Tuesday, August 10, 2010

You White Up My Life

Sorry, that's been rummaging around in my brain
and I just had to say it.

Anything look different?

I'm almost afraid to admit it.
Yes, I have a gallon of white paint and I'm not afraid to use it...

I won't show the before picture
(ok, just a teensy tiny one, so you can't see
how fabulous it is, er...was.)

because I'm afraid some of you might come after me
and kick my fanny.

You know how it is when you have something that's totally gorgeous,
that you absolutely LOVE and adore,
but it's not quite right?

Something that you think about,
weigh the consequences,
(will it be a huge mistake and will I want it back like before?)
and obsess over?

maybe you're not ocd...
but I think you can relate.

Anyhoo, I just couldn't get past the idea that this wonderful
piece of furniture didn't match not one other thing in my house.

So out came the white paint and the brush and roller.
Now I can relax...
it's white.

and so as not to waste white paint,
I slapped some on a few other unfortunates around the house.

This print had a "terra cotta" colored frame

well, I guess because it IS terra cotta,
but what were they thinking?...
it didn't match at all.

and these old chalk french children had been gold.
You know what that means...

yup, nothing is safe around here.

and here's a completed project
that didn't require paint,
just some muscle.

We finally got the Dining Room chairs covered.
10, count 'em.
Thank goodness my husband is a helping hand!

I still have more chair slips to make
but that can wait for awhile.

Now, I'm just warning you;
Fall will be visiting here soon.
It's my favorite time of the year,
so at the end of August
summer gets booted out!

Please come by and enter my
Design Your Own Give Away
just click here.

I'm linking up with Kathleen
and all the others at Faded Charm

Hope you're having a great week!


  1. Oh, I like it a lot!! All of it. You have made all of your treasures beautiful!! My favorite thing..."at the end of August summer gets booted." HAH! Me too!

    Wonderful Debra!

  2. I LOVE it! The piece of furniture, to the frame, to the statues, to the dining room. All the whites are elegant and lovely.

  3. I love it all! The white is beautiful. The table looks amazing! Once you start it's hard to stop!




  5. well, you couldn't just waste that paint!!!
    I love all of it!!!!

  6. It all looks fabulous! The table was pretty before, and wonderful in white. The rest of your house better look out. It sounds like you may have quite a bit of paint left over.

  7. Hi Debra!
    Gosh girl, you could be dangerous with that can of white paint and a brush! LOL!

    That table looks wonderful and so does everything that was touched by your artist palet.


  8. I LOVE it white!! It was pretty before, but MUCH better white!! Love the frame and the vase too! Heck girl, you know I love it all!!


    Lou Cinda :)

  9. Man alive...I sure hope your husband doesn't lie down and take a nap....he's liable to end up getting a make-over by a crazy woman with a loaded paint brush.
    It looks wonderful...truly wonderful.

  10. Oh boy, Debra, you know us all too well! I saw the first picture of the table and I said out loud "Oh no! She didn't!" and you did!! How funny that you knew how some of us would react to that, but it is totally understandable given that you felt it wasn't fitting in. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do, right? : )

  11. HI Debra!! Oh, I love it! You are so good! Love all the things you've whitewashed! :) Your chair covers look great and I'm totally in love with your dining room table!
    Be a sweetie and I'd never think of kicking your tiny fanny! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  12. You know how we talked the other day about painting my furniture?
    How much for you to just fly down here and do it all for me? I will SO make it worth your while!!!

    Looks GREAT!

  13. Debra - it is ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL so beautiful - do I need to send you more white paint just so I can watch some more of your magic?!!!?

    ;-D robelyn

  14. I love it, what a wonderful job you did!!! I love the little girl and boy statues I have an addiction to them, thier all over my house! Your table looks beautiful! Love the slip covers on the chairs. You've been a busy girl! hugs~~~ Daphne

  15. Oh!! I am in love with your photos. Such a gorgeous nack you have with decor.

  16. loved the side board/ table before! Love it even more now. The changes are wonderful. everything seems to get better painted white!!


  17. Oh, it is all so BEAUTIFUL!! I loved your blog post title,too, although now I'M gonna have that playing in my head! ;-)

  18. Hi Debra, The table is wonderful painted white and I love the vignette you have created on it. The chair slips are wonderful too.
    Hugs, Sherry

  19. Hi Debra, I think anything painted white looks so much nicer, so when you have a beautiful piece to begin with you can't go wrong. It's absolutely beautiful! I love it and all the other touches of white you added look so good together. take care, Maryann

  20. Hi Debra,

    I love it both ways! What is important is that YOU love it in your home, so white was the way to go!! Wish I had your energy level, especially considering the heat wave you're experiencing in Missouri!

