Monday, May 18, 2015

New Railing Inspiration

The past few weeks have been rough.  Things could definitely be much worse but overall, they have been the most stressful in a really long time.

Friday a week ago, while I was at a friend's house down the street, Blittle called and said Jaxson jumped from the top steps into the yard.  My heart stopped.  That is about a ten foot drop.  Jaxson is 10 years old and has arthritis problems.  I knew he wasn't going to be okay.  Blittle said he was hurt and to get home.  My friend drove me home and as soon as I was in the yard, he hobbled over and put his head into my chest.  I knew he was hurting.

Once in the house, I looked all over him.  I rubbed, squeezed, and pulled to see if anything was tender or bulging.  Nothing seemed broken so I just laid on the floor with him so he would calm down and rest.  The next day we noticed his right leg was swollen so I took him to the vet.  No breaks.  Just a sprang and some sore muscles.  It has been over a week and he is still limping but definitely improving.  We put up a temporary fix (plastic garden fencing) for the railing until we can replace it.

Replacing the railing has always been on the list since we moved in two years ago.  We know its not to code.  It was on our to-do list for this summer along with replacing the stairs and painting the deck but now it is on the immediate to-do list.

The plan is to make it match the fence.  We love the cattle panel look and it is so cheap!  Its also easy to see thru and doesn't obstruct our view like a wood railing would.  One concern with this project is our existing pillars.  They are ugly and rough.  My other concern is combination of colors.  I DO NOT want to paint the railing but my pillars are already painted.  We might cover them with new wood so they are smooth and can be stained.  If we don't cover them, I am not sure what I am going to do.

  Here are a few of my inspiration pics.

Photo Credit:
Photo Credit: Houzz

Photo Credit : Killer B Designs

Also, over the past week, Blittle got an infection in his foot.  He had a ganglion cyst and the cyst got infected.  We were supposed to fly to Germany Friday morning.  Things went down hill fast with the foot and instead, we were at the hospital for his surgery.  This weekend was pretty rough trying to get over missing the trip and with Blittle recovering from surgery.  He has been in pain and it is hard to watch.   I let myself have a 72 hour pity party and now I am moving on.  I am back to my normal lets get things done, glass half full self.

Having said that, I will admit that I need some of this in my life.  STAT.

The Caribbean is always calling my name but today I feel like it is screaming it. :)

Hopefully we can take a short trip when he gets better to a quiet gorgeous beach where I can relax and enjoy the scenery.  Sit around and do nothing.  That's what we both need right now.  He has been stressed out with work, didn't get to go to Europe and had to have surgery.  The guy has had a really rough week.  Prayers are appreciated.  He is still having some rough recovery days.  

When I am not taking care of him, I plan to get ahead on furniture and to make big progress in the bathroom.  The flooring will be in this week and our lighting has been delivered. I should have time to finish the vanity and get the countertop ordered.  There are lots of little things left to do but I feel we are on the downhill and should get it done soon!

Have a great Monday.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Crate & Barrel Inspired Dining Table and Chairs

Hi all!  Today, I have a pretty dining room table and chairs transformation to show you.

This table has been through some stuff.  It was purchased years ago with a stain finish.  The owner decided she wanted something different and the table was painted.  She wasn't loving the painted look so she tried to fix it.  That's where I come in.  The table and chairs came to me like this.

There was some damage control needed.  :)

It is a great solid wood table so we had plenty of options.  This is the inspiration picture she sent me.

The Crate & Barrel table in the picture is a concrete top which is hard to mimic with wood.  If you paint a wood top grey it doesn't have the variation or texture of concrete. It was decided to go with a weathered grey finish on the top and the distressed wood look on the base and chairs.  The cushions also got an update with some new fabric.

This was a lot of work.  All of these pieces had to be stripped and sanded to get rid of all that paint.  It was a success and the transformation is beautiful.  This was the first time I did a finish like this and  I am loving it!

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Monday - Inspire Me Monday (Sand & Sisal,  My Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaDomestically SpeakingSweet C’s Designs)  Made by you Monday (Skip To My Lou)

Tuesday - 
The Makers (Tiny SidekickPersia LouUpcycled Treasures) Show and Share (Coastal Charm)

Wednesday:Wow Us Wednesday (Savvy Southern Style), Inspire Me Wednesday (Seven Thirty ThreeHappiness is Homemade) Be You tiful (Art is Beauty)

Thursday: What To Do Weekends (Crafts ala Mode ), Friday Favorites Link Party  (I’m Not a Trophy Wife),  The Best DIY Party at the Handmade Hangout (A Glimpse Inside, Christina’s AdventuresFrom Gardners to BergersRedoux InteriorsToo Much Time on My Hands), Inspire Me Please, (Liz Marie Blog) Catch as Catch Can (My Repurposed Life), Creativity Unleashed (Practically Functional, Shaken Together, One Project Closer, The Bold Abode, and The DIY Village)

