Sunday, August 16, 2015

Bed Bench with BarnWood Seat

I know bed benches are all over blog land
(search 'how to make a bed bench' tutorial)
but we were pretty proud of this one
as it was a gift to our daughter.
She loves it.

We had some left over barn wood and used
it as the seat, sanded and sealed with poly.
........

I'm such a bad blogger - I completely forgot
to take proper pics of the next shutter shelf
I made last week. It is already in my booth!

Here's a sneak peak. I will try to remember
to get a better photo when I go in to 
rotate items this week.
Here is a shot of the bottom section. I love
the mixture of old white flooring, barn wood, and
old pieces of "newer" scrap wood. I say old 
"newer" as we keep odd pieces of scraps, literally
for years. We know we'll use it for something!

Instead of another corner shelf, I chose to make a 
regular shelf, using the shutters for the sides and 
scrap wood for shelves. You can see I used another
piece of the old green baseboard at the bottom.
I sealed it with poly to prevent the remained old
green paint from chipping off.
It's the last of it - the remainder has a split in it.

Til next time!

JoAnn

Friday, July 31, 2015

DIY Shutter Corner Shelf

I recently acquired several old shutters from a yard sale at a
"get-them-out-of- my-sight-don't-wont-to-lug-them-home-with-me" price.
Um, YES, thank you!
 Above is the finished product in my booth.
I went with green, lots of items go with green.

 My shutter stash in my junk/craft room.
Please tell me you have a room like this, too!

 I wanted the bottom part to be larger then the top, so I chose two sets of larger shutters, two sets of smaller shutters, 
and used scrap lumber for the "shelves."
I used scrap lumber for the side braces, helping to keep the shelf nice and sturdy - I even disassemble some broken shutters
and used the shutter opener thing-y
 (I know there's a proper name for it)
as trim on the shelves, covering the rough edges. 

This is just a shot of my ability to correctly use my husband's miter saw - I cut it just right! Excuse the blinding flash, but I tried to show an old piece of board I used as a base board.

And here it is before painting.
You can see the old base board was chippy green.
I kinda wanted to leave it all rustic-like, 
but some of the shutters had bad stains on them.
Didn't look good up close.


I know I have posted in a while, hope you're still following!

I have more shutter projects coming soon.

Due to those pesky spammers, I have changed my comment settings,
but I'd love to hear from you.

JoAnn

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Vintage Yellow Cupboard with Chicken Wired Doors


Hello fellow bloggers!
Wow, it's been a very long time since I've
made a post about a project here on the blog!

Been busy, busy, busy as a bee, and tired, tired, tired.

Which, if any of you followers are reading this,
the blog has taken a back seat since I opened a booth
at a local vintage / antique mall.

Just don't have the time to do it all...
work a job, work on house work, work on projects,
then to photo and blog about them is next to impossible.

Doing all that while battling migraines and fibromyalgia
only adds to the "no blogging" absence.

But today I felt like sharing one of the projects
my husband and I recently finished, and to my surprise,
the store owner decided to place it in the foyer entrance
of her store ;-) (only the yellow cupboard, yellow birdhouse
on top and yellow honey bee cookie jar are mine).

No before picks - just picture plain old dark brown.

I juggled RED or YELLOW for the exterior of the cupboard. But
I happened on  an "oops" gallon of yellow paint for only a few bucks.
So that was the deciding factor on that part.

I had 3 silver colored cabinet handles left over from another
project, so we left the chicken wire that we placed in the 
upper cabinet doors (one glass pain was broken) as it came,
so that it would match up nicely. I distressed the entire cupboard 
lightly on places that would normally get scuffed over time.
The original bottom door magnets were still in tack, but
the doors would not stay shut. We improvised and added wood 
handles  (I know there's a proper word for those)
to keep the doors closed. 

I hope to share more projects and post very soon!

Til then, Happy Painting!

JoAnn


Friday, December 5, 2014


Painted Gentlemen's Chest with Shaving Mirror

Just popping in to share the my latest paint project. 

We bought an antique shaving mirror that
was in bad shape and decided to paint attach it
to this Gentlemen's chest I won at an auction. 

I love the fedora hat storage compartment.

