Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Junk Bonanza 2009-Hold On to Your Junkin' Hats!

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here does a junker begin? It's been a whirlwind of travel, work, and junking the past few weeks. I owe y'all some Junk Bonanza photos, don't you think? I'll also be posting about my adventures over at Junkologie as well, so pop on over there at some point so you don't miss out on anything!

On the first day of the Bonanza, I arrived early to get in line with the other Early Birders. Who was in front of me? None other than the infamous Donna of Reinvented Style. She's the cutest darned thing!! Somehow she knew it was me...something about having a camera in tow...LOL!...she's got me figured out! She was with her mom and aunt, and they were ready to junk it up!! As we chatted, the line behind us got longer and longer...

Good thing we got there early! With my Early Bird ticket, I also received one of these fabulously clever gift bags full of goodies...

Check out the stash...

More junking fun to come!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Do You Have Your Tickets?

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et your tickets now!...if you want to reserve a seat here! Actually, tickets are all sold out!! I took this theater seat/bench to sell at Oronoco Gold Rush Days. When my brother saw it at the show, he wanted it for his very own. He packed it up and took it home with him that day. Happy early birthday/Christmas, Randy!!

Is anyone else hooked on numbers? How about makeover projects? Now, it didn't start out so pretty. Don't believe me? This is what it looked like when I found it...

Here it is primed...

then painted...

and numbered...

A junk makeover is a beautiful thing, isn't it? And I am completely inspired by the way these photos capture the sunlight. Can you feel the sun and smell the freshly cut grass? Aaaaah, so relaxing. The perfect end to a productive day!

Linked up at...

Hooked on Friday@Hooked On Houses;
Inspire My Saturday@The Boutelle Family Zoo;
Metamorphosis Monday@Between Naps on the Porch;

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

Thursday, September 10, 2009

New Additions to the WhisperWood Cottage Family

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o, this does not involve any type of baby! Unless that baby's first name is Sony! Y'all know I love my Sony Alpha 100 Digital SLR camera!! The 100 model was the first in the Sony Alpha series. I'm not sure if they even make it any more. When I decide to upgrade my camera someday (no rush, because this one is fabulous!!), it will definitely be in the Sony family.

In the past month or two, a few additions have been made to the camera family here at WWC...a new external flash (above), a new wide-angle lens (above), and a fabulous new Shootsac (below). The flash is Sony but the lens is actually a Sigma EX 10 mm - 20 mm wide-angle zoom lens. It takes some fabulous shots! All of the photos of Sue Whitney's garage sale were taken with it. I'm still experimenting with it, but here are a few more examples of shots with the new lens...

I plan on putting the new flash (above) and the Shootsac (below) to use at the upcoming Junk Bonanza. The flash is needed because the sale is indoors. And the Shootsac is supposed to be great for carrying multiple lenses so that you can change them out quickly. If you've never heard of Shootsac, you MUST check them out!! All the bags are black and then you can buy different covers to change the look. Mine is called "Classic! Splendid."

Please join us in welcoming the new additions to the WWC camera family. No gifts are necessary! :)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

New Autumn-Inspired Blog Header at WhisperWood Cottage!

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ike the trees who are changing out their summery togs for warmer, autumn attire, WhisperWood Cottage is turning over a new leaf with the new season. Using those Photoshop brushes I talked about before, a new autumn-inspired blog header is born!! There is also a new tagline..."easy, breezy, and inspired living."

From summery blues & greens...

to autumny reds & golds...

You likey?

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

How to Get the Look

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hank you to everyone who has left such kind comments about the bedroom makeover! I've received multiple emails and comments asking about the finishes in the room. I'll do my best to answer the questions and be as informative as possible.


To start off, one of the main projects involved the walls. You can see the change in the photos below. On the left is the builder's finish...quarter-inch unpainted drywall with strips at the joints. You often find this type of thin drywall in a trailer home or in a pre-fabricated structure like we have. Every room in our home had these strips and unpainted drywall when we moved in. Room by room, we have been transforming the walls using a standard mud-and-tape application.


We removed the drywall strips and made sure there were no nails remaining. We also removed the trim around the ceiling and the windows. RJNJ took over from there and did the mudding and taping thing. Contrary to what television makeover shows would have you believe, this is not a one-day procedure! Here is a youtube video showing the materials you need and the basic process...

After the mudding and taping, we also textured the walls using a compressor and more mudding compound. After that dried, we then primed and painted. The paint color for the walls and trim is a soft white from Behr called Swiss Coffee. It is available in pre-mixed gallons at Home Depot. I tend to get the satin finish.


We clad the closets in 8" tongue and groove pine boards. We painted them in the same Swiss Coffee color. The closet doors are a set from an old retail store in Duluth, MN. I found them at an antique store in Superior, WI. I bought them shortly after we moved here without really knowing what I would do with them. I just knew they were special! The one door has the brass sliders that hook into the floor and the top of the jamb. The other door has the original in/out sign and brass hardware. 


RJNJ found this great laminate flooring at Menard's. It is from a company called Tarkett. The pattern is Seagrass and the color is Japanese. I love it because it has light, medium, and dark tones in it, which allows us to mix woods easily. I also love it because it appears so seamless in the room. You really don't see the seams, which are often obvious with laminate flooring.

The dhurrie rug is originally from Pottery Barn, but I purchased it on ebay probably five years ago. We used it in our living room in Texas, then our guest bedroom here, and now in our master bedroom.


The bed is new from Pottery Barn. It is from the Farmhouse collection. I've been waiting for them to go on sale forever, and they finally went on sale for a short period this summer!! The timing worked out perfectly!!


The bedding is a combination of Pottery Barn, TJMaxx, and ebay. The duvet and euro shams are from the organic matelasse collection at Pottery Barn. I picked them up on clearance (I want to say like 75-80% off!) over a year ago. The bedspread and sheets are both TJMaxx finds that I've had for several years. The sheers across the top of the bed are Pottery Barn items that I purchased recently on ebay. 

Whew! Does that cover it all? Let me know if you have more questions! We've made more progress in the closets and with the other doors in the room. I've also moved the dresser and replaced it with a new vignette. More posts to come!!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

You "Guessed" It!

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es, you guessed it! Y'all know me too well!! There really was no other choice but the wire baskets for me! Thanks again to Kim@Today's Creative Blog for the giveaway and feature!!