Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Desk Transformation-Drab to Fab

As you may have noticed, I am really into refinishing furniture!
I love taking an old, drab piece and painting new life into it.
The look of happiness on my clients' faces is priceless.
I usually paint using a major chalk paint brand. 
This time I was sent a full size sample of the new Mud Paint in Manor White. 
I loved it!
This is not a chalk based paint and is acrylic based so I did notice somewhat of an odor but not too bad.
I like the way it spread and the finish was beautiful.
It does go a long way and I decided to add a little bit of water to make it go further. 
It is a bit less expensive than my normal go-to chalk paint but there are not retailers in my area so the shipping fees do add up. 
I normally buy my paint locally.
I decided to purchase an additional sample size of Manor White to do a chair and a sample of the Charcoal.
So pretty. 
Here are some before and afters:
 (please excuse the blurry cell phone pics)

Notice the ugly color.
I gave it a good wipe down with a damp cloth and got to work.
No prepping required.
I put on two coats of the paint and then 
I watered it down a bit for the final coat. 
It came out beautiful!
In progress
I took this picture without the hardware. The client who purchased this wanted to put on her own hardware.

Isn't it gorgeous?
I also recovered the chair's seat in this pretty ikat fabric.
I kept the chair for myself :D

All in all I give Mud Paint a big two thumbs up!
I'll be ordering some new color samples to try out. 
You can find mud paint info here

and check them out on their facebook page.

and don't forget to follow my vintage finds and paint rehab on facebook. You can see all my latest projects and furniture painting classes coming up.

And speaking of painting classes, my next class in McKinney, Texas is on June 27th from nine to noon in downtown McKinney. Send me a quick email to register or comment here.

Until next time!


p.s. the Mud Paint company provided me with a full size sample of the paint but I was not paid for this review. I simply love to paint and decided to give this brand a try. All opinions are mine.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sunday Funday-Klyde Warren Park Dallas

 I remember as a child I did not like Sundays.
It meant boring days right before Monday. Mondays meant school.
Nowadays we try to make our Sundays both relaxing and fun.
Sometimes we go for a drive.
We did just that this past weekend.
My husband loves to drive us around and we ended up in downtown Dallas.
Now granted, we live in McKinney so it's not like a 10 minute drive. 
But it was so worth it. I'd always wanted to check out this cool park that is built on top of an overpass. 
It's Klyde Warren Park and it has so much to offer.
As soon as you walk up to it you can see the colorful food trucks

 You can also check out games and reading materials to play and read while at the park.
There are ping pong tables, foosball, mini golf,
checkers, Jenga, and more. 
Perfect for a leisurely Sunday afternoon.
They also have a little dog park for your furry friend. 

They have a cool kids area with family bathrooms and a splash pad too. Plus plenty of things to climb. My little guy (who isn't so little anymore) even got to play a little.

It's such a cool place built right on top of the freeway. You can see it in this shot I took of my little guy sitting in a cute orange chair.

 The landscaping and grounds are so pretty. They even have a stage for outdoor concerts. I can't wait to go to one. 

There's even a free trolley that stops in front of the park and takes you to different parts of the arts district. 
You can see the downtown area filled with sky scrapers right from the park. 

I got a good shot of the "ball" at Reunion Tower. Can you see the people on it enjoying their view ?

One day I want to go up there to see the gorgeous views of the city. 
I can't wait to go back and take my mom and grandbaby with me too.

What kind of fun things do you like to do in your town?


