CeCe Caldwell painted wooden stool

Today I am going to show you how easy it is to transform a wooden stool with CeCe Caldwell natural chalk and clay paint. I am also announcing the kick off of the Fab Flippin’ Furniture Contest, so stay tuned.

It was such a beautiful weekend to paint. I have had this vintage stool waiting for a makeover. It was my childhood stool given to me by my mom.  I am amazed at how it has held up all these years. It is certainly not one of those MDF stools from Target. We have those for the kiddos and then are showing a ton of wear. This wooden stool was painted black a few years back, but I wanted to freshen it up to use as a decorative counter tray instead.

Transform any vintage furniture piece into a modern style for your home with CeCe Caldwell natural chalk and clay paint. Young Kansas Wheat and Seattle Mist were used to paint this wooden stool

Here is a before shot of the stool.

CeCe Caldwell wooden stool pre transformation


CeCe Caldwell Young Kansas Wheat

CeCe Caldwell Seattle Mist

CeCe Caldwell Wax

flower stencil

paint brushes


CeCe Caldwell natural chalk and clay paint and wax


The stool was painted in one coat of Young Kansas Wheat and left to dry.

Then a wash of Seattle Mist was applied.

A flower stencil was added to the top of the stool.

The entire piece was wet distressed.

Wax was applied with a rag over the entire piece and buffed.

CeCe Caldwell painted wooden stool

And after wax was applied:

CeCe Caldwell distressed wooden stool


CeCe Caldwell painted wooden stool in Young Kansas Wheat and Seattle Mist. Transform a piece you love in minutes.


CeCe Caldwell painted and distressed wooden stool

And if you love this transformation pin this to your favorite painted furniture Pinterest board.

Transform any vintage furniture piece into a modern style for your home with CeCe Caldwell natural chalk and clay paint. Young Kansas Wheat and Seattle Mist were used to paint this wooden stool

It is also the first Fab Furniture Flippin’ contest of the year! Myself and 5 other lovelies will be hosting a monthly furniture flippin’ contest. The group will be choosing a monthly theme. This month’s theme is Mother’s Day-Inspired by Mom. It will run May 4-May 22. Be sure to browse around the link ups below and find your favorite! If you’re interested in participating in future contests, please contact Stacy (info@anastasiavintage.com) or Evey (info@eveyscreations.com).

Stop over to view my favorite picks and winner of the May contest


Fab Furniture Flipping Monthly Contest Hosts. Transform a dated piece of furniture monthly with chosen themes by hosts. Join us!

This month’s inspirational projects from the coordinating hosts are ‘inspired by mom’:

Stacy @ Anastasia Vintage CeCe Caldwell project

Evey’s Creations CeCe Caldwell project

Carrie @ ThirtyEighthStreet CeCe Caldwell project

Disclosure: This contest is sponsored by CeCe Caldwell. I have been using this line of paint for a few years now and love the colors offered by this brand. All my opinions are my own.

And now it is time to be inspired by the contestants transformations!

Wood Slice Faux Agate

faux agate with wood slice

 Do you get the winter blues?

I do. I can’t count how many episodes of Beachfront Bargain Hunt or Caribbean Life I have watched over the last month. My mind gets swept away to destinations of sandy beaches, bright sunshine, and sea breezes with a tropical cocktail in my hand. Ah, the good life!

Whatever it takes to push through, right?

But, then reality hits as soon as I walk out that door. So, for me, it always helps to keep the creative juices in full force with these blustery winter days.  When this time of year hits, I love to start incorporating something fresh into the home. Whether it be a bouquet of fresh flowers or bright accent pillows. Creating sweet little bird nests in hopes of an early Spring. I love unique accents in home decor. Even more so, budget-friendly home decor. So, here is my version of the wood slice faux agate.

DIY faux agate how to

 Agate slices are beautiful and have been showing up everywhere in home decor for awhile now.  As a lover of all things agate, I wanted to try my hand at creating an agate slice with a bit of paint. 

