Saturday, April 30, 2011

Some Fabulous! Antiques and Drop-Leaf Luciousness!

I wanted to show you some of my acquired treasures this past week.  Two, get that, two drop-leaf tables in 1 week!  And one is an antique (over 100 years old). 

This first one I found at the DI (our local thrift store in Utah):

I have to admit I had almost given up completely on the DI as far as furniture goes.  They have raised their prices so much in the past couple of years that it wasn't worth it for me.  That is until I found this beauty!

That's right!  it is a drop-leaf coffee table!  Don't-you-just-love-it!?  I do!
This little lady needed a little repair, slightly more than cosmetic, but nothing serious.

Hey Lola!  Get outta here!  You can-not eat my table!

Here she is with her leaves up:

I can't wait to finish her up!

This beauty, on the other hand,
is a real gem of an antique!
I got him from a very kind couple near my home.
His name is Albert, after the woman's
dear brother who used to collect
Albert died suddenly of a heart attack
over 20 years ago and
this is one of the pieces she
brought back with her from
Lincoln, Nebraska.
Albert had started refinishing
this beauty, but never quite got around
to completing the project.
I can't wait to put my spin on it
and I hope you are proud of how
it turns out.

I got this with the leaves off, but have
all the parts. 
There are 2 drawers, one on either end.

Again with the legs, Oh My!
I think I am in love!

This little table has 2
(I am told) really old
doillies under the glass

I think it is absolutely adorable!

I will keep you posted on these
wonderful pieces!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Benedict Complete--SOLD!

Benedict wasn't half bad looking in the beginning:

The wood was actually quite pretty and dark
(I love dark-stained wood).
Dax is one of my assistants
(I have 6 total.  I know, I am
a lucky girl!)

If I need something unscrewed
or a first coat of paint done,
my lovely assistants get the
job done, no questions asked!

Here Dax is whistling while
he is working!
What a guy!
He is 2 inches taller than his 
dad now, you know.

Speaking of large,
did I mention that Benedict is
massively huge as well?
No?  Well he is!
12 drawers!
No joke!

"B," as we call him,
is very chippy, shabby,
maybe even rustic?
That word makes me think of cabins.
Not that there is anything wrong with rustic,
or cabins, for that matter. . .
I just don't know that "B" fits the bill.
We did do some extra distressing
on "B" though.
I like that he doesn't fit the norm,
that he is an individual.

We used Peppercorn basecoat from
Caromal Colours.
We then applied chipping creme,
and finally Wisteria from Caromal Colours.
We finished "B" off with a good waxing.
(It's okay for boys to admit they
get waxed every now and then.
We will just call it maintenance).

Now you know I am a sucker for a great pair of legs (or feet),
and Benedict does not disappoint!
Look at those curves.
He has such prominent "feetures." Teehee!
Here is another shot of his best "feetures"
(Sorry, I just can't seem to stop!)

Benedict can be seen at:
Forget Me Not Boutique in Lehi.
Take the Rollermills exit, go west.
The store is just west of Fresh Market
(formerly Albertsons).
Molly just opened a week ago.
You should really stop in to see the great
treasures she has in her store.

If you do go,
tell Molly I said hi!

Benedict sold last Saturday!  Woohoo!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Queen Bed Makeover

I'm B-a-a-a-ck!  My family just went on a little trip to our cabin and it was wonderful!  We went fishing (and only caught 2 fish!), the kids rode the 4-wheelers, we had an Easter celebration (including 2 egg hunts and dinner with great family), and, of course, we had to go junking!  It wouldn't be right for me to go all that way and miss out on wonderful treasures that some call JUNK!  I will post about my finds in a later post, though.  For now I want to show you what this bed looked like when we got it:

This bed includes a queen-sized headboard,
footboard, and side rails.
It was a maple finish prior
to the makeover.

We refinished it with a Peppercorn
basecoat, Mustard top coat.

Look at the detail!

If you are interested in this piece, let me know, especially because it is soooo much better in person.  Pictures just don't do it justice.  For sale:  $195

Also, if you are interested in some of my amazing paint from the Country Living Artisans Collection from Caromal Colours, contact me, or you can click on the button at the top of my blog to go to Caromal Colour's website.  This stuff is amazing I tell ya!  The best part about it is there is no prep work before painting!  Really!  I'm serious!  No priming, sanding, or stripping!  For Reals!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ode to My Shannie

We made a trade with my sister-in-law.  I think that I got the better half of the deal.  We are going to paint Shan's bedroom furniture set that used to be her Grandma's, and she is giving us her A-M-A-Z-I-N-G cleaning services.  We have a night stand done.  It's name is Fynn.  Fynn was in foster care at our house while we were doing a little plastic surgery, but now he has gone to his perma-home at Shan's.  We will be doing the set piece by piece as time allows. 

