For months now i've been reading all my favorite blogs all over the world and very jealous of all the items people keep finding on the side of the road. For months i was like treasures don't sit on the sides of our roads here in Edmonton, AB, why is that? Was i just unlucky? Did those items just sit on the side of the road in the early morning and since i am NOT a morning person everything is already picked up. I had just about given up when last Friday my best friend Melanie and i had plans to go to a movie so i was picking her up - we saw Sex in the City 2 and it was awesome by the way - and just about a block away from her house on the side of the road was an old bay window and some shutters underneath. I told Melanie but we were in a hurry to get to the movie so we decided i would drive by on the way home and see if they were still there. Guess what? They were still there and boy was it hard work to get them un-pinned from behind the big huge window. There was 4 of them in 2 different sizes and i was thrilled beyond thrilled and smiled all the way home. I'm not sure what to do with them yet, any suggestions anyone? I snapped a quick picture to show off my side of the road finds!!
So last week Kevin was gone and in Vegas lucky bum, so i decided i would take the opportunity to surprise him with a new bedroom. Some of you may remember a bed i found on kijiji months ago - it was a captains bed for a queen size bed which was really cool and it was only $50 so i snapped it up right away - the pieces of this bed fit the entire back of the truck including the back seat - it was huge and i knew it was going to be alot of work but boy was it a big project.
Thank god i had one of my best friends, Michele to help me. I don't even know how many hours it took - she helped me for at least 3 solid days which includes a ton of sanding, getting it into my RAV4 and her little Nissan Versa (we had to be very creative) and putting the bed together with NO directions. I've never been handy in the way of putting things together even if it was Ikea furniture but Michele is very good at it so i was very grateful she was with me for this project. It was difficult even for her but we eventually figured it out. Well i should be honest here and let you know that Kevin got home and we weren't even done yet - we did most of it ourselves but when Kevin saw it we (as in he) figured out that we were missing some pieces. He was so surprised to see what we had done - he didn't expect it at all (of coarse the reveal would have been much better if it was actually finished when he got home), so off we went to my shop to find the missing pieces... They were hidden under a bunch of furniture and junk in my "shop", isn't that a shocker lol!
All is good except for two pieces of the bed are blue right now because they didn't get painted - ooohh i was mad at myself because once we found them i remembered that i was the one that put those pieces were we found them - oh well mistakes happen right? So can you guess what colour i chose to paint the bed?
Here are the before & during pictures of the bed.
So this is the reason i haven't been blogging much for the past week - later on this week i will have the after pictures to show you. I wish i would have remembered to take before pictures of our bedroom when we still had the furniture in it - i have pictures with the walls patched so i'm sure you can picture how hideous the room was with the before shots of the paint on the walls and the lovely blinds that have been hanging up for a million years (i will show you those pictures in a couple of days). Kevin was so surprised and couldn't believe i did all of that in only one week.
I still have beside tables and stereo table to paint before the room is completely finished but i love it so much already!!!!!
I am 36 years old and in October 2009 within 6 days i lost both of my jobs due to the economy. I know now (it took me a bit )that this was a sign - a way for me to do something BETTER and something that i didnt realize i would love so much. I have always loved antiques and my friends would say i love anything that looks "antiquey" - the older the better. I have learned that alot of people don't see the potential in an old, worn, ugly piece of furniture and alot of the time they just want it out of there life even if they have to give it away. So i have started a small hobby/business. I refurbish the furniture you can't bare to throw out or cant wait to get out and document the experience I have when bringing them back to life. This is how "painted whyte" was born.
Award #1 from Li @ Creamy White
Award #2 from Christine @ Sunshine & Lollypops
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. -Pablo Picasso
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass,it's about learning how to dance in the rain. -unknown