Front porch to home office transformation.

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

I fully believe in that statement above. I believe that by practicing gratitude, a positive attitude and making the best out of every situation, no matter what it is, that our lives have the potential to be nothing less than amazing!

We have lived in our early 1900’s farm house for 4 years exactly this week!  In the four years here, I had not yet taken the time to set up a home office.  I have spent the past few years, however battling Lyme Disease + co infections, so my healing has taken most of my attention.  This past week, I felt extremely motivated and inspired to dig back in to my passion, regardless how I am feeling health-wise or whether or not my pain is intense, I will push through it .  I do not want to allow an illness to take me down, to discourage me, hold me back, and most of all define me.  I am not my illness, it does not own me, I will heal, I am healing, and I will continue moving forward into Gods amazing plan for my life!

On Sunday, I had a little buzz in my heart to turn the porch into a home office, where I will  have the space to write about my latest DIY projects, where I can create, dream, set goals, smash goals and inspire all of you from in the comfort of my own home! The porch has always been, ‘the dogs room’, because no one else wanted to use it, since it wasn’t exactly the most inspiring and fun place to hang out in with it’s old floral basket wallpaper.   It is time.  Time to change all of that!

With a little bit of money, and a whole lot of motivation, I headed into Menard’s to purchase porch floor paint and stain for a desk.

All day Sunday I worked on painting over the old floor tiles with porch paint. This is a temporary fix until our budget allows for us to redo the flooring.  My daughter, Camryn picked out the Icy Mint color.  We chose to use Dutchboy’s skid resistant porch and floor paint in ‘Minted Ice / 16WW’.    Keep in mind this is a very budget friendly makeover, it wasn’t planned and as time and money allows, more improvements to the area will be made!  (Like windows, flooring, new doors, comfortable desk seating:) , etc)

Okay, so you’ve made it through my little intro story and are now probably wondering where the photos are!  So let’s get to it!

Here is what our little front porch looked like before, as it was when we moved in.

Not that inspiring or relaxing of a space, is it?

Yesterday, also known as Monday, I spent 8 hours straight working on the the porch.  I did not run to town and spend any more money to decorate and put it together, I simply just shopped my own home, and below is what I came up with!

Most of the maps that you see on the walls,were my Grandparents, that I got after my Grandpas passing, some maps even had their routes circled & car trouble notes:) , the desk is made from 2 bookshelves my dad built when I was a child, my Grandpas old ladder & a piece of $13 wood from Menard’s with Minwax classic grey stain, that my daughter also picked out.

The silhouettes in the corner, are my Grandmother’s, as well as the flower frogs which I am now using for pen storage on the desk.  The little rocks on the window sills are heart shaped rocks that were curated from along the shores of Lake Superior, from my mother, my sister and some that I found also.

The sweet house drawing that is placed on top of the US map is painted by my daughter Camryn.

I could go on and on about all of the little details. There is family , heart and soul tucked all over the space and I am beyond excited to start creating in this area!  I look forward to the wonderful words, ideas, conversations and inspiration that happen here!

About 95% of the items that I used to complete this project were items that we already had around the house & outbuildings & I gathered today to use & decorate.  When decorating a space- shop your own home & other rooms first, before you head out and spend money!  You will be surprised at what you can come up with!

As a reminder, here is what the porch looked like, before:

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Here it is now.  I hope you see the love, effort and creativity that I jammed into this small little area!

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Well, my friends, there it is!  What do you think?  Not bad for throwing it together in less than 24 hours right!?  I am so excited to finally have a work space in our home! Leave a comment below on your thoughts, I would love to hear your what you have to say!

Wait! Before you go, let’s connect! Did you know that you can also find me over on Instagram @endlessacresfarmtiques & kellymwhitman , and also on Facebook for more DIY inspiration?!  I hope to see you over there!

Have an awesome & blessed day!
– Kelly

 

 

 

Milk-house curb appeal project.

Have you heard the news?  We added 6 hens to our little farm!  They arrived last Friday in the back of my van and have happily made themselves at home in the new coop that my husband designed in a little covered area between our milk house and barn.

