faux sofa table, home decor, living room ideas, painted furniture, woodworking projects

Faux Sofa Table

I made this about a year ago and simple love it! SO EASY! and CHEAP!
Used L brackets at the top. Note I had to add wood at the bottom as a brace to stop it wobbling. I also cut a notch a the bottom for the baseboard so the table could be flush with the wall. I get so many compliments on this simple project

painting dining room furniture, dining room ideas, home decor, lighting, painted furniture, After

Painting Dining Room Furniture

It is amazing what paint can do! When no one wanted to buy my dining room set for anything close to it's value, I decided I had nothing to lose by painting it. I wasn't really the look I had planned when I was going to update the room but regardless, I am thrilled with the outcome. Funnily, now I could probably sell it!

diy picture gallery shelves, home decor, shelving ideas, wall decor

DIY Picture Gallery Shelves

My husband helped me with this one just because putting it together and putting it up was a two person job. We absolutely love these shelves because we can change it easily ... no leveling and minimal nail holes. It is really great for a long lonely hallway. We followed the plans from Tidbits From the Tremaynes ( http://manditremayne.blogspot.ca/2012/07/olive-it.html )

desk chair makeover with upholstery and paint, painted furniture, reupholster

Updated Desk Chair With Upholstery and Paint

I recently updated a very cute secretary desk for a client. (http://nicerthannew.com/updated-vintage-secretary-desk) It came with a very nice caned back desk chair but it too was very dark wood with an outdated gold velour upholstered seat. I did a colour mock up if the desk in Photoshop to show her how it might look in different colours and she chose a nice grey.
For the chair, I found some very classic and pretty fabric to cover the seat to create a lighter look to match the updated desk.
The client was thrilled with the result.
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using rust inhibitor paint on wood, painted furniture, woodworking projects, Tremclad and a brush worked BETTER THAN SPRAY and without the mess

Using Rust Inhibitor Paint on Wood

My friend asked me to update an ornate gold mirror and make it silver. I don't have an indoor space to spray paint it and it was too cold to do it outside so I checked out metallic paints at Home Depot. I spotted the small cans of TremClad paint for metal and for less than $5 I decided to give Aluminum it a try.
I am so happy I did! It covered beautifully in one coat! I can't wait to try it on some other things.

mid century makeover for 1 50, chalk paint, painted furniture, After coating it with 3 coats of non yellowing varathane I decided I was in love

Mid-Century Makeover for $1.50

This slightly damaged side table was part of a lot of tables I picked up at an auction for $6. So I figure this cost me $1.50. All the paint etc I already had so all I added was my time and elbow grease.
The veneer on one drawer was damaged so I fixed it with wood filler. Then I sanded the rest and to my amazement, the walnut finish was GORGEOUS! I used my favourite walnut stain on the top and sides. I mixed up some homemade chalk paint for the drawers. I used "champagne" spray paint to clean up the brass legs and hardware.
Can you believe how gorgeous this is? I have it for sale but I am tempted to keep it. I am loving mid-century pieces these days.

mid century step tables geometric mid century redo idea, painted furniture

Mid Century Step Tables Get a Geometric Mid Century Update!

I picked up two Mid Century Modern (MCM) step tables for next to nothing. I loved the sleek lines of the levels and the legs and decided to give them a fun MCM style update. I searched the web and of course Pinterest for inspiration. There are so many fun designs from that era. I was considering the atomic look, with some Sputnik looking stars but then I found my inspiration in a fum multi level plant stand.
Be sure to visit my blog post to see what I did.
http://www.nicerthannew.com/2014/11/geometric-mcm-step-tables

french graphic table, chalk paint, painted furniture

French Graphic Table

With this table, I used homemade chalk paint, Mod Podge and a French label graphic I downloaded from Karen - The Graphics Fairy . The table had delicate features and a nice piecrust top. The Mod Podge method of image transfer is quite easy and can have a super impact. I used home made chalk paint and lightly distressed it before applying a non yellowing poly urathane.
Gorgeous outcome

mission colour, dining room ideas, foyer, home decor, painted furniture, A mini buffet used in the foyer

Mission: COLOUR!

I love my home but in most of our renovations and updates, we have played it save with a neutral palette. In addition the floor in our foyer and kitchen, is not to my taste. However, it would cost a small fortune to replace, not to mention the upheaval. So for the past 20 years, we decorate around the floor colours and we are very happy with the palette. However, we now have a very ivory, gold, beige, brown palette. Since my daring update to my dining room a couple of years ago, I am much braver now and I actually CRAVE new colours.
So 2014 is the year of colour at our house. I began last week, in our foyer by painting a re-purposed dining room piece that is a catch-all table by our front door.
A vibrant oil painting in the same area was my source of colour inspiration.
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stepping up a step table, chalk paint, painted furniture, I think these tables should make a comeback

Stepping Up a Step Table

These "step tables" or "telephone tables" were so popular back in the 60s. And like so much of the furniture from that era, this one was very solidly built. But few want the original wood look so I decided to give it a French flair by adding a Paris graphic from Karen - The Graphics Fairy . Chalk paint makes a makeover easy and I used a homemade version and lightly distressed it. The graphic was applied using the Mod Podge method and it was all topped with a few coats of non-yellowing polyurathane.
I loved it in my living room but a buyer will be picking it up tomorrow.

Joan @ Nicer Than New
Joan @ Nicer Than New
About meI am a "mid century modern" wife and mother of a teen and a crazy golden doodle. I have always loved DIYs, painting, sewing, cooking, reading, tennis, skiing and ... oh a variety of things. Basically, I like to be busy! Check out my blog and follow me on my journey!