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Business in the front party in the back

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…That is what Max thinks when he looks at this beautiful French chair.  You will see why when I get to the reveal.

I have had this chair for almost a year now.  It has been moved in and out of the garage getting worked on a little at a time.  Although I love French chairs, some pieces just take a little longer for me to figure out exactly what I want/need to do with them. Patience is key.

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Other than having old torn fabric, rough cane backing, and the little gap by the leg, she was in good condition. Basically, she had good bones and was in need of a makeover.
I stripped off all of the fabric, and painted her in an antique white the first week I brought her home.  Then back to the garage she went.. for months.  You will be happy to know that  I pulled her back out a few weeks ago, and FINISHED giving her the makeover she deserved.
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She gave me fits the whole time.   I picked several different fabrics and trim.  I liked everything that I picked, but something wasn’t working once I paired them with the chair.  After deciding against my first picks I went back to Hobby Lobby.
I’m not sure what it was about this chair, but it took me forever to get it right.  I picked FOUR different trims which I was certain would look great with the fabric.  Just like the fabric I wasn’t satisfied with any of them. One was too thin, one was slightly too dark, one was too white, and I didn’t calculate correctly on the one trim that would have been perfect. (I was in such a hurry that I forgot to add the length of the back).
I then went to Joann’s and was determined to find the perfect trim for this beauty.  You see, I was moving into my bigger booth the next day, and needed to take her with me.  Lucky for me, they had the exact color and thickness that I was hoping for.  I made sure to buy extra just in case I measured incorrectly. 

Lesson learned; slow down – measure twice – shop once!
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When It came to the paint that was a whole other story.  Like I said earlier, I painted her in a beautiful antique white with no distressing.  Well, when I brought her out of the garage for a third time I realized plain white was not her color.  I decided to distress her, and put a dark wax for the topcoat.  While I was roughing the white up I found a delightful bluish-green color hiding under that awful yellow paint.  Hallelujah!!  This is exactly what she needed a little distressing, and a touch of color.

Okay! Enough of what didn’t work, and more about the finished product.

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These cute medallion pins on the side added a nice finishing touch to the extra cushy seat.

I am in awe over this back!  This is one of my favorite fabrics.
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Can you see the bluish-green in the distressing?

My go-to for upholstering is tan or white fabrics.  In spite of that, I had a different vision for this chair.  Why not add a fun detail on the back?  I had a little left over fabric from the custom French chair I did for a friend, and decided to try it out.

I am smitten with this fabric; the colors, the pattern, all of it!

Business in the front party in the back.
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This beauty has already received a lot of love!
Talk about an ego boost; seeing this made my week!!

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Wouldn’t she look fabulous in a nursery?
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Lovely Rubbish

 

 

Renter’s Block

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I used to love writing on my blog, and would stay up till twelve or one in the morning just to finish a post.  However, I haven’t been this way lately.  I have been putting my blog on the back burner for the past few months.  It seems that I have lost my spark for writing.

I have spent some time the past few weeks thinking about my business, and what I would like to change and/or add.  There are several things I think I could do better, but the one thing I have been lacking is passion for is my blog.  Most of my post are before and after’s which I still love writing about; however, you as a reader may get sick of them. I definitely want you, my readers to keep coming back week after week.  This is why I have decided to start a segment that I will write about once a week or every other week.  (Still working on the details)  A little something for you to look forward to besides before and after’s.

I have been wanting to start a segment for a while now just wasn’t sure what type of segment I wanted that to be.  After my show a few months ago I was trying to get our house back in order, and started thinking of ways I could make our rent house feel more like a home.  I spend 95% of my time on my business, and 5% on our house.

I always read post about home owners remodeling, and quite frankly I’m jealous.  I’m jealous because they can change paint color without permission, or rip out the carpet to lay down beautiful hard wood floors.  I call this renter’s block.  I have a looooooong list of things I would change, add, or completely rip out of our current house.  Although our current house is in a great area, and probably isn’t as bad as I make it seem I still want to personalize, and update it.  I don’t think I will be completely satisfied until we own our very own home. However, buying a house is not on our immediate to-do list.

