So . . ., you've finally found the perfect place, lots of storage, nice size rooms, all the extra amenities. But, then you're told "no painting and no making holes in the walls"! You feel all your decorating plans going out the window. What can you do to make the space your own.

Well don't despair. There are many ways to get around the restrictions and limitations and I am here to share the ways I've overcome them over the past 18yrs.

I hope you enjoy my tips and will also share your own. I'll also be sharing some of my on going projects. Once again . . .

Barbe aka Bee

October 15, 2012

Tackling the Elephant in the Room

Howdy one and all!  I know I've been MIA for a few weeks now!  Well, I'm feeling more like me and have begun to tackle my greatest task . . . the "Elephant in the Room", my china hutch! LOL!  The reason I call it the "elephant in the room" is because I live in a one bedroom apt without a patio for a painting area.  Plus the cabinet is much too large for me to use my usual outside space, my parking space. *_*    Thus, I have to paint it in place in my livingroom; inconvenient mess, especially since the piece is so large.  Here is its present paint colors plus a peek at some of my blue/white collection. : -)

It's been this color since about 2002!  I'll show the first original paint job when I do the complete reveal!  This hutch is the first piece of furniture I ever attempted to paint!  Please ignore the mess in the picture below; one of the challenges of diy in an apt - moving furniture and everything else around when you're painting. lol

 I had a challenge on this back area.  You can see where the top of the hutch sat; the last time I painted with the top in place.  Can you see the old turquoise color?

Here's a sneak peek of where I'm taking it now!  The first step of painting it two-toned!  This color is a bit misleading as I've since remixed the diy chalk paint.  But not by much . . . -_^  What do you think the second color will be?

So that's it for now!  I'm hoping to finish this by this weekend .. . energy willing.  Hope your week is going well.  Stay tuned . . .

October 3, 2012

Video Cabinet Facelift

This little cabinet was given just a quickie facelift since I know I don't intend to keep it long term.
As you can see below, its not real wood but particle board with a wood veneer!  But for $5 it will serve the purpose until I find a wood bookshelf of the right size. -_^

I started by taking it apart as I thought it would be easier to paint.

I started to prime it and instead decided to use some leftover diy chalk paint from my dresser makeover.

The top, edges, and back sides I added a moddled wash with royal blue enamel paint.  Then I added the white stenciling and heart shaped knobs.

Here is the after again:

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!  Stay tuned for the Elephant in the Room!?!  LOL!!!

October 1, 2012

It is Fall Isn't It?

Hello everyone, I realize I've been MIA the past few weeks.  Just had a lot going on with the family and giving my body time to rest up and heal.  Actually today is the first time I feel more like myself. : -)

I have been slowly working on one project that I hope to share by the middle of the week. -_^  Well its the first day of October . . . so says the calendar and the news reports!  Hmmm . . . but the news also says it will be 100 degrees today, as well as, tomorrow! *_*  Sheesh!  I'm ready for fall weather not just the announcement.  So I see many of you are sharing beautiful turned leaves from your yard and from your neighborhood walks.  This is what is still in my gardens:

Now don't get me wrong, I love my roses and canna lily, but I'm ready to plant some mums and pansies. :  ( Until the weather cooperates, I'll just keep myself busy with other things.  Kind of hard to think fall when it looks like mid-summer outside. lol  Hope you're week is productive and full of joy!  (((HUGS)))

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