DARK WAXED WOOD TOP - white and wood nightstands



My first experience using wax was when I had to polish my dress
shoes as a kid. As a teenager I learned to wax cars and how to buff
to get that perfect shine. As a young adult setting up house I learn
the value of waxes and polishes for my furniture. Now most days I
use wax to protect and finish my paint jobs but for this project I used
my Annie Sloan Dark wax a little differently. 

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VINTAGE SHOPPING IN FREDERICTON - savour decor



Even when I'm on vacation I can't seem to stop
surrounding myself with chipped paint, rusty metal,
vintage wood, sparkling crystals, and white painted furniture.
Surprise, surprise!!!



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WHITE TUFTED STOOL - made from a round side table

 



 
 
A favorite project of mine was when I turned an
unwanted piece of furniture into a tufted stool
and I want to make another soon.

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UNION JACK CLOTHES CUPBOARD - glass cover up



I was rePurposing a clothes closet for someone special
and the original piece I was working with, came with
smoked glass panels set in 2 doors. I knew the look I
wanted for the finished closet but it was not going to
work with the glass looking that way. 

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ADDING THOSE LONG LEGS - 2 drawer chest





Somewhere along the way I lost interest in finishing
a little two drawer chest I had purchased. And to add
to the unfortunate situation, the original price tag was
high for such a small piece. It then ended up in last
week's yard sale with a much smaller price tag and
did not sell. I heard one man say "what is that good
for" but my vision was always clear ...


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ANOTHER REPURPOSED GATE LEG TABLE - second sofa table




This will feel like deja vu to some of you that read last weeks
post about the first rePurposing of a gate leg table I did. I had 
two of them marked at $5 at our yard sale yet neither of them
sold. I always feel bad for the stuff left behind and it some how
re-invigorates me to find the time to rePurpose them myself.
This article is about the second table that got a new life.



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HOW TO MAKE A SOFA TABLE - from a gate leg table



I hate watching furniture pieces that need tlc get over-looked
at my yard sale. There are pieces that other folks just can't
see the potential in yet I see it so clearly. That's what
happened this past weekend, two gate leg tables got passed 
over numerous times. I saw 2 different ladies looking and 
thinking then a husband would come over and say "No".
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BEAUTIFUL WORKSHOP SINK - made from an old dresser



My friend owns a home decor store and she is also the local Annie
Sloan Chalk Paint retailer. We got to know each other before anyone
in these woods knew about Annie's Chalk Paint but with the same
passion and the new paint we have so much more fun supporting
each other. This year my friend had the unique opportunity to make
a BIG move and double her square footage and she jumped in with
both feet.


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DRESSING UP SHELVING - tall white display shelf




Solid wood shelves are hard to find these days.
If I do find one I grab it no matter what it might
be missing because adding to a shelving unit is
a lot of fun for me.
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CUTTING UP ART DECO VANITIES - small space nightstands




If you consider cutting up an old vanity for a
repurposing project just be cautions and think
through the process. In the end you have to fix
whatever damage is caused to the sides so
going slow in the beginning will help in the end.

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BEING A MARKET VENDOR - olde farmhouse spring market

NOSTALGIC NEST



Everyone waiting to attend a great vintage market, well
The Olde Farmhouse Market in Maple Ridge, BC is this
Saturday.  >>>>>>>>>> Woohoo! <<<<<<<<<<<<<

I still get asked by many if I will be a vendor there and
at other markets, unfortunately the answer is no. I can't
participate in these events for the same reason I had to
stop working outside of the home.
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COLONIAL NIGHTSTANDS & SWITCH PLATE COVERS



So many ppl have seen or owned their own piece of
1970's colonial bedroom furniture. The stuff does last
and looks really good painted. This pair of nightstands
were spray painted using Annie Sloan Chalk paint, and
clear and dark wax used to create the look you see here
to the left. Check out the BEFORE AND AFTER
photos for this project.
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USING DARK WAX ON WHITE PAINT - video




Learning how to use dark wax on white paint
in the hopes to achieve an aged appearance
is tricky! You will benefit from having some
extra confidence to experiment but I'm hoping
a little extra guidance will help you a long the
way. I have uploaded a short video showing
how I use dark wax on white furniture to get
the look you see on this large cabinet.
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HOW TO PAINT FRET WORK - white display cabinet




How do you paint fancy wood fret work on a glass fronted
cabinet without getting paint on the glass? The first thing
to consider is taking the glass out. In many cases though 
the glass is secured so well into the door frame that more 
damage would be caused trying to remove it than it is 
worth. Today I'll share how I spray painted the fret work 
on my cabinet. This option works for brush painting also.



