Shabby Chic - Restoring and Reclaiming Furniture

Kitchen Sink Renovation & Bath Redo; Rebirth of Two Kitchens

This old cabinet was in the 'dump.'  I pulled it out, paid the $5.00 required and hauled it home. Replaced broken glass, and began sanding/re-distressing, double painting/toning and...here is a Shabby Chic beauty!
This old cabinet was in the 'dump.' I pulled it out, paid the $5.00 required and hauled it home. Replaced broken glass, and began sanding/re-distressing, double painting/toning and...here is a Shabby Chic beauty!
Al starting to dismantle the old kitchen..MY Favorite part!  I love tearing old stuff out!  The cabinets look "ok" in this pic but, believe me, they were not!
Al starting to dismantle the old kitchen..MY Favorite part! I love tearing old stuff out! The cabinets look "ok" in this pic but, believe me, they were not!
Starting to remove rust build up with my drill using a brush on the end which gets off the really difficult, years old rust
Starting to remove rust build up with my drill using a brush on the end which gets off the really difficult, years old rust
First application of Naval Jelly...let it sit for 10 minutes + and wipe clean w/cold water.. repeat if necessary
First application of Naval Jelly...let it sit for 10 minutes + and wipe clean w/cold water.. repeat if necessary
Ready for 2 nd application of NJ
Ready for 2 nd application of NJ
Painted w/oil based primer and oil based enamel paint to avoid future rusting of underside
Painted w/oil based primer and oil based enamel paint to avoid future rusting of underside
Al built the cabinet...formative stages here; we're trying sink in the cabinet in for a proper fit
Al built the cabinet...formative stages here; we're trying sink in the cabinet in for a proper fit
Al did a really great job on this cute cabinet
Al did a really great job on this cute cabinet
Kitchen in later stage...still need to find pictures of the larger window we installed and the cabinets to the right of the sink
Kitchen in later stage...still need to find pictures of the larger window we installed and the cabinets to the right of the sink
Cabin kitchen before
Cabin kitchen before
"New" antique cast iron sink installed
"New" antique cast iron sink installed
Finished cabin kitchen
Finished cabin kitchen
Cabin main room before
Cabin main room before
After...painted, added beadboard, r emoved one cabinet; added corner piece, replaced small, dry rotted window w/century old "wavy" window.
After...painted, added beadboard, r emoved one cabinet; added corner piece, replaced small, dry rotted window w/century old "wavy" window.
Taking down the wall between the old, tiny bath and the covered porch.  We leveled the floor, installed reclaimed flooring,
Taking down the wall between the old, tiny bath and the covered porch. We leveled the floor, installed reclaimed flooring,
Open space now, between old and new and what will become a really beautiful pantry
Open space now, between old and new and what will become a really beautiful pantry
Windows above tub all open wide for that 'fresh and free' feeling.  This is the North/West wall
Windows above tub all open wide for that 'fresh and free' feeling. This is the North/West wall
South west wall...placed vintage pieces in as cabinets/storage  Reclaimed old sink and two pieces next to it that I bought at (shhhhh!) Home Depot...and then painted changed knobs, etc.
South west wall...placed vintage pieces in as cabinets/storage Reclaimed old sink and two pieces next to it that I bought at (shhhhh!) Home Depot...and then painted changed knobs, etc.
Pull chain "water closet" in SouthEast corner...it works! Yes!  Had to include this because it was quite a fait accompli!  Never going back!!
Pull chain "water closet" in SouthEast corner...it works! Yes! Had to include this because it was quite a fait accompli! Never going back!!


SHABBY CHIC IS MY KIND OF STYLE

I’ve never fit in to the “nine to five” world. Having to be somewhere Monday thru Friday has never worked well with my crazy quilt personality so, I learned to create ways in which I could avoid weekly work and, in its place, create an income producing interest which managed to pay the bills as well as be a source of enjoyment and peace of mind. One of my favorite ways to do this is to create “shabby chic” pieces from old, thrown away, discarded and ill used furniture, household items and even, the kitchen sink! Following are my own personal ways to reclaim the discarded! Some of these suggestions are, probably, a bit out of the box but, so far, these formulae have worked for me!

