Sunday, December 27, 2015

2015- Top 10

I trust you all had a Blessed Christmas and will have a great start to the new year. 

This means it's that time again to post the top 10 projects of the year.
It's hard to believe another year has flown by!

If you have a favorite not mentioned here, I would love to hear from you what it is.

2015- TOP 10 PROJECTS (Click on each title and it will take you to the main post)

10. Project 2: 1 Highboy, 2 Projects

9. When you can't find it, make it

8. Icing on the Cake- a dresser makeover

7. Fireplace screen DIY

6. Things you can make with plain cabinet doors

5. 10 different ways to repurpose shutters

4. Inspired by Mom, Open cabinet

3. Some new ideas for cabinet doors

2. Building a settee

1. Reviving an antique fainting couch

I would have to say my favorite is # 2.  What's yours?

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fabric Matters

Hello all,

Today I am sharing 2 different upholstery projects I completed last week.

These transformations make it plain to see how much the fabric you choose can make a difference.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A little hiatus

Hi all,

Yes, I have been M.I.A.!

Oh, I have lots of reasons or excuses.  Whatever you want to call them.  The truth is I was being pulled in too many different directions and needed a break.

While I have been away from my blog, I have learned a new skill.  I can now arm knit, arm crochet and finger knit and finger crochet.  It's been fun and a great way to fill in some of my Christmas gifts.

I am prepping for a craft show this coming weekend, so the crafting, painting and building is still happening.

Let me share a few things I have done lately.

I made this out of some scrap wood and trim I received.  I added slivers of legs and a cool metal decorative piece.  Wouldn't it look lovely over a mantle?

This pair of pedestals was made from 3 different pieces.  The main piece was from a bed.

This used to be a brown metal piece with a butterfly and the word believe in it.  I painted it all white, distressed it and made some angel wings to adorn the piece.  Sorry, I am too lazy right now to fix the picture and turn it the correct way.  

Hope you are all well on your way to a deserved extended weekend coming up next weekend for Thanksgiving.  Enjoy it!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Trying something new

A lot of you know, I'm a big fan of white and light colors, and of course, white!

I decided to do a dark color...almost black.  I call it that because I mixed the color myself out of chalk paint I had on hand.  I didn't want to go out and buy when I could mix it.  Are you with me?

I have painted things black before, but follow along and see if you can see what I mean.

I found this steal of a deal this past weekend at a local garage sale.  Honestly, I've been looking for a good deal all summer.  The kind that gets you very excited.  This one was it. 

I wasn't sure what color.  I've done white, sugar cane, aqua, and maybe one other I can't think of the color.  I wanted to do something different.
So here's what I did.

This is how I did it...
1.There were a few repairs to tackle, but nothing major.
2.I painted it in my almost black mix.
3.The detail was painted with linen.
4.I clear waxed the whole thing.
5. I dark waxed the white details
6. I used white wax on the whole piece.
7. The inside was painted in linen
8. I used white rub and buff on the hardware.  The door handle I pulled out of my stash of handles since it was missing.

I've never used white wax on an entire piece, especially not an almost black one.  Do you like the look?

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Playing with leftover paint

If you like painting things like I do, there comes a time where you will have a few colors with just a little bit left.  This is where I was.  I decided to use those paints in a fun way.

I picked up this waterfall chifforobe and got to work with all my different little bits of color.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

When it won't sell...

We're going to discuss something we've all run across.  Whether it is something you make, re purpose, own...anything you've tried to sell that didn't.


That's a question I ask myself more often than I would like,

Thinking on things it can be simple or big.

Let's take this magazine table for example.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Decorating a vanity- with shower curtain hooks

Sounds crazy, doesn't it?  What do you mean decorate a vanity with shower curtain hooks?

I'll show you.

This vanity is a pretty ordinary waterfall vanity.  I wanted to make it a little more elegant and shabby.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

My Dream Closet

I was inspired by Compass to do a post on My Dream Closet.  You mean I get to dream?  I can pick anything I want in my closet?

If only that were reality.  I have a small closet.  No chair can even fit in let alone all the goodies I am going to show you.  My dream closet would have...

Are you ready?

Ok, I won't make you wait any longer...

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Icing on the Cake- a dresser makeover

I am so excited!  I am part of the Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest for the month of August.  This dresser I am about to share with you is my entry.  What a fun project.  I just love dressing up a plain piece of furniture, and this dresser couldn't have been any more plain!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

All about the ruffles

I don't know about you, but I love ruffles!  Ruffles have a way of changing a piece.  I am going to share 2 examples of ruffled furniture I completed recently.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Boring beige to Boho Chic!

