Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Headlight Refinishing Part 2

For those of you who may not have had the change to check out my post, here is the direct link. Veronika over at Fabulous Daily Deals has many daily posts and you may have had a hard time finding mine. Enjoy!

Fabulous Daily Deals

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Guest Post at Fabulous Daily Deals!

Hello Everyone! long time, I know... Sorry about that. Today I was asked to guest post over at Fabulous Daily Deals . Veronika is one of my blog buddies that I met a Blogalicious 2010. Her site has all sorts of amazing deals which she updates several times a day. Anyhow, head on over and check out how I "refinished" the headlights on my car.... Cause that's what I do folks. :)

Friday, October 29, 2010


I have several new followers! Welcome to Refinish It All! I had some increased traffic this week due to my feature on Better After (Thanks Lindsey!!) 

I am working on several projects that I will be posting about over the next couple of weeks... I am currently finding myself in a bit of a "project bottleneck". I am about halfway done with them all. HAHA!  Here is a brief list of what you have to look forward to:
  • 3 different refinished lamps... (yes, 3 of them)
  • Refinished Dining Room Table (here's a sneek peek--)

  • Dining end chairs (also in the picture above)
  • Small side/coffee table refinish (havent decided which route to take yet)
  • Standing mirror (it is peeking into the left of the above picture.)
  • MANY MORE!!!!!
So, as you can see... I am up to my ears in projects. As I start posting about the individual projects you can also expect to see how the different rooms in my cute cottage come together.

STAY TUNED!!!!!!!!

(All pics above are from my old Blackberry, apologies for the poor quality :( ) 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

I am Being Featured today!!

Please pop over to Better After today and check out my bench re-upholstery feature!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Going over the blogs in my Google Reader this morning, I come across a giveaway update and realize my name is listed!! Brooke at All Things Thrifty got together with PC Fallon for a $100 promo code giveaway... and I won! Thanks Brooke & PC Fallon

What will I get?!
Maybe a couple of reed diffusers by La Tee Da like this one...

Or some awesome body care products from Badger Balm. They have healing balms, lips balms, cuticle and hand care as well as soothing balms of all kinds.

So Many Choices!! I am really excited to start my shopping! Please check out the PC Fallon site, their products are fantastic. Also, stop by All Things Thrify and see what Brooke is up to!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Invisalign Please Be Mine!!

I am at the Blogalicious weekend in Miami Beach, and having a blast. I met the folks over at Invisalign and they told me they were giving away a free Invisalign treatment!  Why do I want this? 2 reasons... My parents did everything they possibly could to give me a good life growing up. At 16 they took me to an orthodontist, (at my request) and got braces. unfortunatly, even though I did everything I was supposed to do, including wear my retainers... my teeth shifted. My wisdom teeth grew in further and pushed all my teeth back. I want to give my parents the result they paid for, because I am grateful for everything they did for me.

Also, after getting my wisdom teeth out, my top teeth shifted and now there are gaps in the back of my teeth and hurt when I eat... this is not a good thing, seeing as how I LOVE to eat.

I hope Invisalign chooses me!!! Please!!!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Glam Black Mirror

As I build my very own hollywood glam space, I keep looking for pieces that add a special touch. As I scour through websites and books trying to really understand the details of Hollywood Regency decor I fall in love with several mirrors... like this one listed on Ebay for $629!!

Soooo. My search begins. I kept coming across this mirror on Craigslist, listed by a local thrift store:  FOR ONLY $25!!!!!!!  Woo-Hoo!
I taped off the inside portion with the help of my trusty blue tape and the most recent Crate & Barrell catalog. (after I finished my shopping, of course)

Then, I did about 4-5 light coats of Rust-Oleum Lacquer spray paint in black. (my favorite as of late) I did all these light coats to ensure I got good coverage in all the little nooks and crannies this mirror has.
By the way... I have a new best friend. I was having an issue with chronic spray paint finger... no longer an issue. Maybe the whole world knows about this, but I was pretty excited to find out about it. :) cheap thrills, what can I say!
Ta-Da!! I love this thing!

Anyhow, I took the finished mirror and placed it on the wall above my bench. I LOVE IT!!! and it wasn't $629. :)   $25 bucks, plus some spray paint, and a little love is all it takes. I present my Hollywood Glam Mirror for under $30!

