Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tossed and Turned Tuesday- AJ Revisited

The reason I named this piece AJ, in case you don’t remember, is because I spent a lot of time mixing colors only to realize that I had painted it the same color of my China Cabinet Abe.  Talk about frustrating! It wasn’t an exact color match but it was pretty darn close. IN FACT Sammy was the one that named him Abe Jr and the name stuck – AJ!

If you read the post before this one, you’ll see the many stages of AJ.  First he was a dingy 50’s yellow with gold trim (and yes he looks better in the photo than his true to life 50’s nostalgic self) but he really needed lots of TLC.  Paint was chipping everywhere, hardware was stripped or nonexistent, pieces were loose or gone, you get the idea.  So after I painted him exactly the same color that I never meant to, he was transformed yet again to a cool beige color that didn’t really fit his personality at all. 

Now here he is, in my bathroom, where the girls want him out of, but I think he’ll stay.

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I know this is a funny angled shot but it’s hard do get my body contorted in order to get a picture with the rug!

The color is a light grey called Gentle Rain (middle)

 gentle rain behr

I kept the inside and trim beige, which was the color I had painted it before. Partly because I wanted a light color trim and partly because I’m lazy and was not about to paint that thing again!

I like it and I’m hoping it grows on my kids because I really don’t want to move it again.  Gosh I’m honest today!

Have a great Tuesday and don’t forget my contest ends tomorrow!

Happy Blogging!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Thrown Away Thursday–Did you think I’d forget??

Since I’ve decided to downsize on all of my collectible junk or should I say…”curbside treasures”, it leaves me less of a selection to do my fun Thursday/Tuesday posts…HOWEVER….that doesn’t mean I can’t transform something I already have!!  AHEM… Like this guy for example.


He started out looking like this:


Then he was transformed to this:


And now he’s back to this:


As you see, Ashley is modeling this stripped down jewel.  It was going to go to  my cousin Nora but it didn’t work out so I think I might just repaint it and keep it.  I’m undecided at the moment.

And just a note on Ashley’s socks…this usually means one of two things:

1. She is a bright shiny person and her socks reflect her spirit!


2. She has such a messy room, she can’t find a pair that matches!

If you guessed “both” -  you’re right!

Don’t forget to sign up for my give away!! You know you want to!

Happy blogging!


Tuesday, January 24, 2012



Are you ready for my contest?!?!   Well it's time for me to tell you what it is!!

Have you ever wanted a furniture make over but are just not inspired? Do you have a piece of furniture lurking around the house that has seen better days?  ( I know you do!) Do you want a furniture make over but don't know where to start????  (Built up enough for you??)

Well not anymore!!  If you want me to do a furniture makeover, all you have to do is ask and you're entered to win a free furniture make over by "Curbside Creations".

You have 4 chances to enter!
All you have to do is comment  (up to 4 comments) on my blog post between Jan.25 - Feb. 1. Each comment will be counted as one entry.  The winner will be announced on Feb. 3 which is my birthday!

All you have to do is:
1. Like me on Facebook and comment that you did.
2. Share my link on Facebook and comment that you did.
3. Tell me your favorite quote! (just because it's fun)
4. Tell me your favorite blog post of mine just so I know you're reading

Remember winner will be announced on Friday, Feb. 3.

Of course there are rules...this is a contest!

  1. Comments must be on my blog post, not Facebook! Facebook comments will not be counted.
  2. Furniture must be reasonable in size.  Nothing huge like a china cabinet or dresser. rule of thumb is if you can't lift it, it's too big!
  3. Shipping is not included.  This doesn't mean you can't participate if you're not local, just that you are in charge of your own shipping.
  4. Make sure you have your email connected to your comment or simply leave it in the comment itself. If your having problems, email me directly at so I can get you entered!

Ok, have fun and good luck!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Can you say…YUCK!?

I’ll admit it, if I’m on blogger looking at my reading list and I don’t have a lot of time to blog hop, I’ll look at the pictures and gauge which ones I’ll check out and which ones I’ll save for another time.  If you see this picture, I’ll be one of those skips!


So this is my mantle post Christmas Decorations and it’s atrocious!!

I don’t want to put anything up there until I know what it’s gonna be and right now I HAVE NO IDEA. 

So I’m asking you for help…..HELP!!!!

If you see something out there on Pintrest or anywhere, send me some help would you please??

Oh and just so you know, the bottom of the fireplace is  1 1/2 feet off the ground so we don’t use it because it we have to install a screen and we haven’t done that yet.

