Farmhouse Style Upholstered Stool Painted Gray

We are all taught as children to not judge a book by it's cover, which is a memorable way of saying to not make assumptions about people (or things) based on how they look.  It's a useful lesson.  The same obviously holds true for choosing paint.

For quite some time now, I've been using Fusion Mineral Paint on my projects.  (You can find all the projects here.)  But for every single one of them, I've gone with safe choices of white, gray, or charcoal.  What can I say?  I like neutrals.  (I guess you could also assume I might be afraid of color or making a statement.)

Rustic Farmhouse Lamp Makeover

See how a lamp can be stylishly updated using joint compound and paint.  

Transform a dated lamp with joint compound and paint to turn it into a stylish rustic farmhouse light.  |

There was a moving sale in my town a couple weekends ago, and I quickly scooped up this lamp.  I'm participating in a handcrafted market in July, so I've been scouting out specific items that I'd like to see incorporated in my booth.  While I was looking for something a little bigger (and still am), I just couldn't pass up something with this uniquely shaped base and burlap shade.   Plus, it was new and I wouldn't have to rewire it to ensure that the lamp would be safe to sell.

Farmhouse Style Desk and Stool Makeover | 21+ Thrift Store Transformations

While I never would have believed it years ago, shopping for second hand finds is now one of my favorite things to do.  I find excitement in searching for unique items that someone else no longer saw a use for.  Being able to decorate on a limited budget is very important to me, and I don't mind having to do a little work to make the affordable finds more beautiful and functional.

Rustic Wood Toolbox Makeover

Learn how to achieve a rustic, layered paint finish on just about anything, new or old.

What normally draws me to old painted pieces is the chipping paint and patina developed over years of use.  Some people may look and see something that needs a fresh coat of paint or good cleaning.  But the ugly that is seen is beautiful in my eyes.  It shows that the item was used, not stored away for safe keeping and special occasions.  It had a purpose and was quite possibly loved, if for no other reason than that.

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