Rustic Rolling Bar Cart

DIY Tutorial- Rescuing and Restoring and Reloving an old cabinet into a Rustic Rolling Bar Cart.

Country Design Home Bar CartThis antique, beat up yellow cupboard has been sitting patiently in the barn since the spring, when I scored it on my way out of Todd Farm on a sunny Sunday.

Cupboard Todd FarmThe vendor let it go for cheap because he didn’t want to load it back into his car. It was next up on my DIM(Do It Myself) list this past weekend, so I finally had to decide out what to do with it. The inside writing indicates that it was removed from an old hardware store in Haverhill,

Bar Cart Hardware Coso my first instinct was to return it to its former nuts and bolts glory. But it really is too awesome to be hidden away in a workshop or storeroom, so now it’s a rolling bar cart! Better to be holding Jack Daniels than jackhammers, am I right?

Bar Cart Finished Kitchen SignedHere is the How-I-Did-It:
1. Washed the whole thing down-inside and out-with disinfectant cleaner-who knows where this thing was before I acquired it?!

Bar Cart Topless2. It was a bit wobbly and was missing the top, so I cut up some old pieces of scrap and glued and nailed it all back together so it’s nice and solid.

Bar Cart Top Braces3. No painting necessary, pretty awesome the way it is with all of the old chipped and splattered paint. But I did matte poly the inside to seal up any odors or dust.

Bar Cart Urethane InteriorThis thing is very old and rustic, so I wanted to make sure it stayed clean inside for storage purposes.
4. Added wheels to the bottom, so it can be easily moved-have bar, will party!

Bar Cart Wheels5. The new top was salvaged from an aged piece of wood-a yard sale find.

Bar Cart Top Old Table TopWashed it, sanded it, stained it and then waxed it to keep the old weathered appearance.
6. Attached the top to the base with some “L” brackets.

Bar Cart Attaching Top with L BracketsYou simply flip the top over, attach one half of the L to that, then place it onto the cupboard and screw it into place, for a nice secure surface.
7. The hardware we had in some bins in the barn. Who knows where this stuff comes from?! But whenever I seem to be looking for something specific, it magically appears. In this case, a towel hook for one side…

Old Hookand a bottle opener holder for the other.

Bar Cart Bottle Opener8. The front panel needed some sort of embellishment, and I found this old rusted window lock. Perfect!

Bar Cart Front Adornment9. Here is the finished cupboard filled with bar stuff. Pretty cool, huh?

Bar Cart OpenedI’m really happy with the final results. Looks great in my country styled kitchen!  Stayed tuned for more exciting junque transformations. In the meantime, its Monday, so make it a marvelous, magnificent, magical one. Susan

Grand (Af)Fair at the Farm

Pettengill Greenhouse Display AutumnDespite the dire forecasts, this past weekend’s weather turned out to be gloriously sunny, with a hint of fall air-perfect for the vendors and guests of the Vintage Bazaar at Pettengill Farm!

Pettengill Farm Pumpkin VignetteThis fair appeared to be bigger (judging from the amount of traffic streaming into the parking lot-we ended up in hog heaven)

Hog Wild at the Vintage Bazaarand better than ever. Each time I have ventured up to the fair I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the creativity and artistry of the vendors who are there to showcase their wares. This fall’s talented group was no exception. Since I cannot possibly showcase them all in this blog, you can go to MyBazaarLife and check out the full listing. But here are a few of my personal favs…
This is the interior sleeping area of the adorable vintage trailer from Good JuJu. Oh, my…

Vintage Trailer Interior JuJuSo perfectly pretty in cool aqua blues. Can you imagine catching some (much-needed)  R&R in this little haven? Well, someone did, because it was SOLD!Cowgirl Emporium teamed up with Sage & Twine to create a rustic, colorful spot filled with cowgirl find and accessories.

Cowgirl Emporium w Sage and Twine

  I did have a pair of cowboy boots once. Spent a fortune for them in Wyoming. Wore them once. Sold them on Ebay. Could have done this…

Cowgirl Boot Rack

Great way for a cowgirl to store her vintage jewelry. Once again, The Greeley Girls were offering their gorgeous line of vintage clothing, jewelry & accessories.

