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Turquoise French Provincial Furniture

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I am getting ready to show you my fabric painted teal chair with lime green legs as soon as I finish one more little item for the chair, but I realized  That out of context the chair would look a little Dr. Seuss-ish.  You still may think it does when you see it but it will fit in this room.

Just before I started blogging we did this furniture fore the Lovebirds.  They were getting ready to set up house and we wanted them to have some fun furniture.  We bought the furniture from an estate sale.  The furniture had a great story.  The children, who were holding the estate sale had all pitched in to buy the furniture for their parent’s 25th anniversary.  I don’t understand why they did not want to keep it but for $150.00 we got a great set.  I do not have any pictures of the before but we are babysitting the dresser and armoire while the lovebirds are living in far away lands.

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Right now the bedroom is a mix of our stuff and theirs.  The walls are painted Behr Ice Cube and the dresser is painted Behr Rapids.  My son loves wood as much as my daughter in law loves painted furniture.  We compromised by painting the dresser base but leaving all horizontal surfaces wood.

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The painting says Always Kiss Me Goodnight in case it is bugging you.  I painted it for them as part of their wedding gift.  In their home they have grey bedding with dark purple accents.  Our bedroom is yellow, teal, turquoise, and lime green.  Crazy huh?

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I love this mirror.  It is so pretty and well proportioned.

 

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We painted the furniture and glazed it with a dark glaze.

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The hardware on the set is so ornate.

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My son’s belongings are in this upright chest.

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The horizontal part of the armoire at the middle being left stained breaks up the armoire.

 

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I love the top.  The herringbone painting usually lives above the bed, but it looks good here, too.

We learned a lot about painting furniture when we painted this set.  I am happy with how it has held up after two years and three moves.  Before the kids get back we have a few touch ups, but not many.

The teal chair will sit in front of the giant windows.

 

Thanks for reading my blog.  I hope you take a minute to pray for my kids who are far away from home.  It has been a long few months already.

 

Blessings,

Karen

Painted Fabric Wingback Chair

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Unless you are a junker, like me, you might not appreciate the presents I get from my friends. Recently I got a load of treasures from a friend that included this fleshy colored velvet wingback chair.

The chair was solid, there were no tears in the fabric and it wasn’t even too worn.  I knew it would work for a project I had in the back of my mind for a while.  I saw this amazing pink couch a while back.  The company ( Faux Real Design Company) rents the couch out for showers, photo shoots, etc.  I could not believe it when I learned the couch had been painted.

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I have been thinking about painting furniture ever since I saw this over the top couch.  I would never in a million years want it in my house full time but what a fun piece for a photo shoot or a shower.  Ashley at Faux Real did not use the same paint I did, and her couch is frankly much softer, but after a lot of searching online I did discover you can paint fabric with latex paint and something called fabric medium.

I knew when I saw this beauty that teal would be the only thing that would make me happy.

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Teal Chair

I chose Behr Real Teal.  I bought the fabric medium at Hobby Lobby.  It is mixed one part medium to one part paint.  I bought three bottles using my 40% coupon  three times.

You mix the fabric medium to paint 1:1 and spray down the fabric  with water between each coat of pant.  I got a cheap water

I will admit that the chair looked terrible after one coat of paint.  I was a little terrified.

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The photo above is of the chair all sprayed down with water.

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The paint goes on very thin and looks very transparent on the first round. (I was more than a little worried at this point.)

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It dries more opaque, but as you can see above,  the first coat was splotchy.

It took three coats of paint to get the solid look I wanted.  I decided to go wild with the legs.  Lime green.  the guest room can handle the color because it makes sense there.

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I also added at lime stencil to the back of the chair.

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Here is the chair in the room.

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I wouldn’t say that the finished fabric is soft, but it is no rougher than burlap of canvas.  I definitely does not feel like velvet any longer.

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See?  In this room a teal chair with lime legs doesn’t look crazy.  Right?

This is some art work in the room.

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Do you see the colors?

This year our fall dance theme was glow in the dark.  The kids designed the photo booth space and I knew exactly what it needed to add some fun…

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Yes, you can paint fabric.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post.

I hope you have a wonderful day.

