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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Fall Decorating!

Is it to early to decorate for fall? Evidently not at my house! lol. I already have wreaths on my front door and an arrangement at the backdoor, which I am sharing with you today.

I started out with three different size faux pumpkins. I glued them together with hot glue. Some don't like a hot glue machine, but I have never had any problems with it in winter or summer. This pot was from Tuesday Morning, and was plain white. I used a metallic silver paint mixed with a little brown acrylic, I never measure anything but it was just enough to give it an aged effect. Inside the pot I turned a smaller pot upside down and laid a grapevine wreath on top of the pot. I didn't even glue it, I didn't want it to be permanent. Then I sat the pumpkins in the middle. No glue either, it is pretty stable. I will have to keep an eye on it, and if need be, glue it down.The leaf garland was just wrapped around each pumpkin and on the wreath. There is a place in the middle pumpkin to set the little battery operated light, and I will do that to.

It was fun to see it coming together and very easy to do. I hope you enjoy it and the much needed cooler weather. Hopefully some much needed rain to.

Blessings to you this week. Be sure and check out Metamorphosis Monday, you will be amazed at all the talent these ladies have.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Ugly Vase Reveal!

I found this at a local thrift store for 5.00. It had a adobe scene with cactus on the front, but I thought I could "fix" that. So I took my snippers and cut away all the raised places and then sanded it smooth. I had forgot to take pictures so this is the process of painting the back side.
I used torn and crumbled pieces of white tissue paper and black acrylic paint to put it on with.
Here is the piece completely covered with tissue paper.
I used silver metallic first, then dry brushed the aqua color. The gold was put on last and wiped off.
Here is the piece minus the gold.
Here is the completed piece. I brushed the gold paint on and then just wiped it off. I am really pleased with it and now I will have to decide what flowers to use. I will post pictures later for that. I am participating in Metamorphosis Monday over at Between naps on the Porch! Check it out!

Monday, August 16, 2010

New "Old" Desk!

Here are the before and after pictures of a desk I bought for 5.00 at goodwill. It will be used in my booth at "Grandmas Attic". Also will price it to! I love to paint so as you can see I have another one (pictured below this one). The process was easy! The sanding didn't take to long and it was on to paint. I never use primer unless I have to. I did have to remove the veneer at the bottom of the desk though and then just sanded it smooth. The drawer front is toile wrapping paper. I am in love with toile, doesn't matter what color or pattern. Decoupage and trimming took the longest time to do. The top I painted black, took three coats because it was pretty bad. Anyway, I still have to put poly on it and also the knobs will be black for the drawer fronts. As my Aunt used to say, I have more on my plate than I can say grace over", so I probably have forgotten something! I am pleased with it and another piece of furniture was kept from the trash pile. Have a wonderful Day!
(Blogger is not cooperating with me today, the before is listed last! Oh well, somethings just have to be difficult)

I am participating in Metamorphosis Monday over at Between naps on the Porch! Check it out!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Bedroom Makeover!

Above is the before Picture
Below is the After Picture
As you can see there has been quite a transformation. When we bought this house, wallpaper was alive and well! It was everywhere! Borders on every room pasted up with the best glue I have ever seen in my life. LOL. We like to have never removed it. In this bedroom was also a faux wall finish, but that was not hard to cover up. Also in this room was a desk that I have toted around in all the places we have lived and had never painted it (its even hard for me to believe). It finally had a facelift. It was really cheap made, but a friend gave it to me so anyway first was a good primer then just a white durable paint. I antiqued it afterward and now I am Happy with it. Everything else in this room was a bargain! I did some trading with a friend of mine for the daybed, the white chairs came from goodwill (free, because I know someone there) The comforter set was a bargain from a local store. It had an extra quilt with it and that is what is behind the old window (can't see it in this picture). That first cut on it was a little hard, but I figured what the heck! I need that! The shutters were just painted and antiqued, this is where I keep my cards. The drapes were all of 99 cents at a store that was closing them out! I was able to purchase enough for my master bedroom and the den. I hope you enjoy the before and after! It doesn't have to cost a lot of money to make a home comfortable and pleasant for you and your family. I actually love this kind of decorating! Taking something that is ugly and making it functional and pretty also keeps it off the curb heading for the trash. Have a wonderful day. I am linking up with Metamorphosis Monday over at "Between Naps on the Front Porch", be sure and check out this very inspiring blog.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Fall Wreath!

I don't know why I am thinking "fall" when it is clearly still summer. Hot, hot, hot is what we are experiencing here in Southwest Missouri. Maybe wishful thinking! I told myself I would not complain this summer because I really thought I would freeze to death last winter (maybe a little exaggeration going on) BUT, I am tired of this heat. Mostly for the fact it is so hard on people and animals! Anyway I had a wreath on my front door that was looking a little tired, so instead of making another one for summer, I decided to fix one for fall. It really will be here before you know it. ON a serious note, I really try not to complain about anything. God is so good to us and there are so many things to be thankful for. Being negative is like a disease that spreads and gives people hopelessness. I hope your week is going well, be careful and use something that would go in the trash and make it beautiful!

Monday, August 2, 2010

A Garage Sale Treasure!

A lamp bought at a yard sale for $4.00 turns out to be a Frederick Cooper from Chicago, Il. After some research I find his lamps are quite expensive (couldn't find the exact one) the cheapest one was 389.00. The one that I compared it to was 519.00. Wow, I am so excited! So after the lamp, I had to change my flower arrangement. Have you ever noticed when you change one thing there is always a chain reaction? lol. The other one didn't have red in it, and of course I had to put some eggs in it to. In my shop "The Painted Fern", there are always lots of leftover flowers so it is easy to put something together.Floral design is truly something I enjoy, but decorating my home and making it comfortable for our family and friends is my passion.Also it is amazing what a person can do with left overs and things that are on their way to the trash. Thank you for visiting, I love your comments!

This week I'm linking up with Susan for Metamorphosis Monday at
Between Naps on the Porch, Please check it out, you will find some very creative ladies.