2016 Christmas Home Tour

This year has been one of the most amazing years filled with so may blessings.  It should be so easy for me to type this blog post but honestly, it is super difficult.  Not because I don’t have a lot to write about but because I have been the busiest and exhausted I have been in a long while! We closed on our new house in April of this year and since then I have been chauffeuring kids to and from school and their extracurricular activities, working on my new t-shirt line, selling milk paint, continuing with my furniture refurbishing business and  decorating our new home.  Not to mention all the upkeep and unsuspected maintenance we have had pop up in the last few months of home ownership.  (If I had to count how many sprinkler heads I have had to replace, I wouldn’t have enough fingers.)  Imagining my crazy, busy year I think you can see how its been super hard for me to keep up with my blog, YouTube channel, and DIY projects.  I have to say that the holidays were a blessing in disguise.  If it weren’t for holiday guests I may have never found the energy to get my decorations up and get the house clean!

In November, my husband told me he wanted to host his office Christmas party at our house and I was more than a little worried.  I can be a little obsessive about entertaining (okay…a lot obsessive) and I just didn’t feel like my house was up to entertaining a big group of people.  For one, we moved from base housing which was a little over 1600 sq. ft. to a 2900 sq.ft. home.  I had to find a way to decorate a bigger home, and accomplish it in a months time with very little money.  I was worried because I didn’t just need Christmas décor, but I was in need of furniture too!  I had no sofa in our living room, I started but never finished painting our living room, I had no coffee table in our family room and our kitchen table was missing chairs. Instead of just giving up I decided to hop on Pinterest and peruse my favorite home décor magazines to give me some inspiration and direction.   Once I decided what styles I liked and decided what items matched my instinctual home décor taste I took my very light wallet and hit all the local thrift stores on an almost daily basis. I found lots of Christmas and non Christmas décor embellishments but on one trip I found a very simple duck cloth loveseat and a great Queen Victoria lounge chair for a steal of a deal plus it was Veterans Discount Day!!  I steam cleaned  and dusted both pieces and you would have never guessed that I got them second hand. How’s that for breaking the ice on this home décor mission!

During this time my husband and I worked a little every week in our not so spare time to finish painting our spacious living room.  It is quite a feat with 10 ft. ceilings.  Especially since I am severely afraid of heights and climbing ladders get my knees knocking like you wouldn’t believe.  I painted our living room a soft and calming grey blue tone.  I like to stick to blues and greys because of their Zen like properties.  The paint we used was Behr Premium Plus Ultra Interior Eggshell Enamel in the color Planetary Grey.

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TIP:  When you are talking about paint that covers great and has great stain blocking properties you get what you pay for.  In my opinion, don’t skimp on cheap paint. I have been a Behr girl for years and recommend it to anyone that asks.

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Here you can kinda see the old color to the right which was a vanilla”ish” beige alongside the new color.  I cropped out the nightmare of a mess I had going on the living room floor.

While shopping for décor at one of my favorite thrifts, I found a great clipper ship print.  It looked so great on my blue grey walls that I decided to do a collage of ships with prints and paintings I found while junking.  So far I have four pictures.  You can see some of them in this picture as well as some of my Christmas décor.

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You can also see the Queen Victoria Lounge Chair in this picture.  Not bad for a thrift store find!  The Christmas décor you see here consist of junking finds, and last years bargain shopping.

TIP:  Visit the local craft and home décor stores the days after the holidays.  Most stores are practically giving away their seasonal merchandise.  Just pack it away, along with this years decorations and next December it will feel like Christmas came early!

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One of the best things about moving into a bigger house is unpacking things that did not fit in your last little base house.  This stained glass European China Cabinet was one of those.  I had this piece crated and stored for three years and I was so ecstatic to finally unbox it.  Some things just never go out of style and hand carved antique furniture is one of them!

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Wondering about that second hand sofa??? Well here it is dolled up with some cute pillows I picked up at Walmart.  Speaking of second hand scores!  See the 9ft tree on the right?  Guess how much I got that for at Goodwill???  Did you guess $14.99?  Well if you did, then you are correct!  I spent weeks pricing trees and I nearly gave the hubby a heart attack when I took him tree browsing.  Most artificial trees range from $170-$300 brand new.  You better believe I pulled the tag on this bad boy and paid my $14.99 before they realized just how little they were charging me.  It just goes to show that if you are patient and keep your eyes peeled for good deals, you can get lucky.

