Monday, April 28, 2014

New Inspiration Board

I'm still plugging away at my studio redo. I had four days off over Easter weekend so we were able to repaint the entire room, paint and install new baseboards, and I started moving in all the furniture pieces I'm using for organization. We still need to finish the trim around the window and replace the doors and door trim. Even with those last few little projects, the room already looks so good!! Today, I thought I would share my desk area that I set up and my new inspiration board. 

A couple of years ago I used this crib mattress spring as my inspiration board, but I was ready for something different. 

Last summer we hit some garage sales around our neighborhood and I came across a HUGE beautiful frame for a great deal! Our car was full with other garage sale finds and it wouldn't fit, so poor Nate had to walk home with it.....luckily it was only one block. :) It was supposed to go to my booth, but I just couldn't let it go! 

With a little chicken wire stapled to the back, I turned it into my new inspiration board. 


I considered painting it, but I didn't want to lose the character and patina. 

Just look at the detail!

And, I can't seem to stop buying house numbers when I see them even though I have a ton that I never remember to use. I thought if I put them on display, I wouldn't forget about them so easily. 

I think I am going to stain the fence board top of the desk darker to match the other darker wood tones in the room. It looks a little out of place right now. 

I was using this vintage sugar mold as a candleholder, but it was just collecting dust on a shelf. I love it on my desk as a functional storage piece! 

Did you notice my AWESOME bentwood chair?!?!

I am in LOVE with the leather, the nailhead trim and dark wood!!!


It is all coming together so nicely!!!! I can't wait to share more so stay tuned!!! 

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Studio Progress

Hey there!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! The weather here in Michigan has been beautiful! I've loved being able to work outside again. But, in typical Michigan fashion, they are calling for 1-3 inches of snow tonight! Crazy!!! 

I worked on my craft room redo a little bit over the weekend....and that reminds me....I have decided I am now going to call it my studio instead of my craft room. I really dislike the word craft for many reasons. The word makes me feel like I'm back in Kindergarten gluing popsicle sticks together. I think what I do, what all of us bloggers (and nonbloggers) do, is much more than crafting! We are artistic, creative, inspiring, and talented. Crafting is just not a strong enough word to describe what we do, therefore, I refuse to use it. Besides, studio sounds way more professional anyway. :)

Ok, enough about that! Let me show you the dresser I redid to use as storage in the room. 

The nursery at the church I work at underwent a makeover a couple years ago. There was a dresser that was no longer needed, so I said I would take it. Like everything else in my house, it sat in my garage forever until I figured out what to do with it. 

This is not a true before picture. I got a little ahead of myself and removed the drawer pulls, sanded it a bit, and filled some holes, but it'll do. 

I just received some paint samples from General Finishes and used Lamp Black for this piece. I absolutely LOVE this paint!! The coverage is great and I love the subtle sheen that's left once it dries. I can't wait to work with it again. I've got a few more colors to try! 

I chose some vintage looking glass drawer pulls from Hobby Lobby and moved it into place on the stamped triangle wall I completed last weekend. (Please ignore the missing baseboards!)

(Sorry about the picture quality. This room gets very little natural light and, of course, it was rainy and overcast when I needed to take pictures). 


This dresser provides me with some much needed storage and I love it!!! I can't wait for you to see what else I have in store for this room!! I'll be plugging away at it for the next several weeks, so check back for more updates! 

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger

I'm being featured today by the lovely Kris over at her blog Junk Chic Cottage for her Saturday Spotlight Series. I'm sharing things that are more on the personal side, so please head on over if you'd like to learn a bit more about me! :)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Fun New Finds

Hey there!! I had a really productive weekend and I am excited about the things I got accomplished! Nate and I worked on a cabinet he picked up for me last week and I started working on our office redo! Nothing is complete enough to reveal yet, but you may have seen the little peek of the stamped wall I shared on Instagram and Facebook!

I've also started buying things as I see them for the office, and kind of by accident, there seems to be a black and white theme going on. I'm liking it! 

I have found some pretty cool stuff over the last week, so I decided to decorate my mantle with a few things to enjoy until I'm ready to start moving it into the office. 

Black and white, wood tones, and gold with an industrial flair is the look I'm going for in the office! We'll see how it all comes together.

I've got a dresser that needs to be painted, the rest of the room needs to be painted, new trim, doors and baseboard need to be installed, I have some wood cubbies that I think I'm going to paint. Ahh! So much to do! I can't wait to share the progress with you! Stay tuned! 

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