Fixing a Pinterest Furniture Fail

Just doing a little scraping on a rainy day.

Just doing a little paint scraping on a rainy day.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and watch other people work *wink* Today on the blog, we are chatting about a recent side table purchase that I made and how it was a total Pinterest fail.

The paint just peels right off!

The paint just peels right off!

Now, I knew when I got it that it wasn’t the best paint job–BUT I had no idea at the time how terrible it really was. I had plans for repainting it down the road, but not in a couple of weeks after bringing it home! I cannot complain too much because I only gave $20 for it…but still…the fact remains that just because a DIY project is popular on Pinterest doesn’t mean that everyone should jump on the bandwagon.

Just because Johnny or Jane believes that he or she has created a product worthy to sell to the public, AND just because he or she can purchase “paint” at the local grocery store doesn’t mean he or she should.

Also, please do not slather craft paint on a piece of furniture. Could you use craft paint for an elementary poster about the Presidents of the United States–absolutely…Grandmother’s antique hutch–absolutely not. For that matter, don’t attempt to paint that antique hutch without really thinking about it and researching the best way to redo it because some items should be left just the way they are–so, drop the craft paint, y’all! Drop it! And back away slowly *wink*

It only took me about 30 minutes to remove all the paint from the top of the little table. Probably less. I made, edited, and uploaded a video during that time *wink*

It only took me about 30 minutes to remove all the paint from the top of the little table. Probably less. I made, edited, and uploaded a video during that time *wink*

Check out the video that I made about my “Pinterest Fail” purchase *smile*

I kept the trusty Dyson close by in order to help contain the mess.

I kept the trusty Dyson close by in order to help contain the mess.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about poor paint jobs and a Pinterest fail. Hopefully, I will be able to get the paint off the belt without too much trouble! Currently, I am working on getting the paint off the legs–good news is it is coming off very easily!

I am not sure what color I am going to paint the cute, little table once I get all the cheap blue junk off of it. What color suggestions do y’all have? Just let me know in the comment section + stay tuned to see its transformation!

An Emotional Transformation Tuesday + Learning to Take Selfies

Taking selfies is not as easy as Kim Kardashian makes it look. The struggle for me is real.

Taking selfies is not as easy as Kim Kardashian makes it look. The struggle for me is real.

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and chat about everything from easy DIY projects to handmade goodness. I like to keep it random around here because sometimes I misplace my to-do lists, reading glasses, and blog calendar…and my phone….

Today on the blog, we are going to take a look at my transformation since Summer 2013 + my struggle with taking selfies. This is not an easy thing for me to share with y’all because it was a very unhealthy and unhappy time of my life. Looking back over the photos from that period reminds me that my Celiac diagnosis was a blessing in disguise and that God had plans for me and my struggles.

This is not easy for me to show y'all...my blood sugars were all over the place, my stomach hurt all the time, my skin was flushed all the time, and no matter how much I tried to be healthy...my health kept declining...

This is very difficult for me to show y’all…my blood sugars were all over the place, my stomach hurt all the time, my skin was flushed all the time, and no matter how much I tried to be healthy…my health kept declining…

It was the summer of 2013, and I was trying my best to eat healthy and exercise. I was frustrated and felt doomed because the harder I tried to eat my whole grains and salads, the worse I felt. My doctors were not listening to me, and I felt trapped….

I hid most of my symptoms and complaints...I joked about my (unexplainable) weight gain and round face...but inside, I was unhappy and depressed about my not only my health, but also my body.

I hid most of my symptoms and complaints…I joked about my (unexplainable) weight gain and round face…but inside, I was unhappy and depressed about not only my health, but also my body.

I admit that I have had my ups and downs with my weight–who hasn’t! Elementary school–no problems. Middle School–I really don’t want to talk about this period of my life because there is not enough wine in my house to get me through if I do. High School–well, it’s complicated. From an eating disorder to dressing inappropriately to showcase my tiny self. It was a nightmare. But not like the teasing of Middle School. Some kids are mean, and their parents are meaner. *Deep breath + glass of wine*

Fall 2013--posing with my favorite VIP

Fall 2013–posing with my favorite VIP

Fall 2013–I was at my wits end. I was exercising and eating my whole grains and salads–but the weight was still creeping on and the health was still going down. Ugh. I didn’t want to get dressed or look in a mirror. I forced myself to look presentable for Abby’s events, and I did my best to hide in corners during them. This was not me because I love dressing up, people, and parties. Where do y’all think Abby gets her love of fashion *wink*

I would look in the mirror and not know the person looking back--and why was she so sick and tired all the time?

I would look in the mirror and not know the person looking back–and I would wonder why she was so sick and tired all the time?

It was a bad time in my life. I know that I was making the hubby miserable with my unhappiness, and he was truly concerned about my health. He was doing everything he knew to do to help me, but no matter how much either of us tried–no improvement. It was discouraging. And I even stopped praying for God to help me. I wasn’t angry with Him–I just felt like it was my lot in life. Then…something happened.

