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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Starting One Project and Finishing Another

First, we have a new blogger that I would love to introduce you to. Her name is Connie @ Dare To Dream. Her blog is lovely and she has such a great talent for thrifting, crafting and recreating. I hope you will go by and welcome her to blogland.

Now for my projects:

I have been wanting to paint the rockers for the front porch since last year, but you know how crazy men get about painting wood. So in order to preserve peace in the house, I decided to just re-stain them. They really are looking so bad.

After a good sanding, I mixed some stain with some poly I already had and gave them a couple of coats and they look so much better.


See that white chinese stool, it's the same one from Big Lots that you have seen around blogland. Next is to paint it, replace all the dead plants and add some more, a couple of pillows and the porch should be a little more inviting. Always more projects to be done.


Now to finish a project for the Master.

This is our bedroom and it had a couple of unfinished projects that I wanted to get done.


I had painted an old lamp that I'm using on the round table, but it still needed something, so I wanted to add some trim to the shade.


There were some really good tutorials around that showed how easy this was and it really is. A little braid around the top.


Then I added a little fringe around the bottom. Looks much more interesting.


Now doesn't this look so much better.


Now to add a little trim to the pillow.


I like this much better too.


Ok, I am happier and I think this area looks a lot better.


Ok, on to the porch and get that finished. Thanks for stopping by. I always look forward to your visits. Hope you will join me for Table Top Tuesday. Remember, it's not just for tables, but any surface where you create a vignette. I will have Mr. Linky up by 5PM Monday evening. See you there.

I am linking to:
Transformation Thursday - The Shabby Chic Cottage
Strut Your Stuff Thursday - Somewhat Simple
Get Your Craft On - Life As Lori
Show And Tell Friday - My Romantic Home
Frugalicious Friday - Finding Fabulous
Frugal Friday - The Shabby Nest

61 comments:

  1. Okay, Marty. Would you like to come out to Virginia? I have a ton of things that need to be done from painting to refinishing, with a bit of sewing to boot. I think you would work out just great! Interested?

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  2. Hi Marty,
    You have been very busy. Everything looks so pretty with your lovely embellishments. What a difference a little trim makes....very fun.
    Maryrose

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  3. The rockers have come up really well Marty.
    You have a georgeous bedroom - love the extra touches.

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  4. Marty, you are so clever! Your lamp and pillow look beautiful, what a difference that trim made! Your bedroom is just so pretty, thanks for sharing. Good job on your rockers, they look fantastic. You have been a busy lady!

    Hugs,

    Nancy

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  5. I like them before, but love them now! Isn't it fun to do little things that make such a big impact? Have a great day!

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  6. Beautiful! Love those touches of trim for that extra somin somin :)

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  7. Marty your rockers turned out beautiful, I love natural wood!

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  8. Hi Marty! Oh, I love your pretty front porch and your chairs look good. I'll bet you got a bit of a workout sanding them! :)
    I love what you did to your lamp shade - the trims do make such a difference. The pillow! Gorgeous. You have such a lovely home and you just keep making it more pretty every day!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  9. So Marty, are you interested in a trip to NY. I have a ton of projects and it looks like you'd get right to them!

    - The Tablescaper

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  10. Hi Marty; All the little touches make your bed room so lovely,,,, so warm and cozy..... great job,,, and speaking of great job,,,, those rockers are beautiful... Love the stain you used... my D H is the same way,,, doesn't like me to paint wood... and I love your kitchen redo,,, what a wonderful friend you have.. I love them all.....
    Have a great week.

    Hugs;
    Alaura

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  11. Oh I love your trim! Beautiful -- you're just busy as a bee!

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  12. Hi marty - Thanks for keeping me company. It is so hard to start again, but her I am just doing it.
    I just adore your kitchen. I think I commented bout the brown backsplash -- love it.
    Cone on over anytime. Connie

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  13. Hi Marty,
    Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look at my tablescape.
    Your wonderful comments are really uplifting. I loved the changes to the lamp shade and your porch is coming right along, very nicely. I can't wait to see the finished results. Well I think I'll go over and say hello to our newest blogger.Talk soon.
    Sandy

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  14. The chairs came out great! The lampshade too!

