Thursday, August 18, 2016

White Bookshelf

Hello! Long time, no post for me. 2016 has been one of my toughest years thus far. My grandma passed away in March and it has been one of the hardest obstacles in my life thus far. We have always been very close and it was very hard for me to watch her deteriorate in the last few months of her life. I try to keep telling myself that she is in a better place, no longer in pain and cherish all of the memories we had together, but I still incredibly miss her. Life is just not the same! So I lost a lot of interest in a lot of the things that used to bring me so much happiness, like painting furniture. I have still been picking and buying piece selectively though in hopes that I would get it back eventually. 

Summer in Wisconsin is such a beautiful time of the year. I have been outside so much with my new hobby of golf and just enjoying the summer, while slowly working on this piece above. I came across this piece at a local thrift shop and had a 50% off coupon and got it for $7.50! What a deal. Here is the exciting parking lot picture before I load her up in my car.

I bought this piece back on January 28, per my trusty iPhone. And she has sat dormant in my bedroom with me every night up until the last week. I have been very fortunate to meet another fellow Pewaukee-an (is that such a thing?) who runs a barn where she rents out booths to vendors. She also refinishes furniture and occasionally asks me if I have any finished pieces when she runs low on pieces for her booth. This has been so great for the both of us. The Milwaukee market isn't that great for selling refinished furniture. A lot of people try to talk you down in price and pieces just don't sell well compared to other  bigger cities. So this piece went to her booth and I will have a few other pieces going there soon as well. It's a great business relationship for me because I know she will always take my pieces and I don't have to worry about selling them.

With all the spindles on the piece, I used my HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer. By far, still the best investment I have made for painting, besides the furniture. I used Sherwin Williams satin paint that I found at a local ReStore in Casa Blanca for a great price. To protect it when done, I used General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in satin. To apply it, I also use the sprayer as well. I love how it turned out! I need a bigger house to keep all these items.

What do you all think? 

Hoping I am back into furniture mode and I should have a few more posts coming up in the next few weeks. 

Thanks so much for reading, happy Thursday!

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Perfectly Imperfect Side Table

This month, I got to participate in The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest that was sponsored by one of my favorite paint companies Country Chic Paint. The theme for this contest is Bling Bling.

 We received one pint of their all-in-one decor paints, one pint of a metallic cream and a short handle paint brush.

I decided to try one of their limited 2016 colors in Sea Storm and Silver Bullet for the metallic cream.

I found this super cute little table at a local Goodwill recently and knew it would be the perfect piece. This table just called my name. It looked very handmade and whoever made it put a lot of time and effort into it and I wanted to give it new life!

This table was hand nailed together and I am still amazed at how they got the second bottom shelf to fit in there. So I brought her home and decided to paint her first. I am a huge Country Chic Paint fan. Here is a link to another blog post where I used their Vanilla Frosting color to redo my most favorite Cedar Hope Chest of all time. Their paint is incredible, it has great coverage and goes on well to any piece.

Here is the progress after one coat. I put one more coat on in addition to the first coat of the all in one decor paint in Sea Storm. Then the next step was to tape off the legs. I was envisioning a shabby chic/farmhouse silver dipped look for this cute little table.

This was my first time using their metallic cream. I was expecting it be more of a paint consistency, but Country Chic is very accurate in describing it as a cream. I applied two coats with a brush.

And here is the perfectly imperfect table all finished. I just love all the cute detail of it and seeing how much hard work someone put into building this table. The table fits perfect in my landing area of my stairs. Can't wait to find some new cute decorations for it in it's new home.

What do you all think?

Thank you so much for reading! To see all the other entries from fellow bloggers, please visit these two blogs:

Interested in participating a future contest? You can do so by sending an email to

Thanks so much for reading,

 Please note, while this contest is sponsored and I received free product, all opinions are my own.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Original Elegance with Pure & Original Paint

This month I got to participate in the Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest again! It was so fun, I got to try a brand new paint, Pure and Original's Clasico paint line with the theme of Original Elegrance.  This is their chalk based paint made with natural pigments with a matte powdery look. I decided on two colors, Atria and Soft Asparagus. 

Please note, while this contest is sponsored and I received free product, all opinions are my own.

I decided to try this paint on this adorable side table I picked up from a local thrift shop. 

I was tempted to leave the detailed sides, which I tried at first. I tried painting the entire piece and leaving those for the end and a small paint brush. In the end, I decided to paint the entire piece.

