Table {up cycling}

A friend was getting rid of a table that had been damaged and I quickly snatched it up!


First I took a hand sander to the whole thing. It took several times as there were some deep cuts in the top, down several layers of paint and into the wood.


Next, I painted the whole thing with this purple spray paint that I had in the garage (who knows what I originally bought it for?)


Then, I painted it with 2 coats of Antique White, leaving the drawer purple. I then took an old candle and rubbed all the edges, spindles, ridges, etc and went lightly over just those areas with the electric palm sander.


Total makeover was like $5. for the white spray paint, everything else I had on hand. I love how it turned out! I am now starting a 3 drawer side table to go on the other side of the bed!! I LOVE it!! ANd it only took me an afternoon to do it!! Spray paint dries so fast!!! LOVE

What do you think??

xoxo, Mama Bird

Table Up-cycling

Before: Mimi’s telephone table. Nice but ordinary. Wouldn’t you say?


After: SO much cuter. Personality. I used spray paint. Red Cherry (I believe? Krylon) Sprayed 2 coats and it just looked fantab! You can still see the wood grain, it just looks so much better!! I think Mimi would probably “cuss” me for painting it! But, never the less. I love it! 

xoxo. mama bird

Jack’s Table {up-cycling}


When I was digging through (quit literally) the attic I came across a table and chairs set that I had as a little girl! SCORE!!

I somehow can not find a before pic but it was white and needed a little TLC. I painted the whole table red and the taped off the top, leaving a 1in boarder and used the Krylon Chalk board paint. I also taped off the top of the chairs, I thought it would be cute to put names on the top!
I am just in love with how it turned out!
What do you think?

Brass to Sass {mantel makeover}

candlesticks b4

A collection of “hand-me down” candle sticks that have great design, but icky brass! Thanks to a lovely can of gray primer and my fav creamy white, Hotel Churchill Vanilla from Lowes.
They went from brass to SASS!

birds b4
These birds or maybe they are the pheasants? Sat on the entry way table at my Mimi’s house my entire life. She claimed I used to pet them as a little girl and talk about how I loved them and that when I got BIG and had a house of my own they would come live with me! Well, they did and of course I had to spruce them up a bit and as I am referring  to this spring/summer as my red & white phase.
I too gave these a dull coat of gray primer and a fresh coat of Churchill Vanilla.
I just love how they all turned out. A crisp fresh mantel. 

birds after
Sorry for the crummy cell phone pics!
Happy UPcycling!!

xoxo, mama birdTip Junkie handmade projects

Mantel {FALL} Makeover

IMG_4589 Even though FALL is NOT in the air this week (82 today). I decided it was time to do a Mantel Makeover to celebrate my FAV season. This makeover only cost me $6. for the Halloween banner, everything else, I already had!! My fav part of the whole mantel is the Candy Pumpkin Tree that Jack and I made this afternoon, with left over candy, pumpkin candy corn that he had to have! (and didn’t like, did I mention during the melt down in Wally he had “needing” the afore mentioned candy corn, I told him he wouldn’t like it!!) Branches we collected in the yard and some festive ribbon I had on hand.  Cute, don’t ya think?

IMG_4591 Hubs suggested I make an apple necklace for the deer. I may just take that challenge. Any suggestions?

Are you doing any FALL/Harvest/ Halloween Makeovers?

xoxo, Mama Bird

up next…

Carmel Apple Cake &

Front Door {Harvest} Makeover!!

Give Thanks and Eat {my newest love}

LOLLYJANE  Had a new visitor today Lolly Jane! I am in LOVE with their stuff I have to share with you their creation.


I am heading to the etsy store to buy this for my kitchen. I just LOVE it!!!

Now the problem which one do I order? The classic/retro with the plate or the  funky/classic with the candelabra? 


xoxo, Mama Bird

Big Boy Room {part 1: fabrics}

Jack is about to turn 3 and it is time that I update the current nursery to a big boy room. He is still sleeping  in his crib and I shutter to think how this transition is going to go! In my mind expect the worst and it can never actually be that bad, RIGHT? 

I have all sorts of ideas and have decided that I am going to start with the bedding and build around that. This is where you guys come in! I’d LOVE to know what you think and I am giving you some very different things to look at and consider. Hubs will be building his bed and my great friend and artist is going to help me paint a mural!!! I do want to do a room that will allow for growth, not something I am going to have to turn around and redo in 2 years.

My first thoughts on a room would incorporate the outdoors, maybe cabin chic?  With the mural I want to do trees, water, sky, very earthy/whimisical. 

Here are my top picks!!

#1 Ivy League madras plaid

bed ivy league

#2 Sageberry Creek Beach Plaid

 bed sageberry creek

#3 Blue Camo  (could get old?)

bed pe camo#4 Western Star

bed star#5 Fishy Fish (cute, may not grow as well)

bed fish#6 Urban plaid

bed urban   

I love/like them all and can vision a fantab room around all of these!!

What’s your fav, thoughts, ideas?

xoxo, Mama Bird