Yearning to travel back to the past

I have always loved the Shabby Chic style since I was first introduced in the early ‘90’s. The beauty of old, delicate and intricate things; furnishings, wall hangings, fabrics, quilts…all the beautifully crafted items carefully made by expert hands. Lovely aged wooden treasures; so well made that they stand sturdy today, even after having been misused, mistreated, poorly stored or thrown away! Finely made things with delicious detail given “new” life in the hands of those who refurbish and resell these vintage gems which were found in very poor condition, in second hand stores, yard sales and the local dump! Something about this wildly popular return to the past resonates with me! I have turned my love of such things into something of a thriving enterprise as well as filled my home with some of the pieces I’ve redone. Following are some of the ways in which I have reclaimed and restored others’ cast offs.

“One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure!”

Or, in this case….One person’s trash is this woman’s treasure!!!

If the piece is heavily damaged; the first thing I do is remove all hardware and place aside carefully. Wipe or dust with a clean rag and then, using warm water and cloth, gently clean the areas which have tougher spots of dirt. Now, sanding is probably going to be the next step if the item is made of wood and has rough, splintered or deeply stained places. If the item is painted and you wish to repaint it; make sure all runs, bubbles, and scaly paint is sanded smooth or removed. To remove piled up, repainted over and over layers, use fine steel wool or 100 grit sandpaper. As you work on cleaning up the old paint, you’ll use finer and finer grit sandpaper and/or steel wool the closer you get to bare wood.

There are exceptions to every rule and here is one: I love the "crackle paint" look. Today, we try to replicate this with special paints that automatically 'crackle' as they dry. As old paint weathers and wears, it begins to degrade, causing the surface to pull apart over time, leaving an uneven, spider like surface. Believe it or not, this is considered desirable because, if it isn't too badly deteriorated, this effect is very cool! I love it! In the case of keeping the crackle finish, sanding is out of the question! If you sand, you will lose this sought after evidence of age. So, to restore or save such a piece, gently dust, wipe down w/damp rag...again, very very softly, and let it be. In some instances, it may be possible to paint the surface using clear verathane. This is a water based sealer which will protect the paint just as it is without changing the appearance or texture.

If the surface of the item is too damaged; you'll have to remove most of the old paint and sand to smoothness. Then, go ahead and try the 'premade' crackle paint. which can be found in just about any home improvement store or....as I've learned to do, paint your first layer of enamel paint, put the piece out in the sun and, before it's completely dried, apply another layer....the newer application will "curdle" and pull resulting in, when it is dried and relaxed, the appearance of aged paint. I came across this by accident and it has been working for me since then!

Some choose to leave mars such as I described, above, just as they are. Truly SHABBY but NOT chic. To obtain this “look,” I feel it is necessary to take the ruined finish down to bare wood and begin again. Prepare your project piece as I’ve described earlier. Then, you can “distress it,” or use paint in any number of ways to achieve the effect you want without having an end product that looks messy.

IT'S DISTRESSING!

Distressing can be done in any number of ways. Because old, vintage and antique "farm" furniture (usually made of pine or chestnut, etc) has been painted many times over; and bumped, thumped and, in general, 'abused' which is what adds to its charm...you might want to bump, thump and sand your way back in time. Just be careful not to do so too roughly. Just a little nick here, a sanding using more pressure to cause the appearance of constant use over the years gives that age old effect.

