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Monday, May 24, 2010

Funky Harlequin Side Table

I came across this little side table the other day at the Habitat Re-Store.  It’s nothing like anything I’ve ever seen before, and for $7, I really couldn’t pass it up.  You can see why it caught my eye:


So fun!

I hit ‘er with some Semi-gloss White Rustoleum spray paint, and did those fabulous pulls with some ORB.  Then it sat, needing something.  But what? 

Then I saw this post yesterday from Jenifer of The Magic Brush.  She added some pizzaz to a jewelry chest with a great harlequin stencil on the top.  Hellooooooo inspiration!

But I didn’t have a harlequin stencil at 6pm last night when I decided to do this project!  (As my kids and/or Spongebob would say) BARNACLES!!  I turned to the internet where I found some great tips on creating a harlequin pattern.  I graphed out my harlequin design (see the how-to below) and hand-painted it with a flat brush and some acrylic craft paint.  With some post-painting distressing, here’s how she turned out!





So here’s some tips if you’re interested in creating a harlequin pattern like I did.  First, I drew lines from top to bottom and side to side to find the middle point.  I found out online that a the diamonds in a harlequin pattern should have a 1:2 ratio of width to height.  For my table top, I decided I would make the width 2 inches and the height 4 inches.  Once I had the middle point, I began to graph out the table top in 2 inch by 4 inch rectangles, like so:


I then found the mid-points of each side of the rectangles, like so:


Then, connect all the mid points to make your diamonds, like so:


I marked the diamonds I wanted to paint, so I would screw it up after all of that.  :)  Then it’s just a matter of doing the painting. 


It was a little tedious, but worth the effort, in my opinion.  Here’s another look at the fabulous finished product:


Lots more to come in the near future!!

Linking to:

A Soft Place to Land, Domestically Speaking, Bobbypins Boardwalk, Miss Mustard Seed, Funky Junk Interiors, Tatertots and Jello


I’m linking this project up to the Paint Challenge at The CSI Project!

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Red Hand-painted Dining Set

I’m back!  You miss me?  And do I have a great project to share today!

But first, some very exciting news!  I’m guest posting on one of my favorite blogs today!  Beckie at Infarrantly Creative has graciously invited us on over to her place to share what we do with her readers!  If you haven’t seen Beckie’s blog, you really must.  I love it.

So onto the latest project…

I recently acquired a solid oak, round pedestal table and a set of four wrought iron chairs from two separate Roadkill Rescues.  The table was rescued from the free section of Craigslist and the chairs were in front of someone’s house on a neighborhood yard-sale day with a free sign on them, so I pounced.  :)  They were, of course, destined to be a set.


I always feel so uninhibited when the material I’m working with didn’t cost me anything!  It’s such a breath of fresh air!  So, I really wanted to do something fun and something that I loved with this set.  I took a chance, held my breath, and thought RED!!  (Well, it is my favorite color.)

I was really inspired by Miss Mustard Seed’s (another bloggy favorite) lovely guest room.

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I love the touches of red, with the white and naturals intermixed, but I especially loved the clever way she used the jute upholstery webbing to trim out the curtains and tie up the faux roman shade (genius!!):

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And Martha used it too for this rug.  (If it’s good enough for Martha and Miss Mustard Seed, it’s most certainly good enough for me!)


Since the caning on the backs of the chairs was pretty trashed from being in the weather, I removed it all and replace it with woven jute upholstery webbing.  So here’s my finished dining set a la Miss Mustard Seed (complete with hand-painted details):





Isn’t our willow tree purdy?!?  We’re in our small window of green in Arizona before the scorching temps turn everything brown and crispy.  I’m soaking it up while I can.  :)

Hope everyone has a fantastic day!

Linking to:

Funk Junk Interiors, Finding Fabulous, Reinvented, Miss Mustard Seed


This project is also participating in the Paint Challenge AND the Martha Stewart Inspiration Challenge over at the CSI project!

