Friday, June 24, 2011

How to age over night..and an armoire...

Intrigued on how to feel like you are 80 years old in the blink of an eye? Well, I won't leave you hanging in suspense...throw your back out. That'll do it! You can go from being an optimistic, active "go-getter" to being a flat out mess (not even a hot mess) unable to sit, stand or lay down without feeling like there's a hot axe in your back put there by the devil himself. That has been me off and on for the past week.

After carefully retracing my steps, I believe I figured out where I went wrong. It has something to do with this thing...

and thinking that I can move mountains (and monster furniture) by myself just because I own one. 

I am on the mend now and I've learned my lesson.  I've said this over and again, but I have to give Brian props for being the best husband.  I know, without a doubt, that he'll be there to wipe the drool off my chin when we're old and he won't even think I'm gross. *sigh*

Enough about my shenanigans, I finished the armoire that I mentioned in this post

Here it is newly painted and at home in the den.

I used some leftover chalk paint I had.  Since it dries out kinda fast, I  didn't want to waste any of that precious gold.  I used the ceiling paint color (a light gray) to add some details.

Ceramic knobs from Hobby Lobby.

This piece was simple but it also had a few very pretty little details.

 It tiered up on the top and I took advantage of all of those lines.

I don't rush trying to put together a vignette.  I kinda let it evolve; they just seem to turn out better for me that way.  The picture on the left was given to me by my Mom from her trip to Spain, she also gave me that fabulous old typewriter. It's the sentimental stuff I love most of all. I drew the flowers on the right myself.  

Here's a little closer look.  I drew this at work one day.  I doodle a lot and I guess it pays off sometimes.  Instant art!  Guess what my inspiration was?  My's a souvenir that my brother gave me with beautiful flowers on it.  I think I've stared at that mousepad for so long those flowers are burned in my psyche (I work some long hours at times).

Lastly, I added more of my accent color with old books. 

One more thing, I want to thank Stephanie Lynn at Under The Table & Dreaming for featuring my armoire!  She graciously hosts a fabulous linky party every Sunday.

Ok, well, since my glass of wine isn't going to drink itself on this rainy Friday night, I'm going to take off now. I hope you all enjoy the weekend and thank you so much for coming by. 

Hugs to you - 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Desk For An End Table

Two posts in two days...I know it's a shocker!

In my long journey to turn my dumpy den into a fabulous family room, I have moved around quite a bit of furniture.  I'm really big on storage...I need it - have to have it.  One recent change that has really helped was the addition of this desk between the chair & sofa.

(As you can tell by the trash bags, I run a professional operation here.)  It had been by the front door but when I added the armoire, I had to move it.  It looked good just like this but I thought it would be too dark in the den and wanted to lighten it up a bit.

I saw this on the Sundance website and fell in love with their whole line painted like it:

I like how it's painted but still plenty of the beautiful wood is showing

With that as inspiration, I did this:

I used latex paint that I already had.  Dover White & Ashley Gray (at 50% strength).  I drybrushed then sanded. 

I like how the paint really brings out the details like the planked sides.

I left the hardware alone.

The end result reminded me of chalk paint.  This was really old wood so it took the paint really well.

There's a lot of wood showing on the top.  Very lightly dry brushed.

It's so hard for me to get a good lighting shot in this den. I'm going to have to figure something out.

Maybe I'll take a page from Doo's book and use a bedspread and pot lid.

I'm linking to these parties: Type A's Anything Goes PartyMet Monday @ BNOTP

Thanks for coming by!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Reworked it til I LOVED it!!

Part of the upside of not posting is that your projects pile up and there's plenty to talk about!  Before I get into the furniture part let me just tell you that  I have one hour to color my hair, dress and be ready to walk out the door.  We're going to my sister's in AL where we are celebrating my brother-in-law's retirement from the Army.  So, of course after spotty blogging for over a month, I feel the need to get this post up under a time crunch.  I should put my color on THEN do this...brb.  Now I'm sitting here looking like I have a massive head wound with my wet burgundy colored head. Lovely.

So in this post I talked about the armoire..and how I was going to use it and how I painted this design on it.  Like some other projects I've done, I didn't like this and the more I looked at it the more I wanted to change it.  I mean if you don't LOVE it then why have it?  SO, I got out my ever faithful Mod Podge and my favorite postcards and sheet music covers and!

Now I'm like this:

Stick a fork in it..I'm done!

Here's the new look. It's very graphic and perfect for this room.

It reminds of an old suitcase with stickers all over it.

Here's a little breakdown..

 These are the little Dutch postcards I picked up at an estate sale last year.  I still have plenty left and I will appreciate them a lot more now that I will see them every time I come in or go out the front door.  

 I've said this before, using chalk paint is a messy business if you can't do it outside but it distresses beautifully.

 I love all the different fonts, colors and pictures!  

Little pink house on Shady Lane.

Time to wash this crud outta my hair, so I gotta go but let me show you two more things really quick.

This is the new accent color for the den. I totally changed my mind from the blue. It didn't give enough of a punch.  I covered a lampshade and made pillows with it. I'll show you guys that when I get back.

The other thing...

I bought this off Craigslist a couple of weeks ago.  It's repainted and in place with stuff crammed in it already.  I'll show that too when I get back.

Hugs to y'all and have a good weekend!

Linking to these parties: Type A's Anything Goes Party,  SNS @ Funky Junk,  Under The Table And Dreaming,
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