Thursday, May 30, 2013

A half hall and a transformation

Today, I'm all about short and sweet and to the point.

A before (aka pre-Kristy)


An after (aka post-Kristy)


While the previous homeowner worked painstakingly on this faux stone area.. it's just not my thang!


Now, get on out there and paint something you'll love!  ;)



Thursday, May 16, 2013

Throw pillows with a funny story

Setting the stage:

People who know me {personally} know I say and do things that most normal people only think of saying or doing.  It's just who I am.  Please note that I do have a [semi] filter so the things I say/do are often pretty funny (not rude).... even if only to myself.  (some laugh with... some laugh at... but either way, it's all good...cause they laugh... right?!)

So here's where this is going:

Back in April, our very large community had a very large garage sale.  Man, oh man!!  I am SUCH a sucker for garage sales!  BUT since we just moved here, and I had a. lot. of crap to dispose of {and I needed some moola to CMA (cover my a$$) for all the "goodies" I've been collecting for the new house} I desperately needed to have my own sale.
  Needless to say, to hold my own, was going to prove to be quite a challenge for me.  I told my best sister-friend that I was going to have Josh run ours, while I went out and shopped!  (because that is just sooo like me!)
 Well, I don't think the hubs found a lot of humor in that~ sooo I ran ours.  
To ensure I would actually HAVE mine, and not skip out and shop,  I teamed up with my best gal pal and brought all my crap to her house!  After we set up, at the freakin butt crack of dawn, the shoppers arrived.  I made small talk with a sweet lady that was scoring big on some of my schtuff, throwing ideas around with her as she was decorating her new home.  She left... went next door and did some more shopping.  My gal pal and mom encouraged me to go over there and see what they had, but I declined.  I was determined I was going to actually PROFIT, not break even. That my getting up at 5am was certainly not going to be for nothin'!
About the time I was saying "nooo.. that's ok...",  I see my new found friend walking across the street to her car carrying a set of black and white pillows I HAD. TO. HAVE!
{this is where my "unique-borderline-cahRAZY" personality kicks in}
I freaked!! 
I gasped!! 
I HAD to get them!
I began muttering run on sentences like "OMGSH, they would totally match my decor", "Holy CRAP!  I've been looking for that print!!", "I'm gonna do it!  I'm buying them from her!"
So I grabbed some money out of my {profit} box and ran over to her..  
As she was putting the pillows that I had to have in her car, I was like 
"HEY!  WOW!  I LOVE those pillows!!! Do you really, really love them???"  
She looked at me all wide-eyed and befuddled... (I'm not crazy lady...chill with deer in the head lights looks, already)  
She murmured something like "ummmmmm no?????"   
So I asked her what she paid.  
She said $2.... 

TWO DOLLARS?!?!  As in a dollar a piece TWO DOLLARS?!?!
(y'all.... please know... in my head... I AM becoming the Ikea lady!!)   

So, I offered her $5 if she'd sell them to me.
And she DID!


   **watch this now for the full affect!**




By now, my mom and BGP were hysterical!  They about peed their pants!

I have no shame, people.


Bet by now, you're SUPER curious to see these coveted pillows, aren'cha?!

First... here's my couch pillows and why I needed the garage sale pillows....

And here's what the garage-sale-pillows-that-I-bought-off-another-person-who-already-bought-the-pillows pillows look like....

For $2.50 a piece!  
Oh... I forgot to mention.. 
They had never, even ONCE, been used!

See why I just HAD to have them?!  

They. are. perfect!

Have you ever done something so off the wall that you can't help but giggle (even if it's only on the inside) every time you think of it?!


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

An urn, some Frog tape and couple cans of spray paint

Welp... I'm at it again.

My mom always says "Don't blink in Kristy's house!"  because I am notoriously always changing things...  rearrange it, paint it, hang it, take it down, paint it again.. you ALL know what I'm talking about.  It's just my thang.


As most of  you know, we moved into our new house in February and I've piddled and tweaked and fiddled and faddled and it's all slowly coming together.... but I've never been quite settled with the tv wall.  The dreaded tv wall that is THE focal wall.  ugh.

I'll show you where I started and kind of talk you thru what's changed (mayyyybe even 2-3 times since February... maybe) 

*but first.  my photos are crappy. i'm sorry.  blogging about this was kind of an after thought and i was too far into my thought process to go get the good camera.  sorry.*

So you know, the iron shelves were once black.  Now, they're gold.
The urns/planters were once a cool distressed concrete, then green, then hot pink, then (photoed) white.  I've painted them.  Again.

Matte black

I used my trusty Frog tape and taped off the rim around the top.  I wanted to have the black and white contrast and have them play off the chevron urns on the mantel. 

Buuuuuut they weren't quite "finished".


I got out my Rub N Buff

Yep.  That's just what it needed!

whoops.  this pict is lop-sided.  how do I fix that here?!

oh well. 
Here's the "bigger picture"  :)

YEP!  I like it waaayyy better!  


About that orange iron piece....

Please tell me we're all alike and slightly obsess over our schtuff...



((By the way... I am still hittin up the ol' Home Goods/Marshalls/TJMaxx weekly for a matching black/white lamp shade to match the one on the right!  Let me know if you come across one, will ya?!))

And hey.  Since you're lookin... leave me a little love why don'cha?!  At least then I'll know you were here! ;)  THANKS A TON, HON!