My endocrinologist moved, and I had to get another one. God knew I was in a bad place. He knew that I had things to do. Time for answers and a healing. Not a cure, but a healing.

In October 2013, my new doctor asked me if I had ever been tested for Celiac. What? Celiac? No. Why? Long story short. The doctor was spot on–and I have Celiac Disease. And I am totally cool with it because the diagnosis explained everything. I wasn’t crazy or dying or destined to be miserable. Everything I was doing to be healthy–like eating my whole grains–was actually making me sick.

After leaving the doctor’s office, I immediately researched Celiac and went on the gluten-free survival plan. To me and thousands like me–it is not a fad diet–it is the rest of our lives!

February 2014--just a few months after my diagnosis. I bought a this outfit because I had lost 15 lbs, and none of my clothes fit. Not a bad problem to have *smile*

February 2014–just a few months after my diagnosis. I bought a new outfit to wear to one of Abby’s happenings because I had lost 15 lbs and none of my clothes fit. Not a bad problem to have *smile*

December 2014--So far, I have lost about 30 pounds, and I have just a few pounds to go to be where I want to be.

December 2014–So far, I have lost about 30 pounds, and I have just a few pounds to go to be where I want to be. My skin is brighter, my eyes have their twinkle back, and my energy level is way up.

Whew! I am an emotional wreck right now. *deep breath* Enough of that! It is time to laugh, so let’s take a look at something a little lighter in topic–my learning to take selfies because all the cool bloggers are doing it *wink*

Mirror selfie--where to look, where to look????

Mirror selfie–where to look, where to look????

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Looking in the wrong place + my serious face = mirror selfie fail

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Less serious face + looking in same exact place (apparently I learned nothing from the other photos) = fail–just not an epic one…Wow! My hair looks fabulous *wink*

Steady hands...back up a little...snap...and...

Steady hands…back up a little…snap…and…no.

How hard can this be? Babies can do this.

How hard can this be? Babies can do this!!!

This is as good as it is going to get. Mirror selfie–done.

Selfie--take one...I look stunned.

Selfie–take one…I look stunned…and what is up with my eye??

Relax the face. Look straight ahead. Think happy thoughts. Snap. And no.

Relax the face. Look straight ahead. Think happy thoughts. Snap. And no. Seriously, what is up with my one eye–all wide. Third time is the charm…

Well, almost the charm. I don't understand what to do with my arms...

Well, almost the charm. I don’t understand what to do with my arms…I should have put on some lipstick.

Good enough!

Good enough! I am calling an end to this madness *wink*

Taking selfies is just not my thing (wearing oversized sweaters and leggings is *wink*) It is hard + I really don’t know where to look. The struggle is real, so I have decided to leave selfies to babies and the Kardashians.

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as I took an emotional journey. I could not have gotten to where I am today without all the love, support, and prayers of my family and friends. A very special shout out to the hubby for always being here for me–for all the sleepless nights, for the pep talks, and for all the label reading. I love the hubby bunches *smile*

 

 

 

Transformation Tuesday: Ugly, Shiny Laminate to Farmhouse Ready

I must confess that projects are fun and addicting. IT feels good to transform the bland into something fabulous *smile*

I must confess that projects are fun and addicting. It feels good to transform the bland into something fabulous *smile* P.S. please ignore the hot mess in my basement…I have been on Pinterest looking for organization inspiration!

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from random road trips to gluten-free goodies. Today on the blog, we are chatting about a transformation that took place in August–but just recently received its last coat of paint…I think…it’s complicated…Where was I? Oh, yes! Today, I want to give the reason why I made the change + the details on the how. So, go grab that cup of coffee and sit a spell!

This is the first photo of Hathorn Hall's kitchen that I took. I immediately fell  in love with the tall windows and ceilings. The countertops were not so grand, but an easy fix.

This is the first photo of Hathorn Hall’s kitchen that I took. I immediately fell in love with the tall windows and ceilings. The countertops were not so grand, but an easy fix.

I love the color of my cabinets. Normally, I  like painted/glazed cabinets--but this kitchen needed the warmth and anchor of the rich wood.

I love the color of my cabinets. Normally, I like painted/glazed cabinets–but this kitchen needed the warmth and anchor of the rich wood.

I knew the island and the kitchen needed a bit of personality when I first toured it. It is going to take time to get it to where I want it to be...but that is perfectly okay because I heart projects *smile*

I knew the island and the kitchen needed a bit of personality when I first toured it. It is going to take time to get it to where I want it to be…but that is perfectly okay because I heart projects *smile*

The countertop is just too shiny...I know...I just said too shiny...but there is a time and place for shiny *wink*

The countertop is just too shiny…I know…I just said too shiny…but there is a time and place for shiny *wink* P.S. Do y’all see Ziva’s furry paws? She loves to be everywhere I am!

I love all the storage my kitchen has and the layout works well.

I love all the storage my kitchen has and the layout works well. It just needs some color, organization, and a bit of wow!

