Year Anniversary? Oh how time flies!

Upshabby has been fun AND I’ve enjoyed everything about it.;) Will continue to blog Upshabby, but there will be a twist of mixing my passion for travel into it.


Today I pick up a major piece of my traveling experiences. It will make the process of travel much more efficient and part of the BIG picture relying on hostels and public transportation. I’m loving the concept

If you’re interested in the next chapter of my blogs, please shoot me a message and I’ll give you more info prior to the 1st post later this afternoon. I chose the name for the blog when I first started working for the airline and began to travel.

Signed… Upshabby

Upshabby challenge~ look at things differently

image image imageAre you able to do this? Too many of us get caught in the “it’s not ‘perfect'” conundrum. Sorry mom but I blame that “training” on you.

Those of you that have any understanding of me know that regularly I’ll say “it’s not ‘perfect’ but I don’t live in perfect.”

The pic of the washtub was a stretch. I knew that I wanted metal buckets for our wedding reception. Those buckets are $20 ea. Most people would think “big deal” but not Upshabby. I’d rather spend that $60 on something that matters to us.

I found this antique washing machine cylinder on CL. It was in great shape for the task I wanted it for. Ice bucket anyone?

I brought it home and painted the lid and added the key logo on top. It made sense to me as Ben bought me a key charm that looks antique that hangs around my neck.

Getting back to the challenge of looking at things differently. The coffee table was trash! Not only was it thrashed BUT it had been oil painted. No fears. It was free to me and after I Upshabby’d, I sold it for $75.


There are several places within the blog that I’ve talked about how I do the transfers. I’ve asked people to “like” the Upshabby fb page. Even went so far as to say that if we went to xxx in likes I’d do a video tut on exactly how I do it.

Got a very few likes but I’m done with that. I feel like I’m begging people to allow me to teach them to get the same result. One person says, ” I don’t ‘follow’ but can you produce multiple for me to use?” Excuse me?

She knows who she is and she doesn’t read the blog so I needn’t be concerned. At some point I will do a tutorial but not yet. Feel free to send a message if you’re up for the challenge of looking at things differently.

Signed… Upshabby

Chalk Paint and graphics kind of day!

So today and yesterday were a combo of chalk paint and graphics. I redid the train case. It looks oh so much better. Esthetically it’s appealing. Then I decided to tackle the vintage Lady Baltimore suitcase. It looks fab! Added the Paris graphics. Every Paris piece of furniture I did sold quickly on CL so I threw her up too. I’ll test the water. It’s completely unique and there won’t be another just like it.



I picked up the vintage washing machine tub turned ice box. Based on the size I’d guess 1960s but who knows. The lid was spray painted. I redid that with chalk paint. I don’t know if we’ll keep it or if Ben will send it with his best man.


That’s pretty well it. I need to tackle bottle cap baubles tomorrow.

Signed… Upshabby

Our Wedding trunk… or DIY gift/ project…


The trunk started off in the above condition. Not horrible based on its years but needing TLC. I picked up the trunk to use, tentatively, for a photo shoot. It’s got our names so common sense tells ya it’s OUR pics.

The process is time consuming but worth the effort. First task is to chalk paint the trunk. Doesn’t require sanding or primer. I love how user-friendly it is!  Once that was finished I let the paint cure for a few days. Then onto sanding to distress and bring out the hinges and metal trim. I’ll go at it one more time tomorrow to bring out more of the original characteristics.


I planned on getting this posted earlier today but the best of plans? Y’all know that saying. I’m busy thinking about next week and what that opening door represents.

The final pic is the finished project. It isn’t perfect but that makes it more “realistic.” Especially knowing that it’s from approximately WWII. The trunk is gorgeous and represents a significant event. This will be a great functional piece of furniture. It may end up replacing the coffee table but that’s an unknown. I won’t sell it based on our names but I have another one in the car. It’s a tad bigger but may get offered up for sale with somebody else’s info.

When Ben and I have locked down a location, I’ll add that to the front panel that has the lock and key latch closure.  That’ll complete the trunk and it’ll become a permanent piece. The top surface will get clear coated to lock everything in. The body will remain as is to continue to distress as the years pass. But, as I said, I’ll distress it a bit more first. I love it and it screams Anderson!


I challenge us all, myself included, to open our souls and find ways to repurpose and Upshabby life’s memories. Make them hold significance instead of tossing things aside so quickly.  If you want more info on how I add the graphics… Ask or flip through the Upshabby blog. It’s there… Signed Upshabby