Monthly Archives: October 2014

New life to old lights!

We used Rust-Oleum in Oiled Broze to give new “light to our lights!” hee hee

I didn’t take any before pictures because I was so frustrated at the time it took to tape off every glass pane.  It was literally a pain!  After the first light (there were 3) I figured out I could just haphazardly tape over the glass and then use a razor knife to cut around the panels.  Yep, blonde moment.  It was a tedious project but overall it went pretty quickly.  It took about an hour for them to dry and we had them back up on the wall in no time.  Pictures to come soon.

 

Bathroom reset…. Ready Set GO!

There once was this bathroom.  It was cute.  Made for two.  Boy and girl.  Unfortunately it was one of the rooms I cringed every time I walked in.  Lime green paint, Blue and Pink polka dots too!  This has to change.  Only problem…..I wasn’t inspired.  I MUST be inspired.  I MUST have a vision.  I had nothing, nada, zero, ziltch.  Then one day it hit me!  Don’t you love it when you have that “Ah ha!” moment!  The clouds clear and finally you find what you have been looking for?  In this case it was all about color.

It was a Sunday.  Once of those relaxing Sundays there’s not really anything major to do.  My husband and I were just hanging outside enjoying our breakfast.  Fall was approaching and it was a lovely morning.  Low humidity, crisp blue sky, gentle breeze.  And BAM! My goal for the day was to paint the bathroom….  And it was going to be GRAY!!!  Hubby said What? Paint the bathroom?  Today?  Yes, dear.  It can be done. He’s such a  good sport.  A few hours later I was on the ladder painting the Lime Green away with the most beautiful gray from Sherwin Williams….Argos!  (More about my obsession with Gray here…)

Since the faucets and other fixtures in the bathroom were chrome, I decided it would be best to spray paint the mirrors a brushed nickel finish.  So I pulled out my handy dandy Rust-oleum spray paint, gave the hubs some tape and instructions and poof!  Polka dots be gone!  I’m still working on the décor but I can’t help to put yellow and gray together.  It’s so pretty.  And yes, it was finished in 3 hours 🙂  Thanks honey!DSC_4438

What was your latest vision?  Were you able to pull it off?

Let there be Light….. furniture!!

My husband and I have been in the process of a household decor re-do since our wedding in April of this past year.  Blending families, furniture, traditions, junk drawers…etc., has been a wonderful experience.  In the process we have weeded out a lot of furniture neither of us really liked for whatever reason.  Holding on to pieces we did really like or flat out needed to keep.  My bedroom furniture was one of these “need to keep” items.  Not crazy about it but it is what it is.  This has given us the opportunity to sit back and think about what we really want.  We decided I wanted light colored furniture.  Not WHITE, LIGHT!   Let that be cream, ivory, light grey….. get it? Light!  So I began my search… I fell in love with several pieces at several different local stores in the area.  Did NOT fall in love with the price!  Through all my internet searches I came across a blog on painting furniture.  Voila!!  The color I really wanted!  There it was! It was the perfect, creamy, ivory, driftwood-y light grey with all the distressing and details you cannot get at the big furniture chain stores.  I decided I’ll do it.  I’ll paint my furniture! See my inspiration?!

inspiration

I had never heard of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. (ASCP) Thanks to my Sister in Law for the intro! I had never heard of waxing furniture after painting.  I have to say I’m a fan! HUGE FAN!!  I had to test my skills first, of course, and transformed my grandmothers Duncan Phyfe china cabinet.  (See that project here)  I tackled my first piece of furniture on a Saturday.  I used ASCP Country Gray.  I also used the flat brush.  It took about 4 hours to finish the piece.  Now mind you – this was in between two paint coats, football games, sanding, waxing on, waxing off, (ahh Daniel-son), spending time outside with my family, preparing lunch and dinner and changing out the hardware.  I could have easily completed it in half the time, but it was Saturday!  A beautiful Saturday!  A beautiful Saturday in October on the Gulf Coast…. it doesn’t get much better 🙂 So here’s my finished piece….. and a kinda crappy picture of my before.   I LOVE the detail sanding the corners gives!  Oh and I swapped out the hardware… stole it from my kitchen!  HA!  Happened to be the same exact number of pulls… crazy how things work out sometimes, huh?

Here’s the before…. 

The After……Excuse the chair, I got ahead of myself….


What is not to LOVE about this?!

LOVE!!!

How did your last painting project turn out?