Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Antique rocking chair- a makeover

I was so interested in this antique rocking chair. It is on springs and rocks so slow and smooth.  I picked this up along with my china cabinet from a garage sale.  Upon doing some research, these rockers were made as early as 1890.  I have seen them in the original state anywhere from $45-$350  I sure wish I could narrow that range down.  If you know anything about these rocking chairs,  I would love to learn more.  Now, this chair is not in its original state.  Some one made a new back and seat and also painted it blue.

From bright to Hollywood glam

I was very excited to find this piece.  This fabulous claw foot, antique writing desk caught my eye.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

China cabinet- a rustic elegance

It has been a while since I found a piece I just went gaga for.  You know the feeling?  Well, this is one of those.  I found it at a garage sale, and while this piece was my favorite there, I found 3 others you will be seeing in the near future.  I had been waiting for a good find and I hit the jackpot here.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Two tone dresser

When I came across this dresser for CHEAP, I knew what I wanted to do with it.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Overwhelmed with zucchini?

It seems we wait and wait for the crops to come in, then we don't know what to do with it all.  I have seen many recipes for zucchini dishes, but I haven't run across one like this.
A few years back I was given this recipe from a local farmer.  I was sceptic at first, but after I tried it, I was amazed.  I know you have heard of apple crisp, but here I give you...

Zucchini Crisp

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Wine sign from a chair back

I posted some Bath signs I made from some broken chair backs before.  I ran across another one and wanted to show you how this one turned out.  It is very different from the first.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Neutral end table

This end table was found at an estate sale.  I saw the potential right away.  There are so many possibilities with this one, but I decided to go neutral and hopefully grab a different audience.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Coffee table makeover

I have been wanting to try some milk paint for a while now.  Well,  I got my chance!  The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company was kind enough to send me some in a beautiful slate color!

I wanted to give it a try right away so I used it on this coffee table I had.

Monday, July 22, 2013

To do and done board

I have been thinking about making a chore board for my kids.  I think at 4 and 6 they can learn to put their dirty clothes in the laundry room, make their beds, and pick up their toys.  This could also work for any to do list.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Jewelry box makeover Plus a link party!

I wanted to share with you a little outdated jewelry box that I did a makeover on.  I have to tell you it is so much fun re purposing things.  Once you get started, it is hard to stop.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Gardening- a second harvest?

I have been growing vegetables for a few years now.  To be honest, this is the first year I have really studied it and learned how to grow even more.  My research uncovered that you can plant certain plants again to harvest a second time in the fall!  That got me excited.  You know some of the plants you grow in the spring only last so long.  What you are left with when those plants stop producing is a wasted space.  Why not grow them a second time and enjoy more?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Upholstering a chair

Today is a continuation of the same project I posted yesterday.  In case you missed it, I show you how I fixed the chair seat here.  Please do remember, I am walking you through this as if this is your first time seeing this done.

Monday, July 15, 2013

How to restrap a chair seat

Hello all!  Today I am going to share with you part 1 of a 2 part post.  Today's post will cover how to fix a chair seat after all the straps have broken.  Tomorrow I will cover how to re upholster that same chair.  These posts are filled with lots of photos, so I had to split them up.  If you are new to upholstery, I hope to help you out.  If you have done it before, I hope maybe something I did will give you ideas on how to make it easier next time. (I can hope right?)

Friday, July 12, 2013

So you want to learn how to upholster. 9 tips

Let's talk upholstery... how do you upholster something?

I will share with you 9 tips and tricks I have learned along the way.  Hopefully this will give you some new ideas or inspire you to get started.

1. If you are just starting out, I recommend starting slow.  Choose an easy piece like a small footstool or a chair seat. Keep in mind that round is more difficult to keep wrinkle free.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Re purposed- a Link Party!

Before we get to the party today.  I thought I would share a little tip with you.  Apparently my daughter doesn't react well to bug bites.  After picking berries the other day, she got a few.  They swell up and she says they hurt.  2 am rolls along and she is awake and in my room complaining of the pain.  I lost my anti-itch cream, just can't find it.  Guess what worked and put her back to sleep within 5 minutes?
source: wikipedia

The fluoride is supposed to help with the pain in bug bites, and it works!

Now on to the link party:

I have teamed up with Raising Dick and Jane to offer this awesome re purposed party.  If you don't have any projects to link up, please browse and enjoy the ones that are.

Do you have any clever re purpose projects? Link them up below!

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Re purposed door and mirror frame

Before we get started, just a quick reminder that tomorrow, Thursday, Raising Dick and Jane and I will be hosting a

Be sure to stop by and link up, or check out all the wonderful projects!

What can you do with an old door?  What can you do with an old mirror frame?  I found the perfect marriage with this pair.
This is a neat old mirror frame that I received from freecycle.
Here is a very cool door I found at an estate sale.  Note: the door is only 4 foot by 18".  It was probably from a cabinet.
Upon close inspection of the mirror frame, you can see that the spindle on the far side is bowed a little.  This is the reason I went with the idea of building a table.
I cut the top portion off, which helped limit the amount of bend on the left spindle.
I drilled a hole and glued in a wooden dowel.
With this drill attachment (from my dad) I drilled holes in a 2 x 4 large enough to fit over the spindles.
Here is a dry fit to make sure it worked.
I drilled holes in the bottom of the door for the dowel to fit into.

Using lots of wood glue, I put all the pieces together.
I added a few screws to connect the table and the 2 x 4, then also put one through the 2 x 4 and the spindles.
After staining the 2 x 4 and touching up some marks on the legs, here it is.  It would make a great sofa table or entry table, don't you think?
This really wasn't a very difficult project.  The hardest part was coming up with a plan.  Now, if you have other ideas you would have used to attache these 2 pieces together, I would love to hear about them!
It is a rare thing when I don't paint something, but the old door just had such beautiful wood I left it as is.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Rockin' red

I am going to share with you another rocker makeover.  This rocking chair was very sturdy, except the veneer on the seat was peeling. I will show you how to replace that veneer.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Piano bench with layered paint

Before we begin with today's  project, I want to share some exciting news.  Raising Dick and Jane and I have teamed up to offer a re purposed link party on Thursday!  If you have projects to link up, please come back Thursday and do just that!

So, once again I stepped out of my comfort zone of white and light colors to try a new to me technique.  I wanted to try this layered paint technique I have been seeing around. You can see lots of examples at Lake Girl Paints or Beyond  the Picket Fence.   I like how the piece looks aged.
Here is the piano bench I got from a neighbor.

Friday, July 5, 2013

4th of July fun

I hope you all had a marvelous Independence Day!  I loved spending the day with my family.
We did so much.  I thought I would share some photos with you of our day.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Simple table makeover

This Duncan Phyfe table had seen better days.  Even though the top was in great shape, the supports weren't.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Cement garden orbs

Do you remember the fountain I re purposed?  If not, you can visit that post here.  I still had some pieces leftover and was trying to come up with a way to make some cement orbs to add to these pedestal bases.  Over at Ellen's Creative Passage  she shows you how to do just that!  I went searching for the round glass light fixtures like she used and finally found some. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

The twins- end table makeover

I found these two lovelies at a garage sale.  I couldn't resist those french lines so they came home with me.  At first I was thinking about doing a French image transfer on them, but after I got to painting, that idea changed.