Black Kitchen Inspiration

June 6, 2011 at 10:39 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The kitchen needs some help. I can’t change the fact that it’s super small and always will be. But, I can give it a bit of a facelift.  This is in the works.  I already have all the plans in my head.  Yes, I want to paint the cabinets black.  Black.  It doesn’t matter how many people doubt me now, because I already have my mind set.  But, just to put other people at ease, I thought I would share Nate Berkus” gorgeous black cabinet kitchen!

 

Gorgeous, no?  I totally believe I can pull this off too. Stay tuned!

See it posted originally here:  www.housetweaking.com

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My Own Chair Love

June 2, 2011 at 6:40 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Here’s a chair that I inherited and eventually redid.  I love these basic old wood chairs, but the white chipping paint and scratches on this one were in need of some help.

First I sanded the chair down until it was nice and smooth using a palm sander.  I then made sure to clean and dry the chair very well.  I first painted the bottom portion of the legs black.  Once that was very dry I taped off each leg at the same place and proceeded to paint the rest of the chair with a fun silver spray paint.  The final step was an idea I wanted to try, which proved to be the most work of all.  I used black nail head trim nails to form a pattern around the seat.  I measure where I wanted the nails to go and made small marks with a pencil.  Eventually, this step proved to be useless and I was off of my marks anyways.  Ah well, trial and error with a new project.  I also learned that tapping these nails in with a hammer scratched and smashed the nails, as they have a black finish on them.  I found that covering the nail with a small piece of cardboard from the packaging after it was in place, and giving it one good tap with the hammer was the most effect and precise way to apply these.  My pattern still ended up a little bit off, but overall I like the idea and would love to try it on one of my chairs for the shop now that I have my technique down.  I lastly tied on a pink and purple vintage scarf to tie the chair into the bedroom (which you will all see eventually!) So, here she is…

What do you think?

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The Lounge

June 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

There is an extra bedroom upstairs that I did not have a particular use for at this time.  Why not use the room as a chance to have some fun and make a relaxing lounge where I can work on some projects?!

Here’s a little tour:

 

Bright, no? But, I love it and find it so cozy.  Remember that couch from before I bought the house?  The trunk was my birthday present a few years back and it now holds scrapbook and craft supplies.  The bright flash made some of the paint look patchy, but I promise, it isn’t so.  The door knobs and latch plates are from doors that were found rotting away in the garage when I moved in here.  I couldn’t keep the old doors, but also couldn’t part with the the hardware.  Any suggestions?

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Virtual Tour-Starting in the Dining Room

May 26, 2011 at 8:24 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I think I will give you a little before and after tour of each room as I update them in the new house.  Besides the bathroom, the dining room was one of the first rooms I refinished.  I decided not to mess with the beaded board walls or drop ceiling at this time, and the carpet may someday come out to reveal the… hardwood floors! But for now… the before:

Yeah, not much for a dining room, right?  And After…

I really wanted initially to get rid of the blue ceiling fan.  However, family and friends convinced me to work around it.  The fan was new and it had a remote and a dimmer.  They swore it would be handy.  Turns out, they are right!  So, I covered a large lamp shade in silky black ribbon and attached it to the fan over the light bulbs.  I also hung a crystal from the pull.  I think the set-up helps a lot!

On this wall will eventually be a buffet I am refinishing.  Stay tuned for that project soon.

And remember the armuoir I turned into a mini bar?  So, what do you think so far?

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Tid Bits and Projects

July 21, 2009 at 11:02 am (Projects, Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It seems like I havebeen so busy around here… but where is my progress?  I have so my projects currently on my plate, and have been working on them, really!  But, none are officially completed yet.  So, I thought I would just fill you in on some of the tib bits going on around here and a few of the before shots of some current projects. 

Some awesome flowers have sprouted up in the back yard.  I forgot that I had planted them there in the spring!  I love lillies, any kind, especially orange ones!

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We are also still taking care of Gillian, the salamander.  He is still in the rubber tote sitting on the table, grossing everyone out.  But, we are searching for a small tank to keep him in.  In this picture he is right next to the end of the leaf.  Those two black dots are his eyes; he is burrowed in the dirt.