 

Blessings,

 

Karen

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch

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Thursday night I had the opportunity to visit SJ River Ranch just outside Coldspring.  I will tell you all that when I say I am a weekend country girl, that is a stretch.  I am really a “weekend go to the country girl”.  We have a deer feeder so that I can see the deer come up early in the mornings when the beasts leave them alone.   I feed humming birds, finches and have a general bird feeder.  That is about the extent of my interaction with wildlife.

Mary and Bill are real live ranchers who have a beautiful ranch where they raise cattle.  Here is a link  to their website that includes beautiful pictures.  I love the fact that Mary is the ranch manager.  She is also an artist and they have lived all over the world.  The stories they tell about their adventures are book-worthy.

We arrived at their home just before sunset so some of the later pictures are grainy.  I had to really adjust the light.

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The ranch is over 300 acres and is a mix of pine trees and pastures.  It is beautiful.

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The Austin stone on the home is so pretty.  I love the back porch that runs the length of the home.  There are windows that line the porch wall so that you can see outside into the beautiful back yard from every room.

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This gazebo is amazing.  It is huge.  There is a fire pit in the center and an opening in the roof for the smoke to get out.  I think I would live in the gazebo if I could.

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Sunset views.

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Mary took us on a ride around the property.  The containers you see in the distance are her raised garden pots.  She also has a greenhouse.

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They have a guest house.  We didn’t get to check it out because there were guests.  One day I want to check out how it is organized.

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They have a workshop that we got to check out.  With awesome metal cabinets.

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They have a chicken coop.  Mary has eggs of all colors.  Do you see Henrietta the spotted chicken?  Bill also fixed it so that they can get the eggs out without going in the coop.  That green box on the outside has a lid that lifts up to get to the eggs.

 

 

 

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There are two ponds on the property.

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The ride out to see the cattle was beautiful.  The views are spectacular.  It is easy to forget you are just over an hour away from downtown Houston.

The true lack of my  country experienc came out when we met Shooter.  You know how on cartoons they show bulls flaring their nostrils, pawing the ground and charging at you?

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I can now tell you that they do this in real life.  Shooter, a high dollar registered bull,  did not love us being near his girls.  My heart did race, the Social Planner and I may have squealed enough to scare Bill into riding out to see if we were okay.  The Social Planner and I thought for a minute we were in trouble.

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I did get brave enough to get some shots of Shooter but not brave enough to get any closer.  That wire was all that stood between me and sudden death.  Yep.  I am standing across the road from him thinking of an escape route if necessary.   I think that bull makes my bottom look big.   :)

 

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See these bad babies?  They slipped under the fence and were in the hay barn when we drove up.  Look at how innocent they look… those little stinkers.

 

 

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These calves were out in the pasture.  All of the calves we saw were born in September or October.

 

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Lacey loves food.  She is on a diet so she now sneaking out to get the calf food.  Poor Lacey.

 

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This boy is head of ranch security and he is no joke.

 

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We had a lot of fun and love learning about the place we call home two days a week.   A big thank you to Bill and Mary for the wonderful gumbo, the tour of the ranch and letting us sit by your fire.  We loved it.

Here is a shot of The Social Planner and me on the back of the Kabota ready for our tour.

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Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.  I love hearing from you.

 

Blessings,

 

Karen

 

 

Burn Pile Barn Door

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Today I am going to show you the amazing barn door I made from wood that was destined for the burn pile.

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I have an odd obsession with things saved from the trash.

I own (or it owns me depending who you talk to) a rescue dog.

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I cheer every year when this rose blooms because Mr. Math mowed over it twice trying to get rid of it before giving up and leaving it alone.

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I have saved several pieces of furniture from the trash or the burn pile. They are some of my favorite projects.

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Burn Pile Vanity

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Roadside Credenza

Finished Mudroom Bench

 

Mudroom Bench

My dad, the original junker in our family, had some cedar cut on his property on “halves “. Basically that means he got half of the wood and the person who cut it into lumber got half for payment. Some of the cedar had imperfections that went into the cull pile. It was wormy , or bowed or split.

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My dad saved that wood for me. He knew I would want it. My dad knows me well, I did. There was a lot more wood than I expected , and it has been consuming almost a third of the Garagemahal for almost a year drying. I wasn’t sure what this wood would become but I knew that one day I would find a home for it.

I found a home for some when The Social Planner’s son bought a FEMA trailer that he and his dad are gutting and turning into a cool home for this single guy who works on yachts in a very expensive bayside community.

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You might check out what people are doing with these trailers online.  They were filled with formaldehyde when they were built for families after the hurricane decimated New Orleans and were dumped by the government as soon as possible.   You can pick one up for a couple of thousand dollars now but they need all the junk on the inside removed.

The look he is going for is rustic industrial. I can’t wait to get some shots of the inside.  Right now the kitchen is done but everything else is under construction.

We made the door quickly out of some of the cedar.

First we sorted out the wood and put it out on the floor to look at and move around then cut them all to length.

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Next we clamped the wood and added a board at the top, bottom and across diagonally to make a Z.

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Here it is finished.  The door has five coats of polyurethane on all the door and seven inside the crevices.

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It is going to look amazing in the trailer along with this piece that is going to be a counter once it is coated with bar coating.

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I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

Thank you for reading my blog.  I appreciate hearing from you.

 

Blessings,

Karen

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Our First Stay in a B & B

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Mr. Math loves me. He knew that with the start of school, our son and daughter in law going overseas for a year, and even the addition of our rowdy rescue dog, Lumi, I was exhausted and ready for a break. He surprised me with a trip to a Bed and Breakfast in Fredricksburg. Texas. We even took a day off work to extend the weekend which is something I almost never do during the school year.

Fredricksburg is a town with a strong German heritage in the Texas Hill Country about four hours from Houston. It is a picture postcard, small town that has worked hard to preserve historic buildings. (In Texas, historic means late 1800’s up to early 1900’s.)

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Link to the Fredricksburg website is HERE

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This was our first ever trip to a bed and breakfast after hearing about them for years from our buddy, The Social Planner. The room wasn’t cheap. It would have been comparable to the cost of a room in a downtown Doubletree in Austin, Dallas, or San Antonio during the fall.  Once Mr. Math let me know we were going, I got to pick the room.   We looked at room photos when choosing where we would stay. I was smitten with the room I chose.   It was a mix of vintage and eclectic furnishing.  Totally funky and bohemian.

We got our reservation through this site: HERE

Here is the 360 degree view of the room at theroadrunnerinn.com .  HERE The photos don’t lie.    It was a cool space and looked exactly like the photos. The inside was exactly the type space I would create for myself.

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We arrived just after 3:00 pm at Main Street Bed and Breakfast to get our room key. The young lady at registration handed us the key, a map to the location of our building, two $6.00  breakfast vouchers for a local restaurant and told us good luck finding parking because our room did not have parking and that there was no sign for the Roadrunner which was our room.  We found parking a block behind the location and walked up to the room.  Here is a photo of all the information we got from the young lady.

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I will be honest and say that this is not the B and B experience I thought we would have.    I guess this is tip number one if you are going to a B and B.  Ask about parking, ask about breakfast, ask if someone will be on site 24 hours.  (By the way, breakfast was really good but we had to pay the balance on our meal Saturday.  It cost over the amount of our vouchers. Sunday we each got a breakfast taco and coffee and it was within the allotted amount.)

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The Little Roadrunner on the glass up to our room was the only sign.  We walked by it twice.

 

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I really like the mix of modern with mid century chairs at the top of the stairs.

 

I feel a little like a whiner when I say this but here goes.  I had expectations that a Bed and Breakfast would be more intimate.  I thought we would have human contact while we were there at a more personal level than at a hotel.  Except for the young lady who gave us the key and paper we did not see another soul related to the B &B the time we stayed there except the shop owner in the shop below our room who helped us with the door when our hands were full and a man who told us to leave the key in the mailbox Sunday morning when the office wasn’t open. We were just another set of patrons at the restaurant and frankly we could have found a place to eat on our own had we stayed in a hotel.   There were no notes, suggestions, or “Where to find…” information provided except this large picture over the kitchen area.

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Coffee was provided in the room along with basic dishes, which was nice.

We have rented beach houses several times and this felt much more like a beach house rental than what I thought we would find at a B&B.

Tip number 2:  Ask more questions and check rating sites like Yelp. 

