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Shutter Shellac

I’ve been into the spray paint.  I KNOW my neighbors think I’m the crazy spray paint lady. And that’s okay.  Because they are probably right.

If you’ve read this blog for awhile, you know I have a painting problem.  I’ve even had people drop used cans of paint off to me.  I’m starting some sort of strange collection.  I have a hard time passing the reject cans of paint on the sale shelf at Menards.  Oh so many uses!

Here’s another thing you know about me if you’ve read this blog, I dislike the color black. While it used to be only a dislike for black clothing, my dislike has now crept into my home decor as well.  It just feels so dated and gloomy.  I love bright, happy and cheerful.  Read bright colors and white.

I’ve been on a mission the irradicate the MAJORITY of my black.  I say majority because every home needs a few black pieces.  But I will not be following the latest trend of painting my interior doors black.  No thank you.

And if you’ve ever painted anything black, it can be really tricky and involve many layers of paint to turn a black piece into a light piece.  So before you pick up that bottle of black spray paint or black paint can, be sure you know that it should really be that color.

Case in point, I have these two old shutters that I’m positive I purchased for a whole $5 about ten years ago.  They aren’t even wood, just plastic.  But they seemed to be what I’ve been missing on either side of my dining room hutch.

Problem is, they are black.  And I’m WAY tired of black.  Break out the spray paint!

I could have tried to make these babies white, but that would have involved many, many layers of white.  And I just didn’t think white was the color for my dining room, since it is the moodiest room on my main floor.  So I chose a dusty grey/blue color.  It’s called Valspar’s Cobalt Cannon.

When you’re painting shutters, spray paint is your friend.  Getting into every little nook and cranny can be a major paint with regular paint.  Spray paint makes it a cinch.

Here are my shutters getting their coats of paint-

Shutters During Painting

Shutters During Painting

And here’s that dining room wall before-

Just the Hutch

Just the Hutch

Here’s the after-

Hutch with Shutters

Hutch with Shutters

Worth the paint!

Park It On The Porch

I really love my porch.  It gives my house some character and it also gives my family shade on a hot day.  But mostly, it’s a place to talk with friends, watch the kids ride bikes and play and its a great place to relax.

I love decorating it.  And every year it looks a little different.  This year I had the opportunity to own these metal chairs.  When I got them, the paint was peeling and much of the rust was showing.  Now, I’m no professional.  These chairs could have been sandblasted and repainted to perfection.  But I’m not about perfection.  Life’s too short.  And my wallet is too slim.

I got out the power washer and started peeling away the many layers of paint.  And then I also had to steel wool them.  Then they had to totally dry.  Lastly, I sprayed them the color I wanted.  Many, many coats.  They are still rough on the seat.  And if the rain comes in just right, the water pools in there and could potentially rust them again.

But they are vintage and remind me of sitting on my own grandma’s metal furniture.  And therefore I love them.

Metal Chairs

Metal Chairs

Here they are, ready for someone to park it on the porch!

Painted Green Thumb

I do not possess a green thumb.  A painted green thumb, maybe.  Anything that requires tender loving care will surely commit suicide on my watch.

In my home, houseplants are a joke.  I used to have one hearty houseplant named Oscar that was brought with me from across state lines.  And then one day my mother thought he needed a trimming and he officially bit the dust.

With kids around, life is more about making sure they are fed and watered than any plants.  And some days that is hard enough.  Plus I worry that my babies may eat something poisonous.  Perhaps we’ll have houseplants again when I’m in my 70s.

Meanwhile, the same concept goes for my potted plants outside.  Last summer everything died.  Of course, even my hostas that were planted in the rich Iowa soil died.  Everything was bone dry.

But this year I was bound and determined to have something living and beautiful on my front porch.  So off I went to my local greenhouse, Holland Hill Blooms, to showcase to the owner my knowledge of killing green living things.

I brought out my gigantic planters to the greenhouse.  The owner will pot the planters for you!  It’s the ultimate in laziness.  We went around together and tried to choose plants that would not only survive hot and windy conditions but also…me.  We also talked about things like color schemes and my likes and dislikes and chose the plants we wanted to put in the planters.

