Entries Tagged as 'Painting'

The Verdict: Our White Walls…I Love Them!

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27.2.13

After pinning several images on Pinterest (like here, here and here) and asking you all what you thought about getting on the white wall bandwagon. I was living with crazy swatches of paint all over the wall for what felt like an eternity. Staring at those swatches all day was starting to make me go cross-eyed. Eventually my eyes uncrossed and the fear of picking the wrong color succumbed to my annoyance with the swatches and I just picked one I felt good about.

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What I really love about painting is that it forces you to take everything off of the walls and out of the room and really helps with looking at the space in a whole new light.

Sometimes though it also uncovers things like an ugly wall air conditioning and an off centered window that you’ve been camouflaging for three years. Who ever thought that building house without central air and completely off centering a window was a good idea? Thank heavens for the lake breeze around here.

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For anyone that’s curious here’s what the living room looked like before we rearranged the furniture and painted. I loved the pale blue walls for a while but as our tastes keep changing I really wanted a fresh start.

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The color is Vapor by Benjamin Moore and it was the warmest and creamiest of the whites that we sampled and also the one that went really well with the sectional we have. It took 3 nights after work and 2 full coats to cover all the old paint but I’m really happy I did it. Bryan was a little worried about the trim not contrasting enough with the walls so I gave it a fresh coat of a brighter white and in person it’s just enough that the trim work doesn’t blend right into the wall.

Adding some black accents has been on the top of my priority list for a while too now and on this weekends trip to IKEA we picked up 6 of the large square Ribba frames in black. Hung in a grid I like the graphic statement they make on the wall. I’m still thinking about what to put in them but we’ll keep you posted.

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The room feels really fresh and new to me now and I just want to decorate it, get some new pillows and add a little color and texture back into the space.  But right now painting the kitchen is next on the agenda. Both rooms are open to each other so I think that will help with the whole space to feel larger and more cohesive.

Soon (hopefully) we want to open that cutout completely and make a doorway so you enter the room in the center instead of the awkward side entrance we have going on now. All in all I’m really loving the change and I so don’t regret following my instincts and painting out this room.

Well that’s all for now, but before I go for the day please make a girl feel better and tell me I’m not the only one thinks who leaves paint swatches on the wall for far too long?

Linking up to the Pinterest Challenge with Megan (The Remodeled Life), Katie (Bower Power), Sherry (Young House Love) and Michelle (Decor and the Dog).

Linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick’s Before and After Party

Black Doors, What Do You Think?

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05.2.13

One of my favorite rooms ever from Pure Style Home featured in Small Rooms Magazine

A couple of weeks ago I asked how you all felt about white walls. It was so nice to hear your thoughts and not feel like I’m talking to myself. Ha! Judging by some of the responses a lot of you are loving them right now, me included. Although I still am on the fence about which white to pick to paint the Living Room. I know, I should just make a decision already! That’s what Bryan keeps telling me.

Today’s let’s talk about black doors. Black doors have been around for a while but they seem to be getting even more popular lately. You can barely open a design magazine or blog without noticing their arrival. So are you ready to take the plunge and paint your doors black?  I never really thought about painting my interior doors anything other than white until my sister brought them to my attention. Now along with my white walls I want some black doors dammit!

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A point in my favor is that Bryan actually really likes black doors too (which is rare that we agree on the exact same thing). Usually I just do my own thing and if he doesn’t come home and proclaim loudly that he hates it then it stays. He’s figured out that I’ll change my mind soon enough and move on to something else. Although so far he thinks it should be reserved for exterior doors. Like the inside of the front door is OK to paint black or the interior side of French doors leading to the outside but not the interior doors to all the bedrooms. Does  that make sense?

So what do you think? To paint or not to paint. Will we all be sick of black doors in a few months?

Help Me Transform This Found Table

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07.6.12

I just found this end table on the side of the road.

Even though it’s technically not an outdoor table I’ve decided to give it a new home on my deck.

