A child bench re-do



Sometimes, we are given the gift of changing something old into something new again.


My daughter, found a piece of furniture at a garage sale that she thought would be just perfect in her home to help corral shoes and give Miss G, a place to sit while putting them on.

When you live in a state that has snow, you do not want them walking all over the house with snow and salt dripping on the carpets and floors!

Can I get an Amen?!


We were away and she called to see if she could borrow our truck to pick it up.

I guess I forgot to tell Mr Man. Um, sorry honey!

When he opened the back of his truck, he texted me to find out if he just stumbled upon a surprise.


Just another project of love.


My daughter thought that the sitting area was made of cedar, but in taking a closer look, I discovered it was just stained a more reddish color. The top of the bench had a train painted on it and she wanted it removed.

I tried to get her to let me do something creative and spectacular to it, but she shot me down.

(Insert pouty face here)

She just wanted it to be stained and rustic.


No frills.

“Got it, Mom?”

“Got it!”


I love the sanding part of the job. It gives me time to think about who owned it. It lets me feel the wood and how it is made, see the imperfections, figure out what needs to be fixed, and time to create what I envision the finished look to be. You know you really like what you do, when you enjoy spending time with your project! LOL


This little gem had some deep scratches in the sides, was all different shades of stain, and had sharp edges on the top that would need to be addressed. Sanding out the sides a little more took care of the scratches, I chose American Walnut stain, and rounded the top of the points while I was sanding. I did have a repair to make on the back where wood was missing and a screw was sticking out.


A fun and easy project that only took a day to finish.

It is now at it’s new home and being used just as my daughter had envisioned.

I call it a good day!



Homemade Natural Dog Treats



When Miss “G” comes over for our weekly sleepover, a fun activity we enjoy, is baking.

Not such a good idea for my waist line!

Not wanting to stop an activity that is so fun for us to do together,  I wondered what we could make that we could use up every week.

Enter, my dog Paxton, and her dog Pinker.

They love treats and they eat them daily … and I had a recipe that we could try!

Of course I bought two bone cookie cutters and found an easy recipe.


Below is the recipe that we use and the dogs LOVE!



I have pinned (on Pinterest) other dog treat recipes that I have tried, or will try. You can check out my Pinterest board [here] and

please feel free to share your dog treat recipes with me. I would love to pin them on my board and share them with others!



A Mothers Day Gift idea


My mother is aging and has not been able to visit us in 8 years here in Minnesota. I have been fortunate to have completed a few projects along the way and wanted to share them with her. #Shutterfly had a #groupon to buy a 8×8 hard cover photo book and I jumped at the chance to buy it. What a fun way to share photos for her to see!

I just made, ordered it, and it will be on its way and delivered before Mother’s Day on May 11, 2014!

If you want a sneak peek at what you too can do, click on the link below.

Happy Mother’s Day 2014




Minneapolis Home and Garden Show 2014



Nothing makes me happier, than going to a Home and Garden show

(especially in the winter!)

to see, dream, and get ideas.

Now, if I could just get the weather to cooperate! I want spring PLEASE!!!!


While inside this spring time wonder, you can almost forget the 3+ feet of snow outside.



They even had a Geyser

(they were promoting Yellowstone National Park)


While Mr Man where taking our extensive walk through the isles, we were chatting about how throughout the years, our focus has changed depending on what we were working on. We do not need windows, counters, cabinets, painters, and carpet.

But we are very interested in garage floor sealers, garage doors …


and front doors.

I do not like our existing front door at all !!!!!!!!!!


Most of what we are working on at our home this year will be concentrated on the outside.

Speaking of outside … they had Minnesota wildlife!


I still have plans to make a covered area in my back yard so I am always on the lookout for ideas :)


I am definitely in the mood to build something!

Hugs and have a great Monday,




Making an UGLY chair BEAUTIFUL

My adorable daughter LOVES garage sales.

Me? I start warming up after we find some fun treasures.

2 summers ago, she found a desk and chair that had been stored in a barn, was the ugliest thing I had ever seen, and paid $25 to take this “treasure” home.

I was challenged to making this atrocity look adorable for my musé.

For the last 2 years it has taken up residence in my garage and I have had no inclination, whatsoever, to finish it or to waste time dreaming up fun ways to make this into something special.

Curious about the chair?


First step, bring in said chair from the Frozen Tundra garage to warm it up to room temperature.

Facts about this chair

1. Dirty

2. Paint color is a dirty mustard

3. Only has 3 pads, so there is a wobble

4. It is outlined in Green

5. Upon closer inspection, it is not the original seat cover.


Mr Man caught me in the living room staring at the chair and asked me what I was doing.

well … 

I was studying the lines, wanting this chair (and desk) to grow with Miss Precious.

I want it to be a wonderful piece of furniture to be taken care of …

and not thought of as just a garage sale find.

I was thinking about colors and fabrics.

and then, I got to work …

There was a seat to be taken off.


A good scrubbing, to remove all the dirt and reworking the lines of the seat.

(Corners are too sharp and not enough overhang in the front)


I gave it 2 coats of primer.

(While I was warm by the fire)


All the while, dreaming about what I want to do with the back section.

(Stay tuned) 


And then I did something that I have never done before.

I bought a can of horribly expensive paint.

(Glidden – Bright White, Door and Trim Paint with Gelflo)

The reason? I wanted this chair to have a super high gloss.


This chair is growing on me.

I am loving the transformation.

(and in a Black and White Photo … it has a look of an era past)



I am excited to share the finished chair with you, but, we have to wait until the paint dries.

(This high gloss paint takes a while to dry!)

Make it a great day.






