Bistro Set

I am slowly making my way through a stack of furniture that we brought with us in the move from Oklahoma, plus some pieces that I have picked up here and there. I just can’t resist a piece of furniture that has been discarded or one that someone no longer wants! The pieces for this project came from my mom, but didn’t start out as a set. The chairs were from a garage sale that didn’t sell, and were going to be thrown into the dumpster. Of course, she thought of me!! The table came from her bedroom, where she had been using it as a bedside table. I had given her one of two nightstands that I had so she no longer needed this little table. You can see how I redid the matching nightstand that I kept in this post.

When I brought these pieces in from the garage, I had no intention to use them together. I was going to use the table beside the bed in the Gypsy Room and paint one of the chairs for the little desk also in that room. But once I had them sitting next to each other, I thought they would make a cute bistro set! Once I painted them, of course!

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And after a little paint and some fun material, here is what I ended up with!

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The hardest part of this entire project was picking out the fabric. I came home with three different patterns, as I just could NOT make up my mind at the store!

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At first, the owls were my favorite. But the more I looked at them, the more I gravitated to the circle designs. It reminded me of designs you could make with a Spirograph, which I loved doing when I was younger.

I kept the original padding & vinyl and just added another layer of padding. I was going to remove the old, but let me show you why I left it.

89 heavy duty staples!! Eighty. Nine. In one cushion!

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There was no way I was going to pull out almost 200 of those bad boys! Therefore, my cushions are super cushy and comfy. How many staples did I use in one cushion, you ask? 29 in one and 31 in the other.

I painted turquoise tips on the bottom of the table legs to tie the table and chairs together.

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And for the finishing touch of the table, I dyed some doilies that my mom and grandma had made.

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The one I picked to use for the table was the white one with purple trim. It was one my mom had made for my grandma. You can still see the purple edges showing through the turquoise, which I love. Purple was grandma’s favorite color and this makes me smile when I look at it.

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And the necessary one more look at the before and after pictures…

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Y’all have a great day!

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From Trunk to Table!

I mentioned in passing in this post that we are in the process of redoing our master closet. (Yikes, that was a month ago and we haven’t made any progress since!) But we do have the carpet out of there!

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But one positive thing in starting the closet makeover is I had to totally clean it out! And if you remember the pictures from the Under the Staircase Closet , then you know just how much stuff might have been in the master closet!

Back in one corner, under a couple of pillows, bags, and purses, was this trunk that I bought at a garage sale several years ago. Not much to look at, but still in decent condition. (even after two moves) I was using it and another oversize tub to store pictures and scrapbooks. I was able to sort through the pictures (discarding duplicates), throw out old photo albums from the ’70’s, and just get rid of some stuff! What was left fit into a small storage box that now sits on a shelf in the closet!

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So that left me with an empty trunk once again. And this is what I did with it.

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I turned it into a super cute table with storage!

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It was a pretty simple project. I did the usual primer and paint steps. After it was completely dry, Mr. drilled holes in the bottom and hammered threaded inserts in the inside of the trunk for the legs .

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To keep paint from getting all over my hands while painting the legs, I poked holes into the bottom of some cheap plastic cups. I was then able to screw the legs into the holes and viola…instant “keep paint off my hands leg holder thingy”!

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I cut off the old handle, wrapped jute around a piece of cord, and hot glued it in place. I thought this gave it more of a coastal look.

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I plan on using it as a coffee table and storing a couple of light throws and maybe the various remotes we have in it.

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Y’all have a great day!

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“Be~You~tiful” Jewelry Vanity

My daughter was given this secretary desk a few years ago but has never had the room for it in her apartment; therefore, it has been stored in our garage this whole time. And since I have been looking at several different ways to store my jewelry, I thought this little desk would fit the job!

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But it wasn’t in the best of shape. In fact, it was in pretty bad shape! I removed the drop down piece entirely, as the wood veneer on the front of it was peeling off and it would have caused more damage if we had tried to remove it completely. (we tried…no success) And due to the fact that it is so extremely humid here, one of the drawer shelves had completely fallen off. So after quite a bit of wood glue and wood filler, Mr. used clamps to hold everything in place and we left it to dry overnight.

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Once it was primed and painted, I made a pattern on the computer and printed out what I wanted to paint on the desk part of my vanity. Talk about nerve-wracking!! I’m not a fan of painting words, but I’m pleased with how it turned out.