Since getting our new hens, aka ‘the girls’, I have been inspired to add some much needed TLC to our milk house.

Rummaging around our scrap wood pile, looking for pieces of wood to making ‘something’ with, I got the idea to whip up some shutters for the front window of the milk house!   I have never made shutters before, and I honestly didn’t really know what I was doing, but using my handy DIY gene, I think I did a pretty great job!

I measured , of course, twice right? I cut four boards the same length, these would serve as the main shutter, then I measured four more boards, which would serve as the cross pieces that will hold the shutters together and add the final character. milkhouse9

After assembled, I went over the shutter twice with Minwax Polyurethane and stain in black, let dry and attached to the milk house using wood screws.

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Super easy!  I may just have to start building more scrap wood shutters to sell in my booth at The  Shed, what do you think?

Here is the milk house before:

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Also, kind of like the book, ‘If you give a mouse a cookie,’ my projects always spiral into other projects.  After building and installing the shutters, I realized the window still needed a little something more.  I then got the idea for a window box planter, and was planning to build one out of scrap wood or find something cool to re-purpose into a planter, when I came across an old white cornice that I had removed from above our living room window  upon moving into our house.

Perfect!  I flipped it upside down, and screwed it onto the milk-house, under the window!  Lined it with plastic lining, drilled in some holes, filled with dirt, robbed flowers from other planters I had, and it was complete!

See for yourself below what a difference something as simple as scrap wood and flowers can make!

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As a bonus, the chicken run goes underneath this window, so any dead flowers that drop off will be nice little treats for our girls!

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend!

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The Shed booth update: March 2017

Happy Sunday all!   It is a sleepy Sunday for me here in Wisconsin, so taking time to give you an update on my booth at The Shed in Altoona!

On Friday, my son R and I spent a few hours restocking the booth. We pulled some old items out and will tuck those away for a while, and added in many new items!

Take a look below to see what is new! There will be more items added later this week, as well as a bit of a new look for my booth! You will love it, guaranteed!

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You can shop my curated, custom and vintage goods, 7 days a week at The Shed at 1519 Mayer Road in Altoona, Wisconsin.  They are open until 5:00 pm every day!

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I will be adding even more items this week as well and will share a new update soon!

As always you can follow along with more of my DIY adventures over on Facebook!

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Counter top makeover with Beyond Paint.

Living in a 1920’s farmhouse requires more than just having a country soul, it means so much more than that. It requires a heart that is able to see potential, possibility and one that will pour love into every single part of the farmhouse, including the ugly not so glorious parts.

Now, fixing up a 1920’s farmhouse, on a budget, requires a different set of eyes. Eyes that are able to look at things a bit offbeat than the crowd does and possibly, a little more creatively with a frugal mind.

I may not have that immaculate dream farmhouse you see grace the cover of a diy magazine, but I have a home, that is filled with love and that we pour our heart and souls into.

We purchased our home 3 years ago and ever since have been working on small, frugal makeover projects. We were blessed with a home, that (in our eyes) didn’t need a full gut job in any room. Remember, the simplest, cheapest thing you can do to update your home or space,is to just add fresh paint! That’s a subject for another blog post though, hopefully coming soon!

The last week I have been plugging away on redoing our kitchen counter tops with a paint kit from Beyond Paint. Typically, one could get this done in a day, but between energy lows from Lyme Disease, dentist emergencies, and coaching my kids in online school, it took me 4 days. Also, being the spontaneous artist that I am, I don’t ‘plan’ my projects on free days, I start when I feel motivated and ready to go, even if that is in the midst of craziness, it’s just how I’m wired, and it works(for me).

Here is what our counter tops and our kitchen looked like, when we moved in, aka before I got my hands on this space.  Two years ago, I ripped off the wall paper, painted the walls, and the cabinets and it made an amazing difference and really brightened up the space!

