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My Top 5 Projects of 2012

Hey everyone!  Took a little blogging hiatus there didn’t I?  Well I’m back! I didn’t take as many photos as I should have while I wasn’t blogging so bear with me.  These aren’t “how to” more like “how they came... read more

Happy Independence Day!

My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy! Thomas Jefferson Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of... read more

A Dresser, 2 Chairs and a Table. Oh My!

Hey y’all!  Thought I’d play a quick game of catch up here.  I wanted to show you what I’ve been up to the last week! I started out with this lovely dresser… ehem.. after a BIG sanding fest .. and 2 coats of Valspar Gypsy Teal VOILA! Pardon the... read more

Tantalizing Turquoise Dresser Reveal

Hey y’all!  I have a really fun make over to share with you today!  Are you ready?  Sit down now … here we go …     BOOM. Yeah baby, she’s the queen!  This piece has my name written all over it.  It’s the most “me”... read more

A Little Inspirational Kick

I had a nice little break from the blog world and I’d like to jump back in with some wonderfully inspiring things I’ve found on pinterest lately!   Source: imgfave.com via Beth on Pinterest Source: zsazsabellagio.blogspot.com via Erin on Pinterest... read more

How Pinterest Exploded My Brain!

Have you ever had an epiphany?  A real life explosion in your head?!  I have!   Source: united-academics.org via Adrianna on Pinterest   Yep!  That’s exactly what it looked like inside my brain.  Don’t be jealous, I’m just special like... read more

The Shocking Truth About My Dining Room!

Is it true? yes.  Is it shocking?!  yes.  Is it really about my dining room?!?!  YES!! What is it?!?! It’s almost DONE!  Can I get a party horn or something up in here?  Puleeeeze?! Seriously, this has been the longest “simple update” in blog... read more

How To: Make A Patchwork Lampshade

Hey there my friends!  I’ve finally gotten myself moving again on the dining room.  I’m here today to show you how I made over this plain lampshade into a one of a kind treasure!  Here’s what I started with: A simple lampshade, fabric to cover it... read more

Side Table Redo for the Dining Room

My dining room make over is finally shaping up my friends!  In the last week I’ve made some major progress and couldn’t be happier. I found this little gem at a flea market about 5 years ago for a whopping $20.  I loved that it was raw wood and the little... read more

Look Forward with Me: 2012

Hello my friends!  I hope this finds you happy, well and having a good day, wherever you are! Have you looked back at the last month?  If so, did it go like you wanted?  Did you do the things you “resolved” to do?  If so, great job!  If not, it’s... read more

2012 Home Goals: The Dining Room

Hey everyone!  I hope you’re all having a fabulous day! It’s cold and icky outside today so I’ve been inside scheming and working on my room refresh for February, the dining room!  I really shouldn’t call it that since I don’t *dine* in... read more

Enchanted by Chevron

Hello my friends!  I wanted to do a little weekly series here about design trends that I am over the moon about! The more I delve into fashion and home decor, I find myself drawn to some more modern elements.  Surprised?  I sure was!  This week I’d like to share... read more

My Bedroom is Finished!

Hello my friends!  I’m so excited to share with you my first big accomplishment of the new year! As I’ve said, I took on a challenge from Donna at Funky Junk Interiors to complete a room in my home.  Now I’m happy to say the first room is finished!... read more

Picture Perfect Challenge: Bedroom Update 2

I’ve been hard at work on projects for my bedroom the last few weeks.  You can see where I started here, and the first update here. It’s finally coming together!  Here is where it is now. It’s already so much better!  Here is what I have finished so... read more

Pantone Inspired Paint Colors at Lowe’s!

I am positively giddy over this discovery!  One more reason I love pinterest!  I’ve been using Pantone colors for the last 5 years in my design work and they are the authority in my opinion.  Here is the entire line of My Color Inspired by Pantone available at... read more

Picture Perfect Challenge: Bedroom Update!

I’ve been working hard on my bedroom the last few weeks and the transformation is coming right along!  I’m saving the photos for the reveal but here is a list of what I’m doing: update bedding – add cream spread, pattern coverlet and sham... read more

My Top 5 Projects of 2012

Hey everyone!  Took a little blogging hiatus there didn’t I?  Well I’m back!

