An MCM Road Rescue by the DH

An MCM Road Rescue by the DH

#sponsored DH brought home a side of the road freebie last summer. 14 months ago I cleaned and sanded it. A few months ago I primed it. Just yesterday I finally got to painting it.     Go Bold or Go home, right?   So here it is in the raw...sad and unwanted, tossed out for the garbage truck. It's a Mersman MCM. And it was Uggg-Lee.         Here is my disclaimer regarding the MCM label in case anyone cares: When researching this table, we could find nothing that placed it into the mid-century or mid-century modern category. Though Mersman tables are plenteous, there aren't any out there like this one. So who knows? Mid-Century...Mid-Century Modern? Vintage? Antique? Either way, it's old and not from this era. Continue reading

Hannah, a Parlor Table Beauty, Lives to Serve Again

Hannah, a Parlor Table Beauty, Lives to Serve Again

#sponsored I'd Never Noticed Parlor Tables Before It's a funny thing. You buy a white car and all of a sudden you notice every white car on the road. That's what has happened to me. I saw a really cool table at an estate auction a while ago and won the bid. After I refinished it, all of a sudden I saw parlor tables everywhere - antique stores, estate sales, online...   Today I introduce you to Hannah, named after the man who owned the store that made her - Hannah's Furniture in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She had a tag on her underside:     She was quite beat up with gouges on her table top. We decided to pretty her up with Pure & Original Classico in Black Hills (a deep green) and add a bit of glitz with Champagne Metallic accents. Continue reading

Mission Beautify Ivy by Saltwash and Pure & Original

Mission Beautify Ivy by Saltwash and Pure & Original

#sponsored Have you tried Saltwash yet? While at the General Finishes Conference, we met the Salt Wash originator, Carol Hunter, and she gave us a 10 oz. can of Saltwash to try. Pure & Original had already given me two of their classic colors, Poetic Blue and Steel Blue, so we chose them to combine with the Saltwash.   The combination was stellar. The Saltwash gave it a unique look - one that will fit into any home from a classically traditional to Coastal, to Farmhouse. Not many designs can pull that off, but this one can.   "The Before"       "Ivy" was sitting in an abandoned house amidst piles of trash. We almost missed her. We brought her home, cleaned her up, sanded and got her ready to try out a new look. She had great bones. Continue reading

Oh, Susanna, don’t you cry for me…

Oh, Susanna, don’t you cry for me…

#sponsored post   Susanna, a Royal Settee Another estate sale - another opportunity to save an old piece of unwanted furniture.   This time it was for my granddaughters. I could see my little two-year-old grand daughters sitting in this little chair holding the teddy bear that used to belong to their moms the second I found Susanna.   Here she is "before" at the estate sale Before I took her home Before she changed Before she became mine Susanna, "BEFORE"       Tired, worn and hoping to serve again... These outdated and worn out pieces of furniture can have another 100 years if we bring the back to life. Most pass them by. Most don't even see them. The estate buyers typically look for Continue reading

When the Low Ballers Come Out to Play

When the Low Ballers Come Out to Play

The Two Types of Furniture Artisans There are two types of furniture artisans that you'll find in this furniture flipping business - the soul-invested and the business-directed.   The Soul-Invested Artisan The soul-invested artisan, or SIA, leaves a little bit of themselves in each piece and views their creations as an extension of themselves, an expression of their deep-down selves that they must share with the world. The SIA's emotions are painted onto their canvas and seem to speak back to them, "Here I am, I am are part of you, the artist who created me." They view marketing process as tiresome but a necessary evil - it allows them to continue creating. When they sell a piece and watch it go out the door, they feel like a part of themselves is going home with the buyer.   If the SIA is asked to change part 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 our craft and gain your own style and develop a vision for Continue reading

Refinished End Tables Pair Up to Become Cora & Nora

Refinished End Tables Pair Up to Become Cora & Nora

#sponsored   Estate sales are a great way to find matched sets. Twin end tables are rare and are highly sought after in the furniture rehab world. We found Cora & Nora, along with their matching coffee table, last summer at an estate sale in Stevens Point. The finish was "OK" but I like my furniture to be more than "OK". "OK" is good enough for boring people.   True that? So how do we "un-boring" it?     Stuck on the Old-World Look. You could call it shabby chic, distressed, farmstyle, etc. but basically the "imperfect" has become the new "perfect." Smooth, consistent, and coordinating have been replaced with chipped, shaded and contrasting. It is what it is, and most like it. There's something about the worn, aged 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 OF SUPPLIES (affiliate links):   Soy Gel Stripper by Blue Bear Metal Continue reading

The Complete Guide to Shipping Furniture

The Complete Guide to Shipping Furniture

Jenni Ingram from Roots & Wings Furniture wrote (aff link) The Complete Guide to Shipping Furniture Ebook for those of us who are considering extending our market - but are afraid to take that step toward shipping nationwide. Take Your Furniture Business to the Next Level You may be interested in learning the ins and outs of shipping your furniture. When you've put your heart and soul into redesigning and refinishing your piece and then get a request from a state 1000 miles away you are so frustrated! The thought of shipping your furniture seems too much trouble and too risky.   BUT, at the same time you also know that if you were willing to ship to out-of-state customers you will: Increase your market. Learn how to sell nationwide with or without Continue reading

Background Options for DIY Indoor Photography

Background Options for DIY Indoor Photography

Photography Backgrounds - Are They Really Necessary? Whether you are into still photography or portraiture, you have known the pain of trying to get it just right while shooting indoor. Lighting, backgrounds and flooring options can improve or limit your outcome.   Some of my most frustrating moments has been trying to make due with what I have to get a good shot. But shooting outdoor isn't the safest or easiest scenario.   If it's: too cold too hot windy  too bright intermittent shade It can be challenging or even impossible to get a good shot. But then if you take it indoors you have other issues. Background, flooring, lighting, and available space all play a part in good staging.   It is challenging to find a good day for outdoor Continue reading