Then comes step two.  I have this small rock bed that runs along side our front walk.  I’m not sure why there were never any plants growing in it but I thought it would be the perfect place for a flower bed.  Not only is this area exposed to the hot dry wind, but it also encounters countless soccer balls and occasional trampling from little feet.  Whatever I was going to plant there needed to be HARDY.

All of these things taken into account, plus the size of the rock bed, my flowers were chosen.  What’d we pick?  We picked daisies.

I was kind of worried about how long the stems were.  Would they hold up under such extreme conditions?  Here’s the answer-

Flower Bed

Flower Bed

They have really done well!  I’m surprised but pleased.  I should probably be dead-heading all of this stuff, but who has time for that?

And here are my potted plants-

 

Potted Plants

Potted Plants

I have two of these beauties.  And they are doing remarkably well, inspite of me.  What can I say?  This month we have been gone A LOT.

So next spring you want to plant some flowers, and you’re like me and have to paint on your green thumb, if you get a chance, visit Holland Hill Blooms!

 

 

Hutch Turned Bookcase

I have a problem.  You too may suffer from the same disease I suffer from, decorating clutter.

I love collectible things.  But there comes a time when I look in a magazine and say, “where’s all the clutter?”  True, there isn’t papers and toys and someone’s shoes left in the photo like there would be at home.  But the difference in clutter I’m talking about is the “stuff.”  There’s Grandma’s dishes and that Willow Tree figurine your mom gave you on your anniversary and flowers and all of your treasured “finds.”  And suddenly you realize that it has become Grandma’s house.  A lifetime of stuff jammed in so that you can’t appreciate even one of the treasured items.

Such is the disease I suffer from and am constantly taking my medication for- uncluttering.

My hutch sits in the living room mainly because at the current time there is no other place it’ll fit.  So I turned it into a bookcase and it houses all my clutter.

Here’s a picture of what it looked like the last time you saw it-

Hutch Turned Bookcase

Hutch Turned Bookcase

It was all dressed up for the winter.

This baby gets changed a LOT.  But I’m purposely trying my best to eliminate clutter and give each item some space to breath and to be appreciated.  But still have a seamless and cooherant look.

Here is what it looks like now-

Bookcase Close Up

Bookcase Close Up

Seashell.

Seashell.

Books and Basket.

Books and Basket.

It’s refreshing isn’t it?  The only bad part, this is only one set of shelves that have had a dose of medication.  And just when I think I’m done, the process starts all over again with the next season!

Do you too suffer from the clutter disease?

TV Stand Re-redo (Part 2)

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-

Lightly Sanded

Lightly Sanded

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

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

 

Final TV Stand 2

Final TV Stand 2

Drawer Close Up After

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?

 

TV Stand Re-redo (Part 1)

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

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

Adding the New Color

Then I let it dry completely.

Lightly Sanded

Lightly Sanded

Tomorrow, the next layer!

 

Sofa Table Redo

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-

Table Before

Table Before

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

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.

Table Makeover

Table Makeover

Lastly, what was I going to do with those brass maple leaf drawer pulls?

Maple Leaf Pull

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

New Drawer Pulls

What do you think?  Better than before?

 

 

Around the House

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-

Table Makeover

Table Makeover

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!

 

 

Mission Organization- More Kitchen Picts

Tonight I will be live tweeting about the Oscars.  You can follow me @stylefmthestixs.  And I’ll do a round up of my favorite looks.

But as promised, here are a few more kitchen picts-

Kitchen Reveal 2

By the Sink

Kitchen Reveal 3

Kitchen Desk

And here are a few, just for fun-

Close Up of Glass Cabinet

Close Up of Glass Cabinet

Clock Close Up

Clock Close Up

 

Kitchen Table

Kitchen Table

Grandma's Cake Box on Stand

Grandma’s Cake Box on Stand

 

 

 

 

 

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