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.

Thee Velvet GloveFor more information on Heirloom Traditions products click here.

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Thank you for stopping by! -L



Fifi Chic – Vanity and Mirror

Fifi Chic Vanity and Mirror all dressed up in Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and my favorite gold gilding. I’m officially, madly in love with this paint.  French Enamel with an Artissimo Wash. Delightful shades of blue.  I love how the color varies throughout the day according to the light coming into the room.







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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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Rollergirl ~ Oh, I got a brand new pair of roller skates…you got a brand new key.

Rollergirl ~ Oh, I got a brand new pair of roller skates…you got a brand new key…  Large 3 drawer chest is painted a variety of FUN COLORS including Variegated Shades of Pink, Vibrant Annie Sloan’s Antibes Green, Old Ochre and Shades of Olive.  The front has a bit of a Steampunk vibe via a Fabulously Quirky Antique Victorian Ladies High Top Boot with a Roller Skate strapped to it courtesy of  THE GRAPHICS FAIRY.

Sides are striped with Shades of Pink and Old Ochre then glazed for an antiqued look.  Top has been sanded down to reveal Beautiful Solid Cedar.  Stained and Satin Poly topcoat.   Front and sides are waxed with Annie Sloan’s Clear and Dark Wax to give it a velvety sheen.  Dimensions are: 44″ Wide x 34″ Tall x 22″ Deep

I ride my bike, I roller skate don’t drive no car
Don’t go too fast, but I go pretty far
For somebody who don’t drive
I been all around the world
Some people say, I done all right for a girl

Well, I got a brand new pair of roller skates
You got a brand new key
I think that we should get together
And try them out to see
La, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la
Oh, I got a brand new pair of roller skates
You got a brand new key

Brand New Key – Melanie

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Viva La Violet ~ Gypsy Chic Chandelier


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A little Bohemian slash Mexican slash Gypsy Decor with a touch of Royalty! ~ 5-Arm Beautiful Regal Purple Chandelier loaded with purple pearls, hematite and an eclectic collection of  bodacious beads.   A Statement Maker!  Gorgeous when lit.  Chandelier is 23″ tall and 22″ wide and comes with attached 20″ chain.  Hard-wired and ready to hang.  Hmmm…  Who has the guts to hang this in their house??  🙂

Purple was the favorite color of Egypt’s Cleopatra. It has been traditionally associated with royalty in many cultures.  Purple is the color of good judgment and favored by people seeking spiritual fulfillment.  It is said if you surround yourself with purple you will have peace of mind.  Being the combination of red and blue, the warmest and coolest colors, purple is believed to be the ideal color.  A purple room can boost a child’s imagination or an artist’s creativity.



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Double Pedestal Table and 4 Chairs ~ I’m Thankful For…

Double Pedestal Mahogany Table and 4 Chairs – Pedestals and Chairs are painted in Annie Sloan Old White, then distressed.  Top of table is painted in Coco and glazed to match the recovered chair cushions.

Around the apron of the table this prayer is painted:  “Heavenly Father, We thank thee for this home in which we dwell, for the love that unites us, for the health, the work, the food and the bright skies that make our lives delightful. We ask thy blessings on the meal thou has provided for us and thank thee for all who have prepared it for our nourishment.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.” 🙂

Table Dimensions: 35″ deep by 70″ wide and stands 30″ tall.









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