Monday, June 13, 2016

Painted Buffet In Country Chic Paint's Cobblestone

Is there a place in your home where you keep trying out different 'temporary' pieces of furniture until you find the one that is just right for the spot?

I'm happy to say I finally found the additional buffet that I had been searching for. I gave it a makeover and now I think it is the perfect colour and style for our dining room.

My search criteria was that it had to be solid wood, dovetailed drawers, similar in style to our black painted buffet and hutch, cost under $100 ($75 score!), and be suitable for a paint makeover. I almost settled on the nine drawer dresser that was recently in its place that I was selling for my niece and her husband but the style wasn't quite 'me' and there were no doors. This solid oak piece almost didn't make it home because it was sooo heavy but I'm so happy that it did. 

I started by giving it a wipe down and sanding the top, then re-stained the top surface with Early American and three coats of non-yellowing water-based poly.

Then the fun part begins with choosing a colour for the base. I toyed with the idea of a layered and distressed look but decided that this piece would look good in a solid colour. I can always go back and distress it later if I want (the beauty of a clay paint/wax finish.)

I picked Cobblestone, a beautiful mid-deep grey by Country Chic Paint. The sun today is lightening the colour but at other times of the day it really is this beautiful rich grey. 

Happy mail from Country Chic Paint. The paint is eco-friendly and contains no harmful solvents. We have a chocolate Lab that sneezes and won't hang around when I use some other paint and refinishing products but not with this paint. She happily lay nearby while I tackled this right in the dining room. Did I tell you that it was heavy? There was no way I was moving this sucker again once I finally got my three guys to haul it in from the garage!

So easy to apply the paint and it has a really nice smooth consistency without drips. No priming, especially on this older oak piece. I used their oval paint brush and really enjoyed the application compared to my 'good' paint store brushes. This will be my go to brush for furniture from now on.

I did two coats of Cobblestone to fully cover it because it is a grainy oak. This is closer to the true colour. It has such a nice smooth matte chalky finish that I almost didn't want to add wax. But I did. I wanted a bit of depth and some protection.

The natural wax has beeswax and only the barely there smell of the beeswax and other natural oils. I used a white lint free rag to apply and lightly buff the wax but looking back I should have used my wax brush. Because those lint free rags didn't end up being as lint free as they were supposed to be.

The original hardware was an antique brass and with the cutouts in the drawers I decided to spray paint the existing hardware satin black. We have a lot of black hardware in our home so it works. 

This photo is a truer look at the Cobblestone colour with the natural wax.

I love the extra display and storage space. The drawers are felt lined and one drawer is already dedicated to tealights, votives and tapers.

This piece also really helps to balance out our small dining room. I will share a full tour with the new buffet soon.

I like the wood top but I always have the option of doing a dry brush technique or a solid grey on the top. Luckily the finish is not orangey like in these photos.

The surface will be great when entertaining and it gives me another horizontal spot to decorate!

Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great day! There are a lot of furniture and decor painters out there but if you would like more info on this or any of my projects, don't hesitate to email me. I'm always happy to help.

I was compensated with product to try, but as always any opinions expressed are truely my own.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Our Farmhouse-Lakehouse Dining Room and Plans

Happy June! Today I am sharing our dining room where I am working towards a farmhouse - lakehouse style. I love farmhouse style furnishings and the simplicity of lakehouse style.

When I painted our walls Simply White a few years ago it really helped to brighten this room that tends to be a bit dark. Now that I have a lighter and brighter dining room, and using furniture we already own as a base, I have plans for some changes. I removed the two end Windsor chairs and added these tan slipcovered chairs that my neighbour used only for display. 
PB Comfort Dining Square Arm Long Slipcovered Side Chair, Denim Warm White:
image:Pottery Barn
I plan to add white floor length slipcovers to them. A rug is not in the budget right now but would really break up the wood floor and wood table nicely.

