Friday, March 30, 2012

1st Monday Trade Days in Canton, TX

I really wish this post was about my newly painted front doors and I really wish I could show you the before and after photos but last weekend one of my boys dropped my camera and then the very same day he dropped my cell phone and shattered the screen so I can't get you those photos until I get one of those devices fixed.  It was a very bad day for electronics! 
So instead of my awesome makeover, I'll just let you know about a great place you should visit if you're ever in North Texas the weekend before the first Monday of the month better know as..........1st Monday Trade Days in Canton.  
It's the largest outdoor Flea Market with over 100 acres of vendors!  You can find a little of everything, old stuff, new stuff, home decor, art, kids stuff, baby stuff, clothing, toys, lots of food, junk, candles, plants and even animals!
My husband and I used to go all the time before we had kids and we would literally be there from sun up to sun down and we still wouldn't be able to see everything.  It's THAT big.    
I haven't been in a while because it's not a place I want to bring my 3 kids otherwise I would end up spending all my money on food and all my time chasing after 2 year olds.  But last month me and my daughter and my mother-in-law went for a visit while my husband stayed home with the boys.  (Yes, I owe him one).  And it was just as awesome as I remember.  Here are a few highlights of the day.
This vendor had rows of colorful stools, life preservers, buckets, etc. 
I love this lime green color! 
And if you want to prevent achy feet, just rent a scooter!!
This vendor makes custom bedding.  My daughter liked this one.
"We are all precious in his sight...He may shake his head a lot...but we are still precious".  So true!
I love this vignette.....gray weathered beachy look.
If I was a bird I would want this to be my home.
You can't really tell in this photo but those hanging bells were HUGE!

Basket of moss balls.
This cracked me up!

I loved these little ceramic tea lights but they were a little too pricey for me.  I can't remember how much they were but I'm thinking they were $15-20 each.

More colorful buckets.
Lots of colorful crosses and wooden boxes.  Do you like my little model??

We had to buy my daughter a hat to keep her warm since we decided it was warm enough to leave out jackets in the car.  Big mistake it ended up getting cooler throughout the day but we didn't want to walk a half mile to our car to get our jackets.  
This man was making pottery in his booth.  So cool!

We loved this blingy vintage guitar.  It was marked $150.  My little model looks so funny here. 
And this ride on the kiddy Ferris Wheel made her whole day!  Just look at that face....I love that kid. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Black Interior Front Door

I've been wanting to paint the inside of my front door for a while now but couldn't decide on a color.  It still has the original stain on it from when it was built in the 70's and it's looking a little dated.  I've been going back and forth between black and white and just couldn't make up my mind.  
I thought white would brighten things up a bit but then I realized with the glass on the door and side transoms (I think that's what they're called?) there is a ton of natural light that comes through and white could make everything too bright. 
So then I thought black would look good but I'm in one of those moods where I want everything light, bright, airy and clean looking and thought the black would darken it too much and make it look kinda gothic-y.  That's a word right?

So what does any girl with decorating paralysis do??  She does a search on Pinterest!
Once again, she came through and helped me make up my mind once and for all.  
My front door is very similar to the one below.

Source: via Beth on Pinterest

Even with the black color it doesn't look dark at all and gives it a nice contrast and keeps everything still looking bright and airy and bit of elegance.   
This is my project today and have actually already primed it and plan on painting it black this afternoon when the boys take a nap!  
I can't wait to show you!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Chair Makeover: Painting Fabric

I received this chair from my husband's grandmother approximately 6 years ago.  I wish I had a picture of it when I first got it but I sent it straight to the upholsterer to have it recovered.
At the time I had a lot of Red and Gold in my house so I chose a paisley print in reds, golds and greens.  He did a great job and I was smitten with my new chair.  
That is until a couple of years ago when I decided to update my decor with a lighter color palette using blues, grays, and whites. 
Here's a Before photo (not bad, just no longer what I wanted).
I didn't want to pay someone to recover it again and I wasn't sure I could do a good job so I decided to just paint it!  I did a search online and found out you can use plain ole latex paint on fabric.  There were plenty of websites that said you could do it, so I did.  
What did I have to lose?  If it didn't work out, it could always be recovered.  
I have plenty of paint samples in varying shades of blue and gray from previous painting projects and decided to mix a few together in hopes to get a close match to a slate blue color in my new duvet cover.

I mixed a dark gray tester paint that I found on the Oops table for $.50 with Martha Stewart's Washed Denim and then added some black craft paint to darken it.
I was trying to get this slate blue color you see in this fabric.  Could be a little darker but close enough!
 My daughter was so excited to help me with this project.  
I gave her a sponge brush and told her to cover all the red.
Too late to turn back now!
This is how she looked after one coat.  I lightly sanded it after it dried to keep it from feeling rough.
After the second coat and still wet.The streaks faded after it dried and after a I lightly sanded it.
And here she is after I painted the trim in Martha Stewart's Nimbus Cloud.

And here she is next to my duvet cover that I was trying to match. 


So there you have it, I hope you like it! 
I'm so glad I painted it!  It was so quick and easy and actually turned out better than I expected. :)
Hope you have a wonderful Friday!