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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

So, it is time to clean out some of the excess pieces that I have....The problem with refinishing things is that I like to hoard them afterwards and look at them!! HAHA! I don't even have a spot for these, as much as I want to keep them! So take a look....they are for sale! Hugs and Kisses!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Around the house DIY....

So with all the burlap trendy-ness going on right now, I decided to whip up a valance for our big picture window in the kitchen. OH-SO-SIMPLE!!! I started with an 18" wide strip of unbleached muslin, cut it the length of my window and cut 3 strips of burlap (about 8-10 inches wide and prob twice as long as the window) and pinned them into ruffles and sewed with my machine. Don't forget to hem your edges first, or they will unravel. I had pieces of burlap to make up each row of ruffles...not one continuous piece. It would have been easier to do long strips but less cost effective on the yardage. (Hope that made sense!!) Anyway, I made loops out of some leftover fabric, added trim to the top and hung them from knobs that I got at Hobby Lobby for 1/2 off. Love it!

Another view of our breakfast nook....The table came from Craig's list and the chairs *free*! Stewart and I painted and distressed the table and I did the chairs. Comfy and cozy for the fam!

I got this side table at my favorite antiques store for a mere $22.00. It had drink rings on the top and was a lovey 70's orangish finish. I sanded and distressed it and painted in a creamy neutral. The books were from a garage sale and I tied them up with vintage lace. The lamp is one we have had for years!

This was another freebie a la craig's list...yes, I might be addicted. It has 2 more leaves so it can be big or small! I painted it a wonderful olive green that I got in the mistints at Lowe's and distressed it and applied a black glaze and finished with a wax paste.

Thrifty tablescape....I got these milk glass vases and the small silver cup at a thrift store for $! The moss was 1/2 off at Hobby Lobby and the books were more from the same garage sale mentioned above. The flower was made by yours truly:)See how easy it is to decorate on the cheap? Happy Treasure hunting!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Headboard Reveal.....

So here it is in all its glory!! I finally finished my shutter headboard. After going "junkin" the other day, I found the two missing shutters I needed and painted them up! I started with a purplish black, then layered Hosta (one of my favorite colors!), a cool gray, and a creamy white. (Sorry, I don't know the colors off hand, but I can research and tell you...mostly BM paints.)They look really old and rustic now! I have an old chandelier that I have painted, but it is still living in the garage until my dear hubby has time to install:)

Here is a sneak peek at the rest...I have a LOT of accessorizing left to do and I want to repaint the walls! This is a dresser that I scored for $40 and repainted to look like barn wood.

One curtain down...3 more to go!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Chairs, Accessories....

So I have been doing lots of small furniture and accessories lately....I have really gotten into the "junkin" thing. I love the thrill of taking old things and making them look cool again. I have done this every since my first apartment in good old Auburn, Al (War Eagle) when I was broke as a joke and decided to paint some furniture and make some slipcovers for some heinous furniture that well-meaning and sweet donors gave us (probably breathing a sigh of relief that someone else was left to deal with the ugliness). Anyway, for those of you that know me, you know I like to repurpose and create and decorate! Design is my passion! So if you have any old pieces, no matter how ugly....send me a pic and I can give suggestions or better yet, I will give it a facelift for you!

I will post more pics soon!!
Love ya!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Headboard preview....

Remember those old shutters?


More to come....I promise they are more subtle in person. The photos kind of make them look wild and bright blue. They are really layered with 5 different colors and just look like I pulled them out from behind an old barn....