Wednesday, August 20, 2014

White Bedroom Set & Some Updates

Hello y'all.  I hope everyone is having a great week!

This is my third attempt to write an update and post for this week.    I have been a little stressed and all over the place the past few weeks.  I think I am finally getting focused again.

Things have been quiet on the blog but they have not been in my life.  I told y'all about taking a day off to bring my parents to the airport and spend the rest of the day with my best friend and her family.   After that, the week got a little crazy and ugly.

On Thursday of that week, two of my nieces were burned in a cooking accident and were brought to Shriner's in Galveston for treatment.  We spent a lot of time at the hospital over the next week.  My BIL and SIL have 6 kids so we helped take care of the other 4 children along with BLittle's parents.   Our 7 year old nephew stayed the weekend with us and he had a blast.  He loved fishing, taking boat rides, and sleeping in his own bed.  :)  Thankfully, the girls were released late last week and only come back for bandage changes and check ups once a week.

Here are a few pictures of our nephew catching bait fish (and his two best helpers) and of us cruising the canals under the huge moon.







With us taking care of the nephew and spending so much time at the hospital, I got so behind on work and the anxiety was horrible.  My brain tells me its fine, everyone will understand but I get overwhelmed when I get off schedule.  Its stupid but I have always been that way.  I worked extremely hard this week to get caught up and did make my deadline for a huge bedroom set I painted.  The only thing I was late on was a client pick up but it was only by a few days and the client was understanding.

In the hustle and bustle of everything, of course I didn't take great pictures of the bedroom set.  Their story is, the client just built a new house and all the built-ins were painted white.  The bedroom set was off white.  Once they got the furniture in the bedroom, it looked dirty and dingy next to the white built-ins. Everything went from off white to bright white.  Here are the pictures I have of the pieces.

Before there were drip marks and brush strokes all over the headboard.  Everything else was in good condition.  Just needed a brighter white.





Now everything is smooth and a pretty white.





The green & brass end tables are in their new home and look beautiful!



The air conditioner has been installed in the shop and it is fabulous.  Last week was my first week with AC and I was so much more productive than I have been.  The heat and humidity have been intense and I can tell a difference in my energy with the AC.  I don't get as tired and worn down as fast now.  Its great!




On a more exciting note, the kitchen was featured again.  Y'all.  It is still very out of body experience with the kitchen features.  I say out loud that I have been in a magazine and acknowledge these features but it is so crazy to wrap my brain around.  The goal was to have a beautiful, functional kitchen that was in a certain budget.  We felt like that was accomplished long before the features.  The space is for us and we love it.  All this other is the cherry on top and I still can't believe it when I see my house on Pinterest, Hometalk or these other social sites.  

So when my friend posted on my personal Facebook page that she saw my kitchen on House Beautiful, my jaw hit the floor.  AAAAHHHH!  Elle Decor and House Beautiful featured my kitchen in the same article.  My kitchen was on both of their home pages!!!!!!  Again,  AHHHHHH!  Seriously, y'all.  I know I say it often but, how is this my life?  Crazy.  

I screen clipped so I can forever remember that day.





I feel like saying my kitchen proves bright white is the best color for kitchen is a pretty bold statement but its Elle Decor and House Beautiful, they can say what they want.  I am beyond flattered.  Now I need to finalize our bathroom ideas and plans.  Hopefully they will be just as beautiful as the kitchen.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.  BLittle and I are taking a few days off to relax and recuperate from the past few weeks.  I'll tell y'all all about what we are doing this weekend next week.  :)

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hometalk & Pet Food Stations

Have y'all heard of Hometalk?  If you love Pinterest, you will love Hometalk.  It's a place where you can ask questions, make boards to clip your favorite posts, as well as many other features.

Some of you may have noticed in my side board that I added my Hometalk feed.  Be sure to follow me and all my boards!



A few weeks ago, I posted my dog food storage armoire (see the original post on my blog here).   Y'all know the one.  It sits in my living area and holds all of Sabine and Jaxson's things.






