2/29/12

before and after: wrought iron chair

Gigi found this beat up wrought iron chair and loved its bones so much that she brought it home.  In only a few steps (and using materials she already had), Gigi gave the chair a makeover.

Here's what she did...
First, she removed the screws attaching the (stained and squalid) upholstered seat and back to the frame.  
She measured the circumference of the seat and the back.  It's hard to tell from these first couple of before pictures, but each piece required upholstery for the back, flat side and the front, cushioned side.  Gigi knew the cushioned side would require more fabric.
For the flat side, she added an inch to its circumference and began to cut.  For the bulkier, cushioned side, she added two inches and continued cutting.
Gigi then used a stable gun to attach the fabric, making sure to pull the fabric tight and to alternate sides as she stapled.
Before restoring the back and the seat, Gigi gave the frame a new coat of spray paint.

Once the paint dried, she returned both the seat and the back to the frame and replaced the screws she had previously removed.

The finished product from the front...
And the back...
...and it is FOR SALE!  We are asking $35 or your best offer.  E-mail us at single.splash.of.lime@gmail.com if you are interested.


... and per usual, forgive the iPhone photos.



2/28/12

currently coveting: a unique coffee table

When one of our readers e-mailed us with the subject line, "Be still my heart" and a special request for one of these...


Gigi and I got to work.  I responded to the reader asking how she felt about DIY projects and Gigi began to call her friends with ties to the big utility companies.  After a short while, Gigi successfully located an old wooden reel.  

Now the reel itself will need a whole lotta some love... some sanding and some staining.  We will also need to cut the dow rods and secure them... 

We are looking forward to a beautiful before and after!
We promise to share the finished product. 

2/27/12

weekend celebration: k&k

Though I'm no expert event planner, I love to throw a party... especially when it involves a celebration of a sweet, sweet friend.  I was over the moon excited to throw an engagement party for a beautiful couple (love to K & K) over the weekend.

As I was preparing for the party, I felt it absolutely necessary to share a few cost cutting tips, as well as some of my favorite details that just happen to be frugal finds.  

Invitations...
When hosting an event, I generally create my own invitations and print them on card stock.  I try to stockpile envelopes and always buy odd shaped envelopes that are marked down.  Since I make my own invitations, I can design to fit the envelopes I have on hand.  Here's the invitation I created for the engagement party...


The Door...
The door not only gives guests a first impression, but it also provides the perfect venue for adding a personal touch.  I used a thrifted embroidery hoop (found several months ago for only $1), some fabric I already had, and a 9 1/2 inch "W" ($1.99 from Hobby Lobby) to create the door hanging.  K squealed when she rounded the corner and saw the door, adorned with the W she will soon be taking as her monogram.
The Bar...
Though this party was of the BYOB variety, I wanted to create a DIY cocktail bar.  I took two trays (that generally live on my ottomans) and used them for the spread of mixers and liquors.  I then took a thrifted pewter bowl and filled with mini bottles from my liquor cabinet.  I placed bar tools and limes in  a couple of (again thrifted) silver footed pieces and a small silver bowl so that everything would be within easy reach.

The Table...
Don't be afraid to ask for help.  Throwing a party is a lot of work.  I happily enlisted the help of a close friend of mine (shout out to KG) to do some of the cooking.  We settled on just deserts.  To create an easy centerpiece, I used a wood framed mirror (found at a Goodwill in January), mason jars wrapped with burlap and filled with candles, a pair of metallic birds (from a resale shop), and Anthropologie-esque knobs, each marked with a K, that I picked up at Michael's.  I  used chalkboard tags (also from Michaels) for food and drink labels and will no doubt reuse them over and over again.



Favors...
Chocolate chip cookies are the bride-to-be's favorite.  So I baked several dozen, wrapped them up, and placed them in brown paper bags that I had stamped, "K & K."  I used raffia from my gift wrapping basket to finish off the favors.  I placed them in a chalkboard bucket that I had already monogramed.

A Personal Touch...
Gigi did well when she picked up this shadow box and pair of skeleton keys at "her store."  Though she had no project in mind, she knew these finds were too good to pass up.  I compiled Gigi's finds to create a "Keys to a Good Marriage" gift for the couple.  Guests shared their well wishes and the couple left with a cherished memento.



In Summary...
  • Go to the thrift store before you go to the big box store to look for party pieces.  
  • Invest in items you will be able to reuse at future events. 
  • Check clearance bins for envelopes, paper products, etc. even when you don't have a need in an effort to inspire and stockpile supplies for future events. 
  • Ask for help. 
  • Make it personal.  




     


2/24/12

tag sale

Welcome to the Tag Sale.  Remember, if you see something you like, simply e-mail us at single.splash.of.lime@gmail.com.  No reasonable offers will be refused!  We will make arrangements for payment and pick-up/deliveries through e-mail.  See the About Us page for more information.    

Gigi painted and distressed this sweet nightstand/side table on her own and is asking $48 for this piece.
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Gigi and I love the look of an old ladder.  I have one that I use to house and display my quilts.
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Chinese console table...
SOLD
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Though the ginger jar went quickly, the umbrella stand is still available for $30...

