Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Rustic Farmhouse Table in ASCP Old White and Provence

Today I am sharing a farmhouse table that I have been working on. I love farmhouse tables. 

First I started out with a base coat of ASCP Provence and then ASCP Old White. I waxed with Annie Sloan soft wax and distressed in just a few places to let the Provence show through.  

The before was part of a two piece open hutch that I picked up for $25. The dated forest green hutch part was damaged around the crown moulding and too short. I didn't like the curved front and flush back of the butcher block so I ended up just using the table base with drawer.

It was easy enough to unscrew the butcher block top and cut some pine planks for a new top. Some sanding, then I used Minwax wood conditioner. Finally I stained them with Minwax Early American, added 3 coats of poly and used the same pocket screws to re-attach the top.

I haven't found the perfect knobs for the drawer so I am using these iron ones for now. We moved the big white office armoire upstairs to my hobby room so I am keeping the table in this spot for now. 

We get soooo much light from the skylights, windows and patio doors in this area of our family room.

The turquoise beads were originally a strand of red wood Christmas beads that I spray painted turquoise. The aqua mason jar holds flowers clipped from our Rose of Sharon bush. 

I think this farmhouse table could easily be used in many different locations in our home. It is the perfect height for a small desk or sofa table.

It perfectly suits the rustic farmhouse / lakehouse vibe I am striving for in our home.

Thanks for stopping in! While I haven't been busy on the blog recently, I have been working behind the scenes organizing and maintaining our home, just nothing overly blog worthy. I am enjoying being off for the summer, spending lots of time with family, and reading into the wee hours of the morning. Later in the week I have a pair of barstools to share that I picked up for $5 and painted. Hope you are enjoying your summer. Hard to believe summer is half way through!

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Navy and Chevron Outdoor Pillows

It's that time of year where many of us are freshening up our outdoor spaces. With tons of pretty patio and porch inspiration on Pinterest and blogs, I have decided on using a navy, white/neutrals and a pop of tuquoise this year.

Today I made some new pillows for the chairs on our front porch. I have been purging and organizing lately, trying to reuse many supplies I already have on hand, including this navy twill fabric. The chevron ribbon is from Michaels and I just sewed it into a loop and slipped it over the pillows. This could easily just be glued or pinned on but I was already at the sewing machine.

I may find a spot for these floral pillows in the backyard. I am still working on outside projects. The concrete needs a power cleaning and I have some accessories and pots of plants to add.

I am enjoying these new pillows though!

I took a bit of an unintentional blog break while I have been working and spending time organizing our home. I'm not finished but it feels good to get rid of stuff, and even better to make money on items we no longer need. I am really looking forward to my summer off from work, just one more month!

I will share more porch photos when I finish (and when it's not raining!)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Eat In Kitchen Area and A Birthday Milestone

I am sharing some photos of the eat in area of our kitchen today. The buffet and hutch I recently painted with Fusion mineral based paint in Coal Black is not part of my long term plan, but I do like how fresh it looks now.

I would love hardwood floors in our kitchen but since that isn't reality for us right now I have been making changes that I am really loving. When I painted our main floor last year, I carried the Simply White and Revere Pewter through to our kitchen. To me, those colours make all our rooms look better. I really dislike the ceramic tiles I picked out 17 years ago but the neutral paint colours make them look less terra cotta/pink.

I picked up this buffet and hutch with the intention of painting it and then selling it. Now that it is finished, I am just waiting for it to sell. It is a really nice piece but I have plans for more of an industrial open shelving unit. 

The new stained wood shelves really suit my design style and I plan to sand down and re-stain the kitchen table top to match in Early American. I love the mix of white and wood.

I still want to add some barstools to the high counter and stacks of vintage ironstone and collections to the industrial shelf unit when I find or make one. In the meantime this crock filled with rolling pins sits on a little bench in a corner.

The sliding patio doors to our backyard are to the right in this photo. We moved the light fixture up out of the way while I was painting the cabinet and haven't brought it down yet. I hope to replace it one of these days.

Last week was my 50th birthday and on Saturday my sister hosted a large family bbq to celebrate. I thought it was really sweet that my 85 year old Dad (who depends on others for rides now or gets around town in good weather on his motorized scooter) brought me this bouquet of flowers. 

My kitchen is not perfect but I am grateful for our home and I'm really enjoying seeing all the little changes coming together. Next on my list is to change the cabinet knobs. Thanks for visiting today and I hope you have a great week. We have had a really cool week and today there was a mix of hail, graupel, snow flurries and wet snow on and off all day. I want Spring back!!

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Oak Buffet and Hutch with Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black

Black is one of my favourite colours for painted furniture. This past week I updated this solid oak buffet and hutch with Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black.

