Monday, November 10, 2014

New antique cupboard

Hey y'all! Just wanted to pop in today to show you one of the most beautiful pieces of furniture I've ever had a chance to own. I want to take more photos of it on a sunnier day but for this evening, this is what I have for y'all. While out hunting on a Saturday for bargains, my mom and I walked into a little shop in North Carolina we frequent every time I come home. There stood this beautiful piece and as we were eyeing it up and down… the owner walks by and tells us this…

"If you take it today, you can have it for _____ (Insert amazing price here.)" SOLD! We both said it at the same time… my only dilemma was that we both wanted it! So fast forward a few months and I came across a mahogany secretary cabinet that my mom's grandmother used to have in her old house. So, we are swapping. And thankfully, I had a nice mother in law who brought this baby with her when they came to visit us a few weeks back from North Carolina. So here she is in all of her glory.

Have I mentioned how much of a BEAST this cupboard is? You might not be able to tell with the naked eye but this stands 8ft tall. Has all the original hardware, wire doors, moulding and shelving. I just adore it and I swear when you come across pieces like this, there's no need for paint. There's no need for a lot of fuss and a lot of decor. Simplicity at its best. If you haven't been reading my blog for awhile, you may not know that we moved about a year ago from a 2000 sq ft rental down to a 1300 sq ft adorable little bungalow/cottage two blocks from the beach here in Florida. So, a year later and we are STILL getting rid of stuff! But truthfully, I am proud to say about 90% of what we own right now, we love, we use and it has a function. Gone are the days where things are just "pretty." 
Ain't nobody got time for that.

I added my favorite large black and white photos of Mr. HBA and I to the left with an adorable, chippy rocking chair below it. A boxwood wreath adorns the front, although I'm still unsure if that will stay. Something needs to be different to the right to balance the weight of the other side but for now, I just sat an antique little chair that a dear friend purchased for me while I was sick! Miss you Erin!

And while I was snapping photos of this beautiful piece, I was also piling up goodies to take to Vintage Living Marketplace. If you didn't know, I rent a booth there and love it. Thankfully, I am able to constantly re-stock… and this is by far my favorite time of year! My room is slowly getting transformed so I can't what to show y'all the end result! For now, here's a few pillows I picked up.

Love this "BELIEVE" pillow with the red ticking & burlap. Sooooo cute! I bought it for myself but now I'm headed a different direction as usual! And for the one below, it's not any bit Christmas but I loved the saying! And I'm sure people here in Florida would agree as well that they love this too!

I also hit some estate sales this past weekend and came across this older creeper cart. I unscrewed the pad for the head and am actually going to repurpose this somewhere else so I can't wait to show y'all that too! For now, it's just a cute little rustic, old item that most people don't have a use for! 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

DIY Bead board Wall

I wanted to do a quick run through of different elements of our master bedroom reveal. In case you missed it, click here and you can read the full post!

The first element of the room that I want to start with would definitely be our DIY bead board wall. Bead board is a thin, character driven product that looks lovely just about anywhere. You can buy a 4ftx8ft piece of bead board from Lowes and/or Home Depot for around $20/sheet. We were going to need 3 sheets per the calculations for our master bedroom. 

So here's the tools that we used.


Circular Saw
Bead board Sheet
Tape Measure
Liquid Nails construction adhesive Heavy Duty
Nail Gun with Nails
White paint
Wood filler

This was a pretty quick project that I recommend two people tackle. It's pretty simple really. Let me remind you of the before of our master bedroom. No character and just another room!

And here's a shot from my cell phone of the room before the wall and before decorating. Just using what I had on hand quickly and before we did anything to our Craigslist furniture.

For OUR master walls and please keep in mind yours will differ depending on your personal measurements, we used about 2 3/4 sheets of bead board so we had to rip one down to size. We first measured the wall and the bead board and made any appropriate cuts if there were outlets, etc. Then, we graciously covered the back of the bead board with liquid nails & made sure everything was lined up on our first wall. We simply "sat" the bead board on our existing baseboards, made sure everything was flush and straight and I took the nail gun to all corners, edges and middle to secure everything in place. We did this three different times. 

The edges were rough from our cuts so we covered each side where the walls meet with trim. We also added crown molding which is completely optional to y'all! We used wood filler to fill the holes where the nailer went through and fill all gaps, holes, etc. 

Overall, I am super happy with how it turned out and for less than $60, since we receive a 10% discount at Lowes and the rest of the supplies we had on hand, I'd say this project had a high impact for very low cost.  What do you think of our wall?

Things have already changed in this room so I can't wait to update y'all on even the small changes! Don't be afraid to take chances. I usually don't care for accent walls but if they looked like this, I really don't mind :) Best $50ish we have spent in awhile. 
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