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Yes, I have a full plate of priority projects -but-

make anything a chalkboard

when I saw this product recently,

I thought it was a really awesome idea-



-and I was eager to try it out!

I tested it on a thrift store over-sized pizza board I really didn’t want after all, deciding it might make an fun message board instead!

The board’s finish was a bit “fuzzy” so I gave it a thorough fine-sanding.

*When I’m using regular chalkboard paint I always give a very light sanding between coats to lessen the brush strokes  -to get the smoothest end finish.

the FAIL--That being said I brushed on a first coating of this product -per their instructions- all in one direction, waited an hour, and brushed on the second coat in the opposite direction, then let it cure for 24hrs.

Okay, NOT liking those brush strokes, I admit to lightly sanding the project before applying the 2nd coating–which did NOT go over well, peeling in a few areas.  So I tried to feather it out and I suppose I over-compensated for it with the 2nd application.  Again–I let it cure over night/24hrs and tried to soften the brush strokes with another light fine sanding–this time it peeled a little in other areas.

“Priming” the board with chalk seemed to exacerbate the issues, and, it actually scratched more of the finish.  To me, this was a project FAIL.  I darkened the picture above so you could better see some of the scratches, and the “blotch” below the 10″ was one of the areas it peeled.


my pizza board chalkboard-001I turned over the pizza board for a Do-Over and took a different approach.

This time I poured out a small amount and used a cloth to spread it around evenly.  This approach was so much more EVEN and SMOOTH and I applied 4 thinner coatings.  I still gave an hour between coats and 24hrs cure time.

It looked WAY better, and there were no problems when I primed/coated the board with chalk–YaY!

It was really nice writing, erasing, and re-writing on this side of the board!


I still think this product is an awesome idea  -but-  I also think it’s going to take some “practice makes perfect” to find the best application/outcome.

I love that you can now create a “non-colored” or “clear” chalkboard over an original wall color, door color, glass. . . fabric maybe–?

my pizza board chalkboard-002

Playtime over . . . . . . back to real work now!


DSC06512-On a BTW foot note–

that glimpse of blue stove you see is my mother’s 1954 GE slate blue stove.  The only one she’s ever had.  It too has traveled all over thanks to the Air Force!

The little chair (1900) sits beside the stove in memory of our beloved great aunties, just as it always sat beside theirs in the old farm house.

*The kitchen is the only room not renovated-


I hope!

; D

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no more lamp--my new trophy urn!Running errands all  around town a little earlier today, I happened to be close by the very same thrift store where I found the Urn Lamp I turned into a trophy just recently-

-so I detoured for a quick  pop-back-in!

I don’t go there very often because it’s rare I find anything– –or a price tag I’m willing to pay-!!

But look what I found there!  AGAIN!

And for chEAper this time!  It sucks they didn’t put both out together that might have both had the cheaper price (?).  Oh well

So, I really don’t think I need two of these, and will probably put it directly in the antique mall for sale–as quickly as I alter it too!


URN lamp to trophy urn

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putting 2013 behind us I’ve been reading a lot of “Year in Review” blog posts…a great look back at some really inspiring projects out there in blogland!

I started thinking about a couple of mine—and was surprised at how many of my own projects I’d forgotten all about!

antq mall display cabinet

So I thought it might be fun to

RE-share them with you too!

But I’m going to start with one from Nov 2012 and something I never thought I’d be doing…TAKING A SPACE IN AN ANTIQUE MALL.  What a surprise–that I did it, that it went so well as to expand in this year, and the many projects it propelled!  Like~ building this new display cabinet from odd parts and its outcome!


~found me constructing a dresser-hutch for my very 1st G-G-nephew Brody.
~Then I finished off another children’s cabinet for my cousin’s little baby girl Emma  before traveling to Atlanta to deliver it AnD take a little birthday getaway!  Woo-hoo!

year in review projects- 2013

In February~

I decided to make several changes in my mother’s master br as a surprise while she took a winter’s rest in Florida with a friend!  It started with a fire place

Mom's surprise!