Problem: ugly, shiny island countertop Solution: wood (as in farmhouse table)

Problem: ugly, shiny island countertop
Solution: wood (as in farmhouse table)

I decided that I wanted my bland, stock kitchen to look more farmhouseque--so I set out to create that look by transforming the island into a farmhouse table.

I decided that I wanted my bland, stock kitchen to look more farmhouseque–so I set out to create that look by transforming the island into a farmhouse table. The hubby is so great at interpreting my random thoughts into a beautiful product.

This was an easy and affordable transformation project.

This was an easy and affordable transformation project.

I love this wood glue.

I love this wood glue.

Tool of the trade--and totally worth the investment if y'all do a lot of projects.

Tool of the trade–and totally worth the investment if y’all do a lot of projects.

First we glued, then we nailed the tongue-and-groove planks directly to the old countertop. No reason to tear out + we wanted the extra height.

First we glued, then we nailed the tongue-and-groove planks directly to the old countertop. No reason to tear out + we wanted the extra height. See how shiny and reflective that countertop is! Blinding!!! P.S. we used two different kinds of glue…we ran out…and then improvised with what we had! #renovatorprobs

Making progress

Making progress

Now it is ready for trim.

Now it is ready for trim.

Nothing fancy--think farmhouse.

Nothing fancy–think farmhouse.

Ready for paint...and this is where it got tricky...because I love so many colors!

Ready for paint…and this is where it got tricky…because I love so many colors!

First things first--decide on wall color.

First things first–decide on wall color. P.S. We filled in a few of the larger “knots” with wood filler + the nail holes.

This is the color I thought I wanted because I loved it so much at Sloss Castle.

This is the color I thought I wanted because I loved it so much at Sloss Castle. See next photo for all the details.

Risers are in Behr Premium Plus Interior Eggshell Enamel in Japanese Kimono and the steps are in Behr Concrete and Garage Floor Paint 1-Part Epoxy in Pyramid

Risers are in Behr Premium Plus Interior Eggshell Enamel in Japanese Kimono and the steps are in Behr Concrete and Garage Floor Paint 1-Part Epoxy in Pyramid

Long story short–transforming the island was easy…picking a color was not so easy. Honestly, I painted and glazed it over eight times…I lost count, but I think I finally got it…stay tuned for the final…well, final is a strong word *wink*…color reveal *smile*

Be sure to check out all the fabulous happenings on Instagram and Twitter. Don’t miss a random thing *smile*

 

 

 

 

 

DIY: Transforming an Old Magnet Board

Items you will need to do this easy, fun DIY project: old magnet/dry erase board combo (check yard sales, thrift stores, or your closets for one of these *wink*), scrap fabric to cover the front of the board (choose a thick or dark fabric in order to cover up all the lines and words), ribbon, Mod Podge, foam brush, sandpaper, upholstery tacks (or other decorative tacks), hammer, scissors, and perhaps a few other tools and such *smile*

Items you will need to do this easy, fun DIY project: old magnet/dry erase board combo (check yard sales, thrift stores, or your closets for one of these *wink*), scrap fabric to cover the front of the board (choose a thick or dark fabric in order to cover up all the lines and words), ribbon, Mod Podge, foam brush, sandpaper, upholstery tacks (or other decorative tacks), hammer, scissors, and perhaps a few other tools and such *smile*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from fabulous finds to home renovation. Today on the blog, we are chatting about getting organized–because it is January…and that is what we do. We clean out, we toss out, we organize, we start a diet and exercise program…because it is the beginning of a new year…a fresh start. So, I want to help y’all with the resolution to get organized in 2015 with a simple and fun DIY project. Now, I am not a professional photographer (I took all of these photos with my Samsung Galaxy S5.)…and I am really not a professional DIYer…I like to do things myself…and I love sharing my projects…so I apologize if my instructions are not very detailed…and if I get off topic or babble. We are here to have fun–not have a school lesson *wink*

Now, let’s get this DIY party started…just follow along with the photos for all the randomness and details *big smile*

I love to decoupage. I will stick fabric and paper to just about anything. For this particular project, I chose to use the classic and dependable Mod Podge.

I love to decoupage. I will stick fabric and paper to just about anything. For this particular project, I chose to use the classic and dependable Mod Podge.

Before sticking the fabric, lightly sand the metal...just scratch it up a bit--knock off the shine.

Before sticking the fabric, lightly sand the metal…just scratch it up a bit–knock off the shine. P.S. Abby Hathorn of the Vintage Inspired Passionista was a fabulous hand model. Don’t y’all just love her nail polish! Click here for all the details and the VIP Nail Color of the Month.

Be sure to iron the fabric before decoupaging it to the board. Wrinkles are bad *wink*

Be sure to iron the fabric before decoupaging it to the board. Wrinkles are bad *wink*

Apply glue to a small portion. Place fabric on the part with the glue. Smooth with your hands. Yes, you will get glue on your hands. But that is what makes it fun. Continue applying glue and smoothing fabric until the entire board is covered with fabric.

