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Wood shim shoe cabinet — and a prize contest!

Check it out, friends!

I picked up this bad boy at Goodwill for only $15! It’s actually a shoe cabinet — the “drawers” fold out! This is NOT a quality piece. Notice the paper laminate peeling from the corner of the before pic? This was a practical purchase for my family to HIDE THE SHOES! (Because shoes are always a problem.) Can anyone else relate?

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This is an example that shows just how much you can transform what was simply a boring piece of furniture.

You’re probably wondering what products were used, etc. So here we go. Let’s start with my paint choice for the exterior. I used Glidden’s Gel Technology High-Gloss Trim & Door paint in Bright White and also painted the knobs with the same paint.
Wood shim shoe cabinet  I  becauseiliketodecorate.com

After planning out my alternating wood pattern, the shims were stained with Minwax Jacobean and glued onto the face of the cabinet “drawers” using Liquid Nails. This needs to dry for 24hrs and you’ll need clamps to hold the pieces into place as they dry. I used a miter saw to make a few cuts, but you could probably get away with just a hand saw since the shims are so thin.Wood shim shoe cabinet  I  becauseiliketodecorate.com

Wood shim shoe cabinet  I  becauseiliketodecorate.com

The best part about this project is how budget friendly it was. Wood shims are about $1.25 for a pack of 12, and the paint and stain were both purchased for another project — so that didn’t cost me anything. That brings my total to only $20 for a custom shoe cabinet that has that high-end look without the high-end price!

Wood shim shoe cabinet  I  becauseiliketodecorate.com

Contest

Now let’s talk about the contest portion of this post! This furniture piece is nameless. If you haven’t noticed by now, I usually name each furniture makeover something that fits its new character and style. So what do you think? Do you have a name for him or her? There are many ways that you can enter and increase your chances! Annnnnnnddddddddd……GO!

UPDATE: I’m having a bit of trouble with WordPress accepting the contest widget (hoping to get this fixed). Please click on the giveaway link below to enter the contest! There are 8 different ways to throw YOUR NAME in the hat!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE COFFEE ON ME, A $25 GIFTCARD TO STARBUCKS!

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Lots of love,
Mary

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Garage truth

This is my garage stash: five desks, two dining tables, two dressers, two headboards, two accent tables, one coffee table, one armoire, and one decorative screen. I’ve got some work to do! #truth

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Found this on Instagram and just had to share! I was literally laughing out loud!

source: http://instagram.com/p/cA-nWgPt2O/

source: http://instagram.com/p/cA-nWgPt2O/

The good news is that I have something ready to show you tomorrow!

Lots of love,
Mary

The History of “Grace”

As you have probably noticed, I didn’t post a furniture item yesterday. You see, I had to return the 5th item (the headboard). Somehow it got damaged between purchase and pick-up and my husband came home with just a piece of molding that wouldn’t do. Time to go shopping again!

Did anyone notice the painting that hung above “Rose – A Coral Beauty”?

I found him from the Salvation Army for only $2.50! I normally just glance at the photo section in thrift stores (mainly looking for good size frames with the intentions of throwing the existing artwork away), but this painting struck me! I’m drawn to how solemn the man is. He took the time to set his glasses down before giving thanks. He doesn’t appear to be particularly wealthy, but shows such reverence and gratitude. I did some online research and found that the print originated from a photographer by the name of Eric Enstrom in 1918. Enstrom, while speaking of this photo, said, “I wanted to take a picture that would show people that even though they had to do without many things because of the war they still had much to be thankful for.” The full story can be found here – a website run by the Enstrom family. They are still selling reprints online today. I’m so happy I found it! Although my print seems to be one of the older ones, it probably isn’t worth much due to the scratches and general wear — but “Grace” is just perfect to me!
Lots of love,
Mary

Jack – A Sophisticated Writing Desk

It’s day two, and boy have I got a fun one for you! Eeeeeek! I’m excited! Introducing Jack, Union Jack that is:

Jack started out as one of your basic large scale desks that are a dime a dozen at the thrift stores. You know the ones that you would picture lining a government office somewhere in the 1970’s?

I’ve been waiting for a piece to paint the famous Union Jack onto. This desk was simple enough to pull of such a grand image and the scale of the desktop was a perfect 30″ x 60″!

The base is a custom mixture of Behr Midnight Dream (two coats), and the desktop Union Jack design is done with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) in Old White and Glidden Red Delicious. After complete, I did a light sanding with a medium grade sanding block, then finished with Annie Sloan Clear Wax (Applied with a brush and buffed smooth with a dry cloth).