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drawers-turned-shadow boxes

I'd been looking for some storage for my 6-year-old boy's room, and figured these drawers would do the trick for $0. They were the leftover drawers from the hutch's corny lower half. I am in the process of brainstorming a Star Wars room for him, and thought these would make cool starship window boxes for his walls. Windows into outer space.

The wall is blank next to his large dresser, and I wanted to put some shelves there. Enter corny drawers. And I think they get the job done. Whoopeee! Warning: Put 5 or 10 studded screws with those plastic sleeves to secure them. Remember... it IS for a 6-yr-old boy.

When you fleck the paint (just in case any of you are wanting to do the star trick), make sure you have a large amount of paint on a stiff, small brush. The size of a thumb. Don't flick the brush with your wrist. If you do this, you'll get the 80's splatters. Rub the thumb over the brush to flick the bristles just enough to get tiny dots. The great thing about paint, is you can always have courage. Because you can always paint right over it and try again.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Before, and Boa'd After

She's wearing a boa, now! HA! When I came in to the boutique to take the pictures this morning, they were setting up to open on Friday. Purses were scattered across the floor. Jewelry was piled on our furniture. It was ratha chaotic. I couldn't just sweep off the partially-arranged jewelry to take my photos. I suppose that'd be kinda rude. I really shoulda moved that pink basket thingy at the top, but oh well.

Beginning out, it was a very common style. In fact, I had this style in my bedroom as a 10-year-old girl. As I said, it was an unimpressive quality--pressed wood with wobbly drawers. We pulled the lower drawers out to make painted shadow boxes for a wall, and slid a board in to make a shelf for the dresser. Unfortunately we forgot to snap a before of the top part.

The color and overall feeling is better expressed in this picture above, I thought.

And there's the pink basket.

So, good luck to the boutique. They've done a cute job. And it's nice exposure for us, too.


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Hello Hutch Puzzle

Finally, it's done, after what's seemed like a month of attempts to paint, move, fix, schedule, sand, paint, touch up, saw, UH!  Alternate this with trying to teach an unnamed little man that potty pots are not cowboy hats, further confusing him by sporadically using the hat to catch vomit... 

So, on to the pretty pictures.

From the moment of Twice Lovely's invention, I've dreamt of painting and designing a breath-taking hutch.  I am only going to show you some bits and pieces of what I've finished. I haven't taken the fully finished picture yet. So I'll do that tomorrow afternoon, while it's sitting prim and proper in the boutique. And I also have a before picture, which I need to dig up somewhere...

I couldn't wait to show you some glimpses tonight, because it's been forever.

I used to have this common design as a bedroom set when I was a little girl. The solid and beautiful top part of the hutch was built for the joke-of-a-lower-half. Just weird. It was a pressed wood headache. But these chippy spindly-things kept me going.

I found a quart of the dreamy aqua color in the cast-off section of the Home D, yo. Ann Marie tried to steal it from me, secretly. But I secretly stole it back. HA-HA! Or perhaps she was just trying to organize me or something. We can never really know for sure.

I'm upset at the lack of detail here. Hopefully the pictures will turn out better tomorrow. But I also loved these three little drawers.

My little man found the brushes sitting in the sink and began to paint the carpet. What what? Everyone KNOWS you can't paint carpet. I'm not that much of a creative idiot to attempt painting the carpet. I really wish I could, though, sometimes.

This was the corny lower-half. The lower drawers were so bad, that it was AM's superb idea to remove them and create a shelf there. I painted the shelf and also the back part (not shown), to unify the entire piece and make it look purposeful.

So, "hopefully" more, tomorrow.
Love, Cara

Thursday, May 13, 2010

An explanantion. Then my hutch tomorrow. Hopefully.

Did I frighten you with my mix of rattan and french distressed country? It was not a parody, I swear. I was feeling the guilt of not having posted for a week. We have these big plans, but between sick kids and doctors appointments, it's a bit difficult to keep it coming--and yes, even between the two of us. Anne Marie is working on a great table and chairs set that's going to knock the bootays off. And I have a french hutch that had to be postponed due to a household of the flu.

