Red Rooster Chair

IMG_4478One of my latest projects is this Red Rooster Chair.  Before the makeover this chair was very plain and not very attractive and I came close to giving up on it.  My husband had to work really hard to get it reinforced and sturdy again.

IMG_0765_collageI took off the seat cushion and the next step was to go through my upholstery material to see which one would go with this chair.  As soon as I put the rooster material up to it I knew this had to be it.  I had just the exact amount needed leftover from a project I did years ago and I have always loved this material.  I sanded it some and then painted it Sherwin Williams Intellectual gray made into chalk paint and put on a clear wax. The next day when I set the cushion on top to see what it would look like I really liked the gray but I decided to go forth with my original plan of painting red on top of the gray to give it a two tone effect.  I painted a thin coat of Sherwin Williams Antique Red made into chalk paint and sanded in some places right away because I wanted it to be heavily distressed. The wax I did the day before also helped the effect of it looking very distressed without having to do a lot of sanding.


IMG_0776_collageIMG_0782_collageI clear waxed the chair, let it seep into the wood for a day and then dark waxed it the next day. You can see on the close-up picture of the back slats of the chair the difference it made with the dark wax. The 1st two slats have the dark wax.  I love doing simple projects like this and seeing the results right away.  Sometimes people come into the shop just wanting a single chair for a kitchen area or a desk.  This one is available at “Ginger’s Attic” for $48.

This shows the before and after of the chair.

This shows the before and after of the chair.




Glitter Projects for Photo Shoot

This week I got to play with lots of glitter doing some projects for my daughter’s photo shoot. She is doing a “Smash Cake” type session for someone celebrating their 30th birthday. Being a former Kindergarten teacher I’ve had a lot of experience with glitter but I just found out an easier way to do this without the messy glue. (Thanks to Pinterest) For these projects I sprayed on the Mod Podge clear acrylic sealer and then sprinkled the glitter. I did it in small sections because with the heat the spray doesn’t stay wet for long. One thing I learned after struggling with taking the labels off of the wine bottle was that I could have just left the labels on and glittered right over them and it would have covered it well enough.  On all the projects I sprayed a layer of the mod podge sealer on top to help keep the glitter on but I will say they still shed glitter a good bit when handled. I can’t wait to see how the pictures come out after tonight’s photo shoot. Here is a picture of how she set it up for the photo shoot.IMG_0493IMG_0490

Vintage Bread Box

image2I found an old vintage bread box that was all rusty and wanted to refurbish it and make it usable again.  I first cleaned it up and took the hardware off.  Then I painted it with Sherwin Williams white latex paint (duration) to give it a durable and washable service.  I purchased months ago a really nice stencil that says “The French Bakery” in French.  I was so excited to finally get a chance to use the stencil.


Here is the bread box finished and in “Ginger’s Attic”.  It is nice, clean, and refurbished, ready to go in someone’s home and could be used for it’s original purpose – to store bread products in.  It even has a small vented area in the back of it.IMG_0282


Old chest made into toy box


I recently made this toy box out of an old chest that we had at Country Kitchen.  Today I gave it to my grandchildren.  How can I resist those cute faces! They were excited and already putting it to use.

IMG_0106I do not have a before picture of it before my husband changed the front panel and the top panel by reversing them. There was a name engraved on the front and a wheat design etched on the top which I did not want to show.  This worked out great because I was able to use the original wood. The picture below shows the engraved name that is   now on the inside of the toy box which is now painted and is not even noticed.IMG_0133

IMG_0123_collageFirst I painted the entire piece Sherwin Williams Dover White, then painted the top, inside, and drawers light blue, the front panel and a strip around the side and back Sherwin Williams Indigo. I also painted black chalkboard paint on two small areas on each side.  I used stencils for the saying and designs on the front panel.  My husband attached a  strap to each side of the top to keep the top from flipping all the way back.  I put new hardware on the drawers which I think really made a big difference. I decided not to distress it . (I’m sure my grandkids will add that effect to it with time).  I put Polycrylic on the whole piece except for the two small areas that had chalkboard paint so it can be used as an actual chalkboard. I think my grandkids will enjoy it and I sure do love them to the Moon and Back just as the toy box says!      Update: Sad to say that this had to be thrown out after the flood of 2016 in Louisiana


Metal Wall Décor – Painted, Distressed & Antiqued

IMG_6974IMG_6979_collageMy husband and I found this nice metal wall hanging at an estate sale. I have been looking for something to put on my kitchen wall ever since we repainted it.  I love the designs on it but it was in need of some TLC. It was rusting and pieces were flaking off both on the front and back.  First I  scraped off all the areas that had loose pieces and sanded it lightly.  Then I painted it Sherwin Williams Empire Gold – made into chalk paint.  This is the same color as my dining room which is close to where I will have this in my house.  I only had to paint one coat because I really wanted the original black to show from underneath. Then I distressed it which is very easy to do on metal pieces. Then I put on clear wax, let it dry and then antiqued it with dark wax.  This was one of the easiest projects I have done in a long time.

Here it is hanging In my kitchen over the pantry door. I love it!

Here it is hanging In my kitchen over the pantry door. I love it!


Vintage wall divider panels refurbished for the men’s bathroom in Country Kitchen

We have been remodeling at the Country Kitchen and now have 2 men’s bathrooms. I worked on some old vintage room dividers that have been in the restaurant since it’s beginning 30 years ago to use for privacy panels in one of the bathrooms. The bathrooms have beautiful new tile walls and floors and didn’t look very vintage so I wasn’t sure if it was going to work. I painted a two tone effect of two shades of gray to match the tiles and I varnished with a heavy duty varnish.  I think they came out really nice and I was so happy to be able to use something we already had laying around the restaurant – especially after the expenses of doing this nice renovation.

