A little entry way make over

There is a little space right next to my front door that is only about 15" deep.
Years ago I found this little metal table that fits well in this spot. The table was gold and red (really ugly).
I painted the table and the oval mirror above it with a brown rusty finish.

Here's a close up of the finish.
The mirror has been damaged and I decided it was time for the table to under go a change.

I started out using a can and a half of primer to cover the dark finish.
I then spray painted the table white. I originally planned to rough it up a little with some sand paper
and be done with it.

But then I remembered how much I liked the glazing treatment I did on my French gray table and decided it would look really pretty on this table too.
I mixed smoke glaze with gray acrylic paint.When I brushed it on it looked like pond sludge.
 But when you wipe it off you have a really pretty smoky gray color.
 I still wanted a lot of the white to still show through so my foam brush was pretty dry.

Because of all the swirls on this piece there were spots where the glaze splotched on and was too dark
(it's difficult to do nice smooth brush strokes on a swirly piece).
So I dry brushed some white paint on some spots and in some areas I mixed my glaze and white paint together and brushed it on.

It's a piece I had fun playing with. I wanted a build up of different paint tones
so it would look like an old piece of furniture.
 Instead of a cheap piece of furniture from Ross; I wanted it to look like it was rescued from an old French Chateau.

This weekend I had a lovely good bye dinner with two of my dearest friends.
My friend Babette blessed me with this amazing lantern from Pottery Barn.
 She picked out the perfect thing for me!
My friend Gina was also there and blessed me with some very cute gifts that gently poked fun at Illinois
 (she is from there so she's allowed!).
We were laughing and tearing up and had such a great time!
 Let me tell ya, good byes stink!!
 But God brought us together as friends and I know we will see each other again.

Beside my amazing new lantern I placed a crown pitcher full of flowers from a tree in my backyard.

I hung my framed tote bag on the wall behind my pretties.

I love pottery that has crazing on it. Do you?

Such a fun little make over. I love painting furniture!
I won't get to enjoy it for too long though, the packers are arriving in about two weeks!
So much to do! So for now I bid you adieu. ;)

I'm joining the Spray Paint Party @ Thrifty Decor Chick!

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

My Kitchen

Whenever we move I like to take pictures of my home so we have memories and reminders of our old house. This is the first time I have had a blog while moving so I decided I'd share the photos with you.
A reader recently told me she would like to see pictures of my kitchen, so here we go..........

I have been very, very, lucky with this house because the kitchen is huge.
I don't ever expect to have a kitchen this big again, but I have loved it while it was mine.

This is what the breakfast room in our kitchen looked like yesterday morning.
I sold the dining set on craigslist yesterday.  A glass tabletop and kids do not mix.

I'm not crazy about the black valence and sconces anymore, but kept them up for showing the house.

I added some farmhouse country below the window tying into the black.

I found these cute jars recently at Tuesday Morning.

Our house has a very open floor plan. You can see into our dining room and living room from the kitchen.
On the other side of this dining area is our family room which I will show you in another post.

I have been really pleased with what I came up with on top of the upper cabinets.
It can be a challenging space to decorate and you don't want it looking cluttered.
I used wood and wicker platters from Ikea propped up on plate stands.
Then cheap urns and faux plants. Everything is propped up on books and wood slats.
Whatever you put on top of the cabinets gets very dusty and greasy so you don't want to put anything up there that is too important to you.

I found this reproduction metal egg gathering basket from Homegoods and it's perfect for holding wooden spoons and such. The green pottery is a old piece that I love.

Moving around the room we have more cabinets.
In my other houses I've kept things like my punch bowl and crock pot in the garage and pulled them out when I needed to use them. In this kitchen I've been able to hold every single thing in the cabinets and then still have more room. I've been very spoiled!

This is the first time I've had an island in my kitchen and it's been wonderful!
You can see my entry way and front door in the background.
That's the one thing I don't like about an open floor plan...
Someone comes over and they can see all of your mess from the front door.

Behind the white door is my pantry.

Notice how I cropped the sink. That's because there were dirty dishes in it!

Usually my laptop sits on the island. It's a nice place to blog.

The counter stools were from Pier One. They are being sold too.

See the metal wall hanging above my range?
It's actually plastic! It was white and I spray painted it black.

So there you have it, a tour of my kitchen.
I have no idea what my new kitchen will look like.
We have found a home in Illinois that we are going to rent, but I haven't seen it.
My hubby took pictures of the house, but he didn't take any of the kitchen so it will be a surprise for me.

Mother's day; a day early.

We decided to celebrate part of Mother's day a day early.
I hate going to restaurants when they are crowded and busy,
so we dressed up a bit and went out for a fancy brunch today.
I had an Italian margarita omelet; fluffy eggs filled with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil.
Mmmmmmm! Yummy!

Grant took this photo of me and Levi today and I just love it!
One thing I won't miss about Vegas, the ugly cement block walls in the backyards,
they remind me of a prison yard. Yuck!

After brunch and some play time for the kiddos we went to a nearby furniture store.
I really love this table I saw. It is a great inspiration piece for me.
I plan on selling my kitchen table and chairs before we move and hope to make over a craigslist or garage sale piece in Illinois.
I really like the combo of weathered gray wood on top and white legs on the bottom.

I want to thank all of you soooooo much for your camera suggestions!
You guys always come through for me!
I did get a new one and these are photos straight out of the box of a fully open flower from
my pomegranate tree.
I need to read the instructions soon (boooooring!)

I hope all of you have a wonderful Mother's day!!!!

The most beautiful little girls room!

I love and adore my two boys and wouldn't trade them for anything in the world.
 But I am a very girly girl and think it would be so much fun to decorate a little girls room.

When I saw the this room on Wool and Flax and other beeswax,
that Lori did for her daughter Anna I fell in love.
I think it's one of the prettiest girls rooms I've ever seen!
And Lori was kind enough to let me share it with you.

A room fit for a princess!
How much do you love the canopy hanging from the ceiling?!

The headboard didn't start out looking like this. You have got to check out the before.
Lori painted the frame and upholstered it in this oh so lovely pink toile.
My oh my how I love me some pink toile!!
All the frilly pillows are gorgeous too!

Isn't this dresser pretty?
Lori painted it and then used a large stencil on it (love!)

These darling stenciled shelves are above the dresser.
Such a cute idea to display ruffly clothes.

This hutch is a craigslist find.
So cute and so much great storage.
I'm always happy when something is both practical and beautiful.

A close up of the hutch with this darling banner.
(Look at the little cutie in the pictures! :)

One last look at this gorgeous bed. It really is perfection.
I just have one question...
When can I move in?????

Do you want to see more from the talented Lori of Wool and Flax and other beeswax?
I know the answer is yes!
Here's a peak of her gorgeous home....
I adore these French chairs she made over!.

Isn't this room fab!

Lori recently painted her kitchen table too and much more.
So go over and take a long visit to Wool and Flax. You'll be glad you did!