Montana Living Room Renovation

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMost of you know that I spent a year on a farm in Montana. Some of my Facebook followers also know about all my adventures in raising chickens and goats and turkey and starting my first ever vegetable garden. I have to say, that living in Montana did impact me positively and I give my Montana farmhouse credit for bring out the love of renovation, refurbishment, and repurposing old things and giving them new life.
While I found so many goodies in the barns and garages of my new home to refurbish and repurpose, I didn’t start with those. I started with the biggest project I saw in front of me. That would be my new home. First thing I decided to tackle and the biggest eyesore was the living room. The living room was big and spacious and had the loveliest wood burning stove. The cons were the dark walls adorned in wainscot, and the atrocious burnt orange carpet. Before our furniture was scheduled to be delivered, I decided to tackle the depressing 1960’s walls.
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I did some research online and read all the steps necessary to paint the walls a cozy country white. I didn’t realize just how time consuming my task was going to be and that It would take several months to complete. The first step in this renovation was to sand the walls of their finish. Sanding the sheen off the walls was important in allowing the layers of primer and paint to adhere to the walls.
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When I say layers, I mean layers. After sanding, then taping out the room, I applied three coats of primer and three coats of the country white color I chose at the local Home Depot. As you can see the difference in this room was night and day!
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Next step in my renovation was laying a vinyl tile in a French Country design. We had the living room professionally done, but I actually did the rest of the house with the help of my husband. Very simple to do, but it was hard work none the less. Here is the finished product with all my British antiques. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
I have to say, I was incredibly proud of all my hard work and the feeling that I could accomplish any task with a concrete vision, a thought out plan and a carefully worked budget. After the living room makeover, small repurposing projects and renovations to my home were not so scary.
Now that I don’t have a 13 acre farm to keep me busy, I have been so blessed to channel my love for restoring into beautiful forlorn furniture. Hope you enjoyed the posts and the little trip down memory lane. I will leave you with a picture of the beautiful sunset over the Rocky Mountain Front.
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Until next time, hope you find beauty in the most unique places and hope your days are filled with a sense of passion in all you do.
Xoxo-April B from My Three C’s

Barn Find-Little Wooden Stool


Well do you all remember the cute little stool I posted a few weeks ago? Well if you don’t here it is.

Here is the before photo of the stool

Here is the before photo of the stool


Cute right? So you can see why I was so excited to work on it. I couldn’t decide which route to take. I had a lot of request to make it a “time out” chair and I thought about doing that, but I really wanted it to be special. Then it hit me! I’m gonna repurpose and refurbish, and I’m gonna do it all in one piece of furniture and it’s gonna be fabulous!
Antique Pillowcase and the stool.

Antique Pillowcase and the stool.


Sounded like a solid plan and I even had a brilliant idea on how to accomplish my little task! I remembered I had a few antique pillowcases. What luck! Antique pillowcases +Old stool =AMAZING….But my math was all wrong. Here, have a look.
How boring!

How boring!


BLAH! Boring and an Epic Fail. I was gutted and I felt like giving my poor little stool a swift kick down the driveway. I decided to walk away but if you are just like me you can’t just walk away, cuz it stays and eats away at you. I had a vision, for crying out loud! What to do, what to do. I decided to rummage through my swatches of fabric but nothing looked right and it didn’t go with the whole plan of repurposing something. I wandered into my bedroom and sat down on the corner of the mattress. Im not gonna lie, laying down and sulking did cross my mind. Then as I sat there staring aimlessly into my closet it all came into focus. Literally, all the crap in my closet came into focus and I saw this forgotten shopping bag I never used but bought because I thought it was “SO CUTE!”.
Cute bag I picked up at Old Navy for $1.00!

Cute bag I picked up at Old Navy for $1.00!


Bingo! Here was my solution. I ran down the stairs and showed my hubby who also though I found resolution.
Well here is the finished product! A stool, painted in a distressed lavender with a repurposed Paris themed shopping bag! What do you think?
J'adore Paris!

J’adore Paris!

MY FURNITURE PORTFOLIO





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china cabinet

clawfood dresser

coral dresser


Black Distressed Waterfall Vanity!

Black Distressed Waterfall Vanity!

Black Distressed Waterfall Vanity!

Black Distressed Waterfall Vanity!

Black Distressed Waterfall Vanity!

