Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Lamp Awakening

    See this innocent perfectly fine-looking lamp? Well, I was going to violently murder it a few weeks ago....
    
   It's just that it was so....brown. I am on a rampage against brown right now. Brown wood, brown couches, brown chairs, brown lamps..
   
   But then the hubby gave me the green light to paint...

So I dashed out to garage armed a can of Rusteoleum American Accents Blossom White.  Five coats of paint later....


Voila! Much cheerier and more modern

                                                  

Here's the other one (it's a pair)


    The lampshades are burlap, which I'm loving right now, and were $14.99 apiece at Target. I think Nate Berkus would be proud.....and the lives of a few innocent lamps were spared


Until next time...Stay Fancy, My Friends  --Jess

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Thrifty Treasure Love

    I'm not an overly mushy, romantical,  stuffed critters and sexy lingerie kinda girl....So, in honor of St. Valentine's Day, I'm sharing with y'all something I'm passionate about. Stuff....cheap, cute stuff.  Here are a few of the fruits of last week's treasure-hunting binge:

 Hippie Chic handiwork at it's finest.  I think it's just lovely...wouldn't even paint it (and I slap a coat of paint on everything)


Hand-carved by Robert Ebberson 1977.  Good work, Robert....whoever you are 




Cute little decopaged map frame...freakin' adorable. It looks as if it could be nestled among $89 blouses at Anthropologie


Cute little 70's throw pillow, which acutally goes quite well in my living room. (I've been trying to bring in more color) I have an uncanny radar that can spot a retro fabric across a store



Shabby Chic crystal decanter. 3 bucks! I had been eyeing a few similar ones in an antique store for $30, so I was pleased to find this. I'm gonna use mine for bath salts


So this one isn't technically from a thrift store, but a flea mall and antique store, but I HAD to share it because it's awesome! I paid  $14.99 for this pewter non-tarnish cake stand......the same cake stand I had seen weeks earlier in a high-priced decor store for $59.95. Score!

Happy V Day! May you receive an enormous plus unicorn that takes up your entire bed and totally clashes with your home decor;)


Stay Fancy, My Friends! --Jess

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

What the #%@* is it?

    So....I enjoyed myself some treasure hunting today at a few thrift stores. I'll post about some cool treasures soon, but for now....

What the heck is it?


  
      It is all rusty and uber old, and for 69 cents, I knew it had to be mine.


   At first, I thought it was some kinda kitchen thingamajigger......or meant to hold a bottle or something. My hubby thinks it's a primitive candle lantern....which makes sense and would be super cool.
 
    Don't worry....when I sell this sucker at an auction for thousands, I'll remember all you little people out there...


  Any other thoughts as to what this treasure is?


Posting more treasure hunting finds soon!
  
    Stay Fancy, My Friends!----Jess

Monday, February 7, 2011

Vintage Picture Frame Necklace Board

    
     Is it jewelry storage....or is it art?
 
 I don't know about y'all, but I have so many necklaces in my jewelry armoire piled in layers, that I don't even know what I've got. Yeah, that's my excuse for buying more necklaces, and I'm stickin' to it ;)  I've been wanting a place to hang some of my pretty vintage necklaces, and I happened to have this old vintage frame...


     It was kinda pretty as is, but here lately I've been wanting to paint the whole world white....


     
     I started one one coat of spray primer (found in craft or hardware stores where all the spray paint is). Then, I added probably three coats of Rust-Oleum American Accents Heirloom White....such a nice vintage creamy, white. I let each coat dry about a day before adding the next..

   I chose burlap for my fabric since it's cheap and neutral and I love the rusticity (I love making up words!) of it against the blingy necklaces.
   
  I simply cut the burlap to fit the inside ledge of the back of the frame and hot glued it, pressing it down with a pencil (in an attempt to unsuccessfully avoid 2nd degree hot glue burns :/ ) I then cut a sheet of corkboard to fit the outer ledge and glued it over the burlap. Sorry, no pics of this... done in preblogging days.  Full Disclosure: The corkboard was thin, so my push pins kinda still go into the wall a little. If anyone knows where to get thick corkboard that doesn't cost $13, let me know!


    
    I attached this supercute green striped ribbon bought at Heaven, Hobby Lobby with my trusty staple gun. I feel like such a badass with my staple gun...

    
     
 I prettied up some simple clear pushpins by hotgluing pearls to them....



