Faux Bois, Anyone?

Hello my friends!

I am here!  Alive and well!  I have just been keeping busy with the boys, work and selling a gang o’ stuff. It’s been fun and I can’t even believe it’s freaking March and that the world is falling apart.

How about we just pretend all that other stuff doesn’t exist and talk about boring, non-important things like what I’ve been cooking up?

A few weeks ago I bought the beauty below.  I found it on an auction site and paid… wait for it… you will die… it’s coming… a whopping $22.  Overall, the cabinet is in really great shape except there is a chunk missing on the top corner.  Who would buy a cabinet with a chunk missing?!  THIS GAL!  No-one will ever see that chunk, yeah baby!  It’s most likely from the 1980’s (like duh), made in Italy and it’s made of birds-eye maple that has been heavily shellacked, as was the way in those days.  I forgot to photo the sides, but they are lovely!  They’re the best part actually.  They have a wavy detail and the whole piece is in an oval shape.  You may be thinking, “Yak! This thing is ugly” but I see so much potential as a bathroom cabinet.  Can you just imagine her stripped down, re-stained perhaps, with legs and a marble top?  Probable some new handles too =)

Right now she is sitting in my master bedroom.  Oh vey.

But before taking the cabinet apart, I’ve decided to tackle a different project!  Wow, remember when I used to do those?!  Ha!

I have this cut-in area with 4 doors that leads to the master bathroom, from my bedroom.  To the left is a sauna (which my fancy ass uses for treasure storage) and to the right is my closet.  This wwwwhhhhooollleee thing is really boring and no fun at. all.  The doors are just flat, hollow doors and I would LOVE to change them out, but that’s a pain and probably not necessary in the grand scheme of life.  For now I’m thinking (and I’ve been thinking for a few months now) that I’d like to try to do a treatment on them.

I’m pondering a cerused oak look… ala something like this…

Can I do it?!  Who knows!  Will I try!  Yes, I will!

I found this article from Bob Vila and it doesn’t look too difficult.  Of course, starting any new project is ALWAYS way more than you expect.  As of today, I’ve only sanded the doors and already I’m pretty annoyed…. I didn’t think about removing my mirror on the inside of the door and basically sanded into my closet.  I’m the bestest.

It’s hilarious because I waited until the day before our cleaning lady came so that I could make a mess and only half clean it up.  Pat on the back for laziness!  She hasn’t quit on us yet, but stay tuned because we are a house full of lazy dirt balls!

Right now, the doors are sanded and the base coat is mixed (I had some left over crap in the garage).  I need to patch up some holes and get that paint on there!  It’s a 2 week cure time before I can apply the glaze, and now that I’ve actually done something, I’m itching to faux bois!  But something is telling me that I may have some time on my hands next week…. call it a hunch.

What do you think??

Any advice?  I’m not optimistic about getting a realistic wood grain while the doors are hanging, but I really, REALLY don’t want to remove them.

Santa Baby 2019

Happy Holidays, aka The Craziest Time of the Yearrrrrrr!

I have literally been working on my wish list for the last few weeks and I’m just now getting it done.  Sigh.  This has seriously been the story of my life for 2019.  Will I be better next year?  Tune in to find out!

Anyway, even though this is SOOOO late I figured it would still be fun to share all the goodies I’ve been saving in my notes folder.  These are things I’ve seen in a magazine or online, coveted and now am begging Santa for.

Santa, don’t do me wrong.

This first batch is kinda the “fun” set… stuff I could use when I actually try to look nice or go somewhere where there are no kids.  For some unknown reason, I’m really, REALLY wanting faux leather paperbag/pleated pants.  I can’t explain it, I just want some.  The other things, I would definitely try… a heated curling iron??  Sounds very dangerous… but Danger is my middle name.

Michael Todd Sonic Eye Wrinkle Eraser, Karl Lagerfeld Heated Eyelash Curler, Lancome Holiday Shadows, NKD SKN Tanning Water, Bar III Faux Leather Pants, Colorblock Sweater, Clear Cat-Eye Sunglasses, Eyeliner Wing Stamp Pens

This 2nd Set is for the side of me that loves a power tool!  A cute measuring tape for the purse? YES PLEASE!  I used to have one that I loved but unfortunately I lost it.  A box cutter!!  You guys I want those scissors so badly… I need them desperately, said my way too muscular hands.  I cut an obscene amount of cardboard.  And the mini welder, sandblaster and routing table – my gosh, is there anything better?!

Mini Starter Welder Kit, Cardboard Cutting Scissors, Pretty Measuring Tape, Bosch Benchtop Routing Table, Handheld Sandblaster, Oversized Flannel, Dansko Berry Clogs, Lumberjack Cap, Tie-Belt Jeans

The 3rd and final episode (Are you dying to see Star Wars as much as I am?!?) is all about the lazy Sunday at home.  You know that item that you thought you invented, i.e. heated socks??  THEY EXIST!  I’m at the same time, kicking myself and jumping for joy.  I’ve wanted the Molekule for awhile and still probably won’t get it, so I’ll need to be appeased with more mules.  More Mules for the WIN!  And that blanket!  Can’t you even handle it?  I know we would all fight over it, but I’d be ok letting it stay all winter on the sofa for super cuddling sessions… all while I wear my new striped pajamas, looking like I have it together.

Molekule Air Purifier, Wool Blanket Etsy, Heated Socks, Stars Above Striped Pajamas, Humidifier, La Mer Moisturizer, Lily Ana Eye Cream, Clarks Cloudsteppers Clogs

And I think that’s pretty good for this year!  My boys have already told me they want to gift me the new iPhone, but of course I just need to find the 5 hours to get to the store and buy it.  So we’ll see… perhaps better photos are in both of our futures!  And some new projects!!  I really want to get back to DOING STUFF.

Ok!  Back to the jungle that is on-line gift buying.

Santa Monica Proper Hotel

Hello there ol’ buddies and pals!

Life is crazy, right?  I can’t believe how fast time flies … it’s like, life is normal and on track and then BOOM, someone says the word “Holidays” and you’re feeling the weight of the year ending and STRESS. Lots of stress.

Right now I’m trying to focus on clearing out some chairs in my living room so I can fit a Christmas tree in there.  And it’s October.  Oc-to-ber.  Sometimes I don’t even know who I am anymore.  I remember a simpler time when I would buy all the gifts 3 days before, slap up a tree and decor and damn if it wasn’t f’in amazing.  Now I’m thinking about this crap in October.

Just slap me.

Anyway, I forgot to tell you guys something truly magical and fantastical that happened to me!!!  A few months ago I sold something to…. (Guess!  Guess!!)

KELLY WEARSTLER!!

You guys, I tried to tell a few of my friends this news and you know when someone has no idea what the heck you’re saying, but they’re trying to sound interested?  (Kind of like what I do to my children every single night at the dinner table – Uhm, why are the beyblades made in Japan better and cost $200??!?)  That’s what I got from them!!  How do you live life not knowing who Kelly Wearstler is?  Just answer me that.

Okay, now that we’re both hyperventilating (since YOU get me), she purchased a vintage piece for the Santa Monica Proper Hotel.  Something I picked is literally hanging on a wall in something SHE designed.

I die.

So here are all the delicious photos I could find – feast your eyes!

So, which picture has my piece in it??  The wall sculptures made with volcanic clay in New Zealand in the 1970’s…

None of them!!  Which literally, amuses me so much… because I think I would literally go nuts if it were.  (Kiss the ring b!tches, I’ve MADE IT!!!)  But since I did not make the publicity shots, it just means that I must stay there to search every crevice and report back.

I will add it to my holiday to-do list.  Hahahahhaaa!

Needless to say, that I came a few clicks from one of my idols.  And you know what?  It felt good.  Real good.