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The little table that could.

There once was a sad little table that no one wanted.  It was tossed into a dark corner in a garage, waiting and hoping to be rescued.  All it wanted was someone who could see it’s potential and possibility that it had underneath all of the Tablebeforescrapes, scuffs and scars.

Full of spider webs, dust and debris, it waited and waited and waited.

One day, the garage door opened. It saw the sunlight for the first time in what seemed liked forever and it thought, ‘What is this!?’

It felt someone pick it up and suddenly the next thing it knew, it saw the garage door disappearing in the distance. ‘Going to the dump I suppose.” The sad little table thought.

Little did it know, it was on it’s way to be rescued.   The table was frightened when it noticed that it was placed in what seemed like another dark corner of a building. ‘Here we go again!’ It thought.

The garage door didn’t shut, and the table was set on top of drop cloth. It heard a loud noise suddenly and it felt all of the years of use, abuse, wear and tear slowly fading.  All of it’s scars were sanded away. Deep down it could once again sense a little bit of hope and it knew that this time, something was different.

As a new layer of paint was applied, it felt incredible. If tables could smile, this table would have been wearing the biggest smile you’ve ever seen.

You see, once the tables scars were cleaned out, and sealed off, it was able to live again.  It was rescued, redeemed and renewed, much like how God uses hard times in our lives, to cleanse us , wash away our scars and make us new in Him. He never loses His vision for us, we can never be too far gone, that our loving Father loses sight of our potential in all that He created us to be.

This is why I do what I do, this is why I rescue things that have been forgotten. Everything deserves a second chance and a new lease on life.

If you have a piece of furniture that you are thinking of tossing, take a second look. Maybe it just needs someone to care enough to look at it with a new set of eyes.

 

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This table is for sale at my booth at The Shed ! You can visit my booth 7 days a week at The Shed in Altoona, Wisconsin at 1519 Mayer Road. I am booth # 56 in the new addition (just look for my Endless Acres Farmtiques sign and wood ship lap walls!).

Come see me on Facebook and make sure to like, click Follow and hit the ‘See First’ to be certain that I show up in your news feed!

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From railroad shipping crate to unique coffee table.

I love it when something ordinary jumps out at me and I instantly see how it can be extraordinary.

Last month I came across something that stopped me in my tracks, (pun intended)… An old Railway Express Agency shipping crate.  It was worn, dried out, beat up, and begging for some true old fashioned TLC.

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Without hesitation I hauled it home, where it has been sitting in the corner of my living room, until last week when I finally decided to move it out into my workshop where I have a line up of projects ready to tackle.  I figure if I added it into the line up, there would be a better chance that I would be inspired to work on it!

I immediately knew what this old crate needed and I got to work.

I started by scrubbing it down and using tack cloth all over to make sure there wasn’t any loose dust or particles before I went to the next step.

Next, I added two coats of clear Zinsser Shellac. 16015-10-1000

I was working in my work shop on a mid 80’s day, so the Shellac dried extremely fast.  I was impressed at the dry time, and it didn’t leave any sticky feeling behind.

I added Shellac to the entire exterior, interior, and lid.  Once the Shellac was dry, it was time to add on the caster wheels.  I picked these wheels up a few years ago and have been waiting to find the right project to use them on.  This was it!

Adding the shellac pulled out all  of the historical characteristics, markings and words.  I love the transformation that shellac does to wood! It is a beautiful process!

I remember during my childhood when my dad would ask me to assist him with projects and it would always make me feel so special to help him, even if it was just handing him nails, I felt so important.  Now, when I work on projects, I try to find a task somewhere during, that my kids can help me with, hoping that when they grow up, they will not only have memories, but will have useful skills that they can use too!

I asked my son R to help me with the caster wheels.  He is usually a little hesitant with projects, but with me showing him an example and putting the first screw in with the hand drill,  he jumped right in and took over.  He is 13 now, and I feel like time is flying by, so I want to be the very best mom possible and teach him all that I know, while he is still here with me!

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Adding caster wheels is not a complicated task!  Don’t let it scare you! Caster wheels come in many different sizes and you can get ones that swivel 360 degrees, or ones that only roll backward and forward in a straight line.  I always get the ones that do a complete swivel, this makes it so much easier when moving things around, especially if it’s something like a coffee table that gets pushed and pulled in all directions by everyone

After he added on the four caster wheels, it was time to add some pulls onto the lid, for easy opening.  This is when my son ran way.  Hah.  I give thanks that he stayed with more for at least a small portion of my project!

The pulls were picked out by my 8 year old daughter. We were looking for something rustic that looked like it had always been a part of this old crate.

Since these pulls had a bit of a bump out on the bottom where it would meet the crate, I ha to measure the size of that bump with the drill bit gauge. (Pictured above on the left). I used that size drill bit to go into the wood just as deep as the bottom of the pull needed to go in, then on the underside of the lid, I drilled in a hole that was one size smaller than the screw for a tight fit.  I didn’t have any pull screws on hand that were the right size, so I made due by placing two washers in between the lid and each screw so it was nice and snug and secure.

One the pulls were installed, it was time to sit back and smile at another project well done and another piece of forgotten furniture brought back to life and rescued!

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This is currently available for purchase as well!  If you are interested, please shoot me an email at endlessacres @ live . com .  Or you can also contact me over on Facebook.

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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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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;
Before. Red license plate dresser by Endless Acres Farmtiques
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;
Red license plate dresser by Endless Acres Farmtiques
Red license plate dresser by Endless Acres Farmtiques
Red license plate dresser by Endless Acres Farmtiques
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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