Sunday, June 26, 2011

Coffee Table Reveal...

Woohoo!! I am super excited to show everyone how the coffee table turned out!! Remember this post on the unique coffee table I found on Craigslist? Well, I was so excited to get busy on it, I finished it in one day!!! I painted it to match the other two pieces I have recently refinished, that will go in our living room when we move into our new home. You can check out the other two pieces here and here.

Without further ado, here she is:

I love the old caster wheels!!!

So glad I could keep the original hardware too!!

I also lined the drawers in the same vintage paper that I used on the buffet shown here.

Love the built in magazine rack!!! I left out the dividers and plan to find a basket that will fit nicely down inside.

Painted, Glazed and Distressed = Perfect!!

Can't wait to get this gal in her place!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Barn Wood Frame...

Well it was Friday, so naturally, I wanted to hit a few Garage Sales!! After I woke the kids up {at the crack of 10am} we threw some clothes on and headed out. We don't live in a huge town, so it's always hit or miss, and today, it was a miss :(

After stopping at the only two sales we saw, I decided to check out the two {yes, so sad} thrift stores we have in town. I found nothing at one, but then found this at the other:

LOL... Yes, that is a puzzle that has been framed with broken glass!! I just can't imagine why it hasn't sold! Well, I bought it... for the frame only!! Cost me $3 and a splinter, but I had big plans for it :)

Remember the post where I made my daughter a wire & clip photo board? If not, you can find it here. I wanted to do the same thing for my laundry room for the new house, but in a more rustic way of course!!

To do this, these are the tools you will need:

  1. Tape Measure
  2. Hammer {I love my small hammer!! It has hidden screw drivers inside it!!}
  3. Pencil
  4. Jute or some sort of rope/line
  5. Something to secure the jute with. I used wood staples, but you can really use just about anything!!
Next, you need to find your center and make sure the spaces where you will put your jute is evenly spaced from each other.

After marking where the staples will go, hammer those girls in!!

Then attach the rope and tie it around each staple in a double knot. Pulling it as tight as you can across the other side, tie it to the other staple and secure with another double knot.

I don't have any clips for it just yet {I'm on the look out for some small antique clothes pins}, But when I find them, I will hang cute black and white photos from it!!

Total cost: $4.99

My inspiration? You can find it here on one of my Pinterest boards. Feel free to look around while you are there!!

Looking for a fun Linky Party? This post is connected to Vanilla Bean!!!

Unique Coffee Table Find...

I have been searching and searching for THE perfect coffee table for weeks!! I wanted something unique. Something unusual. A conversation piece. I fell head over heals in love with this:

You can see how Suzanne of Pieced Pastimes made this here. Yes, she MADE it!! {I will still grab anything like this if I ever see it!!! Not sure why, but I think it is so cool!!}

I also really liked the idea of used pallets. Wooden pallets are BIG business right now!! Not to mention they are probably the closest thing to a free project you will ever get. People love to give you their used pallets!! I found this coffee table made from pallets and thought it was a very cute idea:

To see how this was made, check out Joanne from Waiting For Two here. I loved how she used the open slats to hold magazines!!

So since I had all these great WONDERFUL ideas, I dug and dug and finally found something via the awesome Craigslist!!! I had to drive about 45 min. to pick her up, but so worth it!!


Check out all the details on this!! There are 2 drawers on one end of it..

{I love the original hardware!!}

And there is a built-in magazine rack in the other end..

{Check out those antique casters!!!}

All it needs is a little TLC and she will look great!! Very unique and functionable all at the same time!! I am all about a piece of furniture that has hidden storage!!

As a bonus, I also talked the guy into selling me this:


Stay tuned for the finished coffee table results.....

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sending out an S.O.S.

Hurry.. someone dial 911!!! I am starting to have anxiety trying to decide what color to paint my bed!! Seriously, this shouldn't be that big of a deal, right?

I am S.C.A.R.E.D. to death that I might mess it up somehow. I really, really like LOVE my bed (not to mention the absolute steal I got it for) and would just DIE if it turned out to look like nasty crap!!

Here is what it looks like now. I apologize for the lighting differences in the pictures.. I really need to figure out how to work my camera!!!

The photo above is more of the true color!!

I just love the details!! And I just bought all new WHITE bedding (crazy I know)!!

The new master bedroom walls will be painted {thankfully not by me} a light sandish, tan color {called Sand Dollar by Sherwin Williams} with white trim and crown moldings {and a super awesome window seat that I am so excited about}. We did decide to put carpet in the bedrooms, so that will look a little something like this:

So here is what I'm thinking...  

