Monday, September 21, 2009

Barbra Streisand

Wow it's been a long day. I was woken by a barking dog 4 this morning and wasn't able to get back to sleep. I had so hoped to get to sheet rocking but I did get to measure the not so new but new to me doors. I believe Craigslist is awesome and a great way to save money as well as find some fun stuff. When I finish both tasks I will post them. I struggled with send my dresser pics for a before and after on a totally awesome blog site called Design Sponge but I ended up chickening out. I just don't think I'm good enough and the lack of school and training gets to me sometimes. Who knows maybe I will have the courage to one day send them something.

I did finially finish Barbra Streisand in tape tonight. I can honestly say I don't enjoy the gluing down part. It's actually quite frustrating and is quite the detourant for me continuing this. I have one more to finish up and it's Alice Cooper. I also want to do Slash from Guns and Roses and maybe an Eddie Veddar. (hint) We'll see, I did find a new blog sit that is so creative and fun I want one to look at and laugh.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Before and After

I was reading a design blog called "Design Sponge" and I love love love her pics and the flow of her site. There is this one thing she does called before and after. People send in their before and after shot of what they created. It always amazes me how people create out of not much. So I had to try and I soooooo wanted to do something different, like paint it orange but could hear the voice of my husband. After much pondering I decided to do different but not totally out there. This is what I came up with. It was a free dresser that was dated but still in good shape. The colors in the room it was going in was pale blue with chocolate brown accents and a pop of orange to shake it up. I search for mod wallpaper to cover the drawers but was too pricey even for a small amount. So I used craft paper which totalled, maybe 1.50. After I had it on it still looked to quaint and not edgy enough. So I dugged out my paints and stain and had at it. Far away it looks stone like yet up close it's got a modern/contemporary feel to it. So recycled dresser, acrylic paint and stain and some craft paper = less than two dollar dresser made new.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Back to school Paris style

Well not really but I have finished my daughter's room in time for going back to school. She wanted a Paris style room. I started collecting things a couple of years ago so I could afford to do this. Decorating is expensive and I am all about making things affordable. I also love finding treasure along the way and coming up with ideas to reuse things. First off we found a porcelain french doll and she loved the red, white, and black theme. I also found some beautiful prints with a Paris theme at a thrift store for a couple of dollars. That just set the stage and from there we spent a year yard sale and thrift store hopping. We found a waterfall (when I say we I mean me and my daughter) vanity that was a little beat up but with a few coats of paint it brought a modern feel to the room. The chandelier was a dollar that I painted and rewired. That alone made it so much better but I had to add some bling. Christmas clearance was where I found the fake crystals and pearls. Then another clearance brought the silk shades. All together I think I spent under 20 dollars. I re purposed her bed and dresser with new knobs and comforter and fabric. The chair was thrown away but I reupholstered and added new legs. I also have a bookshelf in here but it is for use not really show. Her door was so abused I just covered it with a piece of fabric to add texture. If I had more money I would of done so much more as it is I spent under 200 for the whole room.