Annie Sloan Paint Does It Again!

I have been on a house purging closet cleaning frenzy lately. One of the things I decided to tackle was the dresser in our closet. We have beautiful Pottery Barn furniture in our master bedroom that we purchased a few years ago but before that we had a 1976 oak bedroom set that we bought right after we were married.

While it was the style of the time we lived with it way too long. Probably because it was our first big purchase together and it seemed like a lot of money at the time. My husband doesn’t see the need to replace something if it is functioning and isn’t broken. My desire to replace it was finally consented to and the oak dresser was moved to the closet for my hubby’s clothes.

This is a picture from a previous home 10 years ago:

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I took a crowbar, hammer and screwdriver and went to town removing the top recessed drawer . I was over that look and wanted a larger surface on the top of the dresser. I forgot to take pictures of that process as I was disassembling it ,but it was very therapeutic I must say.

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I removed all the hardware and got to work painting.

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After 2 coats of Annie Sloan Off White Chalkpaint:

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I waxed the top with clear wax but didn’t bother to wax the whole piece this time.

After new hardware :

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I think it can hang around for a few more years now.

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I love the way it freshened it up and gave it a new look I can live with for a while.

Hope you’re having a great summer !

Linda

Guest Room Ready !

DSC_0026The sun is shining this morning and I am finally snapping pictures of the guest room where the door headboard ( https://homedeco50.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/vintage-door-headboard/ ) found it’s home.

I had ordered the bedding from Ballard Designs back in March and it was on backorder and it just arrived last week. Seems that  black stripe ticking was in hot demand when I placed my order.

I wanted a room that was calming and restful, since it is a bedroom after all. It makes me want to start painting everything in my house and get back to a white pallet and start decorating every room from scratch. That isn’t going to happen anytime soon so I’ll just enjoy this little square of the gray and white trend at the moment.

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Armoire was a pine entertainment center that we had for over 14 years. I painted it with Annie Sloan’s French Linen and we added a new board in the back to replace the cutout for an old tv. New knobs from World Market also added to the makeover. Love how it turned out.

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I am in love with this bedding !

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 I’ve been working on multiple projects and haven’t stopped to post them. I aim to get back to Blogland and post more often.

Hope you are having a wonderful day !

Linda

Vintage Door Headboard

I have had this old door for a while with the intent of making it into a headboard for the bed in our guest room. At first I wasn’t exactly sure how to make it work since it was about 17″ longer than a queen size bed so I stuck it in the garage for the winter until I could think of how to make it the right size.

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This month I decided it was time to move on with this project.

I had already painted the guest room, as well as an armoire that used to hold our TV for years and a little end table, bought a new bed and bedding. So it was time to drag out the door for its makeover.

My handy husband insisted on helping me, thank goodness, that door was heavy and I couldn’t manage it on my own. We decided, after measuring and drawing up a plan,  that if we cut off one of the panels the bed would be 60″ just the right width for a queen size bed after we added the side supports to make it 70″ when finished.

We sanded the brown paint off the door a bit just to see what it would look like. Fun but the room was being decorated in mostly a gray and cream color scheme so I planned to paint it when it was assembled.

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Then we needed to add side pieces that would finish the ends and be used to stand the headboard up and bolt to the bedframe. We used two 2×4’s and faced them with a 1×4, and a 1×3 on each side of the door. We determined the height of the door above the bed and cut the end post to that height. I went with 54″ from the floor to the top of the door allowing an additional 1 1/2″ for the header piece.

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I was going for a simpler look to finish the top of the headboard so we opted for 2 pieces of wood that would be the top, one 1×4 and 1×3 to give the look I wanted.

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All pieces were wood glue and nailed together. We also used some metal mending plates to attach the 2×4’s to the door.

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Today I started painting it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, French Linen color. Love that paint ! No priming and you have such freedom of creativity with it. I was going to use one of the homemade chalk paint recipes I saw on Pinterest to save a little money, but I loved this color and so for this project I stuck with the ‘good stuff’.

