Oh, Susanna, don’t you cry for me…

Oh, Susanna, don’t you cry for me…

#sponsored post   Susanna, a Royal Settee Another estate sale - another opportunity to save an old piece of unwanted furniture.   This time it was for my granddaughters. I could see my little two-year-old grand daughters sitting in this little chair holding the teddy bear that used to belong to their moms the second I found Susanna.   Here she is "before" at the estate sale Before I took her home Before she changed Before she became mine Susanna, "BEFORE"       Tired, worn and hoping to serve again... These outdated and worn out pieces of furniture can have another 100 years if we bring the back to life. Most pass them by. Most don't even see them. The estate buyers typically look for Continue reading

10 Steps to Revive an Old Nightstand

10 Steps to Revive an Old Nightstand

They Are Everywhere You've seen them. Junky pieces of furniture that no one wants. They are priced for pennies compared to the new pieces you find in retail stores. Do you pass them by?   "Jillian" The Nightstand She was ugly. She was dirty. She was smelly and sitting in a garage stuffed with junk. All she needed was someone to take her home.   For those of you who know our DD, Jillian, this piece was named after her because we were together when we found her, and we painted this one together...not because they looked or smelled similar. VBG       Supplies (Affiliate Links for Your Convenience) Krud Kutter Zinsser's Spray Primer Rustoleum 2x Painter's Touch spray paint Chalk Paint® by Annie Continue reading

Cedar Chest Flip – L’Essentiel Botanics Furniture Paint

Cedar Chest Flip – L’Essentiel Botanics Furniture Paint

I was offered a chance to try out L'Essentiel Botanics furniture paint by Michelle at Serendipity House in New Hampshire. Since I've been doing a series on chalk paint products, I was anxious to give it a try in my cedar chest flip.   If you are looking to remove the chemicals from your home, look into L'Essentiels Botanics. My family is working on it as well and I was pleasantly surprised to hear of L'Essentiel. I'm no vegan, but I am concerned about the chemicals in EVERYTHING we use and eat!   Their furniture paint line is vegan (other than beeswax), all natural, and in biodegradable containers with no masking agents. The chalks, clays, minerals, pigments are made by a small company in Australia in small batches. The wax has no solvents (i.e. drying agents) and is smooth with great coverage. The clear wax, which has no Continue reading

5 Must Have Tools for the DIY’er

5 Must Have Tools for the DIY’er

Your time is valuable - sometimes a tool will save you time and a whole lot of frustration. Here are my 5 must have tools or products that I'm never without: #1. Zinsser Spray Primer - once I discovered this, I started buying it by the case! Oh how I love thee, Zinsser! Not only does it do a fast job of priming but it is great at covering up stains that want to bleed through your paint. I should have used it on this NIGHTSTAND - it would have saved me so much time!   #2. 3M Sanding Sponges - yes please! These are versatile - you can buy them in different grits and they are so very handy for sanding in between coats of paint or around oddly shaped table legs and decor you want to distress, prep or just smooth out. I have a dozen of them in my painting supplies. It really came in handly when we had to redo my DD's ANTIQUE Continue reading

An Apothecary Cabinet Flip – A Fresh Start

An Apothecary Cabinet Flip – A Fresh Start

January's Fab Furniture Flippin Contest - A Fresh Start On a trip with my DH to Door County we found this great little shop with several interesting pieces just screaming to be loved on. The prices were decent but we only had room in our van to take home two pieces. The first was a one piece china cabinet and the other a little dresser that had never been cared for - raw wood with dinky sad little knobs.   It reminded me of an apothecary cabinet.     I went back and forth trying to decide what color to choose - because I just had to paint it!   Since General Finishes sponsored the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest again this month and donated a quart of their new chalk style paint to finish the piece, all I had to do was decide on a color. Some may shudder at the thought of painting raw wood, but Continue reading

Homemade Chalky Paint Recipes

Homemade Chalky Paint Recipes

I know, I know, it's been a while since I've written anything. I have a good excuse - if you are on my mailing list and you've read my past two emails, you know what I'm up to!     To make up for it, I'm going to share some of my research with you - It will save you some time if you are a DIY painter.   I spent a couple of hours researching chalky paint recipes and put together a one page PDF that you can reference if you are interested in making your own chalky paint.     As far as I'm concerned, Annie Sloan's is the best - BUT if you can't swing the price, you can always make your own. Jillian and I did and here is the result. We used the recipe that calls for baking soda.   You can get the recipe here along with 3 others. Just Continue reading