DIYs, Home Decor

Thrifted 90’s Wood Bench Makeover

I have been flipping furniture for a few years now and this makeover has to be one of my top 5 furniture flips! This poor bench was so neglected, dirty, beat up and, just simply, outdated. The moment i saw it on Facebook Marketplace I knew I had to buy it and give it new life.

It is now beautiful, fresh, and so darling.

You can watch the full transformation here 👇👇👇, or you can read the steps below. I also have tons of other furniture flips and DIY Home Decor on my YouTube Channel.

Today’s blog post is in collaboration with some amazing and talented ladies. They are as obsessed as i am about thrifting and upcycling. At the bottom of this post you’ll find more information about them well as the link to their post. Make sure to head on over to them and get inspired!

The first thing I had to do was remove the upper back board with the 90s hearts and replace it with a simple 1×4 board for a more modern look.

I then shop vacuumed it and cleaned it very, very well. Sanded it down a bit with my orbital sander and a 150 grit sandpaper. I dusted it very well and gave it one FULL coat of Shellac. This will help prevent any bleed-through after the white paint is applied.

Once the Shellac was dry, I gave it one coat of Killz, stain-blocking primer and let that dry completely.

Once the primer was dry I added two coats of chalk paint from Mango Paint. I distressed the edges of the bench with my orbital sander and 150 grit sandpaper, for a more farmhouse look.

I then added a French stencil to the front with Dark gray chalk paint. You can find this and other reusable stencils on my Amazon Store. I sealed the stencil with a spray top coat and then sealed the entire bench with Verathane Polyurethane in Crystal Clear. I added two coats of the sealer.

I staged it with a Summer wreath and that’s it! This 90s, neglected, beat-up and dirty bench is now fresh, clean and absolutely beautiful. It will soon be posted on Facebook Marketplace once again in search of a new forever home!

Alright…..Here are the lovely and talented ladies that will have you running to the thrift store! Enjoy!

Brooke – Looking for a way to repurpose an old clock case? Brooke has you covered! Check it out!

Hilary – Looking for a fun and easy DIY project? I’m sharing how to turn a candle stick holder into a bud vase!

Lora – What can you do with a rusty, old cemetery cone? Here’s a death to life DIY project!

Melanie – Is your old couch starting to show its age? Maybe the fabric is worn or stained, or maybe you just want a change of pace. Reupholstering a couch can be a great way to give it new life. I’m sharing with you how to reupholster a couch without removing the old fabric using a Pottery Barn throw blanket.

Dont forget to check out my YouTube Channel to get tons more inspiration!

Talk soon…..Lianep


How to Makeover Old Furniture

Are you a fan of a good old before and after transformation? Don’t you love seeing a transformation that just leaves you like 🤯? I know I do! I love watching old, beat up houses being flipped into beautiful, updated homes. The same goes with upcycling or flipping home decor and furniture. I love taking something old and giving it new life, new purpose.

My passion for crafting and creating began with flipping furniture. Yep….that’s right! Before i started creating beautiful high-end home decor on a budget, i flipped furniture for resale. I would search for old furniture on Facebook Marketplace, Thrift Stores and Garage Sales and i would clean, fix, paint, stage and sell them. It was so much fun! I still do, but unfortunately not as much. However, i try to still find time to flip one here and there.

Maybe you don’t want to purchase a piece of furniture, maybe all you want is to update the furniture you already have at home! Not matter the case, this post will help you on that journey.

To follow is a list of things I’ve learned through the years that will help you.