I didn’t take as many photos as I should have while I wasn’t blogging so bear with me.  These aren’t “how to” more like “how they came out”  *wink*

In no particular order :)

Vintage Chest on Chest

THE Turquoise Dresser

Grey and Black Desk

Turquoise Rocking Chair

Ikat Vanity Bench

These are just a few of the projects I’ve done this year.  I feel like I’m just playing not working!

It’s a wonderful blessing.

Have a great rest of the day and I promise I’ll be back soon!  My mind has been whirling with ideas to share with you and I’m looking forward to getting started!

Love & Hugs,

Stupendous Before & After of Dated Chest on Chest

Hi everyone!  It’s been a scorcher here in Arkansas this week (and the last month!) so I’ve been hiding out in the shop painting my heart out.  I hope you’re enjoying this summer weather (that was sarcastic, fyi :P) where ever you are and having  a blast!

A few days ago I gave you a peek at what I’ve been working on:

Let me show you how it started out.  Nothing wrong with it really, just a little dated:

That’s the craigslist photo from the previous owner.  I got all excited when I saw it! I’d never done a chest on chest before and had been wanting to give it a whirl.  It has all the original hardware on it too! HELLO you are mine! lol

I painted it with one coat of Martha Stewart oops paint in a light grey flat finish.  I was surprised at how well this paint covered!  It was my first time using Martha’s paint and I will definitely be using it again!

I wanted this piece to really have some style so I mixed up a little bit of metallic silver and black craft paint to go over the details.  I hit the bead molding down the sides, the band around the top and the trim that sits on top of the little shelf separating the two “chests”.

After that the only thing I did was glaze it.  I wanted the glaze to be dark so I used 1 cup of glaze and 1/3 cup brown paint, Expresso Bean by Behr.  I mixed it up well and poured it into a rectangular container.  I like to use half a t-shirt to wipe it on, just wad it up and go for it!  Flat paint absorbs quickly so keep moving.  I just rubbed it on, being sure to get in all the crevices and wiped it right back off lightly with a clean, slightly damp cloth.

Here’s a pic of the chest with glaze and a drawer without.

Huge difference a little glaze makes!

The original hardware was spray painted with Krylon Oil Rubbed Bronze.  This gives an amazing finish to any hardware.  I love it!

I was in love with how it looked and didn’t do one more thing!  Well, my Mom put on a protective layer of polycrylic but that’s it. :)    Here’s how it all turned out.

Here you can really see the metallic paint on the bead molding. *swoon*

Quality control inspector, caught in action!

I hated to part with this baby!  Oh, did you notice there’s no distressing?  I thought it had plenty going on already without it and I was right. *wink*

If you have any questions let’s hear them!  I’d love to know if you’re working on something and would be more than happy to answer if I can!

Linking up to these great parties!

Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest

Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk Interiors

Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello

Share Your Creations at Kristin’s Creations

July Before & After Party at Thrifty Decor Chick

Sister Sunday Link Party at Sisters of the Wild West



Happy Independence Day!

My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!
Thomas Jefferson

Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.  ~Louis D. Brandeis

 

A Dresser, 2 Chairs and a Table. Oh My!

Hey y’all!  Thought I’d play a quick game of catch up here.  I wanted to show you what I’ve been up to the last week!

I started out with this lovely dresser… ehem..

after a BIG sanding fest ..

and 2 coats of Valspar Gypsy Teal

VOILA!

Pardon the inside the shop photos, it’s 112 in the shade today! good grief!

Then I redid 2 chairs that were a reddish brown color to begin with.  They each have a brand new lease on life!

The outdoor pics are soooo much better! darn heat! lol

and last but not least this swanky little side table that got a good dose of my favorite coral color and a wild distressing!

Phew!  It was a busy week and I loved every second of it! Ok maybe not EVERY second but you know what I mean *wink*

Here’s a little peek at what I’m working on right now..

See, now I feel all better!  I can’t have all the fun over here by myself, I have to share it with you guys too!

Have a wonderful rest of the week my friends!

Tantalizing Turquoise Dresser Reveal

Hey y’all!  I have a really fun make over to share with you today!  Are you ready?  Sit down now … here we go …

 

 

BOOM.

Yeah baby, she’s the queen!  This piece has my name written all over it.  It’s the most “me” piece I’ve finished to date and I am in love :)  I took her to the store today and she sold in TWO hours! omg I was giddy as a school girl over that!

