DIY'er Gone Wild (with an emphasis on the ER)

Well, I didn't actually visit the Emergency Room, but I probably should have!  I've been busy trying to ready as many things as possible for the Grand Opening of my booth at Hello, Sailor!  

In my rush to "do it all" I dropped 2 doors on my right foot.  It's a lovely shade of green right now but at least my limp is gone!  A few days later I sliced my hand on an upholstery nail and decided a tetanus shot was in order.  I have to admit, the sore muscle from the shot is almost worse than the pain in my foot.

Okay, that's about enough hobbling around and complaining for one day!  I want to show you one of the beauties I've been working on! 

 Before (okay, I'd already started so it's not a true before pic)


I stripped off the original finish and stain to uncover a beautiful wood grain.
Then I dyed the wood using the vinegar solution that I love (read all about it HERE) and finished the cabinet with 3 coats of wipe-on poly.

The drawer and doors got a coat of Annie Sloan Old White, but I decided the contrast was too stark with the dark ebony stain on the wood.  So, I went back over them with a color I created using Old White, Greek Blue and hint of dark teal.  I glazed the doors and sealed them with wipe-on poly as well.

(If you're interested, the blue in the first photo is the exact color!  I'm still learning a new photo editing program, so the color in the 2nd photo isn't as good a match!)

Alert:  Shameless Self-Promotion Ahead!
For those of you in the Kansas City area, here's the inside scoop!
Hello, Sailor! is KC's newest Vintage Furniture and Home Decor shop, 
located on the 4th floor at 1300 West 13th St., Kansas City, MO. 

If you're familiar with First Fridays at the West Bottoms, then you already know to expect beautiful home decor, repurposed and vintage furniture and other antiques!  If you're not familiar, bring your friends and come check it out!  There are hundreds of vendors in a fun, vibrant atmosphere!
Be green, let your home reflect YOUR STYLE, and don't buy "made in China"!

The Grand Opening weekend is coming up - Friday and Saturday, April 6th and 7th.
Hours are 8:30am to 9pm.

I'd love to see you there!

Check out the Hello, Sailor! facebook page for more info!

My sideboard was featured here:
Three Mango Seeds

Linking up here:
Piece of Work Wednesday at Primitive and Proper
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed 
Furniture Friday at Decorating Insanity 
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
Flaunt It Friday at Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
Let's Party at The 36th Avenue
Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage
What Have You Redone? at Redoux
Fridays Unfolded at Stuff and Nonsense 
Catch as Catch Can at My RePurposed Life
Stinky Linky at Hating Martha
Crafty, Scrappy, Happy Me. Thursdays
Hookin' Up with HoH
Thrifty Thursday at Thrifty Decorating
Thingamajig Thursday at Radcrafter
Creative Inspirations at Embracing Change
Debbie Doo's Reunion Party
Wild Wednesday at One Chatty Chic
Pity Party at 30 Handmade Days
Free For All Friday at Sassy Sites
Strut your Stuff at Somewhat Simple
Do It Ya Self at Three Mango Seeds
 My entry into Strut Your Stuff sponsored by Appliances Online and the Bosch Washing Machines


  1. Hey Lori! Love it! I started a booth here in my hometown and have been restoring furniture and having lots of mishaps too! :) So I'm right there with you! It looks fabulous! Love the color choices!
    One Chatty Chic
    PS Come link up at my place if you can!?

    1. Melody, thanks so much!! I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one having mishaps. I was trying to finish a project or two and clean for a birthday party and wow, I should learn that multi-tasking isn't always the best way! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. It's gorgeous!! I realllly love the colour combination! And the paint job looks flawless - you're so talented :) Good luck with your grand opening!

  3. Your buffet turned out beautiful!!! I'd love it if you shared it at Project Queen's party that is going on...

    I'm a new follower.

  4. Hi Lori!! You did a great job with Photoscape here! The buffet is beautiful - what a classic color combo. Ok - so you take care of yourself - no more accidents!! Hope your foot is feeling better soon. And CONGRATS on the booth you are starting - I am very excited for you and wish you great success! I don't know how you do it.... Mommy, blogging and now you have opened a booth - you will have to pass on your secrets of how to fit all that into a day! Have a fab week :) Heather at

  5. Oh this is fabtabulous :) lovin the color combination! I just subcribed to your blog that way I won't miss a thing :) I already follow...stop by for a blog visit. Wishing you must success with your business!

  6. I love the two-toned look... you did an amazing job!
    Stopping by from Debbiedoos.

  7. Good thing the tetanus shot distracted you from the gangrene foot! The piece looks lovely and congrats (and good luck) on the grand opening!


  8. I love the color combination. :)
    all of us DIY mavens need tetanus shots. I got one when I first started junking due to a rusty nail incident too.

  9. Wow Lori I love the color! Wished I lived closer so that I could check out your new booth. Make sure to post some pictures when you get a minute. Your Grand Opening is set on the same weekend as the place where I have my booth. Good luck & I hope we both sell out & have to paint some more great pieces. Dee

  10. Realy like the color combo! Good luck in your booth, newest linky follower, hope to see you stop by for a visit and follow too.

  11. Your stuff looks great, you should give yourself some promotion! I'm here via French Country Cottage.

  12. Ouch, and ouch! But the buffet is beautiful!! I'd love it if you'd share this at my Show & Tell party @ the Delectable Home - new party starts Monday morning.

  13. Again, great job! Looks fabulous! Thanks for linking up!
    One Chatty Chic

  14. Love the color combo, much luck to you on your grand opening.

  15. This turned out GREAT hop-a-long.


  16. Oh Lori this is just beautiful! I can see this perfectly in my dining room! Thanks so much for sharing and I'm featuring this today. :)

  17. LOVE this Lori! The color combo is fabulous. Pinned!

  18. this is soooo freaking exciting! how i wish i lived near KC so i could be there to cheer you on! this piece is gorgeous--of course!

  19. That really is beautiful - what amazing work! Good luck with the opening, I'm sure it will be as fantasticn as your work!

  20. Mercy...that is gorgeous!!! How did I miss this, friend!!! Simply stunning...


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