High Gloss Resin Finish

Have you ever come across the perfect piece of furniture whose top has been completely destroyed?  Or have you found a great base with an odd shape that would be perfect with a killer table top if only you could custom make a killer table top?  Today I am trying a new product by EnviroTex called EnviroTex Lite Pour-On High Gloss Finish.  This product can help you create that fabulous high gloss resin finish top!  I learned how to apply a high gloss resin finish and if I can do it, so can you!

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Envirotex High Gloss Resin Finish

ETI has been in business since 1969 and has set the standard for high gloss resin surfaces.  You can check out their website and products here.  When I heard about their products, my mind immediately went to faux marble!  I absolutely love marble but it is so expensive.  I checked out their projects on their website and indeed there were faux marble tables.  I grabbed a project piece from my project pile at my store, The Blue Building Antiques and Consignment, and got started.

ETI provided this product free in exchange for my participation in this month’s Fab Furniture Flipping Contest.  This post does contain affiliate links.

I selected a basic coffee table for my project.  We get alot of these types of coffee and side tables in my store.  We often paint them for a more contemporary look as cherry and mahogany are not so popular right now.    Here is the before photo:

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Envirotex High Gloss Resin Finish before

My plan was to use the resin to create a faux white marble top.  The product came with great instructions.  The company website also has videos and instructions for many projects, including faux marble tops.  Since I wanted to tint my resin, I called the 800 number to inquire as to they types and quantity of paints or pigments to use for tinting.  The tech, Michelle, was so very helpful and suggested against using white as my base color as the resin, like all resins, will yellow over time.  So I decided against white and settled on a gray.

I painted the coffee table with gray paint and allowed it to dry. 

the-blue-building-antiques-Alabaster-shopatblu-high-gloss-resin-finish-grey basecoat

I followed the instructions for mixing the resin.  I used 3 batches and moved quickly to complete the application within the appropriate drying time.  Once the gray was completely applied, I added some white.  I am happy with result for my first attempt at marbling!


I can’t wait to try some other furniture tops with this product.  I would love to do a kitchen or bathroom vanity counter!  So many possibilities!



This project was sponsored by Envirotex as part of The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest, a monthly contest where bloggers revamp a furniture piece using products provided by a sponsor.  Our theme for this month was “Showstopping TOPS”!

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Envirotex High Gloss Resin Finish Envirotex Logo


If you are a blogger who tinkers in furniture upcycling and are interested in participating in future contests, inquire by sending an email to

We are lucky to have the following wonderful hosts:


And this month we have a guest host as well.  Check out Sheri of Hazel and Gold Designs.  She also used Envirotex Lite on a fabulous project.  




$100 Bathroom Makeover

Lord!  My home needs ALOT of work.  I mean, I need to update, repair, refresh, you name it…it needs it!  But in this day and age, who can afford to throw $25,000 at a kitchen?  Or even $5,000 at a bathroom?  Not me!  That’s for sure!  I am thrifty and handy so I put my DIY and creative skills to work for a wonderful bathroom makeover where I spent less than $100 on some refreshing changes.  Welcome to my $100 Bathroom Makeover!

When my husband and I moved our family to Alabama some 15 years ago, we had been renting homes for over 10 years.  I was so tired of neutral beige walls!  So I painted with color…huge color.  Our living room was eggplant purple and king’s gold.  I was thrilled and it was stately…cause back then, color was stately.  Eventually we had a lime green bathroom, a coral bathroom and this one:

The Blue Building Alabaster AL Shop at Blu $100 bathroom makeover before

This color is still my favorite.  I must admit it pained me to paint over it!  But, our sweet home has served us well and she deserves an uplift.  So we are going white in this bathroom makeover!

The Blue Building Alabaster AL Shop at Blu $100 bathroom makeover large wall before

The Blue Building Alabaster AL Shop at Blu $100 bathroom makeover vanity before

Note:  This post contains affiliate links to products used in this project.  If you click on the link, i can earn a small advertising fee with no cost to you.  This helps defray the cost of blog upkeep.  Thanks!

Paint the Walls!

The first and most important change was to lighten the room so I selected a bright white. Usually I buy the cheap paint at Walmart but I splurged this time and bought Behr.  I even selected a better grade since there was a chance I would only need two coats.  And indeed only two coats were necessary.  Behr, you’ve got a new fan!

The Blue Building Alabaster AL Shop at Blu $100 bathroom makeover first coat

This is just ONE COAT of white over that vibrant turquoise!  I’m still amazed!  Just a little bit of paint made an immediate difference in this bathroom makeover.

Upgrade the Mirror!

