Monday, March 14, 2011

Creating Your Masterpiece


Although I haven't necessarily witnessed it for myself, word on the street is that Spring is presently making its slow slink back into town. And you know what that means, right? Well, yes, it does, in fact, mean tulips and rain boots and the return of green grass, but that's not what I was thinking of at the moment. I was thinking more along these lines:

Flea Markets!

Garage Sales!

The great treasure hunt of 2011 is about to commence.

At the top of my list this year? A smallish dresser for housing all of the kiddos' art supplies. I'm thinking waist-high. I'm thinking green. With some groovy hardware. History has prepared me for the fact that I will probably not find my Dreamboat Item in picture perfect condition. It will undoubtedly require a little elbow grease and a trip to Lowes. But that's part of the fun...or so they say.

I've painted a piece of furniture or two over the years, but I've always done it in a rather slap-dash fashion. I knew it was probably all wrong, but I was intimidated by the thought of doing it "right". I simply did not know where to start, and I most certainly didn't know where to stop.
Look at a piece and picture it dressed in what inspires you. Picture that little side as the seaside escape. Let that favorite red scarf inspire an exotic transformation on the Bombay chest...That's when real magic happens...when you find your vision. -Shaunna West
Creating Your Masterpiece
In a wild stroke of good fortune, my friend Shaunna just wrote the most fantastic book of eye-candy-laden, pep-rally-cheerin', inspiration-abounding e-book on this very topic - Creating Your Masterpiece. Over the course of 200 pages, she lays out every tip of the trade we'll ever need to know in order to turn out our own little piece of Spectacular. She shows before-and-afters and pages of gorgeous, unique, finished products. The book includes several short video clips for the moments when it's just easier to watch someone do it. Total bonus: In watching the videos you'll be privy to Shaunna's enviable Southern drawl and, if you're anything like me, you'll be overcome with the urge to drive down to her drop-down gorgeous Alabama home and hug her neck.
Once you've transformed something with paint, your eye will open up to a whole new world. You may want to paint your dog. You'll be able to walk into a thrift store and pay pennies, for not only value, but real worth.
-Shaunna West Creating Your Masterpiece

To purchase your copy of the book for just $11.99, click the button on my sidebar.

It looks like this:

A final note on e-books: They are the bomb diggity. They're relatively new to me, but they are so easy to maneuver and once you buy this one, you'll have it at your fingertips forever - the perfect resource when that $20 hunk of burnin' love calls your name at the town yard sale. (You may need to download software in order to view your book (I had to), but the software is FREE and it's a piece of cake to download it.)

So, what say we get to work? Shaunna believes we can do it. And I believe Shaunna.

*All double-dreamy interior photos belong to Shaunna.
(The measly flea market shot is my own.)

28 comments:

  1. wonderful!
    and what a cool book!

    hoping spring comes quickly, being in north dakota, it could tarry awhile yet. pfft. i will flea and garage sale vicariously through you:)

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  2. honey, I do be havin' the perfect dresser for you, and it's been sittin' up here in my way. I can snap a shot for you and if'n you want it..it's yours. I too am UBER excited that it's soon going to be hunting season!

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  3. good luck! can't wait to see what you find.

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  4. Well, I'm a bit south of you, so I started the yard sale / flea market season this past weekend - Yahoo! Treasures I found? Two very old glass saucers that were used to water baby chicks (you put it upside down on a glass jar full of water and flip it over - the water seeps down a little at a time), two teacups to make pincushions from (one is made in Japan), one very pretty vintage pillowcase that I hope to use to make an apron, and two feed (or flour) sacks that are gorgeous - white with a pink border and big roses!

    A successful start to the thrifting/treasure hunting season! Be Joyful, Becky G.

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  5. Oh, I'm so on the fence about painting some furniture. I can't make up my mind! And Shauna's website has been so helpful with tips for other things...What to do, what to do...

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  6. Looks like a fantastic book and I just LOVE flea markets, thrift stores and garage sales...and luckily so do my kids:)

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  7. Just the thought of flea markets, antique shops and yard sales gets my blood pumping! Yay for spring!

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  8. I like the way you think! I've already made my list and have started hunting. I can't wait to check out Shaunna's book!

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  9. I'am also excited about flea markets,estate sales, and spring flowers!I'am the queen of painting furniture and i had no idea there was a proper way of doing it! Good luck with your search for the perfect dresser! Traci

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  10. LOL!! we are most definitely long lost sisters!! CANNOT wait for flea season to begin! :0)

    XO
    kristin

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  11. I know!!! Yard sales, flea market...the dream that you just may find what you're looking for...and then finding something you weren't looking for but glad you did...ahhh.

    I found a site yesterday (ana white diy). She shows you how to make your own cheap swoony pieces. I was excited until I realized, "ummm...I can't really do that" and they hubby said "ummm...when do I have time to do that?". Oh well, it was a fun thought while it lasted.

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  12. ~where's that flea market?

    ~I have to hit that one up!!

    ~we have had the April showers early and have a new indoor pool to show for it:0)
    Cheerio

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  13. i hear ya! i can't wait for yard sales either!!!! one of the best parts of spring and fall! yipee!

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  15. Spring has indeed made its way into my home city. Things are blooming left and right and the weather has warmed beautifully. I love it! And that ebook sounds like an excellent resource - especially as I try to furnish our first home. :)

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  16. Awesome flea market!! I am SO jealous....we have nothing like that in our area. But I'll be looking for my own "junk" none-the-less :)

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  17. ok...game on! you've got the skillz. now you need to come to colorado and pick through the wood butcher shop. i'm just sayin...

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  18. If you haven't been to any auctions around your town, you should check them out! You'll find some great deals. They are all over the place here in Missouri, and we usually find better deals on furniture at auctions that at Garage sales even. Especially the ones held on weekdays, or when there is so many items, and not enough people interested. I ended up getting an old 3 drawer dresser with the swivel mirror for $2! I'm starting to decorate our nursery, and I can't wait for auction season! Happy hunting :)

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  19. So if we get this blank slate house, we will have NO furniture for the upstairs living room. And ya know, I don't fancy myself a flea marketer,really, but I can't pay furniture store prices at the moment... sooooooo....this would be perfect! Thanks for the link. Now come to Colorado and help me figure out how to go flea marketing. I'm clueless.:)

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  20. "measly flea market shot" nothin. I love it. Where in the world do you go to see a sweet flea market like that? We have super junky flea markets. You know, with the sleazy knife salesmen and people reselling Sauve shampoo.... yeah THAT kind of flea market.

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  21. Hahahahaha. I just noticed the "boycott american women" comment. LO flippin' L.

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  22. I love flea markets, garage sales and thrift stores and finding that diamond in the rough and turning it into something special for m home too. Good luck on your hunting.

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  23. i'm salivating just reading about it...can't imagine my reaction once purchased. it really sounds wonderful. nothing gets me more excited than an old forlorn piece of furniture, given a new look and new life. i'd love to buy it.
    you have cool friends.

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  24. oh... how I long for garage sales and TIME... and sun!! =) and a few bucks!! ha ha! We enter that phase in May... late May really... too wet here until then!

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  25. I so want that white room in the pic, but for now I am content with my very dirty house until finals are over :) then I'll get right to it, I want it to be beautiful again. I am gonna go check out the book!

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  26. Yes! The book. I'd love it. You may have to personally counsel me after I'm finished if it freaks me out too much. Just the reviews scared me.

    Love how this has nothing to do with your post?

    I like to mix it up like that.

    bye.

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  27. You read my mind! Spring=Flea market time. :) I can't wait!!!

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