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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

How to Make Inexpensive Furniture Look Expensive

Tips, tricks, and ideas on updating dated, secondhand and inexpensive furniture into expensive one-of-a-kind pieces! Whether you want to update a piece of furniture you already own or you're in search of affordable furniture that you can transform into a beautiful customized piece.  These tips and ideas will help you save money and turn ordinary inexpensive furniture into expensive-looking one-of-a-kind pieces of art. EIGHT WAYS TO UPDATE FURNITURE FOR THE PERFECT HIGH-END LOOK!  1. REMOVE DATED STAIN AND FINISHES You know what kind of stain I'm talking about.  The orangy color that's often flyspecked and sealed with glossy shellac or varnish.  This finish tends to instantly date furniture and make you think of the 1970s-1980s The good news is, these dated furniture pieces are typically very well-built and made of solid wood.  This means they can easily be transformed and given a high-end makeover by sanding and creating a raw wood look, refinishing, or painting.   T...
Sunday, March 19, 2023

15 of My Favorite Vintage Finds

Tour my favorite antique and vintage finds that I have displayed throughout my vintage-modern decorated home!  Throughout the past several years, my love of vintage decor quickly turned from a hobby to selling in a vintage booth ,  online , and at local  vintage markets .  I love thrifting, hunting, and picking for vintage decor then styling and curating my finds to create beautiful and unique displays and vignettes.   It's such a fun hobby turned side business that has given me the chance to explore new areas, meet new people, and find some really awesome vintage items.   Some of the vintage finds I sell, some I hang onto and enjoy for a bit before selling, and others are just way too good to let go of.  Today, I'm sharing 15 of my favorite vintage finds that I knew right away were keepers! Before I get to my favorite vintage items that I have displayed throughout my home, I wanted to share a few articles to help you find, stage, and decorate with vintage decor.  1. How to...
Monday, March 13, 2023

Refinished Vintage-Inspired Multi-Drawer Cabinet

A multi-drawer cabinet with a dated flyspecked finish gets a vintage-inspired makeover! A few weeks ago, I picked up a petite multi-drawer wood cabinet. As with most furniture I buy, it was a little dated, had an undesirable flyspecked finish, and needed a little updating.  It DID, however, have  everything I look for when buying secondhand furniture (solid wood, dovetail drawers, smoke-free), so I bought it, brought it home, and got to work giving it a vintage-inspired makeover.  SUPPLIES USED TO REFINISH A DATED WOOD MULTI-DRAWER CABINET - Dewalt Orbital Sander - 60/150/320 sanding pads - Multi-purpose cleaner (I like LA's Totally Awesome) - Early American wood stain - Water-based poly (I used a Matte finish) - Stainable wood filler  - 2 1/2" Paintbrush - Black cup pulls - Black antique post office box labels - Foam brush - Rubber mallet /hammer - Screwdriver - Drill and drill bits - Tape Measure - Paper towels HOW TO FINISH A WOOD MULTI-DRAWER CABINET You can find ...