renewing a second hand kitchen table with paint

Renewing a Second-hand Kitchen Table With Paint!

I needed to replace our very dated 1985 table and chair set. Oh my, it was TIME! I found this very solid and well-built table in online classified ads and, though it looked okay as it was with a cream paint and heavily varnished, it wasn't the colour for me. I knew I could paint it, so we picked it up and brought it home for a transformation. Out went the 1980's set and in came a classic, solid table that can stand the test of time. Here's how I did changed it up ...

desk and chair makeover

Desk and Chair Makeover

Try changing old, tired furniture into something pretty, fresh and new again! This is what I did with a small desk and chair, bought separately, but that work so nicely together. I bought the desk online and it had already been painted and varnished so I had to tackle that shine, that glossy surface that can be tricky to paint. Have a look at how I did that. Don't be put off by shiny surfaces! Yes, they can be painted w/o too much hard work. :)

sophisticated dresser

Sophisticated Dresser

I was shopping at one of my favourite spots to find cool treasures for my makeovers, upcycling and home use, Value Village. I found this large, heavy dresser with amazing lines and details that, other than a LOT of scratches and wear, was in good condition. Here is how I transformed it into a lovely, sophisticated looking item for a bedroom, dining room or other space in the home.This project was longer than many others because I did a few extra things with it, as well as changing the colour part of the way through, but I'm happy with the end results. I hope you like it, too!

french provincial end table makeover

French Provincial End Table Makeover

I found this lovely end table online that needed some TLC as it was stripped and bare of much character. I knew that it had potential and it was in good shape, so I was very excited about hubby and I picking it up, even though it was -40 (C or F!) with the windchill that day! I know ... we're crazy!Have a look at how I transformed this into a charming table that will make someone very happy, I'm sure.

girl s chair makeover

Girl's Chair Makeover

I found this wonderful solid, small chair at a thrift shop last spring and knew I had to pretty it up for my adorable niece. It was a fun and easy project to do and I hope you get ideas from this and give it a try yourselves!I used paint, scrapbook paper and glue for this makeover.

upcycled repainted nightstand, decoupage, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling

Nightstand Transformation

With so many inspiring photos and advice at Hometalk, I decided to transform my ugly, dark and damaged nightstand in the guest bedroom, to something more fun and creative.
Here are the before and after pics.

rocking chair makeover a diy together project

Rocking Chair Makeover - a DIY Together Project!

I've been painting furniture and repurposing, upcycling and re-imagining items for a few years now, and one of my friends has always been wanting to give it a try, but afraid to. We decided on having a paint demo day together and it was so much fun! Monica had an old rocking chair that she loved to sit in, but wanted to change its look. Here is what we did and how we transformed her old rocker into something painted, fun and a loved "new" item for her home.

drawer shelves

Drawer Shelves

There are many projects to be found, similar to this one, but it doesn't hurt to share another style or repurpose, now does it? :) I found these very solid wood drawers at a country yard sale and got them for 50 cents each. Can't beat that!They were old, to be sure, but I knew that some primer, paint and paper could spiff them up nicely. Here's what I did ...

new pantry with wallpaper from walls republic, closet, painted furniture, storage ideas

New Pantry With Wallpaper From Walls Republic

When I was asked to use wallpaper from Walls Republic http://www.wallsrepublic.com/ in a new project, I was very excited! I had seen their papers online and they have gorgeous, and I mean gorgeous patterns. I chose to revamp our plain pantry cabinet that we use for extra food storage. If I could, I'd use this wallpaper on many more items around the house, including a number of walls as I just love this pattern I chose. It's called "Serenity Sand" and can be found here: http://www.wallsrepublic.com/R1373-p/r1373-parent.htm
Here are some pics of my project and steps I took to complete it. It took me a while to get it all done, but that was because of hiccups with the priming and painting of it. I had used a latex primer and had to wipe it all off, as it wouldn't adhere to the surface. I then used an oil based primer and it was okay. In all, I spent money on the adhesive for the wallpaper, and a few pennies to make the paint, using a homemade recipe for chalk paint found online. Enjoy!

ikea box unit makeover

IKEA Box Unit Makeover

Many of us have seen these fun box units that IKEA sells. They are great for organizing in just about any space in our homes. We've had this one for more than twenty years! It went from plain wood to decorated for our daughter's room, to now being made over for my young niece. It was easy and fun, but did take a bit of time. Still, it's a project anyone can do, so please have a look and give it a try on any plain ol' wood item you might have in your home.

Marj MRC Creations
Marj MRC Creations
About meI live in Quebec, Canada and a SAHM, though my 'kids' are all adults now. I was a dry pastel artist for several years, then got into scrapbooking and paper arts. I have since been involved in quilting (just a beginner!) as well and now completely hooked on home decor using upcycled, refurbished and painted items and furniture. I've started my own business, MRC Creations, that sells painted furniture, repurposed items and home decor. Hometalk is SO very inspiring and I love this community of creative people. We are semi-retired so enjoy some down time and travel to a vacation home along the shores of Nova Scotia as often as we can. We have two amazing Havanese that come along and keep us busy.