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Potato Sack Ottoman

“The seeker embarks on a journey to find what he wants, and discovers, along the way, what he needs.”

Two weeks ago I came across a great little ottoman at Hope Gospel Mission Bargain Center in Eau Claire, Wi for $3.00!  After my employee discount the total came to around $2.80! What a deal! (p.s. a tip for shopping there, if you are 50+, on Tuesdays you can save 20% off your entire purchase ! )

I just loved the style of this ottoman and knew it was a piece of furniture that I could breathe new life into.  Below is what the ottoman looked like as I found it at the Bargain Center, and what was underneath that dirty green fabric!

I let it sit in my living room for a few days, where I could see it, and try to figure out a plan for it. I kept going back and forth between giving it a light beach cottage feel, or a Western rustic style.

As I looked around my home to see what I had for material to cover the top of it, I came across an old potato sack that I found last year at Oronoco Gold Rush Days, where I went on a hunt for anything that had a Western design or feel to it.
The potato sack was dirty and had stains all over it, that discouraged me a bit, but then I discovered that I could simply just wash the stains out!

Below are photos of the potato sack getting a bath.  I simply filled the bath tub with warm water and a bit of laundry detergent and gave it a good 10 minute soak, then scrubbed gently with a scrub brush in the areas that it had dirt stains, wrung it out, then hung it out on the clothesline to dry over night!

 

Once the potato sack was fully dry, I cut it open along the seams on the side and bottom, laid it out on the floor, image side down, set the ottoman upside down on top it it and cut a circle about 4+ inches bigger than the ottoman, so I would have enough material to go over the sides, and underneath the ottoman where I then secured it with staples, using a Staple Gun.    After the potato sack was secured, I then painted the legs red and topped them off with Minwax Polyshades stain + poly, and it was finished!

This was a really fun and easy project and the great part is that if I decide I want a different style, it is simple to removed the potato sack and recover the ottoman!  But for now, it looks right at home in our old farmhouse.

I hope this blog post has inspired you to see beyond what something IS and to see what it’s potential can be!

Have a beautiful Sunday, get outside and enjoy the sunshine!

Remember, you can follow along with my DIY adventures over on Facebook as well!

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Serene dresser refresh.

‘Don’t be afraid of change, you may lose something good, but you may gain something even better.’

We have moved several times as a family, from rental apartments, to rental country homes, to home ownership in town and now home ownership in the country.   As we have moved, each home calls me to a different style.  Our first home was filled with dark, cabin themed, rustic styled colors and decor.  Our current home is a little farm house on 5 acres and I am aiming at styling it like an old farmhouse cottage with a bit of a soft rustic flare.   Living on a small budget, each time we moved and styles changed and evolved, I couldn’t go out and buy all new furniture and decor, so I had to make do with what we already had from the past 10 or so years- and that is when I started doing DIY.

This dresser is a great example of how my style has grown and also fits along nicely with my new approach to simplistic design and minimizing this year in my home.
Originally the dresser was dirty white when I purchased it for $10 from a thrift store and was one of my very first dresser makeover projects!   I love the color mustard yellow, but again want to aim for a serene feel in my home and felt that the mustard color on such a big piece wasn’t working at this ol’ farmhouse any more.
So, two days ago I got the motivation to paint it- again!   My 11 year old son was such a big help and took of all of the drawer pulls and knobs!  He maybe complained once or twice, but he still completed the task and I thanked him with a bowl of cookies n’ cream ice cream (wouldn’t you help me for a bowl of ice cream too!?)

As I was planning the idea in my head, a whole 5 minutes before I got out my paint brushes and got to work, I also decided the green lamps didn’t look right in their current space any more either.  I have always wanted big clear , or neutral colored glass lamps- but again, budget friendly decor, doesn’t allow for the purchase of 2 new lamps every time your design style changes.  So I decided to paint those as well.  Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.  I do that well.

Here is the dresser before It was refreshed;

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Here it is as it stands now in a beautiful grey from Sherwin Williams (The same color I used in my kitchen and dining room)

 

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& a few reloved items that I found at Flea Markets style it as well ;

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That is all for today my friends, stop by again soon to see what I have been up to today!

As always, to keep up with my latest projects, flea market finds and treasures and to be inspired weekly, head on over and follow Endless Acres Farmtiques on Facebook!

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Industrial Chair Makeover.

“When I let go of all I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzo

Potential is a beautiful thing.   To see something and know that it can be more than what it currently is takes a special kind of vision.    All things, all people hold an unlimited amount of potential.  Sometimes, all it takes to let go of what one is, and become what they might be,  is for one person to say, “I believe in you.”

