Wednesday, October 18, 2017

For The Love Of Green


We've just returned from our third trip to Ireland, the Emerald Isle. The lush green countryside is so beautiful that I thought it the perfect time to highlight the color green with some furniture makeovers.

The Dixie Belle Paint Company has some beautiful greens!
Let's start with Tree Frog...
I bought this table at an auction. I loved the carved detail on the top. It was covered in different colors of paint. I imagined that it had sat next to an easel holding paints while an artist was at work.
 As much as I loved the splatters and droppings of paint, I decided it would be better served with a fresh coat of Tree Frog...
 The carved detail on top was perfect for adding glaze...
I chose the glaze color Van Dyke to highlight the detail...
Tree Frog is a bright green that may not be for everyone, but I love it!

Dixie Belle's newest green is call Evergreen...

 When I bought this table I knew that Evergreen would be perfect!

For this piece I decided to use Dixie Belle's dark brown wax rather than glaze...


One of the handles was a little worn, so I added a little rub n buff...




Evergreen is going to be my new "go to" green!



And finally, Kudzu.
If you live in the South, then you know that kudzu is not something that you want. That is, unless it is in the form of this beautiful paint color.
This chair was ok, but a little boring and a little scratched. There was even a little orange peeking through.


Kudzu is great if it engulfs a chair and not your yard!

So, if you are looking for the perfect green for your next paint project, you can't go wrong with any of these 3 greens from the Dixie Belle Paint Company!


Linking To:
Coastal Charm,  Someday CraftsGinger Snap CraftsCreations By KaraRae Gun Ramblings The Shabby Creek Cottage,  Made In A DayChic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet Home, The Shabby Nest Somewhat Simple,   Live Laugh Rowe, Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk Interiors,   Blissful & Domestic, A Vision To Remember  DIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac, Keeping It Simple, Homemaker On A Dime, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated House Coastal Charm, Reasons To Skip The Housework, Sugar Bee Crafts,  Nifty Thrifty Things, Cherished BlissMad In Crafts, Flour Me With Love, Not Just A HousewifeToday's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie Homework,  I Gotta CreateThrifty 101 Domestically Speaking,  The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty Home,Cedar Hill RanchFlutter BusterNap Time Creations, Hope In Every Season, The Foley FamOur Home Away From Home,  RemodelaholicFlamingo ToesVMG206 Finding Silver PenniesA Stroll Thru Life, French Country CottageThe Scoop, Stone Gable, Knick Of Time, Lou Lou GirlsDIY-Crush, Our Hopeful Home, The Painted Hinge, Savvy Southern Style, Tattertots & Jello, Yesterday On Tuesday, Rachel Teodoro


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Taking a little break

I'm flying the coop for a fun vacation.
Come along on my adventure by following along on Instagram and/or Facebook.

See you in a couple of weeks, inspired and refreshed!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Pumpkin On The Rust & Rust On The Pumpkin

Well, it's officially Fall, so it's time to start posting pumpkin projects. Doesn't it seem like just yesterday it was Fall 2016? It certainly doesn't feel like Fall here in Georgia. We've been having temperatures in the 90's! I hear cooler weather is coming  this week...cooler as in 80!

When I found this rust covered piece of metal, I knew just what I was going to do, even though the heat makes you think of the pool more than pumpkins! 

 I sketched out 3 pumpkins and started filling them in with white acrylic paint...
I used black & brown acrylics to add the detail...

The orange rust color was the perfect backdrop for white pumpkins!
 Luckily, I finished the pumpkin painting just a few minutes before Irma came through as a tropical storm and knocked our power out for 3 days!


For another rusty pumpkin project...
I took this little jelly jar & painted it with the color Florida Orange from the Dixie Belle Paint Company, & glazed it with Van Dyke Brown glaze. I used Dixie Belle's Patina Collection to rust the lid, then cut a wine cork in half to use as a stem.
Then I gouged his eyes out! That sounds awful but it's kind of what happened. I used a sharp pencil and scraped the paint away to form the eyes & mouth.
So, which is your favorite...
pumpkins on rust, or rust on the pumpkin?

