Sunday, July 31, 2011

This project is killing me...

I'm never too scared to try out a new idea or try to recreate something I've been inspired by, but today I realized something... just because someone else did it, doesn't mean I'm gonna get the same result.

I've always said you should love your furniture and I don't love this.

Let me give you an analogy. I feel like I just made cake and left out an ingredient so I added a substitute but the subsitute made it dry so I added a really sweet icing and that didn't help so now I'm throwing in ice cream. My end result tastes nothing like the Paula Dean outcome I wanted but some off brand dessert. And you "Paula Dean's" out there will know who I mean Tuesday when you see the reveal.

For now I'm leaving it as is. Maybe I won't feel so beat tomorrow and will fix it up.



Friday, July 29, 2011

Knobs, knobs everywhere- but which one do I choose?

Today you're gonna get me on kind of a rant, but when it comes to topics that strike my fancy, the flood gates open my friends!!

Today, this topic is hardware. What's funny is when I first had Ashley I started to work for a hardware store and till this day, I swear I don't remember if we sold any knobs or drawer pulls. I'm sure we must have, but that just wasn't my thing then.

Now a days, I feel like my eyes have a honing device that go directly toward hardware when I see older furniture or walk into a store that provides such necessities.

Now the reason for my post is because I recently encountered a FREAKIN' AWESOME PIECE OF FURNITURE (for free I might add) and noticed it for it's...what...say it with me..."handles". Yes, that's correct. And when the guy said he'd give to me for free, I nearly cried. It was then that I realized how much I adore older pieces of furniture and the hardware that comes with it.
Don't get me wrong, I love buying newer pieces as well, but the mere fact of the intricacy, durability and craftsmanship that went into making these older pieces, simply amazes me!

This new piece I'm about to work on had these massive chunky handles. I have a thing for chunky...sorry. Anyway, I knew when I got it home, I'd be writing a post about these lovelies.

Here are my subjects: (oh and I made up the names of these handles/pulls by the way)

1. Scrolly- delicate pulls- I love these guys more than words and find them on lots of older furniture. The good thing with this type of pulls is you can paint them any color and they will always look beautiful. They are small enough that they won't engulf the whole piece but exquisite enough to act as a strong accent or pop of color.

2. The Massive Pulls- If these look familiar, you may remember seeing them on my china cabinet I named ABE after my grandpa. You can tell the smaller pulls on the bottom of this photo look a little brassier than the massive pulls. I took this picture after I sprayed the massive pulls with a metalic spray to show the difference. Much better, I think!

3. This is what I call my Darcy Handle- I know some of you are saying "what in the world is she talking about. I name stuff. I just do.
So yes, this is my Darcy handle and I named it so because of it's regalness. I think this could go on just about any piece of furniture and add to its value. I've only ever encountered this type of pull once or twice but since brass isn't my cup of tea, I think a nice rubbed bronze sets it off nicely. Again, not too big to over power, but big enough to make a statement.

4. Circle Pull- I don't know what it is about older furniture or if people back in the day were just more creative but they came up with some wonderful hardware! Not like a lot of what's on the market these days. I'm always curious to see what's out there and how it totally works with the furniture it's on. This was on my "roarin' 20's piece".

5. Mod Pull- This was on the freebie desk in my last post. Again, don't know when it was made but look at the craftmanship!!

I always, always try to use the hardware that is already on the pieces I find. For one thing, I'm frugal, not cheap, but I like to keep things under budget (this rule does not apply to coffee!!).

If I find a piece with a pull like this, it is staying on. It might get a little cleaned up, but it STAYS!

Here are a couple that I cleaned up a bit but still used!

As far as newer hardware, there are still tons of stuff out there that are beautiful in their own rite. My all time favorite come from Hobby Lobby. I'm a frequent customer there!! And yes I go when the hardware is half off or I have a coupon!

If you're buying in bulk, there are lots of online places that'll give you a good deal as well.

