Forgotten Pieces

There was a time when I was a lot better about keeping up with my blog.  When the weather changed so did my blog habits.  I work out of my garage and need the weather to be warm to paint.  I miss working outside and listening to the birds and squirrels while I paint!  Enough with this winter, bring on some spring!!

 Last week I was looking for a picture on my computer and came across several projects I never wrote about.  Since I'm not painting right now I figured I might as well share some of these 'forgotten' pieces.  

I was lucky enough to find all three of these pieces at estate sales.  I love a great estate sale!  Part of the fun for me is walking around a house and peeking where you never get to peek!  I've been to some great estate sales in some interesting houses.  

These tables I purchased at the most interesting house I've ever been in.  I went to the sale and was in the first group of people allowed in.  I jumped all over these tables.  The shape stood out to me and I knew they could be beautiful again.

Here's what they looked like before

The finish was peeling off and they were screaming for a new lease on life.

I'm always a sucker for a turned leg and some curves.  I adore the shape!

At the end of the summer I started selling a few pieces in an adorable shop about an hour from my home.  I knew these tables would be perfect for the store.  I decided to paint them in a custom Annie Sloan Chalk Paint color.  I mixed Paris Grey and Louis Blue together with a dash of Graphite to make this dark grey-blue color.  Then I painted the top in Old White and added on some stripes in my custom color.  Lastly I took some sand paper and roughed up the stripes.

Here's the after.  I love these tables, but they're now being loved in someone else's home.

I like the effect on top.  Reminds me of linen.

Another 'forgotten' piece is this adorable French chair.  It may not be French, but when I looked at it I immediately thought of Paris.  

When I saw the chair I knew I was keeping this one and I knew exactly what I wanted to do to it.  A simple white was of Old White on top of the paint and a new upholstery job.  It took me about an hour to bring this one back to life.

Here's the finished chair

Watered down Old White chalk paint brushed on then lightly wiped off.  After that I sanded a few spots put on a bit of dark wax and finished off the seat with some new foam, batting and of course some Paris fabric.

Anyone who knows me, knows I love Paris and the Eiffel Tower.  This chair is so me!!

I'm swooning over the detailing in this chair.  

And the arms....I don't think I've seen an arm like that before.

I don't think I will ever be able to part with this one.  

 I still have many more projects I hope to share.  The weather has been perfect for staying in and catching up on blogging and other projects.  One of my projects on my to do list was to fix up my blog. I recently found someone to pretty up the blog and she's working on it now.  I can't wait to share the final product and have a blog that is as pretty as the furniture that graces the site.

Stay warm everyone and thank you for reading!


The Office Challenge

My attempts at writing a blog post have been severely derailed lately!  Our home has been hit with this nasty flu bug that seems to be making the rounds right now.  It's taken over our lives and made this once full of life home come to a complete stand still.  Needless to say I'm ready for everyone to be healthy and back to normal.

In the midst of all the sick germs floating around our home I decided it was time to figure out a new office/craft solution for myself.  Since the weather changed I've been working out of our dining room.  I  painted a couple of pieces before Christmas in the living room as well, but that wasn't working.  This created too much dust, mess and there wasn't enough room to move around.  The dining room is one of the darkest rooms in the house so that wasn't working that well for doing any type of project.  Not to mention the dining room is off the kitchen/eating area and I was tired of seeing my mess all the time.  

While we were away on vacation I talked to the Hubby about an idea I'd been mulling over in my brain.  As every Wife knows you have to talk about things a bit before the man in the relationship gets on board.  My idea was to take our seldom used guest bedroom and put my office in there.  The Hubby finally agreed, but he didn't really want to do all that needed to be done (moving furniture!).  In this home we are always moving something around.  I get bored and think..."Hmmm what if we moved this here?"  I don't just do this in my home, but my friend's homes too!  It's a sickness really, but it's something I've done since I was a child.  I was gung-ho about moving the furniture....that was until we had to actually start moving the furniture.

Now one thing I forgot to add was my challenge.  The challenge....I wasn't allowed to spend any money on this change.  No new curtains, rug, pillows, name it.  I knew I could do it, but I wasn't happy about it!  So I took the challenge and after a couple of weeks the office is now ready to unveil.

Here is the before picture.

Yes, I know what you're thinking, but this is the only picture I have of the guest bedroom!  I can't believe it myself.  

Here is the 'finished for now' space

This is the view from the doorway.  One of my favorite things is the mirror on the window.  The Hubby said,  "No you're not going to hang a mirror on the window."  Ummmm yes, yes I am and I love it!  Doesn't take the best picture, but trust me in person it's stunning.  

The chair in the room was in my family room.  I kinda cheated on my challenge.  I did buy something new, but not for the office.  I found an unbelievable deal at Goodwill on a brand new slipper chair for $65 in a fabric I loved.  I put it in the family room and voila I had an extra chair for the office!

 Everything in this picture I already owned.  The dresser has been moved around a bit in the house and it's finally found it's home.  I plan on putting some craft and office supplies in the drawers.

