Tuesday, July 15, 2014

From Drab to Fab & a Few Finds

Hello friends! I have a quick project to share with you today. I have a thing for mirrors...I have them all over my house and just love them. My favorites are the ones that were popular in the fifties.They were originally gold and are a resin/hard plastic material. They are typically oval and usually have beautiful floral and scroll designs. I have three of them and love them all! If I run across another one, it will reside outside. I am looking for the perfect mirror for the yard. Anywho, the one you see below was bought at a consignment shop a couple years ago and I paid $3 or $4 for it. It was already painted white and I left it that way because I liked it. I decided a couple days ago to give it a new paint job. I have been wanting to incorporate some coral into my design and this mirror was the perfect candidate. This mirror will probably hang over or around the buffet on my dining room plank wall. 

Here it is transformed into a coral masterpiece. Such a quick, easy, and cheap fix! I still have over half a can of coral and have a plan for it as well.

I love it! 

Now on to a few finds! Today I had to make my 117th trip to Lowe's..not really, but it feels like it at times! I'm not complaining though...I am so excited about all the changes going on in my rooms! We are 95% finished with the walls...just a small section of bead board left to install and then we can paint the dining room. After that, we can start on the floor. My rooms already feel so much bigger and brighter. I had to pick up some upper cabinets at Lowe's that will be used as the base for a huge wall of built in cabinets and bookshelves. I am so excited about this project and can't wait to share some progress. Unfortunately, we have to wait until the flooring is installed to begin. So, while I was out and about, I decided to run to a couple of thrift stores. And of course.....I found a few several things.

First up is this wooden piece that reminds me of a tile. It is about 12x12 inches and says Made in Canada on the back. Not sure what it is supposed to be, but I will probably be painting it, adding an H to the middle, and adding it to my eclectic gallery wall I'm collecting things for. It will be over my sofa in the living room. This was $0.79.

Next up I found this large...about 16-18" diameter wall clock for $3.20. The frame is gold and silver toned now but I will probably paint it black. It's really pretty in person. I just noticed a little bee peeking out behind the clock! That is something for my classroom. I'll be sharing classroom stuff before you know it!

I bought this beautiful Martha Stewart snowflake table runner to use this winter. it will go perfectly with some dishes I thrifted last year. It was just over $2.

Another vintage pillowcase for $0.40. Terrible picture...sorry!

At another thrift, I bought these two Williams Sonoma bowls for $0.30 each and the little white creamer for $0.69.

I bought these games to add to my board game collection. We like to play games when we get together with family and friends. Both of these sound fun and were like new for just a few dollars.

I bought this gorgeous J.Jill skirt new with tags. Check out the price on the original tag! Crazy! It was marked $9.99 but today everything was 20% off, so I got it for $8. I tried it on to make sure I liked it. It is so pretty. I looked it up online and the original price was $79.99 but you can buy it online for $25 now. I still got a great deal on it. I like wearing dresses and skirts to work...professional looking but comfortable to teach kinders in!

I didn't have any black dishes for tablescaping, so I bought these four salad plates for $0.20 each. They look brown here but they are black.

I forgot to share a few things I bought a couple weeks ago, so I'll share them now. I love this plate and will add it to my plate wall in the dining room. This is one of my favorites I have found over the years...love the yellow and grey! I think I paid $1 for it.

And I had to have this gorgeous white pitcher to add to my collection. It is around 8"-10" high and was just $2.99 I think. 

This sweet planter was filled with some silk violets, but I removed them. I love the shape and design of this piece. I believe I paid $2.99 for it as well.

Last piece and perhaps the sweetest is this adorable little bee skep pitcher. It is made like a little teapot with the handle and the lid comes off. I had to have it to go with my milk and honey theme. Isn't it precious? It was $2.99.

And, my last photo is this adorable set of small square bowls I bought at TJ Maxx. I love that store and never leave empty handed. This is the only purchase I made today. I was looking for lamps for the living room but didn't buy any today. I am still shopping around for a sofa and lamps. It's fun looking for the perfect things!

I hope you enjoyed my drab to fab mirror makeover and my new thrifty finds. It was fun to get out and about today and go shopping. I also had to go to the dentist for my 6 month cleaning and enjoyed chatting with my hygienist, Crystal. She told me about the cutest little gift shop and I visited after my appointment. I will share that soon as this post has gotten rather long. I hope you are having a fabulous week. 
Until next time.....

Friday, July 11, 2014

My Chalk Painted Credenza

Hello and happy weekend friends! If you read my last blog post, then you know the hubby and I are in the middle of renovating our living and dining rooms. You may remember the credenza you see in the photo below. Excuse the sad before photo....as usual, I forgot to take a good before picture.

I bought this piece a couple weeks ago to use as a TV stand when the living room is complete. I fell in love with the shape and size of it. It is the perfect size for a flat screen and the base will hold all of our DVDs. I was looking for something unique for the TV and this fit the bill. The sticker was marked $45, but I asked the lady if she would take $40 and she said she would...:) Made my day!
Here is another before photo...I thought about it after I had started painting the inside...sorry!

Here is one of the doors after I finished painting it. I used my own chalk paint concoction. I love painting with chalk paint...it is so smooth. I liked it but knew I wanted to distress it a little to bring out the details.

