Monday, July 28, 2014

Before & After Times Three

Hello friends...:) I'm sharing a few more before and after projects with you today. It feels good to finally have a chance to get to some of these projects. I have been waiting until we remodeled to refinish them so they would seem new to me. I needed a couple options for side tables in the living room. I didn't necessarily want to use tables, just a piece that would work for the purpose needed. First is this little cabinet.


I wanted something to hold all of our games and since I no longer needed it to hold my tablescaping dishes, I decided to use this little cabinet. It is pretty simple in design. I bought it at a yard sale a year or so ago and paid just $5 for it. I had originally intended to repaint it white, but when I got my black paint out for the legs, I decided to paint the whole thing black. I added glass knobs and called it done. What do you think?


The two games underneath wouldn't fit inside since they were too wide, but I found another home for them, so they aren't there any longer. And you can see below that it holds all my other games with a little room to spare. I was lazy pressed for time, and didn't paint the inside...that's another project for another day.


Next up is this little table. I wanted something at both ends of my new sofa and this was perfect for the job. I bought this piece a while back for just $1. It was pretty rough, but I knew a coat of paint would bring it to life. It's sitting on my paint table here....aqua, coral, and gold have been my spray paint choices lately.


I decided to paint it black as well, but before I did, I painted a white section on top. After it dried, I taped it off to create a faux vintage French grain sack stripe design. Not perfect, but I like it! I think it's pretty cute...:)  You can see a sneak peek of my new sofa here as well.


Many of you complimented me on my aqua blue lamps last week. If you missed them, you can see them here. Well, I had one more old brass lamp begging for a makeover. Seems she was jealous of the new outfits her closet neighbors got. So, I decided to give her a new outfit as well. Here she is before. I love the details on the base of this one...so pretty!


I wanted to add another touch of coral to the living room, so that's what color she got. She also got to wear the spiffy shade I already had. It was Target clearance a couple years ago. I had to add a few decorations around the living room...even though we still have all the trim to finish. Lots of my decor is packed in boxes still but I grabbed a couple things from around the house for now. I truly love the lamp...she is so pretty!


Seems all I have done lately is work on projects. I have been working on school projects as well. I'm excited about everything, but will be glad to get done so we can have a little rest before we start on our master bath. It has been fun though seeing my visions come to life. I have been waiting to do this for so long. Well friends, I am off to bed. It's late and I am leaving early to go to Gainesville with Mama in the morning. Have a wonderful week.

Until next time....

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Before & After and a Sneak Peek!

Wow! It's been a little over a week since I last posted. I want to share a few before and after projects and a little sneak peek of part of my living room. I bought this pretty print of a painting at the Goodwill last week. I have been on the lookout for something similar. This one is 16 x 20. I love the colors in the bouquet but I wasn't loving the frame colors. I tried painting the green part white but didn't like it at all since the white was too bright for the painting. I had almost decided to leave it as is when it hit me last night to paint it satin nickel. All my new fixtures and hardware are in satin nickel finish so I knew it would blend in nicely. I decided to go for it and if I didn't like it, then I would just worry about it after the fact!


Here it is and I love it! Sorry for the glare. It was dark when I took this so the flash is on. And, it is sitting on my stove since that's one of the few clear surfaces in the house right now! This will be hanging in my dining room.


You may remember me telling you a few weeks ago about the free 16 x 20 print I ordered from Shutterfly for just $4.95 shipping. Well, it came in and I needed a frame for it, so of course I bought a used one. I found this one at the Hospice thrift for a couple bucks. Only problem was I didn't like the colors at all. And they did nothing for the print! So, I decided to go bold!


I painted it coral and I love it...a lot! This print will hang on my wood plank wall in my living room...eventually. I'm not hanging anything until we have all the trim done.


Next up is this lovely  sad looking pair of brass lamps. I have had these for a couple years just waiting for my remodel. My Aunt Loretta bought these for me at the thrift store for just over $1 each. She knew I could make them pretty. They actually look really good in the photo below. I had already sanded them and cleaned them. They were so nasty looking and even had some surface rust spots. I primed them before I painted them, but I am not sharing all those pictures.,,,not now anyway.


I painted them aqua blue...much better! They will sit on my buffet in the dining room. I have it painted, but still need to wax it and put the handles back on, so maybe I can share it soon. 


