What'cha Workin' on Wednesday?!?

Happy Wednesday friends!

Dare I say it?!? Spring is finally here! It's sunny and beautiful outside as I write this and the forecast looks good! Time to start cleaning and shuffling things around at home. I don't know about you, but for me this always means making some changes. What better way to do that then hitting an old piece of furniture with a fresh coat of paint?!?

Let's take a look at what'cha been working on, shall we?

First up this week is a beautifully restyled dresser by Penny. I'm a big fan of using two tones when it comes to furniture with great structural lines like this one: 

I love the combination of white and grey paired with the original hardware! With these pretty neutral colours (Halo and Chivalry from our van Gogh Fossil paint collection) this piece will look great in any room! You did a great job on this Penny - thank you so much for sharing your project!

Here's a peak at the 'before'. You can see the wood veneer was a bit rough in a few places and even needed some small repair before painting, but can you believe this dresser was a $5 yard sale purchase?!? Tis the season my friends - get out there and find yourself a painting project, lol!

Next up this week is this funky little cabinet restyled by Linda using Zepplin grey from our van Gogh Fossil paint line. Here is a look at the 'before' and 'after':

This looks great Linda! Zepplin is one of my favourite 'go to' colours right now - everything just looks fantastic in Zepplin! Thank you so much for sharing these pictures with us!

Last up be definitely not least this week is this great little cabinet restyled by Christina. Unsure of what colour to use on this piece Christina entrusted the staff at our studio to help her choose this beautiful blue. We love consulting on colours and finishes so don't be shy in picking our brains when you're in the studio! Lots of customers bring in inspiration pictures of pictures of their home, even fabric samples and paint swatches . . . it's so fun to be able to customize a piece to really suit your home and decor!

This pretty blue looks great on this cabinet and the mild distressing and natural finish enhance the original character! Great job on this Christina - thank you for sharing your work with us! 

Here is a look at the 'before' of this cabinet.

Thanks again for sharing your projects with us!

If you have restyled something in your home using products from Mango Reclaimed and want to be featured on What'cha workin' on Wednesday?!?, please e-mail your before and after pictures to melanie@mangoreclaimed.com.

Looking forward to hearing from you! We love to share what you do!

What'cha Workin' on Wednesday?!?

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Let's take a look at what'cha been workin' on, shall we??

First up this week is a colourful dresser beautifully restyled by Lee. I LOVE 'Apron Strings' from the Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint line . . . it could have something to do with my current coral obsession, lol! This dresser is heavily distressed to show multiple layers of colour and I think it would look great in a lakeside cottage or cheery guest bedroom! Thanks for sharing Lee!

It's all chippy and distressed and beautiful!

Click here to see a couple of pieces I restyled in 'Apron Strings' a while ago.

Next up - check out this sweet little table and chair set restyle by Mary. She took a set that was dark and heavy looking and transformed it into something sweet and cheerful! Mary used van Gogh chalk based paint in 'Halo' along with some new fabric to restyle this set and I think it's adorable! Thanks so much for sharing Mary!

I love the gingham fabric in yellow - so cheerful!

Here's a peak at one of the chairs and the table 'before' . . . you get the idea!

Click here to see a couple of super cute bedside tables that I restyled using 'Halo' and a fun pop of colour.

As an added bonus, here is another piece restyled by Mary - a sweet little dresser van Gogh painted using 'Mascara' and a combination of 'Halo' and 'Mascara' for the drawers. I think Mary was to excited to start this project that she forgot to take a 'before' picture, but I'm sure glad she has shared the 'after'! Thanks again Mary!

As always, thank YOU for sharing your projects with me - I love showing off all your hard work and creativity!

If you have restyled something in your home using products from Mango Reclaimed and want to be featured on What'cha workin' on Wednesday?!?, please e-mail your before and after pictures to melanie@mangoreclaimed.com.

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Clever pops of colour!

Hello there! I hope you enjoyed your weekend and a sunny mothers day with those you love . . . I was lucky to spend Mother's day with my amazing mom, my sweet son and all of my family at a barbeque soaking up some much needed vitamin D!

Speaking of sunshine, let's look at a great way to add some brightness to your day - or your furniture. When thinking about restyling your furniture, I would like to encourage you to use colours that you love. I know, I know, it's easier to stick with neutrals. It's a common design trend to stick to neutrals on your walls and furniture and add pops of colour with fabrics or accessories . . . 

