Oh, Susanna, don’t you cry for me…

Oh, Susanna, don’t you cry for me…

#sponsored post   Susanna, a Royal Settee Another estate sale - another opportunity to save an old piece of unwanted furniture.   This time it was for my granddaughters. I could see my little two-year-old grand daughters sitting in this little chair holding the teddy bear that used to belong to their moms the second I found Susanna.   Here she is "before" at the estate sale Before I took her home Before she changed Before she became mine Susanna, "BEFORE"       Tired, worn and hoping to serve again... These outdated and worn out pieces of furniture can have another 100 years if we bring the Continue reading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

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

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

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

Coffee Table Comes Alive – An OFMP Update

Coffee Table Comes Alive – An OFMP Update

#sponsored post   Once in a while my DH will surprise me and bring home a piece of furniture. He found a little coffee table at a garage sale that had seen better days and brought it home to be revived. It always amazes me how a piece can be "worthless" in someone's eyes, but then after a bit of redesign or refinishing it becomes a highly sought after piece of art.       OFMP generiously provided the (aff links) Lexington and Tavern Green milk paint, along with the Extra Bond for my project. They are a great company to work with, and its CEO, Ann, is a very gracious lady. Her customer service is above reproach and she is always willing to help with project advice.   LIST 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

7 Tips for Pricing Flipped Furniture Without Stress

7 Tips for Pricing Flipped Furniture Without Stress

As you finish your flipped furniture and put it up for sale, do your research on pricing and then stick to your advertised price. Every piece I've sold has had low-ball offers thrown at me. Here is a bit of advice drawn from experience on how to lessen the stress associated with selling your creations:   1. Don't be offended - most people are looking for a deal and don't think of it is offensive to low-ball or to ask for a discount. I usually just respond with, "Thanks for the offer, but my price is firm." It never pays to be rude. Within a few minutes of posting "Katherine", I received an offer of $100 - I had it priced at $175, a special price since it was so close to Christmas. Here is the actual PM: . She Continue reading