SO DISTRESSING

This is a way to cause a piece to appear aged and weathered without looking beat up. Lightly sanding over a paint job that, otherwise, is not too bad, is one way to do this. Using fine paper, sand in the direction of the grain which will expose some of the natural wood through the existing paint. This gives that really cool age old appearance. Another way to do this is to use several colors of paint together, lightly applying each individually but not thickly. Paint one first; wait until it is dry, buffer it a little with steel wool or very fine sandpaper, then apply the next color. Blend it into the buffered areas but not totally; so that the first color shows through…continue doing this to gain the effect you desire…which is what makes your piece completely unique and individual because no one else will have done it the same way!

WORKING ON CAST IRON

Cast iron, oftentimes, is an amalgum of several kinds of metals resulting in an end product which can be brittle or uneven. When working on old pans, wall light fixtures, standing lamps, etc. it is very important to be extra careful as even the slightest "collision" or bump can cause the piece to break in half. Naval jelly is one of my favorite products to remove old paint and rust from cast iron things. Every process to clean and refurbish delicate lamps, lights, fixtures, etc. should be done very gently and by hand. Brush off rust with fine steel wool, continue using metal cleaners such as Brasso or Wright's metal cleansers. Some prefer to leave the 'patina' which is built up over decades. In this case, simply clean w/warm water and gentle dish soap and that's it.

Naval jelly is an excellent rust remover on vintage finds such as old porcelain enamel cast iron kitchen or bath sinks. I found the greatest, heavy, 1930’s sink with dual drain surfaces on either side of the sink and thought, “ohhhhh, this would look so great in my farm kitchen!” Thus began the many steps necessary to bring the beautiful antique piece back to near perfection. First, Clean clean clean! Then, using soft scrub bleach cleansers, gently rub the surface of the enamel to get rid of deeper stains, rust stains and lime, etc. There are harsher products but, I have a hard time using these as they can, if you ‘re not careful; eat into the surface of the enamel into the porcelain.; you’ve got a bigger problem to deal with.

But, don’t despair! This, too, can be fixed! Using a combination of porcelain and enamel fill in (get this at your local ACE or Home Depot), read the directions carefully and proceed step by step.

Next, on the bare metal surfaces (not the enamel or porcelain) use a hand drill with a brush attachment to work on the harder to remove rust. Gently but with pressure, move back and forth over the rusted areas applying the pressure evenly. Always wear a mask when doing this, and safety glasses, too.

Anyway, if the bottom and backside of the sink is in need of further repair before repainting, you’ll need your Naval Jelly, some steel wool and a strong arm! Clean the surface well, rubbing off as much rust and dirt as possible. Then, apply the naval jelly to the rusty areas. Allow to sit (according to the label) and then, wipe clean….repeat if necessary. When most of the rust is gone, prime and paint using rust resistant spray paint.

At this point, the things you've worked on should be ready for display and placement..Have fun!

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Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Dear Lucky Cats,

What a great hub! I love this type of refinishing..we are all about recycling and making new things from old..You are so right anothers mans garbage is anothers treasure..thank you for the wonderful pictures and ideas..Simply awesome..voted up and all the buttons..

Sunnie


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Thank you , Sunnie!~ We're cross hubbing right now..I just finished #3...how cool! Yes, I love restoring and refinishing. I'm still looking for a file of photos from another project and , darn, can't find it...but it is of a bathroom and we had so much fun doing it. thank you as always!!!


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

lol I know we are back and forth huh? well good to see you here and there..haha Hope you have a beautiful day..

Sunnie


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Reprieve26 5 years ago from Oregon Coast

I'm SO impressed! I love to do projects like this, but my problem is the big gap between my imagination and my skill level. (chuckle) There's just something about taking an old, beaten up item and transforming it into something new. I love it!

Thanks for sharing. Voted up! :)


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Thank you so much Reprieve. I really love doing this kind of thing...and, now, I have a garage full of stuff I need to figure out what to do with!!! The fun is in the doing! I just wish I could find that file of before and after pics of so many projects...darn!!! Thank you!


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ejazahmed2609 5 years ago from Abu Dahbi, UAE

Great and different hub which has useful ideas for furnishing the house. thanks for sharing.


