A Furniture Artisan and Videographer in the Making – 12 Year Old Isaac

A Furniture Artisan and Videographer in the Making – 12 Year Old Isaac

A Furniture Artisan in the Making - 12 Year Old Isaac Does that sound like a title full of hype? It's all true and I'm as amazed as I promise you will be.   Just keep reading...   My 12 year old grandson, Isaac, helped me put together a furniture re-design video course for kids, Creative Kids Furniture Art, by demonstrating each step - all by himself - and he did a mighty fine job to boot.   Let's Start at the Very Beginning, a Very Nice Place to Start... We set up my tripod, added my IPhone to record, and I told him what to do and he did it - start to finish.   What did he do? I had a set of matching accent tables that we bought off a FB BST site. I told him how to prep, paint and create art on the top to flip it from a piece of garage sale fodder to a one-of-a-kind Continue reading

Antique Door Hall Tree Part 2 – The Seat

Antique Door Hall Tree Part 2 – The Seat

#sponsored   The Second Part of My Upcycled Hall Tree Project. First I painted a door for the back drop of my hall tree. See it here: Antique Door Hall Tree Part 1. Now I'm showing you the seat part I've attached. It was an antique radio base that I found at an antiques estate sale.   The Before   MATERIALS (RED indicates affiliate links for your convenience) Old Fashioned Milk Paint Snow White Old Fashioned Milk Paint Marigold Yellow Old Fashioned Milk Paint Salem Red Scotts Rags General Finishes Gray Gel Stain General Finishes Gel Top Coat - Wipe On Polyvine Wax Finish Flat Varnish Renaissance Innovations Paint Brush   Thinking Outside the Box Since it has a flat back, there are few uses it could be Continue reading

Antique Door Hall Tree Part 1 – THE DOOR

Antique Door Hall Tree Part 1 – THE DOOR

#sponsored post   About 4 years ago... We bought several doors at an auction house that had been stripped off a house that was being torn down. The house was over 100 years old and falling apart.   Here is one, How to Upcycle an Antique Door Part One and How to Upcycle an Antique Door Part Two that I upcycled a while ago with spray paint and regular paint, making it into a hall tree that now sits in my entry way. It's one of my favorite project to date.   Today I show you another project with another door from that house, but upcycled differently - different paint, different techniques, different colors.   THE BEFORE     MATERIALS (RED indicates affiliate links for your convenience) Old Fashioned Milk Paint Snow Continue reading

Carved End Table “Victoria” Turns Blue

Carved End Table “Victoria” Turns Blue

A trip to Door County in Wisconsin has often yielded us treasures. Well, treasures to be that is. This one. This carved end table was sitting, as you can see, in a consignment warehouse. This consignment shop appears to be a quaint little shop on the main drag. But if you walk on through to the back, you will discover a huge warehouse full of furnture from days gone by - tossed aside just waiting for someone to see its potential.   I happen to be that person. This one was pretty to begin with. It had a glass top, so I'm guessing that's hwy it was tossed aside and considered outdated.   BEFORE     Materials List (affiliate links in BOLD for your convenience) Pure & Original Greek Sky Classico CrystaLac's grain filler and black satin CrystaLac Top Continue reading

Furniture Flipping Blueprint

Furniture Flipping Blueprint

Furniture Flipping Blueprint - Enrollment Closed May 1 A 24/7 Online Membership Site for Furniture Artisans   If you are interested in creating beautiful furniture art, consider joining FFB next time it opens.   14 Lessons, 12 techniques + videos, tutorials, how-tos, etc., all about furniture re-design and marketing. at your fingertips, online, 24/7.   For details >>> The Furniture Flipping Blueprint To get on the FFB waiting list >>> FFB Newsletter Continue reading

Steam Punk Mixed Media Nightstand for DH

Steam Punk Mixed Media Nightstand for DH

#sponsored While shopping at a Restore in MI We happened upon their 50% off furniture day. I found a three drawer nightstand that would be perfect for my DH's (darling hubby) side of the bed. I already had one that I had repainted for my side of the bed and he had my mom's little antique table that wasn't nearly big enough for him and all his junk...all his precious posessions.   He needed drawers to hide all his stuff, so this at $20 fit the bill.   And of course I have to start with the before:     There is so much to tell about about this one. Lot's of improvisation, creativity, and experimentation was called for, and I'm glad it turned out well because it was for my DH's Christmas gift.   I used a ton of resources for this project - Continue reading

A Christmas Gift for Jillian

A Christmas Gift for Jillian

  My DD, Jillian, is my Social Media Specialist for my furniture flipping business and is way under paid. Picture her holding up a sign that says, "I work for paint." Not to mention the patience her DH, Taylor, has shown in regard to her time spent on the forum.   So I figured I'd grab one of the pieces she's hinted that she'd like to have one day with a, "So...what do you plan to do with that piece?"  We find so many cool pieces, and she spends so much time on my social media accounts, how could I not paint her something for Christmas? So here is the "before." Nothing special, just an old outdated three tiered plant stand. BUT, "nothing special" can be so easily turned into, "This is amazing," with a little paint and Continue reading

6 Adirondack Chairs Cloned for Christmas

6 Adirondack Chairs Cloned for Christmas

Christmas Time is a GREAT Time to DIY To buy an Adirondak chair, just one chair, will set you back about $50...EACH. Jillian and I wanted to go in together to get my DD, her sister, a set of Ardirondak chairs, but they were out of our price range. Well, one isn't, but six? No way. We love her, but $300 is a bit steep for us.     So, Jillian found some hither and yon, advertised on Craig's List and FB, used, beat up and for a decent price. I already had the supplies, so we got busy and fixed, sanded, painted, dry brushed and topcoated all the chairs to match.   Our guys, Mark and Taylor, repaired and scraped and sanded off the old paint. Then we primed with our HomeRight sprayer.     And then painted with our HomeRight sprayer. We mixed several colors to get the blue Continue reading

Pure & Original Meets HomeRight to Create a Sweet Bedroom Suite

Pure & Original Meets HomeRight to Create a Sweet Bedroom Suite

#sponsored  NOTE: All affliliate links are in BOLD red.   Gathering pieces of furniture all over town and making them all match is a huge project - but it can be fun if you have a plan. Decide what pieces you need and the sizes. Do you want them matching or of the same style? Set a budget Look for garage sales, estate sales, Craig's List postings, etc. Patiently wait to find just right pieces. As you look for your pieces, decide on the look you are going for - search blogs, Pinterest, Facebook forums, etc. for ideas. Choose colors and buy your supplies to repair, prep, paint and protect your pieces.   We had a little help HomeRight furnished the Finish Max Extra (now called the Super Finish Max) and a Large Spray Shelter. Pure & Original gave us two quarts of Classico, Silk Continue reading

A Picnic Table Flips for Our Family – OFMP Beautified

A Picnic Table Flips for Our Family – OFMP Beautified

Sponsored Post Another Estate Sale Jillian, Isaac, and I went to another estate sale a few weeks ago. I know. Big surprise. Has there ever been a piece of non-descript furniture that you look and look for but just can't settle on one?   I've wanted a picnic table every since we moved from Michigan to Wisconsin but never found one I was willing to pay for. They're kinda expensive. Or maybe I'm just cheap. But either way...I FOUND ONE!         I walked right past it not even noticing it on the way in. We looked around for a few minutes and then got in line o pay for a few little things we found, an ax for Adam, a jack knife for Isaac, a few this's and thats. Then Jillian said, "Hey, did you see that?"   She pointed out a Continue reading