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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A Little Paint Goes a LONG Way!

So I had the urge to paint...just not a BIG enough urge to do my walls...
Diane over at A Picture is worth a 1,000 Words is our host today...She calls her party 2nd Time Around Tuesday...and it is meant for us to feature our thrifted, second hand or re-done items!
I am also joining in on the Three or More Tuesday meme over at the Gypsy's Corner...I think Tam will let me get away with it as I have three or more projects I am sharing with you all today!
I am sharing a few little projects that I have been working on for a few days, in between all the other things I have on the go.
I shared this cabinet a few times...it is in the sunroom. It gets made over on the inside on a regular basis. Remember that I told you all that I found it in the alley behind our house a few years ago? I made the doors and shelves, and gave it this paint finish. It is one of my favorite pieces in the house...but...it needed to be fixed up a little. So...I whipped out a rag and a can of stain...and went to town refreshing the bones of this old girl. I also had to re-glue one of the curtain rod holders that I used as door handles...as I knocked it off...lol
A few short hours later...she still looks a little worn, but much much warmer! I also later removed the huge key and opted for some cute pictures on the side...(which I will share at a later date)
I like the darker tone a little better...I think the sun faded the old finish..so it was time to "re-dress" the old girl. (so to speak) Do you see my second project in this photo?
Yep! You guessed it...I made a tea cup lamp inspired by my Mom-Gloria. She shared the how to a while ago...so I made this one...and 7 others! (Christmas is coming you know...they make wonderful gifts)
There are two of these little side tables in my house. I got them at a yard sale about 3 years ago. They were stark white and had that detail of wallpaper in the drawers. I added a little burnt umber paint to them in a wash to soften the harsh white color and that is how they stayed...until today...
Paper gone...see the original white???
A few coats of black paint and there you have it! One is in the kitchen in a corner vignette...
The other (for now) is in my bedroom. I sprayed the tiny handles chocolate brown. The only thing I would have done differently is not used eggshell paint. It has a little sheen...and I used it so that they were washable (I have kids ya know) I wish it were not so shiny...but such is life.
another view...see the little speck in the corner of the drawer? that is not a missed spot...that is a sheen!!! grrrr. I suppose there is always another paintbrush loaded with mat finish...lol
And finally....this is another table I got at the same garage sale. It also was stark white...and the paper was on it. I had darkened this one a little too....
Just look at it now!!! I love the black with the brown knobs! (ha ha...you can see the towels inside through the space in the drawers!- I never noticed that until now! )The black gives these small tables some weight ...and adds a little more versatility to where they can go in my house... OH-and for the record...the amount of time it took me to paint the three little tables....I could have done an entire room!!! lol...so much for a little urge...
Well...that's it for me today...another grossly busy week is ahead...I am doing my level best to get around and read you all...be patient...I will eventually get there! Now...for a look at lots of other participants...and a load of inspiration...head over to Diane's and Tam's to see who else is playing today!

50 comments:

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You did a great job on all of them. I have used the black satin before and has to much sheen also.
Thanks for stopping by I had put the dollhouse together long before my Granddaughter arrived in the world. I passed it on to her when I bought another one and ran out of room.
Have a great evening.
Glenda

Love the Decor! said...

Beautiful projects!!
Don't forget to hop over and get signed up for my giveaway. I am picking a winner in the morning

Kammy said...

Hi Tootsie !
I am loving all your re-do's ! Love that stain and you know how I love a black piece of furniture !
Those teacup lights are adorable - I might have to visit your "mom's" blog soon !
Kammy

Shelia said...

Oh, Tootsie! Yoy have been so busy! I love all your projects! Your cabinet in the sunroom looks so beautiful and I love have you've dressed it!
Those little tables look so classy painted black. You may not like the sheen, but I think it looks so nice. Love the one in your bedroom with the tea set on it. Now come on down to Texas and help me! ;)
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Deborah said...

