Ballard Design outlet- AtlantaMy mother and Aunt traveled with me to Atlanta for Easter in 2010.  We spent the holiday with my cousin’s family (my auntie’s daughter).  It was beautiful weather, we had a fabulous timeand of course, we went shopping!

A trip to the Ballard design outlet netted several things

including a new project!

Shortly after, I bought this round Frenchy table to modify into a “similar” island for my Aunt’s kitchen.  The Ballard Design island was very pricey I was sure I could come up with something cheaper for my Auntand found this table in a Chicago-area thrift store  $40!

◊ I was thinking to boost it with casters and add another tier to the top, ….finishing it with a butcher block too- and painting it.

round frenchy table--

Y e pshe found something else before I could work on this one, so it went to storage.  Until last Fall when I put it in the antique mall for sale.  As Is.

But no one seemed interested.

EVERYONE doesn’t like to do a project

imagine that ?!


I brought the table back to Page 10 for a little REvitalization!  *See, even the table is turning another “page!”  I was thinking I would give it a pretty paint job!

I flipped it upside down on saw horses to start with the legs.  I was JUST going to give it a light sanding to give it a tooth before painting, but that 60’s-70’s yellowy finish was coming off -WITH EASE.

OkayPlan D.

*Plan A was the original abandoned project, Plan B was just selling it, Plan C was to paint it. . .

plan BI decided to run with it and sand off and/or strip the yellow finish!  A Do-Over!  Since the table is made of mostly maple, the obvious would be to stain it but I’m going to do something different. . . .

Stay tuned!


The Frenchy table--getting REvitalized!

no one seemed to want it. . .

so I pulled it out to do some work on itfinally.


I bought it for an aunt, but more on the back-story with my next entry. . .


round frenchy table--

They threatened us with s n o w but thankfully it’s only COLD.

No hunting for eggs outside for us. . .


*for my SWEET friends!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter


Wishing you all a wonderful day with family and friends
-and may it be Warm!



 *for my SASSY friends!

a little Easter humor!

a little Easter humor!

a little Easter humor!

I just discovered this old picture—by that I mean from 2004.

Renovating and redecorating Landen's bedroom--Three summers ago I was busy redecorating and renovating 2 of my great nephews’ bedrooms.

One of the projects was REworking a thrift store dresser (I bought and revitalized when the BIG brother was born -in 2004) to look less baby’ish as it moved to the LITTLE brother!

I shared the Before & After project with you, but couldn’t share the BEFORE THAT portion because I didn’t know what ever became of the pictures.  Since I just found one of them, I thought it would be fun to revisit this cute project!

Do you remember this?

Take 3!

This is where it started . . . original “beauty.” $15

Take 1-- directly from the thrift store.

I liked the “framed” front profileand it was SOLID wood, well made, and heavy.  Perfect for a future rough & tumble boy- right?!

My niece wanted to decorate the baby’s room with blues & greens and lots of animals!  I can do that!

Again—this was back in 2004.

Take 2!  REvamped for Braeden.

Eventually, it passed from BIG brother to LITTLE brother

-and needed to “grow up” a bit more too.  That was the Summer of 2012.

You can read about that project in the original post HERE.  In the top picture my great nephew was about even with the doorknob, at 4.  He’s 7 now  and TALL.  I should check back—wonder if it needs another update!?  ; D


3 stages--


. . . yeah, the one she didn’t want.

Wait till she sees what I did with it!

Sunday, I cut it down to just the “dresser” portion,

and made the needed “repairs.”


filling the dado after removing the

Monday I worked on its finish, including my favorite touch of decoupage! 

I painted it a soft white—building it up in layers, with sanding and scraping between each layer to create that “aged look.”  ; D

Before I quit for the day I jumped on the decoupage.  (I’d been vacillating on a few other ideas.)  I used pages from a very old church hymnal book that I’m madly in luv with!  Done—and I decided on some new hardware! 

Tuesday I had a late start -and- I had to run off to buy a slab of wood to create a new topI had no big pieces left of anything.  The original top was actually Formica and I didn’t want to cut that down.

