Thursday, July 21, 2011

Proud to Announce...

Our new (to us) dining room table & chairs (and bar stools)!!!!! I'm not sure why, but I have been so afraid of the electric sander and staining bare wood!! Weird right?! Well, not anymore!!

I bought this lovely gem off Craigslist for only $75! It came with the table, a leaf, 4 matching chairs and 2 non-matching chairs.

It needed some love and a little cobweb removal. I loved the fact that the table top was round and the base was pedestal. I was also loving the little curves her feet had ;) I had BIG plans for this one!!

I stared by cleaning her and removing all the nasty away (and the gum that had been stuck underneath the table top.. Really??). Then I prepped my area and got started.

 Love my paint can's for propping things up like this!!


All primed and ready for paint!!!

I have been wanting some color for our new home, and what a better way to bring it in than in the kitchen!! So, after a loooooong thought process, I  went with this!! It's "Harbor Blue" by Rustoleum (spray paint in gloss of course).

I wanted to glaze it to tone done the BRIGHTness of the blue and so all the creases could soak it up and really POP out at ya!!

I LOVE glaze!! It's a super easy and fun way to transform anything (and everything!!).

Chair details after glazed and dry!! Look at that detail!!!!

I so wish I would have gotten a pic of the top during the sanding and staining process. I was so nervous about doing it (this was my first time to use an electric sander and stain!!) I totally forgot! However, let me start by saying I am no longer a scaredy cat and it was so so easy!! The dining room of this rental is just awful and so is the lighting, so these pics do no justice! (one day I will figure out how to use my camera the right way and all my pics will look fab!)

I love how everything turned out (shown here without the leaf. It is going to need some more work, but we probably will never use it anyhow, so I am waiting to do finish it this fall when it's not over 100*). The top is stained a dark walnut (hard to tell here :(

I also picked up a pair of bar stools from a friend that was moving out of state. We will need a set so I thought I could paint them to add even more color to the kitchen!

Once again, loving my old paint cans!!

I used Krylon's tented primer for these and I just love this rusty color! Wish they had a paint in this color!!

Krylon's Cherry Red Gloss is a very BRIGHT red, but when you add some glaze to it, it looks like this..

And once again, it is a little darker than in the picture. (darn flash!!) Oh, did I mention the bar stools swivel too!!! Yea!!

Now my kitchen will have some color, but it's starting to look like a red, white and blue theme, which I am not against, but not going for either, so I will be adding touches of other colors (yellow, a little orange and maybe something else) after we move!!

Stay tuned for a house tour....

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sneak Peek...

I have been so busy lately with packing, kids, laundry, etc. life, that I haven't blogged much :(

But.. I have a wonderful surprise............. I have been working away {in my spare time, HA!} on something super fabulous!

Here is a itsy-bitsy, teeny weeny peek......

Friday, July 8, 2011

Wish List: In Pictures...

I have a TON of ideas that keep swarming my brain for the new house. If you have no idea what "new house" I am talking about, you can find out here. (by the way, I need to update on a major scale of the process of the house!! Our builder is aMaZiNg and FAST!!)

My brain is in overdrive, as we will be moving in less than two months (YES!! LESS THAN 2 MONTHS!!) With me wanting to do so many things (or find the things on my brain's "list" of wanted treasures), I thought it might be a good idea to blog about it. I can update the list as I find (or add) items/ideas.

So, I think the best way to do this of course would be to do it in PICTURES!!!! (I heart picture posts!!)

Here is my brain (in pictures):

I have been in L.O.V.E. with this shower curtain from the moment I laid eyes on it! Only problem is it costs about $70! Yikes! It is from Urban Outfitters. I have seen a few blogs that have recreated this look, but nothing I have seen yet is quite as wonderful. It will be a splurge one day!!

Love the cute iron baskets that are so "in" right now for decorating! Love the idea of using them for toilet paper rolls (preferably under the cabinet, hidden away).

Would love to find an old school desk just like this one for my son! It would be the perfect size for the corner of his new room and the cubby would hold his books and crayons nicely.

