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Beadboard Bed Makeover

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It will be about a week before I can photograph the bed in the room it is in now but I wanted to show what a little paint and glaze does to a so so bed and night stand.

I spotted this beauty on Craig’s List for $100.00.  It was a whole bedroom set; a twin bed, under the bed drawer (that converts to a trundle bed holder I found out.) a night stand, and a dresser.  Because I am using only the nightstand and bed frame to stage a navy blue bedroom for a friend, the dresser and under the bed drawer are not painted.

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The white spot is some sort of wood filler that made a mess on the drawer.

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When we showed up, in the rain, to pick up this set the owners were packing to move.  It was in good shape considering it has been in a tween girl’s room.  There were a few One Direction stickers, and some nail polish spills, but man I have seen worse.

Because the room I helped stage is navy blue, I chose Behr Gray Area.  It is a medium to light gray that has just a touch of blue.

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Hubby was busy spraying a ton of stuff Sea Salt, so I used the brush to paint the bed and night stand.  I really sort of wanted the 2006 furniture to look like it had a bit of history.

Parts of the furniture were made of wood, but other parts were painted particle board and plywood.  I did not want to take a chance on the paint not sticking so I gave it coat of liquid sander then my go-to primer for this type project, Gripper Primer by Glidden.  This primer is thick, sticky, and hard to paint with but it is advertised to use on glass.

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After the primer dried I got busy painting.  It took two coats to get it smooth and looking great.

I mixed up Behr Faux Effects Glaze ( 2 Cups) with Behr Black Suede (1 full tablespoon).  I glazed like crazy by putting it on with my $1.00 brush and white t shirts.to rub it in.
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Here is the finished project before at Star Hill before we took it to my friend’s home.  As soon as the the touch up paint in the bedroom is done I will post the pictures of the room.  This room will prove it is possible to have a dark blue bedroom that doesn’t feel dark and dreary.
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The last step made me remember how much I love our sprayer. Hubby sprayed the polyurethane on the whole thing in about 10 minutes. He did fall in a hole and scare me to death though so I am totally blaming him for not having any more pictures. He is fine. We just need a new part for the sprayer.

So friends, what do you think about the gray bed?  There will be photos of the two pieces soon. They will be for sale as soon as my friend’s home sells along with rest of the furniture in the set.  I am waiting to find out what color to paint the dresser.

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Ways to Repurpose a Cabinet Door

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Cabinet doors are easy to find and can be purchased for a song. If you know someone who is getting a new kitchen, ask for the doors. I did when my neighbor, Shahana tore out a section of her cabinets and ended up with several doors and drawers. That is way better than them ending up in a landfill. Our local ReStore sells doors for between a dollar and two dollars a door. They are already cut and sanded to size, often have moulding and interesting shapes on them and are a great item to jump in to the repurposing game.

Here are a few unique cabinet door repurposers. These folks have skills. These folks have imagination. These folk make me jealous.

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Turning a cabinet door into a sentimental tray on a stand.

Repurposed Cabinet Door Shabby Chic Teal Chalk Board with white flower knobs

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This cabinet door had me at teal.

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This site has 10 different ways to repurpose a cabinet door.

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An Easel. What a great idea.

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What a great idea to use a door as a door decoration!

I have used a cabinet door to make a tray, a shelf and several chalkboards, but this is my favorite. It was a gift to my friend, The Social Planner.

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Art from a door knob.

Sooo…on to my new cabinet door project:

I am feeling the need for spring, and I wanted to try out a new green color before I went crazy on the drink station for Team Dean so I purchased a sample container of paint and decided to try it out for a coat rack.  This is Behr Asparagus.

 

I bought the metal coat rack a while back at Hobby Lobby for 1/2 price and have been holding on to it.

The inspiration for this coat rack came from my visit to Facelift Furniture.  Jeff does the coolest coat racks ever and I love the vibrant colors.
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My project seriously took about 30 minutes total of work time, but I did it over a few nights so that the paint could dry.

I filled the hole where the cabinet knob had been, sanded the wood fill, then primed that spot.

Then I painted the entire front of the cabinet door with two coats of paint. Then the back with one coat because it was ugly.
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I spray painted the screws flat black so they would not stand out.

A coat of polyurethane to seal the paint.

Finally, I attached the metal coat rack to the door and a hanger on the back.  Tah Dah!

What a quick and easy way to add a splash of color to a room that is not permanent.

The blue is from mistint oops pike and the birds were on the wall in our laundry room when we moved in. I don’t love it but I like it and for a fifty cent investment not too bad.

