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Antique Map Chest

A treasured piece of furniture in our home is a chest of drawers that belonged to my dear father-in-law. This sweet chest made a long road trip years ago with hubby and I to our home in Texas from dear father-in-law's home in Ontario, Canada.
We have the perfect place for it in our dining room and it is a convenient and wonderful place to store all of my table linens.  It's very dark and layered in decades of aged varnish.  After a few years of being in our home, I painted gold stripes on the drawers.
Here's the before:
Recently, I was ready for a change but didn't want to totally refinish it or change the dark exterior.   When I ran across these George Stanley map design paper beverage napkins at Home Goods, I knew they'd be perfect to give the chest a new look!
Supplies used: ~~ Beverage napkins ~~ Mod Podge, Matte ~~ 2" disposable bristle brush ~~ Plastic wrap ~~ Folk Art Coffee Latte Craft Paint ~~ Dark paint (custom mix) ~~ Light paint (custom mix) 
The napkins were 3…

{TUTORIAL} DIY Distressed Tabletop

Do you like the distressed look (at least on furniture)?   There are many methods for giving furniture a naturally aged appearance and I really enjoy the dry brush technique.  I recently distressed a tabletop and here's how ...


-- Table top
-- Light colored paint
-- Dark colored paint 
-- 2" foam brush
-- 2" paint brush
-- Sanding sponge - fine
-- Paper towels

Tabletop is a 36" unfinished pine round.

Typically I make my own chalk paint using Plaster of Paris, but discovered this Waverly Inspirations Chalk Paint in a shade called Plaster and wanted to give it a try. 

Had the trial size container of Valspar Fired Earth paint on hand from previous projects.

This foam brush was in stock at our Lowe's.

If you don't have disposable brushes on hand, be sure to stock up.  They're inexpensive, save lots of time and effort on cleanup, and can also be reused. 

The last item needed (other than paper towels), is a fine grit sanding sponge.  The…

Two Tables = One Bench

I've really debated sharing this project because it's an older one that we did years ago.  The concept itself is share-worthy, but the photo quality is just awful.  Please hang in there and look past the grainy photos - perhaps the idea of combining two unused furniture items to make one usable piece is something that may come in handy for you as well?

We had two end tables that were taking up space in our garage, and about that time I was also wanting a bench that could be placed at the foot of our bed. 

Looking at the two tables sitting side by side, they appeared to be just the size and shape that I was looking for in a bench, although a bit too tall. 

I asked hubby if there was any way he could use them to make a bench and this is what he came up with ...

He shortened the height by sawing off a few inches at the bottom of each.  He turned them upside down side-by-side and installed two hidden narrow boards on the underside of the table tops (where they meet) to connect the t…

DIY Lantern Candleholder

Before this lantern looked like this ....

It looked like this ...

Years ago I bought this old gas lantern and was thrilled that the glass globe was intact, as most of the lanterns I found no longer had them.  It is a Dietz lantern and I  believe was used in barns and by the railroads. 

I had no intentions of using it as originally intended and wasn't concerned with altering it with paint, so envisioned it freshly painted and displaying a flameless outdoor candle on our front porch.  First I cleaned the exterior metal lamp base with a brush and damp cloth.  Then, soaked the glass globe in hot soapy water. 

Next, the search for just the right shade of paint.  In keeping with my usual goal to use what we have on hand, I grabbed cans of Rustoleum Regal Red and Rustoleum Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze. 

Guessing that the Oil Rubbed Bronze would tone down the red a bit, resulting in a dark red, I mixed the two and got the dark red shade that I hoped for.

Using a small brush I went to work givi…

Mystery Plant Hanger

We have a building next to Our Gilded Abode that serves many purposes.  It houses our riding lawn mowers and lawn maintenance equipment, our lumber stash, hubby's tools that he uses infrequently, the big monstrous table saw, and basically anything else that we don't want cluttering up the garage attached to our house.  It's also a catch-all for things that are no longer needed but are "too good" to toss. 

As much as I don't necessarily like keeping things that aren't being used, I have to admit that having them has come in handy many times.

So when I decided I needed a bracket or hanger to hang my Boston fern from our back porch post, I knew just where to look for something to use. 

My first thought was to find an old plant hanger that I was no longer using.  And, within 10 minutes, I found just that. 

It would have worked perfectly fine and would have been a quick and easy option - just paint it, attach it to the porch post, hang the plant, and move on to…