Thursday, September 12, 2019

More reinventing vintage furniture...

As I've mentioned, I have an obsession with hutches.

I found this vintage beauty back in 2014 on Craigslist.

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When I repainted my kitchen for the 99th time, I gave her a fresh coat of paint and new hardware. She stood proudly in my kitchen for many years.

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Then after painting my kitchen for the 100th time, I realized something. All my hutches were basically a catch-all for all my crap "treasures." They were strictly used for decorating and not being utilized. That got me thinking.

What would I love in my kitchen? Let's see... How about a coffee bar? I really do love my java throughout the day but, nah.

Then it dawned on me. I LOVE to bake!! Especially chocolate chip cookies! Why not make a little baking station!!

So I did what I normally do. I waited for my sweet hubs to go to work so he wouldn't tell me how crazy I am and got crackin'.

Took the top off.
Man, that sucker was heavy! Took the lower doors off. Stitched up some curtains with the leftover fabric when I made my kitchen curtains and...

VoilĂ !!!

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This has worked out perfectly! Not only do I have a place to bake; by removing the top, it has opened up that area in my kitchen even more. Yippee!!

Best of all when my sweet hubs walked through the door, he was actually impressed!!
Woo hoo!!
Guess I'm not so crazy after all!
Well...
((giggle))

Until next time.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

It's been a while since I shared one of my crazy projects...

I was on a mission to find a small (vintage Early American style) table to put in front of my plaid settee and drove my sweet hubs nuts obsessing **err I mean** talking about it.

I went to barn/garage/yard sales searching. But even the smallest coffee table was too large.
As I searched Craigslist and the Marketplace I came across a vintage end table.

Hmmm. I thought, why not? It was the perfect size and solid as a rock. But I would have to work a little of my Countryfolk magic. And if it came out cr*ppy, it only cost me 10 dollars. So it was no skin off my apple.

Here's how it looked when I brought it home.

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I removed the top...

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Filled in the grooved areas with wood filler and only needed to sand the top.

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I mixed stains like a mad scientist to try and match the old maple stain the best I could. Then a few coats of matte poly and...

Ta-dah!!!
Not bad for 10 bucks and a little elbow grease.

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Looks even nicer on the new rug.

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Onto the next project!!
Shhhh... Don't tell my sweet hubs. ((giggle))
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Monday, September 9, 2019

The most inexpensive way to change the look of a room...

is with paint. But another inexpensive way is with an area rug! Better yet, one that's on sale!!!
Man, I have been wanting to change out the navy area rug I had in my favorite room in this old farmhouse, my American flag wall room. But my frugal self kept putting it off.
Then I received a flyer in the mail over the weekend from "At Home." I opened it and saw the perfect rug for that room!! Then I read "30% off all rugs." AND since it's my birthday month, I would get an additional 15% off!
Well, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out I made a beeline to our closest At Home store!! After digging around for what seemed like an eternity, I found it! Got the last one, too! I wrestled that 9'x7' rug out of that place like Rulon Gardner.

Got her home and I am absolutely tickled with the result! Not bad from under a c-note!!

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Sure the navy blue rug is nice but... Eh. It's nothing to write home about. Also made the room look even smaller than it is.

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As you can see, little Stella loves it, too.
Of course she does. It's just a matter of time before she's dragging her butt across it. ((giggle))

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Until next time...
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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Crackle Pumpkin Trio are back...

Autumn is approaching and I have pumpkins on the brain!
What's even better, these will last unlike the real ones.

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They are being offered on my Countryfolk Keepsakes site.
Click on the "Seasons" button below to go directly to my site.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

TONIGHT on Early Work Mercantile...

Uh-oh. You know what happens when you say his name three times...



Beetlejuice Firewood Folk is my first Halloween offering for 2019!
Click on the button below to go directly to my page.

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Hope to see you there!!
Beetlejuice... Beetlejuice... Bee...

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Holy Smokes!! It's Been A While Since I've Blogged...

I've been tackling staining the new front porch. Man, it seems like it took me forever! But I finally finished!! I still need to landscape but... Yippee!!!!
**If I could do a cartwheel, I would!**

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I'm sorry to say I don't have an offering on Early Work Mercantile for the month of July. But I promise to have new pieces to offer next month!!

Have a terrific Independence Day!!!!!
Remember to fly Old Glory!!!!







Sunday, March 31, 2019

TONIGHT on Early Work Mercantile...



A Folk Art Scottish Terrier and a Folk Art Dachshund.

So when you have moment, head over to my page by clicking on the banner below.

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Hope to see you there!

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

TONIGHT on Early Work Mercantile...

He's Baaaaack...



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Hope to see you there!

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

TONIGHT on Early Work Mercantile...

It may be 8 degrees below zero, but I've got spring fever!!!
Man, I am counting down the days.
But until then, I created some wonderful folk art hares.
When you have a moment, click on the Early Work Mercantile banner below to go directly to my page.

A Folk Art Dutch Hare

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A Folk Art Spring Hare

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Hope to see you there!!

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Monday, December 31, 2018

TONIGHT on Early Work Mercantile...

Guess who?!

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What better way to start out 2019 than creating a George Washington Firewood Folk!!
He's my favorite president!

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You can click on the link below to go direct to my Early Work Mercantile selling page.

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Happy 2019!!!

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Man, I still can't believe I typed 2-0-1-9.
The years are just flying by, aren't they?



Saturday, December 22, 2018

See you in 2019!!!











Saturday, December 1, 2018

It's December 1st...

And that means a new offering on Early Work Mercantile.

Gingerbread Sweetness!!

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You can click on the banner below to scoot over to my Early Work Mercantile page.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

To those Americans who have served, are serving and will serve in the future...

Thank you and your families for your selflessness and sacrifice.








Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Hope you do, too...














Monday, November 5, 2018

Just my subtle reminder to you for tomorrow...



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A photo of my sign I painted years ago.
But it still rings true.




Wednesday, October 31, 2018

TONIGHT On Early Work Mercantile...

"No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face."
~John Donne

Grace the Maple Leaf.

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Please click on the link below to go direct to my Early Work Mercantile page.

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