25 September 2015

Fab Furniture Flippin Contest - General Finishes With A Geometric Design


After the last contest, I thought I might take a month off to get caught up on some other projects that need my attention. Then they announced the September company is General Finishes with a geometric theme, and they pulled me right back in.




I've used General Finishes Gel Stain on too many projects to count - most recently on these vintage tables. Their High Performance Top Coat is my top coat of choice. The satin finish is just like velvet, and clean up is so easy.

I wanted to branch out a bit on this project, and use a "new to me" product. I requested the water based stain in Whitewash. After applying it to the piece, I changed my mind. My vision was all wrong, and it wasn't going to work. That happens. I already have something else in mind for the Stain.

On to plan B: I've had this simple vanity set in my garage for a few weeks, just waiting for that magical combination of inspiration and free time. This set was given to me by a family member who knows I love fixing up furniture. It belonged to her Mother.


It had already been painted gray and was in need of some TLC, so I didn't mind painting it and adding some geometric details.



I think the simple lines of this vanity work with the geometric theme.

Okay, let me say that I am supposed to be on a self-imposed break from Nate Berkus, because I have used way too many of his fabrics already and it's becoming a bit of an embarrassment. But look at this fabric! How could I deny the vanity this fabric? *shakes fist at Nate Berkus*


My projects have been on the dark side lately, so for the last gasp of summer I wanted to lighten it up. And I have been dying to do something with a light lilac/purple. Done and done.


Having chosen the fabric for the bench, I decided to keep the vanity simple and crisp. I used General Finishes Milk Paint in Snow White. With painters tape and a few other paints from my stash, I repeated the pattern from the fabric on the top of the vanity. I considered creating a pattern on the entire surface, but I really liked the simplicity of the corner alone.


I switched out the hardware, then sealed the whole thing with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat. I can't overstate my love this top coat. It truly is my default final step on most painted projects.

How cute is this little fox?


My daughters are battling each other for ownership of this vanity. The fox sent them over the edge.

Now you must visit Thirty Eighth Street and see how Carrie worked her magic on a big, old china hutch. Also, visit Lynn's post, On Fern Avenue, about turning a broken down dresser into a sofa table.

If you are interested in joining this contest in the future, please do! There is plenty of room for more creative people. Email here for more information. 
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*disclaimer: I was not paid for this post, but I did receive free product to review. All opinions are my own. 

24 September 2015

Friday's Furniture Fix #9



Wow - has it been a whole week already? This time of year flies by so quickly, it'll be January before I know it. 



Let's get to it!

I have a thing for chairs. There are four chairs in my house right now that need my attention. This project by Ruby Twine caught my eye - I love the navy fabric she chose, and that she kept the wood as is. That would look so good in my living room.



Lucy from Patina Paradise chose this beautiful buffet by The Paint Factory



Stacy from Anastasia Vintage picked this floating night stand made by My Love 2 Create. I am jealous of "DIYers" who are able to create furniture, and the brave souls who give it a try. Other than a sander and a drill, tools take me out of my comfort zone. Maybe someday I'll attempt a project like this.




Nancy from Slightly Coastal selected this gorgeous buffet from Seeking Lavender Lane.



Carrie from Thirty Eighth Street chose this chair by Pillar Box Blue. I love this project so much - I'm not sure how Carrie got to it before me. :)  



Finally, our most-clicked link was this green dresser by Prodigal Pieces. That green is just gorgeous. 



Thanks again to everyone who shared their projects and makeovers with us.

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21 September 2015

Country Living Fair 2015

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I was so happy to attend the Country Living Fair yesterday in Columbus, Ohio. What a beautiful afternoon to celebrate antiques and handmade wares. Blue skies and fluffy, white clouds, all day long. I brought my middle kid with me. She's almost ten, so she had no real pressing plans for the day, and she still enjoys an afternoon with her Mom. 

I am an avid reader and a life-long fan of this publication, thanks to parents who read it in the 1970's and 1980's. I never thought I would attend one of the fairs that you see advertised in the pages of the magazine, but I guess I never thought I would find myself living in Ohio. 

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It was a lovely fair, with beautifully styled booths and so much creativity. I am a self-proclaimed history geek, and I loved the setting of this fair as much as the fair itself. I would love to spend an afternoon learning about the history of the buildings. 

Ohio is such a charming state. It only makes sense for Country Living to hold an annual event here. I'm already looking forward to next year and the next Country Living Fair. 
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17 September 2015

Friday's Furniture Fix #8


Welcome back to another week of Friday's Furniture Fix! I have been busy behind the scenes, but nothing is quite finished, and definitely not pretty enough to share on the blog. I am working like a maniac on four different projects, perhaps losing my mind in the process. It's all for the good of furniture. 



I am consistently drawn to the mid century pieces, so naturally I fell in love with this beauty by Mr. Wilson & Me.  What a cool makeover.  I love that she maintained the mid century feel of the dresser with a tasteful update.


Lucy from Patina Paradise selected this gorgeous dresser by Queen Patina:


Nancy from Slightly Coastal selected this mid century beauty from The Heathered Nest:


Carrie from Thirty Eighth Street chose this handmade table from Uncookiecutter. She made her own concrete top, and did an amazing job. 




Finally, our most-clicked link goes to these curbside chairs, fixed up by Scavenger Chic. I love a good curbside score. 


Thanks again to everyone who shared their projects and makeovers with us.

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10 September 2015

Friday's Furniture Fix #7


Welcome back to another week of Friday's Furniture Fix! Thank you to everyone who shared your projects with us, even on one of the busiest weekends of the year. It was definitely a busy weekend for me. 





My husband's birthday falls on Labor Day weekend every year, and this was his 40th. I planned a surprise party for him, and I'd say it was 30% successful. It was 100% fun, we had a wonderful time with friends. But he played master sleuth, and figured out the surprise ahead of time. He was surprised to walk into the house and see a good friend from out-of-state, so I will claim that small victory. 

Happy birthday to this guy, who is officially in the 40+ club!





And...back to furniture!

I fell in love with this cabinet from Queen Patina, and boy do her feelings about furniture and creative goals resonate with me. 



Lucy from Patina Paradise selected this beautiful turquoise dresser from Orphans With Makeup. The lime green curtains and pink flowers on top are perfect. 


Stacy from Anastasia Vintage picked this pretty pink vanity created by Kandice at Just The Woods.


Nancy from Slightly Coastal selected this metallic sewing table by Fabiola at Fabi Fabu.

 


Carrie from Thirty Eighth Street picked this simple table from In The Boondocks. You must see the original in order to fully appreciate the finished product. I don't know if I would have seen the possibilities in that "before" but I'm so glad Mary went for it - what a save!



Finally, our most-clicked project was this vintage dresser updated in turquoise. I will never get tired of this beautiful color. Job well done by Karin at Art Is Beauty





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And with that, it's time for another party to begin!

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03 September 2015

Friday's Furniture Fix #6


What a fantastic party last week! My co-hosts and I found it nearly impossible to choose our favorites. 

After a bit of sharing and trading, this is what we came up with.


I fell in love with this colorful Southwestern-inspired dresser by Delicious and DIY. Look at those colors, and the gold details! 



Lucy chose this Battle Scar Plaid table by Thistle Key Lane



Stacy chose this grain sack chair, made over by Palette Muse. I have a set of these chairs, waiting to be redone, and this is great inspiration. 



Nancy chose this slipcovered wing back chair by Sew A Fine Seam.



Carrie chose this gorgeous cabinet by ReFind Design. Look at those legs!





The most clicked image was this beautiful chest created by Susan at Saw Nail and Paint






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