April 22, 2012

• PROJECTS • Reused Armoire Doors

While redoing the 4th bedroom, my son decided he no longer wanted the upper doors on his entertainment armoire. Instead of throwing them away, I took them to the garage. I decided I was going to give them a new life but I wasn't quite sure what that new life would be.

Fast forward to two weeks ago...........While I was working on my burlap tables; I decided to make some changes in the family room. The first thing I did was paint this mirror from black to white:


I added a little brown glaze to the rope detail then sealed it. Once finished I hung it over the couch. While trying to decide what to put on either side of the mirror, an idea popped into my head..........the doors!


 These doors have a wonderful arch at the top. I removed the hardware, lightly sanded, painted them white, then distressed them.


Once finished, however, I didn't like the way it looked. It was missing something. So, I spent the next several days deciding what I wanted to do. At first, I was going to use a french graphic from The Graphics Fairy. After a lot of debating, I decided not to go that route. Finally I decided to use a stencil, this way I wasn't locked into something specific. DH and I took a trip to Hobby Lobby, where I found the stencil I wanted to use.

The next day, I grabbed my black paint and went to work.


But the stencil was too dark. Well, I grabbed my sand paper and distressed the stencil and the area around it. I liked this look better.


I did the same thing to the other door. Once sealed, dried, and the knobs were back on, I hung the doors on either side of the mirror. Here is the finished look.

I love the way it looks, Don't you?


April 18, 2012

• NORTH CAROLINA • Biltmore Estate - The Lady on the Hill

  Along with working on several projects this week, I have also been going through all the downloaded photos. You know trying to get rid of duplicates, blurry or just down right scary horrible ones!

Anyways, back a few weeks ago while digging around in one of my junk drawers I came across a memory stick. I had no idea what was one it. That is the bad thing about memory sticks, they are rather small, easy to misplace and rather hard to label.  Well, guess what photos I found? Now first let me say, my other lap top went PPFFFFFFT back over a year ago. I was so upset because I thought I had lost these and many other photos. BUT I found them, I never erased the memory stick they were on!!! YIIIPPPEEE!!



EXCUSE ME WHILE I VEER OFF COURSE FOR A MOMENT!

I am not sure whether many of you know this, but I have an obsession passion for the Biltmore House. It all started back when I first laid eyes on her at the age of 11. That Grand Lady just took my breath away and I was hooked. For 16 years my parents lived a short 45 minute drive from her. Every time we were stationed close enough to visit my parents I would try to get my fix. The funny thing is DH had never experienced her grandeur and beauty close-up, that is until 2005. I decided that when he came home from Iraq that it was time for him to go.

Once he was home my mother and I set a date for our mini vacay to happen. We would stay at my parents house. They would stay with our then teenagers, make sure they didn't kill each other and take care of our grandson. Let me just say the day we left I was so excited I was about to jump out of my skin!! Yeah, I know I am weird! HA! We get there and settled in, then I tell him that the next day I am going to introduce him to 'The Lady on the Hill'.

The day is here. When we arrive at the ticket office I hand DH the camera, I wanted to see her through his eyes. Well, lets just say when she was in view his breath was actually taken away!

(no picture taking is allowed inside)

This is what he took and I thought I had lost. (WARNING PHOTO HEAVY BUT NOT ALL PHOTOS ARE POSTED)


The Gate House
The views are spectacular in all directions. It was overcast when we went but when the sky is clear
and the sun is out, you swear you can see forever!








The detail on her renders you speechless.







Look at that Wisteria, just starting to bloom.

I LOVE gargoyles!

They have the most beautiful gardens.





These are just a few of the photos. Notice mainly what he focused on was all the detail? She is simply breathtaking. If you ever get the chance stop by and see her. Hope you enjoyed this short walk down memory lane.

     
   
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April 17, 2012

• PROJECTS • Wonderful~N~White




Back about 15 or so years ago DH and my father made me a wonderful cabinet to display my mothers china. It has gone through several transition, the last one could be seen in my dining room.....molding added around the top, doors removed and painted black.

