February 28, 2011

Knocked My Socks Off . . .

How perfect is this room?

(click photo for link)

It has all my favorites.
vintage linen,
creamy and muddy shades of white,
hydrangea's and greenery,
chippy mirror and accessories,
and a touch of black

Oh, but wait - - look at this room too!

More creamy whites,
delightful vintage assessories,
stacked mirrors,
a fabulous bench,
 black wire baskets,
plus a personal favorite - Oversized Text!

How about you,
did you spy any favorites?

until tomorrow,

February 25, 2011

Let The Bathroom Makeover Begin!

Today's the day and my excitement is high.

The main bathroom is getting a face lift - - do the happy dance with me!

It's looks like this for the past couple of years.

Supplies have been gathered and the prep work has begun.

This light fixture . . .

Will be replaced with this one . . .

The bright yellow wall color will be replaced with a creamy white color.
And these hooks will be added to hold towels.

I'll have to paint the ceiling in order to fix this problem left by the previous owner.  Something I was too lazy to deal with the last time I paint this room but has been driving me CRAZY lately.

All morning I've been working on removing chalk from around the tub and sink that also has blue paint on it - - NOT a fun job at all!

I've also removed the baseboards in preperation for new flooring.  Apparently I'm not qualified for this since I cracked about half of it.  Looks like I'll be looking for some new stuff to replace it. 

Next I'll be patching nail holes and replacing things like this . . .

Yep - - more blue paint.  I'm seriously begginging to wonder if the previous owners let their kids paint the walls.  It's everywhere, even on the shower surround.  Does anyone know how to remove paint from that?  Some of it scraps off easily but most of it seems unmovable.  If anyone has any suggestions I sure would love to hear about it.

It's lunchtime now, so I guess a break is in order.  I always forget how long the prep work takes - - so frustrating when all I want to do is break out the paintbrushes.  Hopefully, by the end of the day I'll have a newly painted ceiling and walls.

Oh, by the way this photo is my inspriation.

You may remember I shared it a while back.  I'm loving the touches of pale blue, the white walls and the vintage accesories.  I'm hoping I'll be able to add my own spin on it for my bathroom.

Wish me luck!


February 23, 2011

Fun Finds

Good Morning Ladies.

I have some fun items to share with you today.  Yesterday, Ms. Z and I had a lazy day running around town getting a few errands accomplished.  Much to my delight, we had a little time to stop in at the thrift shop.  It had been a long time since the last visit and I was beginning to feel withdrawal symptoms.  We popped in for a quick glance and man 'o man did I hit the jackpot.

Two new creamers and a table runner quickly jumped into my cart.

A pretty silver piece and some gorgeous crocheted trim quickly joined in on the fun.

And since a girl can never have too much silver, I picked up this footed bowl too.

The best part - - not just one - - but two soup tureens were found.
This has been an item on my wish list for ages.  Imagine my delight to find two for under $12!

And last but not least, this sweet little clock called out to be included.
She'll be a great addition to my collection of clocks.
For now I think I'll use her atop some books on my bedside table to give me a little something to smile about.

Have you found any fun finds lately?


February 22, 2011

Living Room Tweaking

For months,
almost a year really,
this poor neglected wall in my living room has been screaming out for some attention!

Sad, looking isn't it...

The problem hasn't been that I was without idea's.  Oh, no - - idea's I've had, yet for some reason or another they have all been rejected.  I think perhaps I had been waiting on some furniture inspiration.

  Notice the lack of a coffee table and the lone chair on that great big wall.  
When the kids were small and crawling around, removing the coffee table seemed like such a great idea.  It gave the room so much more space for toys and playing.
And as much as I love the red ticking stripe wing chair, it somehow seems out of place.  I've been hoping to add more seating to the room, but I can't seem to figure out what, or how.

All this rambling on and on does have a point and I'm very excited to share the results of this weekends projects.  

I tackled that blank wall - Aren't you proud of me?

It now looks like this. 

I simply framed up a few of my favorite photos.  Added a small table and placed my favorite over sized lantern on it.

The mirror in the middle has been a project on my mind for a while.

It started out as this . . .

A simple bundle of lath strips from the home improvement store.

And a sheet of particle board and old mirror.

I centered the mirror on the particle board and glued it down with a combo of construction glue for a long term hold and hot glue from my glue gun for a quick hold so I could keep moving.

Next I laid out the lath and cut it to size.  Then removed one at a time and glued it down in the same manner as the mirror.

Next I gave it two coat of cottage white paint and dry brushed on a little black to highlight the texture of the wood.

I'm enjoying all the cracks between the lath. I was hoping for a few more but this will do.

