Saturday, February 20, 2010

Letter bin

I found this letter holder at a second hand store last week. I think I paid $2.00 for it.  I have needed something like this to hang in my garage to be used for outgoing mail, DVD rentals from Netflix to be sent back, and other odds and ends.  There are so many ways to update this look, but I wanted to use some of my decorative scrapbook paper that I've had lying around. This project took me an hour from start to finish and I think it will be a pretty and practical way to organize my mail. You can tell that my cat Esker sees the vision too!

This is the final product.  I would've liked to have had all three bins with the light colored paper, but I didn't have enough, so I improvised with a complimentary color.  My parents have one of these that's been hanging in their kitchen for 30 years.  I'm going to see if Mom will let me freshen hers up with a different kind of design.  I'll post pics of that one when I'm done.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Rescued treasure

A new client (and now new friend), stopped by the other day and inquired about doing something with this leftover cottage style door that she rescued this summer from being thrown into a bonfire.  She couldn't let this new, cute door go to waste.  She was teased for her rescue efforts by her friends that were sitting around the campfire and so, several months later, as a joke, she wanted the door to be repurposed into a sign for the friend doing the teasing. I used a brown paint pen and a new font style that I just downloaded to turn this scrap door into an entryway sign.  And the fun continues.
Here is a picture of the door partially scripted.

The final product. Keep rescuing those cast-off treasures and remember, there's always "ROOM FOR CHANGE".


Monday, February 8, 2010

New Life for an Old Table

My friend Debbi called last Tuesday in need of a house project to work on.  She has loved her red dining room walls for 10 years and was wanting a change.  I came over that afternoon with some paint choices for her, and by the next day she had her walls repainted a dark putty color.  I also talked her into painting over her oak dining table that she got as a wedding gift 19 years ago, (sorry Nancy)!  We still have some wall art to hang and an area rug to purchase, but by Superbowl Sunday the same week, she had a new dining room!
Below is an after shot of just the table. The wall color doesn't show's on the two walls adjacent to this. She still loved the red in her custom sewn drapes so we kept those. She wasn't ready to give up the red altogether.

   Here is a pic. of the new wall color and the newly painted table.


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Field of Dreams

"If you build it, they will come".  Remember that line from the movie, Field Of Dreams?  Well, that's how I'm feeling right about now as I type my first blogspot post!  I am hoping that's the case as I enter the great unknown of cyberspace with my words and decorating tips.  Will anyone care to read the posts?  Now that we've built my new website, (or rather KEN built the new site), will they come? 
 I have to give a shout out to my niece Kari, who is not only an amazing photographer, but brilliant on the computer and encouraged me to 'keep it real' and 'keep it current' with updates on all the projects I'm working on. If no one else, I know that I'll have a follower in Houston who will enjoy all my second hand finds and room transformations! Thanks Kari. I love you.  Thanks too to my hard-working, non-complaining, remarkably talented husband who has another day job, but treats my business (and me) as top priority after hours. I hope you enjoy journeying through some interior, exterior and life changes with me in 2010! Here's a picture of my family (taken by Kari) for our Christmas card this year. Left to right, Ken, Brecken,(9) me,(Christy) and Kennedy,(11).