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

Only Took Me 33 Years to Finish !

This past week I finished a project that I started a looooooong time ago. I think at least 33 years is more like it.
I had this little wooden step stool that was my Gramma’s when I was a little girl. I used to stand on it to bake with her in her warm kitchen and even sit on it at the table when I was really small. Ok I’m still pretty small, but this was in a little toddler type of small. Anyhow…. I ended up with it when I had my first child,I wanted to use it with my children the way my Gramma did with me. So I started to strip the many layers of paint off the well worn wood. Using some paint striper that you applied and let eat away at the paint was a pain and the toxic smell made me decide it wasn’t worth the effort. So my little step stool moved from house to house usually stuffed in the garage or attic waiting to be finished….Someday. I couldn’t bare to part with it since I had such fond warm memories associated with it.

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It started when I was looking for some paint to use on some vintage doors I want to convert to a headboard and another one to a chalkboard when I came across Annie Sloan Chalk Paint(http://www.anniesloan.com/). The stuff is magic ! I watched all the YouTube videos I could to learn the application process and various techniques.

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The best selling point to me was’ You don’t need to prep the surface, just clean it if it needs it with soap and water lightly, no primer, no sanding , just start painting’.

I KNOW ! Crazy hunh? Sure you can lightly sand if you want to remove some imperfections but for me it was motivation enough to give it a try.

So I decide to test the claims of the paint on my little step stool before I tackled a larger project. It did not disappoint ! I am a FAN !

Before :

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Here it is after one coat:

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Yes you can paint in your house ! No fumes or odor ! It does suggest you leave a window open for ventilation. Additional information is given on the can of paint or at Annie Sloan’s web site.(http://www.anniesloan.com/)

And finally 2 coats and a coat of the clear wax:

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The paint covers great and dries fast. Colors can be mixed and the choices are fantastic. I used 50% Old White with 50% French Linen for a light gray look.

No longer stashed in the garage or collecting dust in the attic now the little step stool sits in my kitchen waiting for my granddaughter to stand on it to bake cookies with me.

You can distress a piece or leave it finished in a more contemporary look.  The possibilities are plentiful and only limited by your imagination. I encourage you to watch a few videos of the process and decide if it would work for your next painting project. http://www.youtube.com/anniesloanofficial

I can hardly wait to start my next one!

Linda

Captivated By Old Doors

Yesterday I was drawn to a photo of an old door on Pinterest. Pottery Barn was posting emerald green items after Pantone announced that was their color of the year.

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I love old doors , always have, and the ones that show the wear of time and history speak to me all the more. So I went on a search for pictures of old doors. Starting with blue and green.

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Each door had a charm and story of it’s own and I was smitten with a desire to find more.

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Maybe it’s the texture and patina or maybe it’s the wonder of what stories they could tell, or even the curiousity of who lives behind each one and what is on the other side of the door. I think it’s a little of all of that.

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Can you tell I’m captivated?

Linda

Beach Decor

To me it is summer as of today June 1st, even if the weather outside refuses to cooperate. Rain or shine it is time to get this place ready for all the fun friend and family events on the calendar for the next 3 months.

I spent the day yesterday adding some of those summertime elements to the inside of our home. Around here that means BEACH and all that goes with it. Sea shells, sand , nautical touches, and the colors of aqua, blue, green and cream. That color part is not much of a stretch for me since I have those colors around most of the time anyway.

Before I headed out to look for any new ‘Beachyness” I scanned the Pottery Barn catalog, Ballard Design, Pinterest to name a few, for inspiration. Then I decided to dig out the beach stuff I have collected and stored from last year and start playing around with it.

First I put away Spring decor and cleared out some other items to make way for a’ Summer Make-Over’. Pillows got moved around from room to room and some were stored for the next change of season.

Tables were dusted and ready for displays of summertime and beach accessories.

 

 Little touches here and there but not so much you feel like you stepped into a seashore boutique.

Still working on the dining table arrangement :

Mantle updated for the summer :

Sea Glass Bottles (tutorial previous post):

I am still adding verses and such to my chalkboards, they seem to change often depending on the event or my whim of inspiration.

Funny I had all these things and didn’t purchase one new item of ‘Beachyness”. Since you can pick up driftwood , shells on vacations or a day at the beach I have plenty of those things. Photos of past beach vacations evoke a sweet memory and increase my anticipation for the new ones yet to be made. So pull out some favorite beach items and get them out to enjoy and share. Roll up the heavy carpets and lay down the sisal rug. Open the curtains, or take them down and let the sun shine in… at least be ready for when it does.

Next week I hope to share the patio and deck ready for entertaining… waiting on some hanging baskets to finish that off.

Have a great weekend !

Linda

Linking up with :

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

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

Found Them!

Another craigslist find.. WhooHoo! Just what I wanted for $10 and a little fuel to meet the lady selling both of them.

The little one I have had , but the large one  I purchased from craigslist as well.

They will be a charming addition to my garden and greenhouse. Now if the sun would just stay out a while so I can get out there and finish what I’ve started.

I would like to find a little cart to add to the whole outdoor theme. Something like this:

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I have an old radio flyer wagon similar to this :

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Other outdoor carts I like:

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So I will be on the search for one of these beauties and let me know if you spot one in your treasure hunting adventures.

Have a great first weekend of Spring!

Linda

Watering Cans

I am on a mission to find a couple of galvanized metal watering cans for my garden, deck and greenhouse. I thought it would be such an easy item to find. It appears I was wrong. New ones I find are painted with some cutesy pattern or plastic, NOT what I’m looking for.

So I guess I need to start going to garage sales or flea markets to find my treasured watering can.

This is what I am looking for:

 

Large Vintage Tin Watering Can - NO 12 - Copper Spigot - Treasury Item

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If you have one and would like to part with it I am interest, I just don’t want to spend much.  For my friends and family ,if you see a inexpensive one at a garage sale or somewhere let me know or grab it for me. My gardening mode is kicking in big time and this is on my list.

Water Can Wednesday! Let’s find one!

Linda

‘HOME’ Printable

Yesterday I was feeling zapped of energy and starting to get a sore throat so I spent alot of time surfing the web. I came across this fun free printable to download and place in a frame. I will share the web link with you :http://eighteen25.blogspot.com/2011/05/filler-print.html so you can have your own copy.

So cute and you can choose from a variety of different font colors. You can either print it off on your home printer or download and save to have Costco print for you.

Thanks Ladies at www.eighteen25.blogspot.com .

Linda

Tablescape

While I was out yesterday shopping for a client’s office accessories I found few little things for myself as well. Isn’t that the way it goes, think you have a list and specific things in mind and you see something unexpected and “BAM” it’s in your cart. Yeah, well at least the items were under $10 each so no budget busted. However since I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in a while the whole shopping trip was a lot more fun. Thanks Katie so fun seeing you.

Here are the little treasures I found:

I have been spending sometime this morning trying to use some of these things on my dining table, since the tulips that were there died and petals are falling all over the table.

So here is phase 1:

Phase 2:

Added some moss balls (barrowed from outside, so now I need to make or get more to replace those.. it never ends) Candles too high, too many things at the same height…

Phase 3:

Getting better:

And this is how it looks until I add real flowers.

The little flower pot ended up here:

I want to get some mini iris or daffodils to replace the while faux tulips, but that is what I had to use to get an idea of how it would look.

I’m sure I will make a few changes as we get closer to Easter, but for now it looks ‘Spring-ified’ too.

Have a great weekend!

Linda