Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ugly Goodwill Chair Gets A Facelift

This could possibly be...the ugliest chair ever. I found it at Goodwill last week for $14. I thought it had good bones so into the car it went.

Here is the before

And the after

I gave her a facelift with coat of white paint and recovered her with bleached dropcloth fabric. I also picked up an antique twin bed with a curved footboard for $39. I'm planning on redoing it to match the chair. It would be so cute in a little girls room. 

Thanks for stopping by...
have a wonderful week

I will be linking to:
 Kathleen's White Wednesday at Faded Charm Cottage 
Tranformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

French Sofa

You won't believe...where I stumbled upon this beautiful french style sofa. Marshalls!  I couldn't believe it either. I stewed on it for two days, trying to figure out how to talk my husband into justify buying it. I had just cleaned out our basement and storage room and already had a couch, loveseat, four chairs, and lots of other stuff ready to be sold in the garage sale so the last thing I needed was another sofa. But I couldn't quit thinking about her. I talked Reed into going to pick it up, on the condition that I would pay for it out of the garage sale money. I don't have anywhere to put it in our house so  I am using it as a display in the shop. Everyone who comes in oohs and aahs over her. I did find the wholesale company that sells them so if you have a retail license and are interested, just let me know and I will get you their contact information.

Isn't she beautiful...

 I just love all of her detail

I'm thinking if I ever have a sitting area in my master bedroom, she will be perfect there. Right now she is making a great display in the shop for some of my journals.

I hope you all are having a great week
Thanks for stopping by

I will be linking up with Kathleen's White Wednesday at Faded Charm Cottage

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Day For Love

Happy Valentines Day my friends!  I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with love.  I know a lot of people think that Valentines Day is a "Hallmark holiday" but I think it is a great opportunity to let all of the special people in your life know just how much you love them. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by the love of my  family and so many wonderful friends.

Thank you all for the countless, caring ways
you've filled my life with love

Monday, February 7, 2011

Fireplace Makeover

What's a girl to do ... when her husband goes skiing for three days with the guys?  Makeover the fireplace of course!  I have been wanting to change out the fireplace surround for awhile now, but didn't really know where to start. I got my inspiration from the one Becky's "handyman" built for her.  Once I had an idea in mind,  Little Man Luke and I headed out for lumber.

This is the "before"

It reminds me of a really bad photography background. The kind that stores use for pictures with Santa. The really scary part is that I'm the one who put the slate and mantel up in the first place. Isn't it funny to look back at some of the "dont's"  (can you say sponge painting) that happen along the path to finding your true style?

We had two snow days and temperatures of minus 16, so Luke was more than happy to stay in and help with the demolition
It was starting to come together and I got to use my favorite power tool, the chop saw, so I was very happy. I was able to incorporate the old mantel which is just a big false beam. It sure looks better with a couple coats of white paint.

For obvious reasons, I wanted to move the flat screen TV to another wall. After all, what good does it do to have a mantel if you can't put anything on it.  This would turn out to be the most difficult part of the entire job.

When Reed got home I asked him to see about moving the cable line to another wall...easier said than done. He was down in the basement with a coat hanger taped to a long pole, and I was up in the family room trying to feed the cable down to him. There was a ton of duct work and pipes which made it really hard to work around, but eventually we were able to get it all hooked up. Yay!
 Here is the "after"

I already had the chippy old window frames,  printers tray, and the homemade coffee filter wreath, so the total cost for the makeover was only $136...not looking at that  awful "Santa Claus background,  Priceless!

I will be joining these parties: