Transformations: Furniture and Myself

It’s almost time for the Becoming 2011 conference.  Becoming 2011 is a weekend designed to encouraged and inspire women to live intentionally by becoming more creative, purposeful, and frugal.  I am doing two workshops at the conference and am soooooooooooo excited but also soooooooooooo nervous.  If you know me, you know that public speaking is not my thing.  I failed one course in college…….. public speaking!  But I can’t let me fear hold me back and cause me to miss out on such an exciting opportunity!

Something has definitely changed in me the past two years.  The old me would have NEVER agreed to speak at Becoming.  I didn’t have the self confidence, courage or strength it took to try new things or to take risks.  These days I can’t wait to get out of bed and see what the day has in store.  I can’t wait for the conference, I am going to go and give it all that I’ve got.  I may fail miserably, women may laugh at me, Jen and Jenny may regret asking me to speak.  BUT what if I do a good job!?!?  What if I inspire one person to go home and paint a piece of furniture or make something out of recyclables!  What if I leave there feeling a sense of accomplishment and feeling proud of myself for attempting something new and scary.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this transformation that I am going though started the same time I began a real relationship with God.  I’m not preaching, I just want to share what is going on in my life.  For someone like me to even agree to speak at a conference just wouldn’t have happened two years ago.   These days I’m not scared, I am excited.  I’m not anxious, I am peaceful. I’m not overwhelmed, I am content.  I’m more creative, confident, strong, happy, and simple.  This is why I have agreed to do something soooooo outside my box. 

I haven’t had a lot of time in the garage or my sewing room this summer to paint and work on all the projects that I wanted to tackle.  Two kids and now a puppy (Dixie May, the most beautiful Basset Hound puppy you will ever see) have taken most of my attention this summer.  I wanted to have a lot of before and after examples to take to the conference.  So far here are a few examples of turning trash into treasure……..

I bought these matching stools at Metrolina for $20.00.  I painted the right one with chalk paint (Duck Egg) and then used dark wax.  The fabric is a vintage chenille bedspread. 

I found these two end tables at a yard sale for $15.00.  Once again I used chalk paint to paint this piece.  Do you see how shiny it was before!?!?  With chalk paint you don’t have to sand or prime.  The paint literally sticks to the wood regardless of the finish.  If I had used regular paint I would have had to sand alot and then would have had to prime.  Even though chalk paint is more expensive than regular paint, it saves me a ton of time and also saves me money not having to use the spray primer.

My mom and dad gave me their old dining room set that included a table and 6 chairs.  Nothing was wrong with the chairs but I have always LOVED the look of a table with mismatched different colored chairs.  That make over is coming soon, but here is one of the chairs painted, distressed, and waxed.  To my husband’s horror, It looks sooooooooo good with the pink, blue, and yellow chair that is now in our breakfast area!
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18 Responses to Transformations: Furniture and Myself

  1. Michelle July 29, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    This post literally made me cry. You are an absolutely beautiful, well-loved daughter of our Good God and your beauty oozes out making everything you touch beautiful too. Your line shines bright, my friend!!

  2. Jaye July 29, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    Angela, where do you get chalk paint? This is PERFECT for the furniture my daughter is painting for her apartment…and I have a few ideas myself for my house =)

  3. Button Bird Designs July 29, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    Well Michelle your comment made me cry! you have always been such an inspiration and Oasis had such a huge impact on me. I feel so blessed to have you in my life! I love you!

  4. Button Bird Designs July 29, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    Hi Jaye!
    You can only get chalk paint online. I order my at
    Tammy is wonderful and very helpful. You can see other redos using chalk paint there as well!

  5. Tina Eudora July 29, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    Just gorgeous makeovers! I am inspired to get all the things I have been wanting to paint out and hop right to it.
    The chenille re-upholstery job is brilliant!
    Tina xo

  6. Sheila A. July 29, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    Hello, Angela! First time here..great blog. I'm signing
    up for your feed! I live in Mint Hill, North Carolina (Charlotte).
    Do you know Mint Hill? Anyway, we're almost neighbors. My sweet mother lives in The Little Flower Assisted Living in Mint Hill. She
    also has a cross wall. She gets many crosses as gifts, wonderful. When she visits here, I'll show her your wall! She'll love it. I look forward to many visits “with” you and trying out some of your wonderful projects. Have a good day, Angela.

  7. K @ Aurora Blythe July 29, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    My parents own two such end tables. I was never fond of them, but after seeing how you redid them, I am inspired to give them a second look. Great site! Love all your inspiring ideas!

  8. Button Bird Designs July 30, 2011 at 1:05 am #

    Hi Sheila
    Yes!!! I know where Mint Hill is! We are almost neighbors! Do you ever go to Metrolina first weekend of the month or Sleepy Poet in Charlotte?? So glad you stopped by and please tell your mom that I would love to see a picture of her cross wall!
    lots of love

  9. Button Bird Designs July 30, 2011 at 1:06 am #

    I know Tina, I see something that someone has painted and it makes me crazy for my paintbrush. I haven't been able to get to much done this summer with the kids home and it being 100 degrees everyday!!! This fall I am going to paint everythinggggggggggg, maybe even the dog!

  10. Button Bird Designs July 30, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    Hi K!
    Glad you like the side tables. I kinda feel like maybe I distressed them tooooooo much. I get a little sanding happy sometimes! Are you going to paint yours? Does yours still have that shiney finish?

  11. Anonymous July 30, 2011 at 2:18 am #

    Sleepy Poet is one of my faves, I have several pieces from there, but they were already 'finished'. Do you find bargains there to work on? I'm going to check out the chalk paint, although I'm a black or white painted, wood or glass furniture girl. mis-matched vintage chairs, agrred. Applied designs in fabrics and walls only for some reason. Think it's because I need basic furniture because I change styles through accessories so much : ) Only original or true vintage wall art a must: folk art, homemade are best.

    Love your shining faith, friend. It IS a wonderful life in the shadow of His wings, I agree! Satisfaction and confidence in His providence for you is peace itself.

  12. Brandy July 30, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    You are so amazing. I cannot believe you have only been blogging for a few short months. I love your furniture transformations but feel blessed that you also share your faith. I so wish I could be there to hear you speak and cheer you on. I'm glad I “know” you. Someday I hope we meet in person :)


    P.S. Please ship me the Antibes Green dining chair with the amazing vintage quilt seat. Ah-mah-zeeng!!!

  13. Button Bird Designs July 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    Hi Brandy
    I know, it has been so nice getting to “know” you as well. Kinda like having an old school pen pal! I hope one day we will get to meet as well! Love you girl!

  14. The Nester July 30, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    such an inspiring post. you are so encouraging and I cannot WAIT to hear you speak!!!!

    So honored to be your friend!


  15. Rhondi July 31, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    I just discovered your blog from Brenda's welcome wagon. I live in Charlotte and just wanted to say hi. We are on our way to Texas to visit grandkids, but as soon as I get back I'm coming back for a visit.

  16. Button Bird Designs July 31, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    Hi Rhondi!
    Hey we are neighbors! Have fun with your grandkids and yes when you get back please come back by!

  17. Button Bird Designs July 31, 2011 at 6:17 pm #

    YOU are the one who is so encouraging and inspiring. Can't wait for the conference, we are going to have a blast, IF I don't pass out from nerves!!!!
    love you girl!

  18. Jen (Balancing Beauty and Bedlam) August 8, 2011 at 12:02 am #

    Girl – I have not one little worry at all. YOU HAVE already inspired one person….me and I know that's just a start this weekend. :) Can't wait. xoxo

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