Gray and White Finds

Last weekend I went shopping *without kids* for two glorious hours.
 No trying to stop the little one from climbing out of the cart. Yay!
 Just me slowly strolling down the aisles looking to my hearts content.
So, you wanna see what I got?

I found this super cute little pot.
There's no parsley at the nursery right now so I'm making do with this plastic plant.

I love the crackle finish, chipping paint and parsley imprint.

Next up, this lovely uh, basket thingy(?)

The finish is so beachy and wonderful.
Browns and grays and bits of white.

It has a heavy glass vase inside.
 It can hold flowers or I suppose a candle.

So in love with these metal baskets with liners.
They look so vintage.

For once I didn't have to paint anything they were perfect as is.

They are looking so great in my pantry.
Maybe they will motivate me to keep going and do a whole pantry make-over.

This sham was on clearance for only $5.00.
There was only one and I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it.
But I adore the fabric so it had to come home with me.

And the sweet little white pillow in front....


What stores did I do my damage at? Homegoods and TJ Maxx.

From mirror to chalkboard

At Christmas time I promised I would blog about how I made this chalkboard.
I have been putting it off because I don't feel it is truly done.
But I'm going to go ahead and talk about it anyway.

It all started with a large mirror I found at the thrift store.
It was an icky yellow color and one of the finials on top was broken off.

But it was quite tall and had a nice shape to it.
It also was only $8.00.

It had these rusty metal legs screwed to the back so I assume it used to be attached to a dresser.
As you can see I started by sawing off both finials.
I used my miter saw and it was FUN!

I then painted it white. I thought I would love it white, but I didn't.
It looked to much like a dresser in a little girls room.

I knew I wanted to make it into a blackboard, but I was scared.
Then I saw this post, at The Life of Lou Lou where she turned a very similar mirror into a blackboard.
(it's gorgeous, check it out!)
I emailed and begged her to tell me how she did it.
She was kind enough to email back and said she turned the mirror around and painted the back of the mirror with chalkboard paint.
Very Clever!

However I found when I took the mirror out that it was super heavy and the frame was actually quite light.
I also was concerned that one of the menfolk in my house would crash into it or throw something at it one day and it would get broken.
So I went to Lowe's and had them cut a thin piece of wood for me that fit the inside of the frame.
When I brought it home I cut the top corners off myself to fit the arch in the top of the mirror.
I painted three coats of blackboard paint on the board, letting it dry between coats.
I then used Gorilla Glue to glue the board inside the back of the frame.
I weighed the wood down with some heavy books and let it dry overnight.
As this photo shows I ended up using a lot of glaze on the frame so it wasn't so white anymore.

This is what It looked like at Christmas time.

And I've shown it to you next to my gray table.

Here is how it looks today.
A little on the plain side, but I'll be fluffing it up for Valentines day soon.
I still feel like the finish is missing something.
I want to do something with that cool flower like detail at the top but I'm not sure what.
But it's good enough for now until future inspiration strikes.
I should mention, the frame is plastic so I can't sand it to distress the piece.

This is my message of the day, for you.
Hey, don't say I never get deep on this blog!

Edited to add photo from Valentine's chalkboard tablescape:

I'm joining Freckled Laundy's Chalkboard Party!

freckled laundry


Milking Stool

It's funny how sometimes the littlest projects can be to most difficult.
This is one of those projects.

I found this cute little milking stool at an antique store.
I'm pretty sure it's a reproduction.
It was in really rough shape and had this hideous varnish on the legs.

Fist I gave it two coats of creamy white paint.
Then I printed out this really cool Graphic from my true love, Graphics Fairy.
I used a pen and pressed down really hard on the image so it would leave faint grooves underneath.
This is hard work! My hands started cramping, ouch!

I ended up doing a lot of the painting free hand where the tracing didn't show through.

The next step was sanding the heck out of it.
The sanding turned part of it gray where the black paint smeared.
I then used a tiny brush to cover the smears with white paint.
Can you say Tedious!

I wanted to accent the rough parts of the stool rather than disguise them.

I also shabbied up the legs.

Time consuming for such a little piece of furniture.

But it's pretty cute.

I hope you like the rooster pillow cover in the background because I'm planning on having a giveaway soon!

It's Friday, woo hoo!!!!!!!!!!
Have a great week-end!


Thrift store pot makeover

I told you January was going to be the month of Gray and White on this blog!
So here is another gray project for these gray January days.

Although it's not actually gray here in Las Vegas right now.
It's sunny and about 60 degrees.
But I don't want to rub it in so I won't mention it. ;)

How do you like this very *ahem* bright and cheery pot I found at the thrift store?

The top and bottom of the pot had great texture, but the center was all smooth and shiny.
So I crumpled up some tissue paper and used Mod Podge.
Ta da! Instant texture.

Next I used Barn Gray acrylic paint.
Once that dried I added a white wash.

Finally some glaze and then I dry brushed charcoal gray paint all over the pot.

One more look at the before........
(couldn't get my photos to be side by side)

The after!
Dragonfly's are bye bye.

How about a little preview of Spring with some pink primroses and variegated ivy?
Please enjoy!

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Window Frame

When I'm visiting all the lovely blogs out there I am always admiring projects done with old windows.
You just don't find old windows in Las Vegas, probably because there aren't many old buildings here.

I found this window style frame at the thrift store and finally had my chance to do a window project!

I painted the frame white and then sanded bits of it off.

I found this scrapbook paper with a gray map on it!
A GRAY map!!!

I used Mod Podge to put the map pieces on the frame backing.

Pretty, pretty, pretty!

It's my new favorite project.
I'm planning on hanging it in our guest room.
I am having so much trouble getting the look "right" in that room.

This project was inspired by one I saw on the blog Let It Shine some time ago.
I've been dying to try it ever since I saw it.
If you'd like to see her map backed window click here.

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia