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Blu Upcycle Project #4 Transformation with Paint

I never cease to be completely amazed by how a little bit of paint can transform a small item, a piece of furniture, or even an entire room!  

Here is today’s transformation with paint project.  It’s a quick project that packs a punch.

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster, AL Upcycle Project Transformation with Paint before

This antique mirror has some incredible detail.  You can always spot a true antique mirror by the sheer weight of the mirrored glass.  They simply don’t make them like they used to! Normally, I would never paint a true antique but you can see the damage along the edges where the decorative trim has chipped away.  Paint will help hide this.   Antique mirrors are super heavy.  The detail on the frame is usually very ornate and made of plaster, sometimes wood.  Today’s mirror frames are usually made of plastic or resin. 

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster, AL Upcycle Project Transformation with Paint real

A little bit of paint really makes a dated piece pop.  Talk about transformation with paint!   I usually use 2 -3 different colors of paint.  This helps add dimension to the final project.  With this mirror, the original gold paint is my third color.  I used teal as the main base color and dry brushed with some white.

If you follow my blog you will recognize this teal color.  I must admit it is my favorite.  Here is another decor project in which I used this same technique to transform some old frames. 

Here are a few more of my projects in which a little bit of paint went a long way!

Extra Seating

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Headboard

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster, AL Upcycle Project Transformation with Paint headboard

Set of Nightstands

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster, AL Upcycle Project Transformation with Paint nightstands

Bench and Side Table

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster, AL Upcycle Project Transformation with Paint benches

Console

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster, AL Upcycle Project Transformation with Paint console

Antique Sideboard

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster, AL Upcycle Project Transformation with Paint antique sideboard

Chests

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster, AL Upcycle Project Transformation with Paint cobalt chest

http://www.shopatblu.com/how-to-make-chalkboard-frames/

I’ve joined a group of my talents friends in this month’s Inspired Makers Paint Changes Everything Challenge.  

Join us the last day of each month for a different Inspired Makers Challenge
Follow with #InspiredMakers and #InspiredMakersChallenge to see more amazing projects each month!
August Challenge: Paint Changes Everything, with your hosts:

Lisa @ The Purple Hydrangea | Sarah @ 1915 House | Kim @ Farmhouse Made
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim | Kimm @ Reinvented | Janice @ Sawdust Sisters
Denise @ My Thrifty House | Suzanne @ Shop at Blu | Susie @ The Chelsea Project | Susanne @ Pearl Street Designs | Toni @ Small Home Soul | Anika @ Anika’s DIY Life

Check out the phenomenal projects below…these gals are so very talented!


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The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Quick Upcycle Project Planter before

Blu Quick Upcycle Project #3

I have a section of my work area at The Blue Building Antiques and Consignment that is loaded with items waiting for TLC.  I grab items from yard sales, thrift stores, estate sales, etc. that have seen better days.  There is an entire section of furniture, small shelves, side tables, knick knacks, etc. that simply need a slap of paint to transform them into a contemporary beauty.  I call this my Quick Upcycle Project Pile.  These are items that need some paint and about 10 minutes of attention.  I could also be called the Cheap and Quick Upcycle Project Pile!

Today’s project

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Quick Upcycle Project Planter before

This still has the original price tag inside.  

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Quick Upcycle Project Planter original price

It is obviously from an upscale store.  It is solid and has great texture.  It is quite ornate with lots of detail.  

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Quick Upcycle Project Planter detail

And as a bonus, it has great little legs on it!

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Quick Upcycle Project Planter legs

These type items are prefect candidates for a quick dry brushing technique.

The Process

I had a few sample jars of Fusion Mineral paint in my work area.  I grabbed a few along with a 1″ angle brush that was in my Haven Conference SWAG bag compliments of Americana DECOR aka DecoArt.  Both of these paint companies have fantastic paints in vibrant colors!

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Quick Upcycle Project Planter Fusion and Deco Arts

Dry Brush Technique

I love to apply white or lighter paint colors onto a dark surface with the dry brush technique.  Dry brushing means that you dip your brush into the paint and then remove most of the paint from the brush.  You then drag the brush across the surface of your item. The result is a shabby finish where the paint adheres to some of the surface in an uneven fashion.  I love this look!  I would suggest practicing a bit before you go at it on your actual project piece.  There is definitely a learning curve to find the right look for you!

And here she is in all of her new found glory:

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Quick Upcycle Project Planter after

This would be great to use for a fern.  Or to hold your mail or other documents.  

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Quick Upcycle Project 3 planter with floral ball jars

Or how about a book holder or stationary station.  The possibilities are endless!

 

 

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Quick Upcycle Project 3 planter with sheet music
Cost of this Quick Upcycle Project
  • planter     $5 at the thrift store
  • paint          free but you can buy samples at Lowes or Home Depot for a few dollars
  • Total cost is under $10!  

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Quick Upcycle Project 3 planter with floral

I am sharing this quick upcycle project with my wonderful group of blogging friends!

Join us the last Friday of each month for a different Inspired Makers Challenge

Follow along with #InspiredMakers and #InspiredMakersChallenge to see more amazing projects every month!

