Category Archives: Before and After Projects

It’s been a year.

I was told that in order to have a successful blog, you must write consistently. I think that is true, although life has a way of getting in the way of the things you want to do or the things you HAVE to do. I have been doing what I have had to do for the past year. Now I can write about the things I like to do again.

I also think that a successful blog happens when you have a catchy title, lots and lots of friends, and content that is original and stuff people can use.

My blog may not be considered successful, but it is all me.  YAY ME!!!

So…on to a post!!!  Yes, I have things to share!

This is the story of a little table.  I was taking my other half to work one morning recently, and I took a direction that he wasn’t completely in agreement with.  As I turned the corner onto a residential back road, there were two tables on the side of the road.  I saw them…let out an, “AWWWW”…and stopped and backed up.  I got them,… both.



This little table was one of them…and the cutest thing. But, what I noticed right away was that the second shelf was split, and the spindles were all coming out or loose.


Now, the spindles (which I LOVE) I could fix, the second shelf, I knew that it could be fixed, but that it would not be nearly as sturdy.  I likes me some sturdy furniture.  Hey!  I have grandkids!!  So, I knew that a modification would be in this little guy’s future.


So, this is what I came up with.  I put the top shelf, onto the bottom shelf. It worked.  Now at this point, I knew this cute little table had sat outside in the weather. Mainly because the finish was a little milky, and it was scratched up pretty bad.  So I stripped and sanded her down.  I did what I now call my signature finish on her, and painted the bottom, stained the top.


This is before I antiqued the legs and skirt and applied polyurethane to the entire piece.


I know the pics aren’t the greatest, but this is the finished product!  (Buffy is doing her best to photo bomb!)  I used Minwax dark walnut and polyurethane satin finish, the paint is Valspar Coconut Cream I used Minwax dark walnut to antique it by waiting for the paint to cure, brushing the stain on, and then wiping it off.

So! you will see me on here more!!

From my garage to yours!!!





A little more of what I have been doing…


This cute little table was given to my oldest daughter Beth by her Aunt Barbara.  It is such an adorable little table, but it had difficulty staying in one piece.  So at Beth’s request, I fixed the wobbly issue.  She also wanted it painted an awesome color. She settled her sights on Valspar’s Pantone color Peacock Blue. This was primed with Zinsser water based primer, and because it is a table top, I did four thin coats of Minwax clear satin polyurethane.



This poor little box shelf was in really bad shape.  It was a project that I had started, stopped…forgot about, and finally got around to finishing.

I primed this little shelf with my favorite Zinsser oiled based primer (there was stuff on this thing that I wanted to make sure wouldn’t bleed through, and I wanted to make sure I got a good base for my paint.  I painted it with Olympic’s Timeless Taupe in a semi gloss. This was honestly some very amazing paint. (I am not lucky enough to be sponsored by Minwax, Zinsser, Valspar or Olympic. These products just happen to be my favorites or were recommended by people I know and trust. So, use what you have, or what your favorites are.) I liked the way the paint went on, and I LOVE this color.  Thinking about doing my guest room in it…we’ll see. 🙂



This little end table came to me in pretty bad shape. The finish was mostly gone, flaking off where it wasn’t.  I really didn’t have to strip it, I just sanded it really well. I used Minwax Red Mahogany and Minwax clear gloss polyurethane.


I hope ya’ll have a great weekend!!


Some Before and After furniture pics….

This is before

I really loved these tables (there are two of them, the pic is the before and after of the last one I did…cause I didn’t think to take pics of the first one) from the first moment that I saw them. The design is timeless and practical…for me at least. They are just taller than the average end table, and bigger around than any end table, or occasional table. The wing or drop leaf makes them easy to place.

wing table

I was visiting my brother Robert, and as we walked in through his garage I saw them.  Me being my bratty little sister self, I pointed and said, “I want those!!” my brother being the wonderful big brother that he is, loaded them up into my truck.  He really is a good brother. The after pics is of each one in very different lighting with that in mind, yes…one is significantly darker than the other. The tops are two different kinds of wood.

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Once I got them refinished…which took some time (mainly cause I was working on so much other stuff)…  I was not disappointed. These drop leaf tables came out better than I could have thought.  This is one time where paint just wasn’t the right thing to do. I sanded them…the finish was so worn, that there really wasn’t much finish left. and then I tacked and stained them with Minwax Red Mahogany and did three coats of Minwax polyurethane (thin coat, dry, sand with 220, repeat….  like shampoo

This dresser was part of a set that had belonged to my grandmother.  I loved my grandmother very much…but I did not love the look of this bedroom set.  Once again…my brother Robert called me and asked me if I wanted it..I said, ” YES!!!!  but I am gonna paint it red…”  He laughed…(I think he thinks I am whacky….I dunno…)



I worked on this thing for almost a month…I needed something to put the TV on!  So I stripped and sanded…and sanded,….and sanded,……  Then primed, let dry, sand, prime let dry sand…..

CAM00540CAM00594 and then I painted….let paint dry, sanded…paint, let paint dry, sanded…  days, and days….  I think that is where most people give up.  Once you strip, and sand a piece, the work has just begun.  Primer (if its an oil based primer) I let dry for at least 12 hours…(usually 12 to 24…I live in Florida…always humid) then sand, tack or clean off very well.  With oil based primers you absolutely HAVE to let it dry…COMPLETELY!!!!  If you don’t… it won’t cure…it will stay tacky to the touch…yuk.  Then you will have to do it all over again to make it right. Water based primers usually dry fairly quickly, but there are times when I won’t use them.  I am not an expert, and what I post is just observances by trial and error.


I did the dresser in Olympic’s Red Gumball and antiqued it with watered down black and brown latex craft paint (about two tablespoons of each, added water and stirred until completely mixed…I sponged it on, then wiped it off).  It dried for 12 hours before I brought it in and it was tacky in places…it was another 24 hours before it was dried completely and we put the TV on it.

I hope you like what you saw, I will being posting more ongoing projects and projects already completed as time goes on. So, Check back!!


The No Legs Dresser

This is one of my latest projects.  The dresser was given to me because one of the legs had been completely broken off and they were so thin that I didn’t feel that it would end up being very sturdy by drilling and doweling the leg back on.  So..I cut off all of the legs and bought these finials to act as feet.  It worked!  All of the wood applique pieces were with it, including the “back splash”.


To be honest, re attaching all of the pieces that had been either taken off, or broken off was the hardest part of this project.  Some of them, I had to reform with wood fill.  I LOVE wood filler, Elmer’s has a wood filler that is pink and when it is dry turns a generic sort of tan. That stuff is AWESOME!!  I used it on this and smoothed out the curves with super fine sand paper. I filled all of the holes, cracks, chips, and even some of the rough spots with it, let it dry, and then sanded it with my sander and by hand.



I did the paint with a sample of Valspar’s Vanilla Steam. I “antiqued” it with some very watered down Valspar’s Timber Dust.  I just added water until it was thinned out, and then applied it with a sponge and wiped it off with a clean, soft rag. (I repurpose my husbands white, got too icky for work,  t shirts)  I did prime it with Kilz stain block for wood first.

I have to say that prepping a project like this one is key. This piece is veneered, and the veneer had lifted in many areas. I tried to glue down as many of those pieces as I could. Some of it just had to be removed, I sanded A LOT!!! I think she came out of it pretty and useful again!