This is something I've been wanting to do.  I finally tackled it and am so happy I did.  I turned a boring beige chair into a fun and vibrant Boho chic chair.

I did not take pictures of the journey this time, but I'm sure you can still appreciate the before and after.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

10 Different ways to repurpose shutters

I thought I would share my collection of shutter ideas with you.  This summer I have run across so many at sales!

Let's get started, shall we?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Bi-fold doors into a mudroom bench

I love using things I have to make something totally different.  It all started with 2 sets of bi-fold doors.  I finally got around to turning them into a mudroom bench.

Follow along and see what I else I re purposed...

Thursday, July 9, 2015

12 DIY wine bar ideas

I've made a few wine bars.  It's fun to see all the different ways you can make one.

Here is a collection of 12 different DIY wine bars.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Simply painted

I don't post about all of my projects.  You can only get interested in so many painted things.  I like to share different ideas, but today I will show you a few simply painted pieces.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Labor of Love- Eastlake buffet makeover

This piece had definitely seen better days!  This Eastlake buffet is missing its top portion.  I'm assuming it was very ornate with carved details as Eastlake usually is.  All I have is this base with a cracked and warped top, falling off pieces and in need of some kind of refinishing.

I hemmed and hawed about how to refinish it.  My very first thought was to stain it.  Don't ask me why, I don't really do a lot of staining.  It's a lot of work, messy and stinky!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Wine bar made from a door!

My neighbor was asking me if I could come up with a bar that doesn't take up much room.  She had a small spot for it in the house and wanted to be able to bring it onto the deck for entertaining.

I started with just a solid wood door.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Dresser bench

This is my first dresser bench with sides and a back.  I have cut one all the way down and turned it into just a bench.  I've been looking for the perfect dresser to do this to and I finally found it.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Adding doors to a bookcase

I found this bookcase or cabinet at a garage sale this past week.  I had been looking for something about this size for a while.

You see, I had these really cool long narrow windows.  I could build a cabinet for them, but I never got around to it.  This cabinet was just what I needed to finally give these windows new life.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Hutch to china cabinet

This hutch was part of a trade for some work I did on the bottom half of this china cabinet.  I set to work adding legs to make it its own piece.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Console tv cabinet

I was given this console tv and couldn't wait to get to work on it.  It is a lot harder to gut these things than you think!

I wanted to make a simple cabinet with a shelf out of this console tv.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Porch post coat tree

I have always wanted to work with old porch posts.  Here is my chance!  I have another one and if you have ideas, I would love to hear them.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Making a tiered shelf with junk

I love it when I find something on the side of the road.  What's better than FREE?  This particular piece I'm sure went to something.  What that something is I'm not sure.  As soon as I saw it I knew what I would build with it.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Inspired by Mom- open cabinet

I have been invited to participate in "The Fab Furniture Flipping Contest" this month.  The theme is Inspired by Mom.  

Monday, April 27, 2015

A few projects worth mentioning...

I have been busy doing a few projects, nothing that hasn't been seen on many other blogs, but I still feel they deserve a mention, just not a whole post.

The hall tree has been done before...lots.  I believe I have 3 or 4 on my blog alone.  This one is interested because of the mirror.  It's my favorite part.  I made the flowers using egg cartons.  Want to know how?  It's on pinterest.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Reviving an Antique Fainting Couch

At the time I picked up this antique fainting couch, I was ready to take on the enormous task of recovering it.

After tearing off all the old fabric, hundreds of buttons, and filling, it sat in my garage all winter.

I've done some tufting before, but this was by far the hardest one I have ever done.  It required 2 people since I could not reach both the top and the bottom at the same time.

Monday, April 13, 2015

A few milk paint projects

Just going to share a few pieces I recently painted with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint.  I'm growing quite fond of the stuff!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Project 2: 1 highboy, 2 projects

Monday I shared what I did for my first project with this broken highboy.  Today I will share my second project with you.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Project 1: 1 Highboy, 2 projects

I picked up this broken highboy dresser last week.  I spent a little more on it than I normally do for pieces, but this was going to be made into 2 different things so it justified itself.

Poor thing fell apart at the top and lost a drawer during a move.  I saw its potential and picked it up.

For the first project I used the base to create a dresser.  All it needed was a top and a paint job to make it good as new.  Guess what I used for the top?  A cabinet door!  If you remember these cabinet doors, you know I picked up quite a few of them.  I've made a few things with these doors too.  

If you're curious, check out the posts here and here.

I chose Miss Mustard Seeds Lucketts green.  It's such a pretty green.  I didn't get much chipping with this piece, but it still turned out very pretty.

Are you anxious to see what I did with the other part of this broken highboy?  

Well,  I'm anxious to show you, but you'll have to wait a few days.

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