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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Themed Furniture Makeover: Words and Letters!

Welcome back to our Themed Furniture Makeover Day! 
This month features furniture transformations with Words and Letters.


This desk is my painful little contribution -SMH!
I will spare you the details of the many makeovers it has gone through the past few months until I could get it "just right"

Here is a before shot

Monday, October 20, 2014

Gloomy Gray to Bright Blue Headboard Bench!

Looks like surgery, doesn't it? 


This is how the headboard benches look during the building phase and for some odd reason one of my favorite parts of the transformation process.  

I guess this is the stage where I can finally start to see the potential where the old furniture turns the corner from

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fun with Fabric and a $100 Giveaway!

I am in LOVE with my new pillow!


Can you be in love with a pillow because if so then I am not just in love, but smitten!

I am very excited to team up with my blogger friends and Online Fabric Store for this post. 


Even MORE excited to give our readers a chance to WIN your OWN fabric from 
Online Fabric Store. Be sure and enter at the end of this post for a chance to win one of TWO $100 gift cards to Online Fabric Store - that could be YOU!
Be sure to enter the form at the bottom of this post.

But First - Here's what we did! 
19 of us were given 1 yard of gorgeous fabric of our choice from OFS and a pillow form.


Initially it was a tough choice as their selection is fabulous.   So many colors and textures to choose from but of course in the end I played it safe and went with what I felt complimented my existing home decor.  I chose this beautiful 


I was super excited to get started on this but have to admit it has been a long, long time since I have sewn, so I was a little nervous.   It didn't help that my other blogger friends have been posting some amazing pillow ideas all week and have set the bar really high!  I will provide the links at the bottom of this post so you can visit them as well. 

My friends have also posted some amazing pillow tutorials so I will spare you the details here and just show you the supplies that I used for mine.


First let me tell you about this Online Fabric Store Home Elegance Pillow Form.  It is the perfect shape and fluff for this project and in itself is made with high quality elegant fabric.

Cut, measure, sew and ready to go...so I thought! 


Seems that my sewing machine is out of commision so I went back to the basics and sewed up my pillow by hand.  My mom and middle school home-ec teacher would be proud!  It literally took me thirty minutes to complete my pillow!


If you don't have the skills or the patience - no worries.
In addition to carrying fabrics and supplies to make your own pillows, OFS now carries ready-made decorative throw pillows!

I just may have to try a few more because can you ever have too many pillows?
According to my husband, yes as he removes the 57 throw pillow from our bed but what does he know???

Like I said, thirty minutes later and I had this beautiful new pillow!
The center embellishment was sewn on with some Heavy Duty Upholstry Thread.

And now some beauty shots!
There are so many places in my home where my new pillow looks stunning!

The pillow looks great with my Aubusson Blue Sewing Cabinet.
Note to self...get sewing machine fixed!




Outside on my Iron Garden Bench...


Online Fabric Store sells similar coordinating Red pre-made decorator pillows HERE.

Or on my Blue Rocking Bench...


Wow!  maybe I should have made a few more pillows to spread around, but did you happen to notice the chair?


Online Fabric Store was so generous with the amount of fabric that I was able to do a little makover on the chair too! 


Now I have a comfy place to sit in my kitchen as I blog.
(if this little guy will scoot over!)


Well I am super pleased with my pillow - THANK YOU Online Fabric Store for the opportunity to create some new beautiful home decor! 

Now here's your chance to WIN! 
Enter below:






   
a Rafflecopter giveaway




Good luck! ~Tami






Thursday, October 2, 2014

DIY Knockoff Card Catalog: Knockoff Tour #2

I love high end decor, don't you? 
Too bad I'm too cheap frugal to pay the high prices.

DIY Knockoff Card Catalog in Annie Sloan old White and Minwax English Chestnut via Curb Alert! blog www.curbalertblog.com

I have four kids and with that comes a lot of expenses that usually suck our funds right out of the budget leaving little for home decor.   Hence the reason I love anything and everything Knockoff.  With a little bit of creativity you can just about imitate anything.

That's why I love this series and this group of girls really challenge me to really push my DIY and decor boundaries. 