So the moral to my story is use what you've got!! If a piece already has great hardware, you can ALWAYS paint it to match your decor. You'll be amazed at how people (not us furniture redo-ers) will actually pay attention to it and compliment you on it. The rest of us will just be jealous of the fact that you own this awesome hardware and wish we had it first.

I hope you have a GREAT Friday and enjoyed my rant!


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Thrown Away Thursday- My Freebie Desk!

I'm thinking about writing a post on hardware. Meaning knobs and pulls that I come across that say so much to me. Part of me says "don't judge a book by it's cover" but come can you not with such intricate hardware that is decades old and simply gorgeous. That's it...this topic is "to be continued".

I got a text the other day from my friend Angie asking if I wanted this desk. I all but yelled "YES" at the phone and typed as fast as my fingers would go. She said she was getting rid of it, and would be willing to give it to me free. Hello?!?!
I almost cried!!

So here it is. I'm already thinking about possibilities. There's lots of techniques I've been wanting to try and one of them just might make it on this piece.

Of course you'll have to wait and see on Tuesday but for now if you have any suggestions, I'm always willing to listen.

Have a GREAT Thursday and be looking for my 'hardware' post soon!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Tossed and Turned Tuesday-
Blast from the Past

I have to say I have a rather large WEAKNESS for older furniture. I love the lines, the AWESOME(NESS) hardware, and the groovy bodies they have. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

The best way to modernize this piece was to give it a bright face lift. My choice was this Robyn's Egg Blue color!

Here's the before: rather battered and broken and yellow...

On another note, I had a typical Monday. Doctor appointments for the girls which I couldn't go to because the car battery was dead. I had to reschedule but the next available is in October. Oh and I'm out of vacation days so today was unpaid. Yeah...Good Ol' Mondays.

Hope yours was better.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thrown Away Thursday - $10 Dresser

Oooohh! I have a Dresser to work on this weekend and I CAN NOT wait to get started!!

Oh and on a quick note: If you're in the Dallas area on August 13, I'll be at the SonsStock 2011 in Deep Ellum. It's supposed to be created on the concept of "Woodstock" from what I hear, but I'll give you more details as I have them.

See you Tuesday!!


Monday, July 18, 2011

Tossed and Turned Tuesday-
Deb Inspired Table

The creative juices came to me by way of Deb from Twice Nice. She heard my plea and gave me a rather unusual idea. " Why not look at coffee mugs for inspiration?" she said. I started googling images of coffee mugs and tumblers and found a design on one that reminded me of paper I had recently acquired at a thrift store. The paper wasn't big enough to decoupage but I loved the print so I 'free handed' it onto this table.

The color on top is Celery Green and the blue is an "oops" paint blue.

I painted the print in off white and outlined it with a white paint pen I purchased at Michael's.

In all I'm very happy with the result and happier that Deb helped me out of my rut.

I'm telling you the ideas started pouring, but this one made the cut!!

Here's the before again for your viewing pleasure.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I realize it's still Monday but I couldn't wait any longer.

Oh and if you haven't checked out my posting of the pets...stop by and leave a comment or caption. The ones so far are hysterical!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

When Life Gives You Lemons...
You create a ROCK STAR out of it!!

My dumpster divin' buddy found this table for me that had been thrown out around his neighborhood.

In need of some TLC but totally doable and a small favorite!

This was the only concern I had. The base is metal and the thick chipping paint went all the way up to the top so if it didn't all come off, I'd have some issues. I went ahead and started chipping away at the loose pieces. Some big chunks of paint came off but not like I thought it would.

I sanded the rough edges and figured when I painted it black as planned, it wouldn't show up. Right?...Wrong!! See the outline of the edges.

After I yelled out "CRAP BALLS", I hung my head, put my paint away and went to bed disappointed. That is until the creative fairy planted an idea in my head that night.

Moral of my story is when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade right? Well in this case, if you have cracks on your furniture that JUST WON'T COME OUT, you work with them and incorporate them in the design.

So that's what I did. I taped off all the cracked edges and painted it to match the blue top.

