DIY or Buy by Guest Blogger Denise Sabia of The Painted Home

This is the first post in an occasional series by guest blogger,
Denise Sabia of The Painted Home.
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.
Hi there. I’m Denise Sabia from
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 Thrift,
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?

2 Responses to DIY or Buy by Guest Blogger Denise Sabia of The Painted Home

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