Sunday, June 21, 2009

More Thrifty Finds Experience a Metamorphosis With Paint

Recently, I showed you the sad little buffet table I bought from Craigslist and gave a cottage white makeover.  And here I also showed you the old French Provincial chest and nightstand I  bought from Craigslist for $95.00 and painted for my French Country cottage inspired guest room/office.  Then there was the BIG metamorphosis on my “stuck in the 70’s” wall unit.  Oh my, what a job that was!
I have  more furniture makeover transformations I’d like to share for Metamorphosis Monday, hosted by  Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.

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And, because all but one piece of furniture was bought second-hand, I’m joining in the Today’s Thrifty Treasure’s party, hosted by Rhoda at Southern Hospitality.
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If you are just visiting my blog for the first time, I have been painting furniture like a mad woman to convert my home to cottage style.
This china cabinet was another one of my Craigslist finds and a great deal at only $100.00.  My sweet hubby drove to a town 70 miles away and loaded this baby on our truck for me.  :)

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I found this sofa table on Craigslist too and only paid $40.00 for it.

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This heavy, all wood coffee table in the photo below was a steal at only $30.00.  (Also from Craigslist.)  I’m no expert on old furniture but I believe this piece is very old and possibly hand-made.  It just seems more primitive than most furniture you see today. 

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I suspect the pretty shell-like detail on it was ready-made and inserted into a space that was carved out to fit it.  I can tell it was not carved into the wood because the one on the opposite side is missing…there’s just an empty space.  :(

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I purchased this cute drop-leaf end table from a local consignment store for only $30.00.   

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This little chest below was purchased several years ago from TJMaxx.  I can’t remember exactly what I paid for it but I think it was less than $150.00…certainly a good deal when I compared it to similar chests in other retail stores.
Up until a couple weeks ago,  I had been on the fence about whether to paint it, or not.  However, I decided if I was going to “be cottage,” I had to actually walk the walk, and not just talk the talk.  So, once again, I filled the paint sprayer up with white paint and got busy.  A few hours later, its cottage metamorphosis was complete.  

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And look!  Another shell-like carving!  I actually think the detail on the legs of this chest shows up better since it has been painted.

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In the next few weeks, I will be painting my living room a pretty sage green.  First, I have some tedious wallpaper removal to take care of. Yuck!  
I’m also having a carpenter come in and install crown moldings all throughout my house in mid-July.  Yippee!  I love pretty moldings and I’ve wanted crown forever so I’m extremely excited to finally get this done.  Of course, I’ll share photos after that metamorphosis takes place.  :)
Now, don’t forget to visit Susan and Rhoda for more metamorphosis and thrifting stories.

  

39 comments:

Shabby Cottage Collectibles said...

Your really very brave painting everything white! I just can not get the courage to paint everything white but I do love the look. Warm wishes, Esther

Jennifer said...

Wow, wow, wow ... everything looks beautiful!!!

marty39 said...

All the pieces you've collected are just gorgeous, and they're so lovely painted white. Your home is just so pretty. Hugs, Marty

Shirl said...

Hello I'm still making my Pink Saturday visits and your pink post was sooooo pretty. I love the shape of that milk glass vase, I'll have to keep my eye out for one. LOL Love all your furniture with the white shabby chic look! Have a great week!
Bless you, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Shelia said...

Everything turned out so pretty! Love all your pretty whiteness!
be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Kammy said...

Hi Shari,
Looks like you have been buying all the white paint and me the black, LOL ! Your changes are great - and don't you love it ! I am addicted to finding furniture buys and re-doing them....
Hugs ~ Kammy

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

You've done a great job! It's amazing how the details pop out once it's painted. ☺ Diane

Jenny said...

Beautiful transformations! I also love white furniture pieces.

The Tattered Cottage said...

Such beautiful transformations!! Don't you just love Craigslist??? I have gotten quite a few good deals on there.
Toni

ceekay said...

Your furniture pieces turned out lovely. Some of it hurt me a little, as I like the wood tones, but they all look beautiful!

Patricia said...

