Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Transforming Trash to Treasure-French Country Desk with Mineral Paint

French Country Desk Redo

Hello everyone! Can you believe summer is over? Well, here in Texas it's faaaarr from over given that we still have 98 degree days! I am certainly looking forward to autumn! My head is swimming with crafty, decorating ideas I can't wait to share with you.


But first things first. The winner of the 16x20 Canvas from Canvasfactory.com is
***drumroll***
Entry #6
Amanda Woods!
Woo hoo!!
Please contact me as soon as possible either through my facebook page or via email
at salmar70atgmaildotcom
so I can get your code to you!

Congrats!

So you all know by now that I love to redo furniture. 
A few months ago I saw a deal I just couldn't pass up.
It was this really cute but "had seen better days" French style desk and hutch. 
I dragged my hubby over to the other side of Dallas to pick this up.

It had some pretty bad damage to the desk top.
Nothing a little sanding couldn't fix. 
So I sanded it down, smoothed out some of the rough edges and got it ready for its make over. 
Now, it gets pretty hot in that there garage. 
I had to get my husband and big guy son to move the desk inside the apartment to paint it. Agh!
I had already prepped it by removing hardware, taping off the areas I didn't want to paint, etc. 
I used Fusion brand mineral paint in "Sterling".
It came out beautiful!
The great thing about this Fusion brand is that it covers so smooth and gives a nice satiny finish. It's not chalk paint so it doesn't have the "forgiving" quality of Annie Sloan's paint where I could sand and distress it after a few hours. This Fusion paint is latex based so if you need to distress you need to do it pronto.
It does leave some brush marks, again, it's made to resemble the chalk painted look but with a much easier application.
Here are some after pics:

I just love the way the pale grey color looks against the gold rubbed hardware. I took the original hardware and simply used Rub N Buff brand in gold. I have used it again and again and the result never disappoints!



Here it is without the hutch.
It was missing the lap drawer pull but I simply went to Hobby Lobby and got one there and used the Rub N Buff on it.




I decided to use paper to cover the inside of this area. I think it looks awesome! It's simply a good quality wrapping paper found in the gift wrapping aisle at Walmart! 


 I measured and cut the paper and then used glue dots to secure it and make sure I liked the way it looked before using a good quality scrapping glue to adhere it. I used a very sharp blade to cut around the hardware. 




And here she is with the hutch! I love it! Now painting those skinny cubbies was a $#^&*
I had to go over it and over it. (Note to self: don't get anything with cubbies again to paint)




I wish I could have kept her! I love the detail on the top there. I also love the fact that it came with a corkboard. How nifty is that? (painting around it...not so nifty)

Almost forgot-I sealed it all with three to four coats of this wonderful gem:

I used the satin finish though.
So there you have it. 
From this:

To this:


I heart transformations. What have you been working on?
Leave your link in the comments section. I'd love to come have a look.

Until next time 
xoxo
Patty








Sunday, August 7, 2016

He's Flying the Coop! Sending a Kid Off To College

Y'all I'm a mess right now! My sweet son, whom I usually refer to as "the big guy" has grown up. He is going off to college in a few short weeks. Granted he's not going THAT far, but still. 
And I know that many of you moms out there have sent your precious children off to the military, missions and so forth so this may not seem like a big deal, but it is.
My son is in the autistic spectrum. We have raised him to be a self sufficient, responsible and respectful young man. So far so good. 
I still do worry about him living away from us on campus. 
We can visit him any time as he's only a half hour away! (I know, I know!)

We want him to live on his own so he can be fully ready to spread his wings when he finishes his undergrad.

I don't know how a mother prepares for this. You just can't. 
He was just a four year old boy yesterday playing with dinosaurs and memorizing every single detail of their existence and extinction. 

Then he turned 18. 
I decided to home school him the last two years of high school and boy am I glad I did. 

Since I do photography, I took his senior pics myself. 


 As I was editing these I burst into tears. 
Then in the shower, as most of us do when we want to put on a brave face to our family, I sobbed! I wept and wailed. 

I don't want this to happen! I want to be young again, bringing babies home from the hospital! I want to look at my back seat and see three little kids grinning back at me or sleeping on our way to vacation. 
I want to plan fun birthday parties and drive them to softball practice. I want to groan and moan because we have to drive an hour away to my daughter's track meet. 
I want super fun Christmases where I can't wait to see them open presents and play with all their new toys for a second and then continue to play with the empty boxes. 
Am I right?

I love looking through our family photo albums and scrapbooks (does anybody still make those?) and remembering all those years ago. Remembering when I was young and vibrant, full of life and so, so happy to kiss on all my little people. 




I still like to kiss on them. And hey, I've got one 13 year old left. I'm going to photograph my heart out. 

And with that, I leave you with some advice: Print out those  photos! Blow them up big, print wallets, make a photo book, gather the family and make a scrapbook of prints. Anything to preserve your memories. You'll never regret doing this. 
I love to have my very special photos and those of every day life printed. As a professional photographer, I choose only the best pro labs for my clients. Occasionally they like to print those themselves. I often give them recommendations for the best labs available to the public.  They can order prints or canvas or metal or anything really! 

The point is to print those photos.


I'd love to share with you a special gift. 
I will be holding a giveaway sponsored by canvasfactory.com
The winner will receive a free canvas postage paid! 
You simply upload your photo and after a few clicks you are done!
What I love about canvasfactory.com is how affordable they are. Being a professional photographer myself 
I know quality. 
Here's a gorgeous canvas in a 16X20 size that I had made of me and my boys. I love this pic so much since my hubby took it a couple of years ago. I can't help but notice the sheer joy in all our faces and how much they have changed. The canvas has vivid, beautiful colors and comes with a hanger in the back ready to hang. I also like that it has this felt like material so it won't scratch your walls. (ignore the staples and random paper pieces. I tore into the package and couldn't wait to share)

Here it is in my entry way:












So here's how the giveaway works:

Earn one entry for every one of the things below:
1. Comment on this post stating where you would hang your new canvas from canvasfactory.com

2. Earn a second entry when you follow my page on facebook by clicking on the facebook icon over there>>>>
Then come back and comment here stating you follow on facebook.
3. Follow me on Instagram @simple.beautiful.life 
or click on the link >>>> 
4. Follow me on my photography facebook page at 

Remember-every time you do one of these come back and make a NEW and separate comment so you get more entries to win. 
Winner must reside within the continental U.S. 
Winner must check back on this blog to find out who won and contact me at salmar70atgmaildotcom
to claim the prize. 
If winner does not claim prize within 10 days, another winner will be selected. 
Winner will be selected by using random.org. 
Giveaway ends on August 30th, 2016 at 10 p.m. CST.


xoxo 
Patty


Canvasfactory.com
has provided me with a free canvas for myself and one for the winner. All opinions are my own. 
No other form of compensation has been received. 






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