Friday, September 23, 2011

DIY Tile Coasters

I've been seeing these tile coasters everywhere and they are so pretty!  We have a couple sets of decorative coasters and I love them both, but they don't really go with the decor of our living room.  So I thought I'd give these diy tile coasters a try and see if I could make some!

I deviated a bit from the directions of the common tile coaster.
  I'm such a rebel. 

Here's what I did:

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fall Table Decor

I've been decorating the house for fall and have lots more to share with you but here's the dining room table for now!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Vintage Chair

Hello Friends!  I have another furniture post today!

But, I have a disclaimer.  If you like to see really detailed before shots, this post is not for you.  
If you like dramatic transformations, this post is not for you.

But if you're my Mama and like seeing what I'm up to through this blog because your oldest daughter (and favorite, I might add) lives 2 hours away and you never come visit her and her ever evolving decor in her home, then this post IS for you.  And if you are one of her sisters, then this post can be for you too. =)

Remember that yellow, vintage looking, old lady smelling, dining room chair that I bought at that garage sale last spring for $4?

You know, the one with the ugly pattern?

Well, I finally got around to recovering the seat!  And it was soooo easy!

I used burlap like I had planned, but for now, I'm not going to paint those images on it like I thought I wanted.  I think it looks really nice with the seat just plain like this.  What do you think?

And I think it's perfect for the desk, don't you?

Our house has changed so much since the last time you were here, so ya'll will have to come visit soon!  

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Fab Find Friday: Desk Reveal!

So a couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a desk that I was in the process of refinishing.  Well, it's finished! I'm proud to reveal my first ever furniture refinishing project!

Ok, well, I can't take full credit because Justin worked on this project too.  It was a joint effort!

 I found this piece at a garage sale for $10!  Can you believe it?  It was a beautiful desk, but it had A LOT of scratches. 

I got it home, unloaded it from the truck, and it found it's place in our garage for the next few months.  You can see some of the scratches here on the front.

But those scratches don't even compare to what the top looked like! EEK!  Look at that.  I definitely had my work cut out for me. 

I spent a long time sanding (thanks Daddy for letting me borrow your sander!) and got all that old stain off.  The wood underneath was nice and smooth.  I was ready to start staining.

It took about 3 or 4 coats to get the dark walnut stain as dark as I wanted it.  And I think it took 3 or 4 months to completely finish this beauty :-/  Our garage faces West, and it's our only outdoor work space, so I was limited as to when I could work because of the brutal summer we had this year.  But I think it all paid off because now we have a beautiful new desk for our formal living room/office area.

Justin spray painted the original hardware satin nickel from a brass color.  I initially had planned to keep this hardware around only long enough for us to have a little extra money to replace it.  But now seeing how the desk fits in the room, I think it goes with the decor perfectly, especially the settee.  So I think we'll keep it!

Here's another look again.  Before....


What do y'all think?

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

Over the Labor Day weekend, we had a cold front come through in Texas and we had about a 15 to 20 degree drop in temperature.  It was much needed!  We have been suffering through a very long, very hot summer so we welcomed the cooler air!  It inspired me to start decorating for fall.  It is September, after all...time for pumpkins, scarecrows, orange and red leaves, and anything that makes you feel comfy.  I went to dollar tree over the weekend and picked up some supplies to make a fall door hanger.

I intended to hang it outside, but I think that it dresses up our coat closet quite nicely!

Here's a closer, brighter look.  I used 4 bunches of glitter, fall leaves, 2 bunches of cattails, floral styrofoam, and a hanging basket for a total cost of $8.  It sure does beat a $30 wreath from Michael's!  This week I'll be dragging out all the fall decor down from the attic!  I can't wait to show you how lovely our home will be decorated for the fall!

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