Apply glue to a small portion. Place fabric on the part with the glue. Smooth with your hands. Yes, you will get glue on your hands. But that is what makes it fun. Continue applying glue and smoothing fabric until the entire board is covered with fabric.

Once the fabric has been glued in place, rub out all the bubbles and wrinkles--make it as smooth as possible. Once again, be prepared to get glue on your hands.

Once the fabric has been glued in place, rub out all the bubbles and wrinkles–make it as smooth as possible. Once again, be prepared to get glue on your hands. Allow the glued fabric time to dry–depending on temp and humidity and such–this could take an hour or so…you want it to be throughly dry before beginning the next step.

After it dries for a bit, add a protective layer of Mod Podge glue...then give it more dry time.

After it dries, add a protective layer of Mod Podge glue…then give it more dry time.

Dance around while it is drying...have a cup of coffee or two...catch up on your recorded shows...

Dance around while it is drying…have a cup of coffee or two…catch up on your recorded shows…

I wanted to keep the pretty turquoise edge of the board, so I cut the extra fabric away using an X-Acto knife. You can easily wrap the excess fabric around to the back of the board--much like wrapping a present.

I wanted to keep the pretty turquoise edge of the board, so I cut the extra fabric away using an X-Acto knife + scissors. You can easily wrap the excess fabric around to the back of the board–much like wrapping a present–and staple or glue the fabric to the back of the board…duck tape also works *wink*

Time to add the ribbon. I did not measure my ribbon pieces. I just winged it, but y'all feel free to be more precise *wink*

Time to add the ribbon. I did not measure my ribbon pieces. I just winged it, but y’all feel free to be more precise *wink*

Hammer the tacks into the board. Be careful. Hammers hurt people.

Hammer the tacks into the board. Be careful. Hammers hurt people.

Just keep hammering...

Just keep hammering…

Blooper--I did not know that my tacks were just a tiny bit longer than I needed...so I accidentally nailed my board to my worktable...it took a little help from Abby, but we managed to free the board.

Blooper–I did not know that my tacks were just a tiny bit longer than I needed…so I accidentally nailed my board to my worktable…it took a little help from Abby, but we managed to free the board.

Because my tacks were too long, I had to cut them off using wire cutters. Please wear goggles when cutting things. After all the tacks were trimmed, I added washi tape to the back--because it looked like a hot mess...not that anyone is going to see the back...but I knew it was a hot mess...and that is all that matters *haha*

Because my tacks were too long, I had to cut them off using wire cutters. Please wear goggles when cutting things. After all the tacks were trimmed, I added washi tape to the back–because it looked like a hot mess…not that anyone is going to see the back…but I knew it was a hot mess…and that is all that matters *giggles*

This pretty little board is a perfect addition to my art studio.

This pretty little board is a perfect addition to my art studio.

I added a saw tooth hanger to the back. You could easily add a ribbon hanger.

I added a saw tooth hanger to the back. You can also add a ribbon hanger or use command strips. Now, it is time to organize those notes and business cards.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about transforming an old, ugly magnet/dry erase board into a darling new one. What I love about mine is not only can I tuck photos into the ribbon, but I can also attach important business cards with magnets.

Be sure to stay tuned to the Facebook page for all the details about my chat with Tyler and Nikki from The Regeneration Station. It was so much fun being on the radio!

A collaboration project with my favorite blogger, Abby Hathorn. Abby was in charge of the lettering, and I was assigned the task of decoupaging them to a wooden block.

A collaboration project with my favorite blogger, Abby Hathorn. She was in charge of the lettering, and I was assigned the task of decoupaging them to a wooden block.

 

 

Transforming a Fireplace Mantel with Silver

A little sneak peek of the Fall Foliage Report. This was taken on my street just before the high winds hit!

A little sneak peek of the Fall Foliage Report. This was taken on my street just before the high winds hit…hoping there will still be lots of leaves to see and photograph for y’all after this weather front moves through!

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to relax with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation *smile* Today on the blog, we are chatting about how I gussied up the fireplace in the parlor with a touch of old silver.

I know I have told y’all this before–but I fell in love with Hathorn Hall the first time I saw it. The porch, the parlor, the windows…it was lovely and filled with character and possibilities! And the parlor…I love the parlor *smile*

The fireplace in the parlor is my favorite. I love the rich wood and the details. I am pretty sure that it once had a mirror–but it has long been gone…at first, I thought I would just have mirror cut to fit…but that seemed too new…too easy…then I pondered finding an old mirror to cut down to fit…mirrored tiles…decorative tiles…just paint it to match the walls…so many good ideas, but none of them really seemed right…

But then…I found a box of old silverplate goblets and candlesticks at the Tree Streets community garage sale. It was a score, and I knew exactly where some of them were going *smile*

I stacked and re-stacked the goblets a million times, but it was totally worth it *smile*

I stacked and re-stacked the goblets a million times, but it was totally worth it *smile*

A little patience and creativity and a mirror substitute was born *smile*

A little patience and a mirror substitute was born *smile*

I love the patina

I love the patina of old silver.

