Garage Sale Antique Bench Reupholster

Hi there! Check out this antique bench I found at a garage sale! All it needed was a little love (and by love, I mean removal of 4 layers of dingy fabric and applying a fresh coat of wax) & some updated material in order to make it beautiful again! This piece had good bones, so it was definitely worth the time… especially since it only took an hour to reupholster & it’s new fabric was scrap from a previous dining chair refinish, making the total cost of this piece $5.33 including staples! Now my little guys have a perfect spot to put their shoes on in the morning!

The before & after of this lovely piece…


Lovely Liebster Award Nod

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Today is a wonderful day! I was nominated for a Liebster Award… in German meaning lovely, I think of it as a newbie blogger badge of honor given by fellow newbs! I love the concept and am honored to have been nominated by Keia, an amazing blogger over at Improving Me With Keia Lee! Thank you for being so thoughtful, Keia! You put the lovely in Leibster!

Were you nominated or do you have someone in mind that you’d like to nominate? If so, here are the Liebster Rules:

1. List 11 facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions I have answered below.
3. Create 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award (you can use the ones below).
4. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate.
5. Go to each bloggers page and let them know about the award.
6. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.

11 facts about myself…
I am an overprotective Momma, perfectionist, borderline germopobic, tickle torturing, worry wart, who finds joy in composition, color theory, working with my hands, while chewing fruity bubble gum, listenin’ to oldies, and gettin’ sawdust on my boots!😉 <–might’ve cheated a little there!

11 questions answered…
1. Why did you start blogging?
Honestly, I started blogging because my hubby has no interest in Furniture Refinishing, Art, or DIY projects, but I wanted to chat about these things and connect with others that enjoy them!

2. If you could eat lunch anywhere in the world, where and what would you eat?
Hmmm, I would want to go to Ireland and eat some authentic corned beef and cabbage!

3. Whom, what, where does your blogging inspiration come from?
I gain inspiration from finding beautiful pieces of design and stunning furniture… whether I see it in a photograph or go hunting for a piece to restore, then I come back here and write about the fun process!

4. How do you handle a stressful day?
I distract myself with the things I love… my little guys & my work!

5. What do you hope that your children remember about you?
My biggest fear is passing on before my children know how much I love them & can remember the happy memories we shared… so above all else, I just want my children to remember me smiling at them because of how happy they made me!

6. What is your favorite recipe?
Yeah, um, I don’t really cook. My little guys enjoy my specialty, Hamburger Helper with veggies… needless to say, Daddy does most of the cooking in our home!

7. What is your favorite quote?
“I once complained that I had no shoes, until I met a man that had no feet” … reminds me to be grateful & that my family is blessed!

8. What projects are you working on right now?
Yikes, I happen to have too many going on at once at the moment, but I really need to finish… refinishing a side table, 2 dining chairs, and a dining table + I want to make an antique-looking wood window with a landscape scene for the wall next to our interior sliding barn door (which I need to write a post about)!

9. What is the best thing about you?
I would have to say my sweetness & ability to empathize with others!

10. Will you follow the bloggers that you nominate?
Without a doubt, YES!

11. What makes you giggle?
Being silly with my little guys & watching the show ‘An Idiot Abroad’! Hahahahaha!

The lovely up-and-coming Bloggers I nominated for the Liebster Award…

Keia – Improving Me with Keia Lee
Jessica – The Wondering Brain
Jules – A Dose of Jules
Brittany – Oh my darlin & i.
Vicky – A Lovely Little Addiction
Nicole – Crazy Life with My 3 Boys
R and J Harris – He Has MS
Karen – Karen’s Soiree
Holly – not done growing
Amanda – Modern Hippie Momma
Natalie – Plutonium Sox

Have a lovely day y’all! ;D

A nook for my family…

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Hey y’all! Thanks for visiting!

This built-in was a blast to design and build! My family needed seating for our teeny tiny kitchen so creating a board and batten banquette was at the top of my to-do list. Clocking in at two weeks (worked on it intermittently while watching my adorable toddlers) & costing $150 bucks (would’ve been higher had it not been for an electrician friend that ran an outlet into it, which I built the little door for). This project was well worth the time and money spent + my family loves it which makes me over-the-moon happy!

Here’s a quick photographic step-by-step in case this project is also on your to-do list!


