One Room Challenge: Week 4 {Slap Some Paint On It}

In this post:  Do you love a good before and after?  A transformation?  Well, this One Room Challenge post is for you because it is chock full of makeovers.  SIX!  That’s right, SIX makeovers!

Grab your beverage of choice, sit back, and be amazed at what a little paint can accomplish.

Ready, Set, Go!

Makeover 1:  The French Hutch Who Has A New Lease On Life

This is my French beauty.  She has graced a few different places in this house and has had a few different looks over the years.

Spring Milk Painted Hutch with Coastal Appeal

The bottom is a dresser hubby and I bought when we were first married and was our only dresser along with a full sized bed in our master for many years.  Then, I found a top I thought would be perfect and they fit together so well, you would never know they weren’t even related.

Not even distant cousins.

Here she is sitting in my dining room before the whole makeover of ORC began.

She was always my pretty girl and I couldn’t imagine she could be any prettier than she already was.  Everything she wore looked great.  She was so photogenic.  I thought the green with the white wax was so perfect until…

I decided to give her a little face-lift and I thought if she came out looking worse for wear I would start over again…but then this happened…

Bam!  I’m totally smitten.

I mean really…I didn’t think she could be more beautiful and then she just shows up in such a big way.

I used some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.

I added some weathered wood to the back of the top.

That combination made magic.

I used a great weathered wood product I bought at Lowe’s made by a company called GPS Design Innovations.  I simply cut the pieces and used wood glue to adhere it to the back.  Easy Peasy.

I distressed it quite a bit letting the green come through.  This is one of those pieces I will NEVER get rid of.  She’s just darn gorgeous and I’ve never seen anything else like her.

I think this is what she was always meant to become.  I’m pretty sure hubby is tired of me telling him what an amazing difference this is.  She brightens up this whole part of the dining room.

Makeover 2:  The Table That Was Kicked Out Of The House

A long time ago in a land far away there lived a table.  Actually, it was in a warehouse sale up the street from me and found itself coming home with me even though I wasn’t in the market for a dining room table.  Isn’t that how it goes though?

When you need a dress…you can’t find one.  When you don’t have anywhere to go…there’s tons of cute dresses.

Such was this table.  Purchased for the amazing price of $300 a few years ago, I dragged it home to find…I didn’t love it.  Oops.

You can see it in this post from a few fall’s ago.

Slightly Coastal Fall Home Tour

It is long…95″ long and takes up some serious space.  The gray always felt cold to me even though I have other pieces of gray furniture in the house.

It just never felt right so I kicked it out of the house.


I moved it to our paver patio and thought it would live out its days covered in pollen, leaves, and the grime of outdoor life.  I justified it by telling everyone that a large outdoor table would cost me at least $300 so …no big deal.

A topiary made with Thyallis creates a pretty addition to any garden.

Because I’m me…and nothing stays the same ever…and I never make up my mind for good on anything…and it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind at any given moment…

I did this

BAM #2

Right?  This was a little bit of a process.

I sanded down the outdoor poly I had slathered on it and then gave it a wash in a paint sample I had close to ASP Coco color.  Just a wash…not full coverage.

I then used liming wax from Amy Howard and thought it was going to be fantastic.  It looked great close up but from a distance it had a pink hue (I can’t show you the far away view because that would spoil the whole surprise).

I pulled out my Valspar Glaze which seems to be saving the day lately on quite a few projects.  Here’s with some of the glaze rubbed on…hello gorgeousness!

I had to take a few more photos to share with you.  Let’s just pretend this is reveal day for a few minutes okay?  Don’t tell.

Makeover 3:  The I’m Too Cheap To Buy New Chairs Makeover

I had picked out some Frenchy upholstered chairs in my inspiration board and told myself if there was a way to buy them I would.  I even put them in my cart but I just couldn’t hit ‘checkout’ because I knew.

I knew my current dining room chairs were perfectly good.

I knew I would end up hauling them to the thrift store where some other woman would feel like she hit the jackpot.

I knew if I revamped them I could live with them.

Here they are before.

What I didn’t know when I quickly snapped this picture, was I was about to make dining room chair history (at least in my mind).  Ready for BAM #3?

I didn’t see that one coming!  I thought I would paint them and they would be fine until one day when I could get the chair of my dreams.

But these are the chairs of my dreams thanks to Primer.  What?  Primer?  YES!

All I did was give this 3 light coats of Valspar’s Primer.  I loved the look of the Primer so much I never even put paint over the top.

Six cans of spray primer and some $5 a yard fabric from my local coastal fabric store and for once, I’m so happy I was cheap.  I think these chairs are even more wonderful.

