Finally…the make over!! :)

Hello everyone!  It has been a while!!   I’ve been so busy since New Year’s Day with Painting and family issues, and with sewing. Yes, sewing!!  I really have missed my sewing machine. I used to sew 10 –12 hours a day for my shows but that has been nonexistent since starting the folk art. I still would like to get back to quilting but there just aren’t enough hours in the day. I AM trying to make some things for myself though.

I also finally finished up the make over of my front hallway. This has been a long time coming. I bought the paint last year in February, but shortly after, we learned of Brian’s diagnosis. Everything came to a standstill. Our priorities will always begin and end with our boys. Sooo, we had to get the paint shook again , and finally got everything done. If you have been reading my blog, you will recognize a few things I gathered during the year.

Let’s see a mini make over… a sturdy old bench I actually used as a prop at Shaker Woods Festival for a few years…paid $3 for it at a flea market.  Sanding, painting it black, distressing, and painting the top a pumpkiny/mustard, then following up with a walnut oil stain, then a matte finish for protection…..


Gives me a very usable prim bench!  LOVE it!!


A close up of the finish/ distressing…love the black showing through.  I sanded the top, but left a bit of the texture so the sanding after the topcoat would reveal the black. The bench is painted black and stained totally underneath too….OCD again!  Winking smile


I used to be a dollmaker/quilter. But….they were country/cute dolls, not really prim. I did careful hemming and perfect cute faces. Prim was a challenge with the sculpted faces and leaving hems ragged was difficult! It’s the OCD in me!  But here is my first….I named her Donette because she has Donald Trump hair…poor thing!!   Winking smile She is painted and sanded and her clothes are heavily grunged with coffee and cinnamon….she smells so good!


Donette now is ready for Valentine’s day…


I have since made another that you will meet today too!  So there was a curtain to be made,( can’t WAIT to burn that heart curtain ) painting to be done, a shelf to hang, and goodies to be arranged.  So much work to do to go from this…….stripped down, emptied out, walls painted a soft tan, to…………….


This!!!  ……..The doors are Chocolate Cosmos by Behr, a much deeper primitive red than it looks here, new rough osnaburg curtain trimmed with a narrow band of burgundy homespun check. I washed and dried the fabrics on HOT to shrink them as much as possible for future washings.  ( and I BURNED the old curtain Winking smile  ).


Donette and her new bald friend…(still waiting for an order of wool)…sitting on the bench covered by an applique towel from everyone’s bestie, Sheila!  Donette is a Bittersweetfolkart pattern…”Nettie”.  Baldie was a doll I just drew on the fabric, sewed, cut out and stitched.  A rusty squarehead nail makes her nose.


I originally was planning on doing the bench in black over red…my favorite…but I’m SO glad I didn’t….the pumpkin/mustardy color is just perfect and not matchy-matchy!



Some of you may remember the wool pocket I traded a custom sign for at a summer show…and the peahen I bought from a sweet elderly lady and her invalid husband at a show…….you may also remember the shelf.  It is a Bridgewater Primitives shelf with a lumpy/bumpy finish, red over black, that was made for me between weekends at Shaker Woods Festival. He removed the small blanket crane, added more pegs, and added a peg on the side. It is 30 inches long and I LOVE it! Bridgewater Primitives is also on Facebook as Bridgewater Mercantile.  TONS of pics on their page.  I’m hoping to get a mustard over black crock bench from them this year.


Here’s my made-over mirror I bought for, I believe, $2 at a flea market…boy was it ever UGLY!!!  I’ve had the tin sconce forever , but stored away.   See the edge on the curtain? It just needed that touch of color.  I’ll paint the threshold of the door when the weather warms up…I can see the white showing.  Brrrr!…7 degrees today…..WAY too cold for painting out there!


My favorite stitchery I found in Occoquan one year….and, of course, my Americana basket from Sheila!   Smile


I’m really pleased with the make over….the walls and doors are MUCH darker colors than showing here….even Al is happy with it!

I’ll be back more often..have a lot to show of what I’ve been working on.   Have a happy weekend and thank you for visiting me!!  Smile

blessings, Jan


9 comments on “Finally…the make over!! :)

  1. Sheila says:

    Good morning my friend…………..what a lovely makeover! Really like all the colors and simplicity of all the pretties you have displayed. I’m sure you are just tickled that project is finished! Good for you.
    Snowing like crazy here. Good day to stay put and work on my “hit list” of projects!
    Have a great day~

  2. Carmen says:

    Oh dear Jan… you have OUTDONE yourself!!!! Beautiful!!!! What a fantstic make over! Perfection! Now come do mine! 😀

    Question? Do you redo flea market mirrors like that a lot for selling in your booth? I see pieces like that at the gw all teh time but rarely pick them up. Would you like me to keep an eye out for you and pick them up when they are cheap?

    Carmenand the Primcats

  3. Goedele says:

    Wow, what a great makeover!

  4. Oh my !! I love the color of the doors…I love your dollies….I love your mirror makeover….I love your primitive gifts from friends ….I love everything !!! What a welcoming spot to see first thing !!!
    you must be just walking by and stopping to stare for awhile…( i do that….lol)

  5. bettycrowe says:

    You leave me speechless with all you talents.(and that is hard to do). I love your make over. It looks wonderful. Enjoyed our “visit” yesterday, added Brian’s name to another prayer warriors list.

  6. Karen says:

    Wow Jan what wonderful pictures…and the bench makeover is beautiful. As is the mirror.
    Your dolls are just too sweet.

  7. Cindy says:

    Great makeover…love it!!

  8. Christine says:

    As busy as ever Jan and I have to congratulate you on a wonderful job on everything! Great choice on the bench color and the red doors are beautiful!
    Oh my but your dolls are sooooo primtastic – Donette is great and her hair is so like Donald Trump’s – maybe he’s a prim lover at heart!!!
    Best wishes

  9. steph says:

    Oh my heavens Jan. It looks just wonderful:) The red is soooo pretty. You have been working very hard. I love that you make things for yourself and display them for your family. It’s such a labor of love. The dolls are cute. Even “Baldy”!!!! I haven’t had the guts to try to make one yet. I want your bench:) What a find and you did an awesome job painting it, sanding it, and staining it. It looks prim perfect. This is such a wonderful way to greet your guests and family as they enter your lovely home. Goooood job. -Steph-

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