Archives for May 2016

DIY Enhancing of a Chippy Side Table

DIY Enhancing of a Chippy Side Table

You can find the most amazing things in the least interesting places... Some guy had a cabinet from a storage auction advertised on Facebook - while my DH and I looking at it in his garage full of "junk" with my DD and SIL, I meandered around and started asking him, "How much for that...how much for that?" We left with 5 pieces of furniture. One was a beat up paint chipped, lonely, begging to be found and fixed, side table. At first we thought to paint and antique it, but after cleaning it up there was no doubt that it already had character. It just needed a little help expressing itself. Ya know...you could go out to Hobby Lobby (I heart Hobby Lobby) and just buy a chippy side table (for a ton of money). They have lots of shabby chic pieces available. But how cool would it be to find your own piece (for just a little bit of Continue reading

Cedar Chest Flip – L’Essentiel Botanics Furniture Paint

Cedar Chest Flip – L’Essentiel Botanics Furniture Paint

I was offered a chance to try out L'Essentiel Botanics furniture paint by Michelle at Serendipity House in New Hampshire. Since I've been doing a series on chalk paint products, I was anxious to give it a try in my cedar chest flip.   If you are looking to remove the chemicals from your home, look into L'Essentiels Botanics. My family is working on it as well and I was pleasantly surprised to hear of L'Essentiel. I'm no vegan, but I am concerned about the chemicals in EVERYTHING we use and eat!   Their furniture paint line is vegan (other than beeswax), all natural, and in biodegradable containers with no masking agents. The chalks, clays, minerals, pigments are made by a small company in Australia in small batches. The wax has no solvents (i.e. drying agents) and is smooth with great coverage. The clear wax, which has no Continue reading

Furniture Flips by LMDH Subscriber Sandra Amigo

Furniture Flips by LMDH Subscriber Sandra Amigo

Let me introduce you to one of my subscribers, Sandra Amigo, of Argentina. We met online and immediately became friends. Let me share with you her furniture flips. You will be inspired. In her own words, I always go through the same process whenever I find a piece of furniture that is in need of "that something." I have read very angry comments on different blogs about solid wood furniture being painted, but I don't think at that like a rule; I believe each case to be unique. I bought the small cupboard at a garage sale and it was love at first sight...I immediately knew what to do with it! It is solid oak but the poor thing had been mistreated; one of the doors was black (burnt) and the whole piece looked dry. Yes, dry. THE CABINET BEFORE The wood was missing wax - or something to make it look alive. So I Continue reading