Cream and Black Dresser Set

I am a full-time high school teacher, so I rarely have the time or energy to tackle any projects over the regular school year.  Here is a project that I completed for my friend Rachel over Spring Break.  She and her husband are currently renovating their home and wanted to update their bedroom set without having to purchase an entirely new set.  It’s amazing how few coats of paint can create something that looks and feels totally different! Rachel knew exactly what she wanted- cream-coloured dressers with black tops and details, lightly distressed.  Take a look how it turned out!

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Dresser 1 before- typical 80’s heavy dresser. Finnegan is checking it out.

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Dresser 2 before- Rachel’s husband had owned this for many years. It has a great shape!


Dresser 1 after- painted with Cream and Raven paint, lightly distressed and hand waxed with both dark and natural beeswax. Original hardware updated with a coat of black. Look what a few coats of paint can do!


Dresser 1 detail- actual colour is depicted better in the previous picture.


Dresser 1 Detail



Dresser 2 completed- look how cute it turned out! Painted the same colours as the other dresser to make it a matching set for their bedroom. Lightly distressed and hand-waxed like the other dresser, original hardware painted and waxed.



Detail of Dresser 2. It looks very white here, but the previous picture is more true to the actual colour.

All in all this took me about a week to complete, a coat of primer on each, a few coats of chalk paint on each and a jar of wax- much cheaper than purchasing a new set!

Summer is fast approaching and it turns out I am moving at the end of June, so I imagine I will be tackling many more projects in the next months- stay tuned! I may even have time to do something for you, if you live local.


First commissioned piece!

I wanted to show you a risky project I took on for my dear friend Ev- she chose some wild colour choices that I wasn’t sure were going to work, but my art training told me that they would.  Here is her little hutch before: 1491657_1529350237295805_9179328950978977106_n

Here it is after applying Emerald Green and a coral-y red:






I love how it turned out!  Thanks for pushing me out of my comfort zone, Ev!

Sea glass green hutch

Here is yet another example of how you can take an ugly, dated piece of furniture and give it some serious style with just a few supplies.

Someone gave me this old seventies-style hutch.  It was not the most attractive piece, but I could see all the potential it had to be beautiful.  First, as it was in minor disrepair, I had to fix a few things.  I also chose to remove the ugly knobby things on the shelves and fill the holes.  I had half a can of this stunning colour of paint that I was waiting to use on just the right project and decided to use it on this- the colour reminds me of the perfect piece of sea glass- I am always drawn to the colours of the sea!

So, take a look at how it turned out:


Ugly hutch before.

This may be my most favourite piece I've done yet.

Here she is with her makeover!

Peek-a-boo! What are those drawers lined with?

Peek-a-boo! What are those drawers lined with?

Book page lined drawers

Why with old, yellowed pages from classic novels, of course!

Vintage gold knobs

I updated the hardware with these lovely gold vintage-looking glass knobs that I found in the discount bin at Anthropologie. Great find!

All in all, this turned out to be one of my most favourite pieces.  I was planning to sell it, but I ended up keeping it in my living room!

Farm chair

 Whew! It’s been a heck of a couple of months!  I worked all summer long on Sapphire Restoration projects and then my life got hectic and crazy and I haven’t so much as posted a peep since August.  Mid-August, we packed up our house and moved to a new city.  A week later, I returned back to teaching, this time with four new courses to manage,on top of my other 3 classes, which means most of my time is spent planning and prepping.  Additionally, my husband switched from transitional to permanent pastor at a little church in our new community, which adds a whole other level of busyness.  On top of that, we have four kids at home adjusting to a new school and all that entails.  All that being said, it was necessary to move SR to the back-burner for a while until life calmed down.  And it is finally beginning to settle, so I am starting to plan which projects to tackle next.  I have a garage full of beautiful pieces that are ready to be transformed.  

Even though I was busy, a few notable things have occurred: 

– Before my move, I managed to make 250 lovely promo cards for a new marketing initiative called Biz Promo Bags.  Because of this, I have received a great deal of exposure and interest- my website stats keep growing. Welcome, all of you from Biz Promo Bags!  I am so happy you stopped by! Comment if you found your way here through the Biz Promo Bags- and thanks for mentioning in that survey you took how pretty you thought my promo cards were.  That means a lot to me!

– Although I’d made all these pieces of furniture, I’ve made no attempt to really sell them.  However, we moved near this tiny little picturesque village called Steveston that is filled with gorgeous artisan boutiques that attract many tourists.  This is also where our church is located and where we wish to do most of our business.  If possible, I would like to sell SR pieces exclusively in Steveston, so, a few weeks ago, my handsome salesman (a.k.a. my husband), went around to the stores to begin gauging interest.  I’m pleased to announce that Jet-Lag Travel Fashion will begin carrying SR pieces, and hopefully more to come!

