Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Calgon...take me away....

I'm posting this today because I'll be around but maybe not around blog land. I lost my computer this past weekend ...meaning he died and took all my photos with him. Therefore, Thrown away Thursday will be lost without me...

Also my sister is coming into town and my mom is throwing her a graduation party. I'm sure that'll keep me busy as well since my mother is already wearing on my nerves. I can say that because she never reads my blog. Needless to say I'll be busy... so I'll be here, just not where my "heart" really wants to be and that's vegging out by the computer or painting. :(

If I happen to break away and paint something I'll surely keep you posted. If not, have a great weekend and I'll see you next week.


Monday, June 27, 2011

Tossed and Turned Tuesday- Aqua Coffee Table

I'm happy to say this table found a new home!! I met Kelly at the wine tasting this weekend and knew when she said "this table just spoke to me", that it was meant to be. I kinda feel like I'm finding homes for stray animals and the connection must be there. This in fact was!!

Katie is on the left. She is the AWESOME gal that is helping me get my name out there! She is precious and doing so much for me. I feel like I owe her so much!! Kelly is onthe left. She is the new owner of this coffee table. I have to say I was very happy to meet people who had such nice things to say about my pieces. It was quite wonderful!!

Here are the photos of the table up close. It's aqua with gray on the bottom. I used paper I purchased from, where else, StellaDallas that is gray and white retro patterned. It matched perfectly. I finished it out by trimming the frame of top in jute twine.

Thanks again, Katie for all your help!! And to you for looking for my Tuesday "after's"!!

Rita :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thrown Away Thursday - Mad for Mod!

Let's start the soon to be weekend off right... shall we?

This is what I'll be working on - -

Isn't it great? It has castors as well but they fell off when I moved it so I'll have to work those back in somehow.

And in current news ...beep...beep...beep....I just joined own personal page. Couldn't do much with the one I have now. This one is all interacting and people actually carry on conversations with's amazing! Sorry I doubted you Dre! My sister's been trying to get me on there forever so now I'm on if you want to look me up. Here's my gmail for facebook Ashley set it up so it's linked to my business page(???) I don't get how that works but anyway, don't email me here, I never check it. If you want to get in touch with me directly use this

Ok, got to go have fun on Facebook!

Hope you have a good end of the week and look for me on Ross avenue if your around town Sunday!


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Not my typical post but had to share...

So this isn't my typical post but thought it was worth sharing for those of you who find humor in others misfortunes. Unfortunately I'm a poster child on that topic.

That said, here's my Redbox story:

The other day Ashley and I were going to return a movie to Redbox. On the way we were talking about how out of shape we are and how we dread the way our jeans fit, etc. You know, typical mother daughter talk. It was Fathers day so I had on a pair of my "best" fitting jeans on. I told her that I liked these jeans because they fit around the waist and in the leg area which usually isn't the case, and she also pointed out that they fit me quite nicely.

Well we get to the redbox and I get out to return my movie. As I walk up to the machine, I hear voices trying to get my attention . I look in the direction of the voices and see a car with these guys all waving me down. So (of course) I turn around to see Ashley sitting in the car and give her the wink and nod of "YESSS... I still got it!!!!".

With that I insert the movie and strut my hot self back to the car. Ashley and I are smitten and look at each other with the nod of approval. My nod, because I'm a hot mama, and her nod , I can only guess because she knows she is blessed with her mothers genes, right

NO... not right. I look up at the machine and see my movie going in...and out

Apparently these guys weren't getting my attention because I'm a hot chic....NO...they were just trying to tell me that the redbox machine wasn't working.

s i g h o f d e f e a t

I looked at Ashely and said "I'm not hot...the machine is broken". She looked at me and hugged me and said I was hot in her eyes.

OH and just so you know... the movie finally went in. Thank goodness I didn't have to get out of the car again!!

Enjoy the rest of your day, and make your own sunshine!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Tossed and Turned Tuesday- Paintbrush Happy!

Sometimes I get on a painting kick where I want to paint everything. Not just the base I'm talking get the small paintbrushes out and start going to town with designs and what not.

Case in point - this little table!! I figure if someone put it in trash, I can get away with doing some extreme make overs here. So what do I do? I pick out one of my oops paint cans...or two...and start painting whatever my little heart desires. This is all free handed so I have no idea what this design is, in case you were wondering.

Don't forget to tell me what you think!!

See ya later,
Rita :)

Friday, June 17, 2011


Yay!! Today I'm guest posting at one of my MOST Favorite blogs, Cassie's Primitive and Proper.

I'm super excited. Go visit me there and tell me what ya think!!

Primitive and Proper
Thanks and see you over there!!
Rita :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Thrown Away Thursday - Dumpster Divin'

I'm posting this early since I know I'll have a busy day tomorrow and wanted to at least cross one thing off my list!

I had to share the fact that I have good friends of mine dumpster diving too!! I thought it was awesome when my best friend Cindy brought this table to me that her husband found sitting by the dumpster at his job. It was probably a side table sitting in their break room but it looks pretty warn to say the least.

Regardless I have great plans for it. It's a sturdy, solid table and can go just about anywhere. How could someone get rid of it?? But hey, I'll take it. Look for it's reveal Tuesday. I think you'll want to come back for this one!!

See you soon...oh and just a reminder that this Friday I will be guest blogging at Cassie's blog - Primitive and Proper. I'M SO THRILLED!! All I kept saying to her was YAY!!!!

Rita :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tossed and Turned Tuesday
Boring Porch gets Punch!

So my porch was lacking some punch and although it's not quite there yet (still needs lots of work!) it's coming along nicely.

