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 Gel Metal Putty Knife Wallprim Fresco Lime Paint Rigid Hand Continue reading

A Sentimental Journey – Preserving the Past Through DIY Decor

A Sentimental Journey – Preserving the Past Through DIY Decor

Walking Downtown Wausau at Dusk It's the perfect time to look inside people's windows in the old houses - the hundred year old houses with the old town flavor.   No, I'm not creepy. I just like to see how other people decorate their homes.   Some of the homes still had the original windows...you know, the ones that when you look through them, they are wavy and distorted? Cool stuff.     NOSTALGIA INSPIRES Not that I want an old house with wavy windows, uh...no. But the flavor of those old houses when they are expertly decorated with quality furnishings creates such a warm fuzzy feeling inside of me. Connecting with those in our past has always been intriguing.   I wish I had some things from my grandparents. Ump-teen years ago I borrowed my 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

Serving Cart Goes Fresco – A Lime Paint Transformation

Serving Cart Goes Fresco – A Lime Paint Transformation

#sponsored   An Uncommon Surprise I know I say this a lot - so forgive my repetitiveness, but this transformation snuck up and surprised me more than I could have ever expected.   (afflinks) Pure and Original offered to let me try out their Fresco lime paint on a piece of furniture. Typically one would use the Fresco Lime Paint on walls, but I wanted to try it on my furniture.   BEFORE       This serving cart sat in my house, slowly becoming outdated over the years - as have many pieces in my home and probably yours too.   Before and After At one time this was modern and trendy. But no more. When I look at it now, I just see "old & boring".   Normally I'd not show the "after" so soon 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

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 feeder?   1. Turn the candle holder into a cup by creating a larger area to hold 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 things.   After cleaning I stenciled it after a quick coat of General 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 decor and make it your own. You can drastically change it or lightly modify it. Example: I Continue reading

DIY Kid’s Room Canvases – Using Duck Cloth

DIY Kid’s Room Canvases – Using Duck Cloth

  Duck Cloth and Artist Canvases I have a nice and easy project for you - using (aff link) duck cloth canvas material, wood letters and artists canvases from (aff link) Hobby Lobby. Here is a coupon for you if you plan to shop there for your supplies (just click the coupon banner below and then look for "get coupon" in the right hand corner of the (aff link) Hobby Lobby web page):       Supply List   You will need (aff links): duck cloth 12 x 12 artist canvases (Search for: 12" x 12" Canvas Panel 5-Pack) heavy duty staple gun & staples scissors large letters (Search for: 9 1/2" Wood Letter or the size appropriate for your canvas) paint for the letters (Search for: your fave acrylic paint 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