Monday, April 29, 2013

French Linen Coffee Table

MAY 10!!

Well the date is set for my surgery. I’ll be out of commission for a few weeks but I’m sure I can find something to talk about in the mean time (I always do). Don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted on what’s going on.

In the mean time, let me show you one of my finished “French Linen” projects.

I found this coffee table at a yard sale the other day and picked it up for $5. It’s not one of my normal purchases but as much as things are NOT SELLING right now in my booth, I thought this would be a good change up from my little nightstands.
I’m hoping anyway.

Here is what it looked like before:

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Nice finish…right?? yeah I didn’t think so either.

Here it is in with my new French Linen paint!

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I wanted to keep the light color so I opted for light distressing and used a clear Minwax finish over the whole table.  I’m still dying to try a dark wax on this color, so keep your eyes out for that next.

Sorry this is a quick one, but ’ve been low on the energy level these days as well. I’m crossing my fingers that gets better too.

Thanks for all the well wishes!
Rita

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Good, The Bad, The WONDERFUL

Quote-In my world everyone's a pony and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies  Dr. Seuss
I think it’s time I come clean about me, my life, my kids, and my furniture passion.
Ugh that is so scary quite honestly, but I’m feeling quite…hmmm…what’s the word….”wordy”. I don’t know. Call it what you will, I’m not sexy and I know it…more like, honest and I know it (that’s so not fun).
But first grab a cup of coffee before you  begin to read…

Tossed and Turned Tuesday– 2 Bright Chairs

Quick story:

I got a text this weekend from an old high school buddy that read
“guess who I’m sitting next to that loves Curbside Creations??”.

I was like “WHO?????”

He said “Miriam from high school”.

Miriam was my “big sis” from Drill Team. It turns out she liked my Facebook page and had no idea it was me!!

Apparently they ran into each other and got to talking about old friends they still talk to. He brought up my name and my furniture stuff and she said she didn’t know it was me but she loved my furniture! Isn’t that funny! He put her on the phone and we talked for a while. She mentioned that a week or so ago, her neighbor had a yard sale and she told her husband that she bet the “Curbside Creations Lady” would do something neat to a piece of furniture she had.

ISN’T THAT CRAZY!! I was so excited and it made my day!! Anyway just thought I’d share that “small world” story!!

Now onto the chairs!!

Ok, so I asked for your help on these chairs and got a couple of suggestions. A couple of you wanted them to be a bright yellow or green.  Again, I didn’t have plans for these yet, so was up for any suggestions. I looked in my stash of paint to see what cool bright colors I had. I found one green color that was actually really old so I tossed it and a couple of yellows I had on hand. I tried one but it came out really bright and not so pretty at all (sorry). The other yellow was to dull so instead of either of these colors, I decided on a compromise.

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I chose a fabric with some yellows and greens instead and just painted the chairs white. I figured, this would be easier to match with someone’s décor than the yellow I had, and still incorporate the suggested colors.
Win, Win !! (??) I hope so anyway!

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Still Love these legs!

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Side note: Precaution to purchasing painted black furniture. Black is great for hiding imperfections in furniture, so make sure you notice these things. For example, It looks like a dog used this chair as a chew toy. There were so many bite marks that when I painted it white, they seemed to pop up all over the place. I opted to keep them as added charm to these chairs. Plus I’m a dog lover so I look at them as scars that tell a story.
Someone somewhere, had a crazy chair eating dog that’s for sure. You know we’ve all owned one of those before …

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And in other news:  I decided not to do my Tuesday and Thursday transformations this week because I don’t know what the heck to expect with my medical crap, so I’ll put that on hold until I know for sure. BUT DON’T WORRY…you’ll still hear from me, lord knows I can’t stop talking(writing). And, I realize, I’m your guilty pleasure that  you have to read…so I would never dream of depriving you!!

Ta Ta for now but If I paint anything, I promise to post it Winking smile

Rita

Friday, April 19, 2013

I WON!!

I WON! I WON!!

There were three winners because Hubby Jack (aka Chris) is awesome like that and was kind enough to extend this to the top three contestants. woo hoo!!

so thank you again for voting for me!!
I'm so excited and love you all!!
Rita

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Thrown Away Thursday- Just a couple of chairs…

JUST a couple of chairs??? JUST a couple of chairs you say?