Let’s get started.

faux agate supplies

Supplies you will need:

small wood slice

gold paint

chalk paints in various shades to replicate agate of your choice

paint brushes

poly sealer

faux agate slice

First, I  painted the edges in gold. {I have seen gold leaf adhered to the edges as well, if you wanted another option}. I then used the natural agate slice I currently had to replicate the design.

faux agate

The natural agate had many shades of color blended together, so I was intentional in layering and blending my paint colors. Once I was finished painting the design, I lightly sanded and applied a layer of high gloss poly.

faux agate diy

So, for under $10, I created my own little awesome slice of beauty and you can too in just a few hours! No hunting for natural agate in stores or waiting for your online order to come. I enjoyed creating this little piece of home decor.

faux agate vignette

Are you ready to create your own faux agate?


Comforts Of Home Fall Front Porch 2014

comforts of home fall front porch dandelion patina


Hey there Dandelion Patina readers! Today I am so excited to share our front porch all decked out in the comforts of home!

The front porch is the first impression of what is to come once you open that door. I wanted the first impression of our home to be comfortable and cozy. Warm and inviting. Welcoming.


I incorporated 4 decorating must haves for a front porch.

COLOR: What is Fall without a bit of color? Yellows, oranges, reds.

NATURAL ELEMENTS: If you’ve been following along, I love to use natural elements in my spaces. I love to bring the outdoors indoors, so it was natural for me to have these elements right before you come in the door.

TEXTURE: Texture adds dimension to a space or vignette. Texture gives oomph to the palette.

LAYERS: Along with textures, layering gives added dimension and a finished look.


So with those must haves in mind, please, take a look around. Get comfortable with a mug of hot apple cider and enjoy the front porch tour! Any questions…please ask. Enjoy.

comforts of home fall front porch by dandelion patina

The front door is painted in ASCP Duck Egg Blue. I re-purposed old wooden garage doors for my apple cider signs.

apple cider sign by dandelion patina

An old wagon wheel hub was used to create the wooden pedestals. It was cut into three sizes to show off these beauties.

apple cider sign from re-purposed garage door


comforts of home fall front porch

I love how the original paint had chipped and cracked. It gives the panels awesome texture and patina.

fall vignette in comforts of home fall front porch

I picked up the ceramic pumpkins at a thrift store and gave them a facelift in Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue. Some neat texture formed from painting these that was not really seen prior.

corn stalks with horse reins

Parts of vintage horse reins were used as tiebacks for the corn stalks.

horse reins and corn stalks

I love this shot. There is so much character and texture of the leather.

yellow mums and twig pumpkin

I love pops of yellow. It is like the sun came down and kissed each flower.

perfectly imperfect orange pumpkin

A perfectly imperfect orange pumpkin.

cedar rocking chairs

Cedar rocking chairs to enjoy watching the falling leaves. An old desk was separated to create tables for in between our rockers.
yellow mums and pumpkins

cedar rocking chair all decked out

apples on vintage wooden spools

vintage license plate

I found an old license plate from Wisconsin that had gorgeous patina.

baby boo white pumpkin

And baby boo pumpkins are just the cutest!

apple close up photo
Getting hungry? Doesn’t it look good enough to bite into?

chalk board apple tree

I adore this little rustic chalkboard on my rustic hay bale lounger.

indian corn and candles

And what is Fall without a bit of indian corn? I went the non traditional route to display the corn.

indian corn in vintage bottles

A vase of hydrangeas and birch branches make me smile.

dried limelight hydrangeas

delicate petals of a limelight hydrangea

The petals are so delicate on these limelight hydrangeas.

simply scrappy pumpkins

A front porch wouldn’t feel like Fall without a lantern. The simply scrappy industrial pumpkins look right at home sheltered inside.

