Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Queen Turns 15!

The Queen Of Hearts is having a "15 at the Queen Celebration Party" to celebrate their 15 year anniversary! The Queen of Hearts opened their doors in Alpharetta 15 years ago this July. What sets the Queen apart from other antiques and interiors stores in Atlanta is that many of their dealers are interior designers and home decorating bloggers themselves. They have an eye for trends in home design, and are experienced in re-furnishing pieces and 'hunting' for those unique finds at estate sales, thrift stores and markets. Facebook posts and blog content come from customer inquiries about what they are looking for, and ideas from our dealers on how customers can revamp their home. The Queen is dedicated to providing the best home decorating and design ideas for their customers. They are celebrating their anniversary by giving away fifteen $100 gift certificates & here is a lists of what you can do to be in the drawing: Like Us on Facebook Sign Up for our Newsletter Follow Us on Pinterest Follow Our Blog Follow Us on Twitter Visit one of our other stores (Marietta or Buford) Attend a June Thursday Late Night Visit Our Website - and answer a question Bring a can of food for North Fulton Community Charities Bring in three additional cans Like Our YouTube Video Share Our YouTube Video Make a Queen Purchase at any store Bring a Friend to the Queen Visit Our Website - and answer a question, They are celebrating on Friday July 5th from 4-8 PM. They will have great food, entertainment, prizes throughout the day, GREAT sales and items from their dealers, a slideshow of 15 years at the Queen, and a donation to North Fulton Community Charities. Sounds like lots of fun!! Hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Bedroom by CeCe Caldwell

We have a problem. My daughter & I. It's all my fault (I am sure) but it's a problem. We like to redecorate rooms. Her room. Over & over. She is 12 & I we have redecorated her room 5 times already.  I figured this last time would last for a while.  She was 11 & picked out a lot of the stuff (meaning I didn't ignore what she wanted & just went with what I liked).  It all started when I brought home a vintage French bed.  She decided she wanted it, so what was I to do?  I mean, I really wanted her twin beds for the second guest room (formerly my stepson's room).  See, that's part of the problem.  We didn't need a 2nd guest room upstairs but I really wanted to change his room.  I wanted to decorate something.  So I painted the bed for her & took her beds for me.  The way I see it, it was a win-win.  Right?

Here is her room before.  Warning, there are some very bright colors! And bad pictures!

Looking in from the hallway

I loved this idea!  Her name was on the foot of the other bed.

The previous room was pink & brown.  We painted white over the pink at the top.   She was didn't pick the pink & brown to start with tired of the pink & brown  & wanted to add her favorite color, turquoise.  She was 9, I think that is every girl's favorite color at that age.  She had to have the peace quilt from Pottery Barn teen & being the mom I am, I wanted her to be happy so I paid too much for quilts that we had less than 2 years.  
So back to the French bed that started it all.  Once she said she wanted it I thought about how great it would look in her room, more grown up & we could go ahead & make her room a "teen room", that she would have for years.  Her favorite color was now green, bright green.  We decided to put the green with gray & black.  Great colors & not too trendy.  The 1st thing we did was paint the walls white.  And the ceiling, did I mention we had painted the ceiling pink, too?  Yep, 12 foot tall ceilings with angles.  Not my best idea!  
We picked out some houndstooth fabric for a duvet cover & some green fabric for long panels.  This would add a big splash of color to the walls without having to paint. 
So where does the CeCe Caldwell come in, you ask?  I repainted the overly bright turquoise secretary & night stand in Pittsburgh Gray.  

I also painted the Ballard's shelf in Pittsburgh. 

We left the dresser alone even though it was painted with latex & too creamy, she liked it & I was tired of painting over furniture I had just painted.  
The bed was painted Simply white with Spring Hill Green accents.  

I also updated this bulletin board with Spring Hill green

The last painted piece was this end table.  

This picture was painted by my daughter & was painted with CeCe Caldwell paints.

Just a few more pictures so you can see the whole room

I actually drug this chair up a flight of stairs (17 stairs!) just to take these pictures.  We have a chair in her room that I was going to recover & didn't get it finished in time!

What do you think?  I loved this room but....

we are redoing it again!!!!