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

"'abused' which is what adds to its charm." Hell, I must be Prince Charming.

I am completely impressed by your skill and initiative in home improvements. Although I'm Hispanic, I do not possess the genetic traits necessary to create art from masking tape or chicken coop wire. It's brought my father much distress and shame. I'm cool with it.

I do need to get my a** in gear and learn how to do things around the house. Hammers can only go so far in fixing and unfixing things. After reading this hub, I'm inspired. I'm going to buy a Dremel drill set right now and go polish some rocks!


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

The yellow cabinet is beautiful! Thanks for the distressing hints. When you find those before/after pics, please post them.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

ejazahamed2609, welcome and thank you for visiting my hub...appreciate your comment!

Augustine..oh! I'm laughing! Too funny.."abused...I must be Prince Charming." I truly am laughing out loud! And, "there is only so much one cna do with a hammer" (my paraphrasing)..hahahahahahaha!

"Although I'm Hispanic, I do not possess the genetic traits necessary to create art from masking tape or chicken coop wire." Oh..!! What a great sense of humor...

My best friend could do nothing having to do with repair, fixing, etc... the only "tool" he knew how to use (for just about everything!!) was DUCT TAPE. I'm not kidding..so, your little examples are tearing me up! Because, I can SEE it!! haha

Hey, thank you for commenting. I really thrive in the arena of home improvement, whether I'm actually any good at it or not. I truly truly enjoy it..from tearing down walls and ripping out all the 'stuffing' behind the walls, to creating a new 'homescape' inside. Interior decorating is my love (among others) and something that always gives me a great sense of achievement. Thank you so much, Augustine, for the fun comment!!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Sally! Hi and welcome to Kathy's wacky world of worn wares! I'm looking for that file..it's in one of 3 computers, 2 fire lights and/or 2 flash drives...geesgh!!!


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texasgirlfw 5 years ago

I live these ideas. I am getting ready to redecorate and will keep these in mind.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

I did a project like this and this is woinderful to lay it out like this. I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. I must give this an “Up ONE and Useful.” I'm now your fan! RJ

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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

This good for all of you, but me, I'm on the other side of the street, sorry. Happy working.


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Deborah-Diane 5 years ago from Orange County, California

Great information on restoring old furniture. Shabby chic is definitely "in".


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

texasgirlfw, I'm glad you like these ideas and hope you do well in your efforts to decorate and refurbish. Thank you for stopping by.

Reynold J...thanks so much for the votes up and for the compliment regarding layout. I wish I could find more pics of Before and After projects...still looking. thank you for the visit and kind words.

Writer...I know what you mean. If I didn't love doing this so much...I'd probably hate iot. due to all the work,

Deborah-Diane..what a great name! Don't you love it? I have always and most of the bedrooms are done in this style..it's just so sweet! thank you for stopping by my little hub.


Becky 5 years ago

I have a china cabinet,solid mahogany from the 40's. Before I got it someone decided to redo it by just painting it with stain/varnish combo. It is a 2 piece with top and bottom, 6 and a half feet long and 6' tall. The top is all glass doors and the bottom is drawers and wood doors. It looks terrible, especially when you take the top part of it off and see that they did it without taking the top off of it. Sooner or later, I will find the time to sand it all down and redo it. I am not a fan of the shabby type so will just stain and put a varathane sealer on it. It is huge, and beautiful.

Thanks for the tip on the ceramic/porcelain. I have an old table also which has a big chip in the corner. I will be patching that as soon as I find the stuff.


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Shabby chic huh. Its my kind of style now too after eying these pics Kathy. Your the multifaceted one.:}


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

This was great Kathy. I love to refurbish old furniture too. I moved to a new home not long ago ( New to me ) and found an old tier table up in the attic, i redid the whole table. I'm really proud of it. I would much rather have it than a new one. Enjoyed your story and pictures.


