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I scored this chair about a month ago at a local auction for a measly $3.  Vintage dining room chairs are some of my favorite pieces to redo. Since they are small, I can usually complete the whole project in about a day and they seem to sell pretty quickly at a little upscale consignment store in town.  Also, I just love fabric (what DIYer doesn’t?!) and part of the fun is picking out just the right fabric to go with the style of the chair.

I was also eager to start this project because I wanted an excuse to try out a new brand of paint. Ever since I became a Retailer for Websters Chalk Paint Powder, I’ve been running my own little experiments over here to see exactly which brand of paint I like best.  Websters is a powder that turns any brand of paint into “chalk-style paint,” making it the perfect medium to use on furniture and home decor.  I’ve been very happy with Valspar (from Lowes) and Behr (from Home Depot). But I’m not afraid to branch out.  And you know how thrifty I am, so one day I found myself at WalMart and I couldn’t help but pick up a cute little sample bottle of Glidden for about $3 in..you guessed it…a peacock blue!

It even comes with its own little applicator brush.

It even comes with its own little applicator brush.

This little sample is only 2 ounces, but I knew it would be enough for the chair.  It was, but just barely.  What I failed to realized was that this sample of Glidden was not a “paint & primer in one” product.  Although you can mix Websters into any paint, I have found that having that primer in it really does make a difference.  More on that later…

So after doing a little, ok, a LOT, of math to figure out the ratio of Websters powder to water  that I would need, I mixed it up and started to apply the first coat. (A note on the math: Mixing the Websters powder is not rocket-science, I promise!  I am just supremely, embarrassingly bad at math.)

Here's my pretty peacock blue chair after one coat.

Here’s my pretty peacock blue chair after the first coat.  Can you see her friend in the background waiting for her makeover?!

While the first coat was drying, I measured and cut the fabric I needed for the seat.  I reused the fabric that used to cover my sister-in-law’s living room cornice boards. Gotta love recycling!

Unless it is torn or in otherwise bad shape, I almost always use the original seat cushion.  I just use a piece of quilt batting between the seat and the new fabric to soften it up.

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 Websters covers so well that many times I only need to apply one coat of paint to a project.  Well, it turns out that 2 ounces of NON-paint & primer in one product was NOT enough to fully cover the wood.  What’s a girl to do?  Distress!   In this case, I just hit the areas that were a little light on paint a little harder with sandpaper.  And voila!  The wood showing through looks deliberate.

This gorgeous peacock blue chair would be perfect at a vanity or desk.  The simple lines of the turquoise side table would make it a great addition to any room. Both available at Odd Balls Antiques.

I’m really happy with the way she turned out.  Chairs like this are great not only for dining rooms and kitchen, but also desks and vanities.  Not bad for only $6!

I’ve been doing a lot of “thrifting” lately, (I’m addicted!) but it seems like I’ve bought more “projects” than “products” for my antiques booth.  All of these projects have been piling up in my dining room, and apparently someone wants to have Christmas dinner in there.  So my goal this week was to clear out the room and get some things painted and off to my booth.

First up was this hexagonal end table.

This table looked so dated when I bought it at the Love of Jesus Thrift Shop in Richmond.  I loved the hardware and the cool slate top and knew it would look awesome with some paint.

The picture makes it look grey, but yes!  It’s another blue table!  I know, I know… you’ve seen this paint before.  It’s the one I painted my son’s room (and several mirrors) in – What can I say?  I had a whole gallon to use up!

But what a difference it made here!  Welcome to the 21st century, little table!  The cool color combined with the slate top gives it a modern look.

Check out all the storage inside!

I love the way the handle looks with a coat of paint and some distressing.

They just don’t make hardware like this anymore!

Next up was a bench I picked up at a shop in Norther Virginia while visiting my mom.  It  had a horrible faux paint finish and dated plaid fabric.

After a light sand and a coat of grey paint, she was ready for her new top.

I picked out a modern yellow and grey fabric from Joann Fabrics.

Then I added a bit of grey trim to finish it off.  Wouldn’t this be sweet at the foot of a bed or at a bathroom vanity counter?

My last project for the week was another lamp revamp!  I painted a boring brass lamp a nice shade of olive green.  After hand painting the lamp, I gave it a light sand, distressed it a bit and then sealed it with finishing wax.

I topped it off with a new burlap shade adorned with birds.  What do you think?

Wish I could keep it, but all of these items are going in my booth at Odd Balls Antiques & More this week.  That is unless of course you, or someone you know may be interested in giving something a new home.  If so, shoot me an email at worthwhilerestyle@gmail.com.

