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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Power of Paint Party

Join Kara and show off what you have made

Southern and Shabby Chic: French Country Dresser Transformation

Beatnheart Giveaway

You have got to stop by Beatnheart for a chance to win this absolutely GORG necklace!    Check out her boutique, also.  She has such beautiful things that would make an awesome Christmas gift!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

French Country Dresser Transformation

Goodmorning!  Is everyone enjoying this cold weather?  I know I am.  My favorite thing about this time of year is building a fire in the fire place.  Last night I snuggled by the fire with my little one.  We enjoyed egg nog and watched ABC family Christmas movies while my oldest son and his dad went to basketball practice.

Well, thought I would share my latest project.  I purchased a beautiful cherry wood French Country style dresser with mirror and Queen sized bed from a neighbor.  It was in excellent condition structurally but had some "bad" places on it.

See, it is not bad, but I had a vision of what it could be!

It has beautiful carved pieces on the dresser, mirror and headboard.
I was inspired by Saving Grace's Pretty Gray Buffet.  Most of the interior walls of my house are painted a soft gray that at times looks green or blue.  So, I had plenty of this paint.  I mixed it with bright white until I came up with a shade that I liked and felt was close to the gray she used.  In the end,  I used about 3/4 of the can of white to 1/4 can of gray.  It is really a pretty color.  It is very suttle.  You can tell that it is gray, especially, when you put something white next to it.  But, just looking at it, it looks white.
So, I sanded everything really well.  I painted each piece over the course of 3 days.  It took 3 coats to cover.  I let each coat dry for a day and sanded in between coats to ensure the paint would adhere properly and not roll.

Actually, it was really pretty like this.  I almost left it.  But,  I really love the Shabby Chic style.  So, I pressed on with my original vision.  I distressed each piece.

The REVEAL!!!!
So, gorgeous!  I am glad I decided to go ahead and distress it.  Distressing just gives it so much character.  Look at all the details!

The pulls are so elegant.  The drawer fronts are curved which adds a really pretty touch.

I really love the carved pieces.  The distressing really shows the detail in the carvings.

I love, love, love it!  It turned out great!  Exactly what I envisioned.  It is available locally for purchase through my boutique as well as available online in my Etsy shop.

Have a great day!  Enjoy the rest of your week!

12/08/10  UPDATE!!!  SOLD!!!


Monday, November 15, 2010

Redecorating Our Master Bedroom-Lamps

Hello.  It's a rainy day schedule here at my house. 
I am on a mission to redecorate our master bedroom.  Nothing major.  Just cosmetic stuff.  I am going to redo it one piece at a time.  So, I will share pics along the way.  The first project was to redo my lamps.  That's a simple project.   They were fine before, but kind of plain and not exactly my style.

I decided to use some sea shells from our trips to the beach in Destin, Fl
because my house has a coastal feel to it.  Shells-Free.

These ribbons were actually tied around a new rug that I ordered for our dining room.  I decided to save them.  I knew I could use them for something.  Ribbon-Free.

Jute is always great for projects.  Jute (I already had, but it costs around $3).

I picked out only the seashells that naturally had a hole in them.

First, I cut jute strings at various lengths. Then, I put them through the shells and hung them on the lines of the lamp  using a glue gun.

Next, I used the "salvaged from my rug delivery" ribbons to cover my work.

Finally, I spray painted the lamps a beautiful glossy coastal blue. Can of spray paint-$3.


Simple & Elegant & Only $3.00!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Coloradolady: Vintage Thingies Thursday: Information

Coloradolady: Vintage Thingies Thursday: Information

Check out my latest treasures!

Goodmorning!  It is a gorgeous day here in Alabama!  I love this weather.  Happy Veteren's Day & a BIG THANK YOU!!! to all who have served or are serving our country!

I just wanted to share with yall my latest treasures.  Click on the picture & follow the page to the bottom for today's date and check out my new/old stuff!

A sneak peak....
Have my a blessed Day!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Antique Chiffarobe Redo

Hello Everyone!  I have been MIA for a while.  So sorry about that.  I have been really busy with the kids with all kinds of fall activities.  Finally enjoying some cool weather. :) My hubby is going to build our first fire of the season tonight.  Can't wait!  That's my favorite thing about this kind of weather.

I thought I would share with yall my most recent project.  I purchased an antique chiffarobe from a neighbor and did a complete redo. The chiffarobe had already been painted white and stencilled with flowers when I got it. 

Structurely, it was in excellent condition already.  Just needed a little redesign.

The drawers pull in and out easily.

I thought about stripping it down to its original finish.   But, I decided to go with distressed green.

 First step, I sanded it really good with coarse gritt sand paper.  Then I went over it with fine sand paper.   Next, I painted it with the first coat.  I let it dry for a couple of days and then I sanded it with medium gritt paper.   Then, again with fine gritt.  I painted it with its second coat (Of course, cleaning it well in between sanding).  I let it dry for another day. 
Finally, I distressed it with medium gritt paper and then went over it with fine paper.

I did not distress the inside.  Normal wear and tear would be less on the inside, anyway.


It is available for purchase in my shop.

I absolutely love this one.  I was really tempted to keep it for myself.  I have no room for it and my husband would have a fit.  I love antiques so much.  I am always buying stuff and having him help me rearrange the house.  I just bought a primitive cabinet and book shelf for myself.  There is noway I could pull off keeping this one too.  But, trust me........I tried. :)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Halloween/Thanksgiving Embroidered Towels

Goodmorning Ladies!

Hope everyone is enjoying their Fall.  We had a busy weekend. Friday night, we went to our friends' house for dinner.  Saturday morning I was up at 5 am getting ready to head to the Cotton Festival in Eclectic, AL.  I was hosting a booth there for my business.  Then, Saturday afternoon my family and 2 additional little boys that we adopted for the weekend headed to my youngest son's cubscout campout.  That was fun! Sunday we went to church and FINALLY we were able to relax that afternoon.  My kids are out of school for Fall break.  They go back tomorrow.  I think I might do a little dance when the bus comes.  :)  I love them, but after 4 days straight in a house full of boys,  I am ready for a little quiet.

I have showed yall the embroidered towels that my sweet friend makes before.  I just wanted to focus on a few specific to the Fall.  So, check out these photos and if you are interested, please email me @  flashyandsassy@yahoo.com. They are adorable and they make really nice gifts.  Have a great week!