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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

You are so creative - I love what you are doing!! I love the shabby chic look and it's so comfortable because with kids, grandkids and dogs running around you don't need to worry about nicking the furniture..lol!!

A big thumbs up and I've bookmarked this. It has tons of great instruction. Thank-you!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Becky! Thanks for stopping by even though this is not your preferred style...I am very pleased that some of my hints helped. In regards to restoring the piece you've described; this is pretty easy. Just use a rougher grit sandpaper (nothing lower than 60 or even 80) and carefully sand off paint that is cracking or peeling. If you can't do this due to possible damage to the cabinet, then use a stripping jel (there are many on the market..just ask the counter help) and use as directed. this is messy and no fun at all but, worth it. After removing paint; lightly sand using 80 grit - working your way to higher #'s...until the surface is smoothe...how you choose to refinish it is an individual choice..I'd use something subtle...depending on the era of the item; it may be preferable to use something w/a sheen. Thank you for stopping by...I also love the antique / vintage Victorian or EastLake or other time period pieces....check out my 'restoring an old home to it's former grandeur...we're on the same page there! Regards!

Thank you , Mr. Alastar!

Always...your table sounds terrific and I love such "finds." You've got a treasure which, I'm sure, gives your home that extra warmth and welcoming feeling..such it is w/these beautiful old things...if only they could talk!!! thank you so much, my dear, for stopping by. Kathy

Dorsi...hey there! You're one of my first HP followers-friend for so long and, so much time has gone by since we have communicated....how are you!?? SO PLEASED to see you here. Don't you just love this style!!! I discovered SS and loved it immediately. thank you for the GREAT compliment....bookmarking...that IS so nice! sincerely, Kathy


fashion 5 years ago

What a great hub! I also love this type of refinishing.Great addition.


shygirl2 5 years ago

Looks like a lot of hard work, but worth the effort. : ) Voted up and awesome. Wish I had your talent. Cool hub and photos. Thanks for sharing.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Thanks fashion!

Shygirl2. Yes, it's lots of work but so worth it. Thank you for the visit and nice comments!!


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Lucky,

I love your new avatar, beautiful...! My hubby refinishes furniture and will find this so interesting, as I did. I love this side of you as well, you have a "teacher" in your heart! Voted UP & UABI, mar.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi my dear friend Mar!!! I was just thinking about you and reminding myself that I must remember to go to your site and read your great creative work. I tried to 'join' or 'sign in' but my google acct. isn't cooperating...I'll figure it out. Same w/the Kat's Tale...I have to sign in (even though I'm an official member and contributor!!) and can't figure it out....go figure!! I LOVE shabby chic as well as the more conservative and staid Victorian design...Shabby chic is so "at home, homey, comfortable and inviting."

Hope there is something in here that is useful So good to see you here....have a great and wonderful day and...(to quote an amazing 'source') "be good to yourself."

Kathy


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Kathy,

Wow, you just continue to amaze me with your writing and variety of ideas. This one is great. Love all the ideas you shared. Uh, where do you find all this time? Just wondering . . . :)

Sharyn


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

hi Sharyn! Glad you like this...it's been sitting in Microsoft Word for a few weeks while I tried to locate files for photos...still some out there in the etherworld...I have loved Shabby Chic since I first learned of it in the late '90's..I always try to incorporate this into a room or two when decorating. I also love the traditional Victorian décor.

Since I actually turned this into an income producing hobby; it served as both business and pleasure....long story but, the beginning of this hub is true...I've always needed to find ways to 'pay the rent' and keep myself sane at the same time...this is one of those.

Always wishing you a wonderful day and much joy, Sharyn!

