Princess Perfect Painted Vanity

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I’ve been collecting antiques and furniture for a while with the intent to paint them. I just love to be able to be creative and artistic and refinishing furniture has given me so many opportunities to do just that. I’ve refinished many pieces in our home, including our dining table and chairs, our bedroom furniture, my youngest son’s dresser, and some of our living room furniture. Needless to say, I have the painting bug!!

Enter this vanity I picked up at a local thrift store…who donates the proceeds to Mental Health! A win-win in my books! This beauty needed a bit of work. The veneer was peeling, there were pieces that needed some glue, and a little tlc all over. But she had beautiful lines!

Before

Before

First things first, she needed a good wipe down! And doesn’t everyone feel better after a bath? I removed the hardware and started to work on the peeling veneer. After a quick google search, I decided that the ironing method would be my best bet. And it worked like a charm. The old peeling veneer came off and she was looking better and better. A beautiful wooden medallion (for some bling), a bit of wood glue to fix some loose pieces, and some wood filler to smooth out the surface and we were ready for some color!

After a good cleaning

After a good cleaning

A little bling to dress her up

A little bling to dress her up

Painting the top...she's gonna be purdy!

Painting the top…she’s gonna be purdy!

I chose a beautiful blue with off-white accents to make this piece pop! The drawer pulls got a good cleaning and a coat of paint too. A bit of furniture wax to seal and protect the finish, and she’s ready for a photo shoot! She certainly is stunning and fit for a princess!

Voila!  Fit for a princess!

Voila! Fit for a princess!

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She is off to her new home this weekend. I just know she will be loved and adored. Now, on to the next project!

~Angie

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It’s Painting Weather

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What a beautiful day we had today!! It’s been raining and gloomy for the past little while and we’ve finally had some great weather. What a wonderful opportunity to sit outside and enjoy the sun…and be a little creative at the same time. I had picked up this stool a while back from a photographer who was selling off some of her props. A sad little stool who was crying out for a makeover!

Before

Before

I removed the top and gave the stool a wipe down and left it to dry in the sun. I had some blue home-made chalk paint left over from my bookcase makeover, so I decided to use it on the stool. She was looking so much better after only one coat, but I added a second coat to even out the color.

A little sanding to add some interest and some new foam and upholstery for the top and she was all finished!!!

After

After

Now I have painting fever and have the perfect piece to pair her with! Can’t wait to get working on it.

~Angie

Vintage Camper Reno – Part 2

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After a crazy weather week which included snow (20 cm! What happened to spring?) and cold and rain, we’ve finally had some nice weather. And what better way to spend the day than to tackle the camper reno.

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

The kids were in school and Hubbs was at work. Armed with my work gloves and a bucketful of determination, I headed out to the camper. We had only gotten half way through the gutting stage (see the post about that here) so I still had a fair bit to do. Since I don’t know much about electrical or plumbing (that’s what Hubbs used to do before he joined the military), I decided to just do what I could.

Front corner

Front corner

Back corner

Back corner

Tearing out the rest of the bench seating was the easy part. I quickly got both areas down to the frame and looked around to see what I could do next. We still needed to remove the stove, sink, heater, and refrigerator. The biggest problem for me was that the camper had been built with 8 point headed screws (had to google that one). It took forever to find a screwdriver that would work on them. (I am certainly not proficient in screwdriver terminology…I use descriptions such as square, “x”, line, etc.)

Removing the stove

Removing the stove

The first appliance to be removed was the stove. It came out fairly easily, and I got a huge ego boost. If it was that easy to remove the stove, I wonder how easy it would be to remove the heater? How about the fridge? Turns out it wasn’t as easy as I thought. So I just tore out the walls around them.

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Tearing down around the heater

Tearing down around the heater

Now I was on a roll! Next onto the bathroom walls!

Demoing the bathroom

Demoing the bathroom

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Finally, Hubbs and the boys were home, and I got some help.

My little helper!

My little helper!

Hubbs removed the fridge, heater, sink and pipes for me. But since it was getting late in the day, we had to stop. Oh how I wish there were more hours in the day!

Almost finished gutting

Almost finished gutting

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As we were doing a final clean up, we found a cute little treasure! A fishing knife that floats!

A great find!

A great find!

Next step is to remove the remaining cabinet and countertop, and then on to the flooring! I’m hoping to tackle that job this afternoon!

~Angie

*Update: We did not finish this project. Hubby ended up with an opportunity for a career change and we just were not able to complete the project before he left for training and then a move shortly after his return. Hopefully we will be able to do something similar in the future.

Vintage Camper Reno – Part 1

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With the beginning of camping season in a little over a month, we decided to get moving on fixing up our vintage 1978 Glennell Travel Trailer.

All ready for the reno!

All ready for the reno!

Originally, Hubbs and I were only going to replace a few water damaged spots, but as we began removing bits and pieces, we quickly realized it would be better to just gut the whole thing and start from scratch!

part way through the demo

part way through the demo

Today, we got the ceiling and walls, bunk beds, cabinets, and table and bench seating removed.

Part way through the demo

Part way through the demo

Now all we have left is to remove the sink, stove, fridge, bathroom and flooring so we can start to rebuild!

~Angie

Quick Craft: Spring Wreath

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My youngest will be 5 this weekend!!  I can’t believe it!  Where did the time go?  I was thinking back to his past birthday parties and realized that this spring has been a lot colder this year than it was in the past few years.  What’s going on here?  Time for a touch of spring!

