Fun, graphic, and durable placemats are easy to make with some basic sewing skills, making them a great beginner sewing project.
Thrift stores and antique malls are great sources for original and unique art, especially paintings. They just need a little love to make them shine again.
A favorite project of mine for a rainy Pacific Northwest day is pulling a table up to the fireplace and painting a few of these rustic signs. I find most of these planks on Oregon beaches, or through other sources for reclaimed wood.
This was one of those projects that I doubted until its completion. I could envision the final product but at every stage along the way, I just though “I don’t know about this.” But, I’m glad I kept going because I LOVE it now!
I was thrilled to find this wood ironing board in a local thrift store still covered with its fabric padding, and I snatched it up hoping that the padding had protected its wooden top all these years.
Live edge wood slabs are a unique and interesting way to bring wood elements into your home. Reflecting the organic shapes of the trees themselves, live edge slabs pair particularly well with metal components such as welded frames, hairpin legs, or in this case, an antique sewing machine treadle base.
I thought that I had bitten off more than I could chew with these end tables. Once completed I am in love with the design.
I call this furniture makeover a revival because this campaign desk went from dark and dingy to bright and lively. Over the years the finished got dinged, scratched, and stained from its use as a real estate staging item, but the hardware and drawers stayed in perfect condition because it didn’t receive day to day wear and tear.
I found this sweet little chair at a local thrift store/salvage yard. It was outside with more weather-proof industrial salvage, so I decided to rescue it from our rainy Pacific Northwest weather and bring it home!
I love the boho chic look but don’t utilize it as much as I’d like. So I was thrilled to find this peacock chair is great condition at a local thrift store.
Who doesn’t love a good vintage schoolhouse chair! When I got them, the metal frame was its standard tan and the plywood seats and back were two different tones.
I’ve been wanting to try my hand at creating a chipped, distressed paint treatment. I love that these chairs look like they’ve has been sitting in a barn with a well worn patina.
This drop-leaf table was my birthday present from my boyfriend. I guess that should tell you a little something about me! All it needed was a little nourishing to bring it back to life.
This chair was another side of the road find. Although it was in sad, sad condition (ugh that seat) it is so solidly built with joinery that still in perfect shape. This chair did not deserve to go to a landfill, it just needed a makeover!
I chose this wobbly and worn desk to try the ciré rempli refinishing technique. While it is still rustic, the new finish is rich and silky smooth.
A few weeks back, our local arts materials exchange (MECCA) received several old, non-functioning clocks. I went a bit crazy over them and bought almost every one. There may have been some *polite* stalking of other interested customers but eventually they put them back on the shelf and I snatched them up! I got one…