Monday, December 28, 2015

Year in Review: Top Viewed Posts of 2015

Wow! I have to say that this is one of my more favorite round-ups of top viewed posts. These are some of my personal favorites, too. :)

5. Farmhouse Bench Ikea Hack

We LOVE this bench at our table. I've always wanted a dining table with a bench and was thrilled to find this freebie bench to makeover! I love its look and my kids prefer to eat on the bench verses the chairs. Win-win all around.

4. Penny Topped Tray

This upcycled tray has come in handy. It sits on my current nightstand for easy use...working in bed, using the lab top in bed, reading in bed (sheesh, this makes me sound lazy! haha). Much easier on my back than piling pillows onto my lap.

3. Spindle Chalkboard

 As popular as this was in Blogland Linky Parties it has not sold in my booth. Granted, the booth has only been open a month. Currently its missing from my booth since just before Christmas, the store has no record of a sale and hasn't found it misplaced anywhere else in the store. :(    Hopefully it'll turn up soon...or better yet, get purchased!

2. Face Lift for an old Medicine Cabinet
This half-bath has no natural lighting which makes it a terrible room to take photos in. NOTHING photographs well...flash on, flash off, door open, door closed. Anyways, the color is a muted teal...the pictures just don't do it justice.

1. Anchor Tote -- Pinterest Inspired

This is one of my favorite projects of the year, too! Luckily, two more plastic totes are waiting in my basement for the same makeover. Fingers crossed they'll sell in my booth. The above tote was made for my sister who loves anchors. She is currently using it as a yarn caddy.

Top News for 2015

I took the plunge and opened up a booth in an antique/flea market mall. Its been a great learning experience already! We'll see how it goes this coming year....

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Kid's Storage Bench from Discarded Cabinet

There are a few regular places I troll for discarded items, one is behind the Clothes & Shoes donation bin in the grocery store parking lot. Many many many people "donate" more than clothes and shoes. These items get scattered around the bin since it is impossible to stick them inside the donation slots. These "donations" are illegally dumped so I just help myself "clean up" the area. This cabinet is the most random donation I have seen to date. It was in excellent shape, solid, with no funny smells or goo. Guessing its leftover from a kitchen renovation.

Doors removed, holes filled in with Wood Filler.

3-4 coats of homemade chalkpaint: white on the outside
& Rain by Sherwin Williams on the inside (my goal was to create the bench to match the Alphabet Table...maybe encouraging someone to buy both as a "set").

these would look cute as a playroom set

Joann's had an awesome sale last week on all their flannel. This Aqua Dot pattern was closest in color to matching the ABC's on the Alphabet Table.  

Two storage baskets from Dollar Tree completed the look.

My business partner made the "My Works of Art" sign. Great unintentional color match! 

The large burlap covered bulletin board on top is mine. Pennies are glued to the pushpins, the bright copper shine seemed a nice complement color to the teal edging. 

Fingers crossed that they sell soon. :)

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Reclaimed Wood Christmas Signs

These fence boards have lurked in my spare wood stash for I-don't-know-how-long and were overdue for some attention. When the first PEACE sign I made sold in a couple of days I snatched these two boards from their spider webbed corner in hopes of recreating the same look and sales (so close to making rent for this period, so close!!). 

And who bought them? My husband. His department is in charge of purchasing and arranging holiday decor and he seized the opportunity to say, "I know this cute little boutique with adorable Christmas decorations, let's buy all our stuff from them," Ok, that isn't verbatim but it captures the sweet heart of my DH. 

psst, don't forget me!
the little pallet & spindle tree,
great project for scraps
Their theme for the holidays is "Peace, Hope, and Joy." So in addition to a sale, I also got my first commission for personalized work, which is my boastful way of saying that they asked me to make a Hope and a Joy sign. 

I was out of fence boards and needed to complete these asap, thank goodness for free pallets! There was enough salvageable wood the width and length I needed to make four more signs.

 Their theme included the Chrysanthemum flower...which confused me...isn't that for spring? Not a traditional Christmas plant as far as I knew. A google search on "chrysanthemum symbolism" enlightened me that In general, chrysanthemums are believed to represent happiness, love, longevity and joy. source
They also signify life and rebirth. Such a beautiful meaning and an appropriate symbol for the Christmas season. Its also an appropriate symbol for this physical rehab hospital.