July Challenge: $10 and Under Projects with:

Kimm @ Reinvented | Denise @ My Thrifty House | Suzanne @ Shop At Blu
Sam @ Raggedy Bits | Toni @ Small Home Soul | Susanne @ Pearl Street Designs
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim | Anika @ Anika’s DIY Life | Janice @ Sawdust Sisters
Kim @ Farmhouse Made | Sarah @ 1915House | Lisa @ The Purple Hydrangea

And here are the wonderful projects:



 

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Using Overlays to Transform Furniture

Today I am trying a new product called O’verlays.  O’verlays specializes in lightweight, decorative fretwork panels (overlays) that come in several patterns and sizes.  They are paintable and easily attach to furniture, mirrors, walls and glass.  The kits can be used to customize your favorite or old furniture.  In addition, they are sized to fit many of IKEA’s most popular pieces.  I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I signed up to receive this product.  I guess I expected stencils or a rub-on like design.  Wow! Was I ever surprised! Here are the products that I received:

The Blue Building Antiques, Alabaster AL O'verlays

I selected Ruby (2 panels) and a Pipa kit (4 pieces).  They are much more substantial than I had expected.  They actually resemble a trellis or actual piece of wall art!  Oh the possibilities!

My original thought was to reinvigorate a small waterfall chest.  I envisioned the designs on the drawers.  But when the product arrived, my vision switched to wonderful mirrors behind the designs.  Or how about dressing up a plain jane dresser?

I  decided to go with a super simple piece of furniture.  I searched through my store, The Blue Building Antiques and Consignment, for the plainest and most boring item in the store.  Here is what I found:

The Blue Building Antiques, Alabaster AL O'verlays before

This super boring legal filing cabinet would be great for added storage in any room.  All she needs is a little bling, some TLC…and some overlays!

I decided to go bold and use a bright coral to really make this baby special.  Since the filing cabinet is made of metal I selected Rustoleum as my paint of choice.  Two quick coats of spray paint and I was ready for the overlays.  I opted to leave the overlays white to ensure a nice contrast with the bright coral.

 I was anxious to use my overlays but was not sure about a pattern.  So I played around with a few.  Practice makes perfect, right??!

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The Blue Building Antiques, Alabaster AL O'verlays 8

Which is your favorite?  Mine is below.  

What is wonderful about O’verlays is that they cut easily with a sharp blade.  I used a standard razor knife and a straight ruler as a guide.  After scoring the piece I needed to trim, it snapped cleanly apart.  I used a piece of fine sandpaper to sand the edges.  I was able to piece the overlay into a custom fit for my file cabinet.

The Blue Building Antiques, Alabaster AL O'verlays tools

Next step is to install the overlays.  Per manufacturer’s instructions, the best adhesive to use is either Liquid Nails or Loctite.  I chose Loctite since I had some on hand.  I mixed the epoxy per instructions and used a toothpick to apply a small amount.  I carefully placed the overlays in place and waited 10 minutes for it to dry.

I decided that she needed to be framed in white to make the piece more appealing.  Here she is:

I had a lot of fun staging this beauty.  I’m really loving this color!

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These overlays were so very easy to use…from cutting them to fit to applying them.  The most difficult part was selecting one design from their vast array of choices!  I can’t wait to use the other overlays that they sent to me!  Stay tuned for that project.

 

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I received these products from O’verlays as a participant in The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest for April.  O’verlays sent me these fabulous products for free to use in this contest.  Contest winners will receive a prize package compliments of O’verlays.  

The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest is a monthly contest in which 20-30 bloggers each transforms a piece of furniture using products provided by that month’s sponsor.  The sponsor provides a prize package for the winner.  

This month’s theme is “Cut n Paste with O’verlays”!  Our host is Scottie from Saved by Scottie.  Hop on over to her blog to see the fabulous piece she created using O’verlays.

If you are a blogger and are interested in participating in this contest, contact info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com.  I can’t tell you how much fun this monthly contest is…from trying new products and networking with sponsors to forging friendships with blogger buddies.  

 

 

 

 

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Quick upcycle project #2 at The Blue Building Antiques

I find these chairs all of the time at thrift stores and yard sales for $2 to $5.  When we were getting ready to do The Market on Chapel Hill, I bought a few to spruce up for our check out area.  This is another quick upcycle project!

Here is the chair in its original condition:

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Blu Updo #2 Folding Chairs Before

I did a little light sanding to smooth out and deeper scratches or imperfections.  I used a lower grit sandpaper since that’s what was handy.  But a finer grit will result in a much smoother appearance.  It’s amazing how a little sandpaper can increase the quality of  a quick upcycle project

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Blu Updo #2 Folding Chairs sanding

Since the chair was metal, I used Rustoleum spray paint.  It works very well and comes in tons of colors.  Rustoleum is my go to if there is any rust on the object to be painted.

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Blu Updo #2 Folding Chairs Rustoleum

As always with spray paint, be careful to keep your can moving while applying the paint to ensure no drips or pooling of paint.  Rustoleum makes these handy little gizmos that lends some ease in handling and controlling your application of spray paint.  Here is my affiliate link to the Comfort Grip.  I find this tool useful when using the spray paint for more than a simple dab or short spray.  Sounds funny, but it reduces the strain on your trigger finger AND keeps your fingers from being painted.  Lord knows we painters get enough paint on us!

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Blu Updo #2 Comfort Grip

To add some fun to the chair, I taped off some areas to make grain sack stripes.  I used (affiliate link) Frogtape to mark my lines and then grabbed the Rustoleum again but in a more grain sack friendly color.

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Blu Updo #2 Folding Chairs spray paint

And here is the final chair:

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Blu Updo #2 Folding Chairs final

This was a quick and easy way to spruce up old folding chairs!  Give it a try!

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