  1. Make sure you know what you want the piece to look like. Research online for inspiration and have somewhat of a plan before you start. This will help you to not have to repaint or restart your project.
  2. Buy good quality paint and top coat. You don’t want to skimp on this one. Having quality products will not only help the process go faster and more efficient, it will also allow the finish on the piece of furniture to last longer and be more durable.
  3. Assess the piece of furniture before you begin painting. Make sure anything that needs fixed or tightened is done prior to begining your project. I have many examples of furniture makeovers on my channel that will help you with this.
  4. Clean the piece of furniture really well before beginning to paint. A dirty, grimmy or greasy surface will bring tons of headaches…trust me, I’ve been there. I use Krud Cutter, but Awesome cleaner and even soapy water should work.
  5. I recommend using a good quality chalk paint to paint your piece. Although I have used latex paint, it’s definitely better to use chalk paint, mineral paint or even milk paint, if you’re looking for a chippy, distressed look. There’s no need to prime before using chalk paint. Although, if the piece of furniture has exposed, raw wood or dark cherry tones, you may want to do one coat of shallac before painting and letting it dry. You can brush it on or spray it. This will help with bleed through and yellowing, especially with lighter color tones of paint. Also, if the surface of the piece of furniture is shiny, I’d recommend applying one coat of primer.
  6. Do as many coates as you need, although a good chalk paint often only needs one or two.
  7. Chalk, Mineral and Milk paint are excellent to distress and give a natural worn, farmhouse look. But it doent have to be, you can certainly leave it without distressing.
  8. Make sure to seal the paint. Chalk Mineral and Milk paint are very matte and pourus and will need to be sealed. There are an insane amount of sealers you can use, from waxes to clear top coates. You can use anything you want, but i personally prefer a polyurethane in clear and with a satin finish. This will give a sheen, easy to wipe, but not too shiny. But use whatever you prefer.
  9. I always recommend changing the hardware (pull knobs), although it’s not necessary. I personally think changing the hardware just takes the piece of furniture to a whole new level. You can find some really beautiful ones on Amazon or at your local hardware store.
  10. If you are flipping the piece of furniture for resale, i recommend you take very good stages pictures. Use natural light or have some good light. Take pictures with several angles.

You can also watch on this video how i flipped four pieces of furniture using different techniques

Dont forget to let me know which one is your favorite!

Talk soon….Lianep

DIYs, Home Decor

DIY High-End Decor Using Salvaged Wood

By now you probably already know that I’m a fan of scrap wood and anything thrifted. The older the piece the better. I find that there’s something so satisfying about taking a piece of salvaged wood and turn it into a beautiful, custom decor. Taking it from a state of being thrown away, to a WOW piece. And it doesn’t have to be complicated.

On this post you’ll be able to watch how i took four salvaged wood pieces and gave them new life. And the beautiful thing is that you can make it any style and any color you want!

You can watch how i made them here 👇👇

Dont forget to let me know which one is your favorite!

Talk soon…. Lianep

DIYs, Home Decor

Using $1 Items To Create High End Decor

I’m sure you’ve see many DIYers create home decor out of dollar store items, and if you’re on a tight budget, but still want a “custom” look….this is a great option for you. However, let’s be real not all things from the dollar store have a high end look. Right?? Often it will require some DIY to make it your own style.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to DIY Home Decor. And the beauty is that you can truly customize it to the style and color scheme you need. On this post you’ll learn how i customized home decor to fit my style and color scheme using dollar store items.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when looking to DIY your own home decor using dollar store items.

  1. Don’t over complicate it. Look at the items at the dollar store and pick those that you feel a strong attraction to.
  2. Unless you are intentionally looking to make different styles, stay within one color scheme. It helps with staying on a budget and keep the decor cohesive and more high-end looking
  3. Dollar store decor is often perfect for an added touch or detail to a home. In my opinion, it’s not meant to decorate your entire home. However, if this is what you intend to do….stick to bigger items.
  4. Remember thrift store finds. Thrift store finds are another great way to add a custom look to your home without breaking the bank. Again….you may need to paint them and update them, but stick to the main style or color scheme.
  5. Keep the decor simple. I always tend to side with the side if simplicity. I think it makes decor look higher end and more classy. But…. always stay true to yourself. If you like more embellished decor, then go for it. Whatever works best for you.

Dont forget to let me know which one is your favorite!

Talk soon….Lianep

DIYs, Home Decor

How To Make Wood Round Signs And The Lessons I Learned In The Process

There are times when I craft, build or create when things just go so smoothly and move along as scheduled. The paint sticks without problems, cuts are straight, vinyl sticks and is smooth….. everything simply works well.

Then there are other times when things just fall apart. Days where I simply can’t get the hang of things, and nothing is just simple. Have you ever had those days?? Lol….of course! We all do.

Well….. recently I had one of those days. Nothing was going right. There we’re hiccups at every turn. I made so many mistakes while creating four door hangers! And unfortunately, sometimes the same mistakes multiple times!! 🤦🏻‍♀️

In effort to share the knowledge learned….and frustration… 😂, I decided to put a video together showcasing, not only the steps on how I made the wood round signs, but to also highlight each mistake so that we can all learn from them.

You can watch the step-by-step tutorial on how I made the wood round signs and make note of the 10 Mistakes I made and Lessons I learned right here 👇👇

Dont forget to let me know which one is your favorite!