During the year I worked on a variety of projects, big & small~

my lighting projects- 2013

  1. My vintage White Globe sconces
  2. Princes Aleigha’s lamp
  3. A thrift store lamp and an anaglyptic-covered shade
  4. A lace-y chandelier
  5. A vintage bed lamp re-fashioned

my chalk boards and mirror projects- 2013

  1. the Atlanta trip windows
  2. my auction mirror
  3. making a mirror from cabinet doors
  4. a decoupaged chalkboard
  5. two more decoupaged chalkboards

And there were lots of  miscellaneous projects….

misc projects of 2013

But you all know my very favorite thing is construction!

Hmmm, I guess I make a lot of benches   ; D

my bench projects- 2013

  1. The other half of the 1st Craig’s List dresser
  2. The neighbor’s curbie
  3. A quilted slip-covered curbie!
  4. The ReStore “bench”
  5. Saving history!
  6. The 2nd Craig’s List dresser
  7. The sewing cabinet bench
  8. The Christmas built-in banquette

And furniture~

furniture projects of 2013reviving some curbies, an old camp chair, rattan chair makeovers, a thrift store dresser and bed re-furbished, the farm table, the outdoor china hutch, a 2nd Craig’s List dresser re-do, a decoupaged dresser, a bit more decoupage, re-working a curbie, Grandpa’s rockers, the antq mall armoire,

And of course–charity projects.

charity projects -2013

2 Hall Trees for 2 charities, The Habitat for Humanities Hall Tree and children’s cubbyAnd one more currently in the works for mom’s neighbor who is battling breast cancer, but I haven’t posted on any of it yet.

It felt like I was so busy all year, but it’s only 50′ish projects!

I did leave out a handful or so because I abandoned them (-didn’t like how they were taking shape, but I’ll come back to them…).  There were also many “other projects” that occurred throughout the year not listed above…

like TRAVEL and meeting some of my FAVorite bloggers!

Which you can neVer do enough of!


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a sewing cabinet--I found this old gutted sewing cabinet in a thrift store more than a year ago.  I thought it was interesting and had some potential–but I already had a loooong project list so it got back-burnered.

Well, it’s time has come.

I would’ve liked to come up with some crazy, off the wall design–but I need some quick projects for the antique mall so the easy thing to do was a bench (and they sell well for me).

  1. I detached the top and
  2. removed the front apron, and marked its new lower location,
  3. then I set the table saw fence to cut off the cabinet’s top 8″.
  4. I reattached the apron and added corner blocking for more support to the new seat.

Super easy-peasy.

sewing cabinet to bench

I sanded the whole piece, dry-brushed it, gave it another light sanding, and dark waxed it.

Then I began working on the upholstered seat~which all hinges on good padding and some burlap.

A new bench from the sewing machine cabinet!A new bench from the sewing machine cabinet!Super fast and ready to go!

~don’cha’ luv when that happens!


A new bench from the sewing machine cabinet!~I’m sharing this project with a few good friends!






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thrift store finds~new projects

I found this dresser just recently at a GoodWill store for $13.50 !

I loved the dresser~just as it was!  No cutting up or reinventing this one.  Just some paint and waxing this time around–how unusual pour moi!


The bed, I found at one of those St. Vinnie’s ½ price day sales $10 $5 (oh–about 3 yrs ago.  I know-I know~ h-OAR-der).

It needed a lot of repair, and one of the foot board posts was so”iffy,” I just cut them both off and modified the ends to reattach the finials.

Last year I saw this brass branch with birds-thingy for $7.97 in a thrift store.  I had an INSTant flash-back to an old ad for Patina Furniture.  They were featuring this beaUtiful bed with birds atop each of the four posters.  ~It was an inCREDibly expensive bed.

So I bought the tacky brass-bird-thingy with the intentions of making my oWn version of the bed!


thrift store find--

-Getting to work now-

I really loved the Revere Pewter and Alabaster White combo -and the paint wAs already out- so I just kept painting.  ; D

From the hall tree– to the dresser, to the bed!

