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.

Table after

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.

bathroom 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.

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.

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


Matle headboard sm

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.


trunk lining

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).


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.



New Life to Garage Sale Trunk

A few years ago I ran across an old trunk at a garage sale with intentions to reattach the missing hardware and use it as a conversation piece in my living room.  Once I got it home, it ended up in my walk-in closet storing Christmas decorations.

When I moved into my new house, I stored it in the garage only to discover later that the cane had been ripped off the back.  So I had to make a decision; Throw it out or reinvent the whole trunk.

Once I decided to restore the trunk and resell the finished product in my Flea Market booth, I discovered the front was completely caved in so I had to replace the front and pretty much start from scratch.  Which really wasn’t a bad thing.  It gave the trunk a renewed stability so I had a good foundation to work with .

I recovered the trunk with batting and finished off with a nice French-print fabric.  The blue fabric for the lining was a great finishing touch.

I ended up using new hardware as some of the original pieces were missing.

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

Oh, the trunk only lasted for about 3 hours in my booth before someone scarfed it up.

Before the work began. You can see some water damage on the bottom of the cane front.
The damaged cane after being stored in various places before I started the makeover.
The batting being added.
The beginning stages of adding the French-print fabric.
The finished product!
Trunk inside
Interior lining.



Vintage Glider Set

Last summer we found a vintage glider and 2 chairs for sale on a local social media site for $150. Being a lover of all things vintage, I jumped at the chance to breathe new life in these pieces. They were in good shape with very little rust (the brown is paint over the original green paint).

Glider Before
The glider is a basket-weave pattern; we took the glider apart and tried to sand it ourselves but it turned out to be a bigger job than we had planned on. We decided to take it to a local shop to be professionally blasted and powder-coated. I believe they charged us about $170 but they did not take out the dent in front (but we did not ask them to so we can’t fuss too much).
Chairs before
The chairs are a double-wedding band pattern.  As much as I wish they matched the glider, I am in LOVE with this pattern.


More “before” pictures.


Before Primer
2 with primer – 1 without

The transformation is more that we could’ve hoped for.

The professional blasting and powder-coating job.  We placed it on the front porch and it is just what it needed!
Chairs after.
Our job: painted and put back together. We purchased primer, paint, and new replacement nuts, bolts, and washers.

I have to give it to my husband; he did an outstanding job! I think I will keep him around!

Shout out to Hobson Powder Coating in West Monroe, LA for the amazing work on the glider! 

The Fainting Couch

I spotted a fainting couch on one of the many facebook buy/swap pages.  It was listed for $20 so I knew I had to have it.

When I arrived to pick it up, the seller told me a cat had damaged the cloth and part of the foam but that was perfectly fine with me.  I knew I wanted to recover it anyway.

The piece was a not-so-lovely floral print with a heavy lacquer/shellac finish.

My husband and I started the process of removing the fabric, foam, upholstery tacks, and at least a billion stables.  We were careful to leave the fabric as intact as possible so I can use it for a pattern.  This should really save when purchasing my fabric as I will know the precise (or close to it) yardage.

We left the project last night with a partially stripped frame.  The finish has proved to be more than either of us can deal with.

I am now faced with making a decision about what to do next:  paint and distress the frame (remember, I am a purist), what color (dark or light) and what fabric to use (print or solid).  I initially wanted to do a dark stain with light colored fabric but now I am leaning toward painting the frame white and choosing a fabric that will not show grime.  I would LOVE to use a script print.  You just never know about me 😉

Here are a few pictures of yesterday’s progress:

Damage from previous owner’s cat.


Back-roll foam.
Foam pieced together by manufacturer in back.
Wood seat support – this will have to be replaced.




Nana’s Yellow House

Greetings!  I know it has been awhile since I posted but I have transitioned my blog from Blogger to WordPress.  It is supposed to be better (the jury is still out).

I also have a new name for my Blog:  Nana’s Yellow House (quite fitting, don’t you think)

The past couple of weeks have been devoted to other duties and tweaking the sofa.  I added batting to the cushions and installed the backing.  I still have to make a couple of bolster pillows and a throw pillow for a finishing touch.


I also have some finishing-up to do on my daughter’s dresser.   I found a $20 dresser on one of the facebook swap sites several months ago with plans to strip and refinish it.  It was a cheap-made piece with a factory finish.   We have stripped,  added 2 coats of  Jacobean stain, and will apply a coat of Tongue Oil to finish it off.  (will post pictures later).

I also lucked-up on a nice vintage record player for my daughter.  She loves old vinyl and I have been looking for the perfect player (at the right price) for ages.  I found a unique Truetone player; distributed by Western Auto.  I believe it is from the 60’s or 70’s… I think it looks very “Holly Golightly”   😉

The record player did not work (thus the bargain price).  I googled for help and was able to find a great YouTube video to assist in the process.  My husband and I were able to get the turntable spinning again.  It will play a record but the speed is not quite on point.  However, there are a few shops in Austin that should be able to get it running perfectly in no time.




We leave for Austin in less than 2 weeks and I am running out of time.