Friday, August 9, 2013

True value of DIY giveaway

**This giveaway is now closed. The winner has been contacted.


Hey all! Hope your week was GREAT! We have a busy weekend planned and then school starts next week – I will miss my Bub so much! :( And is it crazy that I feel like life will slow down after school starts? This is the first time I’ve felt that way, but I’m starting to look forward to the schedules, and focusing on one thing (school) and the thought of fall. Just a little. ;)

Today I have a fun giveaway for you, and it’s brought to you by my friends at True Value. I’ve been working with them during the fall for years now and I’m excited to be on the Blog Squad yet again this year!

My closest True Value is about 20 minutes away but I love going there because it feels so small town and homey to me. It reminds me of stores I went to with my Dad growing up. And my location has the most incredible selection I’ve ever seen in a hardware store when it comes to a few things – spray paint (whoot!!) and hardware (knobs and pulls) to name a couple.

So I’ll be sharing some TV projects coming up soon, but for now we’re kicking off the partnership with a fun giveaway for YOU. 

True Value is all about the “True Value of DIY.” I love that. Specifically they believe in keeping family heirlooms alive through DIY – refinishing a piece of furniture instead of buying a new one. Repairing something that’s been in the family for years instead of tossing it. Painting furniture that you want to keep but you don’t love as is -- make it something YOU love.

We don’t have a lot of family heirlooms, sadly, but I did tell you about one that I discovered earlier this year:

 vintage cuckoo clock

I thought the cuckoo clock I had grown up with was long gone, and it was an awesome surprise to find out it was still around. My Dad had it refurbished as part of my Christmas present and I’m still so thankful to have a piece of my history in our home.

True Value speaks to the True Value of DIY in this brief YouTube video – I have to say it made me a little misty-eyed. ;) It made me wonder if my boy will sanding down my kitchen table some day. Sniff.

So to kick off this year’s Blog Squad and to celebrate the value of our family heirlooms, True Value is offering a $100 gift card to one of you this weekend! You can do a lot of refinishing or fixing with $100:true value gift card

Before entering you may want to see what stores are near you by going here.

All you need to do to enter is comment here – do you have family heirloom you’ve fixed up or would love to? Is there is a certain piece that brings back happy memories for you?

Be sure to leave an email in the comments if you’re account is not connected to a blog! (Do so with “at” and “dot” spelled out to avoid spammy junk, just in case.) This giveaway will be open through Monday, August 12th at noon (EST). The winner will be emailed.

Have a LOVELY weekend everybody!

364 comments:

  1. I haven't fixed it up yet, but I would like to refinish the piano that has been in my family for years. It has several scratches and I'd really like to change the color so it fits in with my home more.

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  2. I have a small vanity and dresser set that belonged to my great aunt, who passed away 7 years ago, and I'd love to refinish it (if I can convince my dad it's a good idea, lol! She was his aunt). I used to play dress up with her costume jewelry when I was a kid, sitting at that mirror. :-)

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  3. I have a chest I inherited from my grandparents that I would LOVE to re-finish and freshen up.

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  4. I have my great grandmother's dressing table that could probably use a coat or Restore a Finish. It is beautiful and well made.

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  5. My grandmother has a clock that I would love to fix up and refinish. It hasn't worked in years but it is really beautiful!

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  6. I wish I had a family heirloom! Maybe one day my mom and dad will leave me something that has history. I love objects that have a story attached to them. elyjordan at yahoo dot com

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  7. I have a clock that was my Great Grandmothers'. When I received it, it no longer worked as a clock so I had to have it converted to a battery operated clock. I polished it up with some furniture polish and it now hangs in my living room. I spent a lot of time at my Great Grandmothers home every summer so it's a great reminder and I love having it in my home!

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  8. My bedroom furniture (dressers) need fixin' up! Can't wait to get started :)

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  9. Our most cherished family heirloom is my husband's Grandmother's secretary--it is too precious to change, but we also have my mom and dad's first piece of furniture they bought and I am planning on painting it. It is a lovely table with some scrolling on the top and turned legs. It needs a little TLC...

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  10. my mother has a Green shelf its about 6' tall by 3 foot wide my great grandmother painted it a hideous green color has been green for lord knows how long :) i would love to redo it but then i also want to keep it green at the same time since it was a piece my GG did so long ago as a DIY project :)

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  11. YAY what a great giveaway! Right before I got married, my husband and I refinished a pair of antique nightstands that my grandmother had given to us with several coats of paint on them. It was the hardest work but they look fantastic now.

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  12. I have an old rocking chair from my great grandmother that needs fixed up and refinished.

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  13. I have my grandmother's wooden "sewing basket" and her roll top desk that I would love to refinish. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  14. I have my grandmas tea cart and I'll love it forever!!! erin.barney(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. I have a blanket that my grandmother crocheted for me that I just love. Also recently my mom gave me a baby blanket that she (my grandmother) had embroidered my initials on. They may be small things but they bring back good memories of her!

    Kristina janhanderatgmaildotcom

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  16. I don't have aannyy family heirlooms! :( My mom has fixed up beautiful pieces over the years, but she keeps them all to herself, haha.

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  17. I would love to strip and refinish an old table and chairs that were in my grandfathers restaurant when my mom was a little girl. I inherited them when I was in college and they have seen a lot of use. I couldn't imagine getting rid of them but they need an update.

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  18. My very first furniture painting project was a little end table that belonged to my grandmother. Its my nightstand now and I still love it, I think I'll keep it forever!