The similar shapes and sizes worked well for stacking and grouping.

The similar shapes and sizes worked well for stacking and grouping.

The silver goblets reflect light + surrounding colors acting like a mirror

The silver goblets reflect light + surrounding colors acting like a mirror.

What I love about this arrangement is I can add mini pumpkins for fall and shiny red ornaments for Christmas...Easter eggs...Oh, the possibilities!

What I love about this arrangement is I can add mini pumpkins for fall and shiny red ornaments for Christmas…Easter eggs…Oh, the possibilities!

Mixing metals in the parlor

Mixing metals in the parlor

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IMG_7193Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about using old silver goblets for a 1920 fireplace mirror substitute. Now while I go work on a few projects, y’all enjoy the fall foliage sneak peeks *smile*

Outside my master bedroom window.

Outside my master bedroom window…I had to zoom in on the bright orange!

A view down the street. Stay tuned for the Fall Foliage Report

A view down the street. Stay tuned for the Fall Foliage Report…I can’t wait to share my little adventure with y’all *smile*

Transforming a Porch Swing with Pillows

Pretty pink swing needs a bit of cozy.

Pretty pink swing needs a bit of cozy.

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about transforming a swing with pillows + tips for styling with them. So, grab a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine and sit a spell with me on the front porch swing *smile*

Pillow shams + cheap sleeping pillows are perfect for a covered front porch. When the shams get dirty, toss them in the washer, and they are as good as new. I love finding cute pillows with fun sayings.

Pillow shams + inexpensive sleeping pillows are perfect for a covered front porch. When the shams get dirty, toss them in the washer, and they are as good as new. If I can’t wash it, I don’t buy it *wink*

Bold patterns + fun saying = welcoming and cozy

Bold patterns + fun saying = welcoming and cozy

If you are afraid of overcrowding your swing with pillows, a couple of patterned shams looks just as adorable.

If you are afraid of overcrowding your swing with pillows, a couple of patterned ones not only gussy up the swing, but they also add comfort.

Colorblocking with pillows creates a bold and snuggly look.

Colorblocking with pillows creates a bold and snuggly look. Don’t be afraid of color.

A couple of pillows in the corner of the swing beckons a nap.

A couple of pillows tossed in the corner of the swing beckons a nap. Pattern + Solid = Classic

Solids + print

Buy pillows that are versatile. I can easily move my pillows from the swing to the rockers. I even mix and match the ones that are on my outdoor sofa with the ones on the swing. It is an easy way to create new looks without spending more money…and that is always a good thing *smile*

I love mixing patterns.

I love mixing patterns!

Styling a swing is no different than styling an outfit. As my daughter always says on her blog, "Accessories make all the difference." And the pillows are the accessories *smile*

Styling a swing is no different than styling an outfit. As my daughter always says on her blog, “Accessories make all the difference.” And the pillows are the accessories *smile* “When shopping for pillows, imagine yourself looking for trendy accessories….” (Abby Hathorn of the VIP)

Mix patterns in similar hues.

Mix patterns in similar hues.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we looked at several ways to style a front porch swing. My best advice is to be creative, don’t shy away from bright colors and bold patterns, and mix those patterns! A porch should be inviting and cozy, and the best way to create that feel is with pillows *smile*

 

 

Transformation Tuesday: From Dining Table to Desk

Breakfast Room at Sloss Castle

Breakfast Room at Sloss Castle

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about transforming a table into a desk in a snap. Now, let’s sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and see how to repurpose a dining room table into the perfect workspace desk.

Several years ago, I bought a Duncan Phyfe dining room table and six chairs at The Raspberry Beret thrift store in my hometown of Louisville, Mississippi. The table and four chairs were painted–well, I use the term painted loosely–a thick black. The other chairs were untouched and in their original stain. Let me tell y’all–it was a hot mess that needed some TLC + lots of stripping and sanding.

The original plan for the table and chairs was to paint + add trendy fabric and sell them in my LollyMollyArt shop. But somewhere between sanding and picking out paint, we bought Sloss Castle. All projects were abandoned, and all energy was put into renovating the 1980 time capsule.

01232014190227_19Long story short–the breakfast room needed furniture, and we had the perfect table and chairs. The hubby painted the table a rich blackberry color, and I painted the chairs shabby chic white. We decided to use only two of the chairs from the set we purchased at the thrift store. The other chairs were some we had leftover from a previous table/chair set we owned. I am always switching out tables and chairs…my chair collection is pretty awesome *wink* Most of the tables have either been sold in my shop or repurposed into other pieces of furniture.

Flash Forward to Hathorn Hall

Hathorn Hall does not have a breakfast room. It has a dining room, parlor, an office for the hubby…but no separate breakfast room. The purple table had no home. It was banished to the basement with all the other pieces of furniture that had no place in the new house. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not punishing my furniture. I am just trying to figure out how to make it work in the new place…one day at a time *smile*

For about two weeks, I have been worrying the hubby about an “office area” for myself. I have shown him the pins that I have pinned on Pinterest, I have explained numerous times why I need a desk area, and I have even pointed out several areas in the house that might work. Frustration set in, and I abandoned the idea of having a quiet space to write…until today.

