Painted Books

I love to use vintage books in my decorating, but some times it is difficult to find them in the colors I want
 for a reasonable price.

 I am always keeping my eyes peeled for pretty, old covers for a bargain price.

 While looking I am going to show you an alternative.

I bought these Reader's Digest books at the thrift store for 99 cents a piece.

I'm sure you can find them at garage sales or estate sales for even less!

They are nice looking books, but the colors on the covers were very dark and bright which 
doesn't go with my decor.

First I painted the books with French linen chalk paint.

It took several coats to completely cover them.

Next I outlined the indents on the spine with white paint using a tiny paint brush.

You don't have to worry about painting really straight lines because we want these to look like old books.

Finally I mixed some white acrylic paint with some clear furniture wax and rubbed it all over the covers.

 I especially focused on the spines trying the get the white to go into the lettering on the books.

This really helped the books look old!

You could then add some dark wax to age them more, but I found I liked this cleaner look

After the wax dried I polished up the books with a cloth.

I am thrilled with the way they turned out!

A quick, easy, cheap project that really adds a lot to a vignette.

Gotta love that!

p.s. love these pretty purple hydrangea I got from the grocery store!

I know I kinda disappeared from the blog this summer between moving, playing with the kids, etc.

 I had to let something go.

But I am excited to start posting again!

I also am on Instagram a lot and have tons of stuff on there that is not on the blog.

Have a great week!

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A Purple & White Garden

I love to garden and even though I have tons of things I need to be doing inside the new house I can't resist going outside to play!
 Lots of trees have been trimmed and my teenage son has been digging up ugly bushes.
 But the most fun is planting new plants!
I am planning a purple and white Mediterranean garden. Here are a few things I've put in so far.

Salvia* Lavender*Salvia*Catmint

Catmint*Purslane*Butterfly Bush*Variegated Thyme

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Happy 4th of July!

I hope you have a fun filled 4th!

Click the link for more of my 4th of July decorating.

My July 4th Living Room

I don't think I've ever decorated for the Fourth of July before.
 It is a holiday that I LOVE, but I think summer days are so lazy and full of other fun activities that I just never get around to decorating.
This year I decided that was going to change.

It all started when I fell in love with a photo on Lemonade Makin' Mama's blog last summer.
 She placed a bunch of flags in a vintage bucket.
Simple, cheap and super cute!
 I thought it would be fun to use this old minnow bucket I had since the writing on it was red.
A bowl full of juicy red cherries finishes up this simple end table vignette. 

Once I started decorating I knew I wanted to use the little cushions Robin from Happy At Home was so sweet to send me.
They are the perfect colors for the 4th!
 I tried and tried to find some red flowers, but strangely enough had no luck, so I resorted to faux flowers. 

A really fun & easy project was making the colorful banner.
 I found a two pack (one red, one blue) of bandanna's at the dollar store.
 I cut each bandanna in fourths and simply used twine to tie it to another piece of twine.
 Easy and cheap, but so festive!
In fact the flags and flowers came from the dollar store too, so this here is some cheap and
 cheerful decorating!

I pulled a white bench of mine into the living room to use as a coffee table.
On the couch are two colorful pillows perfect for the 4th!
The large pillow is actually just wrapped in a tablecloth.
 I wanted to make some pillows but haven't had the time.
 I got the flag pillow from World Market.
They are marked way down now so you may want to grab one.

When I decided last summer that I wanted to start decorating for the July 4th I started a Pinterest board and it has so many cute ideas that I already can't wait for next year!

Our family now lives in a master planned community and it sounds like they have a lot of fun activities planned for the fourth of July, so I'm pretty excited.
My husband is like a little boy on the 4th. He loves fireworks!
He always takes our two boys to the fireworks store and I'm not allowed to come along because it is
"man business" lol!
I just tell them to make sure they bring me back some snakes.
 In case you don't know what I'm talking about, they are a little black pellet and once you light them they grow longer and longer until you have a long ash "snake".
Everyone else thinks they are lame, but I have loved them since I was a little girl and
 I still do! 

Happy 4th of July!

p.s. I can't remember if I told y'all that I'm on Instagram now.

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Rustic Dresser Turned TV Stand

When we moved into our new house my husband ran out and bought a 50" TV.
I was less than thrilled.
 We had no piece of furniture big enough to place it on and so it sat  on the floor for a week.

