DIY: painting and antiquing a fabulous furniture find

Hi everyone!

I’m super excited about this antique cabinet I found last Friday at a moving sale. It was in pretty rough shape so I got it for a whopping $20! The glass in the door was falling out, the bottom front had been chewed up by a dog and the side was chipped up as well. 


(Excuse the bad pictures)

I’ve been referring to the cabinet as a “she” because she’s just so pretty. A diamond in the rough, but I knew all she needed was a little make up to cover those blemishes and she would be beautiful again. πŸ’„πŸ’‹ A friend commented that she had great legs and I would agree! Even in old age this girl has kept some smoken hot legs! πŸ˜†

 I wanted to give her a feminine, chippy look in an antiqued blush pink finish.  I whipped out my SaltWash supply, paint brush, metal spatula/scraper, stir stick, mixing jar, Valspar antiquing glaze, a left over sample of Sherwin Williams agreeable grey paint, and my 4 Valspar pink paint samples I bought at Lowes (using my Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupons). πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌ

  1. Soft Pink 
  2. Cashmere Pink
  3. Field of Flowe
  4.  Semi-Precious


I wiped her down and sanded her a bit with my electric sander just to make her a little gritty. 

Then I mixed up some Agreeable Grey paint with the SaltWash to a thick paste consistency and slapped it on with my paint stick. 


Then after the grey paint dried a bit I went back with the Soft Pink SaltWash mixture and slapped it on with my paint stick. 

I layered it on pretty thick right here to cover up where the wood was chipped off to help build it back up to a flat surface.
Then after letting it dry to a chalky, (but not completely dry), I scraped it up a bit to make it chippy and reveal some of the wood again……

I decided this wasn’t quite the pink I was going for so I mixed up the  Field of Flowers paint and SaltWash.


Layered it on using my paint stick again….

Let it dry to a chalky, almost dry stage and began scraping again using my metal spatula/scraper.​​​

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Then I painted on the Valspar antiquing glaze….​

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After applying it, I went back with a damp paper towel wiped the majority of it off and then worked in the glaze with a dry paper towel. 

Then after a little sanding to bring out the layered colors and adding the chicken wire on the door she was finished!!

What do you think?!?!

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DIY No Sew Curtain Project!!!

Woohoo πŸ™Œ for this NO Sew curtain DIY project!!! 

As you may have seen in one of my previous blog posts, I re-modeled my dining room to created a brighter, cozier, farmhouse feel by adding faux shiplap to the bottom section of the walls. It turned out amazing! To check it out step by step πŸ‘‰πŸ» click here πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Anyways, once that project was done I was ready to move on to decorating the space! Yay!!

That meant curtain time! I knew I wanted light, airy and neutral curtains and after searching my local home decor shops I decided to just make them myself.

I came across a roll of natural osnaburg muslin fabric that was left over and stashed away from my fashion design days. When I had my children’s clothing line I used this fabric in every collection as an inexpensive, linen looking substitute. It was my fave!

Awe, and there it is in all its glory adorning 2 of my sweet girlies. πŸ’• 

You can purchase this same Osnaburg fabric from Hobby Lobby for $4.99 a yard. Use their 40% off coupon and you’ve got yourself a deal!

I wanted my curtain panels to be extra long because I was hanging the rod only a few inches from the ceiling. I decided to go with 8 foot long panels.

 *So if you decide on 4, 8 foot panels, you will need to purchase about 11 yards of fabric. That’s just over $30 when you use your Hobby Lobby coupon! πŸ˜‰

It was a cinch cutting these because if you just snip through the salvaged edge with your scissors you can tear it the rest of the way and have a perfect line straight across.  So all you need to do is measure out how long you want them, make a quick snip, then rip! ​

Watch the video below to see exactly what I mean.

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Then off to the sewing machine I went to sew them up, only to find that my sewing machine was broken!!! Whaaaaat!?! 😳😱😒😭 

…..But then….. πŸ˜•πŸ˜²πŸ’‘πŸ™‚πŸ˜πŸ˜€πŸ˜  I knew I was about to get creative! No Sew Curtains! Woop Woop! So off I went to….you guessed it….Hobby Lobby!

I found 2 packs of curtain ring clips for $7.99 each. Each pack contains 12 clips. I used 6 clips per curtain panel. Find them on sale or use a coupon for a more frugal buy. 

I hurried back home and slid them on my curtain rod….(I’ll talk about the curtain rod later) Then I started hanging my curtains panels by folding the top raw edge over to where it faced the wall.


I clipped one ring clip on the far left end of the panel and one on the far right and then evenly distributed the other four clips in the middle.

 It left the panels with a little too much fabric between clips to where the curtains didn’t lay as pretty as I hoped so I created another pleat between 2 clips and clipped it into the left clip and continued this pattern across the panel. 

It’s hard to explain but hopefully this video and pictures will help!

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I did this with all four panels and voilΓ !!! 

Just so you know… I left the salvage edge on the left and right side of each curtain panel just the way they were. It was created this way by the mill to ensure there would be no fraying and I personally like the way it looks!

I then folded under the raw edge on the bottom of the curtain panels.

The extra fabric just piled up on the floor like so…

I think they turned out beautifully and this project turned out to be so much easier than originally planned! Not having to hem all that fabric was a huge plus even though I am still bummed about my sewing machine not working.

Now to talk about the curtain rod as promised….

I wanted something more industrial and unique than the average curtain rod so I took a trip to Lowe’s and got a 10 foot galvanized steel pipe  for $20 and 2 galvanized holders in the same department for about $4 each. That’s it!! There are caps you can screw on the ends of the pipe as well but I decided not to get those for now. 

I love how it turned out!!

Easy Peesy! What do you think?!?