Guest Furniture Re-dos

I must introduce you to my friend Anne…


We met while our sons played on the same hockey team a couple of seasons ago but discovered we had more in common than just the highs and lows of youth hockey and stinky-smelly hockey bags.

She likes to re-do furniture too and has an incredible talent for taking old and used furniture to fabulous and amazing pieces anyone would be proud to have in their home.

She shared with me some of her Before and After’s and I think she does a marvelous job.

She took this scratched and dinged up dresser and transformed it beautifully.



This transformation came out so Beautiful!

Here’s another great one…

From this-


To this!

white dresser

What a difference!

And one of my favorites…


Blah and Boring to Elegant and Embellished

bird dresser

How sweet is that?

Isn’t Anne truly talented? I know she uses one of my favorite paints to paint her furniture (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint) and puts a lot of elbow grease into fixing these babies up.  I honestly admire her work and can’t wait for spring to come so we could hit up some estate sales together and maybe work on some projects together.

You can find more of her curbside finds and furniture re-dos on her Facebook page. If you live in the Chicago land area, she might be able to help you take an old, worn out piece of furniture and turn it into something lovely.

In the meantime, I hope she has inspired you like she has inspired me.

Keep up the good work, Anne!



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Dresser Makeover


Another Curbside Find…


It’s been awhile since I posted…

Always something else that needs to be done…

But I recently acquired a lovely dresser that was put out to pasture (sitting out by the curb, waiting for the garbage truck to load it up).


See? It still has the garbage sticker on it…

I felt the need to come to its rescue.  This girl was found down the street and when my husband saw me eyeing it, he was like, “Don’t even think about it. We have enough stuff.”  He’s right. We do have a lot of stuff.

So I walked away and we went about our day, dinner came and went, it got dark out, bedtime for the kiddos, reading, watching TV, catching up for the parents.

The next morning, she was still there. My husband went to work, kids went to school.

She was still there. No garbage pick-up yet.

I ran some errands, came home.

She was still there. Beckoning. Garbage pick-up is running behind schedule.

So I did what any thrifty person would do…

I located my kids’ old Radio Flyer Wagon, hanging up in the rafters of the garage. Got it down without giving myself a concussion in the process, and walked down the street with it.

Loaded up the dresser on her back into the wagon and pulled her back to my house. (I hope none of my neighbors saw me).

Perfect project to try my hand at making my own chalk paint!

To make my own chalk paint, I searched the internet for the perfect recipe and read many reviews. I loved this one from How to Distress Furniture.

I went to my local Ace Hardware and bought some paint, Plaster of Paris, sandpaper, and got to work on her.

I sanded away all the dents and dings and surface first. And then it was time  for the fun part—Painting!


The paint color I used is called “Smokey Gray” by Clark and Kensington. Mixing it with Plaster of Paris made the paint go on super smooth!

I gave her two coats of paint and then used Annie Sloan Clear Wax.

After about a day, I sandpapered again to give it a rustic, vintage look and stained the top with a couple coats of Minwax Dark Walnut. When that dried, I used Minwax Polyurethane to protect the top.


And here she is! Original Hardware and All!



Here’s a crooked shot…

In the sunlight, the paint color is blue-ish.

Indoors, the paint looks more gray.


I love how she turned out!

What do you think?



(I really need to stop taking crooked pictures)

And in the end, my husband was impressed.

Now if only I could get someone to buy this from me so I could move on to my next curbside find.



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Happy Memorial Day!


Let’s give thanks to all those who served our country and remember them on this special day.



Let’s Welcome Summer!!!



Let’s Create Something!!!



Here is a little project I recently completed that I’m proud of…

upcycled windows

I had 4 old windows that I picked up off the curb that I’ve been meaning to use in some projects….

They’ve been waiting patiently in the garage for years to be put to good use….

My husband screwed them into place (thanks, Babe!) and we found an empty spot in the backyard.

I made a simple little banner and planted some flowers inside.  It looks like my own little greenhouse.

This whole project cost about $10!!!  The windows were free, (garbage collector that I am), the planters I found at Goodwill for .50 cents each, the fabric used was scraps, so the flowers were the most expensive piece.


I hope everyone has a beautiful Memorial Day filled with good memories and laughter.




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Another favorite antique store of mine is closing (insert sad face), so I stopped by and found this…


So funny, right?  From the good ‘ol days when Halloween masks weren’t gory.  I had to buy it, I had a vision.

You know those cute farm animal heads that are popping up all over blogs?

pig-head_2          deer head

cow head

(I found these images on Google….)

I thought I’d give it a try.

I had an old tennis racket holder that I thought would make a cute background and painted it red, red, red.


Attaching the mask took some creativity…


It’s funny in my kitchen, adding a little humor.

But I also thought of another display I could do using a ladder I found at the curb that I attached a wire basket to and use in the summer for flowers.




If nothing else, even if I only keep it for a little while, it cracks me up.  And I could use a little humor lately.


P.S.  We actually do have a real antelope head in our house…my father brought it back from North Dakota for my boys.  It hangs in their room and they always proudly show their friends…



                               We are an Interesting bunch, I think…



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Chalk Board Table

I love to find furniture curbside!

That translates into, “found items that someone else is planning on throwing away”.  Of course, my poor kids get anxious any time we drive by someone’s house on garbage day and there’s furniture at the curb and they notice me slowing down a bit…Too bad for them!  What do they think the minivan is for, lugging around all their hockey equipment?  (Well, it is but the added space is a bonus for me and my furniture “finds”).

Found this during the summer.


Just sitting there, ready to go into some landfill somewhere.

I had to do a lot of sanding and filling in on the top because it was pretty dented and nicked up.


Oh my, not looking very pretty.  Lots and lots of wood filler.

I had planned on painting it gray and sanding and restaining the top brown, but alas, things didn’t work out that way.  (Best thing about curb-finds…when you mess up, you don’t feel that bad because you got it for free!)

I ended up painting it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey and then using the clear and dark wax to bring out the details.  I like to use a little water with the ASCP because I feel it goes on better, not so thick.  The great thing about ASCP is you don’t have to prime it.  Yay!

I ran into some problems along the way…all that wood filler I put on!  Of course I sanded the top smooth, but couldn’t get it stained right because of all the wood filler that showed through.

So I thought I could paint the top brown.


Yeah…no….didn’t do it for me.

So I got an idea…chalk board paint!


Doo dee doo dee doo….


I like the way the waxes brought out the details better, don’t you?  It definitely needed it.


So then I decided it needed something more and stenciled “Don’t Forget” on top.  I figured I could use it by the front door to write myself notes since I’m notorious for forgetting something on my way out each day.  I used freezer paper, my computer, and printed out the words.  Then used an exacto knife to cut it out and paint it on.


Doo dee doo dee doo…


Still a little wet here…

Finished product…Viola!


Never miss an opportunity to tell them

you love them!

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