Recovering the Bench – Again

I’m recovering the bench – again! I loved it before, but it just didn’t seem to go with anything in my house.

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My hubs and I made this bench awhile back, if you missed it, you can find that post here.  Once it was finished, I put it up for sale.  I loved the material, but it never sold. Oh, well sometimes that’s just the way it goes.

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Styling The Hutch

Instead of this post being about styling the hutch, it should be about giving a mouse a cookie. You remember the book, right?  If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask you for a glass of milk.  If you give him the milk, he’s going to ask for a napkin.  It’s the never ending story.

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It all started when I went to dust the kitchen hutch.  My design boredom hit me like spider monkey hyped up on Mountain Dew.

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July Projects

My July projects are piling up!  I’ve already accomplished a lot, but I still have a long way to go.sports lettersI had a friend recently ask me if I didn’t love summer because things seemed to slow down?  I almost laughed out loud! Has summer slowed down for me? No! But I couldn’t be happier.  I’m still working on quite a few projects.  These painted sports letters for one.

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Closet Mural

I’ve been busy painting a closet mural.

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Yes, you read that correctly. I’ve been painting a mural in a closet. Which is a first for me.

A client of mine bought her granddaughter a play kitchen. My client thought that it would be fun to put the kitchen in her butler’s pantry closet. The closet is a perfect choice because it is close to her kitchen and living area and offers an out of the way place for toys.

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Kitchen Pendants

I finally found kitchen pendants lights to go over my island!

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My kitchen has a lot of windows. You would think that it would be light and airy. You would be wrong! For years we had a pot rack that hung over our kitchen island. It didn’t hold anything but dust, so I had the brilliant idea for the Hubs to put in pendant lighting.

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Happy 4th of July!

I don’t decorate all that much for the 4th of July, but I sure do love the holiday! The 4th brings back so many great memories of food, fun and fireworks. The cicadas and lightening bugs are out. Front porch – and back porch- rocking, drinking lemonade and visiting with neighbors. Kids having to be home when the street light comes on. Summer is in full swing.

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I’ve already shared my July table with you…

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My Pink Chair

I love My Pink Chair! Seriously. I’m kind of in shock that I even have one.

My Pink Chair

My friend Shelli brought me one of her dumpster diving finds. This old, worn chair.  The girl is a genius at finding good stuff! Unfortunately, when I got it the only thing good I could say about this chair was that it had great bones and it didn’t smell. The existing upholstery had to go.

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My Redneck Pool is Open

My redneck pool is open!

redneck pool 3I get so excited every year to get the pool up and running. My Hubs? Not so much.  Deep down inside I know that the pool has grown on him. But it’s taken about 5 or 6 years.  He hated it so much the first year I took myself down to the Dollar Tree and bought a dozen or so pink flamingos to put around the pool.  Needless to say I don’t have those anymore, they have mysteriously disappeared over time…

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Three Chairs Become a Bench

Three chairs become a bench. I hit the neighborhood garage sale recently and bought three white chairs.bench 13

The minute I saw them I thought they would make a great bench.

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This is what they looked like when I bought them.  Really gross! They were already white and distressed, so I thought once the material was removed and the wood cleaned up I would be able to use the existing finish. WRONG! The wood did not clean up. Definitely needed a new paint job.

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Terri’s Porch Swing

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I just got back from Oklahoma where we celebrated my sweet Daddy’s 76th birthday.  After months of working on the inside, my sister Terri has begun working on the exterior of  her bungalow. With that in mind, I was on Pinterest looking for ideas to share with her and saw where someone had taken a full size bed and turned it into a porch swing.  Well, you know we had to try one! I have to say that Terri’s porch swing turned out pretty cute!

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Pokeno Decor

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Who says that you can’t use paper plates to have a really cute Pokeno decor theme for your table?

I have been on over load lately. I admit that I really dropped the ball. Trying to get the house and yard company ready with all the rain has been challenging. Add two trips to Oklahoma and one trip to Austin in a week, plus a day off to go to the Ranger game and I will admit to not having a whole lot of  time to put a girls Pokeno night together..

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The Natural Gardener

The Natural Gardener is my new favorite nursery! Maybe my most favorite of all time!The natural gardenerWe made a day trip down to Austin, TX to see my eldest son. He had told me about finding a new nursery that he thought that I would love and boy was he right! If you want a nice “normal” quick stop for flowers this is not the place for you. Take yourself down to a big box store. But, if you want beautiful flowers, fun, whimsical garden art and unusual plants then this is your place.

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Tyler’s Dresser!

Tyler’s dresser has had many lives here at the castle…

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I’ve painted this dresser so many times I’m not even sure what the dresser looked like originally anymore.  I think maybe it was white? It was a garage sale find from many years ago. It has had a funky silver faux finish, it has been brown and as you can see black.  It is a smaller dresser so it has been perfect for my son’s apartments all through college. My younger son recently moved into his own loft apartment and thought it was time for some grown up furniture, so Tyler’s dresser came back to me.

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Deer In The Nursery

Deer in the nursery? You betcha!

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The sweetest client in the world called me and asked if I could paint a mural in her nursery.

Sure! I’d love to. What are we painting?



Yup. Seems hubby is a huge hunter and wanted to share that with his sweet baby girl. My client gave me some of the bedding to show me what she was thinking and I have to say it is girly and sweet without being over the top.

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Still Working On The Patio

I’m STILL working on the patio! Why am I still working on the patio? I blame it on the rain. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy that it’s raining. Most of the time. The forecast here is for one more day of sun followed by another whole week of rain!!! It just hasn’t stopped raining long enough for me to get my patio, let alone the rest of the yard, put together.

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This is what my patio looked like in years past. As you can see the iron part of the patio furniture is in excellent shape, but the cushions? Not so much!  I bought this set from the Better Homes and Garden line. I really, really love it. However, when I went to purchase replacement cushions for this set I was shocked to find that they didn’t sell any.  Say What?

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Children’s Chairs

Children’s Chairs Before and After

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Our community had our neighborhood garage sale last weekend. I didn’t have my self together enough to participate and sell all of my nick nick paddy crap that seems to just appear out of thin air around here, but I did have fun doing a little shopping! Even the Hubs decided to tag along.

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