Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Coffee Table Update

I needed (I really should not classify this as a need!) a new coffee table.  After searching Craigslist, I found something that with a little elbow grease would work.

Of course I forgot to take a true before picture – still trying to get with the blogging program!  The before pic is the table with a coat of liquid sander.  A couple coats of Heirloom White and walnut stain on the top – love it.



The Rev hard at work!  Apparently I should take photographer off of my future occupation list!




Decided to distress after it was in the house.  Put an old towel under the legs and sanded away.  Added a little stain with a q-tip.  Looks perfect to me!



Linking to power of Paint Party.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Ruffled shower curtain

It has been a busy weekend! I have been working on a little master bath spruce up. When you live in a parsonage the bathrooms are usually very low on the update list. So, this often makes you work with what you have and make the best of it.

Looking online for ideas, I came across this blog and instantly became inspired – love that! I loved the shower curtain and was brought back to the day when I was standing in Anthropology trying to decide whether or not the Rev would kill me for buying a very expensive, but very fabulous ruffled shower curtain. After deciding that groceries and gas were priorities {I hate being a grown up sometimes!} I just walked away…so sad…fast forward to last week. I was inspired…I was motivated…I was scared to sew and cut fabric. Then my sister decided to visit for the weekend – hallelujah! She has recently caught the sewing and quilting bug, so it was not hard to enlist her help. She did all the cutting and laying it out and I sewed. It is not perfect, but I love it!

We used 90” bleached muslin from Hobby Lobby. The whole project was under $20!

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april 007 Just folding and sewing random ruffles

april 009 ruffles – ruffles – more ruffles

april 010 taped to the floor with painters tape to hold in place

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april 017 That is an antique ceiling tile above the towel hooks.

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If I can rope my sister into doing the bulk of the work – so can you! Thanks Sister.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Spring Mantle

I have filled the mantle with some of my favorite things…giant chalkboard…old hymnals…apothecary jars…antique doorknob…shells and a nest. The large apothecary jar is filled with found treasures including shells, starfish, paw print of the best dog in the world. I change the chalkboard often, usually hymn verses that I find meaningful.

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I like to tell the Rev that the chalkboard is an evangelism tool…when hosting ladies from my volunteer organization I always have someone comment on it and ask me about church! I am not sure he is as excited my home decor as I am!