Hannah, a Parlor Table Beauty, Lives to Serve Again

Hannah, a Parlor Table Beauty, Lives to Serve Again

#sponsored I'd Never Noticed Parlor Tables Before It's a funny thing. You buy a white car and all of a sudden you notice every white car on the road. That's what has happened to me. I saw a really cool table at an estate auction a while ago and won the bid. After I refinished it, all of a sudden I saw parlor tables everywhere - antique stores, estate sales, online...   Today I introduce you to Hannah, named after the man who owned the store that made her - Hannah's Furniture in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She had a tag on her underside:     She was quite beat up with gouges on her table top. We decided to pretty her up with Pure & Original Classico in Black Hills (a deep green) and add a bit of glitz with Champagne Metallic accents. 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

Jewelry Armoire Update – OFMP & Modern Masters to the Rescue!

Jewelry Armoire Update – OFMP & Modern Masters to the Rescue!

#sponsored   Mom's Jewelry Armoire I've had my mom's jewelry armoire since she passed nearly 3 years ago in my walk-in closet, holding all of my essential oils and all the accessories. Yes, I have that many. What can I say. I love my oils!   It needed a change and I wanted to play with some of the many options we have these days for updating our furniture. So out came the Old Fashioned Milk Paint and an IOD Transfer.   Here is the before - Meet Nancy (before she was beautiful)       I named her Nancy after my fave aunt and she was the first one I called to let the sisters know my mom had gone on to Glory. I'll think of the both of them when I see it. Sentimental? Yes.     Supply List (Affiliate Links are 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

Should We Paint Antiques?

Should We Paint Antiques?

It's time to address the issue. It's 2017 and there is this common thread running through social media: "NO! Don't paint that! It's an antique. You will ruin it!" OR, "Nobody wants antiques any more. Paint it, make it beautiuful again."   Who is right? Let's look for a minute at a little bit of history, specifically, Colonial America...     At 6:30 this morning, I woke up and said, "Hey, Siri. What time is it?" The lovely British accent came back at me and said, "It's 6:31, way too early."   As per usual I grabbed my phone to check my messages on the Forum to see if there were any fires to put out and saw a screenshot from my DH about another debate going on regarding antiques. Oh, boy. Here we go again. One day Continue reading

“Shantalle” Side Table Flips for Annie Sloan

“Shantalle” Side Table Flips for Annie Sloan

#sponsored post   I've had a chance to give Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan a try and like it. Sure, sure, I'm later than most to the game. I've been trying out other paint brands with a plan to give Chalk Paint® a try. That changed when her company offered me their products in exchange for my review. I went to her site to find out the history of Chalk Paint®.     From her website: "Annie Sloan first developed her now famous decorative paint, Chalk Paint®, in 1990. When she started working on it, she wanted to create a decorative paint that was immediate and allowed her to be direct and spontaneous."     It never gets old. Do you get tired of seeing before and afters? I never do.   Here is her 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

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

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