More Furniture Makeovers

I've been working on putting more furniture in my booth by this Friday. I have an upholstered chair with some not nice pink fabric that I got at a garage sale. I also have a small side table and a chest that I bought at an estate sale. Estate sales are my favorite way to shop now. I went to one for the first time a couple of weekends ago. I couldn't believe all of the deals. I should have a garage full of furniture to work on BUT I did not get there early enough on the last day. This company that puts on the estate sales has everything 50% on the last day. I definitely learned my lesson! I thought I would get there toward the end and make an offer on several rooms full of furniture. I can't wait until the next one they have. Next time I'm going to stock up.

Here is a before of the pink chair


It had so many knicks in it so I sanded and sanded and then sanded some more.

I painted two coats of Annie Sloan Old Ochre with a foam roller. Then, I sanded it with very fine sandpaper and it was sooo smooth!

Then, came the fun part...upholstery! Let's just say I'm upholstery challenged. This was another "took me forever" job. But I am happy with the results. I bought some striped linen fabric from Hobby Lobby that I absolutely love! The texture is great and I'm lovin' the stripes.

Here she is all prettied up!


I will share the chest and small side table tomorrow.


Linking to Cowgirl Linkup Party

Moving Day!

I feel like it has been forever since I wrote y'all. :)  The booth I lost out on turned out to be a blessing. The man from the antique store called me the next day and said that he had moved some stuff around and had freed up a full booth and half booth and that I could decide which one I wanted! I was jumping up and down like a maniac! My little girl said "I can't believe it! Now you and Daddy are both going to be making a living!" HA! She's too sweet.

We went and checked out the booths. Jason talked me into the half booth. He knew I would kill myself trying to fill the large booth up in a week. I have to admit I was relieved when I signed the papers for the half. That's a much better start for me.

I bought a French Provincial hutch for MY dining room but decided to paint it with chalk paint and put it in the booth. I know I spent over 20 hours working on this thing getting it "perfect". You know how people show you these fabulous before and after pics of hutches and you think "Oh, how lovely. I think I will paint one of those". What I thought was going to be easy was NOT at all! I don't want to go through every little detail about painting the thing but let's just say it was a challenge. Thank goodness, my husband is a smart man and gave me some "Oh yeah! Duh!" tips like taking the back off of the hutch in order to paint the inside. It was stapled on. It was hard to get it off but it was worth it. We were able to take the shelves out to paint them and get to the inside more easily. I seriously, have no idea how I would have painted the inside if the back would not have come off. Only two doors actually open. That is one thing I will always check when buying a hutch, a removable back!

This is a before pic


And here it is after 20+ hours of work. I painted it with Paris Grey and did a French Linen wash on top. The inside is painted Light French Grey by Behr.  I LOVE the color! It turned out so much better than I thought it would. My pics don't do it justice. My dining room has terrible lighting.




Although, you may not be able to tell from the pics the overall distressing and French Linen wash is subtle. The pic of the entire hutch is more close to what the actual color and distressing looks like.

We moved the hutch into my booth last Thursday. A lady was wanting it as we were rolling it in before we got it put together. She said she wanted her daughter to see it. So I don't know if she came back and bought it or not. I'm working on a small side table, chest, chair, and other small things. I hope to add all of these this week. I'm also waiting on some burlap to hang on the walls. I will post pics of the booth when I get it all put together. So exciting!


Linking to Savvy Southern Style

Antique Booth?

I have been insanely busy this week. I  have been wanting my own antique booth to sell some of this stuff I've been collecting. I went everywhere looking at antique malls that I would be willing to drive to that weren't too far away. Luckily, my favorite one is the closest to my house. I was going to get a booth in this popular mall but I missed it and someone got it before me. I have to wait until the end of the month and see if any new ones open. At first, I was upset but then I felt so relieved. I wasn't ready and I was making myself crazy going around trying to find enough stuff to put in the booth. The entire reason I collect things is because I enjoy it. I am going to take my time and build up my inventory and get a lot of furniture painted so when one does come available I'll be ready and I can enjoy the entire process. And I know I have so much to learn!

In the mean time I am looking at lots of pics of booths to get ideas on setting one up. Here are some pics that I have found and pinned.

Finding Home
Collected Treasures
Whimsy Decor
Junk Bonanza

Do you have an antique booth? Any advice for those just starting out? 

Sofa Shopping

My poor 7 year-old sofas have had it. But they are so comfy! They are definitely the kind you just want to sink into. Since we sink into them so much the poor cushions are pitiful. The fabric is chenille and the texture has flattened. But I do love it. My husband complains about it though because he says you can't sit up because the back cushions are so horrible. I say who needs to sit up anyway?