IMG_6494There are two guest rooms upstairs. One is the Hemingway room and the other is Lucy’s room. Lucy is our seventeen years young dog who likes her own space. She can be a bit grouchy at times…and she really enjoys quietness and no ruckus. I was cleaning Lucy’s room today when I had an idea to add a sitting area and a desk…wait…this room could be where I write. Lucy can keep me company while I slave away at the book I am trying to pen…It is a quiet room…it has a wall of windows…perfect!

Long story short–the hubby and I took the pedestal bases of the purple Duncan Phyfe table + an old door and created a desk…the perfect workspace. There are still things left to be done to get the area all gussied up, but it is off to a great start.

 

I cannot wait to decorate this area! Time to go junking *smile*

I cannot wait to decorate this area! Time to go junking *smile*

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about transforming a table into a desk. There was no real labor involved in this project. The door was the perfect size of 24×80…so there was no cutting down. The table bases were the perfect color…so there was no painting. BAM! A few screws later…a desk *smile* I encourage y’all to check out all those old pieces of furniture in your garages and basements and repurpose them into fabulous new pieces of furniture…new life, new purpose!

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Transforming a Boring Corner in the Guest Room

This is a LollyMollyArt project chair that I could not bear to sell. I have a bad habit of keeping a lot of my upcyled, repurposed pieces for myself. The hubby has caught on and realizes when I say "This would be perfect to redo and sell" that it really means "I love this, and I am gong to keep it" *smile*

This is a LollyMollyArt project chair that I could not bear to sell. I have a bad habit of keeping a lot of my upcyled, repurposed pieces for myself. The hubby has caught on and realizes when I say “This would be perfect to redo and sell” that it really means “I love this, and I am gong to keep it” *smile* P.S. Ziva was determined to photo bomb. I am pretty sure she wanted me to play instead of working.

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about boring, awkward corners. We all have at least one in our homes. My new place, Hathorn Hall, has more than I care to count. It will take time and creativity to conquer the walls in this 1920 gem, but I am up to the challenge *smile* Now let us grab a good cup of coffee and sit a spell!

Normally, I would stick to one room until it was 100% complete and perfect. Staying up late…shopping for decor until I dropped…building…painting…exhausting the hubby and myself until all items could be checked off the project list. But not this go-round. I want to have fun. Jump around from room to room. Find something that sparks an idea. Not have a detailed list of things that must be done by a set time or the world will cease to exist. Nope, I am winging it. Wandering from room to room. I am kinda liking this new freedom that I have given myself…and the hubby.

This is a three-panel screen with one panel tucked behind the others + it is upside down. I needed the rust color on the bottom to anchor the corner because the ceiling is tall...perhaps 10 feet...or taller.

This is a three-panel screen with one panel tucked behind the others + it is upside down. I needed the rust color on the bottom to anchor the corner because the ceiling is tall…perhaps 10 feet…or taller. And I love the design that was on the bottom, but it is now on the top. Why hide it!

Guest Room Number One is inspired by Ernest Hemingway. At first, I was going to paint the walls…but I am thinking that I like the soft khaki with the rich cream trim. I will know more after I get everything else for the space. If I do paint, it will be a cigar inspired color…bourbon…leather….Oh, my!

This room has a wall of windows, and y’all know I love windows + bright spaces. But my favorite thing about the space left me with an awkward corner. No need to fret because I had the perfect pieces…I bet the hubby is glad that I keep so many of my projects now *wink*

Panel + Chair = Still Boring Corner...it needed more, but there was barely any room...I had to walk away and ponder.

Screen + Chair = Still Boring Corner…it needed more, but there was barely any room…I had to walk away and ponder.

There was not enough room for a side table, and I really did not want to build one...or hunt for one...so I played around with some old Reader's Digest books until I created the look I wanted...just big enough to rest a martini and a good book.

There was not enough room for a side table, and I really did not want to build one…or hunt for one…so I played around with some old Reader’s Digest books until I created the look I wanted…just big enough to rest a martini and a good book.

I love all the rich colors + the hint of gold.

I love all the rich colors + the hint of gold.

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The chair seemed lonely, so I went on a shopping adventure in my basement, where I discovered an espresso and gold one that I had painted several years back. I totally forgot that I had it...and for the life of me, I am not sure why I even made it...or painted it those colors. But I am glad that I did because it looks dashing in my Hemingway room!

The chair seemed lonely, so I went on a shopping adventure in my basement, where I discovered an espresso and gold footstool that I had made several years back. I totally forgot that I had it…and for the life of me, I am not sure why I even built it…or painted it those colors. But I am glad that I did because it looks dashing in my Hemingway room!

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The awkward corner is located between the wall of windows and the closet.

