Saturday, February 27, 2010

BECOMING A SWAN

This is one ugly duckling, but it was free.  F-R-E-E that spells free, opps sorry I got off track.  Back to this poor ugly thing.  My parents have rental properties and someone left this poor thing behind, I can't imagine why.


I think these corners are beyond rustic. 



I don't know what happened to this, but it wasn't love, thats for sure.  But I have a plan and this little table is going to get all the love it has been missing.



My plans start with removing the doors



and the hardware.



Then I did some night time sanding,  I think the neighbors love me for this.



So I am going to let you lovelies in one one of my little secrets.  I mix my own paint colors and you can too.  To do todays color I used some left over Behr paint samples from when we where tring to find the right color for the kitchen.  I poured both tubs of samples into an old coffee container and then started adding craft paint until I came up with the color I was looking for.



I was trying to match the spray paint


I was happy with how close I got, it just takes a little trial and error but you too can do it, I promise.



Next is where things went a little crazy.  I had a great idea to Mod Podge some cute paper onto the inside.



Once I got the paper on I noticed how thin the paper was and as it dried it started to look like this.



The wood showed though and looked like mold, YUCK.  So I started stripping it down, it was a lot like stripping wallpaper.  Lucky for me I have had lots of experience stripping wallpaper.



Now, those are words I never though I would say.





Next, I added finals to the bottom to make it taller and a bit more feminine.

I spray painted the hardware and put it back on and this is the end product.


What a beautiful swan she has become, it's amazing what a little love can do.





By the way I painted the inside, after all the scrapping was over.


So have you love something back to life lately?

Cha Cha Visit thecsiproject.com





99 comments:

Laurie at The Turner Farm said...

Great find and it was FREE. The best! Nice Job. Love projects like this one.

Anonymous said...

Wow, the transformation is incredible! I love the idea of mixing paint you have on hand to get the color you wanted. Thanks for the inspiration!
Velvia

Amanda said...

Finials for feet! What a great idea - I'm filing that away for future use!

Alisha @ Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife said...

Beautiful job!! I love the color and finials.

Kim said...

Cha Cha, you did a great job - I would have thrown that thing out and you did make it look like a swan!

this blessed nest said...

you are such a good mama. you saw her beauty before anyone else could.
what a transformation. love those shutter doors. and look at those pretty shoes you gave her. you are so smart.
i too, am filing this one away.

loved reading about the swan's journey!

Courtney @ splashing grace said...

love it! The finials, what a great idea!

too Blessed to Stress said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!

that's all I have to say... L.O.V.E :)

~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

fairfieldhouse said...

Beautiful job!

Please email me if you are still interested in the post card exchange party. For some reason, my mail is not accepting aol addresses. If this is the case, please leave a comment with you email address and I will contact you.

Deborah

Me said...

Very, very pretty...

Mod Podge Amy said...

That is gorgeous! I love it!

Jan said...

To Cute! What a transformation, great job.

Anonymous said...

How adorable! I'm on my way to Goodwill, what a great inspiration.

Suzanne

shaleza said...

Its beautiful, but how did you fix the chewed up corners? I've got a similar problem on a coffee table and could use the advice. Thanks!

Cha Cha said...

I sanded the corners and rounded them the best I could. A sander makes easy work of it. The final product is not perfect but pretty close. Thanks for asking.

Cha Cha

Donna Rafferty said...

Ooooh...the after is SO pretty! I never would have guess this beauty was hiding and just waiting to be a swan.

I am on the lookout for something old and junky to practice on!

Shelia said...

I love this! Free is great but honey, you gotta have vision and you really do! I love the color you custom made and painting the trims and hardware white is just lovely!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Low Tide High Style said...

I love your "custom" color! And I have lots of experience stripping wallpaper too!

Kat :)

Martha said...

I'm impressed -- great job!

Mimi said...

What a dramatic transformation! I love it.

Ellen Grant said...

oh dear. people like you intimidate me! ha! I keep having to tell myself "I am good at stuff, too. I am good at stuff, too." I guess that's where some Beth Moore So Long Insecurity comes in handy. =)
Only kidding. But i really am impressed. Good job! Now I would like you to make ME one!

Allison Shops said...

Nice makeover. I own several pieces renters left behind. Always nice.
Allison

momstheword said...