Vintage Hats and Scarves the Greeley GirlsThis vintage necklace pretty much sums up my day as I am strolling through the fields, enjoying the blue grass music and taking in all of the sights and sounds of a country fair.

Happy by The Greeley Girls 2

Pretty little succulent plants in vintage containers from Fleurish Home and Garden. I don’t have a green thumb, but I am fairly certain I could keep these alive, at least for awhile…

Succulents by Fleurish Home and Garden

Petite Michelle Louise & Evelyn And Rose had combined to bring this lovely neutral French Flea Market palette to the fair.

Evelyn Rose & Petite Michelle Louise Vignette

Inspired French, romantic, homemade decor. I adored this vintage suitcase filled with Parisian goodies, both old and new. C’est Magnifique!

Evelyn & Rose Suitcase

The Linens Lady’s tent was sooo bright and cheerful, filled with aprons and quilts and colorful tableware. Imagine wearing one of these beauties while prepping your Thanksgiving dinner!

Vintage Aprons Linen Lady

Soap confections by French Country Chick Soaps that looked yummy enough to eat.

French Country Chick Soaps

Red Tractor Vintage was featuring awesome light fixtures made from re-purposed, recycled anything. Loved this copper sunbowl.

Copper Sunbowl by Red Tractor Vintage

Someday I am going to get me one of these. Meet Ruby the gorgeous vintage truck at Barnstormers.

Ruby by Barnstormers

At last year’s fair I featured a pic of a large planter filled with glass flowers by Creative Glass Works Boston. It became one of my most re-pinned pics on Pinterest. Apparently glass flower gardens are a thing. A very popular thing. And rightly so. Can you imagine this one perfect flower-no watering needed?

One Perfect Bloom from Glass Art

Piano Keys as art.

Piano Keys Art by Naturally Unique

When I happened upon this work by Naturally Unique, I was so impressed with the creativity and ingenuity using my three “r”s principle-recycle, refurbish, relove-music to my ears! These piano keys, which could have ended up in a dump are now restyled into works of art.

Simplicity Bike

Simplicity, new to the Vintage Bazaar, where I discovered this so very cute hanging light fixture made from an old tin milk can. Linda has a shop-in-a-shop at Flukes and Finds in Newburyport. I may just have to go there to rescue this light, if it wasn’t sold at the fair…

Simplicity Shop

And then, for me the show-shopper by The Yellow Zebra. This baby grand piano restyled into a spectacular rolling bookcase. The background was pasted with old sheet music and the piano was painted black. Amazing. Did I say that loudly enough? AMAZING.

 Piano by The Yellow Zebra

And, continuing to restore and reuse, they transformed the piano top into this sign. Words cannot accurately depict the coolness factor here.

Grand Piano Top Sign The Yellow Zebra

If you missed the fair this time around, you’ll be excited to know that The Vintage Bazaar is hitting the road and taking its show to the next level! You will have a chance to see some of the vendors at the upcoming Boston Antiques & Design Show and Sale in Wilmington, Ma this October. More info to follow. In the meantime, have a terrific Thursday everyone! Susan

The Art Of The Map

America the Beautiful.

Map and Sign on Wall Signed

Sorry that I’ve been a wee bit obsessed with maps recently, but I am sharing my latest DIY project with you anyway because I especially LOVE IT.

Map Tacked Corners

I recently spotted a gorgeous, artistically designed wooden US map in a shop window and was hoping to purchase it for the final piece of our bathroom remodel. Alas, with a price tag of $650 (which was more than we spent for the new slate tile floor!) that just wasn’t happening. Then I remembered a framed, wooden something-or-other Coach had stored in the barn awhile back.

Map Old FrameNot sure what it used to be, but there seemed to be some torn felt and patches of black backing still affixed to it. But I loved the colors and the shape was perfect for the bathroom wall. So here is the How-I-Made-An-Artistic-Map:
1. Find a map outline online. Save it to your computer. Go to and download the pic.

