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The 'Hedgehog' Bench

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A friend showed me this little bench she bought at a yard sale for $2.  She said she had no idea what to do with it.  I suggested that it looked like a bench for a child, or maybe a place for plants.  As I was thinking out loud, she handed it to me and said, "Do something with it."  
After some more thought, I decided it would be adorable as a little seat for a child, so I got to work.
It started out as a pine bench stained with dark walnut.  It's about 26" wide and the seat is about 9" off the floor. I gave it a 'scuff' with sandpaper and two coats of primer.  Sorry I forgot to take a 'before' shot....Honestly, I am working on that, although not always successfully!   I had some porch paint laying around,  so it got two coats.  
At this point, it was nothing special, but it had nice lines, especially the curves on the back - I'll get to that in a bit.  Meanwhile, I knew it needed a cushion and I found the cutest hedgehog fabric in the sale bin…

Party In Your PJ's #271

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Welcome back to Party In Your PJs where your posts will be seen on two blogs each week.  I hope you find something that inspires you and you share something to inspire others! 

Let's meet the Co-Hosts: Nina @ Grandma Ideas Facebook // Pinterest // Twitter
Ann @ The Apple Street Cottage Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram
This week I shared my $3 Frame Makeover:



There were so many wonderful links, let's take a look at the features:

How to Make Faux Caramel Apples - Fresh Vintage by Lisa S They look good enough to eat!
Cath Kidston Notepaper Bangle - Sum of Their Stories Don't you just love the bright colors?
Make sure you visit Nina at her blog.  We each  choose our own features.

I can't wait to see what you have to share, so let's get the party started!

Rules: Link to your post, not your home page. Link to something YOU made, wrote, or thought. No Etsy or business pages. Link Parties, Roundups, and Giveaways are welcome. Don't link and run! Please visit other links, make friends, …

The $3 Frame Gets a Makeover

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It's Ten on the 10th again and I'd like to thank Carol from Blue Sky at Home for hosting.  This month we are talking about yard sales and this frame was a great find.  I paid $3 and knew exactly what I was going to do with it.  The goal was to spend little to no money, and  I can honestly tell you, I  succeeded!
The details were lovely and the actual frame was large and light.  At 3 feet tall, I expected it to be heavy, but it was light as a feather.
It also contained a lovely painting, not my style, but it was well-done.
The first thing I did was remove the painting.  It was a thin piece of luan held in place by a few finishing nails.  It wasn't the best piece of wood, but I had plans for it.  So I set it aside and grabbed my jar of Peacock chalk paint.
After two coats, it was already looking better! Here's a close-up:
I did some distressing with 220 grit sandpaper and sealed the entire frame with a clear spray.
Now, what to do about that painting.....I kept it of course!  I…

Party In Your PJ's # 270

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Welcome back to Party In Your PJs where your posts will be seen on two blogs each week.  I hope you find something that inspires you and you share something to inspire others! 

Let's meet the Co-Hosts: Nina @ Grandma Ideas Facebook // Pinterest // Twitter
Ann @ The Apple Street Cottage Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram
This week I shared my Found Treasures:
The sweetest lady sold me this...it belonged to her mother. That melted my heart!
Let's take a look at the features:
Vintage Fisher Price Bumble Bee Wreath - Little Vintage Cottage Such an adorable way to display a vintage toy!

Pegboard Craft Room Storage with Vintage Yardsticks - She's Crafty Now you know what to do with those vintage yardsticks!
Make sure you visit Nina at her blog.  We each  choose our own features.

I can't wait to see what you have to share, so let's get the party started!

Rules: Link to your post, not your home page. Link to something YOU made, wrote, or thought. No Etsy or business pages. Link Parties, Roun…

A Few More Found Treasures

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It's still summertime around here, even though I'm hearing some bloggers making noise about Fall.  To them I say, "Nooooooo - Don't rush it!"  It took a looooong time for summer to get here, and I'm not letting go just yet.  So, in the spirit of summer, let me share some of my fabulous yard sale finds!  
Besides getting great deals, the best part about yard sales is the people you meet.  You may remember the afternoon we spent with Genea couple of years ago.  If you haven't read the story, it's well worth it and will restore your faith in humanity.  
This year, I met a sweet lady who was selling her house to move into an apartment.  Her husband had passed away and she just couldn't take care of it without his help.  She had TONS of small things but this antique egg beater caught my eye:
Her eyes lit up when I lifted it off the shelf and she told me it belonged to her mother, who used to whip cream with it.   It is stamped A&J with a patent year of…

Party In Your PJ's #269

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Welcome back to Party In Your PJs where your posts will be seen on two blogs each week.  I hope you find something that inspires you and you share something to inspire others! 

Let's meet the Co-Hosts: Nina @ Grandma Ideas Facebook // Pinterest // Twitter
Ann @ The Apple Street Cottage Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram
This week I shared my Curio Cabinet:
This was a $5 garage sale find that came from humble beginnings!

Here are my features:
Fresh Peach Pie - Eclectic Red Barn
Nothing says 'summer' like peach pie!
How to Make Epoxy Resin Doorknobs - Unique Creations by Anita And they're Steampunk!
Make sure you visit Nina at her blog.  We each  choose our own features.

I can't wait to see what you have to share, so let's get the party started!

Rules: Link to your post, not your home page. Link to something YOU made, wrote, or thought. No Etsy or business pages. Link Parties, Roundups, and Giveaways are welcome. Don't link and run! Please visit other links, make friends, learn …

Small Curio Cabinet

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I recently found this small curio cabinet at a garage sale.  It was in pretty rough shape, about 28" wide and 17" high, but it was only $5.  Of course,  I bought it!
The wood has a deep grain and splinters easily.  I'm guessing it's made of ash, since it has some weight for its size. The hardware also was not in great shape and since the wood was so dry,  I was hesitant to remove it.  I tried polishing it and the hinges shined-up nicely, but the latch did not.  I decided to spray paint it with antique gold paint instead.   After cleaning, filling, repairing, and sanding the entire cabinet, it got two coats of black chalk paint.  Since the wood grain was shining through, I decided to distress the edges and embrace the rustic look.  Two coats of polycrylic sealed the paint and then it was time to work on the back.   A 'pop' of color was in order for this little gem, so I decided to decoupage some colorful napkins on the back.  Before I got started, I painted the woo…