Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Visiting My Daughter Beach Style

Have I ever told you I have some wonderful children? Not only are they smart, good looking and quick witted but they're such an improvement on their original genes ie, Me Lol.
I'd like to introduce you to my oldest child, Tracey, now all grown up.

 She's a great person, you'd love to know her and have her as a friend. She's a straight forward, no nonsense hardworking person who LOVES animals and fishing, hmmm somehow those two don't go together, lol, anyway.

I just came back from a trip to her home in South Carolina. She wanted it decorated in a beachy style. So we went shopping! We were able to find lots of goodies as you can imagine, being in a beach town. So here's the before of one of her walls in the living room. It was a wreck because we piled everything up to get it out of the way.

So here's the after...

Now is that beachy or what?

Here's another area in her living room.
She really didn't have anything on the walls yet so we went to work.
Here's the after.
We found those awesome boat pics at a great 2nd hand store for only $12 each, SCORE!
The boat on the left was $10 and she already had the other one. The sailor rowing was from a trip to the Keys many years ago.
For your enjoyment here are some gorgeous pictures of the area.

What a beautiful area in which to live, don't you agree?
So that's a sampling of what we accomplished, she bought a 2nd hand Pottery Barn Loveseat that looks brand new also but it won't get delivered for a few days. All in all we totally transformed the living room and most importantly we had a wonderful time together doing it! Love you Tracey!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Pillows Make a Big Difference in the Feel of a Room

I've been staring at my sofa and decided it needed some pillows. I'm in the process of making a slipcover for it but pillows are a quick easy fix.

I found some really cute ones on Etsy that say 'Welcome Home'

They're made from burlap and cute as a button.

The larger red striped ones are from Target and were on clearance for $17, I snatched up the last two!!!

While I was at it I added this little cloche to the end table.

And switched out the lace curtains for some that i made...

It seems I always get the urge to take pictures at night lol, oh well, sorry for the lack of light.
The room looks a little cozier to me now, lovin' the pillows.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Wood Planked Coffee Table DIY

You've seen this coffee table before....

This is what it looked like originally....I rescued it from the dusty attic.

I painted the bottom with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Coco and added an applique a while back.....

But it still wasn't what I envisioned, so.... I added some 1x3 wood planks.

Because the top was super ugly and ruined.....I had strategically hidden the ugly truth with polish and accessories but I was finally DONE with it!

This table had been around for the last 60 years and had never seen the likes of a coaster for drink cups. Ahem, somebody was bad. It WASN'T ME! I'm a freak about coasters, just ask my family, and the above pic says WHY I am.
The 'fix' was super easy and fast, I cut the wood to fit inside the grooved area, distressed the planks with a hammer, used a nail to make worm holes and slightly rounded the sharp edges. Next I glued them down with wood glue leaving a slight gap in between them. Next I painted around the outer edge with old white chalk paint then stained the planks and went over the chalk paint with the same stain, dark walnut minwax stain plus sealer. I wiped off the stain around the outer edge and it made a distressed look.  I'll give it a coat of AS soft wax later today.

So here it is all gussied up and feelin' good!

It made a huge difference don't you think? I love the rustic feel it has now.

She's so happy and pretty now, I knew there was a beauty under all that ugly. So what'cha think?

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Cow, the Mantel and the Shutters

I'm sure most of you are aware of Eulalie the Cow if you follow Miss Mustard Seed's Blog. She was painted by the the fabulously talented Cindy Austin-Redman. I am a lucky and proud owner of one of her prints of Eulalie, I know, don't be jealous :) .Well I've been working on my mantel area so there would be a proper place to hang her. Here's the backboard I made for the mantel.....

I added an applique to a wood board, added some trim and painted with ASCP in Old White.
I finally was able to hang my favorite picture.....

I can't tell you how much I love this picture.

The horses are from Decor Steals. Luv em'!

Flanking the fireplace are two shutters....

I found them at my favorite antique store. The mirrors are from Decor Steals

I love the way the shutters open up. I added a heart shaped boxwood  from Decor Steals.

And an Antique Farmhouse Horse on the coffee table

Stay tuned next week when I redo the top of this coffee table.
For now.....Happy Blogging!

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Monday, August 4, 2014

The Sad Little Table

When I was exploring our attic a few weeks ago I ran across a sad little table tucked away in a corner. I knew instantly that I could help it me happy again.
After painting with ASCP here is her debut.

Photo bombed by Semper!

Here's what it looked like before lipstick.

I removed the peeling veneer and patched some dented areas.

It resides in the hallway now, glad to finally be out of the attic!

It's the first time I've used the French Linen ASCP, the legs are painted with Old White. Not sure yet if I'm going to use dark wax, what do you think yes or no?

I'll finish with a pic of my sweet little dog, Semper, with his serious face on. That look means, "I gotta go out and pee Mom". Ok, come on Semp, let's go!

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