The Vintage Red Bird Cage and Friends Who Like to Spend Your Money

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Never go shopping with a friend who enjoys helping you spend your money.  It's extremely dangerous for your wallet. You know the kind of friend I'm talking about.  The one who sees everything YOU need to buy and gets absolutely giddy about what they found for YOU. And you feed off her giddiness like a school girl with a crush. And … [Read more...]

Wax Jobs and Seat Cushions: Doing It Right the Wrong Way

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I didn't write a blog post yesterday.  I know many of you were holding your breath.  You can suck in air now. The truth is, after a show, I'm kinda drained.  A little bit physically and a lot mentally.  It's hard to pick up where I left off creatively.  I literally have a couple of days of "now what was I doing?" and "what was I gonna do … [Read more...]

Project Fail Revisited

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Remember this project fail: Those stinkin' paper clay balls that wouldn't stamp well or paint up properly.  Yeah, that fail! Here's what I eventually did with them. I wrapped them in this French script tape and then covered them with 2 coats of Modge Podge.  It was a sticky mess, but I'm happy with how they turned out! The … [Read more...]

The Last Vintage Whites Market of the Season

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As much as I absolutely LOVE shopping, fixing, painting, repairing and generally puttering around my house preparing items for the market, the market itself is soooo much work.  I mean actual back-breaking, heavy-lifting, unpacking, repacking, lots of driving, endless fluffing work! We, at the Backyard Bungalow, are always the first to arrive … [Read more...]

From Fugly to Fun

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I have a client who asked me to work on a couple of chairs for her.  She gave me the supplies and told me to "go to for it". This is what I started with.  Good bones, but pretty fugly. There are a ton of slipcover tutorials out there, so I'm not going to repeat it here, but I will show you a few shots of the process. I will … [Read more...]