Those Valspar people keep coming through for me because they were involved in the next one too!  We are only half-way there people.  Three makeovers down and three to go…go ahead and pour yourself another cup of coffee.  I’ll wait.

Makeover 4:  Here Chandi Chandi…Come on Chandi…Good Boy

Did you get that reference or is it just me?  You know…Annie calls Sandy before the police officer is going to take her back to the orphanage and that mean Miss Hannigan?

A few weeks ago I was down at my MIL and FIL’s condo in Bonita Springs, FL.  My MIL and I ran out to pick up a few items at the drug store and found this chandelier.  It turns out, she and I can’t just go to the drug store, we have to thrift shop our way there.  It was some of the best thrifting I have seen in a while.

Can you believe I only paid $15 for this?   Okay, I know some of you might be thinking that is way too much and you have a brass chandelier that you can’t wait to get rid of.  But did you know it could look like this?

Be still my heart.  It’s this perfect mix of flat black and jute roping that makes it a little bit coastal, a little bit French, and little bit farmhouse.

I sprayed it all with Valspar’s paint and primer in one in a flat black and simply used my glue gun to wrap the inner part in roping.

Makeover 5:  The Impulse Buy

I’ve been known to visit a thrift store, buy something, come home with it and let it live in my garage forever.  That usually means I didn’t really love it.  These?  It was love at first site.  I didn’t even check the price before they went in my cart.

Here’s what they looked like in the thrift store.

They were sort of a hammered gray with a little bit of black on the edges.  These were one of the last items I made over because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go white with them…or black.

I went black in the end and love the look.

I may cut a really thin board and give it a weathered distressed finish to go under each candle yet.  Thinking about that.  Wondering if I’ll have enough time.  The candles are battery operated and someday I want to replace them with the remote control version.

Ready for the final makeover?  Whew!  I’m worn out just writing this post.  Was I crazy to do all of this?

Makeover 6:  Whether You Loved Them Before, Now They Are Weathered

I was so sure I would love these amazing sconces I bought at an estate sale forever…and I do.  Just not the finish.

I thought I would love them.

I really tried.  But they too, succumbed to the paint brush.


Italian candle sconce on blue shutters for a upscale coastal style

I know what you are thinking…those are so pretty!  Why would you paint them?  They just never felt “right”.  The off-white always threw me off a little bit.


I pulled in the flat black and then gave the rest the same weathered finish I used on the dining table except I put the Valspar glaze on first and then brushed some liming wax over the top.  Now they feel right.

Okay, I’m exhausted…but thrilled!  This has been a thrifted ORC makeover and I’m always amazed at the power of paint.  Eight cans of spray paint, some glaze, liming wax, and a paint sample can make such a huge difference.

If you missed my progress along the way you can check out my previous posts.

Week 1:  The Design Plan

Week 2:  Working With A Real Budget

Week 3:  Shopping Tips

Thanks so much to Linda from Calling It Home for spurring me on through the One Room Challenge to make me do all this work!  Check out all the other guest participants on her site.  There’s some awesome stuff happening over there!

Sharing At:

The Creative Circle | Feathered Nest Friday  |  The Scoop

A Stroll Thru Life  |  Wow Us Wednesdays

  1. Kristen

    April 26, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Oh my gosh! These are all absolutely amazing Nancy! Seriously, those chairs, and the chandelier, and the makeovers on the hutch piece are both great! A little paint goes a long way.

    1. Nancy

      April 27, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      Thank you so much Kristen! The power of paint is amazing for sure.


  2. Susie

    April 26, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Absolutely some of your best work ever! I think you have found your stride with the white paint. It’s all coming together in grand style. Looking forward to seeing it all in place. Susie from The Chelsea Project

    1. Nancy

      April 27, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      You are so sweet. I can’t wait to see your room too!


    2. Nancy

      April 27, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks for the compliment on the photos. I’ve been having fun learning more about my camera.


  3. Lesli

    April 27, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Goodness, you have been busy! I love the glaze you are using. I’ll need to check that out. I can’t decide which transformation I like best??

    1. Nancy

      April 27, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks Lesli!
      I’ve really been having good luck with glaze. I think it easier to work with than wax.


  4. CoCo

    April 27, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Nancy, you are blowing me away with these makeovers! They are all so gorgeous. Love the direction you’re headed with this space lady, it’s going to be really pretty. Pinned and will share later too! Hugs, CoCo

    1. Nancy

      April 27, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks CoCo!
      Your space is looking incredible too! I can’t wait to see it all come together.


