July 20, 2010

My blogging friends...

I'm sorry to be so few and far between with posts.
Things have been busy and crazy.

This weekend some things happened within my family that we desperately need prayer for.
I don't feel it's appropriate to go into too many details but if you could please keep me and my husband in your prayers, it would be so very appreciated.

Until things calm down and I can feel more in the blogging spirit, you probably won't be hearing much from me in posting.

I love you all. Your prayers are much needed.

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July 16, 2010

Joining the Cloche Clique

So I guess the title says it all, huh?

I did finally find the pieces to make me my own little cloche that everyone in blogland seems to have :)

Here's what it started with:


Yep, another piece from my Savers loot.

I got it for three bucks. Yay.

I also found this awesome chunky candle holder in the same trip:


I cleaned the glass dome really well and gave the candleholder and cloche base a couple coats of Heirloom white. A little bit of gorilla glue later... here she is:


I just grabbed some things to display in for the pictures... right now it's actually holding a black H.

I'm still playing :)

Isn't she pretty though?


Happy weekend everyone!

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July 15, 2010

Playing with Shutters

Remember this picture from my last post about Habitat for Humanity Restore?


See those shutters at the very bottom?

Well... I"d been looking for those suckers for a long time.
And finally got 'em.

And you know what? I went today to scout out again and I found three more sets- small, medium and large.
Don't worry... they'll be put to good use.

So here are these guys:


These guys were GRIMY.
I must have wiped them down a million times and they still had grime attached.

I took their hinges off so they could be set free... I think it'd be fun to use another pair still together but these I needed seperate.

I gave them a good coat of my favorite Valspar Mediterrean Blue...


I ADORE this color.
I wiped a little brown glaze on them to soften the color a little and of course give it a worn feel.

And they went perfectly in the spot I had envisioned for them:


My entryway.

My mirror was looking a little sad so I had hung my Trust in the Lord hanging but it was still missing something.

The shutters were the perfect solution.
Don't worry... I'm working on the tabletop.

But it just brightens up the entryway for when you just walk in!


See that zebra bowl?
It's already been moved, no need to tell me how gross it looks there :)
Taken care of.

Happy Thursday!

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July 12, 2010

Restore Chair Re-do!

That title is a mouthful, huh? :)

So have I told you about my new favorite place to browse?
I just recently discovered our hidden Habitat for Humanity Restore in our area and I am in love.

Although...not with the fact that they don't have air-conditioning.
Hello, it's Arkansas.

And it's a little dusty...and dirty...and unorganized...

but look what I scored for 2.50 and tell me you wouldn't mind rummaging in a hot, dusty place for it:


Have I convinced you, yet?

Well... wait and see.

I happened to find this beauty on half-off furniture week at Restore


It had already been reduced to five and I got it for a whopping 2.50!
They probably thought I was crazy to be so excited over a cheap, dingy, disgusting chair.

But have ya'll checked out All Things Thrifty?
Those girls can do some serious things with sketchy-looking chairs like this.

And I wanted to give it a try :)

So off went the seat:


I adore the detail on the back of this chair!
Honestly, it's what made it a keeper from the beginning.

But this thing had layers upon layers of dust and grime packed in it.
Yuck.


I had to give it an enormous cleaning overhaul and then sanded her down pretty good.

Look at this nasty seat:


I'm thinking (or hoping) that it has seen better days.

I ripped that red stuff off and found several layers of equally yucky fabric.

After much debating... I decided to breathe new sunshine-y life into her with yellow!

 


And her yucky red seat is now a fabulous blue.
All I had to do was rip the old fabric off and cut enough to staple onto the sturdy board:


I love the new colors on her!
And with a little brown glaze, she's perfectly worn. (but not tired-looking)
Want to see the full thing?


My goal is to get enough fabulous chairs to eventually have enough for a mismatched table with them.

That's the plan, anyways.


Can you tell how hot and icky humid it is here?
My camera lens gets all fogged up as soon as it hits outside. Ick.



Sunshine-y fabulous, huh?

Have I convinced you about Restore nowww??

What about if I show you a pile of these I got for a buck each:


Yes, Restore is my go-to place for cabinet doors and shutters.
Besides the curb of course.

So go find a restore today- just don't steal my fab chairs! :)

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July 08, 2010

Boy Room Wall Decor

I have no idea, but my son's room has been the room I've been avoiding decorating.
When we moved in a year ago, he was in a crib and growing out of that whole 'baby' stage.
With the rest of the house going under decorating overhaul, I just never came up with anything cohesive for his room.

Here's what it's been like for the past eight months or so...


Things just kind of got put in there.
Not terrible... but not great.

