Distressing with Water

It’s been a while since I’ve done a furniture painting how-to, so I thought I’d share my new favorite way to distress a painted piece. If you are using chalk paint, like CeCe Caldwell‘s or Annie Sloan‘s, before waxing, you … Continue reading

A Goodwill Dresser Lives Again

Would you have given this dresser a second look if you were browsing through your local Goodwill?

You probably first notice all the scratches, discoloring, water stains where I notice its solid wood, drawers all work nicely, nothing broken.

I basically ran over and ripped the ticket right off, especially when I saw it was only $20.  SOLD!

This was going to work perfectly in my living room to act as a media console, as I sold my china cabinet turned media cabinet when I moved.  I loved it, but it wasn’t going to work in the new place.  This dresser was perfect.

Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint to the rescue.  I debated over colors…Old White, Duck Egg, Louis Blue.  Then I realized I wanted a little color in the living room.  It was pretty much all shades of white, which I love.  But it needed just a little color.  I decided to make a custom mix of Duck Egg and Louis Blue, toning down the green in the Duck Egg just a little.

So, I grabbed my trusty Purdy paint brush (love this brush) and a red Solo cup of Louis Duck (as I have named it) and went to town.  I was planning on distressing pretty heavily, so I only did one coat and it covered beautifully. Did you hear the “Red Solo cup! I fill you up!” song in your head just now? It was in my head the whole time I was painting.  🙂

Then when it was all dry (about 10 minutes later – love this paint) went to town with my sanding block (fine grit) and sanded away making the finish as smooth as a baby’s bottom.  Then brushed on the clear soft wax and buffed.  Put the hardware back on and she was finished in under an hour and a half.  Again…love this paint.

Here she is in all her glory.  Love the little bit of color it gives the room. 

One more money shot.

So, when you see that piece of furniture that’s all beat up and sad with an awesome price tag…scoop it up, bring it home and give it just a little love.  You won’t be sorry.

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Linking to:

Making the World Cuter
Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife
The Charm of Home Home Sweet Home
Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Feature Friday

Home Stories A2Z


Bathroom Organization on the Cheap

It’s a brand new year, the Christmas decorations have all been put away.  No more parties for a while and time to get back to normal.  This time of year, we all think about putting our lives in order and that includes our homes.  It’s the perfect time to clean out those closets and get organized.

Photo via diy Design Fanatic

I’m going to show you something quite embarrassing…my bathroom closet. 

The shelves are big and deep but have no dividers and things just get shoved in there with no organization whatsoever, not to mention, u.g.l.y.  And, its driving me nuts.

It’s time to get it organized and pretty.  Like these that I found on Pinterest.

You can follow my Organization board on Pinterest here.

I’m going to try and buy as little as possible…repurpose some things I already have and make it easier to get to the things we use every day. 

I’ll be posting the reveal in on Wednesday but keep up with the progress over on my Facebook page and Twitter


Best of 2011

I Actually Made Something From Pinterest – A Link Party

Ok, we all have Pinterest Boards full of inspiring stuff we want to make, wear, go, eat, etc.  But are we actually doing anything with all that inspiration?

Well, I know I haven’t done much at all, so here is our chance to get some of this D.O.N.E.


Pinterest Party Button

Just pick a project on your Pinterest board, make it, and share it with us.  So we can give credit where credit is due, please, please, please include a link to your inspiration photo.  And, you don’t even have to be a blogger.  Post pics of your projects on the Potentially Beautiful Facebook page

Your project doesn’t have to be an exact copy of your inspiration, make it your own.

When you are finished, come on back here and link up on Monday.  If all goes well, we will party every Monday with all our awesome, inspired projects!

If you aren’t a Pinterest-aholic yet, like most of us, just let me know and I will send you an invite.  Yeah…I want you to be an addict too.  There is no 7-step program, yet. 

Since Christmas is in less than 2 months (oh my gosh!), we will be having a special party on Monday, November 21 for everyone to show off some Christmas projects.  Feel free to link up holiday projects before then though.

So, go on over to Pinterest and pick your project and git ‘r done (I couldn’t help myself).  We party on Monday Oct. 31!

Disclaimer:  I am not responsible for any addiction to Pinterest this may cause in any way, shape, or form.  🙂


Lovely Old Wardrobe

Happy Wednesday everybody.  Can you believe September is almost over?  This month has quickly disappeared before my eyes.

I love old wardrobes.  But seriously, did people’s entire wardrobes fit inside one of these?  I guess they just had fewer clothes than we do now.  Not that I have a lot, but I don’t think even half or a quarter of my wardrobe would fit in one of these.  I still love them.

They have so many other uses.  You could store linens, craft supplies, even kitchen appliances.

I picked up this one off of Craigslist along with a few other pieces that I will share later.

It was in great shape, but beat up on the outside.  So, I broke out the Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Louis Blue and Old White.

This time, I tried a new technique with the wax.  I mixed in a little Old White with the wax to tone down the blue a little.  I love the effect and the variations in color.  The blue looks worn, which I love.

I left the inside as is, except for the drawers which were really scratched up.  I just cleaned the rest of the wood really good.  It was a bit grimy.

What do you think?  This lovely piece is at Buy the Season.

