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Fabulous Friday Favorite – Ballard Outlet


TGIF!!!  It has been one crazy week at the Smith household.  Kid activities every night this week – lacrosse practices, book club (oops, that is my activity), debate match, athletic banquet and band banquet.  I am whooped!  Of course not too whooped to show you a FFF that is also has some really good deals!

Here in Atlanta, we are lucky enough to have two Ballard Outlets.  One of the outlets is not too far from my house, so I like to visit it every once in a while (that is wife code for frequently).  My last visit was one of the best, as far as inventory being plenty.  This outlet store is like so many others, it can be “hit or miss” depending on the day. They run weekly specials that are listed on the big bulletin board when you walk in.  Remember my little orange furniture piece for my foyer?  Yep – Ballard Outlet!

If you are not familiar with Ballard’s, you don’t know what you are missing!  Run (don’t walk) to your computer and check out their website for some full price goodies.  They also have a wonderful catalog you should be sure to sign up for when you are on their site!  If you are patient, the items eventually make it to the outlet store.  Patience is not really my forte … but for a really good deal, I will wait!

Here are my finds from my last visit …Please keep in mind that I took these photos on the “sly” on my camera phone.  I always feel weird taking pictures in a store – I am waiting for Dateline to jump out from behind the counter and bust me!  I apologize for the quality of the photos – but I think you will get the gist!

Lamp shades that look like mercury glass for $5.00 – Really!

Yardsticks made into a table?  I think we can make this.

Lots of mirrors for all different tastes and styles!  Looks like someone bought quite a few off the wall before I got there.

I was drooling over these sconces.  I love the patina and size!  Gorgeous.  They did not go home with me – but they sure wanted to!

Clocks – Box – Ticks – Tocks.  Clocks in Box go Tick Tock.

No – that was not Dr. Seuss writing that last line – it was me.  I might take up rapping in my spare time.  Watch out Eminem!

How cool would this nautical rope spool table (that’s my name for it) look in a beach house?

Close up of nautical rope spool table top.

Love the look of old wood with contemporary iron.

I actually bought this next many years ago from this outlet store.  I got it for about $50.00 because it had no legs.  I bought some cheap wooden legs on-line – stained them to (almost) match the desk – screwed them on and wa-la! New desk.  It has been in my son’s room and still looks great!

A cute cottage corner piece.  This would look great in a girl’s room, playroom or even a really casual living room.  It is hard to find a corner piece with a cottage look.

The outlet is doing a much better job at setting up little scenes within the store.  I like the way these accessories are displayed instead of just thrown on a shelf.

Doesn’t this headboard have the most amazing “lines”?  It was just sitting in the corner, all by itself, begging to go home with someone.

One entire wall of table tops and pedestal bottoms.  I have used one of these tables for crafting and it was incredible.  Big, sturdy and good looking.  Unfortunately it was too big to “make the cut” when we downsized.  I’m still bummed.

I love this desk.  I seem to be drawn to desks and tables with the “X” leg.  Oh and look at those zebra bags – they were spread out all over the store.  So cool!

This was a funky, nautical compass table.  It was the only one I saw in the store.  I am sure some lucky beach house owner or boating enthusiast snapped this little table right up!

Really like the nautical details on the legs of the table.

Tons of bulletin and chalk boards!

A display that includes a little of everything – rugs, furniture, pillows, mirrors and accessories.

Check out all those incredible planters in all shapes, colors and sizes.  They look like ceramic, but they are that lightweight foam stuffy (I think that’s the clinical word for it).  A couple of these pots were HUGE!  They would look amazing by a pool.

Linen – slip covered look chair.  Can be left as is … or could even be recovered for the price, you would still come out ahead.  I like the lines of this chair – could be French, Cottage or even English decor.

Speaking of French decor … look at this amazing ottoman!

Need some window treatments?  Start digging.

An entire wall of canvas art!  One of this day’s specials was 40% off all wall art.  Yipee!

I carried this picture around with me through the entire store.  I was sure it was mine.  At the last minute it went back on the wall – if I second guess, than it is not meant to be.  The flower was more coral than orange  – it threw me off. I really did like it.  Oh no … I am third guessing and that means I will now have to have it.

I would love to do a “knock-off” of this picture on my own.  I love how it looks like folk art!

Love love love the colors.  Hated that it was flat with no texture.  I wonder if I could do something like this by incorporating a thickening medium to make this a multi-dimensional piece. Another thing to add to the “to-do” list.

Daffodils are so happy!  This would look amazing on a porch!

Uh oh … another addition to the “to-do”.  This driftwood mirror is so awesome.  I am loving the textures and neutral color.  Ignore the stalking figure in black in the mirror.