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Finding a good centerpiece is always tricky, but nothing beats taking something unexpected like a vintage sled and some old, cloth feed sacks and using them to dress up your table.  Add some galvanized metal, cinnamon candles, festive foliage and you are good to go!

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TIP: Buy your favorite scented candles, remove the manufacturer sticker and decorate it with some fancy Christmas ribbon and some greenery.  I love Better Homes and Gardens Scented Candles from Walmart and the Ribbon and greenery are from Michaels!  If you don’t already have the Michaels app on your smart phone, download it after reading this blog!  They have weekly sale items and COUPONS!!!!

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Because I wanted to be a good hostess I made sure to have champagne flutes and wine glasses on hand.  I found these at Goodwill for .69 cents each and they are not the thin cheap glass.  These glasses are heavy and makes it look like I spent department store prices.  A little soapy hot water and they are as good as new and ready to fill with Christmas spirit.

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TIP:  Save money on holiday foliage by visiting your local pop up Christmas tree tents.  The workers will sometimes give you the clippings for free.  Take a box, fill it up, and enjoy the pine scent and holiday cheer for days.  Use them to trim out centerpieces, fill mason jars or if you are super crafty, make wreaths.  Here I took an old wood bowl and mason jars I trimmed with plaid and twine and filled them with my free clippings.

I spent a lot of time in my living room decorating but I also tried to show the same amount of attention to detail to my family room.  With food and laughter on the menu I wanted to give people a comfortable place to mingle, nibble and unwind.  I had to find a coffee table that was big enough to fill space but matched my style and budget.  I again hit the thrift stores and found two coffee tables.  One didn’t work with my décor so it was refurbished and put up for sale. The second one was big enough but it had a glass top.  As a mom of three crazy boys I knew that would be a major no-no!  I decided to paint it with Sweet Pickins Milk Paint in Haberdash then I sealed it with our Clear Beeswax.  I replaced the glass with reclaimed wood slats which I cut to fit, sanded, then stained.  I have to say I am thrilled at how this project turned out!

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And here is how my coffee table looks with the rest of the space.

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TIP: Use food for décor!  Use a plate of cookies, a bowl of apples, or even tasty canapés on a fancy server. You have them on hand already, so why not serve up some delicious ornamentation.

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Last but not least my latest purchase!  I bought this dining room table from a friend and fellow junker for a great deal!  I plan on reupholstering the seats and giving it a makeover but I’m gonna have to save this for after the holidays! I still have to wrap presents and spend time with the family so I think it can wait.

I hope you enjoyed my Christmas home tour for 2016.  Hopefully I will be able to pick up my blogging pace in the new year.  If you liked this blog, my tips and my photographs, please make sure to share on Facebook and pin my pictures!

Until next time Merry Christmas to you and yours and Good Tidings for the New Year!

XOXO,

April, My Three C’s

 

 

 

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

Round, Ornate, Dining Room Table is a STAR!

Today I was honored to be spotlighted by http://www.furnitureflippin.com! I’m thrilled to be apart of Stephanie’s blog today and really enjoy her writing style! What a fun way to start off my morning and what a way to make a gal feel special! Please go by Furniture Flippin’s website and let them know you saw it here! Happy to say the Ornate Country White Dining Room set, is now a STAR!

***SOLD***Distressed and Antiqued Country White Round Table with Four Chairs.  Blue and green striped cushions.  Ornate detail throughout!

***SOLD***Distressed and Antiqued Country White Round Table with Four Chairs. Blue and green striped cushions. Ornate detail throughout!


Here is the link to my featured piece of furniture.
http://furnitureflippin.blogspot.com/2013/08/ornate-round-table-seeking-companion.html

Have a great Friday everyone! All the best!
-April My Three C’s

Student Desk Makeover


A few weeks ago I went garage sale shopping and walked away with this wooden student desk in desperate need of TLC. I knew it was gonna take a lot of elbow grease to get this baby looking new again. I was right about that, but even I didn’t realize how much work I actually took on!

Before Picture of Child Size Student Desk.

Before Picture of Child Size Student Desk.

Before picture of the child size chair.

Before picture of the child size chair.


I first started sanding it to get most of the spray paint and nail polish mess off, and being that I planned to use chalk paint (which usually covers everything) quit at a light rough up. As soon as I started painting I noticed how the paint wasn’t adhering properly and there were areas that looked very weird! It looked almost clumpy. I knew right away that I was going to have to sand it all the way down. So, I let the paint dry and the next day went to sanding. What a nightmare that turned out to be! Under the spray paint was layers of other colors and some kind of primer that when sanded turned to a blackish grey tar like goo! I went at it for some time then talked to the hubby. We both decided that a paint stripper might be a good way to get all those layers off. So I went to my favorite home improvement store and get some.
Sanding the desk was a nightmare!  you can see the layers of paint and tar like goop. YUCK!

