Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Transformation Tuesday ~ The Light Washed Denim Dresser

Howdy friends!
Are you ready for Thanksgiving?

We are not hosting this year.  All we have to do is show up with drinks!  I'm grateful for family that lets us off the hook once in a while!

Today's post is about a dresser that was in and out of my life in a flash.

I purchased her, refinished her, delivered her to the store and two days later she was sold.

I LOVE it when that happens!

I'm grateful that has actually been the case with a lot of pieces in my booth lately.  As wonderful as it is, it also has had me a little crazy trying to get pieces back into my space at the store once they're sold!  I'm not complaining though...it's a good problem to have.

So here she is before her transformation.

I was attracted to her pretty legs and hardware.  The seller stated in the add that she was very heavy and well made.  When I hear that it's music to my ears because I'm getting picky about what I purchase these days and I don't want a piece made out of particle board.

The first thing I did was clean her up.  She was a little "sticky!"  I used Clorox wipes.  I know, not traditionally what people use, but when I know I'm going to paint a piece I like Clorox wipes.  They are a great degreaser and are quick and easy.

Next I sprayed her with gray spray paint.  It took 2 cans.  I hardly ever spray a piece but for the sake of time, that is the direction I went in for this piece.

I really could have sealed her and stopped there because she turned out really pretty in her gray state but I was wanting a little more dimension.

So, I decided to mix some milk paint.  Miss Mustard Seed's Bergere milk paint is what I chose.

Bergere is one of my favorites. It's a blue/gray color.  I have a thing for blues and grays so this color combo is perfect.
I only painted the top and the drawers of this piece in the Bergere.  I then distressed the dresser with a sanding block.

I sprayed the hardware with a spray paint called chrome.  I love it and use it often.
I LOVE how she turned out.  She reminds me of my favorite pair of light washed jeans!

The pictures don't do her justice since I was only able to snap some photos in my booth with my phone.

I've been a crazy little painter lately so stay tuned as I post some more of the furniture transformations that have taken place!

In other news... I've started decorating for Christmas!  I can't wait to reveal the direction that I'm going in this year.  No blue!!!  Can you believe it???

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween ~ A Look back...

This is the first year since I've had my children that I didn't request Halloween off from work.

They're older now and I don't have class parties to work or school parades to attend so off to work I went! I'm actually sad about it!  :(

I didn't even decorate for Halloween this year!
I wasn't feeling it.


I talked about my stance on decorating for Halloween last year and you can read about it in this post here.


Last year I did decorate my house for Halloween as I've done for many years in the past.

You can check out my "Elegant Halloween Dining Room"

I shared my family room decorated for Halloween in this post!
It's crazy to look back at our fireplace before it's transformation. 

You can check out that transformation here!

One thing I love most about when I have decorated for Halloween is looking back at all of the kids costumes throughout the years.











As the kids have gotten older they like to wear scary costumes or costumes with masks.  I'm not a fan of them so I always make them take the masks off so that I can get a picture!


We try and dress Bella up for Halloween too but as you can see in the above picture...it's not her favorite thing to do!  :)

We're passing out full size candy bars tonight!!!  Stop by my house if you live in my neck of the woods.

I hope you have a safe and fun Halloween!


Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday Favorites ~ A Red Christmas

I had a little extra time before I had to pick my daughter up from work the other day, so Home Goods seemed like the perfect spot to kill some time!

I found myself heading straight to the Christmas aisle.  I seriously can't wait to start decorating for Christmas!  Please don't roll your eyes at me.  I know it's still only the middle of October but I can't help it.  I'm super excited to get my Christmas bins out!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The "Denim" Cabinet

I've been having a hard time bringing myself to blog with everything that is going on in California with our fires.  I live approximately 80 miles south of the Napa area and to say that this has hit close to home is an understatement.
Thank you to everyone that has donated their time and money to help with this devastation.
Please continue to pray for the lives that this has affected.

A couple of months ago I came across this little cabinet on Craigslist.  I wish I would have kept a picture of it in its original state but I didn't.
It was a reddish brown wood color.  Not very pretty.
What attracted me to it where its turned legs and carvings.
I talked the seller down to a decent price because it had been listed for a long time with no bites.

