Friday, November 25, 2016

Turning An Old Radio Cabinet Into A Bar


It's the day after Thanksgiving and I'm sitting here waiting to be brought a plate of leftovers.


We had the best Thanksgiving meal.

Every recipe was so good!

But enough about delicious dinners.

And desserts.

Friday, November 18, 2016

My Ode to Hamilton

I'm obsessed.

In July my sister came to visit me. And she brought her love of Hamilton with her. 

We worked a puzzle.

We listened to Hamilton.

And sang.

And listened.

And sang.

We colored.

And listened to Hamilton.

And sang.

We ate.

And listened to Hamilton.

And sang.

On our drive back to Oklahoma (she flies in, then we drive back together so I have companionship when I drive down for a visit) we stopped in at Best Buy and bought the CDs.  My car and I are short on technology and I still listen to CDs.

Since that time the ONLY music I have listened to is Hamilton.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Mid Century Modern Dresser Make-over


It's Halloween today and Mr. Quirky and I have decided to close up the house and pretend we aren't here tonight.

We do this every 4 years or so for various reasons. I think this time it's just because I feel overwhelmed by a couple of big messes we have around here. 

Getting ready for Christmas blogging stuff, fall stuff that is still lying around, and all of the bedding and fabrics from the guest room where we are STILL acclimating an 8 year old male cat that we adopted, has left the dining room cluttered with stuff that needs to be put away. A lot of those things go in the guest room and won't go back in until the cat doesn't need a room of his own and the protection of a door.

Anyway, I thought I would take this post to show you a piece of furniture I made over when I was back in Oklahoma in July.

I was helping little Fisher's other grandma to up her game with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. She had done a couple of projects with mixed results and didn't say no when I asked her if she needed help with a dresser she was painting for Fisher's room at her house.

This dresser was one of her parent's from the 60's. 

It has great bones so it would have looked good no matter what we did to it. 

We chose a little color blocking. And gave the original hardware a good scrub and a coat of Rub'n Buff. (affiliate link)

They're pretty cool, huh?

For the dresser we used three colors, French Linen, Emperor's Silk, and Graphite.

Sorry, but I had to photograph this while the wax was still wet, so you may notice a little blotchyness.

It's pretty great don't you think?

I think I'm going to have to do more of this color blocking thing.

Have you ever done something with 3 colors?

Are you ready for a little Halloween celebrating?

Are you handing out candy?

Do you have any tips for introducing 2 male cats to each other?

Are you ready for NOVEMBER?????


And one last picture of Fisher. Back in June and July he used to run to the door to say goodbye and kiss you through the door.

Sweetest. Thing.  Ever.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Refreshing a Sideboard With Aubusson Blue Chalk Paint


We're settling into Fall here and actually had to turn on the heater Saturday night. For the most part the days are warm enough to enjoy but when the sun goes down it gets just a bit chilly. Perfect sleeping weather.

Today I want to show you a piece I did for a client back in April. 

I really wish I had a before picture of it, but I can't seem to find one. That probably means I didn't take one.

What was I thinking????

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Coat Rack Made From Branches and Twigs


I'm always glad when you stop in to visit!

I have this collection of projects from the last year or so that I have never posted about. 

So I thought I would spend the rest of October trying to get them written up and posted.

There are a few reasons I've been sitting on them.

Some of them have bad pictures . . .

Some don't have very many pictures at all . . .

Some should be tutorials, but I don't have tutorial pictures . . .

I guess maybe those are just excuses to read facebook and pinterest instead of making a post.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Lampshades From Coffee Sacks?

Why yes, I don't mind if I do . . .

A while back, (maybe March?) I painted and lined this rolling cart. To make the lining, I used some coffee sacks I had stashed away.

Since the coffee sacks were on the dining table and I hate putting stuff away, I begin to think about what I could do with the extra sack fabric that would use it up and I wouldn't have to put it away.  

I'm dumb like that.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

How To Make Velvet Pumpkins


It's almost fall!

After this hot rainless, summer I couldn't be happier about it.

I'm excited about his fall, because I accomplished something last week that I've been meaning to do for years.

I made velvet pumpkins!


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