Friday, April 27, 2012

farmy retreat & FMFF

Okay so remember back to when we had the house painted?  I screwed up big time in one room, and had it painted almost the identical color it already was.  Uh yeah...oops!  Kind of figured that out when I came in to check on the progress, and I couldn't tell where they had been.  Oh and the snickers and laughing in the corner was a tell too.  Finger pointing and remarks in Spanish that I couldn't translate made me fully aware they thought I was a goof.  And I was.  But it's hard to pick out colors for an entire house.  Girls I was in over my head!

Needless to say the spare bedroom was never my favorite room.  It was kind of thrown together and never really looked like me.  The walls were beige.  Beige!  So since I've been pinning black walls forever on Pinterest I decided to go bold and just go for it.   This color is called Gravel Grey by Benjamin Moore and it actually looks like a really dark navy versus grey.

Other than a wall color idea I really didn't have a game plan.  I had seen a yellow dresser at my sweet friend Alicia's house and kind of knew I wanted a bold yellow somewhere.  So a seed was planted and an old black dresser got a redo;)

I spray painted that bad boy bright yellow...scuffed the heck out of it with a palm sander, added some numbers and new knobs and now it's the BOMB.  I LOVE IT!  It just looks happy. 

I was also on the hunt for a long tall dresser.  Something to sit the TV on and display some pretties.  My friend Kim recommended a great antique store and told me to go asap.  I had been there before and had completely forgotten about it, but that's where I ended up finding this sweet piece. 

The next day I ran into Kim and told her about my find.  She starts telling me about the piece she had fallen in love with too.  Low and behold she whips out her phone and I had bought the exact piece she had her eye on.  I about died!  Seriously out of hundreds of pieces of furniture I picked the exact same piece.   

I felt bad painting it.  Knowing I was altering her beloved piece too.  The pressure was really on.  What if I screwed it up?  I ended up spray painting it and I usually never do that.  It was so much harder than I thought.  For some reason it started bubbling and dripping.  I guess I should stick to brushes;)   

In the end I glazed it with a metallic finish and painted the knobs silver. I love it. 
REALLY love it.

Usually when you start a room you have a plan....a jumping off point.  For me it's almost always bedding.  This time it was a piece of artwork.  I had a funky rooster painting that I seriously loved and wanted to incorporate turquoise, red, yellow, navy and white.  Good luck finding bedding that will fit into that color scheme.  I about fell over when I saw this duvet at Bed, Bath and Beyond.  It was happy dance time:)  It blends in beautifully and looks like I had it custom made.

It screams BECKY now.  I go in there and never want to leave.  Oh and I raised the bed too.  Made a world of difference.  It's my giddy, make me want to jump up and down room.  Gotta have one of those right?;)


So on to Feed My Family FRIDAY!!!  On vacation I had THE most amazing sandwich.  We are talking best sandwich I've ever EVER tasted.  We went to the Hotel Coronado on Coronado and ate at the Sheerwater Restaurant. This bad boy was $22.  Best money spent.  There had to be about that much crab meat there right?  Holy cow!!  Anyway it inspired me to find a good/healthy crab cake recipe.  On Pinterest I found one here.  I've changed it quite a bit, but it was my jumping off point.

You need:
16 ounces of lump crab meat.  I bought mine in a can.
1/2 cup of planko bread crumbs.  I used Ritz crackers instead.  I love Ritz.
1/4 cup chopped parsley.  I used chopped green onion instead.
1 egg
1/4 cup lite mayo
1/4 tsp Old Bay seasoning.  I used some crab leg seasoning I got on vacay in Gulf Shores, Alabama years ago.  Same difference.

Mix all the ingredients together.  Using an ice cream scoop make crab cakes and place on cookie sheet.  If preparing the same day refrigerate for at least an hour.  Heat a small amount of olive oil  in a large skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until browned.  SO GOOD...not quite as good as the Sheerwater but a winner:)

feed my family friday

Okay girls you know the drill.  Grab my button, link to your recipe URL, and let's feed our families:)

Have a blessed weekend.

