“If you want to get things you can’t buy in a store, you have to do things never thought of before.” -- Dr. Seuss

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Painted Empire Dresser

After searching  for a long time I found an empire dresser to paint. I used Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in the Boxwood Color, it was a struggle between Lucketts or Boxwood and I am glad it didn't  get to dark. I finished it with the furniture wax, I also used the antiquing wax in some areas.

 Here is the before I painted photo, see the missing blocks on the side under the long grooves right above the "new feet" someone added.

Some close ups of the worn areas.

 This block was missing when I purchased the dresser, my husband cut a piece to fit.

Thanks for looking at my post!
I haven't posted in a long time, only because I didn't take the time and i was trying to figure out how to post with my phone.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Upcycled Wool Blanket to Christmas Tree Skirt

I have used this tan blanket that used to be my Grandpas for years as a wrapr around the base of the tree. This year I decided to do things different and created a one of a kind tree skirt.

I used a basic easy tree skirt pattern like THIS to start (steps 1 -4 ) I started with a 40" square of the solid tan blanket piece.  I plan to make some thing else from the floral part of the blanket, someday!
 I did a zig zag stitch around the circular part  and just turned under the staight part and stictched it down.  This could certainly be a no sew project, since it is a circle things will not fray and if you adhere the doilies on with craft glue it should work.
 I then place the small doilies I had around the skirt. You can see I did not have enough to go around the whole skirt, I knew this would be ok since the tree is against the wall. I then used a large zig zag to sew on the doilies.
  Blanket repurposed to a tree skirt! 
I may add more doilies if i find a bunch more small ones. This could easily be adapted for any fabric of your choice, burlap, plaid blanket, tablecloth, grain sack, ect. A heavier fabric the better.

Have A Very Merry Christmas

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Painted a Table with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint

I found this great table at an auction weeks ago along with 2 more pieces that I will paint, 
 It was a little rickety so I disassembled it, sanded it, and gave it the first coat of Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in the Linen color.
 One I painted it, I put it back together, glued and screwed where it needed it and painted it 2 more coats, then sanded it smooth.  Then I added the dark Antiquing Wax from MMS.
 And, TA DAA!
 Some chippyness did occur! I didn't think any finish was even on the piece before the initial sanding.
 More chippy goodness on the legs.

I loved how it turned out and I can't wait to try more, but for now it will need to wait till after the holidays.  I am selling this at our one booth!
UPDATE - after one day being at the antique mall it was SOLD!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Vintage Dress and Car Photo

A vintage dress I found at a flea market and our car! 

Junk Never Looked So Good!
I will have the story and more pics at a later time!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

I Went To Miss Mustard Seed's Yard Sale Today

If you follow her blog you knew about her yard sale. The sale was held at the old Distelfink restaurant, know mostly for their giant neon sign, along with the restaurant in need of repair. It is closed and I believe for sale.

The ice cream part of the sign kinda looks like a cupcake, too!
 The distelfink is a PA Dutch type bird meaning good fortune.

Back to the yard sale, I bought a mislabeled jar of gold German Glass Glitter and her book,
 She signed it!  I met her before, but I fiquired she wouldn't remember me until I mentioned that she bought a wicker french shopping basket from me and a wood shoe cart/shelf from my brother at Booth 65
 And a Vintage Christmas tablecloth
The sale started at 8am I got there about 9am and most of the pieces she talked about on her blog were gone. But I am happy about what I did get to purchase, now I need to go and read the book!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Washboard Mirror and....

Recently at an auction I came across a washboard with no scrub board. I immediate thought of a mirror could be added to this!!!! There were a total of three washboards standing there waiting for their new owners and I really wanted the "broken" one and thought they would let the bidders pick which one they wanted for the highest price and then I could get the broken one cheap!! Well, they decided to sell all 3 as a lot, that was OK by me, since I have 3 places to sell them now. As you can tell I got them all!! 
So, I asked my husband to help, and he removed the bottom rail, and measured the opening. It had grooves in to hold the scrub board part so I new it should be easy!! 
The mirror I found at a yard sale a day after the auction and after a trip to the local hardware store for a glass cutter. I thought we had one but after looking for it he just went to get one. After he cut it from the back sade he thought he should have cut it from the front so he measured and cut again, still no break. He then decides he should have got the glass break too. Glass Break tool? never knew of such a thing so off to the hardware store again!  Well, it worked and here you can see the finished project!!

Now since I am on the subject of washboards I want to share a pic of one of my yard sale finds. A washboard cabinet, this was done long before pinterest!!! It has 2 would shelves inside and a latch to keep it closed. It also had 2 saw teeth hangers on the back for hanging on the wall. As you see in the pic I just had it hanging on the display with a jute string, for easy hanging. It did sell pretty quickly!!

That's all the Junk for today!!

Saturday, July 19, 2014


After buying one of these from a booth at a craft mall for a gift I decided to make one.
I did a little research online and came up with this!
(the one I bought used 2 copper reducers one smaller than the other) 

 A washer big enough so it doesn't fall into the bottle, and a nut! the inside hole of the nut and the washer are the same, don't know the size, just so the wick fits snug.  I used a funnel to add the tiki fuel to the bottle. The wicks can be found a variety of places, look or ask for replacement tiki wicks. they are about 8 inches long.
I have seen some with flat marbles, stones, etc in the bottles too. It looks nice on the clear bottles and also uses less fuel, when you want to have more bottles.
 Fun project to do with the guys in your life! 
Fire and Wine!!

Here is a photo of what the wicks look like.

Also, any bottle will work, I like the labels on you may not.
Beer bottles for a more casual look!
Or maybe you want to glam them up with glitter!!

What ever you decide!!
All this junk was found in the basement or garage!
Except for the wick and fuel!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Console Table Makeover

I just love this darling little console table and love the way it turned out!

Here is the before!

I wanted to make better photos so I tried styling it! I love furniture pieces when they are photographed outdoors. Besides that I have no good place inside!

 If you noticed, this piece only had one knob, with the help of my husband, he measured drilled another hole.
The knobs are from Hobby Lobby,  not really loving them but they could easily be changed out.

This id my favorite photo, I like the branches of the tree in the top of the frame.

 Books, bird, camera and nest, just plucked them off the shelves in the house!

You can see in the photos I distressed the paint with grit 220 sandpaper, I just used black craft paint I had on hand and also used beeswax to finish the piece. 

The best part is distressing!!

 The inside was decoupaged with dictionary pages and Modge Podge. A layer of MP on the furniture and another layer of MP on the page then apply to furniture. I left it dry and then another layer of MP over the pages.

No particular order, just tore the edges, and if it didn't fit just tore it again, I filled in small gaps with small torn pieces.

Note to self, the books on the inside should be over on the other side!!!

Hope you enjoyed this little transformation, as much as I enjoyed creating it and photographing it!

Have a Great JUNKIN DAY!!

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