Tuesday, May 23, 2017

10 Yard Sale Hacks: Stop Overlooking Items Like These!


I LOVE yard sales.  I LOVE curbside junk.  I LOVE cheap thrift stores.
I love anything that is free or I can pay for in quarters!

It was bound to happen sometime.  It'd been several years since my humiliating garage sale blond moment (that you can read about HERE).  
Last weekend my friend and I were hitting up a couple sales in her neighborhood when I found my dream shoes.  Not only did they fit me PERFECT, they looked almost new AND they were my favorite shade of aqua blue!!!! I was walking around the garage in them and was so excited but couldn't find a price so of course I asked how much they were to which she replied "What?!  You're trying to buy my shoes???  I just got those!!"
Well shucks.....  yeah definitely not as bad as what I did that one time, but pretty funny anyway!

So there are so many out-of-date looking wood items people just want to get rid of that can be given a WHOLE NEW LIFE WITH PAINT! 
Today I've chosen ten yard sale makeovers to share with you - some as recent as last week, and some I pulled from the archives.

This actually is not a breadbox - it's a jewelry box.  Lined with orange velvet, which I kept because it's retro-cool, ya know. :)  Some white paint and a stencil and you've got a great updated two-tone look!

Someone gave me this, thinking I could do something with it.  I had my doubts, I'll admit....


But some wrapped jute and a chalkboard label painted on anything is a go!


Now how about this beauty?  I think someone built a shelf around a framed jungle picture.  I liked the concept, and it screamed CHALKBOARD!!!!!!!!!!!



Mail organizers like this are a dime a dozen!


Ugly old cork bulletin board??  Sure, why not?  Paint, burlap, and of course.... jute!


Something else I find quite frequently - wood canisters.  I love them all shabby chic-ed up!



Napkin holder?  Sports memorabilia?


Oh yes.  A little wood shelf.


Add chicken wire!  And paint if you wish....


This drawer skeleton is one of my favorites.  I actually didn't buy it - I found it out in our barn.
That's always extra exciting! :)


I moved the drawer pull to a different side and added chicken wire to the back.  Such a CUTE farmhouse shelf now!


And last but not least for today, how about a crazy flowered box turned black chalk painted accent piece?!


Thanks for stopping by!
I will bring you more yard sale hacks in the future. :)

Until then,

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Experimenting with styrofoam packing for a cushion {Bench Makeover)


"Hey ma, don't throw out the extra carpet pieces.  I'm sure I can use it for something."

Thanks Aunt Dee, for the bench (or footstool?  Kind of small to call it a bench... but it could be used as either).  I love a good "before" pic and your orange/yellow carpet definitely provides that!  Haha.


So I have several chair cushion forms but of course none the right size to go on top of this seat.  I decided to experiment a little.... and cut a piece of styrofoam down to size.  Yes, I'm THAT person, who saves pieces of styrofoam from packaging in boxes that come Fed Ex....  

And then dog-gone-it, the corner busted off when I was cutting it with the exacto-knife so I decided to glue the whole thing down.


It's not soft by any means, but not as hard as the board under it!  And it's thin  but dense enough that I don't think it will crack easily.

I had some tan on white cream ikat fabric leftover from a chair I recovered (see here) and used my Ryobi nail gun to nail it right into the wood.   MAN, I love that thing.  Then it didn't look finished, so I trimmed it out in jute rope.  If I was good, I would have used upholstery tacks... but I can just never get them straight enough!






So if you want to test this for the long haul and report back to me on how the styrofoam "cushion" holds up, then buy it at the Parma Antique Mall, bookmark this, and comment in a few years. Haha. :)
BRAND NEW!!

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Stairway Makeover With Beadboard Paneling and Paint

Hi!!!!!!!  Last fall we started renovating "Gidley Station" (the rental property next door that is an old converted train station) and I've been dying to share a few photos.  Just been hard to find the time to blog!  Also, I'm still furnishing it with pieces I find here and there between people's stays in it.  What, people's stays?  What say you, Miss Kammy?  Well if you've never heard of Airbnb, you should look it up.  Gidley Station was listed on airbnb just a month and a half ago and it's been a fun ride so far.  Here's the link if you're wondering what on earth this newest craze is or you do know and you want to see the details: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/17448031

So today we're talking STAIRS!


We were trying to stay LOW BUDGET.  Like "how low can you go" low.
Basically, paint goes a long way.  But you all know that.
And carpet must go.  There were pets, second hand smoke galore, and just years of oldness. 
...Oldness?




