Ethan Allen Coffee Table Stars in “The Taming of the Shrew”

Ethan Allen Coffee Table Stars in “The Taming of the Shrew”

#sponsored post It looked like an easy flip...   Have you ever had a DIY project that you just wanted to throw out the window, chop it up with an ax and then burn it to make sure it was totally eradicated from your memory?   Beware of the "easy" ones... There's a little consignment shop about 45 minutes from us that we go to occasionally to look for furniture to flip. The prices are reasonable, usually, so it's worth the trip. Of course visiting their other little shops and burger joint doesn't hurt the experience either. We found an Ethan Allen coffee table that looked like an easy flip, so we grabbed it and brought it home. (It's the "EASY" ones you need to watch out for.)   DH found one similar online at Etsy - Continue reading

Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP – An Empire Case Goods Co. Antique

Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP – An Empire Case Goods Co. Antique

This is a Sponsored Post   This summer at auction I found a sweet little antique bedroom side table from the Empire Case Goods Company.     I immediately knew it was a great find and fought till I won it. It was a bit pricey, but totally worth it. Pricey for me might not mean the same thing to others...   Upon a bit of research, I found the manufacturer of this side table, the Empire Case Goods Co., listed in a 620 page library book of Jamestown, New York 1915-1916 Town Directory. From what I've read elsewhere, the company was formed in 1912.     One source said Empire burned to the ground in 1935 but remained in business, eventually leaving Jamestown in the early 1950s.   This side table was sold by the Donath Furniture Continue reading

FREE Dresser Gets an Upgrade – Wowzers!

FREE Dresser Gets an Upgrade – Wowzers!

You might remember a while ago when I featured the series, "Keeping Up With the Joneses."   Here are a few of the posts about my DD, April's, house flip:   The Kitchen Before – Gunk everywhere, three layers of ugly linoleum, and the walls…indescribable! Kitchen Demolition – Even the kids got involved in ripping the kitchen apart. Who says reno isn't fun! Preparing the Walls  – Fixing holes and smoothing out the walls…the polkadots and red paint must go! From Polluted to Pleasing  – Ever walked into a room and felt your health was at risk? The Floors Won't Dry – High humidity? Bad polyeurethane? Did we apply it too soon or do it wrong? Lose Those Ugly Floors – The Continue reading

Baker’s Rack Becomes a French Beauty

Baker’s Rack Becomes a French Beauty

Short and Sweet I'm popping in here to show you a little project I just finished - you can find similar "before" pieces around and about as people often sell these at garage sales and second hand shops. Most people think that if you want to upgrade you must get rid of the old and buy new. Not true.   Here is a BEFORE picture of her when she was just plain "Rachel":     "Rachelle" began her life as "Rachel," an average nondescript baker's rack. But she was renamed the French beauty, Rachelle after her amazing transformation. I am always in awe when I see the after affects of a little paint Continue reading

An Old China Cabinet Gets a Split Personality – with Country Chic Paint

An Old China Cabinet Gets a Split Personality – with Country Chic Paint

We picked up this china cabinet at an estate sale in town. Everyone wondered why I would buy ANOTHER china cabinet. I already have three. I had plans for this one - but not for china. Nor am I keeping it.   As I said last week, nobody collects or wants china anymore. But they do want buffets AND book shelves. Yep, a buffet and book shelf out of one china cabinet. One unwanted, outdated china cabinet into two highly desirable pieces.     Because the china cabinet was all wood with dovetailed drawers plus a top of the line name brand piece from the 60's made by ETHAN ALLEN by BAUMRITTER (a VERY big name back in my mom's day), I knew right away I wanted it and what I would do with it.   Ethan Allen by Baumritter     People may not have Continue reading

Using Java Gel on a Table Top

Using Java Gel on a Table Top

Before I tell you about my first (aff link) Java Gel project, I've got to tell you about Wayfair. I'd never heard of it before I started blogging and now that I've become an affiliate, find it to be a great resource. Just click the banner and check it out.       Now on to Java Gel for the top of an antique parlor table that we got at an estate auction.   I heard all the hype about General Finishes (aff link) Java Gel. People kept saying it's the best thing since sliced bread. I had to try it. And now I'm in love. I fell hard and I fell fast.   I'm not the type of DIY'er that jumps in with both feet and throws caution to the wind. I walk around a project sometimes for weeks before I attempt it. I need to know exactly how and what - I don't want to mess my Continue reading

A GREAT Hardware Option for DIY’ers – D. Lawless Hardware

A GREAT Hardware Option for DIY’ers – D. Lawless Hardware

 CLASS IT UP with D. Lawless Hardware #sponsored post   Until now I've been limited to local hardware stores and Hobby Lobby. When you redo a piece of furniture, it's important to update the hardware as well...if needed. Which IMHO, is likely. Flipped furniture looks so fresh with new hardware. I'm turning into a hardware junky!   BUT, my new found love can get expensive. My faves range from $4 to $20 EACH, so I'm always on the lookout for a better deal with a quality look.   When the Fab Flippin' Furniture Contest offered to hook me up with D. Lawless Hardware for some free promo items, I jumped at the chance! My china cabinet turned buffet was needing some new hardware. Not much of a surprise. Most do.     Never heard of D.Lawless Continue reading

Lettuce Flower Arrangement – Use What You Have

Lettuce Flower Arrangement – Use What You Have

The Most Unexpected Flower Arranging Item I grew zinnias and asters and brought them inside with my hydrangias. I planted a bunch of other stuff out in my garden.   One of the things that I regrow is lettuce and celery from store bought. The lettuce will regrow once, typically, and the celery will keep growning even when you cut it. I've been experimenting.   Crazy Lettuce I bought lettuce from Aldis and replanted it once it started regrowing (read details here). Once it was out on my deck and I cut what I wanted, I just let it grow to see what would happen. It kinda went crazy and it grew funny spirals out the top.       Cut Here When I cut my flowers to bring inside I just happened to look out and see what had become of that lettuce that was going wild. I went Continue reading

Weeds for Sale – Dirt Cheap! A Fun Garden Sign

Weeds for Sale – Dirt Cheap! A Fun Garden Sign

  Weeds 4 Sale - Dirt Cheap! DH replaced the steps leading to our basement, so I took the old boards and painted a sign for the garden - my "step garden" behind my garage. I'll show you the before and afters of that later, but for now, here is how I did my sign (super easy): 1. Grab a board, any board. I used an old one with chippy paint - very rustic and not good for much else. 2. Hand draw your wording - you don't have to be perfect. Just write it on and paint the letters with black paint and a little paint brush. I saw this saying on Pinterest - by Shelley at Sow and Dipity. She has so many really cute signs.   3. Take some sand paper and rough it up a bit to make it consistently "worn looking."   4. Add a little bit of pizazz - add fun stuff Continue reading

DIY Pot Rack – Pendant Lights or Industrial Wood?

DIY Pot Rack – Pendant Lights or Industrial Wood?

Caution: This is a really looonnng post - first the background story of a win/loss/win, 2 sets of before and afters and a detailed description of the final DIY project! It all started with a giveaway...   I Won a Pendant Light! Back in January C.D. Loken at CD's Country Living had a giveaway and I won: "In honor of CD’s Country Living’s blogging anniversary, Parrot Uncle generously agreed to send one lucky winner this LARGE (18.11 x 9.06) Retro-Industrial Light with Pot cover shade ($45 value)!"     Best Laid Plans Today I can finally tell you about it. It was a long time in coming... Parrot Uncle asked me if I'd like to have a second pendant light for my kitchen to go along with the one I won in CD's giveaway. After a few back and forth emails, we settled on the pair of Continue reading