I decided to check out a rustic furniture store near our house.
All the furniture comes from Mexico and I really liked the style of this dresser, but wasn't in love 
with the handles.

I  asked the store to remove the handles for me because instead of being screwed on, they have strips of metal that are just banged into the wood in the back of the drawer.

I replaced the handles with these bin pulls from Lowe's.
I think they give the dresser a bit of a Restoration Hardware look.

I could tell the guy at the store thought I was crazy to use a dresser as a TV stand and even crazier to change out the hardware.  But I love the way it looks!

I've been trying out paint samples all over the house and have been narrowing down the colors.
Fixing up this house is going at a snails pace, but progress is being made!


Long time no talk! This move has been so overwhelming, but I'll talk more about that in my next blog post.
I am excited to show you a Mother's Day gift sent to me by RedEnvelope.

I hate going out on Mother's day because everything's so crowded, so we decided to celebrate on Saturday instead and it was so cool when a package from RedEnvelope actually arrived on my doorstep
on Saturday as well.
I opened the package and gasped when I found this gorgeous red box inside tied with
 a big ribbon.
Right off the bat it made me feel special!

Opening up the pretty!

I chose this lovely gather porcelain catchall that was personalized with our last name.
I like that it looks like a blackboard (but w/o the mess chalkboards make).
It comes in a couple of other colors as well.

I thought I would use it in the entryway to hold my keys, but I don't think I can handle covering it up!
It's too pretty to dump my keys on!

                                        (BTW: These photos were taken in our old house.)
                     I think this would make such a lovely housewarming, birthday or wedding gift!

Isn't it just so pretty?!
Maybe I will hang it on the wall as part of a gallery wall.
Ooh, I like that idea!

A few other things I'm digging from RedEnvelope:

I'm a total Star Wars geek and these Star Wars cuff links crack me up! 
I know my hubby would think the baseball bottle opener was cool.
They have really pretty jewelry too!

Cute stuff for the kitchen and garden! The blackboard can be customized with your name!

Darling baby gifts and lovely art work!

RedEnvelope was nice enough to send me the tray and didn't even require me to blog about it (although I'm sure they were hoping I would.) :)
So everything I'm saying is truly what I believe.
 Trust me, you will make someone feel so special when they get that pretty red box in the mail. 
Or how about treating YOURSELF! You deserve it!

p.s. I'm on Istagram now. I finally own a phone w/ a camara so bear with me as I'm learning as I go.

We bought a new house! (tour)

After renting for almost three years we are very excited to be homeowners again!
We got the keys today and I am dreaming up all kinds of decorating ideas!
(Levi is excited too!)

I love the stone and brick on the front of the house!
I plan on planting loads of flowers out front and I'd like to edge the flower beds with stone.
It is a one and a half story house. The only thing upstairs is the game room.
I have owned a one story before and I loved it! They are so much easier to clean!

The first room in the house is a study with french doors.
I am hoping to change the carpet to hardwood and use the room as a living room.

There is a pretty bay window in the room.

Next up is the dining room.
It came with a very pretty chandelier, but I plan on changing it to the one on the floor.
I have never changed a fixture out before and I am a bit nervous. :/

There are a lot of arches in the house, which I adore!

The kitchen is much prettier in person.
I would like to do something with the island to make it more interesting.

It is not a cottage style kitchen, but I don't know if I can paint the cabinets.
The wood is really pretty in person.
There was a lot of glare from the window so you can't see the detail in these photos.

The breakfast nook is just a plain box right now, but I have plans to add lots of charm!
I've already bought a new light fixture for this room too.
You'll just have to wait to see it is a surprise!

The family room has pretty hand scraped floors, a high ceiling and my favorite thing.......

This gorgeous rustic fireplace! I just love the stone and the chunky mantel!
I grew up in the 70's when it was common to have a high hearth that you could sit on and I've always
 liked them.

The master bedroom has great windows that look out to the back yard.
I plan to plant lots of roses and jasmine to look at!

I like the arched window in the master bathroom.
(oops blurry photo)

I'm thinkng of taking out the large mirror and placing two mirrors side by side.
I also would like to add some bin pulls to the cabinets to add cottage charm.

A seperate vanity for my hubby (love this!)

A covered patio! The back yard is pretty much a blank slate of grass, so I am dreaming about landscaping
 and flowers and more!
The electricity wasn't on yet so it was too dark to take photos of the boys bedrooms and the game room.

I am so looking forward to decorating this house to my hearts content and taking you along for the ride!