Friday, April 11, 2014

Herringbone Pallet Wood Accent Table

I really love when ideas become reality. I've wanted some sort of barn wood or pallet wood accent table for a long time now. I had a client a while back that wanted her coffee table and a couple of end tables made over because she was moving into a new home. She dropped them off and I got started on them only to have her send me a message saying that she decided against using them and wanted me to just have them to keep or makeover and sell.
This is how they started out

Pretty roughed up but a cute style. Below is after I had primed the side table with charcoal primer.

Not complete yet but I didn't know which direction I wanted to go yet…
Enter me cleaning up my yard and getting rid of a bunch of things. I found all my pallets and cut the usable wood off and that's when it hit me!
I could combine that little table with my favorite pattern AND aged pallet wood and get exactly what I wanted!!!
I played with different wood and scale of pattern but finally came up with this. 

My father nailed it together for me simply because I have ZERO time right now. Yea for amazing fathers!!!!

Then used extra wood to trim out the piece so the edges looks nice.

I painted out the legs in one of my favorite neutral grays ever (Valspar Coastal Villa)
Then set it in place - between the "Asian" chairs that are waiting for me to find the time to reupholster them.

I cannot explain to you how much I love this table!!! It is exactly what  I was hoping for.

I think Eli (Jade's cat) loves it too ;)

More amazing and fun things are coming up, so keep a look out for what happens to the coffee table that matched this one.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Dining Room Update

Every once in a while something you envision turns out absolutely perfect and you love it more than you thought you would. This table is like that for me. Actually my whole dining room is beginning to make me ridiculously happy.

Yes, I still have to paint the cane back chairs. But, oh how I am loving the combinations in this room!

The peacock platter was a gift from my sister - just because she saw it and knew I would love it.

This was my Granny's china that was given to me and I adore it so so much!

And yes, I am still in love with my chandelier. I could stare at it for a long time and be perfectly happy doing just that!

Another thing I could just die for is this cutting board! It is perfect. Great quality and a wonderful company and people. If you haven't heard of Cotton and Dust  I encourage you to go check them out. They also have a Facebook page so head on over there and give them a like! Fabulous products!!! 

I swoon - love the logo.

I'm addicted to beautiful glass, I just love it and I collect it. This particular goblet was a gift from my precious mother and I use it as often as I can just because it makes me smile.

The buffet is looking stately in it's home

The pillows I made last year and the entry bench now turned dining bench help make this space feel cozy but elegant.

The pearl frame now has the perfect piece to show off. This was my grandparents 50th Wedding anniversary plate. 

I still have so much planned for this space, but it is really starting to look like what I had pictured in my mind. To me that is one of the greatest accomplishments!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Dining Room Table

This table has been finished for a while, but life happens. I'm still working on this dining room but the table is looking fabulous and just a few things need to be done: finish painting the chairs, upholster the other barrel back, build in china cabinets, plank the ceiling, put a doorway in the wall, etc…okay, so it's more than a few things that need to be done to see my vision come true. That's okay though, because I'm loving each stage of progress that has happened. I sometimes just walk in and stare at the room because it's the most complete room so far in my house.
This is a family table, it came from the children's paternal grandmother. This is how it looked before:

Pretty orange
But stripping, 





and sealing all happened. 

Just look at all that texture - I love that the painted runner looks kind of like linen.
I can't wait to reveal all of the progress for this room. It's really starting to look like what I had envisioned and that always makes me smile.
Don't forget to pop back in on Monday to check out the reveal and something I think is pretty special.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Donna's Nightstands

I wish I could say that I'm superwoman and can do everything and keep up with my job, my kids, my house, my yard, my clients, and that I can blog effortlessly and still always look good doing it. But, reality is that I constantly have laundry to fold on the arm of the couch, my kitchen always has dishes to do, a bathroom probably needs cleaning, if I'm home I'm probably in yoga or pajama pants sans makeup and blogging falls down the list when I'm super busy.
My point is easily made in this post. I did these cabinets in November/December and have had the pictures ready to go for a few months and still haven't done it. So here we go: I present to you the most painted nightstands in history…

The tops stripped pretty easily so I thought it wouldn't be so bad. These tables had the nasty 70's finish on them. Green with the antiquing finish. Underneath the antiquing and green was turquoise. Underneath the turquoise was cream, and underneath the cream was the typical varnish finish. I'm guessing I used a gallon of stripper to do these two little nightstands. Whew!

Stripped down they looked a little scary. Some flaws showed up and I had some details to fix and sanding to do.

But wow! So worth it!!! These turned out just lovely and looked like they were supposed to.