You sure do nice work! Beautiful to be precise! I love your decorating also!
Happy Tuesday!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Oh my I am feeling so lazy here Tootsie!! Just look at all you have accomplished!! Wow girl could you mail me some of your energy!!!!??? I am running on an empty tank lately with my fibromylgia- darn it!

I do love what you have done with all your furniture ! And you made how many lamps??????????? I am crawling off to bed now you made me exhausted just thinking of all your wonderful redos!

Love ya!

blessings
mary

Alice Grace said...

Great makeovers! You had great luck finding those pieces for your home! They look great after you redid them!

Evelyn Howard said...

WOW - that's really really great makeover. I love the dresser - I like the warmer darker look too!
I've never see a tea cup lamp - clever!! Great furniture makeovers.

I love the little borwn suitcases too.

Fantastic post!

linda may said...

That's really cool Tootsie. Puts my poor old efforts at reno to shame. I like the idea that you keep re using the same favorite pieces over again. Hubby and I are at present working on an old table that was left at the last house we rented. It is quite sturdy but needs refinishing. I did a furniture restoration course years ago and am trying to remember how to do all that stuff again. It is an old teachers desk I think. Will take pics when we are finished.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Tootsie, you have really been so busy, I can't believe it. Your hutch that you darkened is just stunning. What a fabulous piece and the two little round cabinets are so pretty as well as the last one. I really like the black with a little sheen myself, so just enjoy. You did a fabulous job. Hugs, Marty

onlymehere said...

EVery single thing looks fantastic! I really like the darker brown tones on the cabinet in the sun room. Do you want to fly on down and do your paint magic in my house, lol? I could use a Tootsie around here!

Sigrun said...

And here I was thinking about going to buy NEW furniture!

Renee said...

Wow, you have been busy! All your projects look really great. I just love the shape of those side tables.

xinex said...

Hi Tootsie! I like how all your furniture turned out. Good job! You've got lots of talents, girl, and it is not limited to gardening...Christine

Dirt Princess said...

I just love black furniture! It always looks great

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Tootsie,
You have been very busy making some very nice makeovers to the sweet little treasures that you have. Love the teacup lamp and the black little dressers.
Take care.
Warmly,
Deb :)

D said...

Great job, Tootsie. It's amazing the difference a little paint can make.
Love your new pic, too. :)

D

CiNdEe said...

Holy Cow!! You have been a busy one! I love the make overs!!!I really love the black ones! I just love how the black furniture looks.(-: Great job!!!

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

You did a great job on all of these! Love the big key on the side of the first cabinet! How neat! Love the black on the cabinets! Really updated and grounded them! And your vignettes you've created on all these pieces are fabulous! I enjoyed viewing them as well! ~hugs, Rhonda

Tardevil said...

Seriously, is Gloria your real mom? I have never put that together from reading both of your blogs. I LOVE HER! She is the sweetest thing! I can't imagine why anyone would throw out that chest. It looks so much nicer with the darker stains, as does the other pieces w/ the black. Love that lamp project too. Going to e-mail my friend that owns an antique store a link to it. It's a great idea.

Tardevil said...

BTW, forgot to say that those suitcases are gorgeous!

Tardevil said...

Thanks for letting me know. I saw your comments on her last post, so I was convinced she was. ;) Alot of us love Gloria! I have/had a "blogging mom" too, Bo @ Blinks & Winks from Brown Eyes, but she has given up blogging & I miss her. We still keep in touch, though.

NM said...

Wow, you have been very busy! I am really impressed with that teacup lamp. What a fantastic idea.
Best wishes, NM.

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Fantastic job & I LOVE the sheen! I was so busy drooling over each piece that I have a bunch of wiping up to do now!

I have a few pieces that need a makeover but I know they'll take forever to do... I'm dragging my feet again.....

Sue said...

Oh Tootsie-I HAVE to show this post to Don.....we picked up a pretty table at a thrift sale THREE summers ago.....it is STILL sitting in his shop awaiting a coat of black paint for my living room. Sigh. Perhaps I need YOU around here to get things in gear!!
Your projects look wonderful-you are so talented!

