Furniture Makeovers

My love for refinishing furniture really came out of a need for a new dining room table and a small budget. At the time, I had no idea how to re-do a piece of furniture or even where to find pieces that had potential. Enter Craigslist! I found a beautiful French Country table that cost all of $20!  I decided to paint the table, so I did some research and found “Miss Mustard Seed” . Her blog showed how to refinish furniture using a great product called Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. The process ended up being easier than I thought and the results were beautiful. I also took a page out of her book and refinished the top of the table with stain. I could not have been happier with the way it came out. A shoutout goes to “The Purple Painted Lady” who is an Annie Sloane stockist here in the Rochester N.Y area. I have purchased my paints there for over 10 years and they are terrific to work with!


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This is the table that started it all and it only cost $20. It was water stained and quite dated with a blonde finish.


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And this is how it came out. I just love the way the wood tones and graining is highlighted by the stain.

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This piece is a lesson on not to judge something before really looking it over.  This buffet was found at a garage sale. Everyone was passing it by because of some damage to the front drawer.  With closer inspection, I realized the front could be filled in with wood putty and painted over. I got the buffet at a great price and it remains one of my favorite pieces!


And this is the finished product!


I found this really sad looking table in an old barn. It had been used to store tools and as a result was covered with rust stains and the top was all marked up. Don’t laugh, but furniture sometimes speaks to me. This one was saying take a chance on me and bring me back to life!


The legs were so unique but some of the pieces had come off of the feet. Luckily the seller had the pieces and I was able to glue them back on.

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I couldn’t believe this was the same table! To think of the beauty that was hidden underneath all those old tools and the years of neglect. It makes me want to find more pieces and bring them back to life!


While driving one day, I saw a sign that said, “Furniture For Sale”. I followed the markers and it led me to a large warehouse looking building with an open door and no one inside. I went in and saw all kinds of stuff for sale and it was all on an a honor system. If you wanted to buy something, you put money in a lock box and you haul away your finds. It was chock full of your regular garage sale finds, old lamps, stereo systems, crockery, glassware, etc. But I started looking behind things, in nooks and crannies, and I found this piece. The price tag said it was five dollars! I called my husband and he met me there to load it up and take her home. I knew it would take a lot of work, but I was willing to try.  The veneer on the top was unrepairable. It had started to peel up and could not be glued down. I removed what was left of the veneer by using an iron and damp clothe. I stripped, stained and put on a protective coat and the tiger oak finish came back to life. These pictures show a little bit of what went into re-doing it and how she came out!


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Another amazing transformation!


dresser makeover with medallionI found this old dresser on Craig’s List. I really liked the lines and especially the unique legs.  The “medallion” trim on the front was missing in quite a few spots. I realized that I could take it all off and sand it down and get to smooth wood on the drawers. To give it a more contemporary look, I stained the beautiful wood drawers, replaced the handles and painted the body black. Loved the way it turned out!

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I am so excited to share that I have been selected to be a part of The Purple Painted Lady Festival 2019! You can expect to see a lot of furniture refinishing over the summer in preparation for the event in the fall. Matt and I will also be taking a road trip to find unique items to showcase we will be documenting the journey and sharing it with you right here!