Tuesday, December 13, 2011

UPDATE: New Revamped News!!!

Hi everyone, just wanted to do one more quick post to update you on what's been going on with Revamped recently. First off, I'm STILL having tons of computer problems and for some reason I can access the internet but blogger wont let me log in (from my computer at least). I WILL be getting a replacement soon though! So in the meantime, you can keep up with all the Revamped projects and info on our facebook page we'd love to have you "like" us! Also, I'm in the process of setting up a Revamped website & online store. Part of the website will be to transfer my blog over which I'm hoping I can do seamlessly by importing all my "followers" from blogspot. Stay posted on that because I definitely don't want to lose anyone!

I'll definitely be posting updates once the online store & website are up & running so you can check out our new online location & merchandise. Thanks for your patience while we expand!

Monday, October 24, 2011

70's Resin Headboard Turned French

I picked up this wood & resin headboard at a new source I have for inventory. I didn't have any real plans for it at first so I just looked through the "French" paint colors I had that might work.

Keep in mind that I was using the camera on my phone which, you can tell by these pics isn't the best option. This is what I came up with. The colors look pretty washed out here, the details stand out a lot more in person. 

This shot shows the pale aqua a little better. I started with Rustoleum's Heirloom White spray paint just to get a nice solid base color on to start with. Next I dry brushed the aqua on then did a second & very light dry brushing of a dark cream over the entire thing.

Once my paint dried I sanded all the edges and raised areas with 80 grit sandpaper to give it a distressed look. I finished it up with some chocolate glaze then sealed it with two coats of a polyurethane spray.

I love how this shot shows so much of the detail that was highlighted by the distressing. It didn't come out too bad for just making it up as I went along. The woman who bought it fell in love with it & was apparently re-designing her guest room to go with it. I just wish I had taken some better shots so you could see the truer colors & texture of the finish.

Vintage Wine Glass Planters

Just wanted to share a quick picture of these vintage silver & brass wine glasses that I potted succulents in to take to Tolo Cellars (an awesome local winery) for Harvest Festival this past weekend. My friend owns the winery & asked me to throw together a few things to add to his inventory at the tasting room. I only had one day notice so what I came up with was somewhat limited, this is just one of the ideas I had. I'll be sharing a few more pictures of the actual tasting room displays in the next couple days.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Duncan Phyfe Dump Pile Dive

 It's been a while...are any of you still checking in with me? I hope so, I've had a lot going on in the past couple months so there are lots of projects to post. Starting with this drop leaf dining table that was headed for the trash...it pays to know people with furniture hook ups, for me at least.

This table came to me from the "Dump Pile" at a local thrift store. Apparently when they need to move their inventory, they just put it behind the store in the "Dump Pile" until they have enough things to haul off. You would think that marking it down would be a better option but none the less, I pulled this baby to safety (the bed of my truck) & brought it home.

 The legs were a little wobbly but luckily for me, my boyfriend is used to coming up with ways to "Mc Guyver" all the castoffs I bring home (I'm kinda like the crazy cat lady but with furniture - I want to find homes for all of them). A couple of wood screws & discreetly placed metal straps later, it was good to go.

After a good sanding, several coats of black satin paint, & a solid coat of polyurethane it looked lke this. I wanted to give it an updated finish but keep with the "classic" style of the piece.

You'll have to excuse my photography but 1. I'm a total amateur using a borrowed camera and 2. I have to shoot all my "after" shots in my front yard because of the mini-remodel we're doing in our kitchen/living room. If you look past the glare, you can see come of the contrasting distressed detail on the edges.

This close up shows more detail of the grooves & some of the raised areas where I sanded off the black paint then highlighted it with a brown glaze. One of the things I LOVE about this table are the original embossed metal clawfeet. You just don't see details like that very often on new furniture.

And here it is semi-staged (I was in a huge hurry to get this one down to the store). The rich colors in the fabric panel I used looked awesome against the dark finish on the table. I'm really happy with the way this one came out. I think the neutral finish & classic lines would fit in well with a variety of different design styles. I can't believe that this was headed for the landfill! Which brings up a good point, don't most people donate to second hand stores to avoid having something end up in a landfill?....Just a thought.

A co-worker of my mom's gave us these organic pears that she grew, they were the perfect thing to add to  my little photo shoot.

