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I'm being featured on Classy Clutter!!!

Monday, May 30, 2011

I sent a link from my blog over to Mallory & Savannah at Classy Clutter and they featured me as one of their inspired readers here for my Tiffany dresser remake I did from them! (go here to see my Tiffany dresser) Go check it out and if you don't already follow them you should, they do some really cute stuff (obviously, since I remade one of their projects!)




Thank you ladies, I am honored!

Making progress & finished a dresser!

Saturday, May 28, 2011



I made some progress on the kitchen table redo & it's coming along nicely. I've done 3 coats of black on the table & 2 coats on the chairs. I'm thinking 4 coats should probably do the trick, and then I'm going to spray on a few layers of polyacrylic over everything and maybe do a heavy duty clear coat over the table to really protect it from scratches and dings and all that good stuff. Here's a few pictures from yesterday and today...

A primed chair & a chair with 1 coat of paint...you can see why so many coats are required!
 The table is coming along beautifully. I love it! Why didn't I do this sooner?!

A chair with 2 coats of paint...we're slowly getting there. That's a lot of nooks & crannies to get into!
Today was finally a beautiful, sunny day, which means I got to get outside & paint Lily's dresser! If you remember my last post here I showed you the gorgeous Tiffany's inspired dresser I found in blog-land that I just had to recreate. Well, it turned out perfectly, if I do say so myself!

Here is the before picture. Cute little dresser with lots of potential!

I used my new favorite primer, Kilz!

 Sprayed the hardware with Krylon's Matte Aluminum.


Then I did 4 thin coats of Krylon's Ocean Breeze.

(This picture was after the first coat...I'm kind of new to spray paint so that's why it took me so many to get full coverage. Luckily Krylon dries super fast and even faster in the sun, so it was only about 5 minutes between each coat).
 And the finished product! I used a little brush and painted the detail work with Folk Art's Metallic Pearl (found at Michael's). This stuff is soooo pretty & made it pop!

I love how the handles turned out!

Lily loves her new dresser! She showed it off to daddy the second he got home from work.

Isn't it gorgeous? I keep peeking my head into her bedroom every time I walk by just to get a quick look at it.
This was a super fun and easy project. I'd say all in all it only took maybe 90 minutes from start to finish. Everything dried super fast because it was sunny and warm out, so it was a quick makeover! A big thank you goes out to Mallory and Savannah at Classy Clutter for their inspiration for this dresser redo. You can check out their blog at ClassyClutter.blogspot.com & find their original Tiffany Inspired dresser here. Check out their blog...they have some super cute ideas! I love them. I can't wait to start on my next project!




xoxo Melissa
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Finally...a project!!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

It's been far too long since I've had a good project. With all the crap going on with my back, surgery, injections, and now physical therapy my activity has been pretty limited. I'm been drooling over a few furniture refinishing blogs I've seen & I have about a thousand of them bookmarked, just waiting for the chance to start one when I get to feeling better. Well, last night I stumbled across a blog that got me pumped! I don't even know how I got to this blog...don't you love when that happens? You go off on a little adventure and keep clicking from one blog to another and soon you're totally sidetracked and you don't even know how you got there?! It happens to me all the time, but this time I'm sooooo thankful that it did because I found the coolest thing ever. The blog is called Full of Great Ideas and the post I found was on how to refinish a kitchen table and chairs. I was intrigued by it because the girl had almost the exact same table as I have and I've been dying to paint mine but just haven't (out of fear of ruining it or something). Here's what her table looked like before:
Mine pretty much looks exactly like that...light wood, same shape, pedestal legs. In other words...dated. It's not the ugliest dining set in the world, but it's definitely not my style. At least the blogger gal had better chairs to work with though. Mine are pretty horrendous. You'll see here in a second.
 Here's what her table looked like when she was done:

And here it is with the chairs:

Amazing, right?!!! She even reupholstered the chairs too, which turned out so good, don't you think?! Just gorgeous...I love them. Everything turned out so great. So why haven't I painted my dining set? I don't know...like I said, fear of ruining it perhaps? Who knows. It's kind of a big project and it intimidated me I guess. I showed the picture to my husband last night and he thought it looked really cool too and he said "Just go for it babe." That's all the reassuring I needed! I read and re-read her tutorial a few times (which you can find here) and made a list of the supplies I'd need and headed to Home Depot with Lily. Even after I got home with my bag of supplies I had a little hesitation so I had to call my mom and make sure she thought it was a good idea too (why do I need so much reassurance over this?! I don't know). After a little more inner conflict with myself I finally decided to just "go for it" as Shayne said, and I'm so glad I did. It's nowhere near done obviously, and it's going to take a few days to complete because it requires lots of layers of paint and a lot of drying time in between, but here's what I got done today.