p.s. please do not download or copy my photos. They are copyrighted. If you'd like to link to my post please feel free to do so by copying and pasting the url link. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Trash to Treasure-Roll Top Desk Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Hello friends!
Today I will be sharing with you one of my latest projects
a roll top desk painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in 
Pure White
I have started rehab-ing old furniture and selling it on the garage sale sites on facebook. I'm telling you it's becoming a nice little side business. 
I'll be preparing a handy little e-book to share with y'all on how you too can make some nice moolah painting furniture.
I got this roll top desk for $25
I had to act fast before someone else snapped it up.
 Here's what it looked like before I painted. Notice there is a little bowing at the top. My hubby simple cut a piece of wood and attached it to the back to lift it up.
Problem solved.
I started out with a vision. I wanted it to look very Pottery Barn-ish in a crisp white with very light distressing. 
I bought a can of Pure White at my local stockist. I tell you this little can goes a long way. The key is to water it down a little in a container. You see the paint thickens once it's exposed to air. But not to worry, as you can add a little water and you're back in business.
It took three coats of paint. 
First I took a damp rag and cleaned off the desk. 
Then I removed all drawers and hardware. 
I started painting and waited about a day between coats.
The great thing about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is that it has no odor. There is no stench in the air so I can paint inside my house. Right in my dining room! 
In between coats, I took my hardware outside and spray painted it with a black hammered look paint.
When I was satisfied with the finish, I  lightly sanded the surfaces that were most visible to give it a nice smooth, velvety finish. 
Then I applied Annie Sloan Clear Wax with a Viva paper towel in 12X12 areas and wiped off with a clean Viva paper towel. I use these because they are most like cloth and you can just toss them away after you are done.
I waxed all the desk including the drawers.
I then attached the hardware back onto the drawers and I was done.
I was so pleased with the way it came out, I almost kept it!
I just don't have the space to put it.
Here it is:

This sold for $200 in a matter of minutes.
I made a nice little profit that goes towards our annual Christmas vacation. This year we are taking the fam on a Caribbean cruise!
I am currently working on another roll top desk. This time it's an oak one with many cubbies. So pretty. Can't wait to share with you how that came out.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentine's Day Craft (Day Care Crafts)

It's here-Valentine's Day. 
What better way to remember the truly, precious things in life than with a home made craft :)

This easy craft can be made for Valentine's Day (you still have time)
Mother's day or any day. I made these for my day care moms using their little ones' hand print.
You will need a white porcelain tile. And depending on how big you want the LOVE to be
that's the size you should get. 
Mine is 6 inches high X 8 inches wide
A sharpie (red is what I used)
Metallic paint (Martha Stewart carries some nice ones. But any metallic paint will do)
red acrylic paint
Clear polycrylic top coat or Mod Podge to seal
I used my Cricut Explore to cut the stencil but you can easily get stencil letters at any craft store.
First I go my  red acrylic paint and spread some on a disposable paper plate.
I grabbed the little one's hand and gently pressed it into the paint.
Next I pressed it gently onto the tile careful not to smudge.
I then immediately wiped off the little hand with a wipe.
I did several of them and let them dry for about an hour while I cut my stencil.
Using my Cricut Explore
I typed in 
into Cricut Design Space. I chose the Plantin Schoolbook font at about an inch or so tall
I then cut it onto a scrap piece of card stock I had laying around.

The key is to use stuff that I had already. 
The only thing I bought were the tiles and they cost about $0.70 each.
I grabbed a piece of clear tape (or you can use painters tape) to hold the stencil 
still on the tile.
Using a stippling or stenciling brush grab just a little bit of the metallic paint onto your brush and 
tap on a scrap piece of paper, your paper plate or paper towel to remove excess paint.
You DO NOT want to load it with lots of paint! 
You want as clean a letter as possible. I stenciled then let it dry then went over it again twice 
so that the letters would be darker. 
When dry I simply took the sharpie and carefully wrote in the child's name and the year.
Carefully take some polycrylic and brush all over to seal. Or you can use matte Mod Podge to do the same.
These can be displayed with a simple metal easel or put some felt circles on the bottom and use as a 
pretty coaster. 
It took me less than an hour to make 4 (when the hand stamp was dry)
and only a couple of dollars and change.

I hope you enjoy this easy and fun craft. 
Happy Valentine's Day. 


Friday, December 5, 2014

A Southern Living Christmas-McKinney Home Decor

One of the many things I love about the Holiday season is decorating. Not only decorating my own home but also
taking delight in other people's homes and their beautiful decor.
This year I decided to incorporate some vintage children's items so my granddaughter could enjoy them.

The vintage teddy bear was obtained about 12 years ago in an antique shop. I love the character on his face. 
 I've kept him in storage for years but now he is finally out and ready to mingle with a certain 16 month old girl.

