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How To Revamp a Mantel Clock

Learn how to turn a mantel clock into something new. We’ll show you an easy way to revamp a mantel clock. You will be impressed, I promise. Y’all don’t you just love when you go picking through some old furniture and find a real gem? When I spotted this little, old, wooden Mantle Clock, I was so stinkin’ happy. I could totally picture it as a beauty once again. Watermarks, ugly placard on the front, and wear and tear… who cares? A makeover on this old thing was just what it needed. And I was happy to do that. And I knew it would not take much TIME at all… See what I did there?   A couple coats of paint, a stencil, and some Farmhouse style love was all it took to complete this makeover.  I love how I made this clock “Alive and Ticking” once again. Ticking in terms of cuteness – an actual battery would have to help with the literal ticking! If you are wanting this same look on an old clock, grab your supplies, and let’s go! I have the step-by-step instructions for you… but do you have the time? I love many things. My husband, my whole family, my dogs. But I can not forget my love of stencils and old furniture! Oh, I love them all. And don’t you just love how this old water-marked wooden clock can be transformed in little to no TIME? The best part of this project is how unique you can be when crafting something like this. You determine your paint color, your word to stencil, and your overall vibe. Go Farmhouse like me, or bright and Boho! It is up to you. Follow the steps below, and just be sure you are having a good TIME while doing it.  Supplies: Wooden Mantle Clock Home Stencil – “ALWAYS” Miss Lillian’s NO WAX Cholk Paint – Italian Lace (taupe/tan)  *or your choice of paint color Paintbrush Spray Paint: Bronze Black Paint Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint Black Soot Paint Dabbers Paint daubers Heat Gun/dryer Sanding block Spray Polyurethane  Steps to Revamp a Mantel Clock Makeover Prep your Wooden Mantle Clock by carefully removing the innards. Spray paint the circular piece that helped the clock rest back in easily that you removed from the wooden base. I used a bronze color to give it the oil rubbed effect. Apply 2 coats.  With a sanding block, rough up the wood a bit all over your mantle clock.  Wipe clean with a baby wipe to remove debris and dust. Use a heat gun or blow dryer to speed up the drying process.  Grab your desired paint color and paintbrush. Begin to cover your entire mantle clock. Don’t forget the back and bottom too. Allow time for your paint to dry completely. Use that heat gun or blow dryer. Apply 2 coats of paint to your clock. Remember to keep all of your brush strokes going the same direction. Repeat steps to dry before moving on to the next step.  Grab your desired word to stencil on your craft. I chose the term “ALWAYS.”  But you can choose what you like best. Ideas to consider: Family, gather, time, love, together, memories Lay your stencil down on the bottom section, making sure it is centered. Start applying your paint using finger daubers and gently working from top to bottom applying paint over your desired stencil area. I used a black color.  Dry again.  To pull out the detail of the edges, grab your black acrylic paint and your paint daubers. Lightly rub along the edges to help the black pop. Careful in the center around your circle, going a little heavier than on the outside.  I will stop here because it is my simple farmhouse style. But if you want to add any more detail, feel free to do so. Think flowers, ribbon, jute, etc. just be creative and have fun.   Once completely dry, apply a top coat to seal your hard work with your fast drying Minwax Spray Polyurethane.  Pop back in your clock innards when dry and determine what to pair it with on your mantle? So cute! But, hmmm. A plant? A candle? Maybe a sign? Check out this tutorial for an idea.  Why Do You Want To “Rough Up” the Wood? Roughing up the wood, with a sanding block or anything gritty, is so important for many reasons: It removes any finish that may be on your wood to begin with to give it a clean base to start It helps removes any scratches or tiny dents to give a more even surface Most importantly, it allows the new paint to adhere easily.  Can I Glaze the Face of the Clock? For this type of clock face, I would say NO. Since the face is so slick, I don’t think anything would easily adhere to it. It might be possible to add a rusting effect on there, but I think it turned out great as is. But you know me, I do enjoy a distressed look all the time, so that is a great question! Just pin this How to revamp a mantel clock tutorial below to find the instructions later!

