Friday, February 3, 2012

Hello again!

You know what truly impresses me?  All of the amazing bloggers in blogland...the ones that have full time jobs, kids, a house, a life and still maintain their blogs.  I'm terrible, I suck, I don't get it done. I am a month or three later.  I have a list of projects a mile long, I look at it alot, but haven't decided where to go next. 

Another thing I'm bad at, though it's one of my favorites thing that others do is the old before and after.  I do OK with the after, it's the before I'm not so good at.  Here are some "After" projects I've done since we moved in.  Let me apologize up front for the poor picture quality!  We finally got our DLSR fixed (to the tune of $220), but these were taken before we got the "good" camera back. (Although I would be lying if I told you the "good" camera took better pictures,
because the operator is just OK.)

A friend was cleaning out her storage unit and had this table and chairs.  She didn't want it anymore so she gave it to that's a friend!  Thanks Jo!

I just sprayed the rattan with flat black spray paint and recovered the fabric with indoor/outdoor fabric from Joann's.

Our house has that funky 60's formal front room.  I have tried to make it more casual by adding this table and chairs in the front window and making fun curtains.

The book page wreath I made from blogland inspiration, but the mantle needs some styling help.

Picture this lamp chipping old yucky brass.  I bought a pair of these lamps at the Goodwill, they were $1.99 a piece and found the fun lamp shade at Tuesday Mornings for $14.99.  They turned out way better than I expected.

This was a wood trunk that I found at my church garage sale for $30.00.  What I liked about it was that the lid was the same on both sides, so I immediately thought it would make a great coffee table.  This was the second piece that I painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I did a light gray on the bottom and a dark gray on top and only slightly sanded it.  I'm pretty happy with it although it doesn't photgraph well.

Finally, here are some before shots of our front hall way, I hired some helpers to help me pull off the wallpaper.  Have I mentioned recently how  much I HATE wallpaper?  No, well, there it is.

What can I say, they work for pancakes! :)

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Shelley {Crazy Wonderful} said...

I can't believe how easily that paper came off, you got lucky girl! The trunk turned cool too!

Toodie said...

All of your projects are very nice! I'm glad you got some decent workers too, because good help is hard to find these days. Pancakes are the new money!

Darcie (My Modern Country) said...

Gosh, all of your projects are GREAT! We recently had to remove wallpaper in our guest bathroom-wish I would have had your helpers!
I came over from Craft-O-Maniac :)

Kristi said...

Your projects all look stunning. My favorite is the set of table & chairs (and hey....what a great deal your friend cut you!!). Love the fabric you chose. And those drapes are awesome. Would be delighted for you to share this at Mop it Up Mondays:


Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Realy like your blog and your projects. Great post. I am looking forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas.

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Really like the rattan set! You've been really busy! Visiting from Sunday's Best! Drop by for a visit sometime soon!

Jen C. said...

I have those very brass lamps I think - I need to get on with painting them and adding fab shades - they look darling!

Honey at 2805 said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful post at Potpourri Friday!

megh said...

Hehehe. I love that last picture. ;)

Create With Me said...

Love the upholstery on the chairs against the black! Beautiful! Visiting from Tip Junkie linky party. With love, My

Tales of a Trophy WIfe said...

Wall paper is pure evil. Love your chair set!

Patricia Torres said...

You've got the cutest helpers... Also, the black rattan chairs and table look as good as new.. You've done a fab job... Thanks for linking in..

marissa said...

I love the power of black paint! I would love you to add this and any other posts you want to show off to my What We Wore and Made party over at

Patti said...

Your table and chairs are wonderful, but what really caught my eye are the beautiful curtains you have!

Suzy said...

I love the fabric you used on your chairs. So pretty! Thanks for sharing at my party.

Amy said...

I want to see more pics of the house! I dream of a 1960s house. Plus I adored your last I know this has to be great.

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Great post!! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

Kristi said...

Still swooning over those drapery panels. Thank you bunches for linking up with Mop It Up Mondays at ishouldbemoppingthefloor. So happy you could stop by!


cathy@my1929charmer said...

Really great post showing us all your projects. You were lucky to get the tabled and chairs for free. They look really cute, and really love the curtain panels. Don't you just hate wall paper! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best Par.tay! PS - now following you through Linky!

Cassidy said...

In love with those chairs and the fabric you picked to cover them! Looks so good!

Suzy said...

Guess what? I'm featuring your chairs at my party!

TheNealVacation said...

Has the flat paint held up well over the last year or so? I have painted my bar stools twice now, but really like how this flat paint (Flat Purple Fury by Valspar) looks next to the fabric I have. but I'm nervous about using flat paint with messy kids in the house as flat paints aren't know to be easy to clean...

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