Thursday, 27 September 2012

Vintage Telephone Table Bench ~Frenchified~

Another crazy find on my local swap/buy website! YEEHAW!

The lady who owned this already renewed it but couldn't find a space for it. It was burgundy-ish in color and the seat was a burgundy pin stripe!! GASP...Not how I saw it at all!

 These Vintage Telephone Benches are my FAVORITE....I have one in my entrance!

Here is how I see it...


I painted it Chalk White van Gogh Fossil Paint, then used the 100% beeswax  to seal it in, after that I used the French Caffeine wax to give it that time worn feel! I covered the seat using a brilliant French Toile Fabric. I also used a sweet Vintage Frame image for the front of the bench for just a little more subtle pizazz!

Here it is on my upper level mini outdoor deck.

Thanks for tuning in!
I hope you can Frenchify one of your pieces of furniture!


Monday, 24 September 2012

1880's Angelic Scroll Kids Table Set

I just adore Creating kids furniture....WAY back when I had my daughter I bought an Ikea kids table set and repainted it all colorful and funky.

 I got tons of compliments on it.....and that's when I had barely tapped into my artsy side....who knew?
When I saw this set on my local swap/buy website I had to have it!

Perfectly Plain.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Little 'Ol Crate

I found this crate in a thrift store...plain old natural wood looking, homemade I'm sure. In my mind, any crate, in any state is great! BAHAHA I'm a poet and didn't know it!

So what I did was, I painted it a Sharky darker Grey color and then I hand painted the French Postage Mark and the Paris word on it. This post card was from 1837!!!

I think it looks fantastic!

Until next time, mime!


Monday, 17 September 2012

Cheery Retro Lady Cabinet

I'm thankful to my friend Sue for selling me this cute little cabinet!

 I love these little cabinets, they are so perfect for an entrance, in the bathroom or for trinkets in any bedroom. 

I knew just the graphic I was going to use on this cabinet, courtesy of Graphics Fairy.
 Here's what I did...

It's SO FUN right? I painted it van Gogh Fossil Paint Buttah Yellow, then gave it a black wash over and painted the delightfully cute Retro Lady on it. 
I'm thinking that these retro images are so enjoyable to look at that, I'm going to have to do some more of them!

I hope you enjoyed this little makeover!
Keep it real spotted seal!


Thursday, 13 September 2012

Silk Scarf Chairs

Here is a Nate Berkus inspired project...

I got 3 of these 1974 Dining Room Chairs from the sweetest little lady....they were on her lawn with a free sign on them....totally calling my name she had already taken the rest of the set to the dump...WAH, Terrible!

 I realize that there is 4 chairs in the is my friends chair!

I saw an episode of Nate Berkus and he was talking about how cool it is to redo a chair seat with a silk scarf! ~ LIGHT BULB MOMENT!~
I ran to H&M and bought 3 silk scarves, they have a fantastic selection!

The silk was harder to work with versus normal fabric just because it wanted to slide around more, but I handled it and got the seats recovered! I felt that the silk scarves have such rich patterns and colors that having a glossy black chair would make the chairs POP even more!
 Having only 3 chairs, which makes it odd, I wanted to make 2 the same for a conversation/tea/wine area and one a little different for say an office/vanity/entrance chair.

Here are the conversation chairs...

OH......with jumping feet....this design is spectacular!!

And in my home in a sweet little nook, perfect for tea time with friends.

Here is the office/entrance chair...I Love the lively pattern on this one!

I hope this fun semi easy project inspires you to renew some old chairs!!

See you soon Baboon.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Grandiose Steamer Trunk Renewal

I can barely contain my excitement.....OK, remember the post "Vintage Upright Console Cabinet" where I was telling you about the sweetest little lady that gave me her Old Junk, which was my Vintage Treasure Lottery Win?? Well, this trunk was another item she gave me.

 I had it sitting around, not really wanting to redo it in fear of taking the "Classic" Steamer Trunk feel away, even though it was pretty beat up, and not really all that attractive! 
UNTIL....I thought I better try this Annie Sloan Chalk Paint stuff that everyone in the DIY world is raving about! So I went down to Lauren Lane Decor here in Calgary Alberta Canada, one of a few that carry the line. It happens that they were low on stock but had this Van Gogh Chalk Paint, it's Canada's version. Even better, I like to support locally if I can!

To make a long story short...this paint claims to only need one coat, no primer, no sanding etc.
YUP, I tested it out on my trunk...

OH MY SWEET JALAPENOS!!! I seriously astonished myself with this project!
I used the van Gogh Patina Blue, then used a few strokes of Buttah Yellow to accentuate the handles and such. 
I then used this Vintage Paris Graphic from my Fairy God Mother at Graphics Fairy and painted it on the trunk using the overhead projector transfer method. To finish it off I sealed it with the Natural Beeswax, then used the French Caffeine Wax to give it my time worn feel.....AND it smells like Honey, what a sweet smell to work with!

I wanted to take the pictures of it on a Gravel Road and beside a Country Road Ditch just to signify the Journey this trunk has been on. After all, these flat top metal steamer trunks were made from 1890-1950!

I left the original wallpaper inside as it wasn't to badly ripped and it keeps the Classic feel of the trunk.

This trunk turned out SO GRANDIOSE,(isn't that a fabulous word?) that I want to curl up in it and just smile!
I hope this inspires you to renew your old trunks, think of this trunk lasting another 72 years!

Keep it real spotted seal!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Parisienne Address Coffee Table

Good Day Everyone, I hope you all enjoyed your Labor Day Long Weekend! We sure did out camping. Great weather and with Great Friends!
 I've said it before and I'll say it again...I LOVE my friends! Thanks to Charla for giving me this coffee table! She painted it but didn't like it in the space. It was a thrifty find off of Kijiji!

I knew right away what graphic I wanted on it....I've been wanting to use this Parisienne Address Graphic from my most favorite Graphics Fairy website for a while now.


I did a wash with Black Van Gogh Chalk Paint over the entire table, I LOVE my stuff to look worn in!
 I also did the Graphic in the Chalk Paint as well. This was only the second time using the chalk paint and I have to say, I 'm on the bandwagon with it. It really is easy and amazing to work with!
 I will post my "first" project using the Chalk Paint next week.

Look how the details in those legs pops out with the dark color wash!!

Here it is in my living room...

and with my homemade tea tray! What a perfect fit!

 Thanks again for tuning in!
Keep it sweet, Parakeet!