$20 Garage Sale Dresser Makeover

July 6, 2017

Does this site look familiar?


A sea of brown furniture you can find at any garage sale or thrift store.


I recently brought home this $20 garage sale dresser and were sharing the transformation over at

All Things Thrifty


It’s worth seeing! 🙂

Stop by, where we’ll be sharing all the colors and how to achieve this two-toned look

over @ AllThingsThrifty.

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Our Favorite Paint Supplies!

July 3, 2017

We’ve had people ask us before, where our studio is?



We crank out a lot of furniture and projects, so people mistakenly assume we have some shop or studio somewhere.


 Not.  At.  All.

Our husbands are the only ones laughing more than we are at the question. We’re fumbling through our messy, overcrowded garage like the majority of y’all.


We thought we’d give you a quick rundown of the basic supplies needed to begin revamping that furniture that may be tired and dated.

 A few basic supplies and your on your way to redoing furniture that will have your friends wondering where your studio is.

First up:  The brush

You get what you pay for. I’m the girl buying the knock off brand any chance I get, but on the brush, bite the bullet.  Shell out the $13 instead of the $6 and you’ll be happy you did.  And if you just want one.  A two inch angled is our fav!  Great for furniture and home projects.

Treat it well and it’ll last foreva!

This guy:

$70 bucks and worth it!  Makes for fast and effective sanding.
DEWALT 3-Amp Orbital Sander

But wait.  Do you need a $70 dollar sander to redo your ten dollar garage sale desk?

No ma’am!

Good ol’ sandpaper.  So simple.  So cheap.

And I went two years redoing furniture using this and only this before I upgraded to an electric sander.  So, yes, you can get along just fine using this.  Just a bit more elbow grease required.

 Next up,

Wipe on Poly.  Key words being “wipe on”.

So fast. So easy.  So durable. Protects your furniture like a charm.

Minwax Wipe-on Interior Polyurethane

 Foam rollers:

 Use these guys on big pieces for an ultra smooth finish.

 No worries of having brush strokes.  We usually use these on the flat areas of furniture and the brushes for the corners and detail areas.


And of course paint.

Chalk, milk, latex, enamel, oil, water based,….

Are you getting overwhelmed?

Don’t!  Paint is paint (kinda).

Yes, there’s different types and different things we love and dislike about each but we are anything but paint snobs.

 Most of our paint comes from yard sales, the local ReStore, friends that know we’ll get rid of their old paint sitting around, etc.

Different types of paint is another discussion for another day.

Just grab that paint brush, don’t overthink it, and paint.


Here’s a sampling of some of our pieces that have passed through the Fancy Farmgirl shop, otherwise known as the garage/abyss.


One of our favorites for sure.

 We watered down the blue paint and gave it a sloppy whitewash effect using a brush.


The outside was done with a brush as well as followed by a good sanding.  See that makeover



This one was done using mostly a foam roller with a brush to do the smaller detailed areas.  See Clock tutorial



Aw, and let us not forget spray paint.

 Our love runs deep!  ZERO supplies needed.

See the brands we love



Spray paint is especially great for projects with lots of angles and curves such as the spindles and legs on all these chairs.


This buffet was a combination of spray paint and rolled on paint.  Doing the inside of open shelving can be a bit tedious, so I sprayed the open cubbies as well as the legs and then rolled the remainder.


Love how this one distressed.


The cute knob:  It’s hot glued on there. 😉  Long live the hot glue gun!


This little guy made its debut on the CountryLiving website a couple of years ago!


This buffet recently spent two days being blush pink for my daughters wedding we did and then got painted white again.


And this coral dresser is one of our most asked about colors.

We give you all the details HERE.

These are easy projects that require minimal supplies.  No more excuses for old dated furniture.

Instant updates happen with paint!

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Teen Bedroom Makeover

June 7, 2017

Hi all Welcome to summer!

We wanted to give a quick shoutout to Shutterfly for sharing our teen girls bedroom makeover  Here

And if you didnt see it the first time around at AllThingsThrifty  Well…we’re sharing it here for the first time.


Lighter and brighter was once again the goal.

Which is a good starting point for updating most everything we touch. 🙂


This is a basement bedroom so the walls needed to be lightened up.

Once again, bad, bad blogger with no “before” pics for you.

Picture a contractor handing a six year old a paint deck and letting her choose ANY color she wanted.

VERY bright blue it was!

We toned it down while still keeping it light using

Benjamin Moore “Gray Owl”.



This six year old girl is now an opinionated 15 year old so we went round and round on this trying to both come out happy.

And in full disclosure, as soon as we were done taking the pics. she proceeded to take down several things claiming it looked

“too Fancyfarmgirl-ish”  Ha!


Her demands were:  travel pics, fairy lights and not too much pink.









She’s happy and this momma’s happy and the pride in ownership is helping her keep it clean.

We call that a win, win!

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