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  19. I have a few pieces of stuff that belonged to my Great Grandmother! Need to clean them up, ha! pamelasplace5 at yahoo dot com

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  20. I have my Grandmas desk that I refinished and use.

    Linda linda(at)scaggs-family(dot)com

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  21. I would love to (and need to) refinish the table we inherited from my husband's grandmother. She raised six children around that table and it shows! Bretta /at/ windstream !dot! Net

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  22. My night stand growing up was my great grandma. I would love to refinish and update it!

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  23. I have a dresser and headboard to refinish! ebmusser at hotmail dot com

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  24. Let me just reiterate...again, that I just LOVE your blog. You inspire me. I've always been crafty, but life has changed for me the past two years, relocating me to my parent's home to be my Dad's primary caregiver when my Mom passed away 2 years ago. My crafting days took an immediate HALT. But I am slowly getting back into it. Most of my things are still in storage and it's killing me. My Mom had TONS of family heirlooms and I once told you that she was die hard "leave it stained" kind of antique person. She had a dresser (that I used as a teenager) and is now used as a buffet in dining room. I am crazily ITCHING to paint it!!! I'm scared!! She would NOT approve. But, hey, paint can always be stripped off.
    Needing a little encouragement and I KNOW I will get that from you!!
    Thanks for your blog and your awesome inspiration!!

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    1. So longwinded that I forgot my email. lindamgoreatgmaildotcom

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    2. Thank you so much Linda! I say make it something that makes you happy. You will still carry it on through the family AND will enjoy it!

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  25. I was just given my grandmothers kitchenaid mixer but that is not a DIY! I do however, have a great two tiered end table from my grandparents that needs to be refinished for our sunroom. Thanks!

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  26. My husband and I have his parents' dining room table and chairs. It's the set they bought just after they married in '76. I'm not a fan of the finish on it, and I have debated for about 4 years about whether or not to paint it. Still sitting on the fence about it; however, a True Value gift card just might "push me over" to paint it!!

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  27. First, I loved getting to say a quick hello to you at Haven last weekend, Sarah! :)

    Also, I talk with my kids all the time about how I try to make our home a special place to show them how much I love them. I hope they'll treasure some of the pieces I've made when they get older.

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  28. I would love to redo my dressers that I had when I was a child. My parents gave them to me to use for my kids. They need a little fixing up!
    Thanks!

    stonemedic76(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  29. I don't have any heirlooms in my house, but would love to!
    I've been give small things by my mom lately that are very sentimental and I'm sure I'll keep for a long time...

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  30. I have a kid-sized rolling top desk that has been passed down from my grandfather on my father's side, who I never met (he passed away long before I came into the picture). It needs some DIY love (could use a coat of varnish, some sanding, just general love). Would love to spiff it up with some supplies from True Value!

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  31. I would love love love to refinish my childhood bed - a white antique iron queen sized bed - for our guest room. it was passed down to me from my great-grandmother's house. My great-grandma, my great-aunt, my mom & I have all used the frame. It's currently sitting in our storage area, waiting for a sanding & new paint (my mom had it sandblssted

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  32. oooh love it.
    I do have some older items. I fact, I have some step-tables (see pic) just like this and I'm thinking they'd be great for this. How fun!

    http://pinterest.com/pin/514958538613042155/

    Anyway - thanks for the chance to Win. Love your blog girl.
    p.s. - this year, I'm making your Santa Hats from two or three years ago. I forgot last year. lol

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    1. and my email (which I think you have, but just in case is emilypainterdavis@gmail.com

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  33. I have multiple heirlooms since my Daddy passed and we are working diligently to move my Momma into our home...I LURVE her antique sewing table and antique sewing box...it's literally a piece of furniture on its own...has great thread organization and multiple drawers for notions.
    THANKS for the opportunity to win! Melissa at fish finders dot biz

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  34. I have several old pieces that need refinishing. My mother is an artist and I have her old old old art stool that she used to sit on when I was little to paint. It's in bad shape. I really want to cover it with several bright colors in layers so I can sand off spots and let little bits of color peek through. It seems to be a good choice for an old art stool. My email is annacart(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. I have an old cabinet that was my great-grandmothers that I repainted and it looks fabulous in my kitchen. :)

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  36. I have my grandmother's dresser that I have been "DIYing" for a couple of years! I removed all the finish and finally decided to paint part of it and leave the top and drawer fronts natural. All I need is some polycrylic that I KNOW I could pick up at TruValue! I love having something that belonged to her in my home.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  37. My father refinished furniture himself and gave me several pieces - he never could understand why I wanted to paint a piece when he wanted to strip it down to the original wood - He finally came around to my way of thinking on some pieces and even started painting a few before he passed them on to me....but, I also began to appreciate the beauty he saw in the wood itself...

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  38. I have a table and chair set that was my late grandmothers. I love having something in my home that belonged to her.

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  39. I have a dresser that my grandfather built that I would restain. It is a beautiful dresser that I want to stay in my family for many more years.

    Melissa
    serendipitylaneblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. I have my Grandfathers Victrola the he bought when he was 17 yrs old. It could use some TLC. Love your blog & tips!

    ~Dana

    misfitzmomatyahoodotcom

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  41. Hi Sarah! Would love this .....have a few projects in mind. My email is marleydmyers@gmail (dot) com.

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  42. Don't have a lot except for pictures and things in my home that my mom bought for me. Would love to repaint a small bath cabinet that mom gave me!

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  43. Old railroad chair, dining room table, and a rocking chair could all use some TLC.

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  44. I LOVE my neighborhood True Value. Like you, I think it feels so much more small town than the other big box stores. And they're always so helpful and friendly.

    I have lots of furniture that has been handed down, not necessarily antiques, but things I remember being in our house when I was a kid. Which means, lots of dings....but nothin' a little paint can't fix. I recently put a butcher block top on an end table and painted the legs and shelf below white. Lovin' it.

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  45. Sadly, no heirlooms to refinish, but lots of knitted blankets and quilts from my grandmother. But I do have plenty of craigslist finds in my garage to work on. Thanks!

    sanditerese at yahoo dot com

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  46. I actually have a old cuckoo clock from Germany that was handed down in my family. I love a good DIY project any day!

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  47. My great grandmother left me a beautiful bookcase to me a few years ago when she passed and it's my favorite piece of furniture. It has beautiful leaded glass and the doors that lift up.. I've loved it since I was a child!
    brittanylaneteti(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. I love your clock! I have several True Values that are a reasonable distance. All small towns around me!

    Your clock is so pretty! I have a trunk from my great grandma. It is in good shape except the veneer on top is coming off and I need to fix it. Because of that it's not in a place where people can see it. It does have the original receipt and paperwork staled in the inside. Maybe I can find the store and see if they'll honor fixing an 80 year old item. LOL!

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  49. I don't have any family heirlooms. I wish I did though! I have plenty to improve around my house though! Maybe one day my grandkids will get them and love them! ahaapala95 at hotmail.com

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  50. I would love to refinish my mother's dining table and sewing machine cabinet. The table is in good shape except for the top. The varnish had peeled off of it, so I decided several years ago to sand it down and restain it. Unfortunately, I never finished the project. Now, I am seeing more and more furniture painted instead of stained. I can't decide which to do, but I need to do something with it. I need a dining table in the house, and I also need to get it out of my garage! The sewing machine cabinet seems to have a laminate on it that keeps breaking off. This job may be too big for me to do alone. I am going to see what I can do about refinishing it to use as a desk but keep the sewing machine just in case I ever need it. But the project that I most want to do is to refinish a metal shop table that my dad had in his storage shed. My brother and sister both wanted to junk it with a lot of other stuff they considered trash when he died, but I was able to save it from the junk pile (I wish I could have saved some of the other things!). Recently, my niece visited from TX and she really wants that shop table. Since I lost my job 3 years ago, I have been passing family heirlooms on to her and her daughters for Christmas each year. It would be nice to re-finish any of these projects and give them as Christmas presents one year. Those are just a few of the things I would do with a gift card. BTW, keep blogging. I love reading all of your thoughts and ideas. (cfbarnette@gmail.com) or cfbarnetteatgmaildotcom

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  51. Love your blog! I have two wonderful pieces (a hutch and a great multi-tier round table) that were my Pepe's. I vividly remember these pieces in his house filled with books and memories. I love knowing that these pieces are now in my house with my memories, but also his. It makes me stay connected to him! The round table is a little banged up now so I've been searching for a unique way to fix it up. The hutch will remain the same forever. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas you help put in my head! :-)

    email: breannelhathotmaildotcom

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  52. I'm in desperate need of stocking up on a few basic tools. Time to get my handy-woman essentials together.

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  53. I have a double bed from my grandma that I would love to refinish!

    Elizabethdotflammatgmaildotcom

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  54. No heirlooms for me but I have several pieces we are planning on redoing. This gift card would certainly come in handy!

    jzsoccermom at gmail dot com

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  55. We have ceramic pieces that my grandma hand-painted back when that was the "in" thing. They're beautiful, and something she enjoyed doing in her "me" time, so they hold a very special place in my heart.

    berly02 at Hotmail dot com

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  56. Over the years, we've refinished a few family heirlooms. It is so satisfying to breathe new life into something that has lots of history. These days, we enjoy scavenging Craigslist and garage sales to find great old pieces that just need a little love and care.

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  58. I have a tea cart that belonged to my grandmother. I remember, as a girl, she would dust the glass pieces she had displayed on the bottom shelf and sometimes, if I promised to be careful, she'd let me help!

    Shannon
    stamper2katcox.net

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  59. I would love to fix up the clock that hung in my father's office long before I was born. Or my grandma's kitchen table :-)

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  60. I would love to refinish an old table in my parents basement. Kate22caAThotmailDOTcom

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  61. I would love to refinish my grandma's dining room chairs.
    Thanks!
    nycpetite at aol dot com

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  62. Wow, what a great subject:-) I have many, many things that I have incorporated over the last year into my home that belonged to my family so it is hard to pick one. We are slowly taking windows, doors, mouldings, tongue and groove wood, etc., that my grandfather painstakingly bundled when my great grandfather's house was torn down here on this property, and using them in our home. We are in the process of making countertops out of 150 year old wormy chestnut boards that we just pulled off my great grandmother's little guest house yesterday. I already made our dining table table out of the same wood. I am all about passed down and treasured family things:-)

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  63. I have a wooden rocking chair that needs some refinishing love. Tracie128 at gmail.com

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  64. my grandma gave me a beautiful buffet but the color is just not for us, so I would love to give it a beautiful finish someday!

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  65. Yes, I have a family heirloom I’ve fixed up. It's my grandmother's cedar chest. It was in sad shape when I received it. The lid hinge was broken, a leg and a wooden medallion had fallen off. Most of the veneer was chipped or broken off completely. In fact it was in such bad shape my husband thought we should dump it. I however had real sentimental connections with the piece and wanted to save it. The question was what to do with it when the wood was in such bad shape. Refinishing the wood was not an option. It was after I saw your painted cedar chest, that painting it black would be the solution. After my husband worked his magic of reapplying the medallion, fixing the leg and putting on a new piano hing, I could start my DIY. I painted it completely black and love how it brought life back to an 80 plus piece of furniture. I can now enjoy having my grandmothers cedar chest sit in our living room!

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  66. I have some old barn wood from a barn that fell down at my parents farm. I am trying to decide the best use to honor its past & look good in our home. Thank you. markvalerie at yahoo dot com

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  67. I don't have any family heirlooms, but I do have a few things that a close friend of mine gave me before she pasted away. I will be passing them on to my daughter and her future children. Every time I see her furniture I do get misty eyed. I miss her so much, she was a very dear friend. Although I don't need to refinish any of her furniture, I do refinish yard sale finds. Thank you so much for all of the great ideas. My email: diddlehopper77atyahoodotcom

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  68. My parents have that very same clock in their house! I hope to one day have it making joyful noise in my home. Thanks for the chance to win such a great and generous prize.
    glowreahhh(at)gmail(dot)com

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  69. I would love to refinish the antique console radio that the hubby brought with from as a college student from Arkansas to Michigan (many moons ago - LOL!) At Christmas and random Sunday afternoons, we'll just turn it on and listen. Old tube radios just have a great sound!
    lisa (dot) n8ltg (at) gmail.com

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  70. We have a True Value going in right now about a quarter of a mile from our house! I would like to redo a buffet that my husband's grandfather made. It will take a lot of stripping,a bit of sanding and a once over with stain. THANKS!

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  71. I received a dresser from my grandmother (it was part of their original bedroom set when they were married 60+ years ago). The dresser needs some TLC and the gift card would definetly help.

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  72. A lot of my furniture came from my family or my husband's family. My favorite piece is a huge desk that belonged to my grandparents. My grandfather worked for a railroad company and the desk came from an office they closed. He "antiqued" it avocado green. I have great childhood memories of my cousins and I tucking stuff in the cubbies and coloreing at that desk. I think about refinishing it sometimes, but I kind of have a soft spot for the green.

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  73. Yes, a gift card! If you consider plain 80s oak furniture from my husband's family 'heirlooms', then yes, I have some things to refinish...

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  74. I've been itching to paint our TV stand. It's the top half of a cabinet my parents had when I was a kid (my brother has the bottom half). It was our son's bookshelf for a while when he was brand new. Right now it's a bright green color that went great in his nursery, but doesn't match so great with our red couches.

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  75. I have an old wooden trunk that came out of my grandparent's home. I've stripped off the nasty canvas and restained the wood, and it looks MUCH better! I would love to replace the leather handles someday.

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  76. I have several "heirloom" pieces from my parents who now live in a nursing home. Recently I brought home 2 "Fogel" chairs. They are straight back wooden chairs with hand-woven wood strip seats (I don't know what to call that). They were hand-made by a man named Fogel. They need a good cleaning, and maybe some paint. Thanks for the chance to win! http://AtHomeRedesigningMyLife.com. JanSavage_atHomeatYahoodotcom.

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  77. I have my great-great grandmother's beautiful buffet table in my dining room. Of course I never met my great great grandma but I remember it being in my grandma's house, with a jar of sugar cubes sitting on top.;) It's over 100 years old and still looks great except for some scratches and cup rings in the finish. I'd love to refinish it to it's original beauty! Though, I think I need some more practice DIYing before I lay a finger on that buffet table! ;)

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  78. I have my grandmothers sewing cabinet. It is more like an end table. I love it but it really could use some help! It must be from the 1940's or so and it is sure showing the years! just in case ... laura underscore laskey at hotmail dot com

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  79. I have an adorable end table that needs refurbishing or refinishing. It belonged to my parents and it's from the 1950s. Thanks for the chance to win! jec4g at hotmail dot com

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  80. I would love to redo the one family heirloom I do have - an antique cedar hope chest. I'm thinking of sanding down the dark stain and painting it, then distressing a bit so any of the remaining stain shows through. I can't wait to have it in our new home later this year! Hope I win so I can give the hope chest a brand new look for a brand new home!

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  81. We have my husband's great grandmother's spinet piano. I would love to refinish it and get it tuned. It's been neglected sorely and needs some serious love.

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  82. When I graduated from college, my Dad made me a large cedar chest from scratch. He really started getting into woodworking - joining all the planks with dowels and planing it when done. He even used a router to draw a design in the front of it, and sign the bottom with his name and the date.

    I LOVE that chest!

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  83. I have a tall secretary/book cabinet that has been in the family for several generations. I like it, but it needs refinishing or a complete make-over (I would lean to a complete makeover). I'm just not sure the piece fits in our home right now, so I have thought about selling it to a friend who loves to do furniture makeovers, but I know that if I do, I will see her work and kick myself for not doing it myself.

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  84. I have a love seat in my master bedroom that has been in our family for over 150 years. I love it but it needs a wee bit of sprucing up. This would be great to wine. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

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  85. I have a console table that was given to me when my granny passed away. It doesnt really fit in with the rest of the house, so sadly it sits in the basement. I would love to fix it up to incorporate it with our everyday living spaces!

