Sunday, February 28, 2010

New (old) chairs

My latest find at the Goodwill this week - these two chairs $5.99 each:
(This was after I recovered one of the seats already).
They are pretty good quality chairs, made for Broyhill furniture:

After some white paint and neutral fabric:

here they are in my office / library / craft room
On the "to do" list for this room:

  1. Paint the desk white, but I think leave the top with the original finish / stain, like this one  that I saw on Miss Mustard seed's blog This was a free find - picked up in front of a neighbor's house when we lived at the old house.

  2. paint the light fixture, either white or oil rubbed bronze (like this one Miss Mustard seed did).  Her blog is a great inspiration for DIY painting projects and furniture re-dos!

  3. organize the craft / scrapbooking supplies storage.  I do have a lot more things stored in my closet under the stairs, so some of this may get moved there, once I organize and get rid of some things I don't need.
Here is the current set-up that needs some de-cluttering.  The white shelf on the wall was another yard sale find - $3!
I think my favorite thing in the room and maybe one of my favorite things ever is this oil painting, artist unknown. 

I'm sharing this post on Metamorphosis Monday.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Going Gray

On Sunday I painted our family room a very soft gray (seashell gray from Lowes).
Before it was a gold color (looks more yellow in this picture)

and here are some after pictures - sorry not very good pictures, it was gray and rainy outside when I took them.  Right now I have not brought much back into the room in the way of accessories, I am liking the clean and uncluttered look, but I will need to at least bring back in some lamps.
someone's doing homework

the candle sconces are new - from Southern living at home

doing reading homework now.  Notice the gray under the counter too - this was supposed to be the same color, (it was the small test sample) - it came out darker than when I purchased the gallon for the walls

And nothing at all like my room, but I found my inspiration for painting the room gray at the blog Dreamy Whites
Check it out for more beautiful pictures like this:

 and this:

So I do have more to do on my room for it to be this pretty, but the wall color is a start, right?


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Kitchen curtains - before and after

This is the curtains I had up before.

View of the kitchen, the counter was nice and clean when I took these pictures, but I can't show from this viewpoint today, too much mess!

But I cleared off the table so I could take this picture.  The new curtains I bought last weekend (from Lowes)

a close up of the pattern - I like the way it looks with the cream walls and cabinets, and the black co-ordinates with the black chairs and countertops.

And another small "before and after".  This is another Goodwill original art work I bought about a year and a half ago in San Antonio (also $3.99 like the other one).  This one was painted by L. Stuckey in Brownwood, TX, August 1961 and titled "our home" on the back.
I painted the frame white and it's something nice to look at while taking clothes out of the drier.

Monday, February 8, 2010

some Goodwill finds

Found a new Goodwill yesterday and picked up some good things.

This little painting was $3.99
I really like this frame

Some good books for my classroom - 59c each, and the little silver dish, copper bucket and stoneware bowl were all 99c each.