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The colors are terrible in the last two photos. Rainy outside, bad light inside. Sorry. I will take them out the next sunny day and update this post.

Learning to Love Imperfection: My Journey to Recovery from Anorexia

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This amazingly brave young lady and I have a history. Please read her story and pass this along to moms and grand moms who may have a child struggling with body image and eating disorders.

Jordan Kelly

Looking at me from afar, I’ve been told that I appear to have a perfect life. I mean, everyone knows that having good grades, comfortable finances, loving parents, and a relationship with Christ means that I must have everything together and know nothing of the struggles faced by “normal” people. Please, allow me to disperse this falsehood straight away and apologize for any masks I’ve worn that have led some to hold this view. I cannot deny it though: growing up, things came pretty easily to me. Anything that I participated in, I seemed to be a natural at. Gymnastics, martial arts, swimming, band, school, none of it fazed me. I was considered a bright child, but I did not really realize that. It was all I had ever known; it was normal for things to come naturally to me. None of that could guarantee a perfect life though because…

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Superwoman Is Not My Name

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At least once a week a comment is made to me about my hobby of restoring, re-purposing, and repainting furniture that makes me think people have a few misconceptions about me.  People have asked me how I have time to do this, usually followed by a comment that they would love to do something like this if they had the time.  Well, last night after I got the question about my time again, I decided that I wanted to dig into my vault of deep dark secrets.  Here is how I magically manufacture more time than the 24 hours a day others have. 🙂

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1.  I don’t watch a lot of television.  Please don’t hate me but I cannot talk with you about Downton Abbey, The Bachelor, House of Cards, or American Idol.  ( I did watch one episode of American Idol this season, but got bored.). I do watch The Voice, Biggest Loser, and The Blacklist (My really guilty pleasure).  Oh, and HGTV is on as background noise on the weekend. A lot of the shows are recorded and I can watch them when I choose and skip through the commercials.  Ain’t no body got time to watch denture cream commercials.  While watching television I usually am writing a blog or reading one of the 10 or so blogs that I read regularly- but not daily.

2.  I get up early and I am one of those people who usually wakes up “awake”  I clear my email , pray, usually do something homey like start laundry, pick up the stuff in the den, play with the dog and clear the counters before I leave for work in the mornings. Okay, I clean only if I am not running late!

3.  I eat lunch alone.  By choice.  I am really an introvert and need quiet time.  I use that 30 minutes to decompress, to think, read or take care of personal business.  It is my quiet time of the day.

4.  I have a housekeeper.  Yep.  Two times a month a wonderful lady comes to my house and changes the sheets, mops, dusts, cleans bathrooms and vacuums the house top to bottom.  This saint also cleans out my fridge and surprises me when she has time with things like organizing the pantry, the back porch, or cleaning up the linen closet.  Having a housekeeper is a luxury that I am willing to give up a lot to keep because the house being clean brings peace to my soul and someone else doing that two times a month means that I have time to do what I love.  She is able to get done in five hours what would take me all day because I would get distracted and she is just a speed demon.  The house does not stay spotless between the cleanings, but I know that under the clutter is a relatively clean home.

5.  My children are grown and I am not a grandmother.  (One day… I hope) My weekends do not revolve around sporting events, birthday parties, and sleepovers any longer.  I miss those days more than you will ever know, but it means that my free time really is mine.  People who have known me a long time often say that they had no idea that I had an artistic side.  The reason is simple; when I had kids at home I was a mom first and foremost.

6.  I do not enjoy cooking.  If I cook, it is something quick, simple and easy. Often out of a box. There is no spending the day in the kitchen for me.  That would be torture.  Thankfully, my husband is fine with that (most of the time) and pitches in or fends for himself if there is not a plan for supper.  He also goes to the grocery store for us about half the time.

7.  I usually have at least three projects going on at once when I am set up and working.  I try to group projects together that are going to be painted the same color- like my glazed cream color that is so popular.  While paint is drying, I can be collecting wood from the hoard for the next project and spray painting hardware.  By the time I get the second coat of paint on I am ready to move on with the other projects too.  As long as everything that makes dust is done first I can really move.  I make sure that sanding, and cutting are done at the same time and that there is no wet paint when sawdust in flying around.  I have about an 85% success rate with the keeping sawdust out of wet paint.

8.  My husband is a HUGE help.  He is a talented carpenter and can fix or build just about anything that I think up.  He supports my crazy ideas and helps them happen.  He also provides me with the voice of calm and reason when needed.  Together we get more done, and faster than either of us could do alone.

