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Friday, November 5, 2010

A Goodwill Makeover, A Hobby Lobby Find and a Basement Update

Yesterday, I went to Hobby Lobby in search of some cool plug and switch plates for the new craft room, aka studio. Studio sounds much cooler and sophisticated doesn't it? Okay, now that we've got that all straightened out, we'll just refer to it as the studio! Anyway, I found what I was looking for - plus something else tres chic - which I will show you a little further into this post. Well, it just so happens that there is a Goodwill across the street and me, being the thrifty soul that I am, decided to pop in to see what they have.

This is what I found. They look like candle holders right? Yes, they are, but I discovered something else that they can do as well and for this reason alone, I bought them. I brought them home and gave the raffia/wicker base a nice coat of gray paint...
and placed them on the table

here they are again...you can see the gray a little better
here's the fun part ~ the other thing these sweet little candle holders can do...

they can become cloches!!

If I decide to change up the decor {which I do quite often} I can remove the candles, take out the glass and invert them.
Instant cloche - how cool is that? Gotta love the Goodwill store!

and the other happy find from Hob Lob...a train station clock from Paddington Station. Well, not actually from Paddington Station but a very nice replica. I've been really hoping to find a nice one of these for quite some time now so when I happened upon it yesterday, I was very excited. Plus, it was 50% off - woohoo!

Here it is hanging proudly in the entry foyer.
{Please excuse the not so lovely oak cabinets in the background - haha -I'm still working on hubby to let me paint them}
Okay, now for a studio update: We are running right on schedule so far. The room is going to be divided into two parts. One side is going to be for me and the other side is for my husband. It will be his home gym. Because of this I had to choose a color for me and he had to choose a color for himself. He is a saint - he knew I had my heart set on gray and said he was willing to go with a color that would coordinate with whatever I chose. I chose Light French Gray by Behr and he went with Blue Heather by Benjamin Moore. They look amazingly fabulous together. Meant to be. A match made in heaven. Who knew that two colors from two separate brands and stores would go so well. So, we painted all day Tuesday and on Wednesday...
we gathered our little helpers

more helpers

... and laid the floor. We used this awesome new product from Allure flooring. It is resilient plank flooring.

It looks like wood, installs like wood, only, it's completely waterproof and perfect for a basement. No subfloor required. Greatest thing since sliced bread!

Here's the hubs putting it in.

Father-in-law helping too. As you can see by this shot, they were just about done.
The room is almost complete now. We have ordered all of the baseboard trim, we're just waiting for it to arrive. Even though it's not completely done, I couldn't resist placing my sewing desk in there just to see what it would look like. Here's a peek...

I'm really loving it so far and will keep you posted as we continue the journey! Thanks for reading along as we complete this special, long awaited project.
Have a great weekend!
xo and God Bless,


cindy @ cottage instincts said...

Ooo I need a trip to Goodwill. Haven't been in awhile. Great finds! Love the coffee beans...we did that for my daughter's wedding last year.

And we are hoping to put that flooring in through out our downstairs this winter. CAN'T WAIT! Yours looks terrific in your craft area. :)

bj said...

I love Goodwill so much, I want to marry it.!! Half my house is furnished in Goodwill.:))
Love the candle holders.
Hope you enjoy your new flooring.

Blondie's Journal said...

Your candle holders are just darling...I love that you painted the wicker, it looks so much better. And you will have fun using them as cloches, too! Great buy!

Your studio/gym is going to be fabulous! I so wish we had the room for a craft room or such for myself. I do everything at the dining room table!! Love the paint colors!

Happy Weekend!


Amy Kinser said...

Love what you did with the paint. So versatile and pretty....

Polly said...

oh my goodness Kathleen! I just paid $28 for a new cloche on Thursday! I am so jealous of your candleholder/cloche finds at Goodwill! FABULOUS FINDS!!!

Can't wait to see your craft room! It is looking good thus far!!

Have a great weekend!


Jo said...

Love your Goodwill finds ~ I can never find anything fun at ours. The paint makes a big difference.


Brenda Kula said...

Oh, I love it too! We put in laminate flooring. Didn't know at the time there was something completely waterproof. Guess that will be next!

Just Simply Live said...

good finds!

Linda said...

The candlholders are wonderful...such a great design! I love the clock, too and can't wait to see your studio!

Kelly said...

I found your blog through Brenda's....I adore all the shades of white in your home! Very stylish and cute.