I need to get around to making some "M" coasters for the living room. Our last name is Maker, so I shouldn't have issues in "making" them.. LOL (bad, bad joke)

Love these big clear glass canisters for the kitchen! Add a little vinyl lettering and there ya go!

You may remember my previous post about burlap and how I am head over heals for anything and everything like it right now!! I have the perfect spot for a couple of these beauties in our living room! Only problem is I need to decide what I want to put on them and then how to actually recreate the look!

Future project for a little love affair!! I found this table via the wonderful Craigslist! She came with 4 chairs that look like the one in the picture, 2 other mismatched chairs and 1 leaf. I'm not loving the chairs, but I think they will be fine with a little paint and maybe some glaze. This will be our "new" dining room table! Now just to decide what color/colors!!! Not sure if I want to go all white, white base with a dark stained top, bright colors or what?! The best part... It was all only $75!!!

I still need to paint my bed!! Thought I wanted to paint it black, but now I am thinking maybe a nice steel blue color? I don't want a black and white bedroom, so I'm thinking a little color in the bed and then adding something else to blend all the other colors in, like with some throw pillows, will be nice.

Speaking of throw pillows.. these look super fun!!

Our new master bedroom will also have a window seat in it!! (so excited for that!!) So, I want to make some cushions for the box seat to match the throw pillows for the bed? Or maybe I want to have the curtains match the throw pillows and go with a solid color for the box seat cushions? Who knows what I will end up doing, but I will need to do something in there!!

I have been desperately searching for a wicker love seat for our back patio for months!! Think I would like to paint it and add a fun fabric cushion. The hunt is still on...

I WANT ONE!!! Not sure where to put it, but I really, really want one!! I found one at an antique store a few months ago and loved it. It was only $24, but I was too cheap that day to pay the price. Went back not to long ago, and guess what.. yep, GONE!! Bummer!

I have a HUGE canvas that this cute vintage airplane will be painted on.. one of these days very soon! It will look super cute hanging on the wall of my sons room :)

My daughter, now 14, has decided to have a more grown-up, elegant bedroom. Wanting to stencil something to this effect on her walls. Oh how I wish I had my very own vinyl machine!!!

I love how cute & vintage this laundry room looks!! Mine will be MUCH smaller, but I will have a small area for a folding/ironing (yuck) table. Might have to dress it up a bit too!!

Stay tuned to updates on the house and my "brain list" of ideas....

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Habitat For Humanity Renovation Station Introduction...

I have been reading a LOT about the Renovation Station by the Habitat for Humanity on several blogs and all about how they score great deals and find awesome ideas there. So, last week I decided to check out my local H4H store. When I say "local" I mean 35 minutes away! I didn't even know we had one in Oklahoma :)

My first impression? L.O.V.E. at first sight!!! Well, maybe not first sight of the building, or even the area where it is located {why do they always have to be in the bad parts of town?}, but when I got in the door, I was blown away!! Blown away not only by the prices, but the variety of the items they carry!! Not to mention the mass quantities of certain deals!!! I was overwhelmed to say the least.

I spent a good hour in there, just wondering around looking at everything and racking up all the crafty ideas my brain is wanting to do in the very near future. I think I was asked about 10 times if I needed any help. The employee's are way friendly!! And I'm sure I looked a little out of place, next to the "normal" customer. I saw several contractor type men in there with their measuring tapes attached to their belts. But guess what... I have a measuring tape too!! {NOT attached to my belt :)}

Here is a quick picture of the items I bought that day:

Yes, that is it!! I'm telling you, I was so overwhelmed, I didn't know what to get!! Haha...

But I can tell you this, I only spent $5 for everything you see!!

I will be going back really soon to stock up of some items that I have in mind. If you have never been, and you have one near you {or even 35 minutes away, because YES, the drive IS worth it}, you need have to go!!!

So readers, I want to hear all about your trips to the good 'ole H4H... What do you buy from there and why?