For now I will focus on the things I can change such as rugs, curtains, home décor, and possible paint color depending on if our landlord allows it.

I hope you enjoy my new segment, and I always welcome feed back.

 

Thank you,

Lovely Rubbish

 

CYBER MONDAY!!!!

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Hey Readers!

It is CYBER MONDAY and I have some exciting products/deals to share with you!!

Are you looking for the perfect gift for the holidays? I can help you out!!! Rodan + Fields is a MUST HAVE on any bathroom counter. Rodan + Fields has been featured on the Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Doctor’s TV show. All our products have a full – 60 Day Money Back Guarantee. I can help you say goodbye to those fine lines, wrinkles, redness, rosacea, scars, stretch marks, and much more!! Comment for STRESS FREE SHOPPING, 10%-30% off, and more information about the products or business.
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Here is another great Christmas gift ideas, or maybe simply a gift for yourself!!!! Did you know???? – Consultants get their products at an incredible wholesale discount! YOU can get your products to at our WHOLESALE DISCOUNT just for PERSONAL USE!!!
This is our $395 Personal Results business kit – it comes with over $500 worth of products! You get 2 full regimens – REDEFINE (that’s the anti-aging regimen) and another of your choice (reverse pictured), Micro-Dermabrasion Paste (aka: face crack), Eye Cloths, and Vitamin D supplements. We have other kits that you can choose from that come with even more products at a 50% discount, too!

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We have Stocking stuffer’s any man or woman would love to have; plus many other fantastic products.

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  • Become a PC (Preferred Customer) before December 31st, 2015, and get 30% off of any one product or tool!!
  • Get 30% off of any one product with purchase of gift set. (Pictures of the gift sets will be posted tomorrow)
  • Join my Awesome RandF team before December 31st, 2015, and receive a free soft lip gift set, or $30 toward the $395, $695, or $995 kit.

 

You can visit my website here to view our products, and read more about the business.
Comment before ordering so I can help you save as much as possible. 🙂

Thank you,

Jonna Cook
Rodan+Fields Consultant & Lovely Rubbish Business Owner!

 

Skin Care – Feed back

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I have been debating for a little while now if I should talk about Rodan + Fields on my blog or not.  When I first started my blog my sole purpose was to get Lovely Rubbish into the blog world, and communicate with fellow bloggers.  Over the past year a lot has changed in my life.  I still love antiques, painting, and having my booth, but my mom has been in and out of the hospital a lot lately.  As much as I love what I do I can’t take several days off to take her to Houston as frequently as she needs to be there.

Rewind several months back..

My best friend Brittanie had been telling my about these amazing products she started using called Rodan + Fields.  Her skin was looking better than ever, and she stopped wearing base as often.  A few months after using the products she decided to join Rodan + Fields as a consultant, and has had a lot of success.

She then asked me to join her, and her business partner in this work from home business.  I have always wanted a work from home, make my own schedule type of business, but frankly there are too many scammers out there.  However, Brittanie is a very smart, business minded woman, and I knew she did her home work before joining Rodan + Fields.

After talking with her several times about it, and doing my own home work I got on the phone with her and her business partner Stacy.  You could hear the passion that Stacy had for this amazing business in her voice.  I loved it.  After hearing how much this business has changed Stacy, and her family’s life I was more than ready to take a chance, and join these two amazing woman in business.

Which brings me to my post today..

I Joined Rodan + Fields in July, and have been wanting to share all about it with my readers.  But.. My blog was created for furniture, painting, antiques, etc..  What would my readers think?  Would they delete the emails as soon as they see “Lovely Rubbish has posted a new blog post”? Or would this be a nice change?  I am not straying from what I love, and what I originally wanted my blog to be, but simply adding to it.  I will have more posts about Lovely Rubbish than Rodan + Fields, but I would love to share both journey’s with you through my blog.