I had been wanting to make a new wreath for our front door for a while and was inspired by this tutorial on making burlap flowers.  These flowers were super easy to make and I love everything about this wreath!

And so here is my version.

My version

My version

Now, once it warms up, I can work on prettying up my front step!

~Angie

Dresser Makeover

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Last summer was the start of my obsession with furniture make overs. I got this great dresser at a thrift store for $20. It had nice lines and was well made, but full of stickers and needed some tlc.

The dresser - before

The dresser – before

I started by scraping the stickers off of the drawers and stripping the paint. Lucky for me there was only one layer of paint on this piece. I filled in all scratches and dents with wood filler, and gave it a light sanding. Then it was ready for priming.

The dresser - stickers removed and drawers stripped

The dresser – stickers removed and drawers stripped

This dresser was going in my youngest son’s room. He’s a real boy and into anything with wheels! So I searched for some inspiration for the perfect finish for the dresser and found it here.

A simple switch of hardware and one black racing stripe later and we have the perfect addition to any little boys room. And he won’t grow out of it for a while!

The final product!

The final product!

What do you think?

~Angie

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A Family Favorite: Pasta and White Sauce

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At our house, we do a lot of cooking from scratch. One of my favorite recipes is for a versatile White Sauce. We pair it with pasta, chicken and veggies for a quick and easy weeknight meal, but you can add cheese for a homemade mac and cheese, or use it as a cheese sauce for veggies!

White Sauce:

2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp flour
1 Cup milk
dash salt & pepper
1 tsp chicken bouillon
garlic powder to taste

Simple ingredients

Simple ingredients

First, melt the butter over low heat (be careful not to scorch your butter).

melt the butter

melt the butter

Add flour and cook while stirring for about one minute.

Add flour and cook while stirring

Add flour and cook while stirring

Next, add milk, salt, pepper, chicken bouillon, and garlic powder.

Add remaining ingredients

Add remaining ingredients

Cook over medium heat until thickened. Don’t forget to stir often, especially as the sauce thickens.

Cook while stirring until thickened

Cook while stirring until thickened

Easy peasy! You can use this sauce as is or get creative and make this sauce spectacular! You can a tbsp of pesto (the kids love it!), or pureed spinach (or cauliflour…a great way to sneak in some veggies for picky eaters!), asparagus, broccoli or whatever works for your family!

Get creative and add some veggies for a complete meal!

Get creative and add some veggies for a complete meal!

We like to add in some cubed chicken breast and toss with whole wheat fettucine.

Add chicken and toss with pasta...voila!  A quick and easy weeknight meal!

Add chicken and toss with pasta…voila! A quick and easy weeknight meal!

Serve with garlic bread or a salad…or just on its own. Who says cooking from scratch has to be difficult!

Delish!

Delish!

To make cheese sauce, omit the garlic powder and chicken bouillon. When sauce has thickened, remove from heat and add 1 cup shredded cheese. Stir until combined. Serve over steamed veggies (I love this over broccoli!) or add to cooked elbow macaroni for an easy homemade mac and cheese!

What would you add to this sauce?

~Angie

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Painted Furniture Reveal

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This week, I decided to update some of my furniture with a bit of paint. (See the post here) I wanted to start with my mid-century credenza turned tv stand but had run out of painter’s tape (I needed to tape off the top because I was only going to paint the bottom). So I ran next door to borrow some (I have awesome neighbors!). Lucky for me, my lovely neighbor had some and she decided offered to help me paint my bookcase as well! This was my first project using chalk paint, which you can read about here.

Here are the pieces before:

Mid Century Bookcase - Before

Mid Century Bookcase – Before

Mid Century Credenza - Before

Mid Century Credenza – Before

These lovely pieces were “rescued” from the side of the road this past fall. Can you believe it? Lucky for me, one person’s trash is this woman’s treasure.

I have scraped, sanded, primed, painted and varathaned furniture pieces before, and I have also used spray paint. I have never worked with chalk paint and now I am in love! You don’t usually have to do much prep work (ie, sanding, priming, etc) besides just washing down your piece, and you can achieve so many different aged and distressed finishes with it. It is FANTASTIC!! Waxing your piece afterwards gives it a protective coating and depending on the wax you use, can add more aging and distressing.

Here are the pieces part way through:

-with a few coats of paint

-with a few coats of paint

-with a few coats of paint

-with a few coats of paint

Looking better already! Now for a pop of color!

A pop of color

A pop of color

And now the reveal:

All finished and waiting to be "dressed"

All finished and waiting to be “dressed”

What a transformation!

What a transformation!

Credenza Turned Awesome!

Credenza Turned Awesome!

I just love the color!

I just love the color!

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The pieces are so bright and give the room a light and airy feel. And by placing a basket underneath the credenza, all the cords from the electronic are neatly hidden away!

Looking back at their former selves, I am in awe of the transformation of these pieces. And the colors are simply stunning! Sadly, I do not have any info on the colors (except the Duck Egg Blue from Annie Sloan used on the top shelf of the bookcase). The bottom two shelves on the bookcase were made from mistints I had on hand (yes, I also hoard paint!) and the color on the cubby of the credenza was made by combining what was left of the two colors on the bookcase.

Next up on my painting list…the roll top desk and the buffet and hutch!

~Angie