Mandy from Cre8ive Motives bought a beautiful sofa from Haverty's. I looked at it online and thought it was perfect. Last weekend, while my daughter and I were suppose to be at the movies, we dropped in Haverty's to look around. I found Mandy's gorgeous sofa and I loved it! I walked around some more and saw another one made with linen fabric only it had 3 seat and 3 back cushions. The sales lady saw me drooling all over it and told me they had the same sofa that someone had ordered and decided they didn't want it so it was $400 off! SOLD!


Isn't my family room so pretty? I rushed my new sofa home and decorated and painted my family room in one week. Yeah right (Haverty's pic, of course).  I love the color and it really has that relaxed cottage feel I was going for. Now if I could just get rid of all of my old furniture! I still have my 2 old sofas and my old dining set. My house looks like a used furniture store gone bad. Hope to get some "real" pics up of my sofa and family room makeover soon.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Planting Flowers in a Watering Can


I love to plant flowers in "old" watering cans. I found a blue, chippy watering can at TJ Max. I love this color blue! It really stands out in my flower bed. And the rust and distressing on it are just perfect.



You can tell from the above pic that the opening is not very large. I knew I wanted a variety of flowers of different heights, shapes, and textures but how in the world was I suppose to fit them in it? I found the solution with Confetti Garden! This container of flowers was at WalMart. It already had a great variety planted together and the bright pink colors really popped against the blue.


Here is a close up of the card with the names of all of the plants in this one small container.


I added my Miracle Gro potting soil to the can along with the flowers. Since this can didn't have an opening for drainage I had to drill some holes in the bottom.


I would have never been able to buy all of those separately and fit them in the container. And another good thing...the flowers were less than 10 bucks!


Sooo pretty! If you are having trouble picking out flowers for containers you may want to look for Confetti Garden flowers. It makes it so easy! (And no, I wasn't paid to write any of this. I just think they're fabulous!)

Pantry Door Chalkboard

I have been wanting to hang a chalkboard on my pantry door for a while. I have seen many tutorials on turning your pantry door into a chalkboard. But with the way my door is made (plastic with faux wood grain and faux inserts) that wasn't going to work.

So I did the next best thing. I bought a mirror at Target for 5 bucks and spray painted it with chalkboard paint and hung it on my pantry door. Voila!

The $5 mirror leaning on my plastic pantry door.


My cute assistant reading the instructions on the spray can.


My cute assistant shaking the spray can.

The mirror on top of the saw horses about to be sprayed

After a couple of thin coats of chalkboard spray paint.


Here's my new chalkboard! I bought a roll of command adhesive (removable kind) and cut it into strips and placed the pieces of adhesive all over the back of the mirror. I then tied some burlap/jute ribbon (from Wal-Mart) into a bow and hot glued it to the back of the mirror. I also put a tiny nail  into the door that the bow is laying on to hold it up. It is sooo cute! I love it!! 




Silk Ruffle Pillow Tutorial

Silk and drop cloth had a conversation and this is what they came up with


Supplies:
Pillow form
Silk
Drop Cloth

Measure your pillow form and cut drop cloth. For instance, if your pillow is 12 X 16 cut one piece this size. Then, since we are making an envelope pillow the back is going to be two pieces. Cut 2 pieces that together will be about 3 to 4 inches longer so they will over lap. If your pillow form is 12 X 16 then your 2 pieces will be 8 X 16. So together when those 2 pieces over lap you will have 4 extra inches of fabric to make the envelope.



Take the one large piece and sew the two smaller pieces on each side.


Fold over the ends of the sides and stitch to finish the ends.


Measure how tall the pillow will be and cut a piece of silk twice this length. As far as the width, my ruffle is around 6 inches wide so I cut a piece of fabric 12 inches wide so I could fold it over and it would be self-lined. You don't have to do this. Since the pillow form is 12 X 16 I cut my ruffle 24 X 12. But you could cut yours 24 X 6. I don't like to finish the ends on ruffles so I fold mine over and they are self -lined. You will need to finish the top and bottom of the ruffle. I just folded and tucked mine inside and top-stitched it closed.



Sew the ruffle onto the middle section of the pillow.



Fold the back two pieces over and sew the remaining sides together.



When finished turn it right side out and insert the pillow form. This is what the back will look like with the sides overlapping forming the envelope.



Here she is all finished! This is so simple. If you have any questions about this tutorial you can leave a comment or ask me on facebook. If you don't want to bother with making a pillow like this and would rather buy one go to Dear Lillie. Her pillows are my favorite! They are so gorgeous!

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