Yeah, I know when some of you open this post, you’ll say “wow, she’s repairing a couple of chairs…ooooohh…wow”(eye roll).

Let me remind you that there were many an artist who took pen to “just paper” or paint to  “just canvas” so alas, these chairs are no different.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Battle of PaintBallian…(dun, dun, dun)

Warning:  This is not for the faint of heart – nor the easily bored from long stories.

In a battlefield far, far away lived two opposing kingdoms known as the Noble and the Covenant.
The Noble consisted of acting commander Brianna and her team, Bianca, Marcus, Jessica and Alexis.
Their Mission: Defeat the Covenant by protecting the Planet Earth by any means necessary.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tossed And Turned Tuesday - Dipped Stools

I’ve don’t typically lie, cheat or steal but when it comes to furniture designs, I just can’t be trusted! Whether it’s a chair or table I see, or even a paint color that just speaks to me, I know in my heart …I must recreate this.  I mean, I never had an imaginary friend growing up, but furniture just talks to me. And yes, sometimes I answer back.

That’s why when I saw this picture in the magazine (not to mention that price tag), I was like “WHAATTTT!!?? $300 for stools that I can pick up at a yard sale for Three bucks!?!?” Pfff yea …I totally had that moment and said that stuff in my head! …commence ripping page slowly and quietly to avoid detection…

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Now I didn’t do it exactly as I saw it in the magazine but that’s not to say it could not be done. I wasn’t about to strip off that black paint in order to get this raw wood look. Instead, I went with blue and white as my color pallet and this was my end result.

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Oh and I didn’t spend 3 buck either haha. More like $18 so that’s still not too bad. The chairs alone were $5 each and I had to buy spray paint which I was out of. But hell, considering I could have purchased a set for a few hundred dollars, $18 suites me just fine!

Not too bad from once looking like this:

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So what knock-offs are you working on? Or have you already done? I’ve shown you two so far, so now it’s your turn, right?!

K, see you later, and don’t forget to vote for me on Hubby Jack’s page so I can get a blog face lift for free. Help put Ashley through college by saving her momma some money!!

And for those of you who already voted for me, Thank you Thank you Thank you and I love you, love you, love you!
Rita

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Monday, April 15, 2013

VOTE FOR ME!

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Like I said before, I don't have pretty clothes or shoes, so a pretty blog is a must!

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A Monday Quickie

Gosh you guys have your head in the gutter!! I mean a quickie makeover, as in this only took me 24 hours from the time I bought it, to the time it was redone (shaking my head)!

I found this chair at just about the only yard sale I had time to look at on Saturday.  We had a Paint ball party for Brianna and were leaving early to drive 45 minutes away to Waxahachie, TX.  We had lots to do that day before we left but I still managed to get ONE piece of furniture that day.

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This guy only cost me $2 and with details like this, how could I pass it up? Even if I had to strap it to my back and lug it home, it was coming with me!

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Oh and don’t worry, I didn’t get any dirty looks from Sammy when I was supposed to be at home preparing for this party, rather than out combing the streets looking for garage sales! Especially after saying I had little money and then coming home with this guy! NO, he wasn’t perturbed…at…all. 

The party by the was was so much fun. It was a loooonnnngg day but in the end the kids had fun.  Oh and the grown up kids did too!

Here’s the kiddo’s before and after photos. You can tell who hid really well (they would be the clean ones)!

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Brianna is the one in the gray V-neck. She gets her boobs from her mom, poor child!!

And now, back to my chair!
I cleaned out my paints and found this color that was cool. It’s kind of gray with blue with a hint of lavender, but in the photo it looks white(??).  I’m just calling it “prism” and moving on. So, here’s my latest chair painted in Prism!! haha

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Have a great Monday!
Rita

Friday, April 12, 2013

5 things!