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Blue and white continued and we are asking $14 for each piece.
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Blue and white porcelain figurines for $15 (but worth much, much more)... 
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Blue and white porcelain pitchers...$30 for the pair OR $20 for the larger one, $15 for the smaller one...
SOLD
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A few more blue and white porcelain pieces to round out the collection... 
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We have one old window pane remaining...
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The cameos I shared earlier in the week are also available...
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2/23/12

love at first sight: ginger jars

Gigi has a natural affinity for blue and white porcelain and she is continually growing her collection.  Some pieces were Mother's (my late grandmother), some pieces were gifts from her sweet sisters, and many more pieces are items that she fell for and simply could not walk away from... 

In spite of her tremendous collection, Gigi can generally tell you each piece's story... when she got it, where it came from, and what makes it special.  

My collection of blue and white will likely never mirror Gigi's.  I have just enough pieces to remind me of home, of Gigi, and of a family of women who look to these porcelain pieces as their own sort of Holy Grail.  I smile each time I see a piece.  And without fail, I swoon for ginger jars.  

I especially love these huge ginger jars... 


Here's the bad news, ginger jars... especially the larger ones... tend to be pricey.  When I say large, I'm talking 20+ inches and when I say pricey, I'm talking anywhere from $100 to upwards of $600.  

Now, get ready for some REALLY good news.  Gigi is editing her collection of blue and white porcelain.  Look for several pieces listed Friday in our weekly Tag Sale.  Here's a sneak peak...
Gigi is asking $30 for the Umbrella Stand and only $12 for the Ginger Jar.  
E-mail us at single.splash.of.lime@gmail.com if you're interested.  




2/22/12

before and after: a can of spray paint

Disclaimer... the before is so scary that I very nearly didn't share.  When Gigi found these and said she "kinda liked them," my immediate reaction was "Gross!"  We both agreed that they could be painted and so we picked up these two heinous plaques for a little before and after magic.

The before...

I placed the plaques on two pairs of plastic cups so that I'd be able to cover the rims of each plaque without them sticking to the newspaper.  I found a trusty can of spray paint and got busy.  

The after...
Not even a can of spray paint later, we had two sweet cameo plaques that would be beautiful on either side of a bed, in a powder room, or as part of a gallery wall.  
Lesson learned... a can of spray paint goes a long way.  I like our version WAY more than the Pottery Barn version you see below.   



2/21/12

currently coveting: old window panes

Old, upcycled window panes offer endless possibilities... 

Hanging over a bed, mantle, or server...

Displaying favorite photographs...

Informing guests of table assignments at weddings and parties...

Gigi and I were fortunate to find several.  

We have a set of four matching window panes that are FOR SALE.  
We are asking $15 for each... though you all know by now that our prices are negotiable AND we can definitely give you a better price if you buy more than one.  



2/20/12

weekend find: chinese console table

Gigi and I fancy ourselves pretty good at combining old with new to create that collected over time look most people so desire in their homes.  She and I both love the way a "special" piece passed down over several generations or an antique picked up at the flea market give a room a sense of tradition.  Adding Chinese or Oriental furniture is an easy way to add that same sense of history while also supporting the functionality required by modern homes.
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The piece above retails for $999.  Similar pieces from Oriental furniture exporters and antique dealers generally sell for at least $500, if not more.  You can imagine how thrilled I was when we picked up this piece... 
 Our version comes without the Wisteria and/or antique dealer price tag.  It's beautiful as is or would be divine lacquered up in green or distressed in blue.  This piece is for sale and could be your's for $170 OBO.   



d&a giveaway winner announced

Congratulations Jenny Lynn!  
You are the winner of the Dash&Albert rug giveway.  
Jenny Lynn was chosen using Random.org.  
Claim your PRIZE... One 2 X 3 Dash & Albert Rug.  Jenny Lynn, please e-mail us at single.splash.of.lime@gmail.com to let us know how we can quickly and conveniently get your rug to you!

2/17/12

tag sale

Welcome to the Tag Sale.  Remember, if you see something you like, simply e-mail us at single.splash.of.lime@gmail.com.  No reasonable offers will be refused!  We will make arrangements for payment and pick-up/deliveries through e-mail.  See the About Us page for more information.    

Brass faux bamboo nesting tables....
SOLD
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Gigi and I actually spotted one of these vintage aquamarine jars in an antique shop for $19.  You can have this one for $9. 
SOLD
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Wall mount... get inspiration here....
SOLD
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Wrought iron medallion... would look beautiful over a couch or a tub... get inspiration here... 
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Set of two rattan stackable trays... price cut to $16.
SOLD
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Glass canister... price cut to $5.
SOLD
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Cake stand and dome... price cut to $14

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Hammered aluminum ice bucket...
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Ornate oval mirror
SOLD
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Pewter bowl... price cut to $9.
SOLD
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Painted bar cart... only $95.  
SOLD
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And don't forget about the dash&albert giveaway (follow and comment for entries).  The giveaway ends on Sunday and we will announce the winner on Monday!