Wednesday, August 15, 2012

One Ugly Sofa Table


This sofa table is one of those purchases that I have not loved.  It was a great deal and I thought 'why not'?  It was super ugly and has been moved around my house over 50 times since moving here in May.


That's not the best picture, but you get the idea of what it looked like before.  It has great, curvy legs, dovetailed drawers, & is solid wood.

I put wood filler over the previous two, drawer pull holes and drilled a new one for the modern knobs.  It received a base coat of white, a coat of black, a coat of light grey, and a ton of sanding.  After that, it was topped w/ a dark wax to blend it all together.  


It's in my "shop"...ok, my den that's been turned into a shop, and is ready to make it's way to The Strawberry Patch Barn Sale!  Go "like" them over on Facebook!  Her furniture is absolutely stunning!


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shabby creek cottage

Monday, August 13, 2012

A Little Blue Chair


Yesterday, I went on a hunt to see how many items I could purchase with only $20.  I found this sturdy chair at our local flea market for a cheap price.  


Taking the paint that I already had on hand, I gave it a couple of coats, sanded it down, & added some dark wax to tone down the Peacock Blue color.


I really like how it turned out!  It, too, will be heading on over to The Strawberry Patch Barn Sale.  Go "like" them on Facebook to see all the great vendors.  You'll want to mark your calendars for the weekend of Sept 6th-8th!


And yes, those are overgrown flowers that have taken over the back of my house!  Somethings around here have to wait until after the barn sale!


Before & After...


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beyond the picket fence
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shabby creek cottage
diy showoff

Burlap Wreath



This week, I'm working on fillers for my booth at The Strawberry Patch Barn Sale.  Here's one of the few wreaths making its way up to the sale.


Don't forget to mark your calendars for the sale!





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Be Colorful
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savvy southern style
beyond the picket fence
embracing change
shabby creek cottage
diy showoff

Friday, August 10, 2012

For the love of Vintage & Pyrex

These are a few of my favorite things...






Find some great vintage finds & antique goodies at The Strawberry Patch Barn Sale.  All vendors are working hard at creating and searching out the best goodies for the sale.  All you need to do is grab a friend, a truck, & a spend a few bucks.  It's going to be fun weekend...mark your calendars for Sept 6th-8th.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Black & Burlap


Today, I finally finished a beautiful, cane chair in black paint & burlap.

Here's the before...


And after...



 It'll be heading up to The Strawberry Patch Barn Sale on Sept. 6th-8th.

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At the Picket Fence 
French Country Cottage 
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504 Main 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Antique, Wooden Bar Stool


It's a busy month preparing for The Strawberry Patch Barn Sale.  I can't believe that it is less than a month away!  

Here is a peek at an antique, wooden bar stool that will be heading up to the sale:








I fell in love because it is quirky, unique, & swivels in a complete circle. It's super fun!  I can picture it in a farmhouse kitchen or even on someone's front porch with some great flower pots.  

I found her for only $5 at a yard sale & all supplies used were what I had on-hand.

Before:


And after:



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Savvy Southern Style
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Handy Man, Crafty Woman
beyond the picket fence
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The Shabby Creek Cottage
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French Country Cottage
2805
At the Picket Fence
504 Main

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Ugly Hutch, Fired Husband, & New Friendship

I saw a great deal on Craigslist a couple of months ago on an ugly hutch.  The picture didn't show much of the hutch, but I saw something in it and had to purchase it.

It looked like it was all wood with great detail, but when my husband brought it home, I quickly learned that it was laminate & particle board.  No wonder it was a great deal!

I helped my husband unload it and brought it into our dining room.  I was a little disappointed and jokingly "fired" him in the process.  There are two rules that I go by when purchasing furniture.  The first is that it has to have great detail and the second is that it has to be solid wood.

While picking up the hutch from the seller, my husband invited him over for dinner.  Crazy, I know.  My husband has an attractive personality and he's able to make friends with anyone from every walk of life.  He's also wise in who he brings home for dinner.  I trust his judgement. 

First Coat
And I'm glad that I do.  Because Will, the seller, has become part of our family.  We've seen him weekly and have really enjoyed his friendship.  Our kids love him, too! 

Second coat
He recently moved into his grandmother's condo and inherited some of her furniture.  This hutch was hers.  As you can tell, it doesn't really fit into the style of one's bachelor pad.

Primed the inside, added the third coat of paint, & scraped off the gold design from the glass windows.
This piece took over a week to complete.  It has only confirmed my reasons for only purchasing solid wood pieces.
Hand-sanded the entire piece & spray painted the brass hardware black.

Painted the inside black
The top of this hutch is still super ugly.  It reminds me of the armoire in the movie Beauty & the Beast. 

How about the before & after shots....

Before:


After...


She's not eye candy, but her updated makeover has at least made her tolerable to look at. 

We are working on the trim & hanging up curtains tonight in the dining room.  We need to add decor to the walls, find a vintage buffet, & paint the dining room table and chairs.  It's going to be a great reveal!