 The paint was amazing on the metal detailed parts. It went on so well and only required about two coats for everything. Here are the final pictures.

How do you think it turned out? I am in love with it! This was such a great new product to try and I am so happy with the results. 

Here are links to the host bloggers where you can see all the other projects:


If you are interested in participating in future contests, please email for more information.

Thanks so much for reading!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Caned-Back Chair to a Padded Back Chair

This month, I participated in the Fab Furniture Flippin' Contests March project, which was sponsored by Fairfield World. The theme this month was "Mix and Match". Please note, while this contest was sponsored and I received free product, all opinions are my own.

I had come across this chair at a local Goodwill quite some time ago and wasn't getting a vision for it, until this contest came along.

Fairfield World provided me with Foamology 1" Cushion Foam and I decided to convert the back of this chair to a pad. I started off by removing the caning. I used a really sharp box cutter to cut off the caning.

Here is the chair after it was completely deconstructed.

Next, I traced out the back pattern on the foam and installed the back of the fabric on the chair.

Then I layered the foam with some batting, hot glued it together, and then glued it to the frame of the chair so I could install the top layer of fabric. 

Then the tricky part, all the stapling.  And then installing the cord. There really is a science and art to upholstery. Despite my best attempt, I am still not 100% satisfied with my upholstery skills. I need to take a class! For my mix and match, I decided to mix colors here with the cording and fabric. I feel like these colors mix and match in a very complimentary style.

And here she is all finished!

I absolutely loved the cushion foam I was provided with. It cut nicely and made the project very easy to complete. Just need to step up my upholstery skills!

Follow these two blogs to see all the other great projects from my fellow contestants:

Colleen @ 58 Water Street


Charlotte @ Ciburbanity

If you are interested in participating in upcoming contests, please email for more information.

Thanks so much for reading,

Monday, February 22, 2016

Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest - Make a Statement

It has been a few weeks since I have posted, I have been working on my very first entry for the Fab Furniture Flippin' contest. The theme of this month is "Make a Statement" and I couldn't think of a better way to make a statement than by transforming this particle board bookcase that was in dire need of a face lift.

I found this piece at a local Goodwill and was determined to bring it back to life. The sponsor for the contest this month is DecoArt and we got to try their chalky finish paint. I thought this would be the perfect project with it being particle board. I chose their beautiful grey color named Yesteryear.

Go bold or go home was also an underlying theme of this months challenge. I went bold with adding some funky geometric patterned trim to the book case that I got home Home Depot. Also, I added some planked wood paneling to the back. Here is how it looked after I got all of that installed.

Then, I stained the wood panels and started constructing new shelves. I painted everything with the chalky finish paint. It went on so smooth and had great coverage. It took about 1.5 coats for the entire project. 

Once everything was assembled, I use the ultra matte varnish also by Decoart to seal everything. I absolutely loved this, it went on so easy and sealed the entire project very well. Here are some pictures of it completed! 

If you want to see all the other great projects, check out two of the hosts blogs!

If you are interested in participating in upcoming contests, you can email for more info.

Disclosure: Decoart provided me with the paint and varnish to complete this project. All opinions are my own.

Thanks so much for reading!

Linked up to: The Crowned Goat

Sunday, January 31, 2016

How To White Wash - A Nightstand Redo

Recently, I have had a little obsession with whitewashing. It started small when working on my signs from Board & Brush. It was appealing to me because I started trying it on a small surface and then this weekend, I got the bright idea to try it on a piece of furniture. This nightstand came from a local thrift store here in Wisconsin, something like this. 

I just loved all the great curves and details of this little piece. It was calling my name, like a lot of pieces do. So into my car it went. Kristen @ NAK Home recently tried FolkArt's Home Decor chalk paint from Joann's in black, so I thought I would give it a try on this piece and keep the wood top. I got it to this point and didn't love the top.

So I thought I would try a white wash. I had some leftover Fusion mineral paint in Limestone, so I added a little water to it and started. 

Here is what it looked like after I did this. The trick is not to let it sit on their long enough to dry. I quickly painted it on and then right after I had fully covered the top, I took some paper towel and wiped it off going all in the same direction. Here is what it looked like after.

I loved how it turned out with the different shades of color. Next, I slightly distressed some the paint to bring out the details, put some poly on the top and wax on the rest of the nightstand and here she is!

What do you all think? 

Thanks so much for reading,