Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Gifts

I always like to give my neighbors a little something every year for Christmas to let them know we care. This year I wanted something with a little bit of my personality in it.  As I am sure you can tell, I love all things vintage, but vintage candy probably wouldn't taste so great, that is if I could even find some ;)  I decided to go a different route.
My oldest daughter is turning 6 this week {eek} she is getting to be good little helper.  She  cut all the stripes of paper down to size!  I am really loving this Mother Daughter crafting time.  I sure hope it keeps up, a mini me in training....maybe?!?


These are bagged Hershey Nuggets I found at the local grocery store.  I then wrapped each piece of candy with vintage sheet music I picked up at the DI, a local thrift store.  Once they were all covered with sheet music I used cellophane to wrap them up.  I tied some twine around and attached these awesome tags I found at Shanty 2 Chic for the final touch!



I used a little bit larger hershey bar for these ones, I loved all the fun colored wrappers!
To dress them up a bit I went with gold glittered ribbon instead of twine.  I love how elegant they turned out!




These are the perfect little gift to let someone know you care about them.  
The best part is they came out to be about $1.50 each!

TTFN

Brooke

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Coral Vanity


Man oh man just look at this chest, believe me when I say it had seen better days.  The top was not salvageable, the drawers were all broken, the mirror was non existent, and the caster wheels were broken as well.  You may say, Why oh why would you attempt something like this...my husband often says the same thing.  But there is just something about these chest that every time I can get my hands on one I take it!


And here she is all dolled up!
Now you see why I pick them up, they are so stunning finished!



This chest was pretty plain to begin with.  The perfect backdrop for a little creativity!

I ripped a baluster down the middle and placed one on each side, I also added the moldings in-between the drawers.  I painted the added molding with White Dove by Benjamin Moore to make them stand out! 

I had this mirror in the garage, and as luck would have it, the mirror fit perfectly on the chest.



As you can see from the before picture the top of this chest was in bad BAD shape.  I tried to pull the old veneer off but it wasn't salvageable.  On to plan B, replace the top completely.  

I stained the new pine top with Miniwaxes Dark Walnut to break up the coral a bit!

 And for the finishing touch I added these vintage knobs.









Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Beautiful Hutch Makeover!


I am sure you have seen many of these hutches before, and your response maybe similar to mine....YUCK! After all they are a bit dated and dark. Well I have good news it is nothing a little paint can't fix.

This hutch was a custom refinish, and I have to admit my client picked great colors.  


I love the cream she chose, I don't have a name for this paint as I took one of my cabinet doors in to the paint store and had them match it.  



The wood top compliments the cream perfectly.  I used Miniwaxes Early American Stain, what a rich color this stain is on pine!



I spray painted the original hardware oil rubbed bronze for a new fresh look.  



I couldn't be happier with how this hutch came together, it will be beautiful in it's new home!

ttfn

Brooke

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

My Mom's Remodel Progress


 My Mom has been doing a complete overhaul on her home for the last few months, it is looking beautiful!  I took a few pictures of it this afternoon to share with you.  


Her Friend, Dave, with Liberty Home Remodeling has been helping her and he has done an amazing job.  He built this arch for her and added all this beautiful molding.  Imagine for a minute this opening going all the way to the ceiling, well it used to, he closed it in from the ceiling and created this amazing focal point for these 2 rooms.  
His craftsmanship is superb, he has taught me so many new things.  


Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Perfect Shade of Yellow


One of my favorite parts of doing custom orders is pushing me to think outside of the box.  I often feel like I get stuck in a rut.  I find a few colors I love and paint piece after piece the same color, sometimes it is nice at times broaden the horizon.  

When I picked up these pieces from my customer she told me she wanted a yellow, that wasn't too yellow or too gold.  So the hunt began for the perfect shade of yellow.  

And here it is.....Whole Grain by Valspar


I slightly distressed these pieces.  Whenever I distress I always try to figure out where a piece will take the most wear and tear and start the distressing there.  I always distress edges and corners.  


This piece also has a brown glaze on it and is topped off with a satin clear coat.  





I love the fun details of these pieces, the new color and glaze really help it stand out!






Friday, November 7, 2014

Refinished Blue Dresser....

One of my good friends brought me this dresser to be refinished, she was contemplating giving it to the local thrift store but decided to have it refinished instead.  I think she made the right decision, don't you?  This piece is stunning, not to mention it is solid oak and in great condition. 


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Old Nightstand, New Life

I have a cute helper, Ellie, who comes once a week to sand, take things apart, clean, or whatever I need her to do.  She is always so happy and cheerful, I look forward to working with her.  When her mom called looking for a nightstand to give her for her birthday as a surprise I had just the right piece. 



When I picked up this nightstand it was missing a drawer, but it is hard to come by wood nightstands so I took it anyway.  As you can see this piece was a little dated, but that is an easy fix, all it needed was...... 

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