Christmas Tea Light Candle Holders

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Hello! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest blog post. This is a quick an easy DIY for Christmas — yes, it does involve a little work with power tools and paint but it’s super easy and super fun!

For this project, I used my three favorites from Ryobi. I like to call these my trio. I use these three tools in combo for most of my DIYs and would be lost without them!

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15 Amp 12 in. Sliding Miter Saw with Laser

ONE+ 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Hammer Drill Kit

18-Volt ONE+ 1/4 Sheet Sander

In fact, I would like to take this terrific trio and make is a quartet LOL These three could really use an air nailer on their team! 😉 Christmas is coming…

Anyway, back to the project. I had these scrap pieces of 4×4 kicking around from when we redid our fence this past summer.

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I thought it would be great to chop these down and make them into candle holders!

I used my sliding miter saw to cut them into three uneven heights.

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Then, to smooth up the edges, I used my palm sander.

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Once that was done, it was time to paint!

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I used this really cool paint from DecoArt called Vintage Effect Wash. I love this stuff, it’s almost like a stain. It lets the grain of the wood show through.

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Isn’t that super pretty?

I wanted to do each candle holder different so I painted the smaller one an off-white color and then went on top of it with my favorite — Grey Wax from Country Chic Paint.

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I also jazzed this one up with a little bit of decor that I got from Dollar Tree.

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I painted the tallest one the same red from DecoArt (Vintage Effect Wash in Red) but this time I did something a little different.

I used painter’s tape and I taped it off like this:

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After I had the painter’s tape on, I went over it with Country Chic Paint in Sunday Tea.

You can watch how this is done in the live broadcast that I did on our store’s page, Gracie’s Place.

I got cut off during my live so the rest of the video continues here:

 

To make the tea lights sit nicely in the top of the wood, I used a spade bit with my Robi drill to hollow out a hole in the top of the wood. If you use a 1.5″ spade drill bit a standard tea light will fit in the hole.

The end result?

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What do you guys think? Pretty, right?

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Bench Makeover With County Chic Paint

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Well, hello friends! I have another amazing furniture makeover to share with you!

I can’t take credit for this one, though. This beautiful project was done by my sister, Roni. She wanted to get in on the fun and see what this Country Chic Paint was all about. Plus, she has this bench in her home that she has wanted to makeover for a long time.

This bench was made by our Great Uncle Jim and given to our mother. It was an house fire and my uncle restored it. It’s a gorgeous bench but just didn’t suit my sister’s style.

I convinced her to try painting it and I love how it turned out and so does my sister.

This is the bench before:

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There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this bench, just didn’t suit my sister’s style.

To makeover her this bench, my sister chose Enchanted from the Limited Edition colors from Country Chic Paint.

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Before beginning to paint the bench needed to be sanded down. This bench was coated with a very thick coat of some sort of polyurethane sealer. It gave the bench a very shiny finish and that definitely needed to come off before painting.

It all came off with a little elbow grease and with the help of a palm sander.

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The bench was given a good wipe down and then it was time to start painting!

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The bench was given two full coats of paint.

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My sister didn’t really care for the full painted look, so she took a piece of sandpaper and ruffed it up a little bit.

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Without further ado… here is the bench now.

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And of course, a new bench wouldn’t be complete without someone to test it out!

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That is my sister’s dog, Faith. She is always great if you’re looking for a model.

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What do you think about this makeover? Leave me a comment below and let me know!

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If you love this bench, don’t be afraid to pin it to your Pinterest boards!

Keep on makin' stuff!

My Bathroom Vanity Makeover

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Hey, friends! So this past weekend was a HOT one! And here I thought it was supposed to be fall — oh, well. At least I got to get outside and do something that I have been dying to do for a long time!

I was able to paint my bathroom vanity this weekend!

Check out this builder basic bathroom vanity

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I picked the gorgeous shade from Country Chic Paint called Sunday Tea.

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I also used Hemp Oil as a sealer, but we’ll get more into that later.

Before painting my vanity, I took everything off that could come off.

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It’s much easier to paint furniture when you take it apart.

I took the cabinet doors and drawers outside to paint them, since it was such a lovely day.

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I did two coats of paint.

I let the paint dry for a couple of hours and then I applied a layer of Hemp Oil.

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This stuff is fantastic! I love the smell and it provides a nice smooth finish over the paint.

It’s all natural and all you have to do is brush it on your piece and allow to dry for 12 hours, then use a lint-free cloth to remove any excess oil.

Before we get to the reveal pics, take a look at what I did for drawer pulls.