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I am really excited about how this corner went from boring to dapper. Good news is this little design project cost me ZERO dollars because I already had everything! Better news is y’all can create this look without having to spend a lot. Check out your local antique malls, thrift stores, and flea markets for similar or exact items. The footstool was made from a wooden top + legs that I got at Home Depot. Now, I just need to locate some old maps…

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about transforming a boring corner with items that I already owned. I encourage y’all to go shopping in your basements and garages to see what you can find to transform boring spaces in your homes *smile* Now I am off to play with Ziva and Mattie because they have been worrying me to death! Be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with their adventures and my randomness *smile*

Ziva doing what she does best...photo bombing *wink*

Ziva doing what she does best…photo bombing *wink*

Transformation Tuesday: Before and Almost After of the Art Studio

Slowly, but surely it is all coming together *smile* Me--cleaning each crystal of the chandelier...one by one...

Slowly, but surely it is all coming together *smile* Me–cleaning each crystal of the chandelier…one by one…with a little help from the VIP and my coffee *wink*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place where you sit a spell with a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine–a place where I hope my mess and renovations inspire you to start your own DIY projects.

Today on the blog we are chatting about a transformation that is still taking place in my new home–which one of my neighbors suggested calling it “Hathorn Hall”–which the hubby and I loved…and we decided that it was the perfect name….Anyway, where was I? Oh, yes! Today’s blog is all about the transformation of my art studio–from the moment I first saw it until this morning when I snapped a few photos for y’all. *Note: I apologize for the quality of the photos…I am not a photographer *wink*

The studio space is located in a small guest bedroom on the second floor. I immediately fell in love with its quirkiness and character. I knew it needed some love and personality, but the light from the windows was perfect!

I immediately fell in love with the quirkiness and character of this room. I knew it needed some love and personality + the light from the windows makes it the perfect space for painting and creating!

I love the ceiling, the old windows and their frames, the old doors and their knobs...oh, I love everything about this room!

I love the ceiling, the old windows and their frames, the old door and its knob…oh, I love everything about this room!

My photo does the floors absolutely no justice. The original floors were refinished with such care--and they are absolutely gorgeous in person! I promise to have a professional photographer come in and shoot better pics *smile*

My photo does the floors absolutely no justice. The original floors were refinished with such care–and they are absolutely gorgeous in person! I promise to have a professional photographer come in and shoot better pics *smile*

This is the before photo of the chandelier. It was originally in the Sloss Castle house that the hubby and I renovated in Alabama.

This is the before photo of the chandelier. It was originally in the Sloss Castle house that the hubby and I renovated in Alabama. Me–taking a photo during the first tour…making notes of all of the work to be done.

The chandelier that is now in the art studio was originally in the "Hers" side of the master bath in Sloss Castle. It was sooooo dirty and grimy...but I knew it had the potential to sparkle and shine...like a diamond.

The chandelier that is now in the art studio was originally in the “Hers” side of the master bath in Sloss Castle. It was sooooo dirty and grimy…but I knew it had the potential to sparkle and shine…like a diamond. P.S. I have no idea what my daughter is doing in this photo…haha

Tah dah! Isn't it pretty and shiny!

Tah dah! Isn’t it pretty and shiny!

I. LOVE. THIS. COLOR.

I love this color…and so I painted my art studio walls with it. It is so bright and cheery.

I have a wall of blank canvases displayed to remind me that opportunities and possibilities are limitless. I also decoupaged my old teacher's podium that my dad made me in pretty scrapbooking paper.

I have a wall of blank canvases to remind me that opportunities and possibilities are limitless. I also used pretty scrapbooking paper to decoupage my old teacher’s podium that my dad made for me in 1995.

The plan is to fill the walls with things that inspire me and make me smile.

The plan is to fill the walls with things that inspire me and make me smile.

An old bench that I found at an antique mall in Springville, Alabama years ago. I paid $15 for it. Never painted it because I liked the worn peachy color. Bless its heart--it has been outside, stored in a garage, moved numerous times, stored in a basement...and now, finally has a home in a place full of cheer.

An old bench that I found at an antique mall in Springville, Alabama years ago. I paid $15 for it–never painted it because I like the worn peachy color. Bless its heart–it has been outside, stored in a garage, moved numerous times, stored in a basement…and now, finally has a home in a place full of cheer.

I must be organized...and I am still working on getting everything in its place--but I am off to a pretty good start. I have had the rolling island for many years, and it is one of my best furniture investments. I am also very glad that the hubby put the rollers on it. He is the best *smile*

I am still working on getting everything in its place–Good news is I am off to a pretty good start with the ClosetMaid organization system from the Home Depot. I am a huge fan girl of ClosetMaid because it is customizable and easy to install. The rolling island has been around for many years, and it is one of my best furniture investments. P.S. I am very glad that the hubby put the rollers on it. He is the best *smile*

Love this old tool box tray as a "container" for the paints. I just put the ones I am currently using in there along with the brushes...and it is easy peasy to paint and be organized *wink*

Love this old tool box tray as a “container” for the paints. The plan is to put the ones I will be using in there along with the brushes I will need…and it will be easy peasy to paint and be organized–at the same time *wink*

Whew! It has been a lot of work, but totally worth it. I cannot wait to finish organizing because I am so very ready to get back to creating *BIG SMILE*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a look at the before and almost after of my new art studio at Hathorn Hall.