This is the table taken apart before I started:

Here's a bad cell phone picture of the priming process:
(I was really scared at this point!!!)

After the first layer of primer:
Wow...it's actually looking good so far!!! Maybe this wasn't a horrible idea after all.

The chairs...oh the chairs. I told you these beasts were hideous! I still don't know if the chairs are even going to look good or work with what I'm wanting to do, but I figured I'd at least try to paint them all up and see how they look. I might have to ditch them & find some other old wooden chairs at a thrift store to paint. I just can't stand all the carving and crap on them! They may or may not look good all glazed up & distressed, but they might still look too country-kitchen or whatever the heck you would call this. We shall see!

And after the first coat of primer:
Looking better though, right? Maybe they won't be so bad when I'm done with them.

And I got one more coat done before I had to put the kiddies to bed.

Yaaaaayyyy! I'm so excited for this now. Tomorrow I'm going to go pick out the black paint and get started on some color. I can't wait to see it all prettied up with a gorgeous black. I haven't quite decided if I want to do the chairs black and make some cut seat cushions for them, or if I want to do something different and paint the chairs a different color. What do YOU think? Shayne says just paint them black, but I think it might be better to do a different color so it's just not too too much black, you know? I'll have to think about it. Maybe I'll paint one chair a different color first and see how it looks. If it looks stupid then I can paint it black and no one will ever know! Great idea I just had :) I love when that happens. 

Sooooo, I have another project I'm starting. I've been wanting to paint Lily's dresser for a while. It's a really really cute little white 3 drawer dresser. It's in good shape because none of the drawers are broken and there's no chips or anything cosmetically wrong with it. Once again, I was searching in blog-land and I came across another great blog here. What struck me was that the girl had the same exact dresser as Lily, except the one in the blog had 4 drawers instead of 3. 
Here's Lily's dresser:
Not as horrendous as the table, right? But it still definitely needs some help! It has good bones though.

And here is the gorgeous Tiffany's inspired dresser I'm going to try to replicate:
Stunning, right? It's something I would have never thought to do, but once I saw it I just knew that I had to do this to Lily's. It's so elegant and just beautiful, and will fit in perfectly in my little lady's room!

I went and got all of the supplies for this one today too but I couldn't actually start it yet because it was raining outside :( And I don't have a garage either, and spray painting indoors is a big no no. I cannot wait to start this piece!!! When I do I will definitely be showing it off to everyone I know.

So that's what I'll be working on for the next few days. And after I'm done I'm moving on to a table that I'm so freaking excited to start on.
I've been putting it off too because I absolutely love this table and I'm just so afraid of ruining it. It's pretty as is, but could be so much better with some paint and glaze & a little distressing. I'm not sure what color I want to do yet though...maybe a bright teal color?! What do you think? Let me know and maybe I'll go with your idea. I also want to do something different with the glass (it's supposed to be used to display stuff on the inside of the table, but I don't want you to be able to see through it anymore). I thought of maybe like frosting the glass? Or even doing some stencil thingy & putting some cool fabric on the inside of it to stencil a design or something, if that even makes sense. It does in my head. Lots of ideas! I can't wait for my house to be overflowing with awesome new (old) junk.

Oooh, also, I'm getting another epidural injection in my back tomorrow, so maybe the painting will have to wait another day. But hopefully the pain will be gone for good soon and I can do more painting, sewing, and everything else! Say a prayer for me...I'd appreciate it.

Did you miss me?!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I've been gone for far too long and I apologize. I had some internet issues for the last few weeks & was only able to get online via my blackberry, and I couldn't post any of the pictures I took from there so I decided to not really blog at all until I could get on my laptop. So now I will finally share them with you.

Remember this quilt & pillow I made for my pregnant friend? 

Well, her baby shower was a few weeks ago and I made a couple of other goodies to throw in with the quilt and pillow.
(Aren't we cute? She had the nicest shower I think I've ever been to. And thankfully, baby Cooper is out now!)


I made some cute little onesies with neckties sewn onto them. I've seen them online and on other blogs before and I had been dying to make a few so this was the perfect opportunity. 


 I love the striped one!


Cute, huh? They were pretty easy to make. I drew the tie shape on some card stock first and then cut out the fabric. Then I ironed it onto the onesie with some heat bond stuff so that it would stay flat while I stitched around it. I just used a regular zigzag stitch and I think it turned out nicely. (you can click on the pictures to enlarge them). 
I also made 8 really cute burp cloths, but I forgot to take pictures :( Sorry! I didn't think about it until after I gave it as a gift. I'm sure I'll be making more of those in the future though as gifts. All of the stuff together (the quilt, pillow, onesies, and burp cloths) made for a great baby shower gift and everything was hand made with love. 