I built the bench frame just as you would a freestanding wall… over-killing it a tad since I wanted it to be super sturdy for my little guys. I used #8 wood screws, wood glue, and 2 x 4’s from pallets. The top of the bench is 3/4 oak plywood (oak is stronger than pine), covered with two coats of Behr latex paint in Polar Bear. I implemented a board and batten style on the exterior of the frame… battens built from 1 x 3’s & 1 x 4’s & boards are 1/4″ hardboard with finish trim on the top and bottom, all caulked then painted with two coats of semi-gloss latex. I added a small door on the end in order to plug our electronics into the outlet inside the banquette. The simple H hinges, bling knob, and pop of chartreuse paint accent the bench beautifully & I hope to have an aqua-colored cushion made for my family’s nook soon!

Nothing turns a house into a home quite like built-ins! I am ecstatic about how it turned out & you will not regret tackling a project like this yourself! Happy DIY’ing to you!!


… better ‘After” photo & dining room table refinish coming soon!

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Shipwrecked – Extremely Distressed Table Refinish

Hello again! I have had the color aqua on the brain lately for some reason, so I decided to paint this antique Mersman end table in Aqua Bay by Behr, along with a darker aqua from a custom color match of a plate on my kitchen wall. The results are refreshing and reminiscent of what a shipwrecked piece of furniture might resemble. I see it perfectly at home in an old Key West Hotel… I try to think of a concept for each piece before I refinish it, wether that concept be authentic, traditional, or in this case, shipwrecked, which is more in the lines of furniture as a canvas. Here’s the step-by-step… hope you enjoy!


Normally I like to restore wood to it’s former glory, but in this case, it’s grain was nothing to write home about & the top was water damaged so this piece became a perfect candidate for a new paint job. My current favorite color is aqua, maybe it’s the spring in the air, or taking my little guys out to the beach… whatever it is, I’m in color love with aqua at the moment! I like to be thrifty, so it’s also the color of my sliding barn door handle (post coming soon). To paint this piece I bought two Behr samples, at not even $4 each, they are a very economical choice and more than enough to cover a few small pieces of furniture. I primed the top before applying Behr’s Aqua Bay flat latex because I wanted the top to stay a more solid color even after distressing & waxing. The rest of the piece I painted a darker shade of aqua, followed by the lighter shade, so that when distressing it would have a beautiful depth to it.
I let the paint dry for a couple hours before taking a scouring pad to the top, distressing it just enough to let let the white primer and slices of wood show through. Then I went on to distressing the rest by dipping 0000 steel wool into the Briwax tin and vigorously rubbing the paint off. Everyone has different preferences on what products they use. I use Briwax (a solvent based blend of beeswax and carnauba wax) because it’s economical and available at my local hardware store + I received a respirator for Christmas, so I don’t mind whatever smell the wax might have. I achieved this extremely distressed look by taking a lot of the paint finish off while rubbing the wax on. I let it dry for a few minutes then rubbed the wax off with an old t-shirt cut into very small rags, giving it the soft sheen that you can only get with furniture wax. *wax on, wax off* In order to get the warm glow you have to buff the wax off until it no longer feels tacky and your fingers glide on the piece without sticking. It feels so beautifully smooth to the touch, even though it looks incredibly rough! Here in Florida, this extremely distressed look in an oceanic color melds perfectly into any beach-lover’s space.


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Easy Peasy Momma Bear Chair Refinish


I found this gorgeous caned chair for just five bucks at a thrift store… only one problem… it’s caning was completely destroyed. I knew I could bring it back to life + I fell in love with it’s turned legs so I just had to bring her home!

peasyworkThis was a fairly simple refinish… all I had to do was remove the caning, cut out a piece of wood with a jigsaw, sand down the edges, upholster it with a $2 remnant, create some braces for the seat to screw into from underneath, and give it a little waxing! Easy peasy! I’m ecstatic about the way it turned out & I hope to find the perfect Poppa Bear Chair soon!


