Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Brief Glimpse of Storm Damage

Hi Everyone,

My family is all safe and sound.

Here are a few photos I took this afternoon in my car driving south on Hwy 74.  The tornado crossed Hwy 74 in a northeasterly direction.  

I know we are all praying for everyone in each of the different states that have been hit by the recent tornadoes, and for all the people under a weather watch, today.


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Bedside Tables from Bookcases

Last month, Mr C and I went to an estate sale and found several great items that would work in our son's house.  As you know, I have been working on Tom's bedroom.  We found two bookcases and the tops could be removed. The lower part of the bookcases are the perfect height for bedside tables.  Here is a "before" photo of the bedside tables and their tops.

Mr C and I love the design on the drawers.

So, I went to work on the bedside tables.  I did the usual sanding, priming, and painting two coats of base paint on the body and the drawers of the tables.  I used a walnut stain on the top of the tables.
Then, I proceeded to distress the drawers with the electric sander and with "Old School" hand sanding.  I added glaze and finished with a semi-gloss polycrylic top coat on the body and the drawers and a satin finish of  polyurethane on the top of the bedside tables.  I sprayed "ORB" on the hardware.

Here is peak.

Another close look.

A final close up look.

Now a look at one of the finished tables.

After noticing how several people in blog land uses drop cloths for curtains, I thought, what a great price for a great look! So, I used drop cloths for curtains in Tom's bedroom. I bleached, washed, and ironed the drop cloths.  I spayed painted the existing curtain hardware with "ORB".  I purchased curtain clip rings from Lowes. Mr C hung the hardware at the top of the ceiling. I love the look of curtains hanging from the ceiling.  I think it adds great eye design to a room.

I found lamps for the bedside tables at the Homegoods Store in Dallas.  Do I Love and I mean LOVE the Homegoods Store? (wish OKC would get one)  Great price for the lamps.  In fact, while I was in the checkout line, I was wondering if Tom would like the lamps. A young man Tom's age asked the price of the lamps and said he like them.  Hoo Woo!! (The young man made my day by easing my doubts.)

Without further delay, here is a full look of  the bedside tables.

A look at the table on the other side of the bed.

The photos do not show the true color of the tables.
Now, a look at the whole bed side of the room.

What do you think of the room, so far?

I have some more ideas for the bedroom. There is a corner that needs two chairs and a small table. (I have to paint the table. It is sitting in the garage) Also, more accessories are needed for this room.  I have been searching different blogs for wall covering ideas! You, Bloggers are so talented!

I love your comments!  Please share your thoughts with me:) I look forward to having you follow me on my journey!

Have a great week!


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Starfish Here, Starfish There, Everywhere a Starfish!

During our trip to First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas, I wanted to buy a few Starfish.  Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, seems to use them as a summer decor accessory in their home.

I never found any Starfish at the HomeGoods Store, Paul Michael Company or at "Trade Days" in Canton. I found Starfish candles and plates, but no individual Starfish.  On Sunday, on our way home, the weather had turned quite cold.  We stopped at the Grapevine Mills Mall in Grapevine, Texas. (I had never been to the mall and my friends had not been there in years.)

While inside Marshalls, I located a package of Five Starfish, and they were priced just right!!

When I came home I added the starfish  here, there, and everywhere to the decor.

Upstairs on the "Boom-A-Rang" table

Downstairs in the Kitchen Dining
The Piano in the Living Room
The Living Room Coffee Table
So, what do you think?  Pretty simple?  The starfish reminds of the sea.

Thinking of the sea, today :)


Monday, May 16, 2011

Goodwill Treasure Update #1

Hi Everyone! 

I have been quite busy in the last weeks.  I went down to First Monday weekend in Canton, Texas with two of my friends.  On the way to Canton, we stopped and shopped at the Home Good Store in Dallas, where I purchased two lamps for my oldest son's bedroom.  I will share these with you very soon.  On Saturday morning, we went to "Trade Days" in Canton.  We saw lots of neat things.  

I purchased four big pots of Petunias for $5.00 each, large "Bumble Bees" tacks and a couple of clothing items.  My friends found things they loved, too.

After my shopping weekend, I came down with a horrible sinus infection, which held me back for almost 10 days. I had to go to the doctor for meds, and I am quite well now.

Today, I want to share one of my Goodwill treasures that I purchased several weeks ago.  Do you remember this photo of my treasure hunting find from Goodwill?

Well, I spray painted the pole lamp "Oil Rubbed Bronze" and covered the shade with burlap and jute.

I saw the burlap lampshade with jute idea on a blog.  I cannot find the blog, however, there is blogger out there, who had this idea first and shared.  I would give credit, if I could locate that blog again. 

Here is the result.

Not bad for $9.95 for the pole lamp from Goodwill.  I already had the spray paint, burlap, and jute.

I know it is a busy time for most families with the end of  the school year nearing.

Wishing each of you a Wonderful Week!  Love to hear your comments.