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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Shabby Chic Green Coffee Table Restyle

Here is one of my latest furniture makeovers.

This gorgeous solid wood coffee table originally came to me with blue legs and a varnished light wood top. I painted the legs white a while ago, and the kids had been using the coffee table in the toy room so it had a few pen and texta marks on top.

So I gave it a few coats for shabby green chalk paint, then a sand to distress the edges and bring out some knots.

Plus a coat of clear varnish to really make it sparkle.

I'm not sure if the photos really capture the colour, but it is the most gorgeous vintage green and was a bargain for $3 on the mistint rack.

I wish this was a keeper, but it is too big for our cosy lounge room.  So now to find it a new home. :)  

x Julie

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My Ikea Sofa - New Cover and a Room Change!

This is how my Lounge Room usually looks ...

I have one white 3 seater Ikea Ektorp sofa, and one 2 seater black leather lounge.  I used to have a matching 3 seater black lounge, but replaced it with the Ektorp.  I have been on the lookout for another cheap white 2 seater Ektorp, but have not found one.

Yesterday I went to Ikea and bought a white cover for our brown Sandby Ikea Sofa which we have in our Sun Room/Toy Room. We originally got brown as I knew the kids would be eating on it, but I wanted a white cover now.

Then I had an idea.  Move the Sandby to the Lounge Room so I have 2 white sofas there, and move the Black Leather Sofa to the Toy Room.  (Please excuse the creases, I would usually have ironed the covers).

Ta da.  A cheap and easy solution. Plus we now have a bit more seating in the Lounge Room. 

:) Julie
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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Shabby Chic Little White Desk

This little desk was a roadside rescue.  

I know what you are thinking.  

How could anyone throw out this little cutie?

That was I was thinking while I eagerly loaded her up in the car.

When she came home with me she had 3 half coats of different coloured paints.  

But after 2 coats of white chalk paint and a good sand and clear wax, she is shabby and chic! :)


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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Duck Egg Blue Damask Parlour Chairs Restyled

I bought these chairs on an impulse at a garage sale and it wasn't long before I regretted it.  

On the drive home I noticed a dreadful doggy sort of smell so bad I had to wind my window down.  When I got home and unloaded the chairs I noticed all the dog hair underneath the chairs.  Seems these were Rover's chairs.  Add to this the nasty horrible brown and orange fabric and tacky brown paintwork and I just didn't see any hope for these chairs. So I put them out in the back yard to go out on rubbish day. They sat there for a few months and then one day I decided to remove the fabric from the seats and underneath, put them out in the sun and see if the smell dissipated.  Guess what, it did! 

What drew me to the chairs in the first place was the cane backs.  I love, love, love lattice on chairs. The previous owners had painted the chairs a horrible light brown plastic sort of paint that was pealing and looked like a lot of work to fix. But after a sand and a few coats of white chalk paint, the woodwork came up beautifully.  I did some distressing and I had the perfect French aged effect.

I picked a duck egg blue damask fabric and recovered each seat.

I also redid the jute webbing underneath each seat as it was quite old and falling apart. It was the first time I've done webbing and it really is quite easy.

So, from ugly ducklings to beautiful swans.  And, they are comfortable which is another bonus. Now if I could just find somewhere to put them in our house I can keep them. :) 

Who would have thought from this.... 

(Sorry, I removed the fabric already.)

to this...

Not me. :)

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