  Close-up of frame....so shabby and crackly....Just the way I like it


Vintage rhinestones, carnival glass,  celluloid, and aurora borealis rhinestones 


   My favorite necklace....celluloid made to look like ivory...with rhinestones...funky and princessy.

    Here's another easier option for a jewelry board...Heaven Hobby Lobby has these beautiful cork bulletin boards in really pretty frames. Getcha one when they're 50% off (which is every other week) and simply cover it with a pretty fabric. Voila!

   Hope y'all enjoyed it. I am admittingly not a good picture-taker, and I have a plain ol' camera....nothing fancy. I like pictures better with the flash off, which can kinda blur things. Oh well...you get the idea...

   Till next time...Stay Fancy, My Friends! ---Jess

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Shabby Bohemian Chandelier

    Ok....I admit it. I just wanted to brag about my most favorite chandelier ever. (Well I only have 3...er, 4 if you include the candelabra chandelier over my bathtub). I don't really think a girl can ever have too many chandeliers...


    Layers of clear, pearlescent beads....So Shabby Chic, but with a Bohemian vibe. It's feminine, yet funky. Perfect for any room.It's a little weathered and shabby...just the way I like things.  I think it's from the 60's.  I bought it from Ebay (I'm kinda an addict) from a seller named, "Sherri for Sure". I can't seem to find her again now. If anyone knows her, hook me up! She had the most heavenly stuff in her store
 
    Here it is in its current home, My Bohemian Chic guest bedroom.
    
     Next post will be crafty! Stay Fancy, My friends!   --Jess
   
  

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Frenchy Chair Makeover



     Don'tcha just love finding treasures in thrifts stores? That moment when you lock eyes with an item, and you see your future with it (and you coyly take out a pen b/c you are gonna stab a bitch in the jugular if she even looks like she's lusting after YOUR treasure).  Yep....good times. Well, I recently found such a treasure at Value Village.
          A cute little cane back chair !  She's cute enough, but I had big plans for her. And the best part.........$4.24!!!! Seriously! I hightailed it outta that store in case they came to their senses and charged a reasonable price.  Value Village is a local chain of thrift stores and if you haven't been, they are FABULOUS! Their prices are about 2/3 cheaper than Goodwill (Dude, Goodwill is getting expensive!) and they have nicer things most of the time. Very cute clothes too! I think most of my jackets come from the Village
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Now for the rehab process.....I took off the cushion and sprayed the whole chair with a layer of Rustoleum primer.  Next day, I added two coats of Rustoleum American Accents Blossum White (you can find it at JoAnn Fabrics or Hobby Lobby)   I think it took about 4 coats total of Blossum White. I then followed up with a spray sealer.

       For the cushion, I simply cut my fabric to fit (maybe half a yard or less) and stapled it to the underside of the chair with my trusty staple gun. It couldn't have been easier. I didn't attach the cushion to the chair cause I kinda like it loose in case I have a whim to change fabrics again...

                                    Here She Is!

 Total cost: Chair$4.24, Can of paint $5.00, 1/2 yard fabric $3.00   =12.24 Not bad for a pretty accent chair!   
 Sorry I'm a crappy picture taker . More pretty projects to come!----JESS

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

HEY! You're Not Francis....

       So, What's with the name, "Fancy Francis" you ask? I'm glad you asked. Here he is....that's right, HE

    Here's Francis wearing his favorite pink princess shirt. (It actually says, "princess" on the back!) He actually loves to dress up.....Really, he does. He loves to prance around when he's all dressed up. I guess he's a little metrosexual...
    
     I adopted him when he was 3 weeks old. Yeah, I thought he was girl. (Don't laugh! You couldn't tell at 3 weeks either) He's named for St. Francis, the patron saint for animals. His mother was a feral cat who birthed a litter of kittens in a lady's garage and then took off. I'm the only momma he's ever had

     Francis has some severe anger management issues and no inhibition.  (I believe he has brain damage from the birthing process) He randomly attacks, striking like a cobra. I have some serious scars.  He's affectionately nicknamed, "The Vicious Beast"
    
     Why do I own such a dangerous animal, you ask? Well, he's sweet as pie and such a cuddly angel 90% of the time. He's my baby :)  

      Here are my other two furry children...

  Chloe Belle
                                              
                                                                           
Lucy Belle
                                                        
  
      My next post will be pretty and crafty! Stay Tuned!   ---Jess