~ Paint the bed black to match the night stands.
~ Paint the lamp bases gray and either get new white shades or make some like in this awesome blog post or in this one.
~ Accent with a gray throw at the foot of the bed and gray and black pillows

What do you think???

I have also considered accenting with turquoise and/or red, but I really want a more light and airy feel for the room. A little french country meets elegant chic if you will.

So.......... I need YOUR opinions!!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Cabinet Door Sign...

I have had a few old cabinet doors just laying around in my garage for awhile. I knew I would do something with them, just didn't know exactly what... until today. I got "bit" by the craft bug and just had to do something.

I started with this:

The thing I love about these doors is that both ends are curved towards the inside and the middle of them have the look of barn wood planks. {I heart barn wood}

I painted the door with Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze (gloss) spray paint.

I like to use "gloss" sheen when I am going to add a glaze, because it will still look a tad shiny, but not overly glossy. If you were to use a flat paint, it would look more dull.

My all time favorite glaze is Valspar Antiquing Glaze in the color Asphaltum. It is not a black glaze, but more of a bronze brownish black in color. (yes, I made up that color :)

You can see just how bright the door was just after painting.

I put my glaze on in the direction of the wood grain. It looks better than if you were to use a circular motion.

After the glaze was dry, I distressed it just a little bit.

Oh how I wish I had a Silhouette machine!! IF I did, I would have made some vinyl lettering for this, but since I do not, I stenciled the word "Faith" and hand painted the letters on. I just used some black craft paint I had on hand.

After the lettering dried, I distressed the letters a little.

Here it is all finished...

I think it looks pretty good for a Tuesday afternoon project!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

My new obsession...

bur-lap: (noun)
1. a coarse heavy plain-woven fabric usually of jute or hemp used for bagging and wrapping and in furniture and linoleum manufacture
2. a lightweight material resembling burlap used in interior decoration or for clothing
YES ~ Anything and Everything burlap is on my mind at the moment. I am head over heals for the stuff!! I want to create, sew and become one with the fabric. How's that for obsession?
While I have yet to actually handle the material myself, I have several ideas and inspirations for it. Here are a few of my wants needs in the very near future...

~ These will look oh so very nice in my new living room ~

~ I know I will need curtains, and I am loving this style ~

~ This has to be the cutest idea for a chair recover like ever! Would be super duper cute in the office ~

~ Soooo want to make one of these for my buffet (you know the awesome one I revamped that holds our massive TV) If you missed that post, you can view it here ~

~ I have no particular place for this in mind (yet), but it is so simple yet elegant ~

~ Who doesn't love a cute and organized basket? ~

Whew! I better get busy... Looks like I have a few things on my "to-do" list :)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Paint, Wire and Clips OH MY!!!

My daughter has had this orange open back frame hanging on the wall of her bedroom for over 6 months, in hopes that one day her busy talented mom would figure out something really neat to do with it.

Since we will be redecorating her room when we move into the new house, she has decided to go with an entire new look. It will go from Funky Teen Girl to a more Elegant Young Lady. Out with the Hot Pink & Turquoise and Hello to Light Amethyst, White, and Dark Purple with a hint of Black. Yes, it is happening... My little girl is growing up. (sad face)

Anyway, back to the frame...

So with the new bedroom in mind, I finally knew what to do with it!!

We painted it purple and hung some wire on it to hold photos :)

Here is the before:

And here is the after:

(Excuse the bad photo) It really is super cute in person!!!

It was so easy to attach the screw eyes and wire to each side of the frame. Add a few clips and there ya go!!

I get asked often on how I paint my pieces. Let me just start by saying how much I loathe to sand, prime and paint stuff!! Actually, I don't mind the doing of it, just the time it takes to do it!! I am what they call an "impatient" person (imagine that) Haha. And I'm not head over heals for brush strokes either. So... I SPRAY PAINT!!! Yep, you read me correctly... spray paint!! It's quick, it's easy and it's all for me!! There are awesome colors and NO brush strokes!!

Krylon is by far the BEST spray paint I have ever used! I love the nozzle, the colors and the overall finished look with this brand. If you want a quality, professional look, do NOT (I repeat do NOT) buy the cheap $1 can!!! Krylon is all you need :)

Here is the color we used for this frame:

I will do another post on how and what type of glaze I use later...


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Thinking outside the box...