Map Blockposters ScreenNow create the proper size pattern for your project. Blockposters automatically cuts the pieces up in proper proportion to fit! Print it out, then tape back together to create the pattern.

Blockposter Enlargement

2. I outlined the edge of the pattern with a black marker to create a smooth line (do you know how many little inlets the great lakes have?!) and to mark the reverse side.

Map Tracing Outline with Sharpie3. Back from when scrapbooking was a hobby obsession, I have a trunk filled with decorative papers to choose from, so I went with ones that had some sort of meaning, like baseball in Boston and redwoods in California, friendship and love and in the heartlands and football in Texas.  But you can use anything you want, even an old map!

Map Craft Paper PileI cut all the papers into 1″ strips lengthwise.

Map One Inch StripsThen I taped them onto the map pattern, making sure they were tight to one another.

Map Taping Pattern4. Glued the strips to the map pattern on the front side, one strip at a time, smoothing out wrinkles and creases as I went. Don’t worry about following the shape of the pattern, you will be cutting all the excess away once everything is glued into place.

Map Glueing Strips to Backing5. Once dried, I flipped the map over to the reverse side, and cut around the marker outline I had created earlier. I cut through all of the glued on paper strips as well.

Map ReverseHere is the finished map cutout. Cute!

Map Cutout6. The patchwork map is quite colorful, but was a little lost in the rough background of the frame. So I decided to mount it onto a piece of black foam core board.  Elmers Craft Bond works great for that!

Map Mounting with Elmers Craft Bond7. Since there won’t be any glass on this picture, it needed a smooth finish for protection, so I painted it with Martha Stewart Decoupage Matte.

Map MS Matte DecoupageI really like this stuff. It is very smooth and leaves a nice finish on any piece. Initially when you paint it on, the paper sometimes bubbles up, but once it dries, it is perfect.

Map MS Matte Finish8. Mounted the map to the black background, and allowed it to dry. Now it really pops off the page!

Map Mounted on Black Board

While that was happening, I cleaned the frame and added a little picture hanging thingy on the back. It is very light, so didn’t require any special screws.

Map Hanging9. I used small old-fashioned black iron tacks for the corners just to dress it up a bit and give it an aged appearance.

Map Tacked Corners10. Done! Hung in the remodeled bathroom, with the antique National Cash register sign we purchased at the Elephant’s Trunk Flea this past summer.

Map and Sign on WallTotal cost of the project: zippo-I saved $650, using the Three “R”s-recycle, refurbish, relove. Everything I needed for this project I already had on hand, so Coach, you owe me one… Have a crafty Tuesday everyone! Susan

Stenciling Science

If you follow the website “I F***ing Love Science”, you will understand why I decorated this table the way I did. That website, with its somewhat irreverent style, has over 6.9 million followers-apparently the founder is not alone in her love for all things scientific! (No worries, there is a kid-friendly mirror page as well :

Kennebunkport HarborThe last time we were in Kennebunkport, (nice segue-you’ll see in a moment…) we discovered these gorgeous decorative papers in a shop downtown.

Printed Papers

Since I bought them early in the spring, I had been searching for a clever way to use them, so when Coach brought this metal Sexton table home, to me it screamed science lab.

Sexton Metal Table

I went with it, using the Astronomy Chart as the inspiration.

Astronomy Chart

The table base was missing and was replaced with a piece of plywood, which I painted around the edges with my newest paint obsession Behr Stealth Jet.

Table Base Painted Frame

Then I clear coated the entire piece to prevent any bleeding through onto the beautiful paper. Measured and cut the paper to fit the plywood. If you don’t have a rotary cutter and a T-Square, you should. They make perfect cuts every time!

Cutting Paper to fit

Modge Podge application was up next to

Modge Podge

 affix the paper to the wood- you coat the wood piece,

Modge Podge on table

and the back of the paper, smoothing it into place, removing the air bubbles as you go. If it bubbles while wet, no worries, they disappear upon drying.

