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The Growing Room

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! I haven’t done much since I came back from Lucketts, but I did manage to finally take some pictures and write this post…

Ok, so maybe the room isn’t really growing but that is the term we use when we say we want the room to “grow” with her? So this is the “Growing Room”. When we first built this house all of the walls were the standard “Builders White”, which was wonderfully refreshing for a couple of months and then I couldn’t handle it anymore… in with the color!

This was our youngest daughters bedroom, she and our eldest daughter shared a Jack and Jill bathroom… which means they each have a separate vanity area off of their rooms but share a connecting bath and toilet off the vanity area… it’s a lot of doors but a great setup!

This is what it looked like just after we moved in, so sad!

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This is what we updated it to… she was 6 and loved pink what can I say! The harlequin pattern on the walls was meticulously taped off by my Super Awesome Hubby (now you see why I call him that?) We all loved this bedroom for about 3 1/2 years then it was time to “grow”…

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Our eldest daughter now has her own (shared) apartment at Radford University, with her being gone most of the year we felt that it didn’t make sense to hold her room for her… she had the biggest bedroom of course! So we switched the oldest and the youngest around and now our eldest is in the “pink” bedroom shown above… don’t you worry we are going to fix it up super nice for her!

After we sanded down the Razzle Dazzle stripes… yes, I said sand… I could feel the transition from the wall color to the stripe so I knew that it would show through the new paint color… what a pain in the arse!

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After sanding all of the stripes we painted the room the same Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray that we painted Brie’s room. I’m totally smitten with the color and am very tempted to paint just about every room in the house this color, but I’m not… well maybe just the foyer too, but don’t tell my Hubby I’m thinking this… it’s a 2 story foyer and requires some serious maneuvering to paint it…

My fabulous Aunt and I made the HUGE headboard below from a picture frame I found at Class & Trash, it barely fit into my Yukon! It needs a little something else on it (no not tufting) but I haven’t quite decided what yet, it’s on the list… so is the Before & After tutorial.

blue and gray bedroom makeover

The very tall mirror in the corner I found at TJ Max, it was perfect just the way it was and I think a good deal at $99!

blue and gray bedroom makeover

The artwork in the room was created by Sierra sometime in elementary school. The school framed it and had it displayed at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens for quite a while. I thought she would enjoy having it back in her room.

blue and gray bedroom makeover

The tiled area is her vanity part of the shared bathroom, the walls are painted the same color as the bedroom as it coordinates perfectly with the vintage black and white mosaic tile floor.

blue and gray bedroom makeover

I love this little chest that I refinished, it really is a tad too small for all of her clothes but it’s perfect for when guests come to visit. I replaced the pulls with ones I bought from an Etsy dealer in France, they are vintage and fabulous and only cost me $36 for all of them with shipping! Have you ever thought to look on Etsy for knobs? Try it, you might be surprised at the great options available!

blue and gray bedroom makeover

Of course the lights are the ones we made from Target metal orbs, we all love them! I bought the Queen sized bedding set from Joss & Main for under $100, it is very soft and feminine.

blue and gray bedroom makeover

The pendant light we bought at West Elm a long time ago (they still carry it), it’s Capiz and very pretty, but doesn’t do much for the lighting in the room. I put her shoes and purses in a vintage bookcase that was rescued from an old courthouse, she is not thrilled with that but it really is great storage.

blue and gray bedroom makeover

Lastly I added a plant in a vintage enameled washstand, I did seal the rust on the feet with poly so it didn’t damage the floor.

blue and gray bedroom makeover

So Sierra’s room is all done, it feels very spa like and relaxing. I still have a couple of things to finish in Brie’s room and then I can share that with you too… well after I have her clean it up that is!

As always thanks for stopping by…

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The Day After the Lucketts Spring Market

I am POOPED! I have NO idea how the vendors who do this kind of show all the time do it! It is a TON of work and I have such respect for all of the work that goes into making a space look great… having said that though even my fingers hurt as I type this… it’s time to get back to the gym I think… but first some R&R!

I’ll share with you some pictures of my setup… I brought WAY to much stuff, which would have been ok except for the rain…

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There’s my Supper Awesome Hubby (SAH) on the left helping “stage”!

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Below is my eldest, Sierra, who is almost 20… I know she doesn’t looked thrilled but she volunteered to help again this year… I think the “pain” of the show is a little like childbirth… you forget the pain and only remember the good stuff Smile and yes she walked around barefoot for quite some time, you know the old saying… you can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl!!!

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It rained late afternoon on Saturday and we scrambled to get everything covered then uncovered then covered for close… but Sunday was a big surprise, no rain and a great crowd of shoppers. While I didn’t sell everything I sold a lot of pieces I REALLY didn’t want to have to bring home and I sold more than last year and last year’s show had perfect weather!

I’m so sorry I didn’t bring my camera in on Sunday, the forecast was calling for scattered thunderstorms and I didn’t want to take the chance, so I can’t show you other booths, but let me tell you there was lots to ooh and ah about! If you didn’t make it this year (you know who you are), please do what you can to make it next year!

I did get lucky and found time to chat with some blogging friends, Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co., Martha @ Martha Leone Design, Deb @ Confessions of a Craigslist Junkie, Christen @ Blue Egg Brown Nest, Marian @ Miss Mustard Seed, Natalie @ Monday Morning Press but I know I missed so many more… well there’s always next year…

I’m going to grab a glass of wine and relax on the sofa and peruse the HUGE Restoration Hardware look book I just got… now if my SAH will massage my feet I will be pretty darn happy!