  5. Ronald Carrier

    April 27, 2017 at 6:40 am

    I love makeovers. Your room is shaping up nicely.

    1. Nancy

      April 27, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      Thank you Ron!

  6. Emy

    April 27, 2017 at 9:41 am

    You’ve been so busy! Everything looks so good! Those chairs are beautiful!!!

    1. Nancy

      April 27, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks Emy! I’m shocked these chairs look as amazing as they do. I could tell as soon as I sprayed on the first coat that they were going to be amazing.

  7. Shirley @Housepitality Designs

    April 27, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Fabulous job!…love all of the makeovers!!!…Now, did you just use the primer on the chair?

    1. Nancy

      April 27, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      Yes! Can you believe that it is just primer! The color was so good I just stopped withe the primer.


  8. Cassie

    April 27, 2017 at 11:52 am

    oh i love the updated hutch! it looks like a fresh new piece!

    1. Nancy

      April 27, 2017 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks Cassie
      I think is my new favorite thing…for now.


  9. Valarie

    April 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! My finger is sooo busy pinning

    1. Nancy

      April 27, 2017 at 8:20 pm

      You are so sweet! Thank you for pinning! I appreciate it so much. 🙂


  10. Jessica

    April 27, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    It’s a amazing what paint can do!

    1. Nancy

      April 27, 2017 at 8:21 pm

      Paint is just everything. I hope painting furniture never goes away.


  11. Debi

    April 27, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Wow! It all looks amazing! And that chandelier -what luck finding that and at that price. Can’t wait to see it finished.

    1. Nancy

      April 27, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      The chandelier was icing on the cake. As soon as I saw it I knew what it would become. My family kept teasing me that it was the “birdcage”.



    April 27, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Nancy! I have looked and looked and looked at your pictures! Everything is absolutely gorgeous! I just love everything you have done. What a fabulous job! I especially love your “first” dresser and the hutch! I loved it before but now, I really love it as it just looks so beautiful done in white. Your dining room is going to be so gorgeous!
    You are working so hard! Don’t know how you manage to do so much!


    1. Nancy

      April 27, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      You are just the sweetest. I have to laugh at how I get it all done. It was a long weekend of work. I was painting items in the backyard in my pajamas and a baseball hat Saturday morning and had black and white paint all the way up my arm. haha


  13. Carrie

    April 27, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Wow, each project is gorgeous! I especially love the table and that china hutch!

    1. Nancy

      May 1, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks so much Carrie! I’m loving how this room is coming together. I can’t wait for the big reveal. Less than 2 weeks away!


  14. Marilyn

    April 27, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    It looks amazing! I can’t wait to see the whole room. I don’t know how you find the time to do so much

    1. Nancy

      May 1, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Thanks Marilyn! We’ll have to have a big meal when you come through town to christen it. Thanks for helping find the chandelier.


  15. KariAnne Wood

    May 1, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    WOW! Just WOW! You totally knocked it out of the park with these makeovers. I love that hutch. It’s so pretty with the wood back.
    Thanks for all the inspiration.
    Happy day,

    1. Nancy

      May 1, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      Thanks KariAnne! I know, that hutch is magical.


  16. Christi

    May 1, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    I really enjoyed your makeovers in this post. I wish you would share your stylings of these items in your rooms so I can
    see how it all works in your home.

    1. Nancy

      May 1, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      Right now I’m doing the One Room Challenge which is a sponsored even where a few hundred of us makeover one room in our home in just 6 short weeks. The big reveal day is Thursday, May 11th so I’m trying to keep it somewhat under wraps until then.

      Stop back this Thursday for another update and then the reveal on May 11th where you will see how I used everything in my space. 🙂

  17. Christi

    May 1, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Thanks for writing back. After I wrote, I read others comments and figured that out. I look forward to the reveal.

  18. Gee

    May 7, 2017 at 8:54 am

    I haven’t been here before, but I just wanted to say that your instincts and vision are amazing. And you aren’t afraid to take a risk. The paint shouldn’t get all of the credit! That chandelier could be resold at a nice profit. And I love how the chairs echo the look of the buffet.

    1. Nancy

      May 7, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      You are so sweet! You totally made my day. I really love re-inventing items that have good bones. It makes it so unique that way.


  19. Linz

    May 15, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Love this! I think one of the blessings of a budget is that it requires us to be creative- if you had just purchased all this online you wouldn’t have had all these awesome makeovers!! You are doing a great job. $15 is an amazing price for that chandelier!! I love this kind of room makeover.

  20. Chris

    August 20, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Wow, the hutch and the chairs are to die for!!!

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