Comments, concerns, ideas, or if you just want to tell me how ugly my fireplace is…you’re all welcome!!



Sunday, January 22, 2012

Just a Touch of Color

Sometimes a touch of color can add a lot of PUNCH to a room.

Case in point, this decorative piece that my friend Brock brought over for me to paint.  He loved the design but didn’t like the the wood finish so much.


Beautiful, right?!

The reason you see blue behind this piece is because I taped off the back before I painted it so it would prevent bleeding:


See as my lovely assistant Brianna models this for me.  Of COURSE she asked me not to get her hand in the shot or say her name for that matter, so don’t tell her for me ok (shhhh)

Here is the finished piece in the color Brock chose:


I think it looks great!! Don’t you?

Be ready to read all about my give away this week. Can’t tell you when exactly …you just have to come back and see!

Hope you have a GREAT week!


(and just incase you think you liked this thing better in a wood finish, I kinda did too but it wasn’t mine and I was paid to paint it. Sometimes we don’t always get what we want. Just thought I’d that in Smile)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


So I got my coffee cozy from Alaska today and I LOOOOOOVVVVEEE IT!

Isn’t it beautiful!!?


I even got to pick out the vintage fabric! And here she is in USE as of this morning!! (yay!!)



This morning as I was describing it to my husband, Ashley sat cracking up at me because she said the enthusiasm I had while describing it sounded like I  was in an infomercial. This got me to thinking…

You know that’s not a half bad idea. IN FACT…I think my infomercial would go a little something like this!!

Have you ever gotten your coffee in the morning and the heat seeps right through the cardboard?? Have you ever cut your finger on the hard ridge of that darn paper holder?? Or how many times have you gone to Starbucks and they are out of these holders and they try to double cup it thinking it will do the trick??? 

Well not with my new cup cozy from Stephanie’s Masquerade Coffee Cup!!

These delightful and comfortable cozies keep your hand warm and protected from heat.  And no more paper cuts!!  NAY I SAY. 

Can you imagine going to work with one of these one of a kind cozies?  Just imagine how bright your day will be when you see it as you enter your office!!


So paper holders be gone!!!



It fits right in your hand, is so soft and comfortable and even comes in the fabric of your choice!!

No more cardboard for these sir!



*I am not paid for this advertisement – just love my gift!

**Person in photo is not (AT ALL) a model so don’t pay her much attention!



Thrown away Thursday will be postponed this week but I have great stuff happening next week! You just never know what you’re gonna get with me!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Tossed and Turned Tuesday – Squared Away

I’m starting to get my life back on track after being out of work for a month and then with the holidays, it’s easy to have a month (plus) go by right before your very eyes! I feel like the dust is settling and I’m getting a chance to plan out my life now. Needless to say, I think this post title speaks true on different aspects of my life.

I’ve got some great plans for this year and can’t wait to get started!! First of which being a fun little give away at the end of this month with the winner being announced on my birthday, Feb.3.  There is a catch though, so stick around for more details.

On to the square table I picked up somewhere and gave a little transformation to.  Subtle changes can make a world of difference!


I even painted inside the drawer with some left over paint I had.  I thought that was a good alternative to using paper since this drawer was so big.

Here are the before photos:


Man that drawer is kind of nasty isn’t it? Ewww…but don’t worry I cleaned whatever that spot was. I scrubbed it so much Mr. Clean would have been proud.

All this took was a couple coats of oops paint , some light distressing, and wood stain. Handles were coated in Metallic spray paint since I STILL haven’t gone to get rubbed bronze yet.

On a side case you ever hear me talk bad about nature, it’s because I’m not one with it. Never was, never will be.  Today a bird pooped on my hand while I was outside painting. What are the odds?!  I think its safe to say nature hates me too!

Happy blogging and stop back by soon,


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thrown Away Thursday–Square Table and NEWS!

I’m actually gonna cheat this time because I don’t really have anything new to post about, however I ran across this table I picked up in November and totally forgot to post about it.

So I saved myself on this one *whew* and bought myself some time.

I can’t remember how much I spent on this table, but I’m sure it’s safe to say it wasn’t more than 5 bucks! Here it is before.  Not in bad shape at all just needs a little color enhancement.


Well at least most of it anyway.  This top seriously needs some work!


Gotta, love my photography skills. Notice the off centeredness and that glare from the sun. It takes a special someone to capture these on every shot!

Stay tuned for the after shot.  OH AND NOW FOR MY NEWS!