Here it is lit with the new shade. I left the plastic on the shade until I put them in place. We have so much dust in the air from the renovations. The shades are an oatmeal color and look really pretty with the aqua blue. The buffet is white and will sit against the dark wood plank wall we installed in the dining room. It's all going to be so pretty!


Just a fun picture of Sadie. She thinks she's a chihuahua...:) She loves to climb up in the hubby's lap and sit or lay on her back...lol!


OK...now just a little sneak peek. We still have so much to do...all the window trim, install new doors and trim them out, base boards, and crown, but we are getting there, I am showing you my new chair here. I love it! It has nailhead trim and is tufted. It has the cutest little legs too and is the perfect size for my small living room. You can see the new flooring here too. We got such a steal on this laminate at Lumber Liquidators last year and stocked up on it. It's the same flooring we used in the guest room last November. I love the color.


Here's the side of the chair arm....love the nailhead trim!


And here's a sneak peek at the plank wall with the newly painted credenza and my new chevron jute rug.It came from Overstock as well and I love it! Sadie does too...:) Some of you might have noticed the speed limit sign sitting there against the wall. The hubby bought that home from work. It is pretty old. No stickers on it, the letters and numbers are raised on the sign. He was going to hang it in his shop, but I asked him if I could hang it in the house. I love it...really love it. It's so cool and my living room art is going to be a little eclectic....things I have made, repurposed, and love. It's going to be awesome!


So, that's it for today. I have been busily redoing stuff during the day while the hubby is working and we work on the reno in the evening. We are currently working on a huge wall of built in cabinets and bookshelves in the dining room. I am beyond excited about this project and can't wait to finish it and share. It will hold so many things....of course it will hold all my books, but the cabinets will hold my tablescaping dishes and glassware, as well as all my crystal serving pieces. One of the cabinets will hold games and another will hold home decor items and miscellaneous things. I have always lacked storage in my mobile home and this piece will be a workhorse. It is going to be pretty too...just wait and see! I have one more bit of exciting news to share with you today as well. Most of my regular readers will remember me asking for special thoughts and prayers for my friend Heather who has stage 4 colon cancer. You may remember she had 4 spots on her liver and 3 of them were gone a couple months ago when they did her scans. Well, yesterday, she had more scans and the spot is still there, but it in inactive.....which means she is in remission! I am so very excited for her and she is so relieved, excited, and thankful. They will do blood work in a month and another PET scan in 2 months, but for now, she is done with her treatments! Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers. You all are such a blessing to me and I am truly grateful for each and every one of you.

Until next time.....

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

From Drab to Fab & a Few Finds

Hello friends! I have a quick project to share with you today. I have a thing for mirrors...I have them all over my house and just love them. My favorites are the ones that were popular in the fifties.They were originally gold and are a resin/hard plastic material. They are typically oval and usually have beautiful floral and scroll designs. I have three of them and love them all! If I run across another one, it will reside outside. I am looking for the perfect mirror for the yard. Anywho, the one you see below was bought at a consignment shop a couple years ago and I paid $3 or $4 for it. It was already painted white and I left it that way because I liked it. I decided a couple days ago to give it a new paint job. I have been wanting to incorporate some coral into my design and this mirror was the perfect candidate. This mirror will probably hang over or around the buffet on my dining room plank wall. 


Here it is transformed into a coral masterpiece. Such a quick, easy, and cheap fix! I still have over half a can of coral and have a plan for it as well.


I love it! 


Now on to a few finds! Today I had to make my 117th trip to Lowe's..not really, but it feels like it at times! I'm not complaining though...I am so excited about all the changes going on in my rooms! We are 95% finished with the walls...just a small section of bead board left to install and then we can paint the dining room. After that, we can start on the floor. My rooms already feel so much bigger and brighter. I had to pick up some upper cabinets at Lowe's that will be used as the base for a huge wall of built in cabinets and bookshelves. I am so excited about this project and can't wait to share some progress. Unfortunately, we have to wait until the flooring is installed to begin. So, while I was out and about, I decided to run to a couple of thrift stores. And of course.....I found a few several things.

First up is this wooden piece that reminds me of a tile. It is about 12x12 inches and says Made in Canada on the back. Not sure what it is supposed to be, but I will probably be painting it, adding an H to the middle, and adding it to my eclectic gallery wall I'm collecting things for. It will be over my sofa in the living room. This was $0.79.