At one point, I was considering putting the doors back on; then I decided that the only way I would put the doors on was to change there appearance. I debated, asked for input and finally figured out what I wanted. However, I never moved forward with the doors. So, it sat in the dining room, as is....until















the man cave was finished and several pieces of furniture needed new homes. All the dishes were moved to the newly painted buffet and my cabinet found its way into the family room.


With the new home chosen and the fact that is was going to be used for books; the idea of putting the doors back on was nixed. It sat empty like this for several weeks.

Finally, I pulled out my white paint and went to work.


With the painting finished; I started loading my books (the books on the bottom shelf hold majority of our dvds), nick knacks, and mementos in. Now one thing I have always done with my hardback books is remove the jackets, it made them less busy. Although I like this look better it just wasn't the look I was going for. So, I some things, piled them in the corner and walked away until I could figure it out what I wanted.

While reading blogs one day I came across a look that I fell in love with. Where did I find it? At Courtney's blog French Country Cottage (click here to see her full post).


Although the cupboard is lovely..............It was the book display that struck a cord with me. My first reaction was OOOOHHHH! How lovely! My second reaction was....."Now why in the H-E-DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS did I not think of that!" Once I was finished ranting at how dingy I could be I set to work.


The only books I didn't turn around are the red ones in the top left shelf. The bucket in the middle holds some of my paperback books. The box (bottom right) holds diapers and wipes for when Jacs comes to visit. Once finished, I sat back, admired it, and took several pictures. (that's when the Rainy Day Reading post/club popped into my head). I am just tickled pink with the way it turned out.

Thank you Courtney for the great idea.

Thanks for visiting,








April 9, 2012

• PROJECTS • Projects I've Been Working On...

Over the past few months I have been working on several projects off and on. One of them was this buffet. PLEASE ignore the stuff on it.






















Now this solid poplar wood buffet was bought second hand over 50 years ago by my parents. When my mother purchased a new dining room set; the buffet w/china hutch was moved into their garage for storage. That is where it remained until a few year after DH and I married. I asked my father if I could have it, minus the china hutch, and here it is.


When I first got it the middle section had 3 rather good size drawers and was stained maple. DH made an open hutch to sit on top. I lived with it for several years, then one day I decided it was time for a different look. So, the hutch was removed, the 3 drawers were removed and reconfigured to what it is now and molding was added. I then painted it white, lived with it for about a year, then painted it black. Since its adoption into our family it has been used for everything from a dresser, a make shift kitchen island and an entertainment center; not to mention being moved all over the country.

Now excuse me for a minute while I veer off course. If you notice above I mentioned that I had painted it white. YES, I used to have white shabby chic/country decor. I loved it.............until my kids started becoming more mobile. I spent most of my time washing dirty hand prints off; after about two months I gave up and that is when I started painting things black. They remained black until recently when I remembered how much I liked having a few white pieces of furniture. Which brings us to the present.

Once we moved it back down stairs, I decided to put it back in the dining room, paint it white and distress it.



Here is a peek at the vignette within the center opening: Both the teapots came from Taiwan, the little votive basket is from Kirklands and inside are a few pieces of the teak and brass eating utensils.

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This little pedestal table was stained walnut, then the top was painted black and was used as a night stand in my grandsons room. When I redid his room I decided to paint it white, paint a harlequin design on the top and distress it. It is now in the corner in the dining room.
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On one of our bi-weekly visits to the Exchange furniture store, I spotted this table. It was marked down from $400 to $227, because there was some damage. I fell in love with it; but we weren't in there for a table. Well, for the next 24 hours all I could talk about was that table. So when DH went to pick up the other recliner (the one purchased the day before) for the man cave, he bought the table for me and since we they know us DH got them to mark it down another 50%. Imagine my surprise when he told me.

