Geometric Wine Bar


It’s that time again! This post is sponsored by General Finishes, any opinions given are completely my own.

My husband and I have different ideas for using things around the house. He likes the very practical things, I tend to lean towards the extravagant. Despite our differences we both favor reusing what we have got. I couldn’t wait to make this into a Geometric Design project!

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For this month’s Fab Flipping Furniture Contest, I decided to repurpose this Mid-Century dresser that was lurking in our basement, left behind by its former owner. It had all the makings of a quality piece including dovetailed drawers and was solid maple under the worn veneer. It was previously a work bench and tool chest in our basement. My husband will be disappointed to find that he has to relocate his tools. He will get over it. He knows I have always wanted a basement Wine Bar.

My husband knows I have always wanted a Basement Wine Bar. Click To Tweet

The theme for this month was Geometric Design. The drawers on this dresser had some great graphic details, including decorative grooves in the top two drawers and diagonal veneer on the bottom drawers. General Finishes was our sponsor this month, and I chose their milk paint in Lamp Black and Antique White for this project.

As you may have guessed, it took multiple coats and an entire roll of Frog Tape to complete this project. After a quick sanding, I gave the dresser a coat of primer, then two coats of the Antique White Milk Paint. I have not used milk paint before, but I LOVED IT!

I painted right over the hardware, as I liked its vintage appeal. After the first few coats were dry, I began to do the taping. I taped off the areas I wanted to keep white. This took the most time, I spent several days getting it just right, measuring, taping, moving tape and remeasuring.

The Lamp Black milk paint came next. I used a 3″ foam roller to paint the black stripes. It is helpful to paint in the direction of the stripes, I found that the paint seeped a bit under the tape in places where I moved it around too often and had to be touched up afterwards with a small brush.

The peg board above the dresser is attached. I realize it is not original, the dresser probably had an attached mirror at one time. I liked its graphic nature with all the rows of circles and decided to keep it as part of the wine bar. The stripes were part of the plan from the beginning, I like how it makes the two pieces look more like they are one.

The shelves are sitting on top of pegboard hardware, they can easily be removed or reconfigured as needed.

I plan to store linens and extra bottles of wine in the drawers. Time to go wine shopping!

Are you seeing double yet?

If you are interested in the Fab Flipping Furniture Contest, contact

Hop on over to On Fern Avenue to link up or see the other contestant’s projects.

You can also visit 38th Street to linkup and view projects.

A big thank you to General Finishes for sponsoring this project!


How to Sew A Coffee Bean Bag Pillow

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It’s hot outside today. Probably one of our last warm summer days. I feel like just relaxing in a comfy chair with a good book, perhaps even drinking some nice cold coffee.

I happened to find a comfy chair just recently……

in the trash.



rocker chair before


This little beauty was just waiting on the curb for me to pick it  up. It’s actually a rocking chair, made of solid oak. It weighs a ton, which could be why the former owner left it on the roadside.

I hauled it home, and decided it was nearly perfect just as it was.

Except for a couple of comfy cushions that is.

pillow closeup


I spent my afternoon sewing these cushions out of a coffee bean burlap bag. I found it at a thrift store a while back, and loved it’s unique color and character.

I love the green graphic with the blue chair.

coffee bean bag


The bag had markings on both sides, so I cut it into two pieces. One for the back cushion and one for the seat cushion. The bag was just big enough to make two cushions.

foam pillow seat


I used a piece of 4″ foam from Fairfield (I found it at Hancock Fabrics) for the seat, then sewed the burlap cover to fit. I used a simple straight stitch, with a small stitch length of 2-4 stitches.

There are a few tricks to sewing with burlap. I recommend double stitching the seams so they don’t pull apart. Also, use a fairly small stitch per inch to really keep the fabric secure. You can finish the edges with a zig zag stitch to keep them from fraying.  On these pillows you won’t see the seam allowance, but I didn’t want them falling apart so I finished the edges too.

Finished coffee bean pillows


The back pillow is stuffed with poly-fiberfill stuffing. My secret to a thrifty pillow: reuse stuffing that you already have.

Time to kick back and relax!

DIY Chalkboard


Are you ready for the school season yet? I am not.

I don’t want to let summer go. Not yet. The start of the school season means the end of summer, and I was just starting to enjoy it.

However, you can’t bury your head in the sand forever, as much as I would like to.

I have books to order, classes to schedule, ACT’s to register for, the list goes on and on.

Today, I decided to have a bit of fun and make a little chalkboard for my school lists.

This board started out as a cabinet door that I found at Habitat Restore. I think it was $1.00.








I had purchased a bunch of yard sticks to have on hand and decided this was the project to try them on. I love the old fashioned vintage charm the yard sticks bring.

