Monday, July 30, 2012

Totally Transformed Tuesday #3 & Features!

Hello everyone before we start the party I wanted to share what I have been up to this week.  

I am working on several items but I finished and shared my "Old World Blanket Chest".  You can see the full article here.

Now on to our features this week.  The most clicked link this week was...Debbie from Debbie-Dabble again this week! Congratulations Debbie we loved your remake of those antique sewing machine drawers. 


Now for some of my favorites:

Trish at The Old Post Road Blog shared her kitchen redo.

Judy at Vintage Street Designs shared a tutorial on transferring  a graphite image onto a chippy table. 

Bilijana from Bilijana Shabby shared her romantic shabby chic door plates.

Bethany from Pitter And Glink shared how to make this darling mod podge necklace.

Aimee from Twigg Studios share her tutorial on making ombre ribbon. If you were featured feel free to grab a button

Totally Transformed

Totally Transformed

I'd like to thank everyone that linked up last week I so enjoyed visiting everyone and I am amazed at how talented you all are! 

Please link up only something you have done recently.  Make sure to use the link to the actually post not the link to your blog.   No etsy shops, giveaways, or link parties please.  

You must provide a back link to my blog to be featured. No back link no feature.

I would appreciate it if you follow me via at least one of the social networks and I always try to follow everyone back, but it is not necessary.  If I miss you please let me know. :-)

Okay, let's get this par-tay started! 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Old World Blanket Chest

I had so much fun working on this piece even though it was over 100 degrees in the shade!  I can't wait to share it with you, but before I do I'd like to remind you of the Totally Transformed Tuesday linky party! The party is still going strong so hop on over and link up we would love to see what you have been up to!

Now here is the finished blanket chest!

I have been wanting to do something in the Old World style for some time now and when I saw this chest in Canton, Texas at First Monday Trade Days, I knew it was just the piece for the design I had running through my head.

Here is what she looked like when I bought her.

She did not have much going for her except that she was solid wood, fairly large, and had pretty little legs.

Here are the details of how I achieved that gorgeous finish.

First, I picked out three images that I thought would work together. In the beginning I thought I wanted a large old world  scene that I could split into three parts, but after a lot of thought I decided on two pictures of 18th century women (one I know is Marie Antoinette) and one with a mother and her children.  

The portraits of the two women came from the Graphics Fairy and the center image with the children is from my free graphics archive. I took the images and had them enlarged to fit the three panels in front.  

To start I painted different areas of the chest with layers of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Greek Blue, Louis Blue, and Paris Gray focusing on sections I knew later would be distressed. By doing so I created the illusion that it had been painted many times over the years, and in painting only certain areas I saved a lot of time and paint.  I then covered the back and all edges, center strips, and legs with Old White.  On the side panels I used Louis Blue. 

Now it looks like this:

Once that was dry I took a brush loaded with Greek Blue and painted around the outside edges of the side panel over the Louis Blue. I then added more Louis Blue, wet on wet, and using a damp rag blended and soften the colors into each other.

Once that was dry I chose one of my larger stencils that fit almost perfectly into the panel and painted it with a silver metallic acrylic.

While that was drying I very carefully decoupaged my images to the front of the chest.  I sealed them with two coats of Mod Podge.

I then applied a thin coat of clear wax to the entire piece and distressed. Once the was was dry I mixed my favorite Expresso glaze and applied it to the chest in large areas wiping it off with a dry cloth. I also waxed and glazed the images to help age them.  

The back of the chest was painted, glazed, and distressed also in case one wanted to place it in an open area. Next, I applied dark wax, very lightly, to the feet and any other area I wanted to have a more antiqued look.

The top was stripped and stained with dark walnut and sealed with three coats of matte polyurethane.

And there you have it! I hope you like it as much as I do. I'm having a hard time thinking about carrying it to the shop. :-)

Here are some closeups of the distressed areas.

This piece is sold.

I hope I have inspired you today.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Totally Transformed Tuesday #2 & Features!

Hello friends out in blogland! I hope this past week has been a good one.  It really seemed to fly by for me I've been so busy knitting for the new grandchild on the way, painting furniture, cleaning my craft room (which was a NIGHTMARE), and I had two of my grandchildren off and on this week.

Now I'd like to take a minute to congratulate "Traci" again for winning my blog o versary giveaway!  Traci please get in touch with me at 

Thank you so much for linking up last week and making my first party a success! Please spread the word!

