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It’s always good to be open to new tips and tricks~

So when I stumbled onto THIS ARTICLE recently, I was interested & curious.

Painting Tips-

article source-  Popular Mechanics

I consider myself a good painter!  I’m seasoned,” my mom had me painting at 12! (or was it 10?)  Both rooms & furniture.

For me, the article was more Back to Basics—but smart & good habits are always a good thing!  I learned some of these tricks by “experience,” and some by the generosity of the professionals on my former construction sites.

By the end of the list I wondered— do others know any of these  invaluable  tips and tricks?

· With the exception of #1 (I only sand when necessary)

· and #10 (which I know is good, but don’t do)

I practice the rest religiously, plus some others I’ve shared along the way!

◊ Check out TIPS -construction & finishing from my categories column!


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The Curator's Collection

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-just one of my 2012 curbies!I found it on a curb

wasn’t sure what it actually was

*I too, thought MAYBE an old radio/stereo cabinet, but the usual tell-tale signs weren’t there—so the mystery continues!

but I cut it down to a better height and turned it into

a new

side table!

It stands about 30″ tall now!

The gist of REconstruction~

the curbie--BEFORE AND AFTER, construction

The paint scheme!I painted the new cabinet form in my favorite Ben Moore- REVERE PEWTER but left alone the Zinsser primer white (lazy)! Finally, I lime waxed all the Revere Pewter for a sun faded look, and seal coated the rest.

The new lowered table top height will be super convenient for a pair of chairs to surround, and I can see a stash of books kept out of sight in that drop-down—and the drop-down itself becoming another surface to set a beverage down on!

It’s already for sale in the antique mall~

-everything was getting moved around in these pictures-


off the curb and REpurposed!

off the curb, and transformed!

a few details of THE CURBIE Cabinet

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The chairs at the breakfast table are really wearing out.  They were thrift store finds to begin that needed work—in 1999.

One was only $4, the other was a gift.

The breakfast area has a very ethereal feel to it. . .with all miss-matched pieces brought together by fabric and paint.

mom's breakfast area-

I’ve been watching for a couple of interesting replacement chairs    for a while now—and hoping for a matching pair this time around.

But LOOK WHAT I FOUND -but there was only ONE left—there were TWO, someone bought just one of them, dang it!  I presume because of the broken cane in the seat.  I negotiated $20.  I  LUV the super tall back!

Caned Chair from Diego's store $20

Well, first thing to do was -make sure it looked good at the table and with the banquett!   -Whew!

working on the new caned chair-

I painted the chair white.

I really couldn’t see the benefit in ripping out the cane, so I applied webbing right over the top -and decided to hot glue the cane and webbing together for extra strength.  Now you can sit in confidence!

Next, I grabbed some card stock paper to create a seat pattern.

Then I transferred the seat pattern to the grain sack I wanted to use.

* THE GRAIN SACK has a very special connection!  The farm my mother grew up on was eventually sold to distant cousins, who gave me one of their farm grain sacks on one of our yearly trips down to there—SO nice!

working on the new caned chair-

working on the new caned chair-

Thick Grain Sack can be very exhausting to cut, so I like to use the old electric scissors!

(Do they even sell these anymore?)

I cut banding strips too to sew a boxed seat cover.

~and I was off to the sewing machine…

Next I used batting and left over foam to give the seat a little extra cush’…

and finally I could apply the boxed cover…

working on the new caned chair-

working on the new caned chair-

The seat is a little shallow, but it’s wide and very comfortable!

working on the new caned chair-

I love the grain sack -and the personal connection to it- and I love the bespoke look and feel!  The other side of it, or, back side of it is in reserve for whatever 2nd chair I find.  As for the banquette—I’m hunting for some upholstery-grade linen (or if I’m lucky enough to find some HEMP), and I’ll REcover that as well!

The ceiling is in for a design change too- including chandelier, and a change to the back wall~but that’s a little down the pike!  Stay tuned. . .


the new caned chair!

making some changes-

making changes-

I’m sharing this project with–

French Country Cottage

The Curator’s Collection

Savvy Southern Style

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my old

W e l l ,

was going to sell this lamp, but

I don’t think I

want to now.

This is not an ORIGINAL lamp.

It’s a lamp built from odd parts.

