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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

FROM DECORATING IDEAS MAGAZINE, Feb.'06

Good morning....have a Cinnamon Biscuit and a cup of coffee and let's look at some great ideas in this old magazine....




I just LOVE these pretty flowers planted in an iron hanger, covered in moss....

SPRING IS IN THE WINGS

OH...and look how adorable THIS is....and so easy to achieve....

Find an old dresser or desk...repaint it a glorious color..

3 shelves of different lengths (I get lumber pieces at Home Depot or Lowes and hubby just
routes the edges for me...or you can have it done right there for
a small fee....cheaper than buying pre-made shelving!

and.........6 pretty corbels or heavy shelf brackets.....adding a pretty molding of sorts to the top..


PAINT IT ALL the same color and, WALLA.......You have an OUTSTANDING piece !!

And the great thing is that probably no one else will have one like it !!

How's this for dressing up just a plain, ole corner of your room.........


3 shelves, faced with old molding (this looks like tin)....and you can buy NEW tin, distress it and do the same thing.......

A really cute corner of the room.....

Now this one is too cute !! She just took a cool looking chair and added all sorts of things to it....

a hook on the back to hang a shirt..

screwed a cool soap dish to the upper front to hold her watch, rings, bracelets......

little wooden knobs on the sides to hold her necklaces, scarf or a pretty belt.....

painted flowers on the seat that can hold a book, a dish of candy, a glass of water...even an alarm clock...

I think one of these cute babies would be so neat in a guest room, beside their bed, for their belongings....

Oh, and look at all her roosters on top of the FABULOUS hutch that HER HUBBY BUILT.....

The article in DECORATING IDEAS, where most of these pictures came from, says that when she started collecting roosters, she decided they all had to be LIFE SIZE to avoid a clutter effect....

And, don't you love the softness of the fabric in the lower doors of the hutch ? I think I might like this idea beneath my kitchen sink....just remove the doors and make some really cute curtains to match my kitchen.....something different and for a change...I could always put my doors back on if I got tired of the fabric...

This talented lady blocked off and painted these amazing squares on her wooden floors....

Talk about STRIKING....

I don't have WOODEN floors but ...if I did...........................!!

I love the colors of this awesome chest...so FRENCH !

When the wife wanted to sit it in front of a large window, the hubby removed the backing and left it open so the light could come thru....now, how smart is that!! How do people think up such NEAT ideas such as this ?

OHHH and this is so IMPRESSIVE to me....

Two stock bookcases, screwed to the walls for stability.....
A shelf across the upper back wall, supported by the bookcases....

Another larger shelf, acting as a desk, also supported by the bookcases....
Curtain rod attached, once again, to the awesome bookcases......

Beautiful curtains, held back by beautiful brackets.....attached, YEP....to the bookcases!

Fill it all up with baskets, plants, lamp, waste basket, comfy chair and talk about a GREAT little office space that looks like a million dollars!!! WOW
OK...see that little French gold, white and red, drop leaf table by the chair....

I saw this and GOT INSPIRED !

IMPORTANT NOTE HERE......
PLEASE remember that I have NO talents !
I am TOTALLY TALENTLESS !!! So don't expect much here............


BUT...I just HAD to try my hand at stenciling and I had this old dining table of my mother's....and the table isn't as sweet as the little oblong one in the magazine but.....I wanted to TRY anyway !

This is a HUGH table and I only am showing one side up....


The design makes it look like a "cloth" on top when the table is folded out which is pretty cool....

If I had a pretty enclosed porch like SOME people I know, I would use this table out there !! :)

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If you have some neat ideas, be sure to show us all. It's fun to see how you use your talents, especially for those of us that HAVE NONE !! :)
HAPPY DAY...
bj

35 comments:

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

OH those are all such great ideas. I wish I had more time to do those kinda of things. I don't even have time to do the things I HAVE to do. I love the first one with the old dresser and the paint colore is so pretty.
BJ have a wonderful day,
ginger

Beverly said...

Oh my gosh, BJ. You have done a wonderful job. I love, love, love your table.

Where are you going to put it?

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Morning BJ, It will take several cups of coffee and more than 1 bun before I can digest all this wonderful eye candy! What a fabulous post.

By far my favorite is what you did with your table. That's amazing! If you'd like to send it up to my place until Hubby gets your screened porch built, I'll take good care of it....promise.....hehehe....

The other thing I loved was the dress/desk thing with the shelves. What a simple idea with a major impact!

Have a Sweet Day :-) Rosie

D'Rae said...

That table is awesome! You did a fabulous job!

PS what magazine are all those ideas from? I would love to have a copy of it!

D'Rae said...

Silly me, if I would have looked at the post name.......lol

Adrienne said...

Hi, BJ -
I remember most of those pictures. Great ideas! I love what you did to your table. It's a work of art!
~Adrienne~

Anita said...

Love all these pictures... and your table looks wonderful!

(My picture of the jars I got at the auction is up if you want to check it out!)

Kathleen Grace said...

How can you say you have no talent!? Your table turned out great! Thanks for the inspiring photos, I love decorating magazines, they are one of my addictions, so I never get tired of looking at great pages:>)

Wood n' Whimsy said...

Mornig BJ! I especially love the painted floor in the little breakfast knook and the blue chest. You always have such lovely photos I'll bet wandering thourgh you home is like walking through the pages of Country Living Magazine. Come by and visit with me and take a look at the potting bench I made at Wood n' Whimsy blog. God Bless, Celene

Michelle said...

