Thursday, September 22, 2016

Small End Table Makeover using LAYERS ~ DIY Furniture Girls!





 Welcome back my Beauties.
I didn't know how I was going to return to blogging now that Mom is gone, but it seems she showed me how to "crack the door open"
by having this post due. 
I have done nothing but cry the last few months and days.
I wondered how I would ever return to blogging.
But then as I sat crying I remembered how much she loved to see my makeovers..(Even though you won't like this one Momma because its "distressed"), she always always loved a good makeover. 
She also had a hard life but she kept being HER until the end. 
So the least I can do, is the same.


(you can read more about my Awesome Momma Here

Through the whole process with Mom I told my family that Life was like a game of  Double Dutch jump rope.
Sometimes you have to jump out because its going to fast and you can't keep up and you keep getting "cracked" by the ropes of life.
That is what I did while we all took care of Mom.
But then she showed me that THIS would be how I would Jump back in.
Even though I don't "FEEL" like it, I know I never will if I don't at least try. 
So I am taking a breath and I am going to try to JUMP in  (in this case, TYPE in)
So here we go.
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Its time again for our Themed Furniture Makeover.
This months Theme is "Layers" 

In the small amount of spare time I had the last few months,
I had found this little cabinet in my stash.
It was plain and it was beat up,
but I wanted it to look like an old little cabinet.
It was the perfect piece to try to add some layers to. 


  
I started by just basing the whole piece in a simple white mineral paint that I had. Not being real careful for full coverage because of the layered look I was going for.


Next I wet blended some custom vintage mint paint I had mixed up.
Again since we are going for a layered look I didn't have to be so perfect with the paint.
I already loved the colors but I knew I wanted a little bit more,
and decided to try something new. 


I grabbed my 
 Deco Art Color Stain in ASH GRAY
and decided to use it as a sealer too since it was a self sealing stain.
It added just a little bit of a vintage worn feel with the washed out gray added to the other layers. 
I loved how an old 70's dated nightstand turned into something old and vintage looking.
Even though Momma would have HATED the distressed finish,
she still would have enjoyed the makeover.
I will always always think of her when doing what I love.
She was my Greatest Teacher and my best friend,
and I wouldn't be doing what I am doing today without her.

So go out and do what you love,
cause Momma told you to.

Make sure you check out all my friends too, to see what they have created, doing what they love!


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Saying Goodbye to my Momma.

Today starts the official Beginning of saying Goodbye to my Heart.
My Momma passed, Sept 15 after a battle for her life that we still don't have the answers to.
She fought valiantly still trying to be that Sassy Woman she always was 
but in the end she was just too DAMN tired.
The pain won, and we lost the most amazing Mother, Grandmother, and Best Friend.

I don't know when I will be back here sharing projects, hopefully it will be soon.
I just don't know how my heart can find normalcy again without her.
I don't know how to not feel I am disrespecting her memory by continuing on doing what I was doing before. 
She has been through this and I know the last thing my Mom would ever want me to do was to stop doing what I love because my heart hurts. 
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So this is my "Until my heart is ready" post.
It could be a week it could be days..I don't know.
Trying to fill the void of taking care of her, I may need to dive into projects to keep myself from going into "the snake pit" as she always called it.


But after watching my momma suffer and fight even though its selfish I still wanted her to fight some more, but I knew from how TIRED I was of trying to fight for her she must have been tired 10 fold. I will never resent her for finally giving in to it. She was my heart and I know that not as many are as lucky as my family to have such a relationship on such a deep level that it leaves a gaping hole that nothing can fill, nor do I want someone to try. That hole is a reminder of the part of me was always part of her. It was never mine..but it was her heart that beat inside of me.

