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Thursday, November 18, 2010

my first chair re-do!

A few months ago I popped into a Goodwill on a whim. I came home with this chair for $14.99.  I kept picturing all of the beautiful posts by Kate of Centsational Girl, especially this one ... Now that I think about it, the price seems kind of high, but oh well.

It sat on my back patio for quite a while. I live in Arizona, the land of no basements, and teeny, tiny garages!!! I removed the seat cushion, because it smelled like "cigarettes and old lady", a quote by my 14 y/o daughter! I used TSP to clean it, and there it sat, for another a few weeks. So I finally cleaned it again, and sanded it. Used some spray primer, and then used Rustoleum's Heirloom White spray paint. Once it dried, I took some sandpaper to it, and distressed it a little. I tried to use Distress Ink on the places I had sanded, but it was difficult to get it just on the sanded areas. I figured out from this post  of House of Smith's that I don't need to sand, just use the ink pad to give the look of wood. I think I am going to try this on the sewing machine cabinet I painted. I will post that project soon. 

So I looked through my stash of fabric, I was originally going to use a gold and cranberry chenille damask I had found at Goodwill for a few dollars the same day I found the chair. But I have decided to change the colors in my office, and this fabric will no longer match. So, I went to Joanne's, and found the beautiful striped fabric on the clearance table marked at $6/yard, and there was a 50% off sale, so I bought 2 yards for $6!!! I'm thinking about going back and buying a few yards more to tack to the back of my book case. Hopefully it will still be there!

So here is the finished product. This is only the 3rd piece of furniture I've painted. I can see that I'm getting better with each piece. Thanks so much for stopping by my tiny little blog. I so enjoy blog surfing every day, and you all inspire me so much. 


~be the change you wish to see in the world~ Gandhi

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Under the kitchen sink.........clean & organized!!

So I discovered the land of DIY/decor blogs about 4 to 6 weeks ago, and I am so addicted. I have so many projects rolling around in my head that I want to do! Last weekend, I decided that I would try to get something accomplished. Something where I wouldn't need to go and buy anything....I remembered this post at the House of Grace, I had picked up the shelf liner the last time I was at Walmart. So I had everything I needed.

this is the before, meh...

after i emptied everything out. that little towel holder thing has been there since we moved in 9 years ago...never used it!
the previous owners had installed this rack thingy, that didn't roll out was a catch-all for crap!

yuck! you can see where the bottom had warped away from the side, due to water damage. once i cleaned the all of the surfaces, i used bathroom caulk and sealed up those gaps!

doesn't that look better?? i removed the white rack and rusty towel thing...there is so much more space.

this is the after. i put a hook on the door to hang the dishtowel from.

 Thank you to Bonnie from the House of Grace!  She totally inspired me to do this!!!! It was a quick and easy and satisfying project!!! Thanks for stopping by!!! I truly appreciate it!!


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

my first blog!

Today is Sept 8, 2010, a Wednesday. I've recently discovered the world of DIY/home decor blogs. It is truly my new addiction!!! Today, I struggle with the idea, "do I try to go to the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store or workout and go grocery shopping?" Do you see my dilemma? Thrifting over my daily tasks that MUST be done!!! I'm leaning toward St. Vincent de Paul!!!!

I have painted one piece of furniture. It was my first. It was a side table for my daughter. She is away at college, and she needed one. She is happy with it. I tried to use the same products that Centsational Girl used. I suppose the with practice I will get better. I am currently working on my sewing machine cabinet.

what do you think?
thanks for stopping by!!