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   BEFORE       This serving cart sat in my house, slowly becoming outdated over the years - as have many pieces in my home and probably yours too.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

DIY Kid’s Room Canvases – Using Duck Cloth

DIY Kid’s Room Canvases – Using Duck Cloth

  Duck Cloth and Artist Canvases I have a nice and easy project for you - using (aff link) duck cloth canvas material, wood letters and artists canvases from (aff link) Hobby Lobby. Here is a coupon for you if you plan to shop there for your supplies (just click the coupon banner below and then look for "get coupon" in the right hand corner of the (aff link) Hobby Lobby web page):       Supply List   You will need (aff links): duck cloth 12 x 12 artist canvases (Search for: 12" x 12" Canvas Panel 5-Pack) heavy duty staple gun & staples scissors large letters (Search for: 9 1/2" Wood Letter or the size appropriate for Continue reading

Old Tissue Box Revived – Spray Paint Season is Here!

Old Tissue Box Revived – Spray Paint Season is Here!

  I first wrote this in the beginning of 2015, and the technique has become quite popular, so I'm playing it again, Sam...     Another consignment shop find has found itself at the end of my spray paint can. I do enjoy spray painting - it's quick and requires no top coat. It doesn't fit every scenario, but once in a while it's the best choice.   Spray paint season is once upon us and so let the games begin...   While dropping off STUFF...you know that STUFF that sat in your basement for years wondering if they'd ever turn into a "real piece of decor," I found this cool little tissue box holder slathered in hand painted foofy flowers. Not really my style, Continue reading

1980s Style Bookshelf Redesigned

1980s Style Bookshelf Redesigned

I've been tooting the   "flip it don't toss it" horn for quite a while now - have you heard it?   Look around your house. Do you own any funiture that is the same ol' same ol' from the 80s? Are you tired of hum drum? Let's look at a bookshelf re-designed out of the 80s and into the present.   This old thing has been sitting in my hallways for a dozen years. It was time for a change and I'm not willing to go out and spend $100, but I will pick up a brush. Since (aff link) The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company provided products for this project, I was able to experiment a bit and come up with an original piece of art.   Yep. I said "art." Art Continue reading

It’s About TIME – The Skinny on a Little Side Table

It’s About TIME – The Skinny on a Little Side Table

Last week when I tried out the (aff link) HomeRight Finish Max on a rolling storage cabinet, I threw in a little skinny side table. Two for the price of one, so to speak.       It was green, then dark brown, and now it's a light tan, with decorative stenciling.         It's a bore no more.   Super easy, 1,2,3,4   1. Spray one coat with Benjamin Moore Advance using a (aff link) HomeRight Finish Max. I only did one coat for easy distressing.         2. Distress, lightly.   3. (aff link) Stencil clocks and some French script. Continue reading

Rolling Cabinet Makeover with HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer

Rolling Cabinet Makeover with HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer

"Spray it Pretty" #sponsored post This month The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest®,  "Spray it Pretty" is sponsored by (aff link) HomeRight. They sent us all a Finish Max sprayer to complete our projects, something I've been hearing a lot about from other furniture flippers, so I was glad to give it a try.   Along with the sprayer gift, HomeRight is giving prizes to one winner - one being this (aff links) spray shelter.   We bought "Ellie" at an estate sale - the same one where we got the Ethan Allen China Cabinet that I turned into a buffet a few months ago.    She was one of the last pieces remaining at the estate sale on the last day. I hadn't even Continue reading