Sorry for the window blow out but taking photos of this room is challenging for me. I kept the dining table simple with a pair of lanterns and this wood crate that our youngest son made for me. I stained and stencilled it to look old and then filled it with collected white plates and dried hydrangeas.

I really like the buffet and hutch but I hope to restain the buffet top and touch up the black paint this year. The stain is a bit too orange for my taste.

Lots of white collected china but there is always room for more. 

The mini Muskoka chairs are some of my favourite summer accessories and add a little more lakehouse vibe in my favourite colours.

Birch bark wrapped candles for texture.

This weekend I plan on painting a buffet for the other side of the dining room, opposite the china cabinet. It will be nice to have additional storage and another horizontal space to decorate.

I was using this piece that belonged to my niece and her husband. They asked me to sell it for them and it finally sold this past weekend. 

I bought this solid oak buffet with dovetailed drawers and curved drawer fronts for $75. It is more my style and I think it fits in better with my other furniture.

The buffet will be painted a pretty grey, Cobblestone by Country Chic Paints. The grey will go nicely with other touches of grey in our home.

And here is our girl Remington who loves to follow me around. This angle makes our dining room look larger than it really is. Where Remi is laying is actually the traffic path to our kitchen and family room at the back of our home. I think though that the buffet will fit in nicely and add a little balance to the room. One more month of work and then I am off for the summer and I will have more time to devote to my projects. Thanks for visiting! I appreciate you stopping by.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Summer Lakehouse Mantel

I'm a bit behind sharing some decor changes for summer here on the blog but life gets busy sometimes. Today I want to share our family room fireplace mantel decorated for early summer with a lakehouse vibe. 

One of the beauties of a base of neutral colours is being able to easily add pops of colour. For our family room I am adding blues in lake house inspired shades. 

The shiplap and board and batten that we added to the fireplace wall of our family room is still one of my favourite DIY's to date. It allowed me to add the faux beam mantle that is fun to decorate seasonally. 

I started by making a bunting with string and little canvas pieces from Michaels. The big galvanized sap pail is filled with birch limbs and cotton stems. Cotton is not natural to our beautiful Ontario outdoors but it is a nice filler until I find something else.

The mason jar filled with river rocks reminds me of our beautiful lakes and rivers. The glass vase is filled with sand and a votive. 

I painted the sign last year and the napkin ring Muskoka chairs (or Adirondack chairs to those of you south of the border) are some of my favourite things to use in summer. Scrabble letters spell out BEACH and LAKEHOUSE.

The mantel decor may change as summer approaches but I really like that I pulled this off using items already in my decor stash. After some unseasonable cool weather, and even snow flurries and hail last weekend, we are enjoying warmer and nicer weather heading into our long Victoria Day weekend, also known as our May 2/4 weekend (Two Four as in a case of 24 beer lol.) Thanks for visiting and I would love to know if you have been able to plant flowers yet. We can finally do it here in southern Ontario.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Guest Bedroom, A New Throw and A Giveaway

Our guest bedroom is coming along nicely, especially with the addition of a few accents like a soft woodgrain print throw and a sign I painted. Stay with me to the end of this post for the details on the giveaway.

While I am trying to keep the cost of this makeover to a minimum using items we already have, repurposing and making some items, it is nice to add a few new pieces. I shared the before, the inspiration and the early progress of this room makeover in this post.

The 'white wood wall' print double layer fleece blanket I ordered from arrived and I love it! I love how soft this throw is and my photos don't do the wood grain print justice.

The 'life is beauty full' sign that I painted was inspired by the one in my inspiration photo but I chose to use black lettering on a grey background with stain and a whitewash. I need to either paint the night table and cannonball bed or deal with the scratches that time has brought to this antique set that I bought when I was 19. 

The throw adds some interest without overpowering the neutral and white colour scheme. I also think the pattern could easily blend with other seasonal pillows and colours.

I love that trays can add some pretty details and yet be moved aside so easily. 

