Thursday, November 10, 2011

the bird pillow!

Who remembers the hunt for a mate to this bird pillow??

Well, an extremely generous blog reader & my new BFF Kim in Florida found the 'needle in a haystack'!!

Its not exactly the same, but I almost prefer it that way… its fun that the other bird is yellow.

Look here:


thank you kim!!!


Monday, November 7, 2011

her daddy's desk

A friend of mine brought me this desk to be painted.  She had found it in her mother's things in storage ~ it originally belonged to her father, who is sadly no longer with us.  So not only was this a great piece, but it was very special to this friend & her mother.

This was a while back, when it was still 300 degrees outside, so I painted this piece in my kitchen.  I don't know if you know this, but if you ever want to ruin your husband's day, let him come home to find you in the kitchen, covered in furniture & paint, and blocking the fridge.  Good times.

Once the piece was painted, I sent her a number of options for hardware.  Here are a few:

She chose the sleeker, oil-rubbed bronze option, as seen here:

This piece is special also because it is finished on the back ~ you can't find many like this anymore.

I love it when people send me pictures of their pieces in their new homes ~ so I have fun pictures like this to show you!

have a great day!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

a room for 3 boys

Towards the end of this past summer, Doug & I were chatting on a random Sunday morning as we drove home from church.  Out of nowhere, I mentioned to him that I needed to call some friends of ours… I knew they were in the process of moving, and also in the process of another adoption.  I told Doug surely they would need some furniture & perhaps I could do something for them.

That afternoon, the phone rang.  And it was… you guessed it… the friend I had been thinking about.  And what she had to say blew me away (a total God thing).  She said when they moved, her three boys would be sharing a room (leaving room for their daughter and the new family member, hopefully coming home soon).  Might I be able to find 3 matching twin headboards for her boys?

Wow… I almost didn't tell her about the conversation Doug & I had had that morning.  It was just too wild!  But I did tell her and we had a good laugh about it.

I was pretty sure we couldn't find 3 matching twin headboards.  But I was also pretty sure that Doug could build them :)  So we used this plan from Ana White and he whipped them right up!

He started with lumber from Home Depot and by that afternoon we had 3 of these:

I put a good coat of Dark Walnut stain on them next.  I love how rustic they look.

Then I started working on a dresser for the room.  This dresser had been sitting for ages and it was just perfect because it had (wouldn't you know it??) three sections of drawers.  Perfect for 3 little boys!



I stripped & sanded the top of the dresser, and stained it in Dark Walnut to match the beds.

And, drumroll please… the room all put together for three very special little boys…

We worked on these side tables/ night stands to match while we were together one day ~ sort of a painting party that I enjoyed so much I'd love to do it again with more friends!

I am so tickled with how it all turned out & so honored to have been a part of this room!

Thanks for stopping by!