Friday, September 25, 2009

Cabinet makeover reveal!!

Well howdy y'all.  I've had a bit of a rough week.  We had a small front come through and the low pressure really messes with my body.  I've been in quite a bit of pain, so I've been moving slowly.  I did however finish my project!

First here she is again, in her sad sad state, fresh out of the storage building:

Okay, so I cleaned her very good, then she got sanded and primed:

So after she was good and dry I painter her, I used valspar latex enamel in flat black:

Gorgeous right?!  Well, that's not the end of the story.  I love to paint, I paint a lot!  However, this is my first dive into painting furniture that will be heavily used.  I thought that I would need to seal the paint to ensure that it wouldn't come off.  I used a satin poly.  It was awful!!!  Oh, I didn't take pictures, it was too bad.  I was mad.  I couldn't even look at her like that.  The next day as soon as she was dry enough, I started sanding, again.  I sanded every bit of the shine off, primed her, again, and painted her, again.  I DID NOT poly her again!  Now she was beautiful again and I just didn't know what to do.  Fortunately, this is the blog world!  I got some great advice and boy did it take a weight off of my shoulders.  Joan, at fortheloveofahouse told me just to let the paint cure really well and it should be fine!  By the way, if you haven't been to fortheloveofahouse, go, really!  Her home and makeover it has received is AMAZING!  You will love her blog!

So while my girl was drying from her second coat of paint, I took some fabric from my stash and glued it to poster board cut to size for the back of the cabinet.  So without further blabbering....introducing my new kitchen storage/display cabinet!!!

I only put a few things on there for pictures.  I'm not going to actually use her for another week, to let the paint cure really well!  Well there she is!  Hope you enjoyed her journey from ugly duckling to gorgeous black swan!!!

I'm participating in Between Naps on the Porch's Met Monday!  Be sure to go over and check out all the great before and afters there!

Have a great weekend y'all!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Bookshelf Fail!!

Hey y'all!  This evening I had planned to post over at Susan's for Met Monday.  I've been working on a bookshelf all week.  Just a little at a time so that I had plenty of time to visit with my boy and his girl while they were here.  Last Sunday I had a huge week planned, my son called late Sunday evening to tell me they would be here the next day!  This week, all of those things are back on my list for this week, including the bookshelf.  WHY???  Because I felt that it needed to be sealed, and I used a satin polyurethane.  By last night I knew...I hated it!!!  HATED IT!  All the love was gone.  I got the sandpaper out and by bedtime last night that little sucker was sanded and primed AGAIN!  Here it is last week:

Here is is before Saturday:

And here it is now:

Look familiar?

This time I have a flat sealer to put on when I'm done painting.  (insert huge sigh here)  Anyone else ever have something like this happen?  I was so close to being done!  I haven't done anything on it today,  I'm just too mad, upset, whatever.  This little hiccup is on top of the Friday night hiccup.  I've been working on a cross stitch pattern and I am getting to the end of it, I used the wrong color on an entire area!  Oh, I haven't taken it out, I can't look at it.  It's not huge, very easily fixable, just frustrating!

I will post something for Met Monday tomorrow!

Thanks for empathizing with me tonight!


Saturday, September 19, 2009

This was a good week

Well, my oldest and his girl are safe and sound at their own house today!  It's kinda lonely, my two boys bicker nonstop when they are together.  They debate everything!  It completely drives me crazy, but that's how their relationship works.  I miss Jennifer too, she will jump up at a moments notice to go get starbucks, or browse through barnes and knobles for hours.

My projects I had hoped to complete by the time this weekend is over were put on the back burner for the most part so I could enjoy the kiddos while they were here.  I am nearly finish with the bookcase and I will be showing it off for Met Monday!  It turned out so good!!

In this next week I will be getting the huge piece of furniture taking up the entire hallway in my house painted and into the spot where it will live.  Hang on folks it should be interesting. Why?  You my be thinking.  Well, this will cause a major overhaul of the room, and so that will be the perfect time to make the headboard, I've already gotten the fabric.  I want to paint an antique armoire that in there, paint another little old  table, get all my new bedding up and find or make some new curtains.  In other words, the bedrooms getting a total makeovr!  If I'm not too overwhelmed I'd like to be slapping coats of paint on the kitchen table and chairs as I go and kill two birds with one stone.  Oh and while I've got the white paint out in the bedroom, I have a few things that have been waiting there turn to get painted white, I'll throw them in too!

So I thought I would wrap up the week with a few family pictures we took before they left!

That's all folks!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tablescape and life!

Good afternoon blogworld!  It's warm here as usual, but super nice because it's overcast!  

I'm posting a tablescape today for Tablescape Thursday!

I decided to do a bit more dressy tablescape today.  I set it on my formal table.  I used my fall dishes and some of my crystal with my nice silverware.  I tried to make it feel welcoming, but special.  Hope you like it!!

In life news, my Daughter in law passed her cosmetology exam!!

She was so excited!!  She came out of that building smiling from ear to ear!  Of course my youngest son and I were cheering like crazy for her!  Tonight we're taking her out to celebrate!