On a side note, I'm still having some computer issues & am using it as an excuse to hang out at my best friend's house so I can use her's. Her husband loves us! But I think I'll at least be able to do this at least once a week so stay posted.

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Im still here!

Just wanted to get in a quick post to let you know that Im still here, I'm just busier than ever with my growing business! Which is great, but it's left me with little time for blogging. In addition to that, I'm having even more computer problems and am not able to even sign into my blog because of it. Uggh, I'm borrowing a friends laptop right now just so I can do this post! Hopefully I'll have everything straightened out soon, in the meantime I still am able to post pics to my Facebook page . So you can keep up with my projects there, I would love to have "like" my page too! I've also been working on a remodel, a house full of furniture, keeping up with my newly doubled in size boutique space, and several other commissioned pieces of furniture! It's been pretty crazy around here lately! Keep checking back though, I should have pictures posted of all these projects soon. Also, if you sign up to follow by e-mail (use the link at the right) you'll automatically be notified when I start posting regularly again.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Fourth of July "Blue" Reveal a "Garden Chair"

So, this post is coming a little late but I haven't been wanting to post any pictures because all I have to use is my daughter's camera on her phone. So sorry in advance for the blurry pics. This is one of the three chairs I got for free on Craigslist a while ago & hadn't done anything with them because they weren't sturdy enough to use for seating anymore.

So this is what I came up with to repurpose them as......

The only re-structuring that was done was adding two pieces of moulding, one to the front and one to the back of what used to be the chair seat. This "framed" in the area that would support the flowerpot.

I added something to the backrest of each one of the chairs, the other two I personalized because they were already spoken for. But because this one is going in my boutique, I needed something that would work in any garden. I thought the "Bloom" I hand painted at the top of the back was fitting for this chairs new use as a potted garden.

In this shot you can see the plastic flowerpot I used, I normally don't like to use plastic at all but it worked well with these for two reasons 1. The sides gave a little allowing it to be squished into the framed seat that held it in place 2. These pots come with a built in drain tray which is perfect to keep the chair from being exposed directly to water.

Here's my original close up of the finish. I used Rust-oleum Painter's Touch in Aqua then distressed  and antiqued it with a chocolate glaze.

I also added a little painted detail to the front of the chair seat to tie in with the yellow "Bloom" wording on the backrest. This was all sealed up with Spar-Urethane in a satin finish so that it's weather resistant. Although the sealer does provide protection for the finish & wood, I would reccomend using this "Garden Chair" in a covered outdoor area like a porch, to prolong the life of it. This chair is currently on it's way down to the Revamped boutique inside Reminisce in downtown Paso Robles, CA. If you're local I'd love for you to come check out ths & my other new merchandise in person!

One last shot of the three garden chairs I did. The red one was a wedding gift to my friends Jason and Alisha Bravo (with their last name across the back), and the little yellow one is sitting right outside my front door with my address on it.

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth of July Everyone!

I just realized that I happened to be working on some red,


and blue pieces today, how appropriate! Hope you had a great day with friends and family. We're heading out to go watch the first of two fire works shows tonight. Check back tomorrow for the reveals on these pieces!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Chippy Pink "Picking" Table

I found this little table at a new "source" I have for the store. I didn't do a thing to it but hose it off & apply a protective wax finish. It was already rocking this awesome vintage pink paint. All the chipped of areas revealed a chocolate brown color underneath that is the perfect accent against the pink.

Sorry for the blurry pics, they were taken with my daughter's phone. This shows a little closer shot of  the original green vintage glass knob, even the bolt that held it in place was rusted. Everything about this table was perfect just the way I found it......once I evicted the spiders. This little table already has a new home, one of the other dealers at Reminisce bought it for her house, only 2 days after I put it in my space. Even though I really had nothing to do with the finish I wanted to share my good find, there's a lot more of where this came from. I'll be highlighting some of my other scores from my new "picking source" over the next week.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Pulling An All Nighter!

Hey everyone, I just realized that in being so crazy busy the last few weeks I haven't mentioned that the Revamped boutique is doubling in size as of tomorrow morning!!!!! The owners of the space next to me have moved on to a couple new ventures forcing them to close their location inside Reminisce. So Jeanie (who owns Reminisce) offered the space to me! Because the space is adjacent to the one I already lease, all I need to do is take down the large antique window that hangs between the two spaces & the expansion is complete! Well, it's almost that easy my boyfriend and I painted it today so after that window comes down Im ready for the fun part, bringing in all my "new" merchandise! It's going to be a LONG day but I'll have my 12 year old (Kendall) helping while my 3 year old (Olivia) has her first full day of pre-school - yay! Hopefully everything will be set up for lots of Fourth of July shoppers & a long weekend! I'll post pics as soon as I have them!

