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

Window Trim Project

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We’ve started another project that was on my ‘ home improvement to do’ list . This time it is trimming out the windows in the back of our home.

I think some builders cut corners with less trim work as to save money and knowing the house will sell anyway just trim the windows in the front of the house and not the back. That was the case at our house.

Front :

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Back:

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Somehow to me it just looked unfinished. We didn’t want to start a huge project but wanted to add some detail to the back of our house we thought this would help. So the project began yesterday.

Before:

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So far:

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This is just the beginning as we have 2 stories and the windows on the deck area to be wrapped and trimmed.

Here is where I need your help :

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We are not sure how to trim out this area. Sort of a bay window ( there’s a 3rd window you can’t see from this photo on the far right side) and the windows aren’t evenly spaced from the corners. I am thinking we take off the white trim and totally retrim it as one big window and then we add the trim on the corners as needed above and below the window trim. We would need wider boards to cover the spaces between the window and the corners and no siding would be shown in the window area. Does that make sense? I don’t exactly know how to describe it and really not sure that is the best approach. I could really use some advice, needed before Saturday as that is when our friend will be back to finish up. HELP!

A friend of mine has this around a group of windows at her house:

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Her home is one where they didn’t cut corners and the details are amazing. I am hoping for neat and finished with improvement from the current appearance.

Please post your suggestions and if you can attach a photo. I have searched Houzz and Pinterest and still can’t find a photo of exactly what I should do.

Thanks for any suggestions you may have,

Linda

Folding Chair Makeover

I was kicking around these old folding chairs in our garage for years and didn’t have the heart to throw them out but only used them when I was desperate for additional seating. I have World Market wooden folding chairs as well and they were the ones I grabbed first if needed while these metal ones sat collecting cobwebs and dust in the garage.

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Until I saw someone had posted a repainting project with metal folding chairs. Viola’ ! ‘Light Bulb’ moment! I can do that!

How come when you get inspired to do something on the fly and get all excited about it, purchase all the needed supplies, it never goes quite as smoothly as you had envisioned? That was the case here.

First I had to remove the cushions so the metal frame could be painted. Well mine were riveted into the frame so they needed to be drilled out. Not thinking that through , but I will explain later.

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Then I ran out and got the paint I wanted to use. 1 can of paint per chair (I had 4).

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Then fabric to cover the cushions. My chairs had a little back cushion and a seat cushion to cover. I used home décor fabric but you could use anything that you think would hold up and not wear our too quickly.

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First I spray painted the chairs, well my sweet husband helped me as he is more experienced at using spray paint than I am and I was having trouble with some drips.

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Then I went about recovering the cushions. So far so good.

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Then here is where things started to get a little frustrating. Time to attach the cushions to the chair. I thought at first I could just use little screws and reattach them… well NO!

Then I realized I needed to purchase a rivet tool and new rivets. I won’t tell you how many times we had to return to the store to get the right size. I will save you the trouble by letting you know you need to get 1/8″ diameter,1/4″ grip( see photo). I have just saved you hours of frustration and wasted time….You’re welcome!

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The clips on each cushion that the rivets go into also needed to be drilled out and free of old rivet pieces. ARG! Hadn’t anticipated that.

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Once clips were replaced back in the cushions we used the rivet tool to reattach them to the chair frame.

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Haven’t decided if I will try and touch them up with paint or not.

Here is the finished project:

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I also covered one with a different fabric:  ( it is taped on in this picture getting ready to attach with rivet tool )

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They are pretty cute and I think I will use them more now that they have been ‘whimsified’. I went for colorful and whimsical but you could easily finish them in the color scheme of your choice. How about painted gray with a little yellow chevron stripe? Or you could finish each one in a different color? Or match your home décor ? I think you get the idea.

Now that I have taken the guess work out for you have at it and remake those old folding chairs something you have fun using.

Have a great weekend!

Linda

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Spring Project : Porch Columns

As the sun shines a little more often and Spring is becoming a reality my eyes see all that needs to be done outside around here. It’s a bit overwhelming and the “to do” list could well out last any budget or time to get it all done.

So we decided that our front porch columns are one of the first things you see when you come to our house and they needed to be addressed.

First the house is 7 years old now and showing some wear in certain areas already. That sure happens fast! Maybe our climate here in the Pacific Northwest has something to do with it. A little too much moisture will effect the exterior paint and moss on the roof very quickly.