Cute little clocks for $7.99.  What a great hostess gift!

Need a lampshade?

This headboard was sitting against the check-out counter.  It is just like the other lonely headboard, but a beautiful white washed color.  Love it!

I just barely captured this picture.  It was a display in the window and some lady came and bought the entire display – all the furniture and all the accessories.  Wow!

The other window display.

Outdoor cushions.  So bright and colorful!

Great little secretary desk with a bamboo chair.  So pretty.

I am seeing more and more white wash.  I like the quiet, neutral effect it has in a room.  Slip covers, sisal rugs, linen and white wash – great combination.

One of the things that are common at this outlet are pieces of furniture that may not have a match.  This is the hutch for the top of a desk – but check out what you can do with it …

A Bookcase for any room.  Incredible idea and pretty easy!  I love when you can reuse items for another purpose.

Wow!  Gorgeous mirrors for any room!!

I am exhausted from the tour – I didn’t even begin to show you all the lighting – another day.  Hope you enjoyed visiting the Ballard Outlet in Georgia.  It is worth the trip!

Hope your life is more heaven than havoc!


Yoga + Me = Awkward and Ugly


This cartoon reminds me of when I tried to do Yoga. One of my dearest friends is an amazing yoga teacher. I convinced my inflexible, goofy self that I would be perfect for yoga. I talked my girlfriend into teaching me privately so I wouldn’t make a fool of myself in front of a group. I think she would agree (although she won’t admit it) that I was probably the worst yoga student she had ever taught. I could never stop making comments on how crazy I must look upside down and why do my legs jiggle so much when I move that way.  I continued to add a lot of other comments that were probably not appropriate for a calm yoga room.

She tried to keep reminding me to be peaceful and centered – hmmmm…. Does peaceful and centered include getting the giggles and asking how much longer do I have to lay like this?  It’s a good thing we are such close friends.

I really wanted to be that flexible, toned, peaceful and centered woman – just like my dear friend/teacher. I guess I will have to settle for jiggly, super inflexible and having uncontrollable thoughts that I blurt out at the most inopportune times.  I think I will try meditation next – yeah right … anyone rolling their eyes?

Source: via Missi on Pinterest

Hope your life is more peaceful yoga than loud talking yoga students that cause havoc!

Rental House at Amelia Island


If you have been following my posts lately, you will know that I have just come back from my annual GBB (Girl’s Behaving Badly) Weekend with my childhood friends.  I must admit the bad behavior is slowly lessening each year as we age and our bad mouths have been increasing.  Not quite sure what that says about us … but at least our minds are still sharp!

We had the pleasure of staying at a wonderful rental home that I found on VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner).  If you have never vacationed through this website, I have to encourage you to give it a try!  We have stayed in so many wonderful places across the world by contacting home owners directly and staying in their beautiful homes.  This past weekend was no exception.  Take a look at our weekend home away from home:

Awwww… nothing better than a Cape Cod at the beach!

Comfy slip-covered couch – check.  Sisal rug – check.  Shrimp and crab pillows – check.  Yep … we are definitely at the beach!

Love the big farmhouse table … spent a little time here working on my blog and looking at the view.  I could get used to that!

The window over the kitchen sink had the most amazing views.  Makes doing dishes a joy (seriously – who am I kidding … dishes suck – view or no view)!

The island/counter was high and made for a great place for hanging out and putting out snacks.  It also served as a great bar for margaritas!  I really loved how this was all one big open room – we spent most of our time here.  Oh – and did you check out the ceilings – awesome!

Kitchen was equipped with everything we needed!  You may not notice, but the toaster is missing.  Funny little story.  “45 y.o.” pregnant girl put her fish oil tablet on her plate and then cut her english muffin on the same plate.  Little did she know that the tablet stuck to the muffin and went into the toaster.  All of a sudden – the whole group was dry heaving from a NASTY fish smell.  No one could figure out where it was coming from … until Pregs couldn’t find her tablet.  We ran the toaster outside on the deck and there it sat until the end of the trip.  So funny!  Notice I had to get the fact that she is 45 years old in there somewhere.  It never ends.

If the homeowner is reading this … we cleaned toaster as best we could.  Hope we don’t need to buy you a new one.  Yikes!

These are the steps to the second floor … there is a similar set down to the lower level.  Lots of steps …

This was the master bedroom.  Isn’t it beautiful?  So serene and relaxing – at least before everyone got there.  I had to take a picture of it before the gang arrived because “serene” isn’t really in this group’s vocabulary!

Another picture of the Master.  The color was so beautiful with the ocean view out the doors.  The doors led to a little balcony – you could see for miles.