Here is how her poor self started out:

She was brown and grimy and had duct tape holding her drawers together! Oh my, what a sad state of affairs that was!  After she was scrubbed clean, she got a coat of primer, 2 coats of Sherwin Williams Nifty Turquoise and then the distressing began.  I was hard on her but she took it like a champ!  After a dark brown glaze all over and a good coat of wipe on poly she was ready to roll.  I painted her original hardware with Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze (my fav) and it looked smashing!

I am thrilled at how this came out and I hope you like it too!

Here are a few shots of her luscious details:

and one more time… the boom shot!

Don’t be afraid to try a bold color in your home!  Isn’t there a space that could use a bit of pizzazz?

 

Linking up to these fun project parties!

Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk Interiors

Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello

Hookin Up with Hepworths

DIY Project Parade at The DIY ShowOff

How Pinterest Exploded My Brain!

Have you ever had an epiphany?  A real life explosion in your head?!  I have!

 

 

Yep!  That’s exactly what it looked like inside my brain.  Don’t be jealous, I’m just special like that. *wink*

I have always liked serene, neutral spaces with lots of texture.

 

 

They are soothing and calming, the exact feel I wanted in my home.  Or so I thought.

While I’ve been working through my 2012 Home Goals and my rooms for the Picture Perfect Room Challenge at Funky Junk Interiors, I’ve come upon a roadblock.   I started with my bedroom in January and I liked how it came out.  Now it’s sort of “meh”.  Wonder what happened there?  Why am I not loving it now?

The room I’m working on now is my dining room.  It’s coming along but I knew something was missing.  I started searching for inspiration and it smacked me in the face on one of my Pinterest boards!  HOW did I not see this before?!  The epiphany was that I need about 200% more color in my life than I have!

 

Source: neofundi.com via Lisa on Pinterest

 

Yeah, that would do it!

I’ve always loved color, used it everywhere and enjoyed how it made me feel.  Something has changed.  It’s just not enough anymore, it seems drab to me.

Hmmm is this a metaphor for my life as well?!  Have I been living a “meh” life?  I have a lot to think about there!  I am truly shocked at this realization, I mean, come on. LOL  Y’all know me, my style, my taste, my favorite things.  Where did the drama go?  The wow factor?!  I have no idea but I’m on a mission now!

I’ve reworked the plan for my dining room and it involves WAY more bright colors than the original idea.  I hope you’ll stick around and see just how crazy I get in there!

Do you have a “meh” room, or area of your life you want to kick up a notch?  I’d love to hear from you!

The Shocking Truth About My Dining Room!

Is it true? yes.  Is it shocking?!  yes.  Is it really about my dining room?!?!  YES!!

What is it?!?!

It’s almost DONE!  Can I get a party horn or something up in here?  Puleeeeze?!

Seriously, this has been the longest “simple update” in blog history!  Geeze.  But now, I can assure you (’cause I know you’ve been fretting about it while you try to go to sleep) it WILL come to an end.  Phew.  So happy I got that out there!

If you remember, here is where we started, waaaaay back in umm last month *wink*

and here (hangs head in utter shame)

now let me show you where we stand today *big cheesy grin*

I’m so happy with it so far!  Mom and I were able to cover up that lovely hole where the air conditioner was.  FINALLY!  I hung up a collection of vintage plates I’ve had squirreled away in the cabinet.  I know!!  I couldn’t enjoy them in there, darnit!  Now I smile when I see them!

I also changed out the light fixture and added the drum shade I covered in vintage quilt squares.  You can see that tutorial here.

The table has also been swapped out for this round one that fits the space much better.  It was unfinished wood and you can see how I made it over here.

Now here is what is left to do:

The molding and flooring won’t take long at all.  I’ve just got to drag the small air compressor up the hill and into my house.  That baby is NOT light!  I am still waffling on what to do with that counter top.  I think I want it dark so I may either paint it or do a little decoupage.  I’m almost finished with the chair that is going in here, replacing the one in the photo.

Here’s a little sneak peek of the chair!  I didn’t remove the fabric yet because I want to make sure I like the paint job before I mess with all those staples!  Here’s what I started with.

and here’s a peek at what she looks like right now:

I’m not sure if this is the final look or not.  You’ll have to stay tuned to find out!

If you’ve made it this far, THANK YOU!  I hope some of you are inspired to take a little leap of faith with some color in one of your rooms!

