Friday, August 20, 2010

A new guest room

This has been the busiest couple of weeks for me. Between getting Garrett back in school....he is in the 4th grade now, how can that even be possible? cleaning out closets around my cottage and helping my friend fix up her guest room. I guess I could call this my first real decorating 'job'. One that I got paid to do! I would love to do this for a living...maybe one day. This top picture is the finished bedroom. She wanted a 'shabby chic' guest room for when her mom comes to stay during the holidays. We were trying to use things that she already had because we were working on a tight budget. I think it turned out very pretty. She already had the quilt and throw we went with those colors. We used paint that I had left over from my recent bedroom make over in my cottage. I love that color. It's so peaceful. I love waking up in my room and looking around and seeing that pretty 'sage' green. The room was dark brown paneling....yuck!

We painted this little desk that was sitting out in her garage...for years! lol It had so much dust and grime on it that I wasn't sure if we could salvage it. lol Not really, good old primer always does the trick. The wicker furniture was sitting on her little side porch and never was being we gave it a fresh coat of white paint and it looks brand new again. I had the old mirror in storage and it was UGLY gold, so we gave it a couple of coats of paint too. It looks so much prettier now. We even painted a little wicker trash basket from the thrift store to put beside the desk. Now her mom can sit here with her laptop.

She looked around her house and found these frames that were already painted shabby white. The little wicker end table came from a garage sale. She already had the two lamps and they were perfect for this room. I tried not to get the door in the picture that we had not painted yet...I see it peeking in the picture a little bit. :)

One of the hardest parts of this make over was getting those doors painted white. They were dark brown and it took two coats of primer and 2 coats of paint to get them white. The little dresser was brown too. It originally had handles on it but one was lost. She had a bag of wooden knobs that she had picked up at a thrift store so we decided to use them. A little paint and the holes were already in the dresser so it was an easy fix.

The headboard was actually a wall decoration that was a bronze color...a little white paint and it looks perfect. The curtains and the green bedspread and shams came from the dollar store. I think she said that she got them at Fred's. The quilt went perfect with it. We didn't have a whole lot of money to spend but I think it turned out so pretty. Her mother will feel so welcomed here...she may not ever wanna go back home. :) Thank me for that later Amanda. lol
I'm linking with My Romantic Home for "Show and tell Friday" and The House in The Roses for "Show off your cottage Monday".

Friday, August 13, 2010

My new "OLD" bed.

I thought I would show y'all my new "OLD" bed that I finally got around to finishing. I actually finished it a few months ago but I wanted to wait until I had my new quilt and shams before putting it on here. I was looking back through some older posts and saw the one where I had posted my little grandson Jason and my son, Garrett sitting in front of my bed and it dawned on me that I had never done a post on it. This is what it looked like whenever I first bought it. I loved the color that it was however it wouldn't go with my bedroom wall color which is a green too.

First, I primed it with two coats of primer. This was after the first coat. I love all of the detail. Then I painted it with my favorite color...Heirloom Lace. A creamy white. I might add some rose decals in the center later on.

Look how pretty it turned out. So pretty and so dainty. I have a small bedroom and my king size bed was taking up almost my whole room. When I saw this bed, I knew it would be perfect.

I now have room on each side for my end tables that I recently painted.

My room feels so much bigger now. I also love my new quilt and shams. I waited until they went 'clearance' before I bought them. That always helps. lol I love quilts....they bring back happy memories for me. I bought the scalloped valances at a thrift store a couple of years ago and they just happened to match.

Even the foot board is detailed and so pretty. I love my little bed.

I love my little bed and my little bedroom. This is my space where I can relax from the outside world. I love to just sit here and relax and visit my 'bloggy' friends. I picked this little wicker bed tray up at a thrift store years ago. Perfect for my laptop.

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share with you my little treasure. I'll have more pictures soon of my dresser and chest of drawers that I am working on.
I'm linking to "Show and Tell Friday" with My Romantic Home and to Miss Mustard Seed for "Furniture Friday" and also to The House in the Roses for "Show off your cottage Monday. Please go by their blogs and visit the other participants. So many beautiful things to see.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Relaxing on the patio

It's been a while 'again' since I've posted. This summer has been so busy for us. And talking about HOT! I'm ready for Fall. We have had some good times with family and friends this summer. These pictures were taken at Stevie's mom's house. We were all sittin' out on the patio and it was so hot.

Stevie's mom...everyone calls her Kaki. She is such a sweet lady. You can tell she really loves her "Mississippi" with her tee-shirt.

Stevie's brother in law...Don and his step-dad...Papa John.

Stevie's niece Shannon and me looking at pictures on my phone. I have about 1200 on my phone. lol I really need to do something about that.

Stevie's sister...Terry and his great niece...Julianna. Shannon's daughter.

Me and Kaki. I had my fly swatter ready! I hate bugs!

Terry and Don. Having a good time.

Me and Shannon. She is so funny! She had us all crackin' up!

Papa John and Kaki. Don't they look cute? Papa John is a character! You can probably tell just by seeing this picture.

Me and Kaki.

I had to throw in my next project. This old dresser was here when I bought my cottage. It's very ugly that's why it has been hidden in my closet this whole time. It's in the same spot that it was in when I bought this place. Too heavy to move. It's solid wood. soon as my back gets better, it's getting a 'paint job'. Gonna paint it Navy blue for my son's room.

Yucky! Can't wait to get that paint brush out! Bought the paint yesterday.

We are leaving in a couple of hours to go and have my MRI done. Hopefully they will figure out why I'm hurting so much. I'm ready to get fixed so I can get back to paintin'. lol