Thursday, July 28, 2011

Not Sarah's Side Table

I can't wait to meet the person who ends up with this charmer, because it clearly is holding out for them.

This piece was intended to go to one of my best friends, Sarah.  Sarah is renovating her home and has me on the look out for a side table.  I picked this one up at a garage sale and chose some coloring and a stain that I thought might look good in Sarah's front room.  Well, now I'm on the look out for one similar to it, only 2 inches smaller.

It's 25 inches square.  She needs something that's about 23 inches.  Yep.  This table is not Sarah's table, but it is going to look GREAT is someone's front room or living room.

The trim is stained in Minwax's Provincial.

The paint color is Behr's Mountain Elk.  I didn't distress this piece at all, but did go over in the whole thing with a a dark wax.

I left the hardware alone.  It was perfect just the way it was.

So, Not Sarah's Table is for sale.
If you are interested email me at


I'm sharing at Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Country Girl

I picked up this cute side table at a yard sale a few weeks ago.  I didn't take a before picture, but I sure wish I had.  This is the first time I have ever come across a piece that has been *attacked* by a stain/poly combo.  I've never come across a reason that I wanted to use this kind of combo, so I'm not sure what the logic behind it is, and clearly neither did the person who attempted to finish this table before me.  WHAT A MESS!

 I stripped the top and stained it Dark Walnut.

The bottom I painted BEHR's Magnolia Blossom, my go-to creamy white.

I distressed her pretty well and went over her with a dark colored wax.

This sweet French Country girl is for sale for $70.
Email me at if you are interested.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Ava's Bench

I have two adorable little boys.  Everything at this house is snips and snail, rough and tumble, 110% BOY!!!  I'm not complaining at all, but I am a little envious of all the cute little girl creations that I have no use for.  Luckily I have two VERY cute nieces and one more on the way!  I also have more than a half dozen close friends who are pregnant.  At least one of them is expecting a girl and I'm hoping a few more are on the way!  This gives me a convenient excuse to knit, sew and paint lace, ruffles and pink!

Well, I had an sad little bench that needed some AHR love.  It was dark and brown and sad.  I was in the mood to make something girlish and thought that this bench would be happy living in a cheerful girl's room.

I primed her legs gray and then covered them when a creamy white.  A little distressing gave her some additional character and let the gray show through a bit.

I covered the top with some batting in addition to what was all ready there and then a double layer of a plain pink cotton.

 I then used some fabric paint to stencil a damask design on top.

Ava's bench is for sale for $40.  Email me at if you are interested.  I can arrange delivery almost anywhere in WA state, otherwise the buyer pays shipping costs.


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I Heart Nap Time's Sundae Scoop 
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Saturday, July 16, 2011

A Gentleman's Chair

OK, so most of my furniture is a bit on the feminine side of things.  I thought I'd give myself a challenge and see if I could create a chair for a man.

Here is where I started.  I thought the shape was fairly masculine.

The condition of the finish and the vinyl seat cover were doing this chair no favors.

There were also a few minor repairs to take care of before I got to work.

I chose a dark blue color that leans toward green.  I then glazed it with a light gray and gave the entire thing a coat of dark wax.

 Lincoln helped me choose the fabric for the cushion.  It's a miniature chevron in a gray color.  It is reminiscent of a nice man's suit.

Link says he would sit on it.  :) 

This gent is for sale.  $60   (oh, and if a woman wants this guy, we understand. ;) 


I'm sharing this project at:
I Heart Nap Time's Sundae Scoop 
House of Grace's Twice Owned Tuesday 
Primitive and Proper's Piece of Work Wednesday 
Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Vintage Love - via Oregon

We returned last Friday from our annual family reunion on the Oregon Coast.  Link and I would both love to live there someday, it is so beautiful.  

In addition to walking on the beach, taking naps, eating good food, and visiting with family, I was able to get some time away from the boys to go 'treasure hunting."

Here are a few of my favorite finds.

I'm a sucker for vintage colored Pyrex bowls and casserole dishes.  I found these four in Oregon.

I particularly love this orange one.  I've never seen one pressed like this before.

On our way down we stopped at possibly the best yard sale I have ever been too.  The prices were a little high, but this couples stuff was amazing!  I picked up this half pint milk bottle.  It reads "Yakima City Creamery  phone 6181" on one side.  The logo reads "Pasteurized Milk - Maid O' Clover Dairy Products."

The other side is what really cracks me up!  It reads "Milk is the only real complexion builder."

And a picture of the a woman drinking a glass of milk.  I LOVE IT!

 I also happened upon some neat old tea tins.  Both of these lovelies were made in England.

I wandered into a liquidation store out of curiosity.  There was nothing for sale that interested me, however, there were these two door knobs sitting by themselves in one of the rooms.  I asked the woman how much she wanted for them and she told me, "nothing, go ahead and take them."  She had just found them in the bottom of a box and didn't know what to do with them.  I told her I was happy to pay for them, but she insisted.  She thought they were neat and was happy to pass them along to someone else who thought so too.

This is just a tiny bit of all my treasures.  My ultimate find of the trip was a set of very old blueprints to a gunner ship.  Very cool.  I have no idea what I will do with then and can't figure out how to photograph it without help, so they will have to wait.

As always, it is taking some time to readjust to real life after a vacation and we are slowing getting back into the swing of things around here.  I picked up my paintbrush for the first time today and was happy to be back to work!  Isn't that a crazy thing to say!  I love it!

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