Friday, May 25, 2012

Faux Fireplace. The Miracle Makeover.

Ain't she a beaut?!  Not so much!

This "grand" headboard was sitting at a garage sale...looking all lonely and sad.

But I didn't see a headboard at all.

I saw...

a fireplace!

So I beefed up the piece with some added trim, reshaping a few areas.

Then a solid coat of white, and later a glaze treatment for some age and depth in the finish.

This is where I must apologize. 
JunkFest was fast approaching and the camera wasn't at the top of my priority list. 

I had removed the mirror, removed some of the silvering with an acid treatment, and put a gorgeous red velvet fabric behind.  The acid treatment removes only some of the silvering so you can see mirror in places, but fabric in others.  Way cool!

Here it is at the sale, right there behind the naked chairs.  I hope the new owner is enjoying it!

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Monday, May 7, 2012

The tough little "man" room.

It all started with this old shop rack. 

Every room needs a starting point for inspiration, right?

I love the look of clean light colors and shabby, chippy, fluffy girly stuff.

But the only fluff you're going to find in my house are the furballs left behind from too many dogs and a cat.  With a house of boys, I have to be fair and give them at least one manly man room for every 4 or 5 (or 6) of my girly looking rooms. 

I surprised my hubby by having the room insulated and sheetrocked while he was away on a business trip.  I taped, mudded, and textured (cause I just love doing that...NOT),  then I painted a soft pumpkin color on the walls and hung up not only one, but two shop racks.

Then I started having fun.  This is just a breezeway between the garage and house so it's not very big but does have a little higher ceiling. 

I hung up some corrugated galvanized metal sheets.  The good old used ones with some paint and rust on them!! 

Do you see where I'm going with this?  Not really, huh.

Before hanging the metal, I drilled holes in it and hung metal curtain hooks here and there.

Now, if deer antlers and skulls aren't a manly touch...I don't know what is!! 
 (is in MY house, anyway!)


On the other side of the little room...

...a cute little cabinet to hold odds and ends, and metal crate for hats and gloves.  And although the door probably caught your eye, glance down.  See the little strip of galvanized metal?  Keeps the shoe kick marks off the step!

On to the door.  I totally got the inspiration for this from Donna at Funky Junk Interiors.  She rocks!

The bare lightbulb was lonely, so I used the super easy "hanging garden basket" trick, and threw in a few little antlers for good measure.  ;)

I believe the camo and orange go quite fine with this "theme".

 An old black mailbox hangs on the wall by the door for, well, hats I suppose.  It's filled with a bit of greenery, a few pheasant feathers guessed it, another little antler.

 And did I mention the cutest little mini rusted bucket....EVER!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

My Beefy Chunky Hunka Coffee Table


I've been watching and drooling for years as farm and industrial carts have morphed and merged their way into junk lover's homes everywhere.'s MY TURN!

I scrubbed and scrubbed, and slathered on the poly to make this "house" friendly, but ain't it a charm?!

I also added some chunky lumber for a bit more height, and to make the top a smidge wider than the wheels so we wouldn't stub our precious little toes on them.

My other coffee table was quite a  bit smaller...

and has had the tarnation beat out of it over the years. 

Wish I knew someone that liked to restore junk and do furniture facelifts! 


Everyone knows we work on our own stuff last.

I love being able to see the ridges in the grain of the wood,and the knots and faults add such character. 

Add a few things for looks...

but  really, my coffee table usually has a few more things on it...


OK, you got me.  That photo was totally staged to look nice too.  Add some more papers, a shoe or two that have been taken away from the puppy, a playstation controller, and two or four feet. (Real feet.  That's A-OK in my house.)

The rusty and crusty coffee tables aren't for everyone, but this one suits me just fine.  And it seems to go well with some of my other rusty and crusty things!

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