Mid Century Modern End Table Makeover

Mid Century Modern Makeover

Yesterday, a couple of my girlfriends, my niece and I hit seven thrift stores. SEVEN. It was exhausting but a lot of fun to be with people who are as excited by thrift store treasures as I am.  While my one girlfriend found lots of things, I found only one. This one. Isn't it fabulous? I had been looking for a bedside table for my son's room for a while now. And for $17, this would work perfectly. As you can see, the previous painted everything but the top of the table, including … [Read more...]

A Few Before and Afters

boat shelf after

Happy St. Patricks Day! In my family, we have a few Patricks - my dad, my brother and my nephew are all named Patrick - and my son's middle name is Patrick too! I'm waking up my little guy this morning with a bagel covered in green cream cheese! He's either going to love it, or think it's disgusting. LOL! In the last few months, I know I haven't posted much, but I have been busy. Here are a few of the little projects I've worked on. I have a pretty large collecting of silver platters. I've … [Read more...]

Quick Mirror Update

Krylon Silver Leafing Pen

When we re-did our master bathroom last year, I couldn't find the right mirrors. First they were too big and too square... Then they were WAY too small... Then I found the perfect size and shape at, of all places, my friend Cricket's house! Loved the size and the shape, but the only thing that didn't work was the inside rim of the frame had a gold tone to them. So, I picked up this Krylon Silver Leafing pen from Michaels (used a 40% off coupon, of course!) I know … [Read more...]

Checking Vintage Furniture for Lead Paint

3M Lead Check Swabs

As a person who frequently  buys and repaints vintage furniture, I am always worried about lead paint and whether it was used on the piece I'm about to sand and re-paint. Lead is not something I ever want to mess with, let alone get into my lungs. When we were at the Haven Conference, 3M was handing out these little packets of Lead Check Swabs and I grabbed a pack. They can detect lead on painted wood, metal, vinyl, plastic and in dust! I know when we bought our old house in NJ, it would have … [Read more...]

Pins I’ve Tried… again: Bamboo China Cabinet Makeover

Faux Bamboo China Cabinet in Sunrise Red

I know I just posted about the black bamboo cabinet I painted using the same method/paint, but I recently painted this cabinet and wanted to give you the details on my experience. Here's the deal: I have wanted to try the paint and color  of Natty's dresser out for a while now. In her post, she says that the Rustoleum paint is made to self level, leaving a practically glass-like finish using a paint brush.When I tried to use it on the black dresser/cabinet, it didn't exactly work … [Read more...]

Pins I’ve Tried: Reviving Furniture with Oil and Vinegar

The wood grain on this cabinet is gorgeous

Have you ever found a gorgeous piece of furniture that needed some love, but NOT paint? I have a few pieces like that - those that deserve to be loved back to their original beauty. Unfortunately, I am not an expert on that kind of "re-do" so I was glad to come across this post a few months ago. I read a blog post by Miss Mustard Seed about using oil and vinegar to clean and revitalize wood. I put it in the back of my mind, but didn't have the opportunity to try it out until … [Read more...]

Reader Results – Tulip Fabric Spray Paint

Reader chair before

The most popular post on my blog is this one, the one about my green/blue chair. This post, and the post where I answered all the questions about it, have been pinned over 300,000 times collectively. Crazy, right!? I occasionally have readers tell me their stories about their experiences with the fabric spray, but only a few have actually sent me pictures. I have to say those emails are my very favorites - hint, hint... :) My friend from high school, Annie, recently tried Tulip Fabric … [Read more...]

Pins I’ve Tried: Faux Bamboo Buffet & Our Living room

Thomasville Faux Bamboo Buffet table

I've developed a new addiction: faux bamboo furniture. But the problem with vintage faux bamboo is that it is usually pretty dated and dingy. I've painted a few pieces so far, and it's always a struggle to get a smooth finish on it. A few months ago, I found this faux bamboo buffet table at a thrift store and thought it would be perfect for the living room. I have seen this exact buffet/dresser in shops around my house for $500 in "vintage condition" - meaning nothing was done to … [Read more...]