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Beyond Paint’s counter top makeover kit comes with everything you need to transform your old, outdated counter tops, without making your family go without groceries for 6 months.  Granted, this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and that is fine by me, but it follows along the lines of one of my favorite sayings, ‘do what you can, with what you have, where you are.’   Our budget doesn’t allow for brand new counter tops, because we all know, if you get new counter tops, you will need new cabinets, and if you get new cabinets, you might as well install that dream farmhouse sink you’ve always wanted, and if you are going through all of this trouble to replace all of that, you might as well open up the wall between the kitchen and the dining room, while you’re at it.  DIY projects and home renovation projects kind of remind me of the children’s book, ‘If you give a mouse a cookie.’ I joke with my kids that one day I will publish one that relates to home projects. Stay tuned on that one.

To prep my counter tops for paint, I made sure to thoroughly was them with a kitchen scrubber and hot water with dish soap, then I dried them with a rag.  I taped off my edges (If you are slow and careful, you can skip painters tape, I do it as ‘insurance’ , mostly because I’ve learned the hard way )

These are what our counter tops looked like before.  They had endured many many years of hard use before we moved in. I was happy to extend their life for a little while longer with Beyond Paint. IMG_6693IMG_6661IMG_6662IMG_6663IMG_6690IMG_6691IMG_6692

Horrible right?  I wasn’t sure that paint could fix something this far gone. It would be a miracle if those deep scratches and stains were covered up.

After washing my counter tops, the transformation began!  I simply, rolled on the base color (Bone) and gave it a good three coats.  The paint went on extremely easily and had a nice thick texture.  I was surprised how much much area was covered from just a little bit of paint.  If you do two thorough coats, that is more than enough, I threw on an extra coat, just because I had enough to do so and it never hurts to have an added layer of protection.

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The above photo was after the first two coats of ‘Bone’.  I liked the clean look of it so much, that I was tempted to leave it a solid color.  Beyond Paint offers a variety of color combos that you can do, which makes it fun and able to fit your style.

After applying the first tone of paint with a roller, I sprinkled on the ‘flakes’, first throwing them onto the vertical back areas of the counters, and then the flat surfaces. I over shook them onto the counters, which I recommend, because after wiping off with tack cloth and sanding down lightly with fine grit sand paper, many will fall off and not stay on.  By over applying, it leaves more than enough behind for a nice look!

This is a step that you can end at as well if you prefer the look (of course after adding a top protective clear coat.  However, I wanted to go all out and do one more step of color)

After applying the flakes, and lightly sanding them down with fine grit sandpaper, I wiped the counters down extremely well with tack cloth. Tack cloth is a sticky cloth that will pick up any of the loose flakes, dust, dog hair, dirt, and debris from sanding.

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I then used a sea sponge to blob on Ash grey paint.  I bought a few different sizes of sea sponges, and flipped them from the bottom to the side every now and then, so every smudge of paint didn’t have the same repetitive shape.  After the grey had dried, I wanted to soften it up just a tad, so I took a new sea sponge, and dipped it back into the Bone color paint and lightly dabbed over each dark grey spot and it gave it just the look I had wanted!

Next it was time to make that ugly crack in the corner of our counters disappear. I bought white paintable caulk and filled it in as thick as I could.  It may not hold forever, but for now it looks better.

After letting the counters cure over night, I rolled on 3 clear coats of clear sealer that was included in the paint kit.

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Here are the counters a few days after the had dried!  We love the look and are happy that we were able to extend their life a little while longer!

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What is a makeover without a little touch of Joanna Gaines? I tore out the Magnolia Manifesto on the last page of their Spring journal and tucked it into a frame, made by ‘Once Abarn a Time’ . It looks beautiful and I absolutely love the words.

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Interested in giving your sad counter tops a refreshed look like I did? Head on over to check out Beyond Paint and see what they can do for you and your home!

I am very please with the paint kit from Beyond Paint, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to rescue their old counter tops!

As always, you can follow along with more of my DIY projects and antiquing adventures over on Facebook.

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Tv dresser with Beyond Paint

Today I wanted to share with all of you a great line of paint, called ‘Beyond Paint’. 

I was recently contacted by Beyond Paint to give their furniture makeover kit a try.

