Waterfall Dresser Upcycle

For me, the beauty of repainting and restoring furniture lies in the ability to completely change the look of piece of furniture.  A little paint goes a long long way to renewing and transforming an old and tired piece.  Let’s face it…the quality of new furniture today is nowhere near the quality of older pieces.  Every furniture painter has a different way of interpreting the curves, the wood, and the hardware on a piece of furniture.   If you ask three different artists to paint the same waterfall dresser blue, you will have three very different looking dressers.  One thing that can completely change the look of a piece of furniture is the hardware.  

By simply switching out the hardware, you can completely dress up a piece or just simply it.  This is a quick and inexpensive way to transform furniture.


Here is a piece I recently restored.  This is the before photo.  It is a  waterfall chest.  I’m not really sure why someone would use this color scheme but perhaps Caesar needed a new dresser to place beside his chariot.  Or maybe it was a gag project. 

The Process

I sanded and stripped the wood, painted the edges, and stained the top, sides and the drawers.  This waterfall dresser was in amazing condition.  The wood beneath the paint was absolutely beautiful.  There were no major or even minor mars or imperfections.  The before hardware consisted of 4 drawer pulls and 2 knobs that I believe were all original.  Waterfall pieces are not very popular these days.  They are usually the last ones to sell in my store The Blue Building Antiques and Consignment.  I frequently paint old pieces to freshen them up and make them more contemporary.  With the current farmhouse trend, waterfall pieces just aren’t that desirable, at least not in their original state.  However, a little paint and stain can go a long way.  Add some beautiful hardware and embellishments, and you have a stunning contemporary piece.

New hardware for this waterfall dresser was provided by D.Lawless Hardware as part of this month’s Fab Furniture Flipping Contest.   D. Lawless Hardware has been in business for 30 years providing a myriad of cabinet hardware to businesses, home builders, crafters, DIY blogs, corporations and online customers.  D.Lawless provided hardware to all of the contestants for free in exchange for writing a blog post about the projects.  I’ve used their hardware in the past and am always super satisfied with the quality and assortment of products.  Here is another project in which I used D.Lawless Hardware.

I selected the following items from D. Lawless Hardware, which were provided to me for free, as a FFFC participant, in exchange for this post about my furniture flip.  

The Blue Building Antiques Shopatblu  DLawless Solid Brass Classic Floral Knob W/Backplate
Solid Brass Classic Floral Knob W/Backplate
The Blue Building Antiques Shopatblu DLawless Birch Plume Applique Pair
Birch Plume Applique Pair

I thought the shiny gold would stand out against the dark stain.  To dress up the piece, I selected the applique pair.  I painted them white and installed them on the drawer fronts with glue.  

I painted the appliques white, glued them to the drawer fronts  and installed the beautiful knobs.  I had to drill new holes for the gold knobs.  Usually you will need to fill the old holes, sand and restain or paint.  In this case, however, the applique embellishments covered the original holes so I didn’t need to make these repairs.


And here is the finished piece.  

I think the appliques and the beautiful gold knobs help add and air of elegance and beauty to the piece.  What do you think?

There is something about the rich color in a newly stained piece of furniture…so deep and rich!

And a view of the sides.  I love the contrast of the dark stain with the vivid white.









The Fab Furniture Flipping Contest is a monthly contest in which bloggers flip a piece of furniture in conjunction with the monthly theme.  This month’s theme is Make It Pretty. 

We have 5 wonderfully talented hosts in this group:  Evey (Evey’s Creations), Scottie (Saved by Scottie), Christie (Ritzy Parties Inc.), Jodi (Glittered Barn Designs), and Jes (My DIY Envy).

You can check out Jen’s project using the fabulous D. Lawless Hardware here!  At the end of her post you will see all of the projects entered into this contest!  What a variety!

If you are an active blogger and are interested in participating in future contests, contact info@eveyscreations.com.






Spring succulent planters

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a sucker for succulents!  I love them!  I can’t get enough of them!  The front walkway of my store, The Blue Building Antiques and Consignment, is filled with succulent planters year round!  The beauty of succulents is that they multiply in the hot weather and are hardy enough to return the following spring in Alabama.  And what’s even better?  You can plant them in anything…tin cans, pots, china cups, old hats, and yes, even shoes!

One of the best things about succulents is that they propagate quickly.  Mine have even doubled in number over one season.  In most cases, you just break of a piece and tuck it into some dirt.  Shortly you will see new growth.  Grab those new babies and expand your collection of succulent planters!


Our succulent shoes are hands down the most commented upon displays at our store!  Who doesn’t love shoes and who doesn’t love succulents??!!!

But, I love to plant in all sorts of odd containers…the rustier, the better!  Here is a collection of my favoriten succulent planters from the last few years at The Blue Building!





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Succulents are the perfect plant for beginning gardeners because, well quite frankly, they are difficult to kill.  Water them sparingly and they will thrive.  Here in Alabama, they multiply quickly as well.


  • Select a vessel or container (or pot or shoe or can or vase).
  • Make a hole for propper drainage (it’s critical that the water does not pool)
  • Put some soil in your container.
  • Fill the container with succulents.
  • Water and allow to dry between watering.
  • Enjoy your succulents!

Here is a link to a post where I give you step by step instructions in detail.

You can buy succulents online if your local garden center does not have them in stock.  I am including affiliate links below.  However, most garden centers, including Lowe’s and Walmart will stock up on these in spring.



