Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Triple Rocker Epilogue

You remember our Triple Rocker that my handsome handy husband and I made?  Well, it's stylin' now!  It's all decked out.  If you aren't familiar with it, let's take a look back at what became one of our most popular projects here at Furniture Flippin'.  The bulk of this post dates back to September 2013 when we first showed it to you.

One neighbor's OUR TRIPLE ROCKER!!  Thank you little J & S for prompting your parents to upgrade your sleeping situation to a set of bunkbeds.  First of all, I was a child at one time, too.  (If you ask my handsome handy husband (Triple H) he will tell you I still act like a child from time to time.  It's part of my charm, I tell him!) And as a child, I shared a set of bunkbeds with my little brother Michael.
Yes, my dad frequently called me Stevie Joe until his boy was born.  As the only male child with three older sisters, it was Michael's duty to torment us (me).  I being the closest in age to him became his victim/best friend.  I recall one morning waking up in my bottom bunk to find a fake plastic vampire bat hanging from his top bunk right in my face.  Good times!  Good times!  So, bunkbeds and siblings are a right of passage.  Have fun with them neighbor boys while WE (Triple H & I) have fun sitting on our front porch rocking the night away in our triple rocker made from your old discarded bed.

We spotted the bed about a year ago, I'd guess, in the neighbor's trash.  A quick call confirmed it was free for the taking.  So, we grabbed it.  It silently stood in our garage until this summer when it's number was called and work began on it's transformation.
We used the headboard in it's entirety. 


The footboard, however, was cut and became the sides of the triple rocker.  Not in half, mind you, because that would have made for too deep of a rocker. The newel posts on the footboard were removed and saved for another project down the road. We framed the rocker with wood we had salvaged from an old project.
There's the framing in of the seat.  Look at our Heavy Metal Industrial Entertainment Center peeking out behind it!  (Buy me for your Man Cave!  I'm one of a kind!)

At this point we started discussing options for the armrests.  That's when I remembered my little $3 table I had picked up when shopping for The Park Ridge Project.  It was a short table at 17".  Not really a practical height for a table if you ask me.  Weird really.  I suggested we use the table top for the armrests.  

Those table legs we saved for another project some day.  Or a sword fight among kids would be fun, too!  Always use your imagination people.  

After cutting the armrests, I sanded and stained them while handsome handy husband made the rockers...
Putty was used to fill in the areas where the headboard originally attached to the side rails.  The chair went up on the lift and the rockers were applied.  

Then of course we had to test it out and it rocked!  (We still see you peeking out from behind there you awesome head bangin' former dumpster dresser!  We love and adore you.)
Now that the construction was pretty much completed, it was time for yours truly to do the finishing work - painting & staining.  Fun, fun!  

While the bed was made from Maple, the table top turned armrests were Hickory.  I couldn't paint over that beautiful woodgrain, and as I mentioned above they were stained.  The rest was all painted black from our paint stash.  Then distressed and stained with an aged oak gel stain from our stain stash.

As is our way, whether it is a remodeling project or a furniture project, we ALWAYS sign our work.  I hope I'm a ghost one day (in a 100 years would work) and can see the reaction of the future occupants of our home when they find all of the little notes hidden inside the walls of this old house.  Then once they discover them, I'll jump out and yell "BOO!".  

I tend to leave longer notes if it's for the house's future owners or ourselves.  I wouldn't normally leave such a long note on a furniture project to sell.  This rocker is a keeper, thus the wordiness hidden under the seat.  

That was it.  After all of that work our neighbor's former bed was turned into our Triple Rocker.  Here she is in all her glory...

Some close-ups...
We love this rocker.  We imagine rocking many a night away in it.  Let's take one more look and then that's the last you'll hear from us on this until we make the next one.  

If YOU have a furniture flip you'd like to share with our readers, please feel free to email before & after pics with all of the details to me at .  If you have any questions on any of the flips we feature here, also don't hesitate to email us.  If it's not one of our flips, we'll put you in touch with the ones who did flip it.  

Finally, if you haven't subscribed yet by email to the blog, do so today!  We'd hate for you to miss out on all the cool furniture flips we share.  Only a small fraction are ours, the rest all belong to YOU talented people.  Thanks for coming along with us on this fun project.  Furniture Flippin' Facebook friends were treated to updates along the way.  We appreciated your support and encouragement throughout this Triple Rocker Project.  