BJ, Oh yes you do so have talent! Great job on that table - I LOVE it!!

Michelle

Janet said...

BJ,

That table is amazing! You should be very, very proud of it and it has that french tablecloth feeling you have been searching for. Thanks for all the pix, isn't it fun to pick each picture apart and figure out how the project was done??

Janet

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Wow!! BJ your table turned out as cute as can be. I love the ideas you shared with us this morning. I'm headed out to start working in the yard. Have a beautiful day!
Terrie

Meggie said...

Your table project is awesome! How can you say you have no talent...it's beautiful! LOVE the color, also! I'll be over real soon for some of those cinnabuns...they look delish!

Debbie from NJ said...

Hello BJ,

Your table turned out beautiful! Love these pics you shared with us, and the buns were yummy! Hope you don't mind I took 2! he he

Honest to Ya~Ya said...

I think I'll pass on the cinnamon biscuit and have a cuppa *smile*

I so love to look at decor idea's with you!

I think you did a way better job on your table than I ever would have!

Well, gotta run...the coffee was great!!

♥ Hugs ♥

Alice said...

bj, i love the table you did. why do you insist on calling yourself 'talentless'? Stop it!!!you have such a keen eye and that takes as much talent as any art. keep it up, sistah,
hugs, alice

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hi BJ , You did a fabulous job on your table , love it . And those cinnamon rolls look even better (drool, drool )LOL . Come see me sometime & say hello .

Susie Q said...

Oh BJ!!!! That table is glorious!! No talent??? I think you DO! You did an amazing job and I love the design and colors.
Now, where will it go?

I have that magazine too. I keep all of mine and go through them often. It is fun to re-visit the older ones and have something kindle up an idea!

You should be very proud of yourself!!

Hugs,
Sue

Michelle said...

BJ, those biscuits look yummy! Thanks for all the decorating ideas.

I enjoyed your peanut butter cookies again this weekend. :)

Michelle

Picket said...

Fantastic ideas BJ and I loved that great job you did on your table....beautiful post girl..Hope all is well in your neck of the woods and that you are having a great day..love ya girl!

jimmy jackson said...

Curtains are also used in kitchen. Kitchens get nice look with curtains. Not only the look but also curtains are used as ventilations in the kitchen.

Jannie M said...

Did you stencil that table yourself? It's just beautiful! You are so talented! ~Jann

PAT said...

BJ, the table is wonderful. You did a great job!

I loved looking at all the ideas in the magazine. I have back issues of favorites, I like to take 2nd, 3rd, 4th and so on, looks at!

Pat

Janera said...

oh, myess, what a beautiful job you did on that table.

Say, would you mind sharing your cinnamon biscuit recipe? I need a recipe for a Walk to Emmaus meeting Saturday morning.

Blessings,
Janera

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Oh, why can't blogs have "Scratch n' Sniff"!!! Those cinnamon rolls look so yummy!


M

Mary said...

BJ,

I love your dresser idea and may just try that. Wish I had more room here.

Your table is beautiful and you definitely do have talent. It's marvelous and will make a great conversation piece. It's amazing how we can transform older pieces.

Please drop over and pick up the button I made for all my blogging friend.

Blessings,
Mary

Wendy said...

I love your table!! You are talented!!! I love the color combination and your right it would look great on a porch!!hmmmm maybe a new project for hubby???lol....you never know he might go for it God does perform miracles now doesn't he?!!!..LOL Have a great day bj!!~Wendy

Donna said...

BJ - I know I tell you all the time - but I just love your blog - the magazine ideas are wonderful - that blue hutch is about the most gorgeous thing I have ever seen - what great ideas - thank you so much for sharing them.
Bless
Donna

Rue said...

Gorgeous pics Bj! You did such a great job on that table, I like it better than the inspiration :)

Thank you for all your support about the farmhouse. I'm using my head as well as my heart. I have faith that God will put me in the right state of mind when the time comes.

Hugs,
rue

Mrs. B said...

Wow, that looks amazing! How can you say you have no talent?!? Silly! You have tons of talent!

Anonymous said...

Hi BJ, i don't know if you remember me, Santamaker on rms , but I just wanted to say that I miss you on rms so much. It's not the same without your smiling eyes! and another thing....you would keep saying that you were old, but I just say your picture, and that lady is NOT old!!!!
Glad I found your blog, it was by reading Pickets that I stumbled across yours. I think about you when I look at my rooster window treatment, let me know if you still want that fabric!
Smiles,
Rose

Rhondi said...

BJ
The table is fabulous!! I love what you did to it. You are very talented!! What other talents ae you hiding form us?
hugs
Rhondi

Anonymous said...

Hi BJ,

Oh I was excited to hear from you!
My email address is LVTOKRE8@aol.com
(supposed to sound like "love to create"...). I will be glad to go by the store and check to see if they still have it in stock and let you know what they charge per yard.
By the way, your table is SPECTACULAR. Don't tell me you aint got no talent! I see loads of talent, my dear!
Rose (santamaker)

Anonymous said...

Hi again,
Just saw your note on my chair makeover, OF COURSE, I would be honored for you to use any of my pictures that you would like! Help yourself....... Santamaker (Rose)

Kim - ScrapToMyLu said...

WOW! You did that? That is amazing!