Good night…

The Road to Lucketts Spring Market 2013

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and Mother’s Day! We enjoyed a wonderful, relaxing sunny afternoon lunch at my mother’s house on the river, I couldn’t have asked for a better break!
Getting back to work though… it seems like the road to Lucketts Spring Market is a long one… I start preparing for the show a couple of month’s in advance and my house is crazy packed with furniture for that timeframe… no visitors for me please Winking smile I feel totally embarrassed for my kids when they have friends over… Oh, they do explain it, but it’s still feels a little like they should report me to Hoarders Anonymous! Can you imagine having to explain this?

Lucketts Spring Market 2013 Furniture

or this?

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or even this?

Lucketts Spring Market 2013 Furniture

I’m starting to feel a little claustrophobic!

I want to give a great big shout out to my Hubby who has helped me so much this year by working with me to get pieces finished and also for putting up with our house looking C-R-A-Z-Y! I’m so happy that both he and my oldest daughter Sierra will be helping me at the show too! We are all very excited as we had such a great time last year… yes, it’s hard work but the time flies by so fast and the excitement of it all is fabulous!

I have not had anywhere near enough time to show you all of the goodies we have prepared for the show, but if you happen to been in my neighborhood Thursday morning we will have everything staged in the driveway!

DON’T forget the show is this weekend May 18th & 19th from 10AM to 5PM!!

Just a reminder we will be in the Field of Gold again this year… come by and say “Hi” if you get a chance! I’ll be posting pictures throughout the day on my Instagram & Twitter account so if you are interested in seeing them the links to my accounts are below!

Links to accounts: Twitter & Instagram

Thanks to everyone for their support, encouragement and kindness, without which I couldn’t do all of this!!

Until after the show!

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Cute Side Table Set

I hope you all had a great weekend! Hubby and I took our youngest and her friend to Arts in the Park, which is a wonderful outdoor festival at Dogwood Dell here in Richmond, Va. They have hundreds of vendors selling original art pieces of all kinds… paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry etc. It was so inspiring to see all of that creativity in one space and it is one of my favorite festivals of the year!

But getting back to work… Ok, these table’s aren’t vintage, but I really liked their shape and the glass fronts. They are the perfect petite size for using just about anywhere!

BEFORE

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I painted them a reddish coral color by mixing two Annie Sloan Chalk Paints… 1 part Emperor’s Silk to 3 parts Barcelona Orange.

coral painted side table

I very lightly distressed them and sealed them with Annie Sloan clear wax. I removed the knobs and sprayed them with Krylon’s Gold spray.

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I contemplated painting the inside, but in the end just left it as is… which of course you cannot see because of the reflection of our patio in the glass Embarrassed smile

coral painted side table

Don’t these little cuties have a great shape to them? They are such a fabulous color now too!

As always thanks so much for stopping by!

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I’m Doing the Happy Dance

Why? Umm… well because I made two of these AWESOME pendant lights that’s why!!!

How to make a pendant light

They are now hanging proudly in my oldest daughter’s room… she’s at college most of the year so I’m basically doing what I like with the room… however I do think she will love them too!

Want to know how I made them? Well it was pretty easy, the hardest part was figuring out what pieces I needed then finding them or coming up with an alternate solution for things I couldn’t find…

I started out with two of these AWESOME galvanized globes from Target’s new Threshold Collection

Threshold™ Galvanized Decorative Ball

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a light bulb socket & lamp wire

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plug end

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braided jute

I carefully drilled a center hole in the galvanized globe then threaded the electrical wire through the hole. I then attached the light socket and plug to the wire… pretty straight forward one you take the pieces apart.

I also threaded the jute through the hole and tied a double knot in it to keep it from being pulled through.

I used my hot glue gun to run a small bead of glue along one side of the wire and then I wrapped the jute around… I will not lie this took some time and a little patience.

Hubby helped me drill holes for the hanger…

We use plant iron plant hangers to hold the pendants.

As I was wrapping and gluing the jute to the wire I tied a loop in the jute at the height I wanted the pendant to hang and then kept on wrapping. I wrapped about a foot and a half, the rest of the wire is hidden behind her headboard,

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I have them hanging on either side of her headboard and they are plugged into the socket that the switch will turn on… also we used the vintage looking Edison bulbs in the pendants which give them a great industrial look!

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I’m almost finished with her room… I’ll show you how they look with the finished product! I couldn’t wait to show you this project though… I foresee more pendant making in my future! I’m sooo excited!!!

Until next time!

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Cheery Yellow Rattan Chairs

Oh yay, it’s the first of May! To help celebrate Spring I thought I’d share with you these chairs I just finished… When I first saw these balloon back rattan chairs I knew I wanted to try to update them, give them some perkiness or something!

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First I spray primed them, then I sprayed them with Rustoleum’s Summer Squash in a Satin finish. It took almost 4 cans to spray these suckers! Here they are after a little spray paint love…

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I love this fabric! I bought the fabric first and then found just the right yellow paint to coordinate with it!

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I bought new foam and made the box cushion covers, with zippers too! It took me FOR-EV-ER to make these covers, but I got it done and I love them!

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Even though I have these staged outdoors they are not outdoor chairs. They are VERY comfortable and I absolutely loved them setting in my blue and white sunroom… my Hubby doesn’t care for them though Surprised smile I’m guessing he doesn’t like yellow…

Hope you dig them as much as I do!

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