Friday, January 28, 2011

My Vanity Makeover

I just had to do it...the vanity in my master bath wasn't horrible, but it wasn't great either. The floors are marble, the walls are taupe, the tub surround and wainscoting are tile, as is the mirror surround. I felt like I was swimming in a sea of  beige. I decided it really needed some perking up with a splash of (what else) white. I'm really happy with the way it came out. Such a difference!

 Here is the cabinet "before"

 I painted everything (two coats) with Behr satin paint in "Powdered Snow". It's a really nice, creamy, white.  I used the one with the primer built in since I wasn't sure what was on the existing cabinet. Normally I would use a semi-gloss for cabinetry but since I was going to glaze these, the satin pulls in  the glaze a little better. Be sure the paint is completely dry before glazing.
This is the really scary (and ugly) part.  I used Behr "Bison Brown", and  mixed one part paint to four parts glaze. I painted the glaze on, making sure to get it in all of the grooves. Then just wiped it off with a warm, damp cloth, until I liked the look. You only have a few minutes to work with this so just do one section at a time. I also added some new Martha Stewart hardware.
 This is the "after"

 The total time involved was only about four hours, not including drying time. I'm thinking about doing beadboard for the tub surround to tie it all together. What do you think?

These are the products that I used.  All are from Home Depot. I was able to use a sample size paint, and mixed it with a quart of glaze. I have alot leftover so I will have to find some more pieces to glaze. Yay!

Thank you all for stopping by  and
have a wonderful weekend


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ironstone Everywhere

I am so hooked ... on white ironstone. I'm quite sure you all are to blame!  Although I would like to eventually have every piece be the real thing, I am happy now just mixing in some new pieces until I find more authentic ones.  I do love the way it contrasts with the dark wood.  These are photos from my dining room.

These little guys are old washing machine feet...
how cute are they!

I will be linking this with Kathleen at Faded Charm Cottage for White sure to stop over

Thank you for stopping by

Hugs Always,

Chandelier Workshop

I held my first chandelier workshop this past Saturday at my home studio and what fun it was!  I did a three day chandelier workshop in Portland last Summer  that was given by Sally Jean Alexander.  I have it hanging in my shop, and ladies are always asking about it, so I thought I would hold a little workshop where they could learn how to make one of their own. My workshop was a very simplified version of the one that I had taken.  It was really fun to see everyone's creativity pouring out!

 This is the one that I made in Portland

We started with lampshades that we stripped the fabric from, and  patina'd the frames.  I just picked up three more shades yesterday at GW for $3

I made little goodie boxes for everyone and decorated them with a soldered charm with each ladies initial.

Inside were some trinkets for embellishing their chandys

Such a fun bunch of creative ladies!

Every chandy was unique, and it was so much fun to see all of the talent these ladies had to share

When the chandys are lit up they have such a warm glow that is really magical!

Thank you ladies for a wonderful day of soul feeding!

Hugs Always,

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Lace N Boots

This past friend Jen and I  flew out to Mt. Dora, Florida for the Antique Extravaganza. The details of our trip would be great material for a Seinfeld episode so I will save that for another post. I did find some great  treasures that I wanted to share with you for White Wednesday at Faded Charm Cottage.

I couldn't really bring any large pieces back on the plane so I picked up lots of little treasures such as lace, buttons, and hardware

I can't wait to give all of these goodies a new life 

 these lovely spoons will soon become beautiful bracelets

I have a plan for these buttons, bobbins, and thimbles but it is a surprise for a later post...and maybe even a giveaway

I couldn't resist this very worn tape measure

these boots aren't really vintage but I thought they would be a perfect display for the shop

I love the patina of these pieces of door hardware

These are going to be used for some new necklace designs...I can hardly wait to start playing!

I am linking this to White Wednesday at Faded Charm Cottage. I haven't been able to visit your blogs while I was gone and I can't wait to see what you have all been up to this past week.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Giveaway Winner

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Kristen on winning the giveaway for the decorated antique book and necklace that was linked to Kathleen's Faded Charm Cottage last week. Thank you to everyone who entered, and who left such sweet comments.

My friend Jen and I are flying out to Mt Dora, Florida tomorrow for the antique extravaganza so I will take lots of photos to post when I get back.

Have a great week


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Master Bedroom Decor

One room at a time... I know from reading your blogs that I am not alone, in that I am constantly decorating and redecorating my home. My husband says we lose square footage because of all the layers of paint. HaHa!  I was having trouble finding just the right piece of artwork to go over my bed so I decided to do this stencil on burlap. It was super easy and inexpensive too.

I cut the stencil letters out with my Cricut machine. I think I saved enough on the stencil to pay for half of the Cricut. A frame, mat, and glass this size would have easily cost a couple hundred dollars so I bought a framed print at HomeGoods for $49.   I stenciled my word on the burlap, sprayed adhesive onto the back of the old print (you can always switch it back if you get bored with the new look) Put it back in the frame and that's it!

I had to share this wonderful GIANT clock that I also found at HomeGoods. The top handle was broken so I got it half price. It is about twenty inches tall. I love, love, love it!

Next project, the family room....I'll keep you posted

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

My First Giveaway

As you know, this whole blogging thing is still new to me and I am trying to learn all the ins and outs of it. I feel like I've been living under a rock for the past couple of years. I had no idea there were so many creative souls out there, and all with such beautiful blogs! One of my favorites is Faded Charm Cottage  Last week I joined up with their White Wednesday Party and right away I started getting comments back from some very kind bloggers. I even had one follow me...thank you Frenchy! I love all of the parties and giveaways that I have seen and thought I would host a little one of my own to hopefully make some new blog buddies.

I am giving away a lovely antique decorated book, and one of my favorite necklace designs. 

The book is very old and coverless. It is tied with twine and adorned with a coffee filter flower, ivory trim, a "celebrate" flashcard style tag, and a very patina'd key

The necklace is one of my has a vintage
brooch with pearl tone cabachons and a collar of vintage
 seam binding and rhinestones. There are also more photos of the necklace in my Etsy store

Enter below, and get a second chance to win by following me on Google Friends Connect 
The winner will be announced on
Wednesday January 12th

I will be linking this post to Kathleen's White Wednesday at Faded Charm Cottage 

Enter Here~