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The Magic of Spray Paint

Spray Painted Brass Bed

DIYing is painless these days… don’t you think? 


With the internet and new products it gets

easier and easier to create one of a kind looks inexpensively. 

We can have homes that speak our language while simply done on a budget


I am enjoying the magic of spray paint. 

It is easy, quick, affordable, and can change the look of an item instantly. 


Do you remember the vision for my son’s room that started here?

I wanted to purchase a Restoration Hardware bed,
but knew I could create a knock off instead.


Italian 50-Year-Wash Vintage Bedding Collection

Via Restoration Hardware


Then I saw this on Craigslist for a whopping $40.00


Craigslist Bed

and knew this heavy, old brass bed could be transformed

into the bed I envisioned for my son’s room.

Brass is creeping back into interiors and I am loving the look,

however for this room, I wanted an oil rubbed bronze finish.


Like magic, spray paint came to the rescue again.

I used Rust-Oleum Universal 

Spray Paint Brass Bed

Metallic Paint and Primer.

For your convenience I’ve inserted an affiliate link here.


I cleaned this bad boy really good

and placed it on a tarp to start the spray painting process.

Spray Painted Brass Bed

Immediately it transformed into this.

Brass Bed

You probably know by now that creating dimension

is really important to me when painting. 

I like layers and movement

I wanted a professional look and this spray paint

really gave the movement I was looking for.

Magic of Spray Paint

I love how it sparkles and creates a professional finish.

Here is a closeup…

Brass Bed Spray Painted

I used two coats to accomplish the task and achieve complete coverage.

It was really easy!

Brass Bed Spray Painted

There you have it!

Just like magic the brass bed was transformed into a Restoration Hardware Knockoff.


Pretty close, right?

Spray Painted Brass Bed

 The reveal of this room can be seen here.

It’s been done for a while now,

but I wanted to show you all of the DIY projects before the reveal.

Have you used spray paint on a bed frame?

If you haven’t, are you itching to try it now?




Every. Single. Moment.


One Of My Favorites

Annie Sloan Paris Gray

Today on Hometalk I posted one of my favorite projects. 

It has to be this…

Annie Sloan Paris Gray


I knew I had to have this piece the moment I saw it on Craigslist.

Craigslist Find

In it’s unfinished state I knew it could be something special. 

It’s almost as if it spoke to me

– it had me at “hello”. 


It was my first “Big” furniture makeover and it scared me,

but I was determined and dove right in.

French Wardrobe Makeover


I wasn’t going to let my big, huge “FEAR” step in the way.

I am so glad I said, “I can do this”!

French Wardrobe Redo


(Did I say… YOU can too!)?

It was actually easier than I thought.

French Armoire Makeover


Do you want to know how I did it so you can do it too?



Just a little investment of time and then YOU will have a masterpiece too!

French Wardrobe Makeover


Have I convinced you?

You CAN do it!

Here’s an open invitation

Open Wardrobe


to open your doors,

muster up some courage,

and give it a shot.

What do you have to lose?

Let’s gather our supplies and get the show on the road!

Annie Sloan – Paris Gray

Creamy – Sherwin Williams

Annie Sloan – Clear Wax

Sheet Music

Mod Podge

Paint supplies… Brushes, Tape, Tarps, Cleaning Supplies etc.

You can see my previous post about this piece by clicking here,

or follow this step by step guide.

(Since this was my first big piece, I do not have tutorial pic’s,

but I think you will get the gist).

  1. Prep, prep, prep.  This means clean, clean, clean.  We want the paint to adhere without any grease or grime.
  2. Paint with Annie Sloan – Paris Gray.  This is one of my favorite colors, and I am still in love with using Annie Sloan paints.  It is worth every penny indeed.  I decided on 2 coats for excellent coverage.
  3. Once dry, I used a dry brush technique with Sherwin Williams, Creamy.  I dry brush by taking a pretty worn brush and dabbing it in the paint.  Then use a paper towel or cloth to dab the paint off of the brush.  Then brush and wipe quickly with a scrunched up paper towel.  I know there are several clever ways of doing this online.  This is what I find works best for me.
  4. I also painted the hardware with Creamy, not too heavy.  I liked the original hardware color coming through.  This is up to you, go with your gut.  I know it will be beautiful.
  5. I painted the accents in Creamy and the inside of the wardrobe drawers as well.
  6. Mod Podge was used to adhere the sheet music to the inside of the shelves.
  7. Lastly Annie Sloan Clear wax was applied to the entire piece including hardware.*I did not sand any edges of the drawers etc., I felt it was nice left alone without any extreme distressing.*

I hope to see all of your cool projects!

Most importantly,


YOU can do it too!




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Worn Out Night Stands Given New Life

Night Stand

Have you ever had pieces of furniture you want to paint or update and never get around to it?  It just isn’t a priority?  Well, I have had these two side tables for years.  I purchased them from IKEA over 10 years ago with all intention of painting them.  We used them next to our king size bed and they were so dwarfed it was funny.  They accomplished their need as night stands, but my son has a smaller room and I wanted to move them in his room and get something a little more size appropriate for the master bedroom.

I still wasn’t loving the color of these tables.  Ikea Side Table

So, after 10 years I figured they deserved a little updating.