You see~ I needed a lamp in the hall, and since I COLLECT lamp parts (it’s another one of those sicknesses, what can I say) I dug through my boxes to find something fUn to build with!

the making of a whole new lamp

The center portion was a deep, forest green color of transparent glass—just hideous, trust me!  But it was -interesting- so I kept it.  It reminded me of those gourd lamps.  Ideally, it would have been cool to paint the inside of the glass (think mercury glass) but there was NO WAY around that green color.  So I painted the OUTSIDE a soft, warm, taupe-y brown and worked with the “texture.” (I tried to scrape it off but it wasn’t budging.)

All the metal was some ugly, brassy pot metal—but with great styling!  I played with varying silver paints to re-do its look!

The wicker shade was NOT a shade.  Nobody really knew WHAT it was, but at some point someone affixed horrible silk flowers to it trying to make something creative—fail.  Anyway- I paid something like a dollar for it in a thrift store.

-as it was used in the hall of my old house.Anyway~I just thought all the parts could be interesting pooled together!

*This is a terrible picture- but the only one I could find.

So, this was to be another of the casualties I was going to cut loose from the storage unit.

I thought it might have a better chance for REsale with a bit of a makeover though, and decided the center glass might look fresher in a soft gray~and be more tone-on-tone to the metals!

I taped it off and played with a few grays!  Happy with the outcome, but then I started having 2nd thoughts about letting it go.  Dang it.  

creating a lamp shade--Do I REALLY want to let that amazing base go-?  And I’m still diggin’ the wicker shade. . .

BTWthe wicker “shade.”  I drilled a hole through what I’m calling the center top, then poked a lamp-clamp up through it and secured it with a finial.  (I also could have secured a lamp harp and finial.)

-making a shade. . .

I didn’t mind the off black color of the wicker, but thought I might like it better in a darker gray!  I dry-brushed it to build it up to what I liked.

I’ve only ever used this lamp as a “night light” with a 25watt bulb.  The light is really soft showing through the wicker.

my lamp REfreshed!

-the new gray color!

I luv this base!






-my lamp REfreshed!








I actually really like the REfreshed look!

And I’m pretty sure I’m keeping this lamp

it all over again!

Even the wonkiness of the shade, it has a certain je ne sais quoi, non?


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the FRENCHY caned benchI luv this piece.

Bought it at TJMaxx when I first came back to work on mom’s house.  It’s been sitting in storage with all my other treasures—waiting for my life to resume.

But, in the end, I decided to cut it loose and took it to the antique mall. WHERE IT SAT.  So I pulled it to make way for other stuff.

Although I’m looking at it -once again- I’ll stick with the plan of selling it—after I’ve REworked it a bit!

For my own use I would probably strip it down to raw wood and just wax it.  But for REsale– I’m painting and waxing it.

lift-off hinges (incorrect application here)AND I need to correct the hinges.  Someone installed lift-off hinges—I have no idea why-??  They are for doors—usually found on an antique china cabinet so that you can lift off and remove the doors for moving without unscrewing at the hinge plate.     Super convenientshould STILL BE IN USE—IMO!

So here’s the project!
the Frenchy Caned Bench

I removed the caned lid, then the hinges and chain (stored the “parts” in a zip lock).

Primed everything with a stain blocker to cover the glazed finish,

◊ then got busy painting!  Lightly, wiping away some, stippling some, and thick in key areas.

◊ Before things set up I grabbed the heat gun to stress select areas, then scrubbed those areas with a wire brush—all to create AGE!

I lime waxed everything for its finish.  The white is now embedded into the pits, and chips, and nooks, and crannies!

the project--

the project--

the project--

the project--

Below- you can see the results of using a heat gun, then scrubbing away the bubbled and stressed paint.  Click on the picture to see the effects closer up.

-using a heat gun to stress the paint...

using a liming wax--

the liming wax embedded in the varying textures--

You can see the effects of all the varied painting techniques and heat gun-stress with the finish coat of Liming Wax.

a neew look for the Frenchy Caned Bench

The once brand new, smooth finished bench now has the appearance of being an old piece!  And now it goes back to the antique mall. . .

. . .wish you could see the texture in person!


a neew look for the Frenchy Caned BenchI’m sharing this project with:

Feathered Nest Friday

The Curator’s Collection

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found in a CURB ALERT!. . . becomes a fancy “Farm” mirror!