Wow, that is gorgeous! I love the color and the white sure pops against it. Don't you wish the former owners could see what you did with it?

I love how you added the legs, too cool. Thanks for linking up!

Anna said...

it turned out beautiful, love your 'custom' color too.

tales from an oc cottage said...

Like a piece of Wedgwood!

m ^..^

Dawn said...

That is just adorable, such unique and lovable paint choices!! oh, and I love the inside all white, fresh and clean - but would have voted scrapbook papers at first - thanks for teaching us through your trials!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It looks beautiful, Cha Cha! I love the blue! Although I love black and white furniture, it is nice to see something other than that every so often.

FrouFrouBritches said...

Super cute! I love it!

Kaysi said...

Wow! That looks 100x better. What a fun color too!

Victoria said...

Wow, you did a great job! When I saw that first pic I thought there was no way it could be salvaged! So cute:)

Kat@BlackKatsDesign.blogspot.com said...

I like the legs a lot. I'm impressed you mix your own colors. That always scares me. Very nice job!

Patriotic Mom said...

This is a beautiful redo! Isn't it hard to paint the shutters? Did you use any of the spray paint? Thanks for sharing, Joan

bj said...

Well...I am just beside myself. This is the cutest thing ever. You did a WONDERFUL job on it.
So sorry you made yourself extra work with the inside...that has happened to me SOOOO many times. Looks like I'd learn!! haha
xo bj

Wendy said...

It turned out BEAUTIFUL!

Sherry said...

Really neat! Love the color.

gail@myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com said...

oh my gosh... that is soooo cute!
love the color.
great job!
gail

Mama Byrd said...

MY HERO!!!! Outstanding job.

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

That turned out wonderful! Great job!

Tausha said...

As always-I love it! I never thought to mix the sample cans together DUH! Thanks for the idea. Now if only I had a super cute cabinet to paint.

Lesa said...

Wow. FANTABULOUS JOB!!!! Love it.

concretenprimroses said...

Great vision, well executed!
I like to mix paint too.
Kathy

Jessica @ This Blessed Life said...

Wow - a total transformation! Visiting from Kimba's site. :)

Jane said...

Fabulous transformation! I love seeing these kind of projects. Love the color you created.
Jane

Delightful Dwelling said...

Wow, what a great free find! I love the blue, it looks so pretty. I mix paint colors too! Glad to know I'm not the only "custom paint color" creator out there.

Delightful Dwelling said...

Wow, what a great free find! I love the blue, it looks so pretty. I mix paint colors too! Glad to know I'm not the only "custom paint color" creator out there.

Shaunna said...

Good job...it looks brand new and definitely loved! Linked up to reinvented today and found you...beautiful!

Creations By Cindy said...

This turned out simply beautiful! WOW what a transformation! I love it!

Denise Marie said...

great job!

Carrie said...

Superb transformation!

EnchantedBella said...

WOW! Turned out so good. Wonderful color.

Rebecca

Grace @ Ruby Moon Designs said...

This is totally cute, and definitely something that can now receive lots of love! I love the color you mixed together! Great job!

Blessings, Grace

marmielu said...

How wonderful! And for free! That's always so exciting. You did a great job.
Mary Lou

Sylvia said...

My mouth dropped open when I saw your swan...she turned out amazing!

Sylvia

Sharlotte said...

Well, isn't that a transformation! I loved your idea for legs...love the finials! The color is great, I can't believe how it turned out! Thanks so much for sharing!

Adrianna said...

You have done more than a fabulous job on this piece! I love it!! Never thought of usinf finals as feet, nifty chick!

Linda said...

WOW...love how she looks now...you did an awesome job on her! Thanks for coming to my NIFTY THRIFTY party:)

Blessings,
Linda

alice said...

Now that is a true fabulous free find.....................that had miraculous transformation!
smiles, alice

Stephie @ Made By Stephie said...

looks so amazing!!

I'm hosting a giveaway @ my blog...stop by and check it out!

http://madebystephie.blogspot.com/2010/03/my-first-giveaway.html

Jennie said...

How totally cute! I love the color and the cute little feet. I have a special place in my heart for furniture with feet! =) Love it!

Jennie @ Cinnaberry Suite

Joyeful said...

This looks FABULOUS!! I love it!!

Sandy said...

I love it. You did such a great job!!

Cindy said...

