Friday, April 9, 2010

my boyfriends.

I love my boyfriend Craig.
He saves me so much money.
I don't know how anyone could buy furniture without him.

After weeks of searching for a quirky and cheap headboard for our guest room I found exactly what I wanted.

Ish.

So I packed up the girls, made the trek, bargained it down to $20!!!, loaded it in the van, drove home and introduced it to my other boyfriend, Spray Paint.

I nestled it on top of my new canvas tarp and gave it a nice coat of primer. (Why I have been doing messy home improvement projects for the past ten years without one is beyond me.  Probably the best $23 I have ever spent.  Cleaning paint spills off of concrete is both no fun, but now a thing of the past.)  I was tempted for a minute to leave it white, but white is too safe.  I don't like safe.  I like quirky.  I like unexpected.  I like color.

Add a can of Valspar's Mediterranean, edible pillows from Meg, a few quilts, and the room is ready for it's inaugural guest.

I couldn't have done it without my lovely boyfriends.

Who's staying over?

79 comments:

  1. oh me please.
    i love love love it.

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  2. Gorgeous! You have a great eye. What lucky guests!

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  3. when do i check in? i can only imagine the fabulous nights sleep that could be had in that gorgeous bed!

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  4. fabulous!
    quilts? how many have you made now?

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  5. That looks gorgeous!!!! You are so creative!!! Love it!

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  6. Love it Julie!! That color is to die for! I should really invest in a canvas to spray paint on-this is my kind of project!! :)

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  7. Girl, I am staying over. That looks fabulous! And I will introduce you to my boyfriend, "Free" soon! A friend just dropped off a headboard to me this week, in desperate need of a paint job...this gives me hope! :) Love it!

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  8. How cute is that?!?! Craig is my best friend...you actually reminded me that I need to post an ad for our garage sale in the morning.

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  9. I'll cook for the family if I can stay!

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  10. It's about a 8 hour drive, I should arrive just about bedtime {perfect}

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  11. i want too!!! maybe i can win the lotto or something!!

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  12. is it possible to love you and yet hate you for your crafty fabulousness all at the same time??? LOVE it. What day did you say I was coming by again? Right.

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  13. Thats a project right up my ally LOVE IT!!!

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  14. Oooooooo! I love it! The turquoise really changes the whole style of it.

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  15. Craig is my boyfriend also. In fact, 5 minutes ago, someone just came by & bought all my family room furniture that I listed the other day! HOLLA!
    Love your new head board & I would LOVE to come stay with you :)

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  16. Always go for color! Great job!

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  17. I love this, it turned out so great... really inspires me to hunt down some thrifty furniture!

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  18. i hope someday it's me.
    HOPE HOPE HOPE!!
    i love it! i need to check out your boyfriend more often. my craig got our car, a guitar, and many more things there...but i always forget about your craig.

    fabulous bed!

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  19. I want to come, but I may never leave! Makes me want to visit a few garage sales tomorrow!

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  20. Looks gorgeous! If I tried to take colors and put them together like this, it'd probably just look mismatched.

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  21. The guest room looks awesome Julie. Love the headboard! I think I need to come visit you in California.

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  22. Snazzie!! It is so fun and so colorful!! Great eye and great deal!!

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  23. be right there ;) Stuffing myself in the flat rate envelope too!!

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  24. i'm coming back in july... i will put meg in my suitcase.
    the bed looks dreamy. :)

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  25. That is such a wonderful room... It is the best mix of colors.. Just LOVE LOVE it.. Makes me want to totally start over..
    Staci

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  26. Comfy and inviting! I love your love for color!

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  27. Yummm! It looks so nice and inviting. Way to go!!!

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  28. ME! Looks pretty and cozy.

    I Love color too, and love how much you love it!
    Great Headboard. And 20 dollars can't be beat!!

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  29. Oh I love Craig too!! ;)
    Lovely find!! Fabulous make over on it!

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  30. I have no idea how you find such beautiful beds. No.Idea. When you find a Full size, let me know. Please. And yes, I am staying over. And yes, I will be bringing my crazy messy marshmallow crescent puffs that you love. And perhaps a new pan for you so you can make more.

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  31. I love it! It looks amazing. You did a great job!

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  32. just so you know...your boyfriends get around. they were both here a couple of weeks back. if you're okay with that...then, i will be arriving in late july. shall i get a taxi from the airport or will you pick me up? and, shall i bring rosie & betsy to play with your girls? nah, i'd like to stomp around cali sans any of my kids for my inaugural visit. i've never been further west than colorado. also, i would like some toffee crack, that cheesy, spicy soup, and some of that spiced up mac & cheese. thanks.

