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Thursday, June 30, 2011


Hi All,

We had some exciting things happen over here recently!  It started with a phone call from a blog follower and friend.  She co-hosts a local decorating tv show, “We Decorate Columbus”, which airs on Sunday’s on NBC at 12:00 noon.

The show was preparing to makeover an office within a doctor’s office and wanted to transform a desk.  She was kind enough to think of me and the fun began…

I picked up the desk.

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Using wood filler, I filled the scratch on the top.

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It has some great lines on the sides.

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With the drawers removed, I applied one coat of chalk paint in Old White to the legs and base.  As you can see it goes on streaky and requires a second coat.

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To save my back, I always flip furniture upside down to get the details and the legs.

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Two coats make all the difference!

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Two coats on the whole thing.  The stuff all over the drop cloth came from behind the drawers when I flipped it back over!

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The drawers have one coat.  The brass knobs are original to the desk.  Note: I did remove them to paint, I was just trying to decide if they would work.  Nope.

I will share the fun part later this week!

The episode will air next Sunday, July 10 at Noon on NBC.  Set your DVR.



Sunday, June 26, 2011

Biggest & Best Project Yet!

Hi All,
This is our biggest and best project to date.  It is not finished, but I couldn’t wait to share.
For those of you who are just tuning in, we are at our cottage in Northeast Indiana for the next 30 days.  We went through a major remodel/renovation last year (I will share that soon).  This year our projects are just for pleasure.
Without lots of rambling, let me show you what we started with.
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This is our fireplace.  It is painted cement block and is the focal point in the main living area.
And now:
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Can you believe it?
Hubby and I completed this part in 5 hours today!  It still amazes me.
Want another look?
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How about this?
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Please note: this is not complete, but I could not wait to share!
I will share the details shortly.  Until then, I am just going to sit here and stare in shock that we were able to do this.
What do you think?
Linking up to:
Make It For Monday @ Cottage Instincts
Motivate Me Monday @ Keeping It Simple
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
Making The World Cuter @ Making The World Cuter
Amaze Me Monday @ Dittle Dattle 
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On The Porch
Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbingThe Girl Creative
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Sweet Little Table

Hi All,
If you still question the power of paint, here’s a transformation that should put that to rest.
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Here is the round table that I picked up at a rummage sale for $5. (Playroom to Den)
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Look at the detail on the legs and the cute little wheels.
Starting with those great legs, I used Old White and Louis Blue Chalk Paint.
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After the second coat of Old White, I distressed the sides and the legs.  Lightly distressing the top to bring out some of the blue.
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You can see the blue under the white.  A few coats of wax finished her off.
And now she sits back in the Den, where she will be distressed even more by the kids.
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That is the power of paint!
Have a fabulous day!
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage
100 Ideas Under $100 @ Beyond The Picket Fence

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Inspiring Homes

Hi All,

I have photos to share!  They are not of my home, or finished projects no shots of my kids either.

Our family went to the Parade of Homes.  I grabbed my small camera and had no control of lighting, so they are not the best.  I also had Hubby and kids with me, and they were not as into it as I was.  Excuse the date stamp too.

Enough excuses…

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Loved this office and all the furniture in the first home.

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Where’s the clutter?

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Great nooks all throughout the home.

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On my to-do-list.

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Oh, how I wish I owned this baby!

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The kitchen was fabulous!

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The builder used salvaged barn wood for the mudroom (above) and the bar (below).

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I have the perfect spot for this.

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The basements were well done in most of the homes.  Theater rooms are still the rage.

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I inquired about buying that coffee table.  No dice.  The pillows are great too.

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Unfortunately, this home is sold.  I love everything about it.  This builder always does a great job.  Since I won’t be moving in, I figure I can borrow some of their ideas.

Isn’t it fabulous?  Anyone in Columbus been to the Parade?

Have a great day!



Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I’ve been featured?!

Hi All,

I have exciting news to share!  I was featured on a blog that I stalk follow and love.  Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia did a great shout out to this little blog over here!

Each Tuesday she hosts a link party where you share your latest project.  I am a faithful participant and recently posted my Buffet Reveal.  She was kind enough to find it worthy of a feature in Tuesday’s post.

Enjoy the day!



Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Client Project

Hi All,
I am thrilled to bring you a before and after today! 
I received a call from a gal who happened to see my pieces at the Decorators’ Show House.  She asked if I would finish a headboard for her.  I was thrilled to do so and here are the steps we used.
She purchased this full headboard from the Trifles and Treasures tent at the Decorators’ Show House (donated items from the community).  It came complete with the duck tape.
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Upon removing the tape, we found that the piece was in two parts.  Nothing a little wood glue and clamps couldn’t fix.
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Look beyond the many other projects in the garage.
Then the first coat of Old White was applied.  I painted both sides of the headboard, just in case it finds its way in front of a window.
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Then, I moved this piece into the foyer.  My new favorite painting spot.  I do want to point out that it is best to paint upside down as well as right side up.  You get in all the detailed areas.
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Two coats of paint, wax and light distressing.
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This headboard has great lines.  I distressed the edges to make the lines pop.
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All done.  
I really enjoyed working on this project and am honored to have been given the chance.  I must say, it amazes me how my hobby has evolved.  I love it all!
Thanks for stopping.  Please follow along by email or through friend connect!  Many exciting projects coming this week!
‘Til next time.
Partying with these fun gals:
Motivate Me Monday @ Keeping It Simple
Amaze Me Monday @ Dittle Dattle 
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On The Porch
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Boogieboard Cottage