Furniture makeovers for Spring 2019 and the paint colors I used to refinish them

This first makeover is one of my personal favorites. I love the detail of this piece and I did my best to accentuate all the beautiful curves by layering two different shades of white then sealing with both Frenchic’s Gray Wax and White Wax.

Isn’t the detail pretty? I just love this table.

Next I have a Lane Cedar chest. I painted this in DIY’s Farm Fresh sealing it with DIY’s Clear wax. I used Dark wax to freshen up the top.

I love the charming mirror that goes with this classic vintage white dresser. I added several shades of white to APC’s Limoges to paint this beauty sealing it with APC’s Clear Wax

This solid mahogany dresser was a great find. Paint haters of America would have cringed at my painting such a nice piece but truth be told, this is a business and I wouldn’t be able to sell it unpainted. I painted it in DIY’s buttery Cake Batter and sealed it with DIY’s Clear Wax. I have to say, this is so much prettier in person. Sometimes the lighting in the store throws things off for my camera. It’s really pretty and solid as a rock.

This next piece is out of my norm but I fell in love with the beauty of this antique changing table. I painted this with DIY’s Old ’57 washing it with Mint Chip. I sealed the sides with Clear Wax and the top with Frenchic’s Finishing Coat.

I just got a pretty grain sack stencil and wanted to try it out. I love how it looks on this pair of bar stools. One is painted in DIY’s Apothecary, the other in Farm Fresh.

So there’s a little story behind this clock. I painted it DIY’s Apothecary for the store. Well my mom likes to check out my Facebook posts on my ShizzleLLC page and she spocked the clock.

Of course she wanted it in a different color, lol. I used my leftover bottle of random mixed whites for a vintage white color.

These antique sewing machine drawers aren’t furniture but they sure are cute. I scored a whole tote of these a couple monthss ago and I just love using them for storage around the house. I painted all four of these in DIY’s Farm Fresh. The top three were then sealed with DIY’s White Wax, the bottom drawer was sealed in Clear wax.

This large antique empire dresser has such cool lines. I simply applied our White Wax over the wood to get this washed lime affect.

White Wax

I used leftover bits of paint for this console table. The color turned out gorgeous. The white on the bottom was a rich bone china type of white and the top a subtle taupe gray but very light in value.

The person who purchased it asked me to paint it in Limoges by American Paint Company. I don’t do color changes. Ever. I must have had a soft heart that day because she talked me into it and I not only repainted this console table, I also painted two large nightstands she had at home.

I stopped doing custom orders five years ago. Every once in a while, somebody talks me into it again. I get asked several times a week so the demand definitely is out there; I just don’t like doing custom. Ninety percent of the time, it’s for something painted in white with no distressing. That doesn’t give me the opportunity to be creative and quite frankly, takes all the fun out of it.

I’m thankful that the demand is strong because if I ever need to go that route, there should be a lot of work out there.

Here’s the 2nd piece I painted for her in APC’s Limoges.

and here’s the third piece in Limoges. It really is a rich, creamy white.

I replaced the sofa table with another desk / console table immediately but then that one sold right away.

Fortunately, I had another one at home that I quickly painted up in, yes you guessed it, a custom mixed white. Why do I do that you ask? Because I think white whites are too white and creamy whites are too yellow so I mix them adding a touch of gray or taupe to the mix just to shake it up. It’s never exactly the same and I know that millions of others use the colors right out of the cans, I’m just weird like that. I sealed this sideboard with Frenchic’s Finishing Coat.

PINK – My friend always wants me to paint with pink. I’m not a pink person unless it’s bright and funky and whimsical but in reality, sometimes those funky, taste-specific pieces don’t sell right away at the store and I’m a single parent.

So I took Anastasia’s advise and painted this pretty dresser in DIY’s Petticoat Pink. It’s the perfect soft, pale, shabby chic pink. This picture does nothing for it. I’m not sure why but pastel pink is very hard to photograph. I sealed this piece with DIY’s Big Top. Imagine this solid maple dresser nestled in a nursery.

This is Skeleton Key. It’s a rich blue/green/smokey gray color that’s like no other. I love this color! It’s beautiful on it’s own but I love it with Black Wax which is how I sealed this table.

Isn’t Skeleton Key pretty?

This amazing kitchen island / family room table is still available. I think it’s the neatest piece. I’ve slashed the price in half which means my hours and hours of work on this are all for waste but I need to make room for the pieces I’m working on now. This piece was painted in APC’s Beach Glass and Frenchic’s Pea Soup. I know I used several other colors but I can’t remember which. I think the vise on it is pretty cool and hope it goes home with a fun family who’ll love it as much as I do. It was a labor of love. I started working on this piece right after my cancer diagnosis and I took a whole lot of frustration and anger out in sanding all the grime off this antique work table.

Isn’t it a cool piece? I just love it.

All of the furniture so far has been at or is currently for sale at Not So Shabby, 2975 West Shore Drive, Holland, MI 49424. As of the date I’m writing this post, most is still available.

Changing Thymes – Grandville, MI

The next group of furniture is at my Changing Thymes location at 2900 Wilson Avenue SW, Grandville, Michigan 49424. You can’t really see it with all the smalls. I’m headed there today with the pink dresser, the skeleton key table and I’m doing a major reset of items.

Here’s a couple of pieces buried underneath all the smalls. The retro table is painted in APC’s Beach Glass. The white twin headboard still has it’s original paint finish. Isn’t it a great headboard? I love the farmhouse style grooves in it.

My booth at Changing Thymes is small. I primarily have paint supplies at this location but I recently made room for a few small pieces of furniture. It should look a lot better this afternoon.

Here’s what’s cooking…

No I didn’t attach the same picture twice. These are two separate pieces that just happened to be painted in the same color. I painted both of these in DIY’s Bohemian Blue. The buffet above will get a decorative paint finish on it. The bottom dresser will remain Bohemian Blue.

This is a masterpiece in the making, lol. It’s a disaster right now. I painted this one cold afternoon and haven’t touched it since. It needs A LOT of TLC before it will make it’s debut.

Here’s another piece I started months ago. Still sitting in my living room in the exact same state as it was the day I started painting it. #squirrel!

There’s one other location you might not be aware of which is in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I don’t have furniture at that location right now but I do stock all my DIY paint supplies there. It’s at The Honeysuckle Co., 3900 Costa NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 (off Plainfield just north of meijer).

The Honeysuckle Co. – Grand Rapids, MI

Want to replicate any of these looks on something you have? All the links to the products I used are listed below. Happy painting!

Debi’s DIY Paint:!/Debis-DIY-Paint/c/27143516/offset=0&sort=nameAsc

American Paint Company’s Paint (APC):!/American-Paint-Company-Chalk-&-Clay-Paints/c/12459911/offset=0&sort=nameAsc


Finishes: Clear Wax, Dark Wax, White Wax, DIY’s Big Top, Frenchic’s Finishing Coat…:!/FINISHES-Wax-Clear-Coats-Sealers-Metallic-Mica-Powders-Grit-Glaze-Stain/c/5414146/offset=0&sort=nameAsc

a hui hou kau kou!