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Harlequin Side Table and a King's Crown

Every year a neighbor of mine has a yard sale and sells the most amazing things for super cheap! (I probably mentioned her before in this post). I bought this table at last year's sale for $2 and have had it sitting next to our reading chair in our master bedroom ever since. I've known for quite some time what I wanted to do with it but hadn't gotten the opportunity.
A month ago while I was painting some other pieces, I went ahead and slapped some primer and a couple coats of Country Chic Paint's Vanilla Frosting on it. It sat in our bedroom like this for a couple months until I could finish it.

Well I'm happy to say that I finally did, and I am LOVING IT! 
I have this wonderful Cricut cartridge with a harlequin pattern that I've been wanting to use for quite some time. I knew it would be perfect for this little table.
So I made a stencil and painted it on. I went over it about three times. 
 Then I painted over the table top edge and some other curves with their Cobblestone gray.
Then sanded for some wear marks and definition with my mouse sander.
It's perfect topped with a candle and this crown I got at World Market, 
So old world-ish with this screen I got from one of my favorite antique shops (more to come on that when I find where its permanent home will be.
In the meantime, it's the perfect backdrop for my favorite little table!
Happy Monday! 
Getting ready for Christmas in my shop space and can't wait to share what I've been making with you this week!

Kitchen Hutch Display

There is an area in my kitchen that I don't believe I've ever shared on my blog before. It's because it is a "problem area". For some reason, the hutch I designed for our kitchen causes me great turmoil. Finally one day, while blog hopping for inspiration, I came upon a home tour that had a picture that just struck me. YAY! I could't wait to put that inspiration into practice. 
So my hutch has always been used as a more practical use area. It is part of the cooking and baking triangle. Since it is right next to the ovens and across from the stove, it is the perfect place for all my utencils, spices, and cookware within reach. I've tried about everything in this area so it can function this way while hoping it can still look nice but it's never worked out how I'd hoped. 
I've kept flour and sugar canisters there. I've had the utensils idea in various decorative containers, cookbooks in decorative binders. It's never been pleasing to the eye. Part of the problem is that the mouldings and trim work have never been finished since my VERY BUSY honey never has been able to find the time. I simply gave up on it ever looking nice. 
That is what is so nice about inspiration! While looking at home tours, I realized that this area could still be functional and practical and decorative 
at the same time.

Project Challenge #10 HVAC or Duct tape

Well can you believe it's yet another Project Challenge?! That means October is almost can that have happened so fast?! I'm so glad to have you here today and share with you something my little boy has been wanting for quite awhile. A couple years ago we sat down and brainstormed all the things we wanted to do to his room. Then, due to circumstances, he ended up sharing with one of his big brothers for awhile. Now, with two children having left home, we have a little space freed up. This made it possible for all of our boys to have their own rooms. Now my 8 year old and I are ready to encorporate all the ideas we had before, as well as a few more. It all started with this neat statue he begged me to buy him one day while shopping at Ross. I couldn't refuse since this little guy hardly ever asks for anything.
He loves the whole Knight theme. Horses, dragons blowing fire (this one is from one of my rare trips to Ikea), swords, maps, battle.

Fixing an Antique Piano Mirror

I often peruse craigslist for things I'm looking for. I usually go to the free section, then to the antiques, unless there is something specific I'm looking for. One day I came across this antique piano mirror [in the antique section]. Though I wasn't looking specifically for it, I have wanted one for awhile now. I love how Holly from Down to Earth Style always decorates with hers. They are such a great character solution to add to a wide space that is hard to decorate. I knew immediately where it was going to go. The family room had such a space above the bookcases I just refinished (more an that real soon!). 
It was advertised at a great price as something that needed some work. I saw the issues right away and the sellers were really good about letting me know what they thought needed attention.

Natural Fall Centerpiece- {Dose of DIY Blog Hop}

Happy Wednesday friends, and welcome to a Dose of DIY! This is where I, along with some of my good blogging buddies, come up with something that will hopefully inspire you!

So let's get to it, shall we?!
I had a board that was wider then the rest during one of my fencing projects. I knew I wanted to use it for something special. This Dose of DIY challenge to come up with a fall centerpiece was the perfect excuse. I've always wanted to make a centerpiece tray so that it would be easy to add or remove for practical purposes.

Fall Wreath(s)

Early on, when I discovered that I was actually crafty, I found that one of my passions was flower arranging. Each and every time I put together an arrangement, I feel a deep inner happiness. It's something that truly pleases my soul. Recently while I was enjoying some blog hopping, I came upon a blog I love to read regularly where there was a beautiful wreath. That's how the desire to make one grew. While I was at the fabric store the other day, I grabbed a few stems on clearance in the floral section and pulled out some others I had left over from the fishing creel arrangement I made back in June.

Fall Home Tour Blog Hop!

So I have a confession to make. Pictures are not my strong suit. You're probably thinking something similar to what my 14 year old son would say, "no der Sherlock". With that out of the way, I just want to give you the warmest welcome ever to my Fall tour!
I'm teaming up with some incredibly fun bloggers that will also be sharing their homes throughout the next 5 days. So visit the rest of today's  tours at the end of mine by clicking their links,

 If you're new here, you'll soon find that touring my home isn't something I venture out to do that often. It's intimidating to me. Well, that and the fact that my house is always so in the midst of a project of one kind or another that it is hardly ever presentable enough for my liking. 
Friends are so gracious when they make excuses for me and say things like, "you have seven kids, I don't know how you would ever do what you do". 
I take ownership though when I say that particular excuse ran dry after the oldest two moved out, taking the numbers down a notch. In all fairness, I'm the one making the messes. I'm one of those people that loves to be overly busy. If there isn't madness, I create madness. 
Anyway, enough of the blah, blah, blah, already.
Come on in and let me show you a few things I did this year to bring Fall into our home! 
The porch got a brand new makeover. It really hasn't seen much change since the makover I gave it at the beginning of the summer. 
Needless to say, it was tired!