Productive couple of days!

I hate to say it but I love it when I’m home alone….sometimes. Don’t get me wrong I dearly love my husband and daughter! But there is something to be said for being alone to do whatever you want. The past two days I have been busy cleaning, doing some DIY projects, working out and of course I fit in some shopping!

We bought a new mattress so that warranted cleaning out under the bed….yikes! It really wasn’t as bad as I thought. But it is really strange the things we hold onto.  I have an underbed storage box full of rugs. All of which don’t go with my decor any longer. So, needless to say I’m getting rid of them! But now the bedroom is super clean! Yay!

I have a thing about redoing my ottomans. My husband and I have built at least three for the house and they have all been recovered 2-3 times. I’ve started slip covering them that way if I ever want to go back I can! Here is the latest iteration.  (I will post instructions on how I did the slipcover later!)image

I fit in a run this morning with my running partner! image

My shopping consisted of mainly rummage sales but I got some good stuff and only spent $50! $40 of it was for this cute chair. I saw it yesterday at the community garage sale and didn’t buy it….I couldn’t stop thinking about it so I went back today and it was still there and $8 cheaper than yesterday! Fate!

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So now I’m am sitting on the couch beside my girl

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and enjoying one of my favorite fall beverages and watching Notre Dame Football with my hubby! Hope everyone has had a good Saturday!

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Happy Friday Eve!!!

I’m excited to be off work tomorrow and have so many projects I want to get done…one of which is to get the house ‘fallified’  This is about as far as I have gotten…

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I’ve set out my painted pumpkins and some dried sunflowers on my new/old wash stand. Isn’t my washstand cute? You can’t really tell in this pic but it’s perfectly distressed and I’m loving the black!

Painting pumpkins…

Last year after  Halloween I bought these pumpkins for 75% off

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So after remembering I had them, I decided to paint them to something a little more stylish than orange…In other words I had green and off white spray paint leftover from other projects…ha

The first thing I did was to tape off the stems, then after finding a good spot in the yard I sprayed away doing the tops first then turning them over to do the bottoms once the tops were dry. It really only took about 20 minutes to do the whole process since it was nice any sunny in my spot in the yard.

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After both side were dry now comes the fun part! To add a little character I dry brushed a creamy color on the green pumpkins and antiqued both colors with some walnut stain.

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To accentuate the natural ribs I painted the stain into the ribs a couple at a time then with a dry cloth dabbed it off and onto the area between the ribs leaving it a little darker in the ribs.

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Keep painting and dabbing until you like the look. I then added more stain to the stems to give them a more natural brown look rather than the ugly gold color they were.

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I think they turned out pretty well they really look like they are made out of porcelain rather than cheap foam!

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So keep your eye out for those clearance sales this year after Halloween so you can make your own before thanksgiving then you’ll have a nice start on your thanksgiving table centerpiece this year and for years to come!