Hometalk asked me to curate a board that features other great pet food stations.  Click the picture below to see details on all the brilliant feeding stations and storage ideas.



I hope every one is having a great week and takes time to check out my page on Hometalk!



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Friday, August 8, 2014

DIY Dock Update

Happy Friday!

I realized the other day that I never posted updated pictures of the dock.  Remember, I surprised Blittle for our anniversary with the boat lift he wanted.  When I went to New Orleans, Blittle and a friend installed the boat lift.  How exciting...I didn't have to do any work!

There are only a few things left on the to do list.  We have the electricity and lights that need to be installed and a few detail things like rub rails and boat cleats.  The fish cleaning table needs a little work before it is put up but we do have one.  Also, I need to build a few more pieces of furniture for the seating area.  Seating and furniture projects will be done when I have a break in client work.

There are many new readers and followers to blog so I am going to remind every one what we started with.  A very small, sad and unsafe dock.

This is what the yard looked like when we moved in.  There was a large concrete walk way to the dock.  We tore it out and built a fence.




This is the view from our neighbors' house across the canal right before we built the dock.



Our sad, little dock.  You can see the new pilings for the bigger dock.  :)




See all the steps and updates to the dock:

DIY French Drain

DIY Dock Part 1

DIY Dock Part 2

DIY Dock Part 3

DIY Dock Part 4

DIY Dock Part 5

The last update, I showed y'all the dock stained and we were waiting for the boat lift.  Now we have the boat lift installed and our boat is over the water full time.  I also built the Adirondack chairs for seating.

To give y'all an idea of size difference, the original dock was about 6 feet wide (into the water) and 12 feet long.  The new seating area dock is 15 feet wide and 15 feet long.  We extended the wood walk way the length of our yard, 50 feet, with a jut out at the boat so it is easy to step into it without falling in the water.  This is a much larger dock!









Jaxson and Sabine are loving the dock too.  Jaxson loves to hang his front paws off the edge and watch down the canal.





Sabine loves to obsess about the ducks.




We love the space and I am so glad we went with a dock like this instead of a boathouse.  From the house, we still have a water view and I like hanging out right over the water instead of 15 ft over it like you do over the boathouse.

I plan on spending some time out there this weekend!

I hope everyone has a safe and relaxing weekend!

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Painted Gray with Glazed Furniture


Hi all.  I hope every one is having a great week.

Over the weekend, I worked both Saturday and Sunday and I took Monday off.  My parents needed a ride to the airport for their big move to Germany, so I dropped them off then, spent the rest of the day with my best friend and her family.  They live about an hour from my house but only a few minutes from the airport.  We spent the afternoon out on their boat swimming and tubing.  I haven't been pulled on a tube in at least 10 years.  My friend and I were pulled on the tub and we laughed hysterically the entire time.  So much fun and a little frightening.



Beautiful sunset.



My friend and I on the tube.  It is much scarier as a 30-something year old than it was in high school. Yikes.




On Tuesday, I picked up my next big project!  It includes 2 large dressers, a mirror and a bed.  Can't wait to get started on those today.


You might have noticed a few changes on the right side panel of the blog.  Yesterday, I updated a few things that I haven't had the time for.  I designating Wednesday to working on the blog and my other social media.  I worked most of the day editing, writing, and updating.  Not only is the side panel updated, I also added numerous furniture pictures to my Furniture Makeover page and to my DIY & Tutorials page.  I was months behind on both of those pages.  Oops.  Now I am up-to-date and can start on my next makeover.


Today, I am going to share with you another nursery set.  This set is going in a sweet girl nursery.  The Dixie pieces were purchased by the client at a resale shop and she wanted to have them painted.  She sent me an inspiration picture and I got to work.  Here are the before pictures.


The dresser.






The desk.






This was her grandmother's trunk.





The client chose a great dark gray and it has a white glaze over the paint which highlights all the beautiful details.  The hardware was left as is and it looks great with the new color.

The dresser after.








The desk after.






The trunk after.






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