Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Utility Table Transformation for Just $2 !

Hey Guys!  I've been busy this week, tying to get a lot done which included getting my workroom back into a neat & tidy order.  In March, I sold my desk & chair because I needed more space to work on Brushed Up Furniture & More projects, so I decided to get creative and transform my paint-splattered utility work table into something more desk-like.

As you can see from the photos below, my worktable had quite a lot of undesirable spills and splatters from previous painting projects.  I tried scrubbing half-heartedly wiped the table off, but alas! I think they were embedded into the surface.


Since I had already been cleaning and organizing the workroom, my eyes fell upon my basket of Contact Paper that I use for lining drawers, etc.  I had 2 rolls of Granite-look paper from The Dollar Tree  that I wasn't using for anything else.  The small pattern & texture would also work well in hiding not only the seam when I covered the table, but in case there are any future spills!
(If you want to see other patterns available, check out The Dollar Tree website. I personally have purchased nearly every pattern they carry.)

Since the table was already clean of loose debris, I peeled the backing off of the first roll and smoothed it all down, leaving a pretty ample amount overhanging the edges on the front & both short ends.  It's not that difficult, just take your time, and it's re-positionable in case you need to move it. Note: one roll wouldn't cover the entire table, which is why I had to overlap.


After the first roll was smooth, I trimmed the corners and made slits to position it around the curved corners of the table. Oh, and an old credit card worked perfectly for sliding the bubbles out.


Alright, so putting on the second roll was a little bit trickier, but patience helped me. And a credit card, and a straight pin.
I overlapped the second roll of contact paper about an inch or so, making sure I had enough overhang to cover the edges.
The bubbles will drive you crazy, so just pierce each one and flatten it with the credit card.  There might be quite a few bubbles, just keep running your hand over the contact paper and find all those little buggers.


Then, I repeated the process of trimming the remaining 2 corners.
Of course, since the tabletop is made from plastic, the vinyl contact paper didn't want to hold firmly when I was smoothing the edges under.  Naturally, I was not giving up...Painter's tape for the win!
I flipped the table over and taped the edges down, easy-peasy.


 Now, tell me that you liked the paint splatters better....no? Okay, me neither.


For just $2, I was able to quickly and easily transform my workroom utility table from paint-splattered to faux granite in just about 20 minutes!

Head on over to The Dollar Tree for some Contact Paper, and see what you can transform!
Don't forget to find me over on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and get sneak peeks of what I'm up to!  (and YouTube!)





Friday, July 21, 2017

Laundry Sign on a Vintage Ironing Board + Free Printable!

Isn't it nice when you get something for free?  And if you've been looking, like I have been, for a vintage wood ironing board and it is offered to you for FREE?  Even better!  (Thank you nice couple in Georgetown, Texas!)

Oh, and if you stay with me to the end of this blog post, I'll share with you a Free Printable that I created especially for my readers, to make your laundry day a little more cheerful!


There was instantly an idea in my head from this sign I saw at Hobby Lobby:


Now, I just LOVE this sign, it's perfect, except for one thing....it's horizontal, and what I need to have is vertical, to go from the top of the ironing board to the bottom.

So, it I did a little easy "art" work on my ironing board.

First, I took off the wooden legs (just 3 screws), then it got wiped down with some mild soap & water, and after it was fully dry, I put a coat of Waverly Chalk Paint in Plaster color on it:



Those three holes on the bottom got filled with small wood plugs and painted, too.

Now, for the lettering....I went to both Michael's and Hobby Lobby and found the letters in all the different shapes and sizes.  (I could have just paint the letters on by hand, but I love the dimensional look the letters give to it.)


Next, I painted the letters, and after they were dry, I glued them on with wood glue:


What do you think of my new Vintage Ironing Board?  Even though no one will be ironing on it any more, I'm so glad I was able to re-purpose it, and keep it out of the landfill!

