Monday, September 8, 2008

I'M A BAD BAD GIRL

I admit it....I did the fun stuff first. Yeah I'm a wimp....and a slacker. I should have started with the most pressing things like sweeping, dusting, window washing. But I had a choice.......(A) Clean or (B) Go shopping at Home goods, Michaels, Linens & Things, and Osgoods fabrics.



Anyone want to venture a guess?



But I have proof that I at least accomplished something.



Bench before......

BENCH AFTER........ I tried to resist this toile...honest I did...but I'm telling you it practically launched itself right into my cart! I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. The total cost of the bench and the material comes to $17.50.

Oh and I bought one of those cool spray can handle comfort grip thingies...I can't remember which blogger friend showed us those things...but I bought one at Home Depot for $7 and let me tell you...those things are a MUST for anyone who uses a spray can. In fact it worked so good I decided to add another project to my list. I have this end table thingie in my guest room...and when I bought it at the auction it was this mustard color. Well it looks like crap in my guest room (I know this because everyone on RMS told me so) ...but I've never gotten around to painting it. Then today I found this killer lamp at Home Goods...figured it would look pretty great in my guest bedroom. So I swapped it for the lamp that was there...and when I put it on this cabinet it just fell flat. So this is getting a paint job next day off. I'll show you the end results of that guest bedroom when I get this painted.


I also bought some fall decor stuff to put in my kitchen....I'm still trying to figure out where and how. I'll make a "not inspirational but hey I tried" post on that as soon as I get things arranged.

And finally the bathroom Dilemma. I had an unopened gallon of paint that was a color we used in our last house. We always seem to buy more than we need. I figured after 3 1/2 years it would be the consistency of mud...but amazingly I opened the can and it was fine. So I figured...what the heck, it's free and that bathroom sure could use some color. I only got about half done today. And I'm not sure it's gonna be the direction I end up going forever...but for a temporary fix I think I can make it work.

The color is called "celery bunch". I had no clue what colors to use with this...so I just bought some yummy thick white towels and a celery colored rug to use for now. At least it will be somewhat presentable for when they get here. And I won't be so committed that I can't change things when I really decide what I want.

And last but definitely not least....I got honored with 2 blog awards.

The first one was from Kendra from Shabby Vintage Chic I found her blog awhile back and oh my you will die when you see her house and the stuff she collects. Her blog is a "drool just waiting to happen". Go visit her and you'll see what I mean. She gave me this great award Thanks so much Kendra I'm touched that you thought of me.

And Deb from Debs Country Kisses
gave me this really pretty award...it's one I've never seen before

Now if you've never been to Deb's blog well...what the heck you waiting for??? Her "Fashion Fridays" are a must see. She's quite the fashion guru...and you'll love hanging out at her blog. Thanks Deb I really appreciate your kindness! I'll do my best to hand these and a few other awards out on one big mondo "giving blog" here pretty quick.

56 comments:

Nancy said...

Oh Nikki, I love it!!! Great Job! Blessings, Nancy

Tracey said...

The bench looks wonderful!!!

Mariafer said...

Totally worth it!! You can sweep and dust tomorrow...
Did you use spray paint?
Hugs
Maria

ko said...

thats gorgeous! I am so like that! :)
GOOD JOB!
Kyley

Rue said...

WOOOOW!! I am impressed!! It looks beautiful :)

Great job!

hugs,
rue

Stephanie said...

Bench is gorgeous! Do you do custom orders by any chance? ;)

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Nikki,
You don't waste any time do you? The bench looks great! And I love the color of the bath. I'm sure it will all turn out perfect.
Diane

Insane Mama said...

I love that fabric, it turned out great!

Insane Mama said...

I love that fabric, it turned out great!

Insane Mama said...

oops, sorry about the multiple comments

The Berry's Patch said...

The bench looks great!!! I need a bench for my foyer. Want to do another giveaway? I didn't think so. Congrat's on your awards. :-)

Linda/ "Mom..." said...

Nikki ~ Just wrote you a nice note & deleted it by mistake! (I'm doing ALOT of "stupid things" like that these days! Argh! Don't know WHAT's up!)~~~ ANYHOOOOO, the bench is, of course, darling (& oh! What a steal!), and I simply LOOOOVE that green for the bathroom ...SOOO MUCH!!! ~ It's so refreshingly clean & spa-like... with fresh, thick, white fluffy towels and "A Touch of Nikki", it'll be FABULOUS for sure!!! I truly AM looking forward to seeing everything "Nikki-ized", so dear pal, "get back to work!!!"... Grins! I enjoyed this delightful, fun & lighthearted read just now! ENJOY YOUR VISIT & ENJOY making NEW MEMORIES!!! Warmly, Linda

Bridget said...

