Tuesday, January 28, 2020

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Vignettes for open floor plans | On The Creek Blog

I’m finding my home decor groove in our home!  See what I’m doing to make decorating easier for me!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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DIY rustic shiplap wall using C&C Wood Heritage Series in Gunmetal Grey | On The Creek Blog

A rustic wood wall in the kitchen!

Monday, January 20, 2020

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Awesome & unique items found at the thrift store! | On The Creek Blog

Some items found at the thrift store over the weekend!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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DIY inside shutters in the bathroom | On The Creek Blog

DIY inside shutters in the bathroom!

Thursday, January 09, 2020

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Rustic and primitive wash stand makeover by Tiff, featuring a chippy white finish with imperfections, adding character and charm. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Hey Besties! ๐ŸŒฟ So, remember that washstand in yesterday's post? Let's dive a bit deeper into its makeover journey, which, spoiler alert, turned out to be a masterclass in keeping it simple!

The Grand Vision (and Its Crack!)

Initially, my eyes were set on transforming the top of the washstand, which had this not-so-charming colossal crack. First step? My husband and I glued it back together – goodbye, gaping hole, hello, still-there-but-secure crack.


Rustic and primitive wash stand makeover by Tiff, featuring a chippy white finish with imperfections, adding character and charm. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com
The Gel Stain Experiment

Next, I had this brilliant idea (or so I thought) to use gel stain like an art project. I had done it before and loved it, so why not again? The plan: slather it on thick, let it dry, and then layer on the topcoat. My husband and I turned this into our little basement ritual, assessing, adding more stain and more topcoat, aiming for that epoxy-esque finish.


A Bumpy Road

But oh, did it turn bumpy. Every check-in was a new discovery: smudges, uneven stain, dust specks. Layer after layer, it was like we were stuck in a never-ending loop of 'just one more coat'.

Rustic and primitive wash stand makeover by Tiff, featuring a chippy white finish with imperfections, adding character and charm. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com


The Breaking Point

Patience is not my strong suit, and this project really tested it. Even my husband was feeling the frustration. It seemed like this top would forever be a work in progress.


Back to Square One

So, we called it. Time to strip it all back and start fresh. Surprisingly, scraping off our million layers of ambition was easier than expected. And guess what? Underneath it all, we found that a perfect finish was never in the cards.

Rustic and primitive wash stand makeover by Tiff, featuring a chippy white finish with imperfections, adding character and charm. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com


Simplicity Wins

Back at the beginning, we chose the path of simplicity. A touch of gel stain to even things out, a bit of wax, and voilร . The result? Honestly, I think it looks stunning. It's got this rustic, primitive charm, with the imperfections adding character rather than taking away.

Sometimes, it's not about the pursuit of perfection but rather about embracing the beauty in the flaws, cracks and all. This washstand is a testament to that, a reminder that sometimes, simplicity really is the ultimate sophistication.


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Wednesday, January 08, 2020

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Transformed vintage wash stand painted in vibrant yellow, featuring distressed details and chic black hardware. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Hey, Besties! 

Do you know that feeling when the thrift store gods smile down on you? That's exactly what happened when I stumbled upon this adorable washstand. And the best part? It's car-friendly! 


The Heartbreak of Thrift Store Finds

Let's rewind a bit. I've had my share of thrift store heartbreaks—those moments when you find the perfect piece, but it's just too big to fit in the car. Ugh, right? But not this time! 


The Decision Moment

So, there I was, waiting for another customer to decide. She was in front of the washstand, contemplating, maybe even having a mental flowchart moment (we've all been there). Finally, she walks away. My turn! 


Love at First Sight

One look at the rustic back of this piece, and I knew it was coming home with me. Sure, it had its quirks—a crack here, a missing knob there—but that makes it special. 

Transformed vintage wash stand painted in vibrant yellow, featuring distressed details and chic black hardware. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com
Transformed vintage wash stand painted in vibrant yellow, featuring distressed details and chic black hardware. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com


The Makeover Begins 


Choosing the Perfect Hue

Time for a makeover! I was vibing with a sunny yellow, so I chose "Cork Board" by Dutch Boy. First, I tackled the drawers and the door. A little sanding, a little distressing, and voila! Rustic chic achieved.


To Top Coat or Not to Top Coat

Now, let's talk top coat—or the lack thereof. I skipped it! Why? Because I used outdoor paint, and that stuff's built to last. 


The Finishing Touches 

The finishing touch? Some hardware I had lying around. A quick spray paint session later, and those knobs were looking fab in black.


Transformed vintage wash stand painted in vibrant yellow, featuring distressed details and chic black hardware. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com


Transformed vintage wash stand painted in vibrant yellow, featuring distressed details and chic black hardware. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com




The Reveal 

Y'all, I'm smitten. This might be my favorite furniture flip yet!


Sending You All the Creative Vibes 

Feeling inspired? I'd love to see your own furniture transformations! Please share them with me using the hashtag #OnTheCreek, and let's spread the creative vibes together!๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’•


Tuesday, January 07, 2020

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A new (old) cabinet that has been a great place to put all the things! | On The Creek Blog

We did a little rearranging of our home & move this new (old) cabinet to a new location!

Monday, January 06, 2020

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Happy New Year!  It's Currently 2020 workbook! | On The Creek Blog

Happy New Year & welcome to my first blog post of 2020!

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