Let’s talk about mirrors.  A mirror can literally make or break a room!  Wouldn’t you agree?  All of the bathrooms, and there are three, in my home have standard builder grade mirrors.  While I am ready to replace every single one of these with something absolutely stupendous, my $100 bathroom makeover budget kept me from doing this right now.  I am certain I will come across a real beauty for an incredible price…at some point.  So for now, I will just wait it out.  Indeed, some things are truly worth the wait!

With my $100 budget in mind, I decided to build a frame for my existing mirror.  This shouldn’t be that difficult right? Grab a few planks of wood, make angled cuts…voila! Done!  Um…right!  It’s never THAT easy!

Well I measured and cut my 45 degree angles only to realize…they were a bit wonky.  Duh! Easy fix…just return to the chop saw and make the cuts…carefully.  I spent more time on these cuts than I would have liked to but this really was my first dance with the mitre saw where I was completing tasks it was intended for…mitre cuts!  Up until now, I have merely used my mitre saw as a chop saw. My wish list now contains “laser” mitre saw.  I’ll let you use your imagination here.  Let’s just say that eventually I cut four sides to frame my mirror.  And they fit beautifully together!

My favorite stain always has been dark walnut.  I used to buy Special Walnut by MinWax.  And it was my absolute favorite…until I discovered General Finishes Gel Stain in Java. 

Here is a post about my first time using the product.  I have used this many times while refinishing furniture at my store, The Blue Building Antiques and Consignment.  So this was a given…I love this product. This is now my go to stain so naturally I used Java Gel Stain on the mirror.  I stained the wood before I assembled the mirror just for the sake of simplicity.  

In lieu of pulling out the router and making intricate engineering decisions involving grooves that fit perfectly around the already installed mirror, I decided to simply glue the wooden frame pieces onto the mirror.  Originally I grabbed some E6000 to secure the frame. But I wasn’t sure if E6000 was considered heavy duty or if it would hold up to the extremely steamy shower conditions when Number 4 returned home from college for the holidays.  I could be wrong but I felt E6000 was for smaller, lighter projects.  So I grabbed some Liquid Nails from the garage.  I applied the Liquid Nails directly onto the wood and set the first of the 4 pieces in place.  I secured each piece with duct tape to hold it in place and allowed each piece to dry before moving onto the next.  

To Towel Bar or Not to Towel Bar?

My niece and her husband, Tara and Mike, refinished their new home a year ago and they have the most lovely bathroom.  The walls are simple board and batten with a sweet simple farmhouse molding.  This was my inspiration for my towel rack.  Now I know most folks have done away with towel racks.  You just don’t see them any more.  But I am somewhat of a traditionalist, a scatter-brained eclectic traditionalist but a traditionalist all the same.  Plus, with 5 kids, nothing irks me more than wet towels thrown in a pile.  So yes…this simple towel bar-ish wall feature was a must.  Plus, it fit right into my budget since I have a pile of beautiful wood just sitting around waiting for projects!  I simply measured the distance between the edge of the shower tile and the edge of the opened bathroom door.  I cut a piece of wood that centered nicely while leaving a few inches on both sides.  I stained the wood and attached it to the wall being certain to screw into the studs at each end.

 Farmhouse Shelves!

My last impact project was to build farmhouse shelves for over the toilet.  I decided on two 29 inch shelves.  I could place these on the wall over the toilet and space them about 14 inches apart.  This would allow ample space for leaning pictures, small vases, toilet paper, etc.  Essentially I was making space in which to place things that I would have the joy of dusting time and time again.  But…the aestethics would be great!

The wall shelves are essentially three sided wooden boxes that are secured onto mounting strips on the wall.  You can read about my first time building boxes out of pallet wood HERE.  This process was similar. 

I hit the wood pile again to make some lovely shelves for over the commode…haha, sounds so much better than toilet!  And to boot, I splurged on a new toilet seat from The Home Depot.  Oh Happy Day!  It really is the small things, right???

And after a coat of Java Gel Stain, the shelves were ready to hang.

Restain the Vanity!

I grabbed the Java Gel again.  After a quick sanding, I re-stained the vanity.  Here is picture of the beginning of the staining process. 

The Blue Building Alabaster AL Shop at Blu $100 bathroom makeover java gel vanity

I still need to replace the knobs.  But again, due to budget, I will do this when I come across a great deal.  Fortunately for my budget, the knobs polished up nicely.

And the piece de la resistance is this lovely peacock stained glass light that I bought from one of my dealers for…drumroll please…$40!

