April 29, 2010

Happy Thursday!

Hello! I spent the morning buying and planting flowers in my window boxes my dad made me for Christmas. I'm so amused that they finally got hung up! :)  This is just a quick post to tell about a couple giveaways that I found ...in case anyone ever reads this blog?!?!

One Simple Country Girl is having a giveaway to celebrate 200 followers :


AMBPrimitives is also having a giveaway:

Both these blogs are great for prim inspiration - someday I hope my blog is as good as these ones are!!

Well back to the yard to finish some more flower beds...it's a beautiful day here in Ohio!! Take care!

April 26, 2010

Another Makeover!

Happy Monday! I wanted to do a quick post of my weekend makeover project.  My dad made this cabinet for me @ Christmas time in 2000 and I have always loved it! He is an excellent wood worker and I love that he makes us furniture that we want almost every year for Christmas. Now this cabinet is in my kitchen and I decided that although I still loved it - I wasn't "in love" with it anymore! So I base coated it black and then put a top coat of barn red on top.  I found a new knob and painted it black too.  I just love how it turned out! My father loves natural wood & despises painted wood, so I'm sure he won't be amused, but I am!

April 22, 2010

Happy Thursday!! This week has gone by pretty fast ... I haven't accomplished nearly as much as I wanted to but today I got a few things done in the yard. I've had so many ideas floating around in my head, some days it's hard to sleep at night! Here's a few pics of my front yard...it needs mowed (hubby says he'll do it 2morrow!) and I still need mulch and to hang up my window boxes, but so far all my "junk" I've been finding is looking pretty good in my flower beds I think.

After I took these pics I consulted my mother -via email- & she suggested I switch the birdhouse to the other side so I'm going to try that & see how it looks. The little green door I got out of the trash and the crusty chair and birdhouse were my grandmothers. I don't know if you can see it or not but there is a post with a watering can in the corner by the chair. I got the post for $1 (gasp I know!!) @ a yard sale and the watering can was another trash find. I'm hoping the hubby will get me some mulch for mothers day & it will all come together.....
Hope everyone has a great weekend!

April 14, 2010

*** I'm in LOVE ***

Happy Wednesday!! I wanted to show off my new cabinet that I just finished "priming" up...as the title of my post stats I'm in LOVE with this cabinet now!! I found it last week sitting on the curb and thought I would pick it up. From afar it looked to be an old wooden cabinet that already had some primitive-ness to it...but when I unloaded it from the trunk I realized it was not old at all! Matter a fact the sticker saying "made in china" was still on the back of it! I was slightly disappointed but decided to try to "prim" it up anyways. I started with a coat of black paint then I put on a top coat of "cracker blitz" (leftover from painting my living room) -the color was a light yellowish/tan color. Next I put on a layer of dark walnut stain - I tried wiping some of the stain off but I didn't care for it, so I reapplied some more stain and let that sit. I have read on other blogs to let your stain sit for 48-72 hours as it will still be sticky, but I'm impatient to say the least, so I took it outside and let it sit in the full sunshine of our almost 80 degree day and it seems to be dry now! :) Here are some before and after pics....as I said I'm in love with it now...now where to put it is another question ....

I almost forgot - I got a little wooden shelf last weekend at a local rummage sale for $1 and I finished "priming" it up today too.... I did the same thing with the shelf as I did with the cabinet.

I've been looking at all the furniture in my house the past week or so and dreaming of what it might look like "primmed" up...we'll see what falls victim to me next week! :)

April 5, 2010

Happy Monday! I've been busy working in my yard off & on for the past week. I finally finished placing round rocks around my flower beds & must say I absolutely LOVE them! It took 3 trips to my mom & sisters house to scavenge through their rock piles, but I am finally done! I have another project that I just finished tonight. It is a cute little corner cupboard/shelf I got for Christmas a couple of years back. I really liked the cabinet as it originally was but I felt like it needed something "more" to fit into my house...so I painted it! My mother (who gave it to me) might not be too amused by that fact, but it's too late now. It's a lovely shade of black -coal black to be exact-and I think it turned out great! I can't wait to find some "goodies" to put in it. Here's the before & after....

I am looking forward to another week of garden work & hopefully a new bargain!! I'll try to take some pics of the yard & post them. I'm trying to go for a "country/cottage" garden ...we'll see.