Here is one group by the main entrance.

And the second set, with the taller PEACE sign, on the other side of the door.

 Chrysanthemum accents were added to the HOPE and JOY signs to tie in with the vision corporate set in place for this holiday season. 

I wasn't planning on decorating with chrysanthemums, but I'm so charmed by their meaning that I want to add some into our Christmas home decor. That project is pending...and may not materialize until next year. 

Life and rebirth, such a beautiful idea to attach to the miracle of Christmas. 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Barn Sale End Tables Refurnished

Remember the barn sale I mentioned a couple weeks ago? Well, here are a couple tables from that sale. While in rough shape there wasn't significant water damage or evidence of nibbling rodents. Doable for an easy makeover. 


Table fresh off the farm, literally, hahahahhahaa, I crack myself up. 

Right to Left: 
The top on this table was pretty worn, I was able to scrap most of it off with my bare fingers. After washing and sanding it was stained all over with Early American (middle pic) which definitely gave it a rustic look, but I wasn't loving it. (If I've learned anything from the early years of The Apprentice, it was 'only sell what you love.') 
It needed color, 
then it needed a focal point, 
then my two year old added more color, (last pic)
ugh.....after another sanding and another shot at the focal point, it was ready for sealing. 
This table top was inspired by a Pottery Barn  knock-off at Sisters of the Wild West. They provide a printable template of their number pattern that I eyeballed while painting. To create a unique visual I used a mixture of acrylic paints so each number is unique in color and shape. 

I LOVE this table with its funky top. It was hard to part with but there was absolutely no where in my home to put it...and its doesn't match our decor.

That's what I'm most excited about with this booth: the chance to try new styles and colors.

I must have walked by this table four or five times before adding it to the growing pile. Just wasn't sure I could work with the scalloped edges or put in the effort on the worn finish. Things found in a barn can be a bit more "rustic" than wanted.

Left Picture: And this was AFTER I washed and scrubbed this table. Ewww!

It was painted the same color as the above table but toned down with some stain. To keep it from looking plain, a map was decoupaged to the top. I was inspired by this table from Brick Street Cottage.
Right Picture: The top scalloped edge has
Golden Oak Minwax stain soaking on it,
but not underneath to show the color difference.
It is soaking and hasn't been wiped off yet,
that is why it looks yellow. 

Soooooooooo much better now. Priced it at $25, fingers crossed!

Here they are, side by side, acting as "door greeters" for our booth.  

And to complement the table, a numbered box.

I was LOVING the Pottery Barn knock-off numbers and recreated the look (kinda) on this wooden storage box that I snagged for a buck at a garage sale. One side is chalkboard paint, only because the previous owners had labeled it with a sharpie. Now it has a more stylish mode for labeling the contents, or the innards (I've inhaled waaaaaaaaaay too much varnish and polycrylic lately).

This is marked at $12, a bit high because I secretly hope no one will buy it so I have to bring it home. Such a fun box! (I know, I know, defeats the purpose of shelling out rent for a booth if I want to keep half of what I put in it.)

Not a bad set up for the second week open. Thank you BlogLand peeps for taking the time to share your tips and secrets. Still have fingers crossed that I break even for this month. 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Navy End Table: My First Sale!


Fished this out of my favorite dumpster. Yes, you read that right, my favorite dumpster. Its at an apartment complex in the better part of town. The part of town where one doesn't blink at tossing an $80.00 end table. 

A bit tricky to see in this photo, but the drawers are lined and in excellent shape.

I didn't care at all for the look this table was given. Is it rustic? Is it weathered? Or whitewashed? The paint sprayer malfunctioned and this happened? It needed a new color, fast.

Prior to painting, a bit of wood filler fixed a few blemishes. The top was rather boring, even if a new coat of paint spruced up the body. I'd loved the look of my paint-stick-herringbone-table-top and decided to do something similar. Coated with Walnut stain by Minwax.

The whole piece was sealed head to toe with polycrylic. My husband said its one of his favorite pieces that I have furniture flipped. Someone else thought along the same lines because it sold within the first six days my booth opened!

~ squeal~ so excited!