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 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 One unwanted, outdated china cabinet into two highly desirable pieces.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 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 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 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 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 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 Continue reading

Brick Fireplace Update by Leslie Stocker

Brick Fireplace Update by Leslie Stocker

Does no one know what bricks are? We were looking for bricks at the local home improvement stores and none of the clerks knew what bricks were. They kept sending me to their pile of pavers. Apparently the newest generation of home improvers doesn't use brick any more. As a matter of fact, if you do an online search for bricks, this is what you come up with: pavers, concrete blocks, bullnoses...Bullnoses? What's bullnose?   I finally found a clerk at Home Depot that knew what an actual brick was (without me having to describe them and getting the blank deer caught in your headlights kind of look). She said you have to order them because no one carries them any more. Um, OK. I guess the world is changing in many ways, including the most basic ways. A Continue reading

Java Gel Table Top – by Maria LaBelle

Java Gel Table Top – by Maria LaBelle

Not everyone can pull off red.     A LMDH friend, Maria LaBelle, sure did. That gorgeous table up top started out as a boring old piece of nondescript. But Maria added her artistic touch and created a much better look with homemade chalk paint. She made her own by mixing Sherwin Williams HGTV sun-ried tomato red and calcium carbonate.   The more furniture flips I see, the more confidence and creativity seems to abound. Inspiration - it's everywhere. We just need to look. Have you considered picking a striking color, one that you only thought to use as an accent, and using it to paint a piece of furniture?      Maria said "This table top just wouldn't stain Continue reading

Twin End Tables & Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint

Twin End Tables & Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint

Sponsored Post:   I found a pair of end tables at a garage sale - outdated and in need of repair.   You see it everywhere. Furniture that is chipped, stained, damaged with water rings, cracks, or maybe they are just plain outdated. Too often folks just go out and buy new when there is a better, cheaper, and easier fix.   We can save money and save the the landfill by taking them home and flipping them...   BEFORE   In this case all they needed was a bit of glue (the center piece had come apart), a bit of patching, and a new finish.   Karen at Wise Owl Paint offered to give me paint and glaze for a project to try out and review. The paint is free Continue reading