Light colors can be both cheery and calming, and it’s hard to choose just one.
Upcycled Hutch Top #2
A custom mixed blue gives a fresh farmhouse feel to this lonely hutch top turned shelf. Added bottom and bun feet do the trick! White distressing gave it a worn, aged feel and decorative moldings added detail.
The paneled sides begged for a farmhouse finish, which was achieved with a variety of flat stencils and raised stencils on top of cream, gray, and natural wood.
No holding back on this one! Dark stained legs, a pretty pink backdrop with coral and toffee painted florals, plus a couple extra appliques for more balance.
Farmhouse Cabinet #2
The fun of finding an identical cabinet is imagining it differently! This time, a pale yellow took it from drab to dreamy. A block of wood gives the sense of an old-fashioned latch, and the front panel was removed to show off the pine top. Wooden knobs replaced the black metal.
You can’t pass on something made of wood for $3, even if it is an odd duck. With a completely different feel in a soft gray, this drawer bench was originally created as a child’s reading nook but became a pet’s daybed and leash storage.
A client brought me her old sewing cabinet that her father upcycled. We lost the hinged cabinet doors to make room for a shelf and decorated the top white drawers and aqua sides in floral transfers from ReDesign withe Prima.
I had been waiting to use these bamboo placemats on the doors of something when finally this perfect buffet showed up on Marketplace. Don’t they work beautifully with the Thai Basil sage green and nickel hardware?
Farmhouse Cabinet #1
A perfectly petite cabinet was a great contender for farmhouse fresh in a custom mix sage green. Complemented by the black hardware.
Cottage Accent Table
A little table can be open to so much creativity! The white and blue combo with scrapbook papered drawer and lace stencil on the sides made a pretty cottage style. Perfect for the bedroom of twin girls!
I never pass on a dresser with details like these turned edges, moldings, and serpentine drawers. Commissioned from my inventory, we matched a bright aqua from the nursery’s new wallpaper print.
Two-tone gray with Java gel stain give this old vanity a classic look. The original hardware was restored with Barkeeper’s friend and a lot of rubbing!
Cottage Kid’s Vanity
My client snatched this up for her daughter’s birthday. We matched her love of quilts and pinks and blues with this scrapbook paper on the drawer fronts, crystal knobs, and soft green upholstered seat. You’d never know the chair didn’t match the original vanity when the decorative moldings link them together.
A pretty aqua blue transformed this dresser by complementing its cool color with warm washed wood legs and drawers. New hardware from Hobby Lobby made it extra special.
The bottom of Grandma’s hutch became the perfect storage piece in a home office for my client. White really brightened it up, and a gray stained top made it feel farmhouse fresh.
Heavily distressed, this “putty” color can be gray or beige in certain light. New knobs and revealed rustic wood legs give it a new look.
Kid’s Coat Cubby
Another lonely piece at the thrift shop begging for a makeover, this strange shelf became the perfect child-sized coat cubby for after school. A faded motif stencil covers the new back in the same soft sage green and hooks were added.
Pale Sage Entry Table
Another example of how dark to light can be transformative. To add a special touch, raised wallpaper was glued to the top drawer fronts and painted in the same shade to blend. A complementary navy floral fabric lines the drawers, and white knobs keep it light.
The best makeover is one from super dark to super light. This upholstered bench got a new fabric covered top and the white highlights make the decorative appliques finally show up.
These raised stencils were taken up a notch with the addition of pearlized metallic paint in the same blue color. Glass knobs and painted metallic pulls blend in.
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