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So, I went a thrift store hunt looking specifically for two 24" stools. I wanted metal, but was willing to settle for wood. I did not find any. I also looked on Craigslist with no luck. Humph...
But, when I got home from my thrifting trip, I hopped on the Facebook garage sale pages and found two 24" metal stools that had been listed a few minutes before. I snatched them up. So, this isn't a really thrift store makeover, but a garage sale upcycle.
I wanted the stools to go with the bar I recently shared (HERE). 
I know I need to rough them up, give them a more weathered, worn, and farmhouse appearance. I achieved this with paint, cinnamon, and stain.

I painted over the original burgundy color with oops color--a rusty sort of brown. I then painted the stools white.
When the white paint was still wet, I sprinkled cinnamon in spots on the paint, dabbing it with my brush a wee bit to blend it. 
When all of that was dry, I sanded the stools a wee bit and used Provincial stain over all of it. A clear coat finished these metal stools.
I love how they look like they have been sitting in some shop or barn for years, collecting grime and rust. 
Here they are (one on top) with the bar/counter in my booth at the Antique Barn in Gallatin Gateway, MT.


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Happy Sunday! It is spring and that means the rivers and waterfalls are raging. But, on a recent hike, rather than paying attention to the swiftly moving waters I noticed the still pools on the river. There is something about calmness and stillness that draws our attention. To be able to be still when everything around us is turbulent speaks to others. When we trust that all things will work out, when we know that God has our back and believe that He is with us always, we can rest and be still. A place of peacefulness and quietness in the middle of stress is where God wants us to be, to rest. It is where he will lead us if we let him.
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Some (MOST!) of my projects are the ones that I have no idea what I am building when I start. I love to improvise and figure things out as I go. It seems to work best for the way my brain functions. 
So, when I found a large wood piece that was for a sign, but headed to a burn pile, I knew it would make a good, rustic table top.


I started with it and then decided to use a 6 pane window I had. I needed to break out two of the panes. I do this with a hammer over a cardboard box--be sure to wear gloves and protective eyewear.
I used old, chippy tan and white fence pieces to create the legs, by first attaching them to the window. I left an overhang in front of the window for kitchen stools (this stool is too tall, but the only one I had to show, plus I love this stool!).
i also used these fence boards for the apron around the top. I added a bottom shelf made from reclaimed wood--fence boards and pallet boards.
Some stain and clear coat finished this fun island or bar.

It would make a great island or bar for the perfect, rustic, farmhouse touch to a kitchen or family room.

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Happy Sunday! I sure do appreciate a good bridge on the trail (as opposed to having to shimmy across a log). Bridges make is easier to get over things that otherwise might be too hard to cross. In life we have lots of tough things that we have to cross and go through and people (you and me) are called to be the bridges that help each other over the difficult stuff. Loving each other, taking care of others without judgement, reaching out to others-- all help to overcome the gaps that we have to cross. Too often we are so worried about our differences that we choose to build a fence rather than a bridge between us. Love people where they are at, know that everyone has hard things in their lives, and reach out to span the space between you.
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I recently picked up some chippy white picket fence pieces. These were just small scraps, the longest bit being about 24" long. I decided I wanted to make some type of shelf out of them. At first I thought I would make an open shelf with pickets in the back. But, then I decide to make a little door. From the door that I made, this fun, chippy, wall cabinet was born.

I made a face for the little door. I then used pallet wood to make two rectangle frames for the box part of the cabinet. I joined the two rectangular pallet frames together with some 1" x 1" boards that I placed in the middle of the box sides for the inside shelf brackets. I also joined them together in the top corners. 
I used picket fence pieces for the inside shelf. Some weathered pallet boards added to the back of the wall cabinet finished the piece. Stain on the sides of the box and clear coat to adhere and save the lovely, chippy paint finished this fun project.
I added an eye hook closure to the door. 
It is a perfectly chippy, farmhouse shelf that would work great in a variety places--the bathroom, a kitchen, in an entry, or in a wall grouping in the family room.

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Happy Sunday! There is something about a flower pushing up and growing through a rock that makes me pause and take notice. Seeing something thrive where I do not expect it to, where it is difficult to, is inspiring. We have not been promised an easy life. We need to know that we all will face tough, hard times and through them we can choose to grow 
 if we have faith and believe that ANYTHING is possible with Jesus. Our experiences can strengthen us and we can even flourish through them when we believe that God will push us, hold us, see us through the hard times. Have faith and grow through the "rocks" in your life, thrive in the hard places.
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Happy Sunday! As I was driving home the other evening, I noticed the sun setting and actually turned around to park so I could pause and appreciate the end of a hectic day. A fire broke out across the street from my home and strong winds blowing the fire and smoke straight towards my home had me concerned. I spent the earlier part of the day doing frustrating errands, not getting everything done that I had planned. I had a meal to make and deliver to a family and had to take several out of the way back roads to get there because of the fire (which thankfully was put out after a few hours). Practicing gratitude, finding the good in the bad, focusing on the positive, stopping complaining, have actually all been scientifically proven to rewire our brains to be happy. This of course is no surprise to God--he knows being thankful can be life changing. When you are faced with problems do you get angry and upset, complain and stir the pot, and only focus on the negative? Or do you remember to pause and be grateful for what is going right? Mentally or better yet, physically list five things you are grateful for EACH and EVERY day for the next month and you will start seeing the glass as half full rather than half empty. Stop the cycle of complaining and only seeing problems and start seeing the good in people and situations.
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Today's Thrifty Thursday project is a paint makeover. I won't buy furniture at the thrift store if it isn't good. i.e. it needs to be real wood, sturdy or have the ability to be made stable easily, and it needs to have good bones. Because I am kind of picky about what I get, I don't get a lot of furniture at the thrift store. But, this little table met all of my requirements--it is solid wood (look underneath and at the edges well), and even though it was wobbly, I could see that it would tighten up easily.
I gave it a sunny yellow makeover.

I lightly sanded it and then gave it two coats of a bright yellow paint.
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I think used the LARGE buffalo check stencil from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils. You can get it HERE. These are super high quality stencils. Also, note the price you first see is in Canadian, so the price you pay in the US will be less. This 
 large one is so great on furniture. 
I stenciled it in white and then when it was dry, I sanded quite a bit off.
 I want a chippy, rustic look. I stained over the paint with Early American Minwax stain, leaving the stain heavier on the edges and the bottom shelf. 
A clear coat finished this cute, little, sunny table. It makes a great accent piece and a pop of color. 

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Happy Earth Day! We junkers are always celebrating earth day--keeping things out of the landfill by upcycling and repurposing them. Today I am sharing some of my favorite projects for the outdoors, all using things that otherwise would have ended up at the dump. Click on each title to go to the original post!

So many ideas! Be sure to keep your eyes open and look for discarded items to use outdoors and to help our earth!
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Happy Sunday and Happy Easter! I try to imagine what is was like when Mary, Mary, and Salome first approached the empty tomb. I picture brilliant light radiating from the dark, empty space. Darkness and light were the first things God spoke into creation. God brings forth new life from dark spaces. Think of a seed bursting open in the dark soil, reaching for the light or a baby being formed in the darkness of the womb. Jesus came into this world and died to bring us new life from our dark places. On Easter we celebrate the resurrection that tells us that light will one day overcome all darkness. Embrace His light, let it wash over you with new, fresh, and loving light.
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