I’ve decided on a new years resolution for Curbside Creations (still working on my personal ones). I LOVE, LOVE giveaways and since I don’t have any corporate sponsorship and can’t give away any of those awesome toys and trinkets you get from your local hardware or craft stores, I’ve decided to give you something EVEN BETTER!!! BUUUTTTT…You’ll have to wait to see what it is…ooohhhh I’m so bad!

I’ll keep you posted,

Rita (If you want to know really bad, I do take bribes!)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Don’t Shutter at The Thought of Bare Doors!

So my friend Michelle has a very talented 19 year old Cassie. She is a Freshman in college and a very precious girl, not to mention a girl after my own heart!!

As long as I’ve known Michelle, she’s had these great ideas for vision boards, redoing her bedroom, furniture redo’s, etc.  We’ve tackled some of those ideas but when it came to her bedroom door, I think Cassie really hit the nail on the head with this one.

See her mom Michelle, was tired of looking at her plain white door, but what do you do with shutters, right?  Well.. You basically take this…

Doors - Before

And turn them into this…

Doors After


She took a picture from the web and stenciled it onto these doors.  Can you imagine how hard it was to accomplish this and she did it in one day!

I can only imagine what her future holds with an imagination like that!!

If you look close you can see where she painted the poppy plants as circles which totally goes with this tree and brings a girlish flare to these boring white doors.


Also be on the look out for a contest coming up in the next few weeks!! I’ll be posting it to Facebook and my newsletter as well!

See ya Thursday!

Rita :0

Monday, January 09, 2012

Tossed and Turned Tuesday–Curbside TREASURE!

I’m feeling pretty good about this one guys!!  Might find a place for it in my boring living room!


And the best part is it was ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!  Let me define….free!

  1. Table was found on the corner – Free!
  2. Paint was a gift from my mom for Christmas – Free!
  3. The stencil was in a stencil book from my sister – also a gift – FREE!!!
  4. Handles were left over from a project from last year – FREEEEE!!

Now let me show you what I started with and why my girls were afraid to touch it.


Not exactly what you want to pick up off the curb and bring into your home is it? But with a little imagination, colorful paint, and amazing stencils, this is what you can create!

I’m also reminded of when I was in school and my teacher wanted us to color in the lines.  I don’t think those rules applied to me. I love painting on furniture or seeing what I can come up with to really make them shine. I think this piece really captures “Curbside Creations”. I mean if you saw this on a corner would you pass it up?  I THINK NOT!


Granted, there are some spots that are worn more than others but I love this, bruises and all.

Have to say thanks again to Olivia for my SUPER AWESOME stencil book by Lotta Jansdotter and oops paint from my mom that was packaged so sweetly.  You guys are a big part of imagination that went into this table and so I thank you!!



Thursday, January 05, 2012

Thrown Away Thursday– New Years Curbside Find!

Did you miss my Thursday postings??? You can be honest. I missed posting that’s for sure.

This Thursday’s post is a “real” curbside find. In fact it belongs to the family down the street. They put it outa few weeks ago and I about died!!

I told the girls to get out of the car and grab it for me but nooooo…the mere look of mortifying terror shot across both of their faces so I came back for it by myself. (KIDS pfff!) They should be lucky it was still there.







It is missing a pull and has lots of wear and tear but I think I can manage.  This is gonna be interesting!!

Welcome back from the holidays!

Rita Smile

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Dyandra’s Desk

First of all I hope you had a wonderful holiday and even better New Year!!

Are you ready for 2012?? I am, and I’m even more super excited that I’m starting it off with furniture orders…be still my heart. I was looking at my calendar from 2011 and I have it written down that I got my first Etsy order on Jan. 19. Isn’t that awesome!!? It doesn’t seem like it’s going on a year now that I’ve had my own shop and “Curbside Creations” business.

I wanted to share a desk I did last year for Dyandra. She sent me the photos of it in her house along with a new clear chair she had ordered specifically for the desk and I for one think it looks great. This is the before and after shot if you need a refresher of what this blue desk looked like before a little dose of TLC! : Blue Desk.


I love the way it matches the crystal knobs! It’s like they’re soul mates who’ve found each other at last!! Haha, sorry for the cheese. This Christmas it’s been nothing but Hallmark Christmas specials! Can we say, magical!?

Expect good things from Curbside Creations in 2012! My ultimate goal for the new year, is to get a professional camera that can deal with the yellow glares in my house; so hopefully I’ll at least be able to deliver some rock star photos!

Check back often to see what 2012 has in store for curbside bound furniture. So many curbs, so little time!

Happy blogging,