How To: Make A Patchwork Lampshade

Hey there my friends!  I’ve finally gotten myself moving again on the dining room.  I’m here today to show you how I made over this plain lampshade into a one of a kind treasure!  Here’s what I started with:

A simple lampshade, fabric to cover it (these are actually vintage quilt squares from a yard sale!), scissors, double sided sticky tape (it is conspicuously absent from the photo so it must have been getting a beverage or taking a bathroom break at the time!)  aaaaand

fabric glue and bias tape (for the top and bottom when we’re done).  The only thing I had to go out and purchase was the bias tape.  You could also use ribbon or anything else you like!

First thing I did was start trying to lay out the squares to see how many it would take to go around the shade.  2 problems jumped up and smacked me in the face at this point!  1 – the quilt squares were not “square” and the shade is not perfectly the same size top and bottom. Uh huh.  Props to Mom for suggesting I turn them on an angle and see if that worked out.  Yee to the Haw it did work!  I put that irresponsible double sided tape on the back of 2 of the not so squares and taped those babies on the shade to see how it would look.

I was liking it immediately!  I did have it hanging at eye level so I could get a better idea of how it would look while I worked.  See on the bottom of that left square that it doesn’t reach down to the bottom band of the shade? Uh huh, told ya they weren’t square!  BUT I was liking the idea so I kept taping and taping until I got all the way around the shade.  Once I finished that I made the executive decision that those empty areas needed to be filled up too.  So I cut the not so square quilt squares somewhat in half exactly (or not!) and started filling in the bare spots.

That photo shows how I peeled up the center squares so the “fillers” would be underneath their edges.  I continued, again, all the way around until all the naked spots were covered. No one wants a risque lampshade!  *gasp*

This is how it looked once it was presentable.  Remember I have this hanging up (over another little fixture) so ignore everything else.

Looks pretty messy doesn’t it?  I can see holes where the squares didn’t line up and there are gaps along the edges in some places.  I decided I’d deal with that once the squares were glued down.  Let me say you can absolutely use hot glue to attach these, you don’t have to have fabric glue.  I however cannot be within a mile of a hot glue gun and not get burned so I opted for the fabric glue.  It’s a proven fact!  Trust me on this!

I used the same technique I used earlier, peeled back the squares (the filler pieces first) adding glue to them and smashed them back onto the shade in their appropriate spots.  I trimmed as I went, getting all the fabric that would cover the top and bottom band on the shade.  I wanted that flat and smooth for the finishing step.  I also added a few little pieces here and there to finish covering the entire shade.  That was done with a few snips of the scissors from the extra quilt squares.

This final step (which I have no photo of because I don’t have 5 hands) is to add the decorative trim, in my case the seam binding.  I ran the glue along the top and bottom edge (only one at a time please) and pushed the trim into the glue making it all flat and pretty.

The messy looking well, mess, went from what you see above to…..

Look how finished it is now, I love it!  This is the back of the shade so you can see where I overlapped the trim on the top and bottom bands where they met.  Is it perfect? NO.  Is it going to pass quality inspection anytime soon? NO.  Is it completely me and exactly what I wanted?  YES.  and that my friends, is all that matters!

Here are a few more “sides” for your viewing entertainment!

I hope you enjoyed this wacky looking project to the very end and that it might inspire you to try something similar!!  Of course, you can use fabric, paper, leather, towels, or anything your imagination can come up with!  I hope you had fun today!

Linking this project to these fun parties:

Hooking Up with HoH

Inspiration Friday at The Picket Fence

Tip Junkie Homemade Projects

Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots & Jello

Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk Interiors

Sunday Showcase Party at Under The Table And Dreaming

Flaunt It Friday at Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

DIY Project Parade at The DIY Show Off

Side Table Redo for the Dining Room

My dining room make over is finally shaping up my friends!  In the last week I’ve made some major progress and couldn’t be happier.

I found this little gem at a flea market about 5 years ago for a whopping $20.  I loved that it was raw wood and the little curvy bits on the apron.  Too cute!  Today I’m going to show you a quick way to make over an unfinished wood table.  You’ll need: paint, paint brush, small bowl, water sand paper and some type of top coat, I used wax but you can use polycrylic.

Here is the little table in it’s before state:

This table has never had anything done to it so sanding wasn’t needed.  First I put about 1/2 cup of paint in my bowl and added half a cup of water.  I mixed it up really good and just started slapping it on there.  I wanted to see what type of looks I could get out of it so I did each side a little differently.  I can only see one side at a time, right?! lol  Here a few pics of the results.