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In my last post I shared about the DIY “chalk paint” that I use on all my projects.  Among the things I love about this paint (no priming required and one coat coverage, just to name a few) is that you can just as easily paint wood as plastic and metal.

One of my favorite things to paint (besides mirrors and frames) is old brass – lamps especially.  You may remember these that I did recently.  I scored the pair at a yard sale for $3 and totally transformed them with just a little peacock blue paint.

My friend liked them so much that she asked me to paint an old lamp she had sitting around.

Here it is before.

It’s your standard run-of-the-mill metal lamp.  It has good curves though, so we knew it would look cute with a fresh coat of paint.

First I cleaned the lamp with a Clorox wipe.  I generally use these on my wood projects as well.

Since I already had the paint mixed up ( I add Plaster of Paris to Behr’s paint and primer in one) I was ready to paint.  I did two coats because I wanted nice solid coverage. Unlike wood, which I can sometimes get away with doing only one coat, I find that metal usually looks better with two.

I allowed the paint to dry over night and then sanded it lightly with 600 grit paper.  Since the paint is kinda “chalky,” there is always a bit of white residue when you sand.  This wipes off and then disappears once you apply the wax. More on that later.

This is how the finish looked after sanding.

Once I wiped it clean, it was time to distress.  My friend wanted a little of the silver showing through, so I grabbed my 120 grit sandpaper and lightly hit the edges.  You need to use a very light hand when distressing metal, or you will chip off large pieces of the paint.

The silver shows through nicely on the curves of the lamp.

Next came my favorite part of the whole chalk paint process. The waxing.  I love to wax!

No, not that kind of waxing!  Get your mind out of the gutter.  You know I am prone to TMI, but do you really think I would announce that kind of thing on a blog?  Anyway…the wax.

Remember I told about Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint?  Well, even though I make my own paint rather than paying her $38 for a quart, I did spurge on her wax.  The wax is the finishing touch to the paint process.

The wax is clear and feels soft like margarine. You apply it with a large brush or cloth.

You can see how the wax evens out the color.  It seals it and gives it a smooth finish. Once the wax is dry, you buff it out with a lint-free cloth.  I usually use my husband’s old tee shirts.  God knows he had enough of them with yellow pits that I could commandeer.  Kinda sad, but it really says more about my laundry skills than his sweat production.

Here’s an up-close shot of the finish.

What a difference, huh?  I hope Shannan likes her lamp!

Do you have an old metal lamp or outdated mirror that needs restyling?  I hope this little tutorial will motivate you to give it a try. Or if you’re not willing to tackle it yourself, let me know.  I’d be happy to help!

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I love a homemade Halloween costume.  I guess it feels like “goin’ old school” to make your own costume.  Remember when you were a kid – foraging for parts to cobble together into a costume?

Don’t me wrong – when I was a kid, all I wanted was a store-bought costume.  But now, as a mom, for some reason, buying a costume from a Halloween superstore somehow feels like cheating. I’m totally NOT judging anyone for buying their costume.  We’ve done it in the past and will again.  But there’s something about being able to say “I made that!” that I especially love at Halloween.

This year I made both my son’s costumes.  Well, not made…restyled.  My ten year old (he just turned double-digits last week, so I’m still not used to saying that) wanted to be a “sheet ghost.”  He felt that would be a very unique costume.  I tried to point out that it is probably the least unique costume he could have chosen, but he advised otherwise.  So off to the Goodwill I went to acquire a white sheet.  I found one for $2.99.  Luckily for me it was 50% off!  His $1.50 costume probably set a record for the least amount I’ve ever spent at Halloween.

We decided our five month old would be a turtle shortly after he was born because he sorta resembled a turtle.  It was something about the way he stuck his neck out.

About a month ago I found a reptile (snake?) costume at a children’s consignment sale for $5 and hoped I’d be able to restyle it into a turtle.

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First I cut off the head and the long tail.  Then I sewed shut the head (keeping the hood) and reattached a shorter version of the tail.

Next I painted a child’s bike helmet that I found at a yard sale a few months ago.  I freehanded some spots to look like a turtle shell.  I had planned on working on this after my son went to sleep that night.  But he was so fussy and was only consoled in my arms.  So into the sling he went.  And out came the paintbrush.

 

This is what you call “multi-tasking!”

So here’s what we ended up with.

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Both boys wore clothes they already owned under their costumes, so both of them combined cost me less than $10!

I know I’m biased, but I think he made a pretty cute turtle.  Don’t you?!