After the carpet came off....  I painted the treads all black and then put a HEAVY coat of polyurethane on them.  Then I did what I normally do.  Stood there scratching my head for awhile, "hmmmm" coming out of my closed lips..... and then a meander through the outbuildings to see what I might come up with.  Planning is over rated.  Of course there was something in the stashes....  leftover white beadboard paneling from our eating area in the house!  And there was JUST ENOUGH to cut pieces to go on the risers.


I put on my sunglasses, cuz who wants to take the time to find actual safety goggles, and started measuring and cutting on the table saw.


You can see, all that running back and forth to the table saw next door got me warmed up.  I shed the winter coat.  Okay now.  I know I've sung the praises of this Ryobi nail gun multiple times already in this blog, but really.  It is the BOMB DIGGIDY.  BATTERY POWERED NAIL GUN - it doesn't get any better than that, folks.  



Then I found a long wood corner piece that I'm not even expert enough to know the technical term for, and Hubby cut and put those on for me.  Probably cuz he either didn't trust me to do it, or because I had seven wild hoodlums between the ages of six and ten running around wild, and all demanding a snack.  I did not seat the top with poly because I've kinda got a hankering to paint a cool rug on that there portion of floor someday.  But for now, I bought one to go there.... until the mood hits and the time is right......




Amazing what mostly paint can do..... I've said it a thousand times......


Stay tuned to Kammy's Korner to see more of Gidley Station's makeover! :)

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The upstairs bedroom in Gidley Station's stenciled floors:



Thursday, May 4, 2017

Watch This Boy Bedroom (Tobin's) Be Transformed In These Photos!

About four years ago, Tobin's teacher asked me how come I've never done a post on Tobin's bedroom. I didn't really have an answer, other than it just really wasn't all that exciting.  
Then we moved to the "Lefere Mansion" and tranformed his bedroom like none other!  But that was nearly three years ago and I STILL haven't done a post on it.... until now!

So I'm going to take you on a little photo journey of this bedroom with a few explanations along the way. Enjoy! :)

It started out wtih a yellowish tan carpet and LOTS of wallpaper.  At the far end, you can see the bathroom with it's red arpet (and what you can't see in that bathroom is the avacado green toilet, tub, and sink!).


Looking into what is now Ty's bedroom.  
Tobin's room is the room of doors. FIVE doors total!


I'm cleaning up all the junk the carpet pad left behind...  Note to future home renovators.  NEVER take the carpet out before you remove the wallpaper!  Then I could have just let all the paper and drips and mess fall on the carpet and rolled it all up and taken it out without worrying about my hardwood floors!!


If it wasn't for a boy moving into this room, I would have been tempted to keep that funky vintage flower paper!  It looked like sunshine!




Tobin was convinced when he started out that he could remove all the wallpaper himself - after all, it was going to be his room!  But after a few hours and finding ANOTHER flowered layer of paper underneath the one he was tearing off....  the smile you see started to fade to despair.


And in came the rented steamer and the grandma crew!


Not only did I rent the steamer, but after the walls were paper free and painted a beautiful shade of gray with white trim, I picked up a floor sander from All Star Rental.  I've never redone a hardwood floor before, so this was a first!  The old stain and varnish was so thick, our bank account was nearly depleted from paying for all the sandpaper I went through!  Dude.


And if I didn't change the sandpaper quick enough, it "spit" the gunk back out on the floor in a chunky, sticky mess.  I learned as I went...


At last!  Stain and several coats of Minwax Polyurethane. :)
What a beautiful sight!!!  The rustic rich look of this floor makes me GRIN.


Then came the awesome pallet loft bed that we spent $0 on - go Hubby!
Read about how this bed was made HERE.


And here's his room today!  Enjoy!








My mom used to be quite an artist and sold lots of paintings back in the 80's when Dad was laid off at John Deere to help make ends meet.  Over the years, people have given her back some of the paintings, or she's found them at garage sales and bought them back for me!  I love these saw blades in Tobin's room! :)  Now if we could just convince her to take up that paint brush once again....



He uses this  tall vintage wooden folding chair rather than a ladder to climb up into his bed.



Tobin's little "brag spot" along with a collection of vintage and new sports stuff like the old helmet, chippy bowling pin and mit that was my Dad's (I think??):


I found this old boat propeller on the curb in a stash of junk once.
Score!  It's mounted on some old barnwood with a big screw in the middle.
And you can see his dresser makeover HERE.




Thanks so much for checking out Tobin's room!!  

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