How to makeover a chair using a stencil

Have any old chairs around the house that need a little TLC? With some paint, stencils, and some transfer paper, you can learn how to give your chair a makeover and make it like new again! This project is a simple and easy tutorial you’ll enjoy and takes you less than 40 minutes to do! If you have some chairs that need a little love then you will want to watch this chair makeover tutorial. I know you have seen a chair that needs some love and I have several I have been needing to paint and spruce up. I am showing you today how to do a chair makeover with stencils using paint and stencil to turn your old chairs into something amazing. Stencil Design Chair Makeover This technique is quite possibly my favorite way to makeover a chair. I love using stencils especially when it comes to making wood signs. Stencils can really take the stress out of crafting by helping you create words and designs on your projects. Supplies for Red Chair: Old wooden chair (Red) Family Stencil Never Ending Story Transfer Leopard Transfer Any old bits and pieces of transfers you like Floral and greenery transfers Transfer applicator tool or flat edge Black paint Rag Miss Lillian’s Antiquing Glaze (Black) Redesign Decor Transfer – Ruby Rose Supplies for Turquoise Chair: Old wooden chair (Turquoise) Blessed Stencils Redesign Decor Transfer – Fuschia Sunset Script Transfer Transfer applicator tool or flat edge Master’s Touch Acrylic: Raw Umber  Master’s Touch Acrylic: Warm Grey Miss Lillian’s Antiquing Glaze (Brown) Rag Steps for chair makeover with stencils: Red Chair – Step 1: Beginning with your painted and prepped wooden chair (Barn Red from Dixie Bell), decide which transfers you hope to mix and match on your chair. Play with your patterns, sizes, and images to create a fun look. We may or may not use all of them, or may not. We will decide as we get going.  Step 2: Grab your leopard transfer and shape it to fit the corner of your chair. Trim excess. Peel the white backing of your transfer and place it on your chair in the front left corner of the seat of your chair.  Step 3: Use a transfer applicator tool, or flat edge stick to apply transfer. A bubble will appear as it adheres to your wood. Once completely on your chair, rub with your hand to smooth out any air bubbles.  Step 4: Play with placement of your floral and greenery on top of your leopard print. Apply greenery  transfers using the same flat edge tool. Remember to leave space for your floral to rest on top.  Step 5: Apply your floral transfer on top of your greenery transfers. Eyeball how you think it will look best. Step 6: Next apply your Never Ending Story Script Transfer, resting on top of greenery and a small area of your floral. If it is not perfect, don’t worry.  Step 7: Grab your black paint, sponge daubers, and play with the placement of your FAMILY stencil. Holding in place, begin to dab your paint. Be sure to let it dry completely.  Step 8: Grab your rag and add a tiny portion of your antiquing glaze to it. Decide where you want it to be. I like it on the edges of the seat, the spindles, and the back of the chair. Don’t forget the legs of your chair. This will just tone down the bright paint of your chair.   Step 9: Feel free to “Grunge it up” however you like.  Step 10: If you place too much, use a baby wipe to pull the glaze back.  Step 11: Set your red chair aside to dry as you begin to work on your turquoise chair.  Turquoise Chair –  Step 1: Grab your Redesign Floral Transfers: Fuchsia Sunset. Determine which part of your transfer you want to add to your chair.  Step 2: Cut out the transfer section you like best. Be sure to cut as close as possible for your transfers and wrap on your wood where needed. Step 3: Carefully remove white paper backing and place your transfer down on the left side of the seat. Step 4: Repeat steps to apply transfer with flat edge. A bubble will appear as it adheres to your wood. Once completely on your chair, rub with your hand to smooth out any air bubbles.  Step 5: Determine and eyeball placement of your Blessed stencil.  Step 6: Apply a small section of a script transfer under where you will paint on your stencil following the steps above.  I just love how these turned out and it is so much fun using a stencil to transform a chair. Can’t wait for you to try this technique and start flipping your own furniture! Just pin this chair makeover with stencils tutorial below to find the instructions later!

