Mini-Makeovers & An Announcement

I’m aware my posting has been pretty light this week. Among the reasons for this, is that I am still putting together a little insanity to celebrate our anniversary (late) tonight. Another reason, is that I have been working on little projects all week, but instead of getting them done one at a time and blogging about them that way, I end up with about a half dozen mostly done projects. I have a couple I can share with you today, and others, that hopefully will be ready for their blogging “close-up” soon.

This one, was kind of an impulsive one. I inherited this painting, along with a ton of other stuff from a friend that moved to California this year. It is nice enough, and had made it’s way to my powder room, which makes sense, because I have sea glass and other kinds of sea things in there, but it didn’t look quite right to me.
I pulled out some antique white acryllic paint, and started playing. At first I thought I might just tone down the champagne/gold shiny stuff. But I realized, I don’t really like the deep contrasting divots in the frame, so I painted in the whole thing. It gives it a real plaster look, and since I couldn’t get into every crack and cranny perfectly, it looks distressed, with out a separate step.
I was too lazy to take the picture apart, so I just tucked some paper under the corners to protect the glass while I was painting (and cleaned up my mistakes later). If I had taken it apart, this would have been a good spray paint project, since that would have made it easier to get into the texture.
Here it is in the room. I need BSB to move the screw down so it can hang at a better height. I don’t like the standard builder issue “dressing room lights” you can see reflected so clearly in the picture. But I do like the lightness it give the room. It was just a little too heavy and serious before, especially for the subject matter of the picture inside.
Sometimes I go thrifting in my garage. I found these paper holders there, when we were going through things. At the time, they were a very boring gray color, and I thought about donating them to a thrift store, but I realized I could really use them (my printer paper is hanging out on the floor and the kids keep ruining it). I decided to spruce them up to match the other exciting things in the loft area. And really, I just chose colors based on which cans of spray paint were mostly empty and need to be used up. If you look closely, you can see that I didn’t have enough paint to do the insides, but they hardly show and I am content that it is much more fun than it was before.
And now for the announcement: I’ve mentioned that I have been asked to teach a class to the ladies at my church on furniture makeovers, in Sept. I’m hoping to get lots of my projects done by then, but to help motivate me, and give me more resources for my class I am hosting an extreme makeover–furniture edition party here on Sept. 1st! (Please don’t sue me, ABC!)
Come back and link up any makeover project (even small ones like the ones above, are ok). But what I am really hoping for, are some great posts that detail tips and/or products you use when making over furniture. What has worked and what hasn’t worked for you? Some of the most useful posts, may be featured at my class, which means they will be featured on my blog, when I compile all of the wisdom I have gained. So get busy on that bookshelf/table/funky chair/bed, etc. that you have been meaning to makeover and come back and show us your EXTREME MAKEOVER!



Adding this post to Twice Remembered’s Make your Monday Party. I’d love for any one visiting from there to come back for my party Sept. 1!



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Comments

  1. TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo says

    Sounds like fun! I'll plan to attend.

  2. TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo says

    Sounds like fun! I'll plan to attend.

  3. TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo says

    Sounds like fun! I'll plan to attend.

  4. you inspire me with every post. OK, I'll make it my goal to makeover my free chair from last week.

  5. Maman Tattoo says

    I've just upload pics of furniture I've just painted -yellow kid size rocker and crib! I'm gonna link those here for sure… and that table I've turned white, too!

  6. Love this post. I really like taking something from someone else and making it uniquely yours!! It's great the way the paint worked and it looks much better. I'm not too into the shiny stuff. I'm thinking of taking my inexpensive brass bed and spraying it cream… just to make it not sooooo shiny! Thanks for the tips, always full of surprises

  7. Twice Remembered says

    It looks so much better white! Very nice! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Cheri Peoples says

    Love your blog. I will post your button, become a follower, subscribe (if you have that) and add you to my homespun friends (blog roll)and hope you will come and do the same.
    This is my first time to your blog. I hope you will come by for a visit and stay awhile.
    Its So Very Cheri
    I also have a party on Mondays called the Knock Off Knock Out go check out some amazing projects.

    Cheri
    Its So Very Cheri

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