I found these guys by the side of the road. Someone had tossed them out in a bag on garbage day.

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They needed a modern makeover, though — I gave them a blast of paint with some Rustoleum PAINTER’S TOUCH Ultra Cover Paint in Flat Black.

I also shared a neat little tip through video on my Facebook page, click here to check that out!

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Then all that was left was to put everything back together!

And voila….

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A lot better, right?

If you have a bathroom vanity in your home that could use a little TLC, I would check out the gorgeous colours from Country Chic Paint!

If you love this makeover, be sure and pin it to your Pinterest boards!

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Keep on makin' stuff!

 

My Fireplace Makeover That Cost Me Next To Nothing

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So, I’m pleased to say that we have been making great headway on the house! With every nice weekend we get, we get a ton of stuff done.

There’s just something about nice weather that inspires you to get up off your hiney and get stuff done!

This week, I was able to finally tackle our fireplace — ahhh, that just sounds so wonderful, “our” fireplace.

When we were looking for a home, one thing that I was hoping for but wasn’t an absolute was a fireplace and our home has a great one — that is of course, after I got my hands on it!

Take a look at the beast before…

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I mean not the worst thing in the world, but definitely could use a little TLC!

I have always wanted a white fireplace so I got to work painting the brick.

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If you have never painted brick before, you’re lucky.

It’s not easy and it really hurts your hand. I suggest using a paint brush that you don’t care if it gets ruined because it helps if you dab the brick to fill in all the little crevices.

So even though my hand felt like it was going to fall off, I just kept painting away.

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It was about here that I thought I had done soooo much and then I stepped back to snap a pic and was like… “really??? that’s it??”

I thought that maybe I would just do the top half of the fireplace and finish the rest another day, but once I started I just wanted to see it finished so I kept on truckin’!!

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If I never have to paint another set of bricks in my life, I will be ok. LOL

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OH! I almost forgot to tell you? Do you know what type of paint I used?

Just a regular old tub of white flat primer paint. Yup. That’s it!

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I had the primer left over from when we had to prime the walls back that we painted before we moved out of our rental townhouse. It was one of the stipulations if you chose to paint their walls. So we just bought this big bucket and I barely used any of it, so I thought why not use it here!?

It worked great.

I’m not concerned about the heat from the fireplace since we can’t actually use our fireplace due to insurance reasons… bummer, right? But the insurance cost would be just too high.

For the base of the fireplace I wanted something that would stand out a bit so I used this greeny-grey color.

Again, more left over paint that I just had kickin’ around.

Once all the paint had dried, I couldn’t wait to decorate!!

Lucky for me the weekend that I finished was spring cleaning day in Thamesford!!! You know what that means — free junk by the side of the road fa la la la la la la!!!

(Yes, this day is like Christmas to me)

My mother and I did three full car loads and her SUV is huge! I scored so many cool things! I can’t believe the stuff that people throw away.

I made a gorgeous clock for my mantle — I made it out of an old table top.

Take a look at this!

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I painted it with the same paint that I used for the base of the fireplace.

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Next I cut out some roman numerals using my Cricut.

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To make sure I apply my vinyl straight I use contact paper from Dollar Tree. This is a super easy technique and the contact paper is super cheap!

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Place the contact paper over your cut vinyl and then use a flat scrapper to smooth out any air bubbles.

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Once you have all the air bubbles removed, pull up the contact paper and your vinyl will be stuck to it.

Lay it on your surface, and then use your scrapper again to smooth out any air bubbles. Peel up the contact paper and your vinyl will remain on your project.

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To make sure I had them evenly spaced, I laid them all out before actually sticking the numbers down.

Ok, back to the fireplace because I am sure you all want to see it!!

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What do you think?

I’m pretty proud of this baby!

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I love that the majority of the decor accents were either found by the side of the road or scored super cheap at a garage sale!

I scored that wicker basket for 75 cents and I added the tiny wreath. I just whipped it up with random artificial stems we had kickin’ around.

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These hand crafted wooden blocks I scored for $5 for all three at a garage sale! They are soooo unique, I love them!

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This fireplace makeover is the perfect example of how you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get a great look! Just work with what you got and keep hunting for great bargains or freebies — ie: junk by the side of the road LOL

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If you love my makeover, feel free to share it with your friends!

Keep this look for later by pinning this image to your design boards, too!

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If you have any questions, fire away in the comments below!!

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Time For A Table Makeover

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Happy Sunday, everyone!! I am so excited to share this table makeover with you! This makeover has quite the little backstory.

So as you know, if you keep up with my blog, we recently bought our first home. In our rental, we had this little breakfast area where our pub height table fit perfectly.

