Inlay Effect: Making a $10 Table Look Luxe

Yes, I am all about inlay. Yes, I have been debating getting a similar effect with stencil, yes I struggled to find just the right side table to stencil, and, yes, I had a bit of trouble learning the “right” way to stencil. The key seems to be patience, which I severely lack.

And since I lack patience, I want to give you an update on how the stenciling project is coming along. It isn’t quite finished yet, but I just can’t wait.


Isn’t it just GORGEOUS!? I have painted the different underhang-y parts (we’re technical here) with different designs to see what looks best, and since the legs are curved, it has been a bit hard to line the stencil up just right, but I’m still pretty pleased.

Here are a few photos of the process:

After being sanded- since I was painting it black, the main purpose of sanding was a smooth surface. I didn’t care about removing all of the paint.
After the first coat of black paint (I opted for two).
After the stenciling process began. See how messy it is around the edges? Yeah, that took some getting used to!

Again, here are the before and after photos:


Flea Market Flip Favorites: The Liberace-tastic Ritts Table

Let me start out by saying that I LOVED everything we made on HGTV’s Flea Market Flip.
While I was so proud of the bed-to-bench and another bench was my baby, I absolutely loved this lucite table by the Ritts Company. It was a last minute buy at the end of the day (super marked down!)

Before: Ritts Company Table
Before: Ritts Company Table

It was in pretty rough shape, even though it had been in storage near Palm Springs for decades. Can’t you tell?

Talk about dated: this fabric was a nightmare!
Talk about dated: this fabric was a nightmare!

Here’s a photo of one of the chairs when we were just getting to work:
Ritts Chair Without Cushion

We loved the lucite and the shapes but hated the colors. We had a vision. We found some gorgeous white faux crocodile to cover the cushions with, and determined that the set should be ALL WHITE!!!

The term “Liberace-tastic” was born (how appropriate with Beyond the Candelabra coming out!?)

After: totally luxe and worthy to of being deemed "Liberace-tastic"
After: totally luxe and worthy to of being deemed “Liberace-tastic”

It’s kind of a joke at this point, but I’ve been called a “design hoarder” more than once. Who ended up taking this baby home? ME!

It was gorgeous with topped with my crystal candlesticks. Eventually, I sold it to another rehabber. He wanted to paint it all black and use it for poker night in his man cave… go figure!

The table in my own dining room!
The table in my own dining room!

Flea Market Flip Favorites

It is nearly impossible to choose a favorite project from when Shea and I competed on HGTV’s Flea Market Flip.

I think that I am the most proud of the bed-into-a-bench job that we did.

Before: A Junky Old Bed
Before: A Junky Old Bed
After: An Elegant Addition to Any Room
After: An Elegant Addition to Any Room

I loved the colors we ended up choosing, and it was my own personal mission to mix the blue with the teal patterned seat and the velvet pillows. Shea and I can practically read each other’s mind when it comes to decor, so she loved the color combo, too.

Roadside Finds: Dining Chairs

Roadside Find: Before

Recently, I was found these babies in the parking lot of an office where I was interviewing. When I was leaving, I snuck around to where they were sitting and stuffed them in the back seat of my car. They were in bad shape- moldy, stinky messes. They have good bones, though, and I just knew they were save-able.

Here’s a breakdown of the process:

I started out by taking the seats off. I ripped off the fabric and discovered that the foam couldn’t be saved. I pulled out all of the rusty old staples and sprayed the wood bottoms of the chairs with a bleach solution to kill the mold. Getting new seats was simple- I went to a foam store with the wood and had new cushions cut. Sanding the chairs was a real pain- my electric sander wouldn’t fit into some of the curves so there was a lot of hand sanding. There were a couple of unsightly holes in the sides of the chairs, so I filled them with layers of plastic wood.When it came time to paint, the finish wasn’t coming out quite right. I did a quick web search and made a little discovery. These two words will change your life. Ready?

TACK CLOTH! (Hey, I’m still learning here!) Normally, I would just wipe off pieces before painting, but tack cloth makes all the difference- it makes paint go on super smooth. Since I had decided to give the chairs a little sheen, this was really important.

After a couple of coats of paint, they were ready to be covered, and before I knew it, they were done. I originally intended to sell them, but love them so much I can’t bare to part with them quite yet.

Finished chair