 

 

Sweet and Dirty’s Emporium of Good Stuff with a little Transformation Tuesday

 

It seems I had to fight my whole life through. Some gal would giggle and I'd get red. And some guy'd laugh and I'd bust his head. I tell ya, life ain't easy for a boy named "Sue."--Johnny Cash

It seems I had to fight my whole life through. Some gal would giggle and I’d get red. And some guy’d laugh, and I’d bust his head. I tell ya, life ain’t easy for a boy named “Sue.”–Johnny Cash (handmade, cross-stitched lovely by Logan McClelland of Sweet & Dirty’s)

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living! Thanks so much for visiting us today. If your old friends, you know what to do–but if this is your first time with us–the rules are simple:

1. Grab a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine.

2. Sit a spell with us.

That’s it! We like to keep things simple around here. Speaking of simple, one of my favorite authors said it best–“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.” Thank you, Henry David Thoreau, for reminding us that we need to slow down and pare down.

Blue Plum Festival 2014

Blue Plum Festival 2014 in downtown Johnson City, Tennessee–entry to the food court area

My daughter, Abby Hathorn of the Vintage Inspired Passionista, posing for a fan photo.

My daughter, Abby Hathorn of the Vintage Inspired Passionista, posing for a fan photo.

My daughter and I had the best time at the Blue Plum Festival in Johnson City, Tennessee. We spent hours checking out all the vendors and their goods–looking for handmade artisans and items that stood out from the rest. We attend so many arts and crafts festivals that sometimes all the booths and wares run together–or seem to all be the same. We found two adorable booths that grabbed our attention–and today, I am going to share one with y’all. Head over to the Vintage Inspired Passionista for the second vendor that wowed us. For second vendor that wowed us, click here.

Sweet & Dirty's Emporium of Good Stuff was one of the VIP and SSL Top Picks at the Blue Plum Festival.

Sweet & Dirty’s Emporium of Good Stuff was one of the VIP and SSL Top Picks at the Blue Plum Festival.

As we wandered the streets of downtown Johnson City looking for our favorite things, we spied the adorable Sweet & Dirty’s Emporium of Good Stuff. We were drawn inside by the rows of cross-stitched sayings…some funny, some sweet, and some just stating it like it is. Of course, the name was also intriguing–how could an adorable little shop be sweet & dirty? After chatting with Logan McClelland and her mom, we knew the answer–it was a combination of her being called “Sweet Logan” and her husband being known as “Dirty”–nicknames given to them by friends. I wonder what combo name the hubby and I would have? Hmmm…Anyway…back to this adorable shop of goodness. Logan is a proud stay-at-home mom, who makes the most darling things using vintage and recycled materials. Y’all must go check out her Etsy shop and her Facebook page for more of the lowdown on Sweet & Dirty’s.

Etsy Shop:  Click here.

Facebook: Click here.

Now, it is time for Transformation Tuesday! 

This week, I want to take a look back at the curb appeal transformation of Sloss Castle–which was the massive renovation project that the hubby and I took on back in December 2012 with it ending in January 2014…just in time for us to get the freshly renovated house on the market and move…again…but that is a story for another day! 

When we first spotted Sloss Castle, it was covered up by overgrown bushes and ivy. The mullions on the windows screamed outdated, and the steps were just blah. It needed love...and we were willing to give it.

When we first spotted Sloss Castle, it was covered up by overgrown bushes and ivy. The mullions on the windows screamed outdated, and the steps were just blah. It needed love…and we were willing to give it.

We knew the house had the potential to shine–so we revealed its hidden beauty by clearing out the shrubbery, repairing the steps, and having the outside painted. We chose a lighter shade than the original to showcase the natural elements surrounding the house, we removed the mullions from all the windows to give the house a fresh, updated look, and the hubby built planter boxes for the steps to add a bit of height and interest–something to draw friends and family inside.

The hubby built six wooden planters for the steps. They are not attached--just designed to sit perfectly pretty.

The hubby built six wooden planters for the steps. They are not attached–just designed to sit perfectly pretty.

We painted the planters bright white to match the trim of the house. These containers are a perfect way to add pops of color to the ordinary brown steps.

We painted the planters bright white to match the trim of the house. These containers are a lovely way to add pops of color to the ordinary brown steps.

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This photo was taken Fall 2013--just after we had added new shrubs...and the leaves were in full show.

This photo was taken Fall 2013–just after we had added new shrubs…and the leaves were in full show. It is amazing what a little bit of hard work and a lot of patience can produce!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today. I hope that you enjoyed your rest, a look at the Sweet & Dirty, and a major Transformation Tuesday.