Dec 10, 2012

French Chic Dresser


This dresser has been a long time in the works.  I rescued  it (seriously!) at the end of September, you can read more about that adventure here.


I actually got it painted up pretty quick, it was ready to go at Thanksgiving (Canadian, that is, which was October 8).  However, I wasn't satisfied with the knobs.  To me, they looked like pineapples, and they just seemed too big for the dresser. And besides, who wants pineapples on their dresser?



 So, I ordered some crystal knobs off of ebay.  Then waited for them to arrive... and then waited some more.  They ended up taking about 5 weeks. 

This is how it looked like before I started to work on it:


The graphic on the top drawer is courtesy of the Graphics Fairy (where else, right?) 
I transferred the graphic using the same method that I used on my french script coffee table, except that this time, I wanted a really crisp image, so I used sharpies. 



This chest of drawers is fairly simple, but it does have some pretty details.



That's technically Christmas wrapping paper in the drawers.  I found it at Canadian Tire, but I think you could get away with using it all year round.  I'm always on the lookout for pretty wrapping and wallpaper to use as drawer liner, I think it adds a nice touch to the finished piece. 


When I took these pictures on Friday, it was overcast, and I was planning on taking more when the sun came out, but I ended up selling it yesterday, and the sun still hasn't come out. 





Hope everyone's Christmas prep is going well!  Lately, I've been making a few handmade gifts. I probably shouldn't share them on here though, because who knows who'll be reading this right ?

Linking to:
Primitive & Proper 
Domestically Speaking
Southern Lovely
The Shabby Creek Cottage
The 36th Avenue
My Repurposed Life
Finding Fabulous
Miss Mustard Seed
The Shabby Nest
Funky Junk Interiors

Dec 5, 2012

Ikea Christmas Dishtowels

Many of you have seen those inexpensive cream and red towels that Ikea sells, right?  Well, here's a fun way I gussied up a couple of them for the Christmas season. 



I took a couple of images from the Graphics Fairy (where else, right?), printed them out, taped them to my window, then went over them with a black sharpie. 
I think I first encountered this idea over Setting for Four.  Brilliant idea, isn't it?



And this is the second one I did.  I thought they still looked a little plain, so I added the red lace to the bottom.  I had bought the lace on a whim at Fabricland the week before because it was buy 1 get 3 free, thinking maybe I would use it wrapping presents, but there ended up being exactly enough for my two tea towels.  I love coincidences like that! 



Now I wish I had bought more than two towels the last time I was at Ikea, because these would make awesome gifts. 

And just so you're not too discouraged with how your tracing looks, this is how mine looked right off the window (above).  Then I went over it again filling in more details as I went by looking at the picture (below).



Don't know if it's really possible or not, but perhaps my pretty towels will make drying dishes more fun!

Linking to:
The Shabby Creek Cottage
The 36th Avenue
The Shabby Nest
My Repurposed Life
It's So Very Cheri: Countdown to Winter
The Cottage Market
Five Days Five Ways
Funky Junk Interiors

Dec 3, 2012

Muslin Rag Wreath

I am just popping in this afternoon to mention that I have added my muslin rag wreath to the etsy shop!  I have had a few requests to sell it, so when I happened on some wreath forms this afternoon, I thought I would give it a go.  So, if you loved my wreath but don't have the time or inclination to make one yourself, they are now available here.

Nov 29, 2012

Rescued End Table

I finally have another furniture makeover to share with you!  Now, I don't normally confess how much I pay for my furniture, but this time I am going to admit that this was a roadside find.  I made my husband get out and load it up for me though... he's so sweet :-)



Now, I totally forgot about a before picture, but it was just brown, with coppery gold hardware and that black speckled finish that's so hideous now. 



I painted it with Cece Caldwell paint in Vermont Slate.  However, I did something a little different.  At the store where I bought my paint, the owner gave me a little bottle of black colorant.  So I added some of that into my paint and it darkened it up a bit so that it's a really nice dark grey.  I love how the colour turned out.  Hopefully someone else does, too, because this one's for sale. 



I thought about spray painting the hardware... but it was just too cold out and I didn't feel like freezing myself to death just to paint one knob.  Then I thought about switching it out for something different, but I couldn't find anything in my stash of bits and bobs that would work.  So, what I ended up doing was using rub-n-buff.  First I did the whole thing in black to cover up the original colour.  Then I highlighted in silver and I ended up quite liking how it turned out. 


One thing that's nice about the Cece paint is that you can distress it with a wet rag.  Which means I don't have dust flying every which way when I am working indoors in this chilly weather.  I gently rubbed the entire piece down to ensure that I had a really smooth surface. Then I finished it off with the Cece Caldwell clear wax.

I am actually a little behind on my blogging, as I have a few more tables to share with you soon. 

Linking to:
Finding Fabulous
My Repurposed Life
Miss Mustard Seed
The Shabby Nest
Homespun Happenings
Five Days: Five Ways
Tatertots & Jello
Funky Junk Interiors
Coastal Charm
Primitive & Proper
Southern Lovely
Domestically Speaking

Nov 28, 2012

Mischevious Little Brother

See what happens when my little brother (okay, he's 6 feet + tall, so he's not exactly little anymore) comes to visit me?


The above picture is how my chalkboard is supposed to look.  And the below is how it looked after my brother left.   


The little goof!  And to quote him, he said that it looked like Christmas had threw up all over my house.   Oh and he also commented on how he could easily reach up and change my chalkboard, but I would have get out a stool if I wanted to fix it.  (I am only 5' 2"). 

