January 10, 2012

Side Table: In Progress

I feel like I have been MIA for a while so I wanted to share a project I have been working on.

I'll save all the talk for when I do the actual post on this table. This table isn't completely finished but I didn't want to wait another day to two to share so here are a few pictures!



I'm thinking about putting small casters on the feet! What do you think?

Stay tuned for a compete post about this table. I have a new (and much better) chalk paint recipe to share plus another table I am working on.

January 05, 2012

I Would Like to Thank.....

First, I would like to thank God and my family. Without them this wouldn't be possible. Oh wait, wrong award acceptance speech.

Scratch that

First, I would like to thank Amber from the Queen of Chairs blog. Without her this wouldn't be possible!


I was awarded with the Liebster Award by Amber from the Queen of Chairs. If you haven't run across her blog go check it out. You have to take a look at her Burlap Chair....I love that chair!

So what is the Liebster Award, you ask?

The Leibster Blog award is presented to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Leibster is a German word meaning dear, sweet, kind, nice, good, beloved, lovely, kindly, pleasant,valued, cute, endearing and welcome.

Here are the rules for participating in the Leibster award

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love too.

This was a hard list to make... so in no particular order here are my picks!

1. Heidi from, Lily Field Furniture, who is some what mysterious so I am going off of memory on her name (please forgive me if I am wrong). She is slowly but surely making a name for herself in blog land. I love the colors she picks. They are so bold, bright, cheery and gorgeous! I would find a spot in my home for all of her pieces (that's how much I love them) so go take a look and see for yourself!

2. Kelsey from, The Green Dresser, who has been out of commission lately and I am patiently awaiting the reveal of the dresser and chair she recently shared. Kelsey, I am trying to be patient but I don't know how much longer I can wait....hope you feel better soon!

3. Jessica from, The Junk Nest, who did a great job making over her TV stand and end table. I love the color she chose! This is just one of her re-dos that I love. A few others I like are the craigslist lamp and the mint green dresser. Go see for yourself, I promise you won't be disappointed.

4. Vickie from, Ranger 911, seems to be a jack of all trades. She found a piece of furniture that many would turn a blind eye to and made it into a wonderful open-faced storage/cubby/hutch. Confused, well go see for yourself. Did you know she also wrote a book....about sock monkeys? They're kinda her thing.

5. Susan from, Retro Restyling, wowed me with her dresser that she named Suzie. Actually, she names all of her pieces. This might sound funny but I feel some strange connection with Susan. We live in the same area, we both re-do furniture, we are both women...well, wait that last one is kinda obvious. But you get the idea. She has some really stuff and great before and after's. I like Suzie but Thelma and Louis take the cake for me.

Okay ladies, go find your 5 favorite up and coming blogs and share the love. And anyone who read this please take a look the blogs that were awarded. Think of all the new inspiration you will find!

January 02, 2012

New Workspace


I am between projects right now but I wanted to give you a look into my workspace. I don't know about you, but I love seeing how people do things in their home or have things set up. My favorite thing is when people have their windows open at night with the lights on and I can see how they decorate their home. I tell my husband to slow down so I can spy. I'm not the only one that does this...right? RIGHT?

Last Spring I took over the garage with my furniture... and paint... and junk.
St. Louis is cold in the winter and there is no way I am scraping snow and ice off my car in the winter so I set up shop in the basement. (I will try very hard to stay positive in this post)!

My Previous Workspace

I went from fresh air, great ventilation, the warm sun, no limit on how much noise I could make with power tools
to this.....

THE BASEMENT...my new workspace
DUN..DUN..DUUUUNNNNN! (that's scary basement music)

I am learning to love my new workspace. I am from Texas, the land of no basements. This is foreign to me.
Besides have you seen American Horror Story....basements are creepy!
I mentioned being limited to the amount of noise I can make....see the baby monitor on the table?
My daughter's room is right above my space so I can't be too loud. I usually work during nap time and bed time....so, yeah I miss the garage.

My husband is so good to me. He has let me take over his workspace and his tools.
He even put a storage cabinet down there for me.

I got a little sidetracked in the beginning of this post but this is what I want to show you!
My stuff, how I store it, what all I use....my windows are open and the light is on so drive by slowly.

I swear it is organized! The top shelf looks a little cluttered due to the angle but I swear it's organized.
As you can see I have TONS of paint. I think I only paid full price for one gallon and it was for my daughter's play room.
I always check the "oops" section at the hardware store and I make trips to the ReStore when I can. I feel like I am starting to hoard paint but you can never have enough paint.

When I started doing this I learned a lot by stalking blogs and getting different ideas from other people.I saw one lady use cans to place her furniture on so she could paint the feet without getting her brush dirty. I stole her idea except I sometimes add foil because I have so much paint on top of the cans that it gets in the way of my brush.

There are other ways too.

I saw this on Pinterest (via Apartment Therapy). They used a nail in the base of the leg.
I'm too lazy to hammer nails all the time but it's a great idea. Plus I'm not sure how this would work on large pieces of furniture.

So any questions or tips from your workspace? I would love to hear them.