Saturday, April 30, 2011

Tables Up To My EYEBALLS!

I'm dead serious when I say I have tables all over the house and into the garage.  I don't know what the deal is but lately that's all I'm finding!  The good thing is they are pretty awesome tables, both in quality and shape.  Dibbs have already been called on 3 of them and I'm painting those.

Here's my haul..

On top of Tables R Us in the truck bed, I had the back seat stuffed too!

This is one of the tables that's been sold  -  chairs sold too...working on getting them finished & moving them out!

We might end up keeping this one (at least for a while) because Brian loves the storage. I have sanded the top down, restained it and waxed it.  I'm painting the base to go with the den.

I can't tell if this was handmade or what.  It's made with old fashioned nails & wood planks - it's very cool.

So this is what I'm working on right now.  I've been distracted lately and haven't finished alot of my furniture. You all probably know about the terrible, terrible storms we had tear through the South.  Our town was hit and I'm amazed at how quickly my little community has pulled together to help the ones who literally lost everything they own.  We were in duck & cover mode for hours; it was pretty scary at times.  I count my blessings that my sister and her family are okay too.  She lives in Harvest, AL and it was devastated by one tornado after another.  Subdivisions all around her were's amazing how some homes are left standing and others have disappeared.

I count each day a blessing and hope you all are enjoying yours!

Monday, April 25, 2011

In love with my loveseat!

First of all, I hope you all had a nice Easter!  We did..just relaxed and took it all in.  I appreciate everyone one who prayed for my friend (previous post).  I talked to her today and she's doing as well as can be expected.  She's a tough cookie but keep those positive thoughts & prayers for her! 

Ok, so I keep thinking I'm finished with the living room but then I see something and want to switch it all up!  My latest move was changing out loveseats.  I had a Cushman wood sofa in this spot but it just wasn't very comfortable for "crapping out," as we call it around here.  So when Brian and I saw this cushy sofa at GW, we brought it home.

It was in pristine condition.  Love the shape of it but the stripes in the upholstery were a bear to cover. I had to double layer the slipcover (that was a new one).  It was a lot of extra work and UNfun!

Here it is all finished.  I think the piping really accentuates the shape of the arms. Plus, Olive likes's important.  I would hate to not have cat hair all over it.

I really like the curvy legs.

I woke her up..I don't think she cares about my blog.

Look at her pretty green eyes..they match the pillow.

Before, before:

This is the living room with the wooden loveseat..we're moving that to the patio.


I think this looks better and it's SO comfortable!

So I picked up a truckload of furniture last week, literally.  The garage is crammed, CRAMMED full.  I have to get busy painting..can we add more hours to a day?  Let me know if you've figured that out!  I'm linking to all the cool parties in the sidebar.

I have a pile of dishes to take care of, so we'll talk soon -

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Prayer Request

Hi sweet friends,

I had this whole post ready to go on a slipcover and then I received devastating news about one of my dearest, most precious friends.

Jane is a strong woman with an amazing love for Christ and I credit her with  literally saving my life.  She suffered a tremendous loss this week and out of respect and love, I'm focusing on lifting her in prayer.  So I would really appreciate it if anyone who reads this would say a prayer for peace for Jane.  I love her so much and I wish I could take away her pain.

I read somewhere that none of us escapes this life without tragedy, unfortunately, it's true.   Hug your family and make sure everyone knows how much you love them. 

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

Wishing you all a peaceful Easter...


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Everything BUT blog

I know you guys can relate..between working my day job, taking care of the fam, the house and furniture rehab I am wiped out at night!  So by the time I could blog, I  was just too tired. All of that changed today and we had a fun & relaxing day.

So this past week I finished a table that has been sitting in my dining room for weeks.

It's a pine table with great storage.

It's one of those 70's pieces. I don't have a before pic of it but it was stained that orangey color with black flecks - blech.  I painted it Dover white and lightly distressed it. I used Fiddes & Sons clear wax - that stuff is awesome.  It was so easy to buff. 

It was nice to sand that top down & appreciate the pretty satisfying.  If you want more details on this piece, it's for sale at SpringHouse Furniture.

Do you want to see a happy man?

We have a good sized yard and it can take hours to mow both front & back with a push mower. With this baby, it took Brian 35 min to mow both today!  It's weird what you find exciting as you get older...mowers, garage doors, paint has definitely changed.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and we'll talk soon -

Monday, April 11, 2011

Peacock Blue Table

Geez what a weekend!  I worked my hiney off getting furniture ready to sell and it's taking me SO long to get it all posted.  I hope I get faster with practice.  I have this table posted here ready to go to a new home!

I had alot of fun painting this is what the poor thing looked like when I brought it home..

 Gorgeous oak table in need of a makeover!

I am really loving this color!

Here's the breakdown:

First a coat of Wipeout by Behr. I didn't want full coverage, so only one coat.

Then I dry brushed Dover White (remixed from Benjamin Moore) over it.