Also yesterday, I made it official!  I change to a fall purse.  It's as fall as it's gonna get around here, so I bit the bullet and did it.  Actually I love getting to change seasons with my clothes, all the darker colors are fun to wear after the bright tropical feel of my summer wardrobe.  Here are the two main summer purses I carried this year:

The first one I found at steinmart!  I get most of my purses from there!  The second one I found at Payless!!

So this morning here is me all dressed for fall

Yes I know I'm wearing shorts and short sleeves, but it was 100 here yesterday!  This is my fall.  My fall purse is a Michael Kors suede purse that I got for christmas two years ago.  After Christmas I found the matching shoes at Marshall's for $15.00!  I love my orange suede shoes!!!  I'm not super big into labels, but my sister in law is, she always buys me name brand, so I'll not argue! :)

What are you wearing for fall???  Any new favorite accessories?

I thought I would leave you with a few pics of the in between of the shelf I'm working on.  Work is going slowly because son and daughter in law are here this week and I'm not just here at the house by myself.

Notice the barey perceptable cat prints on the shelf!  Thankfully it was dry before they checked it out!  It's nearly done!!

And I'll leave you with a picture of my oldest son and dil:

Well, that's all folks!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Metamorphasis Monday

Well hey y'all! Today I'm showing of a few of my salvation army finds and I have a little creation for Susans Met Monday!

First, look at all my little beauties!

I just couldn't get a good picture of this one! It's got little "thumb prints" all around it! I have some other plates and goblets like this! It's really a cute plate!!

Not much better but maybe you can see it? Dont look at my nails, they've had a rough week!

This is a cute little optic bowl. Perfect for serving jam in the morning!

Next is my little blue teacup! Isn't she gorgeous?!

I found these two little plates and knew they were coming home with me! They are Theodore Haviland, Limoge France! I'd love to have a set of these!!

Oh! My little yellow sugar bowl! My Great Aunt Myrtle had a yellow kitchen, straight out of the 50's, I always loved it, when I see cute yellow dishes, they are in my cart!

This is my little tidbit tray! I need to spray paint the handle, but the ruffles are just gorgeous!

Next is a little bubble plate I got to match some other pieces like it that my grandmother gave me!

and last but not least is this indiana glass dish. This will have a million uses!

I've been giving you a tiny peek at a metamorphasis in progress, this is all primered and ready for paint!!!
And this is getting ready for its close up Mister Deville!

Now for today's metamorphasis!!!
I love playing in paper! I could sit at my desk and play in it all day! My son and daughter in law will be coming to visit this week and I made my daughter in law a few pretty things, because she likes paper as much as I do!!
So, here's the before, just a plain simple composition book that I bought for $.70.
And after a little bit of playing and glueing here's how it looks now!

And the inside cover:

A close up of the quote on the inside cover:

Well I hope you enjoyed this!! Hope on over to Susans and check out more gorgeous makeovers!!

See y'all later!!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Lots of Before pictures!

Hi y'all! I haven't posted in since Monday because I've been oooohhhhh soooooo busy! We spent all day Saturday and Sunday evening going through all the boxes in the front half of the storage building we bought at auction on Saturday morning. Betty, the manager of the units, bought the one next to us that had been owned by the same person. This person was given a chance to make payment and get all of his things back, but apparently they were all from his first marriage and he didn't want any of it! So I didn't feel so guilty about all of this! By Monday evening we were getting to the back where all of the furniture was! Here are a couple of pictures from Monday:

There is some beautiful furniture in there! Here's the gorgeous antique display cabinet in its new home!

Every square inch of our home is a huge mess right now!! As soon as I pick it up, hubby drags more stuff in! I know it's for a short time, so I'm dealing with it!
As it turns out that gateleg table I brought home on Saturday and posted about had six chairs in the other storage! Betty and I traded, she had those chairs, plus one other old ladderback chair I liked and I had a big ugly burgandy leather recliner that matched the sofa she had, plus an end table that matched another end table and coffee table she had. I was more than happy to give her those! Here's one of the chairs:

These chairs will get a post all their own as I transform them! Here's the fabric that will be going on them:

It's so pretty! I could just eat it with a spoon. I've had it for awhile, I've been looking for an old table and chairs set since we moved in! I left the one I had as a breakfast table in Houston, I gave it to our niece, she was moving into her first apartment and I hated that table! Finally I get to use all of the fabric I've been collecting! Yea!!!!
Now, here is a piece that didn't come from the storage building! I bought this mid century modern bar cabinet for 49.99 at the salvation army! I will be taking off most of the doors, and maybe the legs. It's getting painted and we will be using it as our TV stand in our bedroom. The bedroom is in the middle of it's own transformation! I will be posting about that later this week!

I know it's hard to see, it's crammed into our hallway. It's so huge it could only come in through the garage door and that's the only place for it, so its transformation will be taking place where it sits! The garage looks just like the storage building looks at the top! We have sold several things that we don't want from the building so we've already paid for it, now everything we sell is profit and everything we keep was free!!! Hubby has the bug and has been looking for auction notices in the paper! It is fun! Hard work, but fun to clean things up and transform them, then sell them to someone whose thrilled to have it! Keep watching, I will have lots of before and afters to post in the coming weeks!
I'd love input and ideas for all of the stuff I've shown y'all pictures of, feel free to comment with your thoughts! :)
Bye y'all!