See that canvas print?
That's one of the first things I ever blogged about!
You can find that ancient post here.

I thought I wanted to do a sports theme... but, really, it's just not little man.

**warning: this post has a lot of pictures and projects, if you want to know more about anything, just ask and I'll go into more detail!**

So I got so tired of looking at things last week that I just jumped up and took everything off the walls.
Yes, I am aware that I'm crazy, thank you :)

I just laid it all on the ground, grabbed some things from my stash and played.


See that pretty burlap R?
I did a tutorial on that not long ago... look at it here.

That R was my favorite piece... nothing else made me very happy.
So everything else needed to be REVAMPED.
Everything.

So I got the basic shapes and layout I wanted and sat there just looking.
Probably for a good half hour.

Then I just got to work.
I figured if I hated it, I could redo them.
But why not give it a try?

Here's a couple before and afters of a few pieces:


I did a simple change to these letters.
The green ones hanging by the tulle were wayy cute in his nursury.
Not so much now.

I took the tulle off and the ribbons from around them.
It's hard to see in the picture, but I painted them red and then brown.
They were sanded down really well and so now they're a vintage-y brown and red. :)


This is another quick-fix.
The football metal thing was from his maybe-sports room.
All I did was grab the fabric (which was the inspiration for his new room) and quickly qlued it on.
Easy, vibrant fix.


I love love love how this turned out.
I found this motercycle print at a garage sale and loved the texture on the middle piece.
It's two boards together so that middle piece just pops out at ya.
I painted the middle red and printed off a few 5x7 sepia prints of little man.
A little glue and some modpodge, it looks ah-mazing.

I don't have before/afters on these but you can imagine with me, kay?


This was a dollar store frame that I spray-painted hammered bronze.
I stuck a piece of scrapbook paper in the frame and glued a wooden R that I painted red/brown on the glass.
Ta-da!


This piece was f.u.n.
It started as a falling-off cabinet door on a shelf unit I got at a flea market.
I nearly threw it away but those square shapes can be hard to come by so it stayed.

I took this:


and laid it on top of the door after it was painted red.
This is just a piece of crazy scrapbook paper.

I laid it on, sprayed on some chocolate brown and then glazed it.

Way too easy.

I also had a couple wooden R's just lying around... I love monograms.
I painted those.... and once everything was done and laid out, I got out hammer and nails.

Here's what little man came home too:


I was so excited once it was done.
It makes a huge difference in the room, makes it not feel so crazy and sporadic.
Don't mind the picture hangers on the other wall... those are off and that spot is filled (you'll see soon!)

I also did a rough dust-ruffle on the bed with the same fabric I used on the wall.
I hated seeing the clutter under his bed and this makes it look so neat and fun.

Here's a close-up of the collage...


*sorry 'bout the reflections*
I love how the red and blue and brown look together.

Sorry if it seemed confusing or hectic... but, well, it was done in one afternoon so there was lots to show :)

I'll probably fiddle around more in the next few months with the arrangement but I am super in love with it now.
Keep watching, I'm slowly but surely going to get that room perfect :)

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July 07, 2010

Standing Mirror Re-do

So I have this mirror...

it looks something like this...

(notice the mirror... not my messy floor or obsessively huge collection of necklaces)
When I worked at our local scrapbook store back in high school... my boss' husband was a photographer.
I adored both of them.
After working there a couple of years, they found a great job oppurtunity out of state and decided to move.
So we had a scrapbook store and photography studio to empty out.
Yay for me!
Along with hundreds of dollars worth of free merchandise... my boss let me sift through some of his props he had.

This is one that came home with me.
It's so sturdy and really does have a pretty red wood finish.

Although... I don't really care for that cherry color.
And see how it blends in?
It neeed to POP.
Of course :)

So I grabbed some wooden appliques I had lying around and glued them on in various places.


Next, I taped off the whole mirror part... and gave it a really good cleaning too.
Did you notice how gross it was? Ick.


All ready to paint... and what color to use??
Hmm...

How 'bout...


Ahh yes.

Ready for the fabulous after?
after two coats of the beautiful heirloom white and a brushing of glaze...
here she is...


If you think she looks pretty here, you should see her in real life.

I mean... the difference is AMAZING.

The appliques look like they were made for it.


It has this vintage, regal feel to it that makes you want to look at IT... not yourself.
:)


I am so in love with this.


And anything with a fleur de lis makes me smile.

It fits perfectly in my blue and brown room... so much more pop and seriously made a difference for the whole room...


But of course, my camera won't do it justice indoors.


Remember, look at it. Not me. :)

Do it. Go paint a mirror.
I promise you'll love it.

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