Things to be on the lookout for:

Potting bench from 100% reclaimed matierials

Desk/table from 100 year old door on sawhorse style legs

A "Garden Chair" - Im planning on doing a line of these in different styles

Yellow paisley restyled Queen Anne armchair

Galvanized bins, Vintage wire baskets, Vintage trunks & suitcases

And a very large antique tool caddy!

If you live in or are visiting the Paso Robles, CA area please stop by & see us INSIDE Reminisce on the corner of 14th and Pine Streets in downtown Paso!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Louvered Bi-Fold Doors Turned Patinaed Shutters

I always like having shutters in my boutique so anytime I find a pair at one of my "sources" I usually pick them up. Unfortunatley for me, the ones I find don't usually look so great the way that I find them. But with a little paint & glaze or wax they can be easily transformed to look like they have a weathered finish that came from years of use.

I couldn't find a before shot of this pair so this picture of a similar pair will have to do. The finish on mine was a little darker than these the other difference was that mine had solid panels on the bottom half.

Here's what mine look like after a sparse dry brushing with some turquoise paint I picked up at Re-Store, as you can see I just went right over the hinges & everything. It takes A LOT longer to paint the louvered section by hand than if you were spraying it but to achieve this finish it's nessecary. I chose to let a good amount of the original wood finish show through (which looks really red in these shots).

After the paint dried I brushed a chocolate color glaze over the top to age them out & finished them with Minwax's clear Finishing Wax Paste - looking back I wish I would've used a brown wax to add to the patinaed look.

Here they are leaned up behind my French Farmhouse Daybed in my boutique. If you're a frequent Revamped reader you've probably seen these in the background of a few other shots. Although they were put on layaway shortly after I brought them in, the customer didn't pick them up right away so I got to show them off in my space a little bit longer. I have to say, they were pretty hard to photograph because of the louvered section & actually looked a lot better in person.

I had to throw my favorite picture with the shutters in. My three year old Olivia always sneaks in to the shot whenever she sees me take out the camera to get pictures of my work. If were up to her she would be the only thing I took pictures of, look at what a little poser she is! She knows she's cute!

I have a few more that I'm getting ready to finish & am looking for a few new ideas for how to display and or re-purpose them. Have any of you seen any good uses for these? I'd love some feedback!

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

New Blog in the Making

Just a quick late night post to let you know that I just published the first post at my new blog called Pennies and Paint where my best friend Cameron & I will chronicle the makeover of her second home, a California condo. We will be performing a top to bottom remodel with little to no budget. So, if you're a homeowner or would just like to see how you can get in on some afordable design for your own home, follow us at the link above! Once on the Pennies & Paint blog you can choose to "subscribe" on the menu at the top. Thanks for your support!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Dumpster Dive Turned Frenchy Memo Board

Ok so I didn't actually dumpster dive. My mom works downtown Paso Robles next to a really high end interior design company that was closing. She walked by one day as they were putting all this cool stuff out by the dumpster. They told her she could take any of it, so I got a caned French settee (Perfectly finished too! Crazy!), some huge curtain rod dowels, some cabinet doors, & this frame.

It's an olive green & gold vintage plaster relief frame that was in poor shape. The plaster had broken off in a couple spots. I knew it could be something awesome though. I took it home & shot a couple heavy duty staples into it to re-inforce the corner joints & gave it a couple good coats of Rustoleum's Heirloom White.

To give it some depth I blended about a 60 to 40 mix of Valspar's Mocha & Asphaltum glazes then worked it into all the nooks and crannies and let it sit for about 15 minutes until the glaze felt tacky. I lightly wiped & blotted it with a damp paper towel until I got the finish I was looking for. Which was an antiqued cream with chocolate accents. After spraying it with a clear sealer (I think it was Valspar's in satin) finish, I stapled chicken wire to the back of the frame & covered the rough edges with a 2 in. wide strip of burlap "ribbon"

Here it is hanging in my shop with a few memos clipped to it.

And a close up to show the details in the finish. This one was literally a trash to treasure project! I have to say it came out pretty cute & sold within a couple of days!