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I have wanted to makeover this table for awhile now, but didn’t want to until we bought a house and even knew if we were going to keep it.

When we bought our home, I was elated to find out that there was indeed a spot to put our pub height table! In preparation and anxiously waiting to move, I started making over the chairs.

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I wanted a fresh new look for these old worn out chairs, so I painted them with Lazy Linen from Country Chic Paint.

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I dismantled the seats so that I could get to all angles of the chair.

 

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I know you have heard me talk about this stuff before, but I am going to show you again because I just love it so much!

I went over the edges of the chairs with Grey Wax — also from Country Chic Paint. This stuff is so easy to use! You might remember seeing me use it on my Makeup Vanity Makeover. 

My mother helped me pick out the new fabric for my chairs and at first I was a little hesitant because I normally don’t like yellow, but there’s just something about this fabric that I love.

 

Take a look at the finished chairs!

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Lovely, right?

Now, I didn’t have time to make over the table before we moved and I am so glad that I didn’t!

Lo and behold, we moved in, I moved the table into the space and it was just way too big!

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The table is 40″ x 40″ … just a bit to square and bulky for this slender space. So, I thought for a minute, “What are my options, here?”

Well, I thought I could get rid of the table, sell the chairs and start from scratch with a new table and chairs that fit the space.  I could try and find a junky smaller table to makeover, or I could just live with it just being bulky… not a great option.

Then, genius struck. I love this table AND I LOVE MY NEW CHAIRS… all I need is for this table to be 10″ smaller!

And I was determined to make that happen!

With the help of my hubby and father in law, we took 10 inches right out of the middle. These seemed like a bit of a daunting task, but it was actually quite easy!

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We found the middle of the table which was the 20″ mark, and then measure 5″ on each side and ran the table through the table saw at the 5″ marks we made.

Perfect! 10″ take right out of the middle!

The table edge was a little higher than the saw blade, but my father in law finished off the cut with a hand saw.

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This is our “new” table sans 10″!

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Now we just had to put it back together! I bought these four mending plates.

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Pretty easy to do! Just screw them on down the middle of the table.

There’s one thing that’s always great when you work on something with my father in law. First off, I think he has every tool known to man kind, also, he always shares some great and handy tips!

Like this little tool for instance… I am sure for those that dabble in this kind of work, this is a pretty basic tool, but I had no idea something like this existed.

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Basically, before you are going to screw in your screw, you mark your hole with this thing. My father in law had a name for it and for the life of me, I can’t remember what he said.

Anyway, you put the plate down, put this poker thing in the hole and give it a couple taps with a hammer.

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It pretty much starts the hole for the screw and to ease the screw going in. It also helps to prevent slipping.

A great little tool and another handy tip from my father in law!

So we plated the table back together.

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When we flipped it back over, the table was a little wobbly so we added two more plates to the sides.

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This added more stability to where the cut is.

I did a bit of sanding on the top of the table, because we have had it for sometime and it needed a bit of a buff.

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Painted the top of the table with the same Lazy Linen from Country Chic Paint.

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I did something a little different here, though. Because I wanted the top to still look like wood, I didn’t do a “full” coat. I left a bit of the wood exposed underneath the paint.

Then I went completely over the paint with the grey wax.

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Pretty cool, eh?

Want to see the finished product!?

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Let’s take a close up look

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I’m still not done putting my whole kitchen look together, but as soon as it is, you’ll all be the first to see!

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Let me know what you think about this table makeover by commenting below!

If you love it and want to save it make sure you Pin it!

Here is a great image for you to add to you Pinterest board

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Til’ next time!!

Keep on makin' stuff!

 

Front Porch Makeover

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As we start to get into the swing of things in regards to being homeowners, there is one job that I have wanted to tackle ever since moving day — the front door.

Our front door isn’t the worst door in the world, but let’s just say it’s no Craftsman style which is my dream front door but just so happens to cost around 2 grand — and that’s for the base model. 🙁 Maybe one day, I will have that door, but that day is not today… or tomorrow, well you get the idea.

Our front door is what you would call builder basic and pretty much EVERYWHERE. It is like the standard door around my city. It’s on almost every other house. The problem with ours is that it was (was being the key word here) white. I wanted a bright pop of color for our front door.

That’s exactly what I got!

I ventured far outside of my comfort zone with this one… really far. This is not something that I thought I would like but it turns out I love it!

Let’s talk paint… I went with Curb Appeal from DecoArt. I have used this paint before and it’s amazing. I used it for my Grandma’s door (I will be posting that one soon!) and the color was so vivid and it has held up really well.

