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Grey Painted Nightstands

Paint those garage sale furniture finds and turn them into gorgeous pieces of furniture for less! It is possible to decorate your home with beautiful pieces and not spend a fortune doing it. Today, I'm excited to share these newly refinished painted grey nightstands with you. It's an amazing example of the power of paint!


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DIY Painted Furniture Makeovers

We can't wait to share this next furniture makeover with you! If you've followed us for any length of time you know that we are big proponents of altering furniture when it makes sense. We're firm believers that just because a piece for furniture starts out as something doesn't mean it has to stay in its original state. If it's not functional, if it looks outdated or doesn't fit your decor, ALTER it! You can easily update your furniture by painting it, adding legs, taking off doors, adding design elements or simply just re-thinking it's purpose. Today, we're going to share some examples of DIY painted furniture refinished with all of these in mind!

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Matching Christmas Pajamas for the Entire Family



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Aren't Christmas traditions wonderful!? We have a few of them and one of my favorites is to buy matching christmas pajamas for my kids and watch them open them up on Christmas Eve. Once they unwrap them and put them on, I ask them to sit next to each other around the Christmas tree for a quick 2 minute photo shoot. We take some nice ones and add in LOTS of silly ones. These holiday photos are framed and turned into ornaments for our Christmas tree. Over the years it has been so fun to see how they've grown from one holiday season to the next. My oldest is now a pre-teen so finding comfy pajamas that match at a regular retail store is getting to be tricky.

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Interior Decorating Tips For Your Home

A step-by-step guidebook to help you decorate your home with ease. Learn the best interior design tips and tricks for renters, homes and for all budgets!


Over the years, I have received numerous questions about paint color choices and refinishing furniture. Those conversations usually snowball into questions about seeking advice on how to decorate space



That makes me sweat! Friends, I am so glad to hear that their are others out there that have a hard time visualizing their space and struggle to combine home decor pieces together! The struggle is real... and I am in THAT club with you!



Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. I receive a small amount of compensation when you purchase from my links, which I'll probably use to buy more paint! Please read our disclosure here.


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14 Fall Inspired Furniture Makeovers

In my obsession to find my next paint color for an upcoming furniture project, I thought I would do a little homework and gather some pretty Fall Inspired Furniture Makeovers to inspire some thrifty DIY. We scoured the best and brightest refinished pieces in Autumn earthy inspired colors for this round up.
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Furniture Makeovers with Velvet Finishes


Today, I'm excited to announce our sponsor for the November 2016 Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest™! During the entire month of November we'll have an opportunity to see 20+ talented DIY bloggers take old and outdated pieces of furniture and give them a brand spanking new look with a little bit of paint. Which one will win!? I don't know..... YET! But, it's going to be amazing, it's going to knock your socks off and it's going to be a month full of colorful makeovers!

We've partnered with Velvet Finishes for this post however, the thoughts expressed here are 100% our own. Please read our full disclosure here.

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Colorful Nightstand Makeover with Dixie Belle Paint


Don't buy new nightstands, refinish and paint your old ones or find an inexpensive pair at a garage sale, thrift shop or estate sale! Painting furniture has been the latest craze for the past 5 years. 



I think it has become so popular over the years because it allows you to up-cycle and reuse the furniture pieces that you already own and transform them into beautiful new pieces of furniture with just a little bit of paint!



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Modern Painted Nightstands With Country Chic Paint


I have been waiting to share this next furniture makeover with you for awhile now! Perhaps its because I enthusastically scored these lovely side tables at a furniture yard sale for the bargain price of $50, then brought them home to sit while I decided which paint color to paint them.


I'm affectionately calling this next furniture makeover the Hudson Side Tables and these twins have been a labor of love! A big thank you to Country Chic Paint for sending us these painting supplies for the project!



(This post may contain affiliate links. Read our full disclosure here.)




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Easy DIY Fall Chalkboard Sign Tutorial

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Have you purchased something that you didn't really need simply because it was on sale or better yet... because it was free?! The thought of free or a super sale starts our wheels spinning and pretty soon we have talked ourselves into a purchase not necessarily because we needed it, but because it was the deal of the century! I’m a big fan of purging… clutter is a complete pet peeve of mine. If the item isn’t sentimental and it isn’t getting used, then it’s really just taking up space. And in my humble opinion, empty space is valuable! A clean space does wonders for our mood so if our items aren’t working for us, sell them, donate them or up-cycle them into something that we will use!