And then I waxed EVERYthing to the smOOthest finish!  And while I was at it–I even waxed the inside drawer rails because the drawers were just horrible to open and close.  Now they just gLIDe!

Yes~my work space is cRAZy out of control at the moment, just don’t look at the background!

Back to WORK!

Out of all the mayhem came these beautiful pieces!

the dresser beaUtified!

Now- my bed makeover!

Like I said, I cut off the foot board posts (again, because one was sO bad), cleaned scoured the whole bed–it was really gross!  Then I painted away, sanded, painted, sanded–waxed.  Wow did my arms ache from that time off.

I unscrewed 2 of the birds from their branch and quickly figured out a way to attach them to the top of the posts.  Double threaded screws.  So off I went to the box-store.  But guess what—they don’t have anything so small.

The guy said, “I guess you’ll have to scrap your idea, huh?”  Silly man.  Never under estimate the power of a determined girl!

Okay, plan A—out.  Plan B, why don’t I enlarge the hole, and re-thread it to the smallest double threaded screw you have?  The guy actually looked surprised, but agreed, THAt would work— .

So we grabbed the double threaded screws, headed over to the isle with the drill bit/re-threading parts  -aNd then-  he said I would need to buy this $9 hand tool to do the job.  “WHY,” I asked–?  After he explained why, and we “discussed” it, I said I really thought I could do it without the pricey (probably, 1 time use) tool, but I wOUld buy it for back up.

Maybe WOmen are just better at this stuff—I never had an ounce of trouble using my drill–very sl ow ly, and finished the task in less than 5 minutes.  And I retURNed the unopened tool for a refund the next day.

adding birds to the bed posts

I think my birds look sO cool perched up there!

And here’s the whole bed—

the bed made over!

I wanted to float the bed in my small space, so I needed some supports to hold it upright.  Bed stores actually sell short little bed rails for display purposes, but they’re expensive.  And, honestly, I wasn’t sure someone wouldn’t assume they go with the bed at sale and take them too!

So I grabbed some scraps and made an improvised “collar.”  While I was at it, I made a little platform so I could display some pillows in the void.      Here are my 2 concoctions—

for display purposes!

Hope you like my projects and problem/solution ideas~

Btw—here’s my newly RE-LOADed space.  Without an inch to spare in my 5ft deep x 11ft wide space, huh?


PS~ I’m saving the other two birds for a project that will be for ME!

my newly re-set space!

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I’m still alive—the shingles are finally at the end!                         Can I get a woot-woot, he-ey!

~And thEN I got hit with a 2nd punch.  About 3yrs ago, I -somehow- got a sebaceous cyst on my back, between my shoulder blades, right over my spine.  The doctor cut it open to drain it, easing the pain (after causing mOre 1st) and it was over.  For a while.  It slowly started to come back, and we’ve been monitoring it since.

About a week and a half ago, it suddenly got really inflamed and I was in just awful pain.  ~Like there was a competition going on between my head and my back.~  I headed back in to the doc—it was all infected and about the size of a golfball.  “Totally coincidental,”  I was told.  S-u-r-e.  I’m on anti biotics.

I was also told to check out a couple medical videos (you can find on Youtube) because, when the infection clears we’ll have to do one or the other—cut it out, or drain it again.  Whichever~it’s gonna hurt, and it’s gonna leave a scar—jOy.  Have I paid my dues now. . ?

cry-babying over~cry-babying over~cry-babying over~cry-babying over~cry-babying over

And now I’m going to bury myself in a thousand projects!                               No more talk of pain and misery.

a pair of chairs for Princess AleighaI was trying to work on my little princess Aleigha’s room.

I had let my niece pick some lighting from several options of things I have found, and this is one of her selections!     I asked what color she might like for the shade to be altered to—and she picked the same grEEn, like her chair!