Grab some succulents and get going!  Spring is just around the corner!

The Blue Building Antiques, Alabaster AL Deck makeover on a budget chicken feeder



DIY Picture Frame with NO Power Tools

Why do I always wait to the last minute for projects that have a deadline?  I would say it’s because I have a retail store, The Blue Building Antiques and Consignment in Alabaster, AL, but I did the same thing with projects and papers in college.  So apparently this is actually an innate part of my personality.  I guess I just work better under pressure.   Just to make me feel better, let’s pretend it really is because I have a retail store (which really is a valid reason).  And as all retail owners know, you have a million projects to do!  Magnify that DIY project list if you are a DIY junkie who want to do ALL OF THE PROJECTS. So when Gina Luker, blogger and coach extraordinaire at The Shabby Creek Cottage, threw out a DIY picture frame challenge, I was excited.   And I needed a quick and easy project.  So I decided to make a DIY picture frame with NO power tools…this would appeal to many beginners!

This post is for my friends who are still afraid of power tools, and for my friends who want to do a super quick project.  Let’s make a DIY picture frame WITHOUT power tools!

Projects are even better when you already have the supplies laying around your house or garage or workshop.  

Here are the supplies:


STEP ONE :  Design your DIY picture frame

Find two pieces of wood that compliment each other and made a nice match.  My wood pieces are actually pieces of antique doors.  In November, I participated in Vintage Market Days of Birmingham.  The sweet show coordinators, LaDon and Hannah asked me to bring some of our antique and vintage doors for decorating the venue.  The doors are old and some are very heavy and a few were damaged in transport.  If you’ve been in my store, The Blue Building, then you know that I don’t throw anything away that can be recycled or reused.  So I dismantled the doors and saved the wood.  Much of it is for sale at The Blue Building.  The rest is awaiting use in some phenomenal project…like this DIY photo frame without power tools!  Here is a post that tells you how I got this chippy goodness on these doors!  And be sure to look for the pink door from which these panels originated.

And how about these chippy beauties?  One side was pink and one white.  I selected white for this project so that the frame would be more versatile.

So select the size of wood that you need.  I used two rectangular pieces.  You can use square or any shape at all.  My plan was to display more than one photo so I chose this size and shape.  Lay out the wood, hold a few photos up to ensure the size is correct.  Here is what I ended up using:


STEP TWO: Assemble your DIY picture frame

I glued the two pieces of wood with some gorilla glue.  I tried this new product, Gorilla Glue Contact Adhesive Clear Grip.

It is a contact cement.  I remember my mom using something similar to repair broken figurines, candy dishes, and Christmas decor when I was little.  The smell brought back memories!  Do you remember the contact cement that came in a yellow and green metal tube??  I was anxious to try this product so I squeezed it liberally onto the wood and conjoined the two pieces of wood.  The package says it bonds in just seconds but this did not.  I am assuming it was because of the size of the piece.  Perhaps a tea cup handle would bond instantly.  I went to move the wood and it wiggled and moved.  I couldn’t remember where my clamps were, so I placed heavy items on them to hold them firmly as the glue dried.  Are you like me?  Using whatever is nearby to get the job done?

Haha.  I started with the library stool but it wasn’t heavy enough so I grabbed this super heavy palm tree candelabra.  Go ahead and laugh, but that candle stick is weighty!  Still needed more weight so I admitted defeat and grabbed something with real weight. 

Everyone just happens to have a galvanized bucket full of wrought iron fleur de lis finials nearby, right?  I thought so!

STEP THREE:  Attach photo clips

I love the wood look and ease of clothes pins as clips to hold the actual photos.  It would be so easy to switch out pictures.  I was trying to decide whether to paint or stain the clothes pins.  I decided that I liked the natural wood so I left them as it.  But wouldn’t they be cute painted bright aqua or red?

Next, I place the clothes pins in different positions and actually clipped them onto photos and placed them randomly on the boards.  I was using standard sized photos.  So once I decided where I wanted the clothes pins, I was ready to secure them.  I wanted the clothes pins to dry quickly to avoid the possibility of them moving or being knocked out of position.  So I decided to us a different glue product.

I grabbed some DAP Rapidfuse All Purpose Adhesive and applied a thin stripe to the back of the clothes pin and pressed it onto the wood.  I held it there for about a minute and then gently released the pressure.  It seemed good so I repeated the process with another clothes pin.  I allowed an hour for complete drying.

The frame is ready to prop onto mantle or bookshelf as is.  

STEP FOUR:  Attach hardware to hang 

This last step is optional should you want to hang your frame on the wall.  You have several options.  I frequently make my own hooks to hang signs, etc. onto the wall.  All you need are a few paper clips or Christmas tree hooks.  Twist them like shown in the following video. 

Once shaped, you can simple hot glue them into place on the back of your item.  This technique is great for lightweight items.  I would not use these on items heavier than one pound.


For heavier items, you can attach the hooks with a staple gun.  The staples keep the hooks more permanently affixed, where as the glue can easily be removed or pulled off.  And a third option is to buy saw tooth hangers or picture hanging hooks.  These are available at Walmart or any hardware store.  

I think I will make some of these in different sizes to take to Vintage Market Days of Mobile next month!  They were super easy and, if I do say so myself, super cute!





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. 

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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 info@eveyscreations.com.

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!