Hiya!!! I'm Sue Purdy; wife, mom of 3, incurable DIYer, thrift store treasure hunter, and lover of all things that make a home beautiful and functional. I love to transform a space using as little money as possible, from full remodels to fun and unique tablescapes. I live in Ontario, Canada with my wonderful husband, and 3 amazing daughters.
It’s a new year and we’re back for another month of the Thrift Store Challenge. I’m so happy to be back! I’ve been out of the blogging game for a bit and taken some time to spend with loved ones and doing some serious planning for future projects. However, in the meantime, I’m so glad to be participating in this fun monthly challenge with some blogging friends, and I’ll show you how I repurposed this old broken sled into fun winter decor. Huge SHOUT OUT to Amanda from Domestically Creative for hosting this amazing monthly challenge.
Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
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It’s no secret that I HATE winter…like a lot. I honestly don’t know why I live in Canada with it’s freezing temperatures and dead car batteries. But even the cold doesn’t stop me from putting together something cute for my living room.
This cute little sled started off as a typical baby sled from a thrift store that also happened to be broken. Come to think of it, that’s likely the reason why it was only $3.99!!!
The top piece was broken off and could easily be repaired with a bit of wood glue and some time. But, I thought the whole thing could look a little more like a vintage sled if I just took the top part off altogether.
Voila! Project completed. #easiestprojectever
One of my projects I’ve planned for 2018 is to add custom shelving over my sideboards that surround the living room fireplace. But, until then, I’m going to keep decorating for the seasons to my little heart’s content.
I simply added some fun shutters on both sides of the sled (which were also a thrift store find incidentally) and a cute little DIY wreath I made last Christmas, and it’s all ready to go.
Plus, I also got to use my fun little letterboard which was a Christmas gift last month, where I could add my real feelings about winter. So fun, right?
Thank you so much for following along and I’ll catch you later friends,
We’re back this month for another *Furniture Refresh Challenge* with some amazing new furniture flips, so make sure you check out everyone’s projects this month. They are spectacular! For my flip, I did something I hadn’t even thought was possible and I’m going to show you all the steps on how to paint upholstery too.
I’m so excited to FINALLY be finished my flip. It’s taken literally months and months to complete… not that I worked on it everyday or anything. Lol. I’m going to be brutally honest here…. this couch sat on my porch from May – October and became begrudgingly known as “the porch couch”. My neighbour even offered to take it to the dump in his truck because he thought it was a couch we no longer wanted.
One day, last spring I decided I wanted to change around the configuration of my living room. But alas…. my previous couch (which I actually had custom made) wasn’t going to make the cut. It had a high back and was only a 3 seater (aka not long enough). I knew I wanted the new couch to go in front of the window, so that I could put in a fireplace on the main focal point wall. I took a trip to the ReStore in my area, and saw this beauty for only $50.00.
She’s totally perfect, right? Low-back profile, mid-century style, and easily a 5 seater. This baby is 10 feet long. The only problem with it was the colour. Just not my style and that horrible couch skirt at the bottom just HAD to go.
When I first told my husband of my plan that I was going to paint it. He’s all like “you can’t paint a couch!”, so I went all Justin Trudeau on him and was like “Watch me!” Lol. I started by doing research, and discovered that I needed to use chalk paint, a spray bottle and fabric medium for this project. I bought about 4 bottles of the Martha Stewart fabric medium from Michael’s for this couch. I started by cleaning the couch, and then sprayed a mixture of water and fabric medium on to the couch to make it damp.
Once the fabric was all damp, I made a mixture of half chalk paint, and then equal parts fabric medium and water. After giving it a good stir, I then worked it on to the couch. In this pic you can see the first coat of paint going on. The couch should be damp prior to the paint being applied, to help the paint soak into the fabric.
After the paint fully dries, it will be stiff. To fix this, you will need to use a fine grit sanding block to smooth out the surface. This whole process of spraying, mixing, painting, drying, sanding is then repeated about 10 times. Yes! About 10 times. Crazy, right? I know. I nearly gave up.