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CHECKERED FUTURE - natural wood and white dresser



We've all heard the saying "Don't judge a book by
it's cover" well this 1920's dresser definitely proved
that statement true. The exterior was in nice shape,
well stained and polyurethaned, the problem
was inside ...  

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WHITE VINTAGE STYLED DESK - metal details & rope handles



SHABBY CHIC OFFICE ... here I come!

I overhauled this next project with different hardware
and paint, I also added some metal details that you 
can all get if you just know where to look.

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KITCHEN ISLAND UPDATES - white and turquoise



Lately each morning while working at the kitchen island
I have been hearing a familiar sound coming from outside.
It doesn't lasting long enough for me to get out there and 
before I know I am brushing it off as if I've just imagined it.
But yesterday morning I heard the noise again, and I was at
the front door taking some pictures, the sound was loud and
obvious and I rushed outside to investigate.
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LILACS, A COFFEE TABLE, & HEART SURGERY




What a mysterious combination of items to include in a blog
title eh? Well the Lilac's are in bloom (they smell amazing)
and I plucked a few for a photo shoot of my small space coffee/tea table. Now that those two items are cleared up let me explain about the scarey heart surgery bit.

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SANDPAPER TIPS - large bedsides



There are lots of ways to create a distressed
finish on painted furniture but I end up always
going back to my trusted sandpaper. While I
was working on these nightstands I took some
photos to share of the different look I get with
different grades of sandpaper.






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SHABBY CHIC BOYS CABINET - tips for a masculine cabinet



Easter is just around the corner and as a child my Grandfather
loved to make elaborate scavenger hunts with hidden notes
and mysterious riddles for my sister and I. He had us running
back and forth hunting over at least an acre of land looking
for the next clue cause we knew there was one huge chocolate
easter egg at the end and it was filled with more goodies.
For me it was more like winning a trophy than an actual
Easter hunt and I wanted to display my prize for everyone
to see.

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HOW I UPHOLSTER CORNERS - video



There are a ton of upholster tutorials on the web
but everyone still asks how I do my corners. I am
not professionally trained, I learned over the years
what works and what doesn't. The same way the
first upholsterer must have learned through trial
and error. I have uploaded 2 short videos taken
while doing the corner upholstery on a footstool.
First lets go over a few of the beginning steps ...







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BUILDING A GRAIN SACK FOOT STOOL - tips







This is how it happens ...
I was at the drug store early one morning and as I
passed by the magazine rack I found a new magazine
jumped into my basket. For me a new magazine means
shutting out the world and enjoying some quiet time in
a comfy chair. When I arrived home and unpacked my
bag I decided to get into that chair and started flipping
through the new magazine. That's the moment it happened,
I flipped to the next page and saw some vintage foot stools
that I adored and then the whole plan came into my head
how to make my own.






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STENCILED FRENCH FOOT STOOLS



What would you do with a large collection
of old furniture legs? I have a huge stockpile
of tapered furniture legs that continues to grow
because I didn't know what to do with it.
I've run across different projects on Pinterest
but none really got me excited. Finally a
magazine article changed that and I found
myself consumed with an idea and I went
straight to my work room and got started.





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PIN-WORTHY WINE BAR - stereo cabinet makeover



I lost interest in this solid wood french provincial
stereo cabinet and offered it up for another anxious
soul to revive, little did I know it's potential in the
spirits category.

This one is PIN-WORTHY!

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LADIES FRENCH NIGHTSTAND - before and after



When I was very young my mother wallpapered
one wall in our bathroom with paper that looked
similar to newsprint. It was the end wall next to
the toilet. The first thing you saw when you walked
in and it was always there to look at and read if
you had the chance to stay awhile. There were
parisienne can can dancers and theatre ads. Lots
of images of household wares for sale like a new
iron that would revolutionize your life. It was
all very worldly to a small child and I will never
forget those images.