Another angle of the master.  Those little doors led into a HUGE closet that spanned the length of the entire room.  There was one on each side.  The first group to arrive took a picture of the closet and told the other group that that was where they were staying.  We think we are funny … not so much!?

Master bath … the tub was HUGE!  Loved it!

Close up of the Master sinks.  Super funky!  I love Mexican tile!

This was a neat little loft area outside of the master.  Would be great for a bunch of kids – the daybed had a trundle under it.  You could also put a bunch of sleeping bags down – shut the door and let them be as loud as they wanted to be.  As coincidence would have it … our loudest friend occupied this room.  Little does she know – there are no coincidences – duh duh duh (insert evil laugh here)!

This is the foyer going into one of the guest bedrooms.  Bedroom on the left – bathroom on the right.  This is the original room “Loud” friend was in until she was pushed encouraged to stay in the loft.  “You will have your own room!”  Translation:  “you never stop talking- it’s 4:00 a.m. and I need to sleep”!  She knows we love her!

Isn’t that a stunning blue on this piece of furniture?  Great for a beach place!

Gorgeous yellow walls … however, not so conducive to girls who need to be a little less talkative.  Hee!

This was the super cute porch off of this guest room.  We did allow “loud talker” to use the porch – and the bathroom.  We aren’t that mean!

This was “Pregs” room.  It was on the lower level – we called it the Propeller room.  It was really cute.  We let her have her own room – mainly because none of us wanted to “catch” what she’s got!  Just kidding … it was really because she was too big to fit anyone else in bed with her.  Oh my God … I am cracking myself up. Once again … she knows we love her!

Another view of the Propeller Room.

The other guest room on the lower level.  We called this the Surfboard Room.  See next pic to see why:

Now you see why?

One of the views from our deck.  **great big sigh**  Wish I was still there.

I spent a little time in that chair.  Can you say addicted to reading “Fifty Shades of Gray”???

Last picture of the view.  The ocean was not super warm but refreshing (so I heard – I am not a swim in the ocean with critters kinda gal).  The beach was quiet, relaxing and luxurious!  A wonderful long weekend!

There it is … my home away from home last week.  Hope you enjoyed the tour and were not too offended by the remarks made to friends.  We are like sisters and can handle any and all ribbing!  At least that is what we tell each other.

Hope your life is more heaven and beautiful beaches than havoc!


Weekend Bloggy Reading

Furniture Feature Fridays

Teach Me Tuesday – Mother’s Day Canvas


Hey All!

Today’s Teach Me Tuesday comes from an idea from Myra at The Blessed Life.  She did a wonderful piece of canvas art as a Mother’s Day gift idea.  I wanted to share it with you today.  Be sure to visit for more great ideas.  It is a wonderful blog that I really enjoy and I think you will too!

Beautiful! I love the simplicity of the canvas and how well it blends with any home decor.

Supplies Needed:

  • 9×12 Canvas {or whatever size you want}
  • Chipboard Letters {I bought a mega pack of letters at Hobby Lobby for $6}
  • White Spray Paint
  • Hot Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
  • Xacto Knife
  • Pencil/Ruler

First, decide on the words you want to use.

Layout the words to get an idea of how you want them to look. I arranged mine on the left side with my canvas vertical, but you can do so many variations of this!

I found it helpful to use a pencil and ruler to divide the canvas by the number of lines I had, so I had a straight line for each word. Eyeballing is okay too, but I didn’t want to mess up. :)

Next, hot glue all the letters in place.  Be very careful to use small amounts of hot glue, so it doesn’t seep out from the letters when you press them in place.

See all those strings in the photo above? All of those have to go because they will look awful when you spray paint. Ask me how I know. Ha!  After you get most of the strings/debris off the canvas, take it outside and give the canvas and letters a light coat of spray paint. Allow it to dry and try not to freak out because it probably won’t look as good as you want it to.

Use an Xacto knife {I also used tweezers} to remove hot glue strings in between the letters. This is a teeny bit tedious, but trust me, it’s worth it. After all the debris is gone, spray paint two more light coats on.  Allow to dry.

Then you’ll have this beauty to give to the mother in your life who you love.

This project can be customized for many different occasions. I think it would be a fabulous wedding gift, baby shower gift or housewarming gift to name a few. For under $15, I’m thrilled with how it turned out!

Isn’t that an amazing and simple project?  Thanks to Myra at The Blessed Life for the great pictures and instructions.  Can’t wait to try this project for all sorts of occasions!

Hope your life is more heaven than havoc!


Old Friends – New Memories – Pure Exhaustion


Hello All!

Hope your weekend was wonderful and restful.