Easy DIY End Table Tutorial


I am creating a small space  (a corner)  in my bedroom to read, so I removed the armoire from the corner of the room. (It made it as far as the hallway as it is so heavy, I am having to take it apart in order to get it downstairs! Ugh!!!) Mr Man helped me, by hanging the TV on the wall, and I started looking for a side end table for the chair I was going to use.

While looking for an end table I came across a pouf and pillow that will look great in the room with the new color of paint that I have selected.

I searched everywhere! Is it me? or is furniture way, way, way overpriced?! While I was in #Target I thought I would see what they had. I was thinking affordable. Oh my! They had one made with a tray table on top and it cost $59.99. REALLY?!


Yup, it irritated me.

Certainly, I can make one for a lot less money and have it look nicer.

(Sorry #Target! I love you but not your end tables)

I found a tray and set about figuring out plan.


I took the measurement of the tray (2 inches in height) and deducted it from the height I wanted to make the table.

That means I needed, 4 – 2×2’s at 19 inches high.


 I used 8 – 1″ x 1/4″ for the sides.

I attached them around the sides with 1 inch screws.

(4 At the top and 4 a couple inches from the bottom)


Sometimes, I like to work down stairs watching a movie on TV while I work.

I get to hang out by the Playhouse too 😉

One coat of primer, one coat of white glossy paint, and it is ready to attach to the tray.


I used a small amount of Power Grab to the top of the 2×2’s before setting the tray on top.


Just a quick comparison …


Really, a quick and easy project! and now I can enjoy it, right next to my chair!


I think I am going to kick back, and enjoy reading my book.

Have a great Monday!



DIY Sunday Showcase

Wooden Window Planter Up-Cycle



Before the snow started to fly, it was this past summer LOL, I went to garage sales with my daughter.

I found a wooden window planter that was only $5.00.

That’s right! Just $5.00!!!

I have wanted to white wash something for a long time and I thought this would be a perfect piece to try it on.


It was weathered and needed a good sanding.

Even though I wanted it to be smoother, I wanted it to keep its slight rugged look.


I mixed 1/2 white paint and 1/2 water and gave it one coat.


I bought styrofoam, ivy, red and yellow flowers to compliment the color on the wall, and used a couple of decorator balls that I had left over from another project.


but …

I didn’t want the wall color to show through so Mr Man went to #Goodwill and bought a mirror for $3.00.

I attached the mirror with standard mirror holders and hung it on the wall.

I love a project that comes together without breaking the bank, don’t you?!


Hugs and make it a great day!







DIY shelf follow-up makes me smile!


 Nothing makes me happier, than seeing someone able to enjoy something I made!

Do you remember this?

{An easy DIY Shelf}

I made it for a friend, with her new last name,  for her wedding.


I got a follow-up photo yesterday from the bride as a thank you.

It is so fun to see the shelf being used!


Happy Monday!








In less than a week we will be celebrating Thanksgiving and this year we have more than normal to be thankful for …


Via country living.com

We came out to California (both Mr Man and I were born and raised here) to visit my mom and our two youngest girls. It is almost too hard to remember why we came out. It seems like so long ago, although it has been just under two weeks. We hadn’t seen the girls in a while and my mom needed some help around her home … Think chores :) We had quite a list, but we were able to complete it between seeing family and friends.


It was on our last night here in California that our youngest blacked out and had a seizure. She was rushed to the ER, a brain bleed was suspected, and she was taken to a hospital an hour away where they had a neurosurgeon that would be able to see her right away. It was a long, long night and the diagnosis was a tumor on the brain, attached to the main vein that goes down the back of the head. The good news, in that moment, was that it was thought to be benign. She would be an “add on” surgery and the Surgeon was hoping it would happen the following day. It was a day of talking, crying, well wishes, and prayers going up for her surgery and recovery.


Tuesday, was a day of waiting … not knowing if and when her surgery would be. The minutes slowly ticked by and time was being drug ahead by the second hand. It was a day of wanting to do nothing but cry but needing to be strong for someone so young to be facing this surgery. I the afternoon she needed to move around, as she was stiff in bed, so I sent her on a walk around the floor with a family member. Within minutes, the room was filled with people and the flurry of getting things ready for her departure to surgery in 10 min.  I guess when a spot opens up, there is not much warning! She came back from her walk and was given the news that she would be taken into the OR prep room and in 30 minutes would enter into her surgery.


We were told to expect it to take 2 hours as the Neurosurgeon said he was “neurotically careful”. I liked hearing that, but when we were almost 3 hours of waiting I found myself getting nauseous and praying there was not a complication. It’s amazing what horrible things our minds can dream up! The surgeon met with the 4 of us who had been with her on this journey and told us the great news. He was successful in removing all that he could see. Now the healing would begin!!!


I was not prepared for the healing process, as all I could think about was getting her the medical help she needed. She is in pain and sleeping a lot, she has a drain coming out of the incision to relieve the brain of pressure that could build up, and there is quite the scar that someday will be covered up with hair again.


I spent the night with her in her room and I woke up early. So as I am typing, I am watching ‘Sleeping Beauty’ sleep and feeling so thankful! It was amazing to watch her get exceptional care for the time we knew there was a problem until now. The neurosurgeon was skilled and comforting in his knowledge of her tumor. We were able to have 4 close family members here so that there has never been a time that she has had to be alone. It was a blessing to Mr Man and I, to be out here in California at this precise time. Our bosses have been supportive of us needing to take extra time off and not having to worry about that piece of our lives. We have felt supported through prayers, texts, phone calls, and even Facebook.


Thanksgiving is less than a week away and our hearts are thankful for this outcome. We pray that you and your family have much to be thankful for as well!


 Bj and Mr Man