Happy Summer ya'll! I've been waiting for it to warm up since fall. It was a looong cold winter here in the midwest and I am so excited to peel off my 600 down parka and soak up some sun. Today I'm going to show you my little spring project where I glamped-out my pop-up camper! Our dear friends from Denver, Colorado retired and decided to upgrade to a large camper. They called us and said they would like to give us the pop-up camper and for us to continue creating amazing memories as they did when their kids were little. We were ecstatic. It is made in the 90's and is in mint condition. They have always taken good care of it and kept it in the garage since they have owned it. All of the canvas is in perfect condition as well as the cushions for the benches and beds so I chose fabric and colors to coordinate with them.
Now in my book, it's not glamping-it-up unless there's a colorful tassel fringe!
As you can see from the "before" picture, the veneer cabinet color is...
When I think of summer I think of the smell of fresh cut grass, baseball, eating dinner on the patio, and sunshine! And, with that in mind came my inspiration for this adorable pair of chairs. I love the shape and detail of the backs and I just knew if I dug deep into my armoire of paint I would pull out the perfect color to accompany one of my favorite fabrics.
The first thing I did was remove the pads & rip off the tired old navy stripe fabric. I saved one of the covers for a template, which I always like to do so I have an accurate measurement for the yardage I need for the new fabric.
After giving the chairs a good wipe down, I put on a nice even coat of "Fresh Mustard" by Country Chic Paint. Then I lightly sanded with 220 grit to smooth out any brush strokes, and topped them off with another coat of paint and a durable coat of Tough Coat to help protect against the daily wear & tear by these two (see exhibit "a" & "b").
I really think this color just screams - bright, bol...
You know when you see a piece of furniture and you just feel the need to buy it? Well, this charming table was priced right & has that french provincial curviness that everyone loves! I think it's the perfect size for an entry table or a sofa table, actually now that I think about it, it would be so cute as a vanity in a powder bath as well!
(Click on the picture above for more inspiration using Country Chic Paint All-In-One Decor Paint)
I began by painting two even coats on the entire table & I lightly sanded with 220 grit in between coats. When working with a smooth, sleek surface like this top, I really try to stretch the paint from one end to the other to avoid any unwanted brush strokes. Sanding...
It's been a little while, but the Salvage Sisters are back and ready for action. We found this tall boy dresser in decent condition - besides the obvious, there was some good ol' 1980's contact paper stuck all over the drawer bottoms, but we saw past it's flaws & turned this functional piece of furniture into something fabulous!
We really think this piece is perfect for any space, whether it be in a kids bedroom, adult bedroom, or even in a mud room because it has such great storage.
We started off with a single coat, lightly sanded with 220 grit to smooth out any brush strokes we may have created & then one more final coat. To seal and protect it, we used Country Chic Paint Hemp Oil.
When I first met Stacy it was around Christmas 1980. The memory is slightly fuzzy, she was this beautiful ambitious blonde with bangs to the back of her head and big (I mean HUGE green eyes, it's hereditary) she scooped me up in her arms and showed me the world. I'm sure our mom freaked out when she popped into the bathroom arms snuggly around her newborn baby. Just a couple months later, Valentine's Day, she would turn two. I was her baby, from there on that goldilocks would tell me everything, boss me, be my "teacher", hold my hand and show me the way.
We were sharing a room and we had many loooong bedtimes where I would just lay chatting away and Stacy would finally say let's play a game... The silent game. Whoever talks first has to make the bed tomorrow. I didn't really have a choice to play or not. I would then crack my toes or shimmy on over and plant my butt on her until she would finally yell at me and ultimately lose the game. She would get pay back while practicing
Valentines Day has never been a huge event with my husband and I. Blame it on schedules or just not wanting to give into societies' escalated prices and pressure to deal with below par service and a $10 a la carte potato. Now, don't get me wrong, we will go out on a date night sometime around there when my hubby's firefighter schedule permits. I'm sure we will exchange a card and a little something chocolate or made from the heart!
Then, there's the kids... when my older daughter was in preschool I was super ambitious and got the crazy idea to do the Minion Twinkie Valentines https://www.pinterest.com/pin/131730357824915969/, ADORABLE, but I didn't know what I was getting myself into.
(Thank-you Just-Between-Friends.com for the free printable)
My amazing sister did half the work for me by printing the cards and sadly, I was still up till midnight on the 13th trying finish them. All I had to do was cut a few slits and shove the twinkie in... FOR FORTY KIDS. Needless to say, the next yea...
I scanned Pinterest forever looking at ideas for my photo gallery that I was planning for my stair wall. I pinned and pinned and pinned and finally one day came up with the brilliant neurotic idea to have my kids cut out a pattern for each of the frames going on the wall. After they cut out all 57 (or so) of them, and I measured up the wall and marked my spots every 2’-0” I was ready to begin. Or was I?
Another couple of days went by and every time I walked up and down the stairs I was reminded of the challenge of creating the most perfect photo gallery ever! I slowly began to compile the tools that I needed until one evening I ran out of excuses and it was time to hammer in that first nail. The nail that would start it all, the center mark, the foundation, the big bullseye…I picked up my hammer, grabbed the nail and did it! Of course, I didn’t hit a stud (on the first one or any of them for that matter), but I didn’t care. I just k...
1. No such word, No other place like it! Our crazy home & life & family
Not so much a "ranch" per say, more like a family from the city that moved to an acreage and has to drive 20 minutes to the nearest Target. We do not farm our land, we have no animals to milk or butcher - we have a few chickens, but the closest thing we have to livestock is a herd of cats. Which, is a whole new experience because we're not really even cat people. But, I'm more of a cat person than a mouse person so we have 4 mice-catching kitties & we love them all.
When we committed to buying land my main concern was how far away from everything we were going to be. I tested the drive to my favorite places (Target, Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx) and felt that I could live with the distance and now that we're out here, I can. It's really not that bad. What I didn't think about when I committed to life in the count...
Happy 2016 everyone! Well, I've spent all sorts of time reading, studying, and obsessing over blogs but I'm never going to get my first post done if I never start. So here goes nothing don't judge- someday I'll come back and edit over all of this!
This time of year I really like to take a minute and catch my breath. I bust my butt working extra time before the holidays as a hairstylist trying to get everyone in to look their best, trying to catch some of the festivities going on around Denver, and of course enjoying time with family and friends that come to visit. December 26th I’m exhilarated and yet exhausted all at once! I have to get back into routine ASAP before I lose my mind and the little bit or “normalcy” that I can usually maintain. Kids are back to school now, my husband and I are back to our ordinary work schedules and Christmas chaos is somewhat back in it’s bins and shoved in the basement (We’ll get back to that later).
So, lets start off by talking about ways to get organi...