Chalk Paint Shelf :: Easy Graphic Transfer Method

I had a pine settle bench shelf needing a little TLC.


It had squirrels and nuts painted on the sides. Yep, squirrels. Looked like a job begging for chalk paint! Chalk paint is so forgiving and there is no prep. I mix my own chalk paint using calcium carbonate.

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Ming Mamma’s Secretary

School starts tomorrow . . . and I didn’t get my summer to-do list done! It’s going to be so-o-o hard looking out of the class window watching tourists toting chairs, towels and boards to the beach.


Oh well.

How about some photos of Ming Mamma’s secretary cabinet?

Sorry, but they’re a little grainy.


“Ming Mamma’s” moniker was born out her very young grandchildren’s mispronunciation of “Big Momma” – and it stuck. She was the oldest daughter in her family and had a much prettier name, Lola Mae. As a newlywed, Lola proudly polished her 1930s secretary cabinet each week. When it was time, her oldest, Lillian Mae (my awesome Grandmother) kept the secretary in her living room filled with the very odd knick-knacks. As children we were fascinated by the hidden compartments in the hide-away desk. Now, it sits as an honored guest in my living room. It is filled with heirlooms passed down by Lola, Lillian and my mom, Joan.


Lola Mae liked to place vignettes under the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. For some weird reason, this mechanical rickshaw with a seated geisha girl made (I think) in the 1940s was part of that tradition. Hmmm.  This guy doesn’t look too happy.


My Grandfather was stationed in Alaska in the early 1940s. Lonely, he sent for his wife, Lillian, my mom (12) and aunt (10). There was one other child, but no school there. (Every kid’s dream). A cargo ship carrying their belongings sank on the way home. An ivory bullet pencil carved by Alaskan Eskimos was one saved memento from their years in Alaska.


I keep my other Great-grandmother, Ella Mae’s Lusterware salt and pepper cellars with Lola’s berry bowl set here.  I’ve never used either. Afraid to.

lustre salt - photo

berry bowl - photo

The sterling match safe belonged to my Great-grandfather, Thomas (Ella’s hubby). The photo is of Lillian at her daily pastime: the beach. The other is of her pushing her little cousin taken around 1915.

Lillian had a fascination with anything “royal.” LOL.

Hence, the tiny 1950s coronation coach.


It may seem like a lot of tchotchke to some,

but every piece has a story and is priceless to me.

Have a good week! – – Joanne


Weekend Finds: Desk Cubby, Wire Pool Baskets, Tool Box

So, I had a can of Rust-Oleum Satin Green Apple that I’ve been itching to use.

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It has been pretty hot. What you’d call ‘dog days of summer. 😉


To beat the heat we went ‘thrifting’ this weekend. Found a cute shabby desk cubby/organizer. Love the pigeon holes and little drawer. I freshened it up a bit with that Satin Green Apple – just wish I had a better ‘before’ photo. You can get an idea of the wood condition with the image of the back.

Before and After
Before and After

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Couldn’t pass up these two 1950s wire gym baskets. Rusty, bent and full of oxidized charm. Pool towels, flower arrangements, craft tools . . . Endless possibilities! And . . . who could resist being #1?

pool basket-front

pool basket-1

Even Saw Man was eyeing this rustic old toolbox. I might store paperbacks in it and set it by my chair. Or . . . use it as an art caddy, a garden tote, a desk organizer – – or use it for its intended purpose! LOL.

Before and After

What did you do this weekend? Hope it was a good one.

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Sweat Equity Chairs

The original cane seats were long gone when my husband found these two Victorian cane chairs in an old barn at Holly Hill Farm.

vic chair - barn2

A quick light sanding and stain, a new wood seat and a chair pad was the plan. *SIGH*

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Breakfront Desk/Cabinet Renewed

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A friend thought I had lost my marbles when I purchased this Craigslist very dark and very ugly hunk of cabinet. (See This Breakfront Desk/Cabinet Needs TLC). I only paid $25 USD and I thought I had found a diamond in the rough.

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