I drybrushed horizontally & vertically.

Before drybrushing...

After drybrushing.

Then I used my sanding block to distress it.  I glazed with Ebony by Minwax.  I've tried a lot of different glazes and I always go back to using Minwax stain.  I really like how you can manipulate it and get the exact look you want and IMHO you can't beat the colors.

Last step was to protect the finish with a coat of wax.  I wish I could keep this one but I can't, so it's up for sale!

I'm linking to the parties listed in my sidebar.

Talk to you soon!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

It's Official!!

We've officially started our business..SpringHouse Furniture Design & Finds! 


The site is ready and I will keep a button linking to it on the side bar from now on.  I have been painting all day and will have a few things up for sale by tomorrow. It's a lot of work but I have to say I LOVE IT!!  In addition to selling furniture, I'm going to offer slipcovers but I have to figure out the logistics of it.  So if you're local and interested, then please let me know and we can work something out. 

Until we talk again..shine on!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Peacock Blue Lamp

My brother lives in California and while I deal with stray cats and squirrels here in Georgia, he has peacocks strolling around his neighborhood!  We visited him last summer and had a wonderful time (duh, it's California!) and I totally fell in love with those peacocks and their beautiful colors.

I was looking for an accent color to add to the den and thought a toned down version of the peacock blue would be perfect.  Here is a lamp that I painted and set up today...

I love the shape of this lamp.  I couldn't find a before picture of it but it's just a plain old brass lamp.  I know most of you guys are the same way but I don't pay any attention to the color, fabric or anything like that when I'm out on the hunt. I look for shape..if I like the shape, then I can work with it. 

The color is called Wipeout by Behr & I glazed it with jacobean stain.

So this blue will be the pop of color in my otherwise neutral den.

I'm keeping it short today!  We're working some more on our garden this evening and I finally decided to put some flowers out. It's officially feeling like spring to me!!

I'm linking to parties in the away!

Talk to you later -

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Curtains, A Pillow & Fabric Heaven

I've mentioned Fabric & Fringe a few times here lately.  I'm going to give you the low down on it today but first, I would like to show you what I've made from their fab-u-lous fabrics...

 Dining room curtains..

 I used swing rods over this window, so I didn't need full panels on both sides - they're just for show. 

 This fabric was $15 a yard.  I used 3 yards, cut it in half and lined each piece with a $5 flat sheet from Walmart that was also cut in half.

 I don't remember how much this was but I LOVED the peacock blue.  (I'm painting a table right now inspired by this blue.)  I made 2 pillows and trimmed them with brown pom-poms.
 I've shown these curtains before. They're in the den (and it's still a work in progress).  I lined them with drop cloths that I had left over from making slipcovers.

This is why I think Fabric & Fringe has an awesomeness problem...'s a pretty store from the outside..

  And it has a nice room to drop off uninterested parties that you brought with you....(the lighting in the store was terrible for pictures).

They sell jewelry reworked from vintage pieces.

And it has all of this:

 Tassels & tiebacks

All kinds of fabric in all colors...

Racks & racks of trim...

Cowhide anyone?

Loooooong aisles of fabric bolts

I have tons more pictures but like I said, the lighting was really bad and they don't do the store justice. If you are in North Georgia then go, go, GO!  It's a great resource and it's really inspiring to see all the colors and combinations  that you may not have considered.  

I'm off to finish painting my table & I have to bring chairs in from outside.  Did I tell you we've started a vegetable garden?  My first one!  If you have any tips on growing your own food, I'd love to hear it!

Talk to you soon -

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Green Hornet aka My Buffet

I love this buffet. It was a steal but needed some work. I knew right away that I wanted to paint it - Brian fought it. He was leaning more towards a full restoration of the mahogany. Since it didn't look that bad, we just put it in the dining room and used it.  We left it in it's "before" state for years...


We snagged this for $40.  It was really dark and I REALLY wanted to paint it. This is actually a good picture of it - the veneer was damaged & it was pretty beat up.  I was hoping Brian would change his mind about painting it and he did!!.....

 Yeah..BIG change.  The heavy distressing brought out the details.

It took a lot of sanding to get through that hard finish.
(I don't have man hands, btw. That's Brian sanding)

The top was polished with 2 coats of wax.

 It's a bold look but it really works in this room especially with the curtains. The walls look bright on my monitor but they aren't scary green.

Token busted drawer.

Gorilla glue took care of it.

Dovetailed drawers are a beautiful thing.

      I know this look isn't for everyone but I looooove it.  

Just another view .

Like I said, it really works in my dining room and painting this piece means that the whole room is FINALLY finished!!  Now, I'm making some pillows and painting furniture like crazy (we're supposed to have a storm move in tonight and I gotta move quick).  Hope you all had a good Monday!

Talk to you soon -

I'm linking to Thrifty Decor Chick's Before & After & all the parties in my side bar.  Check them out and see a ton of other cool projects!!

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