Hey Nikki, you should know you can't believe everything you hear on RMS! LOL I like your celery green and your toile!

Carolynn said...

Love what you did with the stool! And, the colour you're using in the bathroom is one of my favourite shades of green. I tried something similar in my kitchen and it just turned out *yech*, so I painted over it and am much happier.

Boy, I've never had anyone paint a room for me before my arrival...vacuum and tidy a bit, sure, but never paint.

aunties said...

Get out of town! Look who is the crafty and amazing woman who is running her toosh (sp?) off and getting so much accomplished! The stool looks amazing! Love the color in the bath and you even ironed their sheets:)
Shopping tends to turn me into an energizer bunny when it is buying things to set off my creative juices! It seems I can't quit until it is all finished or I collaspe. Good luck and enjoy your mom and sis.
Beth

aunties said...

Get out of town! Look who is the crafty and amazing woman who is running her toosh (sp?) off and getting so much accomplished! The stool looks amazing! Love the color in the bath and you even ironed their sheets:)
Shopping tends to turn me into an energizer bunny when it is buying things to set off my creative juices! It seems I can't quit until it is all finished or I collaspe. Good luck and enjoy your mom and sis.
Beth

Kathy said...

You are not in the least bit bad Nikki, you have just got all the nice things done today, the bench turned out lovely and the bathroom will be beautiful with the celery paint and the white fluffy towels, hope you get all your other jobs done tomorrow, have fun, Kathy

Linda said...

Can't wait to see everything done and please show us the spray can gadget!! PLEASE????!!!

Twice as Nice said...

I have a very similar stool I purchased for 1.00. I spray painted it black also but have yet to find any fabric I like. I'm curious as to what spray paint you used and did you sand down the finish to age it?

Alot of people are using the green color with black accents in a room. Twin2

Marie said...

I love that bench! It looks so pretty and classic. :o) Can't wait to see what you do with that end table thingie. lol

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Love, love the bench with toile! What a classic.

And I love the new bathroom color, but of course I would...I love limey green.

I have one of those spray paint nozzles too, but have to be careful cause the opening is really small & it tends to move & get in the way of the spray coming out. I've had a mess with mine at times.

Rhoda

Smilingsal said...

Good job on the bench; I like toile!

I also like your celery color paint, and white towels are the way to go. Love it!

Penny said...

YOu get more done in a day than I can get done in three! I love the bench and the green bathroom. No one is going to see your dust.

Charli and me said...

Hi Nikki, I love your bench! Very pretty indeed. Congratulations on your awards! I have always loved pink and green together but you will have to make that decision. I hope you post pictures of the finished bathroom. Have a lovely day!

onlymehere said...

Wow you got a lot done yesterday. I love the bench too. The cabinet will be fabulous too when you get it painted. I get so much inspiration from your home and others I visit. I need to have time to do it though!!

joelandbecca said...

that toile bench is divine! I just can't help it-toile speaks to me and we have a secret love affair going on....ok maybe not so secret. I love the celery room too! Good luck with the nitty gritty cleaning!

Anonymous said...

Good Morning,

Oh your little bench came out great !!! And I love that color paint, I think a pretty melon or black go really well with that :) as well as purple.

Great post,
Kathy :)

countrygirl3031 said...

Morning Nikki...I love what you did with the stool...awesome! I love that celery color...it should look great when it's all done and with the white towels...too cute!

Deb said...

Hi Nikki, the bench turned out beautiful, and I love the paint choice for the bath, you know green is my favorite color. I'm sure that everything will be just as you want it when your company arrives. Thanks for the kind words about my blog. Deb

salmagundi said...

Love the bench - you can never go wrong with that fabric. I've used it before, also. Hope you aren't too tired from all of your activity to enjoy your company. Sally

Angela said...

You just don't know how green I am with envy over that bench! I'm a sucker for toile anyway, and your's is so nicely done!
By the way, I'm lovin' that celery green paint!

Brown-Eyes said...

Well, Miss Thang...You got a lot more accomplished than I did today.
It ALMOST makes me wish I had company coming so I'd be motivated to get more done...LOl
;-) Bo

Shelia said...

Woo Hoo! You go girl!! Do you ever rest? That stool is just beautiful now! You're good!! Congratulations on your awards, too! You're the best and you deserve all the awards.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Pat @ Back Porch Musings said...