And here she is:





Cost of Makeover      

   ITEM    (I’ve included my affiliate links)                                PRICE
  • 1 gallon of Behr satin paint                                                                                         $26.00
  • 1 toilet seat                                                                                                                         $22.00
  • 1 quart GF Java Gel Stain (had on hand from previous project)                       *
  • 1 shower curtain (Amazon)       THAT PRICE IS NOT A TYPO                           $11.49
  • peacock light (from The Blue Building Antiques)                                              $40.00
  • Misc decor items                                                                                                                   *
  • Total spent                                                                                                                          $99.49

All of the decor items we mine.  This is one of the perks of owning an antique store.  I have accumulated alot of items that I use for staging.  However, all of these items have accumulated over the course of 9 years.  So while I realize that many of you won’t have this volume of selection available, I encourage you to pick up one or two items that you LOVE every now and then.  This is exactly what I’ve done.  Then you will have a nice selection of items to switch out!

While this project certainly looks quite complicated, it really was not!  I finished it in only 2 days!  My Sundays are my free days and have quickly become my project days.  I broke this project down into multiple smaller projects.  While walls were drying, I was measuring and cutting wood.  While gel stain was drying, I was touching up the walls.  It was alot of fun to watch the dramatic transformation take place one step at a time.

I am sharing this post along with my blogger friends from the Inspired Makers Challenge.

For our September challenge, we’ve taken on (once again) the $100 Room Makeover! All it takes is $100, and 1 room needing an overhaul, update, refresh, restyle, or makeover.
Join the Inspired Makers Tribe for an amazing $100 Room Makeover Challenge. One room, $100. Can you refresh, restyle, makeover, or redo a room on a shoestring budget?

For our September challenge, we’ve taken on (once again) the $100 Room Makeover! All it takes is $100, and 1 room needing an overhaul, update, refresh, restyle, or makeover.
Join the Inspired Makers Tribe for an amazing $100 Room Makeover Challenge. One room, $100. Can you refresh, restyle, makeover, or redo a room on a shoestring budget?

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As always, follow along with #inspiredmakers and #inspiredmakerschallenge!









How to Make a Farmhouse Porch Welcome Sign

I have been eyeing a gorgeous Farmhouse Porch Welcome Sign for a while.  I’ve seen them on Pinterest.  I’ve seen them on blogs.  I need one!  I want one!  I have wood!  I have paint!  I can make stencils!  So here we go!  Here is a quick tutorial on how to make a farmhouse porch welcome sign!

First Things First

Although I do have a bunch of wood at my store, The Blue Building Antiques and Consignment, I was curious as to the price of plywood.  I plan on making more signs soon.  So I bought a sheet of basic plywood at The Home Depot for $19.  The standard size is 8 feet x 4 feet.  This will make 8 signs at 12 inches x 48 inches.  I used my Kreg Rip Cut Jig to cut these 8 equally sized boards.  I can’t say enough about this jig!  It makes cutting straight lines so incredibly easy!

the blue building antiques and consignment Alabaster AL diy tool guide Kreg project kit


I used my Homeright paint sprayer to easily and QUICKLY paint my 8 boards.  I painted all 8 because I know I will be making more signs.  When painting raw wood, always use a primer first.  Finish up with one coat of your color of choice.  I selected white for my sign.

If you are looking to save time when painting, I highly recommend the Homeright Finish Max paint sprayer.  It is easy to use, maintain, and will save you soooo much time!  


The Blue Building Antiques, Alabaster, AL HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer

Making Stencils

Next I grabbed by Silhouette Cameo and made the stencils for my sign.  I used basic Time New Roman font.  If you don’t have a Silhouette, you can trace letters or freehand!

The next step was stenciling!  I centered the stencils and used black paint to make my letters.

 I used paint from Plain Enterprises.  They make all kinds of wonderful craft supplies including stencils and Folk Art paint.  I love Plaid!  They provided all of the paint for a Make It Take It session that I taught earlier this year at The Philly Home Show .  You can read about the fabulous farmhouse decor clocks that we made HERE.

Where to get these tools!

Here are my affiliate links for the Homeright Finish Max,the Kreg rip cut  jig, the Silhouette Cameo and Plaid’s Folk Art Acrylic Paint:


Voila!  My Farmhouse Porch Welcome Sign!

And here is my sign!

It really was that easy my friends!  

This post is part of a sign making challenge with Gina Luker from The Shabby Creek Cottage.  Gina is a wonderful mentor to thousands of bloggers and she sponsors these challenges several time a year.  She is constantly providing guidance and inspiration to so many new and seasoned bloggers.  And besides being an incredible mentor, she is just a sweet fun person…with cool aqua hair!  You must browse through her blog!

Check out all of the incredible signs in this challenge.  And remember, alot of these projects will be as simple as mine!