Dressing Your Thanksgiving Table – A Fall Tablescape

Dressing Your Thanksgiving Table – A Fall Tablescape

Here is a quick lineup of my Thanksgiving Tablescape - I did this one a couple of years ago and it was a big hit. A finely decorated table can add to the festive atmosphere. What are you plans this year?     Tips Day One - Use what you already have.     Tips Day Two - Get creative and use different colors, textures and shapes.     Tips Day Three - Add items from the great outdoors.     Tips Day Continue reading

Wicker File Cabinet Re-purposed to a Paint Cart

Wicker File Cabinet Re-purposed to a Paint Cart

Here is a quick example of how you can re-purpose those garage sale finds inexpensively and easily. No muss. No fuss.   Just a can of spray paint, black glaze and a sponge paint brush turned this wicker file cabinet into something useful. Wicker isn't very popular any more and you will find wicker everything out in garage sales for just a dollar or two.   I bought this one at a garage sale for $2 this summer.     STEP #1 Spray with Rustoleum Painters Touch spray paint. Pick a color, any Continue reading

Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP – An Empire Case Goods Co. Antique

Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP – An Empire Case Goods Co. Antique

This is a Sponsored Post   This summer at auction I found a sweet little antique bedroom side table from the Empire Case Goods Company.     I immediately knew it was a great find and fought till I won it. It was a bit pricey, but totally worth it. Pricey for me might not mean the same thing to others...   Upon a bit of research, I found the manufacturer of this side table, the Empire Case Goods Co., listed in a 620 page library book of Jamestown, New York 1915-1916 Town Directory. From what I've read Continue reading

FREE Dresser Gets an Upgrade – Wowzers!

FREE Dresser Gets an Upgrade – Wowzers!

You might remember a while ago when I featured the series, "Keeping Up With the Joneses."   Here are a few of the posts about my DD, April's, house flip:   The Kitchen Before – Gunk everywhere, three layers of ugly linoleum, and the walls…indescribable! Kitchen Demolition – Even the kids got involved in ripping the kitchen apart. Who says reno isn't fun! Preparing the Walls  – Fixing holes and smoothing out the walls…the polkadots and red paint must Continue reading

Baker’s Rack Becomes a French Beauty

Baker’s Rack Becomes a French Beauty

Short and Sweet I'm popping in here to show you a little project I just finished - you can find similar "before" pieces around and about as people often sell these at garage sales and second hand shops. Most people think that if you want to upgrade you must get rid of the old and buy new. Not true.   Here is a BEFORE picture of her when she was just plain Continue reading

An Old China Cabinet Gets a Split Personality – with Country Chic Paint

An Old China Cabinet Gets a Split Personality – with Country Chic Paint

We picked up this china cabinet at an estate sale in town. Everyone wondered why I would buy ANOTHER china cabinet. I already have three. I had plans for this one - but not for china. Nor am I keeping it.   As I said last week, nobody collects or wants china anymore. But they do want buffets AND book shelves. Yep, a buffet and book shelf out of one china cabinet. One unwanted, outdated china cabinet into two highly desirable pieces.     Because the china cabinet was all wood with dovetailed drawers plus a top of Continue reading

Using Java Gel on a Table Top

Using Java Gel on a Table Top

I heard all the hype about General Finishes Java Gel. People kept saying it's the best thing since sliced bread. I had to try it. And now I'm in love. I fell hard and I fell fast.   I'm not the type of DIY'er that jumps in with both feet and throws caution to the wind. I walk around a project sometimes for weeks before I attempt it. I need to know exactly how and what - I don't want to mess my piece up. I won't proceed until I'm fairly sure how to do it and do it right.   So, to help you with your first attempt at Continue reading

Side Table Given New Life – Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company

Side Table Given New Life – Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company

#Sponsored Post   We found an old side table at an auction in Stevens Point. It was one of those days that turned out to be very profitable. We got good prices and I fed my furniture flipping addiction.   We left with a van full of great furniture for our new FB store The Red Shed. My SIL and DH had the privilege of loading the van while my DD and I stood and watched.       This little side table needed help. Not only was it old and in need of repair, but it was just plain messed up. I Continue reading

A GREAT Hardware Option for DIY’ers – D. Lawless Hardware

A GREAT Hardware Option for DIY’ers – D. Lawless Hardware

 CLASS IT UP with D. Lawless Hardware #sponsored post   Until now I've been limited to local hardware stores and Hobby Lobby. When you redo a piece of furniture, it's important to update the hardware as well...if needed. Which IMHO, is likely. Flipped furniture looks so fresh with new hardware. I'm turning into a hardware junky!   BUT, my new found love can get expensive. My faves range from $4 to $20 EACH, so I'm always on the lookout for a better deal with a quality look.   When the Fab Continue reading

Lettuce Flower Arrangement – Use What You Have

Lettuce Flower Arrangement – Use What You Have

The Most Unexpected Flower Arranging Item I grew zinnias and asters and brought them inside with my hydrangias. I planted a bunch of other stuff out in my garden.   One of the things that I regrow is lettuce and celery from store bought. The lettuce will regrow once, typically, and the celery will keep growning even when you cut it. I've been experimenting.   Crazy Lettuce I bought lettuce from Aldis and replanted it once it started regrowing (read details here). Once it was out on my deck and I cut what I wanted, I just let it Continue reading

Weeds for Sale – Dirt Cheap! A Fun Garden Sign

Weeds for Sale – Dirt Cheap! A Fun Garden Sign

  Weeds 4 Sale - Dirt Cheap! DH replaced the steps leading to our basement, so I took the old boards and painted a sign for the garden - my "step garden" behind my garage. I'll show you the before and afters of that later, but for now, here is how I did my sign (super easy): 1. Grab a board, any board. I used an old one with chippy paint - very rustic and not good for much else. 2. Hand draw your wording - you don't have to be perfect. Just write it on and paint the letters with black paint and a little paint brush. I saw this Continue reading

Gardening Tip – Mulching the Garden with Straw

Gardening Tip – Mulching the Garden with Straw

We got a very late start in gardening - when we were in Michigan and raising kids, we tried raising a garden. I still remember that photo that we took of the one lone ear of corn. The ground was apparently empty of neutrients because nothing grew - N.O.T.H.I.N.G. Of course, it didn't help that we had no idea what we were doing.   But three years ago we bought a house on an acre of land in Wisconsin that had an old overgrown fenced in garden with grape vines along one side. We tripled it in size last year and have been working on improving the soil. Continue reading