Friday:  The Party Bunch (The Idea Room30 Handmade DaysWhipperberryThe 36th Avenue), Creativity Unleashed (Practically FunctionalShaken TogetherOne Project CloserThe Bold Abode)  Fabulously Creative Friday (Jennifer Rizzo Blog)  Anonymous Weekend Party (Remodelaholic) Little Friday Link Up (The Grits Blog,  Living Lavender, Fleurty and Fit), Anything Blue Friday (The Dedicated House)

Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday Update ~05/08/2015

This is the last Friday Update for a few weeks.  I will be out of town starting next week and I am going to take a break from the blog while I am gone.  I'll try to post some pictures and updates on my Facebook page but if you want to be sure to see pictures, follow me on Instagram!


That large bedroom set I showed you last week are in the paint booth now.  All the tops were stripped, sanded and stained.  Yesterday, I started the clear coats for the tops.  The bodies have been sanded and painting will start today.  There is still a lot to do but I am hopeful that they will get done before I leave.


The mirror came in this week and sadly, it has a few bumps and bruises.  I decided to go with the large Kensington Mirror from Pottery Barn and I am on the fence about sending it back or dealing with the few imperfections.

I originally wanted to go with medicine cabinets because I HATE things being on the counter.  Toothbrushes, tooth paste, etc need to be hidden.  Once the sink was purchased, I started to lean towards one regular mirror instead of two small medicine cabinets.  The sink is not huge and the medicine cabinets would be really close together and I think it might look weird.  I love the style of the Kinsington and the size is just right for out sink.

The vanity got one coat of paint!  Yesterday, I sat on the floor in the bathroom for a while just staring.   I put down a few flooring samples and the countertop sample to see everything together.  Sometimes things look great on paper and in sample size but once you start putting it all together, it doesn't feel right.  So far, things are looking good...or at least I think so.


After a few weeks thinking about it, I have decided to sale the buffet and china cabinet I found.  They are gorgeous pieces and I wish I had room for them.  Our house is small and they just aren't going to work for us.  I do not have measurements yet but if you are interested in them let me know.  I'll try to get measurements posted today.  There is also a matching dining table with 6 chairs.  I do not have pictures of it but will post them soon as well.

All 3 pieces are a set from a New Orleans store, Max Barnett Furniture Company.  Again, I'll post more pictures, measurements, and prices soon on my SHOP page.

Sorry for the bad pictures...the storage unit was dark.

These two are in good enough shape to be stained and not painted.  All the handles are solid brass and can be polished to a gorgeous bright brass.

Email me ( if you are interested in any of these pieces.  I am booked through mid-July so let me know ASAP to get on the schedule.  

Have a great weekend!

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday Update ~ 05/01/2015

How is it May already?  Seriously.  I have no idea where April went!  On a positive note, the weather has been amazing this week and I can feel summer creeping in.   I love this time of year!  :)  I'd rather be hot, sweaty and on the verge of heat stroke than be cold.


The dining room table and 4 chairs went home this week.  This project was challenging but I am so happy with the results.  It was my first time to do this finish.  I'll share all the before & after pictures plus details on that project next week.  Here is what it looked like when it was dropped off.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Purple & Grey Nursery Furniture

I have a great furniture makeover to share!  These pieces were delivered at Thanksgiving and now the nursery is set up and that sweet baby is here.

The client found the dresser at an estate sale and the bed was hers when she was a baby.  The bookcase some how did not get a before picture but I did paint it too.  It was built by one of her friends.  They are heavy, solid wood, and in great shape.  She chose a finish I have never done before and I love it!


Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Update ~ 04/24/2015

Y'all.  Its Friday!

I know I missed last week.  The post was even typed up and ready, I just forgot to take pictures and get it finished.  Sorry.


Right now I am working on a dining set.  It was painted by the client's friend.  She wasn't loving the result so she tried to fix it.  Now I am doing damage control times two.  The final look will be stained so I have been stripping and sanding off all the paint and furniture wax that was put on it.  It has stained beautifully and should be done this weekend.

Here is what they looked like before.

Monday, April 13, 2015

iPhone Camera Lenses

Happy Monday, every one!  I hope it was a great weekend.  These past few months have been extremely busy and time is flying by.  How is it mid April already?  The bathroom project is still dragging on and I have been working on furniture jobs and making final plans for the trip.  And if I am being totally honest, I have been a little burned out lately.  Just tired and sluggish and unmotivated.  I think I am pulling out of it and have a productive week planned.

I have mentioned our trip several times but have yet to give the details.  At the end of this post, I will tell you about where we are going but first I want to tell you about these cool camera lenses I have  been using.  They are tiny and will fit in my cross body bag easily.  Plus they are extremely affordable.