The final ask more questions occurred Saturday night when we discovered that a band was playing in the beer garden next door after the posted hours for the Beer Garden and during the bar open hours. (It rained Friday night or we would have discovered this sooner.)   Nothing on the website mentioned that a beer garden was right outside our window or the physical address of the Roadrunner Inn.  If we were partying folk, this would have been great.  It would be a draw to know we could stay up until 2:00 am drinking then stagger back to the room once the music finished without having to drive anywhere.  We are not those folk.  After a day of shopping, exploring, and walking in cooler than expected and wet weather we were ready for bed about 11:00 pm.  By 12:30 am we were tired and frustrated.  By 12:35 there were words exchanged between Mr. Math and the manager of the Beer Garden.  It was a long night with little sleep after the words were exchanged.

Tip number 3:  Ask for the physical address of the B and B if it is not provided on the website, then go to Google Maps and Look at the Street View.  I think it would have saved us some of the aggravation Saturday night.

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FYI- This  nice looking pair playing music on the porch of said Beer Garden WAS NOT the band playing late at night and the seats were full at 12:30 am.

Will we go back to Fredricksburg?  Probably not.  We enjoyed our visit but the town was very crowded, the shopping was nice, but things were a little overpriced, and frankly our B and B experience tainted our enjoyment.  We ended up paying for a really nice weekend away and got the equivalent of Motel 6 experience in a really nice room (really it was less than Motel 6 in service- there is usually parking, 24 hour on site personnel, and ice at a Motel 6).   Will we try a Bed and Breakfast again?  I hope so.  I have already heard from two different folks about great B and B locations to try that offer what we were hoping to find.

Have you had a great B and B experience?  I would love to hear about it.  Have you been to Fredricksburg?  If so, what did we miss that would have made our trip more enjoyable?  I would love to hear from you.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and share in our mid-life adventures.

Blessings,

Karen

 

 

Keeping an Eye on Resale Home Value While Making a House Fun

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One of the blogs I read is Jennifer Allwood at The Magic Brush.  I love this lady.  She is fun-loving, runs her own business and manages to stay involved with her family activities all while offering advice to others about following their dreams and having a successful business.  Oh and she loves glitter.   She owns a faux painting business in Kansas City.  Right now she is struggling with selling her beautiful home.  It is a very beautiful house that reflects her unique style.  Unfortunately her home is such a reflection of what she loves and her style that potential buyers have had a hard time seeing themselves in her home.  She has now launched what she calls Operation Vanilla on her home and is making the home more neutral.  She has removed the bright colors in bedrooms, the faux painted ceilings, Bible verses in the tray ceiling… The list is long.

Source: The Magic Brush

The photo above is Jennifer’s dining room.  I love her table. I mean I have even been looking for an old sign to make my own because I think it is so cool. Her room is beautiful. It looks like a magazine page, but I think I would personally be a little overwhelmed with the finishes and would have a hard time envisioning my furniture in the space. I don’t think my furniture would measure up in such a fancy home.

Each of you reading this has your own personal preference when it comes to your home’s style. You may like sleek and modern, beachy, traditional, cottage, shabby, rustic or eclectic. Our differences are what makes each home unique and are reflections of our lives. There really are ways to insert your own unique style along with fun touches in your home without affecting the resale value of your home. We have sold four homes over the years that had my own quirky style and all of them sold almost immediately even in tough markets and less than the most desire able areas so I feel confident providing a little insight in this area.

  • Keep the “permanent” items neutral. I would love a vintage stove in my kitchen. I mean one of those 1940’s stoves that has been refurbished and looks super cool. I haven’t put a vintage stove into my kitchen even in our last remodel because I knew we were going to sell our house and even though I would love having that stove, other folk might not love it and it could have kept our house from selling.

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In my opinion items like doors, appliances, flooring, and light fixtures need to be mainstream and have a nod to what is popular yet classic when the house is for sale. ( Granite is a must in our area right now.)
No checkerboard flooring, mason jar pendant lights, or unique features like a bright colored sink.  If you have them and you love them, take them down, pack them up before you put the house on the market and move them to your new home.
If and when (oh, there will be a when) we sell our suburban home, our barn door will come down. I will also take down my big S before showing the house because believe it or not, it could seem too personal.
 

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I do not, have not and will not make the entire house beige, blah, and well…boring, in order to sell a house. I will tell you that my experience has been that those totally neutral houses do not sell as fast as ours have. One of the things that has helped our houses to sell is that they are memorable but not something so personal that a homeowner is thinking about changing the second they move in. I also think that we have made our houses feel warm and loved.
A few pieces of painted furniture like our mudroom bench, my farmhouse table, and the teal media dresser will be in the house. The walls, curtains, and flooring are neutral, so that the buyer can see themselves in the house but the colorful pieces are in the rooms to help the buyer, who is probably looking at multiple homes, remember the house.