You can see him seated here on a vintage rocking chair waiting for Santa to arrive :)

Our pug, Molly, photobombing us!

 a close up of the tree and bear.
I love the way it looks in black and white too.

The stockings hanging from the mantle were made by my mother out of burlap and fabric. 
We love them and will treasure them as they will become family heirlooms.

I love getting inspired by looking at the many Christmas decor ideas found every where. I especially liked reading this book

Do you see the gorgeous photographs inside the book? It is chock full of ideas plus sooo many recipes!!
I am in love with it!
I keep it on my side table in our living room.
Everyone loves to read this book.
It is Southern Living's Christmas All Through the South
Wouldn't this make a wonderful gift?
The good folks at Southern Living sent me this fantastic book to review and I highly recommend it.
You won't be able to put it down OR put it away for that matter.
I can't decide which recipe I want to try first.
So what special things do you include in your holiday decor?
Want to get inspired?
Get the Southern Living 
Christmas All Through the South 
at your favorite bookstore.

 Have a great weekend!

**this post is to review the book named above. I received a free book to review but my opinions are my own.**

photographs in the book are copy right of Southern Living
all other photos are copyright 
Patricia Martinez Photography

Friday, November 28, 2014

Preparing For Life's Ups and Downs

Happy Thanksgiving to all my lovely readers.
We had a wonderful time going out to eat at our favorite resort up in Lake Texoma. What a blessing it is to spend our time with our friends and loved ones.
I am especially thankful that I am here to make new memories. As you may have read before, 3 years ago I suffered a pretty serious brain injury. You can read about it here.
Needless to say, I am quite cognizant of our limited time we may have with our loved ones.
{my granddaughter and I}
I am also here to share with you that setting up an emergency fund should be a top priority in everyone of our lives. 
An emergency fund can help us get through the rough times, such as when we experience a medical emergency, lose our job, or face an unexpected expense. 
Several years ago, I opened an emergency account and had my employer take $50 out of each paycheck and put it into that account thru direct deposit. Having that $50 each paycheck go towards and emergency fund helped to get us through several rough times. It got to be that I didn't miss that "extra" money from my check. 
If you can afford to put more into your emergency fund, please do so. Now is a good time to start yourself on the path to financial peace of mind. 

And with that being said, I'd like to share how Capital One 360 is helping people like you and me start an emergency fund.

From November 28th to December 1st, 2014 when you open either a checking or savings account you can earn $100 with Capital One 360.

 You can find out more about this here: 
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 I actually  have had a Capital One 360 account for several years. This is why I believe and put my trust in this type of account:

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In addition, Capital One 360 is also offering deals on some of their other products like: 
Home Loans
and even the refer a friend deal where you get $40 for sharing this great deal with friends!

How cool is that?!
 So start saving up for that emergency fund today.
You'll be glad you did tomorrow.
Have a great holiday weekend.


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Recipe: Caramel Popcorn and Halloween 2014

I had a hankerin' for some good ole' fashioned
caramel popcorn and this easy recipe did NOT dissapoint.
Here's what you'll need:

I medium bowl of plain popcorn (microwave or air popped)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons of light corn syrup
dash of vanilla 
12 large marshmallows

I used my air popper to pop the corn. 
 Then I melted my butter in a saucepan. 
I added the rest of the ingredients and mixed them while stirring. Lastly, I added the marshmallows and melted them into the mixture.

Immediately pour it on the popcorn and using a spoon coat all the popcorn.
Transfer to a glass baking dish and enjoy!! 

Sinfully gooey and delicious!!

And last but not least, here are a few pics of my last minute Halloween decorations. First up my  mantle. 

The stencils for the wood blocks were cut with my new Cricut Explore which I absolutely love!!
The cat face was also cut with the cricut.
We put the outdoor decorations the day before Halloween. Talk about cutting it close. For some reason I haven't been in my "game" this year for decorating :(
These are our Nightmare Before Christmas themed decorations that we made as a family years ago.

 My sweet little guy dressed up as an old time photographer/"press guy" as he called it. 

Easy and snazzy don't you think?

The camera is a working Pentax film camera. 
It's from the 1970s I think.

So much fun. 
Enjoy the cool weather!




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