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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Grey and White Bathroom Reno

We started our ''quick bathroom makeover'' with the intention of cleaning up the grout and caulk, painting the cabinets, painting the walls... I was really excited about an idea from Pinterest to paint the floor tile as a temporary fix.

The walls in the bathroom were very heavily textured. Then, we take down the cabinet from above the toilet and find wall paper behind it. After a little scrape here and a little scrape there, we'd peeled the top layer of drywall off. At that point, we came to the conclusion that our only option was to rip out the existing wall and put a new one up... and that's just what we did...

Monday, February 8, 2016

Where I've Been Hiding & Our Home Reno Preview

Hey folks! Long time no blog. I hope you're all doing well!

I have had quite a bit going on in my blogging absence- life has been quite different for Simply Salvaged. My poor little blog and a lot of other things that I love have had to take a back seat to a full time job and renovations to our house.

Wait. What was that? Did I say home renovations?

Yes I did. 

I do love painting furniture and for a while I had a really hard time letting that go... letting my business go and finally, after about a year in Texas, accepting that painted furniture just wasn't in God's plan for my life in Texas.

Then... THEN... I found a new love when we bought our house...

A new project to fill that creative void. I always said that once we got a house, I'd paint again. And yes, paint I do. A few pieces of furniture, but mostly walls, ceilings, cabinets, molding...

It needed sooo much work!! So many updates to be done!!

The entire house was a stark white, dirty, and completely blank canvas.
 A DIYer's dream!!

We've made quite a bit of progress over the past year. After moving in, we immediately wanted to tackle the kitchen. Before we got too involved, though, I had this brilliant idea to "quickly update" our front bathroom.. paint a little (a lot), re caulk, clean up the tile and grout... However, one thing lead to another suddenly this...
Turned into this...

...and just like that, our kitchen project came to a screeching halt.

Since then, we've done some smaller updates around the house (when I say ''smaller'' I mean- we didn't rip the walls out) until recently, we decided to pick up where we left off in the kitchen.

...and guess what!! I'm really excited to share our projects with you!

I hope you've enjoyed your ''before'' peek into our home! Stay tuned for more!

Thanks for reading,

Sunday, February 9, 2014

My Eclectic Apartment Bedroom

My bedroom is still a work in progress but I finally got the bedding that I've been eyeballing and I couldn't wait to show you! I think it was the perfect addition to tie the room together...


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Anitque Empire Chest

I've been going through pictures of some of my pieces and found photos of a few of my last piece that I painted in Alabama. We were so busy packing, and finishing up custom work, and selling the furniture we had, and tying up loose ends that they made it to my Facebook but never made it to by blog...

Monday, January 6, 2014

Eclectic Apartment Living Room

In the past, I felt like I was in a bit of a design crisis. Trying to decorate the way I felt blogs and magazines told me I should, but knowing the whole time that it was not my style. So, with our move, and a massive downsize, was the opportunity to start over-  to purge things that I didn't want or even like and to style our apartment in a way that made us happy...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

DIY Studded Nail Head Dresser {How To}

Remember the DIY Studded Nail Head Dresser that I posted a few months ago? After tons of requests for a tutorial, I finally decided to bite the bullet and get this post together...

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Get Out and Do Something!

Hello blogger world, long time no see!
A quick little update for those of you who do not follow me on Facebook- we moved! To Mansfield, Texas!... going on week number 6 in our new state. The transition has been a stressful and busy one. We're currently trying to sell our home in Athens and looking for a new home here in Mansfield but in the mean time, we've settled in with my in laws...

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Home Tour/ Home for Sale in Athens, Alabama

If you follow me on Facebook then you've probably seen that we are selling our house. So, I've decided to ''list'' our house here on the blog. Of course, we are using a real estate agent but I thought that maybe, just maybe, this will help us get the word out. It will officially be listed on Monday (3-25-13) and I will link to the listing as soon as it's live. 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Catching You Up on a Few Changes.

A lot of things have changed for Simply Salvaged in 2013 and over the next few months {I think} we will be undergoing some HUGE changes that will be announced later. But for now, I thought I would catch you all up on a few smaller things that have occurred.

The biggest change has been that we are no longer taking custom orders. Phew. That's the 1st time I've announced it publicly... it was a hard chunk of my job to let go of but a necessary one. Custom work pretty much built my business and the clients and relationships that I've acquired. I've had AMAZING and loyal clients... ''the kind to keep ya' in business''. Clients who have multiple pieces of mine in their homes, in their family's homes, and in their friend's homes. Clients who never said one harsh word or gave me any complaints because they truly loved my work. Clients who I don't even like to call clients because I really consider them to be my friends. I've said it once before that my clients are my highest compliment and that holds true. I appreciate everyone of them. Over the next month I will be finishing up a few custom orders left on my schedule so if you see ''custom order'' pop up on my Facebook, they were scheduled before this decision was made =)

Another change has been that I am no longer teaching workshops.
There are a few reasons for this but, really, honestly, the main reason is because the painted furniture market in this area is so saturated that I can't afford to be teaching people to compete against me anymore. There, I said it.
I know of 4 workshops (including mine) between Huntsville and Tuscumbia. Between workshops and a few paints on the market that don't require prep work, the blood and sweat have been taken out of painted furniture and I've been noticing now, more than ever, that we have so much competition in North Alabama.

Last but not least, in line with not teaching my workshops anymore, I am also pulling my furniture out of The Chilled Canvas in Tuscumbia. I've appreciated Dusty letting me bum her floor space so much! and I've loved getting to know her in the time I've spent at her store- she's another friend that I have gained on my journey.

So, what do all of these changes mean for Simply Salvaged??
Well, I want to focus more on retail pieces for the time being. That is what I really really enjoy doing. So, keep an eye out on my page for pieces that I will be selling privately and also from my booth at University Pickers.

All of these changes are also in anticipation of something much bigger that we have in the works but I can't announce anything just yet =) sorry!

"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.''-Anatole France

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

How To Clean & Polish Your Old Hardware

I found a super awesome antique door that had it's original glass knob attached. I almost did my usual quick clean (soap, water, & a quick scrub), and sprayed with oil rubbed bronze- but I decided to see what my knob looked like under years and years and years of people putting their dirty little paws all over it. I wish you could see how dirty these were before I cleaned them. They were all black and nasty and completely not brass looking at all.

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