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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!!!!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Gliding into Fall with a New Glider

I have been on the hunt for a metal antique glider for quite some time now.  I get a call from my wonderful friend Phil, and he has found a cute glider at a local antique store.  He shoots me a picture and I tell him, I think I like it.

We discuss the price and I ask him to see what their bottom price would be for this lovely addition to my collection of stuff.  The store is having a 20% off sale..   Color it SOLD!!!!!

Did I mention how wonderful Phil is??!!  He not only found this treasure for me, but he is packing it in his vehicle and driving it to my house.  How special is that!!!!  

I really didn't get to check out my new piece until Saturday morning....and can I say, it's great!!!!   I  even love the rusty chippy color it is painted, a burnt orange tone.   Of course it doesn't hurt that fall is here, and it is ready for decorating.  

One side of the glider isn't gliding well, and my sweet husband comes out and takes it apart to see what is wrong.  Seems the ball bearings have slipped out and after we clean the dirt our of the glider, it's working a a lot better.  The bottom feet are missing so as of now we have some pieces of wood helping it sit up correctly.

I have been on the Internet trying to figure out what the bottom "feet" look like, and have found several pictures of gliders that look like my new find.  Seems it is a JR Bunting Piecrust Porch Glider.   For it to be such an old piece, it really is in pretty good shape.  I didn't want one that looks new.....heck no....I like the chippy rusty look.  

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Wedding at Chukadi Acre 10-5-13

Lets see how this started.  Heather our daughter in law's sister Paige, is getting married.  There was a discussion about where to have a wedding.  Our home was talked about quite a bit.  I have to say, I always thought it would be a great place to have a wedding.  So, back about 3 months ago, the plan was hatched.

Paige wanted an outdoor wedding.  It is going to be in to say the least we never know about the weather, but we go ahead and start making plans. Paige has also chosen the colors of turquoise and red for her theme.

Heather is helping Paige coordinate the flowers and decorations.  One Saturday, I was invited to help with picking out some of the decorations.  Heather has an idea of what he is wanting it to look alike, and we buy the flowers for the arch and the isles.

I have an idea to use the flowers that go down the isle.  We will use the new turquoise mason jars that are available now.  I also think the mason jars would look really good on the reception tables, with candles in them.

So to say the least, the plan begins to come alive.  It's a relative simple wedding, and we are watching our cost as we go.  I actually have quite a few things that we can incorporate in the decorating of the area.  At least we won't have to buy that much.

I am so excited that I finally have a reason to paint my shopping cart turquoise.  You see, it is going to be the "gift basket".  That poor cart sat in the back of my store for over two years.  Finally one day, I asked my installers to just put it in their truck and take it to my house.  My husband thinks I have gone crazy when they drive up with it....but you have to admit it is pretty handy when we are taking or bringing back stuff from the house or shop.  Now it is going to be stylish as well, and I can paint over that name on the handle, and feel confident that it is mine!!!

I was able to find the cutest "Happily Ever After" on Etsy.  It will be used in the barn for decorating for the reception.  The barn was very easy to decorate, and makes a perfect place to house the refreshments and food for the reception.

The Reception Area

The table and chairs for the event were rented and delivered Friday.  We would have loved to set it all up that evening, but as luck would have it, we were supposed to get gusty winds and maybe rain along with a cold front.  The temperature for Saturday is supposed to be in the 60's.  The temperature this whole week had been in the 80's.  Crazy fall in Oklahoma.  So, to say the least we have our work cut out for us on Saturday.

The cold front comes through, and we have a very brisk wind on Saturday.  It isn't unpleasant as we have a beautiful clear day with lots of sunshine to get set up for this shindig.

The final results of all the planning were really wonderful to see.  This is one reason I love decorating...the final results!!!  This wedding venue is ready!  Let's have a wedding.

My husband handled the music for the wedding.  The bride and groom had made a play list on their Ipad, and our little blue tooth "rock" that my husband had bought several years ago, worked perfectly!!!

All in all I think it was really a hit.  I wish it would have been just a few degrees warmer as the sun set on the ceremony.  Would have been perfect to have a bon fire going, but with little ones running around, probably wouldn't have been a good idea.

I Do!!!  

