A DESK WITH A BEFORE & AFTER - chocolate tuxedo desk

I put together a new before and after photo to share a desk I finished.
BEFORE                                              AFTER
 I know a desk was not in the list of upcoming projects early this week and I never know how these
pieces creep their way into the process but no matter the desk is here and looking quite dapper.
The body is painted in a distressed creamy white, it has vintage industrial pulls added,
and the drawer faces are the original rich chocolate stain with a wax finish.

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HOW TO PAINT BAR STOOLS - numbered country white stools

A good bar stool is hard to find!

The steps I took to paint these stools should help convince you that you can redo yours.

Always turn your painting projects upside down before you start, especially chairs.
I use the chain link fence to rest my chairs legs against and a make shift bench below.
If you are using a spray can it takes at least 1 whole can to do one whole chair.
Once all the undersides are coated turn the chair over and finish spraying.
short bursts offer better control, less waste, and you do not get runs as easily.

I planned on painting these white and distressing back to the black
but you can stop at this point and have a nice new set of black bar stools.
Let an oil based spray dry for 24 hours before using or painting over.

I do the same steps with the next coat, turn the chairs upside down, coating all the bottom surfaces.
Then flip them over and finish with your white. I sprayed these chairs with a 50 - 50 mix of ASCP
OLD WHITE and PURE WHITE with my sprayer and compresser.

The seats were upholstered with this waverly numbered print.

Some upholstery tips can be found here:

I distressed and waxed the white to show the black and a bit of the wood.
This can be done with fine sand paper (220) or wet distressing.

I hope this has inspired you and you jump in and make over your own chairs.


Have you stopped into firstfinds hardware store lately?
Here are just some of the items available for your projects.

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The weather here has been amazing so I have been busy cleaning the outdoor work space.
It takes time to move from indoors to out and visa versa.

I've started many new projects with the nice weather, including more nightstands, a coffee table,
some bar stools, a vintage record table, and a pub table. I do not recommend having several projects
 on the go cause you tend not to finish any in a timely fashion, and the same is happening to me. I just
 managed to finish the chest on chest I purchased in February, but that was more to do with the
right color choices than time. I hope you like the ASCP Coco on the drawer faces cause I sure
didn't like the whole dresser painted white, it was like a giant Michelin Man for your bedroom.

I changed the hardware to these french provincial handles that I sprayed in white.
Always be sure to clean your hardware with warm soapy water before painting. 


Have you stopped into firstfinds hardware store lately?
Here are just some of the items available for your projects.

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CURBSIDE to COATRACK - shabby chic hall tree

I was inspired by this photograph I found on Pinterest
and wanted to try to make something similar. I love to
create furniture pieces from my stash of unique wood
bits I find in all manner of places. This one was going
to be a little tougher as this was the only photo I could
find to work from.
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Don't wait until this happens .......
I recently saw this french provincial table on the road side in horrible condition,
I was gutted! It was long past the point of salvaging, 3 legs completely rotten, and so much
 filth and damage to the rest of the table.
Starting a DIY project your self is really easy, the first step is to get up and go start.
Yes it is that simple and you know it. It doesn't have to big or elaborate but it has to be
something you have wanted to try.
My good friend Jen over at Jentiques recently wrote about procrastination when it came to her project
 list. But I'll tell you she does get up and get start more often than not and the results make her, her
 family, and her customers very happy.
My first furniture work shop was enlightening when one of the ladies told me that she
just wanted permission, permission to paint furniture.
It came as some what of a shock to me but I suppose I also understood. I am sure once upon a time I
 went through those feelings but the rewards of all my DIY accomplishments have hidden away any
 insecurities I might have originally gone through.
My main goal to writing this blog is to get you up and get you started on your own projects,
and some of you have report back to me that you are starting, and I thank you for letting me know.
I'm happy to report my next DIY project has started ...


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MY INSPIRATION - bedroom hanger

INSPIRATION                                      MY CREATION
The inspiration for my CURBSIDE TO COAT RACK (right) was this amazingly beautiful
photo (left) I found on pinterest. I'd like to link to it however it was one of those photos used
to directly you to another unrelated advertising site.
As you can see from the inspiration photo this is definitely something that can be used in a bedroom
not just as a formal hall tree for coats.
Formal viewing of my coat rack is tonight April 18, 2013 ...
If you are local you can view my hall tree along with the other
upcycled art at the Langley Arts Council gallery exhibit
6:30 – 9:30pm 20550 Fraser Highway

More information can be found at the Township of Langley Web site

Don't forget to stop into Firstfinds Etsy to see all the new shabby chic handles.

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Last week I worked on my top secret entry for the local
In honour of Earth Day, the Township of Langley and the Langley Arts Council are hosting an
  Upcycling Design Challenge. Langley residents are invited to submit an original and creative
piece made from found or recovered materials. 'Upcycling’ involves taking waste material that would
 otherwise end up in our landfills and turning it into something more valuable. The Upcycling Design
 Challenge aims to remind people that, with a little creativity, what was old can be new again—
perhaps even better than it once was!

This is my entry ......
This *Curbside to Coatrack* creation includes over 9 different pieces
from various discarded furniture items.

Can you tell me what items you can see?
Let's have some fun and I want to
see how far out of the box I have you guys really thinking.
Leave your guess' in the comments below, send me an email, or even
write me over on the facebook page.
Click each photo below for a larger view.



The answers can be found here:

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