October 28, 2010
So awhile back I purchased this BEAUTY for a little of "nothin" at an auction...and now it has worked it's way up the to-do list!
It is a true vintage leather suitcase and I want to treat it like the beauty it is.....any suggestions?
Thank in in advance for your help--and if you want to see what other GREAT finds were at this farm auction--here you go!
October 23, 2010
My sister and I took our other sister to Chicago for a birthday celebration and dining at some GREAT restaurants.. As we were driving to pick up our birthday sister (about 10 minutes into our trip) i see the sign below….we all love seeing this sign don't we? As I sighed and said okay...how far will this take us out of our way...........
I noticed something ahead on the SIDE OF THE ROAD....yes…this dresser below was left on the side of the road…now you always hear about people finding such things…but that NEVER happens to me..check her out!! She was too big for my car so I called Mr. Midwest Cottage and Finds and said in my nicest voice…honey…can you please leave your work meeting and go to this address to pick up something they have thrown out for the garbage…and can you do it right now as I KNOW it won’t be there long….please? Needless to say he scooped her up and she is ours now!
Look at this detail—Mr. Midwest Cottage and Finds can fix this little basket handle…. Look at this great hardware! I just love her and CANT WAIT to get my hands on her…..once I unpack from my trip…and finish up my fireplace project….and redo a stenciling mishap….. time to make a list!
October 19, 2010
A BIG shout out and thank you to Kimberly for featuring me on her Inspiration Board on her blog Bugaboo, Mini Mister and Me. Check it out here http://bugaboominimrme.blogspot.com.
While there check out Kimberly's blog. She describes herself and her blog as "just an amateur crafter, sewer, scrapper, refurbisher, cook, baker and professional mommy who's in love with the creative process! This blog is a chronicle of mistakes. I consider myself proof positive that you don't have to have the latest and greatest equipment and gadgets to cook, sew and craft - and you don't have to be GREAT to love what you do!"
I think you will enjoy her......a GREAT FIND!
Thanks again Kimberly!
October 17, 2010
Fireplace surround removed and ready to start! This was Friday night about 7 p.m. Very excited to get started!!
I did not use a primer on the bricks-I used a semi-gloss latex paint with a very fluffy roller to get between the bricks. Now as I look at the pics I am thinking....it did not go this fast in REAL TIME!
I think this was the point I decided--I think I might like this!
I did 2 complete coats with a touch up after the first coat for the bricks that seemed a little gray still. This was about midnight Friday night......Saturday morning was one more coat.....and....
Now for the surround. Tape off the glass all the way around with painters tape and then add newspaper….
Now it is ready for the primer. I used a primer and a rust preventer prior to spray painting…
It looks really good! Now I just have to reattach it to the fireplace…..but that is for tomorrow. I also need to find a cabinet to put all the TV and DVD and CD Bose system components in…I want an older one that I can paint and antique and take off the back to run the wires out...Also—the mantel is being replaced with a great antique wooden beam we are picking up with some barn siding and we will hide all wires behind or in the mantel……..lots-o-projects!!
October 12, 2010
Here is what we are working with….rectangular room-other end opens to kitchen….
1. Paint brick all white.
2. Get rid of gold surround.
3. Move electronics on right-out of sight and hide wires in new mantel.
4. Change green couch to white-going to Pottery Barn Outlet for that project—keep fingers crossed for me!
5. Take down pictures above couch and put up Pottery Barn oars purchased on sale.
6. Take down small shelves on left wall—put up one BIG FIND…might have a little something in mind ;)
7. Any suggestions?
Here are my inspiration photos…
Before and after—from http://www.younghouselove.comSee how having every wall the same color makes this room seem bigger and more cohesive. My gold fire surround must go —and we have SCORED some great wood beams from a late 1800’s barn to use as our new mantel. But first the paint…… Having the brick all one color is a good start….here is one of my other favorite fireplace makeovers…
This is gails from My Repurposed Life –check out her makeover—it is amazing-Love her white brick!http://www.myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com/2010/02/painted-brick-fireplace-makeover.html
Wish me luck!!! See you soon…I will be the one with paint on everything!
October 11, 2010
Our weather has been so perrrrfect……thought i would share some of my yard with you……….(as I prepare for my upcoming weekend project…painting the fireplace…..pictures to follow) but until then…..enjoy the season!
October 10, 2010
|There were lots of presents.....|
|Everyone had a 4 wheeler ride!|
|And went fishing.....|
|and were able to shoot a bow and arrow at a target!|
October 9, 2010
October 7, 2010
And we found some history about this piece while working on it…
so I started doing a dry brush technique I had been reading about..I figured it would look a little better once I sanded and painted a bit more...
So I pulled out the Gorilla Glue and clamps to do some repair work--and maybe get a new perspective on the technique I was trying...
New perspective now?…Nope…..but the drawers are all repaired!
At this point I was beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel…then it happened....
My husband came out in the garage and said…hmmmmm…I’m just not seeing it honey….And i said—wait let me add the knobs…maybe that will help…….oh my…..I had to agree..I just was not seeing it either....
so……. I decided to start over…at 10:00 p.m. last night…..because I wanted to get a good coat of paint on it last night and then one more in morning before I left for work......so I could start some sanding after work......
and seeing it….
and maybe even
I think we might have something……
So-I must say at 10:00 p.m. tonight I am MUCH happier than I was at 10:00 p.m. last night….and tomorrow I will do the big reveal and share the family story about this little beauty….but for now I must hit the sack…4:45 a.m. comes VERY early…Night all!
****UPDATE****Good morning and finally---drum roll please.........The reveal--
UPDATE--I am linking this to