My favorite part of this part of the room is the old crib box spring on the wall.  I found this one day on the side of the road in a pile of junk someone was getting rid of.  I made the Hubby stop and turn around so I could pick it up.  My Hubby and Hunter both thought I was nuts.  It sat in the garage for a few months until I found a place for it.  I'm going to add some more pictures to it and to the bulletin board.

This is where the bed used to sit.  The bed is now in the basement storage area.  I had two of these chaise lounges in the basement storage area.  It's so comfortable and a great place to read a book or magazine.  

 The chalkboard is a transformed project.  I had originally put a Paris map on this after the mirror inside the frame broke and hung it above my mantel in the living room.  When I got back from vacation the map was coming off the board and I found another mirror for the mantel.  Then I decided to make it into a chalkboard.  I love it!!  This is my favorite quote from George Eliot.  It's something I need to be reminded of as my birthday approaches.  It really isn't too late to for me to be what I might have been!

I'm actually really happy with my office/craft space.  I still have a few things I want to do, like paint the base of the desk cream.  I've wanted to do that since I bought the desk 7 years ago!  I'm happy and thankful to have a space to call my own.  I'm also proud of myself for using what I already had in the house.  It's a bright room where I can go and feel inspired to create.  Now if the weather would just warm up to say 63 degrees or so I can go back to painting in the garage!

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!


Hot Pink Vanity

WOW, I just realized it's been two months since I last wrote a post.  Sometimes life starts to happen and it's hard to keep up and that's exactly what happened to me.  Stress got in the way, as well as the weather, which meant no time or motivation to blog or paint.  I had officially reached burn out status around the middle of November.  I took on too much too fast and then realized I had to scale back in order to have a more balanced life.  I'm the kind of person who goes all out until they can't go anymore and that's what happened to me.  Even though my sweet Hubby told me many times to slow down....I couldn't or rather I didn't.  I kept going until one day I was sick with bronchitis and couldn't paint or work on anything.  That's when I realized it was time to slow down and balance my life.  I had forgotten about things like family and friends and ME.  Now I'm balancing my life and not letting my passions take over my life.  I feel better and I'm still trying to find that perfect balance, but it's getting there.  I took a lovely two week vacation to a warm place with Hunter and Steve for the holidays, which was just what I needed.  While we were away I was able to recharge my batteries and get back some motivation and passion for painting again.  Don't get me wrong, I wasn't sitting around not doing anything I did lots of other things instead.  I made wreaths, buntings and painted a little.  Now I feel like I'm ready to start another small painting project!

Now enough of the excuses I need to share something fun with you!!  A wonderful friend asked me recently if I had any vanities I could redo for her Granddaughter and right away I knew the one I had would be perfect.  They chose the paint color and the fabric for the stool so all I had to do was get started.  For some reason this project scared me!!  Biggest reason?  All I could see was hot pink semi-gloss paint.  I had never painted anything hot pink and wasn't sure if this was going to look like a huge piece of bubble gum.  Once I purchased the paint at Home Depot and the fabric arrived from Hobby Lobby I was still on the fence.  Once the first coat was on I could see it was going to be perfect for a little girl.    I can still remember my room when I was six it was hot pink with orange and hot pink flower wallpaper!  I loved that room.

Here is the before picture of the vanity.  I bought this in the summer from an estate sale.  I don't have a before picture of the stool.

Love the curves of the front and the curvy legs!

The top was needing a ton of TLC.

Normally I'm really good at taking some 'in progress pictures' this time I don't have any.  It was the first time I had painted in my living room and I was cramped for space and wasn't really thinking about taking pictures.  

This is the finished product.  I apologize for the crummy pictures, but I finished this in the middle of December right before we went on vacation.  I took the pictures at night because it was the only moment I had to do it.  Plus I didn't want to risk moving this outside and having it get scratched or chipped!

The paint color is Valspar and it's called Springtime Bloom.  The fabric on the stool is from Hobby Lobby and the knobs I purchased in the summer from Michael's.

LOVE these knobs!!

My absolute favorite thing I've ever done on any piece of furniture are these drawers.  A few weeks before I started this project I purchased a really cute children's book from an estate sale about life in a pond.  I took several pages from the book and cut out some parts of the book and some pictures and glued them onto all the drawer bottoms with Mod Podge.  Then gave each one three coats of Mod Podge to seal it all up. 

I'm going to be doing a lot more of this.  Adore the effect, especially for a kids room!

My friend's Daughter picked out the fabric and the paint color.  I think she did a wonderful  job!  Love all the colors and how they compliment each other.

I'm so thrilled with how this vanity and stool turned out.  The best part was seeing a picture of my friend's Granddaughter using the vanity and wearing a huge smile on her face!  All the planning, sanding and hot pink dust were more than worth it.

I'm hoping I will get some more projects going that I can share with you instead of taking a two month break.  Thank you for following me on this journey and for all the kind emails I've received from many of my followers over the last year.  OH and it's my one year blog anniversary in a few weeks!!!  I think I need to do something special to celebrate :-)

Thank you for reading,