Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Dining Room Reveal

This summer/fall I finally broke out the paint brushes and painted my $30 Goodwill hutch. I didn't get fancy with the paint. I just used what I had on hand from my TV stand. Behr Premium primer-in-one, semi-gloss, color matched to Benjamin Moore's White Dove. Two coats, just sanding to distress and then a coat of wax was applied with a brush and buffed off. I'm so glad I went with all white. Now it won't matter what color accessories I dress it up with. *Someone keeps wiping off my chalk labels. Grrr... And I will teach myself how to crochet this winter so I can make little coasters to go under the glass jars. I'm worried they will scratch the paint, so for now, pot holders and a dish towel do the job.

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I also finished the new-to-me hutch that came with our new Craigslist table.
I bought Behr's regular paint in satin, color matched to Benjamin Moore's Old Pickup Blue. I used this home-made chalk paint recipe too.

3 parts paint
1 part plaster of Paris

*First whisk enough water into the P.O.P. to make it smooth like a pancake batter (you don't want any lumps). Then add the paint and stir. You don't want to use a paint with primer in it or it will dry out too fast. The P.O.P. already helps it dry fast which is another bonus.

I love the final texture of it and how the brush strokes really disappeared. I do wish I had sanded the piece first (I did NO sanding on the body of this) because there is a bit too much of the original orange stain peeking through after distressing. Chalk paint flakes off quite easily so it was hard to distress it just a little. I sealed it with wax and it has worn really well the last month or so.

I love how smooth this finish is. Like butta!


Now for the table itself. I must say this was an almost-didn't-happen project. I tried to take the easy way out and use a varnish stripper on the table instead of sanding down to the wood grain and that was a terrible mistake. Mostly because I didn't go into the store with a certain brand in mind. I didn't read any reviews, just picked up the one I thought sounded best. Don't ever do that! The stripper was terrible. It wouldn't scrape off, just became a hard layer of gunk that in the end I had to sand off anyway. It took hours, and hours, and hours... And in the end I didn't realize how thin the pine veneer was on the table and ended up sanding right down to plywood in a few places. Oops! There went my dream of just staining the top a dark brown. Now I was left with spray painting the top black. In the end it turned out just fine, but I look forward to the day when I can just walk into a store and buy what I want to furnish my home. Someday... For now, this still works and it's awfully cute.

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I had really wanted to use the chalk paint recipe on the table and chairs, but since I started with the hutch and didn't use it for that I thought it would be too noticeable to have such a different texture in the same room. In hind sight I should have just gone with it anyway. Plain laytex paint (even with the primer-in-one) wants to peel. And when I went to distress the chairs, boy did they peel. More sanding and paint touch-up later they are much better. Chalk paint would have been tons easier. But it's done now and I'm not giving it another thought.

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My favorite part was covering the seat cushions in a laminated fabric. This is the first time we've had padded seats in our kitchen and I just knew basic fabric wouldn't cut it. These have been really great! It's from Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane line. She sells the laminated on her site too.

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David liked the green so much that he said he could live with the pink in there too. The olivey green pulls out the darker green in the curtains. I love that the flower centers are red and picks up the red cherries in the curtains. 
This whole room is just sunshine to me. I love it!

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Speaking of red! Here is my newly painted kitchen trash bin. Until now it's always been a stained wood. I added the lettering and distressed it of course.
Surprisingly people still ask where the trash bin is.  ;)

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And I love this new addition. Polka dot glasses by Southern Living at Home. Long since retired and only to be found on eBay. I scored these 12 glasses for $38 total. Woo hoo!

In the middle of my table is a metal tray from Ikea. I have a cute owl vase for pencils on it and the little orange pot has more erasers. This is homework central every day after school.
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These sweet deer from World Market are just waiting to hop out of there this Friday.


I added hooks in the kitchen for the kids backpacks. I still need to fill the holes and paint it white, but we've been using it for months now and it really helps with the after school clutter. Our home is small and cozy. We really live here. So if I need backpacks hung in the kitchen to stay sane, then that's what I'm gonna do.
You can kind of see below that the dining table is super close to the sliding door. And that our 6th chair is actually in the living room. Oh boy! This was another learning moment for me. I had no idea that this table was really only meant to hold 4 chairs around it. The chairs themselves are really wide across the front. In order to have two chairs next to each other on the long side, you have to have the leaf in it. We tried it without for a few weeks and it was terribly annoying. So, yes, all for the sake of "pretty" I swapped my mom's old table (which is now in my uncles home) that seated 10, for this new table, that in our home can only fit 5 chairs around it. Oops! Live and learn, right?
It sure is pretty though. And I do love having it. It will just make moving to a bigger house in a couple years that much more fun. Right?
This little side table got a couple coats of chalk paint too. Love it!
Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Picking the Perfect Aqua {old pickup blue}

