THANK YOU CASSIE - primitive & proper tip

I'd like to thank
for her generous experience she has chose to share on my


Stop by and check out her tip here.
I'd also like to take this oppurtunity
to thank Cassie for featuring my
frightening to french shelf project.
For the full post go here:
French Bookshelf project.

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HOW TO BUILD NEW FURNITURE from old furniture

I've compiled some photos of many of the
reclaimed wood bits and furniture parts that
I used to build this fancy cabinet. Many of
these things are common finds on the road
side, used building supply stores, and many
thrifts stores.

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I'd like to offer my tips page to you!

Earlier this week a friend sent an email
giving me her distressing tip,
and it has me thinking I would like to gather
all the learned knowledge of you wonderful
woman in one place.
 I would love anyone that works with furniture and
 has a valuable tip that wants to contribute, plz
 send a simple email with photo and brief
description. Including tips,

Such as the helpful benefits of wearing rubber boots
when staining the floor with clamato juice.
Or the need for an extra body holding a support in place. 

This can also includes tips for cleaning,
distressing and antiquing, sanding,
helpful products and favorite tools,
any *simple* thing you find helpful when you
are working and want to share with others.

I've even considered telling you I wear the same
color socks as my paint color of the day so when
it drips on the floor I can quickly wipe it up with
 my foot. (Secrets Out Now)
Plz check out my tips page to see the current layout,
and see if it is something you would like to
contribute to:
Each submission I add to my tips page will have a
 #, a title, 1-2 photos, a brief write up, a contents
 listing, and a valuable link back to your place
with your smile.

If interested in sharing plz email me directly at

Hopefully we can all benefit from this information
being shared in one place.

Who's gonna be next?
Share your thoughts and ideas!

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FRIGHTENING TO FRENCH - french book shelf

My creations seen here on the left started with this inspiration piece on the right from

Let's start at the begining ...
Don't you just love when teenagers get creative ... with markers.
After all they are just trying to express themselves. FYI this was not my child's doing.

I used this frightening dresser for lumber supplies for this project.

I also stripped down this little maple side table to use.

I built the upper portion from the frightening dresser and fastened it to the table.
The color you see above is a grey primer coat and below is the a creamy white.

The sides of the dresser were used for the sides of the shelf.
4 inches were cut off the length and 2 inches off the depth.

The crown detail at the top is a decorative wall shelf on clearance at HomeSense.

For the back of the shelving unit I used the drawer bottoms.
An old mirror frame provided the vertical trim up the front edges.

I used short pieces of chair rail bought new from a local home improvement store.

The shelves themselves are built with the drawer backs.

and there you have it,
FRIGHTENING teenage dresser TO stylish and FRENCH

Another french étagère I built can be seen here


Have you stopped into firstfinds hardware store lately?
Here are just some of the items available for your projects.

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I'VE BEEN HONOURED - copy me challenge finalist


Please stop by
 place and congratulate the other finalists.

Copy Me Challenge

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TWINS - pair of black night stands

These little fellows stand tall but don't
take up too much space at just 17.5" wide.

Below left you can see before the top surface trim was added.

Do you have matching night tables?

Or do you have a unique mismatched pair?

I've joined the gathering at:

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