Yardstick Table {by Bliss Ranch}

I have a special treat for you today!!
I don’t know how I talked her in to this, but the amazing Bliss from Bliss Ranch is my guest today. I’m very excited about her project and I might will be making one of these!

Take it away Bliss:

Yardstick Table.

In the blog world there are lots of people to know and love.  Debbie is one of those.  When I think of a classy lady, she comes to mind and I am honored to be here doing a guest post.  I’m Bliss, and I blog over at Bliss Ranch.

So imagine my shock and horror when I read that the classy Deb’s new venture was named Two Women and a Warehouse!  Is it just me or does everyone start humming a Dolly Parton song and think of a wh*rehouse?  (I put that * in there on purpose so no freaks start stalking Deb).  Truth be told I wasn’t shocked or horrified at all, I thought it was a clever name and darn funny even if the Two Women didn’t intend for it to be a spin on Dolly’s movie.

Just like I hum a Ms. Parton song each time I see Deb’s shop name, when I see a yardstick I hear the slap of it hitting my rear end.  My mom was a gentle lady.  I was a brat.  One of my first posts was about her and the Christmas cactus she left me.  She kept her yardstick by the refrigerator.  Was it just a convenient spot or did she keep it there so when I came by she could quickly grab it and smack me on my butt?  I will never know, but since that time I always look suspiciously at yardsticks.  A mark was never left on my backside and I don’t remember ever crying.  But I knew I was being a serious brat if the yardstick came out.


I picked up this little table at an estate sale in July for $10 bucks.  I didn’t need it.  Didn’t have a place for it, and didn’t like it’s blonde finish.  It sat in the garage till October when I put it in my entry decorated with a dangling eye ball in a birds beak for Halloween.  Nearby in an umbrella stand was the stock pile of yardsticks I have been collecting for a project.  When the two were in close proximity to each other I made the connection and knew they would become one. October over, dangling eyeball put away, I got to work on the table.

There is no tutorial for this.  The yardsticks were attached, the edge was cut off and a router was used to finish it.  I used CeCe Caldwell Traverse City Cherry with a wash of Virginia Chestnut Brown, which I also painted the top edge with.

I distressed it, followed with dark wax and left the hardware as is. 

I only wish I still had that old yardstick of my mom’s.  It would be on this table top. 

I also hit part of the mirror with some of the red.  I ran the brush over lightly and wiped it back.  I can’t say how long this table will be in this spot, but the warm tones are nice for this time of year.  Perhaps I should load it up and go see two women at a warehouse? 

Thank you Deb for inviting me to ReFreshReStyle.  

I hope you will go over and visit Bliss Ranch!



  1. 1
    Gina says:

    I love it! Thanks for sharing Bliss with us Debbie!

  2. 2
    karin says:

    oh BLISS that is FABULOUS!! I love it and I love how you did the wash over the traverse city cherry. I will have to try that. It gives it such a richness!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  3. 3
    cassie says:

    love bliss and love her projects and ideas! she hasn’t created a piece of furniture i haven’t loved!

  4. 4

    You know how I love Bliss! She is my home girl. Two women and a Warehouse? Is there a room for a third if I retire?

  5. 5
    Vicky says:

    Can I have this table please? I love it so much!!

  6. 6
    kim says:

    Love that table and she always does fabulous work.

  7. 7

    Wow, this is an amazing transformation! I love CeCe Caldwell’s paint too! Love, love, love this idea! Thanks for sharing it! Bliss is on talented gal!

  8. 8

    How cool is that?!

  9. 9
    Angie says:

    I love everything Bliss does and this table is no exception! I can’t recall that Dolly Parton song, so I guess I’ll have to search for it…just so I can put that into my head for the day!
    ~Angie @ Knick of Time

  10. 10
    JoAnn K. says:

    Very creative and I love the distressing on the table!

  11. 11

    Bliss is brilliant! She doesn’t think so, but she just proved how right I am. :-)
    xo Heidi

  12. 12
    fiona says:

    Bliss’ makeovers are always stunning, and this is just as amazing as always – she is one creative lady !

  13. 13
    gail says:

    way to go Bliss! I love your table redo. :) the color is fabulous, and the addition of the yardsticks is sooo cool!

    ps hey debbie!

  14. 14
    Shannon Fox says:

    Oh Debbie! You got BLISSED! You lucky girl.

    So enjoyed reading this post.
    We had to pick a switch.
    Not as cute on a table top.

    Love the finished project, it’s got so much personality.
    Just like Miss Bliss.

  15. 15

    As usual, Bliss outdid herself!! You two are a great pair…classy and clever~

  16. 16
    Bliss says:

    You’re not sure how you got me to say yes??????? I’m still stunned you asked! Thanks, it was fun, got me to get a project done and people say the nicest things, they must know a different Bliss than me!


  17. 17
    debbiedoos says:

    Say what say what…That table is da BOMB! WOW what a transformation. Miss Bliss you rock!

  18. 18

    Bliss rules…doesn’t she? This is another incredibly transformation.

  19. 19

    Crazy Bliss…always a fun way to start the day. Love the table :) Laurel

  20. 20

    Miss Bliss delivers again! Just love me a yardstick furniture project!



  21. 21
    karen says:

    What a really cute use of yardsticks and I of course love the paint finish. I would never have seen that on that somewhat modern looking table! Luckily I escaped the whap of a yardstick. I got an open hand on the rear end once in a while though!

  22. 22

    That Bliss! Is there anything she can’t do??

  23. 23

    Love it. It’s great. My mom and dad had a clothes brush we got our spankings with. Except while traveling – then we got the switch.

  24. 24
    Vickie says:

    It’s always entertaining to visit the Ranch to see what hijinks Bliss has been up to. Once again she’s created a masterpiece with a colorful history. I love the yardstick table painted up for the holidays!

  25. 25
    Holly says:

    Go Bliss!!! That does not look easy to get the angles cut on the curve. I would do this for sure – it looks awesome – only I would have to stick to squares. Love the red. Hello Debbie –

  26. 26
    Maxie Sykes says:

    Like the half-moon table idea, it is a great way to add a small touch of decor to your home without taking up a lot of space.

  27. 27
    TracyMB says:

    Love this…. and I did love that dangling eye too. Sigh. I’m sure my mom still has the yardstick around that has my name on it. Forgot about that weapon. I think it was worse than the wooden spoon because it really could get some speed up by the time the full 36″ hit your butt. Thanks for the memories… :)

  28. 28
    Shannon says:

    Oh, my goodness-fantastic! I’ve always loved yard sticks but have never been able to figure out anything to do with them. This is brilliant.

  29. 29

    Bliss really measured up on this one!

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