Until I am ready..Thank you for understanding. 
Here's hoping there is THRIFTING in Heaven

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Updating a dresser with General Finishes Java Gel and Paint



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beat up old scratched cherry vintage dresser makeover


Welcome back my Beauties!
I know I have told you before why I haven't been around much, but for those just joining us,
we are still spending much of the time at the hospital with my mom and now we have sent her to a hospital further away in the hopes that they will be able to find out whats wrong.
So of course I don't spend much time here anymore.
But every once in a while, I catch a little break and I can sit down and I have a few moments to show off one of the makeovers I had finished before all this started.
Today is one of those days.
You can see from the above dresser how bad of a condition it was in.
Mostly it was just surface scratches.

 The only major issue was a trim piece that was missing from the side.
I cut a piece I had to size and used my Ryobi air strike nailer to set it in place.
Once that was in place I could start my makeover.
 I decided since most were really surface scratches I could get away with just a light sanding and then use my General Finishes Java Gel stain on it to bring out the richness of the wood.




You can see here after two coats how much better it looked!

 I wanted to add a little pop of color so I chose General Finishes Somerset Gold
When it was dry I used their High performance top coat to seal all of it.
 I added some simple gold hardware to finish the piece off and add a little more class.
I couldn't believe the difference with just a little bit of TLC.



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 It looks like a totally different piece.


I know this was a quick and fast write up for this post,
but as I said, I have very little time!
I hope you still enjoyed it even though I didn't get to spend a lot of time with you!
I hope you can forgive me!
Until next time,
Have a Beautiful day!


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Gray and Copper Desk Makeover ~The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest

All opinions and thoughts expressed within this post are 100% my own, however, this post is sponsored by D. Lawless Hardware. 


Welcome back my Beauties!
Its time again for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest Makeover.
For this months makeover I chose this beat up beauty of a desk that a neighbor of mine was happy to leave with me. :) 
 







Each month, the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest challenges  a group of bloggers to flip a piece of furniture using a product from one of their fabulous sponsors.  This month’s theme is Class It Up! For this months Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest™ we teamed up with  D. Lawless Hardware.
This hardware company is a family run business in the United States that has a superior customer service.While looking for my specific sized hardware I had multiple options and styles for bringing my vision to life.
I picked out my hardware before I even started on my makeover because I wanted their beautiful hardware to be the jumping off point for my desk and go from there. 
Once I had my choice I went from there.
 First things first I had to sand this baby down. This desk had provided YEARS of service and it was time to give some life back to it. I used my random orbital sander and got the top of the desk down to the bare wood. 
Once the top was sanded I chose to use General Finishes Java Gel on the top with their topcoat. 
It gave me the rich color I wanted for the top of this desk.
Once that was stained and sealed I could get started on the base.

I chose a custom created gray color for the base. I was in love already but couldn't wait for the next part.

My BEAUTIFUL new HARDWARE!! Isn't it gorgeous.

For my piece I chose these gorgeous Copper Kettle Cup pulls and knobs to really class the piece up.
I was in love with the gorgeous finish and classy feel.


I think you will agree that they gave this piece the CLASS it deserved.
Such gorgeous rich copper against the gray and stain.



It turned out even better than I imagined all thanks to the gorgeous hardware.

Can you even believe its the same piece??
I hope you enjoyed this latest Fab Furniture Flippin Makeover.
Until next time Have a BEAUTIFUL day!


If you want to see more of the projects in this months contest check out Stacy's page or Colleen's page;  all are at the bottom of either page and if YOU want to participate in a future challenge contact info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com


The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest is open only to the entrants who have signed up through the group Facebook page. If you are an active, furniture flippin' blogger, and you'd like to participate in future contests, we'd love to have you! Please contact us at info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com to find out how!