Sanding the desk was a nightmare! you can see the layers of paint and tar like goop. YUCK!


That day I come home, suit up for chemical warfare and get to stripping…paint! SMH! (Shame on you for thinking otherwise! 😉 WARNING: Make sure you have the correct gloves for the job. Paint stripper will eat though regular household gloves. Long sleeves are also a good idea. Chemical burns are not something you want to experience!
I’m gonna cut right to it. The paint stripper didn’t work so great. It did however “loosen” the hold of the paint making it easier for me to sand. Unfortunately that’s when the rain started. For days, we folks in Florida were experiencing the damp weather and while I love a good thunder storm, it is really bad for business. I sanded when I caught a dry spell it took days and one pack of coarse sandpaper. After about a week I had the desk and chair down to the wood. I smoothened out the wood with a fine sandpaper and cut some slats for a new chair seat. I decided to paint it a nice light green so that it could be used by a little boy or girl and kept with a traditional golden pine stain. I’m very pleased with the results!
Antique Desk refurbished in a Lime Sorbet and Golden Stain.  Lightly distressed and antiqued.

Antique Desk refurbished in a Lime Sorbet and Golden Stain. Lightly distressed and antiqued.

Baby Ronan’s Nursery

I had the great pleasure of refurbishing nursery furniture for some clients of mine. Boy oh Boy did it turn out wonderful! Here are a few pictures of the nursery completed and decorated. All we need now is a baby! Thank you Osuna Family for your business, friendship and allowing me to showcase your nursery to the world! Your FAMOUS! Or at least immortalized on the internet. lol 😉

Crib, Dresser, Changing Table and Name Sign Refurbished by My Three C’s. Distressed and Antiqued in Country White. Nursery Photography done by me, as well!

Barn Find-Little Wooden Stool


Well do you all remember the cute little stool I posted a few weeks ago? Well if you don’t here it is.

Here is the before photo of the stool

Here is the before photo of the stool


Cute right? So you can see why I was so excited to work on it. I couldn’t decide which route to take. I had a lot of request to make it a “time out” chair and I thought about doing that, but I really wanted it to be special. Then it hit me! I’m gonna repurpose and refurbish, and I’m gonna do it all in one piece of furniture and it’s gonna be fabulous!
Antique Pillowcase and the stool.

Antique Pillowcase and the stool.


Sounded like a solid plan and I even had a brilliant idea on how to accomplish my little task! I remembered I had a few antique pillowcases. What luck! Antique pillowcases +Old stool =AMAZING….But my math was all wrong. Here, have a look.
How boring!

How boring!


BLAH! Boring and an Epic Fail. I was gutted and I felt like giving my poor little stool a swift kick down the driveway. I decided to walk away but if you are just like me you can’t just walk away, cuz it stays and eats away at you. I had a vision, for crying out loud! What to do, what to do. I decided to rummage through my swatches of fabric but nothing looked right and it didn’t go with the whole plan of repurposing something. I wandered into my bedroom and sat down on the corner of the mattress. Im not gonna lie, laying down and sulking did cross my mind. Then as I sat there staring aimlessly into my closet it all came into focus. Literally, all the crap in my closet came into focus and I saw this forgotten shopping bag I never used but bought because I thought it was “SO CUTE!”.
Cute bag I picked up at Old Navy for $1.00!

Cute bag I picked up at Old Navy for $1.00!


Bingo! Here was my solution. I ran down the stairs and showed my hubby who also though I found resolution.
Well here is the finished product! A stool, painted in a distressed lavender with a repurposed Paris themed shopping bag! What do you think?
J'adore Paris!

J’adore Paris!

MY FURNITURE PORTFOLIO





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china cabinet

clawfood dresser

coral dresser


Black Distressed Waterfall Vanity!

Black Distressed Waterfall Vanity!

Black Distressed Waterfall Vanity!

Black Distressed Waterfall Vanity!

Black Distressed Waterfall Vanity!

Black Distressed Waterfall Vanity!

Turquoise and Dark Stain End/Accent Table. Sold at Wildwood Antique Mall!

Turquoise and Dark Stain End/Accent Table. Sold at Wildwood Antique Mall!

Black and Shimmer Glazed Accent table with French Bonjour and Antique Phone Embellishment.

