Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Get Out the White Paint

The cold wintery weather has really dampened my creative spirit.  All I've wanted to do is sit in the family room with the logs on and keep warm.  FINALLY, today the sun is out, the sky is blue, and I felt like doing a little project.  I've had this tray for a couple of years, bought at consignment, and have used it in so many ways.  Here is the original look.

Gray (kinda like I've been feeling)!

I carried the tray filled with other items that needed a touch of white, and went to the basement to my craft table.

I didn't completely cover the gray, just did my usual dry brush, hit it with a little Annie Sloan Dark Wax, and let it dry.  Then I sanded in a few spots with a sanding block.  This is the new look.

The gray can still be seen in spots, but it is lighter and brighter.  This was very easy.

I've had this display on the wall for a long time.

The 'rock' the bird sits on reminds me of a baking potato!  So a little white paint was applied to this as well.

I lightly brushed each piece, then once dry, sanded each one off.

This flower arrangement got a green and white update.  I had white paint on the brush, and just got a small amount of green on the brush, then brushed the pot with both colors on.  Then I sanded it as well.  I like the chippy look it now has.

These were all done and dry in about 30 minutes, so this was a quick project, and the process of doing them brightened my day.  I have quite a few small items I want to update, but will probably wait until it gets a little warmer.

What have you updated recently?

I'm joining these linky parties:
Blissful Whites Wednesday
Whatsit Wednesday

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Pausing to Remember

We have all been busy making our homes look spring-like.  We've pouffed and fluffed, and brought out the pastels, the bunnies, and eggs.  We need to take a moment  to remember why we celebrate Easter.  The Resurrection. The new birth!  I am showing an Easter vignette I created and shared last Easter.

The pencil sketch below was a gift to me from a coworker.  

This picture of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane hung in my Mother's dining room when I was growing up.  I believe it may have been a calendar page.  It's still in the same frame.

He is Risen!!

Happy Easter everyone!

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Spring Inside the House

Our weather man hasn't looked at the calendar I guess! Doesn't he know it's Spring??   It's 46 degrees today and overcast!  I so want it to warm up some.  I guess if the weather outside won't cooperate, we can just go about tweaking the inside so it looks like Spring. I know it won't be long until we're complaining about it being so hot, so I'll enjoy whatever we have.  Here are a few spots of Spring at Shadymont.  I know you have seen some of these before, but maybe some of you haven't.  

This sits on the coffee table in the family room.  The tote came from Michael's a year or so ago.

I love this box with the rabbits on it.  I believe it is from Michael's also.  

I added this small book underneath the cloche with the bird and flower.  I think it adds interest, and it is the perfect color.

I found these sweet birds at the Dollar Tree.

I went through a bunch of my decor bins earlier this week, and came across this chalk pear and apple.  I had been wondering where they were.  I'm thinking I might paint them white.  They have a green tint now.

The apple is peeping from the sewing machine drawer.  I added a couple of items to the drawer to fill it more.

I added these two tiny pink roses to this cloche with the larger white rose.  I found the small ones at a thrift shop, and the large one is from a friend.

This is printed off the computer.  I think from the Graphics Fairy.  I had the silver frame already.  I placed it with the other aqua items in the family room.  I love the way it looks!

Here's the Easter/Spring mantel.

I love the pastels of Spring.  They are so soothing!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Revisit the Guest Room

Last week I showed how I have updated the guest room by rearranging the furniture, adding a vintage table updated with a little paint, and changing the window treatments.  Here is a quick reminder of the changes I made.

There was one problem with my update!  I forgot to buy a matching window panel for the french door, and this white panel was just bugging me!


I have procrastinated all week on going back to Lowe's to get another window panel.  But this morning I went, (and a good thing) as they only had one left!!
One, I tell you!  They had several left when I bought the first three.  So glad I went.  

These panels only come in 84" length, so when I came home, I cut off the panel to a length of about 75".  Door panels are usually around 72" so 75" allowed for a hem for the bottom rod.  I simply hemmed across the edge folded it up a couple inches, and sewed across that.  This was about a 15 minute project with the sewing machine, and makes a world of difference in the look of the room.