The first photo is doing a heavy coat of paint/water, just like I’d do with regular paint.  The second one is a lighter coat and I didn’t go back over it with the brush.  I just let it sit there and it did that blotchy thing all on it’s own!  Most of my projects go like this, experiment and see what happens.  That’s what makes it so fun to me!

Ok then I got a small block of wood with 150 grit sandpaper (rough) and sanded, scratched and generally scarred it all up.

I tend to get into the sanding and distressing.  It’s a great way to work out your frustration too, fyi *wink*  I wiped it down to get the dust off then all that’s left to do is protect the finish.  I used wax for this but like I said poly would work just fine too, you’ll just have to do a light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper after.  So here we go with the wax!

I used that staining pad to put it on.  You can use a soft cloth, wax brush, or whatever you have around as long as it’s not rough.  I know that staining pad looks rough but it’s not really.  Just wipe it on and let it dry.  Then comes the fun part … BUFFING!  Make sure you have a clean soft cloth, not the one you used to put the wax on!!  Put on some fast music and start rubbing your little heart out!  In this next pic you can see where I’ve buffed it and where it’s still “hazy”, just like car wax.

See?  The left side is still hazy and the right side and center aren’t.  You have to do this on the entire piece no matter what type of sealer (topcoat) you are using.

Here’s the finished product!

Even with my less than stellar photography skills you can see how the top just glows.  THAT is what I love about a waxed finish.  If you could see this in person you’d be amazed at the result.  Seriously, it GLOWS!

One last little bit…  I took down the chandelier that was in here and after much playing around with different things I’ve almost finished the new light fixture ….  be warned, this image may scare small children .. or YOU!  It’s going to rock when it’s done, trust me!  hehe

Hmmm …  looks pretty sad there, doesn’t it?  Have no fear my friends!  It’ll be the swankiest light fixture around very soon!

I’m linking up to these fabulous parties this week:

 

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My Top 5 Projects of 2012

Hey everyone!  Took a little blogging hiatus there didn’t I?  Well I’m back! I didn’t take as many photos as I should have while I wasn’t blogging so bear with me.  These aren’t “how to” more like “how they came...

Stupendous Before & After of Dated Chest on Chest

Hi everyone!  It’s been a scorcher here in Arkansas this week (and the last month!) so I’ve been hiding out in the shop painting my heart out.  I hope you’re enjoying this summer weather (that was sarcastic, fyi :P) where ever you are and having  a...

Happy Independence Day!

My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy! Thomas Jefferson Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of...

A Dresser, 2 Chairs and a Table. Oh My!

Hey y’all!  Thought I’d play a quick game of catch up here.  I wanted to show you what I’ve been up to the last week! I started out with this lovely dresser… ehem.. after a BIG sanding fest .. and 2 coats of Valspar Gypsy Teal VOILA! Pardon the...

Tantalizing Turquoise Dresser Reveal

Hey y’all!  I have a really fun make over to share with you today!  Are you ready?  Sit down now … here we go …     BOOM. Yeah baby, she’s the queen!  This piece has my name written all over it.  It’s the most “me”...

A Little Inspirational Kick

I had a nice little break from the blog world and I’d like to jump back in with some wonderfully inspiring things I’ve found on pinterest lately!   Source: imgfave.com via Beth on Pinterest Source: zsazsabellagio.blogspot.com via Erin on Pinterest...

How Pinterest Exploded My Brain!

Have you ever had an epiphany?  A real life explosion in your head?!  I have!   Source: united-academics.org via Adrianna on Pinterest   Yep!  That’s exactly what it looked like inside my brain.  Don’t be jealous, I’m just special like...

The Shocking Truth About My Dining Room!

Is it true? yes.  Is it shocking?!  yes.  Is it really about my dining room?!?!  YES!! What is it?!?! It’s almost DONE!  Can I get a party horn or something up in here?  Puleeeeze?! Seriously, this has been the longest “simple update” in blog...

How To: Make A Patchwork Lampshade

Hey there my friends!  I’ve finally gotten myself moving again on the dining room.  I’m here today to show you how I made over this plain lampshade into a one of a kind treasure!  Here’s what I started with: A simple lampshade, fabric to cover it...

Side Table Redo for the Dining Room

My dining room make over is finally shaping up my friends!  In the last week I’ve made some major progress and couldn’t be happier. I found this little gem at a flea market about 5 years ago for a whopping $20.  I loved that it was raw wood and the little...