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Monday, August 28, 2023

Retro-Inspired Fall Fashion From Walmart

Comfortable and casual retro-inspired fall fashion favorites from Walmart! This post is sponsored by Walmart . It may be 90 degrees in Maryland, but the kids are returning to school, fall fashion is in stores, and cooler days are coming!  Fall is my absolute favorite time of year.  The weather is mild, the air is crisp, and I can finally dress in comfortable jeans or leggings, a cozy sweater or hoodie, and work on furniture outside without dripping in sweat.   I'm super hard on my clothes, so each year, I grab a few neutral fall fashion staples to replace ones covered in paint.  To limit my spending, I prefer to buy clothes that I can mix and match and transition from day to night. This year, Walmart has many  new fall fashion arrivals  with a fun retro feel.  They're perfect for layering and mixing and matching for multiple outfit ideas.  From comfortable leggings and shackets to retro-inspired shoes and jeans.   I'm a hoodie junkie, but when I need to look a little ...
Thursday, August 24, 2023

Furniture Makeover: Antique Multi-Drawer Storage Cabinet

A painted antique multi-drawer storage cabinet gets a fresh new raw wood finish!  Last week, I picked up an antique multi-drawer cabinet from a local auction.   It was damaged, poorly painted, and covered in dirt and dust.  I love anything with drawers , so I took a chance, bid without seeing it in person, and bought it based on the online pictures.  The cabinet was solid wood, so I knew I could give it a raw wood finish or a fresh coat of paint.  Either way, it was bound to look better than it did before! I don't know who made the executive decision to paint the top of the multi-drawer cabinet fire engine red, the body deep blue, and the drawer numbers bright yellow.   The colors were not doing the cabinet any favors and needed to go ASAP.  SUPPLIES NEEDED TO STRIP A MULTI-DRAWER STORAGE CABINET - Dewalt orbital sander - 80/150/320 sanding pads - 400 grit sandpaper - Citristrip Stripping Gel - Mineral Spirits - 14-in-1 painter's tool (or large chisel)  - Screwdriver - D...
Monday, August 7, 2023

Before and After: Refinished Six Drawer Oak Card Catalog

A damaged antique oak card catalog gets restored and refinished to its original beauty!  One of my favorite aspects of antique furniture and decor is its undeniable character and history. The dings, dents, and worn finish add depth, charm, and interest to any space.  Sometimes, all they need is a good cleaning and wood conditioner to bring them back to life.  Other times,  a little more work and a complete refinish and restoration are required to maintain their charm and beauty.  Just the other week, I came across a small six-drawer antique card catalog while checking out local online auctions.  It was a little worse for wear with a cracked, uneven, and damaged finish.  I could tell right away though that it was an authentic oak antique card catalog that had potential.   SUPPLIES NEEDED TO REFINISH AN ANTIQUE CARD CATALOG - Dewalt Orbital Sander - Sanding pads (80/150/320 Grit) - Cistristrip Stripping Gel - Special Walnut Wood Stain - Waterbased Poly Matte finish - Plastic Wrap ...