Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Top 5 Painted Furniture Projects for 2015

A belated Happy New Year to you! I am back to work after a lovely Christmas break and have also been busy cleaning and organizing our home. I am continuing this new year in my quest to simplify. To simplify our life, our home and our belongings. More on that later. For today, I wanted to share my Top 5 Painted Furniture Projects for 2015.

Many of you may know that I make over furniture for our home and to sell. The furniture makeovers for resale help to add some money to our budget for home repairs and new pieces. I also paint furniture to better fit my design style for our home. Sometimes the ones I keep end up being sold if I find a piece I like better or an offer comes along that I have a hard time refusing ;)

This year my top 5 Painted Furniture Projects (according to blog stats) are:

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#1  General Finishes Lamp Black Dresser with Industrial Inspired Hardware

This was a makeover on the solid pine dresser in our bedroom. I love the new colour (General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint), light distressing and awesome hardware. We are currently painting the walls BM Simply White and hope to get new hardwood one day but I love how this looks in our master bedroom. I need to work on the night tables soon. Oh, and this is the second piece that I painted using only one can of GF Milk Paint. The other two pieces finished with the same can are a large vintage sideboard and the three drawer dresser below. Three big pieces painted with one can of GF. I was impressed.

#2  Fusion Coal Black Oak Buffet and Hutch

This solid oak buffet and hutch was a piece I picked up for resale. Less than a jar of Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black took this piece out of the 1980's. So well made and a really easy makeover. It sold right away.

#3  General Finishes Lamp Black Three Drawer Dresser

This three drawer dresser is part of the original solid pine set I bought with a cannonball double bed and washstand night table when I was 19, living at home and had my first Nursing job. It was the set I took to our first apartment with my sister and brother when my parents retired up north. Also the set my hubby and I used until we had two kids and needed a bigger bed. It took some real thought to paint it, but the finish was really needing an update. Now painted with General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint it is awaiting the guest room makeover. This dresser is sentimental and a keeper.

#4  Farmhouse Sofa Table in ASCP Old White and Provence

Originally picked up with a very dated butcher block table surface, hunter green finish and upper open hutch in poor condition, this became a sofa table or desk. I added a new plank wood top stained Early American and poly protected. Smooth as butter. The base was painted ASCP Provence and then Old White and lightly distressed to show peeks of the Provence. It is currently in our living room but I wouldn't refuse if the right offer comes along. Hazards of having a little business... I can't keep them all.

And coming in at number 5 are the pair of barstools that were a dated honey colour. I sanded the tops to bare wood, stained and added the Lamp Black faux grainsack stripes and painted the bases with General Finishes Snow White Milk Paint. I use these as little side tables and they are easy to move around.

It was fun looking back at my blog posts and completed projects over the last year. Now I'm looking forward to working on some new painted pieces. But first, I have some wall painting to finish upstairs. Okay, a whole lot of wall, trim and door painting. I hope your New Year is off to a great start and thanks for stopping by!

P.S. I have been having a lot of fun over on Instagram. If we haven't hooked up over there yet, you can find me on Instagram here.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

DIY Board and Batten Fireplace Wall With Faux Beam Mantel

Before Christmas I shared photos of our newly finished fireplace wall and mantel. Today I would like to share the long process of completing this DIY. Like almost 4 years long! Crazy I know.

This is the finished mantel that I shared here, here and here all decked out for Christmas. 

I found this old photo from several years ago. We have owned our home since it was a new build 17 years ago but I was always unsure of what to do with this wall. The builder did not include a mantel or offer one in upgrades. They also installed the fireplace off center which was my real dilemma. How do I add a traditional mantel surround with an off center fireplace?!

The starting point was when I added board and batten to the kitchen side of this wall. It added the character that I wanted but I couldn't figure out how that would continue around to the family room side. My good blog and Instagram friend Grace  (who I have also met in real life) emailed me a mock up drawing that she did over the plain fireplace photo. That was the next step that I needed.

I changed her drawing a bit and went with a ship lap type front of the fireplace. Keep in mind that all this was done as we could afford it and occasionally waiting for my brother to rip a few pieces when we didn't have the right tools. 

