Thursday, August 6, 2009

Transformation Thursday

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The transformation that I'm showing off this Thursday is actually an item that has been transformed before. This sad little chest was once painted a mint green (oh the horror) and then we stripped it down and had been using it in it's natural state (oh the horror) for several years now. It's been a toy chest and a coffee table and right now functions as both:

The pictures made me very sure of my decision to paint this little chest. The wood is not pretty... I was used to the way it looked, but seeing it in the photo made me realize that this baby needed something.

Part of my transformation also included this tray and this rug. The tray I already transformed once before. It also has a matching partner... but it didn't work with my new chest. The rug was in our living room before but I had moved it out. I decided to try something new with it. Here are the before pictures of those two items:

The picture below shows how I taped off an area around the edges. Did you know you can paint a rug? I was pretty sure you could... but I wouldn't have tried it on a rug that I would be upset if it didn't work out. This I originally bought at Big Lots! I can't remember how much I paid... but it was very dirt cheap reasonable.

I actually used a paint brush and black paint from a can for most of it and then finished off with a spay paint can.

So, put it all together... black paint from a can, trim color that matches the walls, a little red spray paint, and some chalkboard spray paint... and best of all - it all came from my house. I didn't buy anything new for this transformation. This little nook of the room looks much better! Yay.

Look how cute the rug border is!

The tray actually needs some touching up... but I wanted to go ahead and post the pictures... so just ignore that part!

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  1. YAY! That looks fab, honey! But I would expect nothing less from you, my dear.

    Thanks for linking up with me today!

  2. Seriously? Love the chest, turned out so chic, but MAN! Painting a rug! I love it! I'm on the search of a dirt cheap rug!
    Did the paint dry crusty and hard? Give me a heads up of what paint you liked best on the rug and what it feels like.

  3. I really want to try that with a rug. Yours looks so good. I just need to find a cheap one to do. I don't want to spend a lot on something and mess it up. Good advice. But if yours is any indication, I am up for a fun surprise. Good job!

  4. Everything looks really good! Love the colors on the chest, very "designer" looking! :)

  5. It all looks great! I love the legs on that chest.


  6. THat rug turned out really cute!

  7. What great transformations! The rug is my favorite part, but everything looks great!


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