Brass plated stool.

A long while ago I found this stool at my fave consignment store.
At the time I didn’t have any particular use for it but stools can be used for other things besides sitting…side tables, plant stands…

It was in rough shape but I left it outside for several months and it rusted even worse than when I first brought it home.

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Not wanting to get rid of it but feeling like I kind of ruined it my dad suggested I have it brass plated.  He has had several plumbing pipes chrome plated to make closet rods because he hates the cheap plastic ones.

If you’re not familiar with the plating process…they basically take a metal piece, remove all the corrosion they can through an intensive, multi-step process, then they apply the finish through several other steps.  It’s quite complicated. I called around to several plating companies here in Salt Lake and got all kinds of quotes ranging from $70. – $200.  Still kind of expensive for an old rusty stool but I had plans for it in my bedroom makeover so I decided to give it a go and went with the cheapest bid.

Here’s how it turned out:

PicMonkey CollageQuite a difference.  I had considered spray painting it but you just can’t get that bright, mirror finish with spray paint.  There’s also no way I could have achieved that smooth and glossy touch.



If you’re interested in having one of your own furniture pieces plated I would Google, “Metal plating” and then your city.  Keep in mind, many metal plating companies don’t typically work with the general public.  Most work with larger companies who send them bulk items so finding someone may be tricky.

Stay tuned to see where it ended up in my house.

New pillows.

I have some news.
We bought a new sofa.
And it’s not white.
You remember the leather sofa roundup I did a couple weeks ago?
Well I pulled the trigger, and by trigger I mean clicked a button, and bought one of them…any guesses which? It will be here next week.

I’m sort of shocked at myself that I bought a sofa online. That’s like picking out a mattress without laying on it first. What if it’s totally uncomfortable and not like the pictures at all? Good thing there’s a return policy.

In the meantime, I had to take one more pretty picture of the living room sofa that we’ve had now for about 10 years.


My sweet mom / seamstress extraordinaire made these beautiful new pillows for our new bed.  One side is some green velvet I found in Tucson over 4 years ago.  The blue and white fabric I found here.  All the pillows in our home usually get collected and end up in one big pile on the floor to cushion the fall when playing Power Rangers.  So for a brief second they’re living on the sofa.


My boys have been well instructed on how to correctly re-plump then karate chop a pillow after playtime.

New sofa and bedroom reveal coming soon!

Throw Back Tuesday, Vintage Metal Carts

I tend to find something I like and then buy it up in excess, which my husband reminds me is also known as “hoarding”.
Case in point, when I went through a vintage school chairs phase.
Then there was that time I had 4 wingback chairs stock piled in my garage.
I also bought three dressers on Craigslist, not because I needed them, but because I thought they had great lines and I planned to refinish then sell them.
My name is Michelle and I have furniture hoarding tendencies.

Little by little I’m letting go of things.
I’m realizing I’m going to be an old lady one day surrounded, not by cats, but by 100 vintage school chairs.
Actually not that grim of vision if you ask me.

In order to clear out for my son’s bedroom makeover, I’m letting go of another item I have way too many of.
I love these vintage school metal carts. The more beat up, the better.

I’ve done almost every fathomable thing I can think to do with them.
I’ve repainted them and turned them in to bar carts…

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I’ve also made them kid friendly…


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Tell you don’t want a vintage cart in every room in your house now.


$35. gets you a green metal cart, with some vintage rust.  Acrylic protector for top included.  The paper top is removable.  Local pickup in SLC, UT only.
Who’s taking it? Email me at: smhinckley (at) yahoo (dot) com.