The Masculine Coffee Table

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I didn’t work very much, but enjoyed the nice weather instead… it was pretty awesome! I did want to share with you this coffee table I just finished on Friday, it is in perfect structural shape, but it needed a little TLC. I “won” it at auction and almost got it for free! After I got it home I found a plastic bag of British coins in one of the drawers! I gave them to my youngest girls as they seem to have a love for everything British… so they were thrilled!

Here is the sad coffee table before…


The brass cross bars have rust (or something) on them…


WOW! Check it out now! I think it has a lot more years left to give!

burled wood vintage coffee table refinished

I primed and painted the base black using Valspar satin paint. I chose not to remove or replace the leather top, while it is not in perfect condition it is in good condition and I just love the way it looks on this table.

tooled leather topped coffee table

I sanded down the burled wood edging and stained it with Watco Dark Walnut stain… It was just to pretty to paint don’t you agree? I sealed it with Annie Sloan clear wax after the stain had dried.

After cleaning and priming the cross braces and wheel caps I sprayed them with Krylon gold paint… FABULOUS!

refinishing vintage coffee table

I also sanded, stained and waxed the drawer fronts to match the top of the table. I replaced the Victorian looking pulls with these Lion’s Head pulls… which I think really helps the overall look of the table!

I hope someone else likes the table too… It’s heading up the road with me to Lucketts!

As always thanks for stopping by… until next time!

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Making a Hypertufta Trough to Divert Rainwater

This is a post I have been wanting to write for some time, but I just kept forgetting! Hope it helps just one person 😉

Here’s the scoop… four years ago I spent HOURS UPON HOURS looking for an “acceptable” solution to diverting rainwater from the house. When our house was built they installed those black plastic ribbed hoses on the downspout’s in order to divert the water away from the foundation. These 4” black hoses snaked through our front boarders, sunning themselves on top of the mulch! So some of you may be thinking “so what?” and I hear you, but for me I hated looking at those things… they drove me CRAZY (which may have been a short trip)! Like I said, I looked for several month’s for a solution, I thought that there was no way I was the only one that was bothered by this… well apparently I was (which I did’t understand)… I guess I’ll just have to make something work!

During one of my numerous searches I ran across a tutorial for Hypertufta troughs, as I was searching “troughs” at this point, now the trough that they were referring to was for plants, but same concept right? Well the Hubby and I made two of them and I am happy to say that over 4 years later they still work perfectly!

Here is one…

 diverting rainwater using hypertufta trough

We had an azalea on the right originally, but it bit the dust last year which is why the newly planted Heather is so small. The picture below is of the Sweet Woodruff we have planted in the back, it can get about 3’” tall and does spread, but slowly… it has very pretty petite white flowers on it in the spring. I’m going to plant some along the sides of the trough which will help disguise it as well.


Won’t the Sweet Woodruff look pretty in this space?

diverting rainwater using hypertufta trough

There are quite a few recipes and tutorials out there to make the planter versions of what we made… same concept you just need a mold. So if you are interested this is how we did ours.

Hypertufta recipe:

1 part vermiculite

1 part sphagnum peat moss

1 part Portland cement

1 part water (roughly)

1 Sheet of plastic or plastic bag to cover the trough

Bricks or something to weigh down the plastic

Our process…

We scoped out the mulch and dirt in a 8-10” wide 3-4” deep trough making sure to slope the trough away from the house… very important! We ensured that all of the remaining dirt was compacted tightly, using our hands and then we started to make the Hypertufta mix. You will need to work rather quickly with the mix, it dries fast…

Combine the dry materials in a large container (we used our wheelbarrow) and mix thoroughly. Add the water in small increments and mix until the material is the consistency of thick oatmeal.

Use rubber gloves and a shovel to press the mixture into the trough, again ensuring that the trough slopes away from the house. Take the plastic sheeting or bag and place it over the trough, weighting it down, this will allow the trough to dry slowly which will result in a stronger finished product.

Wait at least 24 hours before you remove the plastic. You should now have a ready to use trough!

