Tuesday, July 31, 2012

My Inspired Chalkboard Table

Do you ever see a project and become inspired to immediately recreate it?

My after:

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Color-Filled Corner

Last week I was able to start work on my dining room transformationThe first step was to rid the room of the horrible light green paint that had been on the walls for the last several years. I tried to make the green work. I really did. But, it was such a relief to paint over it with the same Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige that we used in our living room, entry, stairway and upstairs hall.  The best part was that we were able to use the leftover paint from that previous project for this room.

Now, all the rooms and areas that flow together in our home are the same neutral color that provides the perfect foundation for mixing and matching accessories. The neutral color (a little bit of gray, a little bit of tan) seems to open the space and really allows our fabrics, furniture and art to stand out and become the center of attention.  Normally I would have picked a bolder accent color to paint the entire room, but I'm really loving the versatility this neutral provides.

I bought the curtain fabric a while ago.  My husband and I measured and cut even lengths of fabric, hemmed the edges with no sew iron on tape and clipped them to our existing curtain rod.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Midsummer's Hearth

Things got moved around this weekend in my house, as they tend to do, leaving most of my original summer hearth display scattered throughout different rooms.  This gave me the opportunity to create something new and reminiscent of mid-summer.  Items added in include dried moonshine yarrow (from my garden) and dried Queen Anne's Lace (collected on the side of the road), a thrifted picnic basket I got earlier this summer and the trunk.  The trunk has recently gotten a couple of coats of DIY chalk paint, but has been in my basement for years after we got it free at a tag sale.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Updating with White Spray Paint

The power of paint continues to amaze me.

I bought this reproduction crock at the thrift store and for the last six months or so it has been all over my house looking for a home.  While I really liked it, I just couldn't make it work in my decor.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Welcoming Entry

I'm still working out the kinks in my entryway design. I feel very fancy saying that we have an entryway, but in reality, when you open our front door you enter a large room that functions as both the entry and our living room. It's kind of unusual having it all open, given the age of our house and the layout of homes on our street. Anyway, besides the lack of defined space it also lacks storage, as there are no built in closets. So, I feel I had to be pretty creative; picking pieces that serve double duty. Also, the elements in this area had to work perfectly with our living area because of the open flow.

Some things I'm loving...

My recently redone bench.  (Notice the cabinet with my cookbooks. It is part of the living room.)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Thrifty Entry Furniture (Part 2)

Earlier this week I shared this furniture transformation for our entry area.

As I mentioned in the first part of this series, I had a really sucessful estate sale/thrift store weekend a little while back.

Another piece that I got that same day was this bamboo legged plant stand that I bought from the thrift store for $2.99. I love plants stands (and it is a great beginner project for painting). You can use them for so many things, from holding plants to a small side table to set down your drink. Again, like the bench, I loved the sturdiness and shape of this table (but not the finish).

My transformation began by cleaning, lightly sanding and applying two coats of Behr Ultra Dragonfly in flat.  When dry, I applied a coat of Glidden White Dove (color matched to the Behr). I sanded and distressed it all when it dried.  Then, to tie it into the chevron fabric on the bench, I measure 6 inches from the bottom of each leg and carefully applied painters tape.  I then painted it with silver specialty paint from Martha Stewart to give it the dip-died look that has become popular lately.  Lastly, I sealed it with finishing wax.

What I love about it is that is this casual, chippy, beachy look, with these fancy little glam silver feet.  I have loads of the silver paint left so I'm sure it will be turning up in all sorts of unexpected places!

What do you think?  Have you ever tried dip dying?

Later this week I'll be sharing full pictures of my newly revamped entryway and how this unusual little space links to my living room.

In the meantime stay cool! (It's unbearable here in Massachusetts!)


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