Monday, January 27, 2014

Formerly Blah, Now Fabulous!

Hey everyone, it is Teriann from My Sister 'n Me.  Today I am going to show you how easy it is to turn a blah looking end table into a fabulous accent piece for your home. 

Like many people, I have several pieces of furniture around my home that are in really good shape - but they aren't really stunning. I wanted stunning for my living room! So I started with this boring end table:

I had already taken the brass handle off the front when I took this picture, but you get the idea. 

First step - a quick sanding job to get the shiny finish off. Then it was time to paint. I used a sample size jar of Behr Premium Paint and Primer from Home Depot on this. The color is, Gem Turquoise. This little sample size was plenty to paint this table, there was even a couple of tablespoons left over!
I always paint the bottom of a project first so I don't scratch the top. Here are a couple of pictures of the work in progress. Painting the legs, etc., and the painted table before I added stain. (I also would like to introduce you to my dog, Spud. He photo bombs all my furniture pictures!)

Almost done. I did a final sand with fine grit sandpaper and then did a quick swipe of a darkish stain. I honestly don't know what color the stain was because I was using something that was left over from another project. 

After everything was dry, I added a couple of coats of satin polycrylic. I wanted a tough finish to prevent chipping from toys being banged on the table. It happens!

I painted the brass handle with Martha Stewart Metallic paint in Gold Pearl. I was just enough to dull the brass and warm it up.

Here you have the finished product. I love how it brings color into the room.

Turning a blah table into something fun and fabulous for your home isn't a scary thing to do - it is an artful thing to do!

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Entry Table Before & After

Hey all! It’s Kristin D. from Navy Bean Lane!
I think it’s safe to say that we all love a before and after, right?! Well, I know I do! I could sit and look at them all day!
Today I want to share with you a simple before and after of an entry table that I redid for a really great friend back when I first jumped on the furniture refinishing bandwagon! She already had the table, and when she showed it to me I instantly fell in love with the detail and knew it was going to be amazing!
Here’s how it looked before I got my hands on it!
And here it is after! LOVE LOVE LOVE!
Seeing how paint can drastically change a piece never seems to get old!


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I instantly fell in love with the color (Tropical Bay by Valspar) and have used it time and time again! It feels so fresh, yet timeless all at the same time!
Hope this get’s your wheel turning! Start small and change one piece in your home. I promise it will make such a difference!
xxoo, Kristin

Friday, January 17, 2014

Get To Know Jeff of Carter's Glass

To be in the Vintage Business, I guess there's not much more old fashioned than being in a hundred year old building, in the old downtown district of a small town. I guess you can say I'm in the Retail Business, the Vintage Business and the Online Boutique business.  It's kind of hard to keep track of all of that I know. My son is a film student at U of U and as a class project, put together a video of my business. I hope it sheds a little more light on the Carter's Glass-Rusty Ranch-Jeff Carter story!

Check us out  in Spanish Fork on Historic Main Street, 
 38 North Main Street
call us at 801-798-7698

And thanks for checking out the Blog!
Jeff Carter

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Vintage Valentine Paper Weights

Well, hello again Reclaimologist friends.  Its Paula from flea.o.logy again.  This post is one I did a year ago for my blog Pollyanna-reinvents. 

I love this time of year, when its cold outside I am more likely to stay snug and stay home and just craft, and what is more fun to craft than Valentines decor.  This is a super simple project. The real trick of making Valentine Paper weights is to find the glass weights.  I am always checking the glass area of DI, and have also found some at the Dollar Store, so keep an eye out.  Of course you can always find them at Antiques stores if necessary, where they start around $10. 

How fun it is to look through a stack of vintage Valentines, and wonder about the original givers and receivers.  I always think of the decorated shoe boxes we made to receive our stashes of valentines from school friends.  The Valentines made in the 30's are always my favorites, I think they are so cheerful ... and they are often heart shaped which makes them perfect for placing in heart shaped glass paper weights.  Though since I have no desire to  cut up Valentines from my collection, I have found that its easy to find the type of old Valentines that I like on  Graphics Fairy on line which also makes it easy to print them off in the sizes I need.