546.  busch gardens today with my big chick
547.  honey's birthday weekend
548.  my book club girlies
549.  cupcakes in my near future
550.  crab cakes:)
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  1. Ooo, I love the new look for your room. And your painted pieces make me want to run out and buy furniture to paint! Can I ask where the antique store is? The crab cake sandwich looks amazing. Pinning that recipe now! :)

  2. oh well WOW! you have one super pretty house - guest room included now!!! i'd surely not ever mind spending time in there - the dressers are AMAZING. you rock. definitely going to make that crab cake recipe. mmm!

  3. I wish I took pics of my food, but I don't. Maybe I'll try that some time. Wow, the new room is stunning. It's not me, but it's beautiful. btw, crab in a can? You've got to come out and visit me in MD. We got CRABS!

  4. Everything turned out amazing! I need lessons on distressing furniture! I have a few pieces that need some love! And wow does that plate of food look good! Not something I want to see before breakfast. My tummy is HUNGRY now!

  5. ooooohhhh yeah!!! i love it love it love it! it really is so you...but a little bit of me too, if i can say so. like the yellow dresser, the big red &, and that green lamp?? i have that same white AND turquoise :) can't wait to check into Hotel Strahle next! See ya this summer. book my reservation now!

  6. your room looks beautiful!
    that yellow dresser and the red with it is my fave!
    love that big ampersand, too!
    nice job, and those cakes look amazing! :)

  7. I LOVE your eye for the unexpected and that if you had painted the buffet the yellow color, I probably would have driven over to VA and claimed it for myself. Both pieces are TDF and the colors you picked are SWOONAY!!!

  8. Well I love LOVE my new room. I cannot wait to sleep in late right there :)

  9. Girrrrrrllll, it all looks SO fabulous! Love the colors you picked. I really need to go find some pieces to paint, now!

  10. Love the dressers as well & the bedding. Did you paint the Rooster? I just love it? I never would have been so brave to paint black & never would have thought I would like it. Proven wrong ;)

    1. Hey girl.. I wish I could say I painted that fabulous rooster. Didn't happen.

  11. I LOVE that room! Can I please go live in it? ;-)

  12. Love the entire room and love the bright happy colors. Love that you love ritz... so do i... miss those.

    Love remembering that you love crab cakes... and we need to catch up!!

    Love you!

  13. Oh & also want to tell you I LOVE your new header photo. That cute little camper I just love it!!!!

  14. Looooooove the room. I've been wanting to paint a piece of furniture yellow and now I'm brave enough to do it. Thanks for the inspiration:)

  15. It all looks so happy you have a great eye for what you can do with color love it!
    Don't you just love the crab in a can that was genius, you get right to eating no cracking the shells & having to dig it out.

    Have a great weekend Barbara

  16. HOLY YELLOW PAINT, you are good!!!! I have a dresser to transform as well (into yellow!!!) and I bought numbers to add to a set of 3 trunks I'll be painting white. I love your numbers! I could only find plastic ones at Home Depot :/

    And in my garage I have a pile of stuff I've been working on. Currently in the process of finishing an oak hutch in an antique green. I'll have to send you a pic. Afterall, you ARE the inspiration for adding color to my world :)

    Oh, and do you take reservations? ;)

    p.s. "Be Peaceful" .... loved that hidden message :)

  17. Who would have ever thought that black paint on walls could look so good? I truly believe you're about the only person who could pull it off. Love the yellow dresser and what you did with the other one, as well. Your style is so eclectic and I think it ROCKS!

  18. GIRL! I LOVE your guest room. Where did you find the time?! I love it soooo much. :) Wherever we land (again) I am going to paint to my heart's content (again) and add lots of COLORS.

    :) Fun post, Becks!

