Saturday, July 4, 2015

Cranberry Checks and a Bit of Whimsy...

A client from Buffalo contacted me and sent this photo of her living room.  
She wanted a "whimsical-style" table to go in between her two chairs and mentioned a "MacKenzie-Childs-style" look.


We agreed that this solid cherry table would work in between these two lovely chairs.  This adds a drawer of storage and still allows her two levels for display, and is not as long:


We sent many emails back and forth, deciding on colors, style, design….


….I primed and painted the table in a light sand color….



…and added checks onto the drawer….


It's always a challenge when working with only 2 colors to make it funky and whimsical...


…One stripe on the top was not enough…but the stripes on the side and back worked well.


Gold trim really finished off the edges of the drawer and trim on the table.


Cream dragged throughout the stripes and checks added dimension:


Gold and cranberry polka dots added some more fun….


…and a tassel finished off the drawer:


Additional stripes were needed on the top...


…and here is the before and after:


I think this will add some "flair" between her new chairs and give her the look she was searching for!

Sharing with
Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
and 
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On The Porch



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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Chalkboard on the Cork Wall...

Do you remember my Cork Wall?  This ceramic cheese dish has been hanging there for quite a while and it is sort of "blah".  


Michael's had these chalkboards on sale - 75% off!




I found a great graphic on Pinterest by Rachel Boness Designs and I copied it onto the chalkboard using a "chalk pen":


I replaced the ceramic cheese tray with the chalkboard and it stands out and looks so much better against the corks:


It makes the perfect backdrop for my "wine corner"!


Aren't these the cutest little "coaster slippers" on the wine glasses!


….and napkins to finish of the theme….


Who would like a glass of wine?




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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Syracuse Polish Festival

This was the 61st year for the Polish Festival in Syracuse, NY.  
It is held in Clinton Square:


My husband is of Polish decent, his grandfather was born there.


This is me, walking away from my husband….


…as he spied the t-shirt stands...


…and had to buy this:


…and THEN decided to wear it!!


The dance group was from Canada ...


...and they were awesome!


Colorful costumes..


…and amazing talent.


The polka bands were lots of fun!


And what would a Polish Fest be without Authentic Austrian Streudel??:


I decided to amuse myself and get a henna tattoo...


It looked a lot better the next day!!


We are lucky that Syracuse has festivals every weekend of the summer and there is always some type of cultural event to attend!

What's going on in your neck of the woods?

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

A Shabby Chest…..

I recently bought this chest from a friend.  I think it was once a music box of some type.  There are 3 doors on the front, the top door drops down and the bottom two open traditionally.  The top of the chest opens upright.     He used it for a "bar"and it is a perfect piece for just that.  It would also be great storage in a bedroom or bathroom for linens.

But it needed an update!


I painted it in white chalk paint and glazed it in a clear glaze mixed with black paint.  It was distressed before glazing.


I also updated the knobs:


I "washed" the inside with black paint:


It is a sturdy piece of furniture that has been brought back to life with a little love, elbow grease and paint!



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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Mackenzie-Childs BARN SALE!!

Who's going?


Some past posts:
http://ppandorasbox.blogspot.com/2010/07/for-all-of-you-mackenzie-childs-lovers.html
http://ppandorasbox.blogspot.com/2011/07/mackenzie-childs-barn-sale-2011.html
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