– On a sad note, there was a huge fire in New Westminster, B.C., recently, and my favourite chalk paint supplier lost everything.  All of you at The FAT Paint Company, we are sorry for your loss, and we know that it will only be a matter of time until you are up and running again. 

– Finally, I am considering entering some craft and artisan Christmas fairs this year to begin selling my pieces.  I will keep you updated.  

I leave you with a picture of a simple chair I painted even in the midst of all the craziness.  I just couldn’t stay away.  

Enjoy the sun this weekend!

Mirror and Mantle

Ok, so I also wanted to show you my mirror and mantle as well. The mirror is layered with an Emerald City tint and white, the same with the chair you can see in the mirror reflection. I applied a crackle glaze to both to get that aged effect.

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Here is my farm chair, underneath the white metal stars I painted earlier this year.

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Farm chair detail

Farm chair detail- can you see the crackle glaze and the three colours of paint I’ve used to create depth?

Distressed blue side table

I’ve been loving the super-distressed furniture trend that is so ‘in’ right now.  Up to this point, I have played it pretty safe with my furniture distressing and stayed within my comfort zone as I try to figure out what my style is.  However, I want to keep growing and challenging myself in this business so that I improve.  I decided that with my next project, I would take the distressing to a new level.

I decided to try this out with this boring little side table my husband picked up for me last month:

Original table

Original table

As you can see, to start with, the table was nothing to write home about.  It was actually a bit nasty- this picture doesn’t pick up the chippy, peeling varnish and the thick layer of dirt adhering to the surface.  However, I cleaned the table (don’t worry) and applied the most perfect paint colour.  Take a look:

Too nice to take a sander to?

Too nice to sand? Nah.

It looked so pretty just like that; even prettier when I added my new stencil in white.  I could have just left it like this and had a stunning little table (that’s what you were thinking, weren’t you); however, I’d already decided that this was the table that would feel the wrath of my sander.  So, with some trepidation, I started her up and tentatively began sanding the drawer to explore exactly how distressed I wanted the table to be.  I think using a power tool went to my head.  By the time I was done, the drawer was basically raw wood with flecks of paint. Oops. Maybe a little too distressed.  I had to start all over again.  I am learning as I go, what can I say?

Here is the finished table- I think it turned out pretty well for my first attempt at some serious distressing.  What do you think of the mega-distressed look? Comment and let me know!

Click on the first picture to scroll through the gallery:

This project was painted using Caribbean Blue and Warm White chalk paint from The FAT Paint Company and sealed with clear beeswax polish.  Please email us at for purchase inquiries.  

Distressed Steamer Trunk

This post is dedicated to my dad-

Myself, my dad and my sister

Myself, my dad (back when he had hair) and my sister


a) because this trunk reminds me of him- he still has the steamer trunk like this one that he got in Depot with the RCMP many, many years ago.  Every year, my sister and I (well, mostly just me) knew that we could snoop inside the big blue trunk and find our hidden Christmas presents.  (I often knew what I was getting for Christmas before Christmas morning.  I was that kind of child.  My sister wasn’t- I just forced her to tag along).

b) because my dad invested in my ‘company’ and bought me the white and green chalk paint used in this project. He’s always believed in me and supported me well.

c) because we are all in a process of restoration, just like this trunk.  As you will see below, this project was difficult, stressful and frustrating at times, but I did the hard work, endured to the end and the result is beautiful, as restoration always is.  Remember what a mess I once was compared to where I am today, Dad? Let’s keep pressing forward.  The best is yet to come.

SO- 18 hours later, I have finally completed this trunk.

Here is what it looked like when we first picked it up:

Outside of trunk before

Outside of trunk before

Inside of trunk before

Inside of trunk before

After a few hours of cleaning, scraping and sanding, it looked like this- getting better, right?

Scraped clean

Scraped clean

Inside of trunk, stripped

Inside of trunk, stripped

A few more hours later, it was sealed and primed and looked like this:

Sealed, primed and ready!

Sealed, primed and ready!

Then, my dad bought me some new paint to choose from and I decided to be adventurous and try an ombre look, from Emerald City green at it’s darkest, to a pale mint green at it’s lightest.

three shades of Emerald City paint

three shades of Emerald City paint

I usually enjoy creating my furniture projects, but painting an ombre looked was more frustrating than I’d expected.  Putting on a solid colour is simple and there is minimal room for error, but doing an ombre look could have turned out disastrous. It was tricky to keep each layer wet so that I could properly blend the shades without looking streaky.  However, I love how it turned out, although I wish I had done four shades instead of three.  Too late now! Here it is before distressing:

Finnegan was never far away during this process... his painted tail is proof!

Finnegan was never far away during this process… his painted tail is proof!

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Home stretch- ready to finish. *finally*

I started distressing and found that it was so difficult to sand through the paint and primer by hand that my husband insisted on buying me a power sander!  Yay!

