Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I love looking at before and after pictures.  Room makeovers are so fun I could do them all day! 

Here are a few pics of our before and after master bedroom. 

Like I had said before there was ALOT of brown going on in this room.  I did not mind it though.  I had the room like this for many years and I really liked it!  It was a very cozy warm room.  I am more into the cool tones now though so was excited to switch things up with BLUE!

I kept the same bedding and just added blue floral shams, blue & cream pillows and a cream fuzzy throw. (all from Pottery Barn)

I replaced the art over the bed with these pressed tins from PB.  I love them!!!

The black and gold mirror over the dresser got sprayed painted a matte black. 

The brown curtains were replaced with some simple cream drapes.

The night stands were the same color as the bed and dresser etc.  I painted them with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.  I also changed out the black lamps for the crystal ones. 

Here I just changed a few accessories.  That black wall mirror used to be gold as well, I spray painted it the same black as the mirror above the dresser.

The 3 black wall sconces were spray painted silver. I changed out the lamp for the silver IKEA lamp.  I also added my DYI table. (the little westie is Cubby) :)

I love these pictures. The before room has the pics in heavy wood frames.  I bought some inexpensive silver frames at Hobby Lobby (less than $2.00 a piece) and painted the old matting with some left over gray paint I had in the basement.  Instant update!!

This white linen DYI bench replaced the brown faux leather bench that was under the picture.  I love this one so much more!

I am sooooo happy with how this room turned out.  The best part is I re used most of what I had.  I have a few more little plans for this room, but for now I we are enjoying it just as it is!  :)

Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday's Favorite Flea Market Find........

This is actually not mine.  It is my sister Kim's.  But it is ONE of my favorites!  She found this at the Kane County Flea Market.  It was just the metal cart.  (no wood) She got it for $35.00.   She had some barn wood cut to fit and now it is AWESOME! 

One of a kind!

I also love that little orange stool!  That is from The Randolph Street Market in Chicago.  Both the cart and the stool look very Anthro-ish.   (for a fraction of the cost of course!)

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Blue Master Bedroom......

A few months ago I decided I wanted to paint over the brown in our master bedroom.  The color I had on the walls for the past 7 years was Sherwin Williams Baguette.  I loved this color, which is why I kept it so long!  I also had brown drapes, brown bedding, brown furniture.... you get the picture.

I decided to go with a soft blue color!  I had painted my laundry room and master bathroom Sherwin Williams Rainwashed and LOVE that color.  For our bedroom I decided to go one up on the strip from that color.  It is called Window Pane.  This is one of my favorite colors!  It is a beautiful soft blue with a touch of gray.  It is a very soothing color. 

Sherwin Williams-Window Pane

Here it is on our bedroom walls.  This little bedroom re-do was fairly simple.  First I painted the walls.  I did not replace any furniture.  I did paint the dark wood night stands with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White. That little change made a HUGE difference! It really broke up all the brown!

I swapped out black lamps for these crystal lamps I found at Homegoods. They have some really great lamps! Just the white paint and the shiny lamps brightened up the space soooo much!

The wall behind the bed sat empty for awhile.  I had some prints of trees up there that I really liked, but I was just ready for a change.  I found these pressed tins at Pottery Barn.  I knew the weathered gray look was exactly what I wanted! 

If I wanted to get really fancy I would swap out the ceiling fan for a pretty chandelier.  BUT I love have a ceiling fan on at night so practical is winning out right now.

This is our my little reading corner.  We bought that brown couch awhile back and it is sooo comfortable!  Maybe not what I would pick out now, but it is a great spot to relax!  I found the silver lamp behind the couch at IKEA. I think it was about $40.00. I love that lamp, it is super sturdy and feels like it was much more than $40.00!

Pottery barn $199.00

I think I did pretty good at IKEA!

  I made the little white table.  You can read about that here:


Something as easy as swapping out drapes can make such a difference!   I love how the cream drapes look with the blue walls.  The bench under the window was another one of my projects.  Read about it here:


 That door goes out to a little balcony in the front of our home.  Great spot for coffee in the morning or a glass of wine at night.  (think I have done that twice in 7 years, but it sounds good though doesn't it??!!) :)

The bedding is all from Pottery Barn.  I am a sucker for Pottery Barn pillows and bedding!  I have had the off white bedding for awhile, it goes with anything so is perfect!  I can just swap out pillow covers to change things up. 

Just for the record there is NOT one flea market find in our bedroom!  :)

I will post before pictures soon so you can see what a little bit of paint can do!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Friday's Favorite Flea Market Find...
(on Sunday!)

I am a few days behind!  I have been in WI the last few days and did not have a chance to blog!  

I found this little chair at the Randolph Street Market in Chicago. 

I knew the minute I saw this chair I was going to paint it yellow!

You can click here to see how I re purposed this antique chair:

I love this little chair! 

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!!  Mine has been wonderful, spending it with family & friends!  :)


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Dining room table.......

I have been busy working on our dining room table this past week.  It was more work than I thought!  Especially since I was working with stitches in my pointer finger it took me more time. (cut my finger slicing an onion)  I was able to finish it and I LOVE it!!!

First a little background.  I bought this table and a matching buffet about 5 years ago.  I usually never would buy a large
purchase like this without TJ, but this time I did. (no idea why)  I got it home and to be totally honest never really loved this set.  Something always bothered me about it.  It was kind of just there.

Here is the buffet.  I have since sold it on craigslist.

I replaced the buffet with this one.  I found it at the flea market and painted it Annie Sloan Provence Blue.

Click here to see the post on how the buffet was painted:

I have been thinking of selling the table too. Then I decided since I would probably have to work on whatever piece I ended up buying. I might as well see what I can do to this one.  My first step was to find fabric.  I looked for a LONG time for this.  When I found the fabric I knew for sure it was the one!!

