Travel Trailer Makeover Videos!

Last year I began rehabbing the travel trailer we have located at our hunting camp in North Florida!  Below are the DIY Videos I have published on YouTube documenting the fun “Adventures in DIY”my husband and I have been having making a dilapidated trailer into a cozy mini vacation getaway! Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube Channel to get notifications when the next video is available!

Enjoy!

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Travel Trailer Makeover Part 1

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Travel Trailer Makeover Part 2

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Travel Trailer Makeover Part 3

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Travel Trailer Makeover Part 4

 

Hi! My name is April Burson, Owner of My Three C’s!

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I’m a mom, a wife and a wannabe YouTube video personality, blogger, furniture and home décor guru, an Air Force Veteran, and a native Texan. My Three C’s is a furniture refurbishing company located beachside in wonderful Brevard County, Florida. More than a decade ago, armed with a paint brush and a feeling, I started my first furniture project. A lone, hand me down nightstand became my first ever shabby chic refurbish. Little did I know, way back then, my life would come full circle and I would be repurposing old furniture, and making DIY videos for a living! I draw my inspiration from my home state as well as from countries I have lived and traveled. Europe was my biggest inspiration! Some of the places I have been include 20 U.S. states, and 13 countries with the top 5 overseas destinations being England, France, Spain, Austria, and Italy.
My Three C’s has been in existence since March 2011 and started as a sewing and craft venture while I was living in Montana. It was then that I began blogging about my DIY projects and the decorating of my 1930’s farm house. In 2012 my family and I relocated to the beautiful Space Coast of Florida! Items now range from Refurbished Furniture, Upcycled Junk, Vintage & Antique Sales, Home Décor, and Handmade Crafts. Staying connected to My Three C’s is easy! I am on every social media site you can think of! Find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and of course, YouTube!

My Three C’s 2015 Christmas Living Room Decor

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This will be my third Christmas spent in my tiny home on Military Base Housing.  I know some of you reading this blog know my struggle. You may be just like me, living in base or post housing or possibly a apartment dweller, or dorm room student.   The rooms are small, tiny and can sometimes feel more like a hospital room or a staged apartment than a home.  The last year has been rather stifling to me because we have far outgrown this space.  In fact, we have never been very comfortable in this small space, but we have made due.  I have my three boys, my husband, myself and my Chihuahua, Kiwi that reside here and some days its like we are walking on top of each other just to go to the bathroom.  Hopefully that changes for us soon, but I also have to remember to be humble.  Not everyone has a warm bed in a clean and safe home and it is selfish of me to not remember that I am one of the lucky ones.  Truthfully this is the first year that I really went all out and dug out the Rubbermaid containers full of collected Holly Jolly and Fa La La and Decked my Halls with the joy of the season.  Doing so was actually therapeutic for me.  I was in a funk because when you love home décor, crafting and collecting antiques, and you don’t own the space you live in, it gets hard to not feel creatively stunted by lack of ownership freedom. I decided I was going to reflect the things that make me happy in by decorating vision and use items I already had to make this season feel as homey and as organic as I could.

I wanted to make sure my home didn’t feel staged so I kept with the natural and eclectic style I love. I am completely obsessed with the quality and craftsmanship of antique furniture and try my best to avoid any mass produced pieces in my home.  I’m not a spring chicken so I have had a few decades to build my collection of antique furniture and I love nothing more than to use those pieces for everyday function and style.  I also love the great outdoors so I am always using natural and weathered elements such as,  antlers, animal effigies, pine cones, rustic woods and rusty metals. Here is a look at my whole Living Room all decked out and through this post, I will break down where my items came from as well as why I chose them.

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My Small Living Room in Daylight.

To see the Christmas Living Room Video Tour, Please click on the link.

 

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My Christmas Décor in the Evening.

 

Last year I went to Big Lots and found they carry a new collection called the Woodlands Collection.  I fell in love with the animal figures made of twigs, pine cones and various shrubbery.  I bought several owls, and deer as well as ornaments that reflected that nature inspired theme.

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My Christmas Tree trimmed with Owls and Ornaments from the Big Lots Woodlands Collection.

I normally buy a real Christmas Tree but this year I wanted to remain frugal and used a artificial tree I already had.  My Christmas Tree contains globes made of corks, and shaved wood, twine and burlap ornaments and glittery deer busts.  I inserted sprigs of snow covered branches and red winter berries to incorporate some more color to the artificial tree.  Pine Cone and Acorn Ornaments also add woodsy aspects and give it a more realistic appearance.

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“Oh Christmas Tree”!

Since last year I struggled with “just the right” tree skirt.  Nothing looked natural enough to me so this year I bought a Faux Fur Throw from Big Lots and used it and a big galvanized flea market bucket to camouflage the artificial tree base.  It is soft and creamy and gives the illusion of fluffy snow.  I sprinkled some pine cones I collected on the blanket and some glittery acorns to replicate the ground of a wintery forest floor.  The mailbox you see is an actual antique British mailbox I brought back with me from my travels.  Last year, I used it to magically deliver letters to Santa all the way to the North Pole.  My little ones loved it so it is now a family tradition!

