Sunday, January 29, 2012

Seating for Six


Beth from Not Too Shabby got lucky and found a set of six matching chairs...
usually you only find three.  She asked us to paint these a creamy white and provided us with some fabric to re-upholster the seats.  


They are lightly distressed and waxed with new fabric on the cushion.  
They turned out great.  I can see them around an old farm table.  

Nice lines and just enough distressing.

Stop by and visit Beth at Not Too Shabby in the Gateway Mall.  
Open Thursday through Monday.  

Thanks for visiting.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Vintage High Chair Redo


So my fun friend, Beth, had another Boho project for me to do (& talk about a major transformation)!!  This vintage high chair was really cute before, but wow, what a difference a little paint makes (I can hardly recognize it)!
It was a unique piece of furniture before & even more unique after!

If you want to see this in person, head on over to Gateway Mall & tell Beth that the GBG girls sent you!!!

Thanks for looking,

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

*Fit for a Princess* Bedroom Set

I usually do the "before" first, but was too anxious
for you all to see the whole set completed!

before ~ the drawers were ivory colored w/ gold accents

headboard in Old White

low dresser in Old White w/ Scandinavian Pink drawers

close up ~ so cute!

the mirror would be great hung on a wall
above this low dresser

tall dresser ~ imagine all of the clothes
you could fit!

great details on the beautiful dressers

the whole bedroom set together

It is always a bit of an undertaking when we get a whole set of furniture ~ Renae took the headboard & mirror, & I tackled the dressers (it is so nice to have a partner in crime)!!

The original pieces were ivory (almost buttery) with gold accents.  I'm sure it was lovely for its time, but a makeover was due!  The pieces were painted Old White and the drawers in Scandinavian Pink (both are Annie Sloan Chalk Paint).  They were distressed slightly and waxed to seal in the pretty new colors!  I did keep the original hardware b/c it was feminine & shabby chic!

This would be perfect in a girl's room (little or big) & is sure to turn heads!!

Thanks for looking!! 


low dresser ~ 39 1/2w x 18d x 31h 

tall dresser ~ 32w x 18d x 45 1/2h

mirror ~ 25w x 32h

twin headboard ~ 40w x 37h


Monday, January 23, 2012

Boho Chairs ~ funky furniture art!



love this picture ~ the distressing turned out great

chair #1

chair #2

OK....  I am not the type to brag, but I love these chairs!!!  Beth, once again, gave me some color ideas, and let me loose & boy, do I love how they turned out!  They look so old & shabby.... like they've been around for decades ~ I did add dark wax before I clear waxed them & I'm so glad I did.  The two chairs have all of the same colors, but just in a few different spots.

Thanks, Beth, for letting me be so creative!!  If you love these crazy, funky, shabby chairs, go check them out @ Not Too Shabby in the Gateway Mall!

* Heather *

Available for purchase
Not Too Shabby

Cotton Candy Chairs ~ yummy!

before ~ chairs

before ~ table

after ~ such a cute pairing!

add some flair w/ fun pillows/decor

Beth is letting me have a lot of fun....  she told me she wanted light aqua chairs with pink, & then let me go with it!  These chairs are so fun & a great addition to a girl's room or any space that needs some character & charm!

The side table got a nice shade of Old White paint & is ready for any room in your home!

Check these pieces out & more @ Not Too Shabby in the Gateway Mall!

Thanks, Heather

Available for purchase
Not Too Shabby

Sunday, January 22, 2012

From Lois

My sister-in-law, Suzie, received this cedar chest from her 91-year old Grandma.  The finish was quite worn and the hinges had pulled away from the wood...but it still had tons of character and was definitely worth fixing up. 

I painted it old white, distressed it and added some new hinges.  

It will be the perfect spot to store her treasures and extra blankets.  Enjoy. 

Thanks for visiting. 


Thursday, January 19, 2012


I made this sign today...for the upstairs bath that my two boys share.  
We obviously have a problem.  

My boys are 7 and 10, they both can read and now I hope they both will flush.  
Enough said.  

At one point their bathroom had dinosaur paintings done on canvas...I switched those out a while ago, but saved the paintings.  I re-used the largest one and used the same technique as in my earlier post that you can find here.

The vinyl letters are from Hobby Lobby in three different sizes and I used leftover paint from our house...lemon verbana and navajo white (Sherwin Williams).  

I distressed it quite heavily as I did have some paint bleed through...I don't know if the latex paint or the canvas that caused the issue, but it didn't bleed through with the chalk paint and the paper print that I used before.   

I like how a little of the blue peeked through.  

My boys think it is hilarious and as I sit here typing this post 
I just heard my husband say "Who didn't flush?"  

I think I need to put one in every bathroom or 
start charging them when I find an un-flushed toilet.  


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Artichokes and Cream

This piece was brought to us by Heather's cousin, Britt.  When we were first getting started with our blog, she helped us learn how to use blogger...we had tried several times to set this us, but failed.  She helped us BIG time.  
Thanks again.  

It is a cedar lined chest that will be perfect in her home.  I forgot to take a "before" picture...but it was pretty basic brown with dings, dents and scratches.  I painted it in an old white color, distressed it generously and sealed it with some wax.  

Artichokes from my living room...I always chuckle as I attempt to stage my photos.  I use my iPhone to take pictures at any time of the day in poor lit areas and I basically grab a decor piece from my home and snap some pictures.  Ha!  

Oh, well...I having fun and I need to be quick so I can load it up and 
move on to the next piece.  

Thanks Britt!  


Monday, January 9, 2012


I've been wanting to do this project for a while and when my husband called to say he could pick up the kids from school...I got started.  

This is a print from Kohl's that used to hang in our upstairs hallway.  After we repainted this summer, I knew it wouldn't be used again as it was...
but I knew it had potential.  

As I was clearing my desk today I found a set of vinyl wall words that I have intended on hanging in one of our boys' rooms for quite some time...
but putting it on the wall is so...permanent.  

First, I put two coats of old white paint on the picture. This is an unframed picture that is sturdy...not a canvas, but that would work too. 

I measured and adjusted the words to fit the dimensions of the picture...
the word CHARACTER just fit.  

It was meant to be.  

I attached the wall vinyls following the package instructions and 
sealed them real good with the tool they provide.  

Then a coat of graphite paint was 
applied over the entire surface. 

Once the graphite paint was dry, I used a razor blade to lift the vinyl and peel it off.  It was going well, until RIP!  The "A" was connected to the letter below it and I tore the paper on the original picture.  If I hadn't had three little boys watching me I would have used a few choice words.  Dang. 

So, I got out my pencil and drew in some lines and painted around them.  

Not too bad of a repair job...even my husband was impressed. The paper backing is a little crinkly...a canvas would work perfect for this project.  

I lightly sanded the edges and the entire surface to age it a little and blend in some of the paint that bled through.  

I covered it with a little wax and buffed it.  I propped it up in the guest room, but it will hang in our oldest son's room...hopefully as a constant reminder. 

Thanks for visiting.