After I had given it a light coat I started liking the worn distressed finish I was seeing. I had planned on painting it with a couple of coats to hide the previous color and imperfections. I pooled the opinion of my daughters and a friend and they all liked the pictures I sent them of the finish I was getting with one coat. So I decided, for now at least to embrace the imperfections and uniqueness of the piece and live with it for awhile. What do you think? More paint coats or leave it as is?

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I am still planning on waxing it tomorrow and considering adding some dark wax to the creases as well. Not sure yet as the more I look at it the more I like it just the way it is.

Here is my supply list:

vintage door( or you could use new one)

2   2×4’s ( as straight as you can find)

3  1×3’s(clear pine finish boards)

3  1×4’s( also pine boards)

*wood glue, nails and metal mending brackets( I think you could use additional wood strips to join the 2×4’s but we opted for this)

*Chalk Paint and Wax

It was fun to make and I’ll post a picture of it again when it is attached to the bedframe. The finished guest room will be posted when it all comes together. It’s almost there!

Thanks for stopping by,

Linda

Thanksgiving / Pre-Christmas Decor

With Thanksgiving next week and Christmas soon to follow I was ready to clear out Fall décor and start thinking about Christmas. Not quite ready to get a tree but wanting to start the Christmas cheer sooner than later. I love, love, love Christmas time and all my decorations and I only get to enjoy them for a month each year.
Here is my Thanksgiving/ Pre-Christmas mantel:
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Made these little mason jar snow globes last year with some of my grandkiddos:

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My bedroom retreat layered with quilts and pillows:

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So that’s a sneak peek into my home at the moment. As the Thanksgiving turkey is being made into leftovers the real Christmas decorating will begin with JOY !

Come back again after Thanksgiving and see my home glitter with Christmas cheer !

Guest Room ‘Spring-ified’

I am making my way through each room getting it Spring-ified and today I will share the guest bedroom update.

To begin with I found the bed frame at World Market on clearance a few years ago for about $150 and it is solid and very well made.

The end table also are World Market items. Lamps are from Target, but they may get replaced soon as I have my eye on some that would look better. Target has great lamps for the money and rival the same “Pottery Barn” look for less quite often. I am sure Pottery Barn hates that but that is a fact that suits me just fine when trying not to blow the budget and get the look for less. All that to say , I am a Pottery Barn fan and have many an item purchased from that beautiful store.

My winter look for the room is a Pottery Barn duvet and shams also purchased a few years ago. Love it for Fall and Winter but when Spring arrives I like to refresh it with Spring green.

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I was ready for a change and I picked up the new quilt and sheets at Marshall’s . Got to love Marshall’s when you find a deal.

The bright little rug added for a pop of color was from Pier 1.

I love it when you have good bones for a room (ie: the furnishing and neutral walls) and can mix it up into something new in an afternoon. Speaks to my need to change things up every season.

Come on get Spring-ified!

Linda

Lamps Shades and Tulips

After posting about my need to have my bed made daily and how my bedroom has transformed over time, I am already considering a minor change.

I have been loving the look of burlap lamps shades I have seen lately. They have a current but cottage-like feel and seem to really go well with a formal lamp base such as mercury glass or crystal. I like mixing the formal or traditional with casual relaxed style.

Pottery Barn has some great ones and I have been tempted to purchase.Burlap Tapered Drum Lamp Shade

However I have a tendency to love the look but think I can do it for less money.

Yesterday I stopped by World Market and in my wandering through the store noticed they had some burlap shades as well for less than half the price. Not quite as well made as Pottery Barn but since I was using them in my bedroom and I just wanted the ‘look’, I brought them home to try. Now I am trying to decide but I think I like them and they lighten up the look for Spring. Only thing I don’t like is that at night you can see the light bulb when the lamp is on. Since that only happens when we are reading in bed I think I can live with that. The plastic is still on the shade until I make my final decision but at $19 vs $49 I think I just might keep them. What do you think?

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I love tulips and since Spring is few months away they aren’t blooming in my yard yet. However they are everywhere in the grocery stores and this makes me so happy. I think they brighten a room and add a pop of color. I love them in red, white, yellow, pink, I love them all! So my house has them tucked here and there and they just give me joy. For $6.99 that’s a cheap mood booster.

Have a blessed Wednesday!

Linda