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The Monster Selfie

A friend gave me an old doll’s high chair that was in a house she was renovating, so I redesigned it for my granddaughter and then created a matching picture. The little Monster Selfie print came from Papaya Graphics. I started with a 12 x 12 canvas, spray painted it coral, added the print by gluing it down with Mod Podge and then added scrapbooking stickers I bought a bazillion years ago at a dollar store. I did the same with the high chair. Cleaned, sanded spray painted with Rustoleum 3x Painter’s Touch coral added scrapbooking stickers Not every project required hours and hours of prep and painting. Sometimes we can do easy and it turns out great. 15 minutes, tops and you get a great outcome.   It’s all about family. Especially when they are yours. Blessings, * Some of the links in red are affiliate links which provides ... Read more
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Mold on Your Furniture?

How to Clean a Piece of Furniture Prior to Painting to Ensure Mold is Killed and Will Not Reappear * Guest Post by John Ward * I recently obtained an antique credenza at a garage sale. This hardwood masterpiece was looking a bit worse for wear, so I decided it needed a facelift. However, after examining it, I discovered it had mold spots. Whenever people hear mold, thoughts quickly jump to the black gunk we see on walls or those powdery spots on cardboard boxes stashed in the basement. But, as you may know, mold can also grow on furniture, often appearing in spots. Mold is a pretty common problem, and effectively killing mold on a piece of furniture is difficult, to say the least. If you have a piece of furniture that you want to flip, here’s the best course of action to permanently get rid of mold before ... Read more
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The Blueprint is OPEN!

The Blueprint is open right now until the end of 2020 – so now you can make plans to join us! Put FFB on your Christmas list, treat yourself to something that will make your heart sing EVERY.DAY.OF.THE.YEAR! Ready to Take the Next Step? Come join us and become a PRO furniture flipper! Sign Me Up! Related posts: 3 FREE Workshops for the Furniture Artist Decorative Background + A Stenciling Mistake Want to learn how to paint furniture? Furniture Flipping Blueprint Enrollment is Open {Sorry now closed} Furniture Flipping Blueprint PRO Challenge – Member Spotlight An Apothecary Cabinet Flip – A Fresh Start
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Looking to Add Revenue to Your Furniture Biz?

Next Level Flipping in the Retique It Pro Network Nearly two years ago I noticed someone named Michele Corwin on Furniture Flipping Forum suggesting the product Retique It to some of the members in comments. I was curious and messaged her, asking what the product was and if she was the company owner. She was, and that began a friendship that has led to not only my enjoying her products, but actually promoting them. I don’t promote products unless I have used them and think they would be good for my members. I now consider Michele a friend and want to introduce you to some opportunities that she has for you to grow your business by adding more revenue. Try her products and then consider how they can play a part in growing your business. It’s always a good thing to look into ways to add revenue to your business. ... Read more
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Decorative Background + A Stenciling Mistake

A Decorative Background + A Script Stencil Mistake Many Make In this video I share how I FIRST lay down a decorative background BEFORE stenciling to add dimension and interest. I also explain the one mistake many artists make when using a script stencil. Furniture Flipping Blueprint is now open to the public for 4 days (August 20 – April 23). Come join us and learn all about furniture redesign and how to build an audience sell more of your wares. I have fast-action bonuses if you join today plus others that will save you time and effort! Come take a look and start moving forward quicker and become the furniture artist and entrepreneur of your dreams: ValFrania.com/join Related posts: Outdated Cabinet Upcycled into a Cat Bed Table Stays Rustic – But Way Prettier! Farm Table Turns Artsy Dye Stain, Java Gel & Water-based Stain Comparison It’s About TIME – ... Read more
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Dye Stain, Java Gel & Water-based Stain Comparison

