Saturday, November 20, 2010

My "NEW" console table and lampshade

The BEFORE and AFTER PICTURES
of the accent table, lampshade and curio.

































At one corner of my living room are my favorite framed photo collections on an accent table by a curio with things I have collected from our travels over the years and gifts from loved ones. And with life being so busy, my collections have become a little cluttered, so I thought it's time to give these babies a FACE LIFT!
It's time for some of those small framed photos to go in my scrapbook, move the curio next to my fireplace and give that accent table a new look.
I removed the glass top and replaced it with a laminated pine, painted it black and see how it transforms to become a console table. An old lampshade from my family room needed a facelift as well. Again, spray paint~ my new
bestfriend to the rescue!
The displays on the curio looked so much better with a nice backdrop (which was actually a gift wrapping paper I adhered with double sided tape) especially when the lights are on.
I spray painted the lamp with Oil Rubbed Bronze, covered the shade with left-over fabric to match my throw pillows, added a trim (which I also spray painted to match the lamp), embellished with an old necklace and it's a totally
new look!
I moved the whole vignette (is that considered a vignette?) by the entrance of
my home, by the living room, finished up by hanging a large mirror, also painted
the frame black, and the finished look is so different, and so much pulled together.
I added a few vintage books I got from a yard sale, a special framed family
(childhood) photo and some beautiful accents from "Fitzgerald's Home Decor"
and viola!
I liked how it turned out, I hope you like it too. =)
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Friday, November 5, 2010

Wall Clock Make Over






















I've been decorating my home and designing on a dime. Spray paint has been my bestfriend lately. One of my latest projects that I'm quite proud of is this starburst clock~ which I was inspired by Stephanielynn @ Under the Table and Dreaming. I thought I'd give one of my clocks a make over; one that was from Ikea~ simple, round and silver. Just perfect to give a different look...and voila! I love it. It's now in our family room on the wall above the tv. It's amazing what barbeque skewers, metallic silver spray paint and hot glue gun can do! Hope you like it too! Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Fitzgerald's Flowers, Gifts, Home Accents and Decor

We will be at Holy Family Parish Oktoberfest Flea market this week end starting today, Oct. 22.
If interested, call me 562/310-7287

It's going to be a lot of fun!!! (Holy Family Catholic Church, 18626 S. Clarkdale, Artesia, California.)








































Monday, September 20, 2010

Easy Project: Cabinet Face Lift

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This is such an easy week end project; it only took a couple of hours. I have this beautiful cabinet near the kitchen which houses the dishes, cups and saucers and serving bowls and other stuff. More serving dish and cake stand are on top, outside the cabinet. Over the years, things seemed to have just been shoved in and it also looked a little tired.

So, I got some pretty cream and black gift wrapping paper and thought it would "dress up" the cabinet nicely. I used the double sided tape to adhere the paper to the cabinet wall because it's easier to remove and change the pattern if ever I got tired of it.

I also took this opportunity to get organized and de-clutter (my favorite word!) the cabinets and put the things in proper places.

Now, the cabinet looked wonderful with those serving dish and cake server and other containers inside! lol. With the cabinet lights on, it sure added some dramatic effect!

By the way, the cabinets are still off-white color; I think the lights had some effect when I took the picture.
Now, I have a pretty cabinet that is also functional!
I love it and I hope you do, too!
Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, September 19, 2010

4-Drawer Make Over

This is one of my $5.00 yard sale finds, a 4-drawer unit, which now sits on a corner of our family room, just perfect to house some of my husband's movie collection~ Clint Eastwood, Starwars Trilogy, Indiana Jones and Godfather, to name a few. I painted the drawers black, decoupaged the top with scrapbook paper with a pretty pattern in black, white, and shades of green and blue to have a touch of color.
I placed a tall, skinny photo frame which I spray painted oil-rubbed bronze, which looked pretty with my family's pictures, accented with a permanent botanical~ orchid arrangement embellished with bamboo.
The drawer pulls were spray painted white for contrast, and I decoupaged some scrapbooking embellishement words like "happy"and "love", and a couple of pictures of a bird and a flower. (My pictures does not do justice to this piece...hmmm, perhaps it's time to buy a professional camera!) Hope you like it.
Thanks for stopping by!
Pls. click on pictures to enlarge.=)















Saturday, September 11, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Empty Nest Syndrome

It's a bittersweet time in my (and my husband's) life right now. It's exciting to see our children becoming adults and moving on to the "real world" out there, and yet there's a little sadness that's in our heart as the house feels empty without them at home. I feel like I'm a mama bird who took care of my baby birds from the time they were eggs in the nest, to becoming little birdies, feeding and caring for them and now, these birdies are learning how to fly on their own. But of course, they'll fly back home once in a while.

"Even the widest dreams have to start somewhere. Allow yourself the time and space to let your mind wander and your imagination fly." ~ Oprah




Friday, August 6, 2010

Blah Corkboard Make-Over









I had this corkboard that has been hanging at the front counter of my flower shop, and I thought I'd give it a make over. Using a somewhat padded fabric, added a little bit more batting, I used a staple gun to attach it to the board. I then embellished the board using checkerd ribbon, pinning them quite tightly to make squares. I made sure the pins were at an angle when I pushed them so it doesn't go through the other side of the board. Buttons were then hotglued on intersections of ribbons for added embellishment and some permanent sunflowers on top and bottom corners. I decoupaged some wooden clothpins, using the same ribbon I used on the board, and embellished them with circles from a handmade necklace that I bought at a yard sale for 0.25 cents. They make pretty and coordinating paper clips.

Now, I like it a lot better than just my plain brown corkboard! I hope you like them too.
Thanks for visiting.
Have a beautiful day!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Why I LOVE yard sales!










A couple of weeks ago, one Friday on my way to work, I drove by a yard sale, saw something at the corner of my eyes and decided to make a U turn. Well, I saw these small dining table and 4 chairs, looked at it and I already know what I was going to do with it! The lady asked $20 bucks for them and sure enough, that's all I had in my purse! (Coincidence?) Anyway, it looked like they were brown before and the owners painted them with weird black~ it was a little yucky weird and sticky. I knew this was going to be a fun project~~~ it just needed some sanding and nice enamel paint (black) and pillows and a table runner....and voila! Pretty!

My hubby helped me paint them the next day, Saturday afternoon, after work...and why I didn't even think of taking pictures while these were being sanded and painted, I don't know!

Anyway, I had some pillows tucked away in my closet that I've never used, removed some of the butting and made corners on the pillows, sewed pillow covers and tada! The table runner was a scrap of material at the fabric place which was .50 cents, the fabic for the pillows was
$ 7.99 a yard ( I used about a yard and a half) ; the paint and sandpaper, well, I already have that somewhere at the flowershop.

I have these old candle holders (in blue and red!) and spray painted them black. Now, it's perfect!

Hope you like the result as much as I did.