Sunday, April 20, 2014

What a difference a day makes.

Happy Easter all.  Hope you had a great day.  It was beautiful here!  Latest?  I know, I know, I promised pictures.  Tomorrow.

This past week, I quit my new job (I feel good about it, no worries mates), I began painting the card/table and chairs in the den.  I found fabulous fabric for those chairs!!  LOVE IT.  I painted my office desk.  Tomorrow.  Pictures.  Promise.  I made all new dinners!  Interesting!  Things feel good if not a bit creaky.  I am really missing my sister and my mom.  Just like crazy.  I am sad, but I'm not overun....don't know how to explain it really, I just miss them.  I don't cry or anything, but my life is soooo different without them.  Easter sucked for me.  Today was great - beautiful outside, we got a lot done, yadda, yadda, yadda, but it just wasn't Easter.  Next year, I will plan on having it here.  Perhaps I will try my hand at lamb!  Anyhoo, tomorrow begins a new week and the time has come for renewal.  I need to figure out how my life is panning out without my two best girls.  I'm lonely.  It will come.  Just going to take time.  Their's are HUGE shoes to fill.  Let's take stock every single day.  Even when your day sucks, remember all that is good. 

Okay, off the soapbox!  Off to bed now.  Tomorrow.  Pictures.  Promise.  Barbie's Dream House. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Been a long time since I rocked and rolled......

Yes, I love musical references, even Led Zeppelin.  So, I am FINALLY back in my house!!!!!  14 months to the day later, after 9 moves, losing my mom and, worst of all, my darling Jeanie.  I am heartbroken.  But, in the Babster's fashion, I go on.  Life is still good.  It always is.  My sister left behind a legacy of courage, grace and determination like no one I have ever known.  She wants us all to be happy, remember her with laughter and live our lives. 

My real desire was to post pictures in this post, but things are still a bit of a mess here.  The house was looking amazing and minimalist (the way I like it) and then.....the first of our two PODS came home.  Oy.  I had no idea how much shit we had, how much shit we took from my mother's house, and how much more I collected while living at my mom's.  So more purging.  But we are really getting there.  I need to pull my good camera out and start shooting.  I promise next time I am back it will be with pictures!  It is really beautiful and is truly my dreamhouse.  I just love it.  It is heaven.  Kids are settling back into routines and we are getting used to being home and feeling "permanent" again.  Living like gypsies does something to you....trust me.  It fucks you up.  You don't even realize how much until you come home again.  Anyhoo, we are in a good place housewise.  Larry is ridiculously busy at work.  I wish I could change that for him.  I also wish he was home more.  We hardly see him and I miss him a lot.  Kids do too. 

As for the House of Babs, painting furniture for sale is on hold.  I have a lot to paint for my own house!  We got my mothers trestle table and windsor chairs which are amazingly well made, but they are blond oak.  Ew.  So I have begun painting them black.  Finally found black chalk paint!  Old Town Paints True Black.  I painted my mom's small china cabinet in Old White.  Looks awesome.  I have a wood card table with an inlaid checkerboard and four chairs to paint for the family room and then there is still my bedroom furniture....  I did paint one nightstand, but I'm not sure I'm in love with it yet.  We'll live with it for a while and that's not a problem because I have lots of other painting to do.  Plus, I got a part time job!  I am training to be the assistant to an interior designer!  So there is lots happening.  I am going to try and get back here a lot more often.  It's been too long and I need to get back into my old habits and keep up the creativity.  Be well. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

HOB Update!

Things are progressing quickly at the HOB.  Wood floors are all in.  Walls are sheetrocked, spackled AND primed.  Trim is all done and absolutely gorgy!!!  Bathrooms are tiled!  This week is the pressure test for the gas line - then we will have heat!  Sanding and staining of floors begins Wednesday.  End of next week kitchen and garage doors!  It's very, very exciting.

 Fireplace!
 Master bath tile!
 Window trim!
 Dining room raised panels!


Sunday, April 28, 2013

China cabinet for the REAL House of Babs!

We lost all our dining room furniture in Sandy.  DRAG!  But there is always a bright side.  I knew exactly what I wanted for a new china cabinet.  But new was $1,800.00 and was too big.  So the hunt began.  I found this cabinet for $250.  I love it!  The new DR will be painted gray with white trim.  It will have very dark wood floors and furniture in black and white.  This will all tie in with the black and white kitchen.

I painted the cabinet with Annie Sloane Chalk Paint in Old White.  (This is where you hear the record scratching sound and every man reading this clutches his chest and has a heart attack that I would paint dark wood white.....but wait.....let's get real.  In my wildest dreams does any man other than my awesome Larry read this???  Ha ha ha.)

Moving on.  I had to do a base coat of Zinnser shellac-based primer because Mahogany bleeds and bleeds and bleeds right through paint.  When I was finished, I sprayed the handles with rubbed bronze spray paint and then I had the perfect sized, beautiful cabinet of my dreams.  Me likey!!

I know.  It was beautiful already, but I'm a modern gal and old Mahogany just doesn't fly with me.  Way too old fashioned. 

Way more my style.  Isn't is pretty????  So in love.


Little Blue Table

My friend Louise sent me a pic of a Ballard's writing desk in this awesome royal blue.  I had to paint something just like it.  I had a small side/end table that was perfect for this color.  It's Annie Sloan's Napoleonic Blue, but in honor of my muse Louise, I'm calling it Louasis Blue.  Louise's backyard is termed, "Louasis".  Don't you just love that?







Malynda's "Green with Envy" side tables and lamps

My very first custom job!  Malynda is such a dynamic gal and was awesome to work for.  She has no fear and made this job sooooo fun!  I painted her end tables in a mix of Antibes Green with a couple of teaspoons of Graphite and Napoleonic Blue.  Then I added gold leaf wax to the details and poly'd the whole thing.  The lamps came out amazing too!  I tried gold spray paint, but it was just.....yuck.  So I grabbed the leaf wax and went to town.  They are so beautiful.  She bought her tables on Ebay.  The lamps were her mothers.  Now?  They have a totally new personality and a new exciting life in Malynda's beach house!!  The fabric shown is Malynda's upholstered headboard.  It is fabulous in Pucci!

Before:
 One done, one to go!
 Damn.  I wish I took a before photo of this lamp.

 Ready to shine in Malynda's beach house. 



Saturday, April 20, 2013

Hello Florence!

ASCP Florence is a color that just wasn't in my vernacular.  I know of many talented ladies who say that everything they paint in Florence flies right out the door.  Once I opened the can.....I knew why.  It is really beautiful!  Here is an antique Pembroke table that I painted in Florence.  I waxed it with clear and Bab's dark wax (clear wax with a teeny bit of dark wax in it).  I love it!!!



This is a color I will be using a lot more.  What a surprise!