4.09.2014

Round 3: Up Cycle and A Great Experience in CWTS

                        
What an honor it was to be in the Creating With The Stars Contest, however, I didn't advance to the final round. Thank you to all those who voted for my 'Up Cycle' side-table-turned-bar-cart and mirror-turned-sunburst. I enjoyed making these projects and felt like it was a great transformation. I loved being a contestant and felt like all the projects I worked on showed my best effort and style. One thing is certain, now I can get some sleep! There were some long nights of building, painting, and more painting. It was all worth it because now we get to enjoy some new furniture in our home.

My girls especially love the cart and it's been turned into a 'library' cart or 'grocery store' cart. The cart will be great for anywhere in our house. Currently, it resides in the kitchen and I'm loving the Kelly green I painted it. The mirror made it's way over the fireplace. I'll show you pictures soon. I took photos of the knock off table and the bar cart in our office space, which I haven't shown on the blog yet since I haven't even come up with ideas yet on how to decorate the space. However, I painted one wall a bright white in there and I think its so clean and fresh feeling that I might paint the whole space white now.


Being in the Creating With The Stars contest was a major group effort. My husband, Steve helped me build the knock off Melrose Console table and helped me build our hutch for our Paint project. I couldn't have done it without him! We had a lot of fun together staying up late and working together. My blogging mentor Kate was super encouraging, helped me style and edit my photos. I learned a lot about styling a photo from her, and I think my skills improved. Thank you Kate for all your help! With the bar cart, I had fun with punches of color from the citrus, flowers and gumballs which all gave it a festive look. My four daughters were also so cute asking me questions about my projects and being excited for the contest. They didn't seem to mind how neglected our house got while I worked on other things.
I was hoping to make it into the final round of the contest, but I know I did my best and I am grateful for the experience. I will be putting tutorials of my projects on the blog soon. Let's take a look at some of the other projects that kept me in the contest:
 The Society Social Melrose Knock-Off table turned out to be a beauty! 
 For the Paint category I updated an old buffet table into a hutch using a color block technique. I love the different shades of blue in here and those long modern handles.
Here's even a peak inside the cabinet. This tutorial will be up soon. 

Now I will focus on some of the other projects that got put on the back burner while I was in the contest like painting more furniture, reupholstering my phantom sofa in our library and starting to work on our yard. Thanks for all your support you guys!


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19 comments:

  1. Great work Tracy! You guys made some beautiful things :) Do you have one more project in the works??? If so, I am hoping to see it soon. I hope you enjoy some good, well deserved, rest!

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  2. Whoa, I can't even imagine how stressful that was! I'm so excited you had the opportunity to participate and show off your talents, you know I've always been a fan of your amazing diy skills! Your projects were all stellar, Tracy and you should be so proud of them!!

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    1. Pam, thank you for such uplifting words. I was thrilled to be part of the CWTS contest. It was a great opportunity to get some projects done and work hard. I love the projects we made too. I still am going to work on another project I was going to show for the contest but it might take me a little longer.
      I'm so excited that you're in the ORC! I can't wait to see your kitchen makeover!

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  3. You were robbed! I'm kidding, but you did such a great job and I'm so proud of your work!!

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    1. Trisha- thank you for being so encouraging! I had a great time and worked hard. I love the projects we made and now I can enjoy them!

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  4. You did such a wonderful job in this contest Tracy! We had a lot fun following you and being wowed by the things you did! I can't wait to come over and actually look at that mirror. I can't believe it's made with pop cans! Crazy! You're amazing!

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    1. Thanks Alanna! The contest was so fun for me too! I loved how our projects turned out and can't wait to work on some more.

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  5. No way, I can't believe you are out of the running. I was sure that you would have gone all the way. I really looked forward to seeing the projects that you had worked on. But you know, I always looked forward to each post each week prior to the contest anyhow, I think the CWTS, just added a new dimension. With your eye and talent and Steve's crafty construction work you both did an amazing job. Now You can can both continue your creative projects, just at a slower pace.

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  6. You should feel like a rock star for even being in CWTS!! Your projects were awesome and I can't wait for tutorials!

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    1. Beth, you are so nice! I loved the experience of being in the CWTS. It was a wonderful opportunity to work on some creative projects. I learned a lot. Thanks for following along! There will definitely be tutorials coming soon.

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  7. Tracy! You make everything beautiful! Thank you for inspiring all of us to do the same! I am so lucky to know you and have you as such a dear friend! Congratulations on all of your "winning"projects in the competition. Everything you do is amazing! You're the winner in by book!

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    1. Thank you Andrea! You are such a dear inspirational friend to me! We are loving our new pieces of furniture and hope to make some more pieces soon.

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  8. It was such a pleasure working together, I loved all of your enthusiasm for DIY and styling, you're so very talented!! xoxo Kate

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    1. Kate, I couldn't have done all this without you partner! Thank you for all your help and inspiration!

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  9. I totally voted for your green cart! I love it! You and Kate did such a great job styling and you do such a great job using color. Decorating with bold colors sometimes scares me but you do it so beautifully and effortlessly! You definitely have a talent for decorating! Great job, Tracy!

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    1. Tamara, you are so kind! Thanks for voting for my projects! I do love color and styling. I had a great time being in the CWTS contest.

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  10. I have never even heard of your blog before but I voted for you in this round and I CANNOT BELIEVE you didn't get through (plus I cannot believe that garden area beat you in votes! - not that it wasn't nice but, yeah..). I honestly thought your project was a shoe-in for winning that round. Well, anyway, I just had to come over to say that I thought your project was the best and now I will have fun poking around your blog!

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    1. Thanks Catherine for voting for my project. It was a fun experience being in the CWTS contest. Yes, please keep checking back I have lots of projects going to show on the blog.

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