This is the result. My ROCK STAR TABLE! I don't know why I call it that but it reminds me of something you'd see at the Hard Rock Cafe.

So there it is. Up close it kind of looks like the entire thing was originally painted turquoise and covered in black. When the paint chipped away, it showed the original blue color. Kinda cool I think!

Oh! I'll see you Tuesday for a remarkable transformation. The Creative Juices kicked in by the name of Deb. See what she inspired me to do.



Friday, July 15, 2011


I uploaded this photo of my pets to my Facebook page and my family got a kick out of it. I thought it might be fun to see what caption you can come up with for this photo.

FYI: The yorkie is REESE, the chow is TUBBY and the newest family member is KUNU our cat.

Have fun and let the creativity roll!


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thrown Away Thursday - $5 Friday Find

Dear Creative Juices,

I found this table last Friday and of course, you know I had to have it. The problem is my creativeness isn't speaking to me yet.

As you know, I write this series where I show my before pictures on Thursday and their reveal on Tuesday which means I only have the weekend to get it done and photographed. And remember I can't take photos Monday night either because I have a crappy camera that only likes to take good pictures midday and in the sun, but that's besides the point... sorry.

Anyway, part of the reason for this series was to challenge myself and also to try to inspire blog friends to get their creative juices flowing. But lately I've been feeling kinda low on the creative stream. I was hoping you could give me a jolt to see the possibilities with this table so I'll have an awesome outcome for Tuesday. Right now when I close my eyes, I only see my bed and pillows. This is NOT GOOD!

Thanks for listening and if you'd please send a picture or magazine article my way, I'd appreciate it.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Thrown Away Thursday - The Missing Link!

I didn't notice when I purchased these tables that there is A HUGE CHUNK MISSING off of the front of one of them. Crap! How could I miss that??? I think I was distracted by their $3 ea. price tag that I literally snatched them up and didn't take a second look. :(

Oh well! I originally pictured these in a darker gray but when I started painting them, it just didn't feel right. So I asked for help on my Face book page. Nora, my cousin suggested pink for a little girls room. I did like pink however the already dark gray color would mean that I would have to re strip, repaint and hope for a light color outcome. Coreana suggested light gray with antiquing and that worked!

I figured with the missing piece, it screamed "hello, I've led a long life and am worn the heck out", so I painted them that way. What do you think?

Here they are before:

I'm currently having my blog background worked on so bare with me for the time being.

I hope you all had an excellent weekend and didn't get TOO much sun!! I'll see you Thursday for another one of my favorite side tables that I picked up this weekend.



Thursday, July 07, 2011

Thrown Away Thursday -
More End Tables?!?!?!

Yeah, I don't know what my deal is when it comes to end tables. I just have this fondness and think they are SO underappreciated.

I think if furniture could talk, nightstands and end tables would have TONS to say. They hold our drinks for us, our family photos, lamps for our reading pleasures, what books we read, they hear our phone conversations, they hear our thoughts when we talk in our sleep and how do we replay them??? We let them accumulate dust, get bumped and bruised, get chippy paint, and lose all of their wondrous appeal. I say "not on my watch"!!

Come back Tuesday and see if these white(ish), scraped, marked on, neglected tables make you look twice. I hope they will.

See you then,

Tuesday, July 05, 2011


*GASP* I found a "Before" photo that I uploaded to Picasa before my computer crashed!!

Sorry it's just one but you'll have to imagine they all looked pretty much like this. This photo is a before shot of the lamp I purchased from my thrift store in order to start my lamp parade!

Here are some of the after's taken with my phone:

1. Bird Lamp- ( my kitchen in the background). Material was purchased on sale at Ikea.

2. Orange Lamp- Material also purchased on sale from Ikea.

3. My personal Fav- The retro lamp. Look at that amazing crystal base! (sold!) Material purchased at Hobby Lobby.

That my friends, are the first inductees to lampapalooza. Again, wish these were better quality but beggers can't be choosers and right now I'm begging for a better camera and a computer that gives me my pictures back.

I hope you had a great 4th of July weekend!
Rita :)