I have been looking on Pinterest  and Houzz to find examples of front porch columns that would work with the style of our house. I don’t want to start changing the style and get too elaborate but keeping it clean and simple.

I found these ideas:

Some are fantastic but a little too much trim for this house with out doing something different around all the exterior windows as well , not really ready to do that.

This is what our columns look like at the moment:

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To me they are a little small for the front of the house and not trimmed out very well.

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Here are some other pictures to give you a better idea of what I’m talking about.

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This next week they will be getting a little makeover and I will post before and after pictures when the work is completed. I am hopeful it will add greater curb appeal when finished.

This is what I hope they will turn out like :

Just a little bigger and trimmed somewhat minimal is what I’m going for.

I’ll let you know if this first of many ” to do’s” turns out as planned.

Have a great weekend and enjoy this sunny day!

Linda

New Year A New Start

I have to admit I have been away from this for a while trying to decide if I had anything creative enough to write about or projects to share.

Well I am going to try and start again. Twice in the last 2 days someone I ran into said ” I miss your blog”. That meant at least 2 people were reading my little patch of blogland.

So here goes!

Off to a new year and a new start.

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Since my last post I have taken down Christmas and redecorated for the rest of winter, not quite Spring, but not all snowflakes and flannel either.

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Out came the yellow pillows to brighten things up a bit and the cozy throws still over the sofa to snuggle up in when land for the evening and read.

I trimmed forsythia branches 2 weeks ago and put them in vases with luke warm water, they are busting out with cheery yellow blooms,that remind me of the promise of Spring. I can’t ever have enough flowers, the amaryillis from my parents for Christmas is still blooming bright red on the window sill.

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I even have the touch of green and yellow in a bowl of pears, and yes they are real. I am not a fan of silk flowers or artificial fruit. Not when the real thing is affordable and brings life to a room. Not to mention little children tend to take bites out of things so why not give them the real fruit rather than a waxing imitation? Teagen( my little 1 1/2 year old grand-daughter) munched on 4 granny smith apples when she was here last week, tiny teeth marks in them all and I loved it. Granted she did eat half of one, but she thought it was fun that yummy fruit was sitting right out where she could get her little hands on it.

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I have projects started that are waiting for the final touches before they are shared. Sea glass bottle updates and some other fun DIY pojects.

It would help motivate me if you would take a second and leave a comment . I really appreciate feedback and knowing you are taking some of my ideas and using them in your home.

So let’s wake up our homes after all the holidays and winter chill with a fresh start by adding some fresh fruit and flowers to our rooms. That’s a change you can easily make today when you stop by the market on your way home.

Have a great day!

Linda

Woven Chairs

Since I had been gone for a week I had some errands to run and while I was out and about stopped by our local Marshall’s. You never know what you will find there. Somedays I find plenty of treasures for myself or clients and other days I leave empty handed. I had been watching their furniture section which mostly contained a few chairs and some garden pieces. I had my eye on these two chairs that were very similar to ones I had admired at Restoration Hardware for about $480 a piece with cushions. Still they were priced at $159 each,a deal compared to Restoration Hardware. However  they were still a stretch for any impulsive splurge since I wasn’t sure exactly where I would put them.  I kept them in mind knowing that one day they are there and often gone the next.

Here is the Restoration Hardware version:

Well it must have been meant to be, because they were still there today and marked down to $60 each. I scooped those babies up and brought them home to my little abode.

While we were in Newport Beach I saw the style in many a courtyard or around a dining table indoors. I think that inspired me to purchase them and incorporate them in my house for Spring and Summer.

 

There are a few places they would work in my house , but I put them in the breakfast nook for now. What do you think?

Have a great weekend!

Linda

Burlap Wreath Tutorial

 

Burlap is back! It’s texture and neutral color make it appeal to both contemporary and  vintage decorating styles, as well as everything in between. I have used it as a table runner, lamp shades and now a wreath in my own home decor.

I have seen something similar done before but in my efforts to make my own wreath it turned out slightly different so I will share my tutorial . We all have our own touch on a craft we take on and so making it our own rendition. I am sure if you make this yours too will look slightly different depending on the size you make your loops and if you embellish it or not.

Burlap Wreath:

Supplies : 1 roll burlap ribbon, purchased at Michael’s crafts store for $4.99 or if you have 40% off coupon only      $2.99. Also 1 wire wreath frame, mine was 12″ and cost $2.49. Total for project =$5.58

Making the wreath:

Make a small loop and come up through the the bottom of the wire wreath. Leave a few inches of the burlap end on the very first loop to tuck in when finished so it doesn’t unravel.