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  86. My mom just gave me a bunch of frames from our house growing up and I painted them to all match my decor! dom(dot)glazier at gmail(dot)com

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  87. I have a beautiful dresser that was my great, great aunts. It is in desperate need of some TLC, but I love it! It has bake lite handles that I love, unfortunately one is broken and I can't find them online to buy anywhere!

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  88. My family does not have many heirlooms to fix and the ones we do have my dad has already restored (professional woodworker/boat restorer). I do have a few projects that I have sketched out and would love to opportunity to build if I had the time & $. waahhchooo at gmail dot com

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  89. I'd like to remake the dresser from my childhood bedroom into a changing table for my future kiddos. I $100 gift certificate sure would help!

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  90. I just bought mid century era nightstands and would love to use the $100 to spruce them up!

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  91. I have a lamp that was my great grandmothers that I would love to fix up and bring back to life. It's a mogul lamp and needs some tlc.

    Renee in Michigan
    rjcc06@att(dot)net

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  92. I have some old frames I would love to do something fun with. And also an old cedar chest but not sure I would change that beautiful piece.
    kbacalaw at gmail dot com

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  93. My mom gave me a rocking chair, matching ottoman and a telephone table that belonged to my grandmother last year that I've been wanting to redo. This would be the perfect opportunity! beckywarner398 at gmail dot com

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  94. I love hardware stores in small towns! They always bring back happy memories of spending time with my dad as a kid.
    We've got a grandfather clock from my husband's grandpa (fitting, don't you think?). It's been hanging out in our living room looking gorgeous but not keeping time for several years. Getting it repaired is on our long-term to do list.

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  95. When I was little, my best friend's family had a HUGE oak dining room table, full of scratches and nicks. One of the chores in the family was to wipe down the table and polish it. I always thought that was neat, since the table basically told the story of the family.

    When we bought our first house, we used money we saved to buy a similar massive table for our dining room. For several months it was the only nice thing we owned! It already bears some of the happy scars of family life, and I'm hopeful that one day one of my children will want it for their own table.

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  96. I have so many family hand-me downs. My favorite is probably my grandmothers sewing machine table. It doesn't work, but someday I'd love to get it fixed!

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  97. All the grand children in my family were given trunks and I would love to update mine for a side tble in my livingroom!

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  98. Most of the heirlooms I have are jewelry from my grandmother. BUT, I do have some old chairs from my mother that are in bad shape. I would love to finally fix them up.

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  99. I have one that is an awesome chest that has a beautiful curved wooden top, but the inside has really old, smelly wall paper that I would love to remove.

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  100. I have an armoire I'd love to restore.
    sally.lustig@yahoo.com
    sally(dot)lustig(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  101. I have a handmade rocking chair and a traveling trunk from my great grandparents that are each over 100 years old. I wouldn't dare touch them to refinish them but I do have a couple of thrift store items here I'd love to refinish so that I can hand them down to one of my four kids some day. :)

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  102. I have an old cedar chest that has been painted black. It needs a new life.
    sharlacolescribble@gmail.com
    sharlacolescribble(at)gmail(dot)com

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  103. Oh I have a bunch of stuff waiting for attention. My kitchen table is the one my parents bought when they got married. BUT, almost 40 years of daily hard use have taken their toll on the finish, and I'm just not a fan of the 70's pickled oak finish on it. I also need to fix the leaf in permanently, since the mechanism is broken.

    I've got frames galore. I've got my grandmother's MCM cedar chest waiting to be turned into my home office, and I've got about a dozen small glass vases from our engagement party looking forward to becoming a candle chandelier for my front porch.

    There is a True Value here in town, but I haven't been there in ages. AGES I tell ya! It's a dangerous place for me :)

    paint_patience (at) hotmail {dot} com (just in case I show up as a no-reply blogger! Still can't figure that one out...

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  104. The piece that comes to mind is my childhood dresser that came back to me about a year ago. It still has the original honey-oak stain on it, but it's one of five wood pieces in our bedroom (plus the floor, which is bare) and they're all different colors, so I think paint would be good. I'm just not sure of the color yet!

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  105. I recently bought another family's heirloom: a 1950's Drexel, French provincial-style dining table and chairs that I refinished and recovered the seats. I love it!
    Rebecca W.
    jackyandrebeccaataoldotcom

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  106. I love this! I recently picked up my old desk from my parents house and I would love to update it. It's in good shape, it's a metal desk but it could use a new paint job. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  107. We have a reed pump organ that is over a hundred years old that we inherited from my husband's dear Aunt Ruby! It still works but needs a little work to make her look better! I love your blog!

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  108. Oh I didn't know True Value has door knobs and lots of spray paint. I will have to check it out! Maybe that is what I would spend it on...

    -Megan

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  109. Oh my! I was balling watching that video! My parents lost my childhood home due to a road being put through it! It's been a lot to process because I'm such a sentimental person. However, they are building their DREAM house and I couldn't be more happy for them! A couple month ago, my dad decided he was going to keep our kitchen table and find a place for it in the new house. He said to many things have happened around that table to get rid of it! I had to share that video with them!! Just had to share!
    A Tall Drink of Water

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  110. Love this giveaway! And, remembering too about going to hardware stores, gas stations, etc. with my dad. Wonderful memories. I'm going to be moving in a few months, this would certainly come in handy. I have a store about 30 minutes from me. Woo Hoo!

