Showing posts with label Before and After. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Before and After. Show all posts


"Goodwill Hunting" Plus a Bonus Before & After!

Hi, guys!! Thanks for letting me have a Mental Health Monday! We were incredibly busy this weekend. Lots of fun stuff, but just too much for one weekend!

Friday evening, we had to drop off The Girl Child to go to Girl Scout camp, then head to a Mouse Races fundraiser for some friends, then we stopped in to see another friend's new band. Saturday, I did manage to squeeze in some Goodwill Hunting, but then we had yet another friend's last band gig, so it was a second late night. Then, of course, Sunday, we had to pick up The Girl Child after our weekly Sunday morning with the mum-in-law, then head to a fantastic Superbowl party. Fun weekend, but I'm getting too old to be burning the candles at both ends!

But, check out this beauty that I managed to snag between events!

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The Vintage is in the Details - Bakelite!

Hi, there! I'm glad you came by today! I'm just sharing a little project I did a over the holidays, but one that, as silly and small as it is, I'm totally ticked over!

You know me - I love all things vintage. I love the feel of history, the ghosts of the past, and the familiarity that decorating with a vintage flair brings. Maybe it's because I was raised in great part by my grandfather, who kept everything exactly as it was after my grandmother died. I was raised with cookware, dishes, d├ęcor, clothing, and furniture from eras gone by around me everyday. One of my favorite things from those eras is Bakelite.

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I played with a Bakelite Viewmaster exactly light this all the time growing up. I have no idea whatever happened to it and it makes me sick that it's gone.

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Taking One Lamp from Sucky to Steampunk!

Hi, there! Glad to see you!

If you remember from my Goodwill Hunting post last Monday, one of the little “treasures” I found was a cheap-looking cream plastic lamp. Honestly, when I suggested turning this into a lamp that would fit in with The Girl Child’s Steampunk-inspired bedroom, she looked at me with a fair amount of skepticism. The shade I found to go with it was OK, but the lamp itself was pretty yuck. But, but it had tassels, so into the cart it went!

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The Harp Chair

Hey, there! I'm so glad you stopped by today! Got a chair makeover that I am really excited to share with you!

If you follow me over on my Facebook page, you may have a seen a nice little harp-backed chair I picked up on one of my local Goodwill runs a few weeks ago. The chair was in nice condition and I just love the vintage harp on the back, but there is no one in my house doing the pink and white thing anymore:

I nabbed this beauty for $12! Structurally perfect, it was the ideal chair to match up with the DESK I refinished for my daughter earlier this year. Finally!

Well, it will be...once the pink and white is a thing of the past!

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The Haunting of MY Hill House

Hey, friends! I'm in the best mood!! Why? Because it's October and October means HALLOWEEN! The scarier, the better!

I'm going to level with you all - we are a rather twisted family. I can promise you, we have more in common with the Addams Family than The Cleavers. If we were left to our own devices (and wouldn't draw complete ostracization from our neighbors and end up having warrants put out on us by code enforcement officers), we would probably live in a "haunted house" all year 'round. Since I can't, and since I don't have unlimited funds to spend, let me show you what we do and how we do it cheap!

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Master Bedroom Closet - MASTERED!

Last week, in one of my warts-and-all moments, I shared with you the disaster zone that was my closet. Before I could tackle all the fun stuff of making my bedroom over into the oasis/sanctuary of my dreams, I knew I had to tackle this mess:

So, after gathering some great goodies to make over my master bedroom, I forced myself to knuckle down and turn this mess into a workable clothes closet!

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Nano's Kitchen Remodel - THE REVEAL!

As you may know, for Mother's Day (and then some), I undertook remodeling my mother-in-law's kitchen while she was visiting her family back in Scotland. I knew this would be a big project. While I didn't have to replace appliances or do a major build, there was a lot of work to do, but I have to say - it came out awesome and very much reflective of my mother-in-law's bright and cheery personality!

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Desk Do-Over

As I've said in a previous post, my daughter has a tiny bedroom and a huge sense of style. She's in love with all things Steampunk right now. She had a small vanity I had refinished that (sort of) doubled as a desk, without having enough room for either job.

Now, if you know my daughter, her tastes are subject to change at any time. Right now, she loves her black furniture, but she likes the flat black, which doesn't always hold up to wear and tear. I'm hesitant to do heavy polyurethane finishes, because if she changes her mind, guess who's going to be doing the stripping - again? Yup - ME! 

Then I found this gem at one of my local Goodwill stores!

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From Throwaway Plant Stand to Posh Pet Steps!

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I'm going to start this blog off with a small job I did over the holidays. This is going to be a simple project, but an example of finding a way to fill a need in a hurry. And, believe me, this qualifies as a refurbishing project if anything ever has!

A little backstory: my daughter got a Teacup Yorkie as a early Christmas present. Her original owner needed to find a new home for her and my daughter had wanted for a pet of her own for a long time (as if the three dogs we had weren't enough!) So, this tiny little precious bundle of fur joined our family!

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