8/25/2008

Fun with Furniture!


I am unequivocally obsessed with furniture. If I could have a job buying pieces at garage sales, flea markets and thrift shops and giving them cool makeovers, I'd be in heaven! It's a good thing we don't have a bigger house because I'm always looking. . .

I finally finished the makeover on the vintage pie safe that I started last month. If it had still had it's original milk paint finish I wouldn't have touched it, but it was ugly and de-valued in it's current condition, so I had to fix it.


It's now wearing a beautiful coat of dark chocolate and cream, with slightly distressed edges on the tin insets and matte black hardware. It will be our coat cabinet; our old house (1850's) is poverty stricken when it comes to storage. (The picture doesn't do it justice, the room it's in doesn't have great light)


I also did this sad bookshelf a favor. It was a cast-off from a friend's apartment and was sporting some nasty metallic teal paint.
I needed a shelf for the kitchen to keep Benji's home school supplies on as well as some play food and dishes for Ava, and this fit the bill.
I purchased a new copy of a vintage Golden Book called The Animal Fair for $1.00 from the Goodwill store and used the pages and some black paint to give this bookshelf a whole new attitude! Decoupage is a fun, inexpensive way to make an ordinary piece of furniture one-of-a-kind! Now to find some baskets and containers that fit on the shelves. . .

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7 readers took time to leave a thought:

Sara Kay August 25, 2008 at 2:27 PM  

Beautiful! I'm very impressed...

Kate August 25, 2008 at 8:06 PM  

Shelly...you are GENIUS. I LOVE both the pieces, but am SUPER impressed with the shelf. I can't wait to see it in real life! Does Thursday still work for you to play beauty parlor? Hope you haven't been tweezing! Don't worry, I haven't been trimming my mullet...it's ALL yours. :)

Charity August 25, 2008 at 9:43 PM  

Oooh, I really like the decoupage shelf. We have soooo many old Golden books that would work really well. Hmmm, now I just need to find a piece of furniture...

I love your style!

MerrandaVK August 25, 2008 at 10:33 PM  

OK - wow. Love the shelf you did. I am going to be emailing you about doing something like this soon!! My daughter will be getting her own room, soon here, and so I have a girly room to decorate! yay! (she and Justin are currently sharing). That shelf is So.So.Cool.

Oh, and I was just at the DOLLAR STORE today, and saw some cute colorful baskets, that were small and nice colors.. Just a thought :)

Tiffany August 26, 2008 at 12:00 AM  

Oh, I love it! I have some furniture that I am hoping to paint black sometime soon. This is encouraging. This is a great blog. I'll definitely be back!

Tiffany

Faith Hope Love Mama August 26, 2008 at 9:59 AM  

Love what you did with the furniture. Maybe you could keep buying and fix them up and sell them. A little side money wouldn't hurt. You really are talented. :)

An anything but quiet life... August 26, 2008 at 7:00 PM  

Oh so creative-the pieces look great!!!
Love the new blog template-very cheerful : )

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