Here are a few beautiful white tables that inspired me......

  This set is from Pottery Barn.

Bear-Hall Interiors

This one is so beautiful!  Love that chandelier! 

Another pretty one from Pottery Barn.

Here is the dining room table before.  Again nothing at all is wrong with it, I just wanted to add something to it.  I did not feel bad about painting over the wood.  I knew I did not like it as it was so could not wait to change it up. 

First I took off all the seats so I could paint the chairs. 

I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old Ochre. It took 2 coats. After the paint dried I did some light sanding. I then waxed each chair with Annie Sloan clear wax.

** I learned something very very cool from Kristie at Carter's Cottage.  She sands ASCP with a scotch bright pad.  I had never heard of this.  I tried it and it was amazing!  You have to wet it and then just sand away.  No mess!  No dust!  Awesome!  You just need to rinse the pad often. It sands better than sandpaper! Did I say no mess??? LOVE IT!!!**

Here are the chairs with one coat of paint.

Here is what the chair cushion looked like before I put the painters drop cloth on it last year.

The new fabric was easy to work with.  Except that I learned that recovering chairs with stitches in your finger does not work very well.  My stitches started to break apart so I had to work without that finger!  It was that or be patient and wait a week until they were removed! That was not an option for me!  :)

Here is a completed chair! 

ALL DONE!  I am so happy with how it turned out. It is exactly how I pictured it looking when it was finished. 

 A little bit of paint and some new fabric made this set unique!  I LOVE that! :)


Friday, July 13, 2012

Friday's Favorite Flea Market Find

Happy Friday! 

Today's favorite flea market find is:

 This antique white picture frame. This was one of my first flea market finds.  I found it at the Kane County Flea Market.

This frame is perfect for displaying some of my favorite pictures of my kids when they were little!  I could look at these pics all day!  The frame still had the glass in so I just used some tacky putty and stuck the pictures behind the glass.

I have this frame in our family room where we spend most of our time. My kids are growing up way too fast!  I would give anything for them to be 3 and 1 again and get to do all these years again!  OK maybe not the teenage years, one time around is good on those!  :)

I thank God everyday for these guys!  And my husband of course!  I have been truly blessed. 

Have a wonderful weekend!  :)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Bryce's room!

Bryce's room is finished!! HIP HIP HOORAY!

It has actually been done for awhile but I jumped into another project and have been side tracked!  Story of my life!

Her old barn door head board is by far my favorite thing in her room!  Bryce picked out the colors for her bedding.  I love the gray and yellow with some blue thrown in!  Most of the bedding is from Homegoods.

The old crates on the right side of her bed are of course from a flea market.  They are great for storage!

If I had to pick a 2nd favorite thing it would be this night stand!  I wish I would have taken a before picture, but this is one of those projects I just jumped right into without thinking!  This night stand was from our first "real" bedroom set we bought about 18 years ago.  We have since donated the furniture but kept this little night stand.  It was honey pine with flowers painted all over the front. 

 I had bought some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Aubusson Blue a while back and could not wait to try it out.  We had this night stand in TJ's closet so I pulled it out and started painting.  I LOVE this color!!  I followed up with clear and dark wax and loved how it turned out.  I also swapped out the old hardware for some big glass knobs I found at Hobby Lobby. 

After I finished it I had no clue what to do with it so it just sat.  When we started putting Bryce's room back together I remembered I had this and decided it was perfect in there!  The drawers are perfect for her too!!!

I used her old silver lamp base and updated it with the teal and white lamp shade I found at Target.  It was on clearance for $8.00!

This old window was bought from an antique store in WI.  I bought it and never quite knew where to put it.  Bryce has a lot of very special pictures so I figured this was a great way to display them!

The blue sconces over her bed were black metal ones she had in her room for years.  I sprayed painted them a pretty slate blue!

**Don't mind the little mess in the hallway.  I move my work piles from place to place. I sometimes forget to pick them up!
Here is her fun wall!  The dresser was a flea market find and I painted it Annie Sloan Old Ochre.  I love that color!!  The wood sign was a garbage pick and was painted and stenciled.  The rope was Bryce's idea.  She wanted it to hang all her special things she wants to see.  We hung it on two screws and use clothes pins to hang her things to it.  The lamp was in her old room and was white, we just sprayed painted it Rust o leums Strawflower yellow.  The cool metal flower was handmade, we found it at a flea market.

To see how I made the sign from old wood click here:

To see how I refinished the dresser click here:

This is yet another one of my favorite spots in her room!  The best part is NOTHING is new, I had it all!  Bryce wanted a place to get ready in her room.  She did not want a makeup table or desk though.  I had this table in our basement, it used to be in our family room but I replaced it with something else.  This table used to be black and red, I spray painted it Rust-oleums Heirloom White awhile back.  It is perfect here!  The mirror above was in her old room and was black,  we sprayed painted it Rust-oleums Strawflower Yellow!  I also had some antique frames and mirrors that I just had to have from various flea markets.  They work perfect on that little wall. 

The window bench was an old piano bench that was in our basement.  I painted it Old White by Annie Sloan and recovered the top with painters drop cloth fabric.  The curtains were from her old room, we planned to replace them, but I am liking the modern flair they give her vintage room! 

  Click here to see how the bench was re done:

I am so glad we picked out Benjamin Moore's Coventry Gray for her walls.  It is such a nice neutral gray!  I am also loving her little gold sunburst mirror against the gray!

So this is it!  We are both pretty happy with how the room turned out.  She has been keeping it semi clean so that is a huge bonus at well!  :)

Another bonus is that I was able to use so much that we already had.  LOVE THAT!!!