Jewelry Box Makeover

Hey, all you cool thrifters and repurposers!  I did not remember to take a ton of pictures of the processes (whoops), but I do think that you will easily get the gist of it! When I actually get out and get to go thrifting…the “wood” section is one of my favorite areas to hit up!!!  I love little wood shelves, I can use them on so many other projects!  I have no idea how many I currently have, but I’m sure it’s not enough! Another thing I love in the “wood” section is signs.  Maybe the sign is outdated.  Can I sand it off and use it for something else?  Or simply paint over it and make a new sign?  But the project that I am talking about today is this little jewelry box!  In the last couple of years, it is like they have sprouted legs and jumped in my cart when I’m shopping!  I have done a few over the years, but not like this one.  Oh, oh, oh, and totally of this subject…but, these can also make awesome furniture for American Girl dolls!  Sorry!  Squirrel brain!!! Anywho…I did this one in my private group, so if this is something you enjoy, please be sure to check out my Flippin Furniture page and maybe think about joining us in the Flippin Society!  Details here: Back to the jewelry box…obviously, the first thing I had to do was clean it up.  Soap and water and let it dry.  Then I just roughed it up with a sanding sponge. I did not take the hardware off.  It wasn’t going to come off easily (no visible screw to unscrew), and I am all about the path of least resistance! Next up, paint! I used Fusion Mineral Paint for this project.  I am new to Fusion, but from what I read and hear, it is quite amazing.  The best thing I like is that it doesn’t require a sealer!  Drop the mike!  No sealer?  Definitely a time saver!  And when it is fully cured, it is unbelievably strong. Now, that being said, when using dark colors like black and navy blue, I found that I did still need to use the sealer; otherwise, it would show fingerprints and look “smudgy.”  Just my unasked for opinion. It’s been a while since I painted it, but I am pretty sure that I used the color, “Putty”.  I did not paint the inside.  I was working with the ceiling fan on over me, so I was able to paint the first coat and come back and touch up and add a second coat where needed, fairly quickly.  Then I got out a beautiful floral transfer and tried laying it out different ways to see where I wanted it.  You can see from the photo where I landed. Once the transfer was on, I then decided to antique it a little bit.  And done! Pretty simple and could be cute in a spare bedroom or make such a cute little family heirloom!  I think of a young daughter, niece, granddaughter, or goddaughter.  Something she can keep and cherish forever.  A gift for her birthday, Christmas, special event, or just because!  I have so many of these in my stashes and this is making me want to work on them!  I just picked up the smallest one I have ever had last week and the most unique one I have ever come across a couple weeks ago!  Stay tuned!!! XOXO, Tammy Supplies Re-Design Transfer – Beautifully Native – Fusion Mineral Paint – Putty –

How to Paint a Stencil on a Wall

Want to change a wall in your bedroom? I am showing you how to stencil a wall. It’s easy, budget-friendly, and fun! I have loved this stencil for a few years now.  So much that I actually bought it years ago, just in the smaller furniture size.  I have even used it on at least a couple of pieces that I can remember.  I love script and numbers in my décor.  And I have loved “French” décor for a long time also.  So throw in some French script, and I’m in love. How To Stencil A Wall I was able to teach my Flippin Society group how to stencil a wall in our private Facebook group. This is a group where you can find lots of tips and tricks on how to repurpose furniture and flip it like a pro. Please join us over there for all the fun. This is the type of project you will find there. We’ve also recovered bar stools, made rag garlands, flipped a piece of furniture, do mixed media projects, decorated a fall tree, made a pumpkin out of a book, made fall ornaments, and the list goes on and on!!!   How to Paint a Stencil on a Wall  Are you looking for a way to add some personal detail to your home? I love using stencils. You can see that in all the stencils I do on wood mainly to add some holiday decor to my home. Have you been thinking about stenciling your wall with an intricate pattern or design that showcases the colors in your room? If so, then this blog post is perfect for you. I will go over how to stencil a wall and give tips on what supplies are needed, where to buy them, and how much time it will take.  Now let’s get started! Supplies Needed: Screwdriver for Outlet Covers CuttingEdgeStencils French Poem Stencil  4″ Stencil Roller  4″ Replacement Foam Rollers  Paint of Your Choice – (I Mixed My Own Color) Paper Towels Painter’s Tape  Ladder Plastic Tray for Paint  Wet Wipes or Wet Paper Towels Wall Stencil Instructions: Order your supplies and make sure you are ordering a large enough stencil to cover the wall to where you do not have to do so much moving and painting. Do a complete cleaning of the wall and surrounding areas. This means making sure there are no cobwebs attaching from the wall to the ceiling Next, you will need to take the outlet covers off if any are on the wall. Now you are ready to start painting your stencil onto the wall. Using painter’s tape, tape down your stencil and secure it to the wall area you wish to start painting.  Time to dip your roller into your paint and start applying it over the stencil.  You will keep doing this until you have completely covered the part or all of the wall or walls you wish to paint.  Allow your paint to dry for a few minutes before moving your stencil and retaping before painting the next section.  Tips and Tricks to Using a Stencil on a wall Buy two stencils so you can use one to keep in one piece and another to cut to use in the smaller areas.  Space it out so you do not have a huge gap between the edge of the wall and where the words on the stencil end.  Ask for help. This is not a job to do by yourself. I repeat do not try this alone!  Allow yourself plenty of time to complete the project. This is not a job to start late at night.  I am in love with the way this turned out. If you are wondering what my stencil says here is the translation of the French Script Poem –  “Oh time suspend your flight, and you favorable hours suspend your course! Let us savor the fleeting delights, the most beautiful of our days!” Just pin this How To Stencil On A Wall tutorial below to find the steps for later!

