{ DIY or Buy? }

I recently filmed a segment for Good Day Philadelphia with Jenn Frederick
about do you "DIY or Buy?"
Well, I don't have to tell you what I do.
click the image below to watch the segment.

We filmed at one of my favorite places to shop.

I started staging my area a few days before filming.
I turned the china cabinet section into my own little room.
Easy. I turned all the china cabinets inward so they were facing each other and 
in the shape of a "U".

Because I suffer from a severe case of "can't sit still-ism"
I turned a small section 
of Impact Thrift into The Painted Home with the help of Impact's fabulous staff.

Like a store within a store.
Wouldn't it be great if it could stay that way?
I could shop the store and create vignettes for you to shop from.
I do all the design work, you just buy it and bring it home to
your house to set up just like I did.
I do all the sweating, you get all the glory.

maybe I would even give monthly workshops.
Sound good to you?
Let IMPACT know.

If you follow me on instagram, you already know what I've been up to.

Before I set up the store, I was allowed into Impact's "top secret" warehouse
where all the donations are before they are sent out to Impact's 4 stores.
Believe me - there is a WHOLE process of getting donations out to the public.
Items are first sent to this processing center where they are examined, cleaned priced, 
loading into the truck where they are then sent to appropriate store.

Here's an example of some of the things I found while shoppin' the warehouse.
Complete vintage goodness.

Okay, so after all the items I picked got shipped to the Montgomeryville Impact, 
I meet up with all of it and started staging my "mini Painted Home".

Adorable, right?
Can you believe you can create all this awesome-ness in one stop to a thrift store?

I filmed several segments for Good Day that day.
This dresser was turned into a kitchen island with a little help of paint and 
some inexpensive items from the hardware store.

This is my magic weapon when painting furniture.
A few swipes of this and you good to go.

I mixed my own color for the island.
Top secret recipe.
It turned out to be a perfect match to aged copper.

The top didn't need to be painted because I have a plan for that.

I found this lone silver lid at Impact and have a great use for it planned for the island.

Since it's going to be an island in a kitchen, you will see the back of it. So you 
definitively want to do something special on the back of the dresser.

I chose chalkBOARD paint.
NOT to be confused with Chalk Paint.

If your going to try chalkBOARD paint. Don't forget to season it before you
write on it for the first time.
What does "season it" mean?

After the paint dries for 24 hours, turn a piece of chalk sideways and rub it across the entire board.
Then, wipe it off with a dry paper towel.
This will create a layer of chalk dust that prevents
 a permanent "shadow" of the first thing you ever wrote on the board.

I purchase this pine board from Home Depot and had it cut to fit the top of the dresser.
(With a little extra for an overhang.)

I stained the board and sanded all the edges so they were soft and smooth 
and slightly distressed.

Love it?
Check back next week to see the completed island...for under $100.!
Thanks to 

for letting me take over of their store for a few days!
Are you hooked on Impact?
Your sure to see me shopping the isle, so grab me and say "hello" when you do.
Just leave some stuff  for me, okay?


It's SPRING and the Crafty Camper is ready to roll!

Hey there! I'm excited to announce a new part of The Painted Home.
Last Fall I purchased The Crafty Camper. Which is a mobile DIY workshop & Market all packaged neatly in a vintage camper. Yes. A 1972 Shasta to be exact!
It's being painted and decorate as you read this.
Although I'm in no condition to pull the camper myself on a beach cruiser, I think you get the idea from the image below.
It going to be a fun, light-hearted craft time with new friends and old.
I'll be traveling the east coast (and maybe even the west coast if gas prices ever fall) stopping at vintage markets along the way.
I'll even be available for private parties.

It's time you actually MADE all those crafts you've been pinning on Pinterest!
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Denise and her caravan of crafts will be visiting vintage sales and markets selling her fabulous upcycled items as well as teaching classes to all those interested in learning her unique, fun approach to design.

So whether you are looking to bring home a great new item or hang out and learn a few things from Denise, simply add your name to the mailing list to find out where the Crafty Camper is heading next!

Sign yourself and a friend up for a lesson! Denise will provide all the tools and utensils..and even the fun!

click HERE to be the first to know when the Crafty Camper hits your town.


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I hope you'll consider signing up for the mailing list if you'd like to hear more and find out when you and I can become besties at a vintage market near you!

If you know of a market that I just can't miss, please, email me and let me know about it.
Or, if you'd just like to have me come park in your drive way and craft with your girlfriends and a few bottles of wine, I'm up for that too!
Yahoo! See you at the market!


{ Crafty Camper Heads to Sweet Clover Barn Sale }

You're invited...

On April 5th I will be packing up the Crafty Camper an heading south to Frederick Maryland, where I will meet up with Cassie of Primitive & Proper for her monthly vintage sale at Sweet Clover Barn.

Sweet Clover Barn sale will be hosting a special open air artisan event on April 5th.
I will be hosting 3 craft workshops.
You can sign up for the workshops on the spot. cash or credit accepted
The workshops will be $5. per workshops. what? crazy I know.

Here's the schedule of craft workshops:
11:00 Farm animal figurine crafts - key chains, necklaces, etc...
12:00 Vintage paper crafts
1:00 T-shirt scarves and fabric scrap crafts

I will also be selling handmade crafts and vintage treasures.
So, stop by and say hello. 
I'd love to meet some new faces from the Maryland area!


{ Coastal Vintage Dresser }

I finally took a second to take a before photo.

This dresser was already painted a peachy beige with a super shiny black top.
I rarely sand before painting, but I did sand the top of this piece because the 
top was so ridiculously shiny and streaky.
I think the precious owner painted polyurethane OVER black paint.
Which never turns out well.
(FYI, I always have a hard time using polyurethane OVER water based paint. Especially dark colors.)
Here's what the top looked like AFTER I sanded it.

This label was on the back of the dresser.

I spray painted the original handles black.
And I LOVE how they contrast with the blue and white.

I sanded the top again once I painted it white.
Adds a lot of texture and character.

This coastal blue dresser is available for sale at


About Denise

Denise Sabia, interior decorator and author of “The Painted Home” blog, takes everyday items found in flea markets, thrift shops or simply along the roadside and turns them into unique pieces that freshen and warm your home … without breaking your budget. Denise began dabbling in design over 20 years ago and studied at Philadelphia University. Her client base continued to grow as did her portfolio of work, branching out to decorating entire homes. Denise lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. with her husband, 3 kids, a dog, rabbit, 3 chickens, a gecko, and the oldest living hermit crab known to man.

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