Simple tissue paper leaf wreath

I went the simplistic route with my wreath this year.  A few tissue paper oak leaves and chevron burlap on a grapevine wreath.

And there you have it, my comforts of home fall front porch! I hope I inspired you to bring all the comforts of home into your spaces this season and seasons to come.

Happy Fall Y'all

Table Repurposed

table repurposed

 Hi there!

 I am so very excited to be sharing this fun and simple DIY project. I am going to demonstrate how to repurpose the ordinary discarded accent table into a functional extraordinary piece!

This table was budget-friendly at $4.99 from a local thrift store. {Solid wood-a bit of creativity-I’ll take it!}


table repurposed

What to do with an outdated thrift store table? 

This table is pretty with its great lines and detailed design. But,  in its original state it is not a very functional piece for me. It needs a bit of oomph. Pizazz.

I have had a bit of spring fever the last few weeks. Colors of spring keep popping into my head.  I miss gardening and getting my hands dirty. Then it hit me…this would make a cute outdoor wall planter.

table repurposed

I began removing the legs. Luckily, they came off rather easily using a rubber mallet. It is a bit liberating to demolish something! A great stress reliever on those chaotic days. I felt like the gal on the HGTV show Rehab Addict, to some extent. I love her passion for repurposing and giving homes a second chance!

table repurposed

Once the legs and side panels were removed, a small piece of plywood was attached with screws to the side of the table frame. This created the base for the bottom.

repurposed table

Then, it was time to paint! I started with a base coat of Carolina Sun Yellow then a second layer of Cinco Bayou Moss. {Both colors are CeCe Caldwell products}.

planter painting

Once the paint dried, it was time to distress the piece revealing the yellow base coat. The entire piece was sealed with a flat poly.

distressed planter

 Finally, the “jewelry” for the piece. A cute knob on the front. A small pennant banner for the top. I love that I had fabric with a pattern that matched the knob detail. I got lucky!

repurposed table knob
To create the banner-I used some leftover box cardboard, a pennant template, upholstery tacks, twine, fabric scraps.

pennant banner

And here is the finished project. Table repurposed to a garden planter.  Now, what creative ideas do you have for repurposing the legs and side panels?

table repurposed

Hope you enjoyed this repurposing project!

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Valentine Love Oar-row


Will you be my Valentine?

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. My girls and I wanted to create a special nook to celebrate the LOVE. I also wanted to inspire you to find something old around your home and think about how it could be used in another way.

wooden oar

I had this old oar sitting around waiting to be transformed into something special.

It definitely needs some oomph doesn’t it? Let’s see how I gave it a makeover, shall we?

zig zag wrapping paper


I found this colorful wrapping paper at TJ Maxx months back. I was drawn to the bright colors and how each flowed into the other. This was my inspiration for the color scheme I wanted to create. The modern valentine.

Here is how I created the valentine oar-row. I laid out the shims before painting to figure out how many I would need.

oar row supplies
The supplies are pretty straightforward and budget-friendly:

-wooden oar

-2 packages of shims {I used the shorter pieces}

-one wooden heart {purchased from Michael’s}

-paint in various colors {I used CeCe Caldwell chalk paint, but any acrylic or latex paint would work as well}

-furniture wax to seal

E 6000 adhesive to adhere the shims and wooden heart

painted oar

I started by painting the entire oar. I used two colors to do this. First, CeCe Caldwell Young Kansas Wheat and once dry I layered it with CeCe Caldwell Virginia Chestnut brown.

Next, I painted the shims that would be the feathers of the arrow. This was a bit of a tedious process with the many different colors I used.

painted shimspainted shims 2

Once the paint had dried on all the shims, which was very quickly, I decided to add another layer of paint. I wanted to mimic the colors flowing together just as the pattern in my wrapping paper. To do this, I added a contrasting color over the base color. Once dry, I used a wet rag to wipe/rub off the top color in areas to reveal the under color.