Mother's Day happened to fall on one of the weekends that I didn't have internet access, so I'll show you what I made for my mommy on her special day. It was kind of a last minute thought because I was going to just go buy something and mail it to her, but then I decided I really wanted to do give something hand made. I had a lot of scrap fabric, but not enough to make anything substantial. I sat and thought for awhile and I realized I had enough scraps to make a table runner. I saw some cute quilted ones in a book that I have, but it required larger pieces of fabric that I didn't have, so I just made up my own table runner. I cut the fabric into strips, all varying in widths. Then I laid them all out into a pattern that I liked & simply sewed the strips together. Then I just trimmed all of the ends so that they were all even, attached a backing, and sewed around it again. This is what the finished product looked like:


 Here's a closer look & the backing that I put on it

 Then I folded it up, wrapped it up with a bow, and sent it off to my mom. She loved it!

The table runner was a quick, fun, and easy project to do, and it didn't really cost me a thing because I already had everything on hand. It's a great way to use up all the little leftover remnants that I had stashed in the crafting room. Now I just need to make one for myself!

I'm really hoping to start some of my furniture refinishing projects that I mentioned in blogs before, so look for those to be posted soon (I hope!) Also, I'm trying to get my blog to grow, so if you have friends who you think might enjoy my blog then please, send them a link to me and have them follow! I'm hoping to do some kind of giveaway sometime soon too once I get some more followers. So share my blog with anyone that you know and I will figure out what I'd like to do as a thank you giveaway! 

And how do you like the new look of my blog? I decided to change up the colors. I love yellow & grey together :)

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Well, I didn't make it into the finals for the Epic Make Over :( I have to admit I was pretty disappointed when I saw the top 15 posted late last night. Today I'm still bummed but I am feeling more optimistic now. Ok, so I didn't win. But my living room still needs work and I can totally pull it off myself! This is a great opportunity for me to do some great blogging too & show you guys the transformation while I go along. So that's my goal for the next few months. But man, it sure would have been nice to get it done for FREE & have someone like Mandi help me.

Oh, but on a slightly happier note I was a little surprised to see where I came in as far as the voting went. I placed #21...out of like 125 entries!!! I pretty much knew I wouldn't make it based off of votes alone because I don't have a ton of followers or facebook friends, so I was hoping for one of the random.org spots or one of the favorite/wildcard spots. So to see that with my handful of followers & friends got me to #21 from votes makes me feel awesome! I was up against other bloggers who had hundreds & hundreds more followers than I do. Thanks so much to everyone who voted & I'll get cracking on this living room very soon! You guys rock :)

Xoxo, Melissa

Last chance! I NEED YOUR VOTES!!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Hello to my loyal followers! Today is the last day to vote for the Epic Make Over Contest that I entered in over at my favorite blog Vintage Revivals. Every vote counts and I would be so very grateful if you'd vote for mine (#14!!!) Just go over to http://vintagerevivals.blogspot.com/2011/04/epic-giveaway-linky-now-open.html, scroll down through the post down to the thumbnails, and click on the star underneath mine and vote for me as many times as it will let you. That's it! You don't have to sign up for anything or register, though if you don't already follow VR's blog you should, because it's absolutely amazing and I guarantee you will love Mandi just as much as I do! She's seriously my inspiration and she's hilarious, and no, I don't get paid to say that! I just really love her & her blog :)

Sooooo, if you could hop on over there and give me your vote I'd love you forever. And if you want to re-blog this for me, link this blog post to your blog, Facebook this, tweet, or whatever the heck it is you do on this interweb thingy then you would totally rock my socks off and be my blog best friend forever!!! Seriously you guys! I love all of my bloggy followers and you all are amazing & supportive! Plus, think of all of the AMAZING blogging adventures that will ensue when I win this contest! Hehe...

Thanks again! Fingers crossed for me...voting ends tonight at midnight & then the top 15 will be announced. Hopefully I'll be posting tonight announcing my spot in the finals.

And also, this is my first blog ever from my Blackberry, so hopefully this works :)

Vote for me!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Ok, I don't have a ton of time to blog right now as I am out of town for a funeral and a baby shower (strange combination, right?) But I'll be sure to update when I get back home on Monday and I'll also add some of the crafty stuff I worked on last week.

BUT...

I need your votes! Remember the Vintage Revivals giveaway contest I entered? It's to get a makeover for my living room, and voting started at midnight tonight and will be open for 3 days! So please if you love me head over to http://vintagerevivals.blogspot.com/2011/04/epic-giveaway-linky-now-open.html. Scroll down through the post until you see all of the thumbnails. Then click on the little star underneath number 14 (mine!) and help me win!

Thank you so much!
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