Perhaps it was because I went from a dark colour to a light colour, or that maybe the tweed type fabric on the couch was a thick, loosely woven fabric that just sucked the paint right up. Whatever the reason, it took a long time and a lot of commitment.
But now that it’s done, I’m thrilled with the results.
Even though I spent about double the cost of the actual couch itself on paint and fabric medium, I’m really pleased with the look. And once that horrible couch skirt was removed, I spray painted the mid-century style legs a metallic gold colour.
Would I ever take on an upholstery project this big again? I’m really not sure….. For now though, I’m going to enjoy my new old couch and I’m thinking about maybe painting the piping and buttons a glossy black colour in the meantime…. What do you think?
Now it’s time to check out the awesome furniture flips from my blogging friends
We’re back for another month of the Furniture *Renew*Refresh*Restyle* Challenge, where I team up with some friends to bring you a new furniture upcycle project each month. I’ve also partnered with Cutting Edge Stencils to complete this project and I can’t wait to share their gorgeous new stencil with you all.
**This post has been sponsored by Cutting Edge Stencils. I did receive product and/or compensation in exchange for my honest opinion about their product. All opinions expressed are my own.**
I’ve had this old white dresser in my daughter’s room for over 10 years and it was (yawn) boring, broken and in much need of some love. Since I needed a new dresser in my bedroom, it was a win-win. Check out how I completed this Dresser Upcycle in a pretty French Blue.
For the coming month’s challenges, we’ve decided to go with a different theme each month and March is devoted to milk paint. I really wanted to go with a pretty blue for the front of this dresser, and milk paint was the perfect choice.
Here is what the dresser looked like Before. It was run down, dirty and broken.
I started by removing the knobs and drawer pulls.
Here is the pretty blue I chose. I also picked up the Bonding Primer & Sealer. I cannot stress this enough…. If you are painting a piece that has been previously painted or stained, you HAVE to apply this first. If you don’t, your milk paint will peel and flake right off and your project will look pretty crappy overall.
The bonding primer is clear and takes about an hour to dry before you can apply the milk paint.
Here is the dresser all painted in that pretty blue. I confess I did mix some white in with the blue just to tone it down a bit.
I then applied this gorgeous stencil to the front of the dresser. I was in love with this stencil the moment I saw it, and I couldn’t wait to use it. It’s the French Poem Allover Wall Stencil and I love the fact that this pretty French poem written in the 19th century is all about cherishing every moment. I’ve never used a stencil before and I can honestly say it was fairly easy. The instructions recommend doing a couple practice passes with the stencil and I absolutely agree. There is a bit of a learning curve, but as long as the stencil is tight to the surface you are painting, it’s easy. I love this stencil so much that I’m going to be doing another project with it, and making some over-sized wall art.
Here is the completed Upcycled Dresser in French Blue. I love how it has been raised up with the addition of the legs at the bottom.
Please have a look at the fun projects my blogging friends have been up to and to see how they transformed their pieces using milk paint:
I’ve been working really hard on my living room this past month, and I’m so excited to be nearly finished so I can share it with you guys. In the meantime though, there was this stool upholstering and spray painting project I’ve had on the back burner for awhile. So, for this month for the Furniture Refresh Challenge, I’ll show you how to reupholster an old stool that now complements the new living room decor.
We’ve had so much fun with this monthly challenge, and have decided to make a monthly theme. The month of February is Spray Paint!!! This fun monthly challenge ensures that I always follow through with those projects that seem to sometimes take forever to get done, and I’m so happy to be able to share the projects of some of my friends too. Let’s meet the hosts:
Here is a pic of one of the stools. I picked up 3 of them for $10.00. I knew I could make them pretty with some fun fur and metallic spray paint.
I started by removing the seat from the metal base. I then just put the screw aside because I would need those later to re-attach the seat.
This is my go-to gold metallic spray paint. I LOVE it. I’ve tried them all, and this is my favourite.
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I live in Canada (eh…) Notice the snow?? The cold is no match for this spray paint though, and it dried just as quickly and thoroughly as if it was a summer day.