I'm actually thinking of cutting it into a circle shape to help break up all the squares going on.
What do you think?   Is it worth a shot, or should I leave it the way it is?

All in all I'm liking the change but I'm not crazy about it, if that makes sense. 
It is an improvement over the blank wall, which I'm thankful for!
And it will work until some furnature inspiration hits me.

Until tomorrow,


Transformation Thursday

A Big Thank You!

Recently the beauitful and talent Shanon from over at Vintage Sparkle Chic passed this award my way.

Thanks Shanon - you've made my day!

If you haven't had the chance to meet Shanon yet, pop on over and introduce yourself, she'd love to see you.

Now to take care of business . . . basically I'm supposed to tell you a few things about myself and then pick a few bloggers to pass the award on to.

A few things about me. . .

1.  As much as I love gardening it always freeks me out when I come upon a worm.  I scream a little inside every time.  You'd think I would be use to it by now - apparently not.

2.  I'm a horrible joke teller.

3.  I was 17 when I went to my first movie at a theatre.

4.  I consider June bugs the most discusting bugs on the planet.

I'd like to pass this award on to . . .

Lisa from A Vintage Vine

Tina from Rubies Place

Heidi from White and Rust

Hope you all have a lovely day,


February 21, 2011

A Winner

We have a winner . . . .

Congratulations Emily.

Contact me at thesuperwife@msn.com and we'll get you squared away.

until tomorrow,


February 17, 2011

A Giveaway!

It's time for my very first giveaway to celebrate reaching the 200 followers milestone.


When I first started blogging I never would have dreamed it would become such a big part of my day.  I so very much enjoy chatting with all of you.  It is so much fun seeing what your up to and how your day it going. 

To send out a big THANK YOU to all of you that stop by and say hi on a regular bases I've gathered up a few of my current favorites.

Take a look.

I painted up a mini version of my Farmhouse sign.

Included three bottles with pretty labels.

And sewed a ruffled table runner out of my favorite fabric.

To be entered to win, simply leave a comment below and I'll draw a winner on Monday the 21st.

Good Luck!


February 16, 2011

Painting Technique: Scraping

Morning all!

Today I'd like to share a painting technique I used on the coat rack for my bedroom. 

Supplies you'll need are:

paint scraper
puddy knife

To start paint on your base color.
I used a satin black.
Allow the paint to dry completely before moving to the next step.

Now for the fun part - - the scraping.
First brush on a light coat of your top color, like this . . .

Then taking your puddy knife or paint scraper, scrap off the paint and wipe it off on a rag.
Scrap, wipe, scrap, wipe.
I did find that the paint scraper works much better than the puddy knife.  But be careful not to push down too hard or you will take off the base color.

After the first coat is scraped off, it should look something like this.

Continue adding layers of paint and scraping them off.

After two coats it's looking better.

And after three coats I liked the look and stopped adding anymore layers.

Here is a close up - - mmmm, pretty!

To lighten up any dark spots, just dry brush on a little of the top coat.

Once your done painting, allow it to dry for a couple hours then give the edges a light sanding to bring out the base coat a little more.

That's it. 
A very easy, fabulous look. 

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February 15, 2011

A Impromptu Project

It's been said that diamonds are a girls best friend.

I have to disagree.

I'd say, hooks are a girls best friend.

Diamonds are few and far between in this humble home.  But hooks - -  those I have a lot of.  Fancy, plain, new, old - - it doesn't matter I like them all.  I like them so much in fact almost every room in the house is sporting a few.  In the kitchen, the entry way, by the backdoor, in the storage area, in every bedroom and every bathroom.  The usefulness of hooks have me hooked! 
(ha, ha, get it - hooks have me hooked - - ha, ha - - OK, moving on)

In my bedroom I have this mini hallway leading to the master bath and closet.  It's the perfect place for a row of hooks.

The problem is, I started with four and now I have two.  Ok, one and a half.  This one is hanging in there - barely.

Thinking that something needed to be done - - pronto.  I removed the remaining hooks and searched the garage for supplies.  I found a three foot length of 1X8 and some trim - - JACKPOT!

I used my new favorite painting technique and hung it on the wall using flushing mounting hardware.

I think this impromptu project turned out pretty good.

Don't you?


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February 14, 2011

Knocked My Socks Off . . .

Good Morning Ladies!

It's time to show off a few of the things that have inspired me this past week.

Emily from The Wicker House transformed a drawer into this cute display piece.

Emily from Jones Design Company taught us how to turn a rug into a pillow.

Kimberley from Restoration House showed off her new drop cloth bed skirt.

until tomorrow,