I would love Feed back and suggestions! 🙂

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I have a few blog series that I am working on also!  So excited.

Fundraiser For A Very Special Woman

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My mom is the most beautiful, sweet, kind, loving person I have ever met. She has always been my biggest fan, my best friend, mother, therapist, shoulder to cry on, & hero all in one. Basically, she means the world to me!!

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When my mom was twenty-two she found out that she had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  This meant her having to go through chemotherapy and radiation therapy in order to beat the cancer. Being the fighter that she is she kicked cancer’s butt!!  Her Dr. told us that in ten to fifteen years she would start seeing the side effects from the radiation.  The main side effects are Heart and/or lung problems, tooth decay, cell damage around the site, and the possibility that her cancer could come back.  We had a few cancer scares over the past ten to twenty years, but we always received good news in the end.

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Things were going pretty well until May of 2014.  She started having really bad pains in her chest, and they continued to get worse.  She went to the ER one night because the pain was so bad.  We then found out that they would have to do an open heart surgery with a double bypass.  Our world was turned upside down!  After spending a few weeks in the hospital they released her.  She was sore at first, but was starting to feel better again.  A few months later she started having the same pains as before. Mom made another trip to the ER, and was then diagnosed with Heart Angina.  They put two stents in, and she spent a few more nights in the hospital.  She started feeling better for a month or so, and then the pains came back for the third time.

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Over the past year she has been in and out of the hospital with the same chest pains, and the Drs. have been sending her home with a different type of medicine, or putting another stent in. She now has SEVEN stents!! This gets very frustrating!  I didn’t understand why they were putting in so many stents, but she would only feel good for two to three weeks.  This past month her heart Dr. diagnosed her with Conjunctive Heart Failure, and told her that the stents are acting as bandages which is why she feels great for the first two to three weeks after the stent(s) are put in, and then she is back to hurting.  He also told her that she needs to get to Houston ASAP to see a doctor there about getting a Heart Transplant.  Deep down we knew this day was going to come.  However, you can never prepare yourself for news like this!
I know my mom will beat every obstacle that is thrown her way.  She is so strong, and will continue to fight. 🙂

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Craig Morgan’s song “Tough” fits my mom perfectly.

“We sat there five years ago
The doctors let us know
The test showed
She’d have to fight to live, I broke down and cried
She held me and said it’s gonna be alright
She wore that wig to church
Pink ribbon pinned there on her shirt
No room for fear, full of faith
Hands held high singing Amazing Grace
Never once complained, refusing to give up
And I thought I was tough”

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We will be having a bake sale and sonic night October 10th in Brady, TX.
I will also be selling t-shirts online at Crowdrise.
T-shirt color’s are jade green and charcoal gray.
The t-shirts will be twenty dollars each.
We have sizes adult small to 3XL.
Youth sizes XS to Large.

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If you click here you can donate the amount of your t-shirt total then leave a comment with your name, t-shirt color and size, how many you want, and address.  If you would like your address to be private you can email me at mhtfundraiser@gmail.com.

Every little bit will help tremendously!

Thank you ahead of time for taking the time to read a little of my mom’s story, and for all of the support.

-Jonna

Round Table

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I have been eye-balling this round table at Vintage Etc. Antiques for a while now.  It just so happened that the vendor that was selling this table was moving out, and wanted to take as little as possible with him so I was able to get it at a GREAT price!!

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IMG_4386*I apologize for my terrible before pictures; I have been slacking in this department lately.

I wasn’t very fond of the blondish-yellow wood, but I absolutely loved the shape!
IMG_4413I sanded my little heart out, and the hard work paid off.  I am happy to report that there was beautiful wood underneath the blondish-yellow top coat.

Sanding around the spindles was a pain in the rear, but it was definitely worth it!!