Oh, handsome handy husband - YOU ROCK!  Without your carpentry skills this would just be a bed taking up space in the garage.  

UPDATE - July 2014 - Okay let me just tell you this...the Triple Rocker is totally awesome.  We love it madly.  However, it was totally uncomfortable.  Was being the operative word.  No longer though!  Thanks to our dear friend Elly of Elly's Custom Upholstery (located in Green Cove Springs, Florida) it is now all dressed up with a custom cushion and matching pillows.  I selected the indoor/outdoor fabric from swatches that Elly carries and she created this beautiful cushion.  Now it's comfortable to sit and rock on.  Check it out...

Isn't it gorgeous?  I can't wait to sit out there on my porch and wave at all of the speeders and people who drive by while talking on their cell phones.  I'll have a better view of them now, seeing how the cushion is 3" thick and Triple H also shortened our too-tall front porch railing by a few inches.  I may even be able to get license plate numbers now!  Hehehehe...have you made YOUR Triple Rocker yet?  Send me a picture of it if you have!


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Taking A Break...

Dear readers and furniture flippers, I want to say how very much your participation in this blog has meant to me.  Your support is so appreciated.  At this time, I will be taking a break from technology.  So, the blog will be on hiatus for a length of time which is still to be determined.  

Take care,

Friday, May 2, 2014

Green With Envy...

I'm being left behind!  I know I am not the only chicken when it comes to fun colors but the members of my group are one by one...others are stepping out of their comfort zone and stretching their color wings.  Say hello to Dena Billingsley and her husband Mick  of Richmond, Texas.  They recently acquired some of Dena's great-grandmother's old furniture including this buffet.

Dena was really wanting to add color to this piece and after searching for some inspiration on the internet (including our blog - Thanks so much Dena!) she threw caution to the wind and just went for it.  As you can see this piece was sturdy but it had some veneer issues.  

So, they removed the offending veneer.  Then before they painted it, they applied some Kilz Primer.  

After the entire piece was primed, they stood back and admired it in white.  Did they stop there?  No!  Would I have stopped there?  I don't know.  It's at this point that I would have chickened out and grabbed a neutral color.  Or at least I would have before I saw what comes next.  What comes next is really good...

They applied Rustoleum's "Eden" in a satin finish.

They weren't finished yet.  The final step was to apply a glaze to the buffet.  

What a gorgeous choice that was.

Check it out now...

Stunning!  I love how the dark glaze settles into the details and really makes the whole piece come together.  Beautiful job!

Dena has since completed even more furniture and though she currently just does the flips for herself, she does admit to being hooked.  

Thanks so much Dena & Mick for sharing your furniture flips.  Keep 'em coming!  

Dear readers, that concludes one more week of Furniture Flippin'.  This week went by fast, too!  Don't forget to get your flips in if you have them.  Email me before/after pictures and a lot of details to .

Have a great weekend!
~ Stephanie

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Shellac(s)! You Turn Out Gorgeous!

Well, Mr. Duncan Phyfe you had seen better days.  At one time you were scratch free and brand new.  As with all of us, as time goes on, we lose our luster and deep lines start to appear.  Oh, how I wish it were so easy for us humans to become as youthful in appearance as it is for you and the furniture sect you hang out with it.  That's not to diminish the work that Gina from Re-inVintage did to you.  Because it wasn't without effort that you became gorgeous again.  Let's take a look at how Gina found you...

Gina says "there wasn't much wrong with it as is, except for a few deep scratches. I personally didn't think the finish showed it's true beauty and gorgeous grain through all of the "shellackedness".  Yeah, that's a word...I promise."  (Readers - if you use that word credit Gina.  That way if someone says it's not a real word then you can blame her.  Remember, that veneer-ial disease in relation to bad veneer is totally MINE though you are free to use that word, too.)

Gina painted the base and pretty legs with a pale icy blue shade. 

The top was then sanded...a lot.  She hand scraped it for a more rustic appearance. 

Finally, she stained it in a rich, custom mix and poly'd him up. 

She left the original drawer pull after oil rubbing it a bit. 

Let's take another look at the finished table...

Told ya!  Gorgeous!  Re-inVintage is located in Jacksonville, Florida in this super cute shop located at 12561 Philips Highway.  Isn't that adorable?  Gina says the mission of her business is upcycles with a {Re} a portion of the profits benefit charity.  She is also working on a line of pieces called the "Survivors Collection".  These will be pieces that she's refurbished and will donate to victims that are transitioning out of domestic violence shelters.  Gina feels that is her calling.  (How awesome is that?)

