Thrift Store Folding Chair Makeover with 1GEL.

Hello friends!! I’ve been busy recently cleaning out my garage. It’s been much more of a chore than I expected and the Arizona heat doesn’t help.  When I get in a “get rid of it” mood, nothing is safe. I pulled this chair out (that I bought at a thrift store) and put it in the back of my SUV to take to Deseret Industries aka D.I. I pulled up to D.I. with a load of stuff and took another look at it and ended up bringing it back home.

I came home, blew past the garage mess, grabbed my 1GEL and headed to my paper hoard where I picked out some different designs. Leopard, Floral, Stripes and Polka Dots, cause why not?

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I painted the frame of the chair with one of my go to colors, Mint Julep Chalk Type Paint by Vintiques and then sealed with Vintiques Oxidized Patina Spray Wax. I love the depth the Oxidized Patina adds! To apply the Spray Wax, I shake the bottle really well and pour some out in a bowl then apply it with a brush.

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And then I attached the paper and sealed with 1GEL as shown in the video above.  That’s why they call it 1GEL, it’s a decoupage, sealer and transfer medium all in one. So easy and this chair is so much more fun than before! Click here for a video demonstration on how to use 1GEL.

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I waited for the top coat of 1GEL to dry and distressed the paper with 150 and 220 grit sandpaper then resealed.

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Here is the before and after picture:

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Thank you for stopping by! -L


Grit to Glam – Black Leather Recliner Makeover

Hello! Who doesn’t love a good Grit to Glam Makeover? Paula Blankenship from Heirloom Traditions Paint sent me some Reluv Leather Renew in the color Ebony to try. I had the perfect piece to try it on. Squeal!!! Thee Velvet GloveI picked this recliner up one day at Goodwill. I paid $23 and change for it. When I first sat down in it it wouldn’t recline at all. The handle kept getting stuck. But it was super clean under the cushion and it was from The Leather Factory. It had nailhead trim and was very well made! I flipped it over in the store and found that a bracket was jammed. I (somehow) managed to fix it, flipped it back over and it worked like a charm. I asked my friend to please sit in it (I’m fairly sure a gentleman about 10 feet away was waiting to pounce after he saw it recline.) and went to look for someone to write me a ticket up to purchase it.

Thee Velvet GloveThee Velvet GloveTo prep the leather I used acetone and gave it a good once over, then let it dry. Acetone strips the leather of any oils or conditioners that may have been applied over time. I found this at Home Depot for around $7.00 and I used hardly any of this quart, but it was the smallest size they carried.

Thee Velvet GloveEnter ReLuv and this awesome applicator. It’s called the True Applicator for streak-free applications of topcoats, glazes, stains, paint, etc. Folks, it has slits in the sides so you can get a good grip while you’re applying and it leaves no brush strokes!

Thee Velvet GloveReLuv has a pudding like consistency. I stirred it up with a chopstick and went to town.

Thee Velvet GloveI suggest wearing gloves while applying Reluv. Below is a before and after of one coat. Great coverage! I started with one light coat and added another coat.

Thee Velvet GloveI added some silver to the nail head trim and it’s all finished! It’s like a brand new chair!

Thee Velvet GloveThis stuff is like magic for worn leather! It’s pretty amazing. Check out these before and after shots.

Thee Velvet GloveThee Velvet GloveRight now Reluv Leather Renew is available in three colors: Chestnut Brown, Ebony and Mahogany. It can be used on leather boots, saddles, purses, jackets, briefcases, etc. Reluv will restain your leather without changing the feel of it at all.


Here’s a video clip below of Paula demonstrating how to apply Reluv.

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Thank you for stopping by! -L



Chair Makeover with Fab! Painted Fabric Primer & Sealer by Heirloom Traditions

Hey y’all! If you follow my blog or Facebook page you know I love the country music greats. I’m calling this chair “Delta Dawn” because she’s painted in the color “Tanya”, because of “that flower” she has on and because I’ve loved TANYA TUCKER as long as I can remember. The chair was kind of a pale, dingy blue but had great bones and just needed a little love. Here is a before, during and after of her makeover using Fab! Painted Fabric Primer & Sealer by Heirloom Traditions, Tanya Chalk Type Paint by Heirloom Traditions, Begonia Chalk Type Paint by Heirloom Traditions, Direct Green Chalk Type Paint by Heirloom Traditions, Daredevil Chalk Type Paint by Heirloom Traditions, Black Bean Chalk Type Paint by Heirloom Traditions, French Vanilla Chalk Paint by Heirloom Traditions and Sundance Chalk Type Paint by Heirloom Traditions.

