Friday, March 29, 2013

Furniture Friday...$5 Vintage Chair

I am in LOVE with my vintage chair.
I am LEARNING how to re-upholster...and I WILL get better!

Here is how I found this chair.

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A friend that I have painted some things for gave me a "heads up" about a garage clean out that was going on at her uncle's house.  
I was on my way....

I bought this chair for $5.  Yep, you read that right...$5.
A little rough, mainly just dirty...but, I knew I could figure out how to re-upholster.

Without any real knowledge on what I was doing (nor did I have a plan) I tore the fabric off.
Dust flew out as I ripped the fabric off.  What had I done?
This may have been over my head...but, I wasn't giving up!

I am glad I kept at it...not bad for a ROOKIE!

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I painted the frame of the chair in what was left of my Annie Sloan Old White...

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Covered the seats and back in a canvas drop cloth I washed and bleached...
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I used a simple trim I found on Amazon in an ivory color...

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Not at ALL perfect...but, I LOVE it!

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There is another chair waiting for me to work on...I know my next shot at it will be better!

Chair $5
Drop Cloth $20 (I used about $5 worth of that!)
Upholstery Cording $12...with some left for another chair!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend...and a Blessed Easter!

Love & Junk~

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

This Ol House Thursday...Room Redo (AGAIN) Part 2!

If you don't know by now...I like change.

I LOVE moving furniture just makes me feel like I have a new room.  

New layout = New room = Happy Wife 
No $$ (or at least very little!) spent = Happy Husband

So, here is a little bit more of our master bedroom redo (AGAIN!)
If you are wondering why I say HERE .

Here is what our bedroom looked like...oh, last Spring.  (Around April/May 2012)

Nothing really wrong with the room...just black and white, more white and black...and that was it.

Here is what the room looked like last August/September 2012...I got a wild cowgirl/gypsy vibe 
and went with it.

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Yep...that was fun...but, I was ready to soften things up and make it somewhat
of romantic, airy and flowy (is that a word?) room.

So, off white tones danced in my head...isn't that what every mother of a 4 year old and 1 year old imagines first off?? Crazy...oh, can be washed!

Okay...and now, it looks like this...
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This armoir of mine has been black, turquoise and now this creamy white.   photo 49cf9ea5-4fa9-4013-a8b1-e0cb4ede917a_zps326a7925.jpg

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I LOVE how the black and turquoise are peeking through the distressing. was all in my plan!  HA!

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Remember last week when I said I was going to think about the color/fabric I would choose
 for my pillow covers I was going to sew?  Um...yah right!
 I grabbed some I already had sewn and used those.

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I didn't buy anything new for this room except or this gray-blue throw for our bed.
The girls and I were dinging around in Marshalls last Friday afternoon for $20...
and that darn throw jumped in our cart!

My sweet little chair is not quite done yet...still waiting on my upholstery cording to come in the mail.  As soon as ut is done...I will post pics.  Here is a rough picture of my $5 yard sale chair...

Photo: Not at ALL perfect...but not bad for my 1st full reupholstering/refurbish job! Waiting for the upholstery cord to get here and I will finish her off!
Don't look too will see the staples!  Almost done!
I just couldn't wait to share...better pictures coming.

Now, that I am somewhat done (not that much work at all to switch things up) my husband has decided it's time to tear the carpet out.  Yep, after almost 3 years of the tile sitting in our garage...we better remove the carpet from our room (carpet, in the dust bowl we live in is icky!) and get the tile in before he gets too busy this summer.
Okay...this means I get to go rug shopping!!!

Have a great rest of your week...I am completing furniture pieces everyday for our Fancy Flea Market!!
Click HERE for the details about our Flea won't want to miss it!

Love & Junk~

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Dairy Wife Wednesday...PB & J Bars with a glass of MILK of course!

As the days are getting longer...the oats are getting closer to harvest.
(Closer to the beginning of the busiest time of year...around here, anyway!)

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My husband will harvest these fields of forage oats mid-April...and "ensilage" the oats.
The process of making silage includes first cutting/swathing the oat (any forage) chopping, piling and packing.

Here, you can see the piling and packing of the pit.

Then fermentation starts...and takes at least 21 days before it is ready to be fed to the cows.

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Eat up, girls!!  Make that milk!

Speaking of milk...this treat will need a glass of milk for sure!

We haven't made these PB & J bars in a while...perfect treat!

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They are delicious...a little rich...of course you will need a glass of milk!
(You didn't think I was going to forget that, did you?)

This recipe comes from Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa.
Love her recipes...and cookbooks! is the recipe:

PB & J Bars

1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups (18 ounces) creamy or crunchy peanut butter ...your pick!
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 cups (18 ounces) strawberry jam or other jam (honestly, I didn't measure...just smeared it on!)
2/3 cups salted peanuts, coarsely chopped (I left these out...because the chunky PB was enough)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease a 9 by 13 by 2-inch cake pan. Line it with parchment paper, then grease and flour the pan.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light yellow, about 2 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the vanilla, eggs, and peanut butter and mix until all ingredients are combined.

In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture. Mix just until combined.

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Spread 2/3 of the dough into the prepared cake pan and spread over the bottom with a knife or spatula. 
(See the my helper's sweet little chubby hand...this is such a fun recipe for kids to help with!)