You can see more of Gina's work on her Re-inVintage Facebook page.  Get over there and make her day today.  She's recovering from a car accident she had this week so she can use our cheering up.  Let's try and push her likes to over 1,000, too!  Let her know you saw her on Furniture Flippin'.  Remember when I showed you this piece last October?

Thanks so much Gina for sharing your gorgeous furniture flip!

Dear readers, one more flip left this week.  Is it yours? It could very well be...if you've sent one in.

See you tomorrow!
~ Stephanie

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hoarders - Furniture Edition

Oh, Chris Reed, I had high hopes for your furniture addiction and your tendency to not let go of the pieces you've flipped.  Remember, dear readers, when I showed you this piece that Chris had stripped, flipped and then gave it the bird?  Remember when I told you then (clear back in August, 2013) that she had a problem and was finally ready to kick those birdies out of the nest?  Well, like any furniture junkie, she's not quite over her obsession. 

Case in point:  this piece she picked up at her local Habitat For Humanity ReStore last Fall.  (YES!  Last FALL.  See?  Right after I ran her piece last year.  Tsk, tsk Chris...) 

I have to say I applaud Chris' efforts in saving this piece.  She told me it was in dire straits.  Somebody had put a < < < faux finish on it that wasn't cutting it.  We've seen good faux finishes here and bad ones.  This one was not of the good variety.  It also sported a backer board that was smelly, moldy and warped.  (I'm like Chris, that's the EXACT kind of piece that would tug at my heartstrings.  I wouldn't have been able to walk away from it either.  I'd be thinking, "If I don't buy it, WHO WILL?" - kind of like that stuffed blue Easter bunny with one ear I told you about awhile back.) 

Chris lugged it home and the first thing that went was the backer board.  Then she sanded the entire piece trying to remove as much of the faux finish as possible.  (That picture above is after sanding and after the backer board was removed.)  Her next step was
to fashion a new back from lathe strips.  Since the bookshelf only came with two shelves, she had her friends at Lowe's cut her new shelves.  

On to the painting.  She did a wash over the lathe pieces using American Paint Company's Surfboard mixed with some Home Plate.  For the new shelves, they received a wash of APC's Sackcloth, from the Ellis Collection.  The old shelves got Sackcloth full on, to cover what was left of the faux finish. The outer part of the bookcase was decked out in APC's Home Plate with some crackling here and there.  

Let's take a look at the entire finished piece...

You may be asking yourself, "Did she sell this one or did she keep it?"  Wonder no more.  She kept it.  It's now holding her collection of paint.  Chris needs to just admit that she runs a Halfway House for furniture.  Some pieces may never leave, while others will.  

Chris is based in Kalamazoo, Michigan but she partners up with her sister (who is based in Chicago) and together they make up "Tattered Bird Treasures".  While I don't have a website to direct you to yet, dear readers, as soon as they start one, I'll be sure and let you know.  In the meantime, please feel free to leave your comments here for Tattered Bird Treasures.  

Thanks so much Chris for sharing your fantastic furniture flip! 

Can you believe the month of April is over at midnight tonight?  Where have these last four months went?  2014 is flying by.  If you haven't submitted your furniture flip yet, please get right on that, will ya?  Email me before/after pics and plenty of details to .  Hurry up!  2015 will be here before you know it.  
See you tomorrow!
Go make a basket, hang it on your neighbor's front door knob, ring the bell and run tomorrow!
~ Stephanie 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The View Outside Her Window...

It's almost warm enough for porch sitting at Durdanation.  (That's the title of my not yet a reality show starring me and whoever crosses my path.)  From my view on the back porch I can set my clock by a guy who rides his bike past every single day at 4:38pm.  Same guy, same bike, same basket on the bike carrying a case of beer.  I'm pretty sure it's NOT the same case of beer in that basket every day though.  I feel like I'm in an episode of "Groundhog Day" when I see him.  If I move to the front porch, (where the Triple Rocker resides) I get a steady stream of people going past.  There is usually a guy on a unicycle that rides by.  (There are TWO guys in our town who ride unicycles.)  There is a couple that walk by for exercise every evening.  They walk to the corner, turn around and head back.  I know that the wife will not head back until she taps the telephone pole first.  