Before and After Makeover using Heirloom Traditions' FAB! by Thee Velvet GloveThee Velvet GloveI applied a thorough coat of FAB! directly to the fabric surface. I allowed it to dry completely to the touch. Next, I applied Heirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint in the color Tanya onto the sealed surface (On the back of the chair I used Black Bean and French Vanilla.). I allowed it to dry for 24 hours. Then I sealed my paint finish with FAB! by applying an even coat directly to the painted surface. One coat is all you need. Allow to dry thoroughly before use.

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Who would have thought you could paint stripes on velvet? You CAN!

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Watch below for a step by step video tutorial on how to use FAB! from Paula Blankenship, Creative Director of Heirloom Traditions.

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Dining Room Makeover – Custom Job Pictures


These are pictures of pieces I did for a lovely, fun and fearless client.  I’m really happy with the outcome.  I love someone that’s not afraid of color.  Thank you Julie for allowing me to help with this project.  🙂


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Something Blue – Drop Down Secretary Desk and Chair

Something Blue –  Drop Down Secretary Desk and Chair

Simply Elegant Little Blue Desk and Chair.  Painted in the prettiest shade of turquoise, distressed and glazed in a Deep Whiskey Hue.  Gorgeous rhinestone knobs.  Desk Dimensions: 41″ tall x 26.5″ Wide x 16.5 Deep.



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The Temptress – Bordello Chic meets Wild West Saloon

And now, the epitome of gaudiness – Bordello Chic meets Wild West Saloon, where curvaceous dance hall girls, like Squirrel Tooth Alice, with feathers swishing from the hems of their dresses and heels click-clacking across the floor, entertain fur trappers, miners, soldiers, gamblers and gunslingers amidst games of dice, poker and three-card monte.

Bombastic and not-so-subtle, this desk/vanity and chair set is covered in a parade of colors and patterns, topped off with brilliant gold, distressed and glazed. Desk is finished on all sides so can be placed anywhere in a room.  Not for the faint of heart. It would make a perfect addition to any humdrum room seeking to create a bit of a seductive and seedy feel. Ha! Flutter your double-row lashes, prop your elbow up on the counter, llleeeean way back, grab some dough out of the cookie jar, get over here and load this little jewel up, then ride off into the sunset! Nobody puts baby in the corner. G’wan home now. Show’s over.

Desk Dimensions: 38.5″ Wide x 31″ Tall x 20″ Deep; Chair Dimensions: 39″ Tall x 19″ Wide x 18″ Deep. Seat Height is 18.5″





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Porch Sittin’ Chairs.

My sister, Lisa and I used to spend the summers with my Mema and Papa in Red Lick, TeXaS.  After supper, Mema would always clean the kitchen and retire to the screened porch and plop down in the middle of her bright yellow and green floral, fringe canopied swing with the yellow and blue cushion where Lisa and I would squeeze in on either side of her. I can still hear her, “Mercy, Mercy Me, I’m full as a tick”.   We had the rhythm in us.  We could get it started and swing in perfect time together, none of that jerking that gives you “porch swing whiplash”. Papa, after working all day in his garden, would sit in a woven lawn chair to the left of us facing the screen door.  This was a loud screen door.  The kind that SLAMS SHUT.  We “swang” and the people would come piling in one by one, Harold and Arlene Hicks, Uncle Brad, Mr. Adrian Maynard (the Preacher), Sheriff and Mrs. Sabo etc. etc.  Papa would pull chairs from all over the house to accommodate everyone that came along.

I made these crazy chairs with that in mind.  They are fold-able and would have worked perfect for all their visitors.  Mema had three groups of friends.  The “porch sitters”, the “after supper walkers” and the “friend in need”.  The after supper walkers ended up at the homes of the porch sitters.  The “friend in need” was still there the next morning.  We snapped many a beans and shucked bushels of corn in that swing with the lingering smell of manure.  Some of my best childhood memories took place on Mema and Papa’s porch.  Lots of gossipin’ that my young ears loved to hear, just sayin.  Two of the 6 chairs have quotes from the mouths of Mema and Papa themselves.  I”m sure they weren’t the first people to say them but they were the first people I heard say them.  Papa – “There’s nothin’ like sittin back and talking to your cows.” and Mema – “Sometimes I sits and thinks and sometimes I just sits.”  There’s a chair for everybody that drops by from the Hard-Headed Woman, the Hillbilly and the God Fearing Man to the Resident Fast Lady 🙂





















DSCF6921aaa*Update 7/29/2016 – I found these pictures from those good ol’ corn shuckin’ days going through a box of Mema’s stuff and I felt I had to add them.<3 This is the good stuff, my friends, the stuff I cherish and will never forget. ❤

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Ira C. Pippin “Pip” (Papa) and Anna Gladys Pippin (Mema)


Papa reading the paper in the kitchen before church.


Mema wearing my hat 🙂 She turned 100 this past May.

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My Aunt Ruth and Papa, sticking out his tongue, in the garden.

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