Linking up to:

Perfectly Imperfect All Things Furniture
Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Feature Friday

Making Lemonade
Domestically Speaking


Table Meets Chair

There once was a lonely chair, all battered and bruised.  She patiently waited in the corner of a room for months…waiting for that perfect companion to come along and save her.

She had about given up hope when this pretty table arrived and sat down next to her.  She wasn’t as battered as the chair, but was also in need of some tender loving care.

The table also had talent.  She could turn her top up sideways.  The chair knew they would be the best of friends.

Ok…snapping out of fairy tale land.  LOL

I did have this chair for several months and it was just waiting for some inspiration to come along.  Then I found the table this past weekend.  The color wasn’t quite right (kind of a celery green) and the finish was a bit too shiny for my taste.  When I sat it down next to the chair though, I knew they had to go together.

So, I broke out the Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint tonight…Duck Egg blue was my choice.  the table and chair both got a good coat of paint, I’d say one and a half coats.  I just had to touch up a couple places with a second coat…not the whole thing. Yes, I painted them both on top of my dining room table.  I did have protection down though.  Don’t judge. 🙂

Paint’s about dry.

The table needed a little something, so I broke out a stencil I’ve had forever and a little white paint and that did just the trick.

I covered the seat of the chair with a piece of a mattelasse bedspread and they were finished.

They are the perfect friends and will live happily ever after.

The End.

Linking to:

Not Just a Housewife Show Me What Ya Got
Savvy Southern Style Wow Us Wednesday
Domestically Speaking Power of Paint Party
Hookin’ Up with the Hepworths 
Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Feature Friday
Fingerprints on the Fridge Feature Yourself Friday
My Repurposed Life Catch as Catch Can 

Thrifted Table in Duck Egg

I got a new Annie Sloan Chalk Paint color to play with…Duck Egg and I love the color.

Catfish Creative Furnishings is my ASCP Stockist.

I decided that one of the tables I picked up at a thrift store would be perfect for it.

Yep, picked up this little table for just $4.50 at the Rescue Mission Thrift Store.

No sanding, no priming, just painting.  Love this paint, as I may have told you before. Just one coat did the trick.  I also added a little Old White to bring out some details and distressed.

And, here is the finished product.

Lovely legs.

Finish is smooth as a baby’s bottom.

My kitty gave it his approval too.

This is going to Buy the Season this week.

Here’s a sneak peak at another table I’m working on.

Linking to:
Savvy Southern Style Wow Us Wednesday
Shades of Amber Chalk Paint Party
Restore Interiors Restored It Wednesday
Perfectly Imperfect All Things Furniture

Half Bath Restyle for Under $20

Less than $20 Makeovers and a Challenge

Can you make a change in your home that will really make a difference for less than $20?  You bet you can.

Here are just a few things I have done in my own home for less than $20 that I think made a huge difference.

1.  Line the back of shelves with fabric.



These built-in shelves in my dining room were quite boring before and just adding a little of my favorite burlap to the back added much needed color and texture and makes my accessories really stand out.  You could do this with paper or even a little paint.  I just stapled the burlap up there. So easy and cost less than $6.

2.  Change a light fixture.



Chandelier Rehab post here

I hated that ugly lantern-looking fixture in my dining room and even though I am a renter, I’m not afraid to change some lighting. (Just save the old ones to put back up before you move.)  And, yes, you can find light fixtures for less than $20, at yard sales, thrift stores, etc.  Look for a shape you like or even just parts of it.  A little spray paint or reconfiguring can go a long way.  I found this one at my local Habitat Restore for $10.  It was brass, but I just spray painted it and added a little scrapbook paper to the plastic candle things that were discolored and a little broken and presto…new pretty fixture for under $20!  It made a big difference in how the room felt and how I felt about the room.

3.  Paint a piece of furniture.

Do you have a dresser, coffee table, side tables, or even your dining room table that could use some updating or just needs some spiffing up?  Just a little paint can go a long way in this department.

Dresser Update post here

This dresser was all beat up and didn’t go with my color scheme any longer.  Just a little time, some white paint and some spray paint for the handles, and it was new again.

4.  Change things up. This can even be FREE!

If you are anything like me, my decor is always changing but I’m not necessarily buying all new stuff.  For example, this shelf which I call my “fantle” because I don’t have a fireplace mantle to decorate so it’s my fake mantle or “fantle.” 

This was from this past Spring (my blog used to be titled Living on a Dime).

Spring Mantle Post Here

Every season this gets changed up and brings fresh look to the room. I mostly shop my house for things I already have and may add one or two new things that are really inexpensive or that I make.

And here it is now:

I already had everything here but the shells, which I bought for like $7 at Michael’s.  See the post on Beachy Mantle here.

So, change things up a little.  Go shopping in your own home.  Move a chair in from another room, move the artwork around or just bring in a new accent color.

A challenge for me

My challenge for myself this weekend is to change the look of my 1/2 bath, especially that nasty 1970’s green and yellow floor. 

Really…who ever thought that looked good??  YUCK!

I’m ok with everything from the baseboards up, but I can’t focus on anything but the ugly floor every time I go in there.  And it just never looks clean, so that really irritates me.  And, I’m going to do it for no more than $20!  Yep. 

Here is my inspiration pic.

Courtesy House of Turquoise

Love the clean white floors and the board and batten.  So light, bright and clean.  Do you think I can make a change like this for less than $20? 

We will see how it goes.