Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Cobblers Children Have No Shoes and Procrastination

Everyone knows the story about The Cobblers Children walking around with no shoes...poor little kids, I hope they live in a warm climate.

Well this is a story about 2 ladies that can't seem to get their homes together. Here's a list of just a few things that we haven't completed in our own homes.

Lets start with Debbie's daughters bathroom. It's in the process of completely being redone. The marble floors and tub surround have been installed. THAT'S IT. For over a month nothing else has been touched. Debbie's all ready with the decorative touches, just waiting for contractors to finish.

Other projects for the both of us:

Paint rooms

Coffee table to be sanded down, add cushion and upholstery

Paint sideboard (make that 2 sideboards)

Take the hem up on bedroom curtains that have been hanging up for over a year. It was cheaper to buy the ones that were 14" to long. Yea, I don't get it either but they were over $30 a pair cheaper.

Make pillows for den sofa

Add shelf in closet

Paint rug on porch

Re sod back yard



and Dust the house.

You get the picture. We're procrastinators when it comes to our own homes. We love what we do and would rather paint furniture than do our own work. 

Are you a procrastinator when it comes to doing something for yourself? 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Hotels are constantly changing their furniture. Most of the hotels have high end, well made all wood furniture. 

A while back Debbie scored 4 nightstands from a local hotel on Canal Street. The hotel was in the process of changing owners and was being updated. The nightstands we're a light wood and the marble tops were missing. After my hubby made new tops a white wash was applied. 

Fast forward to this past weekend. We came upon these beauties.

We have 2 of these with the marble tops! We're planning on painting them in a creamy off white with a little shabby here and there. 

Don't be afraid to check out hotel liquidators. You'll find everything from furniture, lamps, and beautiful pictures. 

Friday, March 22, 2013


Since we have some Modern Masters Olympic Gold Paint left over, we decided to dress up a jewelry box. 

This cute little jewelry box started out just plain old brown. After giving it a light sanding some primer and 2 coat of Modern Masters... look at her now.

We even gave it a New Orleans touch...

Fluer de Lis

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Yes, we've been SLACKERS...

We have been busy working...really we have! We just haven't posted anything since January. 

One of the favorite projects that we've done are 6 maple dining room chairs. These chairs took us out of our comfort zone. We normally clean, sand, prime, paint and put a clear coat on our furniture. These chairs we're a little more detailed and involved working with a product we hadn't used before. 

Here are the chairs when we first got them from Kendra. 

Just regular dining chairs with a mahagony finish. 

Here's a close up of the detail.

Here's what they look like now. 

Thanks to the guys at Helm Paint for all the advice they gave us. We used a great product, Modern Masters for the gold. The process was basically the same as when we paint using Benjamin Moore Paints. We sanded, cleaned, primed and painted. Modern Masters was easy and fun to use. We did find that if we put one coat on vertically and the next on horizontally we got a nice texture. You can see it on the picture of the leg. 

Kendra pushed our limits even more. She wanted them distressed even more that what we had done. We took a knife and sandpaper to them. They turned out beautiful. I have to say this has been the most fun project that we've done. 

Kendra has since upholstered them in a black velvet. 


Thank you Kendra for pushing us beyond our limits!