What do you think? I am debating if I want to add a coat of glossy finish to give it a little extra shine.
Yes? No?

I have linked to:

The DIY Show Off

Texas Monkey

I have been featured!

I just got an email from Roeshel at The DIY Showoff that my bench project was being featured today!! Yai!! It is my first feature and I am SO excited.  I can't wait to showoff more projects on my blog.
The DIY Show Off

Monday, October 4, 2010

Blogalicious 2010!

This weekend I am attending Blogalicious 2010 in Miami Beach. This will be my very first blogging event, and I am SO excited! The agenda looks really exciting. There are several General Session covering many topics, but I am most looking forward to the "breakout sessions" where you can choose what type of speaker you would like to see. The three areas they are offering are: Lifestyle, Entrepreneurial, or Technical. I can't wait to get back and dive back into my blog with a new wealth of knowledge.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Ghost Chairs

Apologies for being disconnected for a couple days, I was dealing with some sort of flu/fever/coughing/annoying/glad it's almost over situation...  In the meantime, I have been plotting the design of my dining area with a friend and concluded that I NEED to have these chairs. The Victoria Ghost Chair by Kartell. They seem to go for several hundred dollars each. (the "original"ones anyway...) the ebay reproductions will suit my purposes just fine. 
Victoria Ghost Chair by Kartell
Now also searching for the perfect couch for my perfectly small, fantastically beautiful space. more will be posted of this whole process as is goes on.

Monday, September 13, 2010

THE Bench.

I found this little beauty on Craigslist about 2 months ago, paid $20 bucks for it. After driving around with it in the back of my VW Golf, I finally brought it inside. Then, I proceeded to stare at it for about a month. I think I was possibly a little overwhelemed with the idea of it... but finally i tackled. Before I go any further, I will state that I have never done anything like this before. I armed myself with an electric staple gun, many staples, a couple different size screwdrivers, needlenose pliers.. and that about it. no fancy upholstery tools.

Flipped the sucker over, and got to work.

I started taking out staples... then I took out some more staples...

This next part is contains one of the few components I reused. It is the metal piece that attaches the sides or backs of chairs and sofas without showing seams.  it has prongs and gets hammered in. Oh well, i will figure out what that is called some other time.

So, here is my advice for this whole process. after taking the whole thing apart, dont wait 3 weeks to put it back together. You will forget the order things need to go back on. I'm just sayin.
First things first, I painted the legs with Rust-oleum Lacquer paint in Black.. I was pretty happy with the finish, except it dripped easily. But I think that just means I have to work on my technique. :)

The fabric I chose to re-cover the bench with was much thicker than the original, so a little compensation had to happen when cutting the pieces. (which were of course cut from the fabric removed as a pattern) I cut the new pieces just a bit bigger than the previous ones.

Starting with the arms, i placed one of the old pieces on to better understand how the folds went. It worked really well!!!

The Buttons for the arms presented a challenge. The fabric was too thick to fit inside the button, so I got creative and sewed and hot glued the fabric on.

The piping on the front and back also created a challenge... I dont currently have a sewing machine, and I was not about to hand sew the piping which i created with some hot glue and a little love, to the attaching piece of fabric. my next idea comes in: Hem tape. This worked well until I had to staple that piece of fabric to the bottom and it started pulling... hence exhibit A:

(I will fix this later.. more to come)

And now, presenting.... my first completed project!!!

Linking to:

In the begining there was me... and some stuff I bought to re-finish.

I have embarked on my first refinishing project. A little about me.. I am a 20- something year old girl that is discovering many new things about life. In a way, just starting to live. I want to share my new love for re-finishing things for my home, and my experiences in trying new things.

At this particular moment, I am on a learning journey about refinishing things. from re-upholstering, to painting, maybe a little electric work... who knows. When I get an idea, I will do a little research, ask around and get to it. I want this blog to be a bit of a "how to" with some personal touches added for fun.

I currently live in an adorable rented cottage, so no major remodeling will be occuring... but I am in love with all things Hollywood Glamour and luxurious. Crystal, mirrored furniture, laquered pieces, silk, sheers, etc. I love it all and am slowly creating my own glamourous space, piece by piece.

My first project is this lovely bench...
THE BENCH. (sorry for the poor quality pic, this was pre-camera)

More to come later...
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