Nutty Gnome said...

Crikey but you've been busy!!! They all look great - but I can't believe that you've got the very thing I've been looking for for about a year! Those two white side tables would have been PERFECT for my spare room! Next time you get bored of them,can you ship them over to me please ?! :)

That cup lamp would be perfect for a Christmas present for First-Born, so I'm off to find out how to do it.......... back later!

Maggie B said...

Hi Tootsie,
How talented you are, the tea cup lamp is wonderful and the 2 small side tables look great now.
Maggie

Darla said...

looks good Tootsie, I've been adding black here and there since summer, it's a different look for sure!!

Tracy said...

Tootsie, you did a great job. They all are beautiful. Isn't it amazing what a little paint and a lot of talent (in your case) will do?
Have a great day!
Tracy

Queenmothermamaw said...

Love the darker stain. Both of those pieces like great. I used to do a lot of that now I have a daughter that I am helping get her apartment fixed up. I can't get her moving. I think I will just get some tables and take them in. She is depressed, just going through a Divorce. Hard.
QMM

The Japanese Redneck said...

Love what you've done. All the projects turned out beautiful. I like the shiny black.

squawmama said...

WOW Tootsie what a beautiful job you did transforming these cute little tables and all... They look great! Have a great week and try to relax when you can...

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I love the make-overs! I especially love that last little multi-drawer cabinet. GIVE IT TO ME!!

No? Oh -- okay! Enjoy it!

Bonnie said...

I really love what you did with those tables. The black with the brown is gorgeous.

Blondie's Journal said...

Tootsie~~

I love what you did with the cabinet. It looks so much better darker stained. All of your pretty pieces on it look so cute.

The 2nd table is awesome. I am always afraid to use black and then I see something like this...

Love all of your projects. You have been a busy gal!

Happy Three Or More Tuesday and have a great week! :-)

xoxo
Jane

Ima Weed said...

Every thing looks marvelous. Every decor can benefit from a touch of black and you're right, it can be moved to different rooms and always looks great.

Betty said...

Wow! Starting with the first piece, I love it darker. All your pieces look great with their new look.
When are you going to take me garage saling? The only thing I seem to see along the road and such are old microwaves. While my son was in college his friends loved it but enough now, he is out of college.
Have a great week.

Momof3 said...

One word is all I need: Gorgeous! You did a great-no better than great-job on all your little projects.

raxx a day in the life said...

Fantastic makeovers Tootsie! They looked good before but you took them up a notch!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Tootsie,
Your makeovers are fabulous! You have really been busy!!

Thanks so much for linking to 2nd Time Around!
:) Diane

Erin said...

Oh my gosh, Tootsie, they all look fabulous. I LOVE that you painted all that stuff black...it looks so sophisticated. You did good, my friend.

artis1111 said...

I have days that I just have to paint something too! hehe LOL Kathy

Room to Inspire said...

Everything looks great. You have been busy and it has paid off! I love the pieces painted black - fabulous.

Chelsea

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Well, that was an understatement - a little paint goes a long way! You transformed a lot of furniture. You have been a busy girl, and it's all paid off. Everything looks so pretty, and I love your tea cup lamp. What a great Christmas gift they will make. I need to try to make some of those. laurie

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Tootsie! What great makeovers!! All three turned out beautiful! I like the amoire a little darker too, the stain gave it a whole new look. Wonderful job!!! Kristen

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Wish I was a brave with the paint as you are. All of your projects turned out great!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi!
Oh my! What great redos! All of them look fantastic! I love the new warmth of the hutch!

Really nice makeovers!

Mimi said...

Your little stands came out wonderful. I ♥♥♥ your sunroom cabinet, just gorgeous!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Gorgeous projects, Tootsie!

I'm going to have to try making one of those cute teacup lamps! Love 'em!

Lucie LeBlanc Consentino said...

To say that you have a green thumb would be an understatement.. you have a VERY ultra green thumb. I thought I did a good job on our property - yours is exquisite in every way! Thanks for sharing...