WOW!
You do have courage to paint white and I love it all!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

What great finds! and good for you to paint them- Hubby has something about wood grain so I rarely paint but I am beginning to do a few pieces. May I ask how you painted them- did you use a sprayer or brush?

blessings
mary

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Shari, everthing is looking so beautiful! I have been looking for a china cabinet! You found a really pretty one! I love everything you showed! That drop leaf table is so adorable. I agree with you about the shell detail on the little bombay chest, it really shows up so much better!

Have a great week!

Tina

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Shari, I've been on a painting frenzy too! Once you get started, it's hard to stop! I just love how your china cabinet turned out. Two thumbs up and I just have to praise your hubby for driving all that way to get it for you!

Teacup Mosaics said...

Everything is looking lovely. I just can't wait to see the sage walls...hurry hurry get that wallpaper down:)
Thanks for visiting I will be back soon. Kelley

Tomarie said...

WOWZERS!!! Each and every "tranformed" piece is beautiful!! It's amazing what white paint when bring out in a piece of furniture! I love your blog and I will be back! :-) Laura

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Shari, WOW! you have been a busy, busy girl with all that white painting. Sounds like you have a good spray gun, so that's good. Love your transformations. My fave is the china cabinet, that's a beautiful piece. Thanks for joining the party today.

Michelle said...

WOW! You go girl!! Everything looks great! Happy MM!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Wow, these are all such beautiful make overs...

kahlanne said...

I love painted furniture and even have a buffet in the same style as a couple of your pieces but when I saw the last one, I thought please don't paint it. I was wrong. It is fabulous! Great job!

bj said...

O my....these all look just stunning. I love every single one of them! GREAT JOB!

Maya said...

To say it in a rhyme..., white is always right! And more than that. Gorgeous transformations!

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Everything looks so beautiful!!!

Brenda said...

What transformations these are! Truly, I looked at that first china cabinet photo and thought, oh boy, how can she fix that one? But you fooled me! I love it! Doesn't even look like the same piece of furniture. None of them do! Pat yourself on the back about a dozen or so times for me!
Brenda

bj said...

After reading words you left on my site, I had to come back and say that since blogging and COOKING all these great recipes AND sitting at my computer too long, I have had to start walking a mile every day...good grief!!

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Oh my Gosh, I'm jumping out of my seat- your furniture is fabulous painted white - what a busy little bee you are. The way you have everything set up inside the china cabinet is sooo pretty too. You have done a magnificent job on everything. Great Post!

Take Care-

Bonnie said...

Wow, beautiful transformations, beautiful home, beautiful site. I'll be checking your site often for some painter's courage!

Kim said...

You are definitely walking the walk!!! And strutting your stuff!! Fabulous makeovers. I love the cottage look. But then I also like French Country and I love Mission style, and I love Rustic. I guess I love too many styles. So my house is a modge podge.

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Loving your look!

Forever Vintage said...

Love it all...awesome finds

janet said...

oh my gosh im in AWE! its amazing how paint can change the look of a piece of furniture, your home and all your pieces are absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for shaing such beauty. Im glad i didnt miss this post.
hugs
janet

Ann and Billy said...

Wow, you're done a great job with the white paint. I have a bed and dresser I want to paint white but I have not got up the courage yet. Want to do it for me? lol

Marie said...

Hello Shari - I absolutely love your furniture make-overs. It's all so fabulous! I have slowly painted all of my furniture too.

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Cindy said...

Everything is beautiful! That last little chest is tdf!!! I cannot wait to see your living room painted green. You are such a brave soul! Hugs, ~cindy s~

Willow said...

I want that china hutch. You are so lucky to find such beautiful things and they look so refresh and wonderful since you painted them. I just learned of craigs list in our hometown. So far not much, but will keep looking.

Great jog.

Willow

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Airless sprayer...girlfriend! We so need to talk. I would love to hear more..hehe~

Dixie said...

Shari... it's a-mazing what a little (or a lot) of white paint can do! I love each and every piece... maes me want to paint-paint-paint.

brenda said...

Love all your whiteness - I am still trying to muster up enough courage to paint some of my things white - right now just limited to one bedroom. I especially like the china cabinet.

dazzy jewellery said...

These are lovely pieces. Can you tell me how I can get the sheen on white furniture. I need to do finishing after the white paint to make it glossy but I have been told that lacquer can give it a yellowish tinge.