Wednesday, October 31, 2012

26 Things

I've been horrible about posting lately, it doesn't mean I've been slacking off though.I might have misplaced my camera for a few days:)  I have a few end table makeovers to show and quite a few fun projects that will be ready in the next few days.

I went to an amazing garage sale the other day and picked up a few cool end tables, here are the before and after. The tables will be for sale, so check out my shop page or etsy listing.

Yesterday just happened to be my birthday. I think maybe that's one reason I get into the fall spirit so much. In honor of my birthday I decided to do a get to know me post. I usually try to keep my family and myself very private. I debating if doing this so be supportive. I turned 26 so I'll be sharing 26 things about me.

1.I'm short, 5 1"
2. I have one child and have been debating with myself if it's time for another. I'm scared to death of having a newborn again.
3. I am a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints- also known as a mormon. Yes, we are christian. No, we are not polygamists.
4.I have a terrible fear of seaweed touching me when we're in the ocean.I'm sure it's a shark touching my leg. Not to mention it is stinky.
5. I never thought I'd be doing furniture makeovers. If you told me five years ago I would have laughed and though it was kind of a shallow job. (don't hate me)
6. I went to school to be a veterinary technician. At the end of Nov, I'll be taking my veterinary technician national exam to finish up what I stared many years ago.
7.I've never broken a bone.
8. I was born and raised in Utah and now live in Las Vegas. We moved her for my husband to go to dental school.
9. I would love to move to the Northwest Pacific when we're done here.
10. I love hiking and camping and anything outdoors really.
11. I love horsebackriding and prefer English riding.
12. When I'm older I dream of owning a therapeutic riding center for kids.
13. I also would love to have my own furniture shop when we are all settled down in one place.
14. I got married when I was 20.
15. I've been to Russia and Mexico ( if cancun counts)
16. I can't help but watch Dateline and other murder mysteries. I wake up in the night convinced something crazy could happen to me.
17. I recently took up jogging, I've always been more of an aerobics, Pilates kind of girl. I hated running but now I am starting to enjoy it and it's getting easier after 2 months. Did I loose any weight since jogging you ask? Why no actually, I GAINED weight, very frustrating, all muscle right?
18. I cook dinner practically every night and enjoy it.
19. I hate sewing with a passion, I just wasn't blessed with that talent.
20. I was an incredibly shy child, I got a little better once I was out of high school. I'm sure people just thought I was snobby. It is still something I have to work on. I am not the most social person.
21. I suffer from depression, off and on.
22. I got my first weimeraner in high school. I love the breed and swear to my hubby that I have to have one from here on out. They're neurotic, high energy, and have to be part of the family 24/7. They have the most human like personality to me.
23. I love the rain.
24. The most relaxing thing for me is a long walk through the "woods" with my dogs.
25. I got my first horse in 10 th grade after begging since 6th grade. My dad made me a deal, if I helped clear all the sage brush in our 1 acre yard, and rake up all the rocks, he'd rent a tractor level our yard, and put up a fence. It took until highschool but it happened. I got a BLM adopted feral Mustang for $300.( not even very ride-able at the time) I still have her to this day and she is my favorite horse.
26. I love food, I'm obsessed with watching Top Chef. I can't wait until I can grow a huge garden of my own and have fresh food all year.


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Monday, October 22, 2012

Antoinette Armoire

I came across this cutie on Craigslist. I don't usually find real antique pieces for a decent price around here, I almost feel guilty for painting it. If we all paint the antiques there'll be nothing left to get real patina right?

I justified myself painting it due to an added shelf  that wasn't original. A little rippling and clearly some wood glue.  No one was rushing to buy it earlier on Craigslist as is.  I hope I improved this piece and someone will love it. .

This "armoire"? Not even sure if that's what it is, or should be called, as it is quite small. I think it would be perfect for a girls room to hold books, movies, or blankets. I could see it in a large bathroom holding extra towels, or perhaps a guest room to hold extra sheets and blankets.

I painted the base coat in ASCP Coco, then Antoinette over it. I fell in love with those colors together and really wanted to use them. I love brown with pink. Instead of sanding to give a distressed look, I chose another method. I wiped the edges with some elbow grease and a damp rag. It's a great way to distress when you paint with two colors and want the color underneath to show. I think it looks very natural, not to mention you don't have all that dust :) Less sweeping my garage floor = more time for my family!

I painted the inside in a latex mint green paint that I had leftover from previous jobs. I think it gives it a nice pop and adds a fresh look to it.

I'll be putting this up for sale in my shop Monday evening. If you have questions about it please feel free to contact me using my contact button above.


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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Country Dining

This week I had the opportunity to refinish a dining room set for a client. She wanted her old set to be given a great new look; she envisioned a white table and light mint green chairs. I love this color combo, so country, especially if you add a little red to the mix. Here is a picture of one of the chairs. Instead of showing the whole set, I got a bit lazy. My hubby wasn't home and I didn't feel the urge to drag all the furniture into my home, banging up every doorway on the way in (here in Las Vegas a grass front yard in a rare find).

I ran across some other beautiful pics of mint and red that I just can't get enough of...

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Old Ochre Nightstand

I finished up this lovely nightstand this week. It caught my eye in a thrift store a while back. I loved the curved legs, simple but lovely. I painted it in a creamy Old Ochre for a cozy feel. This will be for sale in my shop and would make a perfect nightstand or end table.


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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Ornate Carved Coffee Table

Right now I'm just a little depressed. I see everyone decorating and getting ready for fall. Fall is my favorite season- the crisp air, the smell, the leaves... what's not to love? Here in Vegas we're having some record high temps; we're talking in the high 90's. I'm afraid I can't bring myself to break out the fall decor and get into the spirit. How I long for the cool falls, the boots and sweaters.

My husband came up with the brilliant idea for us to go up to the mountains about 30 minutes away and camp for the weekend. Just what I need, I cheap get away with some cooler temps. No fall leaves, but I'll settle for some greenery and pine trees.

Anyways, enough of my pity party and on to the good stuff. I came across this awesome table on Craigslist. Totally my style- over the top, elaborate, and ornate. I don't know why I'm drawn to this style, my home is very simple and country chic. I guess it's what I picture my home of the future to be like. My home is way too small for this kind of over-the-top table. It's a good thing or I'd have to keep all my fancy stuff :)

It was a very classic cream and gold, but that fake gold color hurts my eyes and I had to change it. The lady who sold it would probably very sad to hear I painted it.  I chose a classic Paris Grey and Old White. I dark waxed it with some black shoe polish and clear wax to bring out the carving. To me this coffee table screams furniture at its finest.


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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Bar Cart Makeover

So I'm not a drinker myself, but if I was, I would definitely have had a hard time giving up this next project of mine.

The Before: A typical oak color, I love the wheels.

The After: I painted over the oak with Graphite and Old white. The wheels were not removable and made painting them quite difficult. I painted a "P" monogram to give it a little something extra and special. I dark waxed it and barely distressed the edges to finish it up.


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