Kathy


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Kathy,

Loved this article about Shabby Chic. I have (in the past) totally refinished an old bedroom suite. Yesterday and today (and tomorrow) I am repainting several rooms that had old outdated wallpaper in our house. I love watching the tips on HGTV and it seems you actually perform the same as they do. Kudos to you and voting this up and useful.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Peggy! Thank you for your nice comment....and I do just love this friendly, warm and comfy style. So pretty, too. You know, honestly, I've never seen HGTV so, I'm really glad to hear that I'm on the right track. I've just learned a little here and there, hit and miss, fail/succeed..."hunt and peck!" Your comment and visit are very much appreciated, Peggy!


fashion 5 years ago

Great article.I love it


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi there fashion! I'm so glad you like this...I just absolutely love and relate to this style. It's not 'everyone's cup of tea...' but it sure rings with me! And you!! Thank you so much for the visit. kathy


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Love your big old kitchen sink. Nice job on all your projects. Voted Up.


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vintagegliders 4 years ago

Wow,what great detailed work you do.Good job! :-) Voted up!


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hello vintagegliders...thank you so much! I just love Shabby chic...it is so welcoming, warm and homey..and beautiful, too. I so enjoy working on old, beat up pieces...adding just a touch of my own to help it shine in an individual way. I really appreciate your comment! Thank you!


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Welcome vintagegliders and moonlake! I absolutely LOVE Shabby Chic and working on old pieces to create the style. Just recently, after returning to Ca., I've finally found the time to get back to this hobby and I'm loving it. Thank you for the great comments and it's always fun to meet others who love this style. Kathy


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Wow! I love changing old stuff into 'chic' usable stuff, though I never spend too much time and effort on my projects. Would have loved to, though - opportunity that has never presented itself.

Voted up, fantastic, informative and inspiring. Thank you, Lucky Cats :}


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hey! My dear Martie. I have such a great time turning old, ruined pieces of furniture into something that, today, is considered highly desirable.."Shabby Chic." I don't know if you've heard of this in your area...but it is very popular here. My downtown home (the one on which Richard and I have been working lately) is filled with this style in fact, the bathroom shown here is in that house. The other rooms (1/2 done kitchen )is in the farmhouse in Kansas and the smaller kitchen and adjunct bedroom are in a cabin on the same property. I truly love decorating and design as well as refurbishing items. Thank yo,u my dear , for the kind and always wonderful visits!!!!


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Pages-By-Patty 4 years ago from Midwest

Love this hub, Kathy!

My home, too, is florals and shabby. Although the shabby has now taken over the chic (I've got too many critters!) and will always love that style. I used to decorate friends homes with all of my frugal finds. And it was a lot of fun. You've got some real talent!


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Thank you Patty....one day, I'll share the century old home I restored along w/my friend Al...all in shabby chic...the bath pics from this hub are actually in that house...also, I wrote a hub about my Kansas home...also well over 100 years old....and all the work we did on it...somewhere here on HP...can't even remember the correct title of that one...Oh...."Restoring an old home to it's former grandeur," and "Selling my beautiful home." I thank you for another very kind comment and I find we have a great love for animals and a decorating style...great minds think alike!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Wow Ms Cats, I really enjoyed your excellent renovation ideas, and the awesome before and after photos. You've done wonders here. I am always looking for ideas, and this Hub is full of inspiration. Thank you for sharing your talent and know how. I really like the tip on the navel jelly. Also appreciate your tips on distressing with paint. Voted way up. Regards, snakeslane


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Snakeslane! I really love restoring and reclaiming old, beat up and thrown away things...it is so rewarding to see them "shine" again. And, Shabby Chic is my kind of 'style.' It's so homey and inviting; I've sold much of my big, bulky but beautiful antique pieces and replaced them with the simple, inviting SC items that now fill my home. (Easy to have my cats, too, because, all I have to do is sand and re "distress" and, voila! it's "new" again). Thank you for the visit and nice comment. Glad you can use some of these hints. Kathy


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Lovelovemeloveme 4 years ago from Cindee's Land

Oh I love the results! Sooo cozy and chic!


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Ah, thank you Lovelovemeloveme (not to be redundant but...) I just LoVE Shabby Chic. Thak you!

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