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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.

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!!

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Decorating Our Lake House On A Thrifty Budget The Master Bedroom Suite

We bought our dream home! My husband and I have talked for years about buying a lake house. We love the great outdoors! Our current full time residence is in the city. My husband retires from work in a few years. When that magic moment happens, our plan is to sell our house and move into our vacation home which happens to be on a lake! For now we are slowly decorating it to be our forever home.

Because we have two houses, there is more of an expense so we have to make changes slowly. I happen to LOVE thrifting! I have gathered a few things here and there to decorate the lake house with. I’m no professional, I just love making things homey and why not do it on the cheap? I will be changing things up when we make our move but for now, I am having fun decorating on a budget. There’s no shame in my thrifting game!

I wanted to share some of the cute items I have purchased from thrift stores, garage sales, consignment shops and curb shopping. I’m doing this blog series room by room so be sure to follow me so you can read them all! I will also be updating as I redecorate.

This blog is for the Master Suite. I am not through decorating it yet, the room is large and has a walk-in closet and master bath. I have a vision of how I want it and it is slow coming along.

Here is the bed.

I purchased the nautical theme bedding at Home Goods, (Home Goods is my favorite!) on clearance of course. It is branded by Tahari, very nice quality. The Throw pillows were all on clearance from Home Goods as well. Always check the clearance sections first!

The fabric headboard is from Amazon for around $200. I love my navy blue headboard! It looks more expensive than it was and it’s great for leaning against and reading. It is tufted upholstered fabric and I love it!

I have a cedar chest in my other home that my dad bought for me when I was 16. It will go at the foot of this bed when we move here.

I need a nightstand for my hubby’s side of the bed. The one we have now is a small black table that doesn’t really go but it’s functional.

My nightstand, I fell in love with it from across a thrift store room. I ran to it and said sold! I brought it home and painted it. I kept the inside original with the vintage shelf liner. I paid $20 for it. It’s an antique. It’s simply perfect. I am looking for something similar for the other side. I’ll find it.. Here is my little cutie.. I love the feet and the little dangling handle.

20$ nightstand

The vintage glass lamp on the night stand was, get this, .25!! That is 25 cents!! I bought it at a little thrift near our lake house that has tons of items for a quarter! I find lots of treasures there. I bought the lampshade new for $10, Walmart, I believe.. A pretty little lamp for $10.25! By the style of electrical cord, we estimate it to be from the 70s.. I love a bargain!

Vintage Glass Lamp $10.25
Lamp for a quarter

Now Let’s talk about the antique dresser. I curb shopped it…Yes, someone threw it away! My husband thought I was crazy when I said; “Stop, Let’s get that!” I seen the potential and had to have it! We put it in the Jeep, I remember it barely fit, It was very beat up and had country blue painted drawer fronts and white handles. It was covered in nail polish among other things. I had a heck of a time cleaning it. I also had to peel kids Snow White wallpaper from inside the drawers that someone used as drawer liner. I painted it with chalk paint then I bought new handles from Hobby Lobby and BOOM! It was just how I envisioned it when I seen it on the curb. It’s one of my favorite pieces.

After Curb shopped dresser

The lamp on top of the dresser, I also paid a quarter for! I added the shade, I curb shopped that. This is my favorite lamp ever. I love the mid-century shape and the white milk glass. It has a bulb inside the bottom and is a two way lamp. It gives such a nice ambiance to the room!

The mirror above the dresser is so pretty! I got it from Salvation Army for $15. It’s super heavy and used to be gold. Funny side story.. a lady tried to steal this mirror right out of my shopping cart! Needless to say, she didn’t get it. I’m kind of bummed I painted it now…I miss the gold. I was thinking I might add some touches of gold to it, I don’t know but it’s still such a pretty piece.

The vase in the corner I picked up for $5 at one of my favorite consignment shops in the clearance room. I don’t know what it is made of but it is incredibly heavy! I’m not sure about the arrangement, that’s what I stuck in there for the time being.

I have this sort of frumpy arm chair that I got for $20 at Salvation Army. It is so comfy. It needs a cleaning because it got drizzled on in the back of the truck while we were transporting it. It’s a nice place to sit.

Frumpy chair

This boat painting is on wood. I love it. I found it on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $12! This wall is between the closet and bathroom. I plan on putting this traditional, electric white fireplace that we have in the living room right under this picture after my husband builds a fireplace in the living room. I can’t wait to fill this wall with that fireplace. It will be so cozy.

Wood Boat painting

I’ve always wanted a walk in closet and I finally have one! I found this shabby chic chandelier in a consignment shop and my hubby hooked it up! It is a huge money saver when you can do projects on your own. It’s perfect for this closet space! This closet was bubble gum pink when we bought this place. Big difference.

Here are a few before and after shots of the master bathroom. It was also pink. We painted and changed the tile around the garden tub. We also changed the light fixture and painted the brass on the faucet silver. A face lift without ripping our the whole bathroom. Little changes can make a big difference.

After, I think Saphira approves
So fresh looking
The Sailboat Painting was also a SALE item!

After we finished everything, I was painting the rings around the faucet chrome. They originally were brass and instead of replacing the whole faucet, we decided a little paint would be less expensive. Well I accidentally knocked the paint into the tub and we immediately had a huge disaster on our hands! I stayed in the tub, ( I had paint on my feet!) while my husband ran to the hardware and bought mineral spirits. We scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed until it ALL came off! It was such a relief. We thought at first it was ruined! Thankfully you can’t even tell now.

The last thing we have to do in the bathroom is change the shower door. It has brass trim and no I won’t be painting it lol! We will be replacing with a frameless glass door.

So, these are a few of my thrifty finds. My next blog will be about the Living Room…until next time