This post may contain affiliate links. Read our full disclosure here.

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Case in point: This mirror came with a dresser as a packaged deal and while I loved the size of it, the mirror was really scratched up. Rather then throw it away or spend more money to have another mirror cut, I decided to turn it into a chalkboard for the holidays. This easy Chalkboard Mirror tutorial can be found here....
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A Simple and Easy Way To Create Hairpin Leg Furniture


Modern hairpin leg furniture can be expensive. Learn how to create your own DIY hairpin furniture and get an industrial or modern look yourself! Up-cyle your own furniture, add hairpin legs and create something unique and/or follow our simple DIY hairpin leg furniture tutorial and create a similar modern industrial bench!



Modern and industrial furniture has been trending in homes for decades. Furniture with simple and minimal lines create a sense of calmness to a space and can also add an eclectic element to a home. Because modern and industrial furniture is in high demand, it can not only be hard to come by but it can also be cha-ching expensive to purchase! Today, we're going to show you an easy way to create your own modern hairpin leg furniture! 







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Country Chic Paint 2016 Fall/ Winter Limited Edition Colors


Country Chic Paint offers a collection of seasonal limited edition colors three times a year. These colors are thoughtfully selected and are only available for a limited amount of time. Once these paint colors retire, they are only available through their Custom Color option.





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Create A Restoration Hardware Faux Finish


I'm not willing to pay several hundreds or even a $1000 for a piece of furniture. Unless it's a sofa or a mattress... I don't skimp on those. ;) But, just because I'm not willing to spend a lot of money on furniture doesn't mean that I don't want the look of high end furniture in my home! 


What if you could have both?! Today, I'm going to show you an easy tutorial for a DIY Restoration Hardware finish that will leave your family and friends guessing whether or not your piece is DIY or the real deal...


(A really big thank you to Country Chic Paint for supplying us with the products to complete this project. This post may contain affiliate links. Read our full disclosure here.)



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In a few simple steps you can re-create a budget friendly Restoration Hardware look alike using a wonderful product from Country Chic Paint called Metallic Accent Cream.
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Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. Painted Green Dresser



Hi Friends! Today, I'm sharing a quick dresser makeover in one of my very favorite colors... Tavern Green from The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. It's such a fun and playful color. And isn't this dresser twice as cute now that they are paired with these white flower knobs!?



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The Fab Furniture Flippin Contest™ Class It Up Featuring D. Lawless Hardware

This post is sponsored by D. Lawless Hardware. However, the opinions and thoughts expressed within this post our 100% my own. Please see my disclosure policy.


Welcome to the August 2016 edition of The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest™ where DIY bloggers flip furniture and compete for grand prizes each and every month. It's inspiring to see the furniture makeovers our contestants come up and we are beyond thrilled to have D. Lawless Hardware sponsor the #fabflippincontest for a second time!

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Last year we modernized this sad and tossed out dresser with Copper Colossus Dee Pulls from D. Lawless Hardware.  If you missed it, head on over and read all about our Jefferson Cabinet Makeover.


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The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. & Farmhouse Fun

This post is sponsored by The Old Fahioned Milk Paint Co. However, the opinions and thoughts expressed within this post are 100% my own.

It's time to introduce a new theme for our Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest™! We can't wait to see what our 40+ furniture flipping contestants will come up with! I'm a sucker for a great farmhouse piece and who better to pair farmhouse furniture with then The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. This amazing paint gives furniture a wonderful authentic old look without a lot of effort. It's easy to mix and apply. It dries quickly and it's environmentally safe. If you missed it, you can read about our Marissa Dresser Makeover refinished in OFMP in Pitch Black.

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A brand new contest starts today! 
If you're interested in joining the #fabflippincontest in the future keep reading!


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25 Incredible Patriotic Furniture Makeovers Celebrating The Red, White & Blue!