Linking To:
Coastal Charm,  Someday CraftsGinger Snap CraftsCreations By KaraRae Gun Ramblings The Shabby Creek Cottage,  Made In A DayChic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet Home, The Shabby Nest Somewhat Simple,   Live Laugh Rowe, Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk Interiors,   Blissful & Domestic, A Vision To Remember  DIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac, Keeping It Simple, Homemaker On A Dime, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated House Coastal Charm, Reasons To Skip The Housework, Sugar Bee Crafts,  Nifty Thrifty Things, Cherished BlissMad In Crafts, Flour Me With Love, Not Just A HousewifeToday's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie Homework,  I Gotta CreateThrifty 101 Domestically Speaking,  The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty Home,Cedar Hill RanchFlutter BusterNap Time Creations, Hope In Every Season, The Foley FamOur Home Away From Home,  RemodelaholicFlamingo ToesVMG206 Finding Silver PenniesA Stroll Thru Life, French Country CottageThe Scoop, Stone Gable, Knick Of Time, Lou Lou GirlsDIY-Crush, Our Hopeful Home, The Painted Hinge, Savvy Southern Style, Tattertots & Jello, Yesterday On Tuesday, Rachel Teodoro


Monday, September 4, 2017

Desk Makeover

There was absolutely nothing wrong with this writing desk. Pretty. Practical. Great lines. But, boring!

When I looked at it, I immediately felt like it should be blue...
Bunker Hill Blue!
Bunker Hill Blue is one of the great colors offered by the Dixie Belle Paint Company.

I love the gold hardware next to the rich color of the blue.
The desk is still pretty. Still practical. But, far from boring!

All it needed was a chair!
I knew that this one would be a perfect mate for the desk...
The chair had great lines but was in bad shape.
Bunker Hill Blue gave the chair new life, worthy of sitting along side the beautiful desk.


What's your favorite shade of blue?


Linking To:
Coastal Charm,  Someday CraftsGinger Snap CraftsCreations By KaraRae Gun Ramblings The Shabby Creek Cottage,  Made In A DayChic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet Home, The Shabby Nest Somewhat Simple,   Live Laugh Rowe, Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk Interiors,   Blissful & Domestic, A Vision To Remember  DIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac, Keeping It Simple, Homemaker On A Dime, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated House Coastal Charm, Reasons To Skip The Housework, Sugar Bee Crafts,  Nifty Thrifty Things, Cherished BlissMad In Crafts, Flour Me With Love, Not Just A HousewifeToday's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie Homework,  I Gotta CreateThrifty 101 Domestically Speaking,  The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty Home,Cedar Hill RanchFlutter BusterNap Time Creations, Hope In Every Season, The Foley FamOur Home Away From Home,  RemodelaholicFlamingo ToesVMG206 Finding Silver PenniesA Stroll Thru Life, French Country CottageThe Scoop, Stone Gable, Knick Of Time, Lou Lou GirlsDIY-Crush, Our Hopeful Home, The Painted Hinge, Savvy Southern Style, Tattertots & Jello, Yesterday On Tuesday, Rachel Teodoro


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Sunsets And A Canvas Factory Giveaway

Is it just me or have the sunsets been especially beautiful the last year? Maybe, it's just because I'm getting older and I appreciate them more. Whatever the reason, I take a lot of sunset pictures. 


If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook then I'm sure you've seen one or fifty of my sunset pictures. I just can't help myself!
We live on a lake and our dock faces West, making for the perfect view of the show God puts on for us every evening.
If you look closely, you can see the tip of a fishing pole in a lot of my sunset pictures. Because while I'm fishing for the perfect photo, my husband is fishing for fish!



My husband is awesome and let's me sit in the front of the canoe with a glass of wine while he paddles us around...


Because my husband and sunsets on our lake are two of my favorite things, I had one of my favorite photos put on a canvas at Canvas Factory...
I simply uploaded my photo using Canvas Factory's easy to follow instructions and in about a week I had a beautiful 16 x 20 canvas that I will cherish forever!

Now for the good stuff!
You can win a free canvas from Canvas Factory!
There are several ways you can be entered into the giveaway...
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4. Share this giveaway via Facebook

Leave a comment telling me how you entered the giveaway. You will receive one entry for each way you entered the giveaway. 
The Canvas Factory giveaway will end on Saturday, September 16 at midnight. Once a winner is drawn, I will send you a coupon code for a FREE canvas!
The giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only.


I was given a canvas in exchange for this post, however all opinions of Canvas Factory are my own.
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