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The dogs made a nice mess for me to clean up this morning.  They decided that the five minutes they were left alone in the yard was just long enough to dig for moles.  Here they are trying to look all innocent and quite muddy!  Also check out Marley’s new collar.  She thinks she’s tough!

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And, here are just a few sneak peeks of the projects I am working away on…

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Stay tuned…

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Junkin’ Projects

July 13, 2009 at 3:06 pm (Home Changes and Additions, Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have finally gotten around to a few projects with the junk we found at the junk yard!  Here’s the elephant statue all painted up and pretty with a teal pot and pink flowers:

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Don’t mind our mud pile of a yard.  All this rain has made the place a pit!

We also painted a few pots for the back yard.

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And, I painted the little lantern from the junk yard teal as well.  It sits on the front porch.  I also made a tiny table for a few drinks out of a plant stand and a clay pot bottom.  This project was inspired by Crafty Nest, so check out her even cooler project here: http://www.craftynest.com/2009/06/plant-stand-lazy-susan-mini-side-table/

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Did you also notice the antique lantern on the floor?  That’s from my grandma.  It even has a globe made by Pyrex.  Very neat.  Any suggestions?

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Junking!

June 29, 2009 at 7:36 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I had just the best weekend ever!  Tony and I decided to go to the flea market that isn’t far from us.  Not only is this always a fun trip for me, but on the way there Tony decided to take country back roads.  What a great idea!  We just happened upon the first antique and junk yard I have ever seen near us!  My squealing had him pulling over immediately.  And of course I didn’t have a camera! 

Let me tell you all, this place was amazing!  There were three barns filled to the brim with old wooden chairs!  I mean stacked and tossed and piled all the way to the roof tops!  It was just incredible.  There was a huge field of every type of amazing junk you could think of.  And, when we asked about a few things the lady was so sweet and her prices were perfect!  Now I have a few more projects to work on.

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Everything here cost me a few dollars!  The old gas can is for we borrow Tony’s dad’s lawn mower.  The little orange lantern will be painted and set on the front porch with a candle.  Doesn’t that look just like the $80 one they have at Pier 1 (for $1!)!?  And the elephant- he is my favorite- was an old lamp base!  But, with a coat of white paint he will be a plant stand for the back yard. 

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These little guys were another awesome find.  They are Acro window tacks from the 40’s.  I have special plans for them and a nail head chair or bench with a bit of a number theme…

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And, of course we couldn’t come home without a search for some dice!  We found these at the flea market when we finally made it there. 

Overall, an awesome day and a couple of dollars got us some awesome stuff!  Next time I promise I am taking my camera!  Oh, and stay tuned, because there are already many more projects in the works!

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Fancied Up

June 19, 2009 at 8:10 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We are just about completely ready for the party, but last night decided that the dogs should be clean and pretty too.  After the bathing, brushing, and clipping, we thought Marley would make a pretty girl with red toenails.  Have you ever tried this before?  Yes, I am that cheesey.  She is adorable but, man, was it work! 🙂  Check out our pretty dogs!  And, have a great weekend!

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Lawn Chair Paint Project

June 19, 2009 at 7:54 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I got the new lawn chairs done just in time for the party.  Remember these sweet but boring old fashioned lawn chairs we picked up?

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Well, with some bright paint and a bit of handy work, they are now unique and look good together! 

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What do you think?  I think pretty soon all of these random tid bits will come together!

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Roadside Find

June 8, 2009 at 7:36 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

On a quick drive to Peoria yesterday to pick up some new lawn chairs I spotted the oddest, cutest little chair on the side of the road in Kewanee.  On my way home it was still there, so I quickly threw it in the back of the truck and sped away! 

 

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It’s so ugly right now, but I think there is a lot of cuteness potential under there!  That storage could be very useful too!  Some scrubbing and some new fabric… maybe even some paint?  Mid century lovers should love this one when its finished, so keep your eyes peeled because it will be another shop addition!

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