I finished distressing, waxed everything with clear beeswax polish and added finishing details with the dark beeswax polish.  Then, Nick meticulously measured and lined the inside with a roll of wall paper that was gifted to us at a paint store and just happened to be the perfect match (Coincidence? I think not).

So, after all of that…

Here it is. (Click on the gallery to scroll through the photos).  A steamer trunk that can be used as storage, as a coffee table or (imagine!) luggage!

What do you think?

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This trunk was primed with Bullseye 1-2-3 Primer/Sealer and painted with FAT chalk paint in Emerald City and Warm White.  The ombre look was achieved by using full strength Emerald City on the bottom, 2 parts Emerald City to one part Warm White in the middle and 2 parts Warm White with 1 part Emerald City.  The trim was painted with Warm White.  The interior was lined with a marble wallpaper with hints of white and green.  

Shabby White Vintage Desk

Today, at long last, I finally finished my cute little white vintage desk that I started a few weeks back.

Remember what it looked like before?  I’ll remind you:


I didn’t take a single in-between shot, so let’s get right to the big reveal:

Shabby white desk 2

And that’s not all…

Inside drawers

Inside drawers 2

What do you think?

Side note- I’m almost done that incredible trunk and it is turning out better than I expected.  I just need to distress the wood, wax the entire thing and line the interior and it will be ready to show you.  I’m so excited about it… it should be up by the end of this week.

This vintage desk was painted with FAT Paint‘s Warm White chalk paint on the exterior and Caribbean Blue chalk paint on the interior and distressed for that shabby chic look.  The entire desk, inside and out, was then sealed and waxed with beeswax polish.  

Trunk- part 2

Every spare second I get, I am working on my Sapphire projects.  I don’t have anything new to show for it yet because this trunk is taking so. much. work- scraping, sanding, tweezing, cleaning, disinfecting, gluing, hammering, and finishing with a double coat of primer/sealer.  The trunk is now positively pristine.  Take a look at my progression by clicking on the first picture in the gallery and scrolling through.

It is now ready for its real transformation.  I just bought three new cans of paint colour and am still deciding which one to use (although, I am strongly leaning toward a certain colour…).  Take a look and let me know what your vote is! (left to right: Buttercup, Warm White, Caribbean Blue, Emerald City and Indigo)

Hmm...which to choose?

Hmm…which to choose?

Yellow Credenza

When I first decided that I was going to pour my creative energies into furniture restoration, my husband took me out to look for my first piece. At the end of a long day with nothing found, we stopped in at a garage sale on the way home and discovered this little guy tucked away in the corner. Nick carried the table home five blocks on his shoulders which was an amusing sight. Our neighbour stopped him and dryly remarked, ‘Just taking your table out for a walk, I see…’

Just taking the table out for a walk.

Just taking the table out for a walk.

I called this a side table, but I was informed that the correct term was a ‘credenza’. So, here is the credenza before:

Yellow Credenza- before

Yellow Credenza- before

As I mentioned in my previous post, I got a coat and a half of Buttercup Yellow paint out of the FAT Paint sample jar I’d picked up last week and then ran out. Those pots go far! We trekked back to New West and committed to a full quart of the yellow paint and a large pot of clear wax. That’s twice in one week so far. I have a funny feeling we are going to get to know each other real well over the summer.

*Sidenote- check this out- Victoria was kind enough to give me a shout out on the FAT Paint facebook page! Awesome! (scroll down to Wednesday, June 26th’s post- look for my dog)*

The credenza needed more coats than the side tables did. I rolled on three coats before I was happy with how it looked: (yes, Finnegan needed to make another appearance. He’s such an attention hog! Did I mention he was once featured in a magazine? See here and scroll down until you see Finnegan’s featured post)

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Finally, I hand-distressed waxed (with clear and dark wax) for a few hours and ended up with this:

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I love how it turned out! What do you think?

I am going to put my first pieces up for sale in a few days and am curious to see what will happen.

Thanks again for stopping by!

Side tables!

Here I am the moment before starting my very first project.  Can you spot my husband?

Here I am the moment before starting my very first project. Can you spot my husband?

Here I am the moment before starting my very first project in my very professional ‘studio’. (Can you spot my husband?)

So, I began by painting the table tops with Fat Paint’s Warm White and true to its claim, chalk paint really does stick on anything with no sanding required. Major bonus!When the tops were done, I rolled and painted the body and the drawers with Fat Paint’s gorgeous Ocean Spray- a gorgeous sea green colour. It went on well, dried quickly and I started anxiously distressing- which was a little distressing when you’ve never done it before! My technique was to simply distress the spots that made sense to me.

After, I rubbed both tables all over with the clear Fat wax and then applied the dark wax, which was a bit of a learning curve. I was thrilled with how they turned out.

Again, here they are before:

Side tables before

Side tables before





Now take a look at how they turned out- click on the first photo to access the full-sized photos.

What do you think of my first project?