Category Archives: make over

Swedish Paint Finish

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Here is the coffee table I refinished using my own version of a Swedish Paint Finish Technique. I’ve been scouring the blogosphere looking for a Swedish Paint Finish How-to with not much luck. So I racked the brain of my friend who does custom wood work for a living and he gave me his advice on how to achieve such a look.

So here is my first video tutorial. Today I will give you part 1 and Friday Part 2.


Please leave a comment below if the tutorial was helpful.

What paint finish would you like to see a tutorial on?

Cheers! xo

Lisa

What I’m Working On and Free Wood Makes Me Happy!

I’m sort of in the middle of a few projects right now. I’ve been especially inspired by the gal at Beyond The Picket Fence. She makes so many great things out of pallets and random free wood scraps. (my husband is so not happy about this…)
 I thought I’d share a few things with nothing in particular. Because as my 10 year old daughter tells me all the time “you don’t have to be so perfect all the time Mom!” yikes that kind of stings a little. But it’s true! So here’s me not being perfect!
 Yay! I think….????
A lovely, beautiful wood pallet that my not so happy husband brought home for me, he even brought two! Isn’t it pretty?
A hole in said pallet. Emma did not want this one as her bookshelf because of the hole. But I think it makes it even prettier!
 
My wonderful, awesome, new daddy, baby brother using the sawsall for me because I was afraid I’d chop off a leg! Isn’t he handsome?
 
Yay, one pallet bookshelf done. This is the one that didn’t make it past 1st daughters approval because “there’s a hole in it mom!”.
 
#1 daughter, slave labor. She’s so serious! I heart her, she’s pretty amazing…
 
So not perfect hands after staining, like my girlfriend said “don’t you wear gloves when you do that stuff?” Nope! I’m too impatient to bother and it looks pretty to me because I’ve been working with what the Lord gave me. I heart Him too.
 
And on to the greatest find ever! More free wood from the back of the new store across the street. Yes I gather up free wood from behind stores by the trash, thus the reason my husband is not so happy. I think he thinks I’m Sanford & Son. I think I think I’m Sanford & Son. Only Sanford & Daughter! LOL….I make myself laugh. Anywho I’m thinking a big toy box for daughter #2? Wonder if pallet lady at beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com has a tut for that?
Yay! Almost completed pallet bookshelves, organizer thingys. You can do so many things with these. #1 daughters ended up on her desk in her room filled to the brim with electronic things and their miscellaneous cords. I also attached clothespins to the four front posts so she can clip pics of her and her besties. Its so cute!
And in going with the scheme of not being perfect, I did not photoshop any of these pics. Double yay! Because as I said earlier I am so not patient with those sorts of things.
Have a great imperfect day!
Be Blessed! 
Love, Lisa

Curbside Find: Stainless Steel Table : Part 1

I’ve decided on a weekly post that will be appropriately named Curbside Find. Especially since I am the queen of curbside finds in my neighborhood. My husband and my children are not especially proud of this little quirk of mine. But they do know that at any given time while driving around my tires may come to a screeching halt if some treasure happens to come into view on the edge of the curb in the distance.

Last week while on a date no less with my hubs we happened to come across a silvery glow at the side of the curb along with a pile of old mattresses. Now I’m not that bad as to get some old dusty mattresses but any sort of table or chair is usually going to end up in the back of the Burb no matter how old or dusty.

Alas we came across a stainless steel commercial kitchen table that prolly long ago looked something like this….

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Now it doesn’t look so pretty and shiny. But it does have some wonderful rust on the bottom shelf and I think it adds to the charm of it. Of course you may think what will I do with it? Well….I have a few ideas….

Check back tomorrow for Curbside Find Make-over Part II!

Be Blessed,