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Furniture Refresh- Girls Desk

Welcome to FURNITURE REFRESH!! We are so excited to be back after the long summer break and are feeling refreshed and ready to get back into the swing of things. Thank you for joining us all today. Don't forget to click on the links at the end of this post to see all that my awesome buddies have to share!
What's wonderful about this challenge is that it gets me moving on projects that I want to complete, but wouldn't otherwise make the time for. For instance, this desk has been in our garage for the last couple of years. 
In my efforts to get the garage cleaned out so that we can park in there again, I decided to give this poor, has seen better days, a new life for my girls. The older of the two just turned 8 and has been begging me to get her a desk to read at and do her homework on. I picked this up at the goodwill for around $20. Not a bad price huh?!
Everything was in tact, the poor thing just needed a little sanding and freshening up. I'd say that the most time consuming part of re-doing a piece of furniture, is the prep work. Originally I wanted to stain the top, but there was a scratch that I just couldn't sand enough to get completely out, and by the time I had the rest of the top nice and sanded smooth, the discoloring of the wood wasn't very appealing to me. So, we painted it white.

I say "we" because the fun part of this project was that my 8 year old helped me apply the first coat of paint. I must say she's a natural. Must take after her mama. ;)
(I know, I'm the first to say how humble I am too!)
Isn't she darling? Yes, I say so. 
Haha!
Truly though, this poor wretched thing took 3 coats of chalk paint and then I finally turned to Americana chalk finish acrylic paint for the last coat. Nice. I liked the coverage and wished I'd started out with it!
I spray painted the drawer pulls with a black satin spray paint. To be real, I had first painted them white with chalk paint, but then I didn't like how they looked after two coats, so I decided to spray them black to contrast with the white instead. I think that disaster turned out to be in our favor.

I decided to add tassels with the little pink crown for a special touch of bling. Judging by the girl's reactions, they were the perfect addition. 
I had to be a little creative with these since there were no pink tassels to be found. These are actually from a trim. I got 4 1/2" of at hobby lobby for 49 cents. I've never been able to get tassels for that inexpensive! I just added a bit of embroidery floss to make the loop for attaching and hot glued the buttons on. 
I love the way the desk looks now in the girls' room. I rearranged their furniture just before school started and had planned to add the desk as a night stand, so it serves two purposes. The girls are just so excited about the new addition that it makes all the effort worthwhile.
Obviously they have a little Paris theme going on in there. The lampshade is something that coordinates better with the girl's summer bedding. We are gradually moving into the shabby chic look for Winter as it is cozy and cottage feeling. 
Kind of refreshing for a change to. 
I fell in love with this line from Target long ago when my 8 year old was a small baby.
I just got a wild hair after a rough day not too long ago and decided to finally make the splurge.
I'm still experimenting with Euro pillows though. I'm not sure how to make them look right on a twin bed.
Earlier this year I added the board and batten you see to the left. It surrounds another window. I'll have to share it sometime soon, I'm really delighted with the way it turned out. It adds so much character in my girls' sweet little space. 
They are really not wanting to stack their bunk beds at this time, so we have been having fun rearranging their furniture from time to time. This is the third way we've arranged it in the last 8 months. The beds started out against the board and batten, and though that was the original intent, we like the way this arrangement looks, so we're leaving it like this for awhile. 
It's especially good with the new addition to the room. 
Well, that's it for me today. It's so good to share with you again!
I'm so happy you dropped by. 
XoXo,

Don't forget to hop on over to my other friends' blogs now and check out their amazing furniture restyles...they truly are worth the time!!

               

                                                             A Purdy Little House
                                          C'mon, Get Crafty 
                                           Our Crafty Mom   

Summer Home Tour Series- {Garden Chick}

Good morning my beautiful friends, and to those of you who are here for the first time, WELCOME! Today is bittersweet because it is the last day of my Summer Home Tour Series 2016! We have had a wonderful line-up with amazingly talented bloggers! To complete our tours this summer, I am happy to share a garden tour by Karen. 

Karen blogs over at Garden Chick, so when you're all finished with the tour check out the other home tours and take a look at her fun blog!
They're all yours Karen! ;)

I've been following the Summer Home Tour hosted by Michele at Shelstring blog and was happy when I was accepted to join the tour. There have been so many beautiful homes and great ideas for decorating your home. And believe me, I have saved them all to pinterest!
Summer Home Tour
As the seasons change, often our home décor reflects those changes. Christmas trees and snowmen for Christmas, pumpkins for the fall, and bunny rabbits for Easter. But we shouldn't limit our decorating to our home because for the gardener, the summer season means decorating the garden. Very little change comes to the inside of my home in the summer months, because I'm too busy in the garden!
I'm out back weeding
I do make changes with the summer season, and the first changes usually start with my small front porch. It faces my busy road, and is the first thing someone sees when they come to the house. Red is a predominant color in my decorating style, and I start with this red Adirondack chair on my front porch.
Summer Home Tour: Turquoise Summer Pillow
This plastic Adirondack chair is one of many I have scattered throughout my yard and on the deck. After a few years in the sun they tend to fade out and you can either paint them the same color or change your décor for the summer. Red is a predominant color I use, but they have also been chocolate brown for the fall. You can spray using a spray paint made for plastic. I added this summer pillow with turquoise and red.
This red planter with a galvanized tub holds different things as the season changes. It's red color makes it great for holding Christmas décor. For summer, I've added a fern and one of my many vintage watering cans.
Summer Home Tour: Ferns and Watering can
Most of my yard is sunny all day long. I like to add little garden vignettes to the shady spots in the yard. I picked up two of these wire chairs at an estate sale. I added a fern to my chicken flower basket and terracotta bee skep.
Summer Home Tour: Metal chair and ferns
My sunflower pillow can be used now and then on the deck in the fall with my brown Adirondack chair.
Pine trees line the driveway and need a little decorating after a long winter. My black bicycle covered in ivy looks great with white impatiens in an old tool box.
Summer Home Tour: Vintage bicycle with impatiens
Old toolboxes make unique planters and add a little whimsy to the garden. When you come down the driveway you are greeted by this scene.
Impatiens in old toolbox
My herb garden really starts to perk up in the summer, but it's mostly green until the lavender starts to bloom. These pink impatiens add a little color to my vintage rusty tricycle. I made the sign, "petal power" out of and old drawer front.
Summer Home Tour: Rusty Bike wtih Pink Impatiens
Lantana can take the heat, and is a staple in any southern garden. I don't leave my vintage concrete garden gnome in the yard all winter. He sits on my office desk until he's ready to assume his decorating duties outside. (He's not a real "gnome". He is one of the Seven Dwarfs, but I let him think he is.)
Garden Gnome in Lantana for Summer Home Tour
I hope you have enjoyed the Summer Home Tour. Please be sure and visit all of the homes visited.
              ~Karen Gardenchick