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Spread the jam evenly over the dough. 

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Drop small globs of the remaining dough evenly over the jam. Don't worry if all the jam isn't covered; it will spread in the oven. 

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Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and bake for 45 minutes, until golden brown. 
My girls and I did not sprinkle with extra peanuts...our "Super Chunky" PB didn't lie.
There were PLENTY of peanuts in the peanut butter!

Cool and cut into squares.

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Grab yourself a glass of milk...and sit down to a perfect after school snack
or an anytime treat!

Love & Junk~

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Transformation Tuesday...13th Street Buffet

This one took a while to find.

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I snuck out of the house last Saturday morning...both girls still sleeping soundly in their beds and daddy was entering cow records on his laptop.  With coffee in hand (and a second cup in my travel mug) and some cash...I hit the road searchin' for finds.

I searched.
I searched some more.
I almost went home.

SO glad I made one last pass down the main street and made a right at 13th St.

Here is the before...
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This buffet wasn't even was another cute little cabinet that caught my eye.  As I was talking to the gentlemen selling his stuff...he said I ay be interested in his girlfriend's buffet in the house.
Um...not sure I should go in...
(the chicken in me said "don't do it..."but the junker in me said "let's go!")

Thankful they showed me this in hopes of selling it to me.  Sold.
They emptied her contents right then and there.

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I LOVE the stained top on this...the wood resembles a beautiful wide plank wood floor
 (I want a floor like that some day!)

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This piece definitely had a farmhouse feel to, I painted it in an off white color
in my own home made chalk-like paint recipe you can be find HERE .

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I gave her a good distressing...

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It matches perfectly with this table I finished last week...but, it won't be going with the table.
This buffet sold within about an hour of me posting pictures of it on my Facebook Page .

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Lovin' the rich wood top on this table...remember, this was found in my in law's barn!!!

I hope you have a fabulous week...I have lots of project before and afters to share with you!

Maybe you have a before and after you would like to share?  I would love to see it!!

Love & Junk~

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Remember last week when I said I liked change...well, change is here (or coming soon at least!)

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Motivate Me Monday...Creative Party FEATURES!!!

I am TOTALLY MOTIVATED by all of your fabulous projects and link-ups!  
What an HONOR it was for me to co-host with Stacey of 
Stacey Embracing Change !!
I said it last week, and I am gong to say it again....
Stacey is a FABULOUS friend, mentor and is beyond talented!! on to the features:
Check out Lisa's re-purposed gun cabinet...can you say CUTE!!!
Create Inspire Me
I am LOVING these Lemon Bundt Cakes from Aimee at Twigg Studios
You can get this recipe HERE.

Check out Sarah of AlderBerry Hill's chalkboard tags...they are just too cute!
Chalkboard Tags 7 thumb Easy Chalkboard Tags 
Get the details HERE .
This Grain Sack inspired bread box from Aimee at Vintage Estate is classic!
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See more about her project HERE .
This is a fabulous tip from Jenna at Rain On A Tin Roof
I work on a TON of furniture...this is a great tip!
This is one FABULOUS table makeover...
 from Debbie at     Lovin Life 1 Day At A Time
And this little hot number by Restoration Redoux ...
LOVE red!
Last, but certainly not least...if this doesn't say "Spring"
Garden Hose Spring Wreath via #spring #wreath #garden
I don't know what does!  Check out Jill from createcraftlove for the tutorial on this!
Thank you SO much for linking up with Stacey and I this week...maybe, I will be back again!
Stay tuned...Stacey has a BIG surprise coming up on her blog...
I am off to finish a bunch of mom, sis and I are getting ready to host our BIG 
Fancy Flea Market in Kerman, CA (near Fresno.)  
Click HERE for more info or email me at
Have a FABULOUS week!
Love & Junk~

Thursday, March 21, 2013

This Ol' House Thursday...Room Redo (AGAIN!)

So you know I LOVE change.
Maybe too much change?  My husband LOVES it so much!

I am working on our bedroom yet, once again.  It really wasn't terrible to start with...

(You can see where I started to paint the armoir turquoise and then realized I wanted a before shot.)

These pictures were taken...oh, I would say...last summer???  Maybe August of 2012??

Black and white...kind of done with that.

This paint job is what started the whole room mess makeover.
Our bedding didn't match (you know my husband pointed that out of course...kidding!)

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So, it evolved into turquoise/cowgirl/hippie kind of room.

I picked out the darkest, deepest chocolate-y grey color for the walls, traded a friend a furniture piece I had for her Pottery Barn bedding (hardly used) and some yard sale finds.

You can read the whole post on my Mini Room Makeover on the Cheap HERE .

So...what am I up to now with this room...well, here is a little teaser 


My armoir is now a creamy white (I really can't help myself with paint and a brush)...with the turquoise and black peeking through. 

I LOVE it!

I need to FINISH! (Hopefully)  I hope to have some after pictures for you next week.

The white bedding is in the washer...I am trying to figure out what color of pillow covers I want to sew to toss on our bed (my husband LOVES the millions of pillows on the bed..haha.)

I hope you have a great day...we are headed to Natalie's Preschool Easter sweet.

Don't forget about the Creative Linky Party going on right now co-hosted by Stacey of and me!! Here is the link for the post with the party... 

Love & Junk~

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