9.  We have the right tools.  Things go a lot easier and quicker if you have the tool to do the job.  Our arsenal is pretty impressive.  We are adding a drill press this week and I am excited.  We have a table saw, two drills, biscuit joiner,  three different sanders. a compound miter saw, jig saw, circular saw, grinder air nailers, two air compressors and a paint sprayer just to name a few.  I am not bragging.  I remember when we did not have all the tools we have now, or money to buy those things, and it was much harder to get work done.  It has taken us years to collect as Christmas presents, shopping estate sales, and saving up money to buy what we wanted in order to get what we have now.

10.  At least two days a week I leave the office at 3:30 pm.  I force myself to do that because I have learned that I am a much better employee and boss if I take time for me.  It means that I work really late at least one day a week, but it is worth it to me to go home when the sun is still shining.

I am no superwoman.  I get tired, I get really grumpy, I am perpetually frustrated that I cannot finish a project as quickly as I want.  I am terrible at sending letters and cards, I sometimes forget to call people back and I get so focused on what I am doing sometimes that I neglect my family.  I am glad that they still love me and accept me warts and all. I am also pretty lonely right now. My girlfriends are a distance away and I am learning that I am not very good at making friends in a new environment. I am working on that.

If you are able to successfully manage a family, job, your social life, and your creative side then my hat is off to you.  I would love to hear how you do it and I know that others would, too.

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I thought you might enjoy seeing me at the end of the day, hair frizzed, with dollar store readers on!

Thank you for taking the time out of your very busy day to read my post.

Blessings,

Karen

1940’s Vanity Makeover

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As we pulled up to our favorite thrift store, I saw her.  It had been a rainy week and apparently this old girl got dropped off when no one was there and left in the rain.  She was rough.  The veneer on this ole gal had turned loose on all the curvy areas.  My guess is she was part of a bedroom set in the 1940’s.  She was all curvy and a little funky. It was an art deco-ish type vanity that at one time would have had a huge mirror on it.  Sadly, the mirror was missing.

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I offered $20.00 for her, but to my surprise the lady said she could not sleep if she took so much for that piece. She was going to drag it to the burn pile as soon as she got a chance. She took $10.00 for the piece and I found two more pieces to spend my whole $20.00 on. The Team Dean end table and a 1970’s table that is currently giving me fits.

It was hard work getting the vanity ready for her make over. I stripped as much veneer off  as possible for me, but had to get my husband to get the last bits off. It took some muscles! We sanded, patched, and repaired almost all of the vanity. There is wood glue, putty and hard work in almost every section.

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From the beginning I knew that I wanted the vanity to be a mix of wood stain and paint and I was thrilled when I found out that under the veneer of oak  between the drawers was solid hardwood.

We had a mad painting day at Star Hill and got a TON of stuff painted all on one day.  Hubby has figured out the paint sprayer and we are now able to get stuff done that is beautiful and about 10 times faster than with a brush.  Getting the base coat on with a sprayer and the polyurethane at the end really allows me to use my energy distressing and glazing the furniture and has increased what I can get done being a weekend hobbyist.

I chose Behr Sea Salt for the painted color.  I like this white color.  We used it on the French Provincial furniture in the guest room and I knew it would work well for all the pieces I would be redoing.  I taped everything I wanted  stained off before Hubby sprayed it.  Just so you know, taping took about an hour.  I wanted it to look clean and perfect.

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My Hubby using the sprayer and his mask!

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The Sea Salt looks really white until the glaze is applied. I always second guess my paint color choice at this point.

Once the piece was painted, I removed the tape and was thrilled that the wood was not damaged by the spray painting.  So thrilled, I could not wait to stain it.   I quickly taped off the paint and got busy.   I tried a new type of  stain that is less liquid and thicker.  The gel stain worked well, but the there was a problem.  I did not make sure that where the tape had been did not have residue.  Clearly there was something because this was the result.

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I went to bed Friday night pretty upset. When I got up Saturday morning, I sanded the wood back down then re-stained. I knew the wood would never be perfect. This piece is probably 70 years old and has had hard use over the years. I like the imperfections, as long as they are not created by my mistakes! Here are the results.
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I glazed the whole piece with Behr Faux Effects mixed with Revival Mahogany. Once the glaze dried Hubby sprayed it with satin polyurethane. I love the finish.

I painted the hardware with made for metal dark brown paint. I really like that the original hardware was in such good shape.
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Here is the finished beauty. She does not look like a $10.00 thrift store find now does she?
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the finished vanity

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I now need an awesome mirror for this vanity. It is going in our bathroom for me to use to keep my make up and toiletries. I want a fun oval mirror. Any leads on one for me? Seriously.

