Saturday, February 1, 2014

Well, wish I had the perfect excuse for not writing a thing in three and half years - but you know life happens. I moved to Texas to take care of my mother who was ill. We have lost her and my mother in law. I started a business - graduated to children - you get the picture. I have missed my creative outlet and need it. We moved to a suburb of Houston and purchased a home in a massive subdivision that feels a bit stepford wife to me - same color brick - same two trees. We even got a "notice" for having our antique park bench in the front yard. I need to make this home feel more me - eclectic and warm. This one will be sold soon - so can't go to wild. Hoping to make the next house our forever home, but for now here is a preview of the bathroom - that my dogs ate!
Just your normal bathroom - the same as all other builder bathrooms in this neighborhood - except my dogs ate my cabinets. You can see a bit of the corner in this shot. I seriously thought about ripping them out  - but because we will be selling soon, I'm trying to keep the costs down. Enter - homemade chalk paint. I love the look of grey with an old gold - elegant and modern.

After I filled in the chewed spots with "Rock Hard" I painted the cabinets with a chalk paint that I mixed myself. I  mixed a bit of unsanded grout, baking soda and Behr French Grey. I love color. I then mixed a tablespoon of white Kilz Primer with Minwax Paste and let it sit a while. While waiting for that to thicken up a bit, I took a dry brush and dipped just the ends in Martha Stewart Old Gold  paint and dry brushed in the nooks and crannies and across the front of the drawers a bit. I then rubbed in the wax.
I really love how the color turned out.
I bought these knobs on sale at Hobby Lobby months ago. They were only  1.24 a piece! Did not know what I was going to do with them - just that I loved them. They look awesome with the grey.
My vintage gold mirror tray with candle and perfumes.

Cute little "pink lady" plant from Home Depot in vintage milk glass.
 Hope you enjoy it. I'm a bit ADD - so not sure what I'm working on next but come check it out!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Ryan.... weird, huh??
I'm going to have more time to Junque as of today - for the next nine months anyway. My four kiddos all headed back to school this morning! August 12th!! 106 degrees!! Whose idea was this?? This was a rough one - let me tell you that I only thought sending a 5 year old off to kindergarten was hard...try sending that one off to his LAST first day of school 12 years later....BOO HOO!!! I didn't realize it would hit me so hard. I've been feeling a little weepy anyway. My oldest looks like Zac Efron's twin - no lie. I went to see "Charlie St. Cloud" this weekend - it was like watching my son hurting on a 30 foot high screen. The resemblance is FREAKY.
Anyway - I'm crafting a back to school - crazy quilt like backpack for the little one - she is excited and picking out beautiful pieces of old and new fabric. I think I am going to do a quilt out of all of Ryan's old baseball shirts - it will be a LARGE quilt! Hailey - happy as can be to be back with her buds at school and looking forward to heading to Warrenton to Junque with mom and dance the night away at the JUNKORAMA PROM- and my Austin...well - he is a Houston boy at heart - and hopes to be there again soon...wish I could craft him a little happiness right now :(
Have a great one - make the most of it!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

eAt. pRaY. TiLe!!!

I am absolutely STOKED! I have my first follower who is not an old bud from high school/work days! Hola to Kacie. I checked out her shop online "Rowdy Maui" and love, love, love it! A gIrl aFter My owN Texas LoVin' heart!  Check her out - cooler than cool painted boots - might have to try my hand at that you crafty crafty girl!
Close up of mosaic top...
So - the past week has been brain numbingly exhausting. Praise StARbucks and my Grande Nonfat No Whip Mochas for fooling me into thinking I am being good calorie-wise, yet keeping my eyes open with the double espresso shots. You all know when I need to shut down the noggin - the junk comes out along with paintbrushes, mastic, tile - whatever the hell works!! I am getting sooo close to finishing the ugly desk turned patio bar - and have the 5000 nailheads and ugly gold velvet off of one of the two cool chairs with first coat of primer on as well. GOD BLESS KILZ and the many ugly pieces of furniture it helps to turn into ReClaImed BeaUTies.
Mosaic top in progess - river pebbles, stone and tile
Good bye ugly gold velvet and hundreds of nails  - hello my soon to be funky shabby beauty!!

Here's hoping you all have a lovely weekend! Make the most of it!

Friday, July 30, 2010

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowgirls...And They Still Are It Seems.

My Heroes and Inspiration are getting their own show - THE JUNK GyPsIes!! So happy for these ladies who left the corporate world and followed the love for Junque in their hearts and made a wonderful life on the road - picking and grinning and loving life. They are the sisters I have never met but feel to be true soul mates! Congratulations on your newest accomplishment ladies!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Oh Where Oh Where has my JunqueLove been...??

Dear Friends -
Sorry it's been so long since my last post!! Please forgive me , but - I have been on the hunt  - and unpacking  - and organizing - and packing again. I found some GREAT pieces! Got these for a great price at a sale in Bixby, OK BABY!! I'm turning this one into a patio bar - complete with mosaic top..... 

This will be the top of my bar - just wait it will be so COOL.
Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler...
A work in was it HOT this day...

Friday, July 9, 2010

Bringing Home Strays - A True "Garage" Sale

In my "real" life job I am a realtor. It pays the bills on good days and on bad days it gives me the means to hunt for REALLY BIG castoffs.These are garage sales in the truest sense of the term. Homes - usually with a garage - or two - or three, for sale at really amazing prices.  The foreclosure market has left many strays available.  I say this because they ARE like strays to me. I want to take them home  and fix them up and give them a new life. My favorite right now is over 3500 sq feet - less than 100K !! I visit it a few times a week and can see what a great home it could be. I mean I AM IN LOVE. It's got that cool California vibe going for it. Email me if anyone wants to see it. But for now, I'll keep working on my curbside fairy finds and save my pennies for the big stuff.
My chairs will be cool when they are done - I'm thinking a glossy white on the dark wood, but my youngest wants acid green. We'll see...
Later Lovies!

Okay - not that I watch this show - but, it's like a trainwreck. I couldn't turn away!! The Housewives of New Jersey just flashed a REALLY cool chair in silver, black and white -  hmmmmm looked good - just saying. :)