Hello amazing friends! I hope everyone is hanging in there ok! I’m back today sharing what I did with two funky pieces that belong to the sweet girl next door. Ya’ll know I rarely take on other people’s projects. I don’t like not having the freedom to just do whatever I want with a makeover. The stars aligned for this one though.
Last weekend, my neighbors asked me for advice about painting some furniture that belonged to their daughter, Olivia. I was just finishing up my Winter thrifty haul, so I asked them to send me photos of what they wanted to paint. When I saw those gorgeous French Provincial curves, I knew I wanted to take this project on. Plus, Olivia took care of Lyla for us when we went out of town for a few days to go skiing earlier this year which was so appreciated!
There are two pieces. First, this desk:
I don’t believe they were the ones responsible for the paint job. I myself may or may not have sponge painted the walls of an entire bathroom in sea foam green and peach back in the 90’s so I can’t really be too judgy here!
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The paint finish on both pieces was coming up in a few areas:
I usually pass on already-painted pieces when I’m thrifting because they can be a lot of work to redo. I could have used a product like Citristrip to remove the old paint, and as great as it works, it is still messy.
For this set, I decided to sand down the top of both pieces to the original finish using my orbital sander and 120 grit sandpaper, followed by 220 grit sandpaper. I then sanded the body of each piece with 220 grit…enough to smooth out the texture and give some grip to that very glossy paint.
The tops ended up being laminate. You can use a product like Slick Stick for extra adhesion with slick surfaces like this, but I sanded the surfaces well which also works.
Olivia was looking for a “Beachy” look…a girl after my own heart! I had a 16oz jar of Dixie Belle’s Sea Glass that I though would be perfect and she loved it when she saw it. It is a very beachy blue-green color.
I gave both pieces two coats:
I didn’t plan to distress this set, so I just very lightly sanded all over and then cleaned up any dust with my shop-vac.
Then I gave them a light dry brushing with Cotton. Here is the comparison of two drawers, with and without the dry brushing:
Again, no distressing this time.
And here is how this pretty little lady looks with her new coastal-inspired makeover:
What a difference a little paint makes!!
Before, the bottom inch of the single drawer on the right was missing. Normally, I would have run up to Home Depot and grabbed a piece of trim, but I searched every corner of the garage and found this piece of trim leftover from our stairs that worked just fine:
I attached it to the bottom of the drawer front with E6000 glue. I also swapped out the original wooden knob for a pretty glass one…
The drawer sides and tops had also been painted previously…
I sanded those smooth as well, but I wanted to do something different for the sides. I knew they were painting the walls in a soft gray, so I asked Olivia’s Mom if they had any leftover wall paint.
That ended up being a lovely contrast to the Sea Glass:
I ended up just painting the whole drawer inside and out:
Since I was using latex enamel, I primed first, then painted with two coats.
I love how this pretty piece turned out!
Remember the “Things” basket I redid last year?
I kept this one, of course! You can see more of that makeover HERE. I redid two baskets in that post.
And the new pulls with their fresh white paint:
Ok one more piece!
This night table looked just like the desk:
And here it is now!
So fresh and light!
This definitely has a coastal feel now!
Perfect for a sweet young lady’s room!
I hope ya’ll enjoyed seeing this one. This set took a bit longer than expected so while I won’t have a brand new makeover to share on Thursday, I think you’ll enjoy what I have planned…I’ll be sharing what I price things for in my booth!
UPDATE: No need to come back! You can see how I price my items for resale HERE now!!
And before I go, I wanted to let ya’ll know that you know longer need a code to get FREE SHIPPING in my Etsy Shop when you spend $50 or more.
The discount will be applied automatically! All orders under $50 still receive $8 flat rate shipping!
See ya Thursday!
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