Link Party #86, Mes Préférés! Nouvel An heureux


Did this week just happen?  My kids went back to school. I have a little fantasy every time they go back to school after a break… know, where you will have all this time and finally get your to do list tackled?

Well, that happened for not even a whole day.

1st day back, one child came home from school sick.

2nd day back, one child stayed home from school sick.

3rd day back, setting up for paint class tomorrow and pow wow at PFM.  Lots of exciting upcoming classes and a fundraiser! May 4th, details will be coming soon!

4th day back, teaching today!  Meeting tonight.

On the happy side, sick child is all better now.  While she was home, I managed to completely finish the paint job on my office.  Have I mentioned how much I DISLIKE painting walls?  I know, from the girl who will paint furniture all day long.  Walls require too much patience, and require me to actually stick with a project for more than 3 hours at a time.

Enough about moi, let’s talk about you!!  What a great start to 2013.  Here are some highlights.

I have thoroughly enjoyed everyone’s top ten projects, and this one from Restoration Redoux (don’t you love that name????) is fantastic.  Love the color, love the stained top.

This next project from Simply Vintageous is a real stunner.  The before and then the after.  Wow, what a transformation!

I love when someone completely transforms the look of something.  So much that you would never guess what it looked like before.   The amazingly talented girl at Lake Girl Paints took this old plant stand, added bead board, knocked out the metal thingy at the bottom and painted it to look old.  You have to see the post to see the details, and how she did that pot!

Do you love those oversized clocks you see in the likes of Ballard’s Design Catalog?  I do, but not so much the price.  I love this version far more than the catalog version.  This is from Hymns and Verses.  The clock is made from an old table top. She has a wonderful tutorial on exactly how to make one yourself.  I am so inspired to finally finish my clock project that I have been putting off for over a year now.

Do you follow Turnstyle Vogue?  If not, you really must.  Shari is one of the most talented furniture gals I have seen.  She takes her “Redouxs” to a level of art form that I hope to get to achieve some day.  Seriously, she is that good.  This is one of my favorite pieces.  She named it “Reflection” and it was created for a donation to the American Cancer Society “Relay for Life” auction.

Don’t you love when you see a project that was made from something that started out life as something completely different from where it ended up? (Is this sentence even grammatically correct?)  Lauren from West Furniture Revival did just this.  She took a funky but cool looking headboard she found a thrift store, chopped the legs off, gave it a great finish, added hooks, and now it is a coat rack, hanging in her entry!  LOVE!

Let’s see what you have created in 2013!

Now for Le Rules!

#1 Please be considerate and take a “Fridays at Redoux” button from my BUTTONS page to display on your post that you are linking up here. If you are just joining for the first time, you can go back and add edit an already published post and add link buttons. Merci!

#2 After you have linked up, please go visit my fantastic Friday Link Party friends. They all have wonderful projects linked up that you may not see here, so be sure to hop on over.


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  1. Suzan

    Wow Karen – thanks so much for the feature – to be included among such greatness is such an honor!
    Have a wonderful day,

  2. Shelly Andrade

    Awe ~ I love all these bloggers! Great Features! You totally lose me on the foreign languages

  3. Doreen

    Karen – Thanks for featuring my clock! I’ll be waiting to see yours! So glad the kiddos are better!


  4. Deb @Lake Girl Paints

    Thank you Karen! So glad to be a part of the line up today.
    Ooh, I’m really liking that big clock – of course for my house I would have to give it a nautical twist.
    Have a great day,

  5. cassie

    fabulous features! love the turquoise piece!

  6. Cindy Anderson

    Love that “trashy treasure” you did on the Paris Flea page, the blue cabinet
    It’s beautiful!!!

  7. west furniture revival

    THANKS SO MUCH FOR FEATURING MY COAT RACK. you have a typo in name of the blog . no worries =
    that would be a pretty neat name as well.

  8. Kathryn Griffin

    Thanks for hosting! Now, I can paint walls all day…lol. Wishing you a beautiful and productive year!! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  9. shanna gilbert

    Karen- Thank you for featuring my years Top Ten! I really appreciate it and I love your blog!!!

  10. Tanya

    Thank you so much for a great party Karen!! Have a wonderful weekend

    xoxo, Tanya

  11. Kristel

    Love all of the features! I am really interested in making a wall clock, so I cannot wait to see how it’s done. Glad to hear your little one is feeling better, oh, and by the way, I will trade you on painting the walls, as long as you paint my furniture 😉 It seems I don’t have the patience for little nooks and crannies.

  12. Nina

    I’m B-A-C-K! Thank you so much for hosting. I am linking up one of my favorite projects check it out #52 Royal Headboards!!

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