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  • The artwork needs to be unique, but not specific. Over our bed is a simple one color piece that says Truly, Madly, Deeply.

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It is one of a kind, but is also something that doesn’t scream at you when you walk in.

  • Put your money into the kitchen and bathrooms if you are going to update anything.

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Paint the picture for your potential buyers with furnishings.  Depersonalizing does not mean empty and sterile. Help the visitors see what a room could be used for.

If you have moved into your forever home and the next address for you is the Pearly Gates, have at it.  Make your home as personalized as you want… someone else will have to deal with it when you are gone :) If, on the other hand you know you will be moving, I hope you aren’t afraid to leave a little of your personality in the home.

Buffet Hutch

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I absolutely love this buffet table.

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Beside the fact that it is really pretty and functional, the top is a piece of reclaimed wood that my dad held on to for years.  He rescued it from the trash at his job.  ( I come from a long line of dumpster divers.)  The base was a solid wood dining table I scored for $20.00 one blistering summer day.  You can read all about how we turned it into a buffet table HERE

Even though I love it as it is, I have been looking for a hutch for the top of the buffet in order to display my milk glass collection.

This is the inspiration piece I found on Pinterest.  I like the wood back and the painted hutch.

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While out and about in Huntsville, Texas  I spotted a dresser top mirror thingy that had barley twist sides, a mirror in the center, shelves on the sides of the mirror and drawers at the bottom.  It was in the back of a thirft store jammed against the wall.  I love those type of items because you know that they are not something the store knows what to do with.  That means they will deal with you.  I got this one for $20.00.  Not bad for a solid oak piece of furniture.

The style was nothing like the base table I was planning to use, but the size was good and it was solid, and I kind of like that put together look. The twists were a tone that would work with the wood top of the buffet so I knew it would work.

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I apologize in advance but as soon as we got home and before I could go fetch the camera, Mr. Math was ripping out the mirror and shelves.  Who am I to stop progress?   I snapped a few shots with my phone before it was totally destroyed.  The photo above shows it laying on the side but you can see the curved shelves, the spindles, and where the mirror was if you use your imagination.

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By the time I got the camera out this is what I got a picture of:

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The electrical cord you see is for a light located in the top of the hutch.  I decided to keep it for now because I think this winter I will get out my village pieces and I think it will look pretty with a light.

I did not have my camera all weekend so I apologize in advance for the phone shots, but this is what I have to show.  The first thing I did after Hubby finished gutting the mirror, moldings  and shelves was to use a lot of wood filler to fill in the holes left behind. I painted the frame Behr Jungle Trail and did my best to match the stain of the spindles with the attached beadboard.  Here is a hint with matching stain.  You can mix stains to get a color you want but always stick with the same brand of stain when mixing.  I personally buy Minwax stains.  Not because I think they are superior but because they are readily available if I run out.  ( I do run out in the middle of a project.  A. Lot.)

You can see in these shots that I did not have the interior board stained.  It is done now.

The hutch came with only three knobs but I keep hoard hardware and had four brass knobs.  A quick spray with flat espresso spray paint gave me the look I wanted.  I honestly wanted the beadboard to run vertically but I just could not justify two sheets of beadboard to get what I wanted.  I think the horizontal look is growing on me already.

After moving furniture around at my house I was able to get the piece where I wanted it.  It makes me happy to see some of my milk glass out on display.

Here is the piece in place.  Let me tell you now that I will be re-taking the photos.  The crooked candle on the table is driving me crazy. ( Try to ignore it now that I pointed it out.) It was 5:30 am when I took the shots so the overhead light was on and created a glare.  The windows will be hung beside the hutch and the lighting will be better but I did want you all to see that I made a tiny bit of progress this week.

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I really like how the dark wood and the white glass contrast.

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I have the light on the picture above.  I think it is going to work well as a display.

 

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A new space to change out seasonally.

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I hope everyone had a a wonderful week and that you are getting to enjoy some fall weather.

Thank you for reading my blog.  I appreciate each of you.

 

Blessings,

Karen

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