Gold Dipped Drop Leaf Table Makeover

Over a year ago I bought this little number off of Kijiji. When I received it, the top had more damage to the veneer than I anticipated, and I knew it was going to take a big effort to update, so it sat… For over a year, until the right person just happened to notice it in this photo I posted on my Instagram.


You can hardly see it and it’s details on the left hand side of this photo but my customer had an eye for pretty things!

Here it is before I got to work, it really became a catch all in my garage… so neglected ūüė¶


¬†I have never stripped veneer off of furniture before, but I knew it could be a challenge. ¬†So I got out some high grit stand paper and a flat knife and began peeling. ¬†I peeled with the knife what I could and oh how satisfying it was to peel off a big chunk of veneer, but there were moments where I fully had to sand down the veneer – two and a half later I had finished just the middle section! ūüė≥
I missed taking pictures of this process, as I was fully focused on the grunt work.  But once I had it smooth and sanded, i moved onto sanding those legs.

I needed a break from the top, so after sanding down and prepping the legs I used my favourite gold spray paint and lightly added layers of gold, letting fully dry before each coat. ¬†Once the spray paint had fully dried, i measured and taped off where I wanted the legs to be dipped to and began painting the rest of the base. ¬†I primed each step with Zinssers stain blocker. ¬†When you’re tackling really old furniture it’s almost a guarentee that it will bleed, especially if veneer is involved and your bright white colour (or whatever colour you’re using) will dry to have a gross yellow look to it – and no matter how many coats of paint, it wont go away. ¬†So you’ll save paint, time and your sanity if you just use a primer/stain blocker from the get go! ¬†¬†The veneer was in really good condition on the actual drop leafs and since I was painting the whole thing I ended up leaving that veneer and just sanded it down. ¬†Although I was using chalk paint, sometimes it’s still necessary to sand furniture. ¬†I much prefer to sand down old surfaces to get the years of grease, and grime off rather than scrubbing it down! ¬†During this process there were a couple edges that I had to fill with wood filler and smooth out, but that’s a much easier process than stripping the veneer!

Here’s a quick shot of the table flipped and the coats of the stain blocker and fat paint. ¬†Being a drop leaf, I had to make sure the underneath looked just as pretty as the top! ¬†I did end up lightly painting the hinges too, but just lightly so that they wouldn’t lock up.

Once I flipped her back over, i finished the table tops using a couple coats of stain blocker and a couple coats of Warm White Fat Paint. ¬†I do use a synthetic bristle brush when using chalk paint – as a roller soaks up and wastes so much. ¬†So I do end up with some brush strokes. ¬†My secret to smoothing down brush strokes is using a slightly damp sanding sponge between coats. ¬†Make sure your paint is fully dry before doing so, and lightly sand over your surface wiping as you go. ¬†It creates such a nice buttery finish. ¬†I used multiple coats of General Finishes Flat Top Coat on the entire piece. ¬†It goes on so nicely and provides such a great top coat. ¬†It’s my favourite!
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I had the table finished for a couple days and it was just hanging out in my garage before i could deliver it and I thought it needed a special touch.  So I used my Silhouette Cameo to add a special little pop inside the drawer.

Please ignore my terrible garage shoes – i’ve stolen them from my hubby – and they’re awesome and terrible lol.
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Now this wonderful piece is in it’s new home over at Greater Goods¬†and it’s so perfect in this space. ¬†It was such a pleasure to make something for them to display so many local pretties on! ¬†This labor of love was 100% worth the work!!

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Retro Grunge Hutch

I’ve been really slack on my blogging game lately. ¬†I have so much to share with you all about makeovers and different projects and then another project comes up and blogging gets put on the back burner. ¬†Well this morning I figured I’d share my hutchmost recent furniture transformation.

A customer dropped off a hutch that she was less than thrilled about, she said it was boxy, boring, meh and ugly but hoped that it could be revived with a facelift!  Here it was before, she was right, pretty boring and boxy, but look at that retro goodness!  It was full of potential!

IMG_7232First I removed all the doors and gave the whole piece a sand down. ¬†You don’t have to sand down the raw wood, I’d still be there sanding if that was the case. ¬†You want to get as much of that glossy finish off so that the paint has something to stick to! ¬†Once you sanded it down give it a good wipe. ¬†I used a paint & primer so after it was dust free I got right to work. ¬†For big pieces like this with clean lines I like to use a roller (especially if I’m NOT using chalk paint – i find a brush is a better way to apply chalk paint.) you’ll get nice smooth application with no brush strokes.

So here’s the piece all nice and painted. ¬†Looks ¬†nice and clean and already was such a major transformation. ¬†But my client wanted some more depth… grunge if you will!!! ¬†I was more than excited to mIMG_7449ake that happen, and just knew it would give this piece that wow factor. ¬†I used Ralph Lauren Faux Glaze mixed with about a teaspoon of black paint and began the glazing process. ¬†Applying, then wiping off with a wet cloth. ¬†At some points to get the level of glaze I wanted on the piece I would just dry brush the glaze on. ¬†Here’s a picture of the difference!

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We loved the idea of adding some brightness to this dark piece, but it also needed to have some grunge to it!  (forgive the crooked picture!)
IMG_7457After everything was glazed and good, I added some General Finishes Flat Top Coat. ¬†It’s my fave! ¬†Here’s the finished project!!!

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Hopefully I’ll be back soon with some other projects I’ve been working on while prepping for a Christmas market! ¬†Have an awesome Wednesday!
xo Meryl
Inspired Findings

DIY Wood Plank World Map

I’ve been meaning to blog this for pretty much a month now! ¬†Sorry this is so late! ¬†I’ve had a lot of questions about how I did this large world map. ¬†It’s no secret that I use the Silhouette Cameo to cut stencils for projects like this, but the catch is, the Cameo only cuts 12″ wide. ¬†So basically I had to design and cut this like a puzzle in many (i think 4 or 5) sections.