I found this swing arm lamp at the ReStore for $5 a while back, the shade was $1 from a thrift store–and this was her choice to go beside her bed.

a light for Aleigha!

I popped the little glue-tacks that held the accordion-styled over-shade to its liner-shade.  Cleaned it with the vacuum hose/brush and then spray painted it.  Could it be aNy easier?!?

Then using an awl, I punched a small hole in the over-shade, and threaded the cut flower through.  I bent the wire into a little curly-cue, and added a little dob of hot glue for extra staying power.

After I applied all 7 flowers (that I found at mom’s Hobby Lobby on clearance for $4.76), I re-affixed the over-shade to the liner-shade with some hot glue.  Easy-peasy project!

re-creating Aleigha's lamp!

Here’s her lamp and shade finished!

Total cost of project $10.76

So cute, and I love the green and white combo!

After a big discussion about selecting flexible colors for her new room -that she can grow with- we are using more of that same green!  Wait till you see how~


I’m feeling better enough to get back to finishing her bookshelf-dresser now, so mOre to come—at last!

Aleigha'a bed side light!

Aleigha'a bed side light!

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just 2 of my recent "finds!'1st, I confess–yesterday and today I’ve plAYed more than clear the decks.

I’m sure I’ll pay for that soon enough—but I needed it and took it,

and here’s a look at some more of the things I have to share with you!


Lord knows I have an obsession for cool old mirrors.  I have too many obsessions.

The tall/long one I found in the antique mall for a surprising $32.

The white one followed me home from Atlanta $20 ~It needed me ; D

And the inCREDible -ugly gold- mirror I got as the highest bidder at an auction I just learned about.  Don’t hate me~ $22.50.

Can you believe that?


found in an auction~

This is one of the pieces I played on yesterday!  The mirror’s silvering reveals it is oLD, but I’m sure it’s not the original, and I’d really like to find something beveled to replace it.  I also think I’ll dry-brush it with more white ~ it’s still just a little too gold.

the auction mirror re-worked

I found this cute little urn at Scott’s antique market.  I know it’s not “old” but it’s so cute!  I’m going to add a half ball of moss to it later.  I’ve had it’s much taller mate forEVer.

found at Scott's

~Can’t explain my fascination with taxidermy this last couple of years–??  I’ve seen some really cool tortoise shell displays and thought it could be fun to do something with this find ~from Scott’s.

~Who knows, maybe it’ll go to one of my boys!

*As I bought it -and- now cleaned and oiled.

my turtle shell~

I found this. . .”URN” -??- in a thrift store looooong ago.  It’s been hangin’ out in a box I’m tired of movin’ around.  Since I needed some play time, I thought I would build it a platform and see what I could make of it.

The Box— I cut 4 equal sides with a 45° mitered corner, added dental molding, cut a “cap,” and routered a large-scale ogee detail in it.  Then drilled a hole to bolt the URN and box together.

the "URN"

I didn’t like the silver finish, and play around with it, dulling it.  Better.  And I painted the box an espresso brown, sanded it, then over-stained it dark walnut.

the URN now~

Here’s some more random things I’ve found along the way.

more random finds!

I worked on some fun lighting projects most of today~I’ll share that with you tomorrow!


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a pair of chairs for Princess Aleigha!

My reward for standing in that crAzy, 18° chilly, looong line for St Vinnie’s ½ price sale on Monday was “the desk”  I was after AND,

this pair of chairs!  $20 each,  $10 each!

*There were 4 chairs~I felt badly for breaking up the set, but I only wanted 2 !  And they were priced seperately!

Here’s the project—

The big brothers moved to the double-sized guest bedroom with private bath downstairs, so my princess Aleigha quickly staked her claim on the nEWly vacated bedroom for her own!  I’m surprised she didn’t move her little sister in there and keep the bigger room they shared~ wait till she realizes!

The 1st project I intended to work on was the book cases that will surround her BiG window, and a window seat!  BUT, I’ve got so many projects backed up in my studio~I hardly have room to turn around!

