Bistro Set

I am slowly making my way through a stack of furniture that we brought with us in the move from Oklahoma, plus some pieces that I have picked up here and there. I just can’t resist a piece of furniture that has been discarded or one that someone no longer wants! The pieces for this project came from my mom, but didn’t start out as a set. The chairs were from a garage sale that didn’t sell, and were going to be thrown into the dumpster. Of course, she thought of me!! The table came from her bedroom, where she had been using it as a bedside table. I had given her one of two nightstands that I had so she no longer needed this little table. You can see how I redid the matching nightstand that I kept in this post.

When I brought these pieces in from the garage, I had no intention to use them together. I was going to use the table beside the bed in the Gypsy Room and paint one of the chairs for the little desk also in that room. But once I had them sitting next to each other, I thought they would make a cute bistro set! Once I painted them, of course!

Gypsy Bistro Set

And after a little paint and some fun material, here is what I ended up with!

Bistro Set

The hardest part of this entire project was picking out the fabric. I came home with three different patterns, as I just could NOT make up my mind at the store!

Bistro Set

At first, the owls were my favorite. But the more I looked at them, the more I gravitated to the circle designs. It reminded me of designs you could make with a Spirograph, which I loved doing when I was younger.

I kept the original padding & vinyl and just added another layer of padding. I was going to remove the old, but let me show you why I left it.

89 heavy duty staples!! Eighty. Nine. In one cushion!

Bistro Set

There was no way I was going to pull out almost 200 of those bad boys! Therefore, my cushions are super cushy and comfy. How many staples did I use in one cushion, you ask? 29 in one and 31 in the other.

I painted turquoise tips on the bottom of the table legs to tie the table and chairs together.

Bistro set

And for the finishing touch of the table, I dyed some doilies that my mom and grandma had made.


The one I picked to use for the table was the white one with purple trim. It was one my mom had made for my grandma. You can still see the purple edges showing through the turquoise, which I love. Purple was grandma’s favorite color and this makes me smile when I look at it.

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And the necessary one more look at the before and after pictures…

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Y’all have a great day!


Entryway Makeover: Keeping Memories Alive

WARNING! …if you don’t like painted wood, don’t read any further! There, I warned you.

This piece started out as a 1935 era Singer sewing machine, which belonged to my paternal great-grandma. I remember making Christmas stockings on it when I was in grade school, in the early 1970’s.

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When my great-grandma passed away, my Mamaw inherited it, and around 20 years ago…I inherited it!

My great-grandma and Mamaw. circa 1941

family picture

The cabinet looks in good shape and all in the above picture, but let’s take a closer look…

At some point, the flip lid had been wet and the wood warped and mildewed. Mamaw had covered it with contact paper and this is what it looked like when I took the paper off. Yuck!

Sewing machine cabinet

I’m not sure what this was, (and I don’t think I want to know) but it was not having any part of coming off!

Sewing machine cabinet

And this was just years of wear & tear, dirt, and who knows what all!

Sewing machine cabinet

After three hours of removing screws and hardware, I ended up with this.

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Since the top was pretty much a goner, Mr. cut a new top, I sanded it, and put a dark stain on it. (pretend you don’t see a baggie on my hand! We ran out of gloves!)

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We set up a painting area in the garage for me to spray paint the metal frame. I’m not sure how well everyone else can spray paint, but it’s like a fog storm when I spray paint!! I then put a coat of primer and two coats of Behr Youthful Coral on the drawer boxes and drawers. You might remember that we used this same color in “The Closet Under the Staircase”. You can read about that makeover here, here, and here.

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I painted the side of the drawers white so they would look pretty when pulled out. And the ornate work on the sides of the frame really popped once we painted them white!

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My entryway has been bare and boring since we moved in 2 1/2 years ago. But no more!

desk after

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And of course, we always have to have that before and after shot!

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I’m super thrilled with the finished product and with my entryway all together! Instead of just being pushed into a corner and gathering dust, I’m able to use my desk everyday and enjoy the memories of where it came from!

Y’all have a great day!


Upcycled Kitchen Island

Hey everyone! Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday!

I’m back after a three month absence and have lots to share with you, and am so excited about the first project I have to show you!


If you read this post, you’ll remember this initially started out as a four drawer chest of drawers that somehow ended up looking like this after our move from Oklahoma to Houston!


Not wanting to give up on using this piece somewhere in our house, I moved it into the kitchen and laid the leftover piece of quartz from our countertops on top of it. I wanted to make sure there was enough room in the kitchen and to see if we would really use it enough to justify a kitchen island. There was and we did!

So I got to work! I removed the front piece between where the top and second drawer should be and the bottom trim piece. They didn’t fit the look I was going for.

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I then had to fill in LOTS of scratches, dings, and holes with wood filler; even rebuilding a corner that had been knocked off on one of the drawers. Mr. added beadboard to the sides and back that was leftover from our backsplash we installed back in February. He also cut out a shelf to go above the top drawer.


I primed and painted the chest and the drawers with a white enamel and added hardware that matched our kitchen cabinets. I painted the outer sides of the drawers a fun color (same as the kitchen desk) and lined them and the shelf with the cute paper that I’m lining the bottom kitchen cabinets with. We had the edges of the quartz top smoothed & polished and glued it on using Liquid Nails.


But who knew that the little towel rods on the sides would be the hardest items to find! I wanted something that wasn’t big or that would stick out. We went to several stores with no luck! I searched online with no success! The closest I had found was a special order drawer pull at Home Depot for $20! That was what I had paid for the entire chest at the auction!! We finally found what I was looking for at Ikea. Two for $7.99! Score! They were perfect to hang my towels Mr. bought me in Galveston!



