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Monday, January 7, 2013

A Major Vanity Makeover - Chalk Paint Project

I love it when I find a furniture piece at auction that no one else wants to bid on.
One might think, if no one is bidding on it, then why do you want it?
Well, because I happen to know the power of paint.......
and this great find was certainly going to need some!

I scored this piece for a little of nothing, and then it sat for months waiting for a makeover because I was almost afraid to tackle it.
Here it is so you'll understand what I mean.

See what I mean? I think the Pepto-bismol color scared buyers away. :) 

But, since I'm in the business of selling furniture, I knew I had to get this painted eventually.
I rarely ever sand any furniture before painting it, but this one required it without a doubt. 7 80 grit sanding pads worth of it in fact.
There were so many layers of paint on it that I thought the piece was laminate. After sanding it down as far as I could, I saw that it was actually solid wood.
Talk about a coat of many colors - look at the layers!

 I really try to think about a piece and what would make it stand out from the norm when we restyle them.
I always want to put a different spin on what we sell so that someone can have a conversation piece in their home, and not simply a piece of painted furniture.
I decided to use a yellow and white combination, and I'm glad I did.

Here's the finished vanity. It's one of my favorite pieces we've done.

 I decided to ixnay the mirror in lieu of something more "happening", so I grabbed an old window from our stock and made a jewelry and note organizer out of it.
I used Annie Sloan Old White and Maison Blanche Jolie Blonde. 
I also replaced all of the knobs. I originally wasn't going to, so we didn't fill in the holes from the old ones. After it was finished though, I knew it needed that punch of whimsy after all.
So I glued down buttons to cover the holes that were left behind, and it ended up looking pretty cute in the end.

(here it is merchandised to sell)

   Here's a side by side:

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Here's a sneak peek of what I'll show you in the next post. You'll want to see this one for sure, so click on that "Follow" button over on the right so you don't miss it! We'll be showing you a new piece of furniture every week from now on, and each week, we'll give you a sneak peek of the piece for the next week. We have a lot of great pieces in our portfolio, so we won't run out of transformations any time soon!


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Blessing for 2013

My Annual New Year's Blessing for You:

I hope this year that you have a life filled with peace and contentment, laughter and joy, love and solitude. I hope you get all that you could ever hope for.

I hope that you will be happy, and that you will prosper at whatever you do, and that your children will experience the same. I hope that you will be in good health, and if you're ailing, that your health will be restored.

I wish your life to be free of serious incident, and that you find provision for whatever your needs may be.

I wish you friends that offer you laughter in your life, and a place to turn for strength when you are in need.

I hope that you will seek out the good in every situation in your life. I hope you will find a way to see the positive in all matters.

I hope you will understand and accept God's will and direction in your life when you think things aren't going your way.

I hope that you will not have to struggle for any reason, but if you do, I hope that you will realize that it is temporary and will not let it get you down.

I hope that you set new goals for yourself, and achieve them.

And most of all, I hope that we can all be better than we were last year. I hope we can all have the opportunity to help others. I hope that we can look at the world a bit differently, and make a difference wherever possible.

May you have someone in your life that you love so much it makes you laugh and cry at the time, and may you be that person in someone else's life.

I hope that you are the person that someone else wants to be like.

I hope that you live your life with purpose.

Wishing you a year of new blessings for 2013.

With Ultimate Sincerity from me to you, Polly


I am so thankful for all of the friends I have made through my blog.
I have been blessed with many great new prayer warriors in my life, and wonderful new sincere friendships, and people who make me laugh so hard I cry. I wouldn't trade you all for a shiny penny.

THANK YOU for enriching my life, and allowing ME to be a part of yours.

 I look forward to a fantastic new year of blogging together........which I pinkie swear to do more of this year!


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