Saturday, August 10, 2013

Labor Of Love Cane Couch and Chair rescue

We have had an exciting week here in our home. we find out that we will be having a baby boy! Our 3 yr old daughter cried when we found out, she wanted a sister so bad. Her pouty frown and big huge tears almost made me cry. It's taken a bit of convincing but she has come around to the idea of a boy in the family.

I don't know if you remember this couch and chair, I shared the before pictures many months ago. I even had a few people ask about seeing the after pictures. This is just one of those projects that took me many of months. It needed to be cleaned and all the spiders evicted. We had to fix the arms that had fallen off and paint the frame I pulled off all the old material covering the springs, I even found that they had used horse hair for filling in places, yuck!

I needed some motivation. I am not the best seamstress so I was concerned about the cushion covers. I purchased new foam with a 50% off coupon at Jo Ann's and a floral and striped fabric from I originally thought I would have to learn to sew a cushion cover and zipper. This scared me to death.  I came up with another brillant plan to avoid learning any new sewing techniques! I decided I would save on fabric and stress if I made a fitted sheet cover, no zippers, just fabric and elastic. it fits perfectly and is easy to pull off and wash. I did the same for the chair. You'll notice the cane on the chair is covered, it had some large holes in it that needed to be covered. The baby doll in the picture is my daughters contribution:)

 It is such a dramatic change and it feels good to know you can buy something falling apart for near nothing at the thrift store and make it into something beautiful that can be enjoyed. I will not be keeping this but I hope it finds a home with a large covered patio for someone to just drink lemonade and enjoy the view.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Paris Grey Armoire

I am well aware that it has been a good three months since I have posted about anything. I have a few very good excuses though. First, it has been up to 118 degrees here, not really painting-in-your-garage kind of weather.

The biggest reason I saved for last because it is the best. We will be adding our second child to our small family in January.  I am just finishing up the last few things I have stored in the garage, then I will be taking a nice long break while I am pregnant.

I have an armoire to show you. This was really cool the way it was, but was chipping and peeling and could only be saved by filling and painting over the damaged areas.

Here is the before

If you're interested in purchasing this armoire, shoot me an email at the contact link above.  

Friday, May 3, 2013

Black and White Farm Table

Here's what I have been working on lately. I put a lot of sweat into this table. The top originally had a ton of peeling veneer. It took a lot of soaking, heating, and scraping to get it all off.

I fell in love with this table because of the unique and beautiful legs. I painted the base white to really show off their beauty.

The base in painted in Old white Chalk Paint and the chairs in graphite. I recovered the seats in black and white ticking and covered them in a plastic vinyl for protection. I have a kid, I know that the material wouldn't last one meal in my home without being ruined:)

The top has some splitting but I find it adds character. I used annie sloan dark wax to stain the top, it filled in all the knicks and dings and gave the top a real time worn appearance. I will be staining wood with dark wax  more often. It's all great for protection and waterproofing.

It is for sale ($250 just contact me at

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Cane Couch Find

I came across this caned couch and chair at my local thrift store the other day. I looked at the price and it was too good to be true! I was so excited I bought it asap. I reupholstered my couch awhile back and didn't think twice about it before buying this fixer upper. I seemed to have forgotten that I am a horrible seamstress. For my own personal couch cushions I had my lovely sister in law sew the cushion covers.

It looks like I will be trying my hand at sewing once again, wish me luck!

My husband called this my "worst" purchase yet, he of little faith. I took it as a challenge. I have the set all painted, the arm is reattached, new foam for the cushions, and fabric just got delivered to my home yesterday.

Check back in the next week and see what I make out of this fixer upper.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Benson's- A Unique Home Boutique

Today I want to share with you, Benson's!! Benson's just opened up here in North Las Vegas and it is carrying some of my hand-painted furniture. I hope to work with them more in the future as well. Today I stopped in to snap a few pictures and show you around the place. Earlier I scoped out their Facebook page and saw many of my pieces in the pictures. When I stopped in, she informed me that a lot of my stuff had already sold. How exciting and what a relief!

The owner has great pride in what she does and has wonderful style and taste. I joke with her that she is living my dream. Having her own furniture store has also been a dream of hers for along time and I guess it is her time to shine.

I met her and her daughter through Craigslist a few years ago, and since then she has been a wonderful client. I hope to return the favor and be a great client for her.

Benson's carries new as well as upcycled and repurposed furniture, home decor accessories, paintings, and crafts. There is a wide assortment of color and styles, something to please everyone's taste.
Benson's will also be carrying the famous Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the very near future. It will be the second store in all of the Las Vegas area to carry the paint line. That makes me a very happy customer, no more ordering online or driving an hour.

If you follow my blog you might recognize some of my pieces.

Feast your eyes on these great pictures and be sure to stop by at 5655 Centennial Center Blvd. Suite 130 Las Vegas, NV 89149. (Husband/editor's note: And it's only like two doors down from Smashburger! Yum.)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Re purposed Buffet

I've been M.I.A lately due to previous commitments, but I am happy to announce, I 'm back painting furniture full time! So please, if you've been following and have been disappointed, hang in there a bit longer.  Things should get exciting again.

In my last post I showed you a buffet I got for free. It was missing the doors and drawers. I knew I could re purpose it and make it darling. I envisioned it with a shelf and 3 large cute baskets.

I sanded the top and stained it in miniwax ebony.  I painted the rest in Annie Sloan Chalk paint Old white. I loved the carving and added some dark wax just in those areas to really bring the detail out. I painted the inside of the buffet in paris grey chalk paint.

You'll notice for now I have no baskets of shelves to speak of. Right now I am in desperate need of something to hold my books:)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A New Look

I just thought I'd give you a quick look at the new laminate flooring we installed in our living room. In case you haven't caught my earlier posts, every piece of furniture in this room has been bought used. I've repainted or reupholstered everything myself.

I still have a few finishing touches to make to the room. I always struggle with furniture placement in this large rectangular room but I think I finally found a setup that feels close and inviting.

The new floor brings in more light and looks so chic. I just can't get enough of the red with the gray floor.

I took  out some bookcases in the room and it freed up so much space. I have been brain storming and how to fit my books in the room without bringing a huge bookcase in.

Let me show you what I've come up with.  I got this buffet  free with the purchase of a dining room set. It has no doors or shelving, but with a little work and a shelf it will be the new home to my books. I even saved a place for it.

  Be Sure to check back in the next few days for the finished buffet!


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

New Floor Installation

These past few days have been crazy and messy. We have ripped out all the carpet in our living room and hallway. I was surprised to find a huge pile of sandy dirt under the carpet in my hallway. Ew... Don't judge me.

We've pried all the carpet tacking strips, scrapped the glue and carpet foam. The hallway is done, just waiting for baseboards.

In the living room, my hubby is in the process of scrapping grout from the tiled entryway. We also had some help with a little child labor.

I'm touching up a few places with paint and repainting the baseboards a bright white.

I've had a nasty cold and case of pink eye that seem to be slowing me down through this process. We're in a time crunch, two more days and we are due in Utah to help out my dad again.

Tomorrow is my husbands birthday and I think after all his hard work without one complaint he deserves something special. He is going to squeeze in a March madness college basketball game while we are in Utah. Hopefully his Spring Break hasnt been all work and no play. I love you babe!