Archive for Upcycled Projects

The Designing Pickers Booth Now Has A New Look!

It has been a while since I have written a blog post and I really need to get better at this but this summer has been crazy busy.  We have moved the booth 3 times, to new bigger, more visible  locations at Black Dog Salvage.  It has been amazing at how great business has been during out first year of business.  We have a hard time keeping the booth stocked because things are going out as fast as we move them in, but that is a good thing.

This has been a busy week.  I have painted the booth a great color called Ocean Storm.  It works well to show up our Fall and Winter merchandise we have planned for the booth.  I have found a new way to “pick” from my home by searching online auctions.  My friend, Tommy Wagner has one of the best sites around.  Check out Tommy Wagner Auctions for lots of great stuff.  I purchased some great decorating accessories this week from his latest auction.  I have been doing a lot of picking this week and have found some really cool items for painting.  Now to just find the time to paint…that is the real problem because our staging business has been busier this year than ever.

Check out our new booth…  we would to hear your comments.

Changing it up a bit…

We have used this small side table for several years in our staging business but after lots of moving, it had a few scratches on top and was ready to be retired. Instead I painted it with Annie Sloan’s Providence, distressed the edges and now it has a fresh new look in another staged home.

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We put it in the Designing Pickers booth at Black Dog Salvage last month but it did not sell so it went back to the warehouse.

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It now provides a much needed pop of color in one of the Shows Great Staged Homes for sale but it will be for sale soon…so watch for it at Designing Pickers.

The Chair – Before and Afters

A few weeks ago while photographing in Rustburg, I picked up a really cool chair, which although it was looking a bit worn and outdated, it was in great shape.  The cushion was in good condition and after a thorough cleaning I decided to just leave the pink velvet and work around it with a silver paint application.  I used Valspar Metallic paint and was very happy with the outcome although it took several applications to cover.

We will be adding the chair to our booth today.

Chair Before

Chair After

Upcycling Vintage Suitcases

This past weekend when we were picking up the 1943 Family Circle magazine that I purchased from an online auction, I spotted two vintage suitcases that were in great condition.  We will be adding these to the Designing Picker’s booth at Black Dog Salvage on Monday, March 12th.

Vintage suitcase projects have become all the rage.  Pinterest is full of ideas and photos of cool upcycling projects using these vintage suitcases.  Below are just a few suggestions

http://cupcakesandcashmere.com/updated-guest-room/

http://www.recreate.za.net/products

 

 

 

Let it Snow!!!

Looks like we might finally get some snow this winter and I am not worried about milk and eggs.  I am worried that I won’t have enough paint for my snow day projects so I am heading out this morning to find paint and supplies to keep me busy if I am snowed in for a few days.

Below are just a few of the projects planned for my snow days:

I found this coffee table this week as I was photographing in Rustburg and stopped by one of my favorite little thrift stores, the Route 29 Flea Market. The price was good and I liked the straight lines.  I thought it would be a great upcycle project.  The only problem is I can’t decide what color.  The silver tips on the legs give it a contemporary style and feel, so Shabby Chic is not going to work.  I would love to hear your suggestions.

I also found this great chair and although the seat has a few stains, it is in great shape.  I can’t wait to get started on this project.

I also have a chest and night stand waiting for paint, so bring on the snow… I am ready!  Watch for before and after pictures of these projects to be posted as they are completed.

 

Adorable Black and White Chest…

Check out our newest item that we will be adding to our inventory at Black Dog Salvage tomorrow.  This adorable hand painted chest is perfect for a little girl’s room or preteen room.  The black and white brings out the inner princess in all of us.  Silver and crystal hardwood gives this special piece extra bling.

We also have a lamp similar to the one shown on the chest for sale.

Watch for more inventory to be added in the next few days.

 

Upcycling Old Brass Lamps

We have all had them or seen them in thrift stores…those shiny brass lamps.  Why not give those old brass lamps a new life? Another great way to “upcycle” while living green.

A few months ago I found a brass lamp in a local Goodwill Store.  I liked the shape of it and although it had a small dent, at $5.00, I could not turn it down.  I started my lamp makeover with a good cleaning, then I sprayed a coat of primer, followed by a light blue color, and a final coat of spray clear poly.  I added a white shade that I had on hand and the result can be seen below.

See another great example of giving an old lamp a new look at http://www.bhg.com/decorating/budget-decorating/cheap/cheap-savvy-decor-design-ideas/#page=15.