Sunday, February 22, 2015

Lamp Black Dresser For Our Master Bedroom

I have been working on defining my design style and, keeping our tight budget in mind, I am slowly updating things to better reflect that style. Black painted rustic furniture has always appealed to me and is exactly the look I wanted for our bedroom dresser.

I used General Finishes Milk Paint in Lamp Black. I plan to paint the walls white and eventually we will replace the worn carpeting.

The before photo shows this well used 1990's dresser with all its dings. I like this style and it is super solid with thick dovetailed drawers and dust liners. This dresser is on the wall opposite the foot of our bed and we put the flat screen TV on it temporarily. Yes, that is a large TV and we do have others in our home, but it is the perfect size for this glasses wearing girl and the family to pile on the bed and watch something. We will be moving the TV back into the nook to the left of this dresser now that the roof has been replaced and the leak fixed.

The previous hardware was antique brass, and while not a bad style (especially after I removed the plates from behind the knobs) I felt the dresser would benefit from some updated hardware. And paint. More than a few games of hockey with mini sticks has spilled over into our bedroom with our boys and their cousins.

I was going to go with black hardware but ended up falling for these knobs and cup pulls from Home Depot. The are Rochdale by Amerock in Satin Nickel.

The have an industrial look with the rivets and more utilitarian design. I really like how the satin nickel adds a bit of contrast. 

After a failed attempt (and a two hour drive) to pick up the co-ordinating General Finishes top coat I ended up using Varathane Diamond Wood Finish (water based) in Satin.

I will take a closer look at those rough spots on the top, it might need a light sand and third coat of finish. The door in this photo leads to our ensuite bath. The door handles will be changing to black levers like the ones I just replaced on our main floor.

There will be lots of white and neutrals in our master bedroom so it won't be too dark with the black dressers, I lightly distressed the edges in a few places.

I am thrilled with how this dresser turned out. The GF Milk Paint and Varathane were left over from other projects, so the cost of this update was $70 (Canadian) for the hardware. Now I need to decide what to put on the wall above the dresser. Right after I paint the whole room {sigh.}

It has been a very cold and snowy February here in southern Ontario and we have been working on lots of little projects in our free time. I made the decision to change my blog name after 5 years (more on that later), and buy I still have lots to work on but if you see me around your comments, Pinterest or fb as Rustic Maple it's still me!

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Our Winter Living Room

 Our winter living room feels so fresh and cozy now that the holiday decor has been packed away.

White and wood is the foundation of my lakehouse/farmhouse decorating style. I am learning that I am happiest with a room when I start with white and wood and then I can add in other colours and textures. I love the fresh white of our living room walls (that really help with overcast days and early darkness), slipcovers, and white painted tables mixed with the wood tones in the flooring, dresser and vintage skis. I use black, grey, brown and off white in accessories and natural elements. Mercury glass adds a touch of sparkle.

I kept the simple wreath with a glittery beaded snowflake and linen bow hanging on the mirror above the dresser. My favourite spot to sit is the end of the sofa with the thick suede and sherpa throw.

Our living room walls are Benjamin Moore Cotton Balls and the new colour peeking in from the front entry is BM Revere Pewter (love it!). On the pedestal coffee table that I painted white, I added lots of natural wicker, burlap and string wrapped filler balls to a tray filled with pillar candles wrapped in birch.

I have been working on the stairs to the basement, tearing up carpeting and patching walls. There is still lots to do. We ordered black iron lever type door handles and hinges for the front hall bathroom and closet doors, and the basement landing door. Now I just need to install them. 

Our winter living room seems 'quieter' with the Christmas decor stored, but there is still lots going on in different vignettes. I don't do minimal well lol.  I added texture with the white sweater pillow (still need to finish one) and the candle cozy I knit. I like using trays and ironstone platters to corral decor items and it makes it easy to move a display too.

Besides the wreath, I kept out mercury glass in tealight holders, oval balls in the apothecary jar, and the footed bowl, plus pinecones and the white deer.

I would love to find a pair of snowshoes to go with the vintage wooden skis.

More texture in the chippy old window frame, porch post and the little grey knit star.

Stacks of decorating magazines and Restoration Hardware catalogs are close at hand in wire baskets. The distressed black plant stand was a $2 garage sale purchase. The grey and white striped curtains from IKEA still need to be hemmed.

I added some extra throws to the wooden crate under the end table.

The olive bucket still holds greenery, birch logs and large cones and in the evening I turn on the strand of globe lights that are tucked inside.

The footed mercury glass bowl has snowflakes etched on the sides that echoes the beaded mirrored snowflake on the wreath above.

Despite being an overcast day, the light really reflects off our snow.

With the cold January weather and snow we have been getting, coupled with some long drawn out cold viruses, we are enjoying snuggling into our warm home after a day at school and work. Our cosy living room is my favourite place to relax with family, read or do some needlework. The aquas and turquoise may reappear in Spring or summer, but for now I am enjoying this room decorated for winter. 

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Best Projects of 2014

Another year is almost over and I am making plans for what I want to complete in 2015. Looking back on my favourite completed projects from the year ending always inspires me. Today I will be sharing what I consider my best projects of 2014.

