Thursday, March 28, 2013

Updating with Black Paint & Burlap

I love both black paint and burlap and recently had a great opportunity to use them together. I found two awesome pieces of furniture (at separate places) that were just begging for a makeover.


First, this gorgeous side table. It is super heavy and sturdy and I love the shape and the little drawer and shelf. This is exactly what the owner of the store I consign at told me to look for. Want to know the best part? I bought it from a girl on craigslist for just $5!

All it needed was a quick sanding, a coat of black paint and a little finishing wax.  Do you love the old lantern? That is one of my latest acquisitions that I'm keeping for myself!


Next up is this gorgeous chair. I love the lines of it! I found it at this little store about a half hour away from my house. The old man working was such a fun guy and I can't wait to go back.

This was another simple makeover since the piece was structurally very sound.  I did one coat of black paint and distressed to give an aged appearance.  I then upholstered with burlap (I folded the fabric in half first so that there was no space between the wide weave of the fabric).  I upholstered right over the original fabric because I could feel that it was stuffed with straw (it is a super old chair) and I just didn't want to deal with that.

Here are some before shots for comparison:

A last final look:

 One more thing, please bear with me as I try reset my routine to add in regular furniture refinishing and picking.  I have had some pretty good success with selling my things thus far and just need to build up my stash.  Plus, I had a sinus infection that did not go away with antibiotics and came back much worse and accompanied by a double ear infection. I'm pretty certain one ear drum burst the other night. So I'm just kind of frazzled.  But, I know I'll be back into my routine of posting, commenting and linking again soon.


P.S. These pieces will be for sale at Village Primitives on Main Street in Sturbridge, Massachusetts starting this weekend.

Linking to: 
DIY Show Off Mod Vintage Life My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia52 MantelsBeyond The Picket FencePhotobucket A Delightsome Life vif187 Boogieboard Cottage”Fall

Green Willow PondWorking With What You Have link up at


  1. These pieces look amazing now! So beautiful! Well done! And I sure hope you are feeling better soon. I can't imagine what your head feels like with all those issues at once! You have my sympathies.

  2. Much better in black - love the distressed look!

  3. Love both! So much better in black!

  4. Love the table and the legs - and hey, even better for $5. Love all that you do (I also have an addition for all things white and dark!). You have inspired me (everyone thinks I am crazy) to paint the whole upstairs of my house white! I have wanted to for ages and have just not gotten around to it. You have done a great job with many of the rooms in your house and it is just too easy to switch up the accents and change whole rooms with the accent colour.

    Love the lantern, and the mix of old and new. Also love the things you love in your weekly post. Those posts have me spending money!!!

    Great work!

  5. Great job on both pieces! I always love black. Hope you feel better quickly!


  6. Black paint and burlap sure look great together! Hope you feel better very soon.

  7. I love them both but that chair is calling my name. Great makeover.


  8. Hope you are feeling better and that your cute table and chair sell right away:)


  9. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured this evening!
    I hope you are having a wonderful evening, and join me this evening for Make the Scene Monday #69!


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