Thursday, April 10, 2014

Coffee Table Make-Over #2

So, I haven't had much luck with this coffee table. Do you ever paint a piece and look at it for a bit then think 'naw not the right color'. I had one of those times.

I found the table in the basement looking all sad and orange.

 First color choice. You can check out the post here. Meh. Looks ok. Plain. Neutral. Not really my style.

Nope. Not my favorite piece. Since I had some Duck Egg Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the cupboard, why not try that.

Much better. Not sure if I will part with this one. Don't know where I'll put it, but I likey.

I am loving Duck Egg right now. Perfect color for the lake or to freshen up the house. 

How many projects have you re-done?

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Chic By You Wednesday Link Party #7

Smells like spring, and snow is melting. Garage sale season is falling upon us. I have my bills in hand and waiting for the first sign! Can't wait. Do people create lists for items they are looking for? I can never seem to remember all the ideas I have. Perhaps I'll start my wish list.

On to the features of the week. The crowd pleasers are,

1. Thanks you for sharing Home Sweet Home Decor on Coastal Charm. What a charming shop.

2. I will be on the hunt for a 7-Up crate to recreate this vignette. Very rustic from Tania @ littlevintagecottage.

DIY Lamp Shade - spray painting a lamp, using chalk paint on a lamp shade, painting a lamp

3. Very easy make-over. Go check out Vintage Paint and More, and say 'hi' to Cathy.

4. Darrielle @ D.D.'s Cottage and Design has shared another fab design. I am a huge fan of your site!

And my favorite from Sharon @ Elizabeth and Co. I am a sucker for coral, 100%.

Thank you everyone that shared their great projects on Chic By You. Lets get this party going!!

A few things
1. Please link up only your original posts.
2. Please back link to this page or use my button in the post. I will only feature posts that link back.
3. Visit other links and leave a comment. Lets pay it forward. Karma!
4. Follow me, to catch the party every week.

Most importantly, have fun sharing with each other.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Duck Egg Side Board for Easter Dinner

Hello. I wanted to squeeze in this post before we leave for the weekend to my in-laws. I had a client contact me to have a side board re-done. She really likes the over distressed look, which isn't my forte. Thank goodness she put her trust in me, because the piece turned out fabulous. Unfortunately the hardware is not on, as they're still drying on my garage floor. And I'm pretty sure I won't be able to lug this out to take a picture before she comes next week. So here it is. Ready for her to show off at Easter Dinner!

I actually had two firsts with this side board.
1. Over distressing (baby steps, next time I will do more) 
2. Using Duck Egg Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan

I love the tone.

Lots of extra distressing.

Before and after.

Hope you liked my first Duck Egg project. I think you might see more of this color. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend.

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Pinterest Inspiration # 8 Industrial Storage

Hello, How's your day going? Mine, fabulous. I'm just finishing up my holiday week and feeling rested. I'm going to make this quick, so I can continue to hang with the kidlets.

Pinterest inspiration for this week. Industrial.


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Do you see the theme? I wish I could get my pretty fingers on one of these items( with out selling my first born) Thanks for stopping by and take care.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Headboard Chalk Board DIY #2

Hello. What a productive week I'm having, being home with the kids for spring break. I could get used to this. I love having time during the day to work on my projects and posts. I am envious of those that can do this full time. Today my youngest helped me tackle this project. You can check out my previous post, on my last headboard project. Here's the final product from last time.

Today we started with this. 

Typical vintage double headboard. I really was drawn to the chunky top. Wasn't quite sure what to do with the open bottom?

My little helper wanted to paint too. What a perfect small project to task out.

After another coat and some distressing, I taped off the chalkboard part with Frog Tape. My husband swears by this stuff, never bleeds. 

I picked mine up from Home Depot. I use the 1 inch thick tape, it seems to suffice.

I find it much easier to do the outside color and do the black last. I've tried the opposite and I find I do a lot of cutting in after. I'm kinda lazy, and like to cut the least as possible.  

I used a 2 inch foam brush the spread the chalkpaint. I use Rustoleum's Chalk Board Paint, easy to apply and dries fast. I should state that neither of the products are paying me for this post, I just want to share the brands that work for me. Here's what the Rustoleum box looks like, Home Depot sells it for $22.97.