This year, more than any other, I find that I am finally narrowing in on what I want our home to look and feel like (on our tight diy budget of course.) Painting and selling some furniture has allowed me to buy a few new pieces as well. I'll keep the explanations to a minimum but you can click on any of the headings to see a related post with more details.

New stained pine shelves in kitchen

Painted vintage buffet in General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint

Painted Waterfall Dresser in General Finishes Snow White

Painted pedestal coffee table

Painted chairs, sidetable and chalkboard with ASCP Provence with White

Painted front door and trim, new roof, new garage door and garage man door, replacement skylights
(a post to follow when the weather is a bit nicer, that's the old roof being taken off and that photo of the snow was from last winter, we had a green Christmas this year)

Painted entry, dining room, family room and kitchen with Revere Pewter and Simply White

Popcorn ceiling texture removed in family room, dining room and entry hall
The link shows the family room, better photos of dining room and entry hall to follow

There is still so much that we want to do but we feel blessed to be able to live and spend time with our family and friends in our home. I do enjoy furniture makeovers and updates to our home as time and budget allows. Hopefully 2015 will be a year where I can continue to figure out my design style too. I look forward to seeing lots of year end posts from blogs I follow as well

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Just finishing up some last minute dinner prep today as we are hosting Christmas dinner for lots of family on Christmas Day. Tonight we are headed to my sister's home here in our neighbourhood for a family get together. 

Wishing you all a great holiday and a very Merry Christmas! Thank you for visiting throughout the year and for your friendship.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

From Sweater to Pillow

Like many of you, I love pillows. Some I buy but most I sew myself. Sweater pillows are popular for winter decorating and I knew I wanted some. 

When I was helping my sister clean out her closet a while back I saved two snowy white sweaters she was going to donate. Last night I took a break after some last minute shopping, wrapping, and generally getting ready to host our family for Christmas. Half an hour later I had turned this cardigan into a pillow. I found it easiest to measure out my pillow size, sew the seams first, and then cut away the extra fabric. I trimmed about 1/2" from my sewing lines then used a zig zag stitch to keep the ends from fraying. Nothing fancy but it works. I kept the original button placket intact, even with the little stitch that goes between buttons and makes it pop open like that. Not the best photos on this very overcast day.

It may end up on the family room leather couch since the white is brighter than the IKEA slipcovers. One of these days, when I am looking to unwind, I will recycle the other sweater into a pillow cover. Easy and free are some of my favourite projects. 
Hoping all my friends and readers have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah and a relaxing holiday. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Favourite Vignettes From Our Christmas Home Tour and a Greenery Trick

I enjoy this time of year, not only because of the anticipation of Christmas, but because there are so many great holiday home tours and Christmas related posts. I love seeing different decorating styles, recipes and gift making ideas.

Today I am sharing some of my favourite little vignettes and arrangements from our Christmas home tour, seen in this post. As I putter around our home in the evening, working on last minute projects or wrapping gifts, I love seeing these little spots of Christmas cheer in our home.  Our living room dresser is one of my favourite spots, with naturals, mercury glass, chippy architectural pieces and red accents. Our full living room tour can be found here. 

At night I like to turn on the Christmas tree lights and the globe lights in this olive bucket of naturals. You can see our living room at night in this post.

This large painted wood bowl filled with pinecones, white pine, burlap and vintage silver glass ornaments is simple and really easy to pull together.

This is one of my tricks for keeping the mixed greenery from drying out and making a mess. For smaller bunches of live pine, fir or cedar, tucked here and there I use these florist water tubes. They slip easily amongst the balls or hide behind bowls on shelves. (If you don't overfill them they can lay horizontally without leaking too.)

For larger arrangements, like in the galvanized sap buckets on our office armoire in the family room, I use jars and check the water every week or so. The galvanized sap buckets and watering can get more of a winter look with the birch ball, pinecones and lots of greenery. I got the JOY galvanized letters at Michaels for 70% off. I really like how this area can be seen from both our kitchen and family room, and even a glimpse from the front entry.

This metal milk pail was a purchase, along with the olive bucket above, from Meg at Oliver and Rust's Fall Vintage Sale. I added the found birch limbs, faux greenery and a little piece of leftover ribbon from our family room tree. Again, simple and it can carry over to winter.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Our front entry is small so this vintage honey pail with greens and fillers is a pretty touch and on the cabinet, it's out of the way.

I shared the chunkier new stained kitchen shelves here and I am really enjoying the simpler decor this year.

I like keeping most of our kitchen prep space clear so I perched another galvanized bucket of simple birch and greenery up high on the fridge in the kitchen. 

We have been getting lots of use out of our hot chocolate station. The cutting board was a 50 cent garage sale find that I added a chalkboard to. Since I took the photo I have added a mason jar filled with candy canes. It is simple little touches like these that make our home feel ready for the Christmas season.

Thanks for visiting! We are spending a quiet weekend wrapping presents and having dinner with my dad and sister's family. I always decorate their live tree for them and just as we were sitting down to dinner we heard the crash of the tree falling over, shattering all their glass ornaments. Sister is not a fan of tree decorating so I can see a small tabletop tree in their future. One more week of school/work and then we get to really settle in for Christmas holidays.