I like the way you think, Nikki!

The bench is wonderful. Love the toile!

The celery is beautiful.

Pat @ Back Porch Musings said...

I like the way you think, Nikki!

The bench is wonderful. Love the toile!

The celery is beautiful.

Jerri Lynn @ Southern Sassyness said...

Beautiful bench...beautiful celery color! Would you please be a dear and let me know who makes it? Thank you!

Michael said...

Nikki...the bench is beautiful...I can't believe it only cost $17!!!!

Can't wait to see how the bathroom turns out!

bj said...

ahhh, girl, you're doin' good !
I like your little bench...if you will notice in some of my photos of the leather sofas in my living room, I have pillows in this same toile. Love 'em!
And, I love celery green! Especially with bright white.
hugs, bj

Fifi Flowers said...

WOW... you are a BUSY BEE! Can't wait to see all of these tasks complete... FUN... like watching a design show!

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Wow, the bench turned out fantastic! I so have to get one of those comfort grip things for spray cans. I never heard of such a thing, but it sounds great my index finger was literally numb for 2 weeks after I painted my rattan chair.

I like the green in the bathroom! It will be bright and cheery and welcoming.

Congrats on the awards!

Kady

bloggin' Chrystal said...

I think that "new do" on that stool is absolutely gorgeous! What's the comfort grip thing for spray cans? I must have missed that.

JoAnne said...

It's good to be bad sometimes. And you got an absolutely gorgeous bench to show for it!

Peggy said...

Hey, Nikki, I've been visiting your blog for a while, jnst to look at the eye candy you have goin' on in your house...and to laugh at Crumpet's and Ozzie's antics.

I've started a blog, too; but so far, I just have some of my crafting stuff. Haven't done much decorating because my knee has been out of commission for a long time. I'm hoping to get some things done, now that I have experienced the miracle of CORTOSONE!

About that bench...hmmm...I don't really need my bench at the piano anymore. You've inspired me to do something with it! :)

Angie said...

Hi Nikki!

WOW..that bench is so timeless..love it! What a steal! I also love that little cabinet..can't wait to see it painted in the guest room. I think the bathroom color is gorgeous..it is almost the same shade as my kitchen. I have black accents to go with it..and it looks so nice.

~Angie

p.s. boy are your doggies cute!

imjacobsmom said...

The Bench turned out just darling. I'm a sucker for checks and toile! It really spiffed it up painting it black. What a fresh green color for your bath. Do they have anything new and Homegoods, I think I'm hitting there and Marshall's this Friday with girls (sorry Dad). ~ Robyn

Donna said...

Nikki!!!! That bench is HOT! You are a bad bad girl Miss. Nikki!!!! (I know you are a Mrs.. but in this case Miss sounds better! LOL)

xoxoxo
Donna

Darlene said...

Your bench turned out FABULOSO!!! BEAUTIFUL! I would have picked shopping any day over cleaning. Love the color you are using in the bathroom too! Even painting for your company...WOW!!

Cote de Texas said...

you are sooo funny! love the bench and the spray paint thing - I need to get that. What IS a cloche? I know I have a few myself and have no idea what the heck it is???

thanks for your comment too.
Joni

gingela5 said...

Great job...I like the bench before AND after...is that a problem?! hehe

Debi said...

Nikki dear,

I love your blog!! Awesome job!!

ANd as for the toile... I have the same print... color... exactly that I am going to put on the seat of the chairs I am redoing for a glass table that I painted the base. I love the table... but will have to sell it. :( Because if I try to get one more in my house my DH will murder me!! lol. I will post pics as soon as I get it done!!

Hope you have a wonderful day!! I willbe back soon!!

http://whatscookninjunk.blogspot.com/

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

The bench redo is fab! I must admit tho, I did love the green before as well. But I've been spray painting things that color, lol!

Congrats on all of your well deserved awards!

Kimba said...

I'd like to link to this post on Saturday if that's OK with you.

Lacey in the Sky said...

The bench is beautiful! I see you have a "Lacey"... great, wonderful, beautiful name! ::wink wink::

Andrea @ Big Creek Cottage said...

LOVE the bench!!! By the way, didn't you know that going to Michaels and fabric stores must come before cleaning...it's a rule. Seriously (as my 8 year old would say.)

Alyson said...

Awesome work! By the way, where's a nearby home goods? I've been wanting to go there forever!

Andrea @ Big Creek Cottage said...

The bench looks wonderful...gotta love toile!

 

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