Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Kitchen Mirror Painted Grey

Moving along in smaller projects for our kitchen, this time I re-painted the vintage mirror that hangs under our kitchen cabinets, directly above our sink.


I am working towards even more neutrals in our home and last year painted our main floor in white and greys (BM Simply White and Revere Pewter, plus a Gray Owl half bath.) I am also working on adding in more wood tones and texture. 


This is the mirror the first time I painted it in a light turquoise. While I love turquoise/aqua and blues, I have discovered that I prefer them in easily removable seasonal accents. For Fall, Christmas and our long winter I like a neutral base of whites, greys and black. Being over the sink, the mirror with all its detail needed to repainted. Cleaning just wouldn't cut it any more. I used a medium grey spray paint/primer with a darker grey DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Yesteryear over top and then waxed it. Still deciding if I should use a dark wax.


On Monday I shared the big pine chalkboard I made for this same kitchen wall (in the eat-in area.) Other projects in the near future include building the sideboard I mentioned in that post and changing (or spray painting) our brass knobs to black. I also need to either freshen the paint on the backsplash or put up some beadboard (either one in Simply White.) Our kitchen is 17 years old and while I would love a tile backsplash, at this point I will wait for tile until we can afford new counters or a kitchen redo. I like ticking little projects like this off my to do list. Thanks for visiting!

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Wood Chalkboard For Our Kitchen

I finished a large chalkboard for our kitchen and I love how the pine stained frame looks with our Simply White and Revere Pewter wall colours.


After painting and selling several buffet and hutches I have finally figured out that I prefer this wall in our kitchen with a lower storage piece. I have plans and bought the wood to make a lower sideboard/shelves. That leaves me with wall space to decorate above the future storage piece.


I wanted a big chalkboard for this area and made one using pine planks and a piece of white board. Four coats of chalkboard paint and I will season it with chalk soon. The chalkboard measures 28" x 45" overall. I stained the pine with Minwax Early American (that looks darker and less orange in real life) and gave it one coat of satin poly.


Besides making the sideboard shelves I also plan to make a tall and narrow cupboard (sort of like a chimney cupboard) to use for a broom, mop and a few cleaning supplies. It will go to the right of the chalkboard next to our patio doors. Our laundry room is upstairs near our bedrooms and there is no mudroom in our home so finding a storage spot on the main floor for a broom etc. has always been a pain. There will be items on the shelves below the chalkboard and I am thinking of adding some ironstone platters or plates above the chalkboard. Would that look too busy? 

 I hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Summer Living Room Tour

Before I make some minor changes to our living room and decorate for Fall, I thought I would share some photos of our white, grey and turquoise living room in late summer.


Our white slipcovers need washed and I am trying out an IKEA billy bookcase but this is our smaller front living room as it was this weekend. Our living room doesn't get a lot of light so the white walls really work in this room (Benjamin Moore Cotton Balls although the rest of our main floor is BM Simply White and Revere Pewter.) 


Yesterday I shared the makeover of the pedestal end tables. We sold the large heavy pedestal coffee table. It was a favourite piece but was quite big for this smaller (10' x 14') room. 


We moved the wood dresser and mirror to try an IKEA billy bookcase but I'm not sure if this will stay. Maybe two bookcases would look better? I am thinking of using the  farmhouse sofa table I painted or possibly bring back the wood dresser


We have a family room and a basement sitting room for watching TV so our front room is more for visiting and where I often read or knit. I use a white set of string lights in the window at Christmas and decided to add them back but first I stuffed each light into a little natural rattan ball. They look so pretty at night.


I like wood and galvanized pieces mixed in with the whites and there will be more of this in the changes I have planned. 


Our living room is open to the front entry and dining room. The galvanized pots in the wood crate on the ledge hold our assorted glasses and sunglasses, easily accessible from the hall table on the other side. 


We had a lot of rain the other day but I rescued a few hydrangeas to fill a pitcher on the coffee table. The grey and white buffalo check pillow covers are IKEA and I made the floral and grain sack inspired pillow covers.


