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Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Decorators’ Show House Round-up


I’m done.

The priming, sanding, painting, staining, poly have all been applied.

The drawers have been lined.  The hardware polished.  The tags are made.

And all these pieces are delivered!


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All 7 pieces will be available for sale at the Decorator's’ Show House (April 30-May 22).  All proceeds benefit the Columbus Museum of Art. 

Have a great day!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Crazy Weather

Hi All,

The weather broke long enough for me to capture some Spring shots.

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Our Redbud.

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Very lush and green grass…it won’t last, but I guess it’s the benefit of all this rain.

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Their colors are getting more vibrant every day.

Just when I was thinking good thoughts about this crazy weather, I receive a text from my husband with this photo:



They actually got out of the car on the freeway and jumped in a ditch! 

Everyone was safe. 

Why a photo was taken at this life threatening moment is up for discussion!

Be safe!


Thrifty Treasures

Hi All,

Despite my need to get busy sanding and painting, I took a trip to a thrift store (or two).

Taking advantage of sale day, this is what $5.63 got me.

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3 cute Williams-Sonoma plates.  Just have to figure out what they say!

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Sweet little tea pot.

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Cool frame, ugly picture.

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Cool frame, even uglier picture.

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There are many more treasures to be found!  I did pick up a table and a dresser but I shoved them in the garage and now they are not picture worthy!

Progress is being made on Decorators’ Show House and my store has been updated – for now.  More updates tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping.  Would love to have you follow along!



Monday, April 25, 2011

A Little Black

Hi All,

The day is nearly here.  Lisa is coming to select the pieces for the Decorators’ Show House. 

Here is an after shot of one of the pieces.  In my frenzy to get all the pieces painted, I simply skipped the before shot.

This table is sturdy, solid oak.  I am not a fan of oak.  So, I primed, stained and painted it until I was pleased. 

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Heavily distressed.

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You can see the white under the black.  This was stained and then a coat of Poly was added.

I will be back this week with a sneak peek at all the pieces that can be found at the Decorators’ Show House.

Thanks for stopping!



Thursday, April 21, 2011

Making the Most of what I Got!

Hi All,

I’m happy to say that my booth has been picked over.  Now, the only problem with that is I do not have a lot completed to restock.  So I am making the most of what I got!

Here’s a look:

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Heavily distressed white side table with storage.

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Still loving blue!

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Can you see the blue frame in the back?

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It is a wine rack, but Hubby had the idea of a bench and shoe rack.  We’ll see if anyone prefers this use.

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Another Metal Message Board.  One day I will keep one of these!

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Happy Spring!

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I hope to have a major update within the next 2-weeks, as I prepare for the big sale!  I better get busy!

Have a great holiday weekend!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Simple & Sweet

Hi All,
I just completed a few more pieces for the Decorator Show House later this month. 
This is what I started with:
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Of course, this is after it was cleaned and sanded.
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Primed and painted in Heirloom White.
I could have stopped here, but it was somewhat ordinary.  So, I lightly sanded it.  I am so glad I did, it really highlights the curves and the details.
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I am proud to say that I refrained from staining and just protected it with a poly finish.
I hate to part with this simple piece, it would look great in the cottage!  I hope it finds a new home!
Have a great day!
Linking to some parties:
Twice Owned Tuesday @ House Of Grace
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Time to Shine Tuesday @ A Diamond in the Stuff
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Power Of Paint @ Domestically Speaking
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Preparing for the Wedding

Hi All,
With all the hype for 4.29.11 and the Royal Wedding, I jumped in to show my love.
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I have a side table that needed something.  Let me take you through the creative process:
I was inspired by Miss Mustard Seed.  She completed a few dressers by painting Union Jack on the front, I was smitten. 
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Grab 9-year-old and put her to work.
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Allow her to paint. 
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OOPS – this is what happens when you talk on the phone, have a guest in the house and attempt the creative process!
Grab another table and start again.
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I actually like it at this stage.  But I added the white.
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After it’s painted, sand it (for the distressed look), stain it and done.
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Thanks for stopping – have a great day!
Domestically Speaking

Monday, April 18, 2011

Thrifty Finds

Happy Monday!

I loved all the comments (some via email) on the thrifting tips!  I thought I would share some thrifty finds to go along with the previous post.

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It has pretty crystals and needs no work – perfect.

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A pair of Pottery Barn candle holders.

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Pretty, 4-piece set.

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Detailed frame.  Work to come!

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I love this beat up, old guy.  Not sure what direction I will go with him.

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Scale in mint condition.

Also, I scored 4 sterling pieces on Friday for less than $10 total.

Have a great Monday!