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

A Furniture Artisan and Videographer in the Making – 12 Year Old Isaac

A Furniture Artisan and Videographer in the Making – 12 Year Old Isaac

A Furniture Artisan in the Making - 12 Year Old Isaac Does that sound like a title full of hype? It's all true and I'm as amazed as I promise you will be.   Just keep reading...   My 12 year old grandson, Isaac, helped me put together a furniture re-design video course for kids, Creative Kids Furniture Art, by demonstrating each step - all by himself - and he did a mighty fine job to boot.   Let's Start at the Very Beginning, a Very Nice Place to Start... We set up my tripod, added my IPhone to record, and I told him what to do and he did it - start to finish.   What did he do? I had a set of matching accent tables that we bought off a FB BST site. I told him how to prep, paint and create art on the top to flip it from a piece of garage sale fodder to a one-of-a-kind 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

Carved End Table “Victoria” Turns Blue

Carved End Table “Victoria” Turns Blue

A trip to Door County in Wisconsin has often yielded us treasures. Well, treasures to be that is. This one. This carved end table was sitting, as you can see, in a consignment warehouse. This consignment shop appears to be a quaint little shop on the main drag. But if you walk on through to the back, you will discover a huge warehouse full of furnture from days gone by - tossed aside just waiting for someone to see its potential.   I happen to be that person. This one was pretty to begin with. It had a glass top, so I'm guessing that's hwy it was tossed aside and considered outdated.   BEFORE     Materials List (affiliate links in BOLD for your convenience) Pure & Original Greek Sky Classico CrystaLac's grain filler and black satin CrystaLac Top Continue reading

Furniture Flipping Blueprint

Furniture Flipping Blueprint

Furniture Flipping Blueprint - Look for the Next Open Enrollment in August! A 24/7 Online Membership Site for Furniture Artisans   If you are interested in creating beautiful furniture art, consider joining FFB next time it opens.   15 Lessons, 12 techniques + videos, tutorials, how-tos, etc., all about furniture re-design and marketing. at your fingertips, online, 24/7.   For details >>> The Furniture Flipping Blueprint To get on the FFB waiting list >>> Furniture Flipping Newsletter Continue reading

A Shiny New Dresser for our Master

A Shiny New Dresser for our Master

Sponsored Post   Some would correct my title and say I should use the term "chest of drawers" but I'll stick with how I was raised and use the word "dresser" - since that is what I've always heard and said. I still say "pop" instead of "soda" much to the chagrin of my grandsons too. We transplanted from Michigan to Wisconsin but I still proudly carry my roots to this new soil without regret. (No mixed metaphores here)   So "dresser" it is.   I discovered a new product recently - Retique It. Michele, the owner of Retique It, had mentioned the product a couple of times on our Facebook Forum, Furniture Flipping Forum, so I struck up a conversation with her to find out more. She ended up sending me a whole kit to try out. I looked around my stash of furniture for Continue reading

Did someone saaayyy, “Bombe”?

Did someone saaayyy, “Bombe”?

#sponsored   My DD tagged me on a FB bombé chest ad. So we drove out to take a look. As I was looking at it, the lady told me she kept getting "no shows" and was so tired of people saying they'd come by to take a look and then never show or message her. She took $10 off just because she was happy I showed up!       They just don't show up. I've experienced that same thing over and over too. Hundreds on our Forum tell the same tale. People message me and say they are coming to buy a piece and then don't show up. Only one out of half a dozen lately bothered to let me know something came up or they changed their mind. Not long after my DH's knee surgery, I had two people make appointments to buy three pieces in one day, so we spent a couple of hours prepping 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

A Christmas Gift for Jillian

A Christmas Gift for Jillian

  My DD, Jillian, is my Social Media Specialist for my furniture flipping business and is way under paid. Picture her holding up a sign that says, "I work for paint." Not to mention the patience her DH, Taylor, has shown in regard to her time spent on the forum.   So I figured I'd grab one of the pieces she's hinted that she'd like to have one day with a, "So...what do you plan to do with that piece?"  We find so many cool pieces, and she spends so much time on my social media accounts, how could I not paint her something for Christmas? So here is the "before." Nothing special, just an old outdated three tiered plant stand. BUT, "nothing special" can be so easily turned into, "This is amazing," with a little paint and Continue reading

6 Adirondack Chairs Cloned for Christmas

6 Adirondack Chairs Cloned for Christmas

Christmas Time is a GREAT Time to DIY To buy an Adirondak chair, just one chair, will set you back about $50...EACH. Jillian and I wanted to go in together to get my DD, her sister, a set of Ardirondak chairs, but they were out of our price range. Well, one isn't, but six? No way. We love her, but $300 is a bit steep for us.     So, Jillian found some hither and yon, advertised on Craig's List and FB, used, beat up and for a decent price. I already had the supplies, so we got busy and fixed, sanded, painted, dry brushed and topcoated all the chairs to match.   Our guys, Mark and Taylor, repaired and scraped and sanded off the old paint. Then we primed with our HomeRight sprayer.     And then painted with our HomeRight sprayer. We mixed several colors to get the blue Continue reading