So, I hear Home Depot is back-ordered on the beadboard wallpaper? That is hilarious! Did ya’ll really order that much?! Dang, what if I need another roll? I can’t wait to see your projects and I am thinkin’ a Mr. Linky Beadboard Wallpaper party might be in order. Please tell me when you finish a project and let’s get them all together, OK?!
Do ya’ll have any idea how exciting it is for me to get emails from all of you, telling me how much I’ve inspired you to get out and yardsale or do a paint project? Well, it is totally thrilling for me to read those letters. I get quite a few emails each week expressing gratitude for my blog and the things I share on here, encouraging all of you to try something new. That’s really what got me motivated to share all of these things on my blog. Because really, I’m just an ordinary housewife who loves decorating and doing projects and I figure if I can do it, so can YOU! And many of you are getting out of your comfort zones and giving it a shot and that just totally makes my day to hear that.
So, recently when I got this email from Victoria in Ontario, Canada (hello up there in Canada!), I was so happy to read her story of how I (just an ordinary wife down here in AL) had inspired her to not only go yardsaling (YAY for that), BUT to also try a paint project for the first time.
I’ll let you read the email from Victoria, it was great and I’m so glad she shared her story with me and graciously agreed to let me share it with ALL of you too.
(Victoria’s inspiration pic from Sarah Richardson)
You don’t know me, but I feel as though I must extend my thanks to you.
I have been following your blog for a while now and have been really enjoying your projects. You inspired me to take on my own decorating project.
I bought these chairs at a yard sale. (You inspired me to do this also – I am not an early riser so just getting out of bed early on my day off is an accomplishment!) I wasn’t looking for chairs but I instantly fell in love with their lines and saw their potential right away. I bought them. 7 well constructed and gently used chairs for $25!! In reading ‘Style at Home,’ a Canadian decorating magazine, the cottage of a prominent local designer, Sarah Richardson was featured and right away I knew I wanted that colour palette for my cottage (after struggling for years with what decorating direction to take). I went onto her website and after some searching I found the paint chip that she used for some chairs that she had painted for her cottage dining room. I knew my chairs would look great.
Sooo………I have NEVER painted before – EVER! That is why I got married!! (just kidding). Anyhow, after seeing your many amazing projects and transformations I found the courage to give it a try.
I sanded the chairs down, arranged to borrow a friend’s paint sprayer (which I was really intimidated to use – but in reality was quite easy) and got busy. I’m thrilled with the results!
Rhoda, thank you for your great blog. Because of YOU – (YES YOU) and a little bit of courage (okay and elbow grease!) on my part I’ve encountered success and feel like I can tackle anything.
BEFORE: Victoria’s bargain chairs…did you catch the price? $25 for all 7?? Now THAT is amazing, a steal of a deal. Victoria, for a new yardsaler, you hit this one out of the park.
And AFTER. Gorgeous!
Don’t they look great? Victoria, you did an outstanding job and you should pat yourself on the back. Now, next time you’ll be on the hunt for some furniture to rehab and will know that you can tackle anything. I just had to share this inspiring email with all of you and this is just to say, emails like this are why I keep on doing this blog!
So, keep doing those projects out there and feel free to share your successes with me too.
If you’d like to see the old historic homes in my hometown of Marietta, GA, click over to Susan’s blog for a beautiful post on it all. Ahhh, I just love the Marietta square and how it’s been preserved, along with these older and stately homes. Susan did a great job taking pics and showing it off, so please take a look. This is where I was raised.
Yeah Rhoda for being such an inspiration to Victoria. Yeah Victoria on such a great find. The chairs look fantastic.
And thanks for the link to see the homes in Marietta. My nephew plays baseball at SPSU and this makes me want to go there to watch him next year and to see these homes in person! Looks like a great place to have been raised.
Blessings today and always,
Frugal Fine Living says
What a deal Victoria found on those chairs! She did a fabulous job painting them.
Rhoda, your blog is an inspiration to all of us!
Kim @ The Pottery Shed says
Those chairs look so great!
Farmgirl Paints says
Very inspiring indeed. They looked fabulous.
Those chairs are beautiful. Victoria did a great job on them. I love the color!
Rhoda, that's so funny about the beadboard wallpaper being out of stock!
Hope you have a great 4th of July!
I am in love with the paver patio. I'm going to put the picture in my inspiration file.
Ronda, I just wanted to post and tell you that you have inspired me as well! I started following your post after you did a guest post over at Christy's Southern Plate. Now after reading your blog, I have so many idea's.
Misti of Studio M Designs says
WOW! She did get a deal, and she did a fabulous job with the chairs! Kudos to you for the inspiration Rhoda!!!
Rhoda, first time commenter (and viewer/reader!) here, via Buzzings of a Queen Bee..
I LOOOVE yardsaling..LOOOOVEEE IT!!! Most of the furniture in our home is not-new-when-we-got-it…and has been/will be 'rehabbed' in some way. But for a first timer, Victoria did an incredible job…WTG!
And, I grew up in Marietta–was born there off of the square at Kennestone Hospital. My mom still works right on the square…its a lovely place to visit (especially all those lovely old homes, with the wonderful details…)…
Definitely need to visit there, ladies, if you can! There are some wonderful stores in the area, for thrifty decor, as well as the usual yardsales…
Thanks for such a wonderful blog, and a link to my past (one I can peruse when I get homesick, since I now live in Oklahoma, and won't be going to Georgia anytime soon… 🙁 ).
I did not know you were from Marietta! I graduated from Walton HS. I worked at the Marietta Daily Journal for a bit before moving to FL and then back up here to the Ham!
Elizabeth (blue clear sky) says
Rhoda, how kind of you to share the email of a fellow Ontario, Canada blogger. Interestingly, the date of your post, July 1st, is Canada Day 🙂
Grace Gallagher says
Great job! So…what color paint did you end up using? It’s hard to tell from the pictures.