Saturday, June 27, 2009

Another Award!

Kennesha, over at Me and My House has given me an award! I'm so honored! Thanks Kennesha! I'll pass it on as soon as I have a few minutes. It's been busy around here!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

It's a party

I'm joining Me & My House for a junk party! Here goes!

This specific junk has been hanging around for about 4 years. An old door that I picked up at a little antique store in Bartlett, TN, when I used to live there. It was painted a hideous yellow and turquoise blue and I couldn't wait to transform it into the headboard of my dreams. I saw the idea in a magazine a few years prior, and couldn't get it out of my head. I think I paid 20.00 for the door, and with the paint, sealant and side wood, possibly 45.00. Not too shabby for a headboard.

I wish I had a before and after photo, but I wasn't too camera savvy back then. . . plus, we were poor college students and a camera seemed such a luxury.

To this day, I love it, but it may undergo another paint treatment when the weather cools off here. Something to look forward to.

We had just moved into the house here when I took this picture. We hadn't put on the bedskirt, but boy, the room was sure clean.

I love the chippy paint that has cracked and peeled from several moves.

An award!

Megan gave me an award. What a sweetheart!

I'd like to thank the academy (I'm not sure which one) . . . and my children, and my hubby, and his mother, and my mother, and all of the orphans in the world.

Hey, I had to give a little speech or something. I haven't won an award since the 2nd grade for cryin' out loud.

It's so fun to virtually "meet" all of you and to view your fabulous finds and ideas. Thanks again!

Magnet Board

Disclaimer: What I'm about to post has absolutely nothing to do with professional frame making. . .just so you know. We had absolutely NO idea what we were doing.
On Tuesday I finished the magnet board for Tyler's room. It's definitely NOT perfect, but it was a first attempt and he loves it. . . so who cares, right!

The golfer got things started by mitering the frame. It's a 24x36 inch frame. We glued it together with liquid nails, let it sit 24 hours, and then sanded it down. Then we glued on the sheet metal with liquid nails. Like I said, we're amateurs.

I spray painted a coat of primer and then painted it black by Tyler's request, distressing the edges. We were a little messy with the liquid nails, so the front looked sloppy. I modge podged some brown package wrap over the metal to cover the goofs. All in all, it came out fine, and Ty loves to have a place to hang his art.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Finishing projects

I've been working on finishing a few projects. Painting is first on my list, but somehow finds it's way to the end of the list by mid morning. I only have a bit of edging to finish. I'm really loving the color. A touch of green undertone really took out the fleshy tones.

The golfer completed the chair rail in Tyler's room on Saturday and mitered the giant magnet board that is in the works. I can't say that I'm completely happy with the bedding, but Tyler really loves that green comforter, so for now, it stays. I sewed up these two little t-shirt pillows on Monday and he really likes those too. He's also been asking if he gets a letter on the wall like the girls, so I pulled together a "manly" version and here it hangs.

The girls' room has been done for a while now, but I never officially posted a picture, so here are the before's and after's:

First, it was a disaster

Then, it was the playroom

Now, it's pretty in pink, just the way the ladies would have it.

I also began the recovering of the kitchen chairs. ONE chair at a time. . . or else I end up with staplegun hand.

The kitchen WAY before:

And the kitchen as of today:

A chair that hasn't been recovered:

The chair that I finished last night

I love before's and after's. The lighter stripe really brightens the room. Don't laugh at the plastic coverings. . . . I do have 3 messy little ones.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Today's Thrifty Treasures

It's time for Today's Thrifty Treasures hosted by Rhoda over at Southern Hospitality.

My goal for the weekend was to find a desk for our office to replace our "college days" sauder desk. Don't get me wrong, our desk is ok, but I'd like something without a hutch so that I can follow through with this idea:

click on the picture to see it's source

I picked these up at Goodwill for .50 each. They can't wait for their much-needed makeover.

I had no luck with the desk, so I moved on to this little stool that needs some loving tender care. It is just the right size for a piano bench . . . that may be what it actually is. It was 3.00.

I also snatched up these cute little apples and pears, 1.00 for the whole bunch.

This little potterybarn frame was 1.00 also. . .in perfect condition. (16.00 at Pottery Barn)

I always show the Golfer my deals. This time he said, "Wow, great deals, but you're getting too many projects." Ummmm, no, a girl can never have too many projects.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

This Old Chair

I'm joining in on Thrift Store Thursday over at Homebody Holly's blog. Here's my latest Goodwill find. This old chair. You may recognize him from the glamour photo above. He called out my name and I layed down the $12.00 at 50% off Saturday as ladies in line around me oooohed and aaaahed. Yeah, that's right. . . he's all mine. Of course, he was covered in cat hair and dead weeds, but the potential was too much to pass up. The golfer vacuumed him off with the shopvac and hauled him indoors for me. He'll be recovered shortly, though he's not bad as is. After all, he inspired the title and photo for this very blog. I scooted him through the store and loaded him up with various other 50% off items. (I'm not sure how this chair was dubbed as "he")

This cool textured ball was 99 cents. This little chicken wire basket was 50 cents.

The flowers were $1.00 for the whole bunch of 5 stems. The stems still had the tags on them for 3.99 EACH!

and these two birdcages totaled $3.50. I had just come from an antique mall where the birdcages were going for $37.00 each!

Last, but not least, was this little bench that I paid a little more for, but I justified it because it fits perfectly in our front hallway to hide our shoe basket. I have to give a shout out to Sally for leading me to it in the antique mall. I haven't decided if I'll paint it or not.


Simple Finds is having a giveaway.

These hair accessories by Little Lesiw are oh so sweet! Stop by and check them out! They come in so many colors and are going for cheap until their online site is up and running. Catch them while you can!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Spend a little time in the etsy shop of johnwgolden and you'll be longing for a set of these:

Or, maybe these:

Honestly, could they be any cuter? I think not.

Thrift Store Finds

Who doesn't love junk? After all. . . one man's trash is another man's treasure right. . .or lady's treasure. I love finding old nasty treasures in thrift stores and at yard sales and transforming them into something cool. Here are the thrift store finds from a couple of weeks ago.

Bread box $4.99 at Goodwill (Spotted similar version at a local store for 38.00) It was actually really clean, just needed a little paint and . . . .

She's as good as new. I may add a stencil to the front later on.

I also found this cute little basket for $.99.

And this oh-so-lovely little purse for $1.99. . . don't laugh if you were the one who threw it out/donated it. I think it has charm.

Here's what I've added to the front entryway along with the pictures of the family
I've also painted and the golfer and I. . . o.k. mostly the golfer. . . hung curtains in the living room. Now, I just need to add a little color.

Poster Frames

These photos have been hanging around the house for several years now. I've always wanted my favorites on display, but there were just so many. Pictures of all three kids as newborns and toddlers.

The other day my friend was cleaning out her office and had a pile of frames to send to goodwill. I offered to drive the load to goodwill for her if I could snatch a few to repurpose.

These poster frames were originally a cherry color. I painted each frame with some white that I already had. Then, I cropped my favorite 4x6 photos to 4x4 and lined them 5 across, 4 down. They fit perfectly. There is no glass in the frames, just plastic, but who can tell from a distance.