Creating a Space

Untitled collage

Spring Break is just about over and as usual, there were projects! Among them was creating a space in my bedroom to unwind, look out the window, or just feel satisfied that I’m not waking up to a pile of clothes on the floor! There’s something so rewarding about staring at a before and after photo so I’ve created a collage showing the 2 pieces of furniture I bought at Mimi’s Attic, our local used furniture store. Just walking into this place makes me inspired! There’s always so much to choose from but this time I wanted to keep my finished project to under $100, which I did. The 2 items pictured are:

  1. A vintage vanity seat painted in sheepskin chalk paint and covered with some updated fabric
  2. An old metal and wood CD rack with the metal frame painted in the same color chalk paint and the shelves painted with blue milk paint, which I’ve never used before but LOVE!

There are a few items on the finished shelves that also came from Mimi’s – succulents in a small pitcher, a glass oil jar and 2 small cups (perfect for brandy or some other ladylike drink). When my alarm goes off at 6:30 tomorrow morning, I’ll wake with a smile on my face, looking at one of this week’s accomplishments, which will help as I wake with a groan at having to readjust my sleeping schedule.

Here’s another photo of the finished project:

mimis after 2


for the love of chalk paint….

My friend has been repurposing furniture and selling some of her pieces. One time she posted a finished product and said she had painted it with chalk paint. I assumed she meant chalkboard paint. No no no no….

Well I guess they are similar. The thing that drew me in was the ‘no prep’ part. That’s my kind of paint! So I bought some, and then some more, and then….you get the idea. Everything around me started to appear as it could look – if only covered in chalk paint! On Pinterest, I saw that The Happy Housie had painted an old metal file cabinet and stenciled it. Adorable! So that’s what my talented assistant Ashley did and this is how it turned out –

file cabinet edit

And since I’m now an official chalk paint repurposing junkie, here are a few pictures of my other projects completed over the past month –

dresser before and after collage

and this little desk – before

desk before

and after – with fabric decoupage and a few coats of extra thick glossy coat (Martha Stewart)

after desk

and this piece, which I don’t have a before picture of. Basically it was a plain unfinished wood shelf which I painted with a mixture of blue and yellow chalk paint and finished with clear wax and a touch of metallic copper paint. The top and back of shelves are decoupaged with damask paper…