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Leather Belt Ottoman Diy

I was inspired a few years ago with a chair that I saw in a artsy shop made with leather belts and so I started my own belt collection.

Vintage leather belts are a dime a dozen at a lot of thrift stores. I pick them up when I see them. They don’t have to be in great condition and they don’t need to have buckles for these types of projects, you cut them off anyway.

This was my pile. I went through them and cut off the ends. I used fabric shears.

I picked this foot stool up from Goodwill for $2 and thought it would be the piece for this project. It was already painted this a avocado green with a distressed look to it. I did want to change it. It was perfect!

The only things I did to it was remove the seat, four screws and wash it up.

This is my absolute favorite tool. A Ryobi Airstrike. I don’t think I could have done this project without this. I’m a weakling lol. I used 1-1/4” staples. They went through the thick leather belts like butter!

I separated the short belts from the long belts and went to work. I stapled all the long belts on first, both ends.

Then I started weaving the short belts through the long belts. It was easy until I got to the end. It got pretty snug but I got it. The tooled leather belts are my favorite.

This is what the underneath looked like when it was finished. I put two staples in each belt.

Here it is…I’m not sure how much weight this will hold but it is so sturdy! I’m not sure we’re I’ll put it yet but I tucked it in this corner to get some pictures. I’m in love!

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100 year Old Antique Cabinet Restore/Refinish Before & After

My husband curb shopped this amazing antique cabinet. He knows I love to restore old furniture and thought I would like this piece…well…I LOVE it! We decided it would be a perfect piece for our mud room. We needed a place to put the things we grab on the way out the door. Hats, scarves, mittens, ponchos, dog leashes etc. It is absolutely perfect for the space.

The first thing we did was remove all the hardware and clean it out. The hardware had previously been painted and I wanted to strip them back to their original brass. It was a lot easier then we thought. Here’s how we did it.

I put hot water and a squirt of dish soap in a crock pot that I will only use for crafting. I don’t recommend using a crock pot for cooking food after doing this. I turned the crockpot on high and put all the hardware inside and let it sit while we worked on the cabinet.

We had a lot of fun working on this project together. Look how rough this cabinet looked!

We knew it would take a lot of work to make this perfect so we decided to make it more of a shabby chic, farmhouse style. We scraped and sanded all the loose paint off. We discovered some interesting things while taking this thing apart.

There were three layers of paint. I had already decided on the paint color before we found out what the original color was. I could not believe how close my paint color was to the original color!

I flipped over a drawer while cleaning it and found this date and initials. We figured this cabinet is almost 100 years old!

I painted the year and my initials next to it. Look how close the paint color is..

The original blue.

The color I already had on hand. Annie Sloan paint is my favorite chalk paint.

After we painted the cabinet, we checked on the hardware. They had been soaking for a couple of hours.

The paint peeled off rather easily. There was a little residue left so we put them back in the water for a bit to soak.

We used very fine steel wool to buff off the remaining paint. We were very happy with how they came out. They look perfect on the cabinet.

We decided we didn’t want this cabinet to be perfect. You can see here that there are some rough looking spots. It’s gives the cabinet a lot of character. The hardware isn’t perfect either and I think they compliment each other very well, just like me and my hubby.

Here is the finished product. The handles are not straight, that’s how the person that built it installed them, we just left it just like it was…I am in love with it. I get very emotionally attached to furniture that I redo. Does anyone else?

Here it is in its place. It fits perfectly. I put contact paper in the drawers to finish it off. It is so sturdy and well made, I’m sure we will get use out of it for many years. We are still in the process of decorating our mud room. This is a great addition.

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Curb Shopped Vintage Footstool Redo

My husband was out working one day and seen this bench setting out on a curb. He brought it home to me and I was ecstatic!

I love vintage furniture and I love restoring it. I knew what I was going to do right away.

The frame on this stool is amazing. I didn’t have to do one thing to the finish.

It was solid and clean! So I just redid the upholstery. I removed the leather that was torn and added a thin fresh padding to the top. I bought white fur from Joanns and stapled it on.

I just love it! I put it in my walk-in closet. It was such a dramatic transformation. You can find so many cool things in the trash!

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Queen Anne Highboy Dresser Makeover Restoration

I am so in love with this new (vintage 1976) furniture I got for my master bedroom at the lake!

I got a Queen Anne Highboy and a nightstand. I got these beautiful pieces for FREE a friend was giving them away. I knew the second I saw it, I wanted it. I’m now on the hunt for another similar nightstand to redo.

This is what it looked like before. Very pretty but didn’t go with my lake decor. I went with Annie Sloan Napoleonic Blue and her Dark Wax.

This was by far the most challenging piece of furniture I have done! It was a lot of work but worth it!

This is the paint only, before the dark wax was applied. So bright, I know! But I had a vision. This paint is amazing. It covers well, no sanding needed! I just used Awesome Cleaner to wipe off any residue, that’s it. I painted two coats of blue then applied the dark wax.

