Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Hope you all have a SPOOKtacular Halloween! 
We managed to get our act together here in the 'burbs, despite how busy things have been, and actually enjoy the festivities. 

Yes, that handsome hound in the middle 
of the collage is Emmit in his Halloween costume. 

His custom-made tie was sewn by yours truly!


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Bored In The 'Burbs

October has been a busy month in the 'burbs. So I am thoroughly enjoying spending this rainy Saturday indoors. I've made progress on the "fab $5 find" chair - but will share 
more about on that later. 

I was a bit bored after fiddling with my $5 chair project, and I was dying to test out my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) on something small before I paint my dining room furniture with it. I was worried about the Duck Egg blue being too blue. So when I came across this $4 wood frame at Michael's, I knew this was the perfect way to test the paint. I modeled this painted frame after the fabulous Sugarbooo frames that I just ADORE. 

In case you can't ready my free-hand script, it says, "Learn from yesterday, Live for today, Hope for tomorrow". 

I finished the frame with the Annie Sloan dark wax 
which gave not only toned down the blue paint, but also gave it a rustic look. What do you think?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

From One Blonde To Another

Remember my fabulous $5 find from last year? She's great, isn't she? Well pathetically enough I am only just getting around to refurbishing her. 

Over all she's in great shape, just needs a some TLC. I think she's pretty old because from what I can tell she's still got her original horse hair cushion. Ummm, eww?

Anyway, I got to sanding her down FINALLY. And guess what? 
SHE'S BLONDE. Can you believe it?!

Here she is in all her naked glory.

She doesn't have a ton of detail 
but she's got great lines and legs.

It took me so long to start this refurbish project partly because I just wasn't sure  what do do with her. 
Until I came across this new product by Briwax. 

It's called liming wax. Gives natural wood a pickled look (which I love). So I decided to give it a try.

This was was super easy to work with. It's very creamy and soft. Just apply it with a clean cloth directly onto the natural wood.

Then once you are done applying it, 
simply rub the excess off with another clean cloth and buff. 

Here she is after her full wax job. From one blonde to another, you look great girl!

I just love her. I still need to refurbish the cushion, but can't get my eyes of her new finish. Here she is up close.

The wax is light enough that you still see her natural wood grain but gives her just the right white-wash look. 

What do you think of her new look? 
I. Adore. Her.

Stay tuned for her cushion makeover!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Burrrrr in the 'Burbs

The first cool Fall weather has arrived in the 'burbs this weekend. And you-know-who decided to snuggle on the couch
 this Saturday morning under the blanket.

I couldn't bare to disturb him....

This is Emmit's favorite time of year.

What a handsome hound. He loves to snuggle in our green blanket.

Stay tuned for more furniture features. I finally got started on refurbishing one of the chairs I have in my inventory. I will also be sharing more of my purchases from the Country Living Fair & 2 blondes and a truck road trip!