Black and Shimmer Glazed Accent table with French Bonjour and Antique Phone Embellishment.

Navy Accent Table with White Silhouette of Little Girl. Lightly Distressed.

Navy Accent Table with White Silhouette of Little Girl. Lightly Distressed.

Candy Stripped Buffet! Teal and Country White with original hardware!

Candy Stripped Buffet! Teal and Country White with original hardware!

Distressed and Antiqued Painted Old Glory Table.

Distressed and Antiqued Painted Old Glory Table.

Distressed and Antiqued Painted Old Glory Table.

Distressed and Antiqued Painted Old Glory Table.

Distressed and Antiqued Painted Old Glory Table.

Distressed and Antiqued Painted Old Glory Table.

Antique White Body and Dark Stain Drawers.

Antique White Body and Dark Stain Drawers.

Redone in Aqua and Antiqued with Dark Glaze

Redone in Aqua and Antiqued with Dark Glaze

Antique Desk refurbished in a Lime Sorbet and Golden Stain. Lightly distressed and antiqued.

Antique Desk refurbished in a Lime Sorbet and Golden Stain. Lightly distressed and antiqued.

French Inspired Dresser. Blue frame and white drawers with original pulls. Distressed and Antiqued and decorated with French number script and Flur de Lis.

French Inspired Dresser. Blue frame and white drawers with original pulls. Distressed and Antiqued and decorated with French number script and Flur de Lis.

French Inspired Dresser. Blue frame and white drawers with original pulls. Distressed and Antiqued and decorated with French number script and Flur de Lis.

French Inspired Dresser. Blue frame and white drawers with original pulls. Distressed and Antiqued and decorated with French number script and Flur de Lis.

French Inspired Dresser. Blue frame and white drawers with original pulls. Distressed and Antiqued and decorated with French number script and Flur de Lis.

French Inspired Dresser. Blue frame and white drawers with original pulls. Distressed and Antiqued and decorated with French number script and Flur de Lis.

French Inspired Dresser. Blue frame and white drawers with original pulls. Distressed and Antiqued and decorated with French number script and Flur de Lis.

French Inspired Dresser. Blue frame and white drawers with original pulls. Distressed and Antiqued and decorated with French number script and Flur de Lis.

French Inspired Dresser. Blue frame and white drawers with original pulls. Distressed and Antiqued and decorated with French number script and Flur de Lis.

French Inspired Dresser. Blue frame and white drawers with original pulls. Distressed and Antiqued and decorated with French number script and Flur de Lis.

French Inspired Dresser. Blue frame and white drawers with original pulls. Distressed and Antiqued and decorated with French number script and Flur de Lis.

French Inspired Dresser. Blue frame and white drawers with original pulls. Distressed and Antiqued and decorated with French number script and Flur de Lis.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

***SOLD***Turquoise and Dark Stain Distressed Chest. Rich color and beautiful carved detail. Original hardware with soft close hinges.

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“Beyond the Sea…” This small beauty is distressed in Country White with Sailboat embelishments. Contact me via Facebook for price and purchase information.

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Still Available for local pickup in Brevard County Florida

Still Available for local pickup in Brevard County Florida

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30″x3 1/2″ Shipping Available

Available in Various Colors! Shipping Available!

Available in Various Colors! Shipping Available!

Various Colors available. Shipping Available

Various Colors available. Shipping Available

One chair available for local pickup in Brevard County Florida

One chair available for local pickup in Brevard County Florida

One chair available for local pickup in Brevard County FL

One chair available for local pickup in Brevard County FL

One Available for Local Pickup in Brevard County FL

One Available for Local Pickup in Brevard County FL

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30″ x 3 1/2″ sign. Shipping Available

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30″ x 3 1/2 Wall sign. Shipping Available!

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30″ x 3 1/2″ Wall Sign. Shipping Available!

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Wall Sign with Jamey Johnson Song Quote. Shipping Available

Wall Sign with Jamey Johnson Song Quote. Shipping Available

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30″ x 3 1/2″ Wall Sign. Shipping Available!

“Beyond the Sea…” This small beauty is distressed in Country White with Sailboat embelishments. Contact me via Facebook for price and purchase information

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Distressed Yellow Barn Window Chalkboard

Distressed Yellow Barn Window Chalkboard

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Tarnished Silver Gaming Table with Tolie Drawer Liner

Tarnished Silver Gaming Table with Tolie Drawer Liner

***SOLD*** J'adore Paris Antique Milking Stool.

***SOLD*** J’adore Paris Antique Milking Stool.

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