I had been wanting to try Fusion Mineral Paint. Next Time Around in Cambridge, Ontario sells Fusion and the owner emailed me a picture of a similar cabinet done in Coal Black. She suggested leaving the buffet top, beadboard and shelves in the original oak. 

I also kept the interior of the lower section oak as it is in great condition.

Fusion is supposed to have a very durable finish with no top coat needed so I was able to finish this fairly quickly. I used most of the container of paint probably due to the grain in the solid oak.

This is the before, a very solid piece that we got off a neighbour who had it listed on kijiji online classifieds. It is a great size for smaller spaces.

New hardware was added to update it even more.

I added back a vintage scale and a few ironstone pieces. The kitchen table was moved for better photos but it is back in place now and I will share a few photos tomorrow.

While the black better suits our style, this piece is for sale. I am looking for an industrial style metal shelf unit that is wider and shallower to better fit this small eat in space in our kitchen.
 Have you tried Fusion paint?

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Basement Stairway Progress

Our stairway to the basement has seen some progress recently. We painted, added new door hardware, stained the railing and added hooks for coats.

For the coat hooks I used a leftover piece of oak, stained it Early American and added black iron hooks that we already had. I should have picked pine because the small black screws that came with the iron coat hooks kept snapping off in the hard oak. I recruited hubby for some muscle power and he managed to get the broken screws out. We ended up buying different stronger screws and I will cover the heads with black paint. These coat hooks are a great spot for our guys to hang their numerous lumber jackets and work coats. We have a closet in the front entry right beside the front door but the newel post is where their coats end up without these hooks. 

Over a year ago our oldest son Kyle removed the popcorn texture from the ceiling. This was a small and contained area that he was trying for the first time. He has since removed the ceiling texture from the main floor hallway, family and dining rooms. 

He also removed the worn carpeting from the stairs. The upper basement stair treads are a basic pine board and the lower basement stairs are painted pine boards and plywood. We are still deciding how to tackle them.

I painted the walls Cotton Balls White, painted the ceiling and the door to the basement. White works for us because there is no light fixture in this upper basement section and only a single bulb in the lower stair section beyond the door.

I changed the hinges and door handles on the main floor to black. 

I was considering oil rubbed bronze, brushed nickle or pewter but black seems to suit the Shingle-like style of our home. These door levers are from Schlage. Unfortunately black is harder to find and a lot more expensive so I will get to the second floor at a later date.

Kyle spray painted the railing supports and sanded the lower railing. I stained it Early American. We plan to re-stain and paint the railing going upstairs later this year. When we decide on our plans for the stair treads we will pick a matching wood for the landing.

So that is our progress on the upper section so far. I patched the walls on the lower section (from all the hockey bags and furniture going up and down) and will be painting it later. Our home is only 16 years old but it is amazing the wear and tear it gets. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Ten Minutes, Spray Paint and a Barn Star For Our Half Bath

We enjoyed a beautiful Easter weekend with family. We are so close to seeing signs of spring but Saturday night brought a fresh 8 cm of snow. Thankfully it has melted again. 

We won't be able to start any outdoor sprucing for another month but we have been organizing indoors, purging and selling home decor pieces. After doing a three way switch on our guest bedroom and both our boys' bedroom I have rooms to paint and lots to organize! 

Our main floor half bath is close to being finished. I decided I could re-use a metal barn star for wall decor by giving it a new colour. Ten minutes, black spray paint and it looks like new! 

I use quite a few barn stars in our decor and I especially like the raised pattern on this one. The solid black makes the raised scroll a bit more subtle. I hung it on the wall opposite the door and it can be seen from the front hall entry.

This was the star in a mantel shelf vignette from 2009. 

Our half bath is coming along nicely. When I painted this bathroom last year (Benjamin Moore Grey Owl) I also painted the ceiling, door and trim. Last month I switched out the circa 1998 shiny brass door knob (and hinges painted over by the builder) for this black Schlage door lever and hinges. 

At $38 (Cdn$) for each door lever and $5 for hinges it wasn't inexpensive but I think it really adds to the style of our home. So far we have the main floor doors completed. We also switched out the door stop to black and re-hung the black iron towel holder and paper holder. We bought a new faucet that needs installed and then we just need to frame the mirror. I will share a final look when the last few items are completed.

I hope you had a pleasant Easter. Is your area enjoying Spring weather or beginning to show signs of Spring?

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter and Happy Passover

Wishing you and your loved ones, wherever you may be, a Happy Easter and a Happy Passover.

"The risen Christ is celebrated in every opened flower, in every beam of nourishing sunlight,
in every humble patch of green beneath our feet. Easter blessings."

"May you be blessed with happiness, prosperity, peace and good health on Pesach and always! 
Happy Passover."