






Added some brackets (in the shelving aisle at HD)



And CHECK IT OUT! ALL DONE! You can do it too!


I also wanted to update the wall switch without having to spend money…after all of those trips to Home Depot. So, I used scrapbook paper! Just wrap it around the switch and cover it in two coats of Mod Podge (Can be found at craft stores and/or home improvement stores). After it dried, I used my Xacto knife to cut out the switch hole. Easy, huh?

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Side Table Makeover

Sometimes when you are shopping at a thrift store and you come across a piece of furniture, you may have the ability to see the potential for it. This was one of those pieces. It started with a badly scratched top and very loose legs. But nothing a little paint couldn’t help!


Here is the BEFORE photo. I am teaching my 4 – year old things as I learn them so that she will one day avoid a “learning curve”. So, here we are sanding the top. Most of the time when you are using chalk/mineral paint you don’t need to sand – that is one of the fabulous selling points about it. But this little fellow had some water damage that needed to be removed.










After a lot of sanding and losing most of my patience, I finally got to paint! I used Faux Real Oliva for the majority and then some leftover unknown blue color for the chevron on top and blue detail on the front. To finish it off, I used Faux Real Varnish as my topcoat. I love that stuff! It is quick drying and super easy to use!

And Ta-Da….

Project complete!




This is the same lamp, shown with 3 different shades. A simple and easy way to (literally) light up a room! Come and check out our new fixtures and bring us your old ones so that we can give it a new life.





Creating a Color Wash with APC Paint


This table with it’s heavy wood plank top has lived another life as a work bench. It’s now on it’s way to becoming a computer desk. The exposed grain makes it a perfect candidate for finishing with a color wash. Using American Paint Company color Spacious Skies, the legs will be finished with a full strength coat of paint, distressed and waxed. While the top planks will be finished with a color wash of Spacious Skies in order to highlight the grain in the wood. Here are the easy steps to achieving a color wash look:


Step One:  Create a one to one mixer of the APC color of your choice and water.



Step Two:  Brush the water/paint mixer onto your piece.



Step Three:  Using a cloth, wipe off any excess in order to leave an even semitransparent appearance.



Step Four:  Once dry, finish the surface with APC Clear or Dark Vintage Antiquing Wax.



From rustic work bench to chic computer desk in just a few short steps.




Post courtesy of Jill and Chantelle for American Paint Company.


Dry Brush Technique


Supplies needed:

  • Item to paint
  • Paint
  • Natural bristle brush
  • Cardboard or paper towel


Step 1: Load brush with paint.

Step 2: Dab or brush paint onto cardboard or paper towel to remove some of the paint from the brush.

Step 3: Lightly brush across surface.

Step 4: Layer additional colors using the same process.



Once you have achieved your desired look, set your paint using an APC finishing product. Dry brushing is a great technique for layering colors and highlighting details on furniture pieces.

Post courtesy of Jill and Chantelle for American Paint Company.


Herb Pots Made from Wine Bottles

herb pots

This is a great idea for herbs in your kitchen! Reusing wine bottles is so clever and so practical. I love the look of the wine bottles…you can use colored ones as well.

To wick the water up to the soil you take some cotton cords down into the water and up to the soil.


Vintage Suitcase Shelves

These gorgeous vintage suitcase shelves come via Ki Nassauer. Ki is the queen of vintage and has made a career out of junk. As the editor-in-chief of Flea Market Style magazine, Ki created these shelves using discarded suitcases. We absolutely love this look and think these suitcase shelves make for an awesome project! Keep reading for the instructions on how to make your own.

How to make vintage suitcase shelves:

  1. Find your luggage – To make your own vintage suitcase shelves you must first source some sturdy and stylish old suitcases. We recommend taking a trip (or two) to your local flea market and checking out the antique postings on online classified websites.
  2. Trim the luggage down to size – Once you have gotten ahold of your suitcases it’s best to remove the fabric lining from the inside. This will make sawing easier. Next decide how deep you want your shelves to be and then wrap painter’s tape around the cases where you want to cut them. Draw a crisp line on the painter’s tape to guide your cut. To cut through the cases, use either a scroll saw with a metal blade or a first a table saw and then a jig saw with a metal blade. The metal blade is important as most vintage suitcases will have a metal band that you need to cut through.
  3. Make mounting panels – You will be hanging your vintage suitcase shelves with the help of wooden mounting panels. The panels will need to fit inside of openings of the cut suitcases, so measure each opening and cut a board to fit to size. Next you’ll want to decide where on the wall to mount your shelves. In order to get the perfect placement, use scrap pieces of paper cut to size for each suitcase board. Play around with the placement of these and tape them to the wall as a visual guide. Once you are happy mark the places on the wall where the suitcases will be hung.
  4. Hang your suitcase shelves – Take your drill and using 2 1/2 inch screws, attach your mounting boards directly to the wall. Check with a level that the boards are straight, then fit your suitcases over the boards. Finally secure your suitcases to their panels by screwing two 3/4 inch screws into each side of the suitcase, fixing the suitcase to its mounting board.