Some Handmade Gifts

April 28, 2013 at 5:48 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi there!  I wanted to do a quick post to show you what we made for our family members for Christmas (and an upcoming wedding!).  I started with a few simple stone tiles from Menard’s.  I used a flat round brush, a stencil, and some solid paint pots.  I dabbed the paint on over the stencil without wiping.  I then added some clear coat and some felt pads to the bottom corners.  Now…we have personalized coasters!  I know I have seen this done before, but I had to share because they turned out so sweet and simple.  And, they didn’t break the bank!

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What do you think?  I think they turned out great and it was a lot of fun making gifts this year instead of buying something no one needs! 🙂

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Chair Love

February 11, 2012 at 11:13 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I love love love metal dining chairs.  Especially these roughed up Tolix chairs!

See many more gorgeous photos on this blog, even if you can’t read a word of it!

Also, stay tuned for a GUEST POST this week!! 🙂

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Rustic Blue Chair Love

November 30, 2011 at 7:43 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I finally got the chance to finish a little antique chair project over the holiday weekend.  This little guy was found at a late garage sale.  Shabby pink paint hid the cute chunky style of this cutie.  Enter my rustic blue paint…

Before…

And after…

Well, what do you think? I think this one turned out super adorable! For sale now in the shop! 🙂

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House Tour Continued: The Rest of the Downstairs

November 23, 2011 at 11:45 am (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Finally here to finish the (inside) house tour! Coming from the living room tour, next you would walk into the “office” room.  This room was already red, and I owned a lot of red furniture.  It is wild in there.  But, soon to look a bit different.  This room is so handy.  We have room to do computer work, crafts, store paperwork, and lounge.  There is also a closet and plenty of floor space for kids and toys.  Since it is connected openly to the living room it would be easy to keep an eye on little ones playing. 

This is the one room that we have a box left to unpack. You know, that one pesky little box that has nowhere to go?

And next, the dining room!  You can see there is that shelf in the way still…

The table and chairs we bought from the seller.

The window is a view into the sun porch we saw before.  The stained glass door on the other side is the same as the sun porch door, but leads to a storage closet, which has proven to be super handy!

This is the door we use most frequently, but it is actually a side door.  The little screened in porch is out that door and there is a big circle driveway there. 

Directly the oposite direction of this picture is the kitchen…

Isn’t the arched doorway adorable? There will eventually be a small table under the window.

Yes, the curtains are currently mismatched. Soon to be fixed, when I can make up my mind!

I also love the rustic cabinets! The little silverware drwaers are like cigar boxes!

The ceilings are low, but its cozy.  Out the door by the window is a stairway to the basement and a storage woom we lovingly call the “dog room.” Unfinished and super ugly, but this area is a life saver!

Now to backtrack into the dining room.  The door next to the dining room entry is to a 1/2 bath and a laundry room.  Oh, how a mainfloor bathroom is wonderful!

Not fancy, but perfect to us!

Well, what do you think? That is pretty much the whole house, flaws and all! I can’t wait to start making chnages and show you all!

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House Tour Continued: The Living Room

November 23, 2011 at 9:23 am (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have finally gotten around to taking more pictures of the house! Again, these are semi-befores, as I have put things away and somewhat decorated, but we have not done any remodeling or painting yet.  We can start in the living room. 

Here is the view from the steps that lead upstairs (where we toured before)…

Yes, the room is peach.  No, it is NOT staying this way.  Also, if I may vent, I hate the couch situation.  That is the old floral couch from my “green lounge room” in the old house.  We covered it with a slipcover (horrible idea!) and the ottoman is the red one one from the office covered in a sheet.  This was our way of making a temporary L shaped couch.  Yeah, I hope it doesn’t last long!

Also, I love the curatins, but I think they are getting traded with another room, more on that later!  And sorry to those of you who do not like animals in decor, but this room has a lot of it.  Fiance and I like it 🙂

The walls will soon be a grey.  Also, the empty wall above the teal table has some art…just not hung yet!

Don’t mind the shelf that is in the process of being moved in the last photo! Next is a shot of the entertainment center.  The last owners built this awesome rustic thing and left it.  We had debated doing away with it, as it is very big, but it has grown on us! I think it may pop in a neat way once the walls are painted, so we will keep her for a while!

A shot of some antique keys hanging inside the entertainment center…

The makers of this cabinet hung a spoon handle on the outside as a coat hook. Such a cute idea!