We did experience some mild chipping of the edges, but that was because we installed the mixture too thin there.  Additionally, we added black concrete colorant to our mix, that HAS faded over the years, so it is up to you if you want to add color. You could also press rocks, marbles etc. along the edges to jazz it up a bit, but we just wanted ours to be camouflaged Winking smile

The trough near the front door is far less noticeable as the plants have matured around it…

diverting rainwater using hypertufta trough

Yes, some mulch gets in the troughs, but I just blow them out with the blower when I blow off the sidewalks… no big deal.

diverting rainwater using hypertufta trough

Making these troughs really was SUPER easy, and took very little time once we gathered all of the ingredients together… maybe an hour max… I know I totally could have cleaned the troughs out to give you better pictures, but I’m just keepin’ it real ya’ll!

OK, now I have to go back to work on furniture…

Until next time!

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Making a Table

You may be wondering what I was thinking when bought this table… well it had 2 things going for it…

1-it had great legs

2-it was cheap

I’m not really the kind of DIY’er that buys junky furniture in order to create something new… I WISH I had that skill set, but alas I do not and I truly envy people who do… So this makeover will not be a big “WOW! What a change” but it may spark an idea for you…  think about it, I got a great table base for less than half the cost of a 1 new table leg!

The top of the table is Formica and looked out of place on the base, I knew I wanted something else…



Oh so much better after!

custom pine topped table

My Super Awesome Hubby attached three pine planks together with the biscuit joiner and then routered the edges of the top. I spray primed the legs and then painted them with some leftover custom mix Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I sanded down the top (220 grit paper) and stained it with dark walnut stain.


I just think the square pine plank top looks so much better than the round top on this table. I waxed the top with Annie Sloan Dark Wax, then clear wax, buffed and shined it up!


I lightly distressed the base and sealed the paint with a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax.


I’m taking this table to Lucketts… I think it will look so cute with my owl print chairs! This table would make a great game table or it’s just the perfect size for a small kitchen.

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A Buffet Makeover

Well this admission is slightly embarrassing… but I’ve had this buffet chillin’ out in my garage for almost a year! I bought it last year at the Lucketts Spring Market and I was SOOO excited to get it! This buffet was just what I was looking for to replace my current dining room buffet. As with most pieces that are for “me” it sat for quite a while, all forlorn and sad, until I got around to stripping the top… then it sat for another 8 months or so until I picked up where I left off! One of the reasons it sat dejected for so long is that I had found a buffet that looks VERY similar to this one. The “new” buffet has a cabinet in the center instead of drawers, which worked out much better for my storage needs. SO this beauty just sat around patiently until I started back on it last week… you know I was going to take it back to Lucketts!

This buffet is HEAVY, very HEAVY, in great shape, vintage and all that yumminess…



Here is my paint removal setup…

I was removing the paint off the top in hopes that the wood underneath was in good shape! I “love” my heat gun and prefer to remove paint with it instead of chemicals, but it was a slow process… heat up paint, scrape it off, deposit paint scrap into cardboard box… REPEAT a hundred times… but I was determined!

removing paint with heat gun

I removed about 90% of the paint and the rest I removed with my orbital sander. Starting with 150 grit and finishing with 220 grit.


TA DA! Thank goodness the top was in FABULOUS shape! I would have really freaked out been ticked if I had gone through all of that trouble only to discover it was not!

stripped buffet wood top

Rather than repaint the buffet I decided to distress the paint that was there. I really liked the color, sort of an Old Ochre with a touch of green, and it distressed wonderfully. I did decide to paint the side display shelves and for that I chose Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Florence. I thought it would add a great pop of color to the piece!

painted vintage buffet

I stained the top in Dark Walnut, conditioned it with Watco Oil and finished it off with a layer of Annie Sloan Clear Wax. It was just stunning!

staining wood top of buffet

I left the original pulls, but I cleaned them up really good.


I also waxed the cabinet part of the buffet to bring back the shine that the sanding removed, the final finish is smooth feeling but distressed looking!