*It may be REpurposed into an out-feed table for a saw!
  1. details of the new top--I cut the top to a fairly tight margin of its original detailed cove (that I saved, cut down, and reapplied).
  2. Then I ran the bottom (of the new top) through the router table with an ogee bit to create a nice transition from that detailed cove upward.
  3. I changed the router bit to a ¼” round over to finish the top edge.
  4. I’d already puttied the old hardware holes, and installed “rings” for a new look.

the finish for the new top--The new top.  I didn’t want a painted top—and I didn’t want the standard stained top-hmmm.  So I “stained” the top GENEROUSLY with an off white water-based, pigmented stain.  I wiped off the excess and immediately started layering a combo of Golden Pecan and Aged Oak gel stain over the top of that—with a light hand and wiping/rubbing it in to blend.

I’m sure you’re NOT supposed to mix water-based and gels but. . . eh.

The last task was to wax everything (including the drawer guides).

I like to heat-set wax with a heat gun –because. . .

◊ It seems to really lengthen the wear of the wax.

◊ When a piece lives in a hot room or by a sunny window, they can sometimes get kind of “funky.”  This seems to eliminate that.

◊ I never have “melting” issues with resale pieces at hot flea markets—it’s like the wax is BAKED IN.  And it’s wAy less work to buff.

Here’s a snapshot of the changes. . .

the progression of change

. . .and the finished project!

It now sits in my booth at the antique mall waiting for a new owner to claim it!    A n d-   I’m on to the next project. . .

What do ya’ think my Princess Aleigha?!


a small dresser, or a larger night stand, OR a fun side table!

...just waiting for a new owner!

I’m sharing this project with a couple of my favorite linky parties!
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I’d kind of forgotten to show you the end of this projectooops!

It’s been busy and crazy and—itchy.

oh well!I’m finishing work on a few things for the antique mall and finally got some pictures of my SCRAP WOOD MIRROR before loading the car.

Yes~I’d LUV to show it to you through pretty, staged pics, or at least wait till it’s hanging nicely in my space, but –eh– such is life.  Next time!

To Recap—

The mirror has been leaning against the furnace in mom’s mechanical room forEVER, and I framed it using all leftovers from several projects.

This is what I last shared with you. . .

the frame built and mirror inset.

putting all the pieces together--

I filled the center frame with end cuts of pine bead board.

◊ After cutting and dry-fitting all the pieces, I numbered the back of each piece and a few spots on the board to place them back in the same spots.

◊ Then I did a RANDOM color – SLOPPY paint job.  That was fun!

◊ I did NOT let them dry fully before sanding,

◊ then glued them back in place.

my scrap wood mirror and frame

I forgot to mention that I clear-coated the raw wood frame before gluing the “blocks” in place.  Then

◊ I dry-brushed that off white (used on some of the pieces) across all the pieces to tone down the colors.

◊ To gain more “texture & age” I used my heat gun to melt one section at a time, then scraped at the paint with a razor blade—slow-going but worth it.

◊ And finally—I waxed everything.  First with Clear Wax and then with a little Liming Wax (just to tone it all down slightly more).

building "texture & age"

the progression-

I added some ¼” quarter-round to trim the inside edges and lastly,

I added large, vintage hall tree coat hooks.

I thought it might make a nice Entry Mirror!

my Scrap Wood Mirror!



Life, for me, is NEVER boring.

I never “want” for something to do.  I bounce around working on a MULTItude of things all the time.  And often just roll with the craziest surprises.

Like this past week. . . crazy surprises.

When I started developing sUper itchy bumps all over my arms & stomach. Wt—huh?  At first I didn’t know what was going on.  Then it started to remind me of having chicken pox, and I grew concerned.  But I already had them.  The week after I turned 30- no less.  I went to the walk-in clinic when my doctor’s office couldn’t get me in.

The Dr. was not sure, but said NO to chicken pox.  Maybe spider bites-?  Maybe-?

Seems like I’m on my own to figure it out.  Haven’t seen any spiders or bugs and have ruled out the soap-detergent-food-clothes-even my work studio and everything that comes with that, but 2 MORE have popped up!

And they’re all SO ITCHY!

chicken pox?

See?  N E V E R  B O R I N G.

Okay—moving on. . .

Got this more than a year ago at St Vinnie’s half price sale$50 $25!. . For a niece—she didn’t like it.  Scratch that project—I took it to storage.

"Aleigha's" desk

Yesterday, I finally went to retrieve it.  Today -with no Benedryl in me- I got out the saws to start REinventing this desk!

Aleigha's desk

After removing the top, I cut off the “desk.”

REinventing "Aleigha's" desk

There was a detailed cove sandwiched between the desk and top, so I cut it down to fit the new smaller dresser/big night stand.  Now I just need to create a new top and figure out a decorative finish!

-it’s all a good distraction from scratching-



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