I am loving the two toned sun-washed oak paired with dark iron and hardware.  I am seeing this look everywhere – Ballard Designs, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, and the list goes on.  I thought I could accomplish this look with these tables.  It didn’t seem too difficult, and believe me, it wasn’t.  I shouldn’t have waited 10 long years.

Here is the transformation.

Night Stand


A little paint, stain, and elbow grease updated these boring tables into something a little easier on the eyes.

Dismantling the table was the only way to sand and stain the round discs properly.  I decided to sand the varnish instead of stripping and it was a really easy process. 

Once the discs were sanded I applied Rustoleum Varathane Stain in Sunbleached.

Stained Night Stand


I am a fan of this color, it gives you a nice washed look with a little grey/taupe coming through.

I wanted to make sure the stain would hold up for many years to come, so I followed with 3 coats of Polyurethane making sure to lightly sand between coats.

DIY Night Stand


The legs were painted with Annie Sloan, Graphite.  I thought this would be the perfect color for the Sunbleached stain, but also coordinate with other colors in the room.  I finished the legs with a coat of clear wax giving them a finished look.

I am happy with the end result.  I have always loved the three tiered look of the tables, but never loved the original color. 

Night Stand


Now they coordinate nicely in his room and have an updated look.

DIY Night Stand


My son’s room is almost ready to be revealed to you. 

There is a few more projects to go…

So far I shared these transformations and projects with you.

Refinishing a desk

A Renewed Desk.

Vintage Wall of Hooks

Wall of Hooks.

DIY Subway Art

Subway Art Wishes.

French Patina

Upholstered Chair with a Story to Tell.

DIY Wall Map

World Map Wall Art.

Now we have new night stands.

Staining Night Stand

It is coming together…

It’s all DIY, reupholstered, painted, and created to make a comfortable room

on a little budget.

I hope you have enjoyed sharing this journey with me.

I sure love having you!



What’s Underneath Your Upholstered Seat?

Chair With a Story

Have you ever sat down in a vintage or antique chair and wondered who owned it previously?  Where it came from?   What the owners were like?  This may be crazy, but I do that all of the time.  I want to know the history of a piece.  There have been times where I find a piece on Craigslist and the owner has a difficult time selling it because it belonged to a family member or loved one.  They sell it because it needs reupholstering or it has sat in a garage or storage unit for years.

This got me to thinking. 

Vintage/Antique furniture deserves to be reupholstered

– they’ve earned that right,

don’t you think? 

Yes, I know they are tattered with outdated fabric now, but they can be transformed into treasures that just need a fresh start. Antiques and vintage pieces tell a story.  To me, that is worth the extra effort it takes to reupholster a piece.

Most of the items in my home are hand me downs or vintage finds.  The hand me downs are my favorite because they have true meaning to me.  They remind me of loved ones passed and bring back memories of the times we had together.  I don’t have a lot of these pieces, but the items I have – I cherish.

Let me show you how I transformed my grandparent’s chair into a chair that has a story to tell.

Upholstered Chair

I have always loved the vintage furniture you see in Parisian Interiors.  They have a worn patina to them that is pretty difficult to recreate.  I have tried and can’t seem to find an exact way of making a piece look like it has natural patina.  I gave it my best shot here and am happy with the end result.

French Patina


I started with a can of old paint, it was thick and really should have been thinned or thrown away.  I decided to give it a try and use it with a very dry brush and rub the paint off as I went.  This was a look that evolved and truthfully it is very hard to tell you how I achieved it as it took me several attempts.  At one point I took off the paint and sanded it down to the bare wood and tried a dry brush technique again.  If it wasn’t the look I was going for, I would distress and dry brush again until I had a look I was happy with.  Finally, I was satisfied with the end result.

Once the painting was completed, it was time for reupholstering the chair.  When I took the upholstery off of the chair I was wishing there was something left behind the upholstery or in the crevices. 

Something from my grandparents that they didn’t know had fallen between the cracks. 

Unfortunately, there was nothing. 

This got me to thinking.  I needed to tell a story for the next person who would like to save the chair and reupholster it.  I want the next person to find an unexpected surprise underneath the upholstery and learn something about who owned the chair and where it came from…

a chair with a story to tell.

That’s when I grabbed a Sharpie pen and got to writing.

A chair Story


I wrote my grandparent’s story on the cardboard inside the back of the chair.  This included their history, what I loved about them and a little about who I am too.


Reupholstering a Chair

I also added the date.

Then it was time to cover up the message.  I started with the back of the chair adding burlap.

Upholstered Chair

Then I used drop cloth to upholster the remainder of the chair.  

Chair With a Story

Instead of purchasing welting, I made mine and decided to go with a

flat welt as you see here.

Flat Chair Welting

I am glad I held on to this chair. 

Chair Uphostery

It has seen storage units, garages, and almost got thrown away.  Now it is a chair with memories attached and a story to tell.  It’s updated for our interior and now we can treasure it for many more years to come.


What’s underneath your upholstered seat?

You’re a little curious, aren’t you?

Do you have a piece of furniture that needs to tell a story?

I am glad you stopped by today.

Thank you for continuing to let me share all of my stories with you!