Adhering paper with Modge Podge

Once dry, added another coat of Modge Podge to seal and protect the paper. For the table top, I wanted to stencil some science-solar-system-type stuff.

Rough Sketch

I created a pattern on a piece of notebook paper (I think we were driving somewhere, hence the directions on the side), then transferred that to a paper the size of the table top.

Creating a Pattern

Began stenciling, starting with the 3″ letters spelling out SCIENCE in the center. These are available at any of your local craft emporiums, and if you have a coupon, which I always do- they are only a few $$ each. Totally re-useable!


Then I kept adding on words, trying different size stencils until I got the spacing correct. (Unfortunately, not all the words in my design in my head fit on the table. Guess my measurements weren’t quite scientific enough.)

Stencil Painted

With each word, I taped the stencil on, then spray painted the letters with Rustoleum Painter’s Touch in a dark gray that matched the bottom piece…

Rustoleum Painters Touch

…allowed to dry, then went on to the next word. I did find that the cardboard stencils allowed more bleeding underneath (the paint spread under the actual cut-out letter opening) so I switched to all plastic, and adhered each panel with a bit of this Elmer’s spray adhesive prior to taping down.

Elmer's Craft Bond

Once the top was complete, I finished it a clear spray coating for durability. At the last moment, I decided the base wasn’t jazzy enough, so I cut away the border of the paper and created a sunburst effect. Brilliant! This is the table in my shop last weekend-SOLD!!

Science Table at Vintage Thymes MarketApparently other folks f***ing love science too! Have a great weekend everyone-heading up to the Vintage Bazaar on Saturday-see you there! Susan

It’s Vintage Bazaar Time!

It’s Wanderlust Wednesday, and normally I write about places we’ve already been in the past. But today, I wanted to give the heads-up

Funky Chicken

that the Vintage Bazaar at Pettengill Farm

Vintage Bazaar

is taking place this weekend, September 21 & 22 in Salisbury, Mass. This is one of my all-time favorite country fairs, featuring live bluegrass music, great food trucks and over 125+ craftsmen and artisans creating one of a kind pieces for you to take home and treasure!

Vintage Cash & Cari

Many of my old favs will be rocking the farm, along with some inspiring new crafty folks. Here is a sneak peek at the newest members of the Vintage Bazaar flock:
Pop & Circumstance

Pop and Circumstance

Simplicity (loving all the red and white and buffalo plaid!)


Happy Days Vintage

Happy Days Vintage

Bottles & Bonfires (ah, sipping wine by a bonfire…how romantic)

Bottles and Bonfires

Sundaes Best Hot Fudge Sauce  (oh, man, this just keeps getting better and better)

Sundaes Best

There is so much to see and do, including a kid’s tent and pumpkin bowling (!?),

Family Fun

dreamy trucks

Dream Vintage Truck

a Sunday vintage motorcycle show (remember this pink beauty?!)

Vespa Pink

and shopping, loads of shopping!

Vintage Bazaar Tote Bag

The Vintage Bazaar will be open Saturday and Sunday from 10-5 on the grounds of Pettengill Farm

Pettengill Farm

So don’t be chicken, come down to the fair! Hope to see you all there! Susan

Drawer Pull Puppets

Did you ever decide that you wanted to paint some drawer pulls, but the pulling part that is hinged to the face plate keeps swinging back and forth while you are trying to hold it still to apply the paint? So frustrating! Simple solution: drawer pull puppets!

Pull Puppets

All you need is a place to hang the pulls while you paint, some thread, (you can use string, but the thinner the better so you don’t see the lines),

Thread and Scissorsscissors, painters tape and some newspaper, and of course, the paint. In this case I used Rustoleum Hammered Silver paint purchased at The Home Depot.

Hammered Rustoleumto give the old pitted brass a new old distressed look. Cut the thread and loop it over the wire. I used our cable wires in the basement that are attached to the beams in the ceiling over my work space.