I got home last night from my GBB (Girl’s Behaving Badly) weekend with my childhood friends.  My weekend was wonderful but I think we all feel like we can’t miss one minute of our time together so we stay up late, get up early and laugh every second in between.  I can’t believe it is over and we won’t be together again for another year.  I also can’t believe how exhausted I am … but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

We always have so much to catch up on about our lives, our children and of course we re-live every crazy moment we ever shared together.  The big news this year and the by far the most talked about subject was “the pregnancy”!  My friend had tried for many years to get pregnant and by a true miracle is now pregnant at 45!  We are thrilled for her and let her know immediately how happy we all are for her amazing news (she denies this fact).  But, because we are each others oldest friends, after the congratulations comes the full blown harassment.  Warning:  some of the following statement may be offensive to those with no sense of humor.  Read at your own risk and remember real friendship can handle all types of inappropriateness.   Here are some of the best lines of the weekend:

*  This baby is such a Miracle and must be coming for a reason:

- Too bad you won’t be able to remember it

- Or you will be dead.

*  Have you done the math?  Do you realize how old you will be at high school graduation?   If not, the number is 62.

*  Good thing the baby is a boy so he will be able to lift you into your wheelchair at his high school graduation. Or even better, a Little Rascal (with a basket)!

*  You won’t need a stroller – you can just use a walker with that little seat on it.

*  You will have so much in common with the baby – you will both be in diapers and eating soft foods.

*  So sorry that the day our last kids will leave for college will be your kid’s kindergarten orientation.

The rest is probably too cruel to put into print.  We were literally crying we were laughing so hard.  Jen was such a good sport … although I am sure that her friends at home would never say these things to her (let’s be serious – we all know they are thinking it).

Two gals couldn’t make it this year at the last minute – such a bummer!  Here is the gang watching Crazy, Stupid Love – in bed – in our pajamas.  Notice the poor pregnant girl is laying across the bottom.  God forbid one of us give up a “good spot”!  We loved the movie and being together!

Here we are dressed and ready for dinner and shopping.  What a group!  I am missing them so much already!

The view … as beautiful as the respect, love and true friendship we have shared for 40 years.

Hope your life and your friendships are more heaven than havoc!


Old Friends – New Memories


I know it is a rare thing to still have a friend from high school many years later.  But to have 8 of them is almost unheard of these days.  I feel so blessed that these women came into my life so early and have been with me through all of life’s moments – good and bad.  Three of us have been friends since we were 5 years old and the rest of us came together at age 11.  We are all now 45 and do not miss the chance to get together once a year and act like we are teenagers again.

This is one of my favorite weekends of the year.  These gals are “home” to me.  We have known each other in every stage of life and there are no secrets.  We have experienced the loss of two of our mothers to breast cancer, one of our parent’s divorcing, 20 births of our children and all of us aging (we try not to admit to that one).  We have been lucky enough that none of us has divorced, had any major health issues and all have healthy children.  We are doctors, policewomen, corporate officers, teachers, fundraisers, moms and true friends.

We share each others passions, dreams, hopes and mistakes and love each other just the same.  Now don’t get me wrong … we don’t sit around all weekend singing Kumbaya.  There is no one in my life that picks on me like these gals do – we pick on each other.  We remind each other who we were and everything we ever did that was stupid, hilarious and inappropriate.  We have very very long memories.

Here is a picture of us in 1985 at our high school graduation lunch in Minnesota:

Look at all that permed hair!  Yikes!

Here we are 25 years later at one of our GBB weekends in Destin, FL:

Do you think we have changed much?  We like to think we look exactly the same and our boobs are still in the same spot.  Wishful thinking …

Sorry this picture is a bit blurry, but look at all the beautiful faces that have come from nine friends! I know there are only 18 kids in this picture and I said we have had 20 births (including two adoptions).  One of the kids was not in any mood to have his picture made this day and one baby is on the way.  Yes – you heard that right.  One of my amazing friends is having a baby at 45!  This was big big news for us gals and I am sure there will be a lot of conversations about this piece of news!

Well – I am off to GBB Weekend 2012 at Amelia Island, FL.  I will try to post some funny stories about the weekend as it progresses.  I can’t promise anything – a lot of our stories we decide to never repeat to another living soul.  This is why we have been friends for so long … too much dirt on each other.  Ha!

Hope your life is more heaven than havoc!


Teach Me Tuesday – “Iron” Wall Art


Hi All!

Before I get to Teach Me Tuesday, I wanted to share a video with you that made me laugh so hard.  Check out this hilarious kid at:

This Bowl is Too Heavy

This is video reminds me of when my kids were little. They were so dramatic about everything. Nothing has changed since they became teenagers – it is just a lot louder. I swear all I have to do is ask someone to bring the garbage cans in or feed the dogs and you would have thought I asked them to do hard labor in Siberia. They do it, but there is a whole lotta griping.

