Monday, December 16, 2013

Everything old is new again.

Now that I've painted our living room walls and trim,
I've found that I actually like our decades old furniture again.

Our dated 1982 armoire was updated with a new, actually three 
different colors of flat finish paint over the past week.  This is the third and
final color and I'm happy with the way it turned out.

My dad cut out the floral door panels and replaced them with pine beadboard
which I love!  I painted the beadboard with our wall paint and then brushed
 a coat of Johnson's Paste Wax tinted with burnt umber artist's oil paint over the entire armoire.
I bought $3 brass latches online and sprayed them with bronze paint
 to replace the dated porcelain knobs.

This corner is no longer dark and dreary. 
Even Sparky is flapping his wings in approval!


To freshen up our old upholstered furniture, I stitched up new pillows
 with red & white chevron fabric from Hobby Lobby and the now famous Miss Mustard Seed print
 I purchased at Hancock Fabrics.  My gallery wall has already changed.
  I removed the mirror that wasn't reflecting anything pretty 
and replaced it with my old banjo clock that's been hiding under a bed.

As for the German feller peeking from behind the clock....
He stood on my gingerbread clock in our old kitchen and 
"creeped out" our daughters every Christmas season.  I think they
nicknamed him Creepy Gnome, and now he's back to 
frighten our grandchildren into behaving.  :o)

I bought a smaller prelit tree from Target and gifted our too big tree to the Salvation Army.
(You probably guessed that I didn't make it out of there without a few new treasures!)
It took 5 rolls of toilet paper, a plywood circle with a hole in the center,
wood screws, and heavy duty wire to stand my new tree in the ice cream maker.

I hope we don't run out of toilet paper on Christmas!

My deer have found a place to rest on the thrifted
beveled mirror I found when I dropped off the tree!

That's what I've been working on when I should have been
wrapping gifts, baking, mailing Christmas cards.......

Thanks for taking the time out of your hectic day to
stop by for a visit!


*I'm joining the parties at:
Cozy Little House Tweak it Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style Wow us Wednesdays
Ivy and Elephants What's it Wednesday
Common Ground Be Inspired
Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Feature Friday


  1. Everything looks wonderful . I love your new tree . Your pillows are just beautiful. GREAT job girly . Love it all. Hope that your all having a blessed holiday season. XOXOXOX HUGS

  2. Love your armoire! Love the color and the beadboard. Your home looks quite festive and ready for the holidays! Enjoy!


  3. Your living room certainly looks bright and fresh, Vickie. Love the newly painted armoire. Your gallery wall stands out so nicely against the light walls. Great idea for using the ice cream maker with your tree. Love the color of it!
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas,
    Mary Alice

  4. Oh my gosh. I love the story of the scary gnome/elf. How fun! The little cabinet looks fabulous all freshened up.

  5. Love the armoire. The colour really makes it pop. Deer at Christmas is a must. Yours are so sweet. Now, better get crackin' with the baking, wrapping, Christmas card giving... Hugs, Deb

  6. BEAUTIFUL job on your living room.

    Your armoire is wonderful- especially with the sweet wreaths hanging on the doors.

    Creepy gnome sounds fun - I wish I had started something like that with my kids. I will have to remember it when we have grandchildren.

  7. Vickie,
    The room looks beautiful. I love the color on the walls. The armoire looks so great in that corner.
    Very pretty. Even creepy gnome looks good.

  8. Everything looks so bright and inviting Vickie. I love everything, but especially your newly painted armoire, the banjo clock and cushions.
    Please don't tell him I asked, but does the little soldier have an upturned lampshade on his head ?

  9. Everything looks beautiful, Vickie! Love the armoire and all your new pillows...I even love Creepy Gnome! I think I need a creepy gnome, much more fun than elf on the shelf lol!

  10. Creepy gnome is a good name for him! I adore you new painted cabinet. I did not know that you could tint Johnson's past wax! That solves my dilemma of having to go out and buy fancy colored wax! You cabinet looks great, by the way. Great job. Hope you don't get into a tp emergency!

