Table {up cycling}

A friend was getting rid of a table that had been damaged and I quickly snatched it up!

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First I took a hand sander to the whole thing. It took several times as there were some deep cuts in the top, down several layers of paint and into the wood.

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Next, I painted the whole thing with this purple spray paint that I had in the garage (who knows what I originally bought it for?)

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Then, I painted it with 2 coats of Antique White, leaving the drawer purple. I then took an old candle and rubbed all the edges, spindles, ridges, etc and went lightly over just those areas with the electric palm sander.

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Total makeover was like $5. for the white spray paint, everything else I had on hand. I love how it turned out! I am now starting a 3 drawer side table to go on the other side of the bed!! I LOVE it!! ANd it only took me an afternoon to do it!! Spray paint dries so fast!!! LOVE

What do you think??

xoxo, Mama Bird

Table Up-cycling

Before: Mimi’s telephone table. Nice but ordinary. Wouldn’t you say?

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After: SO much cuter. Personality. I used spray paint. Red Cherry (I believe? Krylon) Sprayed 2 coats and it just looked fantab! You can still see the wood grain, it just looks so much better!! I think Mimi would probably “cuss” me for painting it! But, never the less. I love it! 
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xoxo. mama bird

Brass to Sass {mantel makeover}

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A collection of “hand-me down” candle sticks that have great design, but icky brass! Thanks to a lovely can of gray primer and my fav creamy white, Hotel Churchill Vanilla from Lowes.
They went from brass to SASS!

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These birds or maybe they are the pheasants? Sat on the entry way table at my Mimi’s house my entire life. She claimed I used to pet them as a little girl and talk about how I loved them and that when I got BIG and had a house of my own they would come live with me! Well, they did and of course I had to spruce them up a bit and as I am referring  to this spring/summer as my red & white phase.
I too gave these a dull coat of gray primer and a fresh coat of Churchill Vanilla.
I just love how they all turned out. A crisp fresh mantel. 

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Sorry for the crummy cell phone pics!
Happy UPcycling!!

xoxo, mama birdTip Junkie handmade projects

Color… {chalkboard paint}

I can not wait for this craft project! I just. found COLOR chalkboard paint. I can’t believe I didn’t know about this before?!

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I am going to paint one wall in the playroom mercantile red  mercantile%20red

and in the kitchen I am going to paint the short wall between the entry to the next room .

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Which one do you guys like best? My kitchen is a pumpkin color with black and stainless.

The loco for the board will be perfect as it is where I have a current message board and calendar. It will be great to be able to jot messages as well as grocery list.

Furniture Score!!

Not sure if you guys know but I majored in Interior Design in college and absolutely love a design change. I love paint, fabrics, and REALLY love the fact that I live in an area where you can get some amazing furniture for even more amazing deals!! This past weekend was NO exception. For $250 I did a total re-model on my family room. I was lucky enough to stumble upon a furniture sale and found a great sofa for $200 (retail for $1,600.)!!!

Grayson Slipcovered SofaI got it in a camel/chocolate brown.

Then I popped over  to the Robert Abbey Lamp Sale (think Restoration Hardware, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn lighting!!) Got two fantastic RED lamps two amazing white ceramic lamps with a floral design and 1 fantab white floor lamp for $125 YES! I saved hundreds of dollars!!!

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I can not express my excitement!!! I love a deal and LOVED, loved, love giving the family room a little facelift! I will post actual pics when I get a chance my camera is acting up!!

xoxo, Mama Bird