Saturday, December 15, 2012

10 more sleeps...but who's counting?

Where has the time gone. Is it just me or does December fly by? I have about 8 pieces lined up for my magic, but no time. 

I really have a thing for these end tables. I can't believe how ugly different they look before and after {i forgot to take a before}. If you look at my previous posts, you'll get the picture. I used Caribe by Behr, Ralph Lauren Glaze in Tobacco, and sprayed the handles with Oil Rubbed Bronze. . If you haven't used Oil Rubbed Bronze from Rustoleum, YOU BETTER GET A CAN! This stuff is magic.

When we first moved in, everything was gold.

Took off the gold plates and sprayed them with the Oil Rubbed Bronze, just like new. Saved us over a $100 per door, our house has 4 of these locks! That is huge savings, not including every other gold decor in my house. I've also seen this used with silver or brushed nickle spray paint.
Take care!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Black Friday/Black Beauty

Good Monday. Well some days I wish I lived South of the border, the sales are sooo much better down there. So instead of waiting outside a store for hours, I started working on this hutch. Which has been sitting in my front room for 5 weeks.{thanks for loving my furniture,hubby}
Pretty good looking to start with, some would have kept it the same. {SOME} But not those that have caught the painting the way if anyone comes across a vaccination for the furniture painting bug, please let me know. I thought in the mood of Black Friday-why not black? I sanded down the shine and went to work.
She sure is a beauty. Check out those delicate feet and prissy details. I was going to spray the fixtures, but loved the gold look. What do you think?
Here's a good pic of the slight distressing, I tried to not over do it. Finding that balance of the perfect wear can be tough at times.

On another note, remember this decor?

I forgot to take a before, but you get the picture. I bought them for 50 cents.

Love these! Totally new life for the wall decor, they could see another 20 years.

Please remember to check out my previous post. The draw for the Home Depot Gift Card is coming soon, I'd love to have more ideas. Take care.

Sunday, November 18, 2012


Wow, what a busy weekend. Isn't it funny how you wait all week for your 2 days off, and they're busier than Monday to Friday. In the chaos called life, I painted 2 pieces of furniture.
Remember these 2 ladies? I'm still waiting for color selection for the bottom. If you could give me some ideas(and enter for a chance to win a Home Depot GC), check out my previous post. This is Ameilia...

I seem to have a thing for teal.

So this end table, gave me grief. I started it over a month ago, but wasn't happy with the way it turned out. I decided to two-tone the color. Much better{smile}.


Overall....great weekend, and I learnt how to water mark! Take care.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

1970's..I think?

Wow, look out hubby. I have a new love in my life! 1970's style furniture. When I see the curves and accents, my cheeks blush. I adore the way the stain clings to every nook and cranny. These ladies were at Good will, who would give them up? Not I!
What do you think? Pretty FaBuLoUs?

Since I love Home Depot, I'm doin a give-a-way.



It's that easy! I will draw a winner DECEMBER 1st.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Lady in Red

Hello, Happy Tuesday! I was hard at work the last few days. Check out this beauty...
She had potential....for $20 on Kijiji.

Lady in Red.
This shows a more true color. Sometimes I'm so excited to take a pic, I will do my best to take them in better lighting.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

First Nightstand

Hello, I was able to start on my nightstand sooner than possible. My youngest came down with the flu today. Little people just shouldn't be that sick. I think throwing up should be reserved as punishment when you drink too much only! Well so here was the original picture.
I loved the detail, the moment our eyes met. I should start with a disclaimer-this is my first nightstand. Yup, I'm a virgin nightstand painter. So, by no means is my advice sound, but it works for me <i think>. So I started by giving her a light sanding, luckily there was nothing major. This piece is covered in some sort of veneer, so I also decided to spray with KILZ. I've read that that will allow the paint to attach to the smooth surface better.
Isn't she a beauty? Not quite yet. I did another light sand, just a few blobs. I wiped her down, and set to work with the paint. I chose BEHR-Caribe, from Home Depot. Grabbed a sample size, which would probably do 2-3 of this sized project. Than I distressed a bit and set to glazing. For this I chose Ralph Lauren-Tobacco Glaze. I love the color, but they don't sell Ralphs line in Canada anymore. I had it shipped from The shipping was a little more than expected, I think $35 for 2 cans. In any case, if you know where I can order this in Canada or for a good price, let me know.
I've included a picture with the glaze on and after I wiped.

I love the look. I set to work on the rest of the nightstand, but chose to not wipe. Should have wiped, but was too late. Overall, I'm happy with the results, would wipe next time.

And a cute picture using my handy dandy Instagram app.

Beautiful! Until next time.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Do as I preach

Yay! 13 views. The hardest part about starting a blog, is BLOGGING. As I scour through others posts, I search for ones that update weekly. I vowed to myself," if I were to blog, I would have regular postings". I dislike waiting and wondering if I missed the email, to find that there has not been a post for a month. Now it's easy to stand on my soap box.........we'll discuss this again at a later date.

SO, next project is this battered night stand.

Boy that picture looks awful, I will be looking into editing software ASAP. Anywho, this is the canvas.

And here is the vision...

My inspiration came from a talented lady from, check out her site. SO, wish me good luck and I will post the pic on Thurs*fingers crossed*. I'm just getting my feet wet in trash to treasure adventures. I hope you join me on my journey.

Sunday, November 4, 2012


Welcome to Chic By Tab. I'm Tabatha (Tab), a Canadian with a passion for everything shabby chic.

Family picture-October 2,2012

Here is a picture of my family, they put up with my junk hunting and hoarding. Our garage is holding some of my recent finds......not going over too well, as he is a garage man.

I totally forgot to take a picture before. So I went online and found the table on Kijiji, this is the exact one. I sprayed a coat of Kilz and sanded it a little with a fine grit. Next was the beautiful paint, I LOVE THIS COLOR!

Turned out perfect! Distressed just enough. I adore the red peeking through the blue.

First blog post (check).