Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Paint Samples and Chalk Paint

I've realized you cannot read blogs and not get sucked into the latest trend. After seeing so many beautiful transformations using chalk paint, it finally hit me how I could use all those sample cans sitting in my garage! Many bloggers have posted results using a homemade version of chalk paint, so I thought I would give it a try. After a little research, I set off to Home Depot for a box of this

I already had everything else I would need

I had so many samples of virtually the same color! Do you do that? Buy samples of a color thinking it is so different than the one you bought before only to realize after creating a sample board that there is only the slightest difference? Apparently I do! All of these cans were a variation of light blue. The light bulb moment was when I realized I could recycle them and create a custom color! So, I poured them all in a container like so

to create this
I added the non sanded grout

and began to mix
It was pretty thick, so I added some water to thin it out. My advice is to start with less grout and add more if you need to. I can see why it covers so well.
I had a few empty frames that I knew I could also recycle and so I began painting!
The frame I was excited to use was this one. I knew the gold would be perfect for the distressed look I was going for.
After painting and sanding with 220 grit sandpaper and adding a dark wax it looked like this.
Exactly what I was envisioning! I love the shabby chippy surface with the gold rub through! It was so easy to do!

The finished product!
Here is a shot with a smooth frame I had painted but without sanding and waxing so you can see the slight difference in color.
 The dark wax changes the color a bit. Something to consider if you are going to use a wax. A neutral uncolored wax might not alter the color but is a necessary step if you are doing a furniture piece and don't want it to scratch. I found the paint to scratch off easily before I added the wax.
The color was perfect for this room
I am so glad I was able to use all those samples! I have a ton more and now I know what to do with them!
 Thanks for the inspiration friends!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012


February certainly packs a punch of red! Between Valentines Day and the Go Red For Women campaign I was inspired by this gorgeous color and how much we see of it in our wardrobe and decor! I was also struck by the fact that there doesn't seem to be a color that it doesn't go with.
I once heard that red can be used as a neutral. I think that might be true!

 It can be dramatic...

or classic

  add just the right amount of interest to a very neutral room

or transform something.

It can be playful...

and feminine.

It pairs well with yellow's and gold's
and chocolate brown's...

looks fresh with torquoise.

It can deliver a message..

It can be unexpected...

or "sweet-ish".

Red can stand up on its own with an equally strong partner...

and can wake up a room!

How do you use this versatile color?

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Revisiting the Master Bedroom and A Bosporus Crush

Recently, I showed the Chip It! by Sherwin Williams palette for my bedroom rug and I've decided it is time to take my bedroom seriously. I"ve been tinkering with ideas hoping to zone in on what I really want my bedroom to FEEL like. At least that's what I heard you should start with...the FEEL of a room. When considering this, I am all over the map. Certainly cozy comes to mind. It is a bedroom after all! Light, airy, comfortable. All good words to describe what I think of when I see some great inspiration bedrooms. And traditional. Of course I love traditional with a twist, but I have a hard time figuring where the twist should be! While waiting for this bedroom design to fall into my lap, I decided to go back to my very first inspiration bedroom. The one that made me inhale deeply as I waited for the picture on my monitor screen to enlarge. The one that I thought was it and made me go to the paint store and the fabric store (which led to my fabric crush).
Keep reading...
Candace Olson
I love the light filled feeling of this room!
I wrote down all the info I needed and set off to Calico Corners to look at the fabric featured in this room. I did find the fabric used in the inspiration picture above, but I was distracted by this gorgeous fabric below!
Covington Bosporus in Flax
Comparing the fabric to the bedroom photo, I thought the Bosporus Flax was very similar to the colors Candace used in the inspiration picture and decided this was the one for me!

According to the sources for my inspiration bedroom above, Candace used Benjamin Moore's Delaware Putty on the walls which also happens to look great paired with the Bosporus fabric.
BM Sandy White is another option.
And of course, here is the rug deal I scored from Tuesday morning!

Decisions, decisions! But I think I'm finally getting somewhere!
What are your thoughts? 

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Nature Inspired Decor

Barb over at Grits and Glamour is hosting a nature inspired decorating party!
My giant pinecones are ready to party!
 I kept them out from Christmas and placed them in the wooden bowl on my console table.
 It was one of the easiest vignettes I have ever done!
I love the simplicity of the pinecones and the wood. It is a reminder of the winter months and the beautiful ornaments Mother Nature shares with us.

I also added a water hyacinth basket under the console and draped a plaid wool blanket over it.
I love the added texture!

It was the perfect addition for that empty spot!

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

A Vintage Valentine

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I thought I'd share what I put together for the sweetheart's in my life!

 I found these cute vintage inspired pails in World Market.

They came in red

and pink

I loved the vintage postcard look. They each had a cute pipe cleaner handle that is barely visible in the above photo.

I was lucky enough to find tissue paper in Target with the exact colors I needed to coordinate!
 Love the peppy stripes!

 Each pail was filled with a mixture of chocolate truffles from Godiva and Lindt.

Candlelight always adds a touch of romance!

Remember the pedestal the candle is resting on? It can be seen in this post and this post.
It can be used in so many different ways.

Then I went about creating two place settings using white and silver dishes.

The vintage Gorham sterling silver napkin rings were given to my parent's as a wedding gift.
 I am so fortunate to have them!

I added heart shaped chocolates to this footed serving bowl that belonged to my mother's sister.

Look at this beautiful Limoges dish! Another piece that belonged to my Aunt.

The detailing reminds me of strawberries!

I love the sense of history and family connection these special pieces have. I think it is so important to keep these through the generations.
 Appropriate for Valentine's Day, this truly is a table set with Love!

Don't forget to come back and see the special Valentine dessert I made!

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