Thursday, June 28, 2012

Buffet Redo Complete

Last Saturday my vintage-junk-pickin' buddy Julie joined me in dabbling with
Annie Sloan chalk paints

Julie is a long time furniture restorer and does awesome redos.  Neither of us had tried Annie Sloan paints till now.  Like so many, we were skeptical of the Annie Sloan claim that no prep work is necessary with her chalk paints... no sanding... no stripping...
get real Annie!  

Well, her claim to fame chalk paint did not fail us.  I washed the originally-varnished wood with mild soapy water, rinsed and let it dry.  We did not strip or sand any of the original finish.  We simply painted it on and were amazed how quickly it dried.

Later after Julie left I applied the 2nd coat of paint.  I let the 2nd coat of paint cure overnight.  The next morning I used a little bit of 180 sandpaper for distressing and then hand-rubbed a layered of clear wax.  My sweet hubby helped with the wax - that hand rubbing gets tiresome.

Originally I wanted to retain the original wood top, but ended up painting it due to a damaged corner.  The corner was repaired & painted - you can't tell it was ever damaged. 

Buffet before photos showing veneer repairs

Julie & me

Painted & drying

My finished buffet redo!

I gave myself a pat on the back as I think my first big piece of furniture redo turn out beautifully!

Thanks to Julie & Larry for their help and inspiration!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

No Rhyme or Reason

Where does time go?

So many projects in the making - they seem to be creeping right past me.
Do you have days, weeks like that?

June 12th marked my One Year Blogaversary.  It came & went way too quickly.  I will be offering a "Happy Blogaversary Give Away", but not today.  Please check back as I HOPE to share it soon!

This upcoming Saturday I will begin redoing my buffet. 
Stay tune for that reveal!

Till then I thought I'd share some of my favorite shabby, chippy home decor images from around our home 

This photo is a corner of my studio nook.   

Till next time ~ Hugs, Tami

Sunday, June 17, 2012

2012 ~ Happy Father's Day

Three important Fathers in my life....

1.  My dear Father & me
Our last time being together as he passed away a few months later.

My Father loved us girls (4 sisters) and taught us unconditional love and acceptance.
I miss him dearly! 

2.  My wonderful husband and wonderful Father to our two sons

Our sons are now grown young men, living on their own.  I hope the love, honesty, integrity and Christian love their Father gave them will grow stronger each day in
their own hearts and lives.

3.  I am blessed to also have another wonderful Father in my life, my Father-in-law.  He too is a wonderful man. 

I am blessed, my sons are blessed, our families are so blessed to have these three amazing men in our lives.

"One of our greatest gifts from God we called daddy"

Happy Father's Day to our Fathers!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Found Treasures

If you have visited my blog before you know we recently repainted
5 rooms/hallways in our home.

I adore lighter shades: creamy whites, shabby whites, vintage whites... they have always been splattered amongst the other colors in our home.  

When we recently repainted these rooms/hallways, we use white on the trim work and either soft white or vintage lace white on the walls.  Our recent redo allowed us to swap décor
with other items in soft neutral tones.   

I had a lovely gold antique mirror that never sold in my vintage shops.  I could not bare to part with it at our local thrift store, so I decided to give a fresh coat of paint.  

Here is the mirror in its original gold paint being prepared for painting


Gold or white, what is your preference?

Our town every Spring offers large item pickup.  Over the years I have picked some awesome freebies from the trash of others -
you know what is one man's trash is another man's treasure!

Since I closed my vintage resale shops, I only bring home items for us, SO here is the piece of furniture that came home with me...

Isn't this a wonderful Thomasville dresser? 

It was in great condition other than a few shabby chic nicks, which I LOVE.  I did replace the (replaced) brass knobs to these fun porcelain crown knobs I found at Michael's on clearance for 39 cents each... that's right 39 cents each... Woot, woot! 

Here is a comparison of the knobs
Which knob would you have selected? 

May you find treasures today - perhaps free on the curb, at a tag sale, but mostly may your heart be blessed with treasures
from those you love ~ Tami


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Remembering Birthdays After Your Parents Are Gone

Today would have been my Dad's 86th birthday.  
He passed away March 7, 2011. 

It was in my late teens when I began calling my dad, Papa - don't recall why it just fit between us.

My Papa's birthday was June 10th and mine June 11th - we shared many wonderful family birthdays over the years.   

This photo was the last birthday I saw my Papa.

My Mom passed away in 2006.
I greet their birthdays now with fond memories,
heartfelt love and tears as I miss them dearly.

*Happy Birthday Papa*

My love & thankfulness to both my parents for their
unconditional love!

Friday, June 8, 2012

A Time of Prayer

I believe in the power of prayer.

For many reasons, many of my family & friends have need of prayer. 
Please join with me today in thought & prayers for those around us that are in need.  

My heartfelt thanks to you for your consideration of prayers, Tami


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Leftovers... My Tiered Tablescape

Good Morning, 
I want to share a new blog I found this morning    

We recently finished five rooms/hallway redos due to home foundation problems.  

After the repairs, we rearranged our furniture layouts & other furnishings.  I had a handful of furnishings I wasn't sure where to display, so I tiered our dining room table

Here's my tablescape for today's    

 Wishing you a day full of joy, Tami

Friday, June 1, 2012

Folded Page Art

This post is long overdue!

My dear friend Linda created this amazing folded page artwork for me several months ago.

She gave it to me about the time we were packing up our house for our home repairs/redo.

We are finally unpacked, this amazing art has been quietly waiting its turn to be unveiled

 Linda has also hand-tinted the images.  Isn't this just yummy?

Linda, thank you my dear Apple Tree Friend!