Vintage White and Aqua Table

I have often wondered how one would start a business selling pretty things.
Maybe the business would be the result of much planning, and research.
Perhaps it would be passed down from a family member.
But I have a sneaking suspicion that most of us realize that this is something
that we can turn into a business.
And once I begin to sell a few things, I have a feeling my space in the garage
(99.9999%) will once and for all be justified.

My daughter and I recently worked on this piece which will go up for sale soon.
Mandy and I spent countless hours of her childhood trolling vintage shops, yard
sales, and thrift stores for that next great find.  So she has a double-whammy.
Genetics and osmosis.  
Her apartment is small, but she has it filled with eclectic
goodies, a retro dinette set, and upcycled treasures galore.  
And more owls than one could count.
So we tend to think alike.
So she and I decided a good slathering of homemade chalk paint in white would
be perfect for this side table that already has really cool lines and hardware.
And the fun part is the bright aqua drawer.
Also made with homemade chalk paint.
My recipe:
               1 cup paint (acrylic or latex both work great)
               1/3 to 1/2 cup powdered Plaster of Paris
               1/3 cup cold water
If paint is too thick, add more water, if too thin a bit more powdered plaster.
Stir well and store in a sealed jar.  Mine lasts for months this way.
And the rest is just a matter of applying a couple coats, allowing each to dry
in between.  Don’t get discouraged if it looks horrible.
That’s normal, it will look gorgeous soon…
Use a palm sander in some areas for heavy distressing, and a piece of fine
sandpaper for the small areas.
Wipe your piece down well and seal with either a good wax or poly spray 
for a table top or piece that will have heavier use.
You are done, and fabulous.
And well on your way to clearing up some space in your garage.

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  1. It looks amazing! I love the pop of blue inside the drawer!

  2. Beautiful distressing on this piece, T.

  3. LOVE.IT. I so love the combo of white and aqua – so fresh and pretty, always!

  4. This is beautiful! I love that you chose to do a different color inside the drawer!

  5. pretty pop of blue. Very summery and relaxing

  6. This is truly a trash to treasure piece. It turned out so lovely. You chose the colors well, and I'm certain it will find a good home.


  7. Perfect color combination-so pretty! I'm sure it will be sold in no time.

  8. Love that lovely colour inside the drawer, just beautiful!

  9. I love the color combination! Really beautiful! I always feel there's something I'm suppose to do. Did you feel like that before you started selling your gorgeous pieces? -Laurie

  10. The table looks great, Tanya! I love the turquoise drawer (of course!). How cute 🙂

  11. So pretty. I love the pop of aqua!

  12. The table is AMAZING and I want it!

    I made some while away at GMCHTA but I didn't put any water in the mix. Should I have?

  13. Wow Tanya!! I love the transformation…it's gorgeous!


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  15. Such a pretty turn around for this piece of furniture! Love the blue inside the drawer especially. I'm hoping that painting furniture and the like is worthy of becoming a business, since I'm in the early stages of trying to start one of my own. If you are too, then I wish you all the best of luck!!

  16. Love the blue inside the drawer! I have yet to do that on a piece.

    I have also taken over the garage with projects. I try and flip furniture pieces as soon as they get there. Buuuutt…..they start accumulating very quickly and space is deff an issue! Great did a project flip! Thanks for sharing on CSI Thrift Store Turnaround.

    Shelly @MinettesMaze

  17. I love aqua and how it added a pop of color to this makeover. Great work!

  18. Gorgeous, Tanya!! Love that aqua.

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  20. I love the surprise color on the inside- great color choice! 🙂

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