Magazine Holder Paint Re-do (or My First Attempt at White Chippy Shabby)

April 26, 2011

Okay.  So I don't have enough projects swirling around in my head already, I need to add PAINTING to the list.  I've always been interested in the idea of revamping old furniture, but I guess I'm just afraid to take the plunge (that ugly old coffee table re-do 20 years ago notwithstanding).  What if I mess it up?  What if it's ugly?  Despite my insecurities I decided to start, but start SMALL.

I present to you the "Really Flowery and Green Painted Magazine Holder That Never Really Went With Anything In My House."

 (Oops, I started priming it before I remembered to take a "Before" photo!  So please disregard the primer on the bottom left corner.)

Call me crazy.  It's not that I didn't like it.  It. Just. Didn't. Go.

So I got to work with some primer and white paint I found in the basement.  One coat of primer and two coats of paint.  Then I took some sand paper to it, just on the edges and corners for a distressed look.  

I wanted to maybe stain it a bit and rub the stain off for a more authentic look, but I'm still such a scaredy cat.  What brand should I use?  What color stain?  How do I apply it?  The list goes on.  I've been amazed at all the talented people out there who do this stuff every day.  My goal is to try to learn from them.  And then it's just trial and error, I guess. 

Look out world, she's painting now!

Since this is for White Wednesday over at Faded Charm, I thought I'd add just one more small white lovely.

                       This is sitting on the vanity in our powder room.  It's a scent diffuser from ~ ready?~ a dollar store!  I kid you not!  I've been asked by a few people if I have the Dollar Tree or the Dollar Store.  It's actually Dollar Tree in these parts.  Anyway, the rest of the bathroom reveal will be coming up soon once I find the perfect mirror (and paint it, of course)!

Hope you're all having a great week.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Privet and Holly said...

Great job, Kathleen!
I swing between wanting
color and patterns and
then wanting the simplicity
of whites, greys, pale
robins egg blue, etc. I
think in this case the
white makes it look much
more substantial, for
some reason!
xx Suzanne

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Great redo!! Can't wait to see your bathroom! Hurry and find a mirror ~ I sell them on eBay, both frameless and framed!

Happy White Wednesday!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You did good! Looking forward to seeing the bathroom redo.

Ido said...

You did great! I like to use a water based stain americana brand, you can find it at Michaels, that leaves the most beautiful weathered paint and kind of seals the paint at the same time, just make sure your white paint is completely flat. Once you apply the stain with a brush, rub it off with a napkin, that's all you have to do. Also to make the paint more chippy all over your project, after you paint and stain, apply some modge podge to your project, then grab a piece of paper and stick it to it, wait a minute or two and peel it off, that'll chip your paint marvelously. If you need more tips, please let me know, don't be scared, some times things don't go like we plan, then we have to improvise. Have a great day!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Turned out great! Looks so pretty with the daffodils!

Our Hopeful Home said...

Wow! What a response! Thanks for the great advice ~ hope I can make you proud! :)
xoxo Kathleen

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I agree with Ido. Take the plunge. It's only paint. It's a good piece for you to experiment with. You can always redo it. Some of my best redesigns have been happy accidents. Another tip...Keep a wet rag on hand just in case the stain goes where you don't want it to, or goes on too dark.

Decor & Harmony said...

Great re-do it has new life! Please visit my blog I just posted a magazine rack. Happy painting :)

A Few Pennies said...

Looks better white--a classic! Love your photos. Have a great weekend. Patty

Monika said...

I love the new look so much better! Great job!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

And she looks so much better for it, Kathleen! What a great piece it is and now it will fit in anywhere. I was going to glaze something myself but decided to just leave it alone. I was going to use some watered down brown craft paint and wipe it on, then wipe it off.

Marianne said...

I love how it looks in clean bright white. And don't be too scared to just experiment. There isn't much that you could do wrong that you wouldn't be able to redo if it didn't work out.

I finally found a quiet morning to visit everybody again and actually leave a comment this time.
Thank you again for playing in my We Love White linky party!

Lori said...

Came over from funky junk. If you have been to my site you know I was attracted to your daffodils....

Perfect in white.

Rose Garden Malevik said...

Hi Kathleen
rellay smart idea :)
and do not miss,,




HÃ¥kan ( The Roseman)

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