Today’s Teach Me Tuesday will be one of the easiest and cheapest projects I will show you. You only need 3 things:  a rubber doormat, a can of spray paint and sandpaper.  You will be able to make an amazing piece of artwork that looks just like an iron piece for your walls.  Iron is expensive.  This knock-off can be made for a fraction of the cost and looks just as expensive.  Plus you can customize it to be exactly what you want!

1.  A Rubber Doormat

You can find these everywhere right now – even the Dollar Store or Big Lots.  They are cheap and come in many different sizes, so use what suites you.  It is even okay to cut it up into pieces if you so desire. Be creative!

You can use your finished product horizontally or vertically.

2.  A Can of Spray Paint.  I like Antique White by Valspar.

3.  Sandpaper.

I like these sandpaper blocks, but you can really use any sandpaper you have laying around.  If you have an electric sander, you can use that also – makes it go a lot faster and saves your arm muscles.  You all know how I feel about sanding – it is a workout!  Note:  do not use 220 grit sandpaper like I have in this picture.  It will rip up your sanding block (I found this out the hard way).  I would use an 80 or 100 grit.

So those are the three products you need to complete this awesome project.  I just love simple supplies.  Here is what you do next:

Spray paint the rubber mat with the Antique White (or whatever color you choose).  Don’t worry about it being perfect, you are going to be sanding a lot of the edges to get that worn, rustic iron look.

I went over it a couple times, just to get into the corner and crevices.  Took me probably less than 10 minutes.  Yay!  Now – just sit back and wait for it to dry.

Okay … honesty time.  I went out to sand my mat and I only had the 220 grit sandpaper on hand.  So the next few pictures are not my finished product, but you will definitely get the idea of how cool this project looks when it is finished.

Source: via DeannaL on Pinterest

Close up of the finished product. Isn’t is amazing how it looks just like iron? Another plus is that it is so much lighter to hang on the wall. Do you ever hang a heavy art piece over your couch or your bed and obsess about when it is going to fall on your head? No? Oh, maybe those are my issues. Hmmmmm….

Source: via Georgeann on Pinterest

See how incredible the different shapes can look together? The half-moon mat really makes a statement on the wall!

Source: via CatchtheMoon on Pinterest

This is another way to use a rubber doormat. This is just the mat laid on top of a stained piece of wood. Then spray paint and peel back the mat. Beautiful!

Source: via Patricia on Pinterest

Another look … used four boards to make one piece of art. This is called an “image split”. You see it on canvases a lot.

Source: via Amy on Pinterest

Source: Uploaded by user via Jenna on Pinterest

That’s all for today! I am leaving tomorrow morning for my annual girlfriends weekend. I meet up with 8 friends that I have known since kindergarten. We get together once a year and laugh until we hurt.  The weekend is called GBB Weekend (Girl’s Behaving Badly) – enough said. I will have a special post on Wednesday with some pictures of the GBB gang. See you then!

Hope your life is more heaven than havoc!


Planted My Pots!


Just once, I would like to wake up, turn on the TV and hear …”Monday has been cancelled”!    ~Unknown

Wouldn’t that be amazing?  It would be the kind of happiness you feel when you would wake up to a “Snow Day” as a kid.  Remember the pure excitement and joy you would feel knowing you had a completely free day.  Aaaahhhh … big sigh!

We had another busy weekend at the Smith house.  One daughter at the State Latin Competition, two lacrosse games, an adult party with lacrosse parents and yard work.  I don’t mind busy … I will have the twins in college before I know it and I will miss the madness!

Today’s post is about planting my pots. It is such an easy, quick way to bring color and happiness to a porch, patio or deck.  Take a look:

Step 1:  Pick up a container you love and some plants.  I got the plants at Walmart, but I special ordered my container because I wanted a particular size and color in stone.  However, you can get amazing pots at Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s – almost anywhere.  Pots have really come down in price.  You can get a large pot that looks like it is ceramic but is really plastic for less than $30.

The plants I picked are:

Dracaena – the spike in the middle

Euphorbia – the small white vine plant

Lobelia – the blue/purple flower

Trailing Petunia – Yellow flower

Verbena – the red cluster flower

I like plants that trail over the pot and add a ton of color.

Step 2:  Fill up some of the space in the pot with recyclables, rocks or bricks so you don’t have to use so much dirt.  This will save you a little bit of money since you won’t have to buy so many bags of dirt.  I also find it helps with the draining to have the recyclables leave some open space at the bottom of the pot.

Step 3:  Fill your pot with dirt. I like a dirt that has a fertilizer in it to give my plants a little “jump start”.

Step 4:  Put something tall in the middle.  In this case I just put a simple spike, but I have seen all kinds of cool tropical plants in the middle and I love that look as well.

