I obviously get some sort of perverse pleasure from painting wicker and cane by hand or I wouldn't keep doing it . . .
There are many theories on removing odours and smells from antique and vintage furniture.
I've come across pieces with nests and smells that would curl your toes, but I've never met a piece that wasn't salvageable.
Here are a few favorites techniques that I’ve always found to be effective, and best of all, most are inexpensive supplies you probably have on hand:
1. White Vinegar
Spray it or brush it on. Once dry follow up with another spray or wipe down with vinegar-water-essential oil dampened rag (peppermint, tea tree, lavender, patchouli all work great and also work to keep creepy-crawlies away).
If you’d prefer not to spray directly onto surface, set cups of vinegar or sponges wet with vinegar (on plastic plates) inside and tightly close drawers or doors.
Some even seal the entire piece in plastic like giant rubbish bags to prevent any "escaping" smells.
A chair is such a great project. Whether you're a newbie furniture painter or a veteran.
If you have quite a few painterly projects under your belt, you may think there is nothing new under the sun, but once in awhile a special one comes along and when you're finished you think — Oh yeah! I'm keeping that!
That's what happened here...
Enter vintage timber chair gifted to me by my awesome neighbour Darlene (yup, she's the furniture-angel who gifted me the barrel for last week's fabulous project!)
It was an eye-spy-with-my-little-eye moment.
There I was. At an estate sale.
Not an ordinary estate sale.
A super-fancy-wear-something-without-paint estate sale.
Everything was completely out of my price range.
Until I saw this.
$30 done and dusted!
In retrospect if I'd seen this sweet girl at an op shop
I might've thought $30 was a bit steep.
When in Rome...
Here's how she came up.
Now she could strut right back into that
estate sale with pride if she wanted!
It's pretty easy to get your hands on one of these old girls.
I was fortunate enough to unearth this beauty from my mother-in-law's garage.
Although the real oldies with the metal bases and carved drawers are lovely, I find the understated simplicity of this "newer" Mid-Century sewing machine cupboard darn gorgeous. And perfect to restyle into a desk!
Plus. It was free. ;D
Sometimes you just want to mix it up a little.
A simple and effective way to give an upcycling project a little extra
"oomph" is with decoupage — also called Mod Podge.
Gone are the days of marching ducks
decoupaged across kitchen canisters.
Modern decoupage is everything from fun and funky, to elegant and chic.
Considering the countless options of paper, pattern, prints and themes,
the door is wide open to endless ideas and inspiration
in a style that speaks to you.
You know when a project finds you?
I wasn't looking for this vintage beauty, but my gosh,
I'm glad I caved on this one and loaded it into the back of my car
while out for coffee with a friend.
Here is the romantic after . . .
Creating a Chippy & Rustic Dresser with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint — Finding Inspiration Everywhere
When most people go on holiday, they lie on a beach, explore nature, read, relax — that kinda thing, right?
Apparently, I do bedroom makeovers!
My sister is a giver and always helping others. She wasn't well for a few years, so when I visited her recently of course a full DIY bedroom reno was in order!
By the way, my sister was going to TOSS this set and buy a new one?!
Even my nieces didn't have faith in me, but I begged them to be patient. They both eyed me suspiciously...
Darn Gumtree and its siren call...
I was perfectly happy repainting my existing vanity with all its useful drawers and storage.
Until I spotted this beauty:
Don't Miss a Thing!