Saturday, September 4, 2010

I STRONGLY Dislike Rude People!

In our house, we try not to say the "h" word, and instead say dislike or strongly dislike.  I very very strongly dislike the people I have dealt with tonight!  =(  I wish I knew how to do an angry face on here!
I have been listing items on facebook and craigslist to sell and to give away for free in an attempt to take back my garage.  Fall weather is coming, and I'd like to have room to park inside.  A girl can dream, right? 
Anyway, I listed this little cutie on craigslist for free.

I made it myself several years ago for fun, and it has been in different places in my home ever since.  It is pine, country, primitive, and not professional, but I always liked it.  I was going to try to sell it, but I really wanted it gone, like NOW... 
The first people who showed up apparently couldn't read.  The ad clearly stated that this cabinet was 7ft tall, over 4ft wide, and 2ft deep.  They were pretty sure it would fit in the back of their Explorer.  Hmm...  I had left it in the driveway while I ran errands after being assured on the phone that they were definitely going to take it.  She later phoned me and apologized about it not fitting.  When I got home, I discovered that they had chipped it all up trying to get it in.  DISLIKE!
The second person to come brought a truck.  A very tiny truck.  With a tiny canopy.  And a mattress in back.  Really???  They proceeded to break the counter and chip several places on the wood and bend the door hinge before driving off giggling, leaving it in the driveway.  My husband and I were in the house, but I had stated in the ad to just take it and not bother anyone in the house.  We did not want to be their lifters.  The kids were sleeping.  STRONGLY DISLIKE!!!
My husband was able to reattach everything, but it's very chippy looking.  I have someone driving an hour tomorrow morning who assures me that she wants that look.  Please please let her have a clue, Lord!  This one has promised a big truck, but has her girlfriend with her for lifting.  I hope they are big girls.  Girl power! 

Thursday, September 2, 2010

I'm A Little Bit Country...

Actually, I used to be a LOT country.  I loved the pine furniture, checkered homespun fabric, chickens, hearts, all of it.  I am transitioning now, but have some pretty significant country accents that I haven't been able to do anything with yet for various reasons.  I will say, though, that I still love chicken wire.  I have seen it used on really pretty cabinets that don't look too cutesy.  I am trying to decide if it can stay anywhere in my house, like these doors:

This is what I did with my pantry doors.  They were plain bi-fold doors that I stapled fabric and chicken wire to.  We trimmed them with wood strips and added crystal knobs.  It is the same fabric that I have on my kitchen and nook curtains, so it ties everything in.  What do you think?  Too out of sync with where I want to go, which is classic, simple, non-themey, or okay in small doses? 

I also have it here, on my coat closet in the entry:

See what I mean about the chickens?  Sheesh!  Please don't judge the ugly paint on the walls.  I had a horrible time finding a brown that didn't look like peach or purple or puke...  Finally, after buying multiple cans (it was before sample sizes), we just left the last coat up.  The entry is very high on my priority list of makeovers, but the ceilings are tall and it is difficult to reach.  I'm trying to get the courage and finances up to do the paint, moulding, and new chandeliers all at once to prevent having to climb up there multiple times.

Anyway, I kind of like the wire still, but the chickens aren't exactly my thing anymore.  I'm thinking this whole door needs a makeover.  Don't you just wish sometimes that you had unlimited funds and a really great decorator? 

Family Plaque

I have jumped on the candlestick craft bandwagon!  I love love love the Joy plaques that Whitney from Shanty2Chic did here:

I really wanted to make some, but I need some decor that is not so seasonal.  I thought and thought, and decided to spell out Family on mine.  I searched Michael's high and low to find the round plaques for the base of the candlesticks.  I counted, shopped, painted, and was all ready to start the burlap, when I realized that I was 1 plaque short!  I felt like a total idiot.  My husband kept asking me how many of the 2x6 boards I needed cut, and I kept telling him 5.  He gave me a funny look but never corrected me.  He is a sweet man, but he totally dogged me on that one...  It took me FOREVER to get out and buy the supplies for the last plaque.  Once I did and got it all painted, it went quickly.  I cut the burlap, tacked it on, and stenciled letters that I cut with my Cricut.  I love that little thing!  Anyway, after it was all done, I was happy with it, but not in love.  I kept thinking that Whitney's was cuter with the bells hanging from it, but couldn't decide on a non-seasonal item to add to mine. 

I am still thinking about it, but now that I have looked at Whitney's again, I really feel like mine would be so much better if I distressed them like hers. 

After that, I'm still not sure about an accessory.  Any ideas?  Pretty please? 

The Pantry of Happiness

Good evening, girls!  I hope you are all enjoying the last moments of summer!  I can't believe it is already September, but I personally love it because it means it is my birthday...  :)
Actually, it was my birthday yesterday.  We spent it at my parents' house with my brother and his family.  What a happy day!  I am blessed.
 A few months ago, I began my spring cleaning and organizing and was inspired by Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick.  She had a pantry constructed of wire shelving that was very similar to mine.  She decided to give it a makeover and covered the wire shelves with wood.  She got cutie containers and really organized it.  You can see it here:

I loved the idea of covering the wire, but decided to take it a step further and try to make it look more like a built-in unit.  I painted the walls and wire a chocolate brown.  I used mdf for the shelves and painted that the same brown.  Lastly, I finished the front of the shelves with painted moulding.  I wanted the shelving to blend and disappear inside the pantry.  I really love the way it turned out!

The original wire shelving is still there, just covered.  The moulding in front covers it, though, and unless you really bend over and look, you don't see it at all. 

I got the canvas baskets to store similar items, one for pasta, one for Costco spices, one for sprinkles and cupcake wrappers, vitamins, lunchbox containers, and more.  It makes it really handy to pull the whole basket out and have everything together.  It also makes the pantry look much neater.  I don't have millions of tiny bottles spilling over everywhere anymore.

I copied Sarah's idea to use cute glass containers, and used vintage mason jars for my salt, baking soda, etc.

I was so pleased with the transformation and the tidy space.  I proclaimed to my husband that it would henceforth be referred to as the "pantry of happiness", and so far he has indulged me.  ;)  For the first few days, I wouldn't even put the doors back on.  I would sit on my bar stool and just stare at it, feeling really happy.  Weird, I know, but we're all a little quirky, right? 

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