That shelf is in the kitchen and you can see my new paint color on the wall.  We're gearing up to finish the kitchen soon.  It's not like we started sooo long ago.... it was only January right? 

And see what happened to the chalkboard out in the laundry room?

 
I am our church's secretary, so that's supposed to be a reminder to me to put the choir practice in the bullETIN, not the bull!  And all that about the bacon?  I'm actually not sure I can blame that on my brother... it may have been my husband... or a combination of the two of them.  We haven't sorted that one out yet!  And in case you're wondering, no, I didn't cook them bacon... they're so hard done by aren't they?
 
 
These are some vintage postcards that I hung on that same shelf in the kitchen... I will hopefully share more of my Christmas decorating soon. 
 


(My chalkboard "art" is a total copy from page 125 of the Better Homes and Gardens "Christmas Ideas" special interest magazine.  I totally loved it.  That magazine is great!  Tons of ideas in it, I've probably read it a million times already!)


Nov 22, 2012

Jute Webbing Christmas Ornaments and a Black Friday Sale!!

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(Before I get too far into this post, I just wanted to mention that I'm having a Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale over at my etsy shop, SimplyChicTreasures.  Use code BlackFriday to receive 15% off your purchase.  Valid now through Monday, November 26, 2012.)
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I adore these simple ornaments I whipped up the other day.  I made three of them to hang on the hooks in my laundry room.  Then, last night, I made up a few more to possibly give away as gifts this year. 



They're fairly easy to do, I took a 9" strip of webbing   (You know, the stuff that you see on the bottom of chairs, etc.  I bought mine at Joann's).  folded it in half, sewed up the sides and then added my embellishments. 




I added a piece of lace to the top, a piece of torn muslin with a snowman stamped onto it and some silver jingle bells.  Everything was hotglued in place. 

I placed some greenery, berries and a candy cane inside, but you really could add whatever you wanted, or whatever you have on hand.  And if you don't have any webbing, why not use burlap?  They would be just as charming. 


I hope to share a furniture makeover with you soon.  With the colder weather and christmas crafting/decorating I haven't been doing as much painting furniture though. 

Linking to:
The Shabby Nest
Funky Junk Interiors
Classy Clutter
Coastal Charm
Southern Lovely
The 36th Avenue
The Shabby Creek Cottage
Finding Fabulous
My Repurposed Life
Five Days: Five Ways
The Cottage Market
It's So Very Cheri: Countdown to Winter

Nov 16, 2012

Advent Calendar from a Printer's Drawer

This idea has been swimming around in my head ever since I purchased this printers drawer at a yard sale in the summer. 
It was fairly simply to do, all I did was print out various sizes and fonts of numbers with red ink onto cardstock.  I then cut them out and randomly fit them into the different spaces. 
For a little extra sparkle, I "diamond dusted" each number!
I also added a few little extras, some snowflakes, beads, bells, and red glitter stickers that I put onto cardstock.
There are a few ways you could work this calendar... You could write on the back a fun activity to do each day, or you could hide a candy behind each number.  I haven't done either yet, but my husband is voting for the candy, preferably chocolate!
I am right into my Christmas crafting now!  It's so fun.  Glitter and sparkles are flying every which way, the printer is humming, and the paint brush is out!  What a wonderful time of year! 



Nov 13, 2012

Some Fun Christmas Pillows


 A few weeks ago, I needed a specific fabric, and some red ribbon, so off to fabricland I headed.  As soon as I walked in the door, I was confronted with this fabric...

 And loved it right off.  So, of course, even though I had no idea what I would do with it, I bought some and some in red, too.  So, did I get the other fabric I needed?  Well.... no, but I did remember the red ribbon!
Yesterday, I was in a creative mood, so, I whipped up a couple pillow covers out of it. 



The christmas theme is subtle, which I like, because it means I can put them out sooner!

And then, inspired by this pillow here, I whipped up another cover last night. 
There's no Silhouette in my craft room, so I did up the letters the old fashioned way with freezer paper.
The word "vintage"  I printed directly onto a piece of muslin.  To do this, I iron a piece of muslin onto a piece of freezer paper, then shoot it through my inkjet printer.  You have to be careful it doesn't jam, though.  And... shhh... don't tell anyone, but I just glued the muslin piece on.  I'm not planning on washing it, so it shouldn't be a problem.
What kind of a Christmas are you dreaming of?  The word vintage could easily be substituted. 
Sorry for the lack of posts lately.  Last week was spent up at my parents' place so my husband could test out his deer hunting skills.  I've got a few christmas projects on the go, including a great advent calendar.  And I should have a few furniture makeovers to share with you soon, too. 

Nov 8, 2012

Some New Items!

I don't talk too much about my etsy shop, simplychictreasures, here, but I thought that I would mention that I've added some new items, just in time for Christmas!
 
Several varieties of this lovely frayed, hand-stamped muslin ribbon....
 
 
I've made up a bunch of these muslin and burlap ornaments, and plan to hang a few on my own tree, too.
 
I love this cream and red print that I used for this pillow cover
 
 
There's also a few new book bundles...
 
And if you're in need of a new runner for your christmas table, perhaps this one with it's lovely script ruffles and red poinsettia is what you're looking for.
 
I`ve also added a few new vintage items. 
 
A stack of kids records from the 1950s... Frame these up and they would make an awesome gallery wall!
 
And some matching Christmas titles!
 
 
This rusty old scale is perfect just the way it is!
 
 
Think of the storage this old train case gives.