Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

Hey Friends!  So glad you stopped by!  I've been away for a short while because Ed & I recently experienced the loss of his sweet mother.  Sometimes, you have to take time for family and yourself to start to heal from such a loss.  Thank God that we know that she is in heaven with Jesus, praising around the throne of God.  I appreciate all of you who prayed for us during our time of loss.

Today I'm sharing a recent makeover of a 1920's Art Deco Vanity that I picked up at Goodwill for $30.00.

When I looked the desk over, I saw that it had dovetailed drawers, original drawer pulls, and it was nice and sturdy.  If a piece isn't sturdy, or has to have major repairs, I will usually pass it up.

This desk didn't need sanding or repairs so I removed the handles, cleaned it up and let it dry before applying the first coat of three of Waverly Chalk Paint in Plaster.  This paint went on so smoothly, and I was happy that I chose to use it on this piece!  After allowing each coat dry for 24-hours between coats, I applied Waverly White Wax as a sealer.  I applied 2 coats of the wax because I'm sure that this desk will get a lot of use.

While waiting for paint to dry, I thoroughly cleaned the handles, and then painted them with Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.  This has been my go-to color for handles, metal accents, etc.

What do you think of it as a makeup table?

Oh, and I lined the drawers with some pretty contact paper:

You might recognize it from an earlier project, my Dresser-to-TV Media Console:

That Contact paper is so versatile and goes with many kinds of decor, don't you think?

And there you have it, the completed makeover of this 1920's Art Deco style Vanity Desk.  I love it, and I love the small investment that I made to get it looking good, and it turned out so well!

Do you want to share a photo of a makeover that you've completed?  Go over to my Facebook page, and show me your projects!

Forward - my 2017 Word

Well there it is.  It's out there for everyone to see. I think that by sharing it with you, it kind of makes it a little more intentional, kind of like a promise I'm making. "I'm moving forward".

When choosing my word for 2017, I had to think ahead to what goals and dreams that Ed and I have for this year.  Why "Forward"?  Because we'd like to feel our lives moving in a positive direction forward, not going backward.  Reaching for our dreams.

At the end of December, we got all of our Christmas decor packed up again and stored in bins in the garage.  I realized that I really need to go through every bin, and decide what I don't need to keep, and what doesn't go with my normal Christmas themes/decor.  Why take up space storing stuff I won't use anymore?

Cathedral Window by Magnolia Home
Three Candlesticks by CostPlus World Market
Faux Magnolia Wreath DIY
As I began putting out my regular decor again, I found quite a few things that I'm also not going to be using anymore. Stuff I thought was pretty at the time, but doesn't really have a spot. You know what I mean, right?  And I see a lot of the people that I follow on Instagram that are doing a huge de-cluttering and purging in their homes as well.  Letting go is part of moving Forward. I'm such a sentimental person, and it seems like I save a lot of stuff....I'm definitely not in the "hoarder" category, but I have to tell you how freeing it feels to let some of it go!  It gives me room to move Forward.

Maybe all of this is because we're longing for something, and with prayer & God's guidance, Ed and I can someday, one day, achieve our dream.  I feel it's possible, with hard work, focus, and dedication to get where we want to be in our lives.  Until that day comes, we are content and happy to keep pressing on, and moving Forward.