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Bench made from only a footboard

IMG_6704This bench was a challenge for my husband. Some friends had a full size footboard that they weren’t using and asked us if we could use it to make something.  It was in great shape and beautiful wood so we wanted to leave it the way it was and not paint it.  My husband decided to use the footboard for the sides of the bench and to make the bench smaller he did not use the entire footboard.  He also had to figure out how to do the back since he didn’t have a headboard like he usually does.  It was also a challenge for me to stain the new parts to match the footboard. I haven’t had as much experience with staining as I have had with painting but I am getting to where I enjoy it every now and then.    I had to put on 2 coats of stain and I varnished it with polyurethane.  It is very sturdy and comfortable and would be great to have in a foyer or study. It is for sale in “Ginger’s Attic.”


This shows the footboard being cut in half.

This shows the footboard being cut in half.

The staining of the bench.

The staining of the bench.


Bench made from twin bed frame

IMG_6591_collageHere is another bench made from a twin bed. The foot board was cut in half and used as the sides. The headboard is used for the back.  This frame didn’t have any rails with it but was in very good shape and very sturdy.  The only part that had some damage was 2 small areas around the knobs which I fixed with some wood putty.  I also had to cover the metal screws with wood putty.  Usually we redo old pieces of furniture; this was probably the newest piece we have done.


This shows the building of the bench.

IMG_6470_collageI purchased material for pillows and a cushion and then picked the paint colors.  My sister offered to do the sewing. I first painted the bench with white primer. Then I painted it Halcyon green (Sherwin Williams) same color as Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Blue. I make my own chalk paint with the Sherwin Williams paint.  I put on clear wax (Cee Cee Caldwells) in some of the areas that I knew I would be distressing. Then the next day I painted the next coat -Caen Stone (Sherwin Williams).  My next step was to sand lightly to let the blue color show through. I didn’t want the white primer to come through too much.

IMG_6560_collageI then put a coat of clear wax and waited a day and then put Annie Sloan dark wax mixed in with some of the clear wax.  It really needed the dark wax.  When you have two completely different colors it is too much contrast and the dark wax makes it all come together.  The dark wax does have to be wiped off with cheesecloth or a lint free cloth. Both waxes act as a sealer so you do not need to put any varnish unless you are going to place it outside.

This is the bench in my shop with the pillows. The cushion will be ready soon.

This is the bench in my shop with the pillows. The cushion will be ready soon. I love the bird fabric on the pillows and it really brings out the blue color in the bench.  Thanks to my husband and sister for their help with this project.


Here it is with the cushion. It is for sale for $300.



Vintage Cane back Barrel Chair

IMG_6474This vintage cane back barrel chair was given to me by a friend. It was a fun learning experience and I am excited about the way it turned out.  The 1st step was to remove the upholstery and cording.  One thing I’ve learned from previous projects is to keep the piece of fabric you take off to use as a pattern. I almost threw out the cording because I was planning on using a type of braid.  I’m glad I didn’t because I realized how hard it was going to be to find just the right braid and to put it on without the staples showing.  I ended up reusing the cord – just covering it with the material which was something I had never done before.  This was definitely a Learn-as-you-go project. I cut the material strip to match the cord and stapled it on. Then I decided to sew with my sewing machine through the indention on top of the cord so I removed most of the staples and put pins instead.  As you can imagine this was really hard because of the thickness of it and  I didn’t know what kind of needle or stitching to use.  My machine kept jamming and I broke two needles in the process. (I am not an experienced seamstress but at least I knew how to replace needles from past experiences. LOL! )  With a lot of patience and praying I  was able to get the large cord that wrapped around the whole chair done on the machine and then did the small ones that wrapped around the legs by hand. My husband used his nail gun to attach the cording (most of the staples were hidden in the indention of the cords.)  We did use hot glue in some places. The buttons (tacks) were done with a method I had done on a previous project. I used the original tacks and made a new button cover with the material and hot glued the new button cover onto the original tack.  Sorry I forgot to get pics of the buttons on the chair but they came out great.  The chair was painted, before I did the upholstery, one of my favorite gold colors.  The fabric I used had cotton batting with it and I did have to sew it together which was also something new for me. My sisters are avid quilters – (not my thing)  so I just did the best I could.  I found this cool gold pillow with beads to put with it and now it is in my shop.


IMG_4926_collageThis shows the stages of the upholstery. I was surprised how nice the covering was under the blue material. I already had my plan of making it a bright color and the fabric picked out  so even though it was in good shape I still went ahead with my original plan. I’m glad I did because it will brighten up a room for sure!

Workshop Transformations from September Workshop

Maddi's project was a note, key wall holder. She did the two tone effect and painted stencils on it.

Maddi’s project was a mail & key holder for the wall. She did the two tone effect and painted stencils on it.

Here are some collages from a Painting and Distressing workshop in September.  I have been so busy and forgot that I never posted pics from this great workshop.  If you ever want to be a participant in a workshop let me know. I don’t schedule them too often but love doing them. It is so fun to see the transformations of the projects participants bring in.

Sandra's project is an end table. She painted two different colors and lightly distressed. She will finish it at another time.

Sandra’s project is an end table. She painted two different colors and lightly distressed. She will finish it at another time.

Brenda wanted to change a picture frame to match her newly painted wall

Brenda wanted to change a picture frame to match her newly painted wall