Monday, October 31, 2011

Tossed and Turned Tuesday- Cute Mod Table!

Ok guys so I told you I love fun small projects and now you’ll see why!!  Here is the small cutesy (odd priced) table that I did over the weekend:004007008006

What do you think??


I especially love that I can do something quick and get that instant gratification..know what I mean?

I knew I wanted a give the front some sort of print but didn’t know exactly what, so I figured I couldn’t go wrong with shapes, but what shape?  I asked Ash and she said squares while I originally thought circles so I compromised. I googled rectangle shapes and found this lamp shade.  It was my inspiration for the front.


Total I spent less than $10.00 on the whole thing.!!

Lets see the before and after again shall we…

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* A side note from all the blog help I got the other day.  I have downloaded Windows Live Writer and I believe (thus far) that it will save my life.  I haven’t posted this yet so I can’t say for sure because it’s so easy that it’s almost to good to be true!! I’m going to wait until I hit post and see if I crash my computer or something.  But so far so good!!  Thanks to all of my lovely blog friends who came to my rescue!!

Oh and in other news we went to visit our last college this past Saturday.  Soon we will be sending my baby girl off to college.  I’m too young for this!! 

Thanks again and yes I’m still LOVIN’ LIFE!!

Rita Smile

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thrown away Thursday - Cuter than ever Cabinet!

I hope you all are having a fantastic morning!! In Dallas we are having a bit of a weather change and it feels AMAZING outside. I LOVE it!!

This Thursday's treasure is a little cabinet (??) I found at a thrift store one day when I had no money to spend and no time to what did I do... Story of my life!

Thank goodness I did because it's when your not looking to buy anything when you find the best stuff.

I don't know if you can read this or not but the price was $3.93. I know, why not $3.92 or $3.94 right?? Well regardless that's my cup of coffee money so I think I put it to better use wouldn't you say!

The doors gave me a bit of a problem so I'll be working on those today. After that I'll be enjoying the weather of course and planning my next project to tackle. I have plenty, just got to get them prioritized and see what I need buy in order to finish them.

Also, thanks to my friends to help me with my Blog issues. I'm definitely looking into some of your tips and will see what helps with this darn blogger. So thanks again, I appreciate your comments!

Ok, until you hear from me again!! See you Tuesday!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Blog Help!

I know I read some where around blog land that there is an easier way to blog than what I'm currently doing now but I can't seem to find it. Don't you hate when that happens?

My current (time consuming) process:
  1. I download my pictures from my camera onto my computer.
  2. Upload my pictures onto picasa so I can fix them if needed and they always need it.
  3. Download my pictures back onto my computer.
  4. Re(freakin) upload them into blogger.
  1. I have to upload them onto my new post one by one
  2. I usually start backwards in the order I want them to appear on my blog
  3. Once pictures are uploaded I can start writing my text
  4. If I'm careful, and I honestly don't know what that is exactly, I can move between the "edit html" and "compose" tab at the top without getting a gazillion "div" all over the place which stretches the entire post a mile long.
So my dear friends, if you are so kind as to help me figure this out so I can blog more often and with less effort that would be glorious!!

Or if you could point me in the right direction that would help too!!!

Love you and enjoying my LIFE!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tossed and Turned Tuesday's TV Stand

This is my version of Mint Chocolate chip on furniture!

I have to say it looks better in person and now that I have more time, I can actually stage some stuff but this big guy will have to do outside for now!

Here's the top view!! woo hoo!

Side View:

Here's how I accomplished the look.
First I painted it an oops paint color that was in my mind minty.

I left the top alone because I knew I wanted it to be stained dark so after the paint dried I masked it off with my "new" 3M tape that I won. (amazing)

I couldn't adjust the settings in order for you to see the dark stain and green paint so for sake of argument lets just say you can tell that this is Dark Walnut Stain on minty green paint. :)

I just slapped a light coat all over with my sponge brush and wiped away right after.

Next (as in today since the darn thing didn't dry until last night) I'll add some Minwax Finishing Wax to seal it.

And although my before photo probably looks a lot better than my after, I promise it has more character and depth than the 80's look it was rockin' before. Trust me!

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Senior Photos on Sunday

Where was Susie when I was a Senior in High School? I had a really funky photo with big hair and that's about as generic as it got. Sound familiar?

Well this Sunday we did a photo shoot for Ashley's Senior photos and had such a blast. The whole experience is truly something we'll always remember!! It was awesome!!

Susie and her sister-in-law Paige took us to a couple of locations in Dallas this past Sunday. The weather was perfect and it was overcast that day which apparently makes for a great photo. I had no idea!

Paige helped style Ashley's clothes and accessories. We were pretty impressed with her mad accessorizing skills!!

