Thursday, December 29, 2011

Feeling A Little Shabby During Winter Break

Now that my kiddos are in preschool I forget what it is like to have them around.  I also forget that I can get absolutely nothing done on the work front.  Winter Break this week has been fun, but exhausting.  Somehow I managed to accomplish to finish a dresser.  I was in a shabby chic mood this week,  I think it was because I could take out my frustrations of having needy 3 year olds around on sandpaper. Of course,  while they were around I put them to work.
white and red shabby chic dresser
They enjoyed counting all the drawers as they took them out of the dresser.

This is what it looked like before

I started with a gray undercoat and painted over in a white, then distress, distress, and more distress.  I went red on the knobs to give it an little extra pop.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Little Announcement

Oh boy, sorry it's been so long.  A couple of things have been going on.

1.) My rotator cuff has been acting up with a passion and things like moving a mouse can be pretty painful.  So I'm laying off the computer as much as I can.  I've got to retrain myself to use a mouse with my left hand (not easy).

2.) We have been so busy.  We got a space an a designer showcase antique warehouse called Antiques Off Fair Oaks.  So we are proud to show you our space.

Pasadena antiques

monrovia antiques

antique onyx table
Onyx Table

turquoise writing desk
Turquoise French Style Square Writing Desk

Faux Barnwood Secretary and Peacock Wall Hanging

Green Anthropologie Style Dresser

Hollywood Regency Iron Headboard

Writing Desk/ Vanity and Iron Magazine Rack

Antique White Tea Cart

If you are in the Los Angeles area you must come visit.  Hope to see you there.



Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Ikea Hackers Said Yes

Well, I finally got a project on Ikea Hackers. Kind of excited because the first one I did never made it and I actually thought it was better than this one, but gotta give the fans what they want. Lol!!

Here is the project that got featured on Ikea Hackers.
Not a bad little low budget laundry room, right?

If you want to check out my pantry made out of Ikea/ Lowes/ DIY stuff click here.

Otherwise, if you haven't submitted to Ikea Hackers, you must!!!  It's kind of fun to see what people come up with.



Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Living Room Progress

I just wanted to take a minute to share with you some of my finds. I've been scoring big time at Ross lately. It's very hit or miss usually, but this past week was good for me. Here is what my living room looked like on Thanksgiving Day.

Granted, I had just scored the picture above my fireplace for $25 bucks.

I absolutely love it, a little taste of big city in a vintage room.

The rug I picked up for $30.  Once I get the furniture painted it will all make sense.
Curtains were $13 each with a $17 dollar rod, grand total $69.

I'm still looking for the perfect chair and ottoman and another bookcase, then I will start painting furniture.

As this room is starting to semi evolve, I'm already thinking about the adjoining room, which currently host my computer.

Music Room?



Friday, December 2, 2011

Pasadena Wind Storm

I don't know how many of you know that we live in Pasadena, CA. Well, the other night we got hit with some crazy winds. Talk about insanity. Too see the video click here.

When the winds started we thought this was just another case of the Santa Ana winds, we get them every year, but nothing could've prepared us for what actually occurred.  By 10pm we new this was not an average wind storm, by 12am we were scared, by 2am we saying, are we in Kansas toto, and by 3am we were hoping this was not going to be a three little pigs situation, because we don't have brick houses and basements.  Needless to say, we got through it minus some power and cable outages, but in the morning when we went outside, we could'nt believe our eyes.

Here is some footage from our morning walk.

Power lines split 
A tree blocking the street
Another tree (hundreds went down)
and the  infamous gas station, just a few blocks from our house.

Needless to say, things are looking better today (it's actually a gorgeous clear day), but still many don't have power and we are still driving through obstacle courses to get around the trees we lost : (



Thursday, December 1, 2011

Mini Kitchen Island

I'm still working on getting my old blog onto blogger, but until then I thought I'd share with you a little kitchen island I made in my desperation for counter top space.   This is what I started with.
I can't even tell you that I know what it was originally used for.  It looks like it could've been a bookshelf a built in, something.  It may have also had sliding doors at one time.  Either way, all I know is that I picked this baby up for $5 bucks.  Wasn't exactly sure why at the time, but I'm glad I did because when I moved into my new house I needed some extra prep space.  Drum roll please....

Here is is now...

I painted it in a turquoise distressed finish, added ball feet to get it to be counter height, and added a butcher block to the top.

I also added a wine rack that I have had forever stained in an espresso and a shelf.  I had two of these things originally in my old old apartment, you can see what I did with the other one in my old house here.

The side of the wine rack is a great place to store trays and the shelf on top cookbooks as well as a power strip for appliances.  I also decoupaged a thick wrapping paper in the back and insides to give it a fun decorative tin feel and to disguise imperfections.

and my favorite part is this cute little iron butterfly gifted to me by my good friend Tasha when we visited the 127 sale this summer.




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I am having trouble with exporting my blog to blogger, so in the mean time I will send you all a link to my post over there.  Click here  to see how I turned this:

kitchen island antique repurpose

Into this

turquoise kitchen butcher block island

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hello Friends

Well, we decided to take the plunge and move over to blogger, until we can get all our content moved over, please head over to to find out about our past.  Until then, we will work out the learning curve with blogger and you will now see us here.



Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Welcome to the transition.

Dear readers,

Thank you so much for being patient with us through a cross country move that seems to have taken 3 months to get settled in.  We are well on our way to bigger and better things.  We have decided to move our blog to blogger since it works better with all the google stuff we have going.  We are having some technical difficulties in transferring all our old data over, but from now on we will be posting on Blogger.  Please come over and visit @  Please become one of our followers so that you don't miss out on any post.  We will also keep you posted as to when the transition is complete.





Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Fun Exit

Well sign that is.  I was at Habitat for Humanity a couple of months ago and came across some fun signs.  Hard hat area and this Exit sign.  The hard hat area is going in our workshop.

exit sign

I originally planned to put it above my back door, but it looked so unnoticed so I decided to place it in the wall of my laundry mud room (the arrows lead to the back door so it works).

Anyhoo...something about it up there solo was just not enough, it needed some pizzazz.  Nothing a light kit couldn't fix.

There is the perfect space for a snap on light kit in the back.

snap in socket

back of exit sign

so I snapped it in

up on the wall and voila!

exit light

Looks great during the day too.

exit sign

Totally fun and different.  Now I must find more signs to add to my collage.