Thread and wire

Now, obviously, if you have a nice, decorated basement, you would not be spray-painting in there anyway. I, on the other hand, have become a basement dweller surrounded by old pipes and cobwebs, concrete floors, hanging exposed wires and gray stone walls. No worries about ruining anything. So, I hung the hinges to just above the work table top, then taped them underneath to the table to stop them from swinging-uggh!

Pitted Brass Pulls

(if I ever tell you I want to add a puppeteer to my bucket list, remind me of this post, please).

Puppets in Window

Spray painted them, one coat needed. This paint adds a cool textured finish to the metal.

Hammered Silver Paint

Now, I wanted to add a little more interest to them, so I dry-brushed some of the Behr Stealth Jet Gray on top, the same color as the desk I had painted.

Antiquing pulls

Then I wiped most of it away, leaving just a hint of the darker gray to match the desk. Allowed to dry, then cut them down.

Hanging Pulls

This is the point where I typically show you the finished piece. Sadly, I forgot to take that pic! (sigh, I really need a camera crew to follow me around to take pics. Too many things to remember!!) Happily, I sold the desk at the Vintage Thymes Market this past weekend : ) But it did look pretty awesome, and that’s my unbiased opinion.

Desk Drawer Pulls

Have a non-distressing Tuesday everyone- stop hanging around and go do something today!! Susan

The Master in Class at Maison Decor

Recently, I had the good fortune to observe an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint class instructed by Amy Chalmers, owner of Maison Decor in Reading, Mass.

Amy Chalmers

With the perfect blend of skill, patience and great humor, Amy was able to successfully educate the attendees of the class on the basic techniques of using chalk paint to make their life more beautiful.

Maison Decor Life More Beautiful SignI first met Amy about a year ago, when I ventured into her store in Malden (now being used primarily as a workshop). Although we chatted that day about her blog and her company, I hadn’t really had an opportunity to learn about her own design experience until now. When questioned about her art background (when you see her shop, you know there is a very talented artist in residence), this was her response:

Amy Painting Armoire“I did study art at Northeastern and our program involved taking classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, which was amazing. But I was an English major in creative writing and art was my minor. I just always was the artsy kid, and my dad built me my own special art table when I was 12…it was modeled after an architects drafting table with a raised work surface and it had lots of cubbies on one side for me to put my art supplies. My parents just encouraged my creative leanings and I am glad they did. I painted a mural on my bedroom wall in high school~so it was just something that I found very natural. I think it was my first grade art teacher that ignited the fire inside of me, I was so excited about my art classes with her, and I remember thinking that I wanted to grow up to be an art teacher!”

After her schooling, Amy got into fabrics, making slipcovers and drapes, and started her own business in her late twenties sewing custom pieces. Interior design work followed, and for over 20 years she had her own business specializing in window treatments and color selections. Focusing primarily on residential interiors, she did do an occasional commercial space, including the McDonalds in Fanueil Hall in Boston! (what Annie Sloan colors are in that yellow and red palette?!)

Chalk Paints on Windowsill at Maison Decor

Fast forward to the present, where Amy spends the bulk of her time in the Reading Shop as an Annie Sloan “stockist” and teacher, offering painting workshops while creating and selling gorgeous pieces of furniture and decor, all finished with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Maison Decor Chalk Paint SuppliesEntering into the store from Main Street, you feel as if you are stepping into an old chateau in the French countryside.

Maison Decor Shop VignetteHer style is quintessential French Country: loads of soft, muted colors, (Duck Egg Blue, oh yum!)

Duck Egg Bluestunning crystal chandeliers

Maison Decor French Crystal Chandelierand vintage pieces, all restyled and refinished using Annie Sloan paints and finishes.

Blue Painted DresserShe and her sons, Justin and Colin, also working in the business, created this cobblestone floor using sponges and chalk paint. Magnifique! FYI-the guys teach a “men’s-only” class, for the gents who would like to learn the painting techniques while not surrounded by women. Or maybe not.

Maison Decor Cobblestone FloorI arrived a bit early on workshop day, checking out the work table at the back of the shop, all set with the necessary tools and aprons her participants would need.