For all of you that would like it, I've made up a cute Free Printable for your laundry room:

Just click on the photo above, and you'll be able to download and print the adorable sign.  I recommend using card stock if you have it. (The gray lines on the PDF show where to trim for an 8 X 10" frame.)  I made a frame of sorts, and mounted mine to a vintage washboard that's in my laundry room. So cute!


Thanks for stopping by today! You guys really make my day, even if it's laundry day!
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Peanut Butter Nutty Granola - An Updated Family Favorite!

Ed and I really like granola! But, since we have a some food allergies in our family, I created a recipe a few years back, that I could easily modify.

This week, I added fresh ground peanut butter! It's the kind that you grind yourself in the bulk food department, so that there is no added sugar, only dry roasted peanuts. Perfect for those that are avoiding refined sugar. 
And yeah, it's good stuff. 


INGREDIENTS
3½ cups rolled oats (old fashioned oatmeal)
1 cup chopped or sliced almonds
1 cup chopped pecans
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1½ teaspoons ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ cup natural peanut butter <<<<<  the new ingredient I've added! 
6 tablespoons butter
½ cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
        
Also need – parchment paper and a rectangular baking sheet

INSTRUCTIONS
1.       Preheat the oven to 250° F. Cover a rectangular baking sheet with parchment paper.
2.       Mix the dry oats, almonds, pecans, and spices together in a large mixing bowl.
3.       Heat the peanut butter, butter and honey together in a small saucepan over low heat.
   Once 
the butter melts stir in the vanilla and salt.
4.       Pour the hot liquids over the dry ingredients and stir together with a rubber spatula until
    evenly coated.
5.       Spread mixture onto prepared pan in an even layer. Bake for 75 minutes at 250° F.
6.       Cool in pan, on the counter top.
 
The granola will become crisp as it cools at which point you can break into pieces (if making bars) or break it up into small chunks (if making cereal). Store in air tight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Truth be told, this doesn't stay around in our house for 2 weeks.  Now that I've added Ed's favorite food group peanut butter, I'm sure it will disappear quickly!

Once you try this new version, let me know what you think!  You can always chat with me on Facebook, Instagram or right here in the comments below!
And if you like this recipe, please give it a Pin!  





Thursday, July 13, 2017

Kitchen Pallet Wood Shelf - Easy Beginner Build!

A few years back, I used to wish for a house with an "open concept" floor plan.  Now that we've lived in one, I miss walls!  One place I'm especially missing walls is in my kitchen, because I'd love to hang this:


It's a kitchen shelf that I made out of leftover pieces from a pallet!  It was fairly straightforward, no special angled cuts or anything, and I just used my Ryobi Brad Nailer to put it together.

Here's what it looks like "au naturale":

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Bud Vase Holder DIY - Perfect First Build

Hey Everyone!  So glad you stopped by today....I'm sharing something that's a little bit crafty, with a little bit of my "builder" side showing.  


What do you think of this cute little bud vase holder?  It's great as a centerpiece, on a side table, or on a shelf.  The size makes it pretty versatile, and of course you can use real flowers or faux!
The best part is, if you are wanting to try your hand at building a little something, this is a perfect beginner build project.

Monday, June 12, 2017

How I Repaired a Deep Gouge in my Pottery Barn Table

Hi and Welcome!  With my new business, Brushed Up Furniture & More, I'm finding myself pretty busy these days, and it feels good!

Today, I'm sharing with you



Friday, March 31, 2017

Reclaimed Pallet Shelves

Hey Everyone!  Thanks for stopping over!  I hope you have a tall sweet tea, or your favorite coffee in front of you so that you can relax and see what I was up to the other day:

Back in 2012, I was given a couple of pallets to try my hand at creating something from them.  We lived in Idaho at that time, and it was a beautiful summer day when Ed & I started separating the pallets.  We got some good wood out of them and I made a couple of signs...

This Pantry sign:




Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Engaging Hygge Year Round

Do you ever feel like you're the last one on the train when it comes to home decor, fashion, or new trends?  Sometimes I'm slow to catch on, or catch up for that matter!

