Thursday, May 26, 2011

{Heirloom White Armoire}

I can't believe I forgot to take a before picture of this!  Bummer!!  It was ug-el-ee.  Brown with very dirty brownish-gray curtains on each door.  What the?
Now it is bright and cheery!

I painted this an antique white color and distressed it a little bit.  This thing is 83 inches tall, what is that?  7 feet?  I'm a 6 footer, but this seemed soo much taller!! 

I got the inspiration from Chrissie at Chrissie's Collection of adding fabric to the back.  What a great idea! (I never would have thought of doing that myself, that's what this blogging world is about, learning from other's fabulous ideas!)  A quick trip to Hobby Lobby and $8 dollars later I have a one of a kind, unique look.  Thanks Chrissie ;)

This chicken wire was on it before, it just had the hidious fabric behind it.  I love chicken wire, so that was a no brainer in deciding to keep it!
I just primed and painted it like the rest.

This piece would be so fun to decorate with in your kitchen or living area.  I just put a few things on to give you an idea.

I do have to say, I found it easiest to cut a piece of fabric bigger than you actually need, then use an exacto knife to cut off the extra.  I used a spray adhesive to make it stick.  It was actually not as hard as I thought it was going to be!  Give it a try!

Monday, May 23, 2011

An Award

Thank you Lisa from Before Meets After (go check her out!) for sending me this award!  I'm flattered!! 

Now there are rules one must follow when given this award and they are as follows:
You thank the person who awarded you, tell seven things about yourself,
pay it forward and award a new blogger you have found and enjoyed with the Versatile Blogger award!

Now here comes the hard part, 7 things about myself!

1.  I am a junky big time.  You might find me putting the smack down at my thrift store to get what I want!  hehe.
2.  Warm summer nights make me smile.
3.  I have 6 kids!!  We have one big 'yours, mine, and ours' family.
4.  I love mowing my lawn.  There is literally nothing better than the smell of fresh cut grass!
5. I have never tasted a cup of coffee!  Nor, do I want to!
6. I've been to Hawaii 4 times.
7. And.... (this has been hard I tell ya, I've been sitting here for 15 minutes trying to think of things about myself!  I guess I REALLY am that boring -haha!) anyhoo back to number 7. Hold onto your seats.... I'm a whopping six feet tall!  ;)

I am passing this award along to, drumroll....Cheryl at Sweet Young Journey.  She is amazingly talented!  She takes pictures of the simplest things and makes it look like a PB Magazine!
Take it away Cheryl!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

{9 Drawer Beast}

After.  This is an incredibly well made (a.k.a. a BEAST to move) 9 drawer dresser by Bassett Furniture Co.  I gave it a fresh new coat of white and antiqued it in the corners and grooves with my trusty tobacco glaze.

It started out looking a little like this.  I was too lazy to put the drawers back in when I realized I needed to take a before shot.  Those drawers are HEAVY, ha hmm, 'well made'

 And what do ya know, it has a matching nightstand, bonus!

Cute little thing.

I had a bear of a time finding knobs for this piece.  It had some fantastic  wood knobs already on there but I decided to make things difficult by wanting something a little more vintagey.  I looked through my stash and tried desperately to make my antique clear glass knobs work.  The drawers were too thick for my screw to go all the way through and to be able to put a nut on, bummer.  I tried the next best thing, HD, to see if they had any longer screws, nope.  So then I bought a drill bit to make my holes bigger to fit the nut through the make a long story short that didn't work either.  So a trip to Hob Lob was in order.  (Their 50% knob sell ended in 2 hours, I HAD to go).  The ONLY knobs they had long enough they only had 12 in stock, I needed 15! 
So I had to mix-match.  Whew!  Sorry to bore you with my knob dilemma!!  Maybe I should have just kept the boring wood ones!

I love the detail of the two pillars along the sides.  The glaze showed up darker in these pictures than it really is.  It really doesn't look that 'dirty,' I promise ;)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ice Cream Parlor Chair

This chair reminds me of an ice cream parlor.  It's my latest thrift store find.  $5 buckaroos!

It started out looking like this.   A little sad, a little dirty, and a little dated.

I wasn't sure if I wanted to keep the wood seat. I wasn't in love with the color, so the effort to paint around it wasn't worth it.


So I painted the whole piece a very pale pink, then distressed and glazed it.  It looks white in all these pictures!

I had a little fun editing these pictures in Picasa.  I Love it, and love that it's fa-ree!!

It's been rainy and cold here in Utah.  I just can't get myself out in my damp garage, heavens knows I have a million neglected projects out there!  So a little inside project is what the doctor ordered today!

