Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back-to-School with New Furniture

Every girl heading back-to-school needs a desk.
 

And if she's a college student moving into her first apartment, she needs a dresser, a nightstand and a mirror too!
 
 
I recently completed this project for Molly. Her mom came to visit me in the spring and we went snooping through the garage together. I had just picked up this dresser and nightstand at an estate sale.
 
 
And this desk has been hiding in the dark recesses of my garage for a while now.
 
 
Molly was hoping for a chair with an upholstered seat and I was thrilled when this one popped up at a yard sale.


It's sometimes hard to find a chair narrow enough to fit the opening of an older desk and this one was perfect!


The color is Martha Stewart's Popcorn mixed in Behr's Premium Plus, then mixed with my homemade chalk paint recipe. I'm still painting the majority of my furniture in the homemade chalk paint. It mixes easily, covers great and I just really like the flatter finish. I still prep with a light sanding and a good scrubbing with TSP Substitute. And my go-to top coat on most pieces is clear Fiddes & Sons wax. It goes on smoothly and dries really fast. I had been using a wax brush for a while, but found that I really prefer a soft cloth for application and buffing.

 
I love the floral detail on the chair.


And Molly chose a fun fabric for the seat!
 
 
We updated all the hardware for a fresh look and to coordinate the pieces.



 
I thought this nightstand was especially cute!
 

 
Molly is attending a small liberal arts college in my hometown - how is that for a unexpected coincidence!

 
I hope your school year is off to a great start Molly.
It was pleasure working with you and you mom!
 
 
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Be Inspired Features and Link Party #132

Happy Tuesday! Welcome back for features and party day!
 
Elizabeth and Co.

Seeing the school buses rolling through the neighborhood yesterday was a sure sign that summer is winding down and cool, crisp fall weather is right around the corner! I'm ready, how about you?
Now let's check out this week's awesome features .....

This beautiful and now totally functional kitchen makeover comes to us from Julie at Lilacs & Longhorns!


This amazing family office from Dixie Delights is absolutely gorgeous and also totally functional. It's chock full of surprises!


How cool is this coral geometric headboard from Reeves at The Weathered Door!


This is a great bed-to-bench transformation from Crafty in Canada!


Terry from Forever Decorating gave her metal ice cream parlor chairs the look of vintage grain sacks!


Laura from The Turquoise Home shared her Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins - definitely a winning flavor combination!


And this sunflower chalkboard from Pricillas just makes me smile!


Thanks so much to everyone who linked up and linked back!
If you've been featured, feel free to grab a cute little button from the sidebar!


Elizabeth and Co.
 
And don't forget that you can also share your garden and outdoor related projects all month long at our August Garden Party! 
 
Elizabeth and Co.

Now on to this week's party...
 
*Link up your furniture makeovers, DIY projects, home decor, crafts, recipes, thrifty finds, etc... We want to see whatever is inspiring you at the moment!
 
*A link back would be appreciated, especially if you'd like to be considered for a feature.
 
*And we'd love to have you follow along with us!

We'll be back next Tuesday with features and a brand new party!

 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Be Inspired Features and Link Party #131

Happy Tuesday! Welcome back for features and party day!
 
Elizabeth and Co.

Lots of great features to share, so let's get right to it .....

I've been falling in love with The Heathered Nest, one room at a time. And not only is this master bedroom beautiful and sophisticated, but you will not even believe the before photos!

 
 
 And oh my goodness, this little girl's room is just so darling!


Cassie from Primitive & Proper shared her gilded coral crush vanity and you know I love that color combination!


I'm also a fan of black mid-century dressers with gold hardware, like this beauty from The Painted Drawer!


How pretty is the lace stencil design on this dresser from Farm Fresh Vintage Finds!


This antique grey and white dresser from Roots and Wings Furniture Blog has such pretty details!

 

And here's more grey and white vintage goodness from D.D.'s Cottage and Design!

 

I'm loving the combination of a white table paired with black chairs from Lake Girl Paints!


This cute nursery is for two sweet little boys over at Loving Life. I love the DIY board and batten accent wall and thrift store dresser repurposed as a changing table!

 
Looking for a fun and super cute party idea? Check out the popcorn bar/movie night under the stars party over at DIY Beauify!


This Pumpkin Bread from Yesterfood just might put you in the mood for fall!


Now just imagine it topped with pecan praline sauce!


Thanks so much to everyone who linked up and linked back!
If you've been featured, feel free to grab a cute little button from the sidebar!

 
Elizabeth and Co.

And don't forget that you can also share your garden and outdoor related projects all month long at our August Garden Party!
 
Elizabeth and Co.

Now on to this week's party...
 
*Link up your furniture makeovers, DIY projects, home decor, crafts, recipes, thrifty finds, etc... We want to see whatever is inspiring you at the moment!
 
*A link back would be appreciated, especially if you'd like to be considered for a feature.
 
*And we'd love to have you follow along with us!

We'll be back next Tuesday with features and a brand new party!

 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Painting Everything In Sight!

I really like painting larger pieces of furniture. Dressers are my absolute favorite pieces to paint. I would be quite content with a never ending supply of dressers. But this summer, my garage somehow got filled up with a very random assortment of small bits and pieces. And clutter makes me kind of cranky. So I've been on a roll painting everything in sight. None of these projects are particularly worthy of a blog post, but I thought I'd share what I've been up to, just in case you thought I was slacking!
 









 
 

 




 
 
 
 
I didn't take pictures of everything, but I think you get the idea. Now  I have a little elbow room in my garage and I can breathe again. Next on my agenda, a huge dining room table with six chairs (talk about a lot of spindles) and a china cabinet!
 
But first I'm off to spend a few days with a sweet baby girl!
 
 
Life doesn't get any better than that!

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