As I was in search of a chair for my sons industrial style bedroom, I came across this lonely little chair at Hope Gospel Mission Bargain Center in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  I knew right then and there, that it was full of amazing potential.  I could already see it in my mind, proudly sitting in a dark stain, next to my sons desk.

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 Do you hear it’s cries for help?  All it needed was for some kind soul to come along, and see the potential that it held.  For this lucky chair,  that someone, was me.

I started working on the desk chair right away, I even had a nice little volunteer help me start sanding down the seat.

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After sanding the entire chair, both with an orbital sander, and then with a folded up piece of sandpaper by hand in the hard to reach areas, I dusted off the chair with tack cloth.

Once the chair was wiped completely clean of any dust or debris, I then started to stain it, using the color by Minwax, ‘English Chestnut’ , one of my favorite stain colors, it has such a rich, deep tone, but not too dark.    Once I completed 2 coats of stain and allowed for dry time, I then hand wiped on Minwax Wipe-On Polyurethane in high gloss.

The once sad, neglected office chair, suddenly came back to life.   As the chair finally became what it always had potential to become, it also gained a name.  Yes, a name.  My 7 year old daughter was convinced it deserved a name, I definitely agree with her.

So, my friends, you’ve waited long enough.   I would like to officially introduce you to the newest member of our little farm house;

Stanley.   

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Isn’t Stanley handsome?  He sure catches my eye!   Here he is, in his new location in our home, sitting proudly in our sons bedroom;

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I hope by seeing the way that Stanley here came alive and how I believed in the potential he had, inspires and encourages you to open your eyes, see the beauty that is possible in all things, and that you can feel empowered to take on your own DIY projects!

I hope you all have a beautiful Sunday evening!  Be sure to follow Endless Acres Farmtiques on Facebook if you want to see more DIY ideas, along with weekly inspiration!
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Travel inspired desk | Before & After

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

If you are a regular follower of the Endless Acres Farmtiques Blog, and lifestyle.  You by now, well know, that I am a lover of travel, adventure, wandering back roads and the outdoors.   Oh, I love it so.  I find myself often day-dreaming of driving the car, down an old back road in the mountains of Montana, windows down, radio on, the wind blowing through my hair… (okay let’s be realistic,  … * the wind blowing my hair into my face…) , and nowhere to go, ..but everywhere.

I’m a dreamer.   A day dreamer, yes.  A night dreamer, of course, but most importantly,  I believe in the dreams that God has instilled into this heart of mine.   Progress, no matter how slow, is progress.   A step forward, is still a step, no matter if it’s a running step or a walking step.    Little by little, we get closer to becoming who God created us to be.

With each piece of furniture I create, I feel more like me & I feel my wings opening further.  This, an artist, is who I am.   I am here, to create and inspire you.

I came across this lonely desk while I was working at Hope Gospel Mission Bargain Center in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and knew it needed to come home with me to my workshop.  I knew, it had potential, I could see it.

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I was originally planning on giving the desk a new life and selling it at my favorite little local coffee shop, The LIving Room Coffee House in Eau Claire, but once finished and placed in a corner of my living room,  it was like the desk looked at me and said ‘Let me stay right here,’  and there, it still sits.  Now it has a new life, a new home and is once again loved and provides my kids and my family with a little school / home work station and organization for all of the papers they bring home from school every day.

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There it is friends!   Completely  perfect for our family!   I used an old Montana map, that shows two of the towns where my kids first saw the mountains a few years ago on a road trip.  I was blessed to have been given my late Grandfathers chair that he used in his basement workshop at his desk, every time I look at it, my heart smiles, and every time I sit in it, like I am now, writing this blog post, I know my Grandfather would be proud of the work I do.

If you are interested in a custom furniture piece, like this for your home, or place of business, feel free to contact me with any questions; endlessacres@live.com

You can also follow Endless Acres Farmtiques on Facebook.

Have a blessed day- get out there and unleash your inner artist!  Dream, Create, Believe in YOUrself!

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Products used in this transformation;
Arrow Drawer Pulls – Junk Gypsy at Gypsyville.com

Paint – Sherwin Williams- Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Stain- Minwax

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Red license plate dresser | Before & After.

