Sunday, June 4, 2017

Curbside Office Chair

Laugh and point ALL YOU WANT when you see me driving around Parma during spring clean up day snatching "junk" off the curbs cuz CHECK IT OUT, YO!  

This was DAY ONE'S haul - in just 45 minutes of leaving my house after getting a text from a local that read "Kammy, people are putting good stuff on the curb.  If you want anything you better hurry!"
I love it that my Parma peeps are always lookin' out for me. :)

So I got my in's too - a few people put their stuff back by their garage until I've taken what I want before they haul it all to the curb.  I oughta make those dudes some cookies!  Like I said, love that my Parma peeps are always lookin' out for me!

So I snagged this chair.  It was totally stripped of any varnish or finish so the bare wood just SOAKED up the paint. And that's a good thing, because that means it won't scratch easy.  Yay!   Don't bother asking what specific shade of blue this is - it's a mistint that I bought marked down, like all the other paint I buy.

It was also missing it's wheels, but this is when being a hoarder comes in handy.  Of course I had a box of old wheels that I've collected and luckily I had four that matched.  Bingo!

Ain't she perty??  But I think anything blue is....  except for my teeth and lips after that graduation cake I ate this morning. 

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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So there are so many out-of-date looking wood items people just want to get rid of that can be given a WHOLE NEW LIFE WITH PAINT!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?!

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I will bring you more yard sale hacks in the future. :)

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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. :)

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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:

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. 

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: