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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Bureau gets a new home

Our daughter in law knew I was out cruising Garage Sales a few weeks ago.  She sent me a pic and told me to be on the look out for a piece of furniture she could redo.  Sounds like a mission to me.

Wish I could say I found the piece at the next garage sale I went to, but instead, I found our grandson the cutest little Jeep bicycle....but that is another story.


I sent the inspiration pic to my good friend Phil.  He tells me he has a piece in storage that might fit the bill.  He said when he was over there the next time, he would send me a picture.

A few days have passed,  and I get a text with a picture attached.  I immediately love the piece.  I forward it to our daughter in law.  She is a teacher and the last thing she wants to think about is a furniture piece.  First thoughts from her is that she thinks it might be too tall.

Forward a week, and my husband and I are at the kids house as my son and him are going to install these wonderful new plugs in a couple of areas for them.  These plugs are the best things that have been invented if you are needing USB plugs.

Back to the bureau.  I asked Heather if she had thought much more about the furniture.  We get a tape out and measure the area she is wanting to put this said piece.  Looks like we have a winner after all.  She is thinking it will work great.  I make a call to Phil and ask if he still has the piece, and he says yes he does.  Consider it sold!!!!


Now for the fun part.  Our daughter in law is in love with chalk paint....almost as much as I am.  I don't think the piece sat in the garage for just a few hours, and she was on it.  She got the first coat of paint on it and let it dry for the rest of the night.

She has now put the second coat on and it has dried.  She has also distressed it.  Oh wow, this is really looking good.  The drawers are going to remain the original mahogany color.  They are a bit scratched, so Howard Refinish is used to clean them up and cover the scratches.

The piece was missing 2 pulls, so now the search to replace the originals or find 2 that match the originals.  The piece is made by Thomasville and it such a sturdy addition to their furniture.

So excited to see the new piece of furniture getting placed in its new home.  The accessories have been chosen,  and it has really been a fun project to see blossom.

Heather used CeCe Caldwell paint in the color of Simply White.  The Howard Refinish is mahogany.

The finished product!!!  

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Ding Dong

We are finally getting a little bit of nice Spring weather and now it's time to get a few projects done around the house.

Normally I would tackle this seemingly simple task, but after our Electrical friend warned me of possibly loosing the wire I opted for my husband to do it.

What project am I speaking of.  A door bell button......sounds simple right!  Well, all I can say is I am glad I didn't attempt.  I even suggested " forgetting" it as I watched my husband mess with it.  

After about 3 trips to the shop, and digging around in my box of parts, he made the bell ring again.  

I just love the new look.  Can't wait until someone comes to the house to use it.  I know, it's kinda crazy to be excited for a new door bell button, but it doesn't take much for me.

Hope your projects are moving along smoothly.  I am going to go back outside and admire the newest addition to the front porch.  

Have a great week, and tackle a project, even if it is a small one.  

Friday, January 24, 2014

I'm Seeing "Red"

Does an idea just pop in your head sometimes?  Well, I am here to tell you, I have been thinking about my bar stools.  They are just these ugly wooden plain ole things.  They need something.  I have thought about colors to paint them...turquoise?  Yellow?  Nope, it's settled.....going to use the color red.

I am not sure if I chose this color because of all the "red" that I am seeing on the internet due to the up and coming Valentines day or not, but I just know, "red" is the color I need.

I have had a sample "Traverse City Cherry" for quite some time.  It isn't that deep barn red color that I really love, but a much brighter red.  Heck, might as well try it...It IS only paint, you know.  If I totally hate it, I can always go to Plan "B".

After the paint brush!  

The Polar Vortex and all this other weather is about to wear me thin, and I am getting bored with being stuck inside....and when that happens, you better look out, because I might just paint something.

The last statement brings me full circle.  I have paint brush and paint in here goes.

I think I am going to like the outcome.  Are you ready to take the plunge and paint something!!!

My color selection actually comes from this table setting that I have in the kitchen area.  You see, I have a larger table that has a turquoise painted top on it...I found this wonderful table square about a year ago, and I have just loved the pop of color that it adds to the kitchen.

The wonderful little cups came from a quick run into Starbucks over the holidays.  I saw them, and they were on sale, so you know the rest of that story.  :)

The I-phone pic doesn't really do the color justice, but you get the idea.  I think it has gotten me out of my funk.  I am really liking the pop of color.  So for now, I am Happy, Happy, Happy.  :)
Happy, Happy, Happy

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Antique Stove Obsession (again)

Me, have an obsession?...well, of course I do.  I love "stuff" and you know what that means.  I love to collect and move and change things.  There is one thing that I have had in my home for about 5 yrs. now and I just love them.  I wrote a blog about these stoves in 2012 and you can read it here( Stove obsession ) and the only reason I am writing about them again, is that I was over at Darla & Tommy's and his little shop was overflowing with these beauties.

Tommy is pretty obsessed with these things of the past.  With each year that passes, they are becoming harder and harder to find.  I just love what he is able to do with them, and keep the nostalgia of years gone by still in our homes....and they are safe.

I was at their home and took several pictures of a few of the treasures that he has finished and wanted to share them with you.  They are for sale, and if you are interested in purchasing one, please contact me and I will get you to the right people.  You see, Tommy is retired and this is how he loves to spend his day.  Keeps him active and our from under Darla's feet...LOL.

Hope you enjoy these as much as I there a "special" place in your home that one of these jewels would fit in.  If so, I know where you can get one.

Due to the delicate nature of these antiques, we can not ship.  If you are in the Oklahoma City area, you are welcome to look at the stoves they have in stock at that time.  Thanks for your understanding.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Minimal Christmas Decorating

I don't know about you, but it sure isn't as much fun decorating the house as it used to be.  I was the one that had a tree in every room, and had decorations everywhere.  Nothing was left untouched....but this year...well, that is a different subject!  Not sure what happened, but the decorating bug just didn't hit me.  Could it be that we have been extremely cold....and the snow, well, what can I say.

There is nothing fun about going into a 20 degree garage, and pulling stuff down from the attic.  Everything is too cold to touch.  So with that said, I was a minimalist in the Christmas decorating this year.  But the way I look at it, when the hoopla is all over, I won't have very much to put up!

I have snapped a few pics of the little bit I did get around to.  Hope you enjoy them...won't take you long to tour, that's for sure  :)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone out there in blog land.  Enjoy the season, and make some memories.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  If you are going to be out shopping tomorrow, I hope you find all the treasures you are looking for.  Have a safe and Happy Holiday.

My birthday is tomorrow...Yes....Black Friday....LOL....but I won't let that spoil my day!!!!


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Baby Room to Big Boy Room all in One Day!!!

Our wonderful grandson is 2-1/2 yrs old, and it is time for him to have the right of passage, and get his "Big Boy Room", and with that said, and a full day of moving and assemble, we made it happen.

The day is Veterans Day, and my son is off work....what better day to do this thing.  There is a lot of heavy lifting and assembling to be done, so let the process begin.

My kids went furniture shopping over the weekend.  Cash our grandson new bed and dresser were picked out.  There was only one little obstacle in the way.  They had a room full of furniture that needs to be gone to make room for the new stuff.

Heather gets busy and contacts a friend that is having a baby, and believe it or not, she is really interested in the furniture.  She said they would love to buy it.  This makes the new purchase a little easier to swallow.

My mom and I meet my son at the furniture store, and he purchases the items for Cash's new room.  I have the truck to transport it to their home.  My goodness, we had a truck full!!!!  The guys that load the truck have a ton of rope to hold it all steady for the trip.

The twenty mile trip was mainly on the highway.  I tried to keep the speed at a modest 60 mph, as to not upset my load.  I swear people were driving like wild that day.  My son is in his vehicle behind me, and calls to say, I need to pull over.....Looks like the mattress is trying to escape.  We tighten up the load again and we make it to the house without any other issues.

Now the fun begins.  There are drawers to be cleaned out.  This is where my mom comes into the picture.  She is in charge of removal of clothing etc.

My son disassembles the bed, and I move each piece out to the garage.  Wow, we are a team!!!!   The process moved pretty quick and we had the room cleared before we knew it.

Unpacking the headboard, foot board, dresser and bottom storage took awhile....and oh, much cardboard and Styrofoam.  So glad that we have a recycle bin to put the cardboard in.

The furniture is placed in the room to the specification of our daughter in law....Sorry she wasn't able to be here today, but she had to work.

Fast forward to about 3pm, and we are finished.  I have been out in the 72 degree weather cutting down cardboard and trying to get it out of the way.  We have several large bags of packing as well.  There is a very big cold front coming in tonight, and I am so glad we are able to get his all done while the weather is good.
Have to say, the furniture was packed well, as we didn't find any issues with any of the pieces.

The first person to make it home to see the results is our daughter in law, Heather.  She is so excited and a bit taken that we have gotten it all done.  Heather has an idea in her mind of what she wants a room to look like, and I can usually create the image.  I really appreciate how well we work together on these projects.  I also love the technology of the smart phones, so I can take a picture of something and send it to her, and get a yes or no pretty quickly.

Cash is at day care, so my son goes to pick him up so we can see his face when he sees his "big boy room".....

As Cash enters his room he is a bit shy about the whole thing...but it didn't take long for him to climb up on the bed and give us that big smile of approval.  It is a hit...he loves it.

Chillin in his Boy Cave

I tell you, he really loves it...
I get a text from our daughter in law later in the evening, and she says that Cash will not come out of his room.  She sends me this picture.....I think the boy likes his Boy Cave!!!!

Good day of some hard work, with a lot of personal gratification to top it off.  I really have to say, it was a total blast working with my son in creating his sons new room.

Another one of the reasons I enjoy what I do.  Love to see happy people after a room comes together.

PS...Heather found the cutest step stool for Cash to make the climb into his bed a little easier for him.
We have a great looking comforter coming from Pottery Barn, Chocolate Star Quilt to finish the room out.  It's on the way, but I just couldn't wait to write about this exciting it was too much fun!!!!!!

There are still some things to be moved around on the walls, and added, but for the most part the room is complete, and we have a very happy little boy!!!!