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I changed the original wooden knobs to a simple, brushed nickel for the top drawers and glass knobs for the lower drawer. I then had to decide what to do with the drawers. I used cord piping and velveteen fabric and made a ring holder out of one of the top drawers. I cut individual pieces of the cord to fit into the drawer, then wrapped and glued each piece with fabric. Then I glued each one in place in the drawer.

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And viola…ring holder!

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I then made a template for the large lower drawer and cut velveteen to fit into it to hold my bracelets.

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We’re in the process of doing a master closet makeover and I’m hoping to make room in our closet for this. How awesome will it be to have my jewelry right there while picking out my clothes for the day!

Of course, we have to have a before and after shot!

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Y’all have a great day! And remember to always “Be You”!

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Bedside Table Redo

Happy September, everyone!! I hope y’all had a good Labor Day weekend. Mr. and I worked on cleaning out the little upstairs bedroom. It had pretty much become a walk-in/storage closet! In fact, it’s not much bigger than our master bedroom walk-in closet! The bedroom is 96.5 square feet and our closet is 85.5 square feet! I wanted to clean it out so I could start painting in the very near future. I have big COLORFUL plans for this bedroom! I can’t wait to get started. 🙂

At this moment, it’s so blah. It had some awful blockout shades in the window that were filthy and kinda smelled musty. So out with the trash they went! I hung some curtains from our previous house just until I decide what I want to put back in the window and to keep that west sun from blazing in!

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This bedroom is going to be quite a challenge! One: it’s so little, Two: it has this little built-in desk, Three: one corner of the room is cut off, and Four: it has this dinky closet! And yes, these pictures are of the same room. I took one picture with the light off and one with the light on to show you how a color can change with different light on it. This was the color of the entire house when we moved in. (minus the wallpapered rooms! Yikes!) So be sure and stay tuned for this upcoming bedroom redo!

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But what I really want to talk about is the bedside table I redid this weekend!

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We bought two of these side tables a few years ago to use in the apartment we were living in between selling our house in Tuttle and buying our new one in Tulsa. It started out completely white, down to the knob! Pretty boring, right?

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But with a little paint, some fun paper, and a new knob and back plate, I have this funky little side table for our other upstairs guest room! I’m luvin’ it!

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Y’all have a great week! Later gators!

For The Love of Color!

If you’ve read my past posts, you know that I love color in my house. If this is your first visit, you can read up on a couple of house posts here, or here, or here!

And if you know my mom, you know this apple did not fall far from the tree! Therefore, we did some painting at her house in Oklahoma while I was visiting last week. We painted the built-in hutch in her dining area. It was your standard, Plain-Jane stained wood from the 80’s. I know…I know…many of you think it’s horrible, and just downright unthinkable, to paint stained wood. But moma and I don’t! Color can do wonders for a room AND your entire being!

And color…it is!

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Here is what it looked like before (minus the doors).

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It’s not quite this bright, but we were having a difficult time with the sunlight and my phone. But you can see what a difference it made! She loves it. Before, the hutch blended into the floors and her dining room table. Now, it’s quite a statement!

Then, when I got back home this weekend, I was thumbing through my new HGTV magazine and on page 38 was this picture:

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Validation, Moma!!

Never be afraid of color, especially if it makes you happy! As Mr. always says, “it’s just paint”.

Later gators!

 

 

My “New” Crafting Side Table

When we were living in Oklahoma, my mom, Mr. and I would go to an awesome auction held every Monday night in Skiatook. It was about 30 miles north of where we lived, but worth the drive!

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Skiatook-Auction/117686268317848

The building roughly sat 300 people and it was packed every week. There was not a thing fancy about this place, as the auction bidder paddles were made from a white paper plate with a number written on it with a black sharpie! And my favorite part…the snack bar! (every auction house needs to have a good snack bar)

On one trip, I was the top bidder and got to take this little, two-drawer side table home with me. I had no idea what I was going to do with it!

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It was in good shape and just needed to be freshened up with some paint, knobs, and legs, as it was only 22 1/2 inches tall. I bought the legs at Lowe’s and painted them black. (it’s so nice to have somewhere to paint again!)

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Mr. added four L brackets and screwed the legs to the brackets.

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I added knobs from Hobby Lobby and stenciled the top.

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And here it is sitting beside my craft table waiting to be filled with supplies!

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