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  111. Growing up, my grandparents had 4 Currier and Ives lithographs hanging on their staircase. Each picture was of a woman decorated as one of the four seasons: winter, spring, summer and autumn. Every morning and every night throughout our stays, I would climb up or down the staircase and say Good Morning or Good Night to each season. It's one of those crystal clear memories for me. I would love to restore the prints and their frames...

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  112. I wish I would have kept the old piano we had growing up. I actually had it for a few years, but I gave it away because it was just collecting dust and needed to be repaired. Now that I have two daughters I wish I would have repaired it and prettied it up so they could one day learn how to play.

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  113. I have been fortunate enough to get some wonderful 'familydowns' over the ages, but the trick is always to better integrate them into MY (slightly more eclectic) style... Art is still my favorite, and I have a couple of incredible nice paintings that I treasure!
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    Charlotte @ Ciburbanity
    p.s. SUPER thanks for your session at Haven... I think I took pictures of every slide!

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  114. We have my husband's grandmother's rocking chair. We love having a piece of furniture that was hers since she is no longer with us.

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  115. i don't have a heirloom but my grandma made me many throws and i would like a nice way to display them.

    jelliebean1304 at aol dot com

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  116. I have a toy box that my great grandfather had when he was a kid in Germany. It survived two world wars and a voyage to a new country. When I got it it had some sticky residue on top (there had been a seat cushion on top at some point) and it looked really sad. I sanded and sanded...and sanded. I stained it a rich mahogany and now it holds those special toys from my childhood, stories I wrote in journalism class, and my yearbooks.

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  117. I have a lot of pieces of wood furniture that my dad has made for me. I love the idea that someday these things will be heirlooms!

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  118. My grandpa passed away suddenly in 1994, and I was somehow lucky enough to end up with his beautiful 4 poster bed. There's no way I would give it up, so it's going to be around for my kids to enjoy for a long time!

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  119. I've got a hope chest from my Grandmother that I keep meaning to re-finish!

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  120. I have 50 year old butcher block counter tops my grandfather made. We are planning on using them in the house we are renovating now.

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  121. My mom is giving me the furniture that I grew up with for my new house, and I can't wait to get my hands on the dining room table. It's a gorgeous mahogany and I almost hate to touch it but I want to make it my own style :)

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  122. I just finished painting a chest of drawers that my mom bought before she had me for my nursery and even then it was about 25 or more years old. I'm painting it for my niece who will be born in 2 weeks!

    stephaniedotsandersatcemexdotcom

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  123. Yes, we have quite a few vintage/antique pieces, both passed down through the family and that we've picked up at auctions and estate sales, that need refinishing. I've been procrastinating because honestly, I'm just not sure where to start!

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  124. I love True Value - that IS the hardware store I grew up going to with my dad! My husband and I are planning to refinish his dresser soon, which his mom "acquired" when she was in college and has been passed down to him and refinished more times than they can count. Talk about a long life!

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  125. I have my great grandmother's Singer sewing machine from the 1910's. I have a church pew from the church my great-great grandfather started in Webbville, Kentucky.

    I treasure them both greatly.

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  126. I need to refinish an antique sewing machine that belonged to my husbands grandmother. I've had it for twenty years and have never gotten to it, pretty sad :(

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  127. My parents both recently passed away this year and I am currently cleaning out their house ... I found my mothers old sewing machine - it actually looks like a table - I LOVE IT!

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  128. Last Christmas I made a bench from an old bed that was a friends family heirloom however sadly I don't have any of my families stuff yet. My Mom still has the few pieces that I want, the most treasured piece being a large cuckoo clock that my great great uncle carved in the Black Forest in Germany. My mom is having an expert refurbish it so it can be used again, one day it will sit in my house too.

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  129. Reuse, refinish, yes!

    zeppinfall 04 at yah oo .com

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  130. My grandfather made furniture for my parent's home when I was a kid. He lives near my parents now and even made me a jewelry box out of cedar a couple of years ago. It's GORGEOUS! I currently have a vegetable bin that my grandfather made my mom when I was a kid. This Christmas, I'm hoping to bring home my mom's sewing cabinet that my grandfather built as well. It needs a bit of work, but it's lovely too! adtingenjones(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  131. I have a sweet maple desk that I really want to refinish. It was mine when I was little. This would be a great prize to win.

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  132. I have a clock with a pendulum that was in my family forever. I had it rebuilt a few years ago, but then it fell off the wall and no longer works. I'd love to rebuild it again...just sitting in a closet now. :(

    r e d r u s s o AT g m a i l DOT c o m

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  133. I have my great-grandfather's barrister bookcases that need a bit of an update. I want to be careful with them so as to not devalue them. I'm not holding onto them as an investment though...so I might just do whatever I like & makes them look pretty.

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  134. I am working up the courage to paint my husdand's chest of drawers, it one of the few pieces he has from his grand parents, I'd hate to ruin it!

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  135. Great Giveaway! Gosh I can't decide which project I would use it for first!

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  136. I don't have a lot of family heirlooms actually - maybe because most of my family is still living! {a good thing, for sure!} :) But I DO have a bunch of DIY projects that this card would be PERFECT for! thanks for the giveaway!

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  137. A few years ago, my great grandmother passed away and left me her Edison phonograph. It plays the cylindrical records made of cobalt blue wax and is in an oak cabinet. It works like a charm but the cabinet is pretty banged up. I am hoping that one of these days my husband will refinish it for me, or maybe I will get brave and do it myself!

