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{before & after} – and announcing a giveaway!!!

{before & after} – and announcing a giveaway!!!

> I bought this hutch/dresser thing just last week and worked on it between projects – i couldnt wait to get it painted.  Its got some good bones :) Before… After… I painted in Honeymilk by Valspar in a high gloss finish, chipped the paint and then finished with a high gloss coat of poly.  I love how the distressing brings out the details on the cupboard door panels. This piece is up for sale – head over to {Sweet Pickins} for more information (local pick-up only – Utah) *******And my very first ever giveaway is tomorrow – so make sure you come back and enter!!  Its super cute so you dont want to miss out!********

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{ahhh…thats better} – the jute rug is back!!

{ahhh…thats better} – the jute rug is back!!

> So, after i bought this rug that i loved but didnt work for my space, i returned it and then i went shopping (shopping is supposed to be fun, this wasnt)  Nothing worked.  No good rug to be found… I knew i already had the perfect rug for my space, but i needed to convince Santi to let me bring it back.  He hated the jute rug! The problem with the jute rug is that it has all these little holes in it.  Well, our house is super dusty.  I think partly because we dont have carpet, only hardwood so you can see all the dust.  We also have a doggy door that i think blows in dust and we dont have much grass in the backyard.  So, with all those things combined, dust piled up under the rug.  It was nasty, i admit it.  But, it was hidden […]

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{Before & After} – Chippy Side Table

{Before & After} – Chippy Side Table

> This little wood table was super cute with good bones, but needed a fun color – in my opinion ANYWAYS:) I painted it a blue color (sorry, it was an oops paint so i havent a clue what color it is!?) – then to tone down the blue a bit i glazed it with a dark walnut stain.  BUT, before i glazed it, i did my new favorite thing and went to town with my cabinet scraper that i talked about here.  I didnt use anything else to distress this table besides the scraper. This may be too much distressing for some – but i love it!!  the chippier the better :) Before… After…   Close up of the distressing… And some more beauty shots :) And this table is for sale – go over to {Sweet Pickins} for more info K – im off to paint :)

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{Distressing with Vaseline and Cabinet Scrapers}

{Distressing with Vaseline and Cabinet Scrapers}

> My very favorite distressing technique with furniture, is the look of chippy paint.  And although i love that look, i didnt exactly know how to go about it.  I have read tons of things online and tried lots of little tricks but nothing really turned out good. I have heard about the vaseline trick before, so i decided to give it a try (they say you can also use candles for this).  Just take a putty knife, or anything really (on some spots i just used my fingers) and put it on parts where i didnt want the paint to stick.  I just put a layer on – nothing perfect – just willy nilly like :) Then, paint as usual.  After the paint was dry, i just took a sanding block and rubbed off where the vaseline was.  I could see where it was at because the spots with […]

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{In lOVE with a RUG} – UPDATED

{In lOVE with a RUG} – UPDATED

> I went to Ikea a few days ago – and when i was leaving, they had a little display by the out doors – it was a white slip covered couch and a bright colorful rug.  I knew right then and there that i MUST have that rug!  It looked so cute with the white slips – perfect match :) So – i thought about it and decided that i MUST have it – its just what my family room needed.  Normally i have a natural jute rug in there – but my husband hated it and i have to admit it was a little uncomfortable on the tosies.  So Santi tossed it in the garage a while ago – i was a little mad because i really like the natural beachy feel of it and it went perfect with my house… Oh well… Anyways – i went and […]

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{the NOT SO PRETTY part of painting}

{the NOT SO PRETTY part of painting}

> For the most part…usually…well…almost always…pretty much – my paint projects go off without a hitch – some of course are a little more involved than others, some take a little more time than planned, some are easier than planned – BUT – some turn into BIG FAT pains in my booty. Painting is not always fun – of course putting on the paint is fun, taking the “after” shot is fun, putting money in my pocket for my hard work is fun – but when mess ups happen – NOT FUN.  Not fun at all. Take these 2 projects for example.  This is what i am working on right now – i am on break now, so i thought i would share my misery :) This table i seriously got about a month ago – yes, i have had it for a month(its a refinish that i am doing […]

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{Before & After}

{Before & After}

> Everyone likes befores and afters right?  Cuz – im gonna have a lot of them :) This was a solid pine dresser in awesome shape that needed no repair work – just some paint and stain – gotta love it when that happens (because that is rare!!) Before… After…painted in Honeymilk by Valspar, top stained in black.  I love black stained tops – i like when just enough of the wood grain peaks through. This one just got some light distressing with a 60 grit sand block around the edges and some new drawer pulls. i love the contrast between the cream and the black – in fact i love the cream.  Makes me want to just buy a 5 gallon bucket of cream and paint everything that color :)

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{bringing home my work!}

{bringing home my work!}

> Since i quit my job and working on furniture full time, i couldn’t be happier – seriously words cant even describe how much i am loving it.  In fact, its only been this last week where it has really started to sink in that this is what i “do” now  – I’m not just on a long vacation from that other job – this is my “job” and i am LOVING it!!! But  – there are hazards to this job!  More on other hazards later – but for now , i just want to show how crazy my house is – these are not pretty pics, sorry, but they may make you feel better about your house :) My bedroom is the only space in the house with a white wall – i like to take my pics in front of a white wall, so that the colors don’t […]

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{Sewing table – before & after}

{Sewing table – before & after}

> Just a quick little before & after to show what can be done with a dated sewing table. This one is solid wood and had cute lines.  It went a creamy white, then heavily distressed with a 60 grit sanding block.  The top was given a sloppy coat of white paint and then scraped and sanded off to look old & wore out.  the handle for the false drawer was made out a rope – adds to that shabby look :) Before After And just because its a sewing table, doesn’t mean that it has to be used for a sewing table.  Would be a cute little entry table to drop your keys, a side table – even a little nightstand.  Lots of uses :)

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{White Slip-Covers}

{White Slip-Covers}

> Oh how i love slip covers – especially white slip covers.  I have wanted them forever and why when we bought our couches 4 years ago we didn’t buy them then – i don’t know.  But i have them now :) If you have been following me for a while – you know that before Santi came home from Iraq – like a weekend or so before – i ripped up my couches (back cushions were attached) and made my own slips in a 2 day weekend. They turned out pretty good i thought for being a self taught sewer and being in a time crunch.  But i wanted piping and zippers and my sewing machine couldn’t handle all the layers – so i had to give up the idea of piping, and then i was just too lazy to figure out the zippers. They worked for a while […]

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