Twin End Tables & Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint

Twin End Tables & Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint

Sponsored Post:   I found a pair of end tables at a garage sale - outdated and in need of repair.   You see it everywhere. Furniture that is chipped, stained, damaged with water rings, cracks, or maybe they are just plain outdated. Too often folks just go out and buy new when there is a better, cheaper, and easier fix.   We can save money and save the the landfill by taking them home and flipping them...   BEFORE   In this case all they needed was a bit of glue (the center piece had come apart), a bit of patching, and a new finish.   Karen at Wise Owl Paint offered to give me paint and glaze for a project to try out and review. The paint is free of harsh chemicals and solvents and is zero VOC - a great way to paint without compromising health or Continue reading

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

A Family Dresser Rescue – April FFFC

A Family Dresser Rescue – April FFFC

Fab Flippin' Furniture Contest "Pure Colors, Original Elegance"   Preserving Family Memories is a Comfort to the Soul Back in 1978 we bought a set of dressers from my parents for $50 just after we were married. Years later my mom wanted them back so we traded for the set she had at the time. I've since given the upright dresser to my DD and kept the other for my walk in closet:     Do you have reminders of your parents around the house? Have you considered the FACT that one day your loved ones will move on? Are you preparing to have a piece of them close by for memory sake? My dad passed away when I was 26 (30 years ago) and my mom a year ago.       This is the piece I chose to paint using Pure & Original Continue reading

Newsletter Prize – A Mason Jar Planter

Newsletter Prize – A Mason Jar Planter

  On April 1, I offered a prize in my Newsletter to the first person to email me with their fave project from my website with "I Love DIY" in the subject line.   Pam said, "My favorite is the rod you put between your kitchen cabinets and hung the bird cage and sign." She was referring to my OUR KITCHEN BEFORE AND AFTER project. She responded 1 hour and 26 minutes after I sent out my newsletter. Congratulations, Pam! You are the winner!   I gave her a choice of colors for her prize: light blue, gray or teal, but didn't tell her what her prize would be. The project, a painted mason jar planter, is done and I will be sending it out to her this week.     A Simple DIY I started with a plain old Empire brand pint mason jar, sponge brush, and Annie Sloan's Duck Continue reading

Cheapo Side Table Flip – February Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

Cheapo Side Table Flip – February Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

Do you plan to or did you get rid of all your old cheapo furniture and buy new? I don't...I flip them. Today's project is one of those put together side cabinets that typically you would give away to Good Will and buy something much better when you could afford it. But for me, it's not about the money. It's about achieving a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture art. This month's challenge from the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest asked for a piece that goes from drab to fab by painting it with Deco Art Chalky Finish  paint. The contest theme is "Make a Statement". I've used Deco Art Chalky Paint before on other projects, so I knew the paint would be easy to use and would turn out great. After this boring, ugly piece, it's not really hard to "make a statement" with paint - anything is better Continue reading

Guest Master Bedroom – Before and After

Guest Master Bedroom – Before and After

Have you ever seen before and afters that seemed too expensive to duplicate? I have. Too often we look at what others do and decide we could never do it ourselves.   It only took 3 1/2 years, but we finally did it.     And we did it within our budget, in our own time, in our own way.   You can too. What room do you want to flip?   Our green carpeted gold sponge painted master bedroom is finally a hotel quality guest room.   This was the original master bedroom, but we decided to keep it for guests. We took the other side of the top level and plan to renovate it into a master suite - some day.     We kept the green carpet for quite a while because of the expense of new, but we did at least paint the walls before we moved Continue reading

An Apothecary Cabinet Flip – A Fresh Start

An Apothecary Cabinet Flip – A Fresh Start

January's Fab Furniture Flippin Contest - A Fresh Start On a trip with my DH to Door County we found this great little shop with several interesting pieces just screaming to be loved on. The prices were decent but we only had room in our van to take home two pieces. The first was a one piece china cabinet and the other a little dresser that had never been cared for - raw wood with dinky sad little knobs.   It reminded me of an apothecary cabinet.     I went back and forth trying to decide what color to choose - because I just had to paint it!   Since General Finishes sponsored the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest again this month and donated a quart of their new chalk style paint to finish the piece, all I had to do was decide on a color. Some may shudder at the thought of painting raw wood, but Continue reading

10 DIY Projects to Upcycle Old Picture Frames + A FREE Printable!

10 DIY Projects to Upcycle Old Picture Frames + A FREE Printable!

We downsized recently and have 4 boxes of old picture frames filled with my kid's pictures. I don't have much wall space in this new house, so I needed to figure out what to do with all the frames. Boxes and boxes of frames... Not only am I a Mom of Many; I am also a photographer. 15 8x10 frames of school pictures on one wall from my old house... various framed candids, family pictures, sports pictures, baby pictures etc. all over the other walls. That's a lot of frames!   After a bit of research online I have come up with some fab ideas to share with you. Actually I did this for me, but you are free to join the party. I encourage you to click on each original source to see the ones with tutorials and if you pin any projects, please do it from the original source (as in, click on Continue reading

Antique Night Stand Re-do

Antique Night Stand Re-do

What's hiding in your basement? A couple of years ago I gave our daughter, Jillian, a night stand that had been a family heirloom from my husband Mark's aunt, Aunt Emily. She had painted it white, but wasn't happy with the results. I had a 2 1/2 week stay in Virginia with Jillian where we spent a week decorating her living room/dining room at her new place. This is one of the pieces we hauled out of her basement to try to salvage.   Newly married, in school, and on a tight budget, this had to be another "use what you have to save money but it's gotta look good" project - right up my alley! Spray paint is an easy and cheap fix. The dark stain shows right through and the paint peeled right off where it had bubbled. We honestly didn't know if we could fix it, but refused to give Continue reading