So I flashed you my ecclectic intellectual front room. I don't know what intellectual means. But I had books in the background; words important enough to be bound and printed. Perhaps it's a Berkeley style intellectual, but intellectual, none the less. So, ecclectic is OK with me. But it's a look that's difficult to achieve, eh? (AND I wanted to show you my newly covered chairs, OKAY??)

I've accepted the fact that I will never have this:

Peter Pennoyer design , source: Cococozy

A successful example of ecclectic:

mm. La la Like.
More please.

This is taken from COCOCOZY's blog, debuting Jayson Home & Garden. In an interview with
Caroline Scheeler, VP Creative Director of Jayson Home & Garden, Ms. Scheeler explains: 
"Collecting and decorating happily and successfully has so much to do with context" What does this mean?

Here's my context:

So do you see what I mean?
(The greatest feeling in the world is watching a one-year-old bouce to hip hop. She's doing it right now. HA!)

So where was I? I just discovered blogger has spellcheck, but when you spell couch "coach" and stuff like that, it doesn't do the trick. And I discovered Ginny Pig is spelt a different way. Oh GREAT!
Enough of this. Let's get to work and roll up some sleeves for the good stuff. See ya very soon. 

Thursday, May 6, 2010

French Coffee: I mean, cafe au lait

Sometimes, I have to settle for practical. I wouldn't say I'm selling out, exactly. But it is difficult to find that balance between funky fun and matchy matchy. But this time, everything came together  to give me the chance to do what I absolutely love, so I let loose.

Let me give you an example of what I was working off of:

I found this shabby little table, that I thought could've most definitely been once lovely. Ann Marie passed her up, but I'm a little more white trash than her. I just fell in love with the little tiny wheels at the base of the legs. So if this table were to work in the room above, what would it look like?

ALLRIGHT! so I painted the leather, yes.


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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A Funky Lamp Transformation and Tutorial

During my same Goodwill Dollar Day excursion last week, I picked up this fantastic lamp, marked $18.99 for one little eensy weensy dollar.  (Squeal!!)  The harp with a great brass finial to match the brasswork on the lamp was also a dollar, and the shade also a dollar.  Get out your calculators!  With the fabric, paint, and ribbon already on hand, that brings the total for this project to a whopping $3.  Shut up!!  I know!!!

Here’s her beginnings (I almost forgot to take the before pic!  You’ll notice I had already started pulling off the bottom trim):


Check out that to-die-for brasswork on the base!!  LOVE!

I gave the glass on the base a coat of semi-gloss white, but what makes this project so unique is the shade.  (Now, I may or may not have designed the shade to tempt a certain cousin of mine who now owns the Springy Chair and Endtable.  It may just be that I have a ton of this fabric still and thinks it’s fabulous.  The world may never know…)

Here’s the beaut now:






Another up-close look at that brasswork… GORGE!!!  (tm Thrifty Decor Chick)

In case any of you are wondering how I did that shade, here a mini tutorial:

First take all the fabric and trim off the shade, leaving just the metal skeleton.

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Then I spray painted the metal frame white.  I cut rectangles of fabric the same size as the sections of the frame of the shade.  Then sewed 1/2 inch hem along each edge, so the finished panels float in the middle of each section of shade.  With an exacto knife, I cut small little slits at each of the four corners of each rectangle to feed the ribbon through.  For each section of the shade, I began by tying the ribbon on to the top of the frame, then I threaded the ribbon through the small slit at the corner, wrapped the ribbon around the top of the frame a few times before threading the ribbon back through the hole at the opposite corner and tying the ribbon again to the top of the frame.


Repeat this process for the bottom of the section, and you end up with your finished section of shade looking like so:


Make sure you singe the cut ends of your ribbon with a lighter so they don’t unravel.  Repeat this process for each section of the shade, and you finish up looking like this (tah dah!!):


Hope you enjoyed my first attempt at a tutorial.  It’s really hard to remember to take pictures along the way!!  Hats off to those of you who do them all the time!  :)


This project is competing in the Fabric Challenge at The CSI Project!

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Linking to:

The Shabby Nest, Remodelaholic, Funk Junk Interiors