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I think we’re on day 30 or something of crazy, miserable wind this spring. I have come to the conclusion that wind is the one type of weather I cannot stand. Bring on the polar vortex but save me from the clear-off-the-patio, watch-out-for-the-basketball-hoop and glue-down-the-shingles wind. This wind is SILLY.
This week’s forecast is terrible. Wind, rain and clouds with some added cool temps. Pretty much nap weather all week. How are we going to keep a positive outlook?
My suggestion. Color.
According to Instyle Magazine, 86% of their readers felt a mood boost when wearing a vivid hue. That’s a pretty high percentage. My challenge this week is to leave the black at home and throw on some color. Let’s see if we can power through this forecast with some sunny hues.
Check back for how to wear color and color inspiration this week!
Remember yesterday I was posting my progress converting my purple/grey TV stand into a color that I love.
You know sometimes it takes awhile to find your own decorating style. You see something you like in a friend’s home or on Pinterest but when you add it in to your own home it looks out-of-place?
I think I’m finally seeing the end result of transforming my home since our move. I wish I could say that we have new blinds or new flooring or new lighting. But I’m patient. And my kids are doing a number on all the things we own anyway. Having nice things and having kids doesn’t always add up…
What I mean is that I’m finally starting to see my personality and style coming through in our home. For example, this TV stand. The choice of color is definitely me. It might be way too bright for someone else’s taste. But I love it. And I’m finding that my style is becoming more fun and joyful as I get older. It’s less about looking like a subdued furniture store where everything matches and more about life and color and a story. Eclectic.
Wow. That was a long intro to the final steps on this piece. But of all the furniture in our home, this one really speaks to my style.
Here is where we left off-
I had just slightly distressed my paint job. And most people would have stopped there. But I had a particular look in mind for this piece and my next step was painting some white on the front drawers-
Close Up of Drawer
The white was simply to add another dimension to the front.
And then…I broke out the power sander. I only used it on the drawers. This gave them a much more distressed look with places of fading from white to blue to grey.
Lastly, I topped the whole piece with a tinted wax so it would have a darker finish.
Here is the result-
Final TV Stand
Final TV Stand 2
Drawer Close Up After
It has so much personality now. And it feels like a great pair of worn in blue jeans. I think the dresser is happy with itself.
Which is your favorite? Grey or blue?
I painted the bottom of a VERY dated hutch awhile back to give it new life as a TV cabinet. I spray painted it because it was such terrible particle board and I was afraid I’d have to paint it multiple times. The paint I used was a grey. But after I brought it into the house and put it in its place, the grey looked a little purple. Not so happy with the purple twinge.
TV Stand Before
So I knew it would only be a matter of time before it got another facelift. This time the grey served as a base for the distressing process. So I got to painting.
I chose a very happy and bright old pickup truck blue. And I purchased it in a latex based paint. After I painted the whole stand, and before it dried significantly, I lightly sanded the edges of the front, to reveal some of the grey.
Adding the New Color
Then I let it dry completely.
Tomorrow, the next layer!
I bought this little sofa table online last winter. And it sat with a tablecloth covering it for quite some time. Until I could get around to painting it of course!
Here is what it looked like when I picked it up-
It was a dark cherry finish circa 2000.
I finally stopped my procrastinating and gave it a good sanding and because it was so dark and not made of wood, I primed it-
Table Primed & Sanded
Now the biggest dilemma, what color to paint it? I decided to go with my favorite…white. Simple, goes with anything, pops. Yup.
Lastly, what was I going to do with those brass maple leaf drawer pulls?
Maple Leaf Pull
I could paint them but I’m just not a fan of the maple leaf. So, new drawer pulls it is!
These are the drawer pulls from Hobby Lobby I’d like to use. But I wasn’t terribly excited by the green color. I think a little paint will do the trick-
New Drawer Pulls
What do you think? Better than before?
Who wants to see a few little medleys around my house this week?
I’ve been busy, as per usual. I’m working on switching closets and its a FULLtime job around here. I’m a little jealous of people who experience no seasonal changes. Just when you wash and put the snowpants away, they come right back out. I think my boys’ coats are going straight in the garbage. No one is going to use these coats that have already seen two tough winters. There is dirt that can’t be identified on these coats.
But to not have to pack away any of that! Totally jealous right now.
Meanwhile, I’ll be on the journey of switching closets. I wish I could say I had a great system for this. But that would involve installing a dumb-waiter in our home to haul totes up and down from the basement. Now that would be slick.
Why does this process take so long? Kids keep growing. Last season’s summer things are too small. So I have to find the next size up. And then I have to pack away the previous size. And then I have to save at least one size in-between for hand-me-downs for the next child. That’s just the clothes. Then there are shoes, coats, hats, cleats, etc. Take this process times three. Sound exhausting? It is.
As I am busy putting the house through turmoil, I’ll divert you from all of that with projects!
For a little preview of projects to come-
I’ll be detailing the before and afters of this little project tomorrow!
Until then you can find me up to my eyeballs in clothing!
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I hope you had a wonderful Easter. I enjoyed spending time with my family and also enjoyed seeing a packed church.
It’s so amazing that Jesus defeated sin, death and the devil for all of mankind. We can rest in the promise that there will only be one death, one time to say goodbye and will awaken in an eternity we can only imagine. And thanks to the sacrifice he made.
Gotta get up early for sunrise service? Yup, I do too. So have your things ready tonight!
Wear a floral dress with a comfy cover up (it could still be chilly at this hour) and add-on some stylish accessories- an adorable bag, a necklace that toughens up the dress and some fabulous shoes!