Darbi the Guest Master Night Stand – I Got to Keep This One!

Darbi the Guest Master Night Stand – I Got to Keep This One!

  A Night Stand Named Darbi Occasionally I get to keep one of my projects. It's super hard for me to watch my pieces go out the door when I sell them, but I comfort myself when I look down at my hand holding the cash! LOL   This one came from a consignment shop we visit every couple of months. I thought it perfectly fit my daughter's description of a side table she was looking for and the $12 price tag fit the bill too. But of course, "Best laid plans of mice and men," as it turned out it was too tall. So sad for them, yay for me! It now sits next to our guest master king size bed.   Here it is before:     White is a Fave of Mine I used (affliliate links) CrystaLac's white satin and this was my second time using Retique It with the graining tool. I also Continue reading

Can Furniture Become a Piece of Art?

Can Furniture Become a Piece of Art?

#sponsored ART- noun plural noun: arts; plural noun: the arts 1. The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be works produced by human creative skill and imagination. creative activity resulting in the production of paintings, drawings, or sculpture. 2. The various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance.   The 10 Foot Amish Table Had to Go For years we ate as a family of 17 at a 10 foot Amish made oak table with 4 leaves and claw feet. It suited our purpose, but when we went from a huge brood to an empty nest, that table became obsolete. We bought it in Shipshewana, an Amish town in Indiana for half the price anywhere else. Isn't it funny hnow a treasure can turn into an Continue reading

A Furniture Artisan and Videographer in the Making – 12 Year Old Isaac

A Furniture Artisan and Videographer in the Making – 12 Year Old Isaac

A Furniture Artisan in the Making - 12 Year Old Isaac Does that sound like a title full of hype? It's all true and I'm as amazed as I promise you will be.   Just keep reading...   My 12 year old grandson, Isaac, helped me put together a furniture re-design video course for kids, Creative Kids Furniture Art, by demonstrating each step - all by himself - and he did a mighty fine job to boot.   Let's Start at the Very Beginning, a Very Nice Place to Start... We set up my tripod, added my IPhone to record, and I told him what to do and he did it - start to finish.   What did he do? I had a set of matching accent tables that we bought off a FB BST site. I told him how to prep, paint and create art on the top to flip it from a piece of garage sale fodder to a one-of-a-kind Continue reading

Antique Door Hall Tree Part 2 – The Seat

Antique Door Hall Tree Part 2 – The Seat

#sponsored   The Second Part of My Upcycled Hall Tree Project. First I painted a door for the back drop of my hall tree. See it here: Antique Door Hall Tree Part 1. Now I'm showing you the seat part I've attached. It was an antique radio base that I found at an antiques estate sale.   The Before   MATERIALS (RED indicates affiliate links for your convenience) Old Fashioned Milk Paint Snow White Old Fashioned Milk Paint Marigold Yellow Old Fashioned Milk Paint Salem Red Scotts Rags General Finishes Gray Gel Stain General Finishes Gel Top Coat - Wipe On Polyvine Wax Finish Flat Varnish Renaissance Innovations Paint Brush   Thinking Outside the Box Since it has a flat back, there are few uses it could be Continue reading

Antique Door Hall Tree Part 1 – THE DOOR

Antique Door Hall Tree Part 1 – THE DOOR

#sponsored post   About 4 years ago... We bought several doors at an auction house that had been stripped off a house that was being torn down. The house was over 100 years old and falling apart.   Here is one, How to Upcycle an Antique Door Part One and How to Upcycle an Antique Door Part Two that I upcycled a while ago with spray paint and regular paint, making it into a hall tree that now sits in my entry way. It's one of my favorite project to date.   Today I show you another project with another door from that house, but upcycled differently - different paint, different techniques, different colors.   THE BEFORE     MATERIALS (RED indicates affiliate links for your convenience) Old Fashioned Milk Paint Snow Continue reading

Carved End Table “Victoria” Turns Blue

Carved End Table “Victoria” Turns Blue

A trip to Door County in Wisconsin has often yielded us treasures. Well, treasures to be that is. This one. This carved end table was sitting, as you can see, in a consignment warehouse. This consignment shop appears to be a quaint little shop on the main drag. But if you walk on through to the back, you will discover a huge warehouse full of furnture from days gone by - tossed aside just waiting for someone to see its potential.   I happen to be that person. This one was pretty to begin with. It had a glass top, so I'm guessing that's hwy it was tossed aside and considered outdated.   BEFORE     Materials List (affiliate links in BOLD for your convenience) Pure & Original Greek Sky Classico CrystaLac's grain filler and black satin CrystaLac Top Continue reading

A Shiny New Dresser for our Master

A Shiny New Dresser for our Master

Sponsored Post   Some would correct my title and say I should use the term "chest of drawers" but I'll stick with how I was raised and use the word "dresser" - since that is what I've always heard and said. I still say "pop" instead of "soda" much to the chagrin of my grandsons too. We transplanted from Michigan to Wisconsin but I still proudly carry my roots to this new soil without regret. (No mixed metaphores here)   So "dresser" it is.   I discovered a new product recently - Retique It. Michele, the owner of Retique It, had mentioned the product a couple of times on our Facebook Forum, Furniture Flipping Forum, so I struck up a conversation with her to find out more. She ended up sending me a whole kit to try out. I looked around my stash of furniture for Continue reading

“From Messed Up to Dressed Up” An Accent Table Update

“From Messed Up to Dressed Up” An Accent Table Update

"Clarissa" Just before I opened up my new membership site, Furniture Flipping Forum, I put together a three day course showing how to take an all wood accent table "from messed up to dressed up." It was a big challenge because it was in very rough shape to begin with and took longer to prep this piece than anticipated. The old varnish was thick and all crackled with parts falling off because it was so old and dried out. Pieces were falling off and there were gouges and loose veneer.     Every time I look at it I stare in wonder how something so unattractive can be turned into a masterpiece. But when you learn the steps, it can be done with a bit of elbow grease and know how...with lots of patience. If I hadn't planned on providing this three day course to those interested in Furniture Flipping Continue reading

“Augusta” Coffee Table Opts for an Old-World Style

“Augusta” Coffee Table Opts for an Old-World Style

#sponsored   Different Products, Different Techniques, Same Old-World Look Augusta, a long coffee table, was originally part of a trio - her children were refinished in an old world style but with different products. See Cora and Nora's transformation here.   I only have one before picture and it's of Nora, the matching end table:     Augusta and her 2 matching pieces came home with us from an estate sale two summers ago. They were crammed into our van, taken home and sat in our basement for more than a year waiting to be given new life. No one else wanted the three pieces. I set my price, made my bid and got them easier than I expected.       I had no problem envisioning how I wanted them to look. From the start knew I Continue reading

Did someone saaayyy, “Bombe”?

Did someone saaayyy, “Bombe”?

#sponsored   My DD tagged me on a FB bombé chest ad. So we drove out to take a look. As I was looking at it, the lady told me she kept getting "no shows" and was so tired of people saying they'd come by to take a look and then never show or message her. She took $10 off just because she was happy I showed up!       They just don't show up. I've experienced that same thing over and over too. Hundreds on our Forum tell the same tale. People message me and say they are coming to buy a piece and then don't show up. Only one out of half a dozen lately bothered to let me know something came up or they changed their mind. Not long after my DH's knee surgery, I had two people make appointments to buy three pieces in one day, so we spent a couple of hours prepping Continue reading