I stuffed big 26" feather inserts with simple white pillow covers into a $5 galvanized wash tub (but first sprayed the interior with a sealer to keep any bits of rust off the linens.) When we have family gatherings the young people often end up sprawled on pillows on the floor.


A moss ball in a little urn is on the black plant stand neear the window. I like using black in all the rooms in our home.


And this is a dark photo of our 5 year old girl Remington, a chocolate Lab. She is one of the reasons I love my white slipcovers (and leather in the family room.) We are puppy sitting my sister and family's 5 1/2 month old Labradoodle for a few days so I won't be getting too much done haha. These girls are neighbours and see each other a lot, but they are still getting used to each other. Thanks for visiting today!

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Pedestal End Tables Makeover

This weekend I painted two different but similar pedestal end tables for our living room.


We have been using a round pedestal table on the window side of the couch and I was happy to find a similar sized table with a square top for the other end of the sofa.


The round table needed repainting so I primed both with Zinnser Cover Stain and then painted them with two coats of General Finishes Snow White Milk Paint. Finally I protected them with a poly topcoat.


I like that the side tables are the same colour and a similar but not matching style. I sold the large round pedestal coffee table even though it was a favourite piece. It was too big and heavy for our small living room and three pedestal tables seemed a bit much.

Tomorrow I will post a late summer living room tour. I have some changes planned for Fall and didn't get a chance to share an early summer tour. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you can come back to see the full tour.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Wood + White Barstools Makeover

Barstools are handy for extra seating and make great easy to move side tables. 



We will find lots of uses for this wood and white pair of barstools with grain sack inspired stripes.


I sanded down the tops and used Varathane Wood Stain in Early American and then painted the stripes with General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint. The tops are protected with three coats of Minwax poly. The bases are painted with GF Snow White Milk Paint and waxed with Miss Mustard Seed Antiquing Wax and Annie Sloan Soft Wax. Yeah, quite a few products there but I like using what I have on hand for these almost no cost projects. The GF milk paint goes on so beautifully although without a primer the Snow White needs three coats. I discovered that the antiquing wax works better on projects with more raised details but it did help 'age' the bright white. I used painters tape for the lines, 'aged' the stripes with a wet paper towel and removed the tape almost immediately.


The before was a simple but sturdy varnished wood from a garage sale ($5 for the pair.)


The white, wood and black suits our home so much better and is versatile enough to use in any room in our home.


It is a rainy day here today so I photographed them on our kitchen table under a skylight. We are using one bar stool in our living room beside my favorite knitting/reading chair for my water or iced-coffee and the other in our family room beside the leather recliner for our guys' cell phones while they watch tv. Handy and they don't take up as much space as a full side table.

Our home is truly a work in progress and done on a tight budget but it feels good when even little projects like this one that cost $5 (and supplies on hand) fit my design style. Thanks for visiting!

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Monday, August 10, 2015

10 Minute Small Patio Table Makeover

Don't you just love quick and inexpensive little updates?! 


We have been working on some projects in our backyard, and while they are not huge changes (removing old brick paver garden edging, re-grouting patio, replacing dog pee-d sod etc.), they are time consuming. A can of black metal spray paint, a $3 find and ten minutes gave me a fresh looking little side table.


Not the best before photo but the little table was a brownish-verdigris coloured metal. The big vintage frame was a curb find and the huge galvanized wash tub was only $5.


We still need to get more seating for our backyard patio since I sold our patio table and chairs but this little table will look nice between a pair of chairs. Black will definitely be an accent colour and possibly my favourite turquoise too. For now we are enjoying a touch of turquoise in this vintage Crown canning jar with rudbeckia from our garden.

In between some summer day trips and lots of reading I am all over the place working on some other projects (stripping and staining our pine basement stairs and some painting projects.) I am back to work in less than a month and trying to squeeze more out of summer vacation. Hope you are enjoying your week and thanks for stopping by!

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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