Quick Paint Job

December 5, 2014 at 10:18 pm (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Winter is always my dreary time. Usually I don’t seem to get much done. But lately, I have been on a roll of projects!  Last week I whipped out a tiny and speedy paint project. I used the same charcoal chalk paint from the small wall in the kitchen and painted the opposite facing wall in the dining room. I didn’t like the green, but love this dark, fresh color now! Here is the (messy) before:

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Check out the after (forgive the Christmas decor that wouldn’t normally be there :)) :

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And I just adore the new canvas of B! I’m even thinking about painting the small chunk of wall going up the stairs behind this wall. I think that will balance everything out well. Small bits at a time. After all, I have to paint after little man goes to bed 🙂 What do you think?!

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A Vintage Nursery Project

September 16, 2014 at 8:04 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I know I just now finally shared the nursery with you, but I also just finished a fun little project in there.

I was given this beat up little vintage dresser the other day , with plans to turn it into a book shelf for toys.

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Suddenly it struck me. Those two drawers could also be another project,  perfect for some storage! I cleaned, sanded, painted, roughed, waxed, added wheels and knobs, and viola!

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I absolutely love how they turned out! B can now store toys or clothes in them,  and they should fit under any bed, so he can use them for a long time! My helper approves.

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This was my first time using paste wax. I tinted my wax myself with paint. I really like how it gives the drawers a barn board feel. I think with a little practice this could be a new favorite technique! What do you think?

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One More Office

January 25, 2012 at 1:46 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Things have been busy.  Extremely busy.  But, I have been productive, and coming up in the next week or so I do actually have some updates and projects to share! I finally started a new job in Iowa and have settled in living in our new home all the time now.  This has kept me on my toes, and also been stressful, but at the same time I have been able to spend more time in our home and accomplish A LOT!

So, to tide you all over I wanted to share another adorable office I came across on VT Interiors blog.  And, stay tuned for some peaks and projects around our house! 🙂

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Blue Chair Love

September 19, 2011 at 10:07 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This chair is so unique that its simply adorable.  In addition to the ruffly curves, the chairs bright blue hue pairs wonderfully with the rustic wood walls of the room.  What do you think? 

 

See it at Design Crisis.

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Sneak Peak of the Outside

June 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

I am learning how to use the Blackberry wordpress app to update posts, so I thought I would test this out by giving you a little sneak peak of the outside of the new house. Now that the flowers are all planted things are starting to look bright and fresh!

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Black Kitchen Inspiration

June 6, 2011 at 10:39 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The kitchen needs some help. I can’t change the fact that it’s super small and always will be. But, I can give it a bit of a facelift.  This is in the works.  I already have all the plans in my head.  Yes, I want to paint the cabinets black.  Black.  It doesn’t matter how many people doubt me now, because I already have my mind set.  But, just to put other people at ease, I thought I would share Nate Berkus” gorgeous black cabinet kitchen!

 

Gorgeous, no?  I totally believe I can pull this off too. Stay tuned!

See it posted originally here:  www.housetweaking.com

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Ruffles For Me

August 5, 2009 at 2:52 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So craving this entire bathroom right now!  I love the industrial look mixed with very feminine touches.  I’m sure you can all tell from the rest of my home that my style isn’t usually very feminine, but in small amounts I think it can be a great touch.

So, when I found the budget bathroom remodel in the Country Living magazine I was swooning!  Unfortunately, I can’t post pictures from their site here.  So, here’s the link: http://www.countryliving.com/homes/makeovers/budget-bathroom-makeover-0609?click=main_sr .  I particularly fell in love with the ruffled shower curtain from Anthropologie.  But, $98 was quite a bit out of our shower curtain budget.  So, I started searching…

Here is the curtain from Anthropologie:

And here is what else I found:
Ruffles Curtain by Target: http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/179-2733649-8695932?ASIN=B000HPTSE2&AFID=Froogle&LNM=B000HPTSE2|Ruffles_Shower_Curtain&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=B000HPTSE2&ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001

Ruffles Curtain by Target: http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/179-2733649-8695932?ASIN=B000HPTSE2&AFID=Froogle&LNM=B000HPTSE2|Ruffles_Shower_Curtain&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=B000HPTSE2&ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001

Very close, huh?  And both for under $30!!  I also found this one that I liked (but it was also $96):
In the end I went with Target.  It is on its way, so stay tuned to see how the cheaper version holds up in our newly styled bathroom!
P.S. We also loved a few other things from the Country Living article!  I am going to get the old fashioned looking toilet handle and possible try the corrugated metal as a backsplash to our new shower next year (also stay tuned for those updates! 🙂

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Lawn Chair Project

April 28, 2009 at 7:30 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It hasn’t stopped raining here for days, so please excuse the dark, dreary photos.  But, I had to share the other garage sale day find with you.  Lawn chairs!  They were a steal, and they will be fixed up with some paint and cushions, so don’t be alarmed!  Right now I think they kind of look like they belong next to some plastic flamingos in, well, not my yard.  But, they will. 

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Really that shade of blue is bright and fun, and has started to grow on me.  But, I think it would look out of place in our back yard.  I’m not sure what color I am thinking, however.  I know we always lean towards black.  We are blah.  But, black might bring them up to date and they could be dressed up and brightened with some bold patterned cushions.  Yes? No?  Ideas?  Always something to work on, but I love it! 🙂

Also, I wanted to let you all know that I am going to start selling off some of our projects.  I love to keep busy and remake fun things, but our house is getting full.  So, I am going to keep doing what I love, but start selling the things I make or remake.  Right now I have a coffee table in the works, so stay tuned.  I will post befores and afters of the items I plan to sell.  For now they will be listed on Craigslist, or you can contact me through the blog.  But, we are thinking that in the future I might rent a booth at one of our local antique shops.  Check back, and let me know if you are interested in anything, or are looking for something in particular! 🙂

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One More Sneak Peak- Countertops

April 20, 2009 at 7:50 am (Inspiration, Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So, I guess I should have, but I didn’t plan for the unexpected road blocks when finishing the kitchen.  Like, accidentally buying a couple too few hinges!  It is done, but not picture ready.  So I have one more sneak peak for you until then.  Here is the sample card for the counter-tops we are getting.  I originally wanted pure black, but there is no standard laminate in pure black.  I picked black because it was to look like slate.  Laminate is, unfortunately, what we can afford right now.  So, this was the most black laminate we could get.  It is probably going to look like marble.  This may be great to some, but I am concerned it is too far from my original vision.  Will it look to country?  It does tie in the browns from the floor and the white from the cabinets.  It will take about two weeks to get them in since they are extra long… so please, ease my mind until then!  No, really, give me your true opinions!

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A New Headboard

April 15, 2009 at 8:18 am (Home Changes and Additions, Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I think this was Tony’s favorite project yet!  My mom had an old brass headboard for a king size bed.  She was going to throw it out, so I snatched it right up.  After a coat of primer and a couple coats of black paint…

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He was so excited last night after we got it hung that he said the bedroom looks like a hotel now.  I take that as a compliment!  I was afraid that the black would be too much next to the black art above, but I think it worked out well.  Always a work in progress…

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I think the pups approve too!

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