Monday, September 1, 2014

Little Miss Elbow Grease


Seeing it's mega potentialI picked up this fab ancient dresser.
I was told it sat in a barn for years and years. 
Then was rescued, stripped and became a never finished project.

Luckily for it and for me, actually doing a project and transforming things is my happy place.
I took it home and began to work.



There has been gluing, taping, sanding and painting.
Then some more of it. 
This piece has detail it's detail.
It's 95% done, so this is a giant tease. A before only.

I'm just glad I wasn't the one who did the stripping of the stain.
That dark drawer up there?   It's not black paint, its stain.
Can you imagine this whole piece stained that dark - 
Then removing it from the whole thing?
No wonder the previous owners didn't finish it. 
They were probably sick of the poor thing.

But, believe me. 
It is now lovely and has a whole new life ahead of it.
No dark stain in sight.

xo jeanne.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Waterfall Weekend.

Since I can't get to an actual waterfall, there's the next best thing:
Painting a waterfall dresser.

It's summer. It's hot. It's humid.
It's a perfect time to paint outside.

It was the prime opportunity to bring this piece back to life.


I pretended I was on a stay-cation with my paintbrush and Pandora.
I had a pretty productive weekend.
There was laundry, a closet cleaned out and I even paid my children to wash my car.
(I'm not above bribery.)


The blue is Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint - Provence.
The white is an 'oops' paint I picked at my local hardware store.
The mix is 1/2 cup creamy white, 1/4 heaping cup plaster of paris, 1/4 cup warm water.
When it was dry, I distressed it a bit and waxed with paste wax to give it a light sheen.


Good clean fun.
She came a long way.
  From stained neglect to fresh and fabulous.


Now, if only I had Monday off to make it a Real Stay-cation.
Oh well. A girl can dream.
At least there's coffee and what's really important:
French Vanilla creamer.

xo jeanne.




Wednesday, August 6, 2014

the bee's knees of garage sales.

In June, 
I spent a bit of time at the house. 
Being there, realized that since I'd left a few to-do items needed to be taken care of.
There were numerous things that had to be gone through and cleaned out. 

It was a perfect time for a garage sale.  Stuff was pitched, or cleaned and priced. 
Yes, I let some of my vintage suitcases go.


It was fun and not too hot.
We had to wrestle around a quick rain shower or two, but we survived unscathed.
I'd posted it on Craigslist and had a steady crowd.
The suitcases sold of course. As did the tin panels.
The windows went like hotcakes.


Oh, if you all could have been local!
I'd have served spiked iced tea to my blog buddies and had a vintage-y good time.
We could have chatted it up day and you would've all fought over that $5 suitcase!

xo jeanne.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

No more babies in this buggy.


Remember the free curbside buggy?
It may not be pushing baby dolls anymore, but it's pretty good at pushing up potato vine.
And impatiens and geraniums.





I drilled 6 - 1" holes in the bottom of the buggy.
I wrapped a simple plastic rectangle planter with burlap.
I filled it with dirt and planted. 

This all adds up to a darling little scene on my apartment balcony. 



It is sweet, bright and adds so much charm. 
It's buddy in the big tin planter is pretty fantastic too.

xo jeanne.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Retro Happens.

I found this mid-century beauty last weekend in River Falls, WI.
One of those, it's been in our parent's bedroom forever 
and now we have no need for it stories….

It was a fantastic find at $20. 
twenty. dollars. really.
I thought about if for 2 seconds before I said "I'll take it!"
It was worth a trip back to get it.
It's low, long and heavy.


It said one thing to me: 
"TV cabinet."



The doors and drawer combo is a riot. 
They are now full of remote controls, cd's and video game components.
Sorry socks and hankies, you've been replaced.


It's good to have paint on my hands.
This piece is at the house for my kids to enjoy.

xo jeanne.



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