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Monday, March 29, 2010

A couple of redo's

I can't believe it's been a whole month since my last post!  I have been crazy busy but here are a couple of things I've been up to.  The first is for a dear friend, she saw a picture of a bed in Restoration Hardware that she just loved but the price was a little over the top for girls on a budget like us so I told her we could do a pretty close recreation and we did.  So the Empire Bed pictured above is what she wanted.  She had a plain rustic pine bed which was a great base for us to start.
Great bones I thought, it just needed some ornaments and stain. So we looked through my book of ornaments and found some that we thought gave it the same feel as the Restoration Hardware one and then ordered some extras to create our own design and when they came we glued them on with construction adhesive. We bought curtain rod finials at Lowes and screwed them into the top of the post.  I based the bed in a red color to deepen the brown stain.  Then two coats of my custom "Espresso" mixture that I used on my beams.
I think It came it really nice and my friend loves it.  Mission accomplished.
Close up of footboard detailing.
Closeup of head board detailing.
My flash makes the red undercoat really show through but in person you barely see.  It really looks dark and rich.  The catalog picture shows the bed in front of an old brick wall so next up is to apply an "old brick" finish to the wall behind the bed that should be next month. 
And then for myself I finally finished the bookcase or should I say my dish cupboard to hold my white ironstone.  I previously posted a picture of the Cowboy setting this in place, and then he installed some fence post to help support it.
This piece turned out to be a little more work than I expected.  The layers of old paint were so thick and drippy that I ended up having to strip the crown molding once it was in place, not fun! I pried out the little bars that hold the shelves and used my Drimmel to sand out the little grooves so they would fit back in easier.
Once the prep was done I applied a base coat of black and realized it was going to be a real pill to paint so I just bought some satin black spray paint and sprayed the whole thing.  Much easier.  And the final result.....
Much better I think.  Eventually I want to have a base cabinet built to sit underneath to replace the post so that it looks like a huge hutch, but until then this will definitely work.  The Cowboy put two plugs in the back for me so I can put little lamps in it if I like.  I'll post a picture of it filled with the ironstone as soon as I get it unpacked.


  1. Well once again the amazing mother of three and grandmother of one has made something old and plain into a amazing great piece of art. For the first time I have just read my mothers BLOG that she has been telling me about yes I know what a daughter I am to just now be reading it. But as I sat here and read it I could only think why haven't I read this sooner. It made me stop and look back at all the life changing experiences we went through with this house. I remember telling my mom that do you realize that we as a family have seriously put TEARS,BLOOD,laughter,AND,SWEAT into this house? And I think that there has been more tears than anything:/ But looking back on it I wouldn't change it,I believe that as hard as it was it showed our dedication to one another and love for our family and has brought us closer. But what really made me appreciate all of it was the had work my parents put into it making sure we stuck together even while we all had to be apart for just a bit. And the things my parents did for us to have such an amazing house. I really do wonder at times could there really be such a thing as better parents as mine who love there 3 girls so much. I some times laugh at the words that come out of my mom and dads mouths when they say " well when the house is done" only because when you have two people who are artist's something never is finished in there minds there is always something new to add hahah ;)But I really can't wait till the day that our house is finished and my mother can have all the wonderful parties that she does oh so well, and my dad can be home to enjoy them and do what he really loves to do be with his family and just be home to take in all the hard work he has done for us. That is a day that will be remembered for a life time<3 Love you.
    from Always the middle one;)

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  3. Wow, T. you are good! I would love to know how many times I too have heard, "You can't do that", I designed my house when I was 21 years old, everyone told me BUY a house plan, you will be sorry... I still love it. My floors, same thing. My husband has finally come around and he don't question me anymore. I love your style and your grit, you go girl !

  4. Wow you did a fabulous job on that bed, I love it!

  5. WOW...again!! That bed is amazing!! Could you share where you purchase the wooden ornamentation like you used for the footboard? I am just so thoroughly enjoying your website...as I sit with my fourth cuppa this morning. I'm a new follower...thank you SO MUCH for your inspiration!



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