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. I love the REASON behind this holiday, getting together with friends and family, the smell of bbq and the ultimate highlight of the day... sitting next to my tribe and watching those amazing fireworks go off! In celebration of this remarkable holiday,  I have 25 INCREDIBLE DIY Patriotic Furniture Makeovers to share with you! 




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These artists and talented DIY-ers have crafted some pretty amazing furniture transformations celebrating all things red, white & blue! I am absolutely certain that you're going to want to hop on over to get the skinny on these makeovers. If you choose to share or pin, please do so from the original source. 

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DIY Painted Picture Frames

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Good morning, Friends! What in the world do you do with all of your old and outdated picture frames? Donate them? You could! What if I showed you the possibility of re-vamping them so that they'll fit your space and color scheme? Here's a quick and easy before of some old frames that I had lying around. Whatcha got at your house? Do you have any that match mine? ;)


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A Few Of My Favorite #FABFLIPPINCONTEST Entries

It's hard to believe that The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest™ began just one short year ago! It has been an absolute honor to be involved with this furniture makeover contest each and every month. Throughout this past year, I have been inspired. I have met some very dear friends and have rubbed shoulders with some very talented individuals who know their craft!



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Here are a few of my favorite entries from our March, April and May themed contests. Be sure to follow these amazing talented furniture flippers and DIY enthusiasts! They offer tutorials, inspiration and lots of wonderful before and afters! I encourage you to pin and share these gorgeous furniture flips and have linked their submission photos to their original blog post. Please take the time to pin and share from their own blogs. :)

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Saltwash™ Coastal Inspiration Furniture Makeover



Summer is here and if you're like me you'll agree that there's nothing better then spending some time at a pool, lake or beach to relax and unwind, read a book or enjoy making memories with friends and family. In this post we are talking about how easy it is to create DIY coastal weathered furniture and decor using Saltwash™.  


Someday, I would love to have a lake house or beach front property. It's on my bucket list! ;) Until then I have a close runner up...  but I have to warn you... we're hugging the line of borderline obsession. 


Coastal and beach decor using Saltwash. Beach weathered worn look created using salt wash.
Image Courtesy of Saltwash™
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Layering Chalk Paint® On Furniture


Layering Chalk Paint® is a fun and easy way to give your furniture pieces some added depth, dimension and interest. Using multiple paint colors on a piece can create the illusion of a really nice patina or trick others into believing that your piece of furniture is older than it really is. Painting layers using Chalk Paint® is simple and easy



With a little bit of practice, even a beginner can do it! There are lots of different ways to achieve a layered Chalk Paint® look. Today, I'm going to explain one of my favorite methods, called Dry Brushing.
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How To Create A Gallery Wall Using Old Picture Frames

Country Chic Paint sponsored this post however, I LOVE their Pocket Watch metallic cream so much that I would share regardless! Please read my disclosure policy.

Do you have a bare wall that's been staring back at you? Have you been dreaming of pulling it together to create a gallery wall but you're not sure how to turn that dream into a realty? 

Tell me why! Is it because you:

- Don't know where to start?
- It's hard to visualize the layout. You're unsure about the pictures you might want to use?
- Do you think a gallery wall will cost a lot of money?


I'm here to help you debunk all three of these myths and light some fire under that touché of yours! My hope is that by the time you're done reading this post you will...

1.) Have Been Inspired.
2.) Recognize That YOU Can Do This and
3.) Feel Like YOU Have The Tools & Resources To Start And FINISH Your Beloved Gallery Wall

I want you to slay it. Conquer it. And check it off your list! No more regrets. No more putting it off. (Do you hear the theme from Rocky playing in your background?) Well it is, CHAMP! Here's how YOU are going to pull off your gallery wall in one week!


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Painted Peacock Blue Dresser


Peacock blue is such a wonderful shade. It's warm, regal and it really makes a statement. Peacock blue works nicely with shades of white, silvers, beiges and other vibrant colors like orange and hot pink. If you love the color but couldn't handle it on your wall, painting your furniture peacock blue might just be your thing! 


Adding color is a quick and affordable way to update your space. Painting your existing furnishings is not only budget and eco-friendly, but its a quick fix to updating those outdated pieces. 




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Refurbished Media Console Dry Brushed With Metallic Cream



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Metallic Cream is one of my favorite products that Country Chic Paint offers. So, we went on a hunt to find the best detailed piece we could find to rescue and re-love.