Lately I have been obsessing over the card catalogs that I have seen everywhere but have you seen how much they cost?  Wow!   I don't think so!  


So with this month's blogger Knockoff Tour in full swing I challenged myself to make my own. 

I headed to my favorite thrift store and found this guy for $30.00.  
I think it will work! 


I studied up on a few other blogger tutorials because this genius idea has been executed before.  Only I had to tweak a few things to make my version work.  

I have so many pictures of the process that I think I will prepare another tutorial post in the future so stay tuned.   But until then - here is a very brief idea of how I did it...

DIY Knockoff Card Catalog tutorial in Annie Sloan old White and Minwax English Chestnut via Curb Alert! blog www.curbalertblog.com

I measured the original cabinet and mocked up a drawing of the card catalog.   I cut up 42 equal sized paper sheets and laid them out over the cabinet just to get a visual.  It may seem like a waste of time but it was extremely helpful to see how it all fit together without cutting and ruining wood pieces.  I then cut and stained the wood pieces and glued them to the front of the cabinet doors. 

Here is my visual inspiration found over at Dishfunctional Designs.  My heart beats super fast whenever I see this picture!
I love love love it and had to try my hardest to replicate it! 

DIY Knockoff Card Catalog in Annie Sloan old White and Minwax English Chestnut via Curb Alert! blog www.curbalertblog.com

And for about $60 here's mine... 

Annie Sloan Old White
Minwax English Chestnut Stain
Minwax satin Polyurethane

(Please note that Poly over Old White tends to yellow/age the paint but in this case that's what I intended.)  

Cabinet Label Holders found at D. Lawless Hardware


DIY Knockoff Card Catalog in Annie Sloan old White and Minwax English Chestnut via Curb Alert! blog www.curbalertblog.com


I wanted it to be a bit worn looking and didn't even measure to attach the hardware.  I'm hoping it looks like we have had it for ages, imperfections and all.
Man it was hard to photograph this piece, the pics just do not do it justice!
It's beautiful!

DIY Knockoff Card Catalog in Annie Sloan old White and Minwax English Chestnut via Curb Alert! blog www.curbalertblog.com

DIY Knockoff Card Catalog in Annie Sloan old White and Minwax English Chestnut via Curb Alert! blog www.curbalertblog.com

It's located in our front entry so it serves double duty with a little secret. 
We store castoff shoes and backpacks in there. 

DIY Knockoff Card Catalog in Annie Sloan old White and Minwax English Chestnut via Curb Alert! blog www.curbalertblog.com

DIY Knockoff Card Catalog in Annie Sloan old White and Minwax English Chestnut via Curb Alert! blog www.curbalertblog.com

Well there you have it! 
I have a feeling I am going to hold on to this piece for quite awhile.
How did I do?

DIY Knockoff Card Catalog in Annie Sloan old White and Minwax English Chestnut via Curb Alert! blog www.curbalertblog.com

Sharing all over blogland, including...
TDC Before and After

Did you see our previous KnockOff Tour?  You can see it HERE!
Now let's see what my other blogger friends have been up to, they always seem to amaze me! 














Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Easy Chalkboard Hand Lettering Tutorial


A few folks have asked how I wrote out the lettering for my Happy Fall Y'all Chalkboard. 
It was freehanded - well sortof :)
It was easy and I will show you how I did it!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Happy Fall Y'all: Butterscotch Bench

Happy Fall Y'all! 

It's finally here and I welcome it with open arms! 

I love fall, don't you?


Well have a seat and get comfortable because I have a treat for you today:

Monday, September 22, 2014

DejaVu: Another Headboard Bench in Blue (and Theo)

I know, I know I just posted a blue headboard bench last week but I think I am now in the bench business. 

It's a good thing.

Another good thing is our new friend FooFoo! 
  
I call him FooFoo but his real name is Theodore and the kids call him Theo.  


Long story short,

Monday, September 15, 2014

DIY ADD

I'm a little excited!
Three years ago today, September 15th was my  first official blog post at Curb Alert!  
My little blog baby was born.  


Wow!  Life has changed so much

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