A few people have asked me what’s the meaning behind the name “Worthwhile ReStyle.”  I’d love to say I came up with it, but my amazingly creative husband thought of it after I told him what I had in mind for the business.

So let’s break it down.  First (well, actually second, but I want to talk about it first, is the term “ReStyle.”  What does this mean to me?

“Restyling” is taking something old, outdated, or that you might not like anymore and with just a little creativity (and usually paint), changing it into something you love.    Like when you score a tacky coffee table from the 70’s and then paint it and add new hardware like I did to this table in my son’s cruise-ship themed nursery.

I don’t have a picture of the “before,” but trust me, it was BAD. Now: I love it!

Since I get most of the items in my shop at yard sales and thrift shops, I restyle most, if not all of my finds.  Let’s face it: thrift shops are full of crap that people no longer want.  Sure, there are some perfectly in-style home accessories to be found.  But more often than not, these stores of full of garish brass, outdated furniture, and tacky tchotchkes.  The challenge is not to see the items as they are, but to see their potential.

Currently my four favorite things to restyle are:

1- Brass – so ugly in the 80’s – so awesome now painted and distressed so just a little gold shows through!  I love the peacock blue of these lamps.

Still a work in progress, but these brass lamps were in bad shape when I picked them up at a yard sale.

2 – Picture frames and mirrors – lots of great things you can do to these, like turn them into trays and chalkboards.

Cute frames with chalkboard paint are perfect to write notes around the house.

3- Vintage fabric – I love to make pillows out of old vintage sheets and curtains.

4- Small furniture (shelves, end table, stools)  – a fun, bright coat of paint is all they need!

As this little blog o’ mine progresses, I hope to inspire you to look at your things with a new eye and give you tips on how to restyle accessories around your house.   Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll share with you in detail what you can do with your thrift shop finds and show you some of my favorite projects.

Which one do you want me to show you first?  Leave me a comment below!

Now, on to the “WORTHWHILE” part of the name.  Well, to me, there are a few meanings behind this word.  First, it just makes good sense to reuse what we already have and keep perfectly good things out of the landfill.  I’m thrilled that consignment and thrift shops have grown in popularity with the whole “reduce, reuse, recycle” movement.   “I go green” sounds so much better than “I go cheap!”  Don’t you agree?

The second, and most important reason I call my business “Worthwhile” is what I do with the proceeds.  My sister, Barbara, passed away four years ago from diabetes.  In honor of her, I give a portion of what I make from the sale of items in my booth at Odd Balls Antiques & More to the Juvenile Diabetes Association – a very worthwhile cause!

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Why Did I Start Worthwhile ReStyle?

Well, if you know me well, you know that I love two things:

1)   Bargain hunting at thrift shops, yard sales, etc., and

2)   Everything to do with DIY decorating: painting, sewing (Straight lines only people – don’t be too impressed!)

I have always loved the thrill of the hunt for a good bargain.  I’ve been “yard-saleing” (Yes, that IS a verb!) since I was a kid.  In high school, I scoured the Salvation Army and Goodwill stores for vintage clothing, and I furnished and decorated my college apartment with yard sale finds.

The problem now is that I’ve lived in my house for 8 years, and I’m sorta done decorating it (for now, tee hee!)  And my usually very-tolerant-of-my-thrift-shop-addiction-husband has kindly asked me not to bring in anymore of my “treasures.”  He claims that house is getting too heavy.  Whaaaa?

So what’s a bargain-hunting girl to do to get her fix?  That’s right: rent a booth at an antique mall so that I have an excuse to shop…I mean, so that other people can appreciate my finds.

This past weekend, I set up a small space at a new antique store here in the West End of Richmond.  It’s called Oddballs, Antiques and More.  What I love about this place is that it’s not the usual stuffy antique mall where (in the words of my 9 year old) there’s a “crusty old dude” sitting behind the register.  In fact, the owner is just a bit older than me, uses social media to market the shop, and is even holding an event next month that will be attended by reality TV stars.  Reality TV and antiques?  Could there be a less likely, but more “me,” combination?!

In my booth I have furniture and accessories that I’ve hand-painted and distressed, cute vintage treasures, and basically everything that I like but Justin won’t let me keep in our house!   If you’re local to Richmond, the store is located at 8030 West Broad Street, just east of Parham Rd. in the Big Lots shopping center.   Come check it out and let me know what you think!

As for this blog, I will keep it updated with new projects, my thrift shop scores, and what’s currently available in my little booth at Oddballs.  Thanks for reading, and I hope you check back often!  Or better yet, subscribe to the blog by entering your email at the top of the page.