Sideboard Rescue

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Sideboard Repurposed and Rescued


You know how sometimes a photograph can be deceiving?
This one takes the cake!  
This picture makes this sideboard look amazing and it isn't wasn't.
I bought it at a yard sale in October of 2012.
My husband begged me not to buy it.
It needed serious repair.  
Steve had to add braces and other hardware on the inside, just to keep it from caving in 
but I loved this piece of furniture from the time I saw it.  
I have no idea why, but it spoke to me.

It has been in my garage waiting for my love since 2012 and then I was given an ultimatum.
I had to do something with this piece of furniture or it was going to the dump, via Steve.

First thing, I stripped the top to expose the beautiful wood underneath.

Look at these lovely bail pulls, two of which I was missing. 
 I looked at salvage stores.  I looked online.  I searched forever but I couldn't find any like them.  
I LOVE this hardware and it breaks my heart that I can't use it.
I found another type of bail pull... a simple, ordinary pull and ordered two of them.

I removed the old, beautiful hardware and sanded the edges, roughing it up a bit.

I mixed 2 tablespoons of Annie Sloan Dark Wax with 1/4 cup of mineral spirits.


and then wiped it away, with a paper towel.
Important to note that I have on GLOVES here.  Very important!

Below, this is what I was left with.  Lovely.

The residual wax piled into all the grooves and distressed areas.  
It looked dirty and old and gorgeous!

Next step, I applied a dark stain to the top of the sideboard.  
This color is "KONA" by Rust-oleum.

And now for my replacement hardware.
I know, I know.  I will continue to search for the old, originals until the day I die but for now...

And this is how it looks in my living room with Downton Abby on the screen.

It has a TON of character, in my humble opinion.  
It's old and it has a story.  
Someday, when I restore all the original style hardware, 
it will be a true beauty but for now, I think it's quite nice.

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Dry Brush Over Stain

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Dry Brush Over Stain

This table has quite the story.  Three years ago, I bought it at a yard sale, for $15.  Truthfully, it probably wasn't worth $5.  It was in BAD shape but I was looking for a chunky, square table and it fit the description. I knew ASCP (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint) would fix it up and sure enough, it did the trick.  I must admit that it was quite a challenge though. The table was covered in all kinds of nail polish, glue and other mystery substances.  A month ago, I decided to apply a dark wax to the entire table, just for fun.  Unfortunately, it accented all those places that I worked so hard to camouflage from 3 years ago.  This is what I ended up with and I wasn't happy (see photo, below).


And this is the BEFORE picture from 3 years ago...


Here is a link to the original makeover, if you're interested in reading it.

Back to TODAY...

I began by using my electric sander to rough up the top of the table. 
I dusted off the chalk dust and wiped it down with a damp rag.
Then, I brushed on the wood stain (as shown).

I brushed the stain with all strokes going in one direction and then wiped away the excess stain.

Forgive the filtered photo - this was a progress picture that I posted on Instagram.

I applied a second coat to the center of the table, just for fun.  I rubbed off a little more of the stain on the outside trim.

I let the stain dry thoroughly.
This is quite THE EYE SORE.
Honestly, I was questioning myself at this point!

BUT all it needed was a little TLC and a good dry brush technique.

How to dry brush like a pro:
Short bristled chip brush
Paper towels
Scrap piece of wood or cardboard
Paper plate
Polyurethane (matte or gloss)

*****I used leftover paint from my Plank Wall project.  
SHERWIN WILLIAMS 6222 "Riverway" in Eggshell*****

First of all, let the stain completely dry.
Dab paint on the brush, only about 1/4 inch on the end of bristles.
Brush the paint off - onto paper plate and/or paper towels
When all of the paint seems to be out of the brush, practice a few strokes on scrap wood or cardboard.
It's better for the brush to be too dry than too wet.  You can always add more paint.  
Use soft strokes, barely glazing the top of the wood.
You can apply a polyurethane coating to protect the table top after it's completely dry.
Use a matte finish for an "aged wood" look.

