Thursday, July 31, 2014

Whole Lotta Burlap

In addition to painting on furniture,
a "whole lotta burlap paintin' been goin' on."

We started waaaay back with hearts for Valentine's Day.

We got "stripey" (cause I will stripe pretty much anything.)

Then I decided to add an initial
and it would make the heart work for a little longer than just Feb. 14th.

Next up, a burlap heart class. 
They always turn out so differently but each one is so cute!

I love the black and white stripes in the back. This lady drove 2 hours to attend a class that started at 9 am on a Saturday morning. And then she was super creative.

Well, the ladies wanted to make something Springy that wasn't strictly "Easter-y."
So cute carrots it is!

They all turned out so well - more pictures are on madebymolliesmom on Instagram.

Vegetables were followed by fruit.

In case you have not noticed, I use Sherwin Williams Color To Go to paint my burlap door hangers.
 Actually, it's my favorite paint for canvases, too.
I have a SW fan deck in my car and in my studio. All those colors. So inspirational.
(They do not pay me to say this, it's just my favorite paint.)

I actually got a burlap door hanger on my own door this Summer!!

College Girl was in town so she came along to class and 
painted a watermelon for a friend who couldn't make it.

Ms. Dawn this fruit's for you.

Again, a lot of variation but each one turns out great.

 We had to offer the watermelon class twice so this time College Girl decided to paint a burlap door hanger for her place. 
Not being a fan of watermelon as art or food she decided to go with a peach!

 As we say in the South, It turned out stinking cute!!
The gray checkerboard border makes it for me (all her idea!!)

Before long we will be painting owls (but in Fall-ish colors) or candy corn!
As crazy as that seems ... school starts here on Monday. In August. And Hobby Lobby has already put out Halloween and Christmas items. Yikes!!
That means Summer is pretty much over as far as our mindset goes - just not as far as the hot weather  goes.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I've Been Painting Furniture Non-Stop

I've been painting furniture during my blogging hiatus.
 A lot of furniture.
 A lot.
Some for College Girl's new place and some for clients.

College Girl wanted a gigantic white table in her place and she had plenty  of room. We found this drop leaf table in a new Thrift Shop near us about a week after she moved. We jumped on it - it was a steal. I started painting it white in my freezing basement during one of Atlanta's snow events. BRRRR.

Next up. Four chairs for the table. CG wanted them painted in 4 colors off of the same SW strip so they were an ombre when all around the table. They have fabulous SW names like Spa and Aquarium. It was fun to do 4 different colors. Chair painting took over the kitchen during the next snow event. I was over freezing in my basement.

Here they are lined up dark to light with the seats all recovered.
 They turned out soooo cute. She loves them.

A little $5.00 thrift store side table jazzed up with a two-tone paint job.
The shades of gray were left from our ombre paint job on two IKEA dressers that CG used in a previous apartment. We try to choose versatile pieces so that they can move with her for years to come. These can easily be repainted or have a hardware change in the future and be used in any room of the house. I love this particular dresser and it's only about $70.00 and simple to put together. It's unfinished so you can do whatever you wish.

The iphone picture is grainy - the light in her closet is not that great but these dressers give her a ton of storage and organizational space. And they look pretty cute too.

Then someone gave me this very nice Broyhill end table that I decided to use for CG's new apartment. She wanted hot pink - I mean, when else can you do whatever you want and paint furniture hot pink but when you are young and single??

So, again to the kitchen with a project. It was too cold to work anywhere else this Winter and chili and soups only require a crockpot - thankfully!
She chose Sherwin Williams Eros Pink and it is fabulous in her space.

I have more furniture pictures but I'm actually headed out to paint furniture in a few so that's the photo overload for today. 
Two posts in two days. What???????

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Back Again!!!

A lot has been going on since I last posted in March...
 I mean, one would hope I had been doing something!!
I truly admire people who post daily, or even regularly. I'm a huge blog reader and I hate when my faves don't post but I can't say much because I tend to disappear.
Anyway, in an attempt to post for the 3 people still checking my blog, I'm going to try some 'catch-up' blogging.

My previous post was about an ottoman make-over for College Girl's place and if you follow on Facebook or Instagram then you know that she actually moved in December. On IG the # is #isit6movesor7 because she has moved quite a few times in 5 years :)  But it does give us a lot of fun mother-daughter decorating time together. 
This place is all hers so we can do whatever she likes!!

December is a crazy time to move but it was the end of the semester, we found a perfect place in a perfect location within walking distance of campus (driving from the old place and parking was a nightmare) and it seemed like we needed to jump on it. Real estate in a growing college town is not a wait and think about it proposition. 

We literally moved her whole life into the new place in one long day
 (trying to beat the rain, as well).
We just unloaded everything into the middle of the place and then started from there. Not an optimal way to move  4 days before Christmas) but we kept our humor and took a break to eat Mexican when needed.

First order of business?? 
The ugly back wall that you look straight at when you walk in. 
Terrible view. Gotta go. 

The solution was to fill the entire wall with curtains and "cover" the eyesore. We used $5.00 twin sheets from Wal Mart. We used 4 charcoal gray and 2 white and hung them from white clip rings and an IKEA curtain rod. The IKEA rod was a lifesaver. It was waaaay more reasonable than any other option for covering that length of wall and just kept expanding to fit our width!! Easy to install as well. That made things start to look better. We set up her bedroom and the kitchen. Everything else we needed to come up with on a budget! 
We were on it.

Next, the bathroom cabinets were ugly - pretty much beat up plywood.

Fabric bought with Hobby Lobby coupons to the rescue. We made "skirts" to cover the cabinets and hung them with tension rods. 
Quick and easy fix and we chose fun fabrics and colors!

 Much better! College Girl found that crazily perfect hand towel on sale at Target. She shopped our house for some accessories in the perfect accent colors and the powder room is looking good!

Another week. Another Hob Lob coupon and she chose this for the upstairs bathroom. CG loves lavender( and it is the color of the year) so we wanted something that would allow us to accent with lavender and/or purple. It ties in with the gray throughout her place and has the colors from the downstairs in it as well. Score!

It's hard to get a good picture in a tiny space but the fabrics really helped to brighten up the bathrooms!

A gorgeous Sherwin Williams Color To Go sample and we jazzed up some accessories 
and created some art...

Bathrooms? Check.

Next up?

Furniture. Just kidding! Well, not completely.