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Antique Buffet Turned Media Cabinet

20130321-223545.jpgAhhh, I’m so thrilled to be done with this project! Yes, I am in love with the final result, but, WOW, what a lot of work this refinish was! I had been scouring Craig’s List for months trying to find the perfect sideboard to turn into an entertainment center & then there it was… a thirty dollar, heavier than heck, paint-speckled, mammoth piece of furniture crafted by the Mount Airy Mantel and Table Co. Inc…. I snagged it up in a heartbeat & I was excited about the future splinters it would give me. I had originally planned on painting & distressing the base an antique white and refinishing the top in an ebony stain, but like most projects, once I start working on them, they have something else in mind! The wood underneath the icky orange stain and black paint speckle was so gorgeous that I just had to put myself through the misery of sanding the ENTIRE exterior of the piece down to bare wood! It took over two weeks of stripping and sanding, but the results were worth it. I conditioned the wood and stained it ebony, then red mahogany, to give it a depth and hint of burgundy. While the stain dried, I primed and painted the interior a fresh, spring green, finishing up with a polycrylic topcoat since there would be warm electronics inside. Once the stain was dry, I sprayed on a coat of satin polyurethane so that when I used the rub-on poly, the stain wouldn’t come off. The finish looks like bare wood, but gives the piece a warm sheen & protection from my toddlers.


buffetprogressTurning the buffet into a unit for storing entertainment equipment was the easy part. I took out the staples and pried the backing off & cut two rectangular holes smaller than the width of our DVR and blu ray player where the cords could be fed through. In order for the remotes to work I left the panels out of the middle two doors (still hunting for the perfect aged glass to have cut for the center insets), and painted the inset panels of the outer doors to make the beautiful carvings pop & accentuate the piece’s symmetry. Voila, it is now a media cabinet! If I would’ve started a swear jar at the beginning of this project, I’d have enough quarters to buy my next furniture refinishing project, lol! In the end, all the splinters were worth the result… having a piece of furniture in your home that you poured your heart and soul into that will someday be passed down through generations is the epitome of joy!


Now I’m off to find the perfect glass insets for the center doors! Happy DIY’ing weekend to y’all!!

Workbench / Outfeed Table of my Dreams

woodbenchtop It feels so good to have a proper place to ponder current projects! My workbench/outfeed table is finished and I couldn’t be happier with it! I made most of the base from a plan I saw on, a simple & sturdy workbench, but I wanted to add an inspiring top. I had 2 pallets of gorgeous oak in my workshop, so I started brainstorming… I was making this workbench because I needed the storage & I also needed a long table to push stock out of my table saw. This got me excited about soon refacing my kitchen cabinets, creating the Shaker style fronts on the table saw is a project I’ve daydreamed about for a while now, so I saved up for a Magswitch featherboard for said table saw in order to cut the rails and stiles safely… long story short, my newly acquired featherboard inspired the herringbone-pattern of my tabletop! It has an easy construction to it, but took forever to put together!! Taking apart the oak palettes is a ton of work in itself since each board, which made just one piece of my top’s puzzle, has 6 nails that I had to pry and hammer out. Once apart, I cut each end of each piece at a 45 degree angle, size of which was cut to match a template board previously made from drawing a center line down the middle of the plywood top. I needed to buy a few pieces of poplar, the green complimenting the pink oak extremely well!

outfeed workI used some scrap plywood for the top and shelf, the bottom shelf to be used as storage. I painted it in a white & mint green faux bois pattern (false wood) to match a previously painted focus wall in the room. Can ya tell I’m a wood lover?! My top was 24″ x 51″ and I wanted a two-inch overhang on each side, so I had the scrap piece of sturdy 19/32″ pine plywood cut to 28″ x 55″. This would be the piece that all the other pieces would be glued and brad nailed to. Once all the pieces are cut with the same 45 degree angle at each end, I layed them out like a puzzle on the top, sanded, glued, and nailed. I wanted the finish of this piece to stand up to dings & be somewhat slick so that boards from my table saw would glide down it. Epoxy fit the bill and is an easy finish to apply, well, easy compared to lacquer & poly. You just mix, stir, and pour on your table top… I added tape around the edges so that gravity could do it’s work and fill it. I used 2 coats of Rustoleum Super Glaze Epoxy which I picked up from Home Depot and the results are great as long as you follow the directions perfectly. After it dried for over 12 hours, I removed the tape and added a 1 x 2 frame around the edge. I couldn’t be more in love with it! The herringbone patterned wood on top looks incredible! So that’s about it… now I have an outfeed table so I can get back to daydreaming about my Shaker cabinets!