1. I’m Hispanic and don’t know Spanish nor cook Mexican food (like at all). In fact, I bombed at my first and only attempt at cooking rice.
2. I have no fashion sense so I don’t have many shoes or cute clothes. In fact, just about everything is black and the stuff I do have is outnumbered by the amount of “painting” attire I wear. Sad but true!
3. I used to be a graphic artist for a few years. I have a creative eye but unfortunately it doesn’t come into play when cutting hair. I tried cutting Brianna’s once and said “I AM a graphic ARTIST, I can cut a straight line”. Unfortunately that wasn’t true!
4. I have a big, big heart! (That you already knew) but I bet you didn’t know this story. Hopefully this will be the short version! Ok, so when I had Ashley, I was pretty poor. Sammy and I did what we could to make ends meet. One day she needed formula and I had about ten dollars to my name so off to Target I went to get what I could. As I approached Target, there was a homeless lady drenched in the rain and she had no socks, sweater, etc and looked to be freezing!! I drove up to Target, ran in and got the 5 cans that I could afford. My heart was still on the woman so I put two back and went to buy her some socks. I took them to her and cried. Three weeks later, my grandma called me to tell me a friend of hers had a grandson that was allergic to “similac with iron” (which is what Ashley was on) so she gave what she had to my grandma for me to pick up. That day I got a three and half months’ supply of formula for Ashley. My Grandma and I cried and knew God was watching over me that rainy night! (gives me goosebumps every time!)
5. I never finished college – I was pregnant with Ashley my first year of community college (such a statistic!) and I gave birth the week of my finals. I never went back. I live vicariously through Ashley though, so that works, and I am still smarter than the average bear... but I do have regrets sometimes. I would have been a wonderful sorority sister. But this blog sorority isn’t too shabby either!

I hope you enjoyed looking into the inner workings of me, the Curbside Creator. If you ever have the inkling to know more about me, feel free to ask and I can meet you for coffee or something and we can have a good chat, haha! I love that kind of stuff.

Ok, go off and have a great FRIDAY!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Thrown Away Thursday- Another Hair Brain Plan Involving Stools!

I came across a picture in a magazine the other day while I was waiting to get my car’s oil changed. It was a piece of furniture that caught my eye and knew I wanted to try my had at replicating. So of course I tore the picture out of the magazine and snuck it in my purse…I mean I wasn’t going to steal the magazine (especially with the mechanic guy standing RIGHT THERE!).  It looked easy enough to do and all I needed were…barstools!

Well I found them this past Saturday and now I get to play with this idea!! Yay!

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And since this post is totally boring, let me end with something stupid I did the other day. 

Ok so you all know I work as a move coordinator, right? What that means is we move business units from one building to another and inter-regionally. Still lost...it doesn’t really matter, it’s beside the point anyway. Last week, we moved over 100 people from floor to floor within my building and spent a couple of late nights doing it. On one of those late nights, we had to inspect some furniture (me and my counterpart, Amy). During the inspection we stopped by what we knew needed to be a 5’ long table. We were so tired and out of it at this point and we couldn’t decide if it was 4 ‘or 5’.  We were way too tired to try to find a tape measure so I looked at Amy and said… “we’ll I’m 5 foot tall… should I lay on it?”.  She said “yes”, so I did and guess what? My legs hung off the table so we deemed it a 4‘  table. Don’t know if that brightens anyone’s day but we had a good laugh!

Moral of the story: If you see someone laying on a table at work, it might just be that they actually measuring the table. 

Hope you have a great Thursday!  Rita

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Stencils!! The Cheap way!

The good thing about a stencil is that it doesn’t necessarily have to be the typical “stencil” you find at the store. If you’re lucky enough to have a circuit machine, making your own stencil isn’t a problem, but let’s be honest, not all of us can afford a circuit machine.  Don’t get me wrong, I’d love one but I have that dang Zumba box sitting in my closet that I used once and I really don’t want to hear it from Sammy any more than I have to. The good thing is there are also lots of tutorials online that show you how you can make your own stencil using different mediums, for example using transparencies or vinyl. Now if you are super gung ho and have the time and patience, you can make one like this: P4163528 

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Tossed and Turned Tuesday- Adrian’s Art

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The older I get in age, the more I start to see things from a different perspective. I see things form the perspective of an artist, a buyer, a mother, and yes a teacher. But some things you don’t learn from books, or teachers, or your spouse or friends. Some of he best things learned are from your kids and in this case, my nephew(my other kid) Adrian.

Friday, April 05, 2013

Keeping it in The Family

Well this week was different, that’s for sure. I ended up doing a post Mon-Thurs so why not end the week off right and  do one for Friday as well.  I don’t know if that was a treat for you all or what, but I guess you’ll tell me, right?! Regardless, I’m glad I got to fulfill a weeks’ worth of  posts, so check that off my life’s TO DO list (I really aim for the sky don’t  I?).