The thing I liked most about the shoot was that they really shot great pictures of how I see Ashley. She did fun, cutesy, age appropriate ones and not one of them felt generic. I was truly touched and kinda wanted to say "aww you know my baby!!". If that makes sense! I just can't wait to see the final photos and post some here!

I'm attaching some of the photos from my perspective. It was fun and Ashley got sentimental at the wrap of the shoot. Good Times!! Thanks Susie and Paige, you girls are AMAZING!!!

See you tomorrow for Tossed and Turned Tuesday!!! Paint is still drying...

Friday, October 21, 2011

I'm Free!

beep...beep...beep...This just in....Rita of this here ol' furniture transformation blog just lost her day job today.

Normally I'd say oh no, but it is truly such a relief. It's been a long time coming and I've needed desperately to get out. My soul needed a change and that's just what it got. I called my sister and told her and she was ecstatic. She told me "come to my job, I'll buy you lunch and we'll get through this!" When I got out of the car she was standing there with her arms open and I yelled (from the movie Beaches) "Free at last, free at last, Thank God Almighty I'm free at last". Then we ran to each other and hugged. It was awesome! She knew exactly what I was feeling.

So next on the agenda is getting working on some furniture for next months market!

I'm happy to start a new chapter and if you start to see a change in my blogging demeanor that just means a huge weight has been lifted. A weight that has been weighing me down for quite some time now and literally draining me of my sunshiny excellence!! I really am a positive person... I've just had to get a kick in the pants to find her!

Wish me luck out there!!


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Thrown Away Thursday- TV Stand Anyone??

Back to our regularly scheduled program...

Sorry, yesterday was kind of crazy for me (to say the least)!! I thought I had pictures uploaded that weren't, so I went home during lunch so I could do some uploading. Well that see my pups...what can I say! :)

The TV Stand Project:

I love this! I really kinda want to keep it this way but can't because...well...I'm me. I also loved the sticker price. I found it a church garage sale along with my kitchen island. This was one of the pieces I found early one morning and had to call to wake up Sammy to help the guy delivering it, unload it from his car. If you didn't read that post, lets just say Sammy had been wanting a new car and I wasn't budging. On he way home from the church that day...I finally budged.

The price for this stand was originally $40 I believe, but because it was the last day of the sale I got it for $15. It's in GREAT condition too!!

I'll also tell you that I already have inspiration for this piece. It's a little unorthodox but here it is:

Yep! It's mint chocolate chip ice cream!

See you Tuesday!


Monday, October 17, 2011

Tossed and Turned Tuesday-
Keepin' It In the Family

This plant stand took a totally different turn from what I originally had planned!! I was thinking bright colors, some retro paper... but not this retro... There's a story here folks so bear with me.

My grandparents have lived in their house for over fifty years and this since my grandfathers passing, lets just say things are changing around the house. Changing by way of remodeling. Although there are mixed feelings with the "new" changes going on, I think I've found a way to keep some of the permanent fixtures around!

I was actually quite thrilled when my aunt said she had something for me from the remodel and handed me the wallpaper from my grandparents accent wall for lord knows how many years. I was almost ecstatic!!

I knew then, that this plant stand was meant to be in the house and would dawn what else??? The living room wall paper... :) So here's what I did.

First, I removed those hideous leather circles.

I used them to trace circles onto the back of the wallpaper and cut them out.

I was going to use my mod podge to glue the circles down but this wallpaper was quite thick so I opted for heavy duty spray adhesive instead.

I haven't shown my aunt and grandma the finished product yet but I'm sure they'll be thrilled.

Again, here is what it looked like before:

I have to say even though this isn't what I originally had in mind (not to mention, pretty darn old school) it is very sentimental and I'm glad I can put a piece of history back into the old house~

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Thrown Away Thursday- $5 Plant Stand

I think I'm notorious for making an object appear squished in a photograph. I need to get some advice from my friend Susie on how to make a shot look angled and not distorted! Oh well...

This week I'm taking this $5 find and hopefully (crossing fingers) giving it a great transformation. I hate the dark color. It needs life don't ya think?

Also, you know I'm fond of old furniture and all, but I have a confession to make. I really don't like leather on furniture. Call me crazy but I prefer it on clothing or shoes. I'm just sayin'!
Thank goodness these little leather tortillas came off like peeling a band aid of a scratch.
Off to visit a college for Ashley this weekend so I'll have little time this weekend to work on this. Then to an Indie fair on Sunday, so that's why say "crossing fingers".
Hope you have a great rest of the week!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Tossed and Turned Tuesday-
Good bye Miguel- Hello Madison!

The last time you saw this chair, it came out of my mom's garage and into my hands. She bought it for my brother when he was little and gave it to me to redo! And redo ... I did.

Here it is before:


It went home with Megan's daughter Madison from Miss Madison's Charmed Life. She loved it and it fit her perfectly!!

Fit for a princess!!


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