Since the edges of the piece were distressed a bit to show the wood underneath, I chose to leave the wooden legs exposed. I just polished them with Annie Sloan Dark Wax and they shined up nicely!

I’m sad to say that Jack has already been sold! But he’s staying in the family, so I can visit anytime! :)
Lots of love,
Mary
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Jane – A Contemporary Farm Table

Day one of my self inflicted five day challenge of painting and posting one piece of furniture per day. I decided to start with the dining table. Go big or go home right? Meet Jane:

She was in bad shape when we picked her up from one of our local thrift stores. Notice the table top varnish is cracking and chipping off?

The base is a retro contemporary design that looks to be from the 60’s era, matched with a thick tabletop. She needed to be brightened up a bit and I knew that I wanted to take advantage of all the knicks and scratches on the top!

I started with a light sanding by hand to make sure there weren’t any rough edges. I then took a watered down solution of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) in Old White, and began a random pattern of brushing on and wiping off until I achieved the balance I was looking for. Next, I applied one coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax (applied with a brush and buffed with a clean dry cloth), followed by one coat of Annie Sloan Dark Wax (also applied with a brush and buffed with a clean dry cloth) over the entire tabletop.

This was the first time I used the dark wax so liberally, and let me just say that I LOVE the result! I would totally keep this table for myself if it was the right scale for my dining room!

I chose ASCP in Duck Egg Blue for the base — Just one thick coat, distressed, with a coat of clear wax to finish.

The base brings in just a little pop of color that accents the natural looking tabletop so well!

This was such a fun project, one of my favorites for sure! I can’t wait to paint my next dining table!

Jane has been posted on Craigslist here.

Lots of love,
Mary

Shopping!

Hello Friends! Have you missed me? The day-to-day can get a little crazy with three kids four years old and under! I keep telling myself that its okay not to be wonderwoman for a couple months after having a baby. Titus is settling into a nice little routine, where I can now start to plan out my days a little better. I’m ready to restock my inventory and start moving furniture again!

This past weekend, my husband graciously chauffeured me around town thrift store shopping! We loaded up the kids and went hunting for treasure, i.e. furniture to paint. I scored two desks, one dining table, one end table, and one headboard all for ridiculously low prices. Here is my goal (typing it out loud for all to see): For the next five days I will be posting a different finished piece! That’s right, a marathon of furniture painting! I also can’t wait to catch you all up on the progress in both the girls’ room and baby Titus’ room!

Here’s a little sneak peek at one of the desks I scored!

Lots of love,
Mary

Wentworth – An office desk with personality

First things first… no baby yet. We’re expecting our little guy any day now. I think he just wants to keep us waiting a little longer. We’re dying to meet him and know what his little face looks like! Does he have a lot of hair? Is he tan like my husband or fair-skinned like me? What about his personality? We’ll soon find out. I must be patient! :)

In other news, I’ve been busy! Projects have been completed, but I’ve been slacking on writing about them. Honestly, I need to hold myself to a better schedule to keep up with things. I’m working on it :)

Let me introduce you to Wentworth. He has personality and a certain “cool” factor that I’m in love with.

This is what he looked like before his makeover:

Yes, I did start painting before remembering the ‘before pic,’ but you get the idea, right? Old 60s/70s wood grain-printed MDF. Lots of dings — or what I like to call “character.” :)  But I chose this piece because of its solid construction and the fact that I liked the straight lines. Despite the wood grain print, it’s a surprisingly very heavy desk with wood side gliders on each of the drawers. Something to note, when shopping for pieces to paint, I always look for wooden gliders opposed to metal. Wooden gliders will stand the test of time and show the piece’s overall quality.

Stripes are ever so popular in design lately and I’ve been waiting for just the right piece for a wide stripe landscape. I knew immediately that this was the one when noticing the vertical grooves that were already present on the drawer fronts.

I started out with two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) in Graphite. Then using my trusty Frog Tape, the stripes were mapped out and ready to paint. I used two coats of ASCP in Old White to achieve the bold stripe design. When dry, the piece was lightly distressed with a medium-grade sanding block. I was able to use the original brass hardware, which was one of the reasons I loved this desk to begin with. The light distressing compliments the hardware to preserve the “vintage” feel of the piece — something I always try to do if possible.

Wentworth was finished with a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax and buffed to a light shine. I really like how an element of sophistication was brought out in this piece. He is handsome and oh so trendy!

If I had the right place for him, I would soooooo keep him! But thus my rule, it has to serve a purpose in my home or it has to go (whimper). Only if my kids were older, this would be a perfect homework space. Nonetheless, I’ve posted Wentworth on Craigslist here. Hoping he finds a Went-worthy home!

Lots of love,
Mary

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