Maison Decor Class PrepOnce the class got rolling, Amy was a great teacher, at first educating her students on the paints, the company and furniture styles, but then it was time to get messy!

Time Clock @ Maison Decor

Amy’s charming teaching style is stand-up comedy meets mad scientist meets art professor.

Class PaintingShe knows her stuff, and is eager to impart her vast knowledge and expertise to her students, demonstrating technique and patiently answering any questions from her class. This is a hands-on workshop- no boring lectures here!

Amy Chalmers Teaching ClassAfter a few hours of painting and glazing and using blow-dryers (you’ll have to take the class to find out what those are for : ) the final reveal: These were Amy’s demo pieces:

Completed Samples, Teacher

and here are some samples from one of the class members: pretty close, agreed?

Completed Samples, Student

If you are interested in learning about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and if you don’t know what that is, check out Pinterest (and if you don’t know what that is, you clearly have not been reading my blog…)

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

This unique paint, originating in England by a former rocker, is slowly making its way through the US and changing the way American craftspeople re-purpose and restyle their furniture.) Or, you can head over to Maison Decor at 150 Main Street in Reading, and learn everything you need to know from the master, Amy Chalmers, in one of her continually added workshops. They stock all of the necessary supplies there, or you can order online.  And if you do check her out, tell her Sue from Country Design Home sent you! Have a charming Sunday, Susan

A Global Intervention

It’s Wanderlust Wednesday, and as much as I would like to be jetting to some fab location on the globe, this week I have to settle for repurposing a couple of globes instead. My shop in this weekend’s Vintage Thymes Market is all about back to school, and I have so many maps and globes, it’s a bit ridiculous. So a couple of them got a little makeover. A plain Jane, run-of-the-mill globe is now a chalkboard- thanks to some Benjamin Moore Chalkboard paint.Unpainted Globe

Super easy to do: literally take a globe (we found all of ours at yard and estate sales for just a couple of bucks), paint on a coat of chalkboard paint to cover. Wait a day. Add a second coat.

Globe Chalkboard Painted 2 coats

Wait a couple of days. Now you want to “size” the surface so when you write on it, you can change it easily by wiping with a damp cloth.

Chalking the Globe

You literally take the side of the chalk and paint the entire surface until it looks like an inverted snow globe…then wipe it with a damp rag.

Chalked Globe

The finished globe-guess this is what earth looks like at night when viewed from Mars. Kinda cool, right?

Chalk Globe Completed

The other great find was a standing, light-up globe-awesome! The base was an old, scratched and scraped cherry wood.

Stand Globe in Car

So I hit it will some steel wool and Liquid Sander. A little goes a long way. I think I’ve had this can since 1999!

Klean Strip Liquid Sander It cleans and preps the surface and creates a solid bond for the paint to adhere. I use this when I don’t want to use a white primer or chalk paint. The paint is Behr’s Enduring. I used two coats and then, to finish, I mixed some Annie Sloan Soft Wax with a bit of Behr Stealth Jet (my newest color obsession-it’s dark charcoal with a hint of chocolate)

Soft Wax and Paint Mix

and painted that into the crevices and molding edges to highlight the details.

Brushing On Wax

Wiped most of it away,

Rubbing Off Wax

allowed to dry, then finished the whole thing with a light coat of wax.

Stand Globe Painted

The results are out of this world!

Stand Globe Lit

Both will be available this weekend at the market, so if you happen to be wandering about on the south shore, stop by and say hello! I will be there on Friday, and would love to meet you all! Happy wandering…Susan

Vanity, Be Thy Name

I am just about finished with our downstairs 1/2 bath budget remodel. The original plan was to remove some old wallpaper and freshen up with a coat of paint. Well, you know how that works out…decorating dominoes. One thing leads to another and before you know it, you’ve remodeled your downstairs bath!

Bathroom floor

Before I show you the before and afters of the completed entire bath, I wanted to share a couple of simple projects that require little work and supplies and $$$, but make a huge impact in a space. You’ve already seen my Oh, Deer Towel Rack,

Oh Deer Completed

now hanging next to the sink. Next up is the old vanity makeover.