My choice of contrasting grey was a bit too dark so I did a
lighter colored gray wash on the drawers, top and sides. 
The love white R*stoleum 2x the Coverage paint so I chose that to use on the mirror and trim areas of the chest. 
It all blends nicely.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Chalk Painted Antique Cedar Chest

 Hello fellow Bloggers and Painters!

I'm very much alive but have been VERY busy with projects for my booth in a local antique/vintage mall, leaving very little time for well, hardly anything else, esp. blogging.

But, I wanted to pop in and show off this little beauty.

An antique cedar chest with GORGEOUS curves and features that I won at an auction.

There are many home made chalk paint recipes out there in Blogland using the Plaster of Paris. I've tried several ratios, so I did a blended mixture of a little bit of them all. I do find that adding less warm water, just enough to get it blended as smooth as possible, is best, in my opinion.


Here she is in my junk room / craft room / studio


I can't decide which I love more... the feet or the front carvings. 



Please excuse the ugly mat on the floor.
And the poorly lit night time photo shoot.

Just concentrate on the beautiful cedar chest. 

Here are some before pics. No damage, just badly in need of sanding to the bare wood and re-staining - um, noop, or painting. Chalk painting.

 I gotta say, I seriously considered buying some
Restor-A-Finish but opted to chalk paint.

I'm reading some good things about using coconut oil for refinishing? I really want to try this method, so anybody out there that has any tips or suggestions, please send it!

Again, please excuse the night time glary photos!







Anybody out there with a booth experiencing
"seller's remorse"?  As bad as we need the money, This baby MIGHT have to come back home with me!!

And, I can't believe how long it has taken me to filter through these photos (all taken with my smart phone), edit,
and type up this post!

But I can't leave without saying a little bit about having a booth.

I both LOVE it, and... I not-so-much-love it. (does that make sense?) 

It's a GOOD kind of work. But for me, and I've talked about it before, my fibro can dictated which project gets done.

And a project like this chest really kicks my butt.

PLUS, my husband cannot help me as much as before (at his previous job), and I have to do all the moving around of items and rearranging. That's the part I don't like. It's
like, everyday when I bring in new items, I have to pull out stuff and then push it back in... Same with the auctions, although they do have "loaders" for the big items. 

And yet, I'm addicted to it. All of it. 
The auctions. 
The sales. 
The thrifting.
The painting. 
NOT the sanding. 
Getting my check at the end of the month to help pay bills!!!

YUUUP!!!
No, I don't actually say it quite that way, but it does sound pretty cool! Anybody else watch Storage Wars?
I think "Barry" is just too cool.
Kinda reminds me of an older Miami Vice "Don Johnson"

Gotta go folks!

Happy painting!


Monday, June 9, 2014

Singer Sewing Table with Barn Wood Top

 Stopping in to share this little project my
husband made for our daughter, from
an antique Singer sewing machine table
she picked up at a yard sale.
It is missing the foot pedal but she loves it. 

 It had no top of any kind. She had seen
some of the old barn wood we won at an auction,
so she knew what kind of top she wanted on it.
This is a left over section of an old barn door.
From research, husband THINKS this particular
wood is from the old Chestnut Trees.
(If we're wrong, please let us know!)
Its full of wormy holes (no, not from termites, 
we know what that looks like) 
These pics were taken before I put a 
coat of poly on it.

It went home with daughter before I thought
to take a quick pic for the blog. The poly
really brought out the grain of the wood. 

I wanted to keep it for myself!  ;-)

Before I go, here's a few pics of an unwelcome
visitor I practically stepped on while painting 
a cabinet outdoors... 

I had put the cabinet doors
on our swing, which hangs from gigantic old 
light poles and is covered with Wisteria vines.

While alternating from the cabinet to the doors
between coats of paint, I stepped back over
to the swing, I felt something shoot past my foot!

By the time I got a camera he was half way
up the pole and headed for the tree.

He moved so quickly through the tree.
You can barely tell which is a limb and
which is the snake. This is a first "tree" snake I've 
actually seen... now not only do we have to 
watch where we step, we have to look UP
when we're under the trees!

Just happy it was not a "bell tale" rattlesnake!