I brought it home and it just sat in my garage for days....
until finally inspiration struck!

 This is a piece from pottery barn and I love how it resembles denim to me.  That's the inspiration I needed to get started on the cabinet.

I did a search on Pinterest to see if there were any pieces painted with a denim look and I came across the above kitchen cabinets.  I used both pictures above as my inspiration for the cabinet.

I started out by first painting the piece with a navy blue latex paint I had on hand.
It took two coats to get the full coverage I was after.

I then spray painted (yes spray painted) the carvings and edges of the piece as well as the turned legs with gold spray paint.

I went over the piece with one coat of Miss Mustard Seed's artissimo milk paint and then heavily distressed it with 220 grit sand paper.
I sealed it with Miss Mustard seed's Tough Coat.

Here she is all finished!
I love how the gold is peeking through.
Doesn't she look like your favorite pair of faded jeans?

It's silky smooth to the touch.  These pictures truly don't do it justice.

I left the inside original.  I wiped it down with some hemp oil and that really revived the wood.

I really want to keep this piece but I don't have a place for it.  (big sigh)
I staged it with a few fall pieces.

Speaking of Fall... my home is decorated and ready for Fall!  I'm hoping to get pictures taken and will be sharing my Fall Home Tour soon.

The "Denim" cabinet is currently for sale at the Rancho Co-Op where I'm a vendor.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Transformation Tuesday ~ Beach Waves Dresser

Where do I begin....

There are no words for the tragedy that our Country has suffered. As I watched the footage from the Las Vegas shooting yesterday, I felt numb.

Today I watched with tears streaming down my face as they released the names and pictures of some of the victims that were killed.  All we can do is pray. 

We need Jesus.

I contemplated not posting today but then the shooter wins.
We cannot stop living our lives.
We must move forward.
We will never forget.  We will continue to pray, but we will also not give the shooter anymore power.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fall Mantle 2017

Happy first day of Fall!!!
In honor of it being the first official day of fall, I pulled out all of my Fall storage bins last night and decided to decorate the mantle in my family room just for you!

...and my family of course!  :)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday Favorites ~ Painted Pieces

Good morning!  Happy Friday!!
I'm super excited to share some news with you...
I'm going to be a vendor at a co-op in my area.  It's called the Rancho Co-op and it's in Oakley, CA for those of you in my neck of the woods.

They carry beautiful antique furniture and lots of other antique items.  My space is going to be predominately painted furniture pieces.  I will have some "Little's" in the space as well.
I'll be moving in next week!!!!

I cant' wait.  It's a little scary, a little exciting, a little nerve wracking!

Crazy, right?

I'll be sure and post some pictures of my space when it's all ready to go.

Because I've been busy painting pieces, I've been scouring Pinterest and other sites for inspiration.
Today's favorites are of some of the painted pieces of furniture that have me smitten!

All of the pictures have links to the sources below them.  Feel free to click on them to see how they painted these pieces.  The "before" pictures are always fun to see too!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Friday Favorites ~ Fall Crafts

Happy Friday!!!

It's 100+ degrees here in California so it is really difficult for me to talk about that 4-letter F word that is all the buzz right now....


Truth be told, as much as I LOVE Summer... I'm getting really excited about Fall!
The idea of big chunky sweaters, crisp cool mornings, pumpkin everything and Fall decor gets me giddy!

Today I'm sharing my favorite DIY Fall Crafts.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Thirty Minute Challenge

Hi Ya'll!!

I know...
I know...
I've been MIA for quite some time.

I'm sorry but sometimes life happens and well, there was no time for my blogging hobby!
I'm back!!!!!!!! (in my Arnold Schwarzenegger voice) and yes I had to google the spelling of his name!  :)

And for the record, just because I wasn't blogging that doesn't mean I haven't been a busy little bee!
I have oodles of projects and things I can't wait to share with you.

Today, however, I want to talk about the 30 minute challenge.

I read this quote the other day and it really spoke to me...
It's so easy to focus on what we didn't get done yesterday, or stress about tomorrow, when what we really need to be doing is focusing on today!!