Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Painting the whole chair. Fabric and All and a Pep Talk....

Let's talk about this chair...this Bergere chair (French Arm Chair) that has given me fits for several weeks.  She, the chair, was determined to stay ugly. And, me the rescuer, was determined to make her pretty or die. trying.  Well she almost won.

Like all my projects I forgot to get a good before photo.  Here you can see the ugly brown and tan striped fabric.
After nearly five coats of paint and several outbursts of, "why did I ever start this darn project and maybe I can take it apart and throw it in the dumpster random thoughts," I decided not to give up.
So here she is and I have to say looking very pretty...

So now that I've inspired you, (probably not) to paint an ugly chair, here's how to do it.
1.) Make sure that you have lots of energy and coffee before starting the projects.
2.) I suggest that you use less expensive paint as your base coats.
3.) Use Chalk paint as your top coat.
4.) Sand in between coats of paint.  
5.) Try not to use curse words.
6.) Keeping repeating over and over again that it will be beautiful, it will be beautiful...
7.) When you are done, finally, give yourself a nice pat on the back for a job well done.

Okay, she there you have it, my ever so encouraging pep talk!   You can thank me later.  Be sure and show me your completed project.  You're welcome.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Thoughts on Blogging and Pumpkins

 Here on the coast of North Carolina we are smack dab in the middle of Hurricane Season and despite the worry, I love Fall and Fall decor.  My heart goes out to those that lost so much in Texas and for those currently facing the devastation from Irma.  I'm sending prayers to all of them. 
I know I haven't posted for awhile and to tell the truth my heart just isn't in it much anymore.  It seems as though so many of the "original" bloggers that I grew up with, have all stopped blogging or have gone to other forms of social media. Some of them are on Facebook or Instagram and I check in on them often.  However, it's just not the same.  I don't have the computer skills or funds to have a professional designed blog page with all the bells and whistles.  Nor, do I have the desire to have affiliates and, or advertisers popping up all over the place.  I guess I'm just an old school blogger that loves the way it used to be. So, I'll blog when I feel like I've got something to show or say and if you are still with me please know that  I truly appreciate you.   Nuff said.

Anyway, here's a few pumpkins I've placed around the house.  It is the season of "Pumpkin Everything!"

Lovin this pink pumpkin with pearls.

Or, silver pumpkins that I've had for a few years.

And who can resist fabric pumpkins all in a row...
So enjoy the "Pumpkin Everything" Season and stay safe wherever you might be nesting for Fall.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Farmhouse Style meets Glam...

I love Farmhouse style and I love the glamorous look too. Heck I love every decorating style that I see here on the Blogs! But who has the budget to change out the living room every month!   So how do you mix these two together....take a look and you tell me!

I have a lot of wall space in the family room, which connects to the kitchen, which connects to the entryway and so on and so forth.  It's the open concept that I love, to an extent. Um. But I'll not preach on that today.

I have big walls to fill.  So this large tobacco basket fills up a lot of blank wall space.  Since I don't have the budget for new chairs, these 20 year old wing backs (covered a gazillion times) will have to do.

So, tobacco basket, traditional wing back chair, plus a glam faux fur rug used as a throw and a chic shredded pillow equals ??? style.  Guess I'll call it Farmhouse Luxe.

 We Bloggers are constantly falling in love with everyone else's decorating style, but honestly it doesn't always work in our homes. So you see it is possible to work with what you have by maybe adding something inexpensive here and there.

You can add a new pillow or in my case a faux fur rug, maybe a new lamp or basket or something you've found at the thrift or your favorite vintage shop.  I've learned over the years that it's always good to decorate with what you love and not get caught up in the latest decorating trends.  

Show me or tell me how you deal with your decorating brain overload....I'd love to know.


My favorite stuff

  • Donuts
  • Iced Vanilla Coffee
  • Finding Junk and making it beautiful
  • Spending Time with my Sister
  • Holidays with my family
  • Poirot movies
  • reading murder mysteries
  • searching shabby chic stuff on ebay
  • writing stories and blogging
  • snuggling with my husband and my kitty kats
  • comfortable pajamas
  • slot machines
  • yard sales
  • hunting through estate sales and thrift shops
  • going to antique shops
  • eating out with my sister
  • having lunch with my husband
  • having lunch with my son
  • vanilla wafer cookies
  • pedicures and pink toenail polish
  • Lavender scented soaps and body wash
  • Good makeup