Thursday, July 18, 2013

Bookcase Makeover

So, as I have stated in the last post, we have recently purchased a home.  And, with that home, came bookcases.  I can't even begin to express my feelings about styling book cases..... TERRIBLE.  I knew I had a task to tackle.  It has taken me 10 weeks to complete these bookcases and the help of a dear friend. Thanks Kimber! :)  However, they are done (.)  I should have taken more before pictures but I am still working on the bottom half of the cabinet.  My wonderful dad is making me new doors and I have ordered new hardware.  I will post a final pic later but for an update, here you go......



I first painted the back of the shelving walls.  I used Sherwin Williams Sealskin.  Next, I replaced the white painted shelving with yellow pine.   I used 2" thick and sanded them down followed by a coat of lacquer.   I needed to bring out the natural colors of the wood. 

I also had to find an alternative for that awful, old laminate counter top.  I couldn't pull it out due to the fact it would rip the top half of the cases out, so I opted to simply enclose them.  I went with a birch plywood to cut the cost down.  When going with plywood, I knew I would have to come up with a solution to hide the edge of plywood.  So, I went to my go to...... metal strips.  This time I chose an L-shaped piece to give a more finished look.

After all the switching out and replacing, I called in help from my dear friend to help with the styling.  After an afternoon trip to Birmingham, we tackled the project.  I added books from the thrift store at $0.75 a piece and simply sprayed them with white paint.  With all the shelving and different objects, I had to create unity.  And, painting books was the easiest way.

A final pic with new doors and hardware to follow.  Please stay tuned for many more updates and the final product.  Also, more to come on a bathroom renovation!!!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Furniture Recovery

Hello ladies.... Long time no post, I know.  Life has been busy as I am sure you all can understand and relate.  With that being said, I wanted to share with you my husband & I have recently purchased a house which means a lot of redo-ing and renovating in the Branch household.  Boy, living with tools can really test your patience, however I have to keep my eye on the prize - THE END!  We are currently tackling the Master Bath & Bedroom, and then moving onto the kitchen.  It needs a lot of work.  More pictures later of those rooms & the improvements.  In the meantime, I have been digging in my storage unit pulling out pieces of furniture I have bought of the years.   I wanted to share with you some of my furniture "redo-ing."

I found these first 2 chairs for $30.00 a piece at a local thrift store in my hometown Enterprise, AL.  The fabric came from a great inexpensive fabric store in Tuscaloosa, AL - $2, $4, $6, $8 fabrics.  Yes, all fabrics are 2 dollars, 4 dollars, 6 dollars, or 8 dollars!!!  I also found this great recovering business in Tuscaloosa who recovered them for a wonderful price of $175.00 a piece.  Not bad right?  And, they pick up and deliver, such a perk! 

Next is this settee....  I found this gem 3 years ago outside of Mobile, AL at a little shop on the side of the road.  It has hurt my eyes the past couple of years but wanted to have a permanent home for it before it got a makeover.  I purchased the settee for $100. 00 and chose a fabric from $2, $4, $6, $8 fabrics.  I believe this one was $4.00 a yard.  It was a remnant piece. 
The $4.00 fabric


And, lastly these headboards...  I found these sitting in my father-in-laws attic and saw good bones so decided to bring them down for a face lift.  I chose a navy vinyl (it looks like leather) as that was the look I was going for but didn't want to spend the $ for real leather.  Again, the fabric was purchased from $2, $4, $6, $8 fabrics in Tuscaloosa, AL.  

Please excuse the background mess in these pictures as nothing is in its home.  More pictures and posts to come on the final product and renovations!!!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Green Thumb Envy

Maybe it's the warm weather or seeing all the luscious gardens on pinterest.  But I definitely am getting the green thumb itch, just a little.  I would love to know how to garden and how to keep it up.  I cannot bear the weather in the dead of the summer, but right now it is so nice out!  I am wishing I knew how to "tend" to my yard a little better.  In the meantime it's nice to see great inspiration to get me going....

1. Traditional Home, 2. Elle Decor, 3-7. Traditional Home

Friday, April 5, 2013

1st Birthday Party

Today I am sharing the recent party I threw for my son's first birthday party.  Let me start by saying it is no where near the quality of all these detailed parties I have seen floating all over pinterest and the blogs.  Props to everyone who has thrown one of those hat is off to you!  

I'm starting off by showing you the inspiration I gathered from pinterest (of course, well else?).  I started out thinking it was going to be giraffe themed but then saw this invitation from paperless post here and just had to go in this direction!  So hence, the party hat/ face theme evolved.  The colors were just blues and greens.  I created and made the invitations, party hats, and banner myself.  Of course they are available to purchase, my new website is in the works, but you can email me at for pricing and designs.  You can go to my pinterest board here of all the party ideas I pinned pin-worthy for our event.  

The invitation
The food table

Everything from the party went swell except for the birthday cake time!  He did not want to quit playing to sit in highchair and did not know what to think of that cake! 

 So we screamed and didn't touch the smash cake!  OH Well....maybe next year!
Sweet girls trying to help- "claude it's ok, look at your cake!"

I literally Laugh Out Loud, everytime I see this picture!  They had the best time playing dress up and worn them throughout the party, playing, eating, etc.  These three in general are a mess and I just adore them!  

I have to share the details about these tables and chairs.  I found these chairs at Tuesday morning for $3.99 a piece!  The chairs are plastic and stack on top of each other.  And the tables are actually parsons coffee tables from Dollar General for only $25.00. The legs just screw off and you can store it so easily.  I think I am going to purchase one more just to have for future parties and paint them all white.  I bought some pink chairs too to add color mix.  My friend borrowed them for her easter egg hunt party.  These are going to be one of the best investments, I can see myself using these so much!

I know you have seen this idea all over pinterest here too!  I had to copy this idea, too cute!  Sorry for the poor image quality here.

Here we go again...mad.  Did not want to slow down for a picture and to wear that darn hat again!  Tissue garland was purchased through etsy and is available here.  You can customize your color selection and it was pretty fast!  I have it hanging in his playroom right now.

Had to include this...just because it was my favorite picture of the day!  :)

Happy FRIDAY and happy weekend!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Sarah's Calligraphy

Today I am proud to share some my little sister's calligraphy work.  My sister, Sarah Tate, has recently ventured into the field of calligraphy design to raise money for the mission trips she plans to attend over the summer.  Sarah is officially for hire for any calligraphy or font design work you desire.  She has more designs she is currently working on adding to her etsy site, but I couldn't wait and had to jump the gun and brag on her (sorry Sarah)!  Sarah is currently working on some new fonts for my invitation line (coming soon)!  In the mean time check out her etsy site here or like her on facebook and please share with anyone you think is interested!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Girls Star Allison Williams

I was so excited to see HBO Girls Star, Allison Williams gracing the cover of my T&C when it arrived in the mail!  I LOVE this show.  Let me start by saying it is not for everyone....but if you like Sex and the City minus the glam add more racy then you will enjoy this show!  Here are some more pictures from Allison's spread.

The main cast of the four girls.  They each bring a different dynamic role to the plot.  And I loved Sex and the City, but I love that this is sooo different from that show.  These girls are in their 20's vs. the 30/40's.  They live in Brooklyn, they are somewhat struggling to make ends meet.  In other words they are not rocking Christian Louboutins, Manolos, and the most current high end designer fashions.  They are more real and more relatable to the average girl!

 A typical scene from the show...

Oh yeah and you might recognize her dad, Brian Williams from NBC Nightly News.  What a talented, successful family!