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  15. I was sitting in my porch rockers today and was thinking I need to refinish them or paint them. They look just like yours. Your after pic looks great.

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  16. Fabulous, it really did perk it up Marty!

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  17. Hi Marty,
    It was so nice to hear from you again, thanks for stopping by and for the kind words! My, you've been a busy bee! The rockers look great. I've seen that white drum at Big Lots too. I've seen similar ones in so many magazines. It's the attention to detail that makes your room so beautiful. Nice work on the trim!

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  18. What a charming spot in your bedroom! It's amazing what a difference the braid and tasseled trim made! And that little birdbath candleholder is adorable -- covet!

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  19. Had to laugh- what IS it with men and wood??! Everything looks beautiful, as always Marty. Just elegant and serene
    xoxo Pattie

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  20. The rockers look very good and I love the little garden table in the middle. I'm going to check that out at Big Lots.

    Love your lampshade too and your pillow. Great embellishments.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  21. Marty your embelishments are fantastic! What a great detail! I couldn't help but laugh about your comment on men and painting wood. My DH is the same way! Ughh! You really did a great job on the restaining. Looks like new again!

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  22. Marty,
    Could you please bottle up some of that energy and send it to me? Your amazing with all you get done~ The rockers look so nice and I am absolutely in love with your master bedroom. It's gorgeous and so are the pillows and lamp.
    Great Job,
    Cindy

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  23. OH GIRLFRIEND, THAT IS ALL SO PRETTY. I HAVE TO TELL YOU THE CHAIRS ARE PERFECT. I THINK I MIGHT JUST HAVE TO TRY THE LAMPS, WHAT A DIFFERENCE, CHAR

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  24. The rockers look great, even if they aren't painted. MEN!!! And I love the trim on the lampshades & the pillow. I'd be so afraid to try to do that. I'd be afraid of messing up or hating it. You are braver than I.

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  25. Marty, The rockers look brand new. Your bedroom is absolutely beautiful! I love the colors and the lamp looks great all dressed up.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  26. Great projects Marty! That fabric is so beautiful! I love how you embellished the lampshade too!
    Michelle

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  27. Good for you to get busy and finish up your projects. Your rockers look like the perfect place to relax and the trim on your lampshade and pillow add the perfect touch.

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  28. My goodness , you always know how to make Pretty, Prettier~! Your room looks so serene..

    hugs
    Sonny

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  29. Love the new look for the lamp shade.

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  30. How do you come up with so many ideas? I love the fringe on the lamp shade and pillows-perfect style for the room!
    I love the rockers too, wish i had room for some at my house.
    dena
    sweet pickles and chocolate

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  31. I love that floral fabric. Do you know the name of it and where I can get some?

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  32. Your home is lovely! I can't believe how amazing that lamp looks with the gold trim!

    I am in awe. :)

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  33. You MB looks great! I love the the embellishments on the lamp and pillow! Amazing what a difference it made.

    ~ Tracy

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  34. Marty, love the color stain you chose. And it's amazing what that little bit of trim did, the lamp and pillow look completely different! Can't wait to see your porch when it's finished. Kathy

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  35. You have a gorgeous master bedroom! I love that blue fabric on the table and pillow. Did you sew or hot glue the fringe onto the pillow?

    I hopped over from Life as Lori.

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  36. Your porch looks so inviting with your newly stained chairs. You found the perfect fringe-y trim, too.

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  37. I have a husband that is against painting wood too...sometimes I win, most times I lose. The rockers look very nice, you did a great job. Love the shade too!

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  38. Marty, I saw your comment about your porch so I cam right over. The rockers turned out nicely. Glad to see the garden stool, can't wait to see it painted. I actually like the white but I know the color you will pick will look great!! Love the trim on the lamp. Funny we were both adding trim to our lamps. I think it sure adds a lot to a simple shade and such a quick easy makeover. kathysue

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  39. The rockers look awesome! I love it that you have shutters! :) And of course fringe makes it all better. :)

    ~Liz

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  40. Such an easy addition to your lamp and it looks like you spent a million bucks. Your rockers look great too. What lovely transformations.

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  41. Love what you did with the lamp Marty! What a sweet touch to a already pretty room!