There used to be a stove where the stone wall is.

Here is the view out our red front door…

fSo, what do you think?  Its getting there.  I can’t wait to paint! Stay tuned for the tour of the rest of the downstairs! 🙂

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Sun Porch Make Over

November 10, 2011 at 1:52 pm (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

One of the rooms on the lower level of the new house that I have not yet given you a tour of is the “sun porch.”  This room is on the back side of the dining room.  We saw potential, but it was initially a bland, useless room.  Before:

 

 

 

Unfortunately, these photos are only “semi-before” shots.  We do have some things in there.  But, you can see the room is blah and in rough shape.  What you can’t see is that the walls are blotchy paint, everything is dingy and dirty, and the carpet piece is missing a chunk.

Here are a few perkier after shots:

 

The carpet is the same… for now.  I plan to do some stenciling on it!

 

The ceiling still needs to be painted.  I am waiting to find the perfect light blue…

 

 

Here is the view back out the antique stained glass window into the dining room…

 

And my helpers…

 

Better, no? 🙂

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Desk Chair Redo

October 3, 2011 at 6:45 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I was in an office chair conundrum at the new house.  The office is large enough to hold the futon, DVD rack, desk, book shelf, and even file cabinet.  But, its just not very comfortable.  I loved using the comfy and gorgeous blue wingback chair in my last home office, but in this office there just isn’t enough space for a nice layout with the chair.  So, the blue wingback moved to our bedroom.  More pictures of that to come.  Then there was no office chair.  What to do?

During a recent (and quick) trip down to the creepy basement to store a few boxes I noticed a computer chair with wheels! It was ugly.  No other way to put it.  But, it was sturdy and heavy duty, and in good shape other than the abused crudiness of it.

The before:

First step? Remove the ugly arms.  Then it was some paint and fabric…

 

Not too bad, eh?

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, what do you think?  I think for being a completely free project it turned out super cute and will work for us for a while, while we have zero money. Oh, and don’t worry about the BRIGHT red walls.  Come winter they will no longer be so obnoxious.  It is especially strong paired with a big red filing cabinet and on the other wall is a red futon and ottoman! lol.

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Sheet Music Table

June 27, 2011 at 6:33 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have had this little vintage fold-up table sitting in the closet for a while now.  My grandma had given it to me, cracked green paint and all.  I would stare at it now and then, uninspired, but I knew an idea would eventually come to me.

Finally one day last week the idea did come to me!  Sheet music!  I happened to have some old sheet music, some Mod Podge, and even some ribbon and scrap book supplies.  I, of course, forgot the before picture.  And this was one of those that would have been good to have!  But, after working on this project all weekend, I am finally finished and I really like the results.

 

 

 

 

I later read somewhere that in order to keep the ripples and bubbles from occurring you can dampen your paper before adding Mod Podge.  I will definitely try that next!  But for a first try, I think it turned out super cute!  What do you all think?

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Our New Buffet

June 22, 2011 at 8:14 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Our new buffet is actually what was once a very old and icky buffet.  I saw it at a garage sale for a few dollars and couldn’t resist.  I thought it would be fun to see if I could bring life back to this old gem.  It was a lot of hard work getting the old veneer top all off and fixing some chunks that were missing from the detailing on the front.  Then I sanded, filled, sanded some more and painted with a glossy black paint.  It still has some areas that have small flaws, but I am probably the only one who notices now.  But, it is sturdy and I have plans for this to one day become a baby changing table once I inherit a piece for the dining room from my grandmother.  Here it was before:

And after:

No too bad, eh?

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My 50 Cent Table

June 15, 2011 at 6:44 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Last weekend I found the sweetest little antique table and a garage sale. For 50 cents.  Yes, 50 cents.  Here she is:

I saw the potential.  It was a bit wobbly, but with the tap of a hammer, the leg was put back into its slot, and viola! No more wobble.  Next, I lightly sanded the entire table.  Then I applied about 4 coats of a turquoise pant with a sponge brush to the entire table.  Once the final coat was completely dry, I used a fine sandpaper and roughed up the edges of the table and legs for an antiqued look.  Here she is now:

I love it! And I really like the way it fits in the living room, but I think this could be one of those pieces that travels easily from room to room.  I’m completely satisfied, and all for a total of 50 cents!

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