5 Before and After Projects

I found all these pieces within 2 days at a favorite junk haunt.  Told myself I was getting them done ASAP.  Seems I did-for a change…


A corner baker’s rack with no shelves, a partially dismantled screen, cute little newer table, wood shelf unit and a vintage smoking stand.

With a bit of help from the hubs with the barn board shelves and table top, they have been refurbbed and are ready for South End and new homes!



All 5 items will be at South End tomorrow!

Bookcase Project – Rustic Backing

Here are the proper pictures to show you the bookcase project from beginning to end.  (Borrowed this idea from Miss Sophia!)


the before

He removed the original backing and primed and painted the bookcase and shelves.  Next came cleaning, sorting and cutting the old boards.  Attached them and voila!



and with a little staging ~


I have been lazy lately and taking quick pictures with my iPhone.  Should get back to the better camera…

Sharing with Vintage Charm Link Party #41 and DIY Salvaged Junk Projects #339

Short and Sweet Makeover

Found this on Monday, hubby sanded and I brought it in on Tuesday to do a little makeover on.  I love those makeovers that take only a little time – mostly spent waiting for paint to dry!  I always paint two coats on a piece and this is a current favorite color.


Before – sanded and washed


After two coats but before distressing to add some character:



And finished – perfect for a bedside table!

IMG_2651-001 - CopyWe think she is adorable!

Sharing with Vintage Charm #17

Old Stereo Cabinet Conversion – New Media Center

The husband has worked off and on for months to complete this conversion!  Finally finished, we brought it into the shop today.  Before pictures below.


I really am surprised he thought to try this conversion!

zenith 2

This was a piece that was extremely heavy due to the phonograph, radio and huge speaker originally found inside the mahogany cabinet.  The doors on top opened from top to bottom to allow access to the phonograph and radio.  Both sides needed shelves installed to cover the holes left from pulling the equipment out.  One of the bottom doors was fixed in place because of the speaker behind it and both were covered in filthy fabric.  Shelves were installed here too, I believe, and he added a back where there had not been one.


Voila – finished cabinet!IMG_2654

All four doors open now

All four doors open now-the bottom two are open for access by remote

This turned out beautifully and can be very useful now – we think of it as a media cabinet, of course.  It can be used for other things too.

End of story:  He says he will never do another one regardless of how inexpensive the cabinet is (I didn’t not bring it home to him).  He did learn how to convert fixed doors, change their configuration, remove old stereo stuff and that his wife complains (loudly!) when things are too heavy (in her opinion) to easily move around.

Sharing with the ladies at Vintage Charm #16 and Talk of the Town #5

MMS’s Boxwood Chair

Using up the last little bit of the first envelope of Miss Mustard Seed’s Boxwood milk paint, I mixed a scant 4 tablespoons in water in such a not-so-fancy container!

Stir, stir, stir to get it mixed!

Stir, stir, stir to get it mixed!

The chair is cleaned and not very pretty in this shot::


The paint is on and this is definitely the not-so-pretty stage!

IMG_2651-001Ta-da!  Distressed, chippy-ness and hemp oil to finish!


I LOVE MMS’s Milk Paint!

Joining Charm Bracelet Diva{At Home} and Vintage Charm Link Party #14

Such a lovely marriage….

Miss Sophia’s latest dining room set is a “marriage” and it is so lovely!  The table is  almost an antique, has a lovely pedestal base and is a pretty dark brown.

Enter the chairs:  Found at a totally different sale, they needed updating with gorgeous blue paint that totally compliments the new fabric on the seats and looks beautiful with the dark stain – especially since she glazed them in an umber color!


closeup of the upcycled chair

closeup of the upcycled chair

Happy New Year!

We never know what the New Year might bring but I have always thought it an opportunity to get beyond whatever was dragging on me last year, start over and surge ahead!

I really never have made resolutions per se, but I have resolved to make changes in the future when contemplating a new calendar.  Making resolutions seems to be setting yourself up for failure in my opinion.  I do resolve to do better but I leave the plan open.

That being said I do resolve to post more often on this neglected blog!

First new pieces of furniture into the shop are:

Miss Sophia's darling bookcase with the barn-board backing

Miss Sophia’s darling bookcase with the barn-board backing

Miss Ssdie's 4 drawer dresser in classic black

Miss Ssdie’s 4 drawer dresser in classic black

Miss Sophia's Mid Century hutch done in charcoal with areas of original finish for contrast.

Miss Sophia’s Mid Century hutch done in charcoal with areas of original finish for contrast.

The weather has turned cold after such a long, hot summer so we are painting in the house again at home.  New vanity and a gorgeous headboard are among the new projects being worked on at my house…stay tuned!

Omigoodness! It’s been such a long time between posts….

Since last we chatted we had our Holiday Open House (before Thanksgiving so we title it a Holiday Open House), we’ve sold lots of vintage Christmas but add more almost daily, started getting a decent amount of rain (we had a drought the last few years but we’re not home free yet!), refurbished a bunch of furniture (lots of which has new homes – thank you!) and are getting ready for Christmas and a New Year shortly after that – everything most everyone else is doing I know.  (And yes, Mrs. B, I know that was a run on sentence/paragraph- lol!)

I think my News Year’s resolve should be to write more often this coming year to keep you abreast of what we are doing – if you are interested, that is.  I kind of view it as an online journal to look back and be able to see how we’ve grown and changed as a shop.

New things in lately:

Miss Sophia's gorgeous dresser in Freedom Road

Miss Sophia’s gorgeous dresser in Freedom Road

Another beautiful grey piece by Miss Sophia

Another beautiful grey piece by Miss Sophia

Fun vintage sleigh filled with a beautiful tree

Fun vintage sleigh filled with a beautiful tree

Pretty vintage dresser in a lovely blue by Miss Sadie

Pretty vintage dresser in a lovely blue by Miss Sadie

Terrific antique cupboard updated by Miss Madelle

Terrific antique cupboard updated by Miss Madelle

Neat antique dresser in a fun color by Miss Sadie

Neat antique dresser in a fun color by Miss Sadie

You also got to see some of our Christmas decor – I love how it makes everything pop!

Until next time – take care and hug your loved ones closely whenever you can!!

A Quick Nightstand Makeover

Purchased recently at a local estate sale, I love the lines of this piece but that original finish was a bit boring!



Enter some Homeplate chalk paint, a little distressing and a little waxing:


So much prettier now and you can actually appreciate the lovely lines!



Made by R. Veal & Sons here in Albany Oregon – a few miles south of Salem.  They closed their doors in the 1980’s after generations of furniture production.Terrific construction and solid maple, I adore their furniture whenever I am lucky enough to find it.  Maple seems to need a little pizzazz to perk it up.  Add some paint and you are good to go!

Sharing with:  Creative Inspirations Linky Party, Vintage Inspiration Party #211, Vintage Charm #3 and Tweak It Tuesday #164  – Thank you, ladies, for hosting my favorite parties!!