Jun 12, 2015

Sharing Shop Furniture & Accents

Hey Friends!

I hope you are all well and enjoying your summer so far. Today is the last day of school for my kids and I am super happy worried about keeping them entertained 24/7 and balancing their time playing video games and outdoor activities. I can tolerate chaos, but I am going to need an extra dose of patience for all the neighbor kids running in and out - in and out - water fights, tattle telling, door bell ringing, Popsicle sticks & wrappers everywhere, firecrackers, soda and vinegar explosions, sleep overs and the eating, eating and eating...ugh! I will figure it out, I am sure. (insert smiley)
I am just going to show you some pictures of recent projects that I have painted or made to take to my booth where I have retail space.
I actually splurged on Annie Sloan paint for the body of this dresser but mixed my own chalk paint with plaster of Paris for the grey drawers.
I like Annie Sloan's product a lot. It's a creamy paint and distressed easily but I feel like I want to seal it with polycrylic so it isn't such a chalky finish. The brush stroke lines were very easily sanded down for a super smooth finish. That was great! I purchased her dark wax too. I will post my experience with that another day.
I use neutral colors most of the time but one day I tried this turquoise blue. It was an oops paint color for $2.50 and quite bright until I rubbed it down with stain using the technique I have blogged about in THIS post.
Here are a few snap shots from my booth.
I hog the whole left side of the entry way,
I up-cycled furniture, make home accents from wood scraps and if I find a good deal on home accents, I put my own touch on them and bring them here for our shoppers to get a nice variety to choose from.
Creating unique accents keeps shoppers interested and I try to keep my stock rotating....hence, it takes away from my blog time.
This is the most fun job I have ever had in my whole life!









Happy weekend! Until next time....
xo

May 31, 2015

Project Challenge - Fencing

Welcome to Project Challenge. A monthly event where six bloggers use one type of material and share how we used it in different ways. This month we are using fencing. 
You can link up a project of your own too! 

May 27, 2015

Try This Extreme Layered & Chipped Paint Technique

Yes...that wild paint job above was definitely on purpose!
A few years ago I saw this piece in a show home in the Utah Parade of Homes. I have meant to re-create a similar piece ever since (the photo is crappy - it's old).
With that as my inspiration - I came up with this technique to accomplish that dramatic weathered look.

May 21, 2015

Furniture Before and After Projects

Hello Blog Friends! :) I am not one to make excuses for not posting regularly but I do recognize that I am slacking in that area, however, for good reason. Let me share some projects that I have completed that have been keeping me from sitting down to write a post. 

May 15, 2015

Design with Vintage Wooden Car Ramps

A couple of weeks ago Richmond, Virginia had a Vintage Home Market. It was amazing to see all the unique items each vendor brought in. 

May 11, 2015

Square Island on Wheels

Hello Friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day. My boys were really good to me, as usual. When they asked me what I wanted for a gift I replied...pretty please don't fight with each other all day long (oh, and some lemon meringue pie sounds yummy!). :)

Apr 30, 2015

Apr 26, 2015

This End Up Desk turned Rolling Island

This project was so fun to do. I refinish furniture pretty often so when I picked up this desk I had no idea what I was going to turn it into.

Apr 18, 2015

Sofa Table Made w/ Wood Scraps

Happy weekend friends! We are having the most beautiful weather here in Virginia. The windows are open and a fresh breeze is blowing through the house. I love these days. This post isn't about the weather but when it's nice out that means I get to create comfortably outdoors.

Apr 15, 2015

Wood Trellis Clip Board w/ Wire Accent

The garden center in the spring time is one of my favorite places to go. The outdoor bird feeders, planters and live plants bring hope for warm weather and some fun outdoor living.

Apr 13, 2015

Chicken Wire & Screen Door Display

A few months ago we had some neighbors that were moving out of their house. On garbage day they put this old screen door out at the curb to be hauled away.

Apr 11, 2015

Natural Cedar Wood Accent Wall

When my family and I lived in Connecticut we had several cedar trees in our wooded backyard. A few of them died and my husband cut them down. The smell is of cedar is heavenly. I brought some branches into the house to display on our fireplace hearth because of the beauty and natural scent. 

Apr 4, 2015

Create a Unique Dining Set

Hello Friends! Happy Spring Break!
This week was super busy with furniture make overs. I recently finished this dining set.
I get asked "Where do you find these dining sets?"

Mar 27, 2015

Project Challenge Link Up {leather or linen)

At the first of this year I joined a group of bloggers for a monthly event called Project Challenge.

Each month we have chosen a type of material to use in a project to share in a link party. It's fun to see what each blogger does differently. We are opening the link party up to all of you this month to see how you use the chosen item too.

Mar 24, 2015

Cottage Style Dining Set in White and Grey

I just finished this cute little dining set. I fell in love with it at first sight, although it was an orange tone stained wood, I knew a little paint would make it just darling! Look at the table base. It matches the shape of the three chairs.

Mar 21, 2015

Modern - Rustic - Country Style

I snapped some pictures of our family room yesterday after I straightened it up. There are some different pieces in here now that make my style more country - as in cowboy country. :)

Mar 17, 2015

Dining in Black and White

I had to share what I have been working on for all of last weekend through today. This is my shop space and that gorgeous table has kept me busy for days.

Mar 14, 2015

Using Websters Chalk Paint Powder

Using new paint products has been on my list of things to do but I was stuck using my same paint methods that have always worked.

Mar 9, 2015

Plaster and Semi Gloss Chipped Paint

This solid wood book shelf was painted in a white semi gloss paint mixed with plaster of paris. (recipe here)

Mar 6, 2015

Merchandising a Shop Space....

Do you have a retail shop? In our town I rent a little space in The Lazy Daisy. Our town is full of antique shops & consignment stores, which makes the trip here worth it. But The Daisy is the most shop-able and affordable and mostly right on with the trends (really!).

Mar 3, 2015

Recovering Dining Chairs


Hello there! I don't know about you but I am done with this winter weather. Our internet and cable went out last week while the kids were out of school b/c of the snow. It forced us to find other things to do. We survived and I got something done that has been hanging over my head.

Feb 22, 2015

What do you do with old relics?

I found a few things at a moving sale last weekend. One old little relic I picked up that I just love is...
...a copper belt buckle that is still attached to a portion of it's original leather belt.

Feb 21, 2015

Transferring an Image onto Furniture with Wax Paper

Have you tried transferring an image onto furniture? I have wanted to for so long but it was a little bit out of my comfort zone.

Feb 17, 2015

Jute Ribbon & Lanterns on Scrap Wood

Today is a snow day here in Virginia. It would be sort of fun if we could all carry on "business as usual" but that is not the case. No school, shops closed....etc...
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