    I'm with you about fall! Can't wait!!!!!



  21. I love the way the table came out. I do the same thing all the time. I swear I have a secret love affair with white paint!

  22. White is right for you but do I for one minute think you are going to relax? Nope, that paint brush is just waiting for more action. *wink*


  23. It looks wonderful and what matters is what you like, not everyone else. Loving how your slip covers turned out on your dining room chairs.

    Hope you enjoy a little Summer before you boot it out the door.

    Take care,


  24. It looks to me like you had so much fun!!
    And I so know how you felt walking around with that paint brush clutched in your hand looking, looking, looking...
    I love everything you did!! It all looks fabulous and honey, the chair back covers are the bomb!!
    xxoo, jan

  25. Everything is so pretty. Love all of your pictures.

  26. What a can of paint can how your table looks in can always change it later if you want to go back to the old color. Those chair covers are aooooo pretty!


  27. That table is absolutely gorgeous. I love it. Everything looks so pretty and fresh. Great job. Hugs, Marty

  28. Are you painting the dining room table white next? lol
    I really love your ornate console table, it's beautiful white too. Happy WW ciao Rita mammabellarte

  29. Make it white...make it sounds perfect to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Beautiful chairs, and the white pieces look terrific! But you know how I feel about white--Jacqueline

  31. Debra....sure looks like you had fun with your white paint! It all looks great and also your pics are lovely this week.

    There's just one thing though.....I can't get that song outta my head now!

    You give me hope,

  32. I can't wait for fall it is also my favorite time of year, alreay burning pumpkin spice candles to get in the mood.

  33. You have an absolutely beautiful home. So many wonderful things!

  34. Love a Girl with a Paint Brush, who isn't afraid to Use It! I noticed the change of the table right away.... Love It! Falls My Favorite time of year too.... Can't wait for a little relief from this Heat & Best of all, The Fall Colors~

  35. Well you know I was thinking of you the instant I laid eyes on my new pitcher! I ALMOST felt guilty for coveting yours so much, and then I just COULDN't believe my luck! This stuff NEVER turns up here! It was a good buy, not a steal at $25. BUT I'll probably never stop looking for the bird and nest! xx JQ

  36. Pretty stuff, Debra! My sister and I are going to Spring Creek to eat at the tearoom tomorrow. My first time all summer! Can't wait to take a peek at your space...and eat that yummy salad!

  37. I'm with you, Debra..Fall is absolutely the best season!

    I love what you did with your gallon of paint..the table is gorgeous, and the way you have everything pulled together on it is stunning! Great job!

    Imagination Lane

  38. Yep. I have a pair of gold statues too. On my list to paint, but think they just got moved higher up on it after seeing yours!

    Beautufil post.


    barbara jean

  39. PS Did you spray them? or brush on? Love how they are still chippy looking. bj

  40. Debra, I'm glad you painted it white, it looks great!! I'm mailing your package today. Have a great Wednesday!!

  41. The table is beautiful and I love the way it is displayed. ~~Sherry~~

  42. How lovely! The table WAS beautiful before....but I love it white too!
    Everything looks wonderful!!
    LOVE the chair slips you are making.

  43. I love the way your table turned out, Debra... gorgeous! I love all of your displays, and your chairs look beautiful with their new covers on them!
    Happy WW!
    Hugs ~ Jo

  44. I think you have a magic paint brush! I loved it both ways, but I'm sure if you like it better and think it goes better, then it does. I am finally joining in on Whit Wed., after admiring your posts so much! Lezlee

  45. I have stood by an watched all summer as you went through beautiful post after beautiful post and now this is enough!!!! Stop doing perfect posts every time.
    You have got to let someone else be the Queen of blogs for awhile, ok?
    Seriously, I love this one more than any in the past. Just totally beautiful is all I can say.
    I am almost speechless. But not quite.
    Bless you.

  46. That table turned out great. I just got a computer armoire that is of course going to be loaded with appliques and yes - painted! A friend of mine saw it out on the patio last night and said What? You're gonna paint it, but it's such a nice piece of furniture! And just like you said, I told her "It doesn't go with anything in my house, I have to paint it!"