Here's wishing you warm weather to get your projects done!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

{Nord's bedroom is completed}

Before.  This completes the Nord's bedroom makeover, wahoo!  I actually finished this piece a week ago but haven't the time to post it!!  You can see the dressser transformation here and the nighstand here.

After.  I painted this Swiss Coffee from Bejamin Moore and glazed it with a color match of Ralph Lauren Tobacco glaze.  HD stopped carrying RL so I had to color match it, the color was a perfect match but the consistency of it was different.  I had hardly any time to wipe off the areas I didn't want glazed.  Needless to say, I got an arm workout with some serious wax on, wax off moves!

The Mrs of the home wanted to change things up a bit without breaking the bank to buy a whole new set.  That's something a little paint and time can fix!  I compare it to getting a new hairstyle, you feel fresh, new, rejuvenated, and you don't have to spend a TON of money to get that 'new' feeling.

Close up.

I'm thrilled that they loved it!  Thank you Nord family for giving me the opportunity to work with you guys, you're awesome!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

{Blue and White Dresser}

A little teaser for you! 

It started like this.  (minus the white spray paint on the second drawer, I'm a little sloppy (aka, too lazy to move the furniture in the background) when I'm spraying little knick-knacks in my garage) 
Is anyone else that lazy?!

But all is well.  I knew I'd paint the darn drawer so I wasn't too worried about it.  ;)

I wanted to try my hand at doing a multi color dresser, haven't done it before and I thought this would be the perfect dresser because of it's defined edges. I painted the white first and taped where I didn't want it, but with my edging brush I really didn't need to tape it at all! Super easy!!

 I distressed and glazed in the corners and crevices and wiped with a wet rag where I didn't want the glaze.  Turned out pretty cute for my first time!  I'm saving this one for Bella's Vintage Boutique in July.  If you're in the Salt Lake City area come check it out July 9th at Wheeler Farms, should be a lot of great stuff there!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

{Girl's Bed Re-do, Take 2}

Before.  I painted my girl's beds a couple months ago.  You can see the transformation of their beds here.   I just felt it still needed a little somethin.'  I decided my glaze would do the trick, love that stuff!  I wanted to dirty it up a bit and get that 'been there awhile' look. 

The 'after,' after dirtying it up a bit.

A close-up shot of the glazing and distressing.

It just looks better (to me at least).  Some pieces don't need glaze and some don't need distressing at all!  It's a matter of personal preference and the style of the piece.  Happy painting everyone!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

{Come on over}

 Thank you Jennifer from Decorating Ideas Made Easy for giving me the opportunity to write a little somethin' about myself!    Click on the button below to view the whole article.  I just want to say 'thank you' for all those who take the time to leave such kind comments, I love reading them!! 

Happy Painting :)

Monday, May 9, 2011

{My Desk Makeover}

Here is the 'after'

And here is the 'before'.   (Kind of sad looking, actually really sad looking).  I wouldn't have this desk in my room to begin with if I could help it, but small square footage = doubling room purposes.  I painted my desk black a few years ago....well I'm sick of black! Actually I'm just really sick of DUSTING black! Plus, I'm wanting a more beachy, light look in my home so Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee it is!

 The flowers don't get to stay on there, wish they could....the printer and more 'officey' stuff will take it's place.   I added that little decorative wood piece with some small finishing nails before I painted it black.  I wasn't too concerned about filling in all the nooks and crannys with white paint because I kinda liked the black showing through a little. 

Haha.  Do you see what's on my screen?    I didn't plan that, I promise ;).  I paired my desk with my daughter's nightstand chair.  So now I'm the lookout for a vintage antique chair to fill that space in her room. 

Up close look at the distressing.  Now I just have ONE more piece to finish my bedroom.  There aren't two pieces in my bedroom that are the same!  Most of it was free or second hand finds but with the same paint color, I try to make it feel cohesive.  And it usually works out pretty well.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

{Painted Parlor Makeover}

I'm so excited! Thank you Kassie from Designs by Kassie for designing my blog! I'm so happy to see a hobby/business of mine become more of a tangible reality! I still have a few tweeks and changes but the overall look is there. Thank you all who take the time to leave kind comments and by choosing to follow me on my little journey.

Have a fabulous evening,

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

{Nord's Dresser}

Before.  This pretty lady is was pretty plain.  Very light (dated) wood and nothing too fancy shmancy about her.


After.  This is the second piece to the Nord's bedroom set.  So I did the same paint, distressing, and glazing as I did for their nighstand

Now she stands pretty and proud with a more beachy look.

An upclose look at the distressing and glazing.

Once more piece left to complete their bedroom makeover, the bed.  Wahoo!

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