Have a Happy Day, Y'all!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Old Window Shelf {Tooting My Own Horn!}


Hey y'all! Just popping in to share a project my husband and I made for our daughter, who saw it on Pinterest and wanted one similar to it.  She texted me this picture of her window we made for her hanging in her home ;-)

We had recently purchased some old windows to make different projects for our booth, in which some are
rustic and unpainted. So we were eager to try
this particular project and it looks great!

She wanted her window painted white, and I think it 
turned out pretty good. This window was not in the 
best shape so we had to add a bottom strip of wood
and fill in holes with wood filler. 

For a different look, this window could easily be turned upside down and look just as nice.

We have one of these in the booth now, unpainted and rustic looking, so whoever buys it can personalize it with there own taste in color, but I think I'll bring it home and give it a couple of coats of white paint!

Y'all have a happy day!




Thursday, March 27, 2014

Number Painted Vintage Bill and Letter Organizer


As promised, I finally found an item in my phone that I painted to put in our booth... 
Anybody recognize it?  

I saw them all the time when I was a kid... it's an old "Bill Letter Misc" organizer stand with three metal key ring holders at the bottom. It can also be hung on the wall.

No, I didn't take a 'before' pic but here's one just like it, listed on Etsy, minus the 3 metal key holders:
I just love it!

Most of the gold (gilded?) lettering was gone from mine but I could still feel the letters, so I sanded it down.

She makes some of the coolest stuff ever!!
I doubt there's anybody who HASN'T been to her blog, 
but just in case, hop over and check out her stuff at 

Happy Thursday, Y'all!

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Granny Square Pillows and a Change in Direction... and Life

Granny Square Pillow
So I'm back in blogland for a few minutes to show y'all what I did with the rest of the light and dark pink yarn from the Pom Pom Heart.

I actually made two of these pillows for my little granddaughter, whose favorite color is pink.

I really enjoyed re-learning the crochet stitching, and how
to join the squares together. There are several tutorials and
videos out there so I won't bore you with that part.

And, I have to say I really enjoyed the blogging break.
That is not to imply that I don't enjoy sharing what I make. It's just that my life is going in so many directions right now, the pressure to make a project, take photos and write posts is not at the top of my list at the moment.  

My husband and I decided to open a booth in a fairly new antique and gift mall... anybody that has taken on this challenge while working their regular days jobs, AND THIS INCLUDES HOUSE WORK - cooking, sweeping, dishes and clothes don't DO themselves... knows what I'm talking about.

I'm excited and exhausted all at the same time.

My house is a total wreck. 

My mind churns with projects to make.

My muscles ache BAD because my fibro does not like all 
this extra activity... and it dictates when/what gets done.

And come to think of it, I've not even had a chance to take a lot of photos of items we've made for the booth. 

Right now we're still in the "we'll try it for a while" stage.

Being married is one thing... a great thing... being married AND working together is another ball game. 

What is in my head often is not the end result of the product.

We're working on that.

Lots of trial and error.  I don't have the hand strength to handle boards and some of the tools. 

And that really ticks me off. It limits what I can make by myself. So I have to go back and re-think what to make. 

Oh, and there was another auto accident... my husband on the way to work the first of March. No terrible injuries thank the Lord. But a head injury with a super bad concussion. 
The headaches were really bad.

And a totaled vehicle, which means another payment.

Have you priced trucks lately???? Talk about sticker shock!

I'll have to look through my phone to see what pics I have taken of booth items and try to make time to post them.

And the LIFE thing?  Since we bloggers are mostly women, I'm sure (well, HOPE) you won't be offended that I'm sharing that fact that menopause is KICKING MY BUTT. It's like one set of problems was traded for another set of problems.
Talk about an 'alien invasion of the body snatchers'
Nerves!  Quick Hot flashes, then I'M COLD. UGH.

But don't give up on me. I'll be around... and I still have to post the rest of our bathroom remodel!! 

Wow where does time go?

Did I mention we have a new grandson, too?

Life is precious indeed!




Saturday, February 15, 2014

Weekend Watch {Waking Ned Devine}

Weekend Watch {Waking Ned Devine} 1998 PG
Get ready for some side splitting laughter on this one!

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WON THE BIG LOTTERY?

If your response is something like, 
"Oh, I'd probably just DIE right then and there"... well...

I L.O.V.E. British comedy, and this one is right at the top.

A MUST SEE!

Available on Netflix Instant, and Amazon.