Vintage cubby makeover

When I found this ten-drawer cubby at a vintage show, I knew I had to have it, but that I’d have to paint it. The dark wood needed a DIY furniture makeover for sure. I don’t normally select pieces that need work, maybe that will change when I have more time. I’m usually drawn to ready-to-go pieces, but I made an exception for this vintage piece. The cubby was offered at a good price, very sturdy – no repairs needed, and I love that it can be used in so many ways.

My next decision was selecting a paint color – that’s a fairly easy decision since I love neutrals and I’m not that adventurous to pick something different. I went with chalk spray paint in chiffon white, again (see the vintage metal side tables here). It looks great, especially with the original hardware. I only covered the exterior sides and I left the drawer sides unpainted – the stained wood here is very pretty. I lightly sanded the edges here and there to give it some pretty wear and tear.

This cubby will soon be used for my oldest daughter’s Christmas Market booth display. She will be selling some things from my Etsy shop to raise funds for her 8th grade Washington D.C. trip next spring. The cubby is large and heavy, and more than what we need to display some of our items, but it is eye catching and a unique way to show off our stuff!

The display needs a few more touches, and because our items are perfect stocking stuffers I’m thinking a few stockings and other Christmas decorations will do the trick. This Christmas Market is going to be so great and so much fun, and the proceeds help 8th graders fund their D.C. trip. It’s a great show if you’re in town!

Facebook event here

This little cubby is sure to pop up around the house, especially with the approaching holidays – I hope you’ll check back with me for some holiday inspiration.

DIY Stenciled Dressers

The final touch for the bohemian master bedroom redesign was a makeover for the dressers. These mission style dressers are in perfect condition and meet the client’s needs. However, the darker stain wasn’t ideal for the light and airy vibe in their new boho room.

There are some ways to makeover wood furniture; you can paint, cover with wallpaper, and stencil, to name a few. After weighing out the options, we went with stenciling a tribal batik pattern only on the drawers of each dresser.

The pattern is perfect for this boho room, and the creamy white colored design brightens the dark wood just enough. We could have also painted the top piece the creamy white or even the entire frame, but we were conservative and subtle with our makeover approach.

Stenciling takes time and patience. It’s not a great project if you’re looking for immediate satisfaction, but the results can be stunning. Here are some times from my experience stenciling these dressers:

  • Number the drawers. I used a piece of painter’s tape inside the drawer to write the number, then I drew a sketch of the dresser and indicated each drawer’s number on the sketch. This will help you to easily put the drawers back in order – especially with the continual pattern we used.
  • Keep the hardware in order. After removing each drawer handle, I lined them up in the same order so that they could be placed back onto the same drawer.
  • Use painters tape to attach your stencil. The painters tape holds well and removes easily.
  • Paint a few drawers at a time. I used some books underneath the drawers to make them lay flat and sturdy. I lined up as many drawers that fit inside the stencil. This saves time and keeps the pattern continual.
  • Use as little as paint as possible. If the paint is too thick, it will run behind the stencil and could ruin your design. I used a towel to lift extra paint, but even then I sometimes experienced extra paint.
  • Use a sponge roller for large stencils. The roller will help keep the paint evenly distributed and covers a larger portion than a small dabbing sponge.
  • Make sure to let the paint dry before removing the stencil – or be very careful.
  • Use a craft acrylic paint. There are so many colors these days to choose from, it dries quickly, and it’s inexpensive.
  • When you seal the stenciled design, either spray or apply with one swipe of a brush. The seal will smear or even remove your design. If you don’t seal the design, it can get scratched off or worn off. Save all your hard work and just seal it with a water-based polyurethane. If you don’t have a light touch for painting, get a spray can of it instead.
  • Be sure to follow the instructions on the can of polyurethane – you want the coats to fully dry and cure before using and installing the hardware.

This awesome stencil is offered by Royal Stencils on Etsy.com. This shop includes helpful instructions and delivers a high-quality stencils. They have dozens of designs to chose from.

Here are more posts you may enjoy!
Macrame wall hanging
DIY pallet headboard
DIY boho inspired jewelry display
Bohemian style at Walmart
Bohemian style from Amazon
Boho plant shelf

Chalk spray paint makeover

Dania couch with vintage metal cart side tables
Our mismatched side tables turned out pretty great painted the same color.
They’re a match now~

You know those people out there who are amazing at spray painting? I have never been one of those people, well maybe not until now. I’m pretty sure my painting skills have nothing to do with how great these side tables turned out and everything to do with the Rustoleum chalk spray paint I used.

I absolutely love industrial vintage style and I love these side tables. They are a little different, but similar enough to pass as a pair. And I thought they’d work even better as a pair if they were the same color (one was hot pink and the other was dark grey). I also wanted a matte finish to fit the style of the room, and there’s something so soft and rich about the chalk paint finish.

I used three cans to paint two coats on two side tables. They’re not perfect, don’t look too close, but I love the way they turned out! Besides, I have two kiddos so we’re not going for ‘perfect’ around here anyway. There are so many beautiful colors to choose from and then your piece is ready to go after drying for 24 hours.

I used the Chiffon Cream – it’s a rich creamy white, but it’s not cream.

Do you have any spray paint projects you’re planning? Does chalk spray paint sound like a good fit for your project? I’d love to see and hear about your projects!

Thank you so much for reading my blog, I hope it was helpful or inspiring~