For my door, I went with Cottage Moss.

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This was my door before.

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Notice the poor little 94 on the side on the brick… don’t worry I have a solution for that!

First things first, I started by taping off the door handle, lock and semi-circle window (which I later painted anyway because I didn’t like the trim left white)

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Oh, and I removed the wizard knocker. My husband liked it but it kind of creeped me out.

This is one coat of the Curb Appeal

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That’s pretty good for a first coat.

Second coat done.

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And that’s all she needs! This paint comes in a 16oz container and I only used half of it. 2 full coats and I still have a  ton of the paint left! That’s pretty good!

My freshly painted door looked great! My mailbox not so much…

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I mean it’s alright, but I have this thing about brass fixtures… and by “thing”, I mean I hate them.

So… time for a little mailbox makeover!

I got this Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint from Home Depot. I love this stuff.

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You can use this on metal, plastic, wood — it works great!

First things first, I had to lightly go over the mailbox with a bit of 100 grit sandpaper. This is just to ensure that the spray paint would get the best coverage.

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Then I did two light coats of spray paint. Remember, when you are working with spray paint, light and even coats are the way to go.

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While the paint was drying, I headed down to my craft room to make a stencil with my Cricut.

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I used the negative cut as a stencil to number my mailbox.

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I wanted to make sure the numbers would really pop and be visible from the road so I went with a nice vivid white paint.

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As you can see, you can still see the Oil Rubbed Bronze a bit so I did two coats of the white paint.

Once the white paint had dried, I removed my stencil and then I sealed the white paint with a clear coat spray.

And….

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Like I said, this color is totally out of my comfort zone, but I ended up totally falling in love!!

You never know until you try, right?

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Let me know what you think by commenting below!

If you love this color, make sure you pin this for later!

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Makeup Vanity Makeover with Country Chic Paint

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Hi, friends!! I am soooo happy to share my newest DIY with you all! This is one of my favorite projects to date! This project was so easy to do and all because I was working with some pretty amazing paint! It is no secret that Country Chic Paint is among my favorites and once you see this makeover, you will understand why! 🙂

So let’s dig right in!

Take a look at this vanity before I got my hands on it.

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I picked up this little gem at my new favorite Antiques Market.

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It was a little rough, but I knew with a lot of elbow grease and some amazing paint, I could bring this piece up to date.

I also found a great little chair at the market to fit with my vanity.

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The vanity was $40 and the chair was $19. I was very pleased with these prices, as I have been searching for a vanity for a while now and with the rise of DIYers, people seem to be upping the prices for old furniture.

Ok, let’s get into the good stuff!

The top layer of wood was peeling off really bad, so I decided to chip away at it and remove it.

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This proved to be a harder task than I initially thought. The glue was still pretty stong in some spots.

I used a chisel and as well a palm sander and within a couple of hours, I had it all off.

Underneath the top layer of wood, the remaining wood was in really great shape!

Once I sanded everything down, it was time to start painting — my favorite part!

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For this project, I wanted a paint that I know and trust — also, a paint that I know will hold up over time. Country Chic Paint was a great choice for this project and the color I chose was Elegance. It is what I like to call the most elegant shade of blueish- grey. I love blue and grey and this shade is a perfect mix.

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I painted the entire vanity and the drawer fronts and let this dry for 12 hours. I only needed one coat 😀

After the paint had dried, I went over some of the edges and a little bit on the top with Country Chic Grey Wax.

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I wanted to give the vanity a bit of definition. I am not a fan of the flat paint look.

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Just look how great this Grey Wax looks of the edges of the feet.

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I gave the wax 12 hours before applying the Tough Coat from Country Chic Paint. This is the most durable sealer that I have ever worked with. It is amazing. It seals furniture and leaves a smooth, durable finish.

I picked up these chic knobs at the market, too. Love them!
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This vanity didn’t have any drawer pulls, so I had to make my own holes. This is super easy to do. Just measure to find the center and middle of the drawer front.

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Then drill a hole using a drill bit that matches the width of your drawer pull screw.

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This is a close up on the chair seat. I wasn’t fond of it at all, so I decided to refinish it with some chic fabric.

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I also gave the wire frame of the chair a much needed face lift with a coat of new spray paint.

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I am sooooo in love with my new vanity!!!

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What do you think?

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I love that there are plenty of drawers for storage. This piece is everything that I was looking for and I am glad that I got to put my own touch on it.

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I got all the drawer pulls from the same Antique Market where I got the vanity and the chair. It is my new favorite place!

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Til’ next time!

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