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Old Kids Loft Bed TURNED Rustic Vintage Style Coffee Table



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Welcome back my BEAUTIES!! 
I am sorry that it has been so long since I have had a new post for you.
To say the last few months have been busy and stressful would be an understatement.
Now I normally live a very busy life anyway but the last few months we were on overload.
You see, in addition to our normal CHAOS my Sassy Pants Momma got very sick.
(if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you know how much my Momma means to me and how Sassy she really is) :) 
We have basically been living at the Hospital or her home for around a Month give or take a few GOOD days when she was O.K. 
Even though I still was trying to cram in projects to fill my booth I had ZERO energy to Write, Edit or POST about them. 
I have always loved my Job because it allows me to always put my family first and this was a prime example of that time. 
I am happy to say that although she is not 100 percent back to her normal sassy spunky
self yet, she is starting to come around. 
So I am sorry that I have left you all for such a long period of time,
but I have my fingers and toes crossed and I am praying that my Momma gets better and I can get back to showing you my latest projects. (I have like 4000 in my photos) :)
So lets get started shall we. 
In the middle of all the Chaos with projects and my Mom, we were also right in the middle of finally making over my sons room. He is going to be 12 and his room had never been made over since it was his nursery.
This was the summer we transformed it.
(another project that is in my pile to show you)
One of the things we were changing was his bed.
Its an old Loft bed that I got thrifting a few years ago.


Well we started disassembling it and I had a brilliant idea!
We were going to be repurposing  part of the bed into a new bed for him so we couldn't really SELL the parts. 
You know how I HATE to throw anything of use out as well.
SO we started thinking...What could we do with all these left over PARTS??



 Then my husband said...TABLES!!!
The long shelf part was left from under the loft and the legs were cut off from part of the frame so my husband sketched up some plans close to what we did for our outdoor coffee table.
 You can see he built it close to the same style as our Outdoor DIY Custom Built Farmhouse Style Coffee Table

He build this and another end table and used the other parts to make an apron for a farmhouse dining table which I will also be showing you sometime down the line.
That table top was part of the shelf under the bed and the legs were part of the base of the bed with the apron being made with parts of the old guard rail.
Once it was together I took my Rockwell sander and sanded the top making sure I really sanded some spots so the stain would darken there and give it an aged feel.
Once it was sanded I used my General Finishes Java Gel to stain the top and then applied my General finishes High Performance sealer.
 For the legs I mixed up a custom mix mineral paint in a vintage mint color and slightly distressed them.
And this is what it turned out like.
I was such a rush to fill my booth that I never even got a chance to photograph the end table but I am sure you can picture a smaller more square version of this piece :)


Here is a shot where you can see the spots I sanded "EXTRA" and how it added to the rustic feel. 
Luckily I didn't have to beat up the top to much to make it feel vintage since my BOY did plenty of that with his legos and other toys. :)
So there  you have it...
Where I have been...and
What I have been doing..
Hoping and Praying that things calm down a bit
(who am I kidding..that never happens here :))
I hope to be back with you again soon with many many more projects and with reports of good health on my momma.
Until next time,
Go make someones day BEAUTIFUL! 




Thursday, July 21, 2016

Small Outdoor Table Makeover ~DIY Furniture Girls



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Welcome back my Beauties!
I finally have a new post for you guys today!

Every Month we have a Themed Furniture Makeover Day with 
a bunch of my Bloggy Friends and TODAY is that day.


This months THEME is OUTDOOR.
Now with how busy we have been here I wasn't sure I was gonna be able to make it.
I was scrounging all the thrift shops and NO ONE had any outdoor tables and anything 
I could makeover.
But then I walked into my own backyard and found one :)
This table kind of just blended into NOTHING back there because it was so sun damaged and 
worn out that I really never noticed I had it sitting by some chairs around our fire pit.
So I decided then and there that I would bring this piece back!

I grabbed my Chalky finish Americana Paint and gave it two coats.
I also used a little dark stain to warm up the worn out wicker on the top.
Since the paint wasn't outdoor paint I knew I had to help protect it from the elements with something.
My goto for that is Minwax Helsman Spar Urethane
It comes in spray form so I just sprayed the whole piece down after distressing it and 
it was ready to go BACK outside!

Here it is, back where it belongs, making a little bit more of a statement now.

I think you will agree that, a LITTLE bit of paint made a BIG difference.

Now head on over and check out all the outdoor project
by all my other bloggy friends for some Major Outdoor Inspiration!