Friday, October 14, 2011

It's About Time

(Swedish Antiques Biz)
I just adore Swedish clocks! I hope to own one one day but they are very pricey.

When I saw this Pier One version in Country Living back in the spring my heart went pitter pat. It looked amazing but alas when I went to see it in person I was a little disappointed at how short it actually is. For $100 I wanted something much taller so unless it goes on clearance it will not be coming home with  me.
For months I have been looking for some type of grandfather clock. I even have been to look at a few but decided for what ever reason not to purchase them.

Alas, last night the junking fairies must have been very busy! 

On the way to school this morning I spotted this beauty sitting on the curb waiting for a new home! I had to do drop off first so I was crossing my fingers it was going to still be there once I circled back around. It was and I hopped right out to shove it in the car. I know the middle schoolers waiting for the bus must have thought I was a crazy lady!;)

I am almost positive she does not work anymore but she did have her key with her and after spending the night outside and enduring the sprinkler she does show a few signs of wear and tear but that is fine by me! I have great plans for her! 

This blue is a bold statement!

I am really loving this version as well. Yep, the wheels are spinning in my head and after she is beautified just maybe we can get her working again! 

I forgot to mention that at the beginning of the week I also found this clock out at the curb as well! It must have been a bad week for clocks!

Linking up to the following parties:
Treasure Hunt Thursday
Thrifty Thursday


New Life to Plain Bar Stools

I picked up these wood stools about a month ago. I wanted to get them all painted quickly but that did not happen. I ran out of my beloved chalk paint and thought I could getaway with not stripping the legs of the stools. BIG HUGE mistake!! I used my every day latex pant and well I was not surprised that after I finished painting the one the paint scratched right off. So learn from my lesson! You MUST strip or prime if you are not using chalk paint! These stools had a very shiny top coat and even though I sanded them down it was just not enough.

I ended up stripping all four stools and wouldn't ya know right after I was able to get more chalk paint in!  

I used Old White as the base coat and Paris Grey as the top coat. I then did the normal routine of clear wax and then dark wax to achieve the aged appearance.

I loved how they turned out but I wanted to add a little something special to the tops.

I decided to try my hand at a technique of transferring images with wax paper. I had seen many projects around blogland and just think they are fabulous. Let me warn you this is a trial an error project all the way! If you get perfection the first time out you are lucky and need to share your tips!;) 

I picked out some graphics from The Graphics Fairy. This one was just an ornate scrolly picture. I love that it did not come out terribly dark but more faint. 

The antique clock stool is my favorite! If somebody decides they are not into the images I can always sand the tops down easily and repaint um. Here is hoping somebody else loves um as much as I do though.
If you are in the Houston area and want more info on these stools head on over to Finch & Co. Designs.

Linking up to the following parties:
Show & Tell Friday
Furniture Feature Friday
Feathered Nest Friday
Inspiration Friday
Vintage Inspiration Friday
Home Sweet Home Friday
Fridays Unfolded
Farmhouse Friday





Thursday, October 13, 2011

Out At The Cottage

 
With Round Top behind us Marci and I spent  a few days last week getting the shop back together. She took a TON from the Cottage and thus it was pretty much starting from scratch. We moved a LOT of furniture around and now every room looks completely different than before!

I have to admit I actually loved moving the furniture around and finding new homes for it.

This is my favorite room now. We refer to it as the turquoise room. 

I just love how it all came together! For some more eye candy hop on over to The Old Oak Cottage. I am getting ready to do a new post!:)

Before I go I want to give a shout out to Traci and Dusty! These gals drove an hour out to The Old Oak Cottage today just to come and say Hi and to let me know they follow my blog! I was a little giddy to say the least!;) I really enjoyed chatting with um and hearing all about their Round Top trip. Thanx ladies for stopping in and I hope you had a fun day of shopping! Come on back anytime!:)


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Treasure Hunt Thursday #27 & Highlights

Did ya see me!? I was just doing the happy dance y'all! We  got all the up to  34 party goers last week!! Wow!! I am beyond thrilled and am soo very excited to watch this party grow every week! Thank you to everybody who came by to link up. I hope to see ya every week! I also wanted to take a moment as well to thank all my new followers this past week! I appreciate y'all so very much!
For those who contacted me and said they were having issues I apologize greatly! I had Brent check everything out and he said all was good on this end that it may have been that the link back was not entered correctly? That is all he could think of. Sorry again!
There were so many amazing links to choose from last week which made it  hard to choose just three. With that said I will be starting to share a few more links on my FB page so be sure to Like me to see if you are featured over there!;)

Shannon over at Anythingology is a gal after my own heart! She waited and waited and finally got this amazing chandy she had been stalking on clearance! Head on over and read all about it!