A few weeks ago, my sister-in-law and I went garage sale hunting. It was an off day to say the least. I only found one item and only spent a quarter on it. Most people would've passed this by, which I'm sure several did. But, since I have been in blog overload lately, I knew exactly what I wanted it for when I saw it. Here it is...

Yep.. It's pretty worn out and dusty! So, what exactly did I see in this "treasure" you may ask? Why I saw this:

Much better looking with a coat of paint and glaze added!! I have seen, several times might I add, where people have taken trays like this one and added them to the top of their cabinets for decoration. My plan? To do just that! It will look so cute above our new kitchen cabinets with my big chunky white wooden star sitting in front of it!

The best part... it was only .25 cents!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


We are making a ton of progress on the house!! Well, We are not so much, but the builder is :) This is what it currently looks like from the outside :

We have windows, exterior doors (besides the garage door), shingles, siding and trim!! I LOVE the color of the roof, and we liked the color of the primered siding and trim, we just told the builder to match the color for paint! That was easy!!

Tomorrow, we will be going to the lighting store and picking out all our interior and exterior lighting fixtures!! Who knew I would have ever been so excited about a lighting fixture!! Haha...

Monday, June 6, 2011

A new home for us...

My amazing husband and I have been married for almost 7 years (June 12th)!! When we first met, we bought a small very quaint home in the small town I grew up in. Our original plan was to live there for 2 years and then build out dream home together! Well, although we were on the "2 year plan", things just didn't quite work out that way :)

I am happy to say that we are currently in the building process... 7 years later. We have had many quirks and kinks along the way, but baby, we are finally here!! WooHoo!!

Everything is happening so fast!! We signed the contract with the builder about five weeks ago, and they started breaking ground the very next week!! Can you say EXCITING!!!

We did get a lot of rain here in Oklahoma, which halted us to a prompt stand still for about three weeks, so we are a little behind schedule. However, the framers are lightening speed fast and in just four days, we have gone from a solid concrete pad to a house that is ready to get shingled!! Crazy, I know!! Here are a few pics in order, from days one, two, three and four:

How's THAT for progress?

Also, we met with the designer yesterday to pick all our interior out. Um ya, let's just say that was FUN! For a designer at heart myself, I was all over it :)

From the colors of the paint and trim for the walls, to the stain on the cabinet doors and tile back splash in the kitchen, we had a blast!! I can't wait to see it all come together and actually be installed in our new home!!

Oh.. the best part of yesterday... She thought we were newlyweds! I love the fact that we are still so much in love, that it shows to others. Forever & Always.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Surprise garage sale find!

So my husband and I had been thinking about selling our huge armoire/dresser and getting just a simple upright chest of drawers for the new bedroom. We are in need of a new TV anyway, so we will be purchasing a flat screen to go on the wall. Our dresser now a few weeks ago was just massive and all sorts of awesome, but there is no way it will fit into the new shape of the new master bedroom. So it has a new home now :)

We were on our way to pick up our new vintage end table and passed a garage sale on the way. In the 2 seconds it took to drive by, this caught my eye:

Now I know you are just as much in love with it (and the hardware) as I was! Haha.. Ok, so it's not all that pretty in this picture and the missing pull that had been replaced with a plant holder hook really isn't doing it for me either, but something that was doing it for me was the beautiful rope molding on the sides and the fact that it was an upright chest of drawers AND that I knew just what I wanted it to look like. So without further ado, here she is now.... TA DA!!!!!

A little love and some new hardware and we now have a new dresser! Did I mention it was only $10!!

Who say's vintage is ugly?

I have been thinking about end tables for the living room and all I can decide is that I do NOT want just a "normal" end table. I have had square forever and thought I might go with a round style, maybe a pedestal look. But then I thought about having a little boy running around the house and quickly decided against the pedestal, for it would probably not be as sturdy and might get knocked into a few times. I did my normal search for ideas via google and found something that I thought could be really cute. It was a vintage hexagon shaped end table with storage! Now I remember having a few of these in our living room growing up and I also remember thinking how ugly they were my entire childhood!! But, just because it's vintage and ugly now, doesn't mean it has to be forever. So I decided to hunt down one of these tables and refinish it!

Here is what I found for $20 via the awesome Craigslist:

I thought this piece has the charm that I was looking for and the fact that there is hidden storage was a super bonus! I LOVE the "outta sight, outta mind" theory! So after a little work (not much.. she was in super great shape for her age) and some TLC, she now looks like this:


I love how the glaze brought out the definitions. And the hardware is original!! Even better!!

So, who says vintage is ugly?