As far as animals go, we have rabbits, squirrels and birds.  We've never had anything stroll by like Sherri from {Simply Paint It} encounters in her town.  

Check out what meandered into her neck of the woods one day.  Sherri said that was a Baby Moose and not even a grown one.  I can't imagine.  The closest thing we had like that in our neighborhood was a lady riding her horse down the sidewalk.  At the time I saw that, I wondered if she carried a big pooper scooper and a plastic bag like dog owners have to.  

But, this isn't about the large oversized animals that Sherri shares her town with or the cast of characters that reside in my community.  Nope.  This is about Furniture Flippin' (as the blog name implies) and what Sherri did to this nondescript entry table.  

Sherri got her hands on this table and knew it needed a bit of color to spruce it up.  She chose Old Town Paints in the shade of Avocado Green.  After painting, she lightly distressed it and gave it a coat of glaze.

Let's take a look at the after...

Tada!  {Simply Paint It}!?!  I'd say it's SIMPLY FABULOUS!  This isn't the first time I've shown you Sherri's work.  Remember this piece?  

Sherri is currently based in Alaska.  She's been super busy.  Go check out her {Simply Paint It} Facebook page to see all that she has been up to!  Let her know you saw her on Furniture Flippin'.  

Thanks so much Sherri for making the world of Furniture Flippin' a better place.  Keep on flippin' on!  

Dear readers, I shortchanged you again this week.  If you are followers of our Facebook page then you know I was busy over the weekend.  So busy.  Stripping paint off of 14 drawers, one desk and three sides of a dresser.  I should have listened to my mother when she told me not to be grow up and be a stripper.  Stripping sucks!  Especially stripping 5 layers of paint from a dresser.  Let's see, there was light blue, dark blue, peach, cream, white...I think that's all of the colors I encountered.  So, that is why you were not shown a new flip yesterday.  4 out of 5 days won't be bad though.  We'll get through the week.  I can't say the same for my stiff neck or sore shoulders. 
I'll see YOU tomorrow!
~ Stephanie

Friday, April 25, 2014

I Am One Step Closer... NOT being a lily-livered fraidy-cat when it comes to color.  As you may or may not know, I covet yellow or the color of mustard on furniture.  I heart it big time!  The one time I started painting a piece yellow, though it turned out looking like that > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > and I ran away like a baby chicken on Easter.  Only to return and paint over it with white.  (Bawk!  Bawk!)

Lucky for us though that Stacy from Zany Zinnia isn't afraid of paint color.  She was able to accomplish what I have not.  Here's the scoop.  Stacy was perusing her local Craigslist when she came across this dresser.  She knew the moment she saw it that she had to buy it.  Once home, however, Stacy wasn't quite sure how she wanted to transform it, so it patiently waited while other projects came and went.  

Stacy is in the middle of preparing to open her Zany Zinnia shop in historic downtown Dell Rapids, South Dakota.  One day she took stock of the painted pieces she had completed and felt that she needed to paint something either grey or yellow.  As she was debating which color to use, a friend chimed in, "Yellow!"  So, yellow it would be.  But, which piece would become yellow?  One look at her inventory and Stacy knew it was this piece.  

Stacy chose The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company's Marigold.  Normally, Stacy avoids sanding or stripping furniture beforehand because she likes the textures that are revealed when distressing the piece after painting.  In this case, she did sand the top that had some blemishes and need a couple of spots filled.  After that, she applied three coats of the Marigold.  Stacy distressed the edges to bring out some of the details and followed that with an application of Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Wax, using the dark wax in the grooves to highlight them.  The original hardware was perfect as is, so Stacy kept them.  

Let's take a look at this beauty now...

Impressive!  This piece is not only pretty, it's for sale, too!  It'll be at the grand opening of Zany Zinnia.  Be sure to check out the Zany Zinnia Facebook page for updates on their store's debut.   You'll find more pictures of her work there as well.  Head on over and let her know you saw her on Furniture Flippin'.

Thanks so much Stacy for sharing your gorgeous furniture flip!

That brings this week to a close.  I still can't believe how fast it went.  Just because it's Friday though doesn't let you off the hook as far as Furniture Flippin' goes!  Nope!  You have homework to do.  You need to send me the BEST FLIP  YOU'VE EVER DONE!  That's right.  The one that is YOUR FAVORITE.  Send me before/after pics and a ton of details to .  
Have a great weekend!
~ Stephanie