When I first heard of Hygge several months ago, I was seeing quite a few Pinterest pins about it, so I saved them out of curiosity, then I went back and looked at all the articles and blog posts about it.   The more I read about it, the more I knew I wanted to incorporate it into my life and home.


Today I'm sharing a little insight on what I've learned about Hygge (pronounced something like hue-gah, and luckily pronouncing it is probably the hardest part!).

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

New Business Launch!

Y'all, I am SO excited to announce the launch of my new business, Brushed Up Furniture & More!


It seems like I've always had a dream of doing something that I love, and turning it into my own small business. As you've seen here for the past 2+ years, I've been doing my own furniture makeovers, and I've discovered that I really love doing them!

How Did I Start?

After Christmas, Ed & I decided to clear out some of the excess furniture.  I began by placing ads on Craigslist, and on about 10 Facebook sites in my area.  I sold the Farmhouse Coffee Table; Glider Rocker & ottoman; a small blue cabinet; the Art Deco Vanity Desk, and even my prized Pallet Bench, and Pallet Console Table!  Parting with the last 2 items was a little difficult, but I am so glad that they both went to nice families.



Once I had the first few sales under my belt, I was encouraged by my daughter, Steffanie, to finally turn my creative energies into a business.  Steffanie has also launched her own small business, Sew Truly, featuring her awesome sewing skills!  Do you need a flower girl dress?  Costume for Halloween that will win prizes?  Go see Steffanie at www.facebook.com/sewtruly

Is it scary to start a small business?

Well, yes it can be a little scary!  Steffanie told me about Christy Wright's Business Boutique website, which I have been reading faithfully; I'm also listening to Christy's podcasts and I've pre-ordered her book!  In addition, I'll be attending Christy's 1-Day Business Boutique Event in San Antonio in April! I'm excited to learn how to grow my business with Christy's tools and advice.  Starting a small business can be made easier if you have the motivation, tools and encouragement of someone who has been there.  If you are dreaming of turning a hobby into a small business, I encourage you to check out Business Boutique.

I currently have two new pieces that I'm working on for my business....the first is this sweet little round accent table.  When I'm finished giving it a gentle "refresh", it will be for sale locally in Georgetown, Texas.



I take worn, well-loved furniture and give it a fresh look for today's casual, comfortable home.  I specialize in Farmhouse-style, shabby-chic and country styles.

You know that I would LOVE for you to visit & like my business page at www.facebook.com/brushedupfurniture or follow me on www.instagram.com/brushedupfurniture  where you'll get sneak peeks and before & after photos of all my projects!




Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

Hey Friends!  So glad you stopped by!  I've been away for a short while because Ed & I recently experienced the loss of his sweet mother.  Sometimes, you have to take time for family and yourself to start to heal from such a loss.  Thank God that we know that she is in heaven with Jesus, praising around the throne of God.  I appreciate all of you who prayed for us during our time of loss.

Today I'm sharing a recent makeover of a 1920's Art Deco Vanity that I picked up at Goodwill for $30.00.


When I looked the desk over, I saw that it had dovetailed drawers, original drawer pulls, and it was nice and sturdy.  If a piece isn't sturdy, or has to have major repairs, I will usually pass it up.

This desk didn't need sanding or repairs so I removed the handles, cleaned it up and let it dry before applying the first coat of three of Waverly Chalk Paint in Plaster.  This paint went on so smoothly, and I was happy that I chose to use it on this piece!  After allowing each coat dry for 24-hours between coats, I applied Waverly White Wax as a sealer.  I applied 2 coats of the wax because I'm sure that this desk will get a lot of use.

While waiting for paint to dry, I thoroughly cleaned the handles, and then painted them with Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.  This has been my go-to color for handles, metal accents, etc.

What do you think of it as a makeup table?

