ORC - THE Reveal!

What a FRANTIC six weeks it has been (okay, really seven ... Thank Goodness)!

Before I get going here with fabulous photos and the REVEAL... I have to say a HUGE thank you to Linda ... without her and this challenge ... I would probably still be sitting here.

Knowing what I know now.  This gives me the Shivers!!

I have been working in my basement for 5 years ... and truly hated going "down" ... so I tended to drag things up to the dining room or kitchen table.  This was a mess and kept me very scattered.  I am so happy to now have a place worth going downstairs for.  I smile whenever I walk in.  I really wanted and needed a huge punch of color and fun.  

My Inspiration Board

The Space is Dark ... There is only one little window that looks out to a metal drain in this area of the UNFINISHED (thus, my Illusion!) basement. I tried to LIGHT the area but kept getting flash back and reflections in the china hutch ... I hope you can appreciate the space with the low light!!

If you have a Brightness button on your computer ... Turn it Up Baby!!

To start at the Beginning ... 
An Unfinished Basement ... Drab ... Until Now!

Okay ... I'll keep my mouth shut and let the photos speak!

I have a disclaimer ... my chandelier is not working.  I found out that the wiring was faulty.  I will be taking it to get re-wired and once it is working will show more photos to you with it Shining Bright!

The Beast ... Tamed
The Illusion ... My Reality
Happiness ... Achieved

Please check in tomorrow and I'll give you some of the details that made this space all come together!

And don't forget to check in with my Challenge Partners.  I am so blessed to be able to call them my new Blog Friends. These are some Talented Ladies, My Friends.

Go!  See!


Weekend ORC Warrior!

So this is TUESDAY... NOT the official ORC update day.  But the ORC is wrapping up this week with our final Reveal next Wednesday.  Well ... I need the extra time!!

And it was warm enough to bring out the Spray Paint!

Last week, Alice and I trekked up to Essex to do a little antiquing.  We had a ball ... more to come on Friday about our Day.

But for now ... I found this little bamboo table base.  Without a top.  Exactly what I was looking for.

Sneaking a peek at how well it works ... but it is yucky dark brown.

I am thinking a Glossy Black will be much better. 

First time I have EVER spray painted in the Snow!!  But it was close to 50 outside and the sun was shining.  I was in business!!

Check back tomorrow to see how Fab this looks!

And then, there is this ... 

You are witnessing my downfall.  I cannot pass up a good magazine.  Well ... those days are over.  

Yep, this is a December BH issue ... not even out of the plastic yet!

I found some good storage and Will NOT renew any of my subscriptions until these are all read and pages appropriately torn out because there is something I like.  

This is my Promise.  I Promise.

Next I tackled the back of the Beast.  I told you I wanted to kick it up a notch.  I also told you I am NOT over Chevron.  So here it is.  A paper Runner from the Paper Source.  It just didn't have quite enough definition for me. 

Out comes the Navy Blue Sharpie.  Yep.  I am much happier!

I have not finished scraping the paint off yet.  I did get new razor blades.  But the Chevron is UP!

Please come back tomorrow to see how this weekend brought my Illusion Closer to My Reality!



ORC Week 5 - Taming The Beast!

Welcome Back to the One Room Challenge.  Week 5. Those of you who might not know the  ORC you can see our progress beginning Here.  While everyone is trudging through the doldrems of winter (at least we are here in the NE) there are a group of bloggers led by Linda who are doing there best to transform ONE room in six weeks.  Yep, I signed up!!

I am not going to lie.  This week was Hell.  Painting this piece took all of me.  You know the drill.  I was grabbing minutes in between work, kid things, dinner (it was late several nights) and going to bed ... "just one more coat, I'll be right up!"

I wanted you to see the "colonial" topper on the hutch when I got it.  So easy to remove and create a much cleaner look.

Once I finished priming I couldn't stand it anymore ... Time to Meet the Wall!

Oh, I am going to love this ... 

So clean and pretty ... do you see how that there is no painter's tape.  I have no patience, I would rather scrape at the end.  I love the little strips of squiggly paint that falls off over the razor blade.  That is how I am.

Then, because it is so white and clean.  I decided to turn it brown again!

I am certain I am not the only one that gets selective help from the children.  Callie and I were shopping for this glaze last summer.  See this small can?  It is still over half full.  I have glazed a fireplace mantel, 3 small accent tables and a set of cabinet doors.  It's like a bowl of pasta that never ends!

And when you have your children's help ... they like to play acrobatic tricks with your things.  Callie walked through the parking lot with it balanced on her head.  Do you think that will look good on her college resume?  Let's hope!!

So here goes the transformation:

At first, I tried to paint and stain around the hardware.  I gave up on that.  They will need something done to them when I am done with the staining.

A close up of the detailing.  I used a Q-tip to get in each of those little grooves.  I was not happy.  But I do kind of like the look and where it is going.  

New knobs from Martha at Home Depot.  I will be doing something to them as well.  Just not certain WHAT!

 I have absolutely NO patience.  It is a family trait!  So ... as you can see, I am not even finished staining and I am trying out the insides!!

I am still working on finishing the staining and considering the back of the shelves to do something to kick it up a notch.  Thanks for sticking with me ... only YOU could have gotten me through this.  

Pretty photos next week!!  I promise!!



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