Monday, May 19, 2014

Entry & Console Refresher

There's nothing like the threat of having a party at your house to make you work like crazy to get all of your projects you've been putting off completed!!  My middle guy is graduating soon, and we will have a house full of people here to celebrate with us.  I am working hard to check as much off of that list as I can.  I decided to start in our entry.  I wanted to make a few changes, and painting the console was not one of them.  However, this little guy got bored and decided to chew a corner of the table.
You can't get mad at that face, not even if you tried!  Love him!!

Here is what it looked like before........

Honestly, I'm glad he chewed on the table.  I painted the console to cover up where he chewed, and to brighten and lighten things up a bit.  It turned out great!

I started by painting the whole piece white.  Then, I decided not to stop there.  
(Important tip-keep your phone in the floor with you.  Because when you start a project, someone always calls, or texts.  Also, have a little protein with you to keep your energy going. Did you spot the Almonds? hahaha)

I swiped on a little turquoise, a little gray, and glazed the whole thing with brown. 

I like to use a Q-Tip to get the glaze down in the nooks and crannies.  I think it just adds a little more character.
I'm really happy with the depth all of the colors created.

Now the whole thing just stands out so much better in our entry.

 I couldn't stop there.  I decided to recover the shade on my lamp too.  I had some fabric I picked up last time I was in Savannah, and added burlap trim, and a burlap flower to finish it off.  Much better!!
On the other side of the entry, I hung a coat rack that I purchased from Kirklands.  It adds a little bit of character to that side of the room.

I think this little project has made this room visitor ready! 
Now, on to the next room on the list.  Stand by for lots of new projects.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by!!

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

I have been blessed with three of the best boys and husband a Mom could ask for!!  I had a wonderful Mother's Day.  This weekend also happened to be my middle son's Senior Prom.  We had a busy and fun weekend filled with great memories!  I hope each of you had a wonderful Mother's Day too!

Oh, and he might have been elected Prom King!  Proud Momma!!!


Monday, May 5, 2014

Girl Time & A Furniture Flip

I was in desperate need for some girl time, and a getaway.  Do you ever feel that way?  Like you just need a change of scenary?  When I start feeling that way, I turn to my sister.  So, I loaded up and headed to her house.

My Sister has been purchasing a few new pieces of furniture for her home, and making some changes.  She was showing me all of the beautiful new things she had purchased, and the things she had pushed aside to decide what to do with.  She told me she hated to get rid of this great piece.
(sorry for the blurry photo, I was using my I-pad to take pics)

Then, she said the words that are music to my ears, "I was thinking about painting this piece".  So, that's exactly what we did!!!!

I did a little bit of brainstorming, and then we headed to Lowes for supplies.  My Sister is not afraid of color, and that made this project even better.  She has always had a love for purple, so that was the direction we headed.  We purchased paint, glaze, and the faux tiles to jazz the front of the cabinet up.

We started by giving the entire piece a light sanding, and a thorough wipe down.  Then, we painted two coats of the purple paint, and let those dry.  We didn't paint inside the squares, because they were getting a special treatment.
After the purple paint dried, we applied a dark glaze.  I have always used the Valspar brown glaze, but we tried the Graphite glaze, and it was perfect.

I think my Sister thought I was crazy, because I love to re-do furniture, and get fired up at the chance to do a piece.  I may have made her stay up after midnight painting.  The best part is my niece sat and watched us, and the three of us visited and laughed the entire time.

To give the piece that little pop of something special, we cut faux tiles, and glued them to the inside of the squares.  That gave the piece the "Wow" factor I just love.

Also, while I was there, we went shopping!  We hit several antique/resale shops, and a few other shops in between.  While we were at World Market, we found some great pulls for the front of the cabinet.  These knobs gave the piece a second pop of Wow!
She also purchased this adorable old metal toy stove at an antique/resale shop.  This was the inspiration for the vignette I created for the top of the cabinet.
We decided to put the cabinet in her breakfast area, and she is using it to store all of her kitchen appliances, like her toaster oven, Crockpot, ice cream maker, and a paper goods.
So, a piece that was possibly headed out the door was turned into a beautiful statement piece, with great storage, and now,  memories of a fun weekend.

Here's a before & after of this dramatic transformation!!

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