Can Furniture Become a Piece of Art?

Can Furniture Become a Piece of Art?

#sponsored ART- noun plural noun: arts; plural noun: the arts 1. The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be works produced by human creative skill and imagination. creative activity resulting in the production of paintings, drawings, or sculpture. 2. The various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance.   The 10 Foot Amish Table Had to Go For years we ate as a family of 17 at a 10 foot Amish made oak table with 4 leaves and claw feet. It suited our purpose, but when we went from a huge brood to an empty nest, that table became obsolete. We bought it in Shipshewana, an Amish town in Indiana for half the price anywhere else. Isn't it funny hnow a treasure can turn into an Continue reading

Antique Door Hall Tree Part 2 – The Seat

Antique Door Hall Tree Part 2 – The Seat

#sponsored   The Second Part of My Upcycled Hall Tree Project. First I painted a door for the back drop of my hall tree. See it here: Antique Door Hall Tree Part 1. Now I'm showing you the seat part I've attached. It was an antique radio base that I found at an antiques estate sale.   The Before   MATERIALS (RED indicates affiliate links for your convenience) Old Fashioned Milk Paint Snow White Old Fashioned Milk Paint Marigold Yellow Old Fashioned Milk Paint Salem Red Scotts Rags General Finishes Gray Gel Stain General Finishes Gel Top Coat - Wipe On Polyvine Wax Finish Flat Varnish Renaissance Innovations Paint Brush   Thinking Outside the Box Since it has a flat back, there are few uses it could be Continue reading

“From Messed Up to Dressed Up” An Accent Table Update

“From Messed Up to Dressed Up” An Accent Table Update

"Clarissa" Just before I opened up my new membership site, Furniture Flipping Forum, I put together a three day course showing how to take an all wood accent table "from messed up to dressed up." It was a big challenge because it was in very rough shape to begin with and took longer to prep this piece than anticipated. The old varnish was thick and all crackled with parts falling off because it was so old and dried out. Pieces were falling off and there were gouges and loose veneer.     Every time I look at it I stare in wonder how something so unattractive can be turned into a masterpiece. But when you learn the steps, it can be done with a bit of elbow grease and know how...with lots of patience. If I hadn't planned on providing this three day course to those interested in Furniture Flipping Continue reading

“Augusta” Coffee Table Opts for an Old-World Style

“Augusta” Coffee Table Opts for an Old-World Style

#sponsored   Different Products, Different Techniques, Same Old-World Look Augusta, a long coffee table, was originally part of a trio - her children were refinished in an old world style but with different products. See Cora and Nora's transformation here.   I only have one before picture and it's of Nora, the matching end table:     Augusta and her 2 matching pieces came home with us from an estate sale two summers ago. They were crammed into our van, taken home and sat in our basement for more than a year waiting to be given new life. No one else wanted the three pieces. I set my price, made my bid and got them easier than I expected.       I had no problem envisioning how I wanted them to look. From the start knew I Continue reading

Steam Punk Mixed Media Nightstand for DH

Steam Punk Mixed Media Nightstand for DH

#sponsored While shopping at a Restore in MI We happened upon their 50% off furniture day. I found a three drawer nightstand that would be perfect for my DH's (darling hubby) side of the bed. I already had one that I had repainted for my side of the bed and he had my mom's little antique table that wasn't nearly big enough for him and all his junk...all his precious posessions.   He needed drawers to hide all his stuff, so this at $20 fit the bill.   And of course I have to start with the before:     There is so much to tell about about this one. Lot's of improvisation, creativity, and experimentation was called for, and I'm glad it turned out well because it was for my DH's Christmas gift.   I used a ton of resources for this project - 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 for weeks before I attempt it. I need to know exactly how and what - I don't want to mess my 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 evenly," so she pulled out the big guns - Java Gel by General Finishes. Here is a video by General Continue reading

10 Step DIY French Provincial Drum Table Revival by Maria LaBelle

10 Step DIY French Provincial Drum Table Revival by Maria LaBelle

10 step DIY by Maria LaBelle. Maria is my Facebook friend on a furniture painting page who does beautiful work. Two things caught my eye when I saw her project - the crisp clean look and the use of Java Gel, a new product I just picked up but haven't used yet.   The 10 step process turning a French provincial drum table into a beauty starts with the "before":   BEFORE     Maria said, "My son saw this table by the curb and quickly loaded it into his car. It is in near perfect all-wood condition except for her top, which had some of the finish removed. "   AFTER       Maria shares her 10 step process:   1. I sanded the top to bare wood, finding 3 species, a 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

Desk Flip – September FFFC Geometric Design Contest

Desk Flip – September FFFC Geometric Design Contest

  The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest challenges DIY bloggers to create a great piece of furniture following certain guidelines. #sponsored   This contest is sponsored by General Finishes who donated a blogger's choice product to finish the piece.       The theme was "geometric design."   GEOMETRIC?!?!   How do you incorporate geometric design on a piece of furniture, and in my case, a desk? Why, with Mod Podge, of course!   Let's start with a "before" picture. Brace yourself, it's pretty sad...     My DH and I found it alongside the road. It looked like a kid's painting project gone bad but...it was sturdy and in decent shape. Continue reading