Talk soon…Lianep

DIYs, Home Decor

How To Flip Thrifted Home Decor To Make A Statement

Flipping thrifted home decor is one of my favorite projects to work on. I love searching for those beautiful gems waiting to get new life. And it’s not that hard to turn old, outdated decor into new, updated ones. You just need a plan and a few supplies.

Once you have found a great thrifted item, decide whether you want to keep it for yourself or sell for a profit. Then make a plan on what you’d like to do with it. Maybe you want to keep it’s original design and just update it with paint, stencils, etc. Or maybe you want to give it a whole new purpose. What ever the plan or vision is, go for it.

On this post you’ll be able to watch how I took four thrifted wood items and gave them a complete new look that definitely make a statement!

You can watch here 👇👇

Dont forget to let me know which one is your favorite!

Talk soon….Lianep

DIYs, Home Decor

DIY Neutral Valentine’s Day Decor To Try This Year

Do you decorate for Valentine’s day? If so, do you go all out with the reds and pinks, or do you like more festive neutrals? I tend to be more on the neutral side. I love decorating for the seasons and holidays, but often try to be more on the subtle side of things when it comes to holidays like Valentine’s, Independence Day, etc.

Let’s discuss what exactly is neutral Valentine’s Day Decor? Some of you might be thinking…..ok there’s no way you can decorate for Valentine’s Day and stay neutral. Oh, but there is!! Valentine’s Day decor is all about love, friendship and romance. So for me, it doesn’t have to be bright pinks and red hearts everywhere…. it’s having the messaging and spirit of Valentine’s Day in a neutral, subtle way. I love using scriptures from the bible that talk about love, or using regular decor and adding a touch of romance by adding a neutral wreath shaped like a heart, and even making an entire wreath from scratch using neutral color fabric. The possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating for Valentine’s Day in neutral colors.

Below you’ll be able to watch how i made 7 Valentine’s Day decor using inexpensive items, but still giving them a romantic and festive look. There’s a touch of color to some of them, but then there are others that have no color, and still have a romantic feel to them.

You can watch how I made them here 👇👇

Dont forget to let me know which one is your favorite!

Talk soon … Lianep

DIYs, Home Decor

How to DIY Your Own Decor Using Real Wood

By now you probably already know that I have a passion for creating my own home decor; for any season and in multiple styles. But did you know that my absolute favorite style of home decor is wood? Yes! Using real wood, the kind you buy at the hardware store too!

Making hardy, durable, beautiful home decor is the perfect way to make it look, not only stunning, but like it came out of an expensive boutique.

My go-to wood to make home decor is…all of them. Lol. Whether it is thrifted old wood decor, scrap wood from the hardware store and my garage, or new 1xs from the hardware store, I’m in! It doesn’t matter…the satisfaction of turning something old into something new, or building something from scratch is amazing.

On today’s post you’ll be able to watch how I created four beautiful decor using really wood.

You can watch here 👇👇

Dont forget to let me know which one is your favorite!?

Talk soon….Lianep

Home Decor

5 Farmhouse Style DIY Signs, No Cutting Machine Required!

Hello 2022! Happy New Year my friends! I’m so excited for what this year will bring for us and all the exciting content I’ll be bringing you!

In today’s post you’ll learn how I took old boards and reusable stencils to create, One-Of-A-Kind Farmhouse Signs everyone will love! Signs anyone can truly make. The beauty of making your own decor is that you can customize it to what you want, the color you need, and reuse old decor from season to season.

You can find reusable stencils at craft stores, superstores or Amazon. I actually have many of my favorites on my Amazon store…click here to visit it.

You can watch step by step how I made these five signs by clicking here 👇👇

Dont forget to let me know which one is your favorite?!

Talk soon …Lianep

DIYs, Home Decor

Handmade CHRISTMAS Ornaments: PART 3

I do not get tired of creating adorable, festive Christmas ornaments. I’ve made tens of ornaments this season already and today I bring you 15 more designs for you to try!

The beauty of hand-making your own Christmas ornaments is that they can be whatever you want them to be. You can also get inspiration from tons of places. And they can be any size. Some of my favorite ornaments to make this year are the oversized ones. They are perfect for larger trees.

Check out how i made these 15 unique, Christmas ornaments here 👇👇

Don’t forget to let me know which one is your favorite?!

Talk soon…. Lianep