Our Mini Getaway and Plaster Painted Kitchen Chairs

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Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend! We ended up going to Kansas City last Thursday and Friday. Thursday, we went back-to-school shopping for the kiddo. It was absolutely the most perfect day for it. We went shopping on the Plaza and the weather was gorgeous. We ate at Bucca Di Beppo for lunch (which is so not healthy) ...  but they have the most amazing pasta there. For dinner we went to Macaroni Grill, which again is carb central ... but in all fairness we … [Read more...]

Plaster Painted Vintage Child’s Chair

Plaster Painted Vintage Childs Chair

The countdown to Haven (my blogging conference) is on!  I will be leaving Thursday morning at the buttcrack of dawn -- or 5:00 AM if you want to get precise. For the girl that doesn't usually go to bed until 2 or 3 AM, that means one thing...dark circles. This week, I have been crossing things off of my list:  Hair cut and highlighted ... Done.  Much needed pedicure ... Done.  Gift for my roommate (which was incredibly hard since I have never met her in real life) ... Done.   Last … [Read more...]

Turquoise Dining Table

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I'm pretty excited about this post! It's been a long time coming. Shortly after moving into our house eight years ago, we purchased a nice glass table and chair set. I regretted that purchase almost immediately!  Glass table + busy family = constant, smudgy mess.  This table has been wiped down at least 1,000,000 times. It's almost uncanny how quickly this thing gets dirty.  I'll wipe it down so it's spotless, walk into the next room, come back and see that some poltergeist ran smeary … [Read more...]

Vintage Grey Distressed Chair

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Happy Monday Everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! I was going to city-wide yard sales Saturday, but with the rain and freezing temperatures, we decided to pass. I did, however, take the fur babies to get groomed ... and that was a disaster. Topher and I had all three of them freaking-out in the car while the rain was pouring on us. Gracie freaked out so much she pooped in the back of the car (my car, too), and then in frantic pacing managed to walk through it! Poop paw prints … [Read more...]

Cane Back Chair Farewell

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Over the summer I found a great set of cane back chairs at a yard sale. They were filthy and yellow with horrendous teal velvet seats. I got them late into garage sale season, so at that point my garage and basement were packed, and I may have promised Topher I wouldn't bring home anything else until the garage was cleared out. These were too good of a deal, but I knew I would have to get these redone and resold quickly so Topher wouldn't blow a gasket. I do recall the day I got them -- … [Read more...]

Restoration Redoux’s Top Ten Projects of the Year!!!!!

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Since we are about to start off a new year, I thought I would reflect on this year's favorite posts. When I first started reading other DIY blogs, I have to admit I was a bit intimidated. Every project they did looked so perfect. When there was a tutorial, a lot of them used terms or techniques I wasn't familiar with, and so I would never try them. I was searching for a blog that brought it down to a beginner's level. I wanted one that would say "Hey, I'm no expert, but this is what did or … [Read more...]

Step It Up

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In the last post I made about the kick boxing class I took, I made have a quick comment about me possibly attempting a step class also. After receiving many inquiries on the results of that venture, I have decided to give you all the gory details (and yes folks, I know you are laughing at me, not with me because I'm not laughing). On the bright side this was a few years back, so it wasn't a recent humiliation. I wanted to take a class at the Y, but being coordinationally challenged I … [Read more...]

On The Road Again

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My daughter received her learners permit, so anyone in the Andover/Wichita area should stay off the roads if at all possible. First of all, I can't believe she is old enough to have her permit. It makes me feel old. Actually, there are a lot of things anymore that make me feel old -- but back to the story. I started off having her drive down dirt roads.  She did alright except anytime another car would approach, she would pull to the side of the road and come to a complete stop. Every … [Read more...]

Blue, clawfoot chair

I found this chair at a yard sale, in a barn, way out in the country. It was filthy but I could see the potential.  The leather padding on the seat was still intact, it had neat claw feet, and it was actually comfortable.After cleaning 2 lbs of dirt from it, I taped off the leather seat with frog tape so I wouldn't get paint on it. I then gave it 3 coats of chalk paint, distressed it, glazed it (I didn't want it to lose the vintage feel) and coated it with wax a few times to protect it.Of course … [Read more...]