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  33. I just painted a stool for my girls to use in the kitchen and used the exact same color. Isn't it perfect?? LOVE!

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  34. Love this!!! What a great idea!!!! It looks beautiful ;)

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  35. Sometimes I wish you were my neighbor so you could help me! I LOVE this headboard. A lot. It's funny... I have the same boyfriends. :)

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  36. your quirky is beautiful! the green on the walls looks the same color as our dining room and that turquoise against it - my, my, i'm in love!

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  37. Are you kidding?? I would love to sleep in that fabulous bed and spend time with your beyond adorable girls! I'll cook for you as payment! ;)

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  38. On my way to CA! That is GORGEOUS!! I love the whole thing put together. Scrumptious. :)

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  39. Fabulous! Love that color! TGIC, right?

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  40. That's gorgeous! I love Craig too. Not only do I find things there, but he makes me money too!
    That color is so pretty! I'm an aqua fanatic. And a quilter. So I love the bed!

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  41. You've got a great eye for color! I'm still learning to take chances. Love how it turned out!

    {Maria}

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  42. I LOVE the color(s)! I also have gotten several awesome things from Craigslist recently (including a capiz shell chandelier, a new sewing cabinet/fabric storage, and a $5 bookshelf.

    I love your quirky choices. :)

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  43. that
    is
    ridiculous.
    i'm making my reservations for may 1st.

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  44. Looks great, I love the color-maybe because I painted some boxes that color ^_^

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  45. Oh my word gorgious. Did you know you have a gift with colors? Well you do. You are able to take fabulous colors, put them together, and make very beautiful things. I need to get a little more daring. You are amazing. And I am in love. (And I love Craigs list too!) Happiness.

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  46. LOVE your new headboard! I, too, have a boyfriend named spray paint. I need to get better aquainted with Craig though :)

    I hope all th home improvement in going well!

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  47. already bookmarked--just cause i think it's fabuLESS! omg. did i just write that? dork!

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  48. Fabulous.
    and, yes - Craig knows how to treat a girl right. ;)

    ...so, when can I come over?

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  49. me, me, me! i most definitely would lOVE to take you up on your offer sometime in the future. what a lovely gift from craig & those pillows and the quilt are PURE yumminess!

    happy sunday!! :)

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  50. I LOVE that color!! I have a headboard that is just sitting and begging to be finished. Now I have the motivation and the inspiration!

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  51. delicious!!

    love it so much, and i'll stay over anytime ; )

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  52. Can I come stay over? :-) I'll even babysit!

    I am planning a similar headboard make-over myself. Somewhere in the depths of my garage clutter is the old 1980's brass and white enamel headboard of my teens. EEEKS! I know, it sounds scary, right?

    It will be Granny Smith apple green before summer is done. And I hope my bed will look as cute as yours!

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  53. It looks wonderful!
    Seriously!! I love it :)

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  54. That looks amazing! Keep those boys around! They treat you well! ;-)

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  55. that's terrific!

    is craig available?

    i've got curtains for him to find me.

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  56. That is absolutely FABulous!! I have found many a headboard that I love on CL. Too bad that we need NO headboards at all. Now dressers... why can't I find those that I love there?

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  57. Wait a minute! Craig is my boyfriend :) You might like the aqua chair he gave me...

    http://casalaparrott.blogspot.com/2010/03/i-heart-craigslist.html

    I LOVE the makeover! I think I would move into the guestroom.

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  58. I'll be right there!!! TOO stinkin' awesome!!! LOOOVE all the colors!
    Blessings!
    jill

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  59. WOW!!! I LOVE,LOVE, LOVE it!
    That may be my new favorite color!
    Joyce

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  60. Love it Julie...unexpected...quirky..colorful....and totally you!

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  61. me! me! Pick me!! I will even bring Halle's coco bonbon skirt with me that I have been holding hostage from you (Ok, I really haven't been holding it hostage, just probably looks that way).

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  62. Holy smokes!! It's beautiful! Off to Craigslist to find one of my own.

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  63. Stunning transformation! Love the color - it's simply gorgeous and looks fabulous with your bedding! Love!

    Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase! Hope you have a great week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  64. Just wanted to let you know that I featured this on my blog.

    http://thespeckleddog.blogspot.com/2010/04/weekly-faves.html

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  65. Beautiful!! Can I come stay in your guest room?

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