Thursday, March 24, 2011

Basket Makeover

Meet my sad little basket and it's dull finish.
I purchased this at Goodwill a while back.  I love the shape and size.

My little magazine basket got a fresh makeover today.

A little green paint and a wipe down of dark stain really gave it a new life.
I have a few other pieces that I am working on to help them stand out a little more.
The armoire in behind the basket may get a face lift too!

The Spring weather has made me want a fresher look!

I am linking up with these parties!  Go by and visit them!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

From Bad to Worse! My biggest blooper yet!

Have you ever have one of those days where things just
don't go the way you imagined they would??? 

I always have big plans that go quickly,
 smoothly and work out beautifully. 
Then reality sets in. 

For those of you that don't know, I have 2 boys.  I love my boys but when boys get older and sweat, they really smell.  I mean they really can stink up a home.  Well I went on a cleaning frenzy one day and decided to Febreeze everything that could absorb odor.  Blindly I grabbed a bottle from under the kitchen sink and sprayed away.  I held nothing back.  Shortly after I had completed one of my boys rooms I began to notice that the spray didn't smell right.  Nope, not right at all.  I was holding the Clorox Clean-Up bottle.  Yep, I was so engrossed in ridding the smelly boy smell that I didn't realize I grabbed the wrong bottle. 

Fortunatley the only injured party in my frenzy was the red, Pottery Barn curtains that now were freckled with white spots.  As nasuea set in I put on a brave face in front off the kids, so that they couldn't tease me to much.  The curtains have remained spotted for a few months now.

This is not in just one spot.  Each exposed ripple was peppered with bleach.

To top it off, I didn't realize how bad the sun had naturally bleached out the inside hem of the curtains.

When I saw Sarah's DIY Striped drapes at The Yellow Cape Cod

And Meredith's awesome painted striped shower curtain at Welcome to Heardmont

I knew that I could add white fabric to the curtains and stripe them up to help cover the bleach.
Next I would paint over the remaining red fabric and give it new life.

Sound good right??  WRONG!!
Everything went smoothly with the white fabric.  I actually used blackout liner so that the red would not show through.  The flaw in the plan was to use acrylic craft paint instead of fabric paint.  I was to lazy to run to Michaels for the fabric paint and Joann's didn't have any.  The paint easily rolled on with a foam roller.  I used a sponge craft  brush to cover the worse spots.  I hung the first panel that night.  It looked great!

Until the next morning....

Can you see the dark paint splotches??  Not good!

So what should I do?  Do I get new solid red drapes or do I go with cheap white ones and add red stripes?
I kind of like the lighthouse look!

I am joining Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays!
I definatley think this is a WOW moment!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Spring Has Arrived!

Spring has finally arrived in the Sunshine State! 
While I have enjoyed the cooler weather, I have missed the green grass and flowering trees.  Here is what I am seeing in my yard....

The Bradford Pear trees make my yard look like it is snowing!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Youth Fair & Livestock Show!

Tomorrow kicks off our counties Youth fair & Livestock Show!
All 3 of my kids will be showing a hog that they have raised since the end of October.

This has been a fun project for them and they have really stepped up
and taken great care of their animals.
Wish them luck!