Not sure if I would want to do attempt this again, but you just never know.  I for one really did enjoy the transformation of our acre of land into a wedding venue that was just the right fit for these two lovebirds.
The Bride & Groom 

  The pictures were all taken with my handy Iphone.  The professional shots are coming soon.  I can't wait to see what they captured.  I shot this last shot as the evening was winding down.  I just loved every minute of this crazy hectic but so very fun day!!!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Making a chair look new again.

A client called and asked me about re-upholstering a little chair for her.  She text me a picture of the chair and after I told her the price to have it redone, she agreed, and brought the chair to me.

It is the cutest thing I had ever seen.  She tells me that her grandparents had been the original owner and that she remembered them at their house.  She had a few other smaller pieces that she had already changed out the fabric on them herself, but didn't want to tackle this one.

I got the chair to my wonderful upholster, and within a couple of days, he called and told me he had the chair done.  I really do like the way it turned out....and the customer LOVED it as well.

I love a short story with a happy ending, don't you!!!  :)

After!!!  :) 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

"Blah" Bookcase gets a new life!

If you follow my blog, you know I take no prisoners when it comes to painting with Milk Paint.  I really do love the stuff.

My daughter in law has been bitten with the bug as well.  I haven't gotten pictures of the changes we have made in their home, but I promise I will soon.

Back at ChukaDi Acres I have been busy slinging paint.  In a past blog, I covered the back of our built in bookcase with fabric. (Small Change to a built in bookshelf)
 I was pretty happy with myself on that little change, but it still needed more.  I  set and watch TV in the evening, and look at the book case.

We have a very large black entertainment center that is pretty close to the bookcase.  I have looked at the way the molding comes into play with the bookcase.  Exactly how I was going to paint this had finally come to light.

After Chalk Paint 
Before Chalk Paint

I used the CeCe Caldwell Milk Paint on the built in desk, and was so happy with the color, I decided to do the same on the bookcase.

I am telling you, it is such an easy task.  The paint is really so easy and wonderful to use.  I let it dry overnight, and today I put a clear coat of wax on it.  It is now finished, and I think it really changed the look of an 'oh so "blah" bookcase.  I am very happy with the way the rock on the fireplace blends into the color I chose.

I will be interested in your thoughts, and I also want to know if you have been busy painting as well.  What is your next project!!??

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Painting with Chalk Paint again!

"Old and out dated"
Time to start a new project.  We have a built in desk in our 1980's house. You know the one...everyone that has a home built in this era has one.  Well, it is time for a change.  Me and my trusty "Chalk" paint have a date to make some changes to this bad boy.

I have been procrastinating getting started on this, and I don't even know why.  I don't mind painting with this paint, as it is so easy to clean up.  I am using one of my favorites.  CeCe Caldwells Myrtle Beach Beige.  I am wanting a not too white look so it blends well with the tile in the kitchen.

New and bright 

Two coats later, I am ready to do a light distress on it and then I finish with clear wax.  I have found that Johnson's paste wax works really well, and since I had some at the house, I chose to use it.

I went with different pulls..none match!  

I am so happy with the finished product.  I also spruced it up with a few new pulls from my local Hobby Lobby.  They were running their 1/2 off discount on the pulls, so that made the project even more fun.  I love a bargain!!!

Bottom pulls are matching

I thought the new pulls would be a breeze to put on, but when an existing pull is on the 3" screw holes and the new ones (made in China) are 3-1/4" it takes a little longer, as you have to wallow out the hole a bit.  After about an hour of carefully making the holes a little wider, I accomplished my new desk.

Lighting is on, but will be changing very soon.

I have another built in that is in the living room, that is about to get painted as well.  I will take pictures when I am finished with it!!!!  So, what have you painted lately??  Nothing, you say....well, get busy.  Try the wonderful world of chalk and milk paints, you will love them.

Can you see that outdated under counter light? 

PS....As I look at the pictures, I think I need to get rid of the very old under counter light that I can see in this picture.  Just another little detail to make this project just right!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

To all our friends and family in Oklahoma

I am sure if you have seen any news in any state, there is coverage of our tornado outbreak that has hit our wonderful state. 

I am just wanting to let everyone know that yes, we have had a bit of a set back, but we will rebuild and make this state proud of our Okies!  What a wonderful outpouring of help we are seeing from all our families and friends in other states. 