Before I geIMG_4052t into those details, I just wanted to share quick how I did these wood planks that were old fence boards once upon a time. ¬†First after cutting the boards I drilled holes on each side. ¬†Then i stained some of the boards with grey stain and some with antique walnut both by Minwax. ¬†Once they were dry I used FAT’s dark wax over the boards and concentrated it in the drill holes to make it look like it wasn’t freshly drilled. ¬†so Voila! ¬†i was so happy with how these old fence boards turned out!

So back to where it all started. ¬†First thing first. ¬†I had my map shape on the Silhouette Studio and sized my board to be the size I wanted my sign to be. ¬†I have a 12×24 cutting map so once I measure out the size of map that I wanted I began cutting the map into 12×24″ pieces using the knife tool. ¬†Then I copy and pasted the rest of the map that didn’t fit on the 12×24 page to a new page and continued to do so until it was all ready to cut on about 4 or 5 separate pages! ¬†I hope that makes sense!
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Once everything was cut on vinyl I pealed away the landmasses and used the outline as my stencils.  It was tricky measuring out and piecing the puzzle together evenly, but it just takes patience and attention to detail.  I had my computer with the full map open so I could keep referring back to it as I laid my pieces over the wood sign.   I trimmed down my stencils that were still attached to transfer paper and then taped the upper and lower pieces of each land mass together from underneath, mainly to keep the pieces together and be able to space everything out properly.

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Here’s how it looked once I had it all stuck to the boards!

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From there I made sure to seal the inside edges with mod podge that I thinned down with water a little bit.  Once that was dry I applied a couple layers of white paint, and when the paint was still a little bit wet I peeled the vinyl away!  Sometimes little bits of your paint might peel up with your vinyl or some of the paint might bleed (especially if your wood is bumpy or uneven) but thats an easy touch up with either a paint brush or a light sanding.  To finish the project i did do a light sand over the land masses to distress them a bit and then I applied a dark brown wax to make the land masses not so stark white, but more worn in with the boards.

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So there you go!!! ¬†I hope that was clear! ¬†I likely missed something and I hope it wasn’t too confusing! ¬†Please ask questions if you have any and I’ll do my best to answer them! ¬†A lot of times I just make things up as I go but I’m always willing to share my methods!!!
Thanks for reading!

DIY Vintage Frame turned Chalkboard

If you follow me on instagram, you might remember this pretty frame I found a while back. ¬†I’ve had a lot of interest in it, but I IMG_0048knew it was gonna take time to find the right person who had the space and the vision for it in their house. ¬†At The Vixens of Vintage Spring Fling after a bunch of ooo’s and ahhh’s the right person claimed it and requested that we make it into a shabby chic chalkboard for their kitchen! ¬†First of all, I want that kitchen that can house a huge chalkboard like this – i don’t think my whole house has the wall space to make this frame it’s home, and second of all, I was sooooo excited to tackle this challenge!

First thing first, I went to Lowes and bought a gigantic sheet of hardboard, and asked them to cut it for me, ps. have you seen those saws they have!?¬† How do i get one of those!? ¬†Also the guy who cut it for me is a ginger. ¬†Being a mom of the sweetest IMG_9778ginger boy I feel like I have this new soft spot for gingers. ¬†Like I want to tell them I’m on their side, I’m on the same team, I’m protective of them. ¬†But that might be a little weird, so i stayed quiet and let him do his job,¬†I didn’t want to freak him out!

Once I got home, I primed the smooth surface of the hardboard to ensure my chalkboard paint would stick, and I also primed the frame, both with a white spray primer.  It would be ideal to prime the chaIMG_9940lkboard with a darker primer but I just used what I had and it worked perfect!

(I hope I’m not the only person who’s projects take over their¬†kitchen/house. ¬†I have a great work space in my garage, but some days, the perfect time to work on a project are those quiet momIMG_2086ents when the kids are eating their bedtime snack and your hubby is out at a hockey game. ¬†You just gotta make it work!)

I frame using MudPaint in Manor White, i pretty much just did one coat and touched up a couple areas that went on thinner. ¬†Once it was painted and dry (the next day) I mixed together some dark glaze using Ralph Laurens Faux finishing glaze and some black paint. ¬†I applied it with a brush in small sections and then wiped off as much as I could with a clean damp rag. ¬†Making sure the glaze stayed in the details to make them pop. ¬†I forgot to take a picture of the glazing process but here’s how it looked before and afterwards with some light distressing using a sanding sponge. After i had it looking how I wanted i used a spray clear coat to seal it.

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I ended up using 4 coats of chalkboard paint on the chalkboard to ensure complete coverage and then used wood glue to secure tIMG_2281he chalkboard into the frame. ¬†I don’t have clamps for some reason but i made sure to apply pressure to the edges and let it sit for 24 hours to make sure the chalkboard was secure. ¬†IMG_2338

Once it was all set, i made sure to rub chalk all over the frame to season the chalkboard. ¬†This prepares your chalkboard to be used. ¬†If you just write on the black unseasoned chalkboard – it will be tricky to removed completely what you’ve written.

Once I’ve wiped off with a dry cloth or brush the chalkboard is ready to be used! ¬†Here are some finished pics of this shabby chic, vintage chalkboards!IMG_2364IMG_2366 IMG_2354 IMG_2349 IMG_2345Hope that all of that mumbo jumbo was pretty clear and straight forward! ¬†Feel free to comment if you have any questions! ¬†Happy Monday!