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DIY GRAPHICS ON GLASS - tutorial



I am a fan of Murdoch Mysteries, a Canadian TV drama
series set in the 1890's. For those unfamiliar with the
plot, Constable William Murdoch is a Toronto detective who
solves his cases using methods of detection that were new to
the time. There are many scenes set in the streets of Toronto
and I enjoy seeing all the shop signs that have been recreated
for filming. They also shoot scenes in the city morgue
which has a great turn of the century look. When I was
working on this next project I envisioned this cabinet in that
setting with white vintage labelling on the glass. But how to
recreate that for myself?
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DRIFTWOOD FINISH - how to video




Growing up we spent most free weekends camping
on the shores of Harrison lake. The lake always had
lots of silvered driftwood and my father, sister, and
I would build rafts to sail around on. I was a skinny
child with long legs and big ambitions. The bigger
the logs the more I wanted to roll them down the
beach and build them into our rafts. I could never
forget the look and feel of those sun kissed driftwood
logs.




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BEFORE AND AFTER - grey cabinet reveal






Many of our grandmothers had a glass doored cabinet
in their homes like the one I found at Value Village.
I can remember pressing my face against the glass
to see my Gram's English tea cups sitting on the
shelves inside. My friend's grandmother was
Hungarian and they had lots of Czechoslovakian
crystal on display behind glass doors.



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CREATING ORNATE DETAILS - secrets revealed





I have given many furniture projects a new
look by adding ornate details to boring flat
kick plates. The tools I use for this are a
pencil, a jigsaw, a hammer, finishing nails,
and an applique.


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THE CHEAPEST FURNITURE APPLIQUES - secrets revealed





Want to know the cheapest way to
added appliques to your painting projects?






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USING WALLPAPER ON FURNITURE - shelf reveal with a before & after




I moved into a little farm house years ago that had a super big
kitchen. The original cabinets were painted sunshine yellow
and someone added a navy blue celestial wallpaper on the upper
portion of the walls. It was HIDEOUS but that never discouraged
me against using wallpaper myself. When I'm out picking I find
wallpaper in every thrift store I visit and our Home Depot sends
old stock and damaged rolls to the local RESTORE. Wallpaper
is a perfect helper to revive vintage furniture and on this project
I used 2 different ones, in 2 different ways.



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ADDING BUFFET LEGS - beefing up the frame





Most of the time I have to pull out all my wood working
skills and sometimes even the swear jar to get some legs
install on furniture. While working on this buffet outside
in the warmth of last summer's sun I took several photos
to show how the frame was built and what I would have
to do so I could install a set of legs.  



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SHABBY TALL CABINET - custom wood working






Growing up I wasn't the daughter that liked to play with dolls.
I was the tomboy playing outdoors, riding bikes, making ladders
to climb higher and building forts to spy from. We didn't
have a lot when I was young but we did have five acres of forest
and daddy's garage, where I could find old cans of nails and a
hammer to build whatever I wanted.
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ORNATE SHABBY WHITE BUFFET - reveal with a before and after



This buffet has been perched in my back room
for five months longingly looking my way every
time I pass by to use the shower. I had huge plans
for it right from the beginning but the work was
going so slow while other things were also
demanding my attention. The final hurdle was
to refinish the inside, and make it look as good
as the outside.




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ROPE HANDLES - tutorial




Time for the tutorial on the big nautical rope handles
I used on my beach dresser. They work really well
on these drawers and look incredible. It took some
time to find the rope I wanted to use but in the end
I nailed it.

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WHITE WASHING VIDEO - recycling bin




I've had an unfinished wood bin in my kitchen
for years and I've always wanted to whitewash
it. Person projects always seem to take a back
burner to other work but I finally stole some
time during the holidays to get it accomplished.
I even pulled out the camera and did a quick
video of how easy it really is. In hindsight I'm
not sure what took me so long.


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CHANGING THE SHAPE OF FURNITURE - shabby white three drawer



Very rarely am I ever happy when I just paint furniture
to give it a new look. Every artist has something they
specialize in and enjoy doing. Sometimes when I look
at a piece of furniture I see a shape that it should be but
currently something is is distracting from it or missing.
These pieces are also broken or unusable the way they
are, which makes me want them more. It becomes my
job to recreate it for someone new to love. For this project,
a little three drawer cabinet. perfect for a little girl's room,
I added 4 different salvaged pieces to change it's shape.



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BIG SOFT ROPE HANDLES - nautical beach dresser





I'm over the moon in love with this project. I finally got to
create some big fat nautical rope handles on a set of
drawers. And I'm here to tell you it took awhile to find nice
soft rope to use instead of thick prickly sisal that is
available everywhere. I went to a tack and feed store,
a boat store, every hardware store I could think of and finally
just gave up. Then one day when I was not looking there it
was right in front of me and you'll never guess where.

