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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Eye Candy

Hi All,

We still have house guests, so not a whole lotta painting goin’ on.  Our friends are from NY (just north of the city) and it’s a good thing they are here, because their house is still without power.  Fortunately, no damage was done to their home.

Anyway, we have been squeezing in a bit of shopping when we can.  We found some beauties.  But in true thrifty fashion, I just shop, get inspiration and then fantasize that they will magically appear in my home (via a thrift store or auction and a whole lot of work).




Love this baby. 


Restoration Hardware…LOVE!


Everything…the table, accessories, the whole store!


They’re into cloches too.  Copycats!


What you cannot see are the wheels on this coffee table.  Still love these, though you have seen them a lot.


Here’s one.


I know these are everywhere, but I just love them.  This one is $600+.  I have one in my home that did not cost near that amount!


Can you tell this is a desk designed to look like a trunk?  Amazing.


Love the color and the distressing.


Pottery Barn has some inspiration for Fall.

Enjoy this bit of eye candy.  Perhaps you will be inspired to seek and find some yourself.




All photos taken with iphone.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Guest Room Bed

We bought this bed unfinished in 1995.  We stained it and applied a heavy dose of poly.

We used it for 11 years as our bed and then it moved to the guest room when we switched to a king.

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Our lovely dog loves to hang out in the guest room because the bed is level with the windows and she can see right out.  Little did we know she was chewing on the bed finial.

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I went to Home Depot and purchased new deck post finials ($3.50 each).

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They look like it too!  Hubby was not a fan.

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Not so bad once it had some ASCP in Old White.

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The bed received two coats of paint, clear wax and distressing.

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Here she sits with her new cottage-like look.

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Have a great day!



Sunday, August 28, 2011

Guest Room Reveal

You have been hearing way too much about our guest room makeover!  We were able to complete it – in the nick of time.  Here are the before and after shots.
Our guest room – we had started to prep for painting, so excuse the mess.
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Some other shots:
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The wreath is made of wood.  I purchased it, did NOT make it.
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Love this color – Benjamin Moore Gray Owl
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Big difference.  Just love it!
 I know the bedding needs love – I sprayed it and pulled the wrinkles AFTER taking these photos.  As I mentioned, this room was finished in the nick of time!  Don’t judge.
Partying with some cool gals here:
Make It For Monday @ Cottage Instincts
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
Power Of Paint @ Domestically Speaking
Swing Into Spring Wednesday @ DIY by Design
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Piece of Work Wednesday @  Primitive & Proper
Good Life Wednesday @ A Beach Cottage
Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbingThe DIY Show Off

Friday, August 26, 2011

Pieces and Parts – Guest Room

I have a vision.  I have not written it down, drawn anything, made a list or anything productive.  I just have a vision for my guest room.


I didn’t have much to work with.  The guest room was a place we walked passed.

It started with this wall color:

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Recognize the night stands?

The wall color was dark and cave like.  It was also a catchall room.  It had the basics, but nothing special.

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We started to remove things and prep the walls for paint, so excuse the mess.

Hubby was on wall paint duty.  If you have been around this blog at all, you may recall that I jacked up the bathroom wall paint and it resulted in adding crown molding.  Yeah, it was bad!

After much debate and time with the paint swatches

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I went with my original color – Benjamin Moore – Gray Owl.

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Now we have to get the other parts complete.

Night stands - DONE

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Bed – DONE (look at the dust pile!  Lotta sanding!)

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Dresser – DONE…I cannot wait to show you this!  But for now, just a tease.

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Mirror – DONE…picture is in progress.

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Bedding and curtains have been purchased.

Friends arrive at 6:00.  How I will pull this off is a mystery!




Thursday, August 25, 2011

Over it!

In the last three days I have painted more spindles than I can count.  I officially despite spindles!

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Not spindles, but close enough.

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I am over these things!  Guest arrive in less than 18 hours and I have one coat of paint on the bed.  Needs another coat, distressing and a good waxing.  Then of course it all needs to be put back together.

My dear friend for 35+ years is driving 10 hours to relax and enjoy and I may offer her a good comfy couch.  Or, after I pull an all-nighter (gosh it’s been a long time) to finish this bed, I may be sleeping in it when she arrives!

Hope to have a breakdown of all the pieces and parts of the guest room shortly!

Until then,



Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Poor Little Table

This baby was left for dead.  It was discolored, missing pieces and wobbly.

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Hubby tightened its parts with glue and clamps and then I attacked it with paint.

It has beautiful detail.

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You can see that I began to distress this baby, after a coat of clear wax.

To highlight the detail, I used AS Dark Wax mixed with a bit of clear.

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I beat her up quite a bit.

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But I love her detail, so I needed to exploit it.

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Now on to the guest room!