Short Girl Farm & Flair

Ideas for more creative and educational living.

I enjoy do-it-yourself work, like refinishing furniture. However, the term “DIY” is overused. It conjures up images of weekend chore lists, never-ending home maintenance, and challenging tasks we don’t want to do. OK, maybe, it’s just me that doesn’t want to do them. I’m changing the acronym. Let’s call it F-I-T. Find. Invent. Transform.

I love to re-purpose and refinish used furniture and antiques.  I guess it’s the saver in me.  I don’t like to see ANYTHING go to waste!  Take a look at the refinished furniture pieces that I’ve enjoyed transforming into loved and versatile furniture in my home and in the homes of others, and get some helpful hints on products and techniques you can use to create your own masterpieces.

What do you say when your mother-in-law brings you end tables to paint?
If you have furniture, like I do, that’s sitting around needing some love, give it some! See how I use REGULAR, flat paint to flip this dresser.
Think twin beds are only for kids?
Absolutely not!
In our guest room, we’ve had college friends, a mom and her teenage son, and of course, a married couple that was elated to not have to share a bed with their restless partner!
One of my most popular pieces of refinished furniture: see how I turn a run-down antique Chifferobe into a useful extra closet for the guest room.
This “Jenny Lind”- inspired bench was created with an old, full-size Jenny Lind headboard and footboard and makes a great addition to a mudroom.
See how I turned my family’s antique bookcases into awesome display shelving for this farmer’s glassware.

We’ve always been do-it-yourself. In that we’ve had complete control.

Keren Woodward (singer, Bananarama)

Now, get F.I.T. and have fun!!!

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