Monday, February 22, 2010

Award & Fabulous Finds

I'm so excited that I just been bestowed my SECOND SUNSHINE AWARD! To be featured with some fantastic bloggers like this is just great!

I want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to Jessica, Improbable Housewife .


Isn't it Pretty?

and now I must pass it on too

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The rules for accepting the Sunshine Award are as follows… 1. Put the logo in my post or within my blog. 2. Pass the award onto 12 fellow bloggers. 3. Link the nominees within my post. 4. Let the nominees know they have received this award by leaving a comment on their blogs. 5. Share the love and link to the person who gave you the award!

Now, I get to pass this award on to 12 bloggers who bring a little sunshine to my day!

Here’s my sunshine award nominees







Remodelaholic

A Lemon Squeezy Home

Cookin’ Lean Like Paula Deen

Embellished Bayou

jam*n*jilly

Jimmy Choos & a Baby Too

Lanie J. and Co.

Posy Pocket

Sew Chic and Unique

Sneaker Teacher

Someday Crafts

The Seasoned Homemaker

I hope this inpires all of you to go see these fabulous blogs!




Fabulous Finds



I love the lines of old furniture and to take it and change it to make it mine and unique. The process can be quite simple, depending on your piece, yet provide you something that will be admired and treasured. No one else will have YOUR piece.

Often it simply takes a light sanding to rough up the surface, then one-two light sprays of a quality primer, followed by light sprays of the color of your choosing, building until you reach the desired finish. Complete the process with a spray of polyurethane.

One of my projects,
this chair, went from drab to fab, by simply following this process and changing the fabric on the seat. This chair was purchased for $10. We spent $10 on HIGH QUALITY spray primer and spray paint. You can spend less on the paint but may not get the finish that is the best. We also purchased high quality upholstery fabric from Calico Corners. We paid $10 for a yard of fabric. We only needed a very small piece and have quite a bit leftover for throw pillows. So, for less than $30, we have a showpiece.

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Where do you find these great pieces? With patience and frequent trips to Goodwill, Salvation Army, other thrift stores or Craigslist and Freecycle.

To show you how great these items can be, I went on Craigslist today to show you what you can find.

Here is a fabulous
9 drawer dresser for $50!
This is a great deal! It has great lines and I would not be afraid to use it outside the bedroom. I would love this in my living room, near the front door with two lamps and a display of some sort. I would seperate the mmirror from the dresser. The mirror could also be used outside the bedroom with a little updating.

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Here is a great chair
that would not only provide additional seating, but would be a great decorator item, once completed. The chair is only $39.

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This shelf unit would be great in any room!
It would be useful to display items and provide additional storage. It comes with the tv for $150.

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And last, but not least, this dresser is beautiful!
Again, it had beautiful lines and would be a great addition to a home. The dresser is $99.

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Remember, a lot of people will negotiate. I purchased two chairs that had $25 marked for each. I asked the manager to make a deal and she said 2 for $30 and there is a $5 off coupon at the register! A great deal! I cannot wait to finish this project.

If you are afraid to embark on the adventure of refinishing, as many have disclosed to me, start small. Purchase one, inexpensive item with clean, simple, straight lines. Gently rough up the surface by sanding. Apply thin even coats of primer, followed by a quality spray paint, followed by a quality polyurethane. Always thin, even coats so that there are no runs. I was not out much money, and it turned into a fabulous chair with rave reviews.

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