Here is one of the doors after I distressed it a bit. Much better!

Up close...I like the quilted harlequin design on the doors.

I decided to cover the inside door panels with some map themed wrapping paper I had on hand. I was going to use grey and white chevron contact paper but unfortunately didn't have enough. I think I like this better anyway.

Here it is with the doors open and covered.

I had planned to paint the hardware, but after I cleaned it up a bit, I thought it looked good and goes with the distressed look I was going for.

Here is the after! I love the way it turned out....exactly like I had pictured it! The hubby and I are going to try to add legs to it. I have them painted and ready to attach, we just have to figure out how to put them on. I'll post a pic if we figure it out. This was a fun little project and didn't take too long to complete. 

I had some help as you see in the photo below...:) My 19 year old girl, Sugar was a lot of help. LOL! Sadie was too...she ended up with paint on her face. I need to get a picture of her.

The reno is going great. Still a LOT of work left to do, but we are slowly getting there. I will try to share some photos soon of our progress. I want to thank you all for your sweet comments. I am going to try to answer them all, just haven't had time to do it. You all are awesome! Have a wonderful weekend!

Until next time.....

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Plank Wall LOVE!

Hello friends!
 It seems like forever since I posted, even though it hasn't been that long. I am so excited to be sharing my new plank wall with you today. If you are a regular reader, then you know that the hubby and I have started renovating our mobile home living and dining rooms. We have gotten a lot done so far, but I couldn't wait to show you our plank wall. Here is a before picture of the wall. We had already removed all the famous mobile home strips from the walls. When they build mobile homes, they use wallpaper coated sheet rock and cover the seams with matching wallpaper coated strips. I picked a really neutral wallpaper over 20 years ago when we purchased the mobile home. I have always hated the ugly strips that covered the seams and have wanted to do something different for years! Well, that time has finally come! You may have noticed the credenza in the picture too. That is my next project....it will hold our TV.  I love the shape of it and I think it will look great after I paint it white and use a dark wax to bring out the details. I'll share that project when I get to it.

We used tongue and groove plank paneling to complete this project. The planks are 8 feet long. We applied ours horizontally instead of vertically because I love the look. It was such an easy project. Here is after we had applied several planks. 

All the planks are up in this picture...just have to stain it now!

Drumroll please.........

And here it is! I am in LOVE....seriously in love with this wall! We used Minwax Dark Walnut stain and it is just gorgeous! The rest of the walls will be bead board and painted a light color, so this dark wall will really pop! We are putting in another plank wall in the dining room which is around the corner from this wall. You can see a tiny bit of the wall in the photo below. We haven't started on it yet though. Anywho, I could just sit and stare at it all day! Unfortunately that can't happen because we are knee deep in construction and there's no rest for the weary. I am using muscles I forgot I had...LOL! It is so worth it though....:) Of course, we still have to put up the baseboard and crown molding and this was taken before we put the new electrical outlets in, but I wanted to give you a sneak peek! 

Give me some feedback...I'd love to hear what you think about our new plank wall!
Have a blessed and beautiful day...:)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Red, White, and Blue....and Eggplant!

Happy Independence Day everyone!
 I hope you have a blessed and beautiful day surrounded by friends and family!
 Since we are renovating our living and dining room, I had to pack up all my junk stuff and we have gotten rid of almost all of our old furniture, so I have nowhere to decorate...:( 
It's ok though because I am super excited about the renovations and can't wait to share.
I was excited to receive an unexpected piece of happy mail this week from my sweet blog friend, Pam from Virginia Retro. If you don't know Pam, be sure to go visit! You will love her collection of vintage tablecloths and lots of other goodies she collects! She sent me one of her beautiful handcrafted 4th of July tags! This is my only decoration for this year. It is hanging on my fridge. 
Love all the details on this one little tag...:)

She signed the back...:)

Isn't it the cutest?

Here it is on the fridge.

And in case you were wondering about the little wooden shoes, here's a close-up. My Aunt Loretta brought these back to me from her trip to Europe a few years ago...:)

And just because I think it is delicious, I am sharing a quick and simple hot sandwich recipe with you today. We have been eating a lot of different sandwiches this summer. Mama and Daddy have had a plethora of eggplant and have shared a lot with us. My whole family loves this stuff! I got creative the other day and made this sandwich. Here it is in simple terms...

Toasted ciabatta.

Chicken tenders...browned in a little olive oil and butter mixed.

Fried eggplant slices...yum!

A slice of muenster or provolone or even mozzarella topped with a dollop of marinara or spaghetti sauce. That's what I had on hand and it was tasty too!

Here it is all put together...so yummy! Mama was making them last night and was going to try coating the chicken in panko bread crumbs and browning them. I think that would be yummy too since the bread crumbs add a crunch to it. I will try that next time...I was out of bread crumbs when I made mine. 

Anywho, I will share my latest treasures I found this week with you over the weekend. I got some great stuff. I am off now to Lowe's to pick up bead board and tongue and groove planks for our plank wall! I am also picking up snacks for tonight's fireworks and am over the moon excited that Miranda is coming home for the weekend. I found out she was going to be home alone for the 4th and could not stand it, so I asked her to come home and she is!!! So looking forward to our weekend full of family, food, and fireworks! Enjoy yours as well....:)

Until next time.....