Tuesday, March 22, 2011


I have been working on THE BEDROOM SUITE since January.  Because of the cold weather, I wasn't able to paint outside much.  I brought the first piece inside and that 's when I found out that I shouldn't be painting inside, at night.  My eyes are just too old to do that anymore.  That meant that I could only paint on weekends.  Anyway, on Sunday, I put it all in the booth at Urban Suburban.  SO glad to get it finished. 

First I'm going to show the BEFORE pictures

This is the headboard.  The mirror is not the one that goes with the suite.

One of the nightstands

The dresser

The nightstands and headboard after

dresser and mirror after

Close up of the dresser after

 As I said before, it is SO good to have all of this finished.  Hopefully it will sell.

Until next time,

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Everything Old Is New Again

I've seen a lot of blogs with framed skeleton keys.  I've even seen them in catalogues.  I want to share mine with you.

What do you think? 

The thing about this is that it's over 35 years old.  The frame has been painted about 3 times. I think it started out as an avocado green.  I didn't know anything about glue guns back then, so I used florist's wire to hold them on.  The background is burlap.  I need to straighten them up and repaint the frame.

So, here it is.  If you've made one, hang on to it.  It will always be in style.


Thursday, March 10, 2011


OK, this is how it happened.  Yesterday, I woke up to a leak in my kitchen.  We had torrential rains Tuesday night, as well as yesterday.  I left work at lunch to meet with a contractor.  He was going to look at it and give me an estimate.  When I was almost home, he called and said that he was having car trouble.  We were going to meet on Saturday.  As I was turning around to go back to the office, I passed by one of my favorite thrift stores.  Now, I have not been there since around November.  I have really shown restraint.  But...  Below is what I found.  They were stinking cheap!

Isn't this adorable?  I haven't decided what I'm going to do with it, yet.

But I know EXACTLY what I'm going to do
 with this one!!  It's VERY shiny, so I'll have to sand it
and then prime it before painting.

So, between the tables, and the chairs and the bedroom suite, I should have PLENTY to keep me busy this week-end and the next and the next and the ...


Friday, March 4, 2011


Well, so much for not getting anything new.  I ended up buying 3 little tables from Craigslist the same night I made my last post.  I got a good deal and they are SO cute and have SO much potential and... OK, so I'm trying to convince myself.  I'm feeling guilty.  Without further ado, here they are.

I think this may be my favorite.

Or is this my favorite?
 This one has a little repair work needed, but still good clean lines.

Well, those are my new purchases.  It's suppose to rain ALL day tomorrow.  That means I will have to bring stuff inside to paint.  I don't really like to do that.  This is what happened the last time I was painting inside.

This is almost a whole gallon of black paint.  Since it was latex, I decided NOT to try and clean it up.  I just let it dry for about a week, then I just peeled it up.  Easy Peasy.  And it left no tell tale signs. 

Have a wonderful weekend, no matter what the weather is where you live.  Do something creative.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Since the first of the year I have declared a moratorium on junkin.  OK, I know I went to that one estate sale, but that has been it.  Today, at lunch, with my purse on my shoulder, I walked out the door to go to a little thrift store close to my house.  When I got down to the lobby of my building, I realized that I just could NOT do it.  I simply have too many projects to complete before I can bring anything else home.  It's as though the warmer weather has given me Spring Junkin Fever.  Oh well, maybe by the time I get my big project completed, the yard sales will start and I will feel that I can go shopping.  What is my big project?  The 5 piece French Provincial bedroom suite that I'm working on. 

Since I don't have any finished projects to show, I'll post some pix of my house.  Most of them are a couple of years old, but it hasn't changed too much.

I'm waiting to have my TV installed over the mantle.  My daughter got it for me for Christmas.  The mirror that is there now has been moved to another wall.

I had this chair reupholstered a few years ago. I belonged to my parents.  It's in navy, red and gold.

My "coffee table."  Someone gave me 4 or 5 old suitcases.  I used 2 of them to make the base.  Someone in my neighborhood was getting rid of the glass top, because their toddler was starting to walk and it had sharp corners.  I just drove over a few blocks and the guy loaded it into my car. 

I absolutely LOVE my halltree.  It belonged to my aunt.  See the purses hanging on the left?  She made each one from scratch.  She was born in 1881.  I have 2 beaded evening bags sitting on the marble part with evening gloves on top.  The umbrella is very old, too.  My brother-in-law found it in an apartment building he owned and gave it to my mother.   See the pictures on the left?  Those are pictures of Tarrytown, NY, which is one of my favorite places on earth.  I decided to take them down and move them. 
 I put these there in place of the 4 small pictures.  I absolutely LOVE frames!!!   

That's all for now!