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The Stocking Are Hung by the Faux Mantel with Care.

To see how the Christmas Stocking Hanger was made, follow the link to my DIY Video.

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DIY Christmas Stocking Hanger

 

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Faux Mantel and Faux Tin Bucket Fire

Florida is not known for frigid temperatures that require a fireplace and a roaring fire, but what cozy winter wonderland would be complete without a mantel complete with a faux fire.  I have had the idea of creating my faux mantel for quite some time but only erected it this fall.  I am so thankful that I did!  I love the way it ties my Christmas décor together and gives the illusion of a grand hearth despite my limited square footage.

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Faux Fire in a Tin Bucket complete with Fire Wood and Pine Cones. Use Twinkly Christmas Lights to Replicate a Crackling Fire.

 

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Tin Bucket Fire

 

To see how I camouflage the Christmas Light Extension Cord please click the link to see my Video Quick Tip on YouTube.

One of the trying architectural elements of my base house is the windows!  All base houses in my community come with white vertical blinds which are very hard to decorate around.  My home also has three windows that sit above the initial windows for added sunlight.  While the sunshine is beautiful, it takes some imagination to find a way to complement the look.  Rather than invest time and money on drapes for this area, I decided to work with the design.

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Window Dressing in the Evening

 

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Daytime View of the Windows

 

Why fight it!  This is a rental, and not my forever home.  What I did to tie in the blinds and windows was to trim them with garland, pinecones tiny trees and a very Texas in Florida Star Marquee I found at Big Lots.

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Bubble Gum Machine Snow Globe

To see how I used this vintage Bubble Gum Machine as a Snow Globe, see my DIY Video by clicking on the link.

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I hope you enjoyed my Christmas Living Room Tour and I hope that I gave some of you folks with small living spaces some inspiration to embrace your tiny dwellings and make a grand statement using items you already have and some thrifty finds. Merry Christmas to you and yours and I hope to see you all in the New Year!

With Love,

April of My Three C’s

 

Gearing up for Fall! 2015

Happy Fall Y’all, from My Three C’s!!!

This post may be late to some of you that live further north than I do, but here in Florida we had our first crisp morning of the season.  68 degrees this morning and all of Florida headed to work or school with a light jacket and a reminder that we are all winter wimps. LOL!  Anywho, I just thought I would take this morning to showcase a few of the cool wares I’ve been working on and gathering to display at the fall shows and at my booth at Rehab Vintage Market.  I have been busy painting with Sweet Pickins Milk Paint as you can see with this chippy, crackly accent table.  I used flour sack with no bond.  I just made sure to give the piece a light sanding and then sprayed it with shellac before applying two coats of milk paint.  Next I sealed it with a combination of clear and dark wax to give it a “sexy dirty” look.

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I decided to stage the piece with fun fall accents that I have picked over the last few months and with some pumpkins I have sewn up.  Baskets filled with harvest corn, pinecones and flaky old picture frames give this piece a primitive look and really bring in the feel of fall.  I see this picture and think of pumpkin pie, hot apple cider and the smell of cinnamon.

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Hope you enjoyed this little sneak peak of things I am working on and hope you visit me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mythreecs

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Until next time,

April ~ My Three C’s

My Idea of Cozy

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As the cheer of the holiday season comes to a close it’s easy for this gal to get the winter blues. I know what you’re thinking. “She lives in Florida for heaven sakes! How does this gal know anything about winter blues?” Well for those of you that follow me regularly on this blog, and on Facebook, it’s not new information that I use to live in the northern state of Montana. In Fairfield, Montana it has been known to get down to -60 when the wind picks up. When the days got super frigid and the sun was covered by winter haze, I had to learn a few things that kept my mind sunny and my sprit cozy.

When I think about what makes a drab winter day into a cozy, dreamy experience, I think of our north Florida campsite in Jasper, Florida. This weekend Jasper experienced a pretty substantial cold snap with temperatures dipping down into the 20’s! I knew this would be the best backdrop to illustrate my idea of what made a frosty day into a cozy experience.

Into the Woods…

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There is nothing that gives my soul comfort like the great outdoors. When I was a young girl I use to enjoy exploring the open fields and dirt roads behind my house. I have fond memories of running through the pastures with my siblings and hunting dove with my dad behind our South Texas home. The call of wide open spaces is nothing I can explain fully. You just have to feel it. Because of my many trips this season to Jasper, I have gained so much decorating inspiration from natural elements. The warmth of timber, the smell of a crisp breeze through the forest trees, strong stones sculpted by Mother Nature and the magic of the misty, wild woods is like wings for your spirit and a cozy, comfort that can’t be matched.
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For me, it was an easy choice to load the back of my truck with some of my favorite cozy things and let the northern Florida back country showcase them for me.

