Re-make of an Old Favorite

Monday, August 27, 2012

Have you ever mistakenly created a work of art?  I did just that when I painted this old table...
The stain that I used over the CeCe Calwell's paint soaked in so quickly and completely changed the color of the paint and I LOVED it! 
However; since that was not the look that I was going for originally, and I created it just by happenstance, I have been wondering weather or not it was possible to create this look again.
Unfortunately, that beautiful table has had a rough life and no matter how hard we tried, it is still very crooked and wobbly so was I was unable to sell it.
My mom gave me this cute little table to makeover and I thought it would be the perfect test to see if I could recreate my precious table.

I am very happy to say it worked! 

I simply painted one coat of CeCe Calwell's Santa Fe Turquoise the key to get this look is to not be exact with your brush strokes, make strokes in all different directions and don't try to go for too much coverage.  After it dried I lightly sanded a couple areas that I wanted to be more effected by the stain, then I put my dark walnut stain on a cloth and wiped on and then wiped it again with a clean cloth. 
Usually, I am very careful about using stain because it is quite hard to correct a mistake.  That makes this project even more fun because you can put as much or as little stain on your rag and just go to town.  Don't over think it or let the perfectionist side of you come out...just go with it and see how amazing your finish project looks!
Here's a view of her top...

And now her legs...

CeCe Caldwell's Paint, stain, Turquoise, DIY, Table
Aren't they beautiful?! 
My goal for the finished look of this table was a messy, unique and striking piece of furniture. 
What do you think?  Does the imperfection make this piece noticeable or just make you nuts?

Friday Funny #11

Thursday, August 23, 2012

I'm back and so are my Friday Funny's!!
This is seriously so true, it's almost not funny!
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Happy Friday all!!

How to Make a Wine Barrel Umbrella Stand

Hi everyone! I'm back from my Bloggy Vacation and I am so excited!  I am sharing one of my favorite summer projects over at The Southern Institute today!  

 I am sharing a simple DIY outdoor project.

Here is a little sneak peak for you...

yard umbrella, wine barrel, petunias


If you want to learn how to make your own wine barrel umbrella stand, hop on over to Jenny's amazing blog to see the step by step tutorial.

Bloggy Vacation

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Happy Tuesday everyone!! 

As I am sure you all have noticed or maybe you haven't ha ha!! I have been a little MIA lately.

Believe me it is not because I don't want to be blogging my heart new slogan should be "I'd rather be blogging!"

Unfortunately, my life is just a wee bit hectic at the moment and I cannot keep up with my blogging. 

Rather than have you all wait around for a new post or post have hearted projects, I have decided to take a 2 week bloggy vacation.

I will be back on August 23rd and I am going to be doing a guest post somewhere very exciting, so please make sure you come back...please, please, please!!!

I hope you are all having a fabulous summer! 

The Beauty of Wood

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

You all know how much I love a good painted furniture makeover, but sometimes it's easy to overlook the original beauty in a piece.

I have been dying to get my hands on a piece of furniture in which I can simply focus on bringing out the furniture's inner beauty.

Until then, here are some of my favorites out there from some talented ladies who scored some great pieces to work on!

Julie @ 551 East never ceases to amaze me!  One of my favorite makeovers she has done is this beautiful Ombre dresser! 

551 East Furniture, stained dresser

Then there's Mandi @ Vintage Revivals, who created this beautiful desk with just the simple use of stain! 

vintage revivals, wood stain

Last, but most certainly not least is this stunning Indian Inlay Stencil Table from Domestic Imperfection.  The work that Ashley put into this table really paid off.

domestic impefection, stencil, stained table, painted chairs

Wood isn't so boring now, is it?

Ombre Chair

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ombre - Comes from the French word meaning shaded or shading.

I'm sure you've noticed the explosive trend of Ombre hair and fashion filling the streets of Hollywood.

Even if you weren't aware of the term Ombre I'm sure you've spotted the ever popular hairstyle trend, seen by the likes of Drew Barrymore & Klohe Kardashian and all the multitudes in between.

ombre hair trends, celebrity hair, drew

celebrity hair trends, ombre hair

As any trend goes, it has spilled over into home decor & furniture and I LOVE it!

I have had this tired old chair sitting in our garage for weeks and I had lost all inspiration for it.  I knew I wanted to do something different from the chairs I've done in the past.  Then yesterday it hit me...Ombre!!

I picked up 3 cans of spray paint and if you've read my paint reviews post then you know spray paint is not my first choice, but for this type of project I knew it would be perfect.

So here she is...

fabric seat cover, ombre chair, ombre furniture, painting furniture

ombre, chair, spray painting furniture

What do you think? Do you love the Ombre style as much as I do?

Linking up here and I will be sharing this project over at Mom's Fun Money.

My New Drug of Choice

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Melt it down to liquid form over an open flame and enjoy!

The lists of things this miracle drug can do are never ending:

Inrease metabolism

Reverse signs of Alzheimers

Reduce Wrinkles

Help infections internally and externally

Heal burns and rashes

and the list goes on...

So what is this miracle drug you ask?

Coconut Oil!!

If you read my recent post about trying to get my health back, this is one thing I have added to my routine.

I have been one known to jump in and try something and make my whole family try it as well (apple cider vinegar shots for one example) only to find out it did absolutely nothing for me, except make my husband never trust my suggestions again ;)
So this time I haven't forced anyone into trying it, which I am sure they appreciate, and I have waited 2 months before reporting back my results.

I have been taking 1 Tb of Coconut Oil before breakfast and 1 Tb before dinner and have noticed that it definitely seems to curb my appetite and gives me a full sensation sooner than with my meal alone.  I have had days where I have forgotten to take it and when I look back at my meals I can see I definitely eat more without it.

I also feel less tired throughout the day, which is a definite plus for me!

You can use it in your cooking as place of butter or other oils.  When it is cooked it doesn't taste like coconut hardly at all!  I even used it when making scrambled eggs (don't tell my husband) and they tasted great! 

It has almost no tasted when taking it by the spoonful once you heat it up.  Please beware that your spoon will be extremely hot!

One caution about taking it orally is that I never take it without food.  I take it about 5 minutes before I eat.  If I took it without food, I know I would get an upset stomach.  I also worked my way up to 2 tablespoons a day so that my body was used to it.  You can take as many as 4 tablespoons a day.

I have also been using it on my face as lotion.  It seemed crazy to me at first I mean it is oil after all!!  I first started only using it at night and then I ran out of my regular face lotion so I used it one morning and I was so nervous, especially because I have oily skin to begin with.  To my suprise, my face was only oily for a few minutes.  I now use it every morning!  After my shower I put a small amount in my hand and rub it in my skin.  I follow with my bronzer and my normal makeup.  It gives me a nice glow, without seeming greasy. 

 It has helped reduce those pesky wrinkles on my forehead and those crows feet on my eyes.  I still definitely have my wrinkles, but they used to be way more pronounced!

I promise this is the only time that you will see me without makeup ;)  I wanted to make sure you saw the real thing, this is about 2 minutes after applying the Coconut Oil.

I have been using Nature's Way Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil. 

There are a million different brands to choose from.  The most important thing is to make sure that it is Virgin or Extra Virgin and that it is Cold Pressed.  I also wanted to find organic since I knew I was going to be using it on my skin.  The only reason I chose this brand is that it was at our local Fred Meyer for 50% off!  It was normally around $28.  It is about 1/2 full and I have been using it daily for 2 months.  You definitely get your money's worth.

Anyone else use Coconut in their daily diet?