While the metal bases were drying, I cut my white fun fur to size and tacked it in place.
Now that the stools are twinning with my rug and coffee table, everything coordinates. If you want to see the tutorial where I transformed an old glass coffee table using contact paper, you can check out that post here —-> DIY Faux Marble Coffee Table.
I simply love how quick and easy these were to transform. Please check out the links to see what my friends have completed using spray paint. These are some seriously talented ladies, so hang on…
Here are all the Before pics. Click on the links to see what my friends created:
We’re back again this month with another fun furniture flip for the *Renew*Refresh*Restyle* Challenge. This monthly feature is where some talented bloggers team up to show you how we transformed a piece of furniture into something new and pretty.
For my furniture flip, I did something CRAZY and I’m going to show you how I turned an Ikea side table into a Christmas tree base. I really wanted it to look like an old shipping crate, and the cost of these wooden crates was beyond my budget. So, my only option was to figure out how to DIY it.
I started with looking on my local buy and sell group and found this $5 Ikea Lack table. The seller delivered it, and I got started on it right away.
I had some scrap wood left over from my recent fireplace project, and since I was determined to keep costs very low, I used the different sizes I had.
I started by flipping the table upside down and I used wood glue on the legs before securing the wooden slats in place with a nailgun.
I continued this same process all the way around the table. Once all the slats were in place, I painted the whole thing white using some paint I had lying around.
I thought about how fun it would be to make the crate look like it had been shipped from the North Pole. I stenciled different things on the front of the crate, and I chose something wholly ridiculous to be shipped (SNOW….lol) because I’m quirky like that.
The last step was simply setting up the tree inside the wooden crate. I love that I can use it as a decorative base for my Christmas tree and once the holidays are over, it can double as a place to store Christmas decorations.
Please be sure to check out all the wonderful projects from my blogging friends below to see how they transformed their pieces.
This month’s Fab Furniture Flippin Contest theme is ‘Class it Up’ and was hosted by D. Lawless Hardware, who have an amazing selection of drawer pulls and knobs. This contest gave me a chance to complete a project I’ve had on the back burner for a long time. I’m so excited to show you how I upcycled some old drawers into rolling under the bed storage bins.
First off, let’s say a huge thank you to the hosts of the amazing Fab Furniture Flippin Contest #FFFC. These amazing ladies do a wonderful job at organizing the monthly challenges for us, and are always inspiring us with their fabulous projects.
Sponsored Post Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post, however I did receive product for this post and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.
Check out the featured host this month:
Colleen from 58 Water Street transformed this dresser into a stunner —–> here.
Here are the drawers that have been stored in my garage for literally years. My husband frequently offered to take them to the dump for me, however I had a plan…. and my response was always a “no thank you. I’m going to use them… I really am…”
I started off by painting the drawers a rich coral shade. I’m totally digging coral right now, so this is right up my alley. This paint is from the Americana Décor Chalk Paint line.
After the drawers had been painted, I felt like they were a bit bland and needed some pizzazz.
I picked up some fun decals that coordinate with my daughter’s room décor and match her spunky personality as well.
To add the castors to the bottom of the drawers, I added a 0.75 inch piece of wood between the castors and bottom of the drawer because I didn’t want sharp screws sticking up into the storage area. Once the metal part of the castor was screwed to the wood piece, I then used wood glue to secure the castor in place on each corner of the drawer.
Once the glue had dried, I decided to use my nail gun (with some very small nails) to add some extra strength and stability.
Once these amazing antique milkglass drawer pulls were added, I then measured and glued in some wrapping paper with multi-coloured chevrons on the bottom of the drawers.
The drawers were then placed under my daughter’s bed, and are a perfect way for her to start off with getting her room organized for the new school year.
The castors make sliding the drawers in and out a breeze. They glide easily over hardwood and carpet and the stylish pulls make these under the bed storage bins one of my favourite upcycles ever.
Any bloggers or DIYers interested in joining the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks so much everyone for checking out my most recent upcycle.