Vanity Before Open Doors

This was built back in the 80’s, using some old lumber and planking and painted a tan color. Since this was a budget remodel, every penny counted, and replacing the sink and vanity was not an option. The color palette I chose for the room was based on this awesome rustic wallpaper I found in a markdown bin at our local paint store, over a year ago!

Bathroom Color Palette

I hung on to it, knowing that someday I would be using it somewhere… So here is the vanity base how-I-did-it:Vanity Before White Coffee1.Removed the old (not-so-shiny anymore) brass knobs. Sanded down the old paint on the vanity. The old paint was an oil semi-gloss and after 20+ years it was rock hard. But I managed to rough it up enough. BTW- my favorite workshop toy is this little mouse sander (perhaps the little mouse I discovered a few weeks back was looking for his buddy?).

Black & Decker Mouse Sander

This thing is small and the pointed tip makes it easy to get into crevices and corners. I use it to sand, but also to buff and shine with a foam pad or a soft cloth. The sandpaper is attached with Velcro, super easy and quick!

2. Base coat of Behr Midnight Dream, then a second coat of  Mood Indigo  blue, dry brushed to add color but not completely cover the undercoat. The little sample pots at Home Depot are perfect for small projects! The hinges were painted right along with the doors and frame, so that they just blended in.

Vanity Blue Coats

4. I sanded it all down so that the wood grain showed through, but the colors were still there. (woops, think I was a little overzealous on that middle section!)

Sanded Middle

5. Added the Rustoleum Glaze to bring down the blue, enhance the wood grain and give it a more rustic, aged feeling.

Rustoleum Transformations Decorative Glaze

The left side is unglazed, the right side with a coat of glaze that you paint on and then rub off with a soft cloth.

Glazing Before and After

You only need a little, and you can wipe off as much or as little as you like to achieve the richness of the color.

6. Added a coat of Varathane Polyurethane Matte finish. I love this stuff. It dries fast and leaves a hard, durable finish, and hardly has any odor! And, it doesn’t yellow the color of the paint at all, like some polys do.

Varathan Polyurethane

This is a bathroom, so I needed a water resistant finish that looked good but not shiny, in keeping with the “old worn blue jeans” look I was going for. It needed to look old and chippy without actually being old and chippy. Don’t want any rough surfaces where water and germs could collect!

7. Added these rustic polished nickel knobs to complete the look.

Brushed Nickel Pulls

Done! So, for a total cost of about $14, $3 each for the pewter knobs, $3 each for the 2 Behr Paint Pots, and I only used a tiny bit of the Rustoleum Glaze and the Varathane Poly that I already had on hand-so $1 each for those-all purchased at The Home Depot. Now we have a brand-new-old-looking rustic vanity base!

Vanity Complete

But, you’ll have to tune in again to view the bathroom remodel in its entirety. In the meantime, have a transformative Tuesday, everyone! Susan


We’ve all seen those signs…everywhere. The original



Keep Calm Batman


Keep Calm Gallery

clever original versions. Me want cookies!

Keep Calm Cookie Monster

I’ve been working on a chalkboard sign for my back to school booth next weekend. I knew what I wanted to say, but I needed the correct font to get the look. Google search tells me that it could be Avenir, Gill Sans MT, or a few other. But the Google search also brought me to this awesome website:


This brilliant site from the UK (that is where the phrase originated, after all) allows you to enter any original saying you would like, make color changes and even add backgrounds and photos. They will print it up for you on any number of items including mugs,

Keep Calm Mug

shirts, aprons,

Keep Calm Apron

If you can dream it up, they will make it.  So now knowing what the font was, I made my sign using the reverse chalking method. See Here:

Reverse Chalking

And I transformed this old, unused paneled cabinet door

Keep Calm Door

into this vintage chalkboard, perfect for any classroom!

Be NICE Sign

Try out the website, it’s free and so fun! The creative possibilities are endless. And, KEEP CALM & RELAX, everyone, it’s the weekend!!! Susan

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