On their website, Beyond Paint says the following about their product:

“No Stripping, No Sanding, No Priming
BEYOND PAINT™ your cabinets, furniture and accessories in one convenient kit!
Refinish almost any surface with this combination bonder/primer/finisher that cures to a durable, washable surface in just one or two coats. Application is foolproof, and the result is a beautiful, professional finish that will transform your home.
The amazing BEYOND PAINT™ Cabinets Furniture & More Makeover Kit also includes the best tools for the job for your convenience and ease of application saving you money and hassle on your home projects.”

The furniture makeover kit came with everything that I needed to complete my furniture makeover project, it even included an instructional dvd!

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The Beyond Paint Makeover Kit Includes:

  • Paint (Quart)
  • Roller Handle
  • Roller Cover
  • Chip Brush
  • Tray
  • Instructional DVD
  • Brochure

For this project, I decided to update the TV dresser that is in our living room. My interior design style has matured a lot in the past couple of years, and I went from loving dark rustic colors only, to really embracing bright and light natural colors, with touches of wood tones. Last Fall I also painted our living room, for the second time. When we moved into the farmhouse 3 years ago, the walls were a dirty, smokey off-white, and I painted them a soft blue. After time I realized I didn’t like designing around blue walls, and now went with a super soft grey with blue undertones and it is so much easier to incorporate other colors into my space with that tone as a backdrop.

This is what our TV dresser looked like before I gave the makeover with Beyond Paint a go:

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In the winter months, my furniture makeovers usually take place in my dining room (sorry family!). I am still working on getting my little workshop heated so I can tackle more projects even when the temperature drops below 40 degrees.

Since my dresser was previously painted, and Beyond Paint requires no stripping, sanding or priming, this was an extremely easy and quick project. All I needed to do to get started was wipe down the dresser with a wet rag, dry it off, make a big cup of coffee and I was on my way!

Here are the results of just two quick coats of the color ‘Nantucket’ by Beyond Paint!

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This blue adds a nice pop of color to our living room, without being too overwhelming. When I walk into our space, my mind feels relaxed and refreshed and I am surrounded by colors that remind me of beautiful Lake Superior and colors found in nature.

I finally feel content with the gallery wall as well. If you have a gallery wall somewhere in your home, you will understand when I say that it is an ever changing and evolving project.

I absolutely loved the final result and the ease of use of Beyond Paint. The paint goes on nice and thick and has amazing coverage!  I look forward to using Beyond Paint products again the future, and am hoping to give their counter top paint a try this Summer!

As always, you can follow along with my DIY projects by subscribing to my blog, and by following Endless Acres Farmtiques on Facebook , Instagram, and Pinterest.  You can also shop Endless Acres Farmtiques custom furniture, home decor, vintage goods, jewelry and art 7 days a week at my booth that is located at The Shed (1519 Mayer Road, Altoona, Wi – Booth # 56 ) !
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Decor Sources:
Paint provided by Beyond Paint .
The “W” and deer print in the center are both from the amazing Hobby Lobby, the Hope canvas I found at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store,  the amazing scented soy candle is from PF Candle Co and was purchased at Reds Mercantile in Eau Claire,Wisconsin,  the the rock canvas is my own photograph that I took along the shores of Lake Superior in Northern Minnesota, and the little clip board was my Grandfathers and I currently have a cute little vintage car picture that I actually reused and cut off of a Christmas gift bag!

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Announcing: Fall Market on the farm 2017

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Hey all! I am so excited to announce that I will be having another Flea Market sale again this Fall!  I am so blessed that my first spontaneous and last minute sale last October was a huge success.  Thanks to your support, I am encouraged to host yet another fall sale.

This years sale will be even bigger and better. The last sale I threw together in literally 1.5 weeks, so you can imagine how wonderful our sale will be this Fall, with months and months to plan, prepare and create custom pieces for your home!

There will be free coffee and a seating area this year as well, so you can come and enjoy our property before or after your shop, or take a little relaxation break in between.

Stay tuned for more details and information as the date gets closer!

Be sure to save the date: October 7th 10am-4pm. This is a one day only sale! However, sale may extend to Sunday October 8th as well, depending on turnout and weather.  Sale date may change, due to weather.  Announcements and updates regarding the sale will be posted on the Endless Acres Farmtiques Facebook page.

