Redesigning Ruby Challenge Featured Project

Everyone who took my Redesigning Ruby Facebook challenge in May did an outstanding job on their pieces - we saw such great transformations. One out of all won the final giveaway which included a feature on LMDH along with a couple of other prizes! Not only did Jane Poates do a great job on her piece, she managed to capture the essence of Ruby herself.

Her "BEFORE" is on the left and first and second steps on the right:

Jane Carr Poates before
Jane Carr Poates coat1
Jane Carr Poates coat2

The challenge was to find a piece, prep, layer and distress two or more paint colors. Then antique, layer stencil and accent with gold wax. The option of Retique It was suggested where needed for a stained top. Here is Jane's description of her project:

"After - My version of “Ruby”is finished! Painted in Maui Sand and Gulf Coast with dry sand distressing. Added two tone stenciling in black and metallic tin. Stained with classic gray and silver spark wax detail on the edges. Coated with polycrylic over paint and polyurethane over stained top. This was a fun project!" ~ Jane Carr Poates

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The idea of the challenge was not only to learn new techniques and combine them into one project, but to challenge oneself to duplicate someone else's project, but put your own twist on it. Often we are asked to paint a piece for a client and are handed a photo of a piece that client wants us to copy. This challenge was a great way to practice our skills in many ways.

Congrats, Jane and all the other challenge participants!


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A Navy Blue Trio – Two Dressers & a Nightstand

General Finishes Chalk Style Paint Revitalizes Ethan Allen Dressers

In honor of our forum sponsors, General Finishes (May 2019) and D. Lawless Hardware (June 2019), I redesigned this trio using the GF beautiful chalk style paint in Midnight Blue along with some glitzy hardware, the Concentric Bright Brass Plated Swan Neck Bail Pulls and the knobs were the Amerock Brass Radiance Oval Knobs.

The two dressers are matching Ethan Allens and the nightstand is a piece I grabbed from my inventory to create a three piece matched set.

You can take several non-matching pieces that are not the same brand/manufacturer and paint and decorate them alike to bring them all together to look like a matched set.


The Befores

EAllen small dresser before
EAllen lg dresser before

My DH cleaned, sanded, and spray primed all three pieces using an oil based primer.

The two dressers were obviously matching pieces, but the nightstand wasn't, so we did a little bit of improvising to make them all a set. DH popped out the buttons on the nightstand and filled in the holes before he primed. Then I added raised stenciling on the top drawers of all three pieces.

Camile primed w raised stencil

General Finishes has a really nice navy blue chalk style paint that covers well and is easy to use (afflink): Midnight Blue.

I did two coats of the navy blue and then topcoated the body in a satin water based polyurethane and used a gloss on the tops.

Derrick Lawless from (afflink) gave me the hardware for all three pieces - I highly recommend his store!


The Afters

Navy Blue Nightstand cu
Navy Blue dresser hardware
Navy Blue Tops
Navy Blue drawer
Ethan Allen Stamp
Navy Blue Dresser Tops
Navt Blue Large Dresser
Navy Blue Set of Three Money Shot

Working with reliable products makes the job so much easier and a higher quality you can't get otherwise. Have you attempted matching up mismatched pieces? Here is another set my DD, Jillian and I did a while ago for her master bedroom: Pure & Original Meets HomeRight to Create a Sweet Bedroom Suite.

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Retique It & UNiCORN SPiT

I like to experiment and try out different products and brands for my members on my Facebook groups. Today I did a short video showing you how I used (afflinks) UNiCORN SPiT over Retique It Liquid Wood. The possibilities are endless!

Have you ever used UNiCORN SPiT? It's a water based translucent non-toxic paint that can be used as a glaze, stain or paint - super easy to use, and fun!

Retique It Liquid Wood is a paint on liquid wood (just like it sounds). You can do all sorts of fancy things with it!

You'll see:

It's just a fun little video to give you some ideas. Let me know if you have any ideas on other ways to use these products!


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The Let’s Flip Together Challenge

I ran a challenge for my Facebook group and want to share some of the projects that were completed. There is some rare talent out there! If you are familiar with furniture redesign, you'll appreciate the results and understand the type of work that went into each piece.

So without further ado, let's take a look:

Martie Blignaut artist at Jeshurun

"This solid wood end table was painted with chalk paint - still showing off the lovely wood grain of this piece, sealed with top coat for durability, rounded off with white and black flower fabric print. Not only will it be lovely to look at but also a great conversation starter."