I saw a CURB ALERT notice on Craigslist, old windows on the curb—I dashed out the door!  But there was only one I wanted from the stack~plus an old window screen with fabulous patina in the mesh!  No doubt that will become a future cabinet door!

Anyway- back to the window I liked.  It was the only divided light window, 2 over 2. And it was truly old with hand made wavy glass that I didn’t notice till after—beautiful!  I probably should have taken all the others just to save all that glass—sigh.

OH!  And I removed the added scabbed-on piece from the right side.

I wanted to add some transfers before making this one into a mirror.

These were my chosen images—from the Graphics Fairy & just generally online.

transfering images to my curbie window - MIRROR

Now~I may suck at transferring images to anything else, but I usually have no issues with glass.

If you wrap heavy card stock paper with plastic wrap (tape it down on the backside), the printer ink has some open time before setting up so you can literally just press/touch your image against the glass to transfer, you don’t even have to rub it!  And, in fact—you can usually get 2 or 3 impressions from each printing. The 1st being GOOD, the 2nd is decent, the 3rd is a ghost—which makes it more fun –I think!

transfering images to my curbie window - MIRROR

I’ve learned not to clean the glass unless it’s awful~it adds to the “old” look.  I also like to spritz either rubbing alcohol or vinegar before spraying the silvering paint~it too adds another layer of “old.”

Below you can see the beginnings of spraying the silver Looking Glass paint.  

silvering a window--

silvering a window--

silvering a window--

After the silvering dried I covered it in black matte spray paint (because I was out of dark brown). . .

. . .to protect the silvering,

but also because the silvering does seem to be more reflective with it.  *Dark brown seems to be most commonly found on the back of mirrors, but I’ve never learned why.

I did ultimately paint the back a white’ish color –for aesthetics– to meld in with the front finish, which is a “messy,” mottled, and distressed finish.

protecting the silvering--

-the curbie "Farm" mirror!And here’s my finished mirror!

Kind of Fancy Farm-like!

I ripped some really old, rough wood to frame it, and you can see the subtle transfers and the waviness of the glass by the reflections in the following pictures!

It’s at the antique mall for sale now—


-details of the curbie "Farm" mirror!

-details of the curbie "Farm" mirror!-the curbie "Farm" mirror!

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the CL secretaryI bought this secretary (and another) off of Craigslist the beginning of July, but with all the craziness going on—

I’m  just getting to work on it.

It’s in good condition, but for the drop-down part, and that should be a fairly simple repair!

Now to figure out a color scheme.

spraying the interior of the secretary-First, I knew I wanted a pop of color for the interior.  But it was NOT going to be easy to paint.  Spraying it would help—but I don’t have a sprayer so I used two cans of spray paint.

I taped off for over-spray using Paper Tape.  I bought a generic brand to save some money~and make a comparison from the one I usually buy.  Not bad, but not quite as sticky a hold in the humidity. All in all, I’d probably buy this generic again (save some money).  Plus- painters tape gets really expensive and this works well for many projects…TRY IT!

-using Paper Tape for this part

I liked the chartreuse green color—good for a girl or boy, & a young, fresh feeling!

Once I removed the divided insert, I kind of preferred the clean open interior. It leaves more room for today’s uses (computers and all).  So I left it out—less work to do too!

WITH or WITHOUT the divided insert--?

a base of a pale blue-gray, and a top coat of a soft white--Now the outsidehow about just a soft white…?

But with some dimension.  I painted 2 coats of a very pale blue-gray, THEN I painted a top coat of white.  I did a little distress sanding to reveal the base color and some wood—then I burnished it with a razor blade to a fine hand and a slight sheen.  The finish feels almost like a waxed piece.  Oh, and, you can create some interesting distressing!

not the usual manufacturer's stamping-

Instead of the usual painted manufacturer’s stamping it had a metal plate.  I love those little extras!

We’re having another weird-weather day & the light is  s t r a n g e!  But you can see some of the sheen on the secretary’s lid.

Again, that’s from burnishing the finished paint with a razor blade.

-you can see some of the burnished finish on the lid

◊ I still need to burnish both sides,

have already restored the drawer hardware,

just have to put back the drop-down hardware—IT HAS PROBLEMS.

Then it’s off to the antique mall,

and hopefully a new owner sOOn!


just need to repair the drop-down hardware--

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