  11. LOVE how your vintage eighties cabinet turned out -- third time IS a charm! Loving the ice cream bucket stand and the banjo clock is perfect on your gallery wall. I agree with Linda -- Creepy Gnome is gonna take over. Elf on the Shelf is so last year. he he Love the little deer on the mirror. Hope he doesn't go hungry. Your living room looks amazing... all your hard work in December shows. Better put your feet and head up on those gorgeous pillows and take a rest while someone bakes. Oh yes and while he's not baking be sure he stocks up on TP!! :)

  12. WOW I love the cabinet in that color. Just gorgeous with your room. Your tree is just awesome in the ice cream maker. What a wonderful room. Your new designer pillows you created are perfect.
    I so love the little deer too. Precious! and Creepy gnome is a festive little guy!! Fabulous gallery wall too. You worked hard and it shows!! Enjoy~~

  13. Everything looks beautiful Vickie - creepy gnome isn't so creepy. I actually think he's cute.

    xo Danielle

  14. Wow, I love this post, you are very creative. Congratulations.
    This is muy blog, see you:

  15. your cute tree has an awesome stand! love your cabinet doors with the little wreaths, vickie! you stitched up some darling pillows, but, that german guy is a little creepy!:) your room looks lovely for the holidays...enjoy it:)

  16. I love your gallery wall-it has your unique vibe. I am glad I am not the only one who makes a donation and then shops. Merry Christmas, Olive

  17. I really like how your cabinet turned out. That is such a pretty shade of blue. I like the bead board inserts too. Your tree is pretty. Glad you found a way to make it fit in that ice cream bucket. That's a cute container for your tree.

  18. Fresh paint works wonders!! Blue is one of my favorite colors...
    I see the "Girl with Cherries" print! I have the same one in my kitchen! It's one of my favorite prints!
    Cool idea for your tree to be in the ice cream bucket.

  19. That gnome isn't so scary. He reminds me of that actor, can't think of his name... He was on Hollywood Squares too, little guy? He looks like that gnome, what's his name???

  20. It's amazing what fresh paint can do! Everything looks so good, especially that cabinet! Love the blue paint you created for it! Toilet paper.... Too funny!!

  21. I agree the new paint color did the trick. Love it now:)

  22. Vickie, your armoire looks fab! Your whole room looks like a lovely balance of tradition and whimsy and Christmas cheer. :)

  23. Hi Vickie! Oh, my goodness! I love your armoire! The color and the beadboard panels! It's just gorgeous! Love your sweet little tree too! If you need any toilet paper - just call - I've been to Costco! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :0

  24. Vickie, everything looks so good! I love the armoire! I love how everything pops on your light colored walls! I painted my dining room a light gray...that ended up almost looking white. Not the look I was going for...yet I can't bring myself to paint it again...because everything pops against it, and I don't have to let my wall color dictate what I hang on the wall. Just really loving your room!!

  25. This is so cute! And I adore the double wreathes.

  26. It looks great, Vickie. The armoire is beautiful!


  27. isn't it amazing what a coat (or few coats) of paint will do?! and thank goodness, sparky is a flappin away!
    merry christmas,

  28. HI Vickie! Thanks for popping in and can you believe Christmas is next week?
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  29. Your living room looks awesome Vickie! Can you believe I haven't put our Christmas tree up yet? The plan is for tomorrow. This year I am running really behind :-) I thought about using something different for our tree stand this year....I love, love love your ice cream bucket idea. Thank you for stopping by for a visit. It was so nice to hear from you too. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  30. I love your new look in the living room. It's very Americana and goes great with your vintage treasures and your ice cream bucket is really cool as a Christmas tree stand. I think you thought of everything. Have a wonderful holiday.

  31. If you run out of toilet paper, at least you know where there is a roll! I might have to get one of those pre-lit trees after Christmas for next year. Everything looks so pretty, Vickie!


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