Adding a Bit of Pizazz I have a lot to share with you today – and I’m using several different products and several different methods and techniques to try them out and let you know what I’ve learned or discovered. NOTE: Most products listed are affiliate links.   So here we go. First up: Let’s look at the differences between three different General Finishes stains: Java Gel (my personal favorite), regular water-based stain, and dye stains. If you’ve not used General Finishes dye stains, order some and check them out. They are water-based and super easy to work with. So here’s the deets: After prepping the piece, I painted the body in Loganberry from Chalky Chicks and topcoated it with matte CrystaLac water-based polyurethane. I left some of the wood parts that were had a nice grain and spiffed them up with Wise Owl Lemon Verbena salve, a gift from ... Read more
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Farm Table Turns Artsy

WARNING: You will either hate or love this project… I stepped outside of my comfort zone and did a fun project with no rules, no restraints and just plain old fun as my guide. Here is the almost before – the legs are painted already, but you get the idea…they originally matched the table with the same blonde wood. I tend to be very conservative in every area of my life but for this project – NOT! Then take a look at my plan that morphed into a super cool artsy table that was definitely outside of my conservative zone. It’s the video I posted for my FFB members as I was deciding which direction to take this farm table. I started in one corner and just kinda went a little crazy adding stencils everywhere until I liked the look. In a couple of spots I added a little background color ... Read more
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From Dresser to Dining Room Buffet

From [Side-of-the-Road] Trash to Treasure Our daughter, Katie, had told us she was looking for a buffet for her dining room. It had to be a certain size and very cheap. And of course, since I redesign furniture, I figured I could find one for a good price and just paint it her colors. It took us a bit, but we eventually found this one for FREE [free is good] alongside the road. My two daughters and two grandkids did all the prep work and I helped with the painting. Some struggle with how to help their family when they have a project. Some charge them and do all the work. Some give a discount, and do all the work. For me, if it’s a piece already done and listed that I have in my inventory waiting for a buyer, I give a 20% family discount. If a family member ... Read more
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Dressing Your Thanksgiving Table – A Fall Tablescape

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Upcycled Antique Window Wall Decor

NOTE: All red hyperlinks are affiliate links for your convenience.*   UPCYCLING AN OLD WINDOW I found an old window at a salvage warehouse and thought it would make a good addition to my living room walls. The only problem was it was old, dirty and falling apart. But I had a plan. I could see it all spiffed up and shiny new even though it looked like this: I paid $12 for it and asked DH to load it up. He shook his head and took it home for me. See, DH can’t envision like I can, so he often wonders how I can make something like this look good enough to use for decor. Fortunately he’s willing to help and has knowledge from past experience that helps me transform a piece. Reglazing The old putty was in bad shape so I had to scrape it all off (which ... Read more
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A Bit of Couch Table Glitz

Every time I flip a piece of furniture, I wish I could find a permanent spot for it in my own home. I think this is common for anyone who turns an old out-dated piece into art. We put our heart and soul into it throughout the creative process. It’s something that you must experience before you understand. It’s even hard to see it go out the door when it sells. You feel like a piece of yourself is leaving. Of course the cash in hand is great as is the thought that someone else will enjoy your creation. But still. It’s an emotional moment. I find it quite funny that we would get so attached to a “thing”. But it’s true. A piece of ourselves goes out the door each time. Here is the before. We got it from our favorite shop in Door County here in Wisconsin. We ... Read more
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Damaged But Not Destroyed

We tend to toss rather than fix, don’t we? Let’s reconsider. Let’s look through a better lense when considering what to do with an item. It’s so amazing to see an upcycle, redesigned and/or repurposed piece of furniture, decor, or whatever. I’ve seen it. I’ve done it. And I want to see you see it a do it too. This former book table shelf plywood and 2x4s homemade thingy was on Craig’s List. It was terribly scratched up by the owner’s dog. The lady was super apologetic about it when I went to go take a look. I even considered saying, “No thanks” to her when I saw how beat up it was. But I took it anyway and stored it for over a year waiting for time and inspiration to tackle it. Whenever I have a new product, method or technique I want to try out, in my mind’s ... Read more
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