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{Summer pooped in my family room}

> That’s right – summer pooped in my family room!!  Lovely title right?!  But, that’s what happened – really it did. I needed some color in my family room – so with my awesome white couches – i can add all the colorful pillows i want. I LOVE it – just the color that this space needed. I also had a sofa table that was white, but i thought that needed some fun color as well – so yellow it went.  I love the yellow with my light greenish walls – so fresh and summery :)   k – yellow pillows (TJ Maxx) Green pillow (target) Round pillow (target) pink pillow (sears) blueish pillow (linens and things, forever ago) Ribbon pillow (sears)   Also – check out my ladder.  Love it – even though its about ready to crumble!  Perfect just propped against the wall to hold blankets.  So many […]

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{Before & After} – retro cedar chest

> When i first got this Lane cedar chest, i almost didn’t want it because its not exactly my style – but i am so glad that i took and it and got it done.  Now – i would definitely put this piece in my house – it would be so cute in a kids room as a side table/nightstand or would be the cutest TV console in a kids playroom.  I could totally design a playroom around this piece – throw in some funky retro fabrics, some fun chairs (bean bag chairs?!) and you would have yourself a fun playroom! Before…with that hardware it looks a little space like! After… SO MUCH BETTER!!  Would for sure be a fun piece for someones room! Paint = Grassy Meadow by Olympic Top stain = Classic Black Polyshades by Minwax Hardware = Lowes This piece is available for sale if you are […]

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{Before & After} – waterfall dresser

> This cute little dresser had been hangin out in my garage for about a year – i finally finished it up and think it turned out pretty cute :) It was missing the top drawer so i put down a piece of thin piece of fiberboard to give it a finished look.  If your pieces are missing drawers, or the drawers are beyond repair – just leave the space empty.  You could put a basket in there, some folded up blankets, use it as a cute little bookshelf or use it as a tv console and put your tv components in there.  I went a little bright with the color – but its kinda has a funky retro vintage style, so the blue/green i chose worked perfect.  I did put a coat of straight stain over the dresser (dark walnut) to tone down the color a bit and give […]

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{furniture for sale} – local pick up only (SLC, Ut)

> Hey, i just listed a couple pieces of furniture that i just finished up.  If you are local to the SLC, UT area and are interested, you can get more info on my {Sweet Pickins} blog. Hutch/book case Standing full length mirrors in white or blue And my favorite, an antique drop leaf table :)

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{before & after} – beach inspired table

> Another quick before & after.  This all wood table had super simple lines and just looked like it needed a beachy makeover :) Before… After…   I painted it bright white and then added some big fat stripes in SW comfort gray.  After all was dry, i took my electric sander to it.   The chairs were also painted the same SW color. I love the worn away look of the paint – i think the white with the blue/green stripes, the heavily distressed paint and the wooden folding chairs give it that beachy look that i was going for.  Ahhh – i just wish i could really be on the beach right now …. :) I cant wait to “beachify” something else soon :)

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{Before & After} – small dresser

> Just a quick before & after because i am cleaning out my photos and thought maybe someone out there might have the same little dresser and now you can see how cute it is with a little paint :) Before…typical small dresser – i see this style all the time… After…painted New Black by Valspar, satin clear coat and new hardware from Hobby Lobby… K – i think this is my 4th post in 4 days!!  Thats totally a record on this blog!!!

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{before & after} – WAS the ugliest desk ever!

> So i seriously almost threw this desk away because it was so ugly, and someone had dumped a costco size bottle of liquid soap on it!  It was everywhere! But, luckily the desk was sold before i painted it and I’m so glad – because it turned out great, much better than i thought it would :) Before…ugg huh? And after… I painted it a creamy white, and because the wood underneath was a light wood, i took a little bit of black stain on a foam brush and rubbed the edges.  Then all the hardware was replaced with black pulls and a fun little knob in the center drawer. I also lined all the drawers with some cute coordinating fabric – loved the way it looked.     So – you just have to look past all the ugly and see the furniture for what it can be […]

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{Springified entry way}

> While i am waiting for paint to dry, i thought i would take a few pics of my “springified” entry way.  Even though – the weather outside is crap – not very springy here at all :( This is what it looked like last week…I am really bad and don’t change things up much around here – i always think i am going to, but other things come up.  But this is a perfect spot to change up, since its a pretty big spot and i can see it from the main areas of my house. And after…I changed out the wood architectural piece above the rod for a old long window.  I took down the pics of the kids, and hung mason jars from the rod.  Then i changed out my wreath for my tissue one that i posted about here.  And then, just changed out a few […]

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{layering paint technique}

> I recently refinished a classic pine sofa table for my friend Katie.  She wanted it black, but when the table was distressed she wanted red to show through. Before… After… Since the table wasn’t red to begin with, and the wood was already stained i started off by painting the table red (sorry no pic).  Then, when that was dry, i painted the table black (New Black by Valspar).  I waited for it to dry and then got out some sanding blocks. I used a 220 grit sanding block and then rubbed through the black paint to show the red paint underneath.  In some spots it went down to the natural wood underneath – and that is fine, it just adds more depth :) Then i finished it off in a coat of poly so that you cant see the sanding marks – otherwise on the black paint the […]

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{giveaway winner announced}

> So sorry, i know that i was going to announce yesterday but i dont even know where this weekend went!!  Weekends really should be 5 days and week days should be 2 – we should totally make that a law or something?!  :) Anyways – the winner is Sally and after reading her comment that she left, i couldnt think of a more perfect person to get the basket. She wrote… Sally said… I NEED that basket! We’re away from home (but in your neighborhood) while my daughter is getting treatment at Primary Children’s. I would love to have something home-y in this white hospital room! Perfect person to win!!!  Thanks so much to everyone who entered!  I will have another giveaway sponsored by Rod Works in the next couple of weeks – thanks again Katie & Rod Works!!! & Happy Mother’s Day to everyone!!!

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