Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Here's a story of a lovely ottoman that I purchased at yet another garage sale.  The fabric was a basic floral fabric reminiscent of the 90's.

  The thing that drew me to this find was the LEGS!!!!  What a great set of stems!  Immidiately after seeing this piece I knew what I wanted to do to it.


I enlisted Annie Sloans Graphite to give the legs a hot new look.

Nothing like taking photos  to highlight all the areas you miss. Don't worry, I've got that all worked out now.

Here it is now......a little CHEVY!

So much better, don't ya think!



This chevy looks pretty zippy! 

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

International Man of Mystery-The finale, finally

As many of you know, I have been working on a room transformation for my oldest who just moved into our basement.  He wanted the room to be more "his style" so we sat down and came up with a game plan of what he wanted to include in his "new room".  We shipped him off to camp this week and I decided to surprise him with a complete makeover!

Here is a look at what we started with.

Here is the finished product.

This wall features a color blocked wall completely done in chalkboard paint.  Connor said that he wanted some kind of chalkboard in his room--I bet he never expected a whole wall of it!  I found a recipe on line here.  Every single block is chalkboard, even the white.  I know this will probably be a mess later, oh well.

Check out the cool dresser.   This is an old dresser that my Grandmother had at her house.  I inherited it when she passed and I think she would have liked the transformation.  I love the idea of passing this piece on to Connor and I know she would have loved it too.

This is a picture of the opposite end of the room before the makeover. Gotta love the dresser with the missing drawer!

Here is what it looks like now.

I was lucky enough to find the triptych art work at a garage sale.

 The worldly art I made.

 Connor helped me with the transformation of the desk and I managed to find some cute clocks to go above the art.  I need to print some labels for underneath the clocks,  but alas another day.

I hope he likes it!   Little bro Weston wants me to do his room next-No rest for the wicked;).

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Worldly Art

Tonight's creation is worldly art.   Connor needed a little art to go above his desk and I would like that to be intellectually stimulating as well as pretty.   Here is what I came up with.

I started with some 1 x 6's.  They were not perfect but I wanted a rustic look, so that's ok.

I pulled all the staples out and added a few beauty marks to the new wood.

I took my square and marked all the boards where I needed to cut them.

I then sawed my boards to the proper length.

I stained them with a dark walnut stain.

Aren't they pretty!

I took 3 1x2's and attached them all together.

I loved the dark wood, but I just don't think that the black graphic will show very well against it. I opted to lighten it by dry brushing on some white paint and then attacking it with my sander.

Here is the final product.  Now I added my vinyl graphic.

Here is the final product.  I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.  I am going to put a sealer on it to make sure the graphic stays attached.  I know I could have easily just applied the graphic to the wall, but I like the idea of being able to move art.

Project two complete!  Now I just need to paint the room a new color and I have an idea for a feature wall.  I have to have this room remake finished by Thursday----YIKES!  I have a room to paint and a feature wall.  I am contemplating painting through the night and may need lots of coffee tomorrow.
Check back and see if I get it all done!

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