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SHABBY CHIC BEDSIDE TABLES & FRESH FLOWERS



The holidays are over, the turkey is all done,
but our bills remain to remind us of our fun.

The day after Christmas we had a big break-down,
on my desk sat a broken computer that made me frown.

Then in the van we had a broken part that made everything cold,
so we paid to replace it like we were told.

I guess it's time to get back to work and roll up those sleeves,
to pay for the furnace that broke on New Years Eve.
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GET YOUR JEWELRY ORGANIZED - dressing room update





This time of year we all love to get organized.
As a present to myself I replaced my long
dressing room mirror with a hidden jewelry
cabinet mirror to help kick off some of that
much needed organizing. I had no idea what
I was missing until now. My jewelry has always
been in a box or drawer and I have never had
it properly organized. I was always spending
too much time untangling things to enjoy
wearing my jewelry. Over the holidays I got to
use the new cabinet and it's so much fun now
being able to select a piece to wear with just
a glance.




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CHRISTMAS VILLAGES and DISPLAYS

 
 
I use to have a large village with a bridge, street lights and
tons of little bottle brush trees. I also had lots of little people
to walk the streets and fence lines in my village. It is great
when children get to enjoy Christmas villages so a few years
ago I past everything on to my nephews to enjoy. They even
got the train.

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HAND PAINTED SLED

 
 
I have an old metal and wood sled I display
on the porch each winter. The wood has been
getting pretty weathered and I have seen some
really pretty sleighs on Pinterest painted white
so I gave mine an update with some Annie
Sloan Chalk Paint.

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MOTHER'S TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS




I mentioned last week that I have been decorating my mother's
home as well as my own. This is a peek into how her home
is shining and waiting for all of us to arrive for our big family
dinner. Please enjoy these photos ....

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CHRISTMAS DECOR 2014 - part 3

 
 
Our Christmas bed this year definitely has a starry
night feeling to it, which for the holidays is a lot of
fun. Last year I used snow flakes on the window
over our bed and paired that with a heavy red
plaid & wool blanket for a snow lodge theme.
It has been quite warm this year so the starry
night theme seems to work better.
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CHRISTMAS DECOR 2014 - part 2


 
 
This is day two of the Christmas décor for 2014
and it's all about our Christmas tree. I hope you
enjoy looking around our cozy home for the holidays.
 
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CHRISTMAS DECOR 2014 - part 1

 
 
This year I'm decorating two homes, mine and my mothers.
Mother is very traditional and I'm not, so it gets confusing
when I go from one home to the other. I hope to share some
of her home in the days to come. Our main space has been
decorated in vintage whites with greenery and sparkling glass.
These are the photos taken of the décor around the TV.
 
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20 FURNITURE APPLIQUES that will keep you inspired

 

Appliques and wood decorations are a fun and clever way to
add ornate design to a furniture or cabinet project. I've used
appliques to hide old screw holes and damage to the wood on
a few projects. They can change the shape of furniture and
even change the era it may seem to belong to. Wood
appliques can usually just be glued into place but when you
get creative and start thinking outside of the box you will
need something stronger to mount cast iron ornaments like
on this blue dresser (#1)
 
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DARK WAXING WITH STEEL WOOL VIDEO - AS Graphite Paint

 

 
Black paint finishes are tricky and hard to make look
right, and I don't work with Annie Sloan's Graphite
paint all that often but when I do I have a tried and
tested method to get that great finish that I want.
I have finished two short videos to share with you
of me using dark wax on AS Graphite paint and
using fine steel wool to apply it. 
 

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SANTA'S MAGIC KEY - christmas tutorial

 
 
The Christmas season has arrived and we started by
making a special little gift to send to George's
Grand-daughters, Santa's Magic Key. When I was
their age my house had a small chimney that went
into a wood stove and I worried Santa would not be
able to deliver our presents. When Santa has a magic
key waiting for him he has no trouble getting into
homes that do not have a fireplace. One Christmas
I even slept on the floor of the bathroom so I could
see when he might come through our front door.
 
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MISFIT HANDLES - shabby chic chest of drawers


 
 
 
One of the many repurposing projects I have
undertaken is finding new ways to use vintage
hardware. Whether I find one lonely handle or
12 ugly ones I collect them until some great
sets can be created. I started using the word
"MISIFT" to describe the unique collection
of hardware when I was listing them in my
 
 
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