    It's a big project but one day it will be a WW post too. I wonder how long you're gonna keep your beautiful dining table and chairs that way? You know slip covers won't curb your paint obession forever. Ha-ha!

    Sincere Blessings,

  47. Beautiful--all of it! You've been a busy bee!

  48. Oh, Debra! I had to laugh all the way through your post. You're as dangerous with a paintbrush and a gallon of white paint as I am! Everything looks better with a slap of white paint on it...doesn't it....? Just a beautiful job, though! Your chair slips are gorgeous, too! :)

    xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

  49. I remember when you bought it home. I believe you said your husband had gotten it for you? Anyway, I thought it was beautiful then and I think it is beautiful now. Do not fret! If you get tired of it, you can always paint it again. I have to say this post has helped me because I have a piece of furniture similar to this and it must be painted. I have had a hard time deciding to paint it grey or white!

  50. I never get enough white! I love it! Gray was pretty, white is better!

  51. Hi Debra, everything looks great! Love those slipcovered dining chairs. I have a cupboard in the kitchen and bookshelf in the bedroom I would like to paint a nice creamy white, but I am still organizing after returning from the States. 2 weeks before I head back to work. Jet lag is kicking butt at the moment.

    Best wishes for a beautiful day! It's noon and I've already been up 8-1/2 hours. Yikes! :/ Tammy

  52. Oh my gosh, Debra... gorgeous! I love me some white paint! I think you did a wonderful job, if you are happy, that's what matters! Love white, wish I was brave enough to paint some things around here, wanna help? HUGS

  53. Hey girl, thanks for poppin' in, yes, the dog days of August certainly make us dream of Autumn's cool breezes, my favorite time of year too!!!

    Good choice on the table and stuff, you can't beat a coat of white paint!


  54. I'm not afraid of white paint either! Love you blog, thanks for stopping by! I've been here many times.

  55. Looks fabulous! I love that piece before and equally love it after. You are a painting genius my dear!


  56. Hello Dear Debra,
    "You White Up My Life" well, I can see you were a Debbie Boone Fan :) Well, you whited up my life with all the beauty of your whites.
    Love all you do girl!!

  57. Hey Debra!
    I am loving this table!
    But I have to tell you....I loved it the grey color too!
    I do understand though...It wouldn't work at my house grey either...I would ust want it too!
    I love this vignette! Super welcoming and fun!
    And I am so excited for you about getting your chairbacks done! I too have been finishing up loose ended projects!
    Have a blessed Friday!
    Hugs my friend!

  58. beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! Blessings... Polly

  59. Hi Debra,

    I think there's a contagious virus many of us have creamy white paint, Valspar "divine cream" in my house...just a fancy name for creamy white. :0) Most of what I can lift and move around is turning white and what I can't handle my husband is. ALL of my lamps are waiting to be transformed...when you see my lampshade transformations you'll agree that it will be complete when the lamps are painted.

    It's just purity at it's best...such clear clean energy. My rooms fill so much larger.

    Your table is absolutely was born to be white!

    I'm visiting for White Wednesday. Hope you will pop by for a moment!

    Happy Day,
    Stephanie ♥

  60. OH, everything just looks wonderful!
    You always have such beautiful posts!
    Thank you for sharing~

  61. Oh my heavens! Of course it is better white! No fanny kicking from me! LOL

  62. Hi Debra, Great job on the table it looks beautiful. And when it comes to white paint here nothing is safe here either. Everything looks better with a coat. I love the slips on your chairs they are so pretty. Thanks for hearting my etsy store. Have a good weekend.
    The Swedish Room

  63. I love how a little bit of white paint can make everything looks so fresh and beautiful-thanks for sharing your lovely ideas!

    Best wishes,

  64. WOW I love that table!!!!! Grey or white you can package it up and ship it to me. LOL You inspire me!!

  65. Beautiful table and I love it painted white. I love the details. Thanks for sharing.

  66. Hola Debra, I´ve been told that when you paint white one thing at home you get and addiction and never end until everything is painted white!!!!
    I really love how that so wonderful table turned out... beautiful!!!!
    maria cecilia

  67. Well, if you can paint it and not be sorry then I guess I'll finally paint those things that I have been wanting to but have been afraid to paint! A couple of end tables that were expensive and still in perfect shape but, my gosh, they are BROWN! I need to be surrounded by WHITE! Wish me luck!


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