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

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

Color… {chalkboard paint}

I can not wait for this craft project! I just. found COLOR chalkboard paint. I can’t believe I didn’t know about this before?!


I am going to paint one wall in the playroom mercantile red  mercantile%20red

and in the kitchen I am going to paint the short wall between the entry to the next room .

 italian%20kitchen                  bakery%20green

   itailian kitchen                 bakery green

Which one do you guys like best? My kitchen is a pumpkin color with black and stainless.

The loco for the board will be perfect as it is where I have a current message board and calendar. It will be great to be able to jot messages as well as grocery list.

Furniture Score!!

Not sure if you guys know but I majored in Interior Design in college and absolutely love a design change. I love paint, fabrics, and REALLY love the fact that I live in an area where you can get some amazing furniture for even more amazing deals!! This past weekend was NO exception. For $250 I did a total re-model on my family room. I was lucky enough to stumble upon a furniture sale and found a great sofa for $200 (retail for $1,600.)!!!

Grayson Slipcovered SofaI got it in a camel/chocolate brown.

Then I popped over  to the Robert Abbey Lamp Sale (think Restoration Hardware, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn lighting!!) Got two fantastic RED lamps two amazing white ceramic lamps with a floral design and 1 fantab white floor lamp for $125 YES! I saved hundreds of dollars!!!


I can not express my excitement!!! I love a deal and LOVED, loved, love giving the family room a little facelift! I will post actual pics when I get a chance my camera is acting up!!

xoxo, Mama Bird