So what's a girl to do when she's stuck at home waiting for the insurance guy to come out and look at the hail damage on her car?
Why, choose the perfect aqua paint color of course!
Four hours later...
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Wouldn't it be nice if someone would just say "Here, this is aqua blue, go forth and paint." Maybe Annie Sloane is on to something, with so few choices. But I went to one of her dealers two weeks ago and wasn't thrilled with Duck Egg or Provence in person. Duck Egg just wasn't bright enough for me and Provence was too dark. Boo! So on to plan B, make my own chalk paint. 
The top one up there I actually bought a paint sample of. I was confident that Benjamin Moore's Whythe Blue (aka color of the year a while back) was what I wanted. But it's unfortunately not what I was expecting. I would say that this is a more accurate photo of Whythe Blue. And do you see the one with the "x" on it? It's quite green, isn't it? Well I apologize for pinning this Balmy Seas by Behr recently. For me, it is not the perfect shade of aqua.
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Yesterday, I painted this chair gray with a free oops paint from Home Depot. Loved that it was free (someone had ditched it in their parking lot!) and allowed me to try one of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint knock-off recipes for cheap. So far it has performed great! It needed two coats, but the brush strokes disappear and the final texture is right on. I have yet to distress it and add wax, but that's next. I used this recipe using Plaster of Paris. Ahem, have you ever bought Plaster of Paris? I now have enough to paint exactly 26,382 chairs! Just sayin.

If you need a cup, I'm your gal.
Back to paint colors...
The large one in the middle, True Turquoise by Glidden and the Old Pickup Blue by Benjamin Moore (bottom center) were finally calling to me.
But I had to move things around a bit more to make sure there wasn't another contender.
Yep, it's still singing. I like that it's a bit gray so it won't be so in-your-face in a room that already has so much color.
Though I love the True Turquoise, it's just too saturated.
Especially since I plan to use it everywhere. Seriously.
Old Pickup Blue it is!
It's soon to be on a coffee table, side table, 2 armoires (one in my bedroom, one in my craft room) and this Craigslist buffet in the background. The table, chairs and the hutch in my kitchen, are going Dove White by Benjamin Moore. Thankfully, my two-year-old gallon of that is still good and freshly shaken. 
(there are 6 chairs plus a leaf for the table that were not photo'd)
 Now...time to think about fabric for those chairs.
Oh dear!

Monday, August 26, 2013

And they're off! {First Day of 2nd Grade}

David must have been giving me "bunny ears" as I was snapping away because they sure picked up on it real quick.
Thanks a lot Hun! ;)

Emily could not wait to get back to school. She was just dying to go.

They finally have a playground at their school this year which they are super excited about.

One of them has more already-made-friends in her class and the other will have to work a little harder and make some new ones. And of course there are several new students that will need some friends too. We have talked through all of that, but some daily reminders will come in handy too I think.

I think they both have really great teachers and we liked the new art teacher this year too. The building itself got some extensive remodeling this summer. It was so fun to walk through it and see all the great changes. II's tough to turn an office building into a school, but they've done a great job.

Bless your little hearts girls. You are growing up way too fast!

We are so proud of all that you have accomplished so far and can't wait to see what all this year holds for you both.


This little guy wasn't really sad, just a bit ornery for having to take pics.


That's more like it, Sam!

Friday, August 23, 2013

My little fish...

We have done lots of swimming here this summer.
His new goggles from Kiki made all the difference this year. Well, another year older helped too, I'm sure. ;) My favorite phrase from him was "When I look under the water with my goggles, I SEE WATER!!!"
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Getting fancy with a backwards jump in.

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The girls learned to dive this year. That's Emily in the pink/purple.
Allison in the blue.
And guess who's been paying attention? Near the end of his lessons he was finally able to jump in all by himself (instead of being lowered in by his teacher). This was also the year he fully submerged his head and now he can float on his back for a whole minute. So proud of this guy!

Super Sam!
Way to go kids, I can't wait to see what you learn next year!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Up at the Lake

Earlier this summer we got away for a week-end with David's mom and her husband, Grandpa Dale. They were married last Christmas and the two of them have been super busy ever since. It was fun to have them all to ourselves for a couple of days.


Digging worms to catch some fish in Lobster Lake.



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These two don’t look like they are having any fun at all, do they?


Time for a boat ride!


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Getting sprayed by the water.


Thanks for a fun week-end, Dale and Phyllis!