Monday, March 24, 2014

Project springs from inspiration

Warning:  Extremely photo heavy post!

I know you understand.  We have all been there.  Drooling over another blogger's home.  I have followed Savvy Southern Style for a long time.  I absolutely fell head over heels in love with her hutch.  Just take a look at it.

Now that you have seen it, you can understand why my heart went pitter patter.  I have been on the hunt for just the right piece.  With diligence and time, I came across just the right candidate on craigslist.

It start out like this:


Indecision hit and I put out a call for help to you guys.

I decided to go with ASCP Paris Gray base coat with a dry brush of ASCP Pure White.  These shots are from Christmas.





When I put away the Christmas decor, I wasn't diggin' the blue anymore.  I decided to take everything out and paint the back gray.  Then, I set to work cramping in as much of my ironstone hoard collection as I could.  I added a few touches of spring.  I am completely loving it.

 




 
 
Every time I walk by, I stop and smile!  I really love how it has turned out!  Love to know what you think. 
 
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Fluffing the booth

After a ridiculously long, cold, snowy filled winter, everyone is itching for spring.  My booth was in desperate need of a revamp.  I originally thought having a chalkboard wall would be so cool.  Little did I realize how difficult it would be.  There is no shortage of beautifully drawn on chalkboard walls out in blogland.  My problem is that I am not the best at drawing a picture, let alone filling a wall!

While blog hopping, I came across my inspiration from Maison Décor:


I just love the stenciled wall with the metallic paint!  I have never tried stenciling but thought it would be fun it give it a whirl. I grabbed a stencil from Hobby Lobby with my coupon.  First, I had to cover the black chalkboard paint with two coats of primer.  Then, I applied some oops paint I picked up at Lowe's.  Then, the fun started with the metallic paint and stencil.  I gotta say it got old after reaching the half way point!  I pushed my inventory just enough to give myself enough space to squeeze in a ladder and myself.  Okay, maybe just a little more than that but it felt like I was working in a drainage pipe!  Of course my partner in crime, my mom, was there to help out.  I have to say that it turned out great!  It was a bit of work but it gave my booth a much needed change.
Better?


Friday, March 14, 2014

Horsing around

Don't mind me.  I have just been horsing around! 

I am sure you all have seen Miss Mustard Seed's delicious restoration horse.  If not, you can check it out here.  Beautiful isn't it?!  Because I am cheap (I am not sure hubby would agree), I found two horses to satisfy my need to horse around.

First up, a little wooden horse from Goodwill.  It had a hole through the middle which leads me to believe it was part of the carousal horse phase back in the late 80's.  In fact, I remember my oldest sister having one all decked out in mauve and blue.  Anyways, I saw the potential.  Do you see it too?

 
Not quite like Miss Mustard Seeds, but a poor man's substitute.  In honor of Miss Mustard Seed, I used her milk paint, Grain Sack.  The wood was pretty much unfinished so no chipping.  Just a little sanding and wax.
 
 
I like my MMS inspired horse that was a mere $3.  The second horse I actually redid over Christmas time.  This guy was in my garage forever.
 
 
Not really a fan of the hand painted scene.  With this horse, I used ASCP Pure White.  I used ASCP Graphite on the details.  Then gave it a coat of Annie's craqueleur followed by some dark wax.
This close up is not the greatest.  I am not sure if you can even see the cracks.  I could only get so close on my 8' ladder. 
 
 
 
 Still not close to MMS's horse, but I still like it!  I would love to know what you think!
 
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Duck Egg Dresser

Hello all!

I don't know about you but I am itching for garage sale season to start.  During the winter, I rely on estate sales and auctions to get my deal thrills!  That is just what I got when I stumbled upon this dresser.


The gentleman helping me load it into my car really didn't believe I could get it into my backseat.  I assured him there have been many different pieces of furniture squeezed into that very car!  This piece was surprisingly heavy.  Of course, it went in without a hitch.

The top was pretty scratched up.  I grabbed ASCP Duck Egg Blue and gave it a coat or two.  Distressed it here and there.  Finishing it up with a coat of wax.


All ready for some lucky person!

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Savvy Southern Style

Friday, March 7, 2014

Sweet and Chippy

Happy Friday everyone! 
I've had quite a busy week!  So much to do with so much already done!  I thought I would share with you a quick project I did this week.  It all started with this little cabinet my mom had picked up for me to sell.  Sorry I wasn't able to rotate the picture.  Just put your ear to your shoulder ;)

 
As you can see, it has nice details but just gets lost.  Enter MMS milk paint.  I have had a couple of rough experiences with the unpredictable milk paint.  I was happily surprised that this go around turned out so well.


It is MMS grain sack.  I love it.  Just the right amount of chippiness.  I think the details show much better now.  What do you think?


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Monday, March 3, 2014

Needing green!

I don't know about you, but this has been the never ending winter. This past weekend, the forcast was for 4-11 inches of snow for the Hoosier state. Thank goodness we didn't actually get anything close to the forcast. But because one never knows, I set out to Lowe's for something green. I just needed to have a fresh splash of green to remind me that spring will eventually get here.

I must confess. I am better at killing plants than helping them thrive. After speaking to the gentleman in Lowe's, I felt pretty confident that I can keep these plants alive until at least May. It just so happened that I have been wanting to get out some ironstone that I have stoed away.

Ironstone + dirt + plants = smiles


Crossing my fingers that spring is around the corner for us!
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