~So I’m pecking off several small, quick projects to make room,

~and tHAt’s what you’ll be seeing in these next posts!

a pair of chairs for Princess Aleigha

a pair of chairs for Princess Aleigha

These would have been finished next week, and placed in the nearly finished room, but~oh well!

I LUV THEM~my niece isn’t sOLd!     She can’t “see” the end game yet.

I took the seats apart–someone was sUper staple-happy.  Thnx.

Then I took them to Katie.  I’m sure they’re going to get roughed around and probably beat up a lot by a pre-teen, so I was tryin’ to give ‘em a fight’n chance!

*Sometimes you have to leave it to the professionals!

I playfully chose a different area of the fabric design for each seat!

Did I mention I painted the chairs different colors too?!?  btw~that’s the family puppy, CHAMP, supervising me!

a pair of chairs for Princess Aleigha

before & afters ~ the $10 chairs!

a pair of chairs for Princess Aleigha

Looks sO muCH beTTer~don’cha think!?!

And perfect for a 9yr old budding fashionista!


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it's a MONDAY

1st– can you tell how the week is beginning–?

it's a MONDAY

I’ve got a hUge task list, and I don’t know hOw I’m going to get it all done~yikes-ies!

But I ran off early this morning for St Vinnie’s ½ price sale.  There was a particular desk I wanted for a niece’s new bedroom!  Can’t wait to share thAt fun project later this week!

Only 18° so early morn, but I joined the line of other crAzy early-birds!  *I got there half hour early and was about 15-20 people back~things go fAst!  And it takes about an hour to get checked out!  I told you~ cRaZy!

it's a MONDAY

*The line curves waaay around to the right–out of view.  CrAzY-ness!

I’ve got a LoT to show you~ from the Atlanta trip (ooops), from a recent auction, from St Vinnie’s,  from the curb, from the antique mall!  *And I’ve got BiG holes to refill in my store space~yAy!

Hope your week is FULLfilling too!  ; D


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Sure~we had more things on our To Do List

than time to do it, but,

~We gave it a gOOd try!

1st–we stopped in Louisville to meet up with Gail, from My Repurposed Life!  She had us meet up at one of her favorite junque’in spots, where we saw a whole lotta cool stuff!   *We should’ve been traveling in a van–or a truck!

It was so fun to actually meet and talk to her face-to-face ~ and I was totally distracted from taking pictures–sorry!  I DiD get this one of a great art deco sofa that I think could be fABulous reupholstered in some combo of grain sack, linen, hemp!  Of course, with painted wood to play up the carvings, a button-tufted back, & one looong down-filled bench cushion!  Can ya see it?!

some of what we saw visiting with Gail!

Our plan was to visit for a couple of hours, I think we were there for 4!  I’ve been reading Gail’s blog for just more than a year now, and was eager for the opportunity to meet her.  May I say, she’s even more fun in person, and I’m so happy we stopped!  I’d love to make another trip her way ~ and so look forward to catching up with her again at Haven!

Having so much fun with Gail meant we missed those antique stores in Murfreesboro–darn.  And we got to my cousin’s house at almost 1am–oops.  Mind you ~ in late, up early, we lost an hour with time zones, and I took my cousin’s dog for a morning walk,

but we were still at Scott as it opened!

And this is the first dealer we saw coming in!

A great start, don’t you think—CHAIRS!!!

as always ~ click on the pictures to enlarge!

the 1st dealer we saw entering Scott's!

I LUV alabaster lamps–there were mAny to be found, but pricey.

Someone converted incredible piano legs into lamps too!

Scott's antq mrkt

More interesting lighting, and the vase or urn–depending on your thoughts–was made of pine cones!

Scott's antq mrkt

I fell head over heels for the table and shield-back chairs!

Scott's antq mrkt

This was such a cLEver idea ~ I want to do this!

Scott's antq mrkt

One last outdoor vendor pic~

~till tomorrow!


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