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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A few of my 2009 projects....

SOME of my projects were just tiny ones...projects, nevertheless..
A few were bigger ones that, for the most part, I enjoyed.
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RHODA is our host for the TOP 2009 PROJECTS...
I did this last year, too, and it was such fun.
Go by and see all the PROJECT 2009 highlights...
You'll love 'em !!

Just changing out all the kitchen cabinet liners made my little red kitchen look more "put together".....


Some of you will remember my POTTERY BARN look-alike candle sticks....
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They were brass and a GOODWILL find...
This was probably one of my most fun projects because I fell in luv with the finished product !!
AND...
that little table that was just under $3.00....
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...that I dressed in RED..
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and, of course, my POTTERY BARN look-alike CHRISTMAS wreath....
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I GOT STRIPES !!!
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Just covering the back of my RED hutch seemed (to me) to make my
BLUE and WHITE TRANSFERWARE stand out a little more.
The fabric can be removed any time that I might want to try something else...
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When I saw this photo of a hallway (first photo on your left), I realized that
an entry COULD have personality.......even a long, narrow one, like mine.
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Sooo, I began layering and adding texture to make MY entry say,
"COME ON IN....YOU ARE SO WELCOME HERE"
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Just adding some cuteness can add a LOT of charm....
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AND....O GOSH !....THE LAUNDRY CLOSET
YEP......THE......LAUNDRY CLOSET !
The downright SCARY laundry closet that was neglected for years and years...
and then...BLOGGING entered my life and I saw that OTHER people
dressed THEIR work areas in as pretty a dress as they possibly could...
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SO...I decided that a UTILITY CLOSET could be somewhat pretty, too.
Altho it is NOT a room that I throw open the doors when guests are here...
I AM proud of it every time I wash and dry clothes !! :O)
IT'S NO LONGER U.G.L.Y.
It now has a wonderful shade of sunny yellow on the walls and that made a WORLD of difference...
Yellow makes EVERYthing more happy !!
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My old bedroom on your left, my inspiration on your right (Tina's at CHERRY HILL COTTAGE)
I am probably proudest of THIS transformation than any other....
I LOVE how my room turned out...
even tho I was thrown into the cussing mode while removing WALL PAPER BORDER!!
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Once upon a time....I had a PINK guest bedroom...
mine on your left, my inspiration on the right.
but, then......
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I wanted to go with creamy white walls and my loved
BLACK and WHITE, with red....
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I LOVE IT !
BEFORE...
(I don't have a photo of how it looked when I bought it...before blogging days.
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It's a display rack that was used in a lumber yard. When they went out of business, I bought this rack for $5.00 and MR. SWEET was shaking his head all the time he was paying for it and I was dragging it out to his pickup !! :O)
I took it home, spray painted it a dark green and used it that way for several years...
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but, then.....
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...one day I was looking at it and thought that it could be prettier !
Out came the FRENCH BLACK spray paint....
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With a fresh coat of French Black, some vintage locker baskets holding some of my treasured cookbooks, stacks of plates and my hanging vintage brass ladles..and a pot of IVY for softness,
I'm in luv......AGAIN !
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The CONKLIN sign was made by one of my favorite artists...SUSIE HARRIS..She is awesome!
She can make ANYTHING ! And is a PRO at making POTTERY BARN look-alikes....
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The stoneware covered casserole dish is my first piece of PAULA DEEN stoneware...got it for Christmas!
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The wire bread basket...GOODWILL...and I just love it..
That's just vintage shutter swinging doors propted up behind the display rack that
wants to be a BAKERS RACK when it grows up !!

VISIT RHODA...
SINCE I generally leave you with something to eat...I just HAD to show you my most FUN CAKE to make in the glorous year of 2009...
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THE WILD VINES BLACKBERRY WINE CAKE

that turned out so pretty, I bought flowers for it....

What a wonderful year 2009 was for me. HE sent me so many blessings that I can't even BEGIN to tell you about. I pray that YOUR year was a good one and I really do have the strongest feeling that 2010 is going to be blessed for ALL OF US...

37 comments:

Jeanette said...

Lovely lovely projects. I especially love the entryway. You certainly have an eye and I love the things you have done. Congratulations on your hard work.

Mitzi said...

Your decorating is way too cute-I love everything you have done. I need inspiration-will you be my neighbor?ha

Happy New Year!

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

A great recap of your projects. What's up for this next year?

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I loved every project your took on in 2009! My favorite is your master bedroom makeover...You are a wonderful inspriration to me!
Hugs,
Penny

sissie said...

BJ,
I am just amazed at all the wonderful projects that you completed in 2009. Each and every one looks great. I especially like your black,white and red bedroom redo. So beautiful!

My favorite is your baker's rack.
What a lovely and functional piece.
I love the wire baskets. This piece could be on the front of a magazine. You go girl!

I love it all.

hugs~~Sissie

Theresa said...

Wonderful projects! My favorite is that little red table. It is so darned cute and hard to believe what it looked like before! Great job on all of it and thanks for sharing! Have a blessed day!

Kathleen Grace said...

You keep saying you aren't crafty but I think these projects prove otherwise! You are so good at turning something plain into a thing of beauty. I wish you could come up here and give me some advice on my own home:>) These projects are awesome!