The Chair…

No folks, I am not paying homage to the King of Country, George Strait (even though his gift of song can make a country girl swoon) ;). I’m talking about this handsome, leather, open armed, wing back spot of splendor.
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Some might say I have an obsession with chairs and the truth is those people are 100% right. Chairs have the power to make you feel regal, like a throne. Powerful, like an executive chair. Mature, like a rocking chair. Or safe and loved, like grandpas old recliner. The right chair can be a great, big, cozy hug allowing you the ability to breathe easy, relax with a cup of coffee, and dream of summer.
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In my opinion, the right chair is a vessel that steers you though life’s chilly days.

Journey of the Mind…

Winter can be very depressing, gloomy and cold. If you are not a fan of winter sports or part polar bear your mind can get rather restless. That is where a good book is handy. Why not take a trip into an exotic land, and tropical paradise or a romantic dream of what the coming spring will bring?
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For me, a good book is just the right medicine to chase the winter blues away. There is nothing cozier than curling up in your favorite chair with a good book, in a quiet warm space.
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Just make sure you share some of that new found knowledge with a living being from time to time, or you might get a little touch of the crazies. LOL!

Cloak of Comfort…

On a cold winters day it is easy to describe cozy and comfortable with one word… warmth. I don’t know anyone who truly relishes the chill of an icy wind or the bite of a winter’s frost. I think is more the delicious sensation of being wrapped up in the warmth of an embrace, the security of a downy blanket or the luxury of a fluffy sweater that makes the nip of the cold a little more bearable and somewhat enjoyable. While browsing through the Parachute Home bedding website I noticed some beautiful cashmere throws that would be the perfect cocoon of coziness to share with my teddy bear aka, Mr. 3C’s. I also enjoy the fashion of winter to include trendy jacket, creamy sweaters, chunky boots and rosy cheeks. Putting on a big sweater is like putting on a warm hug. Sigh!
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So those are my ideas of what makes a cozy winter experience. What do you need to make winter bearable? What is your idea of cozy? I would love to hear your ideas, and read your comments on how you survive the elements where you are. For now this April is gonna shower you with warm wishes of happiness! XOXO
Cozily Yours,
April ~ My Three C’s

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Big News: Adventure Awaits!!!

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Hello my friends! For those that follow me closely on Facebook, you know that it has been a long while since I have been in a retail location. I have been enjoying time at home and doing shows all over Florida. Well I am pleased to announce that My Three C’s will once again be in a retail location amongst other talented vintage, shabby chic, antique, oddity and home décor dealers in a new upscale store called Vintage Living Marketplace!

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This new venture will be owned and operated by my good friend Terrie Ireland of Chic to Antique! I have a lot of great ideas for my new space and am excited to be a part of this new store. Vintage Living Marketplace has been getting quite a bit of buzz from all the local dealers and we have no doubt this is the next big thing to hit Brevard County!

Where is this amazing location? Vintage Living Marketplace will be located at 5555 US 1 in Rockledge Florida in the former Roomscapes of Brevard location (If you remember, I did a show there last year).

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     This location is quite possibly the best location, with Vintage Living Marketplace being in the US 1 Central Florida Corridor! It is only 9 Minutes away from Viera Florida, 15 minutes from Patrick Air Force Base/and the Satellite Beach community, 17 minutes from Cocoa and 21 minutes from Melbourne!

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     When do we open? Vintage Living Marketplace will be opening to the public this summer! We are planning some great events, classes and sales to keep the local junking community Sa-tis-fied! With beautiful showrooms and the best darn vendors in Florida, I just know you will be lining at the door on opening day. Did I say showrooms? Absolutely! With the scale of vendors that will be calling Vintage Living Marketplace home, Terrie knew that a showroom would be the ideal place to house her vision and BOY! What a vision it is! More information on all the great events, classes and shows will be available as Terrie works out the schedule.

Until our opening date here is a raw sneak peek at my new space at Vintage Living Marketplace! You have to imagine it without the cabinets, kitchen island and fixture displays.

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This spot already is a warm, inviting and aesthetic space! I can’t wait to put my spin on this beautiful venue and provide elegant, universally appeling furniture and home décor to Central Florida in a location where my work is easily accessible for viewing and purchasing. Make sure you like my Facebook page for an opening date, grand opening, and my progress and inventory! Also, please like Vintage Living Marketplace by clicking on this link! Make sure to tell Terrie, My Three C’s sent you!

Thank you all for continuing to support of My Three C’s  and my journey in the “Epic World of Refurbished Furniture!”

XOXO ~ April of My Three C’s

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Vintage Inspired Typewriter Key Coasters/Home Decor. ***A My Three C’s Original***

I was just so excited to debut my new painted custom home décor item that I had to blog about it! Check out my hand painted, custom made Typewriter Key Coasters or Home Décor Accents. These little cuties can be used to keep those glasses off your antique furniture or to stage with your vintage inspired home décor! I have these little babies for sale on my Etsy StoreVintage Inspired Typewriter Key Coasters/HOme Decor.

If you cant live with out these please contact me. I searched all over the internet and did not find any like these. Buy from the Origin! ~ My Three C’s