Monday, July 29, 2013


Hi Everyone!  I still don't have anything new to share with you's coming, I promise this week I will get back to sharing new projects.  So in the mean time, I thought I'd show you a headboard that I've been holding in my draft folder for well over a year.
I got this headboard over a year ago at a garage sale.  The legs on it are a little short....
...but I love the details on it...
I am definitely going to turn this into a bench....I'm thinking with storage....I have a couple of ideas, but I just can't decide....What would you do with it?  Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Around the farm...

Hi Everyone!  Happy Wednesday.  I don't have any finished projects to share with you but I thought I'd show you a couple of things here on the farm.  I had my camera outside about a week ago and took some pictures of a couple of things around the farm.
 The big red barn...needs a little paint job on those doors.
 The hay has all been baled and the little square bales have been picked up, but now we are waiting for the large bales to get picked up.  The equipment is sitting out in front of the shop just waiting for the manpower...hopefully in the next day or too.  Then we will be praying for rain!  And since the hay is up, the dogs and I can once again walk in the pasture.  Once the pasture gets up to mid-calf we can no longer walk in it.
 I finally got a good picture of was hot that evening...we went back inside to the comfort of the air conditioning once I took her picture.
 And that same night I took another one of Bo...he's panting too and ready to go back inside.
 My day lilies are late this year.  My grandmother wouldn't have liked this in her yard...she didn't like yellow flowers, but I love them!
And the newest addition to the farm, Miss Kitty.  She showed up one day and has claimed us and the implement shed as her new home.  She's had a rough life...and she's not that old.  She's lost almost half of one of her ears and the tip of the other one.  I'm not sure what happened to her, but when she first arrived both ears were really raw.  She doesn't like the dogs, but seems to like me just fine.  I hope she decides to stick around for a long while.  That's a small look at some things around the farm.  Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Recent finds...

Hi Everyone!  I have the best Mom!  She went shopping in a near by town and picked up a couple of items for me.  So today's recent finds are a half gallon blue ball jar (sorry no picture), a headboard and foot board and a stool.
 I love this twin bed set.
 It is super heavy and solid.  And doesn't it have great lines!
 I can't wait to turn it into a bench.
 This wooden stool is in great shape...but the vinyl seat cover, not so much.
 The legs are solid and in wonderful shape.  I can see it painted a bold color.
 The seat is wooden and I'm thinking it needs to be stained with a graphic maybe?
It's a sturdy stool and was only $4.00.  Great finds Mom!  Thanks so much!  What would you do with these?  Have you had any great finds lately?  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, July 22, 2013

A little blue stool...

Hi Everyone!  Happy Monday!  I had a busy weekend.  I spent Saturday working on the desk I'm making for  some friends and I'm close to finishing it.  Yeah!  But I'm not ready to show it to you yet.  I did finish one project.  I made a little stool.
 Two years ago I took that little red stand and repurposed a portion of it into a footstool for my mom (you can read about that here).
 I cut it apart and used the top to make mom's footstool.
 And the base has been sitting on a shelf in the shop ever since, just waiting for me to do something with it.
 I added a center support to it and sanded a couple of the legs that had a little damage on it.
 Then I cut a 1x4" down to four boards for the top and used my biscuit joiner to attach them.
 I clamped them together to dry.....
 ...and then attached the new top to the base.
 I painted the base in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Louis Blue and the top in Old White.
 I sanded the edges to reveal the red...
 ...and waxed it with both clear and dark wax.
 I really like the way the red shows through and the aging on the top.
It's a cute stool that can be used as a footstool.  I have made several of these for my mom and she uses them to give height to an arrangement or a birdhouse or a plant or a basket filled with blankets or many uses for it.  Too many uses to count.  What would you use it for?  Have a great week everyone!  Thanks for stopping by.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

A sewing base remade....

Hi Everyone!  Two years ago my Aunt Barb (aka the Free Stuff Fairy) brought me this antique sewing machine base, which you can read about here.  It's been sitting in one of the grain bins, waiting for me to decide what to do with it.  The top was not in good shape and I just didn't want to replace the top, I wanted to make it more functional.

 Finally, after two years, I had a plan.....
 ....I removed the top...cleaned the dust off it....
 ...built a shelf and painted it black....
 ...using the holes that the old drawers had been attached by (only the reverse side)...
 ...I attached my shelf....and then I painted it.
 I thought the black was tired and old (not in a good way) looking, so I decided to paint it.
 I painted it with Krylon Paint and Primer Spray Paint in Ivory.
 And I built a new top for it out of two 1x6"s and a 1x4" that I joined together with my biscuit joiner and stained with walnut stain.
 I had a hard time deciding what color to paint it.  I almost (and I still might) paint it Lagoon (the same color I used on the inside of the antique drawer coffee table I made, but I thought the ivory would appeal to more buyers.
My thought for adding the shelf is that it would make it useful as a bed side table or an end table.  Would you have played it safe or gone with the bold color?  I still might...  Have a great weekend!  Thanks for stopping by.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Antique stool remake...

Hi Everyone!  It has been hot rain lately, but now that the hay has been baled, we need rain and soon.  I hope your weather has been better than it has been here.  Today I thought I'd show you the remake of the antique stool I showed you here that I picked up at the junk store this weekend for $2.00.  I just couldn't pass it up for that price.  It needed a little bit of work but I think it turned out cute.  Here's the before....
 It needed to be cleaned up and painted because it had an odor to it..I cleaned it and painting helped get rid of the offensive odor.
  And here it is painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey and Old White.
 I sanded it and waxed it with clear wax and then buffed it.  I upholstered the seat in a cream linen....
 .... that matched the Old White I used on the feet.  I thought adding the pop of Old White on the feet helped tie the fabric into the piece.
I had to add a cross piece on the inside to give it more stability but you can still slide something under the board to store.  I painted the inside and the underside to kill the smell and it really did do the trick.

The before picture again....
 I'm really happy with the way it turned out.....
I'm on a Paris Grey and Old White kick right now...two of my favorite colors...I'll change it up soon, I promise.  Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

An advertising sign...

Hi Everyone!  I finished a couple of projects last night, but it was too dark to photograph them so the reveal will have to wait.  So instead I thought I'd show you what my mom picked up for me for $1.00.  My mom went to the mall in Nebraska City last week and unfortunately a store was going out of business but luckily for me, they were selling everything, including this sign.  It's huge.
 I can see using this outside the Studio to advertise an Open House or at a Fair to display prices or who to make checks out to or to advertise upcoming events....
 It has clips on the back to hold everything in and it's easy to open them too.  So would you have picked it up or would you have passed on it?
And since I don't have anything else to show you, I thought I'd show you a picture of my dog Bo.  Doesn't he look serious?  I have no idea what he's staring at....but he doesn't usually sit still when I have the camera out.  My other dog Bailey wouldn't stop moving or barking so I couldn't get a good picture of her.  Do your pets like having their pictures taken?  Well, happy Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Free Stuff...

Hi Everyone!  I still don't have a finished project to show you, so instead I thought I'd show you the free wicker chair I received a couple of weeks ago.  One of the guys from work delivered this to the shop.  His wife was going to throw it away and he thought maybe I could do something with it.  It needs a bit of work and maybe a paint job.
It's a pretty comfortable chair.  And I'm thinking about upholstering a seat for the chair...which is why the board is there.....
...because there is a hole in the seat.  Structurally the seat is fine, but the wicker is missing I'm thinking if  I upholster the board and attach it to the frame it will take care of the seat.  Would you keep it or pitch it?  Thanks for stopping by.