I had some pressed-back oak chairs sitting around in my workshop forever!! Someone gave them to me for free back when I’d never turn down free. (I’ve learned to be a little more discriminating in what I’ll take up valuable workshop space with.) They weren’t in good shape to begin with. The wood on the seats was split, and grew more so over months of sitting in the workshop. The legs had been chewed by a dog. Overall, completely yucky! But I have such a hard time throwing things away! I … [Read more...] about Chair Back Headboard and Giveaway!
Krylon sent me the new Dual Paint to try out. Check out their latest promotion, The Dual Duel, where Krylon is looking to find The Ultimate Restorer. To win this title, enter your spray paint restoration project and encourage friends and family to vote for your project as their favorite for their chance to win too. (Stop by and check out the contest! There are a few Twice Lovely pieces entered there, and I would very much appreciate your vote if you’re so inclined! You can vote once a day, so … [Read more...] about Krylon Dual Dresser Redo
I’d like to talk a little today about the “tools of the trade.” These are the things I think are essential if you’re looking to start into furniture upcycling for profit. 1. Electric Sander(s) – When I started out furniture upcycling, I only had a palm sander. It did the job. I still use the palm sander quite a bit for detail sanding and for most of my distressing. I have a Craftsman Mouse and like it very much. The times that it was not doing the job for me was when I was trying to … [Read more...] about How to Start Furniture Upcycling – Part 2
I’ve had many people ask me how to start out redoing furniture for other people, what tools and products I use. Let me tell ya, like everything else I do, I’ve tried to figure out how to get the biggest bang for my business buck. I’ve spent the last year finding the tools and products that allow me to put forward the best possible product for the least possible overhead, and thus maximize my profit and make the most for my precious time. I started doing this with practically no money, and you … [Read more...] about How to start furniture upcycling – Part 1
Holy Shlamoly! Do you guys know how to come out for a great giveaway, or what?!?! A huge welcome to all our new readers. And a great big thank you for all your lovely comments about my newly made over dresser! My Damask Dresser had a decidedly modern feel to it, so I decided that up next, I would do something with the projector for all you French, distressed, hand-painted furniture lovers out there (and I bet there are more than just a few.) I picked up this coffee table at a community yard … [Read more...] about French Medallion Coffee Table
During my same Goodwill Dollar Day excursion last week, I picked up this fantastic lamp, marked $18.99 for one little eensy weensy dollar. (Squeal!!) The harp with a great brass finial to match the brasswork on the lamp was also a dollar, and the shade also a dollar. Get out your calculators! With the fabric, paint, and ribbon already on hand, that brings the total for this project to a whopping $3. Shut up!! I know!!! Here’s her beginnings (I almost forgot to take the before pic! You’ll … [Read more...] about A Funky Lamp Transformation and Tutorial