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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 Continue reading

Refinished End Tables Pair Up to Become Cora & Nora

Refinished End Tables Pair Up to Become Cora & Nora

#sponsored   Estate sales are a great way to find matched sets. Twin end tables are rare and are highly sought after in the furniture rehab world. We found Cora & Nora, along with their matching coffee table, last summer at an estate sale in Stevens Point. The finish was "OK" but I like my furniture to be more than "OK". "OK" is good enough for boring people.   True that? So how do we "un-boring" it?     Stuck on the Old-World Look. You could call it shabby chic, distressed, farmstyle, etc. but basically the "imperfect" has become the new "perfect." Smooth, consistent, and coordinating have been replaced with chipped, shaded Continue reading

2 Candle Holders Upcycled = A DIY Bird Feeder

2 Candle Holders Upcycled = A DIY Bird Feeder

Do you have an eye?   Do you have an eye for upcycling? The craziest Goodwill finds can be combined to make useful and trendy home decor. Ya just gotta see it - imagine possibilities and be willing to experiment.   That's the case with these two candle holders - 1+1=1   For this tutorial, I'm going to be very specific and detailed - not because it's a difficult or very detailed project, but because I want you to see the process for how a project comes together. Simple or complex, each project requires planning and contemplation for it to come together.           Do you see how they can combine to make a one-of-a-kind bird Continue reading

Bakers Rack Repurposed as Paint Studio Storage

Bakers Rack Repurposed as Paint Studio Storage

Sometimes You Don't Want to Paint Did I just say that out loud? Most of the time we look for projects to paint but occasionally we decide to keep it as is, just spiff it up a bit by adding detail or simply cleaning it up. We found this bakers rack on a weekend getaway to Door County at a sweet little consignment shop for just $35. It may have been an impulse buy, but it was one of the best so far. I Dragged it Out of Our Barn to Paint it for My New Studio I decided I liked it as is and cleaned it with water, a scrubbie and (afflinks) Krud Kutter. Sometimes Krud Kutter works better than you want and it took off a bit of the grunge that I thought was part of its charm, mainly, the water ring. BUT, sometimes a snafu can lead you to better Continue reading