This gives me a place to store my plastic containers and lids, my crock with my cake decorating spatulas, a few of my cookbooks, and those cute whale measuring cups that my daughter gave to me at Christmas!




And one more look at the before and after.

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Y’all have a great day!


Bedside Table Redo

Happy September, everyone!! I hope y’all had a good Labor Day weekend. Mr. and I worked on cleaning out the little upstairs bedroom. It had pretty much become a walk-in/storage closet! In fact, it’s not much bigger than our master bedroom walk-in closet! The bedroom is 96.5 square feet and our closet is 85.5 square feet! I wanted to clean it out so I could start painting in the very near future. I have big COLORFUL plans for this bedroom! I can’t wait to get started. 🙂

At this moment, it’s so blah. It had some awful blockout shades in the window that were filthy and kinda smelled musty. So out with the trash they went! I hung some curtains from our previous house just until I decide what I want to put back in the window and to keep that west sun from blazing in!


This bedroom is going to be quite a challenge! One: it’s so little, Two: it has this little built-in desk, Three: one corner of the room is cut off, and Four: it has this dinky closet! And yes, these pictures are of the same room. I took one picture with the light off and one with the light on to show you how a color can change with different light on it. This was the color of the entire house when we moved in. (minus the wallpapered rooms! Yikes!) So be sure and stay tuned for this upcoming bedroom redo!


But what I really want to talk about is the bedside table I redid this weekend!


We bought two of these side tables a few years ago to use in the apartment we were living in between selling our house in Tuttle and buying our new one in Tulsa. It started out completely white, down to the knob! Pretty boring, right?


But with a little paint, some fun paper, and a new knob and back plate, I have this funky little side table for our other upstairs guest room! I’m luvin’ it!



Y’all have a great week! Later gators!

It’s not U..G..L..Y any longer!

We had a good visit with my mom last week. We went shopping for curtains for her living room, but ended up with only a valance for her kitchen window. Spent a day in Galveston, eating lunch and going to a big, tourist, gift shop on the beach…Murdoch’s Gift Shop. I love touristy shops! I’m a sucker for ’em and all the stuff in ’em! I bought the cutest shell mobile for my kitchen.


I was finally able to get my table and chairs finished for the breakfast area. Spray painting and the Houston humidity does not jive well together. Especially in August!! I painted the table inside the house but spray painted the chairs in the garage and then put them outside in the sun to dry. It was overcast and every time it would start sprinkling, Mr. and I would make a mad dash to get them back inside the garage and then back outside to dry in the sun.  This went on for several hours.  But I am sooo happy with the outcome. The color is Glidden Canary Song and I finished it with MinWax Paste Finishing Wax.


I bought the table and three chairs at a junk store in Oklahoma and the bench came from IKEA. I had already started priming the pedestal when I remembered that I needed to take a before picture! I still need to find some fabric and make cushions for the chairs and bench. I’m thinking something colorful and cheery.

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Phase 1 of the Kitchen makeover is complete. And what a difference paint makes!!  The kitchen was “U..G..L..Y!!!  You ain’t got no alibi. You UGLY!!” (those who watched SNL in the ’90’s will understand my little UGLY cheer) ;0)  The wallpaper was blue with mauve roses & light green leaves, cabinet hardware was gold (which matched the hardware throughout the house), and the diamond, backsplash tiles were dark green!

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The upper cabinets were in decent shape, but the bottom ones had mild water damage. (looked like the previous owners would hang wet towels/dishrags over the doors to let dry, so the finish was coming off) The electric cooktop had also seen better days, as all the coils were sprung. Therefore, all the oil would stay on one side of the pan, which meant you had to cook on one side of your frying pan! :0) Of course the new cooktop wouldn’t fit in the old hole. So with a little painters tape and a saw, Mr. cut a bigger hole and installed a new ceramic cooktop.


But the real change came with the paint.  We painted the cabinets in Valspar Enamel white, the walls in Valspar Grand Hotel Mackinac Blue, and the desk in Valspar Nautical. We changed out all the hardware (pulls, hinges and door knobs) to a brush nickel finish.

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I’m still up in the air about what type of countertops I want.  I know I want a light grey color, but can’t make up my mind whether I want grey stone or concrete countertops. But for now, I’m pretty excited about how it looks so far!

Poor Hutch!

School is back in session, summer  is practically over, and Christmas is only four months away!  Count ’em….FOUR MONTHS away!! How time flies when you’re having fun!  Actually, time and life flies by whether you’re having fun or not. But that’s another post for another day!

Anyhoo, it’s been over two months since I updated my blog, and I had planned on writing something at least once  a week.  Yeah, right.  That didn’t happen.  So I’ll catch you up with what I did over the summer in the next few posts.

Mr. Husband and I found an old hutch at an antique store.  It was pretty rickity and had a broken glass in one of the doors.  But…we bought it anyway.  That’s what we do!!  Now what you have to understand is, I have never really refinished, redone, refurbished (whatever you call it) any furniture.  We brought it home and it sat in the garage for over a month.  I looked at it every time I pull  in the garage.  There it stood, staring back at me.  I would actually roll my eyes at it because I had no idea what I was going to do with it.  Poor hutch!

Finally, we got the shed/workshop/storage building cleared out enough and we moved the hutch into it.  After some paint, new glass, hardware, and a couple of supports on top….this is what I have.  I absolutely love it!


and After!

It holds my cookbooks, electric mixer, my little chef man that holds a bottle of homemade wine (that my dad made before he passed away), and my roosters!!