July 31, 2012

Stencil It!

So awhile back while on Pinterest! I saw a pin for a great stenciled table. Some of you might already know what I'm taking about because it was all over for awhile.

The table was done by Ashley from Domestic Imperfection and you can check out the post here. This is actually the post that got me started on reading her blog. She has some awesome ideas so definitely check her out.

At the time I saw this post I was getting ready to re-do an old dresser I use in my office for storage. I thought about going ombre as seen on this blog, or go for the numbered look as seen on this blog, or just re-stain it and be done with it.

Then I came across Ashley's stenciled table and knew I wanted to do something like that. So I went to Hobby Lobby with 40% off coupon in hand to see what they had. Now Damask is my jam, all day err day. It is my signature on a piece if you will. So when I went to Hobby Lobby  I was just hoping they had a nice big ol' damask stencil. Alas, I found this jem. They were out of stencil spray glue so I picked up this little tube of stuff they had. I couldn't find it on their website, but regardless it didn't work so I wouldn't recommend it.

So here is what the dresser looked like before. Originally, it was covered in stickers but Mr.B took care of that when we were gifted it.

Here are some more shots of it so you can see the way it sort of 'steps down'.

There's Max! He made his debut. These pictures show you how it is sort of a like a trunk dresser, but the top doesn't really get smaller like a trunk dresser .It just has a large lip that starts just below the top 2 drawers. This created a bit of a dilemma for me because I wanted to stencil the whole thing. I knew the stencil wasn't going to lay properly if I tried to do it on the sides and on the big lip in the front. Mr.B had a great suggestion of just doing the drawers and I thought I'd do the top also.

So then I used the trusty palm sander to sand everything down. Here is what it looked like after that.

It was realllyyyy hot that day so Max was trying to hang out in the little bit of shade the dresser was making. 

I didn't forget to sand the drawers!

So after sanding I wiped everything down with a wet cloth to get all the sanding particles and other junk off of it. I knew I wanted to use a lime green paint and I had a can go Glidden spring green in eggshell. I didn't love how it looked by itself. I wanted something a little brighter/lighter if that makes sense. I also had 2 samples pots one of Valspar's funshine and an Olympic custom color. The sample pots were both in Satin. I just played around and mixed them all together with no rhyme or reason and came up with the color of my liking.

I setup all the drawers so that they were all touching and even. As I mentioned before the glue I got from Hobby Lobby didn't work. I needed something because it is super windy where we live. As in, we have a windmill farm by our house, duh! So I found some spray adhesive and just used that - and it worked perfectly!

I used a small roller that you can find at Home Depot or Lowe's it says its for cabinets and doors. This is my go to roller for any furniture I paint because it doesn't leave brush strokes like a brush, and they're low nap so you don't get a lot of texture just smooth even paint.

The stencil really confused me at first and I never quite figured out how to use it according the directions. I just figured it out in my own way. I started in the top middle - I thought that seemed like a good starting point.

Other than the nice sunburn I got the heat actually worked in my favor because the paint dried really quick. That was kind of important because it did have to overlap in some spots like on the edges so it made it go quick since I didn't have to wait for the paint to dry.

So after I was done stenciling the drawers I was thinking those were going to be just the pop I needed and that if I did the top it would look unfinished.

So I moved onto staining.

For the stain I used a brush to get in the crevices and I slathered it on and then I used a rag and wiped it off. I tried to apply more stain in all the cracks and around the trim pieces to give it a darker weathered look.

Then I just brushed stain over the drawers and wiped it off with the rag. It made the green paint look awesome because it still had the bright color that I wanted it just looked aged!

I really liked the texture and look of it so I opted to not add any poly. I liked that it looked old and weathered and had a rough feeling to it. I may eventually opt to add some poly even if it is just a light coat to seal the whole deal, but for now I'm loving the aged feel of it.

So here it is in my office with a few things on top. I swear it's centered - its just the angle of the picture.

I know it's hard to really enjoy it with the pink carpet but squint a little - it looks great!

I just love how it all turned out. It still functions the same way for me but now when I walk in my office this is what I see and it just puts a smile on my face!

July 30, 2012

A little switch-a-roo

You can ask anyone in my family and Mr.B I love a good room re-arranging. As a kid I would change my room around almost weekly. I'd be in my room crashing and banging around and my parents would just shake their heads and go about their day. It was like, "Oh, Ashley's changing around her room again."

So naturally, when we moved into our house things were no different. A few months after living there I talked Mr.B into re-arranging the ENTIRE house. I mean switching every room to different rooms. As in taking the Master Bedroom from the second floor to first floor, switching his office with guest room, my office for master, and guest bedroom for where his office was. Phew, confusing I know. It took forever and we lived with it that way for awhile and then swapped a few of the rooms around. Then we just moved everything all back to the way it originally was.