This gives dimension to each piece and creates a soft look for the feathers.

layered paint colors

Next, I sealed  {waxed} the feathers of my valentine oar-row. The Annie Sloan wax brushes are so fabulous to use. But, a lint-free cloth will work just as well for this DIY project. Once the wax was applied, the richness of the colors emerged. I buffed each shim once dry to bring out the luster of the finish. The same was done with the oar.

waxing shims

I then arranged the feather shims in a similar pattern to the wrapping paper that inspired the project. Once the placement was where I wanted it to be, I glued each shim with the E6000 adhesive.

I did the same with the wooden heart.

feather placementfeather shims

 Once the adhesive was dry, I added a hook on the back of the oar to hang.

hanging feathers
red heart

valentine display

 What do you think of the valentine oar-row?




Once the oar was transformed, my girls had a chance to contribute to the valentine display. They helped by cutting small hearts out of the wrapping paper that inspired the project. I was told the hearts look like butterflies. {We might have to add a body and antennas for a bit of whimsy!}

butterfly hearts

butterfly heart

When I was a little girl my mom and I made these fabric heart cards. We entered them into a contest at the radio station and won! {She did most of the work.} My mom definitely nurtured that craftiness inside of me.  I have kept these cards throughout the years. They are a nice little keepsake to personalize the valentine decor and a great memory of sharing LOVE.

fabric heartsfabric hearts 2loveletter Lletter Oletter VLetter Evalentine display pic

valentine side view



valentine arrow


valentine arrow for cupid

Children are great imitators so give them something great to imitate.




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Metal Made Marvelous

Ever want to update a favorite metal piece,

but were unsure how to go about it?  With CeCe Caldwell paints, it is a very simple process….

metal nesting tables
First, let me give you a bit of history on these tables. Originally, they had very thick 1″ glass tops. The pieces had been well loved and most of the perimeter was chipped.  I was drawn to the design and the petite size of the tables. I, however, was not fond of the dated gold metal finish.

coffee tables original

To start, I wiped all metal surfaces down with a wet rag. Making sure to rub all crevices-removing all dust and residue.



Pieces of wood were cut to replace the original glass tops. Each was measured to fit over the metal base without overlap. When cutting wood, use painters tape along the template lines to prevent splintering while making the cuts.

These were screaming “industrial cottage” style. Metal and wood are two of my favorite combinations. Beginning with a base coat of Vermont Slate, it is important to make sure all areas are well covered. Once dry, I added a layer of Virginia Chestnut. With the second coat, I was not as concerned with coverage. I wanted a bit of patina in the crevices and joints of the piece as well. I added areas of Alaskan Tundra Green sparingly in those sections.

table painting
I then applied the final coat to the tables, Vintage White. Once dry, I wet distressed to bring out the base colors and a tiny bit of gold in some areas. I mixed up a small batch of glaze tinted with the Virginia Chestnut and added this over the white. Blending with the base colors giving the metal pieces patina.

CeCe Caldwell Vintage White

The wood tops were stained with General Finishes Java.

The entire surface of each piece was varnished with General Finishes Top Coat for protection and durability.

finished coffee table
finished accent tables
nesting tables

As I was photographing the tables, I noticed they could be stacked similar to nesting tables. How cute is that? Display in a corner of a small space and use for extra seating when entertaining. The metal tables would make stylish child workstations for that budding artist in your home.

finished coffee table
So, now, are you confident that you can transform a metal piece? Still unsure and have questions? Leave a comment and I would be happy to help make your wishes come true!

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Table from the Tundra

Tundra Table

Hey! How are ya?