I sanded it, stained the top Kona, painted the base white and distressed it just a tad.





DINING TABLE - OUR HOME IN THE MAPLES


In case you're wondering.................yes I did paint it right there in the dining room.

There you have it.

Wonderful day,





April 3, 2012

• Reading Nook • What I've Read, 3

The final book for this post is a wonderful children's book. I have read this book to my children and have/will be reading it to my grandbabies.


"FERDINAND THE BULL" BY:Munro Leaf
"A true classic about a young bull who loves to sit quietly and smell flowers all day long."
*Books-A-Million Price less than $15.00
*Amazon Price less than $20.00
*Barnes and Noble Price less than $5.00


April 2, 2012

• Reading Nook • What I've Read, 2

This is one of my all time favorite books. I usually read it once a year.


 "THE GREAT GATSBY"  BY: F.SCOTT FITZGERALD 
"The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Timesnoted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s."
*Abe Books Prices seem to be running less than $5.00
*Amazon Prices less than $20.00. It seems the only one they have for the Kindle is the study guide.
*Barnes and Nobles Price for book and Kindle is less than $20.00
*Books-A-Million and ebook Prices less than $20.00

April 1, 2012

• Reading Nook • What I've Read, 1

Good Morning and welcome to the reading nook!

First I am going to give you a little background on why I chose two of the books on the list. As many of you may or may not know, I have been in college for the past 5 years. One of the classes that I have taken was 'History of the Holocaust'. It was a very interesting and heart wrenching class. I already knew a lot about the Holocaust but this class actually went into more detail about the people involved, the horrifying conditions and the survivors. Now some may have read these books, I know Oprah's book club read one, but for those that haven't, I will forewarn you now, they may disturbing.  I am not a person that cries, but I did find my self  putting the books down and walking away.

These two books were written by Holocaust survivors. The fascinating part about these books is how each survived but in different ways. I really hope you find these books interesting.



1. "NIGHT"  BY: Elie Wiesel (a new translation by Marion Wiesel) 
"Night -- A terrifying account  of the Nazi death camp horror that turns a young  Jewish boy into an agonized witness to the death of  his family...the death of his innocence...and the  death of his God. Penetrating and powerful, as  personal as The Diary Of Anne  FrankNightawakens the shocking  memory of evil at its absolute and carries with it  the unforgettable message that this horror must  never be allowed to happen again."
 * Many claim this copy with his wife's translation is better, so this is the one that
      I will list the prices for.

*Abe Books (used books)  This is where I purchase majority of my books; especially since they closed Books-A-Million. I have already put the search information in. The link will take you to that page. All you have to do is figure out what condition you would like the book to be in. Prices are running less than $5.00
*Amazon/Kindle These copies (including audio) are running less than $20.00, Kindle is $9.99
*Barnes and Noble/Nook These copies (including audio) are also running less thank $20.00, NOOK is $9.99
*Books-A-Million Price less than $20.00

2. "SURVIVAL IN AUSCHWITZ" BY: Primo Levi
"In 1943, Primo Levi, a twenty-five-year-old chemist and "Italian citizen of Jewish race," was arrested by Italian fascists and deported from his native Turin to Auschwitz. Survival in Auschwitz is Levi's classic account of his ten months in the German death camp, a harrowing story of systematic cruelty and miraculous endurance. Remarkable for its simplicity, restraint, compassion, and even wit, Survival in Auschwitz remains a lasting testament to the indestructibility of the human spirit. Included in this new edition is an illuminating conversation between Philip Roth and Primo Levi never before published in book form."
*Barnes and Nobles/NOOK Price less than $10.00. Unfortunately the only copy I could find for NOOK is the one with the Study guide so I am not listing the price for that.
*Amazon/Kindle Price less than $10.00. The study guide and a spanish version are the only ones available for Kindle.
*Abe Books Price less than $10.00
*Books-A-Million/ NO ebook Price less than $10.00


Happy Reading!!