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Friday, July 21, 2017

Final Push: Home and Patio Sale 2017!

Last week before the 2017 Home and Patio Sale! I've passed up many free sidewalk finds these past couple weeks simply because I don't have the time to refurbish them before the sale and I don't want to be left with them.

I still need to price and tag everything and I have special little tags to make each item seem more like a boutique-one-of-a-kind piece and not a yard sale find. Each item in this year's sale is a boutique-one-of-a-kind piece as they've been personally selected from the many items left on the Portland sidewalks then hand refurbished by me!

Take for instance this beautiful wrought-iron table.

This isn't some light weight fake wrought-iron plastic, this is HEAVY wrought iron.

I scrubbed it with a steel brush and used Restor-A-Finish (walnut)to make the top pop!

Who wouldn't love this one-of-a-kind piece gracing their homes? I would and I won't be upset if I'm stuck with it!

Also available in the sale is this beautiful oak drop leaf table.

Seriously, look at the little casters on each leg *swoon*! Drop leaf tables are great for people who don't have a lot of space for a large table but still like to eat their meals in a civilized fashion and occasionally entertain.

Don't forget this farmhouse table and chair set! Yep, it's in the sale!

Need a rolling cart to serve drinks outside this summer? This sweet cart came with a bird cage for Ed and Olive.

We didn't need the cart so we cut a couple boards to fit the top and I painted it with Miss Mustard Seed's Shutter Gray Milk Paintand added a stencil to the top. Can you not see yourself behind this cart as you wheel it to the deck full of ice tea and sandwiches?

Wait! You say you don't have a place to sit outside!? Well this beautiful wrought iron bench will be in the sale as well!

Also available will be plenty of clean and well kept clothing, like-new shoes and sandals, jewelry, leather handbags (Coach even!!), vintage wallets, dishes, Lora's Beauty artisan fresh-from-the-goat goat's milk soap, and lots more!

The sale will be Friday and Saturday July 28 and 29th in NE Portland, Oregon. Go to NE 17th and Fremont and follow the signs! I promise you'll find it, even the signs are one of a kind!! Sale starts at 9 am and items went quick last year so get there early!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Chalk Paint Patterned Table


This table showed up free on a neighborhood social group I follow.

After seeing it, I decided to paint it because there were a fair amount of scratches and frankly it was a pretty imposing table for a coffee table and I thought a lighter color would help make it less so.

The wood grain on the top of it had a pretty pattern. As you can see from the photo, I taped off the wood grain pattern and started to paint it.

I used Rust-Oleum Chalk Paint in Linen White and Rust-Oleum Serenity Blue Chalk Paint then trimmed the design with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Curio. In the cracks on the legs and sides, I used beeswax so the paint wouldn't stick giving it a little definition that would have otherwise been covered with paint.

This was the first project I've painted completely (other than the brown trim) with chalk paint rather than my typical milk paint. Chalk paint is definitely thicker than milk paint which made the top design easier to paint, however, I think I like the finish of the milk paint a little better; it seems less matte and 'chalky'.

Because this is a table and will see plenty of cups and spills, I sealed it with Rust-Oleum Clear Sealant. It's important to finish milk paint and chalk paint with some kind of wax or sealant if the surface will see a lot of use and possibly spills. An unfinished surface could lead to stains.

This table and the lamp that matches it (seriously, doesn't that lamp look great on it?) will be available in the Home and Patio Sale in Portland Oregon July 28 and 29! Go to NE Fremont and 17th ave and follow the signs!


Friday, July 7, 2017

A Few More Furniture Redos

I'm beginning to forget what I've shared and what I haven't. So, sorry if I've shared this little table before, but better twice than not at all!

Here's the before picture of it after we picked it up from the side of the road.

I initially I thought I'd leave the top the way it was, but I decided against that and ended up painting the whole table.

I used Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Ironstonefor the top and Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Shutter Grayon the legs.

The table was a little flimsy but only needed a couple screws tightened.

It never was and still isn't a fine piece of furniture but could work nicely in a family room or play room.

I almost forgot to share these beautiful windows I got free from my Mom and Dad's condo's free-pile (wow that was a mouthful!)

I just cleaned them up, added eyes and wire so they could hang easily, and removed the hardware.

The hardware I reused (as it was AWESOME!) on my backyard gate.

Speaking of windows, I also picked up this window free on the side of the road. I don't have a before picture of this one but you can imagine; it was old and dirty.

I painted it with Rust-Oleum Chalk Paint Serenity Blue. I added some pretty knobs I had in my stash for hanging items. To the glass, I used Krylon Mirror Spray Paint to give it a old mirror-like quality.

To the back, I added eyes and wire for easy hanging.

All these items will be in my Home and Patio Sale July 28 and 29th in Portland! Go to NE 17th and Fremont and follow the signs!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Rolling Kitchen Cart

Wow, this cart really sat for a while, 8 months to be exact. We originally picked this up off the side of the road after a day at the Greek Festival back in October. It was thrown (figuratively speaking) on the roof rack of the car and pushed into the laundry room/work room of the house where it sat. And sat. It sat so long stuff began to get piled on it and it risked getting lost and forgotten.

Besides needing painted, it was missing a back. I'm not sure why there was no back considering it was on casters and rolled quite nicely.

It took all Spring but the weather finally changed and we were able to drag the table saw outside and make a back for it. Once the back was on, the project became just a little bit more doable.

Before painting it, I added a little decorative lip to the top of it.

I also sanded and seasoned the cutting board with mineral oil.

I added two little stays to the sides of the cutting board so it wouldn't get shoved in too far and hit the new back of the cart.

I also added a hook to hang a dish towel.

Finally, I painted it! I used Real Milk Paint, Cheesecake colorfor the base and the top I painted in Rust-Oleum Chalk Paint, Linen White.

Since I pictured this being used in a kitchen, I sealed the top with varathane.

After I cleaned the inside drawers and cupboards, I lined them with contact paper.

I love the knobs and kept them on the cart!

This versatile rolling cart will be available in the Home and Patio Sale July 28, 29th in Portland. Go to NE 17th and Fremont and follow the signs!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Anniversary and Graduation Weekend

Last weekend was a busy but joyful weekend.

Back in November 1956, my parents were married. Saturday June 17, 2017 we celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary!

The event was held at the Kennedy School in NE Portland. There were 40 people present including two people from the original wedding!

Lucky for you, I'm posting some photos of the event!

This is a picture of the family in attendance.


We served a brunch of quiche, sausage, bacon, pastries, potatoes, and fruit.



There were more than enough cupcakes! In fact, I have about 20 in my freezer!

Close up of the flowers, done by Flowers in Flight.

Alec and my Dad talking about fishing or hunting, no doubt.

The next day, my son, Alec, graduated from Portland State University!

The event was the largest graduation in PSU history.

Once the graduates filed in, the seats filled up quite fast.

Thank goodness for the jumbo-tron! There's Alec walking across the stage after receiving his diploma.

The happy graduate still has a few classes to take this summer and a capstone in August in which he'll be going to Borneo!

Congratulations Alec and Mom and Dad!