Thursday, May 7, 2015

~thrifty thursday~{tortoise shell makeover}

I started with this bright shiny white tortoise shell from Nate Berkus at Target.


I wanted the end result to look like one


I started with 2 coats of Annie Sloan paint in Coco.


Then I dry brushed on Behr's Swiss Coffee in random areas, going every which way.


When that was dry I used a combination of clear and dark wax, paying special attention to getting the dark in most of the crevices. 


I am really happy with how it turned out.
 It looks more realistic than the Target version I started out with.



I've had this kicking around my storage room for a while now so I am glad to be able to put it to use!
xoxo

12 comments:

Shabby Sheshe said...

That turned out gorgeous! Amazing what a little paint can do!!!

Jeannine said...

You're a genius!!!

EverydayDecor said...

Fantastic makeover!! I have a tortoise shell lamp I will be repurposing. Great job!!

Anonymous said...

Gortois!!! That's gorgeous+tortoise;)!!!!!!
Cheers! Danielle

Lynn said...

Melaine,
You are such an inspiration! I am always amazed at what you come up with! Love this. I just bought my first Annie Sloan paint and the wax last weekend and it is the best! I painted our kitchen table and I am working on the chairs. I used the French Linen and I am doing a wash with Graphite on the chairs and then I will wax. Loving them so far! Now I want to paint more things!

LISA TRAINOR said...

Nicely done! Yours looks better than RH. Enjoy your day.

Iris said...

I have the same tortoise shell and always wondered how I could make it look like the real thing. I was always too chicken to try anything, because once you get started you can't go back to the original. It turned out great!!

Little Vintage Cottage said...

Wow, I love how it turned out! I've been looking for one of those Nate Berkus tortoise shells!

Tania

Cecilia Bramhall said...

Way better! Love how it turned out!

Lesli at My Old Country House said...

YEP, got one of them there turtle shells banging around MY storage room myself!!!! Remember when they sold out everywhere...I now know what I will do with mine for my sons bedroom makeover this fall!!!Thanks for the inspiration!

Diane I. said...

What kind of wax did you use? I love the shell! Great re-do.

MyRedFrontDoor said...

OK seriously am doing this one too!!!! You blog is not good for me;-) I am not going to get any gardening and weed-pulling done making my house beautiful!

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