Black Distressed Waterfall Vanity!

Turquoise and Dark Stain End/Accent Table. Sold at Wildwood Antique Mall!

Turquoise and Dark Stain End/Accent Table. Sold at Wildwood Antique Mall!

Black and Shimmer Glazed Accent table with French Bonjour and Antique Phone Embellishment.

Black and Shimmer Glazed Accent table with French Bonjour and Antique Phone Embellishment.

Navy Accent Table with White Silhouette of Little Girl. Lightly Distressed.

Navy Accent Table with White Silhouette of Little Girl. Lightly Distressed.

Candy Stripped Buffet! Teal and Country White with original hardware!

Candy Stripped Buffet! Teal and Country White with original hardware!

Distressed and Antiqued Painted Old Glory Table.

Distressed and Antiqued Painted Old Glory Table.

Distressed and Antiqued Painted Old Glory Table.

Distressed and Antiqued Painted Old Glory Table.

Distressed and Antiqued Painted Old Glory Table.

Distressed and Antiqued Painted Old Glory Table.

Antique White Body and Dark Stain Drawers.

Antique White Body and Dark Stain Drawers.

Redone in Aqua and Antiqued with Dark Glaze

Redone in Aqua and Antiqued with Dark Glaze

Antique Desk refurbished in a Lime Sorbet and Golden Stain. Lightly distressed and antiqued.

Antique Desk refurbished in a Lime Sorbet and Golden Stain. Lightly distressed and antiqued.

French Inspired Dresser. Blue frame and white drawers with original pulls. Distressed and Antiqued and decorated with French number script and Flur de Lis.

French Inspired Dresser. Blue frame and white drawers with original pulls. Distressed and Antiqued and decorated with French number script and Flur de Lis.

French Inspired Dresser. Blue frame and white drawers with original pulls. Distressed and Antiqued and decorated with French number script and Flur de Lis.

French Inspired Dresser. Blue frame and white drawers with original pulls. Distressed and Antiqued and decorated with French number script and Flur de Lis.

French Inspired Dresser. Blue frame and white drawers with original pulls. Distressed and Antiqued and decorated with French number script and Flur de Lis.

French Inspired Dresser. Blue frame and white drawers with original pulls. Distressed and Antiqued and decorated with French number script and Flur de Lis.

French Inspired Dresser. Blue frame and white drawers with original pulls. Distressed and Antiqued and decorated with French number script and Flur de Lis.

French Inspired Dresser. Blue frame and white drawers with original pulls. Distressed and Antiqued and decorated with French number script and Flur de Lis.

French Inspired Dresser. Blue frame and white drawers with original pulls. Distressed and Antiqued and decorated with French number script and Flur de Lis.

French Inspired Dresser. Blue frame and white drawers with original pulls. Distressed and Antiqued and decorated with French number script and Flur de Lis.

French Inspired Dresser. Blue frame and white drawers with original pulls. Distressed and Antiqued and decorated with French number script and Flur de Lis.

French Inspired Dresser. Blue frame and white drawers with original pulls. Distressed and Antiqued and decorated with French number script and Flur de Lis.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

SOLD

“Beyond the Sea…” This small beauty is distressed in Country White with Sailboat embelishments. Contact me via Facebook for price and purchase information.

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Still Available for local pickup in Brevard County Florida

Still Available for local pickup in Brevard County Florida

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30″x3 1/2″ Shipping Available

Available in Various Colors! Shipping Available!

Available in Various Colors! Shipping Available!

Various Colors available. Shipping Available

Various Colors available. Shipping Available

One chair available for local pickup in Brevard County Florida

One chair available for local pickup in Brevard County Florida

One chair available for local pickup in Brevard County FL

One chair available for local pickup in Brevard County FL

One Available for Local Pickup in Brevard County FL

One Available for Local Pickup in Brevard County FL

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30″ x 3 1/2″ sign. Shipping Available

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30″ x 3 1/2 Wall sign. Shipping Available!

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30″ x 3 1/2″ Wall Sign. Shipping Available!

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Wall Sign with Jamey Johnson Song Quote. Shipping Available

Wall Sign with Jamey Johnson Song Quote. Shipping Available

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30″ x 3 1/2″ Wall Sign. Shipping Available!

