Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My Favorites of 2011 & a Gift

Now It's Your Chance to Win a Gift
Cutting Edge Stencils

Congratulations Jane, you are the winner!!!!
I will email you with the details.
Thanks to everyone for participating
(I did use the True Random Number system and eight was the first number that came up.  I then tried to save it and got another number, sorry, its my first time at using it.)

I have had a fun opportunity to be contacted by a great company,
Cutting Edge Stencils,
and try out one of their stencils of my choice and review it. 
My first thought was to stencil a pillow for my
bed.  Then I thought about a benchI have and how cute it
would look with some stenciled fabric on it. 
 Finally it hit me,my bar stools! 
Why hadn't I thought about it sooner?
The stencil I picked goes perfectly with these
stools.  I love how they turned out, and until I can afford to get me some
 beautiful wood one's, well these will do fine.  Look at the before
 and after picture's and how easy it
was for me to do this.

   My Grandkids are usually the only one's who use these stools and their pretty neat kids,
   I guess with time   and bumps this is what you end up with. 
    No problem, I have some fun plans for them that includes stenciling.

I picked some gray fabric and since I already had black paint and the stools frames are
 black, I knew they'd go well together.  As you can see above, I used paint tape to
hold the stencil in place while I used the small brush to apply the paint

I decided to use the stipple brush and not roll it because I was a little nervous
about the paint seeping under the stencil.
I also wanted it to vary in it's shades of paint.  First I put some paint on the brush and then I dabbed the end of the brush on the paper to get rid of most of the paint in the brush and then with your brush straight up(this is really important because if you lean your brush it will look stroked on instead of the finish you get from dabbing the material with your brush staight up).

The paint drys pretty fast and when it's completely dry you just over lap the stencil and keep on painting.  So much easier
then I thought it would be.

Once I had a big enough piece done for both of the tops of the stools I started
to upholster them.  I didn't even
remove the old fabric.

Here it is done.  I really like how it turned out.
It completely changed the look of the stools.

I really had fun with this project, it's the first time
I have stenciled on fabric and
I loved it.  It was fast and very inexpensive.  Now it's your turn to get the stencil of your choice for free.  Here's how you enter to win a stencil worth up to $50.00, and shipping is free, can't beat that with a stick, can you?
Become a follower of mine (thanks)
"like" them on facebook, here.

Rerurn to my blog and let me know that you "liked" them.
The contest will end Friday, Jan. 6th
and I will contact the winner.
Most importantly go to their website and check out all
their beautiful stencils.  Go to the bottom of this page
and leave your comments, thanks so much.
Good Luck !

I am extending the give away until Monday because of the holidays last weekend

                                       If I had to pick a favorite project....

At this time of the year I enjoy going back over the pictures of the projects I've completed in the past twelve months.  
Some times it's hard to choose which one's are my favorites because for one reason or another I end up loving the one I'm working on.  This year is
no except to that, I've been fortunate to have found some really
unique and inspiring pieces. So I guess the best I can do is share with you some redo's that brought me a great deal of happiness and one's
that I learned so much from.
 I did this settee in the spring and it was one of those that was very hard to part with.



This next one was my first ASCP project.  I was so stressed out when I used her paint because I didn't want to waste a drop of it.  Once I
 learned from all of you pros how to use it, I relaxed and enjoyed using it.



This next dresser I had to clean bugs off of the top because it rode all the way home from North Dakota, about a thousand miles, on top of my hubby's car.  It's an out dated dresser that became very chic looking.



                                                                                                                                                                                        This piece was a mess when I found it and after taking a longer look at it
I discovered that I was dealing with a plastic finish, click here for details. 
I do love how it turned out and was so happy when a young mother bought it
for her little girl.          


But my very favorite redo of the year has got to be my bedroom.  I still go in there and smile every time because of how beautiful it turned out. 
It was my first headboard redo, but not my last. I also made curtians, painted the
 wall and refinished the end tables.  I reupholstered the chair at a different time but it works well in here.





I have done a lot of redo's this year and have learned so much from every one of them.  I love what I do and get such great support from my hubby, who even made me a shop to encourage me in  my
endeavors.  I hope all of you have had a great year and I wish
you the very best this next year.  I hope you have fun at what you do and take the 
frustrations that you will have with some projects and apply what you have
learned to make the next project even better.

Have A Happy New Year!!!!! 


  1. Hello...I LOVE your blog. I just liked them and am following you. I really like your dressers that you "reloved."
    Kim Aberle

  2. I just became a new follower and I "liked" Cutting Edge Stencils on facebook. I enjoyed your before and afters as well. See you again soon.

  3. I am a new follower and just liked Cutting Edge Stencils. I love how you created your own print on the fabric!! Your barstool looks great as well as all of your other projects this year! I can't wait to see what you do next!

  4. Great Furniture Transformation. WELL DONE! Sharing this on my COM-FB page. winks, jen

  5. I am so impressed and inspired by your wonderful transformations. I am a new follower of your blog, and I liked Cutting Edge Stencils on FB (I would LOVE to do something with that paisley wall stencil!)
    Happy New Year!

  6. I would absolutely LOVE to win this. I am following you, subscribed to you in Google Reader, and liked them on FB.
    I would love the Japanese Maple Branch Stencil for my bedroom wall! It's to die for!

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  10. I follow you and love what you do with furniture! You are an inspiration to me! I liked Cutting Edge Stencils and would love to win!!

  11. What a transformation! Love, love, love all your projects.

  12. I am your newest follower!! This is a great makeover and a great giveaway!!!

  13. I am a new follower and absolutely love your projects. I would love to try out a Cutting Edge Stencil!

  14. LOVE this!! And hoping you can link it up at my turquoise lovin' party!

  15. Your bar stools turned out great, and I'd love a chance to win a stencil. I already follow Cutting Edge on FB, and I'm now a new follower of yours.

  16. Wow great projects! So glad I found you on restore interior, I am your newest follower thanks for sharing! Please stop by sometime to say hello

  17. so many great re-dos! Thanks for sharing @ catch as catch can!

  18. Such beautiful work you did last year & Cutting Edge has a wonderful selection of stencils.

    I've followed you & liked their Facebook page -- thanks for the opportunity to win.

  19. I love Cutting Edge stencils. I've used the Anna Damask & Polka Dot stencils in my home. I'm considering the Cassablanca, Alladin, or Rabat for my office makeover as I feel like going a little more modern in that space. Looks great on your chairs! Thanks for sharing this and your top projects with air your laundry Friday. I'll share this tonight.

  20. Love your projects! Love the stools! I have off-white fabric covered kitchen chairs that are in need of a major makeover. Thanks for the inspiration!!! :)

    krista @mk inspired

  21. Wow- you've had quite a creative year! I'm your newest follower-stop by for a visit!

  22. Intriguing work with the stencils. Thanks for the inspiration. I've done my Like on Face book for Cutting Edge Stencils. Glad to discover them, they are fab!

  23. My husband and I are building a new home, and I'd love to win a stencil for when it's time to paint. :) I've started following your blog via freckled laundry, and already like cutting edge stencils on facebook. Thanks for the chance to win. :)

  24. I'm inspired and motivated. :0 Just wanted you to know I featured your post this week on Motivated Monday.
    Have a great week