Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest Featuring Velvet Finishes

*This post contains affiliate link but all opinions expressed are my own*

Welcome to a new month and a new contest!

Green dresser, velvet finishes, forest green, DIY, painted furniture

For November we are teaming up with Velvet Finishes, and featuring a colorful theme!

Velvet Finishes is a new product for me, and I love trying new paints. This paint is low-VOC, and requires no sanding or priming. I wiped the dresser with a damp cloth, then used 'Ready' to prepare and degloss the surface. With no odor, I was able to paint in my living room, and binge on Stranger Things. 

This old dresser in our living room functions as a sideboard and storage for the kids' crafts. It started as a heavy, dark, dated piece, with tons of potential. Years ago, I primed the body of the dresser, left the top untouched, and updated the hardware. Then we moved to Ohio, and painting it moved to the bottom of my list of priorities. It sat this way, stark-primer white, waiting for me to decide on a color.  

Color is always the hardest part for me. 

Have you noticed the trend toward deep forest green lately? I am in love with it. In addition to the 21 colors above, there are several color recipes on the VF website, which is where I found the perfect forest green. 

I used a blend of Enchanting and Luxurious to create this color. I mixed and blended until I had the perfect color. 

Look at that beautiful satin finish. It has the perfect sheen without being shiny. 

And a closeup of my new favorite tin and the jade plant that refuses to die.

See what the rest of the team is up to this month! 

Contest Details:

November 2016 Theme: Colour Your World
Deadline: November 21st 

The winner will receive a $250 Velvet Finishes Gift Certificate!

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Swap It Like It's Hot 6

Swap It Like It's Hot #6!

This is one of my favorite blog hops. If you're new to the whole thing, this is how it works: Meet a group of daring and creative bloggers. In a round-robin fashion, boxes of forlorn treasures are sent and received to these bloggers (worth ~$10) according to a spreadsheet, the likes of which only evil genius Charlotte of Ciburbanity can create. 

Sounds fun. Let's jump in. 

I received this box from Allison Fannin of Two Thirty-Five Designs. Allsion is one amazing and talented designer. I lose days on her blog. She sent me a very interesting box, containing these items. You spoil me, Allison! 

How cool is this stuff? Unfortunately, the ceramic serving dish was broken upon arrival, so I crossed that off the list and focused on the brass and the lamp. Sure, I could have smashed the dish to bits and created a mosaic, but that's a lot of work, and a beige dish would make a rather non-descript mosaic. Oh, and I'm super lazy. 

The Lamp

I almost forgot a "before" picture of this sweet lamp. Here she is, all taped up before I painted her. Silly old Pixar lamp, the color of foundation. 

It is a perfectly good lamp, in working condition. I wasn't about to take it apart to make a planter or a bunk bed, or something super creative. 

I stumbled upon this image and found my direction. 

Hettie Anglepoise Table Lamp in Copper

 via Houzz

On a whim, I tried this spray paint, found at Target.

And hooray! I love how it turned out! It is more rose gold than copper, and matte with a stone texture. But I love it. 

The Brass

The brass was like a dreamy vision. I love brass. The only problem is that my love of brass prevented me from changing it in a dramatic way. Instead, I played around with it and added it to my halloween mantel. It will probably stay there through Thanksgiving and Christmas, because you can never have too much brass on a holiday mantel!

I received three shiny, perfect wall candle sconces. 

They are supposed to hang on the wall like this. That is my hand but that's not really my style. 

Rather than just hanging these as they are designed, I played and rearranged them. They're like little transformers; they unscrew in several places so you have plenty of options. 

I already had my collection of brass candlesticks arranged on the mantel for Halloween, so these blended right in, adding the perfect touch of extra height. 

Well that's where my story ends. I sent a box full of these treasures to Jeanie at Create and Babble. I can't wait to see what she created with these thrifty treasures! That wooden cheetah tray! 

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Be sure to check out all of the thrifty-swappy-fun this week!






Fab Furniture Flippin Contest - Modern Flair with Spoonflower

All opinions and thoughts expressed within this post are 100% my own, however, this post is sponsored by Spoonflower.

It's a new month and time for a new Fab Furniture Flippin Contest™, with our September sponsor, Spoonflower. We chose the theme Modern Flair! I do love a good modern or even retro/modern project!

spoonflower, plus sign pattern, swiss cross pattern, fabric, chair makeover, DIY

We all know Spoonflower is a great resource for wallpaper and gift wrap. I discovered this long ago in my search for decorative paper to line the drawers of my furniture projects. But they have fabric too, and the quality and selection is amazing!

Fab Furniture Flippin Contest Featuring Spoonflower

I decided to tackle this chair, because I love a challenge, and this is one sad chair.

sad chair

It reminds me of dorm furniture. From the Soviet Union, circa 1989.

When I removed the cushions I was amazed by the solid, beautiful wood, in perfect condition. My original plan to paint flew out the window. This picture doesn't show the beauty of the wood, but there are pictures below that do.

I chose this fabric in Linen Cotton Canvas Ultra.  It is a nice canvas weight with fabulous stretch. The stretch made it easy to sew the side panels on to the curves of the cushions. There are many different types of fabric to choose from, canvas felt like the best choice for this piece.

plus sign fabric by Spoonflower, black and white

When the fabric arrived I started to brainstorm and play around with the fabric and paint colors, and where to add a tiny bit of color. 

Natalie and I decided this chair will go in her room. It's exactly her style, and she has been asking for an alternative to the bulky papasan currently taking up an entire corner of her room.

I added just a touch of turquoise to the arms, and this can be removed easily if I grow tired of it down the road. 

*I'd like to take a moment to complain about how hot my garage is. I'm guessing it gets up to 135 degrees in the afternoon. I'm just really over the heat*

Now the wood...look at that wood! 

58 Water Street: wood chair makeover with turquoise paint and modern fabric

As an upholstery project goes, this was easy. I removed the original fabric, ripped out the seams, and used each piece as a pattern. The zippers were in great shape, so I reused those.

58 Water Street: wood chair makeover with turquoise paint and modern fabric

I love the "plus sign" pattern, and the blend of wood, turquoise, and black & white does something to my soul!

58 Water Street: wood chair makeover with turquoise paint and modern fabric

And here it is, staged for her room. Cute!

teen girl style, 58 Water Street: wood chair makeover with turquoise paint and modern fabric

Well, this is the pattern I chose for my project. Now for the fun part; I love to see what YOU will choose for your projects! A modern theme makes it even more exciting! 

Thank you Spoonflower, for your generosity! 

Contest Details: September 5th- 30th
Prize: $250 Spoonflower Gift Certificate 

My co-host this month is the super-talented Carrie, from Thirty Eighth Street. I always love to see what she's up to. 

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