“Beyond the Sea…” This small beauty is distressed in Country White with Sailboat embelishments. Contact me via Facebook for price and purchase information

SOLD

Distressed Yellow Barn Window Chalkboard

Distressed Yellow Barn Window Chalkboard

SOLD

Tarnished Silver Gaming Table with Tolie Drawer Liner

Tarnished Silver Gaming Table with Tolie Drawer Liner

***SOLD*** J'adore Paris Antique Milking Stool.

***SOLD*** J’adore Paris Antique Milking Stool.

***SOLD***

***SOLD***

Furniture And Craft Policies

Furniture/Craft Policies

Here is just a quick list of policies you should be aware of when using my blog, Facebook page, or purchasing my products.
• While imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, please give credit where credit is due. Any pictures, post, crafts and furniture pieces are 100% my creation and the use of them without permission or without sourcing my work is prohibited.
• Due to my busy lifestyle, I am not able to take custom orders at this time. In some ways this is beneficial to both my customers and me. For one, I only sell what I have in stock. That means you will not have to wait on pieces to be customized, and you will have the pleasure of instant gratification when you go home with one of my pieces.
• Repurposed/Refurbished Furniture, Sewn Crafts are all home done crafts. When purchasing these Items, make sure you are completely satisfied with your choice. Once purchased and it leaves my care, I am not responsible for a refund. Please understand that furniture is used pieces, and I make every effort to make sure that damage has been repaired. Distressing furniture requires me to add “character” to a piece or for the natural wear to be showcased. It is my belief that every piece tells a story and those stories are seen through every knock, chip, or brush stroke. It is my job to bring beauty to what some may consider imperfections.
• Prices are as is and not negotiable. This is my craft and a little bit of my soul is in every piece. Please be respectful of my work and avoid harsh words, or cruel criticism of any kind. If you have a complaint, please contact me. I make it a point to be respectful and honest with all my customers, followers and competitors. We all live on the same planet, so why not love one another?

Thank you for reading these policies and look forward to your patronage! All the best to you!
April Burson
My Three C’s

Repurposing Old Stuff-The Introduction

Everyone has junk. Come on, admit it!  Either its stashed in a  junk drawer,  ainches from an avalanche in your closet or a whole  freaking mountain shoved in your car garage.  So what do you do when your life is full of…Junk?

A.  Donate it.

B.  Toss it.

C. Burn it.

D. Audition for the next season of Hoarders.

All possible solutions and for some items, maybe a trip to the local shelter or a trip to the dump is in order, but I’m offering you a creative, fun and crafty alternative.

Repurposing old junk and turning an old item into a showpiece, can be as fulfilling as buying a knick  knack from Pier 1 and ITS FREE!!!!! How often have you thumbed through urban decore catalougs and thought “Gee, I love the look of that distressed wood end table, but Ouch!  $$$$$”?  Why not make one yourself?  Or that French Country bar stool, ornamental farm implements, window panes, terra cotta pots and on and on and on.  If you start shelling out the cash for high end reproductions, you might need to start selling organs to pay that credit card bill.

I am lucky enough to be a junk collector.  Hehe, I admit it.  I may qualify as a hoarder but I like to think of myself as a curator of all things rusty and dusty.  I love old things.  I love the history and the mystery of items that have been forgotten.  I love digging through piles of what some might call junk and unearthing what I categorize as buried treasure!  Why treasure?  Simple, because that one aluminum oil funnel or broken iron rake is a vintage, rare and original piece of Americana that I can customize into something artistic and beautiful and personal.

In my blogs named Old Stuff, I will discuss some of my DIY projects, post pictures and include step by step instructions that helped me take  a sad and unused items into gold!  So before you throw away that old chipped tea cup, or throw that weathered and wobbly step ladder into the burn pile, read on.  I may just hand you the map to your on backyard buried treasure 😉

Hug, Kisses and Junk Pile Wishes,

April

Old Stuff- Wood Window Pane to Distressed Picture Frame

***Wrote this post while in Montana!***

Moving into an old farmhouse does have its perks.  Old farmhouses sometimes come with old farm treasures.  While moving in I discovered all sorts of cool and nifty relics and boy did the wheels in my mind get to turning!  One of the nifty little discoveries was a stack of dusty, weathered, wooden window panes.  They were covered in barn funk and spider web, but the potential for a nifty craft was enough to make my skin tingle!