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Anyone Interested In Some Free Stuff?


If you can prove to me that you want it. I want to hold a giveaway contest but last time I tried this I didn't get one taker......not one! Talk about a slap in the face, I don't know if I just wasn't offering something cool enough, or what the problem was.

So this time I'm letting you decide, all you have to do is;

  1. Become a follower (if you're not already)
2. Sign up to recieve e-mail notifications, even if you're already a follower

3.Leave a comment on this post telling me that you want a giveaway & what you think it should be!

That's it, three easy steps to a prize of your choice.....or should I say of your influence?
Im REALLY hoping to get some feedback this time around! The more responses the better the prize! Show me what you've got!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

French Farmhouse Daybed & How Morro Bay Cabinets saved my butt!

First & foremost I have to give a HUGE thank you to Steve at Morro Bay Cabinets in Paso Robles, CA. I realized when I started working on this bed, that I was missing the entire front leg piece on one side, did I mention that I HAD to have this bed finished by the next morning to fill the huge empty space in my boutique? It was about 5:00 pm when I drove as fast as I could over to their show room hoping I could get someone to help me with a replacement. I remembered that they had done some work for my mom years ago & it came out beautifully. Not only do they not do this kind of work, (should've been obvious by the name!) but they close at 4:00! Luckily I caught Steve on his way out the door, & explained what I needed, (it probably helped that he was a friend if a friend too). He was able to find a scrap piece of wood that he cut to match the bed frame EXACTLY! He even went as far as filling the screw holes with wood putty for me! And the whole time he worked on it he told me I could go check out their showroom (which is awesome by the way). In the less than ten minutes it took him to do this for me I had already designed my dream kitchen. When I asked what I owed him he just smiled & said "Nothin." Where else can you get service like that?!!! I wasn't even a paying customer & he went out of his way to help me! I guess that's one of the many reasons they've been in business since 1974, along with the fact that they do beautiful work. So, thank you Steve! You saved my butt & I really wouldn't have been able to get this done without you!

A while back I bought a trundle for my for daughter's daybed on Craigslist. The guy selling it gave me a pretty good price, there was one catch - it came with a hideous 1980's oak & brass daybed frame. He said he would not break up the set. So I became the owner of this shabby 80's mess. I took a before pic but I can't find it anywhere, allthough the above daybed is pretty rough lookin, it's nowhere compared to mine & doesn't include the (fake I might add) brass trim. But it will have to serve as my "before" on this one.

I started by pulling the plastic brass trim out of the grooves that ran across the tops & fronts of the two side pieces of the frame. Once that was done the bed had really nothing to it, it was a very simple design & the frame was pretty open. It definitely needed something to give it some personality.

 I decided to go with a layered dry brush technique I've been using a lot lately. I gave the original finish a light sanding then brushed my first coat of gray (I used the darker of the two I had on hand but you could definitely do it the other way around) on very haphazardly so that the coverage was inconsistent & some of the oak still showed through. After that had dried completely I applied the second coat (using the lighter shade of gray) in the same manner, focusing on covering the areas where the oak showed through. The final coat was a dry brush of Valspar's Asphaltum glaze which I worked in to the paint using my chip brush. It all got sealed up with a couple coats of Polycrylic.

 Even with the antiqued gray finish I still felt like it needed something so I picked up a two pack of these carved wood medallions of at Lowes for around five or six bucks. I used some Gorilla Glue (only a few dots) & a nail in the center of the flower to affix them to the bed & then brushed a light silver over them so they stood out a little.

I tried to get a closer shot of the finish here but it didn't come out so great. Also, notice the two grooves that formerly held the plastic brass racing stripes....a big improvement once it was removed.

 This chair was done using the same technique & colors as the French Farmhouse daybed but I opted to let a little of the original white finish show through , this should give you a little better idea of how the daybed finish came out.

And here it is all staged in my boutique with some of the grainsack pillows I also made. Im sure it would look even better with a mattress, a crisp white duvet cover & some pillows (maybe grainsack style?). Unfortunately it's no longer available, it actually sold a week or two after I put it in my space. If you like this finish I currently have an antique vanity that was done with the same colors & crystal knobs, post on that coming soon!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Slooowly getting back on track....

Hi everybody, I'm finally starting to get things going with my computer again. Now I have to re- install some of my programs (including my picture software). So I can't post any pictures yet from the Three Speckled Hens show or any of the pieces I've done recently. But I will soon, so stay posted.........

