Thursday, April 28, 2011

{My Dresser Makeover}

Before.  I'm all about lightening things up around here!  I don't know if it's spring fever or if I'm just SICK of everything in my house being black!!

After.  I painted this Swiss Coffee from Benjamin Moore.  Two coats is all it needed, I like that!  This dresser was actually my parents from way back when.  I am fortunate enough to have inherited it.  It's sturdy, It's heavy, and it's not going anywhere!

I really like the detail on the side.  Beadbaord from the 70's!

Those seashells are extra special.  My two daughters have been collecting them for years.  See, here in Utah, seashells are a precious commodity! (Especially to little 9 and 11 year olds.)

I added some vintgage glass knobs to two of the drawers to add some extra charm.  Now I have two more black pieces in my bedroom to paint.  My armoire and desk.  sigh.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

{Antique Dressing Table}

Before.  This piece was already painted white but it was dinged up, dirty, and yellowing in places.  It needed a little love.

After.  I decided this piece was to remain white, (it whispered it to me).  There she is after a fresh coat of paint standing proud!

A true antique. I can't help myself but to wonder what it's story is. Where it's been, how many refections it's seen, and who's dirty drawers it's carried. haha.

I love this giant scalloped framed mirror.  Gorgeous. 

This piece is sold.

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

{Little White Vanity}

Before. I knew this would be adorable with the lines and curves.  I didn't put the mirror on for the before picture (too much work in my opinion), but at least a got a 'before' pic before I forgot!  (Why right when I'm about to paint the first stroke, I remember to grab my camera?)

What the?!  I don't know what this was, I think it was painted once pink and then stained some yucky brown that ran down each drawer.  Nice.

After.  I'm not good at taking pictures, I apologize.  This little gem is cuter in real life.  Some pieces just don't photograph as well...or maybe it's just me ;)

Such a fun pice for a little girls room. 

I put on pink flower glass knobs (I found at D.Lawless Hardware online...great prices!). I really liked the original hardware but it needed something a little more girly.

Isn't she cute!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

{Yarmouth Blue Waterfall Desk}

Before.  Okay, my daughter took this snap shot of me "working."  I have no make-up, I'm in my snazzy paint clothes, (don't look too closely at my shoes and socks, I broke my own rule of no socks with sandals) and for sensitive ears don't read the following...(no bra).  Made you all look!   I don't think I had one picture of me painting and since I spend a considerable chunk of time doing my "hobby-job" it fits that you can see me in action!  Enjoy!  I know, I'm fab.

 After.  Ta Da.  After a little magic(sanding,painting,waiting,and waxing)it looks like this!

My first attempt at stenciling a pattern on the top.  Overall I think it went pretty well.  Some minor hiccups but nothing tragic.
I very lightly stenciled a damask pattern in an acrylic cream color then very lightly glazed it.  I used a wet paper towel to keep control of the glaze. 

Then I lined the drawers with a black and white harlequin pattern.  I used a spray adhesive for the first time, it's pretty sticky!

This desk is wood 100% surrounding the whole thing.  The back looks like it could be another front.  So cool, but more work!

I kept the drawer pulls exactly how they were.  I like the rusty, been there awhile look.  I didn't want them shiny and new looking.  This is a little gem that I can't keep.  I hope it goes to a good home where it will be loved!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

{Decorative Pillows}

My very talented and wonderful sister helped me, when I say 'help' I mean she did it all basically, make these pillows covers.  They turned out so great!  In these pictures they have a more green undertone, they are actually more of a light blue. 

Actually my other sister, (I have 5!), made the bigger ruffled pillow case about a week ago for me.  Thank you Laura!  You're awesome too ;)  Why did I not learn how to sew?!

So we, hu-hmm (clear throat), Esther made these other three today.  The little ruffled pillow took the longest, after that it was clear sailing.  

Thank you Esty!  You're amazing! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

{My First Cake-thingy}

My first little cake dome... I can't remember the actual name for it.  Sometimes I think I'm losing my memory, for real!  I went to my local thrift store today and put the pieces together.  People probably thought I was a weirdo putting this dome over 20 different plates and vases. 

I glued everything with E6000 glue.  I don't think I want to attempt the whole screw driver thing with china!  I glued on this green flower knob (that I already had), to the top. 

I picked this plate because I loved the chippy gold scalloped trim around the edge and the Victorian, vintagey (is that a word?) flowers.

I spray painted the little vase it sits on, I like it better white than clear.  Cute little thing.  Total Cost $2.75

Friday, April 8, 2011

{Boy's Bedroom Makeover}

I accidently erased this post, and as far as I know, couldn't retrieve it.  So here are just some pictures, I won't elaborate AGAIN!



Tuesday, April 5, 2011

{My First Banner}

Hello beautiful!  For my first banner ever I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  So happy infact, I haven't taken it down!  I wanted to put together a banner that can be used for my son's or daughter's b-days, or any special occasion for that matter.  It had to be somewhat nuetral. It was so super easy, a little too easy if you ask me.  I just bought 50% off paper and 50% off ribbon at Hobby Lobby and hot glued it together.  Total cost $3.90. Cha-Ching!   

Up close

Isn't it cute?!

"I like it, I like it a lot!"

Saturday, April 2, 2011

{Fowle's Dresser}

Before.......I loved the wood, curvy details, and sexy legs!  I knew this one was going to be really neat.

After....... I painted this a very light blue, (Yarmouth Blue from Benjamin Moore).  I've been reading from MANY people that Benjamin Moore paint is the best, well I believe it now!  Definately worth the cost!  Two coats is all it needed.  AWESOME!  I think I have a new love affair, Ben. 

I had to put something white on there so you can tell what the color really is.  Otherwise it looks white!

Harlequin pattern drawer liner.  I buy really thick wrapping paper (Hobby Lobby) and lightly glue the back down.  It works really well.  I wasn't sure if it would rip and fall apart but so far it hasn't in my son's dresser. I repeat, son's dresser!

I distressed it and glazed it with Ralph Lauren Tobacco Glaze.

So much detail, this dresser is precious!

I kept the same vintage knobs.  It contrasts nicely off the light colored paint.  Plus they had sooo much character I HAD to use them.  And of course wood caster wheels, sigh!

I hope they like it!