  19. Wow! I love this room. When you first said black, I wasn't sure what that would look like... this. is. awesome! My favorites are the 2 dressers - amazing! - and the red & sign. Very pretty!

  20. loving that room...might be my favorite in our house.
    you outdid yourself with that furniture!!!

    your colorful world brightened this girl's day today!

  21. What a great use of color!! It all came together perfectly!! Can't wait to try your recipe!!

  22. I am head over heels for your room! POW...color love :) I so wish I had the cajonas (lol) to be bold like you. I am in the sissy neutral corner still ;)

    ps - the sandwich looks heavenly...please tell me it has avocado in it? I would be so disappointed as a Californian if it didnt! ;)

  23. Wow - your room looks awesome - great colours and accessories too.

  24. I love that room. Love that you started with that rooster painting. It is so cute. I would never paint walls that dark. Because I would be "chicken" too, hah. But I love it and the painted furniture. Looks adorable and I am thinking of maybe copying your choices, hah.

  25. reading posts like that makes me wish that I needed some furniture!! I am always so inspired when I see painted furniture!

  26. You are quite the daring girl, Becky. But ya know what? It all looks GREAT together! It looks happy! It looks like Becky! :) It looks sweet and charming and cozy. Fabulous job, girlie!

    xoxo laurie

  27. I ADORE the room!! Great job!! Hugs from Conroe, Texas

  28. Fantabulous Room! How fun is that, all that color.Love color myself! That Sammy is to die for.I too love a good Crab Cake~Cheers Kim

  29. Oh girl...that room reveal was worth the wait!!! It is PRECIOUS!!!! You done good. :0) Just love it!!!

  30. I adore your spare room Becky ~ it turned out great. You are one smart cookie as you should always start with your bedding when redoing a bedroom ~ you would not believe how many people do not do this! Those crab cakes look yummy ~ it is not something that I have ever made but you have peaked my interest ~ I will have to try them out. Happy week-end! xo

  31. That room makes me want to come visit you :) Looks amazing. I really love the furniture you painted and made look fabulous! I know the feeling of having a room that feels "off" and so glad you made if feel like Becky!

  32. It looks gorgeous!! Can you pleeeease tell me the brand and color name of the yellow. I'm looking for that exact color but can't find it in spray paint!! I also love the blue and would that name too!!!

  33. That room is amazing! My aunt bought the same duvet cover, it's lovely. I also love the yellow dresser, rooster painting...well just everything!

  34. That room re-do looks AH-mazing! Love it! Seriously, when can I come over for a slumber party :)
    And don't even get me started on the crab cakes! Thanks for sharing!

  35. Hope to stay
    in that guest
    room myself,
    soon! Were
    those the little
    cows that I sent
    you from Barnyard
    Boys sale??

    xx Suzanne

  36. Wow! I love the room and I am not a big color person! It is lovely and it makes me want to do a room like that too. :)

  37. i adore how you decorate your home, friend. so beautiful.

  38. oh my, do i LOVE that room! you have an eye for artful living, my friend.

  39. This is your guest room? Oh my, it is so pretty! Good job going so bold with the looks amazing! And those dressers, and that duvet, and that lamp! Sigh, love it all!

  40. Nick has an old dresser in his shop just waiting to be painted and put to use in Milo's room. I decided on yellow awhile ago, but now FOR SURE I am going to go with it, and add those numbers! What an awesome idea, hope you dont mind if I steal it ;)

  41. Hey Becky...I LOVE your guest room!!! Love...I'm with the girl above, I would love to know the color of that yellow you used. I have a dresser that is begging to be painted yellow.
    Oh, glad you tried out that crab cake recipe and shared. Can't wait to try it. Yum...

  42. Yes please! Would you mind sharing the name and color of the yellow spray paint? I ADORE your dresser! :)

  43. The bedroom looks awesome--bold but not overwhelming. And beautiful.


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