I was determined to have a mantel this Christmas so while I waited for the last few pieces of mdf to be ripped (my brother was doing a bathroom reno at the time) I went ahead and constructed a rustic mantel using pine boards, wood glue and nails. I decided that without corbels or side pieces the 'floating' mantel would appear less off center.

I distressed the wood to make it look more aged and stained it with Minwax Early American. 

Once the last boards were up, I patched nail holes and painted with Benjamin Moore Snowfall White (I freshened the kitchen side and end walls at the same time.)

My hubby helps when he can but he's not very handy. He is however very helpful making dinner, or doing the dishes and laundry. Our boys have learned some serious skills so I asked our 18 year old son to make some cleats and hang the mantel.

Finally, after 17 years, including 4 years in progress, I had a mantel to decorate. My favourite combination of wood + white. Rustic, casual, and to me just about perfect.

I may still add stained wood veneer pieces to the ends for more of a 'beam' look.

This is the TV nook to the left of the fireplace with more of the board and batten wall treatment. The wall paint colour is Benjamin Revere Pewter.

 Finished just in time to decorate for Christmas!

And now that the Christmas decor is put away, I am thinking up ways to decorate our new mantel for other seasons too.

Later this week I will be sharing a few 'top 2015 posts.' Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying these days between the holidays.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Our Rustic Christmas Family Room 2015

I hope you are enjoying these last few days until Christmas. It is hard to believe that tomorrow night is Christmas Eve! We are in the Christmas spirit here, even if our typical snowy and cold southern Ontario December weather isn't cooperating. With temperatures around 11 Celsius (in the 50's for our American friends) kids are playing road hockey in just shirts without coats or mittens. Definitely different but at least there isn't a dumping of snow for travellers.

After sharing our full Christmas Home Tour here I have been sharing individual room tours with more photos. Today I am sharing our family room that shares the back of our home and the cathedral ceiling with our kitchen. I am so happy to have our faux beam mantel, shiplap and board and batten wall finished for Christmas. 

Our home is rustic with a year round neutral base of whites, grey, black and wood so it was easy to add plaids and red for Christmas. I sewed pillow covers using tartan plaid, check and buffalo plaid and added them to a white sweater pillow and other neutral pillows on our leather couch. 

I loved being able to decorate a mantel this year. I shared lots of details in this Christmas mantel post.

 All of our collected, handmade and special ornaments are on the 'family' tree. It makes for a very eclectic tree.

It is especially nice sitting in here at night watching tv or netflix by the white lights of the kitchen tree, the family room tree, the tiny lights on the garland and with the fireplace going. Very cozy.  

I added my hand painted sign and some silver bells to the stars above the TV. The old sideboard is only half way through a paint/refinish makeover but it is nice to have the board and batten finished.

This is the view from our computer table in the back corner of the family room looking towards the front of our home. I filled one thrifted glass vase with jingle bells and the larger one with faux snow and birch limbs.

We have quite an eclectic assortment of ornaments including Santas, snowmen, bears, hockey, cross-stitched, school craft, dogs, deer, angels, stars, red and gold balls, cows, cowboy, baby and more.

Our youngest son and I made the three sided wood crate last year. It slips easily under the tree. 

The black painted tool box on the computer table is filled with pinecones and greenery. I keep a big suede and sherpa blanket folded on the tool drawers that I made over. The drawers hold office supplies like a stapler, pens, hole punch etc. 

Vintage silver and red Christmas balls and pine cones fill a black wooden bowl on the ottoman. The little Christmas tree in the corner is undressed except for a star topper and a piece of plaid fabric lining the bucket. The picture ledges got a few touches of Christmas as well.


The mantel is decorated with candles wrapped in birch paper on vintage wooden spools, a frosted and berried garland that I added tiny twinkle lights too, and a white carved deer. I sewed the white denim Christmas stockings, added jute webbing for a cuff and hung them with our initials in black metal. 



And finally, the vintage milk pail filled with birch, greenery, pinecones and red bead sticks.

Thanks for visiting! I wish each of you and your families a very Merry Christmas! 

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