Studio Build?

My husband and I have been talking about redoing the middle bay in our three-car garage for my craft space. Greg has been talking to our contractor friend and, of course, he sprung it on me one day before he was due to come. Yowza! Day 1 Courtney and I started on moving everything from the middle bay to the one side of the garage in PILES. The room had to be completely EMPTY. By lunch time, we were worn out. Greg suggested asking our high school girl, Amanda, to come help to get some new help in and keep up going. Thank goodness we did! I always fail to get a before picture… Day 2 First Day of Construction! The wall was built and insulation was put in. They were able to put a space for a window in. (So no one can sneak up on me!) And then, of course, the door frame! Courtney had been looking on Facebook Marketplace off and on for older kitchen cabinet. She found some in Quincy which is about half an hour away from us. I had a class that night in my private group so I could not go to Quincy. Greg needed to get a few things like lights, outlets, and more wiring so Greg and Courtney headed to Quincy with the truck and trailer. Day 3 Second Day of Construction! They got the rest of the insulation put in, the wiring for outlets, and the air conditioner put back in! Day 4 We have floor! Oh, and I didn’t say much about my door. I’m not sure if I’m 100% satisfied with it so we’ll see! Day 5 Trying to put these cabinets together was a HUGE puzzle. It took awhile but we finally got it to where we were happy with it. Here is a little Facebook Live tour of the studio! Day 6 These countertops are one of my favorite things in here! The wood has been sitting in one of your barns for years. It actually came from my husband’s grandparents. They had a barn that was taken down by a twister. Boy, am I glad it was kept now! All it needed was a good sanding and some poly, and it was perfect! Now it’s time to move in and find everything its own place! I’ll keep you updated though! Flippin Furniture – Flippin Community –