Oh, and I lined the drawers with some pretty contact paper:



You might recognize it from an earlier project, my Dresser-to-TV Media Console:


That Contact paper is so versatile and goes with many kinds of decor, don't you think?

And there you have it, the completed makeover of this 1920's Art Deco style Vanity Desk.  I love it, and I love the small investment that I made to get it looking good, and it turned out so well!



Do you want to share a photo of a makeover that you've completed?  Go over to my Facebook page, and show me your projects!





Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Forward - my 2017 Word


Well there it is.  It's out there for everyone to see. I think that by sharing it with you, it kind of makes it a little more intentional, kind of like a promise I'm making. "I'm moving forward".


When choosing my word for 2017, I had to think ahead to what goals and dreams that Ed and I have for this year.  Why "Forward"?  Because we'd like to feel our lives moving in a positive direction forward, not going backward.  Reaching for our dreams.

At the end of December, we got all of our Christmas decor packed up again and stored in bins in the garage.  I realized that I really need to go through every bin, and decide what I don't need to keep, and what doesn't go with my normal Christmas themes/decor.  Why take up space storing stuff I won't use anymore?

Cathedral Window by Magnolia Home
Three Candlesticks by CostPlus World Market
Faux Magnolia Wreath DIY
As I began putting out my regular decor again, I found quite a few things that I'm also not going to be using anymore. Stuff I thought was pretty at the time, but doesn't really have a spot. You know what I mean, right?  And I see a lot of the people that I follow on Instagram that are doing a huge de-cluttering and purging in their homes as well.  Letting go is part of moving Forward. I'm such a sentimental person, and it seems like I save a lot of stuff....I'm definitely not in the "hoarder" category, but I have to tell you how freeing it feels to let some of it go!  It gives me room to move Forward.

Maybe all of this is because we're longing for something, and with prayer & God's guidance, Ed and I can someday, one day, achieve our dream.  I feel it's possible, with hard work, focus, and dedication to get where we want to be in our lives.  Until that day comes, we are content and happy to keep pressing on, and moving Forward.


Monday, January 2, 2017

Word of the Year & Projects of 2016

At the beginning of 2016, I chose the word "finish" as my word for the year.  I can't tell you how much having that word always in the back of my mind helped me out, and I actually ended the year without any unfinished projects laying around!
"Finish" also helped to stop me from starting multiple projects at one time!  I was able to focus on one project at a time, complete it, and move on to the next.

There were a couple of projects from 2015 that spilled over to 2016, however I'm glad I took my time to finish them up to get them to look really good.

Here's a photo journal of most of my 2016 projects, some of which I haven't ever posted about!

Pallet Wood Shelves

Useful Shelves from Old Drawers

DIY Bench from Free Pallets

Faux Magnolia Wreath DIY

Updating Dad's Old Wooden Box

Farmhouse-Style Herb Drying Rack

Factory Cart Coffee Table

"Grow Old Along With Me" Shiplap Sign

Paris Nightstand Makeover

Cross & Burlap Wall Art

4 Ways to Update Craigslist Furniture
I just sold this glider rocker & ottoman, and the new owner loved it!

4 Ways to Update Craigslist Furniture

4 Ways to Update Craigslist Furniture

Only have AFTER photos for this
Farmhouse-Style Coffee Table Makeover!
I actually sold this table 3 days after Christmas!

Farmhouse-Style Ironing Board Holder

Here's a window frame (without glass) that we found on the curb.
3 coats of Waverly Chalk Paint changed it's personality!

This is a 1920's Art Deco Style Vanity Desk that I picked up at Goodwill for $30
Again, it was transformed using Waverly Chalk Paint & Wax!

And for now that's a wrap up on my 2016 projects that I was able to finish, because I kept my word for the year in the back of my mind all the time!

Now to choose a new word for 2017, and put together some new, fresh goals to work towards!  Have you chosen a word for the new year?  Do you make new year's resolutions or goals?
Let me know what your plans are for 2017 and beyond, and I'll be sharing some of mine over on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!