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Chicken and Waffles with Homemade Syrup

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Just in time for all those New Year's Resolutions.
This recipe is insane.
I don't usually fry anything!
And I never pour syrup over my entire dinner but WOW!
So, here it is…

Buttermilk Waffles Recipe

2 c. self-rising flour
2 tbsp. sugar
2 c. low-fat buttermilk
1/3 c. melted butter
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Whisk flour and sugar together.  Then add remaining ingredients until just combined.  Don't over mix.
Pour batter to about 1/2 inch from edge of waffle iron.  Cook until brown.

Homemade Chicken Strips

This is Pioneer Woman's Recipe.  You can find it here.

Homemade Maple Syrup

3/4 c. water
1 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. maple flavoring

Bring water and sugar to a boil, turn down to medium heat and continue boiling for 3 minutes.  Remove from heat and add maple flavoring.  Stir and serve.

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Chenille Camera Strap Tutorial

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This tutorial will show you how to make 2 different straps.
One is fitted and flat, the other is scrunched up and fluffy.
Let's get started…

This is the simplest project yet.  
You can complete it in 30 minutes, easily!  
Just follow the steps in this tutorial...

First of all, measure the nylon thick portion of your camera strap (the area you want to cover)
Mine measured 19.5" x 1.75"
Please excuse the horrific paint splattered table (above)... it's my work table! What can I say!???!!!

For a fitted, flat fabric...
Cut two strips of coordinating fabric.  My fabric strips measured 21.5" x 2.75".  As a conversion, just add  2 inches to your original length measurement and 1 inch to your width measurement.
For a scrunched up, chenille fabric, add 5 inches to length 26.5" x  2.75".

Now turn under the ends of each strip and hem.  Then, turn them under again and hem.  I tried to keep my seam allowance very small on these hems.

With right sides of fabric FACING each other, sew the long sides of the fabric together (on both sides)

Next, cut the salvaged edge but don't cut too close to the seam.

Then turn the fabric right side out.

Slip your fabric over the old strap

Now sew a couple of "tack stitches" with your machine, right where the nylon meets the leather.  This will hold the strap cover in place but will not make it permanent so you can easily clip the stitch later and change out your strap in the future.

This is what the tack stitch looks like (above).

Here's the finished product…

The chenille is very comfortable and soft!

Happy Camera Strap Sewing!
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Sweet Potato Souffle

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This recipe is a holiday favorite.
I have tweaked this recipe several times and have finally achieved perfection!

Sweet Potato Souffle
Base Ingredients:
1 stick butter
1/2 c. milk
1 1/2 c. sugar
2-15 oz. can mashed sweet potatoes
1-15 oz. sweet potatoes
1 tsp. salt
3 eggs

Topping Ingredients:
2/3 c. self-rising flour
1 stick butter
1 1/2 c. chopped pecans
1 1/2 c. brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the above base ingredients and pour into a greased 9 x 13 glass pan.
In a separate mixing bowl, cut butter into flour and add pecans and sugar.
Sprinkle topping ingredients over souffle.  Bake for 45 minutes or until topping is brown.  Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving.

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Peanut Butter Bon Bons

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This is my very favorite Christmas candy recipe.
My sweet mom makes these every year.
Last year, she let me help.
I documented with photos and now I am sharing the recipe with you…
it's what i do :)

The recipe from Mary Starr's Cookbook (from about 1970)

Merry Christmas!

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Stockings on the Stairs

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I found these great sweater stockings at Hobby Lobby last week.  
I added a wooden initial letter with a clothespin.
The letters are painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint "Florence" color.

These are the girl's real stockings hung on the mantle.  I wrap 25 gifts and place them in each stocking. They get to open one gift each night for the entire month of December.
I spend about $1 on each of the stocking gifts.
I like to shop for them at Dollar Tree or the dollar section at Target.

Happy Stocking Stuffing!

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