This post was sponsored by Country Chic Paint and may contain affiliate links. However, I love their Metallic Cream so much that I'd scream it to the roof tops no matter what! View our disclosure policy here.
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"Bling Bling!" Country Chic Metallic Cream

Hi Friends! I'm excited to announce that during the month of May the contestants at The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest™ will be flipping more then FIFTY sad and drab pieces of furniture and giving them a big time face lift! These transformations are going to be DYNAMIC! How can I make such a bold statement!? Oh. That's. So. Easy. ;) We have an incredibly talented pool of DIY Bloggers who will be incorporating Country Chic Paint's Metallic Cream into their furniture makeovers!

This post is sponsored by Country Chic Paint. However, I'm completely smitten with their products! My thoughts expressed in this post are 100% my own. 
For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

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If you haven't had a chance to try CCP Metallic Cream, you are missing out! It comes in pint (16oz) size containers and is available in four beautiful colors: Silver Bullet (silver), Pocket Watch (gold), Belt Buckle (bronze) and Trigger (pewter). A little bit of this cream goes a loooong way and provides some serious glitz when it's applied to the detailed areas of a piece.
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Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest With Pure & Original Paint

This post contains affiliate links from Pure & Original. Please see my disclosure policy. 




 I still can't believe that it's April! I love Arizona in the Spring. (Okay, let's be real. I love Arizona, period.) But, especially right now! Currently, we are enjoying the most amazing smelling orange blossoms and fresh limes, lemons, oranges and grapefruits are drooping heavy on the trees. It's a great time to come visit! Fresh orange juice anyone? Okay, how about some freshly squeezed ice cold limeade/lemonade? Twist my arm, I say! ;)

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How To Layer Paint With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®







Hello Friends! Painting mirrors are one of my favorite things to refinish. Why? Because I'm not a patient person... They are easy and fast! In a matter of an hour you can get a quick gratification buzz while you watch your transformation from start to finish take shape! If you're lucky enough to come across a mirror riddled with details, layering colors, glazing, or reverse distressing can make the most of those interesting intricacies.




Another fabulous find from an estate sale... here's what we started with! We're calling it The Hamilton Mirror




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We selected to layer some bold color for this gorgeous vintage mirror. For this project we painted a base coat of Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Napoleonic Blue. 





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Then, we dry brushed a layer of Napoleonic Blue mixed with Old Violet. 




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For the edging and detail work we combined Graphite with a small amount of Napoleonic Blue mixed in. 




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Finally, we added a touch of wet distressing to bring the wood tones through. 





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Here are a few tips to make your mirror makeovers go smoothly.



-Before you start painting, try to remove the mirror. Sometimes that involves removing screws, staples, etc. Place your screws in a zip lock baggie to keep you organized and prevent you from losing any of the hardware. Toss the staples, you'll need new ones. ;) If you're lucky enough to be able to pull the mirror paint the underside of the frame around the mirror. It will make the reflection that much nicer. :)



-Depending on the age of the mirror sometimes removing the mirror isn't an option and you'll have to leave the mirror in. No biggie! Some will advise you to tape off your mirror or line the mirror with paper or newspaper. That's too much work for me! I've refinished dozen of mirrors and the best and quickest way I like to work with them is to just paint away. Grab yourself an Exacto blade when you've finished making your magic and scrape away the paint/wax/top coat from your mirror. A simple vacuum hose will pick up the scraping remnants.



-Will you be photographing or reselling your mirror?  Take your mirror outside, photograph it up high or take the mirror out altogether (learned that one from a friend) to photograph your frame. Unless you want your pretty little self in a selfie. ;)



Have a mirror project you'd like to have showcased? Email us.. We'd love to see it!

Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street

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GREEN Furniture Inspiration

Top of the morning you 'all! Happy St. Patricks Day to you! We LOVE the color GREEN! From painting upholstery and fabric to painting wood, we've done it all. In celebration of this day, we'd like to roll back the clock and share some of our most luckiest Irish furniture transformations with you!

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We used Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan to paint the upholstery and frame on this couch transformation.

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Painted with General Finishes Milk Paint in Emerald Green this desk looks crisp, clean with a little modern flair.