We haven't done that in awhile but I still love me some room re-arranging. We've had the living room setup the same way for about 6-8 months and I've been itching for a little change a roo. So last night I just couldn't take it anymore.

Here it was to begin with...not bad, not bad at all. Well this is sort of the before...it's a few months before. Furniture all in those spots plus or minus some stuff.

I tried moving the couch onto the book shelf wall and pushed the bookshelf all the way into corner ( I forgot to take a picture) but it just looked to cramped.

So then I ended up with couch over here. We've had it this way before so I knew I would like it. I actually love it!

The big mans chair over in the corner and the bookshelf back in its original spot. I love it because now I get to enjoy the picture wall a little bit. ( More on that later)

Here's a few comparison shots so you don't have to scroll.

July 28, 2012

Girl, look at that body.

So let's get this straight. I'm not an athlete. I used to play basketball a very, very long time ago. Since then I've pretty much done nothing. I have a bike that gets used very minimially due to not really having any time to take out the bike and strap it to the car...blah, blah blah.

Sooo...I'm going on vacation at the end of the month with Mr.B squared and my sister. Let me shed some light on this situation. My Mr.B is naturally slim and when he works out gets ripppped. My sisters Mr.B works out but like me wishes eating was a sport. My sister on the other hand will play tennis, spin, then run 10 miles, and then do like a bunch of other stuff. She is nuts.

Basically, we finally finished our basement which has been deemed the 'workout room' and so I now have no excuse to not get back into my 'workout routine'. I don't like going to the gym and I am by no means a runner.

I found a bunch of Ashley orientated workouts on Pinterest and that is pretty much the only reason I ever started ( 6 months ago) working out. I like it plain and simple with not a lot of extra. So the straight forward work outs like jumping jacks, squats, push ups are right up my alley.

I started my workout regimen on Tuesday. Wednesday I thought I was training for the Olympics so I really stepped it up. Wednesday, as in the day after Tuesday, as in the second day working out in months. Yeah, so I was pretty sore Thursday so I worked my arms and back. Friday was the Olympic opener so I was busy ya know, getting ready for the Olympics. HA!

Tonight I really felt like I could do the damn thing, and I did. I always do feel better when I start working out again it is just hard to find the motivation some nights, ya dig?

So I'll share the workout I did tonight.

50 Jumping Jacks
20 Squats
100 Russian Twists
5 Kneeling push-ups
1 Minute downward dog
15 Jack knife sit-ups
10 Lunges (each leg)
10 Side lunges (each leg)
20 bird-dogs
20 inner thigh lifts (each leg)

I found the workout here via Pinterest. It was the Saturday workout - go figure. I am telling you some people will look at these and be like, "Wow, what a joke." All I know is if my legs hurt the next day and I have to place one hand on the toilet to lower myself, it must be working at least one muscle and I'm happy with that.

Oh,back to the point - I need to workout because I'm going on vacation where there will be a lot of beach, and my sister who works out a lot in a bathing suit. I need to step up my game and peel the wrapper off these muffin tops and take a bite out of working out. (McGruff the Crime Dog reference, anyone, anyone?)

July 27, 2012

The Very First!

Let me just start by saying...I'm The Freckled Redhead!

My name is Ashley Travers and you probably wouldn't have guessed it but I have red hair. 

That is not what this blog is going to be about though it is going to be an everything blog. I hate to confine myself to one genre, name, title. You'll learn really quick here that I don't like to be like everybody else I like to be like ME. I strive to be myself but I don't want to be one of those people that tries so hard to be different. I guess I'm a lot like everyone else - in my own way.

I have a degree in Interior Design and love all things home decor and design. My boyfriend and I bought a house almost 3 years ago now and we are slowly making our way through it and putting our stamp on the place. I'll show current projects and past projects, but I obviously didn't have a blog in mind when I did the past projects so there might be a lack of before pictures. Just bare with me as I start this new crazy adventure.

One of my life goals is to own my own store someday. It would be appropriately called The Freckled Redhead...believe me I've thought about this. As in every single day since a long long time ago. I want MY store to have all sorts of house wares, decor items, gifts, thrifted pieces, refinished furniture....you name it I want it.

I turn 25 this year and have been slowly climbing the metaphorical mountain of life crisis. After my first year of college when I came home for the summer. I just lived easy - and I went back to college the next year knowing exactly who I was. I had this on top of the world feeling because, I found myself that summer. The summer before my senior year I did my internship in Corpus Christi, TX and lived with my Aunt. I came back with this same euphoric feeling of knowing exactly who I was. I have not found myself or that feeling since the summer of 2008. I'm hoping my new journey will help me find exactly what it is I have been looking for - and I invite you along for the ride.

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