Children’s Park Bench

A few times a month, our favorite thrift shop will discount its furniture by 50%. It was on one of these special occasions that we came across this adorable children’s park bench. The size caught our attention and we fell in love with the animal detail on the back. The bench needed some repair- the wood was greying and begged for some luster.  We unscrewed each wooden plank and sanded, revealing the surprisingly great condition of each piece.  Using Rustoleum wood stain, we layered a new look onto each plank.  With the plastic animal backing now separate from the bench, we coated it with a yellow Valspar spray paint.

Now, if only we could get our hands on a bit of Alice’s shrinking potion……

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Ingrid & Lucy

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The Royal Table

With all the buzz about Prince George lately, we are seeing the Union Jack showcased everywhere!  We’ve had this small round table in the garage for a few weeks and couldn’t decide on a pattern for it—until now.  After a light sanding, we requested some help from our expert painter (Lucy’s hubby) who did an amazing job!  We left the “white” part of the flag as the natural wood color in order to allow the table’s original beauty to shine through…Check out the before & after pics!

We are thrilled to participate in our very first trade show in New Braunfels, Texas, next month– and this table will be one of our featured pieces.  Cheerio, mates!

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Ingrid & Lucy

Reinventing Rubbish

When it comes to making someone else’s trash into our treasures, we are definitely not shy.  Our city offers a “bulky trash pick up” once a year.  Creeping slowly through the neighborhood during this time makes us feel a little like Joe Pesci & Daniel Stern in Home Alone.  We’ve stumbled upon some great finds, including a neat suitcase (circa 1970) that still waits patiently for us in the garage.  This time, we discovered these adorable terracotta planters hiding underneath some old wood.  They definitely needed some work but we immediately saw the potential.  With a little sand paper, soapy water, and a brush, these planters have been given a second chance….terracotta pots 1

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Ingrid & Lucy