Totally Transformed

Totally Transformed
Before we start the party I'd like to share a couple of projects that stood out from last week.  

Debbie at Debbie-Dabble blog received the most clicks this week for her fabulous faux brick patio. Fabulous job Debbie! Be sure to stop by and see her wonderful tutorial.

Kathy and Paul @ One Creative Couple shared this stunning hand-painted rose table.  I so admire anyone that can paint flowers something I've never mastered.

Tanya @ Twelve-O-Eight created this lovely French country bucket. I love the antiqued hammered finish.

Shabby Story shared her beautiful craft room. You must go by and see where she creates! So pretty.

Finally, Sew A Fine Seam made this lovely, ruffled ottoman cover. Surely no one plans to prop their feet on that do they?

If you were featured feel free to grab a button!

Totally Transformed

Now on to the party! Bear with me as I learn the ins and outs of hosting a party and I have a changed a couple of things this week. 

Please link up only something you have done recently.  Make sure to use the link to the actually post not the link to your blog.   No etsy shops, giveaways, or link parties please.  

Provide a back link to my blog using the actual post link not my general blog link (doing this benefits both of our blogs in the search engines).  I'm sorry but if there is no back link I can not feature you on the blog, Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook, and I will be sharing links all during the week! 

I would appreciate it if you follow me via at least one of the social networks and I always try to follow everyone back, but it is not necessary.  If I miss you please let me know. :-)

Now,  let's see what kind of pretties you've been making this week! We really do want to see!

I Just Received the Sunshine Award!

I'd like to thank Kathy Moody at "Life On Lakeshore Drive" for giving me the Sunshine Award. It is given to "bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in blogland." Thank you so much Kathy I'm honored you thought of me.

You should stop by and visit Kathy and check out her beautiful refurbished furniture.  I especially like the vintage sewing machine she just refinished. To visit Kathy go here.

I'd like to take a minute to thank all of my new Followers I appreciate each and everyone of you and hope you will be inspired to create something beautiful for your home.

Are you ready to share something new at Totally Transformed Tuesday? I had such wonderful entries last week and it is so hard to choose the features they are all so lovely and inspiring.   I have already shared a few that stood out on my Facebook page and I am really looking forward to seeing what you have been up to this week.

Until then,

Friday, July 20, 2012

We Have A Winner!!

Hello everyone. I'm very busy working on pretties so this will just be a quick post to announce the winner of my Blog o versary giveaway.

The winner is Traci who said:

I have previously "Liked" your facebook page & I do follow Pinterest... and I would LOVE to be entered for the drawing!
Keep posting your beautiful work and Happy Anniversary!

 Congrats Traci! Please email your information to

A great big THANK YOU to everyone who entered I appreciate each and everyone of you.

By the way, don't forget about the party going on Totally Transformed Tuesday is still up and running. If you haven't joined the party yet please go by and link up. Go here.

Now on a more somber note I'd like to send out my prayers to all of those who lost loved ones or who have someone that was injured in the shooting in Colorado. God bless and take care of each of you.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Totally Transformed Tuesday Linky Party #1

Hello my fellow bloggerettes! I hope your week has started out well. 

I'm starting a new venture on my blog today. I will be hosting a linky party every Tuesday called Totally Transformed Tuesday.

Totally Transformed Tuesday

This will be a party for everyone to share anything they have "transformed" whether it be furniture or home decor, craft items, new recipes, needlework, etc... Basically anything goes as long as it is something you have done yourself.  

There are only three rules:
  1. You must follow my blog which you should do anyway so you'll know when the party is starting!
  2. You must provide a back link on your post to my party either by using my button or a text link.
  3. No links to parties or giveaways please
I will feature a few of the links each week before the party starts.  I will also be sharing some of the links on my Facebook page so you should Like my page here.

Let me give you some general information on link parties.  It is polite and expected for you to thank the hostess for throwing a fabulous party.  You should also visit and comment on a couple of other links in the party.

Now before the party starts I wanted to remind you about my blog-o-versary giveaway. 

This giveaway includes: a “Duck Egg Blue” chalkboard; a pair of vintage style curtain tie-backs; a set of four shabby, pink, outlet plates; French script, burlap ribbon; six drawer pulls from Hobby Lobby; and a lovely, green, ribbon scarf that I knit myself. 