I used a layered stain technique with these pieces to get them to look like the original stain had. I fell in love with layering stains with this project and have done it with a couple more things in my own home now. I had a very pleased client and I was pretty happy with them myself.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Yummy

I have a Pinterest board called "The Yummy" where I pin lots of recipes that I never make. I think this happens to lots of people, I'm hoping it does and that I'm not just lazy about the Pinterest recipes. That particular board has inspired me to add another little variation to my regular posts. I know I'm usually all about design, furniture, and decorating; but the truth is that I grew up cooking and baking from a very young age and I'm pretty decent at it.
I have already shared how I plan to make this blog more about my journey in life: my children, my home renovation, my design work, and…a little something every now and then that my family adores to eat. This first one is super simple.

Vanilla Bean Rum Rice Krispies Treats
5 Tablespoons unsalted butter
14 Homemade vanilla bean marshamallows (mine are 2 inch squares)
2 Teaspoons Dark Rum (I use Bacardi Select)
6 cups Rice Krispies

I pile all the marshmallows into a microwave-safe large bowl and top with the butter cut into tablespoon segments. I heat it in the microwave for 2 minutes and the stir with a cooking spray coated spatula. Then I heat for one minute more. I add the rum and stir it into the butter/marshmallow mix. This does boil up quite a bit, but don't worry - you will love it! Lastly I add the rice krispies and stir until well coated. Then I spray my hands with cooking spray and pour the mixture into a pre-greased 9X13 pan and press them out into place. Once they are set, I cut them into squares and they are usually gone within half a day at home. If I take them places I have to take a minimum of two pans.

If you don't want to use the rum just use rum extract or even plain old vanilla is pretty awesome. So insanely much better than the standard treats.
If you're interested in a great marshmallow recipe I use this one.

I'm betting these won't last more than a day and the kids are still in school this week ;)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

I'm Back

This blog has mostly been about my work with furniture and decor. Family moments have been squeezed in here and there because all I have ever done, I have done for my family. I do the furniture and decor because it is a passion yes, but also because it was a way for me to make some money for my family and stay at home where I felt I needed to be with my children. But life is strange sometimes, so this post is going to be more personal.
For the majority of my life I have lived a fairly blessed existence. I grew up the baby of three in a family that adored me. I had loving parents who always put God first and were amazing examples for us kids. I've always had fantastic friends. I fell in love at the age most girls do, was married, and started living my fairytale. I had a wonderful guy, started a family, and then we bought a home and I found my passion for decor, DIY, and furniture.
Last year I hit a pretty major bump in my fairytale, pretty big turbulence, when my mother passed away. It rocked me hard. Some days it still does. Then things were looking up again. We got a new home closer to some amazing friends and closer to my father. We called it 'Our forever home' and I started making the plans to make it ours.
Someway, somehow, the fairytale crashed and burned. This is a journey I never wanted to take and still cannot believe it is happening. 
I've gone back to work now, full-time, outside the home. My passion for furniture and design has had to take a back seat while I have gotten things in order. Things are looking up just a bit more now. I enjoy my job and have met some truly amazing people. 
Even though things haven't worked out the way I thought they would, I have realized how blessed I still am. I have realized how many more friends I have than I thought I did. I have realized how much God has been at work in my life by bringing those people to me and placing me where I needed to be at the right times. It truly amazes me.
Now, even though I am working outside the home for the first time in 11.5 years, and even though my children are at a crazy busy age, I am still too much in love with my passion to give it up completely.
Peacock Door Designs is back up and running. Even though it is only a part time job (for now) I am still going to be posting some amazing client work, keep you updated on this crazy time capsule house, and throw in a bit more of me and my kiddos as well. It may be longer between posts and some of the plans I have will take much more time to complete now, but I love this crazy blogging world of DIY and decor too much to let it go.
So from me and my little ones I want to say thank you for following and reading in the past and we hope you continue to read more in the future.
Thank You - Paula

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Better Late Than Never

Life happens sometimes and you get bogged down or things are out of your control and you just need to let yourself breathe. I had been meaning to get pictures of Ashleigh's home for a while, but she was in the midst of a big renovation and decorating. Then I was completely booked, then my family moved, and I was completely booked again for a while. Things have slowed down and finally our schedules meshed! So this morning, I braved the ice and wind and loaded my camera and my Trey up and went to Ashleigh's for a little time with my friend and some quality time with her now finished spaces that just happen to house some of my most favorite pieces ever!

This buffet was fabulous and now it's decorated to perfection for the holidays and sitting in the entry hall of the home:

Sorry about the crazy flash - there were some temporary electrical problems at the time I was there and I had to use a flash. Believe it or not this is diffused. 

Remember Ashleigh's Dining Table? Well, all of the chairs are in place and the table is gloriously set for a Christmas home tour:

And of course, the fish chairs :)

The last piece to update you on was her darling daughter Gentry's armoire. This and the dining table are still some of my most favorite pieces to ever do! The armoire has knobs now and they are just precious!

A big thank you to my sweet friend and client Ashleigh. I love her adventurous, eclectic, and flawless taste. She was so sweet to let me into her home to photograph everything. She is a precious person and I'm so lucky to not only have worked with her, but to call her friend :)