Dirty and Dingy but I can see the potential!

Some of the old windows were missing panes of glass, and some had cracks, but that didn’t limit my imagination.  In this post, I will go step by step on how I made one sad, forgotten, window into a vintage, picture frame.

Yuck!

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List of Supplies:

One Old Window

A metal scraper

A light base paint (you may not need this*)

A top coat of your desired color ( I used Behr intereior, semi gloss enamel.  *sorry friends, i dont know the exact color I used)

A small bottle of brown Acrylic Paint

Paint Brushes, wash sponge, rags, soapy water

Window Cleaner

Fine grain sand paper.

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Supplies you will need.

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Now that you have all your  supplies, I will give you the step by step on how to make trash in to awesomness!

Step 1.  If you have a stack of windows like I did, pick the one that has the least amount of damage to the panes of glass.  If you have some that were cracked, like I did, don’t worry.  Its only gonna add to the rustic appearance.

Check out my stash!

Step 2.Find a flat sturdy work surface and protect anything you dont want painted with a sheet of plastic or a garbage bag.  A lot of the time we forget this step, because we are so eager to jump into creative bliss, but don’t go ruining the dining room table with a glob of paint.

Step 3.  Okay time to roll up those sleeves and get to cleaning.  The first thing I did, and I recommend, is to vaccum all the old barn funk off the window.  I used the brush attachment to my vaccum to do this.  If you dont have one you can always use an old paint brush to brush off all the dust and debre off. Just make sure you get as off as much dirt,  grass, loose paint, spider webs as possible.

This was super handy when I came to vaccuming out all the nooks and crannys.

Step 4. Next take your metal scraper and run it along the wood frame of the window.  This will take off chipping paint pieces, globs of dirt, or any hard caulking that might be caked on.  IMPORTANT:  Do not get so vigorous with this step.  If you get carried away you may break some of the delicate glass or break off some caulking that keeps the glass in its little square confinement.  It is not necessary to take off all the old paint.  Remember, we are going for a distressed wood look.  After this is completed, repeat Step  3.

Scrape the loose paint, clumped dirt, and old caulk

Step 5.  With warm soapy water and a good sponge, wash all the dust and build up off the window.  After, dry with a good cotton rag.

Step 6.  Time to paint!  If your window has alot of old paint  that you like on it, like mine did, you can probably skip with the base coat.  Mine was a white color and was exactly what I was looking for. If not, paint the base coat on and let dry.

Clean and ready for my top coat color.

Step 7.  Once base coat is dry, repeat with top coat color.  I waited until my paint was   almost completely dry, with very little tackiness then moved on to step 8. 45min to an hour.  If you allow the paint to dry, its okay too.  Just make sure you have some low grain sand paper on hand.

Dont cha just love this aqua color!All done with the top coat

Step 8.If you just let the paint become “almost dry” you can skip this step but it is worth the read, just in case.  If you allowed your paint to dry, you now need to sand the window so that the base coat and bits of wood show through.  This will give it that chipped paint look.  There is no wrong way to do this step .  Just sand till you reach your desired amount of aging on the wood.

Step 9. Antiquing the wood.  This is what gives it that weathered appearance.  For this project I picked a brown acrylic craft paint (paint color was Maple Syrup), but depending on the look you want to accomplish, you can use grey or black.  Just about any color will do but since I want it to look like aged and vintage, I went with brown.   Take your brown paint and dilute it with water a in a small bowl .  About one table spoon of paint to two table spoons of water.  You want it to look like a muddy water.  Brush this mixture on  sections of the wood frame and and with the rags wipe it off.  Continue painting sections, dont paint the whole frame then wipe.  You may get the paint heavy on one side and light on the other.  Remember , if you want a heavier age, you can always repeat this.   Since my paint was tacky, wiping took off some of the top coat, allowing the old base paint to show through.

Paint small sections and wipe for a more uniformed apperance.

Step 10.  Allow the window to dry and enjoy.  Think of the possibilities!  This window has six window panes so I opted for six pictures.  You can place old newspaper, deco art, pressed flowers….the posibilities are endless.  I took my pictures, and used the modgepog and an art brush to adhere them to the glass.  TADA!

Paint is dry and ready to decorate! 😀

So there you are, all the info you need to accomplish this awesome project on your own.  Let me know how it goes!

Until Next Time,

April ❤