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As always, you can shop Endless Acres Farmtiques home goods, in my booth at The Shed at 1519 Mayer Road in Altoona,  Wisconsin (booth # 56 in the new addition), and I am also always available for custom requests and do allow people to come take a look at my decor and vintage goods in the Spring and Summer, based on availability and by appointment.

I look forward to seeing all of you this Fall!

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Greeting Cards. Coming soon. 

In the midst of the storm of battling Lyme Disease and co-infections for over one year now, God has taught me to be okay with stillness in my life.

I spent the first 6 months with Lyme Disease thinking that the creative life that I knew was over, and maybe even that my life was over. I the middle of it all, in April of 2016 God gave me a way to express my creativity during my weakness. I started creating handmade adventure and faith themed jewelry and it kept my mind awakened while my body just wanted to give up and my energy was minimal.

This winter, God has refreshed my soul again with leading me to yet another creative outlet that doesn’t require a lot of energy, of designing cards. Nothing fancy, nothing that I spend hours upon hours creating, but for me, in my time of healing, it is enough to help me get through and to keep my mind active. I am thankful I am at the point in my faith where I know what Gods voice sounds like and I understand when he nudges me to try something different.

Starting this week, my booth that is located at The Shed (1519 Mayer Road, Altoona, Wi – Booth # 56 ), will have my late night, and early morning doodles available in the form of greeting cards!  I am focusing on adventure and faith themed cards, but really just create whatever I feel led to each moment, so stop on by and take a look, and send a loved one some good old fashioned snail mail, while helping to support a local small business!

Cards are currently priced $4 each and come with an original hand sketched design (by, me), signed on the back of each card, an envelope and inside of a protective sleeve.

If you would like a custom order, feel free to email me at endlessacres @ live.com and I would be happy to work on something for you!

I restock my booth at The Shed weekly to bi-weekly and will have new card designs added often!
I truly appreciate the support that I have received from the community since the opening of my booth in November. You all have blessed me in so many ways. It isn’t even about the money for me, it is about a vision and a dream becoming a reality , and you helping that vision that God gave me 7 years ago of having a little shop, be a realistic sight right in front of my eyes, even if it is just a little 8 x9 space, it is truly heart warming and a beautiful thing, and makes my soul dance with happiness.

Thank you all !

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Warm Up style board challenge

I was recently sent a fun warm up style board challenge, by Douglas Elliman and their Florida office, to create a style board with how I like to make my home feel warm in the winter months.

I just love this time of year here in Wisconsin. Many people can’t stand the cold and the snow that we get, but there is just something that makes my heart feel so cozy and warm this time of year.

I love introducing warm tones, textures and colors into my home in the winter months.  In the winter around my home, you will find a lot of plaids, faux furs, tribal designs, warm wood tones and warm bright whites, golds and silvers.

I believe that warm wool blankets , and soft faux fur throws and pillows add amazing detail and texture to a space, and in their own way add such a beautiful warmth to a home in the winter months. Also in Wisconsin, they are nice to have around on those really cold evenings when you snuggle by the fire with your hot cocoa.

Using the app ‘Morpholio’ I created a fun warm winter style board for a living room.  I have included the warm white, plaid, and gold tones that I love using during the colder months of the year. Adding a lot of white to a space this time of year, can really add a beautiful fresh and sunny feel.  It can be as simple as buying new pieces, rotating pieces from another space in your home, or throwing a new coat of white paint on an old dresser to freshen it up for the season.  One thing I really like to do, instead of buying new couch pillows for each season, is to buy the basic square shaped couch pillow, and switch out the covers on them seasonally, it saves money, and takes up very minimal storage space when they are not in use.

Another app that I have had a lot of fun with lately for design, is ‘Design Home’.  Design Home is an app which gives you daily and weekly design challenges, for different homes and rooms in those homes. Then your room designs are rated on a 1-5 star scale from other designers, and depending on your score, you can win more design pieces for your style boards.  Below are two of the recent spaces I have designed for the Winter season, using the furniture and decor that was available to me through the app.

In the first design, I added some white faux flowers on the dining room table.  I love using flowers all year round in my home.  In the winter months, I just take out the bright colors and place some faux white, silver or gold flowers in a simplistic vase.