I had every intention of loading this bad boy onto a truck and taking it to the Lucketts Market this year, but as fate would have it I sold it 2 days after I finished it. I was meeting a new client for a consultation and when she saw the buffet she just loved it! I was sad to see it go, but oh so happy that it went to a great home… and just a LOT little happy that I never had to lift it again!

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time…

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The Making Of A Bench Or Two

If you happen to have read my post a couple of weeks ago you’ll know my Hubby and I were making benches, well really it was just him but I cheered him on! A few weeks ago I had purchased an antique 3/4 walnut bed and decided to convert the bed into two benches. We were able to make two benches instead of one because we used the original wood side rails as the sides of the bench instead of the footboard, it worked like a charm!

Bench in process…

Here Hubby has setup the boards to determine spacing and length.

After the benches were all put together and painted this is what they look like now!

bench from vintage bed

I painted them with some fabulous Valspar paint & primer in one, this stuff had great coverage. I don’t know the color because it was an “oops” paint, but I’m calling it Coastal Blue!


I painted the accent pieces in Nantucket Spray by CeCe Caldwell, it’s a super light blue/green color and a great accent color for the blue.


Here is the footboard bench…


We didn’t want to go through the trouble of either moving around the wood onlay or changing the setup of the base, so the back is the more decorative of the two sides, which would work great if it is not used up against a wall.


This wasn’t too difficult of a project, we just had to spend some time thinking about how we wanted it all to come together. Also, we made them nice and deep so they would work perfectly with pillows on the back, which of course I seemed to have NONE that I could use to stage these shots!

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Pretty Red Oak Chest Update

I actually thought this chest was in good shape when I got it… it looks pretty good doesn’t it? Nice shape, curved drawers, oak, well-built… So what if the top drawers are missing veneer… it’s all good I promise!



This is a view from the front of the dresser (drawers have been removed)… there is part of the back and the bottom missing, not a big deal, just need to get the wood and the jigsaw!


While I was getting wood for the back and bottom I also picked up some wood to replace one of the drawer bottoms as well…


Next came the REALLY hard part… what color to paint it? Well I went with Annie Sloan Emperor’s Silk… a very pretty true red which I happen to love on oak… not sure why I just do!

Here it is after 2 coats, nothing much to look at now is it?



Add a little CeCe Caldwell’s clear wax and some elbow grease and you get this stunner!

Red painted vintage oak chest

Look at those drawers now!

Lovely curves too!

Annie Sloan red painted vintage oak chest

Here’s it’s impression of Angelina Jolie… can you see it? Laughing out loud


Not to mention the drop dead gorgeous original pulls, just cleaned them with ammonia!


This little lucky chest did have a lot of repairs, but nothing too difficult , I think it was well worth the final results!


I hope you like the chest… of course think I it’s a stunner now! Wouldn’t it be a great piece for the foyer or maybe an eat in kitchen?

Luckily I had a TON of help from my awesome hubby this weekend, not to mention my aunt came over and “apprenticed” with me a day so I’m REALLY getting a lot done for the Lucketts Market! I’m putting off my sewing pieces I need to get done as I really prefer to do something else, but eventually I need to get on it! However, this weekend was so lovely here in RVA and I did take some time to soak up the sun… which for me means a little burn and a few more freckles Winking smile oh well at least I got a healthy dose of Vitamin D!

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Sweet Painted Vintage Chest

Ok, so this one doesn’t look too bad as is… but to me it just kind of lacks pizzazz. It also needed some drawer repairs but other than that was in very good shape and therefor a quick makeover!



How Sweet… AFTER

I repainted the outer cabinet in Old White and the drawers in Antoinette Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I lightly distressed, waxed and buffed the piece as well, it has such pretty, clean lines!

painted vintage chest pink and white

Perfect original handles under all of that white paint…


I soaked them in ammonia overnight to remove the layers of paint, this is the finish that was under all of that!