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  138. My great aunt shared a mirror that has been in the family for many years. It had so many layers of paint on the frame you couldn't see the detail in the wood work, so lots of citristripper and elbow grease later I had a beautiful frame I was able to stain it so we can appreciate the birds eye maple, it's gorgeous! drlaurawilliams at sbcglobal dot net

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  139. I have a rocking chair...actually the one my grandma used to rock me in that she passed on to me. I would love to use it for the baby on the way! I'd like to sand it and re-stain it.

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  140. Just like you, my husband has an old cuckoo clock. He salvaged it from his grandparents' house and has allowed his father to possess it, for now! (As in, it BELONGS to my husband and he is letting his dad BORROW it and upon his father's passing, it comes immediately back to my hubby ~~ not any of his siblings.) I don't believe it works, but it is a beautiful piece of art and family history. At the moment, we are making a big cross-country move (Indiana to Colorado), so we will be in need of many things after getting unpacked!
    Jennifer
    jenmojicaathotmaildotcom

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  141. I have an old fashioned wooden school chair that was my aunt's (who would be 72 now) and was passed down to my other aunt, then my mom, then me. My Grandma refinished it back in the 70's in this an avacado green color with a gold wash over it. I had it like that for many years, then when I was a teenager, my Grandma and I painted it white and she hand painted flowers on the writing desk part. It's a treasure! :)

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  142. I have an old table I was gifted by my sister from her in-laws. It needs to be restained for sure.

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  143. My husband & I use the bedroom dresser set that his grandparents used when they were married! It is a wonderfully made set - very sturdy, good construction, real wood, but the varnish is getting bad & I'd love to refresh them with paint! It's been on my to-do list for awhile - I just need to make it happen!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  144. My mother is keeping a hope chest for my daughter. The hope chest was her mother's. I can't wait to finally have it and fix it up for her! Thank you for all the great ideas!

    dorothyalevrasatgmaildotcom

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  145. I have also incorporated a lot of family heirlooms in the house in the last year. My Grandfather passed away and my Mom has been generously giving me many pieces of furniture among other things. I need to repair a wooden sailboat wall hanging and fix a knob on the buffet. Any help from True Value would be great! Thanks for the chance!
    Sherry

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  146. My dad and I refinished a piano when I was in middle school. It is in my house now, a beautiful maple upright grand piano. My kids have all taken lessons and play on it now. It is HUGE and HEAVY! The sound board is cracked and the sound vibrates, but I just can't part with it.

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  147. I do have some family heirlooms but not here in the US with me. However I do have a gorgeous antique desk that my husband bought when we lived in South America and I would loooove to give it a makeover. It would look stunning in french grey. With knew hardware. Thanks for the chance!

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  148. Great giveaway! I'm not sure what I'd pick! Maybe a cool cabinet I inherited from my mom?

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  149. Awesome giveaway! I have a wonderful old mid-century table from my great-grandmother that needs a serious facelift. Not sure if I want to stain it or paint it but I need to do something to breathe some life back into it!

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  150. I have an old chair from my mom that needs some serious work!

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  151. I have a beautiful table from my husband's grandma which needs some love.

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  152. My husbands mother passed away 12 years ago and we were given her china hutch. I got rid of the top part but am wanting to finish the bottom part to put in our entryway. I love it's design and am anxious to refinish it! Thanks for the giveaway! Countrynana340 at gmail dot com.

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  153. I have a cool 50's end table from my grandma that has more than seen better days. It needs a lot of work, but has the potential to be beautiful with a little TLC!!

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  154. I have my grandma's cedar chest, that I love!!!

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  155. I have a clock very similar to that! My aunt gave it to my son when he was young (he really like the cuckoo bird) and from then on, we all her cuckoo Aunt J.

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  156. I have lots of projects coming up. New condo and a long list of things to refinish and redo. $100 would buy a lot of spray paint!
    grp18ataol.com

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  157. Hi! I have a really cool old cane stool that I'm planning on turning into a curio table for my seashell collection! Marthajd@msn.com

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  158. we were given a bedroom set when we were married and I would love to update it!

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  159. My husband has a little trike that was passed down and he has fixed it up for our grandkids. He had a fun time with this project and the kids enjoy it.

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  160. Yes, I have my great-grandmother's vanity. It's beautiful, but my cousin had it for years and it needs a new paint job. So far I have stripped it, but life got in the way and it's been sitting for about 2 years! Bad form, I know!

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  161. I would really love to spruce up an old dresser my parents gave me. :)

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  162. My mother-in-law gave our daughter her mother's bedroom set that was probably from the 1940's. It is in great condition, but I would love to paint it off-white to make it more appropriate for a young girl's room.

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  163. I don't have any family heirlooms (yet), but I love to think about what heirlooms I'll give to my sons when they grow up! I love fixing up old furniture, and I sure hope that when they're older they can value the things that I put so much TLC into.

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  164. I don't have a family heirloom in the sense that you know it, but my Daddy made my kitchen cabinets and bathroom cabinets about 16 years ago following a heart attack at age 70. He passed away 2 weeks ago at age 86 and I'm not sure what I'll do if we ever sell our house. He called himself a 'wood butcher' - nothing better than a piece of furniture made with love by someone so special.

    smboyd99 at yahoo dot com

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  165. My mom has an old dresser that means the world to her. I would love to refinish it for her!
    ashleyallmon(at)gmail(dot)(com)
    Thank for the great giveaway and your inspiration! :)

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  166. No family heirlooms... but the more I paint stuff (walls, furniture, etc) the more stuff I want to paint! :) margav(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  167. I don't have any heirlooms, but there are certainly a bunch of projects on my list around home!

