May 21, 2015

Furniture Before and After Projects

Hello Blog Friends! :) I am not one to make excuses for not posting regularly but I do recognize that I am slacking in that area, however, for good reason. Let me share some projects that I have completed that have been keeping me from sitting down to write a post. 

The above picture is an 80's style pine bench that opens. If you look past the color and toll painting accent - it is a really great piece for a foyer or to use as a coffee table. I used dark walnut stain and white paint to bring it's style into the 21st century.
 Have you ever had great intentions for a project and failed at every turn? This coffee table was one of those. It is not wood, it's some sort of plastic or mdf board but it has great lines. It had been covered in a world map design but the color scheme wasn't right for the shop where I sell my furniture.

I covered it in my own white chalk paint on a beautiful sunny day outside on my driveway. I went inside for about 5 minutes and during that time a heavy rain storm creeped in and ruined my white paint!  Ugh...Several sanding and paint sessions later - I was finally done with it. What is funny about it is that it sold first thing the morning I took it to my shop space. (The shop owner bought it!) :)
 I may have already shared the above dresser with you but I really like the two toned paint pallet and the painted hardware.
 This is a dining set that I finally moved out of my garage and refinished. I have been clearing out the garage one piece at a time (just to fill it up again).
 The customers that frequent the Lazy Daisy love dining tables! I expanded my retail space even further since I last talked about it here. Having one large piece as a focal point in front of the mantel helps compliment the little stuff.
 I actually moved this desk into Luke's room. I didn't sand it before painting it in chalk paint and I noticed that the finish was chipping off pretty easily. I ended up sanding down the top and staining it. I like stained tops on most furniture pieces (if you hadn't noticed).
This is my night stand -
I can never find the right size of table to put next to my bed. This one is a little too small - it is actually cluttered with books and junk right now.

Well, that is what I have been up to.

Hope all is well with you and please come back next time! :)

May 15, 2015

Design with Vintage Wooden Car Ramps

A couple of weeks ago Richmond, Virginia had a Vintage Home Market. It was amazing to see all the unique items each vendor brought in. 

I don't think I knew or ever thought about vintage car ramps before. Can you imagine having to make something out of wood that would be strong enough to hold up your car?
Yes, somebody did make wooden car ramps. A long time ago too. So I bought the set. (Excuse the mess behind, please)

At first I was thinking they would make a cool fireplace mantel. Then I thought of flanking the bed and adding a cross beam as a shelf - using the ramps sort of like corbels.
Then, I decided to use them in a simple way. They are pretty heavy so hanging them would take some thought and time so while I am un-decorating my house at the moment that didn't make sense. 
The height of the wooden ramp is perfect for layering accents in a corner of a room or, in this case, the porch. 
The weight of it can hold a pretty heavy planter if I wanted it to but I just screwed in a metal garden hook and hung up the old lantern that was in our yard a few houses ago.
This porch is really fun to decorate. I don't sit out here often enough. I had to scrub the white rockers with soap and water to get the thick pollen off of them. =/  Hopefully we don't get any bursts of that stuff showered all over again.

How would you use these Old Wooden Car Ramps?

Hope your weekend goes great! Thanks for reading and do come again! 

May 11, 2015

Square Island on Wheels

Hello Friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day. My boys were really good to me, as usual. When they asked me what I wanted for a gift I replied...pretty please don't fight with each other all day long (oh, and some lemon meringue pie sounds yummy!). :)

It has been a super busy week around here with projects (and life) but I am just going to share a few pictures of my latest and most time consuming one today.
I came across this marble table top. It isn't in new condition but it's still really pretty with plenty of life left in it. 
The smooth surface seems perfect for the kitchen so I couldn't wait to build a bottom for it to rest on. The structure is about standard counter height (35-36 inches high) maybe an inch or two taller b/c of the wheels.
This was a perfect "re-love" for me because I have made islands for kitchens before and have always used an existing counter top or I've tried to find butcher block because that is something I can manage mostly on my own. (cutting etc.) 
I like open shelving to store pots and pans or heavy items on so I made this shelf sturdy enough for that. You can see a picture of the first one I ever made. It's in our last home in Connecticut.
I used this shelf for so many things - produce, old milk crates full of cloths and towels. It's easier to reach small appliances that might not get used daily like a Kitchen Aid or toaster, too.
I didn't write this post as a tutorial but if you read my blog very often you will know that when I build, I just start cutting and screwing wood together as I go. Sometimes it even turns out better than I imagined. (sometimes NOT)

This rolling island could be used as a desk, craft table or any kind of work surface.