The chalk paint, I had on hand from another project, so I didn’t have to buy any of that either.

The door was pretty smooth and didn’t require any additional preparation.

chalk painted


I gave it two coats of chalk paint, covering the whole surface and edges. I left the hinges on the door, they make great picture hangers.


cut yard sticks


After the paint had dried I cut the yard sticks up into pieces that fit along the edge of the wooden door. I didn’t miter the corners but went with an unfinished over lap on the edges.

The yard sticks were stained with a color wash of craft paint and water, each one a different shade. I used yellow, lime, turquoise and pink.






The sticks have the added benefit of helping to hold the chalk in place on the bottom shelf.

It’s almost too cool for school!


Have you registered for the Randolph Street Market event yet? I will have this project on hand as well as this one!

Can’t wait to see you at the market!

My demo is scheduled for 2:00pm on Sunday!


You can download the blogger invite here!


Painting with a Centrifugue




finished unicorn


I finished my Unicorn Spit project a while back, I was excited today when Unicorn Spit shared it on their Face Book page. I had a good time working on this project, but there were a couple of details on painting with the Centrifigue that I left out in my original post. You can read more about it here.

Unicorn spit colors-2

These were the colors I used, they are called Dragon’s Belly and Blue Thunder.

Love those names!

Unicorn spit colors


I finished my table more than once. This photo is of my first attempt which I decided I didn’t really care for, so I flipped the table top over and painted it again.

When it was all done, I finished the table top with a coat of Linseed Oil. You can also use hemp oil or Tongue Oil. I happened to have Linseed on hand, so that’s what I used to seal the stain.

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This is my make-shift centrifuge. I drilled a hole in the middle of the table and put it on this contraption to paint it. It is comprised of a vice, a giant nail and a couple of washers. The milk crate is just to lift it up higher so it was easier to work with.

I have the video ready, it basically shows how to spin the table top and use a steady hand with a paint brush to get the circular effect while the table top spins.


I used both the green and blue stains, dipping the brush in each one and working with it until I got the desired effect that I was looking for. I could have played with this thing forever, it’s rather mesmerizing don’t you think?


Sharing on Hometalk today!


Have a wonderful weekend!


Milk Crate Fabric Cube

finished fabric cube

Our family runs a very popular dairy house here in Wisconsin. As a result we have oodles of plastic milk crates laying around. We use them for lots of different things (I think we have had some of them since college!). The crates have been used to store shoes, books, tools, frisbees, sewing supplies etc. We have never used them to sit on, but there is a first time for everything.

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This is what the usually look like, just waiting to store more stuff. I like to put my gardening shoes in this one out on the porch, but no more!

This is what it looks like today. Hard to tell it was once an ordinary milk crate.

My husband helped me make this milk crate into a cube that I covered with fabric to use as a stool in our downstairs bathroom. It wasn’t a difficult project, so grab a crate and let’s get started!


For this project you will need:

A sturdy plastic milk crate

6 pieces of medium density fiber board, cut into 12″ x 12″ squares

8 pieces of 2″ x 4″, cut into 10″ pieces

A box of 3″ screws

4 medium size castors

1 yard 52″ wide home decor fabric

1 bag any size polyester quilt batting

Staple gun and staples



Work with the cube right side up, fit the 2″ x 4″ pieces into each corner of the cube on the INSIDE of the plastic. Screw them in place by attaching the screws right through the plastic crate. You may have to drill first, but our screws went in easily without drilling. Then add the rest of the 2″ x 4″ pieces to support the other inside edges of the cube (especially the area where you will sit), screwing them into the plastic crate the same way. Essentially you want to reinforce the plastic cube to make it solid for sitting on. Sorry but my hubby was too quick for me and I missed taking pictures of him putting it together.

The next step is to add the medium density fiber board to the OUTSIDE of the cube. Cover each side with the board, screwing the pieces into the 2″ x 4″ pieces that you added to the inside. Attach the castors in the corner area on the bottom of the cube. The castors are optional, but they help raise the cube to be more of a sitting height.

Spread out your chosen fabric, wrong side up. Place several layers of quilt batting over it, trim to size. Center the finished cube, upside down in the center of the fabric. Working with opposite sides, stretch the fabric over the sides of the cube, stapling it along the bottom edge and trimming away excess fabric and batting as needed. Fold the corner edges so they are smooth and parallel to the sides of the cube’s corner.

This project was fun to make and cost only a few dollars for the supplies. Most of the things we used were just laying around the house. I am a big believer in just using what you have, so if you have to make adjustments, go for it!  I like having a place to sit in the bathroom to put shoes on or polish your toe nails. It’s easy to roll the Cube over to the tub and put your towels on it when soaking in the bath.


The bathroom update is is almost complete, I will have more soon!