How To Recycle Old Windows

Do you have old windows laying around like I do and can’t decide what to do with them all! You will be glad you stopped by today because I am going to show you how to use furniture transfers to recycle old windows! Living on the farm has many perks as well as many challenges. When the new calves need to be feed that means we do not sleep as much. To me, that is a challenge. I love my sleep! The perk of living on a farm is seeing God’s beauty all around me every day as well as being married to the farmer. Another great perk is all the “old” things we have laying around for that “just in case we need it” a moment to happen! However, I am thankful for those items because I found the perfect thing from a pile in the barn that I can not wait to craft with you. I am going to teach you how to repurpose an old window. How to Recycle Old Windows for Art This is going to blow your mind. You can turn an old window into a beautifully hung portrait. The old wood on the glass window makes for the perfect frame for a beautiful furniture transfer. I just love the natural wood around the edges or you can even paint them the color of your choice. Unfortunately, the white barn transfer has very limited stock but you can find some great vintage portraits or even some nautical lighthouses to use! I found the transfer I truly LOVED. We live on a farm in a farmhouse with a barn so very fitting. The possibilities are endless when using furniture transfers to recycle old windows. You too can do this with the ones you have laying around your home or you find thrifting. Supplies Needed to Repurpose an Old Window: Old Window Frames Furniture Transfers Scissors Squeegee Steps: Clean the window very well with some window cleaner and a paper towel. Roll out your transfer and cut to appropriate size as well as omitting anything in the print you do not want to use. This one came in three separate pieces. Start from the bottom with the first piece. Line up the bottom and confirm that it fits the space you are trying to fill. Trim off off any edges on all sides that need a quick trim. Take the backing off the transfer slowly. Press down firmly and use a squeezy to remove any bubbles. Once pressed down and secure then pull off the top clear protective layer. Do this slowly and as you pull keep rubbing down the transfer as you pull the clear layer off. Repeat the same steps to apply the next two sections. Where to get old windows? If you do not live on a farm like me and are not blessed with tons of old farmhouse windows then you will likely find tons of windows at the following places: Antique Stores Thrift Stores Landfills Dumps Construction sites (but please ask before taking!) Ways to recycle old windows I just shared with you one amazing way to recycle old windows but the possibilities are endless. Here are a few of my favorite ways I have seen others decorate: Use it as a large photo frame or like a collage frame Add scrapbook paper to the back and use a decorative decor propped on a table. Set it in the garden and let vines grown around it. If my daugther was still small it would make the perfect bow holder with added wire. Add hooks to the wood fram for a coat hanger for an entryway There is so much you can do with an old window to add some flair and decor to your home. Remember to just be creative and do not be scared to try something new. Just pin this How To Recycle Old Windows tutorial below to find the instructions later!

Kermit Bookshelf

I wish I could take total credit for this beauty, but in truth, I am not a carpenter.  I barely have the time to do the projects that I know how to do.  My tiny brain has very little room left for learnings.  That being said, “I have a guy”, lol.  He is amazing and rarely thinks my ideas are crazy anymore. Anywho…just in case you can’t tell, the back to the bookcase is an actual oak headboard.  I had the carpenter add the shelves/bookcase part and wheels.  The wheels are a huge plus since this thing weighs a ton.  It is a whole lotta wood so why wouldn’t it be? It was never my intention to paint this beauty green.  I am a huge fan of green, especially this shade, it just wasn’t the first color to cross my mind. I was originally thinking white, with maybe some distressing and antiquing.  I had even prepped it to be painted white.  But… I wasn’t completely sold on it. Red briefly crossed my mind.  Then black and distressed.  Several ideas were thrown at me from my followers.   My sweet, sweet friend Ana suggested green.  Hmmmmmm.  That kind of lit me up!  But did see if I have enough green on hand? Of course, I didn’t.  So I kind of had to make a custom color.  I love that kind of old vintage green…know what I mean? That was the look I was going for! This custom concoction started with ‘Kudzu’ by Dixie Belle.  I only had one container of it and I just knew that would not be enough to finish this beast.  So…I took the ‘Kudzu’ and added a bunch of things to it.  I am not sure if this is the complete list, but I think so. I had my heart set on ‘Kudzu’, so I poured 8 ounces of the Kudzu, 8 ounces of ‘Frog Green’ by Dixie Belle and a few more ounces of the”Frog Green’ and some ‘Greystone’ from Miss Lillian’s and some ‘Moss Green’ from Miss Lillian’s and some ‘French Roast’ from Miss Lillian’s and ‘Lichen’ by Fusion Paint. LOL. I guess it would be safe to say it’s a custom color but the closest would be ‘Kudzu’ by Dixie Belle ? After giving it two coats of paint, it was all marrying together very well!  The headboard to the shelves.  And mixture of paint colors!  Folks, I think we have a winner! I added some antiquing glaze also.  Did you see that detail on the headboard? (swoon)  I started with a black walnut glaze and that just wasn’t doing it for me so I ended up using a dark brown, ‘Truffle’ by Miss Lillian’s.  In case you can’t tell, I fell head over heels in love with this piece.  Especially after hubby came out and looked at it and said he liked it too!  All I had to do was figure out what piece or pieces I would have to get rid of to make it fit in my house! Supplies Kudzu by Dixie Belle – Frog Green by Dixie Belle – Greystone by Miss Lillians – French Roast by Miss Lillians – Lichen by Miss Lillians – Truffle Glaze by Miss Lillians – Dixie Belle Clear Coat Satin – Let me know what you think in the comments! .

