Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Thank you!!!!!!!!

With every event in your life comes a learning opportunity.  I was so excited when I got the email from Bob Vila that they had chosen my dresser turned bench to feature in their Thumbs Up Competition.  These are the things I dream of.  I am slightly competitive so I scoped out my competition and realized quickly I had some tough competition and it would be a stretch for little ol' me to win this.  The first day out the gate was my daughters birthday, when I pulled up the stats that night I was already down 400 votes.  WOW, right how do you come back from that?  I knew I had to start right away marketing it and getting my project out there so people would see it and vote.  I was getting a little desperate and had to start thinking out of the box...how was I going to get votes?  I started sending out texts and messages to my friends and family asking them to vote.  Followers started sharing it on their pages and voting.  By about mid month I was amazed at the support I was receiving.  As I would send out reminder texts I would often get texts back with things like "I have been voting on 5 devices every day and I have some of my friends doing the same thing."  or I would just text random texts and messages from people to tell me I was up that day.  I even got a text from my Grammy the day my Papa got out of a major surgery that I was up and they were both voting for me. At church on Sundays people would stop me to ask me how it was going and let me know they were voting and recruiting people too! Never in a million years would I have imagined this kind of support, and a lot of it was from people I didn't ask or even know.  I know I too often get caught up in my own little world and forget to look outside the box, but today my heart is full of gratitude, not for winning this competition but for so much more than that.  This month I realized how important it is to support one another, I learned that we all need each other for love, for support, for friendship it is the little things that make the difference!

So Thank you so much to EVERYONE it is truly appreciated.  I didn't win this...WE WON THIS!!!



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Calming Little Chest!

I am so excited I get to participate in the The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest again, this month the theme is Come On, Let Your Colors Burst!  It was great to get out of my comfort zone of creams and grays and spice things up a bit!

I scored this cute piece at an estate sale a few weeks ago.  Do you ever walk into somewhere, see something and know you have to have it?  That was this piece, it had so much charm and character, the only problem was the family wanted way more than I could afford for it.  When I am looking for a piece not only do I look for character but the price is a huge factor for me.  I try to keep my prices low, so in turn I have to find good deals in order to turn something for a profit.  When the family wouldn't budge on their price I had to walk away from this piece, which was no easy task.  But lucky for me my Mom went back a few hours later and they had marked it down to my original offer, we were meant to be together!  



I love the soft serene feeling this chest now has.  I painted the outside columns cream so they would really stand out and show off the beautiful details of this piece.  

This paint color was an oops, I took another piece into have it matched and instead of matching it...this is the color we got, which I LOVE so I kept it.



I first sprayed this piece to achieve a nice smooth finish.  After it was dried I roughed up the edges lightly.  I like to sand the edges as it helps to prevent paint chipping.  After the edges were sanded I applied an oil based glaze to really bring out the details.  I just love the charm of this piece!


The top of this piece is worn, it has dings and scrapes.  Usually I would sand them out but this time I left them there, it shows this pieces age and adds charm.  For the top I used General Finishes Java Gel Stain.  




These beautiful knobs I found at the World Market.  Aren't they just perfect for this piece!  





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Monday, June 29, 2015

Monster Cupcake Tutorial


Want to make your own monster cupcakes?  
These monster cupcakes are so fun to make and they are pretty easy too!  

First you will need to make your cupcakes, I like to use Betty Crocker’s butter recipe.  They stay more moist in the middle.  To get the perfect sized cupcake I spoon in about 3 tablespoons per cupcake cup.  My favorite cups to use are the tin foil ones, they look much nicer after they are cooked.  

Once you have your cupcakes you will need frosting.  I made a buttercream frosting for mine, but you can use the stuff you buy from the store too.  I like the whipped best, it isn’t quite as heavy.  Once you have your frosting you will want to dye it.  I use the gel dye’s, you can buy them at most grocery stores.  To get deep colors you will need LOTS of coloring, but be careful not to add too much or it will make your frosting taste yucky.  




Saturday, June 27, 2015

Bob Vila Contest is Coming to a Close

The Bob Vila Thumbs Up Competition is coming to a close.  If you haven't noticed already I am slightly competitive.  The lady I am competing against is defiantly giving me a run for my money.  I am so happy I am actually competing as she has 43k followers on Facebook......HOLY COW, that is like my dream amount of followers.  I owe all of you a huge thanks, I couldn't still be in the running without you.  I have been so grateful for all the support I have received already, both of my Grandma's are even voting everyday!  Yeah, they are pretty hip!
I need your help for one final push to win this thing!  I am giving away a $25 Visa gift card to one lucky voter.  All you have to do to enter is vote for my dresser turned bench (here) Follow me on either Facebook or Instagram and leave me a comment so I can enter your name in the drawing.
You can receive extra entries by   
*sharing on Facebook or Instagram 
*voting each day until June 30th

The contest is coming to a close Tuesday June 30th at 11:59 pm.  You can vote once a day per IP address until then.







Thursday, June 25, 2015

A Monster Party For Our Little Monster

I can't believe our little man is 1!  It feels like just yesterday I was laying in bed feeling like a beached whale wondering if I was ever going to have this little boy.  The 9 months of sickness was worth it, our little guy is so sweet and fun.  
It defiantly is a change of pace to have a little boy, but he is breaking me in fast.  I had no idea all the garbage in the garbage can belonged in the toilet, or that lazy susans were made for little boys to hide in.  My daughters have nicknamed him the monster baby, nothing is safe when he is awake!
I felt it fitting to have a monster party for our little monster.





Friday, June 19, 2015

An Upholstered French Chair and a Pleated Skirt

I bought these chairs years ago at the DI (a local thrift store) for $5 a piece.  The caning on the back of the far one was destroyed but I decided to take a chance on them.  After all if worse came to worse I was only out $10.  I looked up how to fix caning, I quickly learned I wouldn't be fixing it.
  I would have to come up with some other idea to cover up the caning.  


I decided to upholster over the top of it!


I left the caning on the chairs for added support and I added batting to the front and back.  I used a $10 drop cloth I bought at Ace Hardware for the fabric.  I have loved working with drop cloths.  They are very durable and a great cost saving option.  


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Custom Order Cedar Chest

So, I have to say this goal of mine, to blog everyday has been quite the tall order!  It takes so much more planning and time than I thought.  I knew it would be time consuming...I just never realized how time consuming!  However I have loved to plan everything out and keep myself on a schedule.  I am quite the schedule/structure person and it drives me crazy when my kids don't allow me to stay on my schedule, which happens everyday.  But everyday is a new day and I am learning to be more accommodating and patient.  Funny how kids do that to you huh?  I just have to say over and over in my head, keep your priorities in check.  Right now my kids are my number 1.  So....anyway.....

Here is this beautiful cedar chest a client brought me a few weeks ago.  Originally they tried to strip and sand it down to the wood, but they sanded through the veneer...oops.  I hate it when that happens.  ...but it is nothing a little bit of paint can't fix!


TADA....paint fixed everything!  


I don't paint everything I get my hands on.  There are some pieces I believe should be left alone.  But in this situation paint was an excellent solution and it made the moldings stand out so beautifully!

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