Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Goodwill Hunting:)

No, not the movie....I was Goodwill hunting today and found this cutie-pie buffet table for such a steal! I have been wanting to redo one of these and the stars must have aligned for me today because it was ready and waiting for me when I arrived to the furniture section of Goodwill. Finders-keepers!

It was definitely in need of some Chair-ity tlc and I was excited to load it up and take it home. Now, I know that most of my redo's have been white with dark stain....but there is a reason for that.
#1, I like the way that combination of colors looks together, and #2, I am commited to using up all of my materials that I have already in my home before I start spending money on new paint colors!:)

So...I hope you don't think that my buffet table is boring, but here she is. It was a 1 hour redo! Woohoo!

Monday, July 30, 2012


Sometimes I ask my husband's advice on paint colors or fabrics...with these ottomans, he chose the original baby blue that I painted. After they dried, we both decided that they needed to be changed back to white.

Immediately after repainting them and then posting them on craigslist, they sold! White it is!!

After repainting those babies, I got started on my next project of the day...the very nice sofa table that was ANOTHER donation:) Such a blessing.

Here are the before and afters...I hope you like!

Another project checked off the list!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Pull up a seat, take a load off your feet

I was lucky enough to have these really cute ottoman pieces donated to me! As I was working on them however, I decided that they could serve a dual purpose as stools for children to use as well. (I'm tempted to use them in my classroom!)

After tightening up the loose screws, adding a little paint, and recovering the cushions....I think they turned out super cute:)

I bought one yard of fabric, and then used my other materials that I had around the house to fix them up!

The stools came to me with a light pink fabric and a dark wood base.

Although they weren't bad looking, I wanted to make them a little more exciting. I added a light baby blue color on the base, and used a gray/cream fabric:)

These will bring me one stool/ottoman closer to my goal for chair-ity!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Old School!

Unfortunately, Will Ferrell does not make a cameo in this "Old School" posting:) We're talking about an old school chair that was donated to me today from someone in the Wings of Hope Hospice family.

The chair came to me with rusted hardware and legs and scratched up wood. After a little "Chairity" TLC., sanding and staining, here is the final product!




My Chairity time has been limited lately because I have been spending a lot of time with family, working my summer job with my Dad, and starting my Master's classes. There will be more to come soon!!

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Tortoise and the Chair

The story that I'm referring to is actually called The Tortoise and the Hare.... but I have been a little "slow moving" this week with furniture (like the tortoise), however, this chair was a fast project (like the hare)!!

This piece of furniture was donated by my family in St. Joseph, MI. I am continuing to be surprised and humbled by how many friends, family, acquaintances, and strangers have offered to donate to the Chair-ity cause. Thank you!!!!!

Hopefully the sale of this chair will follow the speed of the hare, not the tortoise;).

One step at a time, one chair at a time, another day closer to reaching my goal for Wings of Hope Hospice and becoming debt free!!!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Jackpot!

Last week one of my furniture buddies informed me that he had hit the jackpot. He was tipped off about a hotel near Battle Creek that was trying to get rid of all of their furnite (for free) so that they could move forward with their remodeling.

Unfortunately, for Chairity's sake, I am not at a place where I can store a lot of I was unable to go along and help load up the goods. I was, however, happy to hear that my friend was going to be able to inherit all of this furniture and benefit from the sales!

This buddy of mine was kind enough to sell me this desk that he picked up from the hotel for a very low price. I am so bummed that I didn't get the original "before" picture. It used to have a reddish top that looked almost like plastic. I sanded and painted, and sanded and painted, and then painted a little more....and this is what I came up with. I also ended up staining the wooden legs:)

I bet that if Justin Bieber saw this desk, he would want to be my "boyfriend". Just thought I'd throw that in there;)

I'm one piece of furniture closer to my goal in helping Wings of Hope Hospice!!!!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

We've hit the BENCHmark:)

As a teacher, I am always setting new goals to ensure that my students make their reading and math BENCHmarks.  It only seems appropriate to say that I think I've hit the furniture BENCHmark tonight!

Earlier this evening, I happened to drive by a garage sale and I found this bench listed as $15. After a little bartering and some "small talk" I was able to drive away with it for just $5. Booyah!! (As my husband would say:) )

Before a little "Chair"-ity TLC, this is what it looked like:

I think the final outcome turned out well....the fabric is a little wilder than I'm used to, but I thought I'd live on the edge a little and go with some brighter accent colors. Honestly, I'm just so thankful that it only cost me $5 because in the end, I will be able to donate more money from my profit toward Wings of Hope Hospice!

Here is the final outcome. It looks cute in my house, but it would probably look cute in yours too! If you are interested in this piece, feel free to email me at or post me a message!


I know it doesn't seem like much, but in just one week, I've progressed 11% toward my donation goal to Wings of Hope! Your kind words have continued to motivate me. Thank you!!