Lady Katherine said...

I had so much fun looking at your home, projects, food, family gathering! I still love the fabric behind the shelves. I love the roosters. I make Martha Stewart Lemon Pie for years and years and years. lol It is great and turns out perfect! I do love lemon pie! I love the Paula Dean bowl! I wish! I do have her tea kettle though.

salmagundi said...

I love your laundry closet. I, too, have a closet that no body sees but me; but I really should do something about it. Wait until I tell Bob he has to move the washer and dryer out and paint the walls. I can't even imagine the crud under those machines. Oh yes, I need to do something!! Sally

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I was really surprised to see how many of your projects I remember...and I'm impressed by all of them. It has been such a treat getting to know you and I hope to know you better by the end of 2010!

Sue

Chris said...

Lordy, BJ! You are amazing, simply amazing!

Chris

Jackie said...

Boy, BJ did you ever do a lot of work on your projects. Everything looks beautiful.

God bless.

Blondie's Journal said...

Wonderful post BJ!! Some of the projects I had seen but some were new. All of them are my favorites because they all took hard work and creativity. I do have to say that I look forward to Pottery Barn makeovers!! It's a great feeling to know that some things are just so inexpensive if you take the time to fiddle with them. And you and I both did the red stripe project from Country Living Magazine. That was fun! :-)

Well 2009 was a great year and 2010 will be better. I will have to get on the project bandwagon soon!!

xoxo
Janie

Cottage Rose said...

Hello BJ; Wow you sure made a lot of changes in 2009.. I love all the before and after photos.. Your bedroom is just so beautiful.. can't wait to see where 2010 takes you...
have a great week.

Hugs;
Alaura

Brenda Eason said...

I think it is GREAT the way things that seem small to someone else bring us joy. You have really grown alot this year in your decorating and im excited to watch you in 2010!

Kathy said...

Like a walk down memory lane BJ!...I remember them all from your first posts!
Just look at all you've accomplished in 2009...
Can't wait for 2010's projects to be born!
xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Bearly Sane said...

Well BJ didn't you have a busy year decorating and re-arranging your house...and a lovely job you did too!
Warmest hugs,
Sandi @ Bearly Sane

Kammy said...

Love all your projects BJ ! You had some huge ones....wow, what an inspiration for all, thank you !
Kammy

PAT said...

Fantabluous makeovers, BJ! I love your home!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

BJ, you're so much fun! I just love all your projects, so fun to see the B & A's on them all. That little bakers rack turned out great & I love your cute red table. You've been really busy. Oh, and your entry way too, so cute & charming! Thanks for coming by.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Wow! What a lot of stuff you got done this year BJ! I guess we'd better get busy :) Everything is wonderful. I think the hallway & the guest room are my favorite...although, that laundry room (yikes - it's scarry to go down to mine!)is pretty cool!
Wishing you heaps of blessings this year as well!
Karla & Karrie too

Marianne@Songbird said...

So many projects, I couldn't choose a favorite if your forced me too.
Thanks for stopping by!

Rue said...

You sure were a busy bee this past year Bj! I think my favorite has to be your bedroom makeover too. Mostly because I know how badly you wanted to change it for so long. All your projects were wonderful though :)

love,
ruzzer

Manuela@TPOH said...

I love the black and white guest room! I see you have one of Kathy's cute pillows too.

It was fun to see your recap. You did so many wonderful projects last year!

Manuela

Justine said...

Geez BJ, just make the rest of us look bad while you're at it! I could never do all those wonderfully crafty things you've done, and they've made a HUGE difference.

That rack may once have graced a lumberyard, but now it IS a baker's rack!

You know I love that bedroom the best though. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh.

Justine :o )

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Wow, you've done a lot! I love thatbedroom with the reds in it. Gorgeous!

Tara said...

BJ

Oh gosh, eye candy-eye candy! Loved everything!

The DIY Show Off said...

What awesome accomplishments! Great job! Every project and transformation looks gorgeous! ;)

Roeshel

P@nmyfreetime.blogspot.com said...

Hey BJ!!!
I do have to say you do RED really well!!
It is my favorite accent color and you have inspired me to use it MORE if that is possible
Blessings to you!
Patricia

Kati @ Obscured Flair- said...

your home is GORGEOUS!! Your bedroom is stunning! I have never seen a bedspread like that before!! I can't wait to see what you have in store for us this year!!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

It's amazing how busy one can be through a year, you have done SO much! Everything looks great.

Carolyn said...

Oh! You have had a busy year! I love your black and white bedroom. It is so cute!

I'm thinking I really need to add my embarassing laundry room to my to do list after seeing yours!

Happy New Year!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I loved seeing all of your fun projects. I noticed we have the same quilt (along with most of blogland)! You are so sweet, I wish you knew how much you make me smile.
Blessings,
Marcia

Christina said...

So many beautiful and inspiring projects! Love your entry way. You made a very welcoming area.

I really enjoyed looking around.

Anonymous said...

Love your blog! Your projects are all beautiful and sooo inspiring!
You are truely blessed withn talent.

The Tablescaper said...

Wow! You have been busy. It's hard to say what is my favorite. Can't wait to see what you do this year.

- The Tablescaper

Vanessa said...

Great projects! Love the candlesticks! What an easy, but great update!