August 18, 2012

dresser turned media cabinet

Having 3 kids down with strep for 2 weeks and me down with a rib injury including hospital time had me going nuts. I needed to be creative. But my projects in varying stages of completion at the house didn't interest me.

Enter FB buy and sell group cruising on my new Kindle Fire.
At midnight...
isn't that when the best  stuff is posted?!
and bought it seems. 

I spotted this dresser as part of a 3 piece bedroom set.
The seller wanted to not split the group but thankfully I know her sister and we have traded several times in the past. At 9am in the ending rain I snapped up the dresser and rushed home determined to have it DONE before my love came home to another unfinished project.
BEFORE- opps, I always forget a true before pic.
here it is cleaned and lightly sanded on some water damaged areas

I mixed up a charcoal gray homemade "chalk" paint and in under 2 hours we had down 2 coats of paint.

basically DONE. I have to find some crystal knobs, glaze, and wax it.
we cut holes in the back to accomadate the wires and hooked up the satellite, vcr, and Uverse

the twist matches my coffee table! BONUS!
For some reason in my living room this charcoal gray turns into a beautiful blue that totally matches my new suitcase "side table".  I painted the back of Bub's door with this color and when I take my stir stick from whipping up the "chalk" paint it still matches the dark gray in there. WEIRD. Guess it is the pumpkin butter walls.  Hoping to repaint the walls and add board and batten this fall!

master bedroom progress

So far---
 I have found 2 new vintage night stands, hung curtains on 2 of the 3 windows, bought 2 caned chairs, bought a new bedspread, finished my plank wall, and cleared out way too much junk!

I really need a camera instead of my Iphone for pics
and I need to take more pics of what I've done

I still have to pick a paint color, buy last set of curtains for window, hang curtain rod, replace baseboards, new flooring, fix up the "school" area and the girls' desks we moved into our nook for the kids to have quiet during school, and remodel the bathroom.

We have made the decision to update this house up and rent it out so that changes my "staying here forever make this my cozy nest" list into a "get it done under budget fast as I can and as neutral as possible" list.  We are in the process of refi'ing the house to a fixed 15 yr mortgage and prioritizing the long list of fixes we need to do to get out of here in the next year.  That means my decorating ADD and procrastination issues have got to go so I should have plenty of projects to blog about soon!

August 17, 2012

church family fun day and a decision

A couple weeks ago our church finished up their "taking VBS to the streets" program. To welcome the nearly 200 new comers and get the excitement going for the HUGE baptism service that night we had a Family Fun Day.

Princess waiting for her face painting

and after :)

my goofy family!

Hubs and my beautiful oldest daughter

Mom, I'm too old for this!

Bub sporting a pirate sword on his cheek

There was donuts, ice cream, drinks, balloons, face painting, games, bible story telling, and much more. As we left church that day bub announced HE was getting baptised at the service that night. We were a bit shocked to say the least. We've talked with him about "having Jesus in his heart" and being Christian but have not pushed baptism since he is just 6.  We questioned him when we got home and knew he fully understood his choice and was ready to make his public declaration of faith.

That night his Sunday school teacher Mr Trent baptised him and a few dozen other children as our senior pastors baptised a few HUNDRED people! PRAISE GOD! I wish I had pics but I didn't bring my phone in as we were at a public pool (only place big enough to hold everyone!)  A friend did video it but she doesn't have internet to email it to me. :-(

vintage suitcase find

I needed a side table for the end of my couch and french chair area but nothing I saw seemed to fit with my already mismatched coffee table and Granny's hand me down side table.

another FB buy/sell/trade find
Hubs and Justice having a wrestle on the couch

my oldest daughter with the camera hog dog

Granny's table redone in antique silver faux finish

On a FB vintage style group someone posted 1 cute little old suitcase in a dusty blue gray. A week later we drove to Ft Worth to meet up with the antiques dealer and purchase 3 of the matching suitcases.

These 3 suitcases now hold all the blankets my mom and mother in law have made the kids, baby blankets, and extra decorative blankets.  They are hard sided cases so setting down drinks and books is a breeze and no worries about spills because they are leather. 

The blue ended up a happy accident in matching my IKEA rug (that is outside waiting to be cleaned thanks to the pups) and it matches my latest project... a dresser turned media area.

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