Aha moments! {back to school beauty}

Oh boy this is gonna be fun!

This is the first post in a new series called "Aha moments!"

We're going to take all the guess work out of restyling furniture, we're going to help you see the potential, we're going to show you what a little paint and TLC can do, we're going to help you have an 'aha' moment, we're going to . . . I think you get the idea, lol!

We'll start by showing you a piece of furniture that we have available in our studio inventory - and then we'll show you some similar pieces that have already been restyled to help get your creative juices flowing. 

How fun is that?

This week we are starting off with this simple desk:

Nothing too exciting here, but still a cute desk with some good bones.

Now check out this similar desk already restyled that we found over on Blooming Homestead:

How much better looking is this desk all restyled in white with some cute new hardware?? You know we sell cute new hardware at the studio too, right?!?

Or maybe your feeling a little more playful? Perhaps you would like to see a little desk like this painted in a sweet and delicious colour? Check out this gorgeous desk restyled in a minty green that we found over on Love Grows Wild

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btw: I LOVE the little 'Like a Boss' print on the desktop - ooh and all the brassy gold! 

Ok, maybe minty green is not your thing (but if it is - we have an awesome colour called 'Mint Julep' in van Gogh chalk based paint at our studio right now) . . . maybe your feeling a bit more moody . . . maybe you would rather see a little desk like this painted in a rich blue like the one we found restyled over on Apartment Therapy:

I honestly love it - so rich and classic looking! You could get this effect using 'Starry Night' or 'Artissimo' and some antique wax.

Here's another option - one that we restyled here at the studio and shared a while back - you can really never go wrong with Chivalry grey! Oh - and some soft sweet Empathy yellow for fun!

 . . .and since this is one we did here - I'll show you a couple extra details as well :)

If soft grey and yellow doesn't float your boat - how about a more 'shabby chic' approach like this restyled desk we found over at Salvaged Inspirations:

This look would add a bit more 'country' to your space and a whole lot of visual softness while also incorporating a punch of colour!

Alright, so now that you can see this desk a few different ways - tell us which is your favourite?

If you were to restyle this desk (or have us do it for you), which style would you go with? 

Still need more inspiration? Follow us on Pinterest here!

What'cha Workin' on Wednesday?!?

Happy Wednesday friends!

Let's take a look at what'cha been workin' on . . .

First up this week is a sweet little cabinet restyled by Lee. Now admittedly this little cabinet was pretty cute to start with, but it really needed some TLC and paint to get her up to her full potential! How adorable is this?

Lee used Miss Mustard Seed's Milk paint to get just the perfect amount of 'chippiness' (or authentically aged patina) on this piece. I love how the paint is so fresh looking with the distressing and chipping giving the perfect amount of character.

Let's take a look at the 'before' below . . . as you can see, it was already cute (well, sort of, lol). The fresh paint job, and replacing the peel and stick vinyl with chicken wire in the doors really made a big difference! This piece went from drab to fab in my books. Nice work Lee!

This next project in honestly ingenious! Kim was the owner of the dark wood glass door cabinet below, which is beautiful, but was too low to the ground on it's own . . .

 . . . it needed a base . . . so when Kim found this dresser (below) in our 'ready to restyle' inventory on our website, she bought it. Kim had  a vision!

With a great vision for what's possible, some Starry Night van Gogh paint and some fancy new hardware (also bought at Mango Reclaimed), she created a completely new cabinet!

. . . here is Kim's {NEW} cabinet all restyled!

Seriously?! I think it looks fantastic - thank you so much for sharing your project with us Kim!

Lastly today I leave you with this gorgeous little cabinet restyled by Amanda using van Gogh paint in 'Morning Mist' and finished with both natural and french caffeine beeswax. This piece is gorgeous!  Want to know what I love even more about it?? This piece was a Habitat for Humanity Restore purchase - fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing your work Amanda . . .and what a beautiful room/rug/piano/flowers/space . . . you get the idea, lol!

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 [email protected]. Looking forward to hearing from you!

We love to share what you do!

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What'cha Workin' on Wednesday?!?

It's Wednesday and sharing is caring friends!

Let's take a look at what'cha been workin' on . . .

First up today is this beautiful and inspiring vanity restyled by the beautiful and inspiring Laurel of Laurel Leaf Photography (if you're not familiar with her work you must take a moment to check out her website here or her Facebook page here). I first met Laurel when she attended a workshop at Mango Reclaimed months ago. The workshop group hit it off so well at my studio that they promptly went home and started their own Facebook group called 'Durham Pickers'! A page dedicated to helping others salvage 'side of the road' finds to be (or not to be) restyled - I absolutely love this! I believe it is a closed group, but if you ask nicely they might let you join them here. Ok, I've babbled enough, let's look at a pretty picture:

Like I said, beautiful and inspiring! Laurel restyled this 'side of the road salvage' for her daughters room using van Gogh paints and some TLC. Thank you so much for sharing Laurel - looking forward to seeing you again soon in the studio!

Oops, and here's the before picture:

Next up is this soft and cheerful cabinet restyle done by Kathy. I love van Gogh's 'empathy' yellow. It's such a beautiful colour! This cabinet was Kathy's first project after attending a van Gogh 101 workshop - I love that she jumped right in and I think she did a fantastic job!

Great work! Thank you for sharing Kathy!

Here's a look at the cabinet 'before':

Last up for today is this very sweet little cabinet recently restyled by Marie using van Gogh's 'Cashmere'. Honestly, cashmere is a 'go to' colour for so many projects. It looks gorgeous on it's own and also compliments practically every other colour out there. It's a soft and creamy colour that makes everything lighter and brighter. Excellent choice Marie!

And here is the dark and dated cabinet before her glorious cashmere restyle:

And 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 [email protected]. Looking forward to hearing from you!

btw: find tons more inspiration by following us on Pinterest here.