I hope you had a productive weekend, too.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog.
Blessings,
Karen

French Provincial Side Tables

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Last October when we visited Salado, Texas, we spotted an Estate sale in a city near Salado. Now there are “Estate” sales and then there are real deal estate sales. This was the latter. A spinster elementary principal, who retired from education in 1967 had owned the home and it’s contents. It was bitter-sweet to look though her sweet little home. I loved the French Provincial side tables, even though they were very yellowed and the solid marble tops were dingy. We picked the tables up for $30.00 per pair because it was late Saturday and everything was being marked half price. I also got some great vintage posters that I will be using in my office when I get around to framing them. My guess is that the original owner bought these side tables about the time she retired. They sat in the same location for a long time. One of the tables was rough on the side from exposure to the sun coming from the living room window. I cannot believe that I never took pictures of them but I cannot find any of the photos.  Here they are without the tops on ready for paint.

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Sun damage from sitting by a window for 45 years.

The side tables are now living in the guest room, so the Behr Sea Salt with Black Suede glaze on top was the ticket to make the side tables match the French Provincial furniture already in the room. They were pretty easy to make beautiful again. My Hubby sprayed the furniture then I glazed them using Behr Faux effects.

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So glad my Hubby can spray furniture

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The glazing went on really quickly.

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The marble has veins of coral and lavender running through it.

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I think that they look like they are smiling because of the hardware on the drawers.

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A good cleaning of the marble with stone cleaner brightened the tops. The tops are HEAVY. My guess is that they are at least 15 lbs. each. I am not sure how long I am keeping the French Provincial furniture but I really like them and they are a nice addition to the bedroom furniture.

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Thank you friends for taking the time to look at our work.
I hope you have a wonderful day.

Blessings,
Karen

Garage Organization DIY

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Having me give advice on organization is humorous at its best, but after spending the better part of a weekend organizing I feel like I can at least tell you what I did and brag on my Husband.  When we moved into the new suburban  house everything that we were not sure we wanted or had a place for, ended up in the garage.  Sound familiar?

It was GROSS.  I literally had to climb over stuff to move through the garage if I wanted to go from the front to the laundry room.

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Sooo If you are in the same boat as we were above, here is my advice:

  • Take it all out of the garage.  We move the cars and drug it all out on the driveway.  IT WAS EMBARRASSING FOR OUR NEIGHBORS TO SEE OUR MESS but it was the only way to sort it all out.  We needed to be able to see everything.
  • Sort before moving it back in.  Open every box, pull it all out and make sure you want to keep it. We had our trash can full before we got anything put back in the garage.  We had three sorting piles once we decided it was not trash; garage, tool shed, and inside the house.  We moved stuff to the right piles then took it to the correct location before we started on the garage stuff.
  • Go vertical.  See this awesome cabinet?

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My Hubby made it using a pattern from Home Handyman magazine.

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The whole one day thing did not work for us, mainly because tools are scattered between the two garages.

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It is great to store stuff on the wall.   It has a dry erase board on the front.  I love that it holds drills, caulk guns, safety gear, and levels all at eye level.

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See how much like the magazine it looks?

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We also installed a small pegboard for me to keep paint brushes, screwdrivers, and spray paint cans.

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The blower and extension cord now have their own hooks, the lawn chairs have another set of hooks, and the toolbox is a rolling vertical chest.  Probably the best use of vertical space is storing my wreaths.  See where I have them?  They are up out of the way not getting crushed.

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  • Zone it.  We now have a paint zone, a car stuff zone, a tool zone, and a nasty chemical zone.  No photos of the finished product  because we need another cabinet.  It will be done soon.  Here is the start of our garage cabinets:

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  • Get rolling storage.  See this rough looking chest?  It was built by my husband out of scrap tongue and groove pine 30 years ago.  It weighs a ton but it holds our chop saw, our circular saw, and grinder along with other assorted electricity requiring power tools.  It rolls in and out of where we need it to be.

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Like I already said I am no expert on organization, but this worked for us.  In the future we plan on adding some more wall cabinets along the  side wall but some stuff still needs to come out.  The Coke machine is getting a makeover soon and will be moved to the Garagemahal and the table and chairs are sold as soon as I get them redone.  If it ever stops raining, sleeting, and in general being winter here in south east Texas.

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It is my plan to add a narrow work bench to the space.  I have been eyeing this one on Pinterest because it stores wood and has two levels.

Even though we were both tired and sore when we finished, we were also pretty proud of our efforts.

Blessings,

Karen

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