Monday, February 8, 2016

Winter Dining Room and Vintage Agricultural Ironstone

Yesterday I shared our winter living room. Today I want to share our winter dining room. Our dining room is a smaller space so I like to keep it simple and light year round. There are only a few additions for winter.

Part of the dining room is also the traffic path from the front entry and living room through to the family room and back of our home so furniture has to stay closer to the window side.

The walls are painted Benjamin Moore Simply White (except for the Revere Pewter wall that runs from the front entry to the family room.)  

My favourite colour combo for our home is white + wood + black and this room doesn't stray far from that. Lots of fabric with the white cotton drapes, white table runner, crocheted tablecloths in the crate and lots of white linens in the buffet and hutch. I have had this little battenburg lace star for years and think it looks so cute hanging from the knob. 

Some wintery type decor with the faux snow and votive cup in the trio of vases. The boxwood clippings from our garden have dried out and are tied on with simple twine. I also like pine cones and mercury glass from Fall right through till Spring. There are mercury glass candle holders on the window ledge and on the buffet.

The small boxwood wreath adds a nice pop of colour against all the white dishes and neutrals.

A few of my favourite things. I don't think I will ever have too many white dishes and serving pieces.

I pretty much paint everything either black or white but this buffet and hutch came black. I am considering re-painting it all black. Time will tell lol. 

This little bookcase is a stand in until I find or make something else for this spot. It holds extra ironstone platters and vintage mason jars. It also gives me another spot to decorate seasonally.

I moved the vintage black and white agricultural scenes ironstone from the living room to this wall. I had to take down the brown transferware plates from either side of the window but I really think it looks better here.

More mercury glass in this footed bowl full of pinecones and some icy twigs in the sap bucket. Did I mention I have a 'thing' for galvanized pieces too?

A few more of my favourite things lol. It is said that you should love what you surround yourself with and I certainly love these items, colours and materials.

And a few close ups of the super heavy ironstone plates and platters. Our 19 year old son is an ag guy, owns a couple of cows and wants to farm one day. He knows that mom sells stuff and has made me promise that I will never ever get rid of these plates. He claims they are his. I should ask him for the $20 I paid for them haha.

Some close ups of the pieces...

The extra large and extra heavy platter. I use the yellow disc hangers so that they are safer.

The large platter.

The dinner plate. There were quite a few in the box but many were badly damaged and I didn't keep them.

I have two of the smaller side plates. Someone once shared the age and details about this set but unfortunately when my old phone died I lost the info.

Well, thanks for visiting today. I have a Valentine's mantel and decor to share soon.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

White and Grey with Wood Winter Living Room

It is a cold but beautiful sunny day here in southern Ontario and I thought I would share photos of our winter living room before I start to switch things out to Spring. Not quite yet though.

Working with what we have, lots of DIY and handmade, and some thrifty and sale purchases over the last few years I feel like this room is beginning to have the lakehouse/farmhouse style that I love. Think Muskoka Living at the lake meets rustic farmhouse. In the suburbs haha. 

The white walls (Benjamin Moore Cotton Balls) and white slipcovers help to brighten this front sitting room that doesn't get a lot of light. 

While not a large room, I was able to squeeze in the two IKEA Ektorp chairs for comfy seating as we often have friends and family visiting. The slipcovers still need washed and the rug could do with a shampoo but that is life with a dog and guys who work in trades, fix trucks and frequent barns. My tagline is 'rustic casual home' and most of the time it is clean, just lived in.

The sherpa backed sheep pillow was a $7 HomeSense find, the popular grey check are IKEA and I sewed the charcoal pillow covers. 

I would like to add wood planks to the top of the white painted coffee table. I have a real love for wood + white. 

The wood + white barstools  that I painted make great little movable side tables for a cup of tea or book. 

I like using lots of wool and crocheted blankets for texture and snuggling.

 My chalk writing is not perfect but it is fun seeing what you can come up with in 5 minutes balanced awkwardly on the couch.

There was a bit of interest in the sheep pillow on Instagram when I shared it. It is kind of adorable. 

The vintage wood skis will be moving to the basement TV room soon. 

Lots of texture by the front window.

Another chalkboard and skis view because I just can't help myself.

You may notice some things missing from this wall. I sold the farmhouse table that I made over and also the mirror that hung above it. Hazards of a little side business ;) I know other pieces will come along and the money helps with bills. I'm on the look out for something that offers more storage and/or presence than the table/mirror combo did. Like a china cabinet that I can paint and use as a bookcase, or a sideboard with hidden storage. I think that wall needs something a bit more substantial. In the meantime it is looking rather minimal. 

Thanks for stopping by! With my work and family/home stuff I haven't been posting as often but I do have a few projects in the works with a couple of bedroom and bathroom reveals in the next few months hopefully. I will also be posting our winter dining room in the next day or two. Hoping you all have a great week ahead!

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!

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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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