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  168. No heirlooms yet - they are with parents still, but love to fix up old stuff I find and make it ours!

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  169. I love your cuckoo clock! Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  170. I love your cuckoo clock! Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  171. I love your cuckoo clock! Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  172. I just downsized and sold all of my furnishings....however, I kept all of the "old stuff" from my mother and grandmother that I moved with me 15 years ago! I'm finally forced to re-do those and put them to good use! Love your blog btw!!

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  173. I would love to fix up some pieces with new paint and hardware.
    This would give me the push to do it!
    I love Ace Hardware!

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  174. My grandparents had a clock like that! Wish I knew what happened to it. Working on genealogy I need to find some way to display the cool old pictures I am finding!

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  175. I don't own any heirlooms because my grandparents are all still alive (so grateful for that!) however my husband and I built a very large (7'x 4.5') dining room table that weighs about 400 lbs out of solid wood that used to be a staircase landing in my husband's grandfather's old furniture store. Hopefully our kids will want this table and that could be considered an heirloom.

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  176. I have a child's rocking chair that was my dad's when he was little, then it was mine, and then both of my brother's. It went through my son and now my daughter has it. Thinking about this definitely makes we want to refinish it, like now! Definitely gonna have to do it this weekend!
    Thanks for being such an amazing inspiration. You are awesome!!
    jessijustice3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  177. My great-grandmother was a somewhat famous artist around the turn of the century and my branch of the family has several of her paintings. There is a 2x3 oil of a vase of pink roses in an antique mirrored frame that is my own and my absolute favorite. I would love to refinish our knotty pine kitchen and formica counters.

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  178. I have a baby doll crib that my grandpa made for my mom when she was a kid. I played with it when I was little, and now I'd love to refinish it for the next generation!
    clemsley (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  179. After my Mom passed away, my Dad gave me her old secretary desk...much like the one Layla refinished. Although I've refinished furniture in the past, I'm actually afraid to touch this one! Yikes!

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  180. Sadly, we have no real family heirlooms. I come from rather poor large families (none of my direct ancestors were first or only children). But I do have a doll cradle my grandmother made the year she died and a table my mother bought me as a gift, both of which I'm thinking of redoing as both are nearly as old as me. But, we're in the process of building our daughter a toy kitchen set, we hope will be passed down to her children and so on.

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  181. I love true value. I don't have any treasures that have been passed down yet. I hope I have a very very long time before that happens. luvpeach 01 at hotmail dot com
    Thats a zero one. Thanks

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  182. A piano thats been in the family a while.

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  183. Not many treasures have been passed down in my family but I do have an old worn bible that belonged to my great great grandma, cuff-links that belonged to my grandfather and a few dolls that my grandmother collected. No furniture.

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  184. Oh my heavens, I just had to write to tell you I have the exact same cuckoo cuckoo clock that was passed down to me from my grandmother..I used to wind it up as a young girl, but now the weights are jammed and I need to take it to a repair person to fix it. It hangs in my entry way and reminds me everyday about my grandma and grandpa.

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    1. btw, she told me they got it in Germany. Is that where yours is from too?

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  185. I have an old rocking chair that has rocked three generations so far - it is in great shape but does need a face lift

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  186. Our most prized treasure is a wall clock that belonged to my in-laws. It is beautiful and over 100 years old. We love it.

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  187. I am blessed to have many family heirlooms some passed down through 4 & 5 generations in my family & many of them hand made. Everything from handmade furniture to quilts, dishes & even a beautiful hand carved dough bowl my great grandfather made for his bride in the late 1800's. :o)

    I'm in the process of refinishing a dresser that my husband & I bought used before we were married. I plan to give it to my son & his fiance. I'd love to win the gift card! cjy5787(at)gamil(dot)com

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  188. I have a walnut dining room set that I inherited - the top is scratched.

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  189. My most treasured item is my grandmother's Bible. She read it everyday and put a check by the chapters she read. She bought the Bible I have shortly before she began having mini strokes. As these became more frequent her ability to read faded. So by the check marks, I know how far she read in this Bible...she is gone now so I treasure this so much. bertluann at hotmail dot com

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  190. Awesome! My most treasured item is a bowl just like my great grandmother's!

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  191. We have an old china cabinet from my husband's grandmother. It has beautiful curved glass in the front. It also needs some tlc since we have moved it so many times. mrfixit52 at hotmail dot com

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  192. We have an intarsia wooden wall hanging of the Last Supper that my dad made and gave us a wedding gift. It is made entirely of different types of wood to give the differing shades in the picture, with some pieces as purple hart, ebony, cedar, walnut, etc. michelleronsick at yahoo dot com.

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  193. This is perfect timing! I'm just starting a rehab on a small chifferobe dresser that has been in my hubs family since he was small enough to hide in it! We used it painted white for my 17 year old son's baby clothes, but it went to the inlaws house and recently came back when dear MIL passed away this spring. I want to refurb it to make storage and memories in my new office. Thanks for the chance!

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    1. also, rosen425 at comcast dot net. Thanks!

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  194. I would refinish an end table that my father made in wood shop class when he was in high school.

    Livingjunk(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  195. Projects? I couldn't get up in the morning if I didn't have a project on the front burner.

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