This was after the wax was applied but before buffing.

This is after buffing.

All finished!

Here’s the nightstand.

The tools I used:

These brushes. The big brush is a chalk paint brush. I used it mostly. The others were for small detail areas.

Awesome cleaner from dollar store…it’s well, awesome!

I wore a mask while using the Awesome. It has a strong odor.

The paint and wax I used. I used a soft cloth to buff the wax.

Here’s the link for the nightstand makeover: https://thethriftyjewell.com/2020/04/25/vintage-queen-ann-end-table-makeover-chalk-paint-furniture-restoration/

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Vintage Queen Ann End Table Makeover Chalk Paint Furniture Restoration

I spent the day painting this beautiful vintage Queen Ann side table. It came out way better then I expected! This piece is going in our Master Bedroom at the lake. I got this piece and a matching Highboy Chest from a friend. I’ll be painting the Highboy next.

This was how it looked when I got it. I removed the hardware and cleaned them and spray painted them black. I cleaned the entire piece with Awesome Cleaner. Most dollar stores carry it.

I recommend wearing a mask while cleaning with awesome. It is strong. This is a homemade medical mask I made for protection from corona virus. It worked well for blocking the fumes.

Next I started painting..I used Annie Sloan Paint. It is the best chalk paint I have ever used! I wanted a Navy Blue to go with my bedroom color scheme. I researched and decided on Napoleonic Blue and Dark Wax.

This combo created an amazing color! I’m literally obsessed with it!

This is the color, two coats with no wax. Too bright for me. Once paint dried, i lightly sanded with 400 grit sandpaper just to smooth a bit. Then I brushed on clear wax with a wax brush. Then before it dried, I brushed on the dark wax. I really worked it into the wood. Also, I noticed that one of the handles was missing, bottom drawer center. Instead of replacing all of the hardware, I filled the holes with a dowel rod, glued on and painted over. You can only tell if you are looking for it.

Here is a video of how I applied the paint and wax.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vv24RvKfWJo&feature=youtu.be

This color is exactly what I wanted!! In the above pic, the wax still needs to be buffed. I have to wait 24 hours. I’ll update with the finished picture then. When you buff it, you create a shine. I will be painting my highboy the same color. I can’t wait to get it to the lake!!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vv24RvKfWJo&feature=youtu.be

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TV Stand Makeover w/Chalk Paint DIY

We have had this black laminate tv stand for years. It was an eye sore to me. Now I love a distressed look but this just wasn’t cutting it. I have tried covering the scratches with a black marker, no go! I was thinking about donating it and getting something else but I am too thrifty! I couldn’t see spending a couple of hundred dollars for another one, so I spent around $25 instead. Here’s how I made it over.

I started by cleaning the tv stand with Awesome. Most dollar stores sell it. I sprayed it on and wiped real good.

The next thing I did was apply contact paper to the inside of the stand. I found this contact paper at the Dollar Tree. They have some really cute prints. I ended up applying it to the shelves as well.

This is the paint I used. This is the first time I have used it and it won’t be the last. I was very impressed with the quality and coverage. You can paint on most any surface without sanding. I used Paris Gray. It is found in Boutiques. I had to find it online and order it since we are under a “Stay at Home” order. I ended up ordering some more for upcoming furniture makeovers I have planned. I highly recommend this paint!

These are the brushes I used. I painted the big surface areas with the large chalk paint brush with natural bristles. I found it on amazon. It worked well. I used the other brushes in the smaller areas. The flat brush I used to apply the wax.

This definitely needed two coats! This was after one coat, you can see the black shining through. I let it dry then applied the second coat. It dries really fast. By the time I finished the first coat, it was ready for the second.




Here is the finished product. My Wheaten, Saphira thought I was taking her picture when I got my camera out lol. She sat right down and posed. I had to throw this picture in.

This is the inside with the contact paper. I dislike painting inside cabinets. This was much easier and I think it adds nice contrast.

I’m happy with the color I chose. I thought it would be a little darker but this actually makes things look brighter. I added a coat of clear chalk paint wax. This is an important step to protect the paint. Brush it on and after it dries buff. Now as soon as my additional paint arrives I will paint the end tables in my living room, pictured below.

These are in dire need of a makeover! I can’t wait to get started on them…

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TV Stand A Makeover Sneak Peek

Hey Everyone! Just a quick sneak peek of my latest project. I’m giving my laminate tv stand a makeover. It was scratched up pretty bad and I’m not talking about a cute distressed look. It also had a puppy chewed corner… It was not pleasing to my eye! I was thinking about getting a new one but I am THRIFTY! Instead of a couple of hundred dollars for a new one, I spent $20. Now that’s a bargain! This is the first coat of Annie Sloan Chalk paint and I am loving this amazing quality paint! I will be working on it today. It will need at least another coat. I will update when it is finished…stay tuned! Subscribe to my blog for the latest!

First Coat of Paint
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