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Last friday I stopped into one of my favorite thrift stores with a 10 minute time limit. I was doing some errands in the area and just had to stop in. I usually have a good idea of what I am looking for, and can walk the aisle pretty fast. As I neared the end of the cooking area on my way to the sheets, I took a glance at this scale and quickly texted my friend to see if she wanted it. I have a scale currently at the studio, and I knew she would be interested.

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The black color really wasn’t my favorite, which is why I had thought to share the treasured find.  The more I thought about the scale on my way home, I really wanted to keep it. I just really didn’t like the color.

For the extremely cheap price I paid, I thought It couldn’t hurt to try paint it . And I just happened to have a can of white spray paint( rust-o-luim semi gloss works great on metal) in the garage. I really think I need to take stalk in spray paint.

Before I began painting I taped around the center round circle covering the entire front. Once I had everything taped I sprayed the entire scale. The top pulled off which helped getting into the smaller area’s.  After the paint had set for a good 20+minutes and was almost dry to the touch, I ran my finger across random area’s pulling the paint off making it look distressed.

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I don’t think the scale is going anywhere. It has found it’s new home on my entry table. And how cute are those mini fabric pinwheels  Karen sent for our upcoming Chicago workshop!!!!

  • July 22, 2014 - 11:47 am

    Julie Rouse - I love getting to see how you paint and style vintage pieces! I don’t think I live too far from you in the Cities. What is the name of your favorite thrift store?

    Love your blog and hope to come to one of your Be Craft workshops sometime!ReplyCancel

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It’s no lie that I skim Craig’s list just about every day. It’s interesting and fun looking through what other people are getting rid of, and I don’t have to drive from thrift store to thrift store. I have been typing in the key word ” hutch” for awhile now. I usually end up only seeing huge glass buffet hutches, until the day ( night staying up way past my bed time) I found this small 33 wide hutch for $30.00.

As soon as I found the listing I quickly emailed the seller in hopes I was the first one. With Craig’s list you never know if someone is ahead of you in line or if the posting is old. The next day I was in my car driving an hour to pick her up.

I always get asked ” how do you get so lucky and so cheap” ?  There is no special tricks ( that I am aware of)  except keep looking!!!! I am not afraid to barter and  keep within my budget. The worst thing that can happen is the seller says no. I have never bought anything off Craig’s list for the asking price.

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I am so glad I remembered to take a before photo.  I am usually so excited to start painting that I totally forget. The hutch was in great shape. There was a small crack at the bottom of the door, but other then that it was in great condition.

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A few painting tips:

  • Sanding: I usually never sand unless it is extremely rough surface, or there is a scuff.  Sanding of course is always good.
  • Priming: I usually only prime if I am panting white, but I don’t find it is needed.
  • Brushes: My favorite brushes are angled and in the price range of $5-7. Lowe’s carries a really nice brand in this price range with a wood handle. When painting in smaller area’s I tend to use brushes for kids and for art painting. I love the smaller brush size for the smaller area’s. Occasionally I will use a foam roller to even out  brush strokes.
  • Paint: My favorite brand is Behr at Home Depot and Annies’s Chalk paint.  Because this hutch had glass doors, I didn’t want to use spray paint. And lets be honest, I was to lazy to remove the glass doors otherwise I could have.

Just last week my friend Katie introduced me to her secret of making her own chalk paint!!!! It was a life changing. I was having a really hard time getting the white paint to look fully covered. White in general can be tricky. After mixing in plaster of paris ( mixed with water) into a small cup with the paint, I was blown away !!!! If your interested in learning more about making your own chalk paint, you can join us at our BE CRAFTY workshop in just a few weeks on Katie’s farm where we will be learning more about paint.

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When repainting furniture I usually end up replacing the hardware. Changing the knobs can completely change the over all look. Sometimes I will just paint over the metal hardware, but for this project I was needing to find something new.

These knobs were from Hobby Lobby for 50%  for about $3 . Anthropologie has super cute knobs as well, but with a higher price tag.

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I think this is one of my favorite flips to date, but I might say that on tomorrow’s vintage scale.

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I love birthday’s, and today the Maggie Holmes Design team has put together a fun little surprise to wish our sweet Friend Maggie a HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!!

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An since birthdays are for celebrating and eating cake, I thought it would be fun to make her some cupcake toppers and send her a box with some of my favorite cupcake making supplies.

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To create the cupcake toppers I first made the bows using the styleboard  bow die cut and cork paper.  I then glued some crepe paper to a mini screwer that I added glitter to and  then added a little fridge to the end. I found it works best to use hot glue when attaching the bow to the stick.

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And don’t worry, I made to sure eat that cupcake in Maggie’s honor today!!!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAGGIE.  I hope you have a wonderful birthday today!!  And be sure to stop by the rest of the design team’s blogs to see what they surprised Maggie with.

Stephanie Bryan // Jessy Christpher  // Kim Stewart

 

  • July 19, 2014 - 7:40 am

    ~amy~ - soooo super fun & festive…love it!ReplyCancel

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The summer days are just flying by.  I have been soaking up summer and all it brings, hence the slowness around the blog lately.

I wanted to let you know of a coupon code for the upcoming lives sweet photography workshop. I will be adding to the workshop once a week sharing a few photo craft projects. If you are looking to learn more about photography we would love to have you join us. For more information head on over to live sweet blog. Registration closes July 11th.