If you want to see more kitchen ideas GO HERE.

Thanks for reading and enjoy this beautiful month of May!

Apr 30, 2015

Apr 26, 2015

This End Up Desk turned Rolling Island

This project was so fun to do. I refinish furniture pretty often so when I picked up this desk I had no idea what I was going to turn it into.

Apr 18, 2015

Sofa Table Made w/ Wood Scraps

Happy weekend friends! We are having the most beautiful weather here in Virginia. The windows are open and a fresh breeze is blowing through the house. I love these days. This post isn't about the weather but when it's nice out that means I get to create comfortably outdoors.

Apr 15, 2015

Wood Trellis Clip Board w/ Wire Accent

The garden center in the spring time is one of my favorite places to go. The outdoor bird feeders, planters and live plants bring hope for warm weather and some fun outdoor living.

Apr 13, 2015

Chicken Wire & Screen Door Display

A few months ago we had some neighbors that were moving out of their house. On garbage day they put this old screen door out at the curb to be hauled away.

Apr 11, 2015

Natural Cedar Wood Accent Wall

When my family and I lived in Connecticut we had several cedar trees in our wooded backyard. A few of them died and my husband cut them down. The smell is of cedar is heavenly. I brought some branches into the house to display on our fireplace hearth because of the beauty and natural scent. 

Apr 4, 2015

Create a Unique Dining Set

Hello Friends! Happy Spring Break!
This week was super busy with furniture make overs. I recently finished this dining set.
I get asked "Where do you find these dining sets?"

Mar 27, 2015

Project Challenge Link Up {leather or linen)

At the first of this year I joined a group of bloggers for a monthly event called Project Challenge.

Each month we have chosen a type of material to use in a project to share in a link party. It's fun to see what each blogger does differently. We are opening the link party up to all of you this month to see how you use the chosen item too.

Mar 24, 2015

Cottage Style Dining Set in White and Grey

I just finished this cute little dining set. I fell in love with it at first sight, although it was an orange tone stained wood, I knew a little paint would make it just darling! Look at the table base. It matches the shape of the three chairs.

Mar 21, 2015

Modern - Rustic - Country Style

I snapped some pictures of our family room yesterday after I straightened it up. There are some different pieces in here now that make my style more country - as in cowboy country. :)

Mar 17, 2015

Dining in Black and White

I had to share what I have been working on for all of last weekend through today. This is my shop space and that gorgeous table has kept me busy for days.

Mar 14, 2015

Using Websters Chalk Paint Powder

Using new paint products has been on my list of things to do but I was stuck using my same paint methods that have always worked.

Mar 9, 2015

Plaster and Semi Gloss Chipped Paint

This solid wood book shelf was painted in a white semi gloss paint mixed with plaster of paris. (recipe here)

Mar 6, 2015

Merchandising a Shop Space....

Do you have a retail shop? In our town I rent a little space in The Lazy Daisy. Our town is full of antique shops & consignment stores, which makes the trip here worth it. But The Daisy is the most shop-able and affordable and mostly right on with the trends (really!).

Mar 3, 2015

Recovering Dining Chairs

Hello there! I don't know about you but I am done with this winter weather. Our internet and cable went out last week while the kids were out of school b/c of the snow. It forced us to find other things to do. We survived and I got something done that has been hanging over my head.

Feb 22, 2015

What do you do with old relics?

I found a few things at a moving sale last weekend. One old little relic I picked up that I just love is...
...a copper belt buckle that is still attached to a portion of it's original leather belt.

Feb 21, 2015

Transferring an Image onto Furniture with Wax Paper

Have you tried transferring an image onto furniture? I have wanted to for so long but it was a little bit out of my comfort zone.

Feb 17, 2015

Jute Ribbon & Lanterns on Scrap Wood

Today is a snow day here in Virginia. It would be sort of fun if we could all carry on "business as usual" but that is not the case. No school, shops closed....etc...
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