The sofa table is finished! But, I  have to get into the groove of taking before shots of my furniture. I get so excited to just get some paint on each piece that I forget the “before” is as important as the “after”. I can, however, describe to you what she looked like. She was a typical 70’s piece-orange brown stain with the dark brown speckles all over. {Blah} Cheesy hardware. In need of a good cleaning. BUT, her bones were solid. She is heavy. Built to last. A Craigslist find at $20. Her previous owners even had a custom piece of glass cut to keep her top protected. A piece of glass alone would cost more than $20! Score!

sofa table accessories

Side note, do you love my cute little industrial stool? The seat is made from reclaimed wood. I still need to decide whether I should leave the worn metal look or give it a face lift with paint. What do you think? This space will be functioning as a desk area as well, so it is the perfect combo!

table hardware
I chose  hardware with a branch detail. I love bringing nature indoors, so this was a great way to incorporate that simply on this table.

table foot
I applied several different colors to this table. I had some black latex paint in the basement and started with this as my base. I then moved on to using CeCe Caldwell’s Young Kansas Wheat. Next, I applied CeCe Caldwell’s Alaskan Tundra Green. Finally, I finished with Smoky Mountain Gray. I wet distressed to bring out all the colors.

color scheme
Where did I get my color inspiration from, you ask? I had another Lucky Duck Day at TJ Maxx a month or so ago. I picked up a set of pillows for $15. I fell in love with the colors-sea green, taupe, historic blue, cream. My living room will be redecorated in this color palette. Here is a close up of the pillow.

pillow inspiration
If you love coastal cottage style, this is a very soothing, relaxing color scheme to incorporate in your design. Here are a few other accessories that will link it all together.

vintage books
Accessorizing with vintage books adds a collected over time look. The colors of the covers can be fantastic. Here, I have a teal green and a taupe book stacked on top of each other. Tip: vintage books are so inexpensive! Check Goodwill and Thrift stores. I am a book collector, so I am always on the look out for these.

chunky candle holder

Chunky wooden candle holders are also a great way to bring that coastal cottage feel into your decor. Wood toned accessories give the room a very warm feel, especially if you have quite a few painted pieces. It gives the room balance. You can even play off of the wood tone on these candle holders by linking  together a coffee table or chairs with the the same wood tone on their legs or arms. Just remember, repetition of elements to tie it all together.

side detail of table
A few more details of the sofa table.

table side detailstable details
Are you ready to get started on giving one of your furniture pieces a makeover? I am always here to help you, if you have questions! You can leave a comment or send me an email: dandelionpatina@charter.net. Take care!

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Chalk Paint Coastal Tree



Hey friends! I am here to share a simple DIY project with you today! Collecting objects from nature is something our family loves to do. Creating home decor with those objects is budget-friendly and gives you unique pieces that only you will have.

Let’s get started with the tutorial.


Supplies you will need:

Piece of plywood cut to your desired size

Chalk paint, paint brush, sandpaper, wood of various sizes for tree

Sealer for topcoat, of your choice

CeCe Caldwell Chalk Paint in Blue Montana Sky.


A piece of plywood.


Pieces of wood to make the tree shape. These pieces were collected by my kiddos, making it a special memento when finished.


Remove paint from the original container and mix with a bit of water in a  bowl. Adding a bit of water will help the paint spread  easier,  as chalk paint is of a thicker consistency. Start applying the paint and cover entire surface.


The fun part-watching the chalk paint dry.


Isn’t that neat? The variations of drying: lighter areas have dried and the darker are still wet.


Next is the wash over the top. Layering paint colors is such a creative process. To apply a wash, water down a small amount of paint to the consistency of colored water. Brush on the piece, intentionally not covering the entire surface. CeCe Caldwell Seattle Mist chalk paint was used.


Then, take a rag and wipe off the excess paint used for the wash. Let dry.

Place your wood pieces on your plywood to create the desired shape of your tree. Hot glue the pieces on.

Now comes the final topcoat.


I love using General Finishes Flat topcoat poly. It leaves a low luster finish to the surface. Other poly products I have used are very shiny once dry, which is not my preference.


Here is the completed piece. It is an inexpensive way to create wall art. This creation will be displayed on our Coastal-inspired Christmas Mantel.


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