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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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{Distressing with an electric sander}

{Distressing with an electric sander}

> I LOVE distressed furniture – to me, the more distressed the better.  Especially white/cream distressed pieces with a dark stain underneath that will show through.  That gets my heart pumpin.  Just so happens that i had a cute little antique desk in my stash with simple lines and a dark stain – perfect for some heavy distressin’. I painted the bottom half a creamy white, let it dry and then took my sander to it – very fun and so much easier and faster than sandpaper or a sanding block.  I try and distress this way whenever i can – it doesn’t look good on all furniture, it takes the right one, and this little desk fit the bill :) Sorry, no before pic – what was i thinking – that’s right… i wasn’t thinking – sometimes i just get so excited to paint and it would be soooo […]

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{Cutest little side table – a refinish}

{Cutest little side table – a refinish}

> 1st – can i just say that i thought that i was going to have way more time for blogging – uhhhh…no i dont!!!  I am so busy with furniture its crazy!!!  I’m definitely not complaining – i love that people are buying my stuff before its even done!!!  It makes me believe that this whole thing will work out great :) Anyways – on to the fun stuff! Emily @ Notions on Nesting brought over some pieces a while back for some fresh paint.  One of the pieces was this antique little side table – not in the best shape, but super cute. All – well most of the paint had already been stripped so i gave it a light sand and painted it a creamy white, then heavily distressed it with a 60 grit sanding block. The top was stained, then after the stain was dry, the […]

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{Some changes for me – good, happy changes}

{Some changes for me – good, happy changes}

> I QUIT MY JOB!!!!!!! For a while now, i have really wanted to quit my full time job as a court clerk (10 years this June).  It had been nagging at me for some time now, seriously buggin me.  I didn’t want to quit because i didn’t like my job – in fact that made the decision all the harder, because for the most part i have really liked working as a court clerk.  But, i knew that there was something else for me – i knew in my little heart that furniture is my thing.  I would go to work every day feeling anxious – like i needed to be home painting.  I would think about furniture stuff all day!!! So me and my husband went back and forth for a while, we made plans, we changed plans then changed plans again – and in the end we […]

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{Updating a classic}

{Updating a classic}

> So i know tons of people that have these Lane cedar chests and they all look the same – old brown wood.  Very, very dated – but they are nice, heavy duty and classics so we cant just trash these things! So a little paint and some new super cute fabric is all it took to update this 70’s chest into something that we would still buy today :) I painted it with Valspars New Black and then got the black/white damask from Hobby Lobby – love it. Before And after Ok – now go and paint your grandmas cedar chest – you will be glad you did :)

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