What a wonderful tour on how to use deliciously rusty elements in the garden, huh?! I love how natural it all looks together and am feeling inspired on how to make it work in my own yard. As you know, I've been working out there quite a bit lately and have been sharing a few of those projects. I hope you'll continue to come back for more, but for now, go and see all that Karen has to share with you on her blog! 

Summer Home Tour Series- {A Purdy Little House}

One of the things I love so much about hosting the Summer Home Tour Series is the chance I have to associate with other bloggers. Every one of them are so talented and have such an enthusiasm for what they do, that it is contagious! I have loved getting to know each of them!! No different than any other, I'm super excited to share my next guest's home with you today, you might even recognize her from our furniture refresh group! Please welcome Sue! 

Sue blogs over at A Purdy Little House
and what a suitable name for her sweet blog too! Let's say hello, shall we?! 

I'm so pleased to be participating in the Summer Home Tour series this year, hosted by the lovely Michele from Shelstring Blog.
Our backyard has undergone an unbelievable transformation. It's not all complete yet, but you'll be first to see the new space, and I'm so excited to show you. So, without further ado; let's get started with the summer home tour...
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com
Welcome to my home :) My entryway sets the stage for the cream and grey colour scheme that can be seen throughout the entire space. I love those colours together, as they are modern and fresh.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com
As we head into my living room, you see I added some summery touches with my decor, such as the boxwood balls, and faux pink flowers. I'm not a flower snob, and I have no issue with using faux flowers in my decor. I can't really seem to keep anything alive anyhow, so these are great for me. Lol.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com
My barcart is typically decorated for the season, and I love using bright fun colours during the summer months.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com
Right off the formal living room is the dining room. I love the soft elegant feel of this room, and my favorite part is the wallpaper.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com
For the summer, I added some faux purple hydrangeas in mason jars in my vintage toolbox I built earlier this year.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com
Off the dining room is the kitchen, done in cream and grey of course. For the summer months, I swapped out my chalkboard menu for a pretty watercolor painting on canvas of some bright flip flops.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com

Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com

Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com

Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com

Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com
Speaking of summer cheerfulness.... this cute saying on my counter top used to be the front of greeting a card that was sent for our anniversary, by my sweet aunt who lives in California. I loved it so much that I framed it, and now I get to see it everyday.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com
Here is the view from my kitchen window.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com
Before we move outside, let's take a jaunt upstairs to check out the master bedroom. I like to keep things bright and airy in my master bedroom, and add touches of colour depending on the season.
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This pretty duvet was ordered for my youngest daughter's room for her upcoming makeover, but I loved the colours so much, I commandeered it for a bit. I also made her pillow sham an accent pillow.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com
This cool tropical leaf is my favorite new addition, and I love how dramatic it is.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer. Featuring an outdoor pool waterfall at apurdylittlehouse.com
Right off the back door is a deck for lounging.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com
Now, let's take our tour further outside and check out the newest addition. Is it weird that I kind of feel like it's my baby? Lol. Only because this pool, with all its demolition, landscaping, sodding and fence building has been so much work.. a labor of love if you will. But we love it, and wouldn't change a thing if we had to do it all over again.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer. Featuring an outdoor pool waterfall at apurdylittlehouse.com
My favorite feature is the waterfall...hands down.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer. Featuring an outdoor pool waterfall at apurdylittlehouse.com
We still have some mulching to do, but this is the general gist of it.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer. Featuring an outdoor pool waterfall at apurdylittlehouse.com
This comfy seating area allows for a view of the whole pool, so watching the kiddos is easy.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer. Featuring an outdoor pool waterfall at apurdylittlehouse.com
Here is the overall view. Please ignore the shed.... I have plans to make it a pool house, which include painting it grey (of course) with a glossy black door and window frame, and to add shutters and a window box in a crisp white. Stay tuned.....
Thank you so much for joining me on this fun summer home tour. See you next time,
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WOW!! What's not to love, right?! I am so in love with how Sue adds so many bright touches in her home for the summer! Her yard is amazing, and I have to say, that even though it's all so amazing, my favorite is also the waterfall. I know how much work has been invested with all the time I've been spending on my own yard and it's easy to see that it has been worth all the effort. What a pay-off, right?! 
Please visit A Purdy Little House and enjoy all the amazing projects Sue has to share!
Thank you for joining me today on this beautiful home tour, and join me next week for a tour with The Garden Chick.
Tomorrow I'll be sharing a garden project with you!
See you then,