It took me a little while to figure out exactly how I should beautify this lovely piece.  After asking Max a million questions, and having a debate with myself I finally decided to paint only the spindles, and glaze the tops.
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Once the paint dried I rubbed the glaze over the spindles as well.
IMG_3728Adding the glaze gave this piece a complete polished look.

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Isn’t she ravishing?

I won’t be disappointed if this piece doesn’t sell. Shh!

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Linked up at Classy Clutters Creative Collection Link Party

Rustic Desk Photo Shoot

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I had a blast working on this desk, and getting to try a new style of painting.  When Ashley sent me the picture that she loved I honestly wasn’t sure if I could recreate that style.  However, I told her I wasn’t sure how it would turn out but I would love to give it a try.  She sent me a back up picture just in case it didn’t work out. I am so glad she trusted me enough to let me experiment on her desk.  I can’t wait for my next rustic painting project!!

IMG_3694This will not be a very wordy post, but it will be filled with picture’s of this stunning desk!

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IMG_3696You can see the before pictures on my post Rustic Multi-Colored Desk.

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IMG_3706I love the natural patterns the wood grain gives this amazing piece.

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I love these keyholes!

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I hope you have enjoyed reading about this beauty as much as I’ve enjoyed refinishing it, and writing about it.

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I have linked up at The Curator’s Collection|Broken Made Beautiful Furniture Party, and Found & Foraged Linky Party

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Rustic Multi-Colored Desk!

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Ashley, one of my friends here in Lubbock is a teacher, and asked me to refinish a desk that was given to her.  The desk was a little funky, but is very sturdy, and in great shape!!  Ashley wanted the desk to be professional, but fun at the same time.  She sent me a few pictures of what she liked/loved, but gave me free reign to do what I thought would look best.  I love having free reign to work on a custom piece.  It definitely makes the process a lot less stressful, and more fun for me of course!

Like I was saying earlier the desk was a little crazy!!
AshleysdeskbeforeShe wanted it multi-colored rustic similar to the picture below.
IMG_4328In order achieve the look she wanted I had to strip the whole desk.  Since there was only ONE layer of paint I thought I would be able to sand the desk, and start painting right away.  Wrong!  Sanding barely took any paint off.  I then resorted to my handy paint stripper. Thinking “this always works” I applied the paint stripper, waited a few hours, and attempted to scrap it off.  Wrong again!!  The paint stripper took off more then the sanding did, but still barely made a dent.  I started getting a little frustrated not being able to figure out how to take the paint off of her desk.  As I was applying another coat of paint stripper I rubbed the paint brush on an area that already had paint stripper.  To my surprise some of the paint came off with every brush stroke that I made where the paint was wet.  Hmm.  Is water what I need to get this stubborn paint off?  Yes!  I ended up using water, and a soft bristle scrub brush.  Worked like a charm!!
IMG_4330So I didn’t get all of the paint off, but luckily for this type of painting it wasn’t necessary.

I now have a beautiful wooden desk; The wood grain on this beauty is unbelievable!!
IMG_3714I really like the way the stubborn pieces of blue paint show through on the top.  This adds a little color to the top without taking away from that beautiful wood grain!!

Picking out the paint was really exciting!  I got to pick out several different colors instead of one or two.  I used twelve different colors on this beautiful desk, sounds crazy right?
IMG_4334The desk did not come with knobs and the previous holes had been semi-filled in.  Time to go shopping!!
IMG_3707At first I pictured beautiful, glass knobs. Max suggested bronze knobs since I was using a dark stain.  When I got to Lowes, these were the first knobs I saw.  They were the perfect size, shape, and a beautiful bronze!

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Here she is – professional and fun!

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I have so many picture’s of this beautiful desk that I want to share, but the post would be way too long.  Be looking for a photo shoot with this rustic beauty, and a tutorial on my rustic painting process!!

