Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Flea Market Flip full of Flea market finds...

It was a beautiful day today! The wind was blowing a tad but it had to of been in the mid 60's and for Wyoming....that's a day you take advantage of because tomorrow it could be below 0 and snowing. We call her the bipolar state. ; ) Anyway I was inspired to paint my curio cabinet I scored at a flea market for $100. I have had it for a few months now and have debated on whether to paint it or not but finally after looking at the rest of my open floor plan the dark, shiny wood was kinda sticking out like a sore thumb. I did not want to sand because I was not about to drag that outside so I searched on Pinterest for furniture that was painted without sanding and could not believe all the tutorials out there. I bought myself some Zinsser Cover Stain Primer that is used as a stain blocker and bond coat. I was skeptical at first but after putting the first coat of white paint on when the primer was dry it went on so nice, I can't believe how much easier it was to just slap some of this primer on before painting. The cabinet even had a medium gloss to it and it still covered nicely. The curio cabinet itself though was hard to paint, especially the inside because of all the nooks and crannies. I'm so glad I did paint it because it flows with the  rest of the house and really makes my glass collections POP!

Sneak Peak...


 Before... It wasn't so ugly that it needed to be painted but if my living room was done in darker accent colors it may have looked pretty however, most of my accents are white so this was clashing.


I can't believe at how much better it looks and how much the white really makes the colors of the glass pop.

The plant does really well in that area of the home so I decided to leave it and store her on top. I'm so proud of this plant by the way. I have never had a green thumb and every plant I've ever had dies. This one however was tiny when I first got it a few years back and now it has so much length and fullness and she's only getting bigger. *proud momma*


 My dining room is so small but it's coming along. I'm still looking for a small scale farm house table as it would fit much better in this area than our round one.





 



In honor of flea market flips and such I thought I'd share the flea market goodies inside of my curio cabinet. Every single one is from a flea market, thrift store, and a few items my mom ordered me from Ebay.

The swan is a flea market find. If you are a follower of mine than you know I love birds. I started collecting these swan dishes. They come in so many colors. I have 5, 3 are displayed in my cabinet. The blue pitcher is an auction find.

This vintage green opalescent "cherry and cable" pattern pitcher was one of my first flea market purchases back when I was about 19. This beauty has traveled around the world with me, literally. I had her displayed in Italy and was sure to bring her back. My mom found the matching cups on Ebay and gave them to me this year as a birthday gift. I just love them so much and can't wait to add to the collection!

           Jadeite vase and plates along with a beautiful green swan dish I found at the flea market.

My first swan dish! I've had this one for a few years now I got it from our local flea market. The vintage flower vase my mom bought me from a flea market as well.

I found all my jadeite pieces at a flea market in Fort Collins Colorado. I got a 6 piece set for under $30 which if you know the cost of jadeite you know that's a good deal! The bird was a random find at the thrift store.



Found this cool vintage flower piece at the Goodwill for $3, the pictures at the flea market for $2 and the little white dish with the bird at a random thrift store.

Well I hope I inspired you to take a chance on painting something without sanding! I was thrilled with the results. I wouldn't suggest it on really glossy pieces but everything else I think it would work great on if you can't sand or do not want to sand.  I did shabby this piece up just a tad so that's the reasoning for the aged look you see. I'm so in love with my cabinet and glad I was able to find it at such a great price and to fill it with all of my flea market and thrifted treasures.

Peace In Love...



Friday, April 4, 2014

A kitchen cupboard makeover....

When we bought this house I was not thrilled with the kitchen. It is on our "to do list" of things to update in this house. The one positive thing about it is that even though  it's a bit dated it was kept in good condition and very clean. However....The corner cabinet opened on the far right side so I was constantly on my tip toes, reaching over the island to open it up and then when it did open the door was in the way. It was just a big pain in the butt so I decided to get rid of the door all together and leave it open, which turned out perfect. I was skeptical at first but then I remembered I found these awesome decoupage paper prints of maps at Michaels the other day by the Martha Stewart Collection that I had bought and kept for a future project. I was planning on framing them but my children informed me that I have enough pictures already. LOL! So, I decided they would be a beautiful accent to the back of this boring cabinet. I just used some adhesive glue that is removable and put them up, I then bought some washi tape that matches the rugs in my kitchen perfectly and used it around the edges and front of shelves for an added detail. I then styled it with pretty items I use everyday in my kitchen and I was thrilled with the results! It came out so cute, I was unsure at first but after it was all put together I fell in love! It makes this dated kitchen a little more cute.




