Above are three paper weights with reprints of vintage Valentines.  I just use clear Tacky Glue, as glue goes on the face of each valentine to adhere it to the glass paper weights.  As you can see, you will sometimes need printed craft paper to fill the indentation in the bottom of the glass weight, which adds a colorful border to you Valentine heart.  

 I mixed the paper weights with some of my vintage collection.

 The honey comb Valentines are earlier, dating to the turn of the last century... 

... and all this vintage Valentine goodness tucked away in a corner of my parlor just makes me smile!! Happy Valentine Decorating  friends!

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Friday, January 10, 2014

How to Hang A Vintage Cabinet

This is Debbi, from Tattered Butterfly, I wanted to show how to hang a vintage cabinet on the wall.
 I found this lovely vintage cabinet on a online site called Vintage Yard Sale Utah .  I immediately fell in love with it.  It was chippy and had soft green paint on the inside.  I originally thought I would do my entire kitchen in vintage cabinets.  Finding them became difficult and I didn't have time to wait due to our wanting to move back home as soon as possible.  The cabinet became my inspiration for how I wanted my new cabinets to look.

We ended up going to Ikea to purchase the cabinets and I picked  the Shaker style cabinets but with all the modern conveniences like soft close drawers and doors.

The cabinet is super heavy.  I asked my hubby what he could do?  I wanted to use the cabinet with it not falling on someone!  The hubs is a Journeyman Carpenter.  So glad to have his wisdom on hand.  What he came up with to was to use some scrap wood and make a cleat.

He took 3 1/2" wide piece of wood and cut down the middle on a 45 degree angle on his table saw.  Now you have a 2 piece interlocking cleat.  You can use this kind of cleat to hang doors, headboards, and shelving.

He then attached the top cleat to the cabinet and the bottom part of the cleat to the wall.     

He attached 2 cleats due to the size and how heavy it is.  Most cabinets will only need one.

Tim added a new shelf.  He is so cute if I do say so myself!  Love that guy.

I then painted the shelf the same color as the wall.  

It's up.

Lots of space for me to store vintage cookbooks and wares.

I already had this baker's table.  Pinkish coral color adds a punch.  The scale was from my grandmother.  It's from the early 1900's. 

I want to thank Cathie from Fleattitude Vintage Market who sold me this beautiful cabinet.

Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful, 

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Framed Builder Mirror Tutorial