Thanks for all the prayers and good thoughts.  This is going to be a slow clean up but we will be fine.  Oklahomans are strong people. 

Facebook has been a wonderful tool to get information to and from displaced people and animals.  I saw this post from a friends feed and thought I would share it.  Never met this person, but I think her husband is saying what is in all our hearts. 

My hubby Jamey Curry just wrote this and I think it needs to be shared for everyone to see. He is from Oklahoma and our hearts go out to everyone. Maybe his words will be seen by many

You can blow us up,
But you can't break us down.
We will rebuild,
... In every town.
When 1 man falls,
10 will rise.
To dust him off,
And stand by his side.
Our hearts are broken,
For those we've lost.
Homes destroyed,
Vehicles tossed.
Takes more than wind,
To break our stride.
Standing united,
That's Oklahoma pride.
Please say a little prayer for all these people to be able to handle the next few days, as they are being stretched beyond belief.  Thanks to everyone  :)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Faux Carriage Garage Door

I have wanted a new garage door, but really don't need one.  I just want the door to look like the Carriage Doors that you see on the newer homes.  Our garage doesn't show from the front of the house, so it is really just for me to look at.  With that said, I have been researching on the Faux kits they have out there.  I have toyed with the idea to paint the windows on the existing door.  I have decided to not paint the faux windows in the door, as I think I am going to be pretty happy with the brackets by themselves.  If I want the windows, all I have to do it get the paint brush out and do it!

I finally bit the bullet and ordered a couple of sets of the Faux Carriage Door hardware.  I am going to do our double wide garage door, and also the single door that is at the shop in the back of our property. 

After!!!  :)
Drill in hand, I began the transformation.  It was a very easy job, and I handled it without a hitch.  I taped the hinges in the spot that I thought they needed to be and then stepped back and looked at them.  I think these are going to work!!!  There are 3 screws in each bracket, and the 2 door handles have 2 in each of them.  If you figure that all up you will know that I have added 16 holes in our garage door.....just glad my husband was out of town while I installed them  :) 

I am very pleased with the finished product.  Think it really added a little pizazz to an otherwise dull white garage door.  I know I am going to be the only person that sees these on a daily basis, but I think I am going to be leaving the garage door down a lot more, so I can admire my handy work...LOL

The weather has been so wishy washy this year, and there is another cold front coming.  I am not talking a mild cold front, we are breaking all records here.  It is dropping to 31 tonight, and I have run out of daylight, so the other door will have to wait for a couple of days.   

What little ideas do you want to add to your dwelling to "spruce it up a little"?  Maybe I have inspired you to try something new!  Let me know what is on your list. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

First attempt with Silver Metallic Paint!

I have fallen in love with the silver metallic look that I am seeing on a lot of  in blog land.  It is something that I was wanting to try.

After  :)

It wasn't that hard to find a piece of furniture to experiment on.  I have the perfect small piece that needs to be updated. 

The little dresser type piece has a very fond place in my heart.  You see, my dad built it.  He has been gone for over 25 years, but I make sure his woodworking stays with me.  I had this piece painted a few years ago, and had some trump loi painted on it.  I think its time to update!!! 

With a little help from my friend Kathy at Petticoat Junktion I got all the information and list of paint that I would need to get this little project underway.  I love how Kathy did her own mix and added the Vintage Gold color into the Mirror paint. 

I have to say, I did make one little change from her original paint supply.  I for some reason had Kilz on my mind, and had had some tinted a grey color.  She had suggested using Glidden Gripper Primer, but I went with Kilz instead.  I worried that I didn't follow her directions to the T, but it turned out fine.  I guess a primer is a primer??!! 

The Martha Stewart  Living paints were great.  I enjoyed working with them, and have to say the clean up was quite easy since they are all water based. 

I had a bit of a time finding the Caromal Colours Toner, but was able to find it at Showplace Market in Moore, OK.  Just love the and find....that's my motto! 

I must say I am very happy with the outcome.  I think I have brought my little piece of furniture into the 21 century.  I know my dad is smiling at the finished product.  Hope you like it, and maybe I have inspired you to try to paint something Silver in your home!!! 

Thanks again to Kathy at Petticoat Junktion for inspiring me to try this painting technique.  Love your blog and hope others will follow you as well!