I think this is a super cute chest now… well I guess I thought it was cute before too… but I like it better now Smile

painted vintage chest pink and white

Hope you liked my little pink and white chest makeover! It’s heading up to the Lucketts Spring Market with me!

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Shut The Front Door!

So I decided to take the plunge and paint our front door! We built this house about 4 years ago and the paint on the door was starting to show its age! Of course the two “guard” dogs and 3 kids didn’t help the situation either!

I really didn’t mind the black door, but I felt the need for some color! So I took my sample board of Duck Egg (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint) to Benjamin Moore and had them color match it for me. I chose their Regal Select brand in Soft Gloss, it went on like a dream! They did such a great job color matching, the color was a dead on match from my sample!



Blue painted front door

I am over the moon thrilled with not only the door color but the combination of the copper and the blue!

Blue painted front door

I used Rustoleum’s Aged Copper spray to update the door hardware. I sprayed the knob and lock in place but removed the knocker and kick plate. The combination makes me smile every time I see it!

I think this was my Spring spruce up project… I still have my annuals to plant, but with this freakish weather I want to be sure that we are done with frost! After looking at this picture I also think I will need to change to color of my “S”, I liked it on the black but on the blue it just disappears… oh well, I’ll add that project to the “list”!

Have a great rest of the week… if you’re in the Southeast like me enjoy the warm weather!

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A Dresser For the New Baby

I don’t always have a story about the pieces I refinish, but this time I do and it’s a good one!

I have a wonderful neighbor friend (Julia) who sent me a picture of an old chest of drawers, she wanted to know if I would like it as her friend was giving it away… Umm, yes PLEASE I replied! Unfortunately it was spoken for before I could get my hands on it, I was very disappointed! However, Julia (now my new “agent”) contacted her friend and let her know about the work I do and suggested she come see some of my stuff. Her friend (Barbara) is pregnant and just moved into a new (and bigger) house and is in need of some furniture. Barbara ended up buying the awesome stenciled chest for her husband… who LOVES it by the way… but as we were talking she showed my some pictures of the set she was giving away… I think I politely informed her that she was crazy but I can’t be sure Winking smile

So between Julia and I we convinced her to keep the set and allow me to refinish it for the baby’s room… she was only sort of convinced that she would like them, but she had her hubby drop off the pieces anyway…

Other than significant veneer loss on the sides and a few onlay wood pieces broken, it was in good condition, but better than that it was going to be just beautiful and was going to make a perfect changing table / dresser!




vintage dresser refinished painted old white chalk paint

I knew it would be beautiful, but I am just thrilled at how it turned out! I was lucky that I was able to salvage the top… after sanding down the finish (100 to 220 grit paper) I stained it Dark Walnut and then conditioned it… in order… Dark Walnut Watco Oil, Howards’ Feed-N-Wax, Annie Sloan Dark Wax & finally Annie Sloan Clear Wax! It was a lot but I wanted to be 100% sure that the top was oiled and sealed because she was using this as a changing station as well as a dresser… you just never know…


I also stained and conditioned two other areas on the front of the dresser, I love the way it breaks up the paint. I painted it in Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint… she’s having a little girl!


Where I had to remove some of the onlay I highlighted the areas with my gold paint pen or gold Rub-N-Buff.

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She had the baby’s name all picked out so I stenciled the initials with gold paint…


We were both pleasantly surprised with the way the knobs turned out! This is the original finish on them… I just cleaned them by soaking them in a solution of ammonia overnight and Viola! gorgeous handles!


As I said Barbara was very concerned that she would not like this when I was done… I don’t think she is concerned anymore Smile

vintage dresser refinished painted old white chalk paint

This was the last custom piece I am doing before the Lucketts Market coming up in May. I still have to finish the tall dresser that matches this chest… but that will be for after the market! This is the before of it though… can you believe she was giving these pieces away!

I hope you like the dresser transformation! I think it is easy to see how these pieces can be beautiful once again… for me it’s all about looking at the lines and details of a piece… the color and condition are irrelevant as that can be changed!

Thanks so much for stopping by…

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