Step 5:  Plant your plants around the spike.  Be sure to alternate colors so you will get a more cohesive pot once the plants start to fill in and grow.

Step 6:  Water and Admire.

See … six simple steps to a summer full of color and beauty.

Now I will be the first to admit, I do NOT have a green thumb (my hubby can fully attest to this).  I am bad at remembering to water and forget about “dead-heading” the flowers.  I tried to pick flowers that are pretty maintenance free – can handle the sun and won’t hate me if I forget to water 1 (or maybe 2) days.  I think you could, without hesitation, call me a Serial Plant Killer.  Sad but true.  Just killed an orchid in about 8 days (although I will say I think my hubby over-watered it – he will deny this).

I do find that when I take the time to plant things myself, I seem to be more invested in the outcome.  Let’s see how my pots do this summer.  I will keep you updated with some pictures over the next couple months.

Plant yourself a container and have your own little pot of heaven.

Hope your life is more heaven than havoc!


Plan B


I had planned on a super elaborate post with over 100 pictures and two or maybe even three poems that I penned in my spare time, but instead this is what happened:

Source: via Missi on Pinterest

Happy Thursday!

Hope your life is more heaven than havoc!

Orange is so “A-Peeling”!


I love orange.  If you have ever read my blog, you know I have said that before but I thought it was worth mentioning again since this post is about painting a piece of furniture orange.  Orange seems to be one of those colors that brings out a lot of emotion in people.  You either love it or you hate it.  Orange has to be done right or it can be blinding and give you a headache.  But when it is a soothing orange like a sunset or a fall pumpkin, there is nothing more beautiful.  It is a color that makes me happy.

This post is a long time in the making.  I started this project about two months ago.  I am an “instant gratification” kinda gal (much to the chagrin of my hubby), so I usually try to finish my projects pretty quickly.  But in this case the d**m pollen kept getting in the way.  Every time I tried to put another coat of primer or paint on, it would be covered in yellow in about 2 minutes and I would have to start over.  I got very tired of sanding and wiping pollen so I let the project sit for a while until the pollen lessened.  I finally finished this weekend and am pretty happy with the results.  It is not perfect – but then neither am I.

I have been wanting a little orange statement piece in my foyer for quite a while.  I could not find something I liked or that fit or that I could afford.  I decided to take matters into my own hands when I found this piece at Ballard Outlet for $69.99.  It was the perfect size and the right price, but it was an ugly, fake looking oak and I wanted orange.  (This is where I stomp my foot and pout with a little whine added). Smile.

Anyway … here is what I did.

I realize from this picture that the color looks much deeper than it really was – but trust me … ugly oak.

A before picture from another angle.

Yes, I know that my garage is a mess.  I tried to crop out as much as the crap as I could – but you will just have to look past it.  Thanks!

This picture shows the color much better.  The garage is …. yep – still a mess.

Step 1:  Take out all the drawers and shelves and remove all hardware.

Step 2:  Once again admire the great deal you got on your piece.

Yes, you are reading that right … the original price was $459.00 then marked down to $343.99 … I got it for $69.99.  Are you kidding?  Who in their right mind would have paid $459.00 for this?  No offense to any one who might have made this mistake … but yikes!

Step 3:  Grab your sanding and priming supplies.

Start stretching out your arms – sanding can be a bit of a work out.  At least that is what I tell myself when I don’t go to the gym.  “No problem – I can eat that ice cream.  I sanded today.”

Step 4:  Sand while humming “I’m sexy and I know it … I WORK OUT!”

Top is sanded … at this point I am a little tired.  Time to take a little lemonade break.  hee!

Step 5:  Wipe down the sanded piece with a clean cloth.

Step 6:  Prime the piece.

This does not have to be perfect.  You will sand it one more time in between priming and painting.  I did not prime the back because I planned on modpodging some funky paper on the back. I have not done this yet, but I do have the paper so any day now …

Step 7:  First coat of paint.

Don’t panic when you see the orange – it is not done.  This is the first coat.  I was lucky enough to find the perfect orange color in a spray paint.  It is from Valspar and it is called “Fonda Copper”.  I knew it would work – especially if I used a dark glaze with it.  Spray painting is very therapeutic for me – but not always great in the wind … FYI.

Again – does not need to be perfect if you are papering the back.

I don’t have pictures of the rest of the procedure – I really don’t know why.  I must have been having one of those “officially lost it” days.  But, to finish it up, here are the steps I took:

Step 8:  Light sanding and another coat of orange.

Step 9:  Distress the edges of the piece with a heavier sandpaper.

