Sunday, June 28, 2009

hutch ugly duckling to swan!

This is my oh soooo 1980 glass & oak & mirrored cabinet . Pretty dated huh?

I wanted this look gone, so much....I even got sunburned preping this on my back deck in 90 degree heat for like 5 hours! It was worth it!

This is the after. I love it! It is the exact look I was going for.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Living room refresh

I'm gonna do it!..... I'm going to "refresh" my living room. Now mind you I HAVE no money, well maybe $20.00, so I will see how far I can take that. I really love LOVE the Shabby CHic look. I want to go romantic & kinda monocramatic with white, beige, tan, with a splash of pink & light greens. I don't like too frilly & lacy & florally & to much frufru. But clean & simple but still antique looking.

I have been looking for a smaller white couch & 2 over stuff chairs. I was even willing to slip cover them if need be, but I have been unsuccessful. SOOOO I will simply slipcover what I have. I really don't want any floral couches any more. ANY WHOO...

It is hard to see what I did find, but it is a good start. All these items cost me $11.00.

You can't see them but the 2 best finds were 1st, 2 different sizes of metal recipe/picture frames on a stand, the tags on them say they are from Adams & co. NOW I know for a fact these frames sell for just 1 large one is $8.00. Also I went to roberts craft yesterday & say those 2 white wooden candle holder, for a set of 3 (larger one missing) was $47.00 DOLLARS.... WHAT???

I will start with the big brown corner hutch in the corner of my living room. I HATE the dated "oak" wood color. I did like the price(free, givin to me!) And I like the idea of a hutch in that room. SO I took it out side on my deck(Star helped me "walk" it out) & took off doors & removed the glass, covered the mirrors. I next sanded it down to get the shinny coat off. This will help the paint stick to the cheap wood veneer. I then got my 3 cans of white FLAT spray paint..... AND covered that ugly brown. I then lightly sanded it when it was dry & then "antiqued" it with brown stain.

I LOVE it! I can even forgive the glass & mirrored inside.

So what do you think? I like!

I was also happy to find two tables ACROSS the street at a garage sale at my neighbors. You will not belive the price of those! 5 bucks for a end table & coffee table. AWESOME! they got white washed also, BUT not antiqued. I wanted that sabby chic look & these will go great with that..

I will post pictures of the rest of my living room as soon as I figure it out.....AND it gets closer to being done.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

PoRch PriDe!

Let the world know I am PRO-PORCH!
My mama always told me you only get one chance to make a FIRST impression!
Mine starts at the front door!
Since this is my first blog, I thought I would start on my Front porch!
When we were planning our home, I had to insist on 2 things...
A big front porch & a gazebo! I got both!
One of the things I would like to do on my Blog is let my friends & soon to be friends know how I roll...(can I say that kids? is that to hip for old me?)
I love to decorate any time & any thing & any where...
(my cell phone is not an exception to this rule! I bling it up!)
I love to decorate for the holiday's, but am getting too lazy to do the whole house, so I mostly settle on doing AT LEAST the front porch! That way I feel less guilty & still get a bit of the holiday spirit. I will try to show my exciting holiday versions & hope I don't bore you.
So I am starting with the "Sizzlin" 4th of July version of the Tippetts porch!
Quit Yawning!

You will find I am cheap, when decorating! A bargain gets me HIGH!
The fabric is a Walmart find..( I do not indorse Walmart!)
It was a buck fifty a yard, I bought 4 yards and had leftovers! I just tacked it up w/ small white push pins & then used left over striped ribbon to bring it up in a gather. I tied the ribbon under & over the hand rail. If it fades & dies after this year, I ok with that, cuz it cost me like 5 bucks to do my porch.

The red star was a DI find.( I DO indorse DI!) it was a ugly green.
AHHH....a little can of spray paint is my new best friend!
The chairs are ALWAYS the focal point of my porch. I bought them at a end of the year sale going in to fall, for $10.00 each, I can be as patent as the next bargain hunter!
A...The log fire crackers? Oh thanks for asking!
I made those around 1989 during THE dreaded craft booth daze!
I will not apologize for STILL loving them!
My house does not lack for picnic baskets! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them! And a red one... is a find! The pillows, are just made out of scrape leftovers & scarfs & such, I have found over the years.
I also love the quilted red one, I just found at DI yesterday. Dang I wish I had 6 more of those!
You can't see them very well, but the 3 bird house are all americania. I have found those at different times. I suppose ya all know the rule to display collectables? Display in odd numbers & same like object together for a bigger bang.
The window is from Kevy's Granadparents barn.(I had to fight him tooth & nail for that & the old screen door & the old metal chicken feeder... 2of my favorite things!)
I bring the window out 2 times a year. For 4th of July & Halloween!
(W/out the flag & I hang it crooked for Halloween, you know... SCARY!)
The flag is just a DI find from YEARS ago (I found it during christmas break! the best time to find SUMMER stuff!) I just coffee stained it.
(I don't drink the stuff, so I just collected the grounds from my work & used it to stain.)
I just tacked the flag on the back of the window with flat tacks. The rusty Star? Another DI find! WHO gives that stuff away! The grapevine garland is also up all the time, I just wrap lights around it & it helps light the porch.
So I hope you liked my front Porch tour.
Remember that the Porch is just a other "Room" you get to buy stuff for!
Maybe next time I just might let you in.... my house.. after I clean it.... more like after Starlee cleans it!
Soon I will be posting the "Get Cece out the 80's Kitchen!" or as some of like to call it...
"SPICE WARS 2009!"
I'm gonna try my hand at helping my favorite sister, Cece beat the ugly "country blue's" right out of her kitchen!
I will be using ALL DI or gagage sale or secondhand finds! I am trying to keep this project all under $200 dollars for paint & supplies, and any thing else I use!
I will rid Cece of all her country blue, stuffed bunnies, heart shelves, watermelons(ouch, I still love those), ruffle curtins & tole painted clocks, Apples(keep some... SHE still loves those), & all mauve tints out of her Kitchen!
I will take before & after pictures of Cece's kitchen from "DRAG" days into "FAB" Days!
This will be the beginning of my "WoRk of HeaRt" series on my blog.
Ya'all come back now....... hear!