Desk Makeover with Fabric!

So one day I was fixin to work on this desk.  I was born in Missouri and I have a ton of southern friends so yes, I can say “fixin”, lol. Anyway…I took a picture of this naked little desk, prepped and ready to be painted.  I posted it to Facebook and asked for color suggestion. My impatient nature took hold and I started painting it gray. Almost immediately, my friend Brooke posted that she wanted it.  I didn’t take it too seriously.  People SAY they want things all the time. Then she’s texting me, “I’m serious about desk!” I proceeded to tell her that it wasn’t anything special and that it was small.  And I had other, more significant desks waiting in the wings. I gave her measurements, and she measured her spot and said the size was perfect!  She wanted the desk to be a fun pop of color.  Gray isn’t very “poppy.”  So I mentioned painting over it with her favorite aqua color and then distressing a little to let some of the gray show through.  And we talked about whitewashing it. I mentioned maybe some fun scrapbook paper or fabric on the drawer fronts to add some fun.  It just needed to have some hot pink in it to match her desk chair. That was our answer. She picked out some fabric from the Hobby Lobby and mailed it to me.  We live about 5 ½ hours away from each other. I will admit, when it arrived, it did not excite me, lol.  I don’t know how she figured this out through texting, but she could tell I didn’t love it.  And that’s fine.  I don’t have to love it.  It wasn’t for me.  That is perhaps one of the hardest things about doing customs.  I have a hard time doing a project that I don’t like.  Not that I didn’t like this one, it just didn’t light me up…at first. But I picked the pieces that had the most pink in them and it all came together for me.? And in case you were wondering about the color of gray?  Let’s just call it a custom color, lol.  I know it was a mix of a few grays I was using up at the time. And the fabric was put on with mod podge.  Mod podge on the drawer front, then the fabric, then mod podged over and then sealed with polycrylic also. In the end, I think it is adorable, just like my friend.  It fits her. Since this was for a personal friend of mine that I know fairly well, I wanted to add a special touch somewhere.  I did paint the insides of the drawers pink.  But that wasn’t quite enough. She is a big Randy Travis fan and loves his song “I Told You So”.  So…I printed off some pictures of him from the internet.  And the song lyrics.  And mod podged them into the top drawer. She will most likely never see them again after putting stuff in the drawer, but she will know “he” is there. It was so fun to do that extra special little touch for her. Brooke did a blog post about her office and it totally suits her and her personality! Go to: And now that song is playing in my head. Have you ever made a piece extra special for someone? How did you do it? I would love to see a picture of it! Heck, I might even feature it here in my blog, if given permission 😉 Show me!!! Feel free to send to  Is that not the most ridiculous email address ever or what?

Record Cabinet Makeover

If I were keeping this piece for me, I would probably have just sealed it at this point.  I had already sanded it.  I really love the way it looked here. But, do you have any idea how much paint I have on hand? And I am a painter after all!  And it was such a cute little piece that I couldn’t wait to tackle it! And I had a new paint brand to try! So painted it would be! Like I said, it was already sanded at this point.  I cleaned it up again and put on a coat of Fusion mineral paint in the color Putty.  I love this color.  It is very similar to Dixie Belle’s Dried Sage, a favorite of mine. Fusion Paint claims that you do not need to seal it, but I have also seen other brands claim that, and I did not find that to be true.  For one thing, when I use a chalk type paint, I do not like the chalky way it feels before I seal it. I see fingerprints, and it looks dusty.  I just don’t like it. So far, I am in love with the Fusion Mineral Paint.  I love the creamy texture of it.  It goes on beautifully.  Not too thick and not too thin.  And it has a self-leveling agent that helps alleviate brush strokes. All in all, I am giving it two thumbs up! 👍👍 But I don’t think that is what this blog post was meant to be about, lol. Anyway…I used two coats of the color Putty.. Once that was dry, I used some of Miss Lillian’s Antiquing Glaze in “Truffle” and “Black Walnut.” I did a side at a time.  The louvered doors with the track were not the best time of my life, but I got through it! For each side, I used a foam brush and put on the truffle glaze first. Then I came back with the walnut glaze with a small brush and put it on top of the first glaze. And that is basically it.  That is where I stopped. It still feels a little unfinished to me because I still feel like I need to seal it, but I am going with it and leaving it! Fusion claims that it is formulated with a built-in topcoat.  I am going to take their word for it!  So far, I am in love! I actually went ahead and ordered another color.  Not sure what piece I will use it on.  I have so much other paint on hand that I SHOULD NOT be buying any more paint of any kind until I get all the other used up. Oh well, I like to try new things and this one definitely did not disappoint! Supplies: Fusion Mineral Paint in Putty – DeWalt Sander –