Repeat the loops going back and forth across all three rows of wire in the wreath.

Continue until you’ve gone all the way around the wreath and are back where you started.Adjust loops for fullness as  you go. Tuck ends in the back and wrap around the wire frame to finish off.

It only took about 30 minutes and was so easy and inexpensive. I may be making some for gifts as it was so fun and quick.

I really like it without any extra imbelishments but since Easter is just a few weeks away I decide to add a little Springy touch.

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I think it would look really cute this summer with starfish and beach touches, so I didn’t glue anything down so I could change it later.

I do believe this is a no fail craft project and hope you enjoy making your own version.

Have a blessed day!

Linda

Linking up with: http://thriftydecorating-nikkiw.blogspot.com/

 

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linking also to : http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/Easter-Link-party.html

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Add a Hint of Coral

I am partial to the color blue in my home decor, but I have been known to experiment with others from time to time.

Spring green has been another favorite and it too graces my home on a regular basis.

However for some reason this year I was drawn to add the color coral into the mix. While orange and tangerine are this seasons hot color trend they can be a bit bright for my neutral palet. So I played with the color in the more subtle tone of coral.

I have used it in small doses as a fresh change of pace and bit of sunshine.

Rolled paper flowers so fun and so simple.( tutorial: http://jonesdesigncompany.com/flowers/rolled-paper-flowers-tutorial/ )

You can never have too many tulips and they come in the most delicious color of coral.

Maybe you’d like to pop a little coral into your color scheme, it seems to go with just about every other color. For example pair it with blue, lime green, gray, yellow, or aqua. It is such a ‘happy’ color you can’t help but smile when you add a dash of it somewhere.

Try it and have fun breaking out of your usual color scheme for a little while.

( coral bowl and area rug found at West Elm)

What’s your accent color of the season? I’d love to know what you’re having fun with in your home Spring

Make it a great day!

Linda

Front Entry

Your front entry is the first thing guest see when they come to your home. It should be welcoming and inviting . When I decorate my entry I try to look at it like I am the guest and ask myself” Would I feel warmth and hospitality from the first impression?”

Many times the front door has a wreath adorning it and while that is lovely,I have a glass door and sometimes a wreath blocks the light coming through to the inside of my foyer. So this year I opted for an arrangement that greets you at the base of the door.

Today I am linking up with http://southernhospitalityblog.com/fresh-spring-floral-door-bucket/ to share my front entry. It has changed slightly a few times already this spring as I play with the arrangement. I will share some of them with you.

I like a mixture of garden item and candles to grace my doorstep and welcome my friends.

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Lanterns are everywhere you shop and a wonderful additon to the entry . In the evening I light the candle and a gentle fragrance greets my guest as well as the added glow of the flame. You could use those new battery candles as well, some even come with remotes or a timer.

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I tried the flower cart but it was just a bit too much so I moved it to the greenhouse and went back to the doorstep arrangement.

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It doesn’t have to be elaborate to create that inviting greeting , just enough to evoke a cheerful welcome.

Thanks for visiting me today!

Linda

 

Take Time to Chase a Butterfly

It only takes a couple of warm sunny days in a row for the first blossoms on the trees and wild flowers to start appearing.

I had a little fun with my camera this weekend taking pictures around our place.

We had some of the grandkiddos here and spent most of the time playing and exploring outside. They love to trample through the trails and climb on stumps and logs so we had a blast just being together. I asked them if they wanted to go to a park after church and Canyon( my 5 year old grandson) said” No , Grammie, I’d rather just stay at your house and play outside”. He’s a joy to my heart, well they all are, but he says the sweetest things. So we did just that and we had a great time around our place. They are happiest with simple things and just your time and attention.

Sometimes we can get so busy with the work to be done that we forget to just stop and play. I think that is one of the reasons why God gives us grandkids. They make you take time to snuggle, read a story, walk a trail , chase a butterfly, pick a flower, find a bug or salamander, laugh until your sides hurt and sing a silly song. We did all of that and more this weekend.

I thank God everyday for the little ones He has blessed our family with they bring us more joy than they will ever know.

I pray you take some time soon and just see the day through the eyes of a child and be blessed as you slow down and study the petals of a flower or the wings of a butterfly. Believe me it will be so worth it.

Make the most of this Monday!

Linda