Monday, August 30, 2010

For Terri and Rusty...

Never underestimate the power of paint!

This belongs to my best friend's son and his girlfriend. I don't know if you can tell but it's actually made entirely of particle board. She brought it to me to see what I could do with it.

Based on what she said their apartment looks like, I could only see this as a Pottery Barn-esque piece. That's what I was going for anyway.

Before:




After:



HOPE YOU LIKE IT! (and Terri and Rusty too!)
-Rita

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Ashley's Orange Accents - Part 2

Remember this guy?? He went from Brown to Turquoise with a whip of a paint brush?



I added fabric to the back, and here's what he looked like after:

Well, he has been changed yet again. SHE is now Orange and I added new fabric. This is a great piece to add to a room for a pop of color. It's big enough to get the point across but small enough that it doesn't engulf the entire room.




I'm still incorporating some black and white in the room that match the drapes so this material worked out perfectly. I found it at Cutting Corners in their clearance room for 5.99 a yard.
I may work out the scraps subtly in the room somewhere.
Rita


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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Rockin' Lily

I'm so happy about the way this rocking horse turned out but I think I always hold my breath when I actually turn a project over to it's owner. In this case I think it's safe to say this darling owner loves her horse and her parents do to!!


This is Lily and new rocking horse:









Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ashley's Orange Accents - Part 1

Pardon me if I sound like a hostess to a TV show but I just watched Design Star and I get very involved. So let me get started...

Have you ever looked at a boring blah room and thought...man, you need some color. But the room is rather big and the task is very daunting, not to mention this room is for the teen in your life who thinks that ORANGE is the new BLACK! Well rather than live with orange walls in a rather large room we decided to meet in the middle by adding orange accents to the room.

Now the good thing is that having a mother with an eye for junk (wink~) I pick up rather cool eclectic odds and ends here and there. I may not know quite what to do with them at the time BUT they somehow always find a purpose in my home.

I bought this two dollar mirror a while back. It's plastic and gaudy and not very pretty. The mirror was a bit stained and the back a bit warped.




Since Ashely already has sliding mirror doors to her closet an additional mirror wasn't needed so I bought a 95 cent dry erase board, painted it black and now she has a magnetic memo board. I spray painted the mirror in orange to add a nice accent to her room~!





The chair was a garage sale find for $2.00 and pillows were thrift store finds for a couple of dollars as well. (washed of course)
The second accent piece to her room were small planters turned organizers painted with chalkboard paint and left over orange oops paint~!



Total cost of these two combined projects was less than $10.00.
Not bad for adding a punch of orange without breaking the bank.
I'll be adding more later so stay tuned.
Rita

Monday, August 16, 2010

For Lily...

Remember me talking about a girl I met at the Outdoor Market who picked up a rocking horse? Well we got in touch and she wanted me to paint the horse to match her daughters nursery. The colors were primarily gray, pink and white.

The horse was in pretty good shape for being so old. I know this because if you touch his mane or tail, it would disintegrate in your hands. The thing that most interested me about this him were the huge staples used to hold his mane in place. Gosh they were huge! I ended up pulling them all out and filling the holes with wood filler.

This project was by far one of my favorites. It was so much fun painting this little guy. I'm sure it will be just lovely sitting in Lily's room.

Enjoy!
Rita




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