Next up I found this large...about 16-18" diameter wall clock for $3.20. The frame is gold and silver toned now but I will probably paint it black. It's really pretty in person. I just noticed a little bee peeking out behind the clock! That is something for my classroom. I'll be sharing classroom stuff before you know it!


I bought this beautiful Martha Stewart snowflake table runner to use this winter. it will go perfectly with some dishes I thrifted last year. It was just over $2.


Another vintage pillowcase for $0.40. Terrible picture...sorry!


At another thrift, I bought these two Williams Sonoma bowls for $0.30 each and the little white creamer for $0.69.


I bought these games to add to my board game collection. We like to play games when we get together with family and friends. Both of these sound fun and were like new for just a few dollars.


I bought this gorgeous J.Jill skirt new with tags. Check out the price on the original tag! Crazy! It was marked $9.99 but today everything was 20% off, so I got it for $8. I tried it on to make sure I liked it. It is so pretty. I looked it up online and the original price was $79.99 but you can buy it online for $25 now. I still got a great deal on it. I like wearing dresses and skirts to work...professional looking but comfortable to teach kinders in!


I didn't have any black dishes for tablescaping, so I bought these four salad plates for $0.20 each. They look brown here but they are black.


I forgot to share a few things I bought a couple weeks ago, so I'll share them now. I love this plate and will add it to my plate wall in the dining room. This is one of my favorites I have found over the years...love the yellow and grey! I think I paid $1 for it.


And I had to have this gorgeous white pitcher to add to my collection. It is around 8"-10" high and was just $2.99 I think. 


This sweet planter was filled with some silk violets, but I removed them. I love the shape and design of this piece. I believe I paid $2.99 for it as well.


Last piece and perhaps the sweetest is this adorable little bee skep pitcher. It is made like a little teapot with the handle and the lid comes off. I had to have it to go with my milk and honey theme. Isn't it precious? It was $2.99.


And, my last photo is this adorable set of small square bowls I bought at TJ Maxx. I love that store and never leave empty handed. This is the only purchase I made today. I was looking for lamps for the living room but didn't buy any today. I am still shopping around for a sofa and lamps. It's fun looking for the perfect things!


I hope you enjoyed my drab to fab mirror makeover and my new thrifty finds. It was fun to get out and about today and go shopping. I also had to go to the dentist for my 6 month cleaning and enjoyed chatting with my hygienist, Crystal. She told me about the cutest little gift shop and I visited after my appointment. I will share that soon as this post has gotten rather long. I hope you are having a fabulous week. 
Until next time.....

Friday, July 11, 2014

My Chalk Painted Credenza

Hello and happy weekend friends! If you read my last blog post, then you know the hubby and I are in the middle of renovating our living and dining rooms. You may remember the credenza you see in the photo below. Excuse the sad before photo....as usual, I forgot to take a good before picture.


I bought this piece a couple weeks ago to use as a TV stand when the living room is complete. I fell in love with the shape and size of it. It is the perfect size for a flat screen and the base will hold all of our DVDs. I was looking for something unique for the TV and this fit the bill. The sticker was marked $45, but I asked the lady if she would take $40 and she said she would...:) Made my day!
Here is another before photo...I thought about it after I had started painting the inside...sorry!


Here is one of the doors after I finished painting it. I used my own chalk paint concoction. I love painting with chalk paint...it is so smooth. I liked it but knew I wanted to distress it a little to bring out the details.


Here is one of the doors after I distressed it a bit. Much better!


Up close...I like the quilted harlequin design on the doors.


I decided to cover the inside door panels with some map themed wrapping paper I had on hand. I was going to use grey and white chevron contact paper but unfortunately didn't have enough. I think I like this better anyway.


Here it is with the doors open and covered.


I had planned to paint the hardware, but after I cleaned it up a bit, I thought it looked good and goes with the distressed look I was going for.


Here is the after! I love the way it turned out....exactly like I had pictured it! The hubby and I are going to try to add legs to it. I have them painted and ready to attach, we just have to figure out how to put them on. I'll post a pic if we figure it out. This was a fun little project and didn't take too long to complete. 


I had some help as you see in the photo below...:) My 19 year old girl, Sugar was a lot of help. LOL! Sadie was too...she ended up with paint on her face. I need to get a picture of her.


The reno is going great. Still a LOT of work left to do, but we are slowly getting there. I will try to share some photos soon of our progress. I want to thank you all for your sweet comments. I am going to try to answer them all, just haven't had time to do it. You all are awesome! Have a wonderful weekend!

Until next time.....