Sunday, January 30, 2011

Chair and Side Table Makeover

I love spray paint!!  Especially Rustoleum's Heirloom White! (Who doesn't, right?)  I went through 3 cans today and I got so many fun little projects done ~ lots of little frames and a cute tray.  I also finished these two bigger redo's.

This little table has been passed around from me to daughter #2, who sold it for $5 to daughter #1 who was purging and asked if I wanted it back before she hauled it to Goodwill.  I almost said no, but she talked me into taking it back.  She's good at talking me into things, LOL.  Thanks, Jayme!  I am so glad I took it!


I came across the chair one day at Goodwill and it was a half-price item so I grabbed it for $10.  I knew it had potential and I really need some extra seating in my family room.  Here it is in it former 'unglory'.


Getting the seat off was a chore but I finally did it and since we actually had some sun today I was able to get both pieces painted pretty quickly.












And any time I can add a little more toile into my decor I am a happy girl! 

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

French Country Book Bundle

And ... I'm back! In case you noticed, I dropped out of the blogosphere for a while due to some health issues and a short stay in the hospital. Thanking the Lord that everything turned out okay, except the huge bill I'm afraid I'll be seeing!

I am so happy to get back to the fun of creating and blogging! I have been smitten with those charming coverless book bundles all around blogland and in the magazines. So I ripped the covers off a couple of old books (I did feel a bit guilty doing it!) and got to work.

I found a charming vintage French postcard at The Graphics Fairy that I printed out on heavy cardstock.  The vintage ticket embellishment, coin and doily are all from my stash of vintage goodies.  Here is the finished project:







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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Clockworks!

Last week my friend Amanda from Reloved Rubbish asked me to design a clock face for a project she was doing.  I had transformed an old clock for my home back in September (you can find that post here ) and I was so excited to be asked to create a design for her. 

Amanda is an extremely creative person and her projects always inspire me so much!  Be sure to visit her blog and see the gorgeous finished project. 


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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

More Vinyl Decor Projects

I am having a love affair with the French language! It's so fun to play around with words and script and I have put them on pillows, plates, signs... such a beautiful language.

The other night Maddy came in my office while I was working and listening to music on my playlist, (La Vie En Rose). She said "Why are you listening to that music in French?" I said because I like it. She then says "But how do you know they're not saying bad words?" LOL, I had to assure her it was a nice song. Kids her age (12) see things in such black and white.

Just wanted to share a couple of quickie projects I did the other night with my Cricut and some vinyl scraps. I love the SCAL software, which I blogged about here .

The first is a little green plate with, you guessed it, FRENCH words!




Then just a fun little coaster made on a tile.  Super easy and quick and so many possibilities~ a monogram, seasonal images ...  the SCAL software lets you cut any font or dingbat on your computer.  I have also found tons of free SVG files that you can cut.  The other night I googled SVG Eiffel Tower and found several to download and cut.



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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Family Room Makeover

A year ago my family room was cottage, shabby chic d├ęcor~ heavy on the white with accents of soft pink and green.  And I loved it.  Pink is one of my favorite colors.  But I was ready for a change and I finally took the plunge to go over to a more French Country~Cottage look.  I got rid of all the pink and started adding in lots more white with black and green accents. 

It has been a work in progress and I have had so much fun adding new finds from thrifting and creating.  The biggest step though was the paint.  I have white wainscoting and the previous owners had topped it with a soft almond color.  It worked with my shabby look but as I added more and more white, I knew I needed some color to make the white pieces ‘pop’.  So for months I’ve been looking at paint chips and trying to find the perfect green.  I finally settled on Frosted Pine at Lowe’s. 

Here is a sneak peak of one wall and I’ll add more pics later when I am ready for the reveal.

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