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Read all about our journey as we dissected a hutch to create two seperate pieces of furniture.
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And lastly, The Jackson Mirror
Distressed and muddied up, this mirror packs a colorful punch!

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Happy green day everyone!

Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street









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Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest: Mix & Match

**This post is sponsored by Fairfield. However, the opinions and thoughts expressed within this post are 100% my own.

Hi Friends, it's competition time! Where has 2016 gone and how in the world can it be March already? Is it going by fast for you too? It's always an exciting time around here when a brand new month begins! A NEW Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest is just gett'n started. Check back throughout the month to see some NEW contestants create some AMAZING NEW furniture makeovers because today we are announcing a NEW theme and a fabulous NEW sponsor! 

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Here are the details for this month's contest...
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March 2016 Theme: "Mix And Match"
Submission Deadline: Friday, March 25th @ 11:59 PM EST
Sponsored By: Fairfield

PRIZE PACKAGE: 
1st Place: $100
2nd Place: $50


Fairfield World is a third generation, family-owned business specializing in batting, foam, pillow inserts, interfacing and more! Looking to create custom pillows or need supplies for your next upholstery rehab project? Fairfield has an amazing selection of supplies to help support your projects!

Fairfield also offers tutorials and inspirational DIY projects to help YOU feel confident. These fun DIY Custom Pillows and these Spider Web Quilted Pillows are some of my favorite!


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Evey | Stacy | Charlotte | Lynn | Colleen

Be sure to stop by and see the gorgeous furniture makeovers our hosts, Colleen and Charlotte have created to help inspire our contestants as they interpret "Mix And Match"


Best of luck participants.. a new contest begins now! 
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street




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The Sammartano Highboy


This poor Campaign Style Highboy was tired and a little beaten up when we found him. Campaign style furniture has been refinished for years and most refinishers choose to update it with shiny brass hardware and a body color with a high gloss lacquer. 

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While I love that look too, for this piece I decided to go with an industrial vibe leaving the hardware in it's original patina and giving it a fresh new look with General Finishes Milkpaint in Driftwood and sealing it with High Performance Top Coat in Flat. 

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Mr. Sammartano is rustic and ready to give lots of storage capacity to one lucky little boy! 

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Have a great weekend friends!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street

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How To Update Nightstands: A Stunning Makeover

** Country Chic Paint provided me with the products for this furniture makeover, however the thoughts and opinions expressed here are out of 100% delight!

I live in a city full of retirees and I love it. They exude wisdom, compassion for my children, and for the most part are so friendly. Another perk?! They often downsize and sell some of the best furniture pieces for amazing prices. I recently had the pleasure of meeting a kind old man who was selling a pair of campaign style nightstands from their guest room. I'm pretty sure they didn't entertain guests often, because these were in breathtaking condition. 


Um, if they were in such great condition, why did you paint them? 
Head on over to Country Chic Paint to find out why! 


I took these unflattering chests and paired them with one of my favorite paint colors from Country Chic Paint and transformed them into eye catching pieces. The contrast between the brass hardware and this bright and bold navy hue makes me smile. 





We're taking this furniture makeover to Country Chic Paint today. While you're there, sit back and enjoy a treasure trove of inspirational projects from some wonderful talented bloggers!

Have a great weekend!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street

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How To Update Furniture: The Ackerson Chest

I received products from Country Chic Paint to complete this furniture makeover, however the opinions and thoughts expressed here are 100% my own.

Hi Friends!  I'm over at Country Chic Paint today to share a quick and easy furniture makeover with some custom paint touches. We turned this lovely serpentine chest into a gorgeous neutral side table and we didn't even take the hardware off. Lazy! Yes, we are!



Hop on over to get the skinny on this custom shade and to see this refinished piece in all it's glory...




Take Care!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street
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How To Add Amazing Texture To Furniture

There are several different painting techniques that you can use to add texture to furniture. You can layer chalk paint® to add texture to your furniture, add depth and texture by incorporating fabric into your furniture makeover, or you can give the appearance of texture by using stencils or textured wallpaper


Today, I want to show you how to use old wood scraps to help build a modern and cool texture to any flat paneled piece of furniture. 


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