Beautiful restyled bedside tables chalk painted with van Gogh 'Halo'. New crystal knobs add some bling.

Beautiful restyled bedside tables chalk painted with van Gogh 'Halo'. New crystal knobs add some bling.

But hold the phone - what if we treated paint like fabric? What if we added some pops of colour with a paintbrush instead of a throw pillow? Too much? How about this - restyle your furniture in a beautiful and safe neutral (image above), but add some punch with a pop of your favourite colour inside (image below). . . 

Inside drawers chalk painted in van Gogh 'Confidence'.

Inside drawers chalk painted in van Gogh 'Confidence'.

I love how unassuming these bedside tables are with the drawers closed, pretty and sleek with just a the right amount of sparkle. When you open the drawers you can't help but smile. I like that. Your furniture should make you happy!

I don't always paint out the inside of a piece. I usually evaluate what shape it's in before deciding on this. Sometimes the inside already looks pretty great - in that case no need to paint. But sometimes the inside has seen more wear and tear than the outside (particularly with children's desks). When this is the case, pick your favourite colour and have some fun!

Here's another example of the same idea. This sweet girls desk is mostly neutral with just a small sneak peak of the sunshine interior. . .

This restyled girls desk is chalk painted in van Gogh 'Chivalry'.

This restyled girls desk is chalk painted in van Gogh 'Chivalry'.

Grey and yellow are always a pretty combination, soft and sweet but not too girly. This desk belonged to my customer when he was a young boy and now it's been restyled for his daughter. Light distressing of this piece adds to the charm and carries forward some of the original character.

Painting the outsides of the inside drawers completes the look.

Painting the outsides of the inside drawers completes the look.

If you could add a pop of any colour to your furniture - what would it be?

A striped desk 'how to guide'!

Hello there!

I hope you had a great weekend! I managed a quick getaway for a few days - even if it was in a bit of a snow storm. I am really not complaining though - look at how beautiful it was:

Banff, May 2014, snapped on my iPhone.

Banff, May 2014, snapped on my iPhone.

I believe it's important to spend some time recharging. It can seem like an impossible task to put everything down for a few days and focus on yourself. . . but I assure you it is always worth it. Some of my most productive and most inspirational moments come from time away from my work. Just breathtaking:

Breathtaking views in Banff, May 2014, snapped on my iPhone.

Breathtaking views in Banff, May 2014, snapped on my iPhone.

Ok sorry about that, I got a little off track there, ha!  Back to the task at hand!

Have you seen this adorable striped desk yet?

Striped Desk/Table, currently available, $185.

Striped Desk/Table, currently available, $185.

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I love how stripes on furniture can be sophisticated or playful. Recently I posted about a striped sewing table which you can read about here if you like. Below is the basic 'how to guide' for how to create a striped desk just like this. First, choose the piece you are going to restyle and using painters tape, cover the area that is to become 'striped'.

When I decided to paint this desk I had recently completed teaching a Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint workshop so I had  a plethora of beautiful colours premixed and ready to use. You can use any colours you like to suit your style. It's also fun to mix leftover colours together to expand the palette even further.  We carry sample packs and sample pots of paint at Mango Reclaimed that are great for just this type of project.

The beautiful remnants of a Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint workshop!

The beautiful remnants of a Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint workshop!

Once you have all your colours ready to go, remove strips of the painters tape in a random pattern and paint out your piece in colours of your choice. Begin painting in one colour and then remove a few more strips and paint in your second colour, then remove a couple more strips and so on . . . 

I waited a few brief moments for the different colours to dry before moving onto the next, but I also knew I was going to distress this piece once it was finished and was going for more of a 'fun' look than a 'perfectly crisp' look so I didn't wait too long. I was excited to see it coming together and if you're like me, this is the part of restyling furniture where it gets pretty exciting and I get pretty impatient, lol! Once all of the stripes were painted I let the desk dry completely (about 2 hours).

(Im)patiently waiting for the paint to dry . . . 

(Im)patiently waiting for the paint to dry . . . 

van Gogh Fossil paint in 'Morning Mist' was painted on the base and legs as a nice neutral so that the stripes could really be the main attraction.

The entire piece was then distressed using a sanding block for some added character and until it felt buttery smooth all over. I used hemp oil for a natural layer of protection and she was finished. I seriously love it! If I was still in school and had homework - this is where I would want to sit and do it! 

What do you think about stripes on furniture? Could you see this technique in some form or another on a piece you own? Leave me a comment below, I would love to hear from you!