In the second design , I added in a lot of white furniture, a tribal white rug with black accents, and simplistic stone side tables, which keep the space feeling bright and airy even on dark winter evenings.

Winter doesn’t have to always be dark and drab!  Fill your home with decor items, textures and tones that make you feel warm even when the sun goes down early, and the days are short.  Your home is, after all, your home.  I am just here to inspire, and these are examples of things that I love to do in my home!  How do you fill your home with warmth in the Winter months?

Here in Wisconsin last night, we received about 5 inches of fresh, fluffy snow, and the temperatures are well below zero with the windchill.  As I write this I am tucked under my favorite plaid down blanket, sipping my coffee and watching the wind blow the snow off of the trees out my window, and completely happy and content.  You may not enjoy every aspect of winter, but if you want to enjoy it just a little bit more, try some of my tips above to bring warmth and comfort to your home and soul as the days get colder.

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The Shed; Booth update, early December.

I want to first say a big thank you to everyone who has supported this new journey the past 3 weeks!  Our first 3 weeks of having a little 8×9 booth space at The Shed in Altoona, Wi has been extremely successful, because of you all !  Because of your support, encouragement, and belief in Endless Acres Farmtiques and what it is that I do!  I am so grateful to have such a supportive community around me.

I have been restocking my booth at The Shed once per week.  I typically restock on Friday afternoons closer to closing.  I will do my best to do weekly blog posts showcasing my booth in its current state and focusing on the newest additions, so you can easily see some of what I currently have for sale, before you venture there to view and or purchase items!

Last week Friday I restocked and rearranged my booth with my daughter.  We have highly enjoyed this new little venture, and it has become a fun family affair.

The lighting in my booth is not the greatest, so I hope to remember to tote along my regular slr camera and flash, for better photographs.

In my booth, I am currently trying to minimize on the current items I have for sale in my sheds, like furniture, projects, home decor, vintage goods, etc.  Once my current inventory gets down to where I’d like it to be, my booth will have more of a ‘theme’ and a general overall feel of adventure and wanderlust mixed with vintage flair.

There will also be bigger and better changes coming to my booth over the next few months, including a large custom Endless Acres Farmtiques sign, custom shelving I am currently designing, and more!  Stay tuned!

Below are photos I took on Friday December 2nd after restocking my booth with new vintage goods and finds!  You can click on an image to enlarge it.

You can shop my unique goods, 7 days a week at The Shed at 1519 Mayer Road in Altoona, Wisconsin.  They are open until 5:00 pm every day!

I am booth # 56 , first booth on the left side of the right isle in the new addition! (whew, did that make sense?) If you can’t find my booth, ask Ed or someone at the front where to find me!  When you visit, be sure to say hi to Jackson the dog as well.  Nicest dog you will ever meet!

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Thanks again for your support! What a fun adventure this is becoming!

As always, you can also follow along with my DIY and treasure hunts, over on Facebook as well!

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Yardstick side table.

Have you ever head of the saying, ‘Do what you can, with what you have, where you are?’  That quote applies to many different areas of my life. Particularly to how I decorate my home, and how I create.

I live 15 miles out of the city, on an old hobby farm, so trips to town do not happen every day, and I usually find myself digging around our sheds and my workshop when I am trying to build or create something, and try to make do with whatever I can find.  Sometimes I don’t even know what I’m creating until I’m 50% done with a project!

This little table was a thrift store find several months ago, and I finally got around to giving it a bit of a makeover recently.

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I sanded down the top of the table, and lightly sanded down the legs.  Then I gave the legs & table edges a fresh new coat of Rustoleum hammered metallic spray paint in a bronze tone.

I topped off the table and the sides of the table with old yardsticks that I cut down to size using my chop saw.  After applying the yardsticks to the table top and sides with small tack nails I rescued from my Grandfathers garage, I finished off the table top with a nice coat of Minwax Polyshades (stain + poly top coat).

This one of a kind table will be for sale at my new vendor booth at The Shed (1519 Mayer Road, Altoona, Wi) starting on November 15th!

Another fun project, and another piece of thrift store furniture rescued!

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