Found End Table

Since it’s free I’m thinking a coat of paint and some marine varnish could protect it nicely from the elements. If it doesn’t work and the table gets damaged then I won’t be heartbroken. If it does work then score one for some fancy curbside spotting.

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I like that you can see the individual boards on the table it top makes it feel more like a picnic table to me. It could be fun with stripes on the table top to mimic the new pillows? Or I could cut the legs down a bit and us it as a coffee table, mixing things up a bit and breaking up our matching set?

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Or perhaps in a cool turquoise, fun cobalt, navy blue or lime green color like our flower pots and  lanterns? Or maybe something more subtle and understated? Seriously all ideas are welcome.

So here’s where you guys come in. I need your help. I’m calling everyone to help me decide what to do with this curbside find. Yes that means you, all my regular commenters, sometime commenters, first time commenters, lurkers and newbies …this means you.

Leave your suggestions in the comments I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’…

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06.1.12

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Some people (mostly B) say I love to paint. Errr wrong, try again. I really just love a lot of change for my decorating buck and painting is where it’s at for big impact on a not so big budget. Actually, I usually find painting to be a long and tedious process but in the end the rewards usually outweigh the tedium… except for that one time I accidentally painted the Living Room a lovely shade of highlighter green and then quickly painted over it the next morning. But that’s a paint disaster story for another day.

So based on my lovely inspiration board for our Bedroom overhaul I had decided to repaint our bedroom in Martha Stewart’s Milk .

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But once the Robert Allen Ikat curtain fabric and the Braemore Wonderland pillow fabric (number 1 & number 9 on the board) arrived I was feeling a little less sure in my choice being the exact right light shade.. Luckily that was quickly remedied with my generous paint chip collection and a couple of minutes of staring at a bunch of paint chips.

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So we broke out the paint chips held them up to our new fabric and chose a new white. Namely Martha Stewart’s Pip. It’s one of those so totally subtle color difference that you’d never be able to tell on a computer monitor but just feel better in person kind of differences. Believe me I’ve tried to photograph the difference between the two and it just isn’t happening, So you’ll have to trust me on this one.

With the the color decided again it was off to the paint store for an easy paint pick-up or so we thought. Martha Stewart paint happened to be on clearance for $12.00 a gallon. But due to the awesome price it happened to be sold out, discontinued, not coming back. Bummer.  So of course after some more pondering of shades of whites I went to my local Benjamin Moore pain dealer and had them color matched to BM’s interior paint in a  flat finish to minimize the look of bumps and nicks on the wall.

I was so excited about it brought it home, slapped a test swatch on the wall and quickly realized that in order to cover the dark green color we’d need to prime first.

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Thankfully things got Rollin’ even if it was a little later in the day than I had planned after we made our third and final trip to the store to grab some primer. Give 2 cheers to under-planners like us! I set out to start the cutting in/edging process. This has always been my job whenever we set out to paint. B just doesn’t have the patience for it. He’s more of the immediate gratification of slapping some paint on the walls with a roller kind of guy. Even though he’s had more painting experience then he’d care to remember given that he married me.

Since where the walls meet the ceiling are awfully crooked and never look quite right no matter how carefully I edge. I decided this time to tape along the ceiling about 1/4 of an inch in. I would carry the wall color onto the ceiling instead of stopping right out the edge. It’s given the walls so a pretty finished look without the crooked edges even if some of the ceiling paint peeled slightly when I removed the tape. Oh well nothing a little patching and touch up paint can’t fix.

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As for what we did with the furniture, we just pushed it into the middle of the room and squeezed around it. Doesn’t it look just lovely completely painted in primer with the glow of the flash against the room since it was pretty late by this point? We painted over a 2 day period since it ended up needing 1 coat of primer and 2 coats of paint to completely cover the old green paint. We finished the first coat of primer around 10:00 pm and camped out in the Living Room over night.

By the next afternoon, 3 coats of paint later and the help of our resident measurer…

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We had the room completely painted and the TV newly hung on the wall instead of sitting on the dresser by the next evening.