 

 

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Flip Top Vanity; Layers & Layers

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  I went to Brady a few weeks ago to visit family, and pick up some goodies.  My mom and grandma found this beautiful vanity at a garage sale in Brady.  I absolutely LOVE the shape of the legs, and the flip top mirror.IMG_4016 image(22)I started working on the vanity the day after I got it home.  I just couldn’t wait any longer, I had to know what was hiding underneath all of the layers of paint.  I started sanding, and came across layers, and layers of paint… and more paint.  Twenty minutes later a little wood Finally broke through. Woohoo!

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DSCF7117Instead of spending countless hours sanding I decided to use paint stripper.  After applying four coats of paint stripper, scrapping and sanding in between each coat, and one final round of sanding.. Viola, a beautiful wood top!!
image(22) copyimage(22) copy 3The wood underneath all of that paint is astonishing!!  I am so glad I took the time to strip, and sand the top.

I thought about stripping the base, but I really like the way the layers of chippy paint textured the vanity.
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My vision for this beauty was dark stained wood on top with an antique white base.

However, the antique white was a little too white with how dark I made the top.  I mixed the stain I used for the top of the vanity with VM&D’s wax to slightly darken the base.
DSCF7139I let it sit for twenty-four hours then gradually rubbed it off in a circular motion.  It ended up giving it the perfect amount of color without taking away from the antique white I wanted.
DSCF7154All I had to do know was apply my top coat, and have a photo shoot. My favorite part!!

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image(4)editI paired it with this super cute wooden fold up chair; a match made in heaven!

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Sneak Peak: My latest custom piece;  I can’t wait to share it with you!!
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Wood Grain & Hucklebuck’s!

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I have some exciting news!!  Kristi from Hucklebuck’s and I partnered up, and now have a booth at ‘As Time Goes By’ in Lubbock, TX!   ‘As Time Goes By‘ is a cute little antique shop on 34th street.  Our style’s are very similar, and I love the way our booth is turning out.  I will post picture’s after this weekend.  I am so excited to have partnered up with Kristi!!
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Tonight I have two side tables to share with you.  My parents got both of these side tables for me from garage sales around Brady.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, but I loved the shape of them both.
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I started sanding to see what the wood that was hiding under the hideous veneer looked like.
DSCF6933Hallelujah, gorgeous wood grain!
DSCF7044  I left some of the light yellow that was hiding under the ugly yellow veneer.  I feel like it highlights the wood grain.  Lovely!

I wasn’t too sure what color would go best with the top.  After testing out a few light colors I decided to go with a black chalk paint from Vintage Market & Design. Kristi is a retailer, and I love working with this paint.  Side not: I have always made my own chalk paint.  Although they worked, I always found chunks of plaster of Paris in the paint.  This never really bothered me at the time since you can sand it down, and they are gone.  After working with VM&D’s chalk paint.. I don’t want to go back to making my own!!

Sorry, I got a little side tracked.  Back to the lovely black side table.  The black paired so well with the light wood top.  It’s a match made in heaven!
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The flash below was given to me by my Nanny and Pops for my birthday along with some really awesome old camera’s, a projector, and a tripod.
DSCF7046DSCF7047  …this vintage tripod.  I am smitten over this beauty!
DSCF7049DSCF7052I absolutely admire the feet on this gorgeous tripod.
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Now to the cabin style side table!

Unfortunately, I did not get a before picture, but I will try to describe it the best I can for you.  It was dark brown, scratched up, and the wood grain on top was hidden. What? How can someone cover up beautiful wood grain?
We started calling it the cabin side table because the metal screen on the back feels like it should belong in a warm, cozy, cabin.  Max and I had actually talked about painting it a light forest green to continue with the cabin feel. However, I had just partnered up with Kristi, and really wanted to try out VM&D’s chalk paint so I went with robins egg instead.

DSCF7060She is a little more girlie than what was intended, but I love it!

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Both of these beauties are for sale at As Time Goes By. 🙂

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*I am not sponsored by VM&D, and all opinions in this post are mine.