Step 10:  Put a dark walnut glaze over the piece, a small section at a time and them immediately wipe it off, while rubbing it in.  Does that make sense?

Step 11:  Glaze entire piece with a Minwax paste.  Makes it smooth, deepens the color and protects it.

Step 12:  Put drawers back in and hardware back on.  I was lucky enough that I liked the hardware.  This can be easily changed, however, if you don’t like your hardware.

Okay … before I show you the finished product, let me show you the empty corner it will call home:

If you see any “dust bunnies”  I don’t want to know.

I am excited to show you how the finished piece looks, but I have not finished the foyer enough to show you it all just yet.  That will have to wait for another post.  I still need to decorate the top of the table, pictures, lamps and rugs.  Coming soon.

I like the way it turned out.  I know you might be wondering about the drip marks on the doors.  I know my hubby was.  It was originally a mistake, but then I kinda liked it so I left it.  I may go back and cover it later if it bugs me – but it reminds me that things don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

Another tiny issue … the magnet on the left drawer is missing so it won’t close all the way.  Easy fix.

Boy – do I need a new camera!  Every picture looks like a different color.  I hope you get the gist.  Isn’t Mother’s Day coming up???

Well … that’s it for today.  What do you think of my Orange foyer piece?  Do you find it “A-peeling”?  Stay tuned for how it fits in the foyer together with the rest of the decor.  Happy Hump Day!

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“I Have Officially Lost It” – Tuesday!


I know it is Tuesday and I usually do a Teach Me Tuesday post, but today I am calling it “I have officially lost it” Tuesday.  So, yesterday I did a post on my Powder Bath – Before and After.  If you didn’t get a chance to see it, you can see it here.  Anyway … the whole reason I decided to do that post is because I got my new drapes installed in the powder bath on Friday and I was so excited to show you the results.  What the heck?  I completely forgot to show you the window treatments.

Holy Moly … I am worried.  I will just keep repeating my name and address to myself to make sure I don’t forget who I am.  So today will be an extension of yesterdays post.  Here is my new window treatment.

Try to concentrate on the treatment and not my terrible camera skills.  I know how much everyone likes to be blinded by the sun coming through that window.

I really love the treatment.  I found the fabric separate from the wallpaper, but it almost looks like the flowers hook up to the wallpaper.  It was a nice surprise.  I am really happy how it came together.   Thanks to my new friend and seamstress, Susan Stowe at Putting It All Together.

This picture is a little better.  The grass cloth blind was there when we moved in … it is a little cheap looking and might have to go sometime soon.  I would love to frost this window similar to what Sherry and John from Young House Love just finished in their bathroom.  Check out their great post here.  I would love to have the natural light coming through the window without giving the neighbors a show!

Oh – I feel so much better getting these pictures posted.  I just wish they would have been included with the original post about my powder bath.  Sorry all!

I promise that next Tuesday will be another Teach Me.  Unless, of course, I forget what day of the week it is or where I am?  Geesh!

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Powder Bath – Before and After!


Monday is like a math problem. Add the irritation, subtract the sleep, multiply the problems, divide the happiness.  – Unknown

Isn’t this exactly what you feel like on Monday morning?  Back to the “grind”.  On the bright side … I am still here and healthy.  I shouldn’t be complaining about any day of the week, but when that alarm goes off on Monday morning, no amount of optimism can stop the bad words from coming out of my mouth.

I am excited to show you my nearly finished powder bath today.  If you remember from previous posts, we purchased a foreclosure that needed quite a bit of work.  The powder bath on the first floor was nothing but a pedestal sink and a light fixture.  No toilet, no mirror and absolutely NO character.  I only have one before picture … this was pre-blogging days so I wasn’t thinking ahead (unfortunately).

The floor was also in terrible shape.  Looks like there was some water damage – probably when the toilet was ripped out of the wall by the Toilet Thief!  I am not a pedestal sink girl.  I apologize in advance to those that have pedestals, but I just have never liked the way they look, the fact that they have no storage and that you can’t put much on the sink top.  Have you ever stayed at anyone’s house as a guest and been given the bathroom with the pedestal sink?  Where do you set down your toiletries or plugged in curling iron?  It always ends up on the back of the toilet.  Yuk!  Okay … that is my two cents on pedestal sinks.  So, as you might have guessed – the pedestal sink had to go!

Doesn’t this new vanity make such a huge difference over the pedestal?  Storage and a countertop, as well as an awesome Rustic Red by Sherwin Williams.  I had this vanity made for me at European Antique Pine Warehouse in Roswell, GA.  I have used them for many pieces in the past.  They do the most amazing work and are reasonable.  All their wood is shipped over in crates from Europe and the owners are a husband and wife that are lovely.  Check them out at!

