Vintage Rocking Chair Makeover

Over at Weekend Craft, Michelle found this rocking chair at a yard sale shortly before her sister’s birthday.  Good bones for sure, but it needed some sprucing up.  And since her sister had been eyeing rocking chairs, Michelle thought it would make the perfect gift.


Michelle started the transformation by sanding down the rocking chair thoroughly.  After cleaning off the dust, she stained it with white stain (a tip from the hardware store paint guy).  Now the rocking chair looks brand new, and what a fantastic gift for Michelle’s sister!



Read Michelle’s tips on how to sand rounded edges and details at Weekend Craft.

Vintage Suitcase is Pretty in Pink

Over at Pretty Providence, Sarah has a collection of vintage suitcases down in her cellar, which she scored at yard sales over time.  One day she got brave enough to take on an old ugly suitcase and make it something beautiful.  Sarah wasn’t quite brave enough to take on a spooky cellar though, so her husband saved the day and brought up the suitcase.  That’s what husbands are for, am I right?


Sarah cleaned up the suitcase as best she could, then duct taped the gold hardware. She completely transformed the suitcase by spray painting it a beautiful pink. It’s hard to believe it’s the same suitcase, if you ask me!


Find out the brand and shade of spray paint Sarah used at Pretty Providence.

Wallpaper Top Table

Shanna from Restoration Redoux got this vintage table at a yard sale for $4. It was wobbly and dirty, and the leather inlay on top had rotted. Yes, it was in sad shape, but $4 for a wood table is too good a deal to walk away from!

yard sale side table

The mystery of the missing tabletop beguiled Shanna for some time. It was too thin to fit wood in the space, but how about some embossed wallpaper? Like me, you may be wondering how in the world you could have a functional table with a top made from wallpaper, but Shanna shows it can be done! Believe it or not, after six months, the lamp on top hasn’t even made a dent in the paper!

side table with wallpaper top

Go to Restoration Redoux to read more.

Chalkboard Spice Rack

Amy from Atta Girl Says was rummaging around at a yard sale when she saw this framed jaguar needlepoint sitting on a table. She walked away wondering who in the world would by it. Then a glimpse of the item from another angle had Amy scurrying over to stake her claim.


If you are curious about Amy’s abrupt change of heart, it was the realization that a very cool vintage spice rack was housed behind the needlepoint that made Amy so eager to bring it home. She gave it a facelift with some milk paint and replaced our feline friend with a chalkboard.


You will have to head over to Atta Girl Says to see the treasure inside!

Stenciled Drum Table

Living in a house full of musicians, it comes as no surprise that Bonnie of Revolutionaries wanted to create a drum table for their space. She started with a $5 bass drum that her mom picked up for her at a yard sale.


Bonnie added a decorative element to her drum with an allover paisley stencil. She actually traced the design with the stencil and then handpainted it to get crisp, clean lines on the round drum. I cannot even imagine taking on that task with all the intricate detail, but wowzers does it look amazing! Bonnie, you go girl!

stenciled drum table

Check out Bonnie’s step-by-step instructions at Revolutionaries.

White Painted Dresser

You know it made my day when I got an email with a subject line that read “You inspired me to do this!” from Jen at West Street Story. Jen and her hubby had found a dresser beneath some bales of hay at a garage sale. They dresser wasn’t even originally for sale, but they ended up taking it home for only $10.

dresser from barn

Jen and her husband dedicated the weekend to stripping all the crackling layers of paint off the dresser and repainting it. The dresser looks absolutely gorgeous now and shows no signs of sitting in a barn storing gardening tools for years. I am so proud of Jen’s work and love that I played a small part in this lovely makeover.

refinished dresser from barn

See the complete transformation at West Street Story.

Homemade Chalk Paint Table

Kristy from Kristybelle’s got this little laminate table as a freebie off Craigslist after it didn’t sell at a yard sale. It was wobbly and falling apart, but Kristy had the insight to turn it over and tighten everything up (duh!). Apparently, the original owners hadn’t thought of that. Now, what to do about the terrible reddish-brown finish…

DIY chalk paint table before

This little table became Kristy’s lab specimen as she tried out a DIY recipe for chalk paint.  Kristy used an off-white paint in the recipe but then went back and dry brushed the table with a turquoise blend. You can see that there was actually wood on top that Kristy sanded down and refinished in a dark walnut. Think the previous owners would have given this table away now?

DIY chalk paint table after 

Get the full tutorial at Kristybelle’s.

3D Black and Blue Desk

Rita from Curbside Creations was enlisted with a job by her nephew Adrian. He needed a desk for his room, and his mom had bought this beat up, unattractive one from a yard sale.

Yard Sale Desk

Adrian even drew a design to show his Aunt Rita just what he had in mind. (So cute! I think we’ve got another curbside visionary in the making!) After sanding and wiping down the piece, Rita got to work on taping and painting Adrian’s design. Adrian totally loves his new desk. Hmmm… maybe this is a trick to get your kids to do their homework without complaining!

3D Desk

Find Rita’s tutorial at Curbside Creations.