    Hugs,
    Maryjane

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  42. Marty, that is amazing what a difference you made on that lamp shade and pillow - the chairs too! You made the lamp shade and pillow look like something from an expensive store. Love both of them. laurie

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  43. I love the update to the lamp and pillow, what a change and yet so simple. Your rockers look great with the stain, I am really liking them.

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  44. Your bedroom is gorgeous! I love it all but that tulip fabric is the best accent for your pretty room.

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  45. Hi Marty ~ Its amazing how the little touches makes the room sometimes. A lovely job ~ well done. Your rocking chairs on the porch are awesome as well ~ I can imagine a nice glass of ice Tea and good conversation there.

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  46. The rockers turned out great but that lamp is just gorgeous! What a difference!

    Manuela

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  47. Great job on all your projects, Marty! A little work and creativity make a lot of difference in the look...Christine

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  48. Men DO have issues with painting real wood :) Your lamp and pillow transformation are stunning! Did you hot glue the pillow too? It's amazing-a small amount of trim turns "good" into "wow"!

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  49. Hi Marty,
    I stopped by because we have followed each other by way of my blog The Greentiques Solution. I would like now to personally invite you to join me at my new blog called Tools Are For Women Too! http://toolsareforwomentoo.blogspot.com/ Right now I have a giveaway going on, a link party planned for Monday, a Link Party Directory where bloggers can list their parties, and just a lot of great stuff. Please stop by if you can. Rory

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  50. Hi Marty!

    I love the shape redo and the matching pillow! they look awesome. I have been wanting to paint a couple of lampshades myself. What kind of paint did you use?

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  51. Hi Marty!
    Wonderful makeover of your lamp and pillow! I love easy projects like that to 'fancy' up something simple and make it cuter than ever! What a great idea. I can't wait to see the porch when it's finished. The rockers are wonderful and I bet will look really spectacular when 'dressed up'!

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  52. So funny how a little fringe makes such a dramatic effect. Love it.

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  53. love your master suite and the little projects. I need to do a rocker too on my front porch.

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  54. Everything looks great..

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another great party!

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  55. Hi Marty, Your bedroom looks so pretty, I love it! I'm amazed what a little trim and fringe can do to dress up a lamp and pillow. They both look beautiful, what a difference that trim made! I love the restained rockers, so nice on your porch. Have a wonderful evening!
    Hugz,
    Kim

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  56. You have really been a busy lady! I really like all your finished projects!

    Katherine

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  57. Totally LOVE your master bedroom. The bed,seating area & all the decorative touches are AWESOME!!!! I am saving that image for inspiration for my bedroom :) thanks

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  58. HI!!!!
    Just what they needed and just the right touch!!!Love that fringe!!!
    Makes it look so custom!!!!
    hugs,
    jamie

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  59. HI MARTY,
    YOUR FRONT PORCH IS SO WARM AND INVITING AND VERY PRETTY. I LOVE THE WREATH ON YOUR FRONT DOOR AND I ESPECIALLY LOVE THAT POT THAT IS PLACED ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ENTRY WAY.
    I WOULD LOVE TO BE SETTING IN THAT ROCKING CHAIR BESIDE YOU DRINKING ICE TEA WITH LEMON. I LOVE BOSTON FERNS. MY BIRTHDAY IS MAY 10TH AND I AM HOPING I RECEIVE 2 FOR MY FRONT PORCH. I WILL ALWAYS BUY A BOSTON FERN...THEY ARE JUST SO BEAUTIFUL AND SUCH TEXTURE.
    I LOVE THE FROG. I HAVE ALOT OF FUN FROGS.
    YOUR BEDROOM IS JUST BEAUTIFUL...PEACEFUL AND SERENE...I THINK EVERY LAMP NEEDS FRINGE...MY HUBBY ALWAYS SAYS, DON'T SET STILL TOO LONG DEBBIE WILL BE HOTGLUING YOU WITH FRINGE AND RIBBONS AND THEN GLITTER YOU..LOL
    IT WAS GOOD TO TALK TO YOU AGAIN SWEET LADY.
    HUGS AND BLESSINGS
    SIMPLY DEBBIE

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  60. I love adding trim to things like pillows and lampshades...does wonders, doesn't it?!
    ;-D Kathleen

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