Friday, July 29, 2011

Isn't this what it's all about, after all?

I finally found a little wooden table to match these chairs I painted for Miss Belle's room.
Just the right size and just the right price, 6.00.

I ALMOST forgot the before the top painted and remembered...I better snap a picture!

I am happy to say my customer was very happy with the final product.

When she saw me take the table out of the car the first thing she said was,
"My table?"
And then, "Mommy, paint it!"

The girls and their donuts.

Yeah...this is what it's all about.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Oldies but Goodies

I have been working on a couple of my favorite paintings from a thrift store find.
Both of them were in pretty bad shape. But the pictures inside were so pretty I really wanted to make sure they were salvaged.

I carefully took the frames off and had fun sprucing them up. And I love the part when everything is dry and you get to put the picture back in and see how great it looks with it's new decorative border.

From ugly and drab to country "shab"

My big red chalkboard from the other day inspired this little accent.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Color That Started it All

As I walked into another local barn sale, this was sitting right in the front, and before I even looked at anything else, I grabbed it and gave it to the lady for safe keeping. I knew it had amazing potential, though it wasn't really my taste...initially.

I went against my instincts to paint it a light color and decided to go back to the color that started it all for me...the color that years ago, sparked my interest in home decorating...

It's been so long since I have gotten out my red can of paint! But I am so glad I did. And I knew the black contrast of the chalkboard would look much as I liked this piece as a mirror.

My son, Danny, had a great idea as to how we could use it. He said I should use it to write the numbers of my favorite TV shows since I am always asking him what channel everything is on. So that is what we did!

And it looks like Curious George was cooperating for the photo shoot as well...with his red background and all...

This was one of those projects that I got excited about immediately. It almost seemed effortless from the very beginning to the final touches.

Don't you love those projects where you can't even believe it is turning out as good as you anticipated...and you think..."Wow, this is really me working the paint brush?"
(and sandpaper of course.)

And yes, I am a weather geek and really do watch the Weather Channel for entertainment.
If I wasn't busy painting all the time I'd probably take up storm chasing.


From dark and 'ewe', to baby blue...

A last minute trip to the thrift store and 1.75 cents later, I brought this home.
In my rush to save this little piece, I forgot to take a before picture.

It was originally a rather dark, ugly wood. But silver seems to capture my attention lately so I knew this had some great potential. I really like it. And like the fact I can actually use it as a serving piece of some sort.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Before and After: Little Pink Step Stool

I saw this cutie at a friend's house. It was sitting by the front door waiting to be hauled out with a pile of unwanted stuff. So I took it home and this fun little treasure now sits in Miss Belle's room.

The sign was brown and said "All Star". Now it's all dolled up and hanging up in Miss Belle's room too.


Before and After: Little Black Stool

This short and stout gal was a garage sale find from last week. Along with that amazing mirror! Isn't she gorgeous? She is going to take a little more love and attention...but for now, here is the 'after' of this little Missy....

She is 18 inches high and needs a good home.
Maybe in the kitchen, or an entry way for the kids to use while they put on their shoes?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Fun and Shabby Chalkboards!

These were so fun to paint!

I don't know why, but every time I see chalk boards like these,
it reminds me of Laura Ingalls walking to school with her new slate.

And Nellie spitting out her tongue.


A few more late night experiments...

I have got sign fever. It keeps me up late.
That darn paintbrush is stuck in my hand and I just can't seem to put it down this week.

It kind of feels like Christmas when I come out into the kitchen in the morning and see a stack of signs waiting for their photo shoot.