RECAP:
This week, with the exception of Monday,  I kept it in the family.
I began the week with a home décor Knock off. So simple anyone can do it!

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Thrown Away Thursday- Adrian’s Creation

This Thursday, I’d like to introduce you to my nephew Adrian.  If you don’t remember, I did a post on him and his desk he helped design last year.

Last week, I got a call from my sister saying he was watching “She’s Crafty” when he piped up and told her that he wanted to paint furniture like his aunt Rita (#preciousboy). So she called to see if he could come over one weekend and help me paint something and did I mention he had a plan! Yeah, he came with plans and all!! 

Enter, this $1 table I picked up Saturday at a yard sale.

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Since he had some great ideas, I thought this would be a good practice piece for him and he agreed. So onto the drawing board we go…literally.  Wish us luck on our furniture painting venture and come back on Tuesday to see what we get ourselves into, haha!

~Rita~

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Washington Trip

Hi everyone! You’re all getting a pretty special treat today, because you’re getting a post from none other than Rita’s own personal sunshine supplier, Ashley! In case you guys don’t know (you should!) Rita’s my mom, and I’m the 19 year old in college.
So here’s the backstory for those of you who might not know. All the freshman at my school did this essay, and the top 40 would be chosen to go to DC over spring break. I have no idea how it happened but mine was one of the ones chosen! This is the rundown of my little adventure Smile
First off, my best friend’s essay was chosen too, so these people have been blessed with two rays of sunshine! But our flight was at 6 in the morning, and they wanted us to meet up to leave at 3 AM!! Is that not the craziest thing?! And me and Ellie haven’t been on an airplane EVER. So that whole experience was crazy. We stayed up all night, and then our first plane ride had turbulence like nobody’s business. We flew to Chicago though, and from there went to DC and that flight was awesome. I had the greatest view!!
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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Tossed And Turned Tuesday- Olivia’s Dresser

The bad part about some of the “treasures” I find is that sometimes the secrets they hide aren’t that good after all (sad). Like this one for example. I picked up Olivia’s dresser/vanity at a yard sale for $10. That was a wonderful price I might add! The man even delivered it to me for free since it was huge and I didn’t live far, which was another perk! Well, now that I’ve gotten the chance to start to work on it, I see that the top piece is in pretty bad shape. So bad that I had to let go and just finish the bottom dresser part on it’s own. 
Remember me saying that they didn’t seem to go together too well. When repainting, it doesn’t really matter because I’ll paint it to match but in this case, the bottom is solid wood (and I mean solid) and the top is particle board. Sometimes you can get away with painting particle board but to me, it depends on the compression of that wood. That’s what will tell you if it will stand the test of time, even if it’s only a little time. This wasn’t going to withstand much of anything at all. The wood was too far gone and it was coming apart all over the place. The compact wood was so soft it was like trying to nail material together. Yeah, not good at all. And yes, it breaks my heart (like big time). So after consulting with Olivia, we decided to finish the bottom and find a different mirror for the top. Or maybe a stand alone mirror that we can mount on the wall.
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Monday, April 01, 2013

Home Décor Knock Off–Block Houses

First Knock of what I HOPE to be more to come!

So I promised some knock offs of some things I’ve seen that ANYONE can do, right?! Yes that means you. Even if you can’t draw, or paint, or make pottery (Cindy). YES, you can do it too. And if it kills me, I’ll find a way to make it happen.  Who’s in??

My first knock off isn’t anything really expensive, but something I’ve seen from one of my FAVORITE Furniture Refurbishers (like I gasp when I see her furniture)! Her name is Barb Blair and I’m sure if you’re anything like me, you know exactly who I’m talking about. She’s the Oprah of furniture! Anyway, she has her own shop and is living my dream really.  Not only does her shop feature furniture but other home décor as well.  Enough already…moving on.

I found these houses she posted about one time and although they are not expensive at all (price tag is $22 for the set), being the thrifty person I am, I thought “I can totally do that for cheaper”. Famous last words, right?!

But here’s the  thing … I did.

Here is Barb’s version of  small wooden houses ($22):
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And here’s mine ($2):
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