My first item of business was to get some cute chairs!! These only cost me $4 each at a garage sale and with some dark brown spray paint and new cushions, they do the job well. For now at least until the get some new throw pillows!!

Remember the wheel barrel pot, well it too got a splash of color and some cute flowers.

These little tea light holders were found at my local thrift store for 95 cents each and they still had the plastic on them. I'm telling you, never underestimate the power of a second hand store!!

...and who do I see peeking through the window...Oh it's Tubby of course!! This is the way I'm greeted when I come home and as soon as I walk out the door, he appears again. He has great ninja skills.
Thanks for checking out my soon to be "Beautiful" porch. It's a work in progress but it's getting there~


Sunday, June 12, 2011

IKEA table gets De-Masked!

Katie asked me if I could help her change up this IKEA Lack table to fit a little more with her decor. Just so you know, this sleek, straight, new, look isn't her style. So after we brainstormed we came up with the following ideas:
1. It should have some green to pop from the already yellow living room decor.
2. If possible some distressing would be good as she likes the worn, older furniture look.
3. I wanted to incorporate a design she mentioned she loved without making it look to modern.

hmmm. ideas. flowing.OK. think I got it.

So we start out with a way to modern IKEA Lack table.

The concept:

My tools: Green Apple spray paint, yellow accent paint from Martha Stewart, sander, and Damask stencil.

And as you can see below...the finished product. Which was HARD, I tell you, HARD. I remember why I hate IKEA tables. Although they are cheap, the smooth finish is PAPER. You can't distress Paper...only shred it. ugh. I just painted over the peeled paper and called it a day.
This table was the perfect size for her TV in her apartment so I did what I could. OH and the distressed look is just paint that I wiped across it to give it the warn look I wanted.

Let me know what you think.


Friday, June 10, 2011

White chair finds home with Katie!! Yay!!

She found a home! I made a special delivery to my friend Katie yesterday to drop off her new chair. It went perfectly with her vanity, don't you think? And check out that amazing chandelier lamp!!

Since this chair had such a low profile back, it was easily added to the already beautiful area! I'm so happy it found a good home!

Here it is before the make over:

And after:

I'm still amazed at the term "One man's trash is another man's treasure". I never see the items I find as trash. They just need to be looked at a little differently and cleaned up a bit.

There are so many wonderful finds out there if you just look. Heck I'll even look for you. You have no idea how many people I'm always on the look out for. In fact I've been wanting to add a "wish list" page so I can offer my services that way too. I could do the hunting for you. I may have to do that on my "hopefully" soon to be web page.

Speaking of, I was wondering, is there anything you've been wanting to see here? I've mainly kept my before and afters here since this was originally started for family and friends to see my transformations. But it's really grown, as have I, and have met so many great people along the way. Some of you with kids (Miss M.) I just want to pick them up and kiss their cute little round faces because I feel I know them already. I know that's a little strange but it's crazy how close you feel to people you've only met over blog land. Some of who you feel closer to than of some relatives(sad but true).

Anyway, before I get too heartfelt, if you stop by and think my Curbside Creations blog could use a little sprucing up, besides my color background which I want to change a bit, please feel to comment and let me know. I won't get my feelings hurt...promise!

Thanks again, and thank you Katie for giving this white chair a home. Oh and did I mention she's throwing a small party for me. Details on that soon!


Thursday, June 09, 2011

Thrown Away Thursday ~ Patio Time~

I know you know where I'm going with these photos. It's time for my porch to get a facelift!!

I found these two green wicker chairs at a garage sale for $4 each. They had nasty cushions on them that didn't match so they were tossed rather quickly!!

I picked up this barrel planter at another garage sale for $1 and it's been sitting in the "I'll use it eventually" pile in my sun room. Remind me to show you a picture of my sun room sometime. It's worse than an horror film. Very Scary in there!

Notice my hammer in the shot. I didn't crop this picture and noticed it after I posted it here. I cracked myself up.

I hope you have a great day and come back to visit!! And welcome to my new followers. Hope you come back Tuesday when I show my after photos of what I hope to be a pretty porch!



Monday, June 06, 2011

Tossed and Turned Tuesday
Take me out to the Mall!!

Yay! I finished my project and just in the nick of time too!!

So let's rewind to last week when my best friend Cindy brought over a rocking chair and said " I have a project for you and it has to be done by 4pm Saturday for my niece's baby shower".

The Mission- Take a boy's baseball themed rocking chair and paint it too match this Cocoa Coutoure Baby Nursery. With time running out I did what I could (so forgive the pictures below as I took them the day of).

Here's my inspiration- photo taken off the registry:

Now fast forward to Saturday 11 AM, and here is the after. WHAT DO YOU THINK?

The Seat: Free handed I might add. I blew up the photo of the lamp and used it as my guide.

You can barely see the back but I thought a nice touch would be to say it was from "Aunt Cindy" with love.

And lastly, here's what the rocking chair looked like before it went from "Take me out to the ball game" to "Take me out to the mall".

Thanks again for checking out my Tossed and Turned Tuesday creation! I hope you liked it~

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Thrown Away Thursday
~ Take Me Out to the Ball Game~

Mission: Take this little boys chair and change it up for a little girl without using pinks or pastels!

I accept!

Come back Tuesday to see the reveal.


Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Awesome Niece and Nephew!!

I got a call from my sister today and she told me the cutest thing!! My niece and nephew found this chair while they were playing outside and asked her if they could get it and bring it to me to redo!! IS THAT NOT THE CUTEST??!!

Here is the picture she sent me from her phone. My niece threw in her bunny. She's all about staging photos you know!

I'll have to think of something to do to this little guy!

Just when I think they are spoiled rotten they go and do something like this. It just tugs at my heart strings I tell you!! Those DARLING ANGELS~