Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Present for Mom

Aren't moms the best!
If you have one still living
you should let her know how much you appreciate her whenever you have the chance.
I remember always hugging my mom and saying, "I love you" when I was young.
 She would tell me how she couldn't believe how much I hugged her and said that.
Now that I am older, I can't hug her every day, but I always want her to know how much I love her.
Long distant hugs and kisses look like this now XOXO  :)

Well, anyway, my mom asked if I could paint this bookshelf for her birthday.
It was such a blank slate.
I was ready for the challenge.
She wanted me to put some graphics on it and make it pretty.
I thought she would want some color, but to my surprise she wanted it white and stained.
So I painted it white with some latex paint.
I kept all of my graphics that I printed off just in case I wanted to use them again--Perfect.
The top was too plain.
I wanted to add wood to the top, but what?
At last week's Rustic Restorations Weekend, Kim over at Reposhture gave me the idea
to use Pallet Boards for a top.
Here I go again with the hammer, but the nails came out easy--not easy peasy though.
I sanded and stained the pallets with Early American MinWax Stain.
I also used this stain over the white paint.
I chose three Fruit of the Spirit to paint on each shelf,
 that I have admired in my mom over the years. 
They are centered even though it doesn't look like it on this pic.
On the one side I painted a nest.
I used this graphic from the Graphics Fairy on my
Little Miss Misfit.
On the other side I used this graphic from the Graphics Fairy
that I used on my Spice Cabinet.
I added some more twigs to make it look like her nest was coming out of the seams.
So here it is!
Happy Birthday MOM!
Here is the BEFORE:
and AFTER:
Now she needs to find room in her home for it :)
Happy rearranging!

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  1. It turned out just beautiful Tammy - love it!

  2. What a lucky mom to have such an artistic and loving daughter! That ugly duckling shelf is beautiful, now! ~ Maureen

  3. What a beautiful transformation. Your mom's going to love it!

  4. Tammy- Thanks for the shout out! The pallet top is just what it needed! i love the graphics on the side and will have to shoot over to see the Graphics Fairy for some pillow ideas now that I saw the ones you used! Have a great week and weekend!

  5. Just LOVE the pallet top! You made this so beautiful for your mother...she is going to love it in her home and especially since you created it all for her!

  6. I love the way it turned out!


  7. Wow, Tammy! This doesn't even look like the same bookshelf! It's beautiful and I'm sure your mom is thankful to have such a sweet daughter like you. :) Thanks also for stopping by my blog and commenting.

    Take care,
    Erin @ Carolina Country Living

  8. Tammy - your sweet momma is just going to LOVE that little bookshelf!! What an ingenious idea to put that pallet top on it! And your darling graphics are like icing on the cake! :)

    xoxo laurie

  9. Your mom was telling me all about this tonight at our Bible study at church ! I love it !! I'm sure she'll find a very special place for the stand in her home :O)

  10. WOW !!! WOW!!!! your a genius :)

  11. What a huge difference. I would never have thought to put graphics on it, but it turned out so well. I hope she really enjoys it.

  12. This is so sweet. I love it and appreciate you linking it up at Doodles & Stitches!


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