Monday, May 28, 2012

LiKe iT. LovE it. WaNt MoRe oF iT!

I'm lovin' me some early summer!!

Hope you had a great Holiday weekend Chumps! I overindulged with food, sun and fun and my early morning workout is gonna be soooo painful tomorrow morning!  We packed in lots of great new memories with friends and family.  We hit the bike trails, garage sales, the beach and pool and tomorrow it's back to reality. All play and no work makes this chump a refreshed, but very broke girl so I'm breathing a deep breath before I need to hit the garage to paint, hit the stores to shop (for clients) and hit the road to meet with fellow chumps in need of decorating advice/direction. 
Hope you ease back into your week with little effort....

I wanted to share with you these before/after pictures of a bedroom remodel and painting job I did several months ago. A very stylish chump called me a while ago to help her freshen up and finish up her newly remodeled house.  She was tired of her old rustic- looking pine bedroom set and wanted to know if she should replace it.  
Here's what it looked like:

Here's what I talked her into:

Gone are the red geraniums.  Move over knotty pine.  Out with the Amish quilt.
Enter soft, serene colors.  Hello blue accent wall.  Welcome luscious white fluffy bedding. 

Notice the headboard. Ken and I have done quite a few of these antique door headboards in the past.  This chump had her own door and her own handyman husband who put the door together but had me paint it.

I also painted her pine dresser a creamy white with distressing.
Here it is before with the dated mirror:

Here it is after-looking all classy and sassy:

And some more pics just for fun:

She had this old ladder in her basement.  Strung a little rope...added some clothespins and black/white pics and instant wall art with cottage charm.

A close up of the repurposed door headboard:
Sheets are from Target.  Decorative pillow shams and burlap trimmed toss pillows are from Pottery Barn.  Small ruffle pillow was Pier One I think.
We even repurposed the doorknobs that came with the door and I had Ken make a door sign/plaque for her niece who was getting married and who had given her the old antique door to begin with. Sorry, forgot to get a pic. of that.

I've also been wanting to show you this picture I took at a crazy and crafty chump's condo I went to in Grandville a while ago.  She had so many fun accessories and great pieces of furniture, I told her that she was forbidden to have a garage sale without calling me for first dibs. I snapped this pic because so many of you chumps have asked me in the past how to jazz up a bathroom mirror that was installed as a builder's special with no trim or character.
Well, here's what you do:

This creative and crafty chump framed her flat mirror with trim from Lowe's (or Menard's or somewhere like that).  She did this herself!  Her next step is to paint the lower cabinets with Annie Sloan's chalk paint in "Graphite" and add some cool hardware. I loved how she had her little topiary vignette in the corner so I had to get a close up of that too.

"A-dorbs"!!  (as my 14 year old would say). (Slang for "adorable" in case you're not familiar with 'teen-speak'.)
And if that wasn't adorbs enough...
check this out:

Another little saying that we may over-use a bit in the Boeve household is this one:
"Like it. LOvE it. Want more of it"!

Yes please to the topiary with the wall word under it!

Til next time Chumps. 

Always be willing to change and grow.


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