Lace Tabletop

I scored this cute little table at an auction.  At first glance it looked perfect so I was excited to get it for such a steal.

However, once we got it home we discovered it had a small nail-hole in the top.  My husband removed the nails and noticed the piece was engineered in such a way that the legs would just slip into slots and become extremely sturdy without the need of fasteners of any kind.

After he put the table back together, I had the (more) difficult task of choosing a paint color.  I opted for a blue-green chalk paint (I added Plaster of Paris and water to make my own).  Although, I was happy with the color, something was missing… AND there was still a hole in the top.  So I dug through my stash of linens and found an old tattered lace table cloth.

I placed the tablecloth on the table, centering the design as much as possible and spray painted it with white paint.  Using a smaller cloth I repeated the process on the lower level of the table.  After the paint was dry, I sanded, lightly distressed, and waxed the entire piece.  This technique helps to hide the small hole as it just blends in with the rest of the distressed look.

I hope you like the outcome as much as I do.

 

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Scuttle?

I have to admit, I had no idea what a scuttle was… that is, until I ran across the cutest one EVER on Etsy.  I was looking for a vintage shaving mug for my husband’s bathroom and saw several items listed as “scuttle”.  There were several available for purchase but only one in my price range so I immediately scarfed it up.  I was unsure of the purchase at first but am glad to report I am totally thrilled with what I received.

Of course this is NOT going in my husband’s bathroom.  It will go in mine.  (I settled on a vintage Old Spice mug for him.)

Of course, I am not sure exactly who used the scuttle before as it seems that most were geared toward men’s shaving needs.  However, I cannot imagine MY petite, feminine scuttle being used by a big, strong, hairy man… but hey, I could be wrong.

A shaving scuttle is a small pitcher-like cup that hold hot water on the bottom, has a spout/brush holder, and a place on top for a round bar of shaving soap (with holes for drainage).

Here is the photo from the Etsy shop.  I will post a one later in my bathroom (see below)

My little friend on display in the bathroom.  Yes, the bathroom is tiny… you have to remember, it is over 80 years old.

On a side note:  I HATE my bathroom floor!  It is the same as the kitchen.  I am not sure what it is made of but it was installed just before we purchased the home.  I just can’t seem to get it clean.  It is almost like it is porous; it grabs dirt and grime and will not let go.  haha

Flea Market Finds and Garage Sale Goodies

Greetings all!  Please accept my apology for not updating in such a long, long time.  I am hoping to stay on top of this from now on.  Not that I have a lot of followers but I really feel like I need a place to store all of the projects I complete and goodies I find.

First, I want to showcase a few items I recently found for Nana’s Yellow House.  I am always looking for vintage items from the 30’s and 40’s to add character to our home.  Being on a budget only allows for smaller items but I think they really add that special touch.

Here are a just a few of the cool items I found lately…..

 

 

 

 

A Couch to Swoon For!

via Daily Prompt: Paint

A few months ago I found this swan fainting couch for a mere $20.  I loved the fact that it was a fainting sofa and that it was so inexpensive so I jumped at the chance to make it something more.

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It had some damage; an angry cat and a wobbly let but, all-in-all, it was sturdy and fixable.

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We started by taking the entire piece apart.  We always work carefully and take a lot of pictures so we will know how it goes back together.

My initial hope was to strip the finish and bring out the natural wood and reupholster with a light colored fabric.  However, when we tried to strip the finish it was nearly impenetrable.

We tried several techniques and products but eventually gave up.  The wood under the finished was very usual and would not take stain well so we stopped working in the couch and started some other projects.

Finally, after a few months of research, I decided to go ahead and paint the couch.  I am not a fan of painting furniture but this had to be an exception as the wood was nothing that would take a stain or could even be treated to preserve the natural look.  (I am thinking it is made of Poplar).

I started by cleaning out all of the little nooks and crannies and wiping down to remove any dust and grime.  Next, I primed each piece with Kilz.

Once I added a couple of coats of paint, it was time I took the piece inside so I could add the finishing touches.  Even though it may seem less practical, I like to do the detail work in my house.  My shop tends to be dusty and I hated to risk messing up the white finish.

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I decided to go with an antiquing glaze instead of distressing by sanding (not a fan as it tends to damage the wood).

This was my first large project with the glaze and I was very pleased.  Just look at the detail!

Next, it was time to add the seating.  Since the original board under the foam was broken, we chose to cut a new piece of plywood for a nice sturdy seat.

We were able to reuse most of the original foam.  I used the original fabric for a pattern and began the task of rebuilding.

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It took some time and much “discussion” over the correct way to add the seating but we finally agreed to disagree and did the best we could.

I have a few more staples to add and the trim but it looks like it will be a beautiful piece.

TA DA!!!!  Finally Finished!  (now to get it sold)

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Nana’s Yellow Table

It must be something about owning a yellow house.  Everything yellow seems to catch my eye.

When I found this table in my mother’s house after she passed away I thought it was too cute to throw out so I decided to take it home and show it some love.

I started by taking it completely apart and sanding it down.  Some of the dowel rods with missing in the rack so I had to purchase and cut new ones to fill in the gaps.

Then I applied 2 coats of white paint and put it back together.

 

Once the table was back together, I had to start working on the top.  There was a hole in the top where a lamp was once attached so I to seal the hole with wood filler and paint over it.

A few months ago I ran across a table online that had been tiled using old broken china.  I loved the look and set our to find the perfect pink plates to do something similar.  However, I never was able to find the right plates for the job; or to complete the look I had in my head.

While garage sale shopping with my girlfriend, I stumbled upon a set of 10 plates for $3.  I initially passed them up but finally decided I could not pass up a $3 deal… surely, I would find SOMETHING  to do with 10 daisy plates.

Eventually I got impatient and decided to forgo the pink table top and opted to use the yellow daisy plates for my little magazine table.

 

I carefully cut each piece and laid it out on my work space so the pattern would line up.  After I was sure I had enough tiles cut, I placed them on the table top to see exactly how I wanted it to look.  (please be sure to wear gloves and safety glasses)

Once I had it all laid out like I wanted it, I used tile adhesive to attach each piece to the table top.  You can do this a couple of ways:  you can spread the adhesive on the full table using a tile trowel or you and do like I did and put the adhesive on each individual piece and lay them one at a time.

The reason I chose to do it that was is because all of the pieces were different widths and shapes and it was nearly impossible to get them even.

I let the adhesive dry overnight and added non-sanded grout the next day and let that dry overnight.  The next day, I sealed the grout with grout sealer.

I had initially thought about leaving the table while but the yellow daisies seem to get lost in the white table so I decided to paint the table yellow and add a light brown glaze to bring out the golden brown tones of the daisy petals.

Finally, it was time to add a coat of poly.  I always try to use poly just to add extra durability.  The last thing you want it for your paint to chip away.

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I am very happy with the way it turned out.

The Taste of Summer

As a child, I dreaded the yearly task of working in the garden.  My parents would wake me before dark and we would make our way to the garden to harvest vegetables and remove weeds… of course, we called it, “diggin’ taters, pickin’ peas, and hoein’ grass”.

Living in Louisiana, the summer heat was (still is) brutal.  We would work until the chores were done and then head to the river to water ski and enjoy the cool water and beauty of the Ouachita River.

As the summer drug on, the chores increased to canning and preparing items for the freezer.  I would have purple thumbs for weeks from shelling peas; but come winter the taste of the fresh vegetables were well worth the hard work.

I am thankful for the teachings of childhood that have allowed for me to continue this today.

2016 was the first year in many that I have been able to grow my own garden.  I have had small ones in the past but this year, we were able to plant a nice sized garden on our own piece of earth.

Now the fun is in full swing as we harvest and can almost every single day.

This year I have canned salsa, pickles, okra, peas, beans, peppers, squash, zucchini, and tomatoes; and have enjoyed eating fresh cucumbers, squash, and cantaloupe.  NOTE:  the little buckets are my in my herb nook.

We also planted some sunflowers for the birds and are patiently waiting on our first watermelons.

Life is good!

Vanity Update!

When my husband and I moved into our home last year we were confused by the pedestal sink sitting in our bedroom.  It was set in an area all of it’s own beside the door that let to the toilet and tub.  I know immediately what I wanted to do with the space.

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Before!

I found a beautiful brass basin and fixture set at a garage sale just after we moved in but finding the perfect dresser took over a year.

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During the transformation.  I forgot to take a photo before we cut the holes.

We cut holes in the top and sanded the entire dresser to prepare for the new poly-stain and fixtures.

