Friday, February 25, 2011

Better Now than Never

These are for Shannon since she suggested I still post my Halloween decorations.
The leaf garland around the door is from Joa

All the real pumpkins were from Wal-mart.
The wicker lighted pumpkins were from Hobby Lobby.
The fake crows were from the Halloween costume store.
The black lanterns were from Trees and Trends when it was still open. I almost spray painted them before Halloween and then I saw my inspiration picture and decided to keep them for Halloween. The black urns are from Home Depot.

This is my inspiration picture from Pottery Barn of course.
On a side note, I hope you can see these pictures. On my last post there are some blue squares with question marks. Anyone know why?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Before and After Chair


This chair was one of my last flea market finds. I've kind of shied away from any more big project/finds just because they are so time consuming and time is hard to find these days. I use to see some things and say,"I can make that look just like that one thing for a quarter of the price." Now it's, "Well maybe I should just buy it cause then it won't sit in my garage for 6 months."
Well it took me about six months or so to get this chair done, it could have been more. It sat in my garage for about 5 months and 3 weeks and then the other week I started stripping the white and gold paint off of the wood frame. I originally was going to sand it, but the details on the wood were so little that I couldn't get in all the cracks with a sander. And after stripping it I realized how much paint was on the chair too. It took me about a week of about two hours each day applying stripper from a spray can. I started with one that you apply with a brush but that wasn't very affective. So I used this spray kind, Klean-Strip brand:


I placed the chair on layers of plastic and paper to protect the floor, but if you have a thick drop cloth that would have worked better. The stripper is very potent and chemically.
I sprayed it on and let it sit for about 20 min. then came back with a plastic scrapping tool and started to scrape the paint off. I repeated this step probably four times.
When I got to the last couple of times I used a wired brush to get some paint out of the fine details like the flowers and arm handles.
My plan was to get all of the paint off but I had repeated previous the step so many times that I was going to leave it as a weathered look.
I ended up taking it outside too, and spraying it off with the sprayer on the hose because some of those pieces just wouldn't come off cleanly after rubbing down with a clean dry cloth.
Keep in mind this was all before I took it to the re-upholsterer. So I didn't mind if anything, including the chemicals and water got on that fabric.
Then I ended up rubbing on a teak oil to finish it off (from Lowes)


before it got reupholstered, so it won't stain the white fabric. I thought about using a wood stain, but I'm kind of into the whole unfinished wood look right now, and I couldn't find a stain color that I could commit too.
And that's the latest project. Let me know if you have any questions if you are thinking about redoing any furniture. Happy Wednesday.
PS- Is this text font hard to read? I really love it but let me know what you think.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Everyone! Hope you have a joyous Christ filled week.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas decorations!

I'm back, but I can't promise anything. I'm sorry I'm so bad at keeping up with this. I have so many ideas that I want to put on here, if only I had the time and knew exactly how get it all on here. With that said, I would love to back track and show you the Halloween and Thanksgiving decoration pictures, but since it is Christmas already let's just go with that. I've done most of my decorationg, which includes the mantle, the tree, and the dining room table. I'm working on the front door/steps still so I don't have any pictures of that and I will try my best to get those on here a little later. I went with a Gold sort of vintage/woodland theme this year. It all started with my Santa and sign on my front door that I will definitely put up with the front door pictures.
He cam from TJMaxx for 7.50 I think on sale for half off.

My gold mirror cam from Hobby lobby $25, half off of course,. Never pay full price at Hobby Lobby, it will always go on sale. My magnolia wreath came from target last year, I can't remember how much and I bought a bunch of ribbon from Oops for $2.50 a roll and used some on the tree, made bows for the dogs for Christmas pictures, and then on some other wreaths I am going to hang in the kitchen. The gold plates were my Grandmothers. It's really hard for me to get rid of things especially if they have sentimental value, but I had no use for them until now and I really didn't even plan on using them ever. The stocking came from TJMaxx also, $12 a piece.

I made these out of old little boxes from medicines, eye drops, etc., that I had kept all year just to make these ornaments. I got the idea last year from another design blog. Then I wrapped them in pages from an old book I got for free a long time ago and tied it with some twine and ribbons.

The spools were in my entertainment shelves. I bought them from some flea markets for about $6 each.
Times ran out, nap time is over. Dining room table and outdoor to come. Cross your fingers.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Getting Things Done...I Promise!

I know I've been M.I.A. lately. I'm not sure anyone has noticed, but I have been getting a lot of stuff done here at the Modern Farmhouse. Really, I promise I have. I've been doing everything from handy work to decorating. I will post pictures shortly. But here is what you have to look forward to: Dining room, bathroom, living room, bedroom. Okay, so maybe all the rooms in the house but a couple. And maybe just parts of the room too. So here is one sneek peek. And there should be a few before and afters too. I love comments too, so let me know what you think! yah!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Julie & Julia

Well, I've been slowly getting things done here at the modern farmhouse but today I thought I might relax and watch a movie. I headed to one of my new favorite spots in the nursery to watch the movie. (I will be showing you more of this room in the future)

I watched Julie & Julia with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, and I liked it.

I rented something Adam wouldn't feel left out if I watched it without him. It was really entertaining especially since I'm new at this blogging. It's about a women who blogs about going through Julia Childs cook book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, in 365 days and there are 500 and some recipes. By the way this movie was based on two true stories and around 2003, I didn't even know there was blogging then. Where have I been. So any of you fellow bloggers or non blogger,s I would recommend it. I especially enjoy cooking when I do find the time to, so I think I maybe going to get that cook book.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Which Room?

So I'm a little guilty of shopping too much, but anyone can say that right? ; )
Well, it's a little embarrassing when you try and avoid eye contact with the workers because I can just imagine what is going through their head,
"Wasn't she just in here like yesterday?"

Well it was last week if you really had to know. But they get new things all the time. Any who. I never thought I would be a fan of TJ Maxx but I have found myself there more and more this year and I don't even think that I had ever been to one prior to the past two or so years. I'm kind of the hunt and find type of person and that is definitely a hunt and find store. So here is a couple things I found.
This will probably going in the living room in the TV cabinet

This blanket will either go in the master bedroom or in or hallway room on the daybed I don't have a mattress for

These washcloths are going in the master bathroom. I love all the colors, they make me long for springtime.

These two rugs will either be in the entry, daybed room, or our room. I haven't quite decided.
That's usually how my finds go, my rule of thumb is:
If you'd like this in more than one room of your house, it is probably ok to go ahead and get it.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Two things TJ Maxx:
One- you need bigger carts especially if you have a carseat to lug around
Two- you need automatic sliding doors so I can come and go with a carseat and a basket full of goodies. Or at least have someone open the door for me when you see me struggling:)