Making my house a home

I love to make my old stuff look new again… or “more like me.” If I have to look at it everyday, then I should enjoy what I see. After seeing a picture online of a repainted china hutch, I was inspired! My family had nothing nice to say as I began brushing the paint on. I said the worst thing that can happen is, if I die in the middle of this project, I have a vision. Let me enjoy my life. It turned out just like I had envisioned. Light and airy and beachy, just how I like it! Besides painting and distressing, I covered the mirrored back of the hutch with contact paper, removed the doors and wood inlays and added crystal knobs. No regrets…I love it! This is so so fun! Let the furniture make-overs begin!

mirror, mirror

“There is a dresser, that looks like the perfect size, on the corner of Detroit and Hamner,” she announces. “Can you please get it before someone else does?” she asks her grumbling husband. “If I had a truck I would get it myself, but I need you to help me out with this one.” So that night it was transported into the garage to await the morning make-over.

Good morning dear dresser, that nobody wanted anymore, she thought as she removed the drawer pulls and scraped each sticker off. The little girl who owned this must have grown up and moved out, she thought. The dog that chewed this knob… I wonder if he is still alive and well, missing his master. Well I’ll never know. But this dresser still has a lot of life to give, sturdy, well made, interesting detail, she thinks to herself. She sands, paints and adds new knobs and detail and drags it in the house. Viola! All it needs is a mirror!

One Sunday, late afternoon, she sees a mirror in front of someones house, right before trash day! “Go back!!!” She yells to her husband. “Oh no, no more trash,” he mumbles. “Oh yes! This is perfect! Thank you Lord!” she proclaims. He says, “I’m not helping you put that in the car.” She replies, “Fine, that won’t stop me!” As she lifts this heavy piece of quality furniture into the car and it fits perfectly along the backseat of her Focus, remembering what her momma told her…never wait for a man to do it, do it yourself! HAH!

It is not a coincidence that this mirror was made for this dresser! “Thank you Lord!” she says out loud! Excited to embellish the perfect molding that frames this mirror, someone had intentions of doing just this, but never got around to it. She knows just what she’s going to do along the frame, as she digs for the box of sand and shells she has had for years, not knowing what she was going to do with them, untill now! Slowly but surely she glues and sticks starfish, shells & pearls galore! A little TLC and see what you can get for free!

My “high-end” piece.

 As I’m giving the tour of my new home to family, my wealthy cousin stops and stares, touches the details and says, “I’ve seen pieces like this in highend furniture stores.” No my dear, I wouldn’t know, I got that from a yard sale two weeks ago. It was brown and ugly and it smelled a bit, so I painted and embellished it. I changed the knobs that I recycled from my kitchen, isn’t this $20 piece simply bitchen?

 

My favorite

Everybody needs one of these

My kitchen revolves around my pink KitchenAid. She is so beautiful! When I got her several years ago, she changed my life, I felt like royalty. No more hand held mixers that can’t handle what I require of them. She was the crown jewel in my tiny condo kitchen until the day I moved into my new home. Now I had the chance to decorate a large, plain kitchen! What shall I do? I love to paint, I can change the look of things without a lot of money.  I chose light green, kind of like a green apple green (but lighter) for the walls and chocolate brown for the cupboards with new chrome drawer pulls from Overstock.com. This made my KitchenAid pop! This design will do for now. Talk about design on a dime. The one thing I regret is not taking before and after pictures of this transformation. But all is well with my pink KitchenAid, I love her. She is by far the favorite pink appliance that I own.