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  • In our recent series titled Nine Needing a New Look, we’ve seen what can happen when great paint colors transform dated and even ugly furniture.  To take a look back at the five pieces that have been upcycled so far, go here.
    Soon after the first post of this series, Susan emailed me and requested to have the top middle maple end table custom painted.  She hand picked her paint color from Lowe’s, and chose Valspar “Imperial Yellow.”  Susan’s table selection is now featured as the sixth in this series. 
    I’ve never painted furniture such a bright yellow, and have to admit I was a bit sceptical.  After distressing and applying tea-stained glaze to it, I was sold!
    Susan chose distressed yellow with tea-stained glaze to create a statement piece.  I think she chose well, and look forward to painting another end table this cheery color.

    This series is also featured on our Facebook page in a before and after album titled Nine Needing a New Look.  It can be viewed by clicking HERE (no Facebook account required).
  • Upstyled Toy Cabinet BeforeI found this dated entertainment center at Goodwill for only $12.99, and saw the potential. With the popularity of flats screen TV’s, there are a lot of pieces like this no longer serving their original purpose. I saw how this piece could be converted into toy storage for our kid’s play room.

    The molding and cabinet doors would add character to a painted, glazed, and distressed look. But the composite wood on the sides was showing wear and was missing in places along the back edges of the sides.  A shelf was missing for the top compartment.  And the back of the piece was also in bad shape.

    I used Durhams Water Putty to fill in where press board was missing.  Durhams comes as a powder to be mixed with water, and I like how nice and hard it shapes up.  Before putting in on, I applied a thin layer of wood glue over the damaged wood to insure the Durhams stays in place.  I then put on 2-3 layers of Durhams on until it was built up to fill the missing press board.  After sanding, it was ready for painting.

    Entertainment Center Repurposed into Toy Storage CabinetI cut a piece of bead board I had on hand to fit the back area up top. I also cut to size birch cabinet plywood for the missing shelf for the upper compartment.  I primed then painted the piece using a $5 oops can of Lowe’s premium Valspar paint, a white with a slight yellow tint.

    Then with Tea-stained Glaze on the bead board as well as the entertainment center, the piece came to life.  The antiqued white look almost has a glow to it from the slight yellow found in the paint.  I honestly couldn’t believe how much of an upgrade we had on our hands!

    Next came painting the play room with my wife one late night while the kids were asleep.  We applied “Harvester”, a Sherwin Williams yellow with a slight hint of orange.  It looks like Colorado aspens in fall!

    The next day, we introduced the toy cabinet to it’s new home.  The antiqued white of the cabinet, with it’s bright underlying yellow, is a great combination with the new color of the play room.

    Entertainment Center Repurposed into Toy Storage CabinetWith our piece, we love how the lower cabinet fits both toys and puzzles, keeping our play room more tidy.  We also like how it works great for books, and can make for a decorative touch–like the fun family photos yet to be put on it.

    So our playroom got an upgrade both in color and with toy storage.  The cabinet replaced one of the red shelves I wrote about recently.  Those shelves, along with this toy cabinet,  demonstrate how resourcefulness and creativity can produce great looking pieces that add character and warmth to your home–however big or small it is.

    Stay tuned for how we plan to decorate the room.  We’ll be taking an old wood crib headboard, with great molded canes, and the matching side rail to create an artwork display for our kids, and a display of places we have friends serving around the world.  Paint colors for the old crib pieces yet to be determined!

     

    Repurposed Toy Cabinet - Before & After

     

  • SOLD:  This small end table has lots of great detail.  Painted turquoise and distressed, with detail accentuated with heavy black glaze.  Measures 23″ long, 18″ wide, and 15″ tall. 

    This end table is the fifth in a series from the Nine Needing a New Look, an eclectic group of nightstands and end tables awaiting transformation.
    For more on this series, and transformation photos of the first and second pieces, go here.  The third is featured here, and the fourth featured here.  
    This series is also featured on our Facebook page in a before and after album titled Nine Needing a New Look.  It can be viewed by clicking HERE (no Facebook account required).
  • SOLD:  Vintage pedastal end table painted chili pepper red and glazed black.  Sleek, modern look with a great update in red.  Two front doors open up completely to open storage area within.  Nice back side look as well.  24″ wide, 18″ deep, 21″ high.  “Before” photo below.
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    This end table is the fourth in a series from the Nine Needing a New Look, an eclectic group of nightstands and end tables awaiting transformation.  Learn more about this series, and see full photos of how the first and second pieces turned out here.  The third in the series can be found here
    This series is also featured on our Facebook page in a before and after album titled Nine Needing a New Look.  It can be viewed by clicking HERE (no Facebook account required).

  • SOLD – French provincial nightstand painted turquoise with brass metallic paint trim.  Light white glaze over turquoise, heavy glaze over metallic paint.  Distressed down to original white and gold paint colors, creating a great multi-toned shabby chic look.  20″ wide, 17″ deep, and 24″ tall.  See the “before” photo below!
    This nightstand is the third in a series from the Nine Needing a New Look, an eclectic group of nightstands and end tables awaiting transformation.  Learn more about this series, and see how the first and second pieces turned out here.   
     
     
    This series is also featured on our Facebook page in a before and after album titled Nine Needing a New Look.  It can be viewed by clicking HERE (no Facebook account required).

  • This past weekend, I realized I had this great collection of end tables and night stands needing a new look.  I pulled them all together for this photo, and will feature them individually as each receives a facelift.  Two are already complete, and are found below…
     
      
    The first to have a new look is this hexagon end table painted Turquoise, with Tea Stained Glaze.  
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    The second to be trasnformed is this large nightstand, painted Chili Pepper Red, distressed, and with Black Glaze.  Original hardware.  
     
    STAY TUNED for more what’s to come with the seven still needing something new…!
     
  • SOLD:  Nicely detailed nightstand with thick features painted chili pepper red, glazed black, and with light distressing.  This is one of my favorite finishes–such a deep and rich look (and hard to capture in photos!).  Includes the original hardware.  As seen below, a major upgrade from it’s original look!  28″ wide, 16″ deep, 23″ tall.

      
     
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