Your little cabinet looks just darling!

Ericka said...

I am in love with this cabinet! Love the color and how you painted the hardware white. Fabulous!

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Are you kidding? It's not the same piece!! It came out so pretty! Great job!

Sarah and the Gentlemen said...

Wow! I'm impressed.

Treasia Stepp said...

Wow now that's impressive. She did go from ugly duckling to a beautiful swan. Just gorgeous now.

Christine said...

It looks so pretty I love the color you created!!

Patti said...

Nice job...love the colors you chose

Jessi said...

I am super impressed that you mixed your own paint color! And I love the white accents. Nice job!

xinex said...

Wow! Amazing transformation!..Christine

Joanna B said...

That is so pretty! What a great color!

Taija said...

What a vision you have! I would never have thought to use the finials as feet! Fabulous!

jen @ the inspiration studio said...

What a change! Turned out soo cute. LOVE the color!

A Cottage Muse said...

Very cute!!!

La Vie en Rose said...

Your cabinet turned out gorgeously! What did you actually do to fix the awful corner problem?

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Hi, I'm Holly! I loved your tutorial! Who would have thought that those poor little beyond rustic corners had any hope! You knew- right?! Thanks for showing us your "failed" idea, too. I'm also glad to know I'm not the only one who throws in a little craft paint into the mix! ♥

One Cheap B*tch said...

If at first you don't succeed...this is gorgeous! What a great makeover!!!! I love the color you chose!

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Oh, it's so cute with it's new transformation. Very good!

Magic Brush said...

I love that you mix your own color! Good for you! That takes guts! Stop over and say hello on my painting blog sometime!

F-R-E-E.... those are the BEST finds!

Blessings, Jennifer

The Little Red Shop said...

It's certainly cleaned up well! Great job!

: )

Julie M.

Jennifer said...

That is a great makeover! I love the color you made... very pretty!
~Jennifer
www.studiojru.com

Teri said...

Wow! What a difference! :)

jenjen said...

Beautiful project!! It turned out so well. I love the color you used too!

Thanks for linking it up to my party!!!

XOXO
Jen

The Neglected Nest said...

Wow! What a huge transformation! Great great job.

west coast nester said...

That is beautiful. I love the color of paint you chose.

Lizzy said...

Such a beautiful colour!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Cha Cha - that is gorgeous! Love the added finials and your custom color is perfect! Thanks for once again sharing at the POPP.

Lee Laurie said...

It turned out beautiful! I love it and the finials for feet were the perfect idea!

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

That is an AMAZING transformation. I mix my paints too. Great job!

Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours day!

Prior said...

LOVE the color. It looks so refreshed now! Lezlee

Miss Mustard Seed said...

That color is great. I didn't think the piece was that bad to begin with, but it's definitely much better, now. You showed a lot of patience with this piece.

Jen said...

You did SUCH a fantastic job! I wanted to mix my own paint colors last week and my husband acted like that was a bad idea. I'm so glad you told me I could!! I'm going to try it for a chair that I need to paint...

thanks for the inspiration. this turned out perfectly!

Jen said...

You did SUCH a fantastic job! I wanted to mix my own paint colors last week and my husband acted like that was a bad idea. I'm so glad you told me I could!! I'm going to try it for a chair that I need to paint...

thanks for the inspiration. this turned out perfectly!

redefiningdecor.com said...

Super cute cabinet! I love that you told us about the decoupage gone wrong and who knew mixing your own colors was so easy! I'm glad I found you on Holly's Fresh Coat Friday!

Holly and Sean said...

Holy moly you are talented! I secretly think my neighbors all hate me because of the amount of sanding and noise continually coming from our garage too LOL. The feet, the color, it's all perfection!!

Thanks so much for sharing with us at the first ever Fresh Coat Friday!!

Holly

Karie said...

What a beautiful table. Lots of work but well worth it. You did a beautiful job. Thanks for sharing.

Tru@TRU TALES FEATS said...

I almost didn't comment, because there were already so many, but this warranted a "GREAT JOB".

Denise @ I Am Cre8ting said...

What a transformation! I love it!

InMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Cha Cha-

Truly a remarkable transformation! A knuckle buster for sure scraping all the wallpaper off. You gave it lots of love and got something beautiful in return. Where did you put it in your home?
My best - Diane

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