Doesn't it look better?

I used the part I cut off to tie the panel  in the middle.  Nothing wasted, and it can easily be untied and removed.  

I also wanted to show you something I hung in the guest room since my first post.  This wall near the foot of the bed was totally empty.  I hung this frame to which I added chicken wire.  While in the attic changing the furnace filter the other day I saw this little angel from long ago up there, so I brought her down to hang on the frame.  I think this made a cute little wall hanging!

I have also added a small lamp to the vintage table.

I think I am through in here now (unless I find a rug that will work)!!  That is not a necessity, but a 'want".  It will have to be a "great" bargain!

Have you made any changes lately?

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Using Landscaping Burlap Inside

I was looking for peat pots in the garden center at Lowe's recently and ran up on these rolls of landscaping burlap for $9.98.

I think it looks just as good as that bought in a fabric shop.

I'm thinking I might make some kind of window treatment for the sun room from it, but so far all I have used it for is as a runner of sorts on the dining room table.

I loved the table setting above, but decided to 'lighten' it up. I removed everything from the table.

One side of the burlap is fringed.  It looks like this when it is spread out completely.  This would be fine for fringe on a window treatment, I think. But I decided to change it some and just folded the edges under for now.  

I think this looks alright, although I might trim or hem the sides at some point.

This urn was a ten dollar consignment find as was the cake plate below.  

Pfaltzgraf tray

I like the look of white and pink with the burlap.

I'd love to hear your ideas for using the burlap.  I have 72 square feet!

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Cottage Look for Guest Room

Ever since we did the furniture shuffle a couple months ago when we put the king sized bed in the master, I haven't been happy with the furniture arrangement in the guest room.  I am happy to be able to have matching furniture for that room, but the dresser was covering one of the windows.
The room has some quirky angles which makes arrangement difficult, but I just couldn't stand the window being covered.

I wanted to place the head of the bed between the two windows on that wall.


Yesterday morning I went to Lowe's and purchased new curtain panels at $14.97 each, to replace the white panels I had up.

Here is a photo showing the new panels.
These panels capture the taupe of the walls and the turquoise of the bedding.


This shows the bed placed between the two windows.  

The bed now faces the doorway (left).  I think this is better.

After I finished rearranging everything and hanging the new panels, I decided to redo a vintage table I have and add it in the mix.

While at Lowe's I picked up some Valspar Paint Samples on clearance for $2.68 each.  I decided I would just paint the top of the table with this, Valspar Sea Mist.  I put one light coat on the top of the table, then while the paint was still wet, I used a sponge 'brush' to dry brush the tabletop.  Once this dried, I sanded it to give it some character.  Here is the finished product.

I am so pleased with how it turned out.

Here you can see how using the dry brush to remove excess paint made it look.

I shopped the house for items for the vignette.
The picture was a gift to me.  It shows a little boy in a farm wagon pulled by a horse/mule. 

The 'nest' is packing material from a gift box we received in the mail, and the bird is from a consignment shop a long time ago.  I made the plate pedestal, and the rabbit is a computer print off tied on the candle with string.

I am so pleased with the look it brings to the guest room.  To me, it seems more relaxed and welcoming.

Here you can see the french door leading to the screened porch.  This window was completely covered with the previous arrangement.
I think I should get a matching panel for the door.

I played around with the vignette on the dresser as well.

I added a bolster pillow from the bed to the chair.
This vintage lamp belonged to my MIL.

The bolster fabric repeats the lattice look of the chair upholstery.

What do you think, does the table make the room more welcoming?

Please visit these parties where I will be sharing this makeover.

Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground 

Serenity Saturday @ Serenity You
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different, Act Normal 
Bouquet of Talent @ Life on Lakeshore Drive
Share It One More Time @ One More Time Events
Sunny Simple Sunday @ Sunny Simple Life
It's Party Time @ Three Mango Seeds

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