Friday, May 20, 2011

Three Speckled Hens!!!

Hey guys! We're just getting some last minute stuff finished for the Three Speckled Hens show. Remember it's TOMORROW and SUNDAY. The gates open at 10 am with an early birds admission at 9 am on Saturday. We’ll have lots of different and exciting pieces. We would love to see you there, I will be in space 32 (see above). Check out their website for more information. http://www.threespeckledhens.com/shows.html  

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


So, for anyone who's noticed-it's been a while since I've posted anything. First, I've been SUPER busy getting everything ready for the upcoming Three Speckled Hens show. And I still have tons to do! On top of that My computer power supply went out on me a couple weeks ago & I still haven't replaced it.....soon though! Just wanted to do a quick post so that everyone knew what was up. Thanks to Alisha for letting me use the IPad to post this (and Kevin too!)I should be back on track soon!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

French Grain Sack Chair Before and After

I bought this little chair at a yard sale, it was part of the typical 60's little girls French Provincial knockoff furniture that I think almost every girl had a piece of at one time or another. It was sturdy enough but the boring cream & gold paint was chipping off & tweed & metallic thread fabric on the seat was in bad shape.

I sanded it down then did a dry brush treatment with two different shades of gray paint I had on hand. I started with an uneven coat of the dark gray, again, dry brushing so that the coverage was pretty good but not solid (you could still see the original paint showing through in some spots). Next I did the same thing with the lighter gray, focusing on the areas where the original cream still showed through. After both these dried I did a final dry brush with Valspar's Asphaltum glaze & just worked it in unevenly. All of it was sealed with two coats of Minwax Polycrylic

The seat fabric was replaced with solid ticking in a unbleached natural color that I hand painted a "French grain sack" style design on with some black fabric paint I picked up at Micheal's for a couple bucks. I washed it after it dried so it had that old faded look to it like an actual grain sack would. It also softens the paint up a little. This chair is available at the Revamped Boutique inside Reminisce in downtown Paso Robles.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Dream Closet Makeover Ingredients


Lately I've really been wanting to use grays & whites somewhere in my house, I love the combination of these two classic colors when they're mixed with deep rich wood tones & a little sparkle (think mirrors or chandelier crystals). However that said, this style goes with nothing in the Mediterranean design scheme were working towards throughout the rest of the house. So where could I use this without it looking out of place? Somewhere that wouldn't necessarily matter if it didn't hold hands with the rest of the color schemes in our home? It would have to be a room all to itself.........I do need to redo my closet organization system......and If I'm going to repaint the best time to do it would be when everything is already taken out, like you would need to if you were putting in a new closet system, hmm....


These bold vertical stripes are a great design trick for making a space appear to have higher ceilings, which would be great in my "walk in" closet which is really more of a squeeze in closet. For some reason the ceilings in my closet are lower than they are in my bedroom. So this paint treatment might be a good option for me.

I'm also loving this stencil design, it's a nice graphic print without being too overpowering (which is good because going to bold could end up making my cluttered little closet look even smaller. Simple to do too.


Every closet needs ample room for stiletto storage, right? When we bought our house the previous owners had some built in shelves installed but they're not very efficient, for me at least. The spaces between each self are at least a foot & a half, probably good for what they were intended for - folded clothes. That's what dressers are for. I'm planning on adding a few so that they can be re-spaced appropriately for heels, and a couple for boots too. What I love about this set up is the back lighting on each shelf, it's like a shoe gallery.


What I love about this organization system is that it looks so nice & neat but look at how much is packed in there! This is what I need, and there's even additional shoe storage at the bottom!

Nieman Marcus

Of course, if Im going to make all these cool changes to my closet then I'll need to make sure there's enough lighting to notice them all. In my mini space one of these mini chandeliers would work perfectly! If you can't have a grand scale you should at least have grand style.


And lastly, what good is a closet with no mirror? This awesome gold carve frame would really stand out against a cool gray paint treatment. It would also give my boyfriend a chance to try out the new router table his mom just got! He has been anxious to use it.......It would be so cute with a little tufted footstool with curved legs sitting in front of it.

So what do you think of this color scheme? Cool gray with white accents and gold leaf finishes on the huge mirror & mini chandelier, all anchored by dark rich wood shelving? I think I need to get to work!

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