How to Flip an Old Desk into a New Piece of Furniture

Upcycling an old desk was on my list for a long time! I am so excited to show you how exactly I did it and give you some desk paint ideas! Do you have an old desk that you’re not sure what to do with? Maybe you don’t even know where to start. Don’t worry, I’m here to help. In this post, I’ll teach you how I gave my old desk a makeover. So if you’re ready, let’s get started! How To Paint A Desk I had this desk for years.  It has been moved around several times in the back of my garage. We used it for several scrapbook retreats years ago, but I had forgotten all about it. I looked and looked on the buy sell trade sites to find my daughter a new one before it finally dawned on me. You will not believe it, I actually had two desks to makeover.  They were in the far back of my garage and had been for years. I had just forgotten about them. I was happy to find one that would be perfect for my daughter. You guys know I love flipping furniture and I even use stencils from time to time. If you have any old chairs around the house that need a little TLC then you will want to check out my tutorial on how to stencil makeover a chair using a stencil. I think using stencils on these desks would be amazing too. Supplies Needed to Paint A Desk: Dixie Belle Caviar  DeWalt Orbital Sander  Rust-Oleum Painters Touch 2x White Spray Paint  Old Desk Minwax Polyurethane Spray Sanding Block How to Paint a Desk Step 1: Start by prepping your old desk. To do this all you will need to do is to clean it from any dust or dirt. Step 2: Start applying your spray paint. Yes, spray paint! Let your spray paint dry and see if you would like another coat. I only did one, as I wanted the distressed look. Step 3: Distress using either sanding block or sander. Just start bruising the edges of the dresser to make it look distressed. Step 4: Use a sealant to seal the paint onto the sides of the desk. Do not seal the top yet. Step 5: Working on just the top add more paint, I did a few layers as I wanted a solid color for the top. Step 6: Seal the top with polyurethane. Step 7: To add a variation to your furniture, if you wish, you can switch between a mixture of distressing, and glazing. You can also use some swamp mud on there also. I love being able to complete quick projects in 30-45 minutes for some quick wins; however, furniture has several different stages, layers, techniques, drying times, etc.  I just want you to know that this project does take hours to complete but it is worth it. How to Flip A Desk Tips and Tricks Do you need to sand before painting? No, you do not need to sand it. It varies for me if I do or do not. Just depends on how much wear and tear the desk has. My suggestion is if it is smooth then you do not need to take the time to sand it. What kind of paint do you use when flipping furniture? You can use latex or oil-based paint in a satin or semigloss finish for painting furniture. I love working with chalk-based paint as well. However, I used spray paint on one of these desks and it turned out great. Just pin this Old Desk Makeover tutorial below to find the instructions later!

