Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Brass is Back

My body is in shock and is protesting this cold weather.  I mean, really.  Did Mother Nature forget it is Spring?  It is mid-April in Southeast Texas and feels like 35 degrees outside.  Yesterday, I sewed curtains all day to be productive and hide from the weather.   Let's just say, it wasn't an overly productive day with the curtains.  I did however, get a few things done around the house and worked on a few little brass treasures I have inherited recently.

These are before pictures.

In the past few years, brass started making a come back in home decor.  From fixtures and knobs to furniture and accessories.  It has been popping up more and more in my favorite magazines, blogs and on Pinterest.  I personally have never been a fan of brass, yellow gold or anything in that color family and brass will probably never dominate my home but I do love having a few pieces here and there.

Here are a few makeovers that I have done with brass.

Sometimes you can't even tell pulls and handles are brass because they are so tarnished and dirty.  Take the custom dresser.  Here are close up before and after pictures of the pulls.

Crazy how cleaning and polishing will change things!

Over the past few months, my mom has given or offered a few pieces that she has come across over the years.  One of them is an anchor candle holder.   I polished it and now it lives on our counter in the kitchen.

Side by side before and after.

Then there is this guy.  I am in love.  It is an old door knocker in the shape of a shell!   I told my parents I thought it was solid brass.  A solid brass door knocker that looks like a shell!  Who would put this outside?  Will I be able to put it outside?

As soon as Blittle and I got home, I got to work on it.  Here are the results. 



Side by side

I want to put it outside so it is actually seen and used but it is almost too pretty.  Plus, we don't have a front door.  I know.  Weird.  Most homes in our neighborhood don't have front doors or front decks.  Everything is in the back of the house facing the water.  We are working hard on updating the outside of our house and have what feels like 1,203,453 DIY projects going on at the same time and I can't seem to get any of them 100% finished.  With all the time I am spending outside, I am sure to find the perfect spot for it.

Tomorrow I am going to show you how I polish brass.

Have a great day everyone!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Family Photos - Galveston 2014

Hi all.  I hope everyone is having a great week so far.  Today, I want to share something personal.  A few weeks ago, we had family photos taken.  BLittle and I have not had professional pictures taken since 2010.  It was time.

I researched photographers for the Houston/Galveston area and found Ever and Anon.  Jessica does a lot of engagements, bridals and weddings but will also do couples sessions.  I LOVE HER WORK.  She was willing to work with the dogs (which potentially could have been a train wreck) and drive to the beach so I booked a session with her.

I was recovering from being sick, the wind picked up that afternoon, Blittle and I are not the most photogenic people, and we had the dogs.  Needless to say, I had no idea how we were going to get any good pictures.  Jessica was able to get several beautiful shots of us.  Now is the hard part....deciding which one to put on canvas to hang in the dining area.  :)

Please go check out Ever and Anon's website and like her Facebook page.  We do not do justice to her work.  You have to see the beautiful pictures she captures.  GORGEOUS!  If you live in the Houston/Galveston area and are getting married soon or are a couple needing some updated photos, I highly recommend Ever and Anon.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

1920s Painted Cabinet

I have finished the cabinet...finally!  Illness, weather, other projects and a bit of lazy made this project drag on a lot longer than it should have but it is now ready for a new home!

Monday, April 7, 2014

DIY Concrete Extension

And it is Monday already?  The weekend flew by.  We worked late Friday night and were up early Saturday to prep and pour our concrete extension.

I have to say, this was a scary DIY.  All DIY's can be intimidating and the unknown is scary but this was life threatening scary.  The bottom of our posts were rotted and the large support beam in the corner of the house wasn't even touching the ground.  We made temporary supports and cut all the posts to a length that would put them right at the new concrete level.  Cutting off the supports was scary!  But everything is still standing and looking good.

Side note:  I did work this weekend. A lot.  I was also the photographer so I am not in any of the pictures.  BLittle did not have to do this alone.  :)

A reminder of what we started with.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Two Tone Waterfall Dresser

It is Friday!  I have been busy prepping for concrete and hunting down a bay window curtain rod the past few days.  We will be pouring our new concrete tomorrow!  I am so excited to have a better walkway to the back of the house and to have more storage.  I did find hardware and rods for a bay window and plan to get it up today.  Now I can start my curtains!  Sunday is predicted to have an 80% rain coverage for our area so Sunday is probably going to be sewing day.  I can't wait to have the dining space finished and show it to y'all.

Today,  I am going to show you another old makeover.  This dresser is now in a nursery for twins.   It's huge drawers are perfect for all the folded clothes space needed with two babies.  It had a huge imperfection on the top so I could not stain the body, but I was able to re-stain the drawers and save the beautiful wood and the pretty chevron design on the top drawers.  I love the cobalt mirror accents.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Grey & White French Provincial

Hi all!  I am feeling so much better and have been able to get so much done this past week.  I can't wait to show you a few of the projects I am finishing up.   If you missed it because Facebook doesn't like to show all my fans my posts, I made some changes on the website.  I created a new page, "DIY & Tutorials", and I consolidated/updated my portfolio.  All my furniture projects will be on the "Furniture" page.  Go check them out if you haven't yet.