I will be selling the bed, night stand, secretary & end table.  
We have already started & I have now switched the curtains to white panels from Ikea.  So next year time we redo her room I won't have to buy curtains! ;)

Glitter, Glue & Paint

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Chevron Fail - Lincoln's Hat

A few months ago I went with my girlfriend to Scott's.  I really enjoy going & looking around but I had never really found any great deals on furniture until this trip.  There are some very nice ladies outside in a tent that have lots of great junk stuff.  I saw this piece at the back of the tent & asked how much.  $70.  Ouch, it needed lots of work so I said I would think about it.  As I looked it over, she said "$50".  Hmm, much better.  "Let me think about it.  We will walk around & come back."  I couldn't get it out of my head but didn't want to pay $50, so just before we left I headed back over to try & point out every little thing wrong with it so she would take my lower offer.  Lots of loose veneer & it's missing the drawer front.   My girlfriend quickly pointed out I could add a basket to the missing space & I gave her a dirty look.  I know what I can do with it but I don't want to make this easy.  Let this woman think I am stressing about it missing a drawer.  I mean who else would want this dresser without a drawer?  So I offered $40 & she took it.  I almost did the happy dance right there!  As we were coming back with the truck, the two women were pushing it out of the tent.  One of these sweet ladies was going to try & help us load it in the truck.  I had to practically beg her to stop.  She was at least 90 years old!  Small little frail woman acting like she was about to pick up this dresser!  I hope I am like that!

I posted this picture on Facebook & asked what color should I paint this.  I got a comment "PAINT?? On mahogany?  I hope you are kidding!"  I'm thinking dude, seriously, I. Paint. Furniture.  & you wouldn't believe the condition of this piece.  

I should have taken a picture of all the stuff I cleaned out of it.  Half a ceiling fan, 200 washers, nuts, bolts, hair pins, curlers.  Seriously, lots of random little metal pieces.

Gum & who knows what that white stuff is!

Part of the veneer easily came off, the rest took me over an hour!!

Terrible iphone picture but I removed all of the drawers & inside walls.

Have you ever painted chevron pattern on furniture?  If you have, you deserve an award.  Or at least a cookie!  I have seen pictures all over blog land where people are making patterns with stain.  Some are super cool amazing flowers.  I knew I didn't have the patience  time for something like that but I knew this dresser would need pizzaz.  I couldn't paint chevron on the front because of the little detail on the drawer that I didn't want to remove.  I figured I could easily tape off a chevron pattern for the top.  And since this is a media cabinet it needs to be fun!  So I searched Pinterest for chevron tutorials, I found one I really liked & went to work.  Umm, yeah, 45 minutes & half a role of tape later I came up with a new idea.  I knew I could tape straight lines so I went with a checker boardish pattern.  

Of course Home Depot is closet to me & they don't sell Frog Tape!  What!  I hope this works!

I did every square in dark walnut that I think is a mismatch because every time I use it it looks red.
Then went back over every other with ebony.  This is what I had on hand & I didn't want to run back to Home Depot for the 3rd time in one day.  And I couldn't wait because I had to have this top done today!

So you can see that the walnut stain was fine but the ebony seeped under the tape.   I bet that wouldn't have happened with Frog Tape!  I really liked the contrast but knew I had to somehow try to cover up the seeping.  I didn't have another stain I could use that was light so I went with some Restore A Finish I had in Golden Oak.  Crossed my fingers & hoped it worked!

Not bad, you can still see where the stain seeped under the tape but it doesn't jump out at you.

This is the final color once I put on 2 coats of wipe on Poly.

The bottom was painted with American Paint Company's Lincoln's Hat.  It is a great black!

Funny about these knobs.  I bought them the same day I purchased the dresser at Scott's.  From a totally different vendor & planned on painting them but I just loved how big & chunky they were.  Once the dresser was finished I knew these knobs would be perfect on it.  
After my husband got home & I showed him what I had tried to do with the chevron pattern, he said, "Oh, that would be easy to do".  Ok, now I am going to force him to tape off a chevron pattern on a piece of furniture because I am dying to do it!

Media Cabinet available-$425
Measures 46"W x 22"D x 35"H
inside shelf measures 41" across

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Flag Day - A Rustic Flag

Happy Flag Day!  I was actually working on this flag for the past week not realizing Flag Day was today!  I saw several post on Facebook this morning & realized I needed to get this flag finished today.  I started out with some old pallet wood & originally painted the Union Jack on it.  But it was not a good Union Jack, the angles were all wrong.  It hung in my daughter's playroom for a few months because she really liked.  Well, we change that room almost monthly so out it went to make room for a great world map!  Before I knew what I wanted to do with this I painted turquoise over the Union Jack.  The turquoise was a little bright so I dry brushed on some Surfboard from American Paint Company.  It is a great soft aqua, easy on the eyes!  I remembered I had painted a flag on pallet wood similar to this & knew I needed to do it again.  This time I went with traditional flag colors; American Paint Company Fireworks Red, Navajo White & Shining Seas.  Perfect red, white & blue!

I distressed to show some of the old colors.  I love how you can see the turquoise & the original colors from the Union Jack.

These little starfish were quick & easy to paint with Shining Seas.  

If you are interested in trying American Paint Company Paint, you can go here.  I have all the colors available but haven't added them all to my store yet.  If you need a color not listed, let me know I will get it added.