A Tale of Two Side Tables

I think this is my second and third set of these types of side tables. And yes, you guessed it, they used to be vanities. For one reason or another, the vanity as a whole was no longer working out very well. I can’t remember the exact reasons why now that they didn’t remain vanities. Vanity’s are usually a good seller, so I try to save them if at all possible. But since it made sense for them to be separated, here we go! The Blue Set In all honesty, I probably should have dropped these in the ditch. They turn out awesome, but getting there can be a battle. As you can see, they had lots of veneer issues. I’m sure they were stored in damp conditions or in a wet garage, and the moisture starts at the bottom and starts infiltrating its way up. It’s so sad. I beg of you, please don’t store furniture in a damp garage or basement, lol. For this blue set, I chose to peel off the loose veneer, and then wood putty to fill it back in. There was a lot to be puttied. Which, in turn, meant there would be lots to sand down. With waiting time for the putty to dry. Ugh. Moving on, once I had them puttied and sanded and cleaned up, I set forth painting them Bunker Hill Blue by Dixie Belle. I had asked on Facebook what color everyone wanted them to be, and blue was the winner. They even sold to someone during that post, before they even knew what color I was going with and/or how they would turn out! I love it when that happens! Someone has so much faith in you that they call dibs long before they are complete!! And of course, I told her that if she did not love how they turned out that she did not have to take them. But thankfully, she did! A couple coats of blue, and then I distressed them with my orbital sander. Now when I sanded them, the wood shows through in places. Unless there is wood putty below the paint. Which, in this case, in some areas, there was. And that meant it didn’t match the wood, so I just took some stain or glaze and on my finger and put it where I need it to be. Then I cleaned them up and sealed them with Dixie Belle’s Clear Coat in Satin. I replaced the hardware with these vintage copper knobs. They looked awesome with the distressing. They just seemed meant for each other, in my opinion. The new owner’s opinion was that she would like to have the original vintage plastic knobs, lol, but she didn’t tell me that until she picked these up. Good thing I didn’t throw them away! The Gray Set I think the only thing different besides the color choice was that I removed a lot of the veneer instead of just filling in with putty. You can watch me remove veneer with an iron here. The color is a dark gray called Prohibition Gray by Plum City Paints. I also distressed and sealed the same way as the other set. I think I have at least one, possibly two, vanity’s out in the carport. Fingers crossed they can stay together as one unit! I really, really, really do not care to tackle another project like this any time soon! Supplies: Elmer’s Wood Putty – Dixie Belle Bunker Hill Blue – DeWalt Orbital Sander – Sanding Discs – Dixie Belle Clear Coat Satin –

Vintage 1947 Desk Makeover

Bringing this family heirloom back to life was no easy task. This was a 1947 model after all! It had veneer coming up, drawers coming apart, and one drawer already apart. I had my work cut out for me. This sweet little lady had asked me to redo this desk for her grandson a year or so earlier but had never gotten it to me. In the meantime, I had announced that I was no longer doing custom orders, but she didn’t know that. So when she approached me about it again in October, I didn’t have the heart to tell her no. Add to that the fact that her grandson is one of my son’s best friends, so I just had to work it in somewhere! This was probably the most gluing and clamping I had ever done to a desk, but I knew it would be worth it in the end. After taking off the hardware and doing all the gluing and clamping, I sanded the whole piece. Then washed it all down with water and an old rag and let dry completely. While it was drying, I washed the hardware and spray painted it black. Then I stained the top with Minwax Dark Walnut Stain. Since I was going with a lighter color that meant extra prep! Boss by Dixie Belle is my go-to for stain blocking. I put on one good coverage coat on all the drawers and the mainframe. (Everywhere I would be painting.) Dixie Belle’s Dried Sage is the color I went with. It is one of my favorite colors. It is a tan/taupe color. Two coats of that, waiting at least 30 minutes between coats and let dry again, preferably overnight. Then I got out the antiquing glaze, Miss Lillian’s in Black Walnut. Using a chip brush, I loaded just a little bit of the glaze and then offloaded it. You don’t need very much at all. Then I very carefully drug the brush across the drawers to get the look I wanted. And then I used the side of the brush to get the edges of the desk and around the drawers. Then let the glaze cure overnight. For sealing it, I used Dixie Belle’s Clear Coat in Satin. For the top of the desk, I used a mixture of brown, cream, and gray paints and glaze. And sealed with Minwax Fast-drying Polyurethane. I LOVE how it turned out! I hope you do, too!!! Supplies Wood Glue – Bar Clamp – DeWalt Orbital Sander – Sanding Discs – Bowl of Water Old Rag Tools to Remove Hardware Minwax Dark Walnut Stain – Painter’s Touch 2x Black Spray Paint – Dixie Belle Boss Stain Blocker Dixie Belle Dried Sage Paint Paint Brushes – Chip Brushes – Miss Lillian’s Antiquing Glaze in Black Walnut Dixie Belle’s Clear Coat in Satin