Shan came to my house on Tuesday and cleaned all 3 of my bathrooms.  Did I ever tell you that I love the smell of bleach?  Ya, it smells so clean, and having a clean house makes me so very happy!  And when I am happy, life is good for everyone!  This is a little odd, I know, but just look at my clean bathroom:

My bath tub is beautiful!

Have you ever seen such a clean toilet?
Maybe in the aisles of Home Depot.

Do you see that on the baseboards?
That's because THERE IS NOTHING!
Not a speck of dust in sight!

Oh, My Shannie, I love you so!  I wish I could be like you when I grow up!

Here is an awesome sign that we made Shan:

We found this wood for free at a yard sale.

Shan's grandkids all call her Oma.

Thanks again, Shan!  I love my clean bathrooms!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Tiny Tim

Timmy is small in stature, but big in heart.  He is a cute little end table that would bring sunshine on a cloudy day!

Here is what Tim looked like before:

Tim was cute before, but nothing spectacular.
He had some battle scars, but we took care
of that and helped mend his wounds.

Here is Tim today:

Tim is looking forward to meeting YOU!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Semper Fi

My dad enlisted in the Marine Corps in the late 1960's and went to Vietnam.  I don't know a lot about what happened while he was in Vietnam, only that he doesn't really want to talk about it.  I have seen pictures of him in his Dress Blues and all I could think was how handsome he looked.  We wanted to do a sign for my dad because he is proud of being a Marine and we are so very grateful that he served our country (and fortunate that he came home safe)!

Here is his sign before we sanded:

And here it is after sanding:

I had always heard the phrase "Semper Fi,"
but I had no idea what it actually meant.
Semper Fidelis is a Latin phrase that
means "always faithful."

I found this information on the web @
The Marine Corps adopted Semper Fidelis as its official motto in 1883 (Semper Fidelis is also the title of the official musical March of the Marine Corps).  Translated from Latin, Semper Fidelis means "Always Faithful."  U.S. Marines use an abbreviated verbal version, "Semper Fi," to voice loyalty and commitment to their Marine comrades-in-arms.  Previous mottos of the Marine Corps were (1) To the Shores of Tripoli, adopted in 1805; (2) Fortitude, adopted in 1812; (3) From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli, adopted in 1848; and (4) By Sea and by Land, adopted in the 1850's.

I went to because I was curious about what the Marines stand for.  You will be amazed at all the symbols that they have, including on their flag.

I hope my dad enjoys this sign and it reminds him of the bonds he has with his fellow Marines.
Love you Dad!

Signs, Signs, Everywhere There's Signs. . . .

We are really on a sign kick lately.  This first one is a faux clock face that turned out c'est magnifique!  We were trying to decide what time to set the clock face and all I could think of was, "It's 5 o'clock somewhere" from Jimmy Buffet.  Really, who doesn't know this saying?

We bought a full sheet of 1/2" plywood because we wanted the real rustic look.  We first cut the board to 2' x 2' then painted the entire thing with Peppercorn basecoat.  Once that dried, we taped the number stencils where we wanted the numbers positioned.
We then painted the numbers with Pumpkin.

Once all the numbers were painted on and dried, we sanded
the entire thing and it is beautiful!

For Sale:  $25

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Here's Your Sign!

I love re-doing furniture, but I have always had a special place in my heart for old wooden signs.  I love chippy paint, and these signs just make my heart sing!  Seriously!  I fall in love all over again every time I look at them! 

Fresh Eggs anyone?
(My Favorite with the cute stenciled chicken! :O)

The sky is the limit on these beauties!  We will make custom signs, any size, any-thing!  Let me know and it will be done.
These two For Sale:  $25 each!

Would you like to learn how to do this yourself?
Come to my class.  I will teach you how to
use this amazing paint from Caromal Colours!
I absolutely love their product and would love to share it with you!
Class of 5 people $200, my place or yours.
Don't be afraid, you can't screw it up!

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