On the morning of the last Sunday in April, you will always catch me singing in the shower and doing a happy dance in my bathrobe. Why? Why it’s the annual Antique Fair, of course! Two blocks of antiques, salvage, and vintage finds on display a mere mile from my house = CG’s drug of choice. Vendors from all over the California Bay Area come to sell their wares, and Mr. CG knows it’s his day to watch the children, cause I’m going treasure hunting. Read the rest of this entry »
My little five year old girl loves to throw tea parties for her friends. Mind you, her friends are furry and have names like “Muffin” and “Candy” but I still let them play together.
Last weekend, I was making the rounds at the local thrift store, and also happened to just pop in to this garage sale in the neighborhood. At each stop, I found a little vanity bench and paid $4 for each of them, with the intention of turning them into tea party perches for those furry friends she likes to party with. Read the rest of this entry »
I love all things Paris. Not Hilton. The City.
My downstairs half bath, or powder room, is only 7 feet long by 3 feet wide. Needless to say, it is a very small space. When I redid la toilette, I wanted to give it a light, airy feeling, and also a little French flair.
On the wall color choice, I took the easy road, and I painted it about six months ago ‘Silver Sage’ by Restoration Hardware. I also added a curtain I found on clearance for $49 while picking out the paint. It is the Etched Filigree drape, done in what Restoration Hardware calls “the French devoré manner—a process that burns out fabric, leaving a lacy design”. The color of the drape? You guessed it: Silver Sage.
The filigree drape doesn’t provide much privacy, so we do have a pull down shade any guest can access. However, there is a very large bouganvilla plant outside that obstructs anyone’s view in, and also provides a garden view from the inside. Read the rest of this entry »
Commercial ready: Just call me Mrs. Minwax
Okay, so I am not really doing a commercial. But I did refinish a dresser using Minwax products a month ago, and submitted the project to their website. I just found out they picked little ol’ me as the winner of the Minwax Project Showcase! Hooray!
I’m a Project Showcase Winner !
You may remember this project where I salvaged a dresser from the Goodwill store for my nephews. This solid wood, but badly abused, dresser originally cost $15. I refinished it using Minwax tinted stain in Antique Red and finished it off with Minwax Wipe-On Poly.
Water marks (removed with mayonnaise):
Minwax likes me! They really like me !
See my winner’s profile here on the Minwax website.
And if that’s not enough, stay tuned for my other Minwax product redos: a little bench, and my entire two story staircase.
So now it’s time to celebrate !
|Hi, I'm Kate from Northern California. I'm a bargain hunter, design lover, and incurable DIYer. I'm on a quest for diamond style on a dime, and I'm out to make my world fabulous, for less, one do-it-yourself project at a time. Learn more.|