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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. Bliss really measured up on this one!

  2. 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.

  3. 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… 🙂

  4. 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.

  5. 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 –

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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!

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



  11. Crazy Bliss…always a fun way to start the day. Love the table 🙂 Laurel

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

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

  14. 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!


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

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

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

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

  20. Very creative and I love the distressing on the table!

  21. 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

  22. 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!

  23. Love that table and she always does fabulous work.

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

  25. 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?

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

  27. 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!

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

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