                      Thanks for stopping by and I hope this has inspired you to create something from                                          anything....

                                                                   Peace In Love....
                                                                         
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

DIY Botanical Prints

If you haven't guessed already I love prints! I especially love when I find vintage prints when scavenging thrift stores and flea markets unexpectedly! After 3 long weeks of health issues, I managed to be "peppy" enough to get dressed and get out and I found an amazing little haul of botanical prints. I was shocked. I have a few Audubon books full of birds but have had a hard time finding botanical books with beautiful prints most I've come across are black and white with no prints. I didn't find one, or two, but I found a bundle of beautiful prints of herbs, flowers, vegetables, and plants on top of finding a wonderful book full of color and vibrant herbs I found  4 already framed and matted botanical prints and a cute little plate. I did update a few of the frames with some paint but other than that I cleaned them up and they were ready to hang.


 I sanded the frame down and layered a brown glaze, with white and green paint for a rustic feel.

I did the same to this frame as well.....
 This book is from 1982 and has such beautifiul vibrant prints inside. I can't believe I scored this for $5!

These were just gorgeous! These 2 I found at the Goodwill for $5 a piece. I just painted the frame because the ugly gold they were before was not working with my walls.


These little bird prints I found at a flea market for a few bucks. I just love them and they go so well with the color of my wall.

This one is my favorite find. It was in perfect shape, it's large and GREEN, my favorite color. ; ) I just cleaned this up with some windex and hung it in my kitchen. I found this one at a flea market for $15 which was a little more pricey but it's a big picture and it was matted and framed beautifully!.


Switched out the bird prints I had in the white frames for the flower prints from the Gilda Daisley book of Illustrated Herbs I found for $5. The plate I found in the mix of other junk at the Goodwill for a few bucks as well as the wood picture of the cherries and rose.

I changed up my Audubon gallery wall a little bit by adding some pretty botanical prints in place of a few of the birds. It's perfect for spring.

Here's some comparisons I found online...I can't believe how Pricey these prints get.....
Lamps Plus set of 4 ($334.91)


Ballard Designs- $99 each
 Ballard Designs- $159 each



I spent less than 50 bucks for all of this! I encourage those who love prints of any kind to look around at thrift stores, flea markets, and antique shops before spending  up to $300 at Pottery Barn for ONE yes ONE picture! I've seen prints all over places like Ballard Designs, Pottery Barn, Target and other places for way to much money! Heck, you can even find prints alone or a full book on ebay for a good price for pretty cheap. I love the hunt though so I don't like to shop online but if I ever come across one I can't resist on ebay you bet I'll buy it.

                                                              Peace In Love Always,

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Pinspiration Tuesday...Pinterest made me do it.


I have been lacking this week in my Diy projects and mainly because I've been having some health issues and not my normal get up and go self. As I sort out that hot mess of my life I've been just relaxing and pinning my little heart out and because  I haven't been able to drink my usual coffee I came across this warm drink recipe and thought I'd test it out today. OH MY....It's amazing and it's pretty healthy! Which got me thinking I should start posting about foods, drinks, crafts, and even outfits that were discovered from Pinterest, because I actually have tried and tested many of my pins. In fact last night I made this fantastic Chicken and Broccoli Stir fry that was to die for. There are some recipe's though that have been a bust but what a fun way to share with you my own experience with the lovely and ever so inspiring Pinterest. So for today that is what I'm going to do...My first official post for my weekly "Pinterest Made Me Do it" every Tuesday folks.

 A cup of warm spiced Almond milk....My source and inspiration found on mindbodygreen.com

Ingredients:
Cinnamon
Almond Milk
Vanilla extract
honey

you can substitute cinnamon for Pumpkin spice or nutmeg, any kind of spice will make this delicious!

What it tastes like? I would say a  mix of warm horchata and a chai latte.

Note: I used Vanilla Almond milk instead of the regular and it was a bit sweet but still so good.

Oh and my husband bought me a new Nikon D3200 camera that I'm just loving!!! The picture quality is amazing and will totally change the look of my blog. I can't wait to learn everything there is to learn as a "wannabe" photograher lOl. Hey, we can all dream. ; )

I give this tried and true recipe a 5 star!!!! It was as good as it looked on my pin board... Would love to hear if any of you try this out. Leave a comment below and tell me if you liked it as much as I did and if maybe you changed it up a bit.

                                                     Peace In Love Always...