We’ll be the first to admit that the room was already starting to look much better without changing the wall color and just by changing out a few accessories and bedding but we’re going for a whole new look here. So far the bedroom has gone from greens and oranges just thrown together haphazardly from whatever we had lying around.

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To this with a few quick tweaks, like changing out the side tables, switching the lampshades. Adding some vintage chairs and a new side table between the bookcase.

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All the way to this with a coat of paint.

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The white is really soft and pretty in person, while we were rolling it on it kept reminding me of butter cream frosting and perfectly matches the colorful fabrics we chose for the curtains and pillows. I’m glad we switched at the last minute.

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It’s a small room, so it’s feeling a lot more open with the lighter color paint. I’m fond of dark greens in a room but when we painted this one right as we moved into the house we didn’t realize that the light only really streams into the room in the morning not so much in the afternoon. The room felt more like a cave which could be good for sleeping but not so good for rising and shining.

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On the side tables I added a couple of pretty placemats to protect the furniture from glasses of water and phones charging on the bedside tables at night.

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My mom has always added a pretty little table scarf to the tops of furniture to lay things down and protect them from water rings and the daily grind.

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Over time I may change these our for something larger. Maybe a vintage item, the sweet vintage style clock is also a new addition courtesy of an awesome friend for Christmas.

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We’re also loving how big of an impact hanging the TV on the wall versus it sitting on the dresser has had on the space. It really opened up the entire area even in it’s unfinished state with Wires hanging down the wall and the not so pretty cable box sitting on the dresser. We definitely need to figure out what to do with that next.

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It also really goes well with the new side tables we purchased allowing for a more open seamless feel across the back wall.

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Overall we’re really happy with how bright and airy it’s making everything feel. So the next thing on my to-do list is to sew some pillows for the bed using the Braemore Wonderland fabric pictured above. I’m think ones with an envelope back in a neutral fabric so I can make the most of the 2 yards I have and spread it around the room. Then it’ll be onto sewing the drapes, picking out some nice colorful art to break up all the neutral walls and add pops of colors. I’m really liking the idea of using some original art pieces combined with prints. Oh and of course we still need to pick fabric for our two vintage chairs and get to reupholstering them. Fingers crossed it will be a record breaking fast sewing experience so we can add some color back into our nice neutral backdrop.

Whimsical Christmas Tree

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28.11.11

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend. We did. We got a lot done on our fireplace mantel project and it looks so great.  I’ll promise to share all the details soon.  I’m so happy that it will be ready just in time to hang our stockings by the chimney with care.

Now that Thanksgiving 2011 has officially come to a close we can officially begin Christmas decorating of course. And nothing says handmade projects to me more than Christmas time.

Growing up we always had special holiday art that my Mom had made, hers was a wonderful embroidered Santa Claus I always admired. Each year at Christmastime it was part of the holiday preparations that magically transformed our house into the familiar Christmas home we’d grown up loving.

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I’m definitely no stranger to fun Christmas projects to bring in that Holiday cheer. I love to paint and this little whimsical tree was a fun afternoon project.

To paint this Whimsical Tree I used a 12 x 12 inch canvas I had in my art closet and painted the entire canvas, background and sides a light blue color.

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Next I transferred my Christmas Tree Sketch I drew (downloadable here) using carbon transfer paper.

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Once the background is dry to the touch I painted the body of the tree a light Christmas Green.

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I  painted the snow by using the eraser end of a pencil in cream, white and gray dipping the eraser in the paint and dotted in a random pattern. The Christmas lights are painted the same way using an eraser in dipped and dotted in purple, pink and yellow paint.

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Next, I painted the hot pink tree skirt and outline the tree in dark green and the tree skirt and star in black.

Christmas Tree Outline

Finally paint the package squares first in white which acts like primer over the darker background paint allowing the present colors to shine.

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If you’re looking for a fun project to do with the kids this would be a fun and simple project. Just sketch yourself a tree or use my sketch and add some painted snow dots, Christmas lights and presents.

Christmas Tree Finished

It also looks pretty darn cute propped on a table with few of your favorite Christmas things.

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