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Saturday, January 3, 2015

From Drab to Fab-Dining set makeover

I purchased from my sister a while ago, a beautiful vintage dining set.  The set was old and tired, but I loved the shape and pretty details of the chairs.  I knew I wanted to make it over for my daughter - so begun a labor of love and passion for turning the old into new again.

I had never really recovered chairs before and the first try - the foam was way to thick.  1" thick foam was more than enough.  It really was a labor of love, lots of sanding and recoats of paint.

Here are the before and afters.

The old chairs were certainly sad and tired

I gave my daughter my first set of Gorham china (it was never used).
The green in the china just popped against the coral color in the chairs.

Side table gets a makeover

A friend of mine gave me a great little side table.  I really love the look of it and the little leaf knob on the drawer.  I was not a fan of the wood tone on it because I really didn't have anything that went well with the wood tone.  

I wanted to paint it, but I knew I wanted to paint it bolder than all of my other furniture I had painted.  I was at Lowes and spotted the sample sizes of paint from Valspar.  There were many colors I absolutely loved, included a chartreuse green (which I purchased for another project), purples, etc.; the red caught my eye.

As you can see the before table had some personality, but I think the red just kicked it up to a whole new level.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Painted Furniture On Hometalk

I could spend hours being inspired by the posts and articles on Hometalk.  I love decorating and especially have a passion for making the old new again, especially furniture.  I was asked recently by Hometalk to curate a board on painted furniture after I featured a post on the before and after of a dining room set I had recently updated.  Of course I said yes!  I have to say I was flattered and excited they asked me.   Please stop by and check out the inspiring, beautiful projects on this board. I think they are projects that even a novice "do it yourselfer" could tackle. Just click on my board below and it will take you right to the featured projects.  

I'd love to hear from anyone stopping by about any recent projects they have tackled and what they think of the board I curated.  

Bedroom Reveal -Part II

I recently shared photos of our upstairs remodel, featuring the new bathroom.  Today I am sharing photos of our new master bedroom.  Our home is over 100 years old and slowly throughout the years the interior and exterior have seen some changes.  The last was the upstairs.  The whole upstairs really needed to be gutted to allow for better insulating and more options for update.  I really love how the bedroom turned out.

Love the blingy light fixture

I had some rope trim from another project and asked to have that installed on the sill.
I like the way it enhanced the sill.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Upstairs remodel-Reveal Part I

Not too long ago we finally refinished remodeling our upstairs. We totally gutted the upstairs portion of our home to update and add a full bath. Today I am sharing some pics of the new bathroom. Remember before....

And the after...

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Altered Photo Art Canvas

I was thinking of a unique and one of a kind gift for a friend's birthday gift that I could make. And, then I noticed a picture of her granddaughter on Facebook. I had an idea from a video I had seen and decided to take it on. You only need a few supplies. Artist Canvas, 1 laser copied color or black and white photo, Gel Medium (I used Liquitex) paint brush, craft glue and embellishments (i had in my craft stash) Spread Liquitex over the canvas until covered generously. trim your photo to fit and place color side down on the canvas. Press the image to the canvas to assure transfer (you can use a spoon also). Wait 8 hrs to dry. Take a sponge and moisten the paper. You will start to see the image appear - start rubbing off the paper with your fingers (this takes a while and may take more than one pass). Do not rub too vigorously or you may tear the image. Keep moistening (in stages) until you do not see the "white hue" of excess paper on the image. When the image is dry you can embellish with trim beads, spray mist - the list is endless. Adhere a ribbon to hang. The price - $20 for 2 prints!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

An upstairs makeover

We have finally gutted our upstairs bedrooms, making way for a new bathroom and two new bedrooms.  I cannot wait to start painting, decorating and doing some furniture revamps.  I'm finding alot of inspiration on Houzz.com and Pinterest.  I really love the deep steely blue colors for a master bedroom, much like the one below.


From Houzz.com

Check out this awesome DIY lamp I found on Houzz.com

 Definitely one I would like to try for my own yard and patio
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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Remember this table  from a previous post.  Well it is done.  I now have it in my side porch entryway.  I think it is such a cheerful welcome, rather than in the dining room.  The colors are Old White and Paris Grey

Before and after.

A entry table and mirror redo.

I had this adorable entry table leftover from my mother-in-law.  I loved the look of it, but not the oak look.  So, in comes Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I painted the whole console in Old White and Paris Grey.

I really like the look, has that romantic, shabby chic look I love.