10 Steps to Revive an Old Nightstand

10 Steps to Revive an Old Nightstand

They Are Everywhere You've seen them. Junky pieces of furniture that no one wants. They are priced for pennies compared to the new pieces you find in retail stores. Do you pass them by?   "Jillian" The Nightstand She was ugly. She was dirty. She was smelly and sitting in a garage stuffed with junk. All she needed was someone to take her home.   For those of you who know our DD, Jillian, this piece was named after her because we were together when we found her, and we painted this one together...not because they looked or smelled similar. VBG       Supplies (Affiliate Links for Your Convenience) Krud Kutter Zinsser's Spray Continue reading

Barn Door Hardware Transforms an UGLY Hallway

Barn Door Hardware Transforms an UGLY Hallway

#sponsored   OUTDATED Doesn't Begin to Describe It Yes. I admit it. My hallway was boring, ugly, dark, uninviting - you get the picture. Before we bought the house, the one wall across from the closet had a type of salt wash that made it very rough. I sanded it down and painted before we moved in, but never liked the hallway partly because it was dark and partly due to the bifold doors. Or should I say "bifold door." The one was off and the other had a doggie door in it. I have no idea why other than I know they had lots of animals, so the animal "stuff" must have been in the closet.     For the past 5 years I've waited to update that hallway and get new doors, but I've been holding out, Continue reading

Accent Table Turns a New Paige – Pure and Original Fresco Lime Paint

Accent Table Turns a New Paige – Pure and Original Fresco Lime Paint

#Sponsored Post   They all were just passing her by...   We named her "Paige". Here she is in her original home before she became mine. She was one of many at an estate sale:     Paige was pretty scratched up and worn out, but she had good bones. We snatched her up and packed her in with all the other pieces we found that day and took her home. She was an after thought. Why not? She had potential.     After flipping her over, we could tell she had been handcrafted by the pencil marks that were still visible.       Materials List (Affiliate Links)   Soy Continue reading

End Tables Ava & Elsa Restyled by P&O Inspiration Collection 2017

End Tables Ava & Elsa Restyled by P&O Inspiration Collection 2017

#sponsored post     The Story of Ava & Elsa   Ava & Elsa were not wanted. Ava & Elsa sat out in a driveway thinking there was no hope. Ava & Elsa were wobbly and scratched up pieces with a $10 tag for BOTH of them. Ava & Elsa though they were worth more but needed someone to find them and make them beautiful again. I was that someone...       AVA "BEFORE"   Finding Your Inner Artist It does take practice, but the more you hunt and take home projects, the more you practice different techniques and experiment with different paints, the more you will gain a new perspective on Continue reading

2 Candle Holders Upcycled = A DIY Bird Feeder

2 Candle Holders Upcycled = A DIY Bird Feeder

Do you have an eye?   Do you have an eye for upcycling? The craziest Goodwill finds can be combined to make useful and trendy home decor. Ya just gotta see it - imagine possibilities and be willing to experiment.   That's the case with these two candle holders - 1+1=1   For this tutorial, I'm going to be very specific and detailed - not because it's a difficult or very detailed project, but because I want you to see the process for how a project comes together. Simple or complex, each project requires planning and contemplation for it to come together.           Do you see how they can combine to make a one-of-a-kind bird Continue reading

Bakers Rack Repurposed as Paint Studio Storage

Bakers Rack Repurposed as Paint Studio Storage

Sometimes You Don't Want to Paint Did I just say that out loud? Most of the time we look for projects to paint but occasionally we decide to keep it as is, just spiff it up a bit by adding detail or simply cleaning it up. We found this bakers rack on a weekend getaway to Door County at a sweet little consignment shop for just $35. It may have been an impulse buy, but it was one of the best so far. I Dragged it Out of Our Barn to Paint it for My New Studio I decided I liked it as is and cleaned it with water, a scrubbie and (afflinks) Krud Kutter. Sometimes Krud Kutter works better than you want and it took off a bit of the grunge that I thought was part of its charm, mainly, the water ring. BUT, sometimes a snafu can lead you to better Continue reading

Wall Sconce Update – Trash to Treasure

Wall Sconce Update – Trash to Treasure

Do you like Primitive, Old World, Rustic, or Farmhouse? Is antiqued, glazed, layered, drybrushed and/or distressed your preference? Do you go for Shabby Chic, Retro, Modern or Traditional?   Honestly, I do shake my head at some of the furniture pieces I see showcased on some of my Facebook furniture groups. Some are gawdy, but bring in comments like, "I love it!" Others that are posted as "after" can be mistaken for "before" in my minds eye.   But different strokes for different folks, I suppose. While some say, "NEVER paint wood," others say, "Plain wood is boring and I need to paint to be happy!" Regardless of your preferences, you can pick up a piece of furniture or Continue reading

Coffee Table Comes Alive – An OFMP Update

Coffee Table Comes Alive – An OFMP Update

#sponsored post   Once in a while my DH will surprise me and bring home a piece of furniture. He found a little coffee table at a garage sale that had seen better days and brought it home to be revived. It always amazes me how a piece can be "worthless" in someone's eyes, but then after a bit of redesign or refinishing it becomes a highly sought after piece of art.       OFMP generiously provided the (aff links) Lexington and Tavern Green milk paint, along with the Extra Bond for my project. They are a great company to work with, and its CEO, Ann, is a very gracious lady. Her customer service is above reproach and she is always willing to help with project advice.   LIST Continue reading

Old Tissue Box Revived – Spray Paint Season is Here!

Old Tissue Box Revived – Spray Paint Season is Here!

  I first wrote this in the beginning of 2015, and the technique has become quite popular, so I'm playing it again, Sam...     Another consignment shop find has found itself at the end of my spray paint can. I do enjoy spray painting - it's quick and requires no top coat. It doesn't fit every scenario, but once in a while it's the best choice.   Spray paint season is once upon us and so let the games begin...   While dropping off STUFF...you know that STUFF that sat in your basement for years wondering if they'd ever turn into a "real piece of decor," I found this cool little tissue box holder slathered in hand painted foofy flowers. Not really my style, Continue reading

1980s Style Bookshelf Redesigned

1980s Style Bookshelf Redesigned

I've been tooting the   "flip it don't toss it" horn for quite a while now - have you heard it?   Look around your house. Do you own any funiture that is the same ol' same ol' from the 80s? Are you tired of hum drum? Let's look at a bookshelf re-designed out of the 80s and into the present.   This old thing has been sitting in my hallways for a dozen years. It was time for a change and I'm not willing to go out and spend $100, but I will pick up a brush. Since (aff link) The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company provided products for this project, I was able to experiment a bit and come up with an original piece of art.   Yep. I said "art." Art Continue reading