Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Trying Something New

As I was browsing the paint and stain aisles at my local Restore shop a while back, I came across a couple cans of stain that I have been wanting to try.
Most stains come in brown tones so when I discovered colored stains for the first time I was excited to try one.
And when I came across this gray colored stain called Sunbleached at Restore I remembered how I always wanted to try it so in the cart it went.
They also had raw wood letters so I picked up a letter "S" that I would use the stain on.
I love monogrammed stuff so I thought I could use this to sit on the mantel or attached it to a wreath, either way I was curious about how the color of this stain was going to look.

After shaking up the can really well, I used a foam brush to apply the stain.

Since the letter "S" was so small it didn't take much to get it fully covered.

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I liked that the wood grain was still showing through and of course that gray color is so pretty!

It looks great with my coastal décor.

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I displayed my newly stained letter "S" in my Spring mantel and have more ideas for it this Fall.

So if you want some color but like to see the wood grain the colored stain is for you!

For tips and inspiration, here are a few more of my stain projects:
Free Wine Crate Makeover:
 Craigslist Dining Table Makeover:
Using Spray Stain for Vertical Spaces:
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Have a great weekend!
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

August Thrifty Finds-Versatile Pieces

It has been a while since I posted a thrifty finds post.
I have had such a busy Summer that I only had time to squeeze in a few quick visits to my favorite thrifty places.
The few times I actually went I found some very unique items.
You may remember this coat rack/wall hook from my
I didn't find it August but I did score both of these at the thrift store so thought I would share them with you.  
The wall hooks and hanging candle jar both came from the thrift store...two different ones but they work together with my farmhouse sign in my kitchen.
 My next farmhouse find was this old white metal stool base that I found at my local Restore shop.
I love finding pieces like this because there are so many things you can do with it.
I have a few ideas but haven't really made my mind up yet, but she will be put to good use soon.

Then came this lamp. I have been on the look out for a new lap for my bedroom or front room.....both need a new one, so when I found this one I knew I had to have it.
Again, this lamp is a piece that can be SO versatile!
The inside of the glass cylinder can be changed out to fit your décor and would look great being changed out seasonally.
And for those of you wondering......the lamp shade HAD to go. I left it at the thrift store and didn't even want to mess with fitting it in my car only to be thrown away so I told the lady they could take it off and try to resell it.
I am working on giving this girl a makeover for Fall so you will see more of her fairly soon!

...and who doesn't love an old crate?!
I love when I find them at thrift stores too but you gotta watch the prices.
The thrift stores aren't stupid. They know what the popular items are and they tend to jack up the prices on things like this but the price was right on this one so in the cart it went!

I also found this glass jar in the same aisle as the crate.
It has a nice woven wrap that I liked so I picked it up too.

For those of you who shop at World Market or Cost Plus you may recognize this piece. LOL
I hunted around for a matching piece but couldn't find one so there must have only been one on hand.

I also snagged this awesome baskets!
They were in great shape and clean.

And the color and weave coordinate nicely with my décor too.  

I also picked up this red pillow that will add a splash of warm Fall color to my living room.

It is a linen pillow case from West Elm.

Sometimes you get lucky and find unique items like this adorable bird pillow.

It looks hand made or something possibly from Hobby Lobby and at only $2.50, I decided to bring it home too!

I love the mixture of fabrics like burlap, tulle, and satin ribbon.

These fabrics put together sure give it a handmade look.

I also found this lipstick/lip gloss holder for $0.99 cents.
Organizers can be so expensive so when I discovered this one for less than a buck I grabbed it.

I also found a cute pink Guess crossbody purse and
Vera Bradley bag.


Both were very clean and in great shape.

And then for my grand finale, I FINALLY found a silver ice bucket for a great price off of one of the Facebook swap n shop pages I subscribe to.

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I cannot wait to clean this up and use it for my Fall and Holiday decorating!!!!

So that's a wrap for August!
I can't believe its September already.
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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Sneak Peek of Project #2

If you have been following me for any length of time you probably figured out that I try to tackle two to three large outdoor project each Summer.

Last year I had the trees trimmed and a sewer line replaced.

You can read about those HERE and HERE.
This Summer I was gung ho on two major projects but all the rain we had this Spring delayed them and pushed them back into the Summer. I wanted to get them done before my vacations but the rain kept that from happening, so here were are with one project down and the second underway.
I recently revealed completed project #1  new front landscaping, and now I am giving you a sneak peek into project #2.
There are two parts to project #2 and the first part is done.....and now I'm waiting on the second part to get completed before the big reveal, but I will give you a big hint.
It involves this:

Nice huh?

Blogging doesn't always involve the nice pretty pictures.

To get to the nice and pretty we often times have to address the nasty and ugly. You feel me?  

So there is sneak peek to project #2. I'm sure most of you have probably figured out what I'm doing but there is a surprise in store at the end of this project that I can't wait to reveal!

Even Miss Layla is on pins and needles waiting for this project to be completed.

All of the changes around here are keeping her from her beauty sleep! :)

Have a wonderful week!