Hey Everyone!  Im Sausha from Sweet Pickins Here with a simple tutorial for framing in those boring builder mirrors!  
First i have to tell you that this my third mirror and my last, yeah!!!  And all 3 have been done different ways.  I just went with a different style in each room and just made it up as i went along – that’s how i do things :)
For this mirror, i had a little challenge.  You can see in the 1st pic that for some reason the builder put a plug-in – in the mirror!  Why?!  I have no idea why they couldn’t move it over a foot – but instead i had this lovely mirrored, beveled, 80’s looking plug cover plate right smack in the bottom corner of my mirror.
I knew that the plug in needed to be covered up, so i had to make my frame tall enough to cover it – 9 inches.  And i for sure could of cut around the plug-in but it wouldn’t look very good, and i will get over the fact that its gone, forever!  That’s the price you have to pay for beauty i guess :)
So, here is the breakdown of how i did my mirror…
Before…also, don’t mind all the ‘undecoratedness” – this is one of my last rooms to paint
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You can see that my mirror is pretty big, so making the frame 9 inches worked out OK.  At 1st when i got it all up, before it was painted, i was a little scared because it looked so BIG but now that its all done, it looks good.
I bought 2 different kinds of molding.  Base board molding and then just a chair rail style molding – both pieces put together were 9 in – perfect (this is different than how i did my other mirrors, i will get to that later)
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Baseboard molding…
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Chair rail…
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I started by framing the outside of the mirror with the chair rail
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All that i did was measure it all up, made sure it fit, and then just glued it directly to the mirror with liquid nails.  The liquid nails dried really quick, so i just sat with the mirror for about 5 minutes to make sure it wasn’t going anywhere – it dried super fast.  In the past i have used tape to hold it to the mirror/wall but this time i didn’t.
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Next, i got all the base board molding cut.  But before putting that up i painted the underside of the molding about and inch.  You will see the reflection on the back part of the molding in the mirror, so make sure you get that painted, you don’t want to see raw wood.
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Another thing to remember is not to get your liquid nail to close to the edge of your molding.  You don’t want to ruin your hard work by seeing a reflection of ugly glue in the mirror :)
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Then just glue it up with liquid nails and step back to admire ;)  This is the part when i thought i really screwed up!  The frame was HUGE.  My kids mirror that i posted about here is the same width, but for some reason this one looked GIGANTIC.  I figured that it really stood out because it was still white, and also in this bathroom my vanity is taller than the kids bathroom. 
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You can see my corners needed to be filled, so i just used dry-dex and filled it in and then sanded it down before i painted.  I used caulk for the curvy part of the molding ( not pictured)
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Then i gave everything a light sanding and painted it black.  Of course i distressed the whole thing with my 60 grit sand block.  Some people may find it easier to paint it 1st and then hang, not me, i want it up NOW to see what it looks like and then finish up with the details :)
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And, because i have already gotten a ton of emails, “how do i do this with my mirror clips?”
I was lucky that i didn’t have mirror clips or that metal track along the top and bottom that some builders put in.  BUT, if i did i would take off the clips/track and glue the mirror directly on to the wall.  Of course that is a more permanent thing but you will love your mirror so much you wont want to move it anyways :)  But, i really think that would be so much easier than trying to chisel out wood in the back of your frame to accommodate the clips.  I also worry that if you have clips on the side, you might be able to see them?  What do you guys think?  Do you have a better solution for the clips?
***Edited to add – the correct glue that you would use to adhere your mirror directly to the wall is Mirror Mastic***
**The brand of adhesive that i used was Liquid Nails.  The paint color is Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray.
Total cost was $60 – i already had the black paint (canyon black by Valspar). 
So with a couple of hours worth of work from start to finish i have a totally custom mirror.  I still have a lot of work to do in this room (new light because the new mirror dwarfs it), decorating, some curtains?  but for now, it works and its one project to cross of the never ending list :)

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Bring On 2014

Happy New Year everyone it's Shannon here talking about 
the upcoming year and I am really excited!  
There is so much going on for us in 2014 and it looks like a year of junking, crafting and painting ahead!  

One of the most exciting adventures for me is that new Reclaim Yourself Women's Craft Retreat I am hosting with my friend Christine.  Our first retreat is Jan. 31- Feb. 2, 2014.  We have 3 amazing days planned of crafting, connecting and relaxing.  Whats even more exciting is Cricut, Riley Blake Fabric 
and My Minds Eye are sponsoring it! 

There are still a few spaces available is you are interested email us at

We will be having monthly classes at April James Interiors both in Spanish Fork and Heber Utah.  
This month is a Valentines LOVE sign taught by Mandy.  
There is still room in the Heber class.

Both Sausha and I will be teaching at the upcoming SLC Home Show Jan. 10-12, 2014.  This is very exciting to us to be a part of something so fun! 

Our next show is March 28-29, 2014.  We still have a few openings for furniture up-cyclers, vintage and antique dealers 
if you would like to join us send us an email at

Many of us will be at local markets as well.  So mark your calendars my friends the next few months are sure to fill the shopping diva, collector and crafter in you! 

Vintage Whites.

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