If you have not been over to see Gina's little girl room turned guest room head on over to A Sense of Design. It is just beautiful!

OMG this chest redo over at Design  Disorder is to die for!!

As always thank you ladies and be sure to grab your "I've Been Featured" button!!

Now on to this weeks party!
As with all parties there are the normal rules. You must link back to From My Front Porch To Yours. Just common courtesy. Only link up to your Treasure Hunt Thursday post and NOT your blog homepage. Please no advertising. Also be sure to visit at least the link before you and after you to just say Hi! It makes partying all the more fun!



Oh Junking Fairy!!

So I was perusing the local yard sale site today and my oh my what did my wondering eyes find!!  The wheels in my head started turning double speed and I emailed the link to The Hubster who in turn thought I had lost my mind. He was not amused in the least.

When I look at her my eyes get classy.

I see what great bones she has.


I see how beautiful she must have been at some point in time.
I see how beautiful and dreamy she could be!! If I only knew how to reupholster I would have been over to the ladies house in a minute. She just emailed me and said she is 72 inches long and still in need of a loving home. Sigh....So yes Junking Fairy if you happen to have the time I would so love for you to pick her up and bring her to me!;)

I really am not crazy just a dreamer!:)

Hope your Wednesday is going well!


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Mini Chalk Boards

I went back to HomeGoods today in search of a third pedestal frame and surprisingly enough they had two left! I was sure they would be sold out but they were not and so I took it as a sign that I was suppose to follow thru with this project!;)

I also purchased Peel & Stick chalk board made by Wallies. My thought at first was to have The Hubster cut me out small pieces of wood that I was going to paint with chalk board paint so that I could turn the frames back into actual frames some day if I wanted to. Well he said why don't you use that stick on stuff. Okay, so I guess he does have good ideas every now and then!;) 

This project took all of 10 minutes! The Peel & Stick Chalk Board was super easy to stick on and did not leave any bubbles! Super easy to peel off as well which is a major plus. I had to reposition one of them. Thankfully it came with some chalk as well because I did not have any on hand and would have been majorly bummed.

I really like these pedestal frames as chalk boards! I can use them in a grouping for the seasons or by themselves. They would be great as names for place settings or even for labeling dishes during a dinner buffet party. Very versatile I think.

Though I loved how easy the Peel & Stick was to use I was NOT happy that all it took to scratch it was my finger nail!:( Now I will have to redo this one.

Hope your week is going well!
Linking up to the following Linky Parties:
Table Top Tuesday
Wow Us Wednesday


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Curtains Up!

This is the view I have now from my desk here in the kitchen where I do all this blogging madness. Before I take you in to see the new guest room curtains let me show you where this room started.

Here is the guest room before we moved in. At the time I saw plain and boring builder beige walls.

I then decided that I wanted to bring color into this room and do a whimsy cottage chic feel if that is even a style. Ha! I got the brilliant idea to paint the headboard The Hubster and I made red. I use the term brilliant loosely. The red headboard is STILL out in the garage. I strip a bit off of it everyday. Hoping by Thanksgiving it will be completed and back in the room just in time for our holiday guests!

Here is the guest room today with the antique shutters hung and the new curtains up! Yes, this is where you can state the obvious that indeed I painted the room back to it's almost original color. All I have to say is that it is fun watching  on our blogs how much our taste change and evolve over the years. 

I flipped thru some of my fave inspiration magazines trying to get an idea on what type of rod to use to hang the panels. Most of them showed a very simple ball ended rod. Easy enough and thankfully WM had one because I was not wanting to run to HobLob last night. I used just plain clips instead of sliding the curtain panels straight onto the rod. I wanted the little extra length that clips provide you.

I love how they puddle just a tad!

I had two pairs of curtains. One was the lace and the other were just plain white panels. I decided that I wanted to continue to have the room feel bright and airy so I went with the scalloped lace panels. They believe it or not were just $14.99 for the pair at Ikea!! They are called Alvine Spets if you are interested in getting a pair of your own. I highly recommend them!

I am very thankful that I was able to pull off the vision I had for the window. Sometimes ya just never know! Total cost to achieve this look was a tad less than $50. The most expensive thing was the rod at $14 and the two set of clips at $7 each. I paid less than $5 for the pair of antique shutters and the Ikea scallop lace panels were just $14.99. 

And a special thanx to my very helpful assistant today! Littliest helped to make sure everything was just right during the photo shoot!;)

Hope your weekend is going well! Thanx so much for taking the time out of your day to stop by and say Hi!

I am linking up to the following linky parties:
Sunday Showcase Party
Metamorphosis Monday
Amaze Me Monday
Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday


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