 The finished product. I love it! 

 What a dramatic change.

Hope you like Headboard Chalk Board DIY #2. Don't forget to check out my first post. Thanks for stopping in and take care.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Chic By You Wednesday Link Party #6

Guess what day it is? You guessed it right. Chic By You Wednesday Link Party! I can't wait to see what you've been working on the last week. 

Lets start off with features from last week.

These napkins are just so darn cute and easy to whip up before Easter. Check out the how to from Margaret @ chantillycharm.

Mary brought a fresh bright look to this dining room set. I love how it brightens the entire room up. Take a look at the before and afters @ orphans with makeup.


This milk canister has seen a few changes, but none are better than this one. Great job Laura @ im not a trophy wife.


Thank you everyone that shared their great projects on Chic By You. Lets get this party going!!

A few things
1. Please link up only your original posts.
2. Please back link to this page or use my button in the post. I will only feature posts that link back.
3. Visit other links and leave a comment. Lets pay it forward. Karma!
4. Follow me, to catch the party every week.

Most importantly, have fun sharing with each other.

Monday, March 31, 2014

6 Week Pinterest Challenge - week 1

I'm feeling refreshed after a great weekend in the mountains. Sad to say I totally missed my first week of the 6 Week Pinterest Challenge, so here I am starting late. You can check out my ideas here.

I decided to start on my chevron mailbox first. An easy project and since I'm on holidays this week for spring break with my minions, my oldest could help.

 Here's my before. Not too bad for most, but not my style.

I set my oldest to paint the base coat. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, close to Paris Grey. I'm sure I tinted this can a bit darker. 

This was her first coat, I think I may have to touch up a few spots. Quicker to touch up, then do my self. So no complaints to her.

I wish I would have taken a picture with my graph, but you can check out this post by Mommy is Coo Coo. I did the same thing. Drew a graph and connect the lines to make stripes. Super easy. After I painted the white on (by hand with a small brush), I touch up the grey over any remaining pencil marks. Easy peasy.

Here is my before and after.

I'm thinking our house numbers on the front, or a monogram M. Decisions?

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy the rest of your day.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Emperor's Silk Makeover

Happy Friday. We're off on our last ski trip for the year, and I have to share this piece before I pack everything up. I love the look of Annie Sloan's Emperor's Silk, it's the perfect red. Bright and crisp, without looking poppy or orange. Here are the pictures that were sent from the owner. Pretty average. Nice lines, great potential.

I sanded all over lightly, but by the looks of the top it was already roughed up. Then set to painting the chalk paint on. I used 3 coats all over, to make sure I achieved the bright red. 

After it was all dry, I gave a light sand and applied Miss Mustard Seed's wax. I love the cream texture and velvet feel. I used a couple of black knobs I had to snap the pic, but would really love to see gold knobs. Of course using my fav product by Amco, Rub'n Buff in Gold leaf. You can check out my tutorial here. Super easy to use.

I think it turned out great. 

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!

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Pinterest Inspiration #7

Hello, how's your Thursday? I feel like I'm running late all week. Next week I'm home with my kidlets for spring break, and I can't wait. I'm hoping to catch up on some work at home, paint up a few more pieces and get organized on my blog. This week I was inspired by lighting, partially because we are replacing the one in my dining room. These were my favorites from Pinterest.

I pinned this, but couldn't find the original source :( Sorry. The picture is pretty straight forward. I'm thinking this would be a great idea for my front sitting room, in front of the window. Energy efficient, and no cords needed.

I think this is the lamp that inspired me most this week! Check out Kelly @ the lilypad cottage. She has beautiful pieces.

Nothing like old bucket lighting. I think I may have another project for my hubby. (I couldn't find the original source for this)

How cool is this one? The lady who created this closed her It looks easy enough to make.

Wish I had these. Uploaded by organizeyourstuffnow. I'm sure these were costly, but could totally be recreated on a budget.

Lastly, this brute off of Haute Look. Missed that deal. I love that site!
Hope you enjoyed my light inspiration. Can't wait to share our finished redo for my dining room light. Its been 2 months in the making. Thanks for stopping by and take care.