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One of a kind furniture and decor.

Little Lime Green Table

FOR SALE!  Pale green table with drawer, black floral design and distressing.

FOR SALE! Pale green table with drawer, black floral design and distressing.

This little square end table is sure to brighten any room. It has been finished in a fun shade of pale, lime green with black floral accents and hardware and has been lightly distressed. It has one drawer painted in matching black. It could be used in a bedroom, living room or even a bathroom.

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A New Coat of Paint

FOR SALE!  17 inch tall glossy white ceramic rooster and rustic 4X6 picture frame with original photo.

FOR SALE! 17 inch tall glossy white ceramic rooster and rustic 4X6 picture frame with original photo.

Modern Rustic Tray

FOR SALE!  Distressed wooden tray.

FOR SALE! Distressed wooden tray.

This serving tray was an experiment in aging wood.  I found it at my local thrift shop but it was the kind of thing you would find, unfinished at a craft store like Michaels. It hadn’t been turned into anything yet.

I started by distressing it, scraping, gouging, banging, even burning it.  My twelve year old had lots of fun helping with this step.  Next I applied several washes of paint, a couple of orange stripes, and finally a coat of stain.

I learned a couple of things from this piece.  First, that I never want to use oil based stains again.  The odor was just awful and lingered for quite a while… days!  Second, that smaller decor pieces are perfect for trying new ideas and finishes on.  If I hadn’t been pleased with the result it would have been far less work to redo than if it had been something much larger, like a dresser.  So I’ll be keeping my eyes open for more wooden items to experiment with.

Painted Piano Bench

FOR SALE!  Refinished and distressed piano bench. Bird & floral details both inside and outside.  The black has lovely warm hues.

FOR SALE! Refinished and distressed piano bench. Bird & floral details both inside and outside. The black has lovely warm hues.

My second project. This one was a lot more work than the first. The bench had doubled as a work bench in someone’s garage and hadn’t been treated well. There were saw marks to prove it. My wonderful husband had fun dusting off the power tools to remove the original veneer and finish. We left some of the smaller flaws in for character since I was going to distress it anyway.

This was also my first attempt at stencilling, which didn’t turn out perfect but with the distressing and aging, didn’t seem to matter in the end. I really had my doubts about this piece in the beginning, but am so pleased with the result!

Little Blue Table – My First Ever Refinished Piece

My first ever refinished piece!

FOR SALE! Refinished vintage piece with Queen Ann legs, and original hardware painted glossy black (no drawer, just for show).

I’ve been spending waaay too much time on Pinterest lately, oohing and ahhing over the boundless creativity, and wondering, why don’t I do that? Well, I finally did. And here it is folks… the little blue table!

For the past year or so my husband and I have been trying to come up with a home based business idea that I can get going while he continues to do the 9-5, or in his case the 8-6 plus commute. It needs to be something I can do while still taking care of an infant and homeschooling two older children. Refinishing furniture is what we’ve decided to try. This is my first attempt.