I applied 2 coats of poly stain and we took it into the house to start the installation.  I applied 2 more coats of poly stain and my husband made adjustments to the drawers so they would remain somewhat functional.

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Before the last 2 coats of poly stain and before I repainted the drawer pulls.

I still have to paint the drawer pulls to match and take new pictures AFTER the last 2 coats of poly but you can get a general idea of how if is going to look.

I still need to find the perfect mirror so stay tuned….

Grandmother’s Mantel

When I met my husband 4 years ago, he told me that he had salvaged the fireplace mantel from his grandmother’s home.  The home was scheduled to be torn down and he loved the mantle so he and his ex-wife removed the mantel and took it to their home.

My husband worked on the mantel in his spare time, striping years of paint and dust, and sanding it down to the bare wood.

When he and his ex divorced, the mantel went into storage and stayed there until we married last October.  We put the mantel in the garage until I got inspired by an episode of “Fixer Upper” and Joanna Gaines.

I decided I would measure the mantel to see if it would work as a queen headboard in our master bedroom.

It was PERFECT!

It took 4 grown men and a little stain but we got it installed and I love the look of it.

 

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It will stay here, safe and sound, until it finally makes it’s home at my stepdaughter’s home.

Ooh La La

Like many of my projects, I found this old trunk at a garage sale and knew I wanted to do something with it.  It was spray painted with an ugly gold paint over some sort of melted lettering, “Daddy’s work shoes”.

For the first few years, I stored Christmas decorations in it and just forgot about it.  Finally, I decided it was time to do something with the pitiful trunk.

The first thing I had to do was strip the horrible paint off and try to remove the melted lettering.  Initially, I thought it was hot glue but it turned out to be some kind of blue and red melted rubber that came off relatively easily with the paint thinner.

Next, I cleaned the inside.  I tore out all of the paper lining and vacuumed to remove any loose debris.

I decided to paint it an off white and try my hand at distressing.  I am not much for distressing furniture but, as you can tell from the pictures, it was already pretty distressed.

I just do not see the point in sanding and banging up perfectly good furniture to make it look old.  I am trying to come around to this new trend and try to make things others will like so I thought I would give it a shot and enhance the dings and scuffs already present.  After all, if I plan on ever making any money at this, I have to be able to set out of my comfort zone.

I sprayed one coat of primer before adding 2 coats of the off-white then lightly sanded the outside around corners and edges.

Next I broke out a stencil I had purchased and stenciled the top and front of the trunk. After the stencil dried for 24 hours I distressed a little more and added a coat of matte poly to give it a little protection.

The lining was a nice pink fabric I had on hand and I trimmed the lining with a taupe gimp to give it a more finished look and added durability.

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It has now found it’s temporary home in my booth at a local flea market.

 

 

 

Fruit Sacks?

I lucked up on the vintage (possible antique) chair for sell by a friend on a social media site.  I immediately knew I had to have it.

I brought it home and started to work as soon as I could.  I was so pumped with the French trunk make-over that I had to keep the momentum going.

I always start by removing layers.  It is a painstaking process because you have to pay close attention to how things come apart so you will know how to put them back together.

The fabric was dry rotted and damaged and I could tell I was not the first to reupholster the chair.  I removed the layers one by one…

 

As you can see, it was quite a treasure trove of goodies underneath those back layers. YES! that is a fruit sack (well, 2 fruit sacks)!  The other is a combination for burlap, cotton, and straw.

 

Next, I had to tackle the seat cushion.  It was easily removed as a separate unit so it made it very easy to work with.  I followed the same technique, removing layers of old rotten fabric, burlap, raw cotton, and nails (oh, the nails).

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Once I removed all of the layers in the seat cushion and back, I wiped everything down with a damp cloth and peroxide.  I read somewhere that peroxides helps to break down dead skin cells and bodily fluids to help disinfect before the reupholstery process.

Then it was off to the shop to play with the air tools.  I use a pneumatic staple gun to reupholster.  It makes it some much easier.  Be sure to adjust your air so your staples to not go all the way through your fabric.

 

 

 

Once I had reinforces the back the new burlap and foam, I covered them my fabric and moved to the seat cushion.

I re-wrapped springs, covered with scrap fabric, added 2 types of foam and added another layer of scrap fabric over the foam for reinforcement and stability.  Next, I sewed cording to out of the fabric and sewed the cushion sides to the top so I could stretch over the seat cushion and staple into place.

The outcome is lovely.

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