Martie Blignaut Challenge piece
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Mary Appelgate artist at Sublime Design

"Charming, solid maple Tea Cart, painted in medium grey and off white. Three coats of non yellowing, highly durable polyacrylic to insure easy cleanup and longevity. Grey and black lined decoupage inside of drawer."

Mary Appelgate challenge piece
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Elizabeth Spengler

"Introducing Queeny. This fabulous gal is ready to add her sassy sense of style to any room of your home in need of a pop of color. Nobody puts Baby in corner - that makes Queeny the perfect corner piece to showcase your Milk Glass or Hob Nob collection. She is dressed in DIY Paint Queen Bee, Kissing Booth, and Mermaid Tail, and her gold-leaf highlights are her crowning glory - swoon!"

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Cidnea Baskinger

"This beautifully hand painted, solid wood cabinet could be the statement piece you’ve been looking for to be the perfect addition to your home. Fourteen lined drawers give you plenty of storage space to organize all of your treasures. The updated styling will make it a piece your family will admire for years.

This unique, handcrafted cabinet was given a modern makeover by refinishing it in a gorgeous navy blue, accented with a rich black onyx wax. The lower drawers are dressed with a subtle raised stencil and each drawer was given a stylish new satin chrome knob or pull.

The stunning combination of navy, black, and chrome give this cabinet a stunning modern style, while the beautifully stained top drawers retain its classic charm. New 30 inch black steel hairpin legs were added to raise this beauty up, bringing everything to your fingertips."

Cidnea Baskinger challenge piece
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Misha Evans

"Stunning unique hand painted dressing table and matching stool. Olympus Furniture was originally sold by Harrods in the 1950s so as you can imagine this beauty is of very high quality and craftsmanship.

The outdated and worn finish has been professionally hand painted in a beautiful and unique finish that emphasizes and compliments this beauty. The drawers fronts have been treated to a complete facelift with a raised french motif stencil that works hand in hand with the beautiful reupholstered stool in a light grey velvet to make this a one of a kind statement piece. This piece includes the 3 spacious drawers for plenty of storage space, the trifold mirror for added elegance and last but not least the stunning stool.

Would make a fab addition to your master bedroom or, if your really lucky, a specially designated dressing room."

MIsha Evans challenge piece
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Dayna Palmer

"Gorgeous master bath double vanity upcycled from a quality Bassett dresser in solid wood. Done in a nice neutral greige from Benjamin Moore with a weathered-look wood top, it’s perfect for any style bathroom from elegant to traditional to rustic glam! This custom vanity is sealed with several coats of a water based clear poly that will not yellow over time.

There are 9 drawers for tons of storage, three of them hidden behind the middle cabinet door, and each with a different beautiful metallic accent that coordinates nicely for a pop of interest. All drawers are dovetailed wood and very well constructed, and the original hardware is heavy solid brass, hand painted in a shimmery metallic silver. Shown with two Kohler cast iron semi-vessel oval sinks and ready for faucets of your choice, this is guaranteed to be a one-of-a-kind show stopper! Comes from a smoke free environment."

Dayna Palmer challenge piece
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Bobbie Swoverland

"Twin headboard and foot board fit for a Princess. Finished with a top coat that makes it super durable and easy to clean.
Blanket not included but all the hardware needed to assemble is, all you'll need are a mattress and some beautiful bed clothes."

Bobbie Swoverland challenge piece
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Lynn Murrell artist at The Butterfly's Wing

"Unique 4-drawer unit lovingly restyled and hand painted in Blues and Gold with raised stencil detail on basket-style drawer fronts. Hand painted in Fusion Mineral Paints Liberty Blue, Renfrew Blue, English Rose, Coral, Azure and Pale Gold Metallics. Sealed with a topcoat for durability.

This multi-functional piece has four basket style, loose drawers and a pull out shelf and could be placed easily in a bathroom, bedroom, playroom or art and craft studio."

Lynn Murrell challenge piece
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Kenzie Lynn artist at 4gotten Furniture

"This trio adds the perfect amount of dramatic touch to any bedroom. Staying neutral with color the smooth lines and blending make for a relaxing environment.
This group of men have strong new hardware, while the big guy in the middle has dovetail drawers.

The twins, fraternal not identical twins, are each their own beautiful while maintaining their similarities."

Kenzie Lynn challenge piece
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This and other challenges are a benefit of my free Facebook group, Furniture Flipping Forum. Feel free to come join us! If you'd like to fast-track your furniture flipping skills and grow your business come check out Furniture Flipping Blueprint. Enrollment opens every few months for those who have goals.

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