Oh – let me just say that I know the towel is shedding and not so good looking.  That will be changing.

I love the red vanity with the new bird wallpaper. I adore this paper with a perfect mustard/gold background and rustic red branch and bird design.  It makes this entire bath.

The mirror is up and a floral basket behind the toilet was added.  More on these items…

Close up of the floral basket.  I love the colors and the rustic look of the basket.

Another angle … I like the texture it adds on top of the flat wallpaper.

The mirror is an old antique frame that I had sitting in my basement for years.  It had actually been in my mom’s house at one time with an ugly picture of a baby in a papoose (sorry mom – I’m sure it was really “in” at one time).  The linen surround was already part of the frame.  I just picked up a frameless mirror at Walmart for $7.00 and put it behind the frame – hung the mirror up and Ta-Da … custom mirror!  I really like how it turned out.  The mirror has a little distressing and some carving that gives it character and texture.

Do you ever take a picture and notice something that you did not really notice before you took the picture?  For me it is always my double chin.  Oops – I got off track there for a second – back to the bathroom.  In this picture (besides the ugly hand towel) it is the white light switch plates.  Those needed to be wallpapered – yesterday.  I will be on that immediately!

These bird pictures I had used in a previous dining room.  I found the pictures at an Estate Sale for $5.00 each.  They were on a heavy linen paper.  What a deal!  I then had them framed with the rustic red matting.  They were just perfect for this bathroom and I didn’t need to buy anything new.  I love it when you can re-use something in an entirely different room and you like it just as much as when you used it the first time. Yay!

Close up of the wallpaper.  Color is not really coming out accurately – it is more of a mustard color … damn camera!

And the final picture …

A TOILET!!!!  Oh – and check out the newly finished and stained floors.

A pretty big improvement – don’t you think?  I still need a rug for the floor.  It has been quite a challenge.  I am such a symmetrical person and putting a small rug in front of the vanity would not center up because the vanity is against the wall.  I have tried 3 different sizes and each one drove me crazy.  I think my next try will be a small round rug in the center of the bathroom floor.  I have given up on centering something in front of the vanity.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the changes I have made to my powder bath.  If you did enjoy this post, please consider passing it on or subscribing to my little blog!  I look forward to seeing you back tomorrow!  Happy Monday – try to keep those swear words under control!

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Fabulous Friday Favorites 6 – Chevron


Friday should be a day that means you are nearing the end of a satisfying week and look forward to the weekend as simply a time to enjoy other activities but not as a method of mental escape.
~Byron Pulsifer

Alright -only a man would write this quote.  Are you serious Byron?  I can pretty much take an educated guess that Byron is single, childless and works at someplace un-stressful, like maybe Disney World.  Weekends were made for mental escape – who are we kidding?  Oh Byron ….

Let’s get down to business – I can only project so much anger on Byron – it is Friday!

Today’s FFF’s are all based on the pattern of Chevron.  I know that some think that Chevron has been over done lately, but I still love it’s boldness and how fun it makes the room feel.  Take a look …


I am in love with gray and yellow.  I always have been.  My dorm room in college (last year – HA!) was all gray and yellow.  I have to admit, my mom and I went a bit overboard on the matchy-matchy gray and yellow EVERYTHING!  My towels were gray with my name monogrammed in yellow, my shower caddy – you guessed it – yellow and even my plastic storage bins – bright yellow.  My bedding was such a cool gray and yellow with yellow pillows.  I found out much later that I was talked about quite a bit on the dorm floor for being … how should I say this gently?  NUTSO!

My house has no place for gray and yellow but I can wear it … If I had worn that color combo in college and laid on my bed it would have been like camouflage. I definitely could have spied on my roommate.

Okay …back to Chevron. Wow, did I get on a tangent!

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Don’t you just love a little Chevron mixed in with your florals, stripes or geometrics?  Chevron can be contemporary, cottage, traditional even minimalist.  Throw a Chevron pillow on your couch and see how much it changes the entire looks of the room.  You can find these pillows at Target or Homegoods – don’t feel like you have to spend a ton of money.


Chevron makes a huge impact on your walls in any color.  I even like how it is painted on boards and leaned up against the wall.  These walls can make a statement in a bedroom, living room, bathroom or nursery.  I personally just like one accent wall in a chevron pattern.  If you did the entire room you might feel like you are in “dizzy-ville”.


Boy … I really am a little obsessed with gray and yellow.

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Of course I ended on a gray and yellow piece – and I swear that was unintentional.  I will take any one of these pieces. I think they are so funky and so cool. They are sophisticated and fun! There are not many things that can be described that way and used it so many different environments.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my FFF Chevron patterns today. Enjoy your weekend and MENTALLY ESCAPE – you deserve it!

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