I will reveal the winner on July 20, 2012

Go here to enter. You must leave a comment for each entry.  Good luck. :-)

Now onto the par-tay ya'll! We want to see what you've been up to this week. 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Thanks Kathleen and A Reminder

I'm so honored that Kathleen @ "Melange" blog has given me the Versatile Blogger Award!

I guess I am pretty versatile as I love to do so many things besides furniture; including, scrapbooking, crafts, sewing, counted cross stitch, crochet, and knitting. By the way my daughter is expecting her third, which will be a boy, and I am busy knitting.  I will share a few of my projects with you if I can ever finish one. lol

I am so honored that Kathleen thought of me and now I have to spread the love to fifteen more bloggers. It will be hard to choose there are so many wonderful ladies out there but I will do my best.

Here are the rules for giving out this reward:
  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Include a link to their blog.
  3. Include the award image on your post
  4. Share 7 random things about yourself
  5. Include a link to your nominees blog
  6. Contact your nominees and let them know

Here are my nominees:

Now let's see 7 things about me. Hmmm...

  1. I have grown step-children that have children, that have children.  So I'm a great-grandmother at a young age.
  2. I play the flute and have played in church and at private group meetings.
  3. I'm terrified of snakes and think the only good snake is a dead one. Sorry all you reptile lovers.
  4. One of things on my bucket list is to travel to Wales and view all their castles.
  5. I have taken oil and water color paint classes. 
  6. I love working on my family tree and have been doing so for about 8 years now.
  7. And, this is most embarrassing one, I have a door knob fetish. I can't pass up a pretty antique door knob which believe it or not are hard to find around here especially the glass ones that I like the most. :-)

Before I close out this post I want to remind you of my 1 year blog o versary giveaway.  Its a wonderful giveaway including all the items you see in the picture below.  To enter go here.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Bed to Bench And A Giveaway

I’m so excited to be celebrating one year of blogging! I never thought I would have enough to share for a whole year so I have surprised myself and hope I have inspired you.

I appreciate each and everyone one of my followers. I’m so honored that you like what I do and as a reward I have put together a giveaway for you.

This giveaway includes: a mirror painted “Duck Egg Blue” and turned into a chalkboard; a pair of vintage style curtain tie-backs; a set of four shabby, pink, outlet plates; French script, burlap ribbon; six drawer pulls from Hobby Lobby; and a lovely, green, ribbon scarf that I knit myself.

Here are some close ups of each item.

There are four ways to enter each one gives you a chance to win:
  • Become a follower of my blog either with GFC, LF, or Networked blogs and leave a comment. If you are already a follower just leave a comment.
  • “Like” me on Facebook and come back and leave a comment.
  • Share my giveaway on your blog and come back and leave a comment.
  • Follow me on Pinterest and leave a comment.

I will chose a winner using on Friday, July 20, 2012. Good luck.

Now I want to share how I transformed an old bed head and foot board into a garden/porch bench. 

Here is the after:

First, I told my helper what I wanted to do and how to go about getting started. (By the way my helper on this project was my son-in-law, Jeremy, who also did all the carpentry work in my kitchen renovation.)

We took the footboard and measured in 14” on each side and cut the ends off. We then attached the end pieces at a 90 degree angle on the front of the head board. This was a full size bed so the foot board had to be cut. A smaller bed may not need to be cut down.

I chose fourteen inches because this is the usual depth of a chair.Once the foot board ends were screwed into each side we added 2 x 4’s across the width for the seat.

As you can see here we cut two pieces of 2 x 4 and screwed them into the inside of each end two inches lower than the top so the seat would be flush with the ends of the bench. Did that make sense? The picture should help you understand.

I then filled in all the screw holes and rough spots with wood filler. Once that was good and dry I sanded the whole piece down and cleaned it. After that I painted it top and bottom with primer and then two coats of an outdoor, semi-gloss, white paint.

I painted the whole bench so that it would be suitable to use outside.

After it was dry (a couple of days later) I stenciled the floral vine design on the center panels and painted the tops of the post a pretty green. I just loved how it turned out and if I had a porch I would probably have kept it. lol

I’m looking for a pretty bed to make another one, but not having much luck. Not all head and foot boards will look as good as this one does and I’m kind of picky. 

I hope you have enjoyed this makeover and are all fired up to make your own porch bench. I have to get back to preparing for my 4th of July party. I’ll share pictures and a couple of projects I did for my party later in the week.

Have a wonderful holiday. 
Be safe.

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