The collage frame with boat and dock photos is the only other item on the wall in this small room.

A wood plank barn door will be added to the closet when the budget allows but for now I added a basket and white pillows to the top shelf and a quilt rack with extra throws. I will add some wood hangers for guests, but otherwise we have lots of storage space and this closet can be just for guests.

The 2" wood blinds are staying for privacy but they will get a good spring cleaning outdoors as soon as the weather improves. I also plan to hang simple white curtains from a black rod.

There were so many great images that I could have had printed on this double layer fleece blanket but I am very happy with the white wood wall pattern that I chose.

Black is one of my base decor colours so I chose a black fleece backing. Super soft and it ties in with the black lines between the planks on the front.

Although there are some other projects that I still want to complete, our guest bedroom is guest worthy at this point and that feels really good. So for the giveaway... the throw I ordered is from Vision Bedding and they have offered one of my readers a coupon code for $100 to use on their products. They sell bedding, bath decor, wall art, murals, pillows and other products with so so many great images to add or you can add your own image.

The rules are fairly simple: 
  • Open to readers (and hopefully you're a follower somehow too -bloglovin', on your blog list, by email subscription etc.) of Rustic Maple here on the blog and/or follow rusticmapleelizabeth on Instagram.
  • There are up to 2 chances to enter. Comment here on the blog (one per person with a valid way for me to contact you ie. your blog or email) and/or comment on my IG account rusticmapleelizabeth on the Giveaway! photo
  • I am Canadian so this giveaway is open to Canadian and U.S. readers (note that I am not responsible for shipping.)
  • Entries end Wednesday April 20th at noon at which time I will combine all entries from both the blog and IG and draw one winner for the $100 coupon code to use at

Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

I was compensated for this post with product to provide opinion on the product and services. As always, the opinions expressed are my own, I will always give my honest opinion, findings or experiences on this topic or product. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Guest Bedroom Makeover in Progress

Our guest room has been getting a makeover these past few weeks and I am excited about some of the changes and plans that I have for this room. I just want to say that these are iPhone photos as I had left my Nikon at a relative's home.

I chose Simply White for the walls (Benjamin Moore.) You can see from this post that I love white walls. I am keeping the pine cannonball bed frame that I bought with money I saved from my first Nursing job back when I was 19. My guys are attached to it and were not too happy when I said I might replace it. So it stays.

Lake House Lovin: Lake Muskoka:

This photo from  is my inspiration for the room. Light, white and airy with a 
coastal or lake house feel. 

One of my niece's who lives close by volunteered to help with the painting. I did a lot of patching and then we sanded and primed the walls. The room was one of our son's rooms before we did a three way switch. He liked posters and got a bit carried away one day hanging up some hockey memorabilia.

Primer and first coat on and it looked better already. 

The linens so far are white sheets and a white matelasse coverlet. I need to work on pillow covers for this pair of 26" inserts. When we don't have guests, which is most of the time, I am enjoying using our guest room as a quiet spot to read. To keep warm and snuggly I decided I needed a throw for the bottom of the bed. 

I wanted a blanket that was nice and soft and that had a pattern that would gently blend into the soft colours of the room. I am really looking forward to getting this fleece blanket that I ordered from  They have so many images and products that you can add images to.  I narrowed my choices down to a wood print and decided on this White Wood Wall double layer fleece blanket. I think it going to look awesome and I can hardly wait to get it.

I wanted to hang these boat prints that I got from freckledlaundry and printed at our local photo shop. Using an old pine frame, some twine and mini clothespins I made this collage frame. 

I think it turned out quite well and I plan to hang it on the wall. 

This is the original dresser that I bought at the same time as the bed (plus a night table) and I painted it General Finishes Lamp Black last year to use as a night table in our bedroom. I decided to bring it back into the guest room. The night table is awaiting a makeover.  I still have lots of plans for our guest bedroom but the changes so far are really fresh and just the feel I was going for. 

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