“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” ~Neil Gaiman
Red license plate dresser by Endless Acres Farmtiques
I love being an artist.  It is my passion.  I love the feelings that come along with creating and transforming a piece of furniture.   It gives me such satisfaction to take something old, worn, and broken and restoring it and giving it a brand new life and a new purpose.
Last week I got a vision for this plain brown dresser and marched forward with the vision and the details came to me as I went along.Here is the before image of the dresser;
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How I transformed this dresser;
1.)  Sanded and painted red.
2.) Applied a thin layer of Minwax stain + poly.
3.)  Removed drawer pulls and filled in holes with wood filler.
4.)  Attached rusty license plates to each drawer, for character.
Dresser after;
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I hope you enjoyed this transformation!  Be on the lookout for this piece to be featured soon on News channel WQOW 18 in a Hope Gospel Mission Bargain Center commercial, along with myself and 2 other pieces I have transformed from Hope Gospel!Thanks so much for reading!
Have a beautiful evening,
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From dresser to tv stand | Furniture Before & After

   ‘ The art of living is always to make a good thing out of a bad thing.’  ~ E.F. Schmacher

Art to me is about vision.  It is about seeing potential in something that others may not see.  It is about taking something and changing it, making it unique , making it your own.  It is about expanding your eyes to see beyond the norm and the usual.    Todays project is just that.
It is about how I took a normal little white dresser and made it into something different, and gave it a new life as a tv stand.

Here is the dresser as it was before..look at the drawer pulls, kind of crazy – my daughter said they looked like a face.  lol

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Here is a list of what I did to the dresser to make it into a tv stand;

1.)  Sanded, and painted entire piece,  including sides and insides of the drawers in Sherwin Williams ‘Light French Grey’ paint.

2.)Removed the top drawer and added in old cedar fence boards using small finishing nails, to make a shelf.

3.) Drilled small hole into back wall of dresser to allow cords to go through if used as a tv stand.

4.)  Replaced original hardware with yardsticks for drawer pulls.  The yard sticks have been stained lightly.

Here is the dresser after;

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This tv stand dresser is for sale and can be viewed and purchased after 3/21/14 at The Living Room Coffee House at 2006 Cameron Street in Eau Claire, Wisconsin .   Purchase prices is $175.00.

This would add great character to any home, business or office!   Use it as a tv stand or for a statement piece.  The 2 drawers are deep and make great DVD / movie storage!

Thanks for viewing my latest project!  If you like what you see here on the blog, you can follow along with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest as well!

~Kelly

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9 drawer dresser makeover | Before & After

“As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen.” ~ Winnie The Pooh

My son just turned 10 last week.   I am trying my hardest to not let his age make me feel sad about the fact that I am losing my ‘baby’ boy.   It is a hard transition when they go from sweet little boy who follows mommy everywhere  to becoming so independent and not needing their mommy as much any more.   I miss those pounding little fists on the bathroom door every time I take a shower, I miss the tugging of the pant legs when I am needed for something, I miss the sweet calls of  ‘Mommmmy come play with me’ from the other room.   But I am also thankful to God that my son is a healthy, adventurous boy who has been with me for 10 wonderful years.    He has now grown into someone who loves the Lord, enjoys a good conversation about anything that involves facts,  loves getting dirty in the mud, and is one of the greatest travel buddies I’ve ever had.

Lately he has been really interested in my projects, and has been asking me what I will be working on next when I am in between projects.   He has enjoyed going with me searching for my next ‘victim’ and I can see a huge change in him that has happened recently, where he is really understanding and appreciating the work and love I put into my furniture makeovers.   As a mother, it is such a great feeling to have a son that wants to learn from you and also looks up to you.  And now I also see, that even though he is getting older, he still does need me, just in different ways.   This morning before school, he hugged me and said “Mom, thanks for making my new dresser and my other desk too, I really like them both.”  Ahh, talk about melting a mothers heart!

I have slowly been working on getting his room together and out of all of the rooms in the house, his is still my favorite, and the closest to being ‘complete’ .   Last year, I worked on making over an old desk from a thrift store for his room, and this year I have been in search of a long dresser with plenty of drawers for his clothes & toys.   I was lucky enough to have a friend donate a dresser to me over the weekend and once I saw it, I knew it was exactly what I had been looking for , for my little mans room!

This is what the dresser looked like before;

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I let my son pick out the colors and theme for the dresser.  Below is a list of the changes that I made;

– Stained the top of the dresser & legs with 3 coats of Minwax Polyshades in Classic Black.

-Painted dresser & drawers in red satin paint.

-Stained over the entire dresser & drawers with Minwax Polyshades in Classic Black (which is stain + polyurethane) to give it a dirty/aged look as my son requested.

-Lined the drawers with ripped out pages from a 1973 issue of Popular Science Magazine.

I decided to use the original copper pulls that were on the dresser, I just love the patina that they have and their simple, straight lines.

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I completed this dresser in a day and today I am planning on setting it up in my sons bedroom to surprise him with the complete product when he gets home from school.

Here are the after photos;

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In the photos, the dresser is staged in my living room, once I get it into my sons bedroom I will add some new photos of it in there as well.

I hope you have enjoyed my latest furniture makeover, and that you leave feeling inspired to take on a project at your house too!

Thanks for reading,

~Kelly