Our Tennessee Life ...formerly The Retail DIYet

Our Tennessee Life ...formerly The Retail DIYet: March 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

Retail DIYet Featured!!

The Retail DIYet's was featured on Serendipity and Spice's Manic Monday Link Party!!

Thanks, Melissa!! 

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Customizing an IKEA bookshelf

We purchased this IKEA bookshelf years ago when we moved to Los Angeles.

 above image courtesy of IKEA

When we moved to Nashville we brought it with us, but it did not travel well!  The back of the shelf has a cardboard/particle board thingie (very technical term!) that holds the entire shelf upright and after the move it split. We tried to repair it with tape (why??  I don't know?), but it just wasn't working.  We didn't want E to grab onto it and the whole thing come toppling down on her.  Instead of throwing her out I decided to try and fix the old girl.

I painted the shelf with Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Paris Gray.  I wasn't sure if it would work since I have never really painted anything with Chalk Paint that wasn't real wood.  Needless to say ASCP worked wonders!  Here is a picture with the frame painted.  Sorry for the blurriness.. I snagged this with my phone which usually takes better pictures than this, but I guess the only one to blame is the photographer...
I wanted to do something with the back of the shelf so I had some thin paneling type board (again..so technical around here) cut from Home Depot.  I wasn't going to tell you all this, but I will go ahead and be honest.  I had to buy it and have it cut twice, since apparently I can't use a measuring tape. It cost about $9.00 (times 2 = $18) for the back board.  I then covered the panel with fabric I got at Joann's with a 50% off coupon.  Total for the fabric came to about $10.00.  I used about 2.5 yds.  I used spray adhesive to hold the fabric onto the paneling and then nailed the back in place. 

Now that I'm looking at the shelf I am really loving the fabric on the back and the splashes of red.  I'll be posting all about or home office re-do shortly, so stay tuned for that.


Linking up to these fabulous parties!
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Whatever you want Wednesday @ Free Pretty Things for You
Wednesday's Wowzers @ Oopsey Daisy
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here
Inspired Creations Link Party @ Embracing Change
Thrifty Things Friday @ The Thrifty Groove
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
Furniture Friday @ Decorating Insanity
Under $100 Link Party @ Beyond the Picket Fence
Friday Feature Party @ Redoux
Catch as Catch Can @ My Repourposed Life
LaThrifta's Cheap Finds  LaThrifta's Cheap Finds @ The Scott's Crib
Saturday Night Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
Sunday Showcase @ Under the Table and Dreaming
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Manic Monday Link Party @ Serendipidity & Spice


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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Gray Desk ReDo

Me and the hubs found this desk at a thrift store recently and as soon as we saw it we knew it would be perfect in our office.  I frequent the thrift store A LOT and this was by far the cleanest, most organized store I have ever been to.  The staff came up to help us as soon as we walked in and kept checking back with us.  They were fabulous.  We picked this up for $40.00.  Solid wood and in perfect condition except that it was ugly, but I could fix that so I wasn't worried.

Here she is before...
 Disregard the leaves on my basement floor....
 Here is a close up of the handles and the newspaper under is the liner of the drawers.  Cute, right? 
 I soaked these handles before I sprayed them with Rustoleum Lagoon Spray Paint

And here is the after...

I painted this desk with Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Paris Gray.  I sprayed the hardward with Rustoleum Spray Paint in Lagoon.  I usually always wax my chalk paint pieces, but I decided to try and polyurethane this piece and I actually love how it sealed it.

Not bad for $40.00 since I already had all of the paint on hand for other projects!

Linking up to these parties:
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here
Thrifty Things Friday @ The Thrifty Groove
Furniture Friday @ Decorating Insanity
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
Frugalicious Friday @ Finding Fabulous
That's The Ticket Blog Hop @ Lovely Etc
Manic Monday @ Serendipity & Spice
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Motivated Monday @ Be Colorful
Power of Paint @ Domestically Speaking
Be Inspired @ Elizabeth & Co
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Whatever you want Wednesday @ Free Pretty Things for You
Wednesday's Wowzers @ Oopsey Daisy
LaThrifta's Cheap Finds @ The Scott Crib
Under $100 Link Party @ Beyond the Picket Fence
Friday Feature Party @ Redoux
Catch as Catch Can @ My Repourposed Life

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Retail DIYet was featured and The Liebster Award!

I was so excited to be featured over at the POWER OF PAINT.  I love that site and was so excited to see my Aqua Hutch sharing a post with another great project.

I was also given The Liebster Award...by two blogs that I read all the time.  Thank you so much,  Kelly @ Lake Murray Cottage and Mr. Smith over at The Smith Garage.

Here's the skinny on the Liebster Award...

A Liebster Blog Award is given to talented and loved bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
Just a few rules:
Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
 Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
 Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.
 Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog. 
Here are the blogs that I am sharing this cool award with.  Check them out and share the blog love!

I have lots of good projects coming your way so stay tuned!


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Sunday, March 4, 2012

A quilt for a Friend

My parents are amazing quilters.  Yes, my parents...not just my mom.  If you were to see my dad there is no way you would take him for an amazing quilter, but he is.  It started as therapy.  He has had so many problems with his hands and had to go out of work on disability.  He could/can barely pick up more than a couple pounds without a struggle.  Going from a hands on, athletic guy to that was difficult to say the least.  One day my mom asked him for a favor.  She asked him to cut fabric for a quilt she was working on.  He used a rotary cutter instead of scissors of course and from then on it just kind of stuck.  He cut so much fabric she couldn't keep up!  He was tired of waiting for her so he taught himself to quilt...with her help and guidance of course!  He uses a rotary cutter and a quilting machine to help with his hands.  He doesn't do the hand stitching, my mom still does that, but everything else is his.  My parents make beautiful pieces from quilts to table runners, to bags, place mats...you name it!  Here is a link to our family Etsy store...Porter Handmade most of the stuff up there is xmas themed, but new items will be added shortly.  The two of them together are a perfect team...in quilting and in life.  They are amazing people, and even better parents and I am so lucky they are mine!

This year they will be married 38 years!  They don't look old enough for that do they?
 Fortunately for me they have been teaching me the craft for a bit now.  Before every time a friend would have a baby or get married I would ask them to make me a quilt.  That is no longer the case! I can now make them myself.  Here is one I made for my friends Lindsey and Cory who are expecting their first child on St. Patrick's Day!  They have made a lovely Irish themed nursery so I hope the quilt will go nicely with their theme.  I know the greens they picked are more pastel and soothing, but here is my Irish quilt made especially for Baby M who I can't wait to meet in March!
 I didn't use a pattern really..just the block method.  I usually wing things...I hate sticking to patterns or instructions.  Exactly why I can cook, but not bake.  I have no patience for things like that! 
 I used the quilting machine to give this some texture.  You can't really see it in the photos, but the white fabric also has white shamrocks.

 This is the back--I used a white flannel for the back. 

 I know its far from perfect, but I do hope that Baby M will enjoy it!


Linking Up to these fabulous parties:
Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
The Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table and Dreaming
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
TNT Thursday @ Happy Quilting

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