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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.

It has been hard, on me, particularly- but not completely terrible. I do love the area that we moved to and have enjoyed the company of my husband's family and having him home every night (no more travel for Jamie!! Yay!!), but being so far from my family and friends has been tough to swallow. Our 3rd week here was the worst as the ''time to go home'' feeling set in- but instead of going back to Alabama, I had to face the reality that this is now my home. I cried a lot that week. I've lived away from Oneonta (where I grew up) for over 3 years, but still just an hour up the road. I never thought I could mourn that place... but that week, I did. No matter how hard I've tried to hate the little bitty town that I call ''home'', I can't change where my family is, where I grew up, the roads I traveled, or the memories I've made.  I still haven't quite wrapped my head around it or accepted Texas as my home- I feel like my home will always be in Alabama, but, I am trying. 

Anywho- I had to get all of the sad-depressed-feelsorryformyself out of my head. So, what does any furniture painter do when she needs to get out of a funk??? She paints a piece of furniture! (and plans a trip back home to Alabama)
I definitely gave this piece more TLC than it EVER needed but it was the 1st time I'd worked on anything in about a month and I was a little... happy. More specifically, veneer removal happy.

This was my 1st piece in Texas and also a temporary savior- an idle mind is the Devil's playground, and my mind was very idle It was great to get up off the couch and do something that I love no matter what state I'm in!

I haven't had an opportunity to paint anything else but I have started a new project to keep myself busy for a while...
I'm don't have much of a green thumb. In fact, I've killed everything I've ever tried to grow. Including 2 herb gardens and the unity tree from our wedding. Massive fail.

I have to be honest and say that I'm not very good at being able to recognize when God is leading me. There is always a conflict in my brain asking if I'm truly following what God is leading me to do or if I just think it's what God is leading me to do because it's something that I want or need or feel. It's something that I've been praying about for years. However, when it comes to my vegetable garden, there are no doubts about it! God lead me to it!

He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him. -Psalm 126:6

God has been leading me to grow a garden (among other things) for quite sometime now. I could go all ''dooms day prepper'' on you, but I will spare you. Moral of the story is, I think this is God preparing me for something. Maybe he's just trying to teach me something that I don't know yet. Maybe it's a test of my ever so short patience. I'm not sure. All I know is he wanted to me grow a garden- so I am. So, as I was out in the yard with sun beaming down on me, tired, and covered in dirt.. I was literally "happy as a log" knowing that at that moment, I was doing exactly what God wanted me to be doing.

At the end of the day, my back was hurting and I looked like I had tilled the ground with my body (right now, picture me doing the caterpillar), but I was so so happy. Usually, a beautifully painted piece of furniture calls for my ''happy dance'' but today, it was big ol' spot of dirt.

Thank you God for giving me hands to work with and the joy I get when I use them!

Next time you need a pick-me-up, get out and do something that you love or FIND something that you love to do. Don't be afraid of hard work, we were not put here to sit around. Do it alone, or do it with a friend, just get out do something!

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.

Mid Century Modern Triple Dresser by Thomasville

I almost pee'd myself when I found this.
Ok, maybe just a really loud squeal and a happy dance.

I love mid century modern.
So when I found this vintage triple dresser by Thomasville I was so so very excited!

This is one of those pieces that I'm kicking myself for selling.

Gah, why do I have to sell everything? It's like I just can't help it. My Father in Law says I'd sell my soul if I could rough it up and put paint on it...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Gilders Paste and a Birdie Dish

Gliders Paste has been making it's way around University Pickers quite rapidly. 
For some, this is an old trick of the trade, but myself and Simply Salvaged are totally new to this product.

I love that it adds so much character with little to no effort.

I grabbed up this dish with a cute little birdie perched on top.

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