Wednesday, November 6, 2013

It's All About The Follow Through...

Hey!  Remember Sally?  Sure you do.  I'm talking about Sally of Revived London.  She's our resident "Pin-Head".  She's the self-described Pinterest Addict that makes the rest of us look bad.  While we are planning our dream weddings, our perfect closets, our gourmet meals, and our future mansions, she is out there finding inspiration and then actually doing it.  Yep, like in football, it's all about the follow-through and Sally is our quarterback.

One day while logging her time on there she came across an amazing piece of furniture where someone had used birds from The Graphics Fairy.  So, she decided to go out on a limb with this brown forlorn looking piece of furniture.  He's pretty sad looking, isn't he? 

(Madonna Ferguson, a Furniture Flippin' Facebook friend, once asked me when I kept referring to a certain dresser I had as a "he", how I knew it was a "he".  I told her then, and I'm telling you now, you can tell by looking in his drawers.  Hehehehehe.)

Sally painted the chest of drawers in Annie Sloan Old White.  Then she commandeered an old overhead projector from her mother's attic.  After finding a nicely shaped tree on Google Images and printing it off, she projected the image onto the chest of drawers and lightly drew the shape of the branches onto it.

Sally mixed some acrylic paint to make the color of the branches and did the same for the leaves.  She said she found the leaves really difficult.  She confesses to spending a huge amount of time painting over them and re-doing them to make them perfect.  (Hey Sally, don't feel bad about that taking a while.  The rest of us were out there keeping Pinterest afloat while you were working.) It was then onto The Graphics Fairy in search of birds.  Sally needed to make sure that the ones she chose would fit well on the branches and face the right way.  Once she found those little birdies she cut them out and decoupaged them on.  She protected the main part of the chest with Annie Sloan Clear Wax but protected the birds with Polyvine Varnish.  She distressed it very gently to give it a bit of a worn look.

Let's take a look at this no longer drab but now fab little chest of drawers...
Fantastic if I do say so myself and I had nothing to do with it!  Well done Sally!  Well done!  Somebody else thought it was pretty great, too.  It sold very fast.  

Revived London is based in East Dulwich, South East London.  If you have a piece of furniture that holds sentimental value but is in need of a face lift you should contact Sally.  You can find her on her Revived London blog.  There she showcases her present work, past work, and much more.  You can also follow along with her on her Revived London Facebook page.  Get over there and let her know you saw her on Furniture Flippin'.  

Thanks so much Sally for sharing your fabulous furniture flip!  I'm pinning it! 

The rest of you, a well placed bucket of hot water with Pine-Sol in it will bolster your claim that you've been busy all day and not whiling away the